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Dollar Thrifty Buys Out Franchisee. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., operator of Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, said Thursday it bought a franchise operation in Phoenix. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2006
Franchises work for some owners. It was never a question of whether Bill Piacenza wanted a franchise. It was just a matter of picking the right one. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2006
Training Company Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary in Austin. New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Austin today announced it is celebrating its tenth year in business. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2006
In Hotel Franchising, Reality Trumps Wishful Thinking. Is hotel franchising important? Since almost 75% of all U.S. hotels are franchised, perhaps you would agree with me that franchising is of major importance in the hotel world. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2006
RadioShack lays off employees via e-mail. RadioShack followed through on its announced plans to cut about 400 jobs, but the electronics retailer has been forced on the defensive about its method of notifying laid-off employees by e-mail. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2006
Pizza Express embroiled in legal battle. Jeff Mease, founder and CEO of the popular local chain Pizza Express, finds his business ensnared in a legal tangle with an Indianapolis-based business partner. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2006
Papa John's names international president. Papa John's International Inc. has named Robb Chase to the newly created position of president of the company's international operations. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Franchise owners get help from the chain, but no guarantee of success. In the restaurant business, making yourself known is one thing. But making customers realize you're different and better than other options is just as important. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Breakfast eatery franchises in Ohio. Bradenton-based Peach's Rise & Dine Restaurants has awarded a development agreement for a minimum of 50 locations in Ohio to Buckeye Peach's LLC of Columbus. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Israeli chocolate hits Big Apple. The buzz generated from the opening of the first Max Brenner franchise in New York has yet to die down, and a second Manhattan store is already scheduled to open in another two weeks. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Pizza Hut delivers workers, too. Unable to find workers for its Kona store on the island of Hawaii, Pizza Hut has been paying to fly employees from Oahu to the Big Island for shifts, increasing their pay and putting them up in company housing. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Shane's Rib Shack Observes 9/11 Anniversary and Honors Firefighters. On the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack, Shane's Rib Shack of Charlotte will observe the day by raising funds for two firefighter programs .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Dunkin' gets some Southern exposure. Joe Rando spent nearly two years planning for this day: opening a Dunkin' Donuts so he could get a good cup of coffee. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2006
Their name, your business. Paulino Silvano wanted to be his own boss, to live the American dream. Lisa Annitti Holgerson wanted work to be rewarding, something more than a job. Both found what they sought in franchising. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2006
Pizza Hut restaurants sold for $59 million. Realty Income Corp. is paying $59 million to buy 89 Pizza Hut restaurants from NPC International Inc., an Overland Park, Kan., company. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Counter Culture: Branding a Chain. Can a burger joint expand without losing its cool? When The Counter's hamburgers were mentioned on Oprah, franchising was not far behind. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
Pak Mail Launches Platinum Worldwide Logistics. Evan Lasky, CEO and President of Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc., announced the formation of a new corporate division to further expand on the company's freight and specialty packing and shipping capabilities. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
RadioShack brings products to ALCO stores. RadioShack Corp. will add its products to ALCO stores through a co-branding agreement with Abilene, Kan.-based Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
RedBrick Pizza Wins Prestigious Industry Accolades. RedBrick Pizza, the rapidly-growing modern take on the Old World Italian pizzeria, has been honored with one of the nation's most prestigious restaurant awards - Nation's Restaurant News' Hot Concepts! Award. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
Allied Capital Invests $56 Million in Buyout of Leading U.S. Commercial Franchise Cleaning Company. Allied Capital Corporation announced today that it has invested $56 million in the buyout of Coverall North America, Inc., a leading commercial cleaning franchise organization in the U.S. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006

Edible Arrangements 'a tasty form of gift giving'. A new business in Madison takes the visual esthetic once reserved for florists to create bright presentations you can also eat. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Franchisors offer ready referral to skilled trades. The owners of Ottawa's newest franchise, HouseXperts, are hoping to free residents from the guesswork of choosing a contractor for home repairs and renovations. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Is the Price Right? Jeff Elgin, the "Buying a Franchise" coach at, looks at how to determine whether a franchise is a good deal or overpriced. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
McDonald's No. 2 executive unexpectedly resigns. McDonald's on Wednesday announced the unexpected resignation of Mike Roberts, the fast-food chain's No. 2 executive, as president and chief operating officer. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Buffalo Wild Wings Announces Seven Franchise Area Development Agreements. Buffalo Wild Wings announced today that since fourth quarter of 2005 it has entered into seven area development agreements, totaling an additional 34 franchised units in new trade areas. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Assisted-living consultants launch franchise effort. Assisted Living Locators is looking to expand its placement and referral services nationwide through a franchise program. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2006
Aether Holdings to Acquire The Athlete's Foot. Aether Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Athlete's Foot, the world's largest athletic footwear and apparel franchise system, with over 575 locations in 40 countries. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2006
Panera Bread expanding Phoenix franchise push. Two Burger King franchisees have signed on as part of a new group bringing Panera Bread bakery-cafés to Arizona. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2006
Wendy’s makeover beginning to pay off. After nearly two years of bad luck, slumping sales, operational glitches and mixed messages with products and advertising, the Dublin-based chain is regaining its footing. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2006
Quiznos ready to deliver. Denver-based Quiznos plans to offer home delivery in Denver and several other cities, according to a Las Vegas agency hired to promote the new service. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2006
Dunkin' Donuts is Back in the Nashville Market. Excitement is "brewing" among coffee lovers and donut devotees throughout the Nashville market in anticipation of Dunkin' Donuts' return to the region. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
Great American Food Chain Acquires Kokopelli Franchise Company. The Great American Food Chain, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of 90% interest in the Kokopelli Franchise Company, LLC. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
Food Franchisers Embrace Diversity. Fast-food franchisers - taking note of America's changing demographics and looking for new entrepreneurs to spur growth - are seeing franchisee diversity as not just good public relations but good business. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2006
New Paltz mayor touts his franchise-free plan. There is no indication that new chain stores and franchise operations are preparing to crowd this college village. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2006
Krispy Kreme's cleanup will be painful for franchisees. Few Phoenicians will probably miss their Krispy Kreme doughnuts now that a franchisee has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed eight stores here. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2006
Meineke parent buys Econo Lube. Driven Brands Inc., parent company of Meineke Car Care Centers Inc., has acquired Econo Lube N' Tune Inc. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
Unique Hotel Franchise Program Generates Results at Key West Inns. After an aggressive and innovative restructuring of services and fees, Key West Inns is beginning to see the benefits of one of its most unique programs – the Franchisee Success Coach. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
Mail Boxes Etc. owners fighting UPS conversion. In a strip shopping center near Jersey Village in northwest Houston, Frank Bivens is making his last stand. A FedEx sign hangs in the window of his Mail Boxes Etc. store, a symbol of his defiance. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2006
Israeli businesses ride wave to U.S. Yariv Shefa's company, Aroma, Israel’s largest coffee chain with 73 outlets, has brought the American-style espresso bar back to New York with a Hebrew twist. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2006
GNC withdraws initial public offering. Supplement and vitamin retailer GNC has withdrawn a $400 million initial public offering because of unfavorable market conditions, including the terror plot discovered Thursday. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2006
Bankruptcy of Krispy Kreme franchisee leads to store closures. The Krispy Kreme's franchisee in Arizona and New Mexico recently filed for bankruptcy, and Krispy Kreme is currently working with Rigel Corp. to assess the situation. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2006
Franchisee closes four Midas shops in area. The franchise owner of four Midas Muffler locations in Green Bay and the Fox Valley has closed his shops. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2006
Rita's Owner Works To Find Best Ad Strategy. Franchisee Ed Black says his biggest surprise was the cost of construction for his Rita's Ice shop. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
Seven & I buys U.S. convenience store White Hen. Japan's Seven & I Holdings Co., operator of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, said on Friday it has bought out White Hen Pantry Inc. for $35 million to strengthen its U.S. operations. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
Innkeepers USA to buy Sheraton hotel. Innkeepers USA Trust said it will buy the 155-room Sheraton Rockville in Maryland from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $23.3 million. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
Bar-B-Cutie creates franchisee-store standards. To ensure franchisees are following corporate standards, Bar-B-Cutie has created quality assurance standards called CRISP. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2006
Value Place hits 517 franchises sold. Fewer than four years after the company's creation, Value Place has sold 517 franchises in 35 states. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2006
C28 Launches New Christian Franchise Opportunities. C28, an evangelical Christian store, announces the opening of their first C28 Christian franchise store in San Jose, CA, at the Oakridge Mall. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
Senior Helpers Celebrates First Anniversary of Franchising with 21 Locations. Senior Helpers completed its first year of franchising as one of the fastest-growing professional caregiver services in the nation with 21 locations open or under development. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
The Complexities of Owning a Family Franchise. Love, money, relationships, contracts... learn to navigate the complexities of owning a family franchise. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2006
SMARTBOX to Open Franchise in Jacksonville. SMARTBOX, a leader in the portable self-storage industry, today announces it is bringing its simple and smart storage solutions to the Jacksonville market. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2006
Franchises carry pros, cons. Eric Wilson has more than 200 employees and has rights to the name of a chain restaurant known throughout the world. The owner of the San Angelo McDonald's franchise says he picked the best route in owning a business. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2006
Court sides with franchise owners. Out-of-state franchise owners have won a court victory worth tens of millions of dollars in New Mexico tax refunds. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2006
New Paltz may become franchise-free village. Trustees are considering making the village a franchise-free zone in an effort to help independent business owners succeed. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2006
Krispy Kreme awards franchise rights for Indonesia. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. continued its Asian expansion, awarding development rights for Indonesia to a company there. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2006
Getting the Right Info Out of a Franchise Seller. Kelly Spors offers advice on what to ask when purchasing a franchise and warns not too put much stock in what a seller says, for an obvious reason: they want you to buy it. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2006
Krystal Co. seeking buyers for the 74-year-old restaurant chain. The Krystal Co., the oldest fast-food chain in the South and the second oldest in the United States, is trying to find a buyer for the restaurant company. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2006
Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe Settles Ohio Lawsuit Against Copycat. Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe today announced that it had settled a federal lawsuit it had originally filed in United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio-Eastern Division, against Cereals LLC, doing business as "Cerealicious." .... [more] 2 Aug, 2006
Wingstop Celebrates 300th Restaurant Milestone. Wingstop celebrated its 300th opening with an event at the new Lancaster, Calif. restaurant, and current projections call for 500 restaurant openings by 2008. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2006
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