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Full Speed Ahead. Some might think celebrating a 15th anniversary is a time for leisure and reflection - a time to sit back, rest on your laurels and cozy up with old habits. Not for this franchisor. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2006
Blake & Davis becomes Weichert franchise. Blake & Davis, one of the oldest names in residential real estate in St. Louis, has become a franchise of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2006
Major Burger King franchisee to sell 240 restaurants. Burger King's second-largest franchisee, Heartland Food Corp. headed by Miamian Al Cabrera, is cashing out the majority of its business. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2006
Blockbuster struggles with changing market. The line between online and in-store is blurring and the Blockbuster chain has thrown down the gauntlet to challengers such as online rentals and downloads, rental kiosks, and DVD sales, which have all eroded the profits of brick-and-mortar operations. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2006
Sandwich shop outlines expansion plans for Orlando. D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches is expecting to open more than 20 new restaurants in the Orlando area during the next five years. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2006
Top Franchises for 2007. Fifteen years in the number-one spot - that's quite an impressive record for the sandwich giant that's hit the top of Entrepreneur's 28th annual Franchise 500 listing. .... [more] 25 Dec, 2006
Franchises recruit veterans to fill the ranks of owners. Stanley White could very well be the poster child of the military veteran-turned- franchise owner. .... [more] 25 Dec, 2006
10 Signs of a Great Franchise. More than anything else, what most prospective franchisees want to be sure of is that the franchise you are considering is a good all-around opportunity. .... [more] 25 Dec, 2006
Barbecue chain Shane's Rib Shack plans to more than double in '07. Shane's Rib Shack, with its mouthwatering ribs, short wait times and tin-roofed or porch-like interiors, has 40 restaurants in eight states, and it plans to open another 60 in the next year. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2006
Dollar Financial altering business unit. Dollar Financial Corp. said late Thursday it will restructure its We the People business by concentrating on selling franchise agreements. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2006
Pieces falling in place in Pizza Inn restructuring. Pizza Inn announced it is debt free for the first time in several years and that the company’s restructuring plan has positioned it for a bright future. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2006
Allied Capital puts $124M into Huddle House buyout. Allied Capital Corp. said it has committed $124.1 million to complete the management buyout of Huddle House Inc., a franchisor of more than 400 value-priced, full-service family dining restaurants. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2006
Franchise Circle Launches First Video Blogging Site for the Franchise Industry. Video usage has recently become an exploding phenomenon online as traditional media conglomerates move towards furthering the online experience for consumers. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2006
Value Menus Latest Weapon in Fast-Feeders' Breakfast Battle. The burger wars have moved to a pre-dawn duel, with value menus the weapons of choice. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Taco Bell turns onto 'recovery' road. About 1 in 3 frequent fast-food customers say they plan to eat less often at Taco Bell - or not at all - as a result of the chain's recent E. coli outbreak, according to a national poll done for USA TODAY. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Judge grants Quiznos franchisees injunction hearing. A judge has ordered Quiznos to halt the terminations of 10 operators and to resume sending food supplies to their stores. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Hooters Launches Cookbook. Just in time for the holidays, Hooters of America announced the launch of the perfect gift, the Hooters Cookbook. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Owner of small coffee shop takes on java titan Starbucks. After coffeehouse owner Penny Stafford sued Starbucks in September, she says she was stunned by hostile and anonymous telephone calls and e-mails. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Nutrition 21 and GNC Announce Settlement of Patent Infringement Suit. Nutrition 21, Inc. and General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) announced today that they have settled the patent litigation between the companies presently pending in federal court in Texas. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2006
Jack In The Box Takes Top Spot In Latest UNH Franchise 50 Report. Jack in the Box took the top spot in the latest Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index report at the University of New Hampshire, jumping 33.4 percent in market value in the third quarter of 2006. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2006

10 Steps to Making Your Franchise the Next McDonald’s. While the vast majority of young franchisors would be happy if they were to open 100 franchises, for others, nothing short of world domination will suffice. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2006
Aaron Rents adds to franchised stores. Aaron Rents Inc. has inked a deal with Alliance Rental Centers LP to convert seven Alliance Rental stores to franchised Aaron Rents stores. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2006
A sizzling success in fast food. Laura Olguín wanted to be an actress. In fact, she wanted an Oscar. But instead, she ended up leaving California to lead a cast of 600 Tucson fast-food workers. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2006
Look before leaping into a franchise. Like the coffee? Tempted to throw every dollar into the franchise? Oh, if it were only that simple to chart a new course in this buyout-driven, early retirement landscape. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2006
Quiznos franchisees fight back. The franchisees whose agreements were terminated by Quiznos filed an injunction late Friday in the District Court of Colorado. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2006
BP to franchise Connects in region. BP North America is converting the majority of its BP Connect stations east of the Rockies into franchise locations. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
Skipper's Chain Files for Bankruptcy. Skipper's Inc., which operates 59 seafood restaurants in five Western states, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, mostly because of unpaid federal taxes. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
Quiznos reacts to Toasted Subs Association comments. After and published "Quiznos terminates multiple franchisees on heels of suicide", Quiznos Corporate Communications department distributed a memorandum to franchise owners countering the statements made by the Toasted Subs Association. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
Bradenton-based Peach's lands franchise deal in Texas. Fresh off the opening of its first franchised restaurant, Bradenton-based Peach's Rise & Dine says it has inked a deal for a minimum of 20 new restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2006
TeamLogic IT Grows to 25 Franchise Locations. TeamLogic IT, a nationwide network of computer consultation, maintenance and repair businesses, recently opened its 25th franchise location. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2006
Fast food to make a nutritionist smile. Chipotle, an up-and-comer in the nation's pantheon of healthy fast food, has finally come to metropolitan Boston. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2006
Quiznos terminates multiple franchisees on heels of suicide. Shortly after the Toasted Subs Organization posted an alleged suicide letter, Quiznos terminated the franchise agreements of the Toasted Subs’ board members. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2006
Breakfast chain hungry for Texas expansion. Peach's Rise & Dine Restaurants has awarded a development agreement for a minimum of 20 locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2006
New-look KFC to cost restaurants. Up to 400 KFC restaurants across the nation are expected to close over the next 17 months because they won't comply with a strict remodeling campaign ordered by the chain's parent company. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2006
Dunkin' Donuts prototype opens in Columbia. Columbia has become the third Dunkin' Donuts franchise in the country to test a new design and menu. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2006
Hoover man's sales savvy leads to franchise expertise. John Jones has become a franchising guru in Alabama. After feeling the itch after seven years in sales, Jones has spent three decades running franchise operations ranging from restaurants like Applebee's to retailers such as Deck the Walls. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2006 names Papa John’s 2006 Chain of the Year., the leading provider of pizza industry news, has chosen Papa John’s Pizza as its 2006 Chain of the Year. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2006
Seminole Tribe of Florida buys Hard Rock cafes, hotels, casinos. The Seminole Tribe of Florida is buying the Hard Rock business, including its massive collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, in a $965 million deal with British casino and hotel company Rank Group. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2006
Mama Fu’s franchisees sue Raving Brands. A group of franchisees operating Mama Fu’s units is suing Raving Brands, the Asian fast-casual chain’s parent company. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2006
Facelogic Spa enters Austin market. Austinites in need of some free spa therapy are in luck. Facelogic Spa will open its doors in the Austin area on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the spa will give away 100 free services. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2006
Taco Bell and McAlister’s: Damage control done well. In the past month, two national restaurant chains have been linked to E. coli outbreaks, but both companies have handled both the crisis and the negative publicity well. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2006
ADF Companies Acquire Pizza Hut Restaurants. The ADF Companies and Capital Growth Advisors, LLC have announced the ADF Companies' acquisition of a total of 165 Pizza Hut restaurants in a series of transactions. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2006
Finding the right formula overseas. After pulling back from far-flung ventures in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, entrepreneurs are returning to global franchising in growing numbers. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
McDonald's tries to shape up health image with high-tech mini-gyms. McDonald's, often blamed for childhood obesity, is testing high-tech mini-gyms for kids at seven stores in California, Illinois, Colorado and Oklahoma. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
uWink Launches Franchise Program. uWink, Inc., a publicly-held digital entertainment company, today launched its national franchise program. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine Awards First Franchise in New York. Sophie's Cuban Cuisine Franchising, Inc. announced today that they have signed their first franchise agreement with Patricia and Tom Mahabir from Woodhaven New York. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
Jack in the Box Restaurants Honor Top-Performing Franchisees. As Jack in the Box Inc. pursues its goal to become a national restaurant company, franchising has taken center stage in the company's growth plans. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
Settle Inn purchases GuestHouse International. Settle Inn LLC, a 14-year-old regional hospitality company with franchise operations in five states, said today it has purchased GuestHouse International Inns, Hotels & Suites. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
Ruth's Chris Steak House Opens its 100th Restaurant. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. announces the opening of its 100th restaurant, with its newest location in Providence, Rhode Island. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2006
'Success fosters success'. For a city its size, Aberdeen has an unexpectedly rich tradition of entrepreneurship. Four national franchises have their roots here. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2006
Ravioli man gets hard franchise lesson. A former Brooklyn businessman claims his successful Fratelli Ravioli mom-and-pop chain was destroyed by franchising, and now warns entrepreneurs about how this business venture can whack your finances. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2006
Redbox Extends DVD Rental Kiosk Deal With McDonald's. Redbox, a maker of automated DVD rental kiosks, announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement to install its machines in McDonald's restaurants, following a successful two-year test. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
Family restaurant chain plans to locate franchise in Lafayette. A restaurant chain that got its start in Atlanta more than 40 years ago is looking to Lafayette as it expands its operations across the country. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
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