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Starting franchise requires research. In the past several decades, franchising has become not only a formidable American institution, but also one of the nation's leading doorways into small-business ownership. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2006
GNC sets IPO price at $16-$18. GNC Corp., the operator of General Nutrition Stores, set its initial public offering price at $16-$18, and said it would sell some 23 million shares. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2006
Finding the Perfect Franchise Fit. With more than 5,000 franchise opportunities available worldwide, ranging from McDonald's to day spas to dog grooming, finding the right one for you can seem overwhelming. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2006
Krispy Kreme settles lawsuit by California franchisee. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has settled a lawsuit brought by its biggest franchisee, Los Angeles-based Great Circle Family Foods. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2006
Qdoba nears No. 300. The Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurant chain plans to open its 300th location in Bloomington, Ind., on July 31. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2006
Keep Franchising or Go Indie? One family-run hotel went independent after flying the Best Western flag while another upgraded its chain status. takes a look at both decisions. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2006
50 Gold's Gym centers planned. Global Fitness Holdings has said it plans to develop 50 fitness centers in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee by 2012. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2006
Wendy's Creates Marketing Group to Drive Strategy and Innovation. Wendy's International, Inc. is creating a new area of marketing to lead innovation efforts for the Wendy's brand. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2006
QSR franchisees sue parent companies. A glance at the headlines of late might convince QSR franchise shoppers that the industry is in the middle of a litigation war. Just this year alone, there have been more than a dozen suits filed against franchisors of major brands. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2006
Panera to add 33 new bakery-cafés. Panera Bread Co. said Monday that it formed additional area development agreements with five of its franchisees for a total of 33 new bakery-cafés. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2006
ColorTyme celebrates record growth at national convention. ColorTymers nationwide gathered in Memphis July 5-8 for the 2006 National Convention, “Together We’re On the Move”. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2006
Papa John's Announces Purchase of 43 Franchised Restaurants in Arizona. Papa John's International, Inc. today announced the purchase of 43 franchised Papa John's restaurants primarily in the Phoenix and Flagstaff, AZ markets from two related franchise groups. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2006
The rise and fall of Krispy Kreme in New England. A hot doughnut chain. A doughnut-loving region. It seemed like a perfect match. But financial missteps and tough competition have sent the company retreating. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2006
Grains of Montana set to spread franchises across the United States. After a successful first year of starting a family business, Kyle and Travis Nielsen and their kin are taking the next big steps to franchise the Grains of Montana concept to the nation. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2006
Passion Vs. Profits. As a franchisee, do you need to be passionate about the product or service your franchise is providing to be successful? .... [more] 21 Jul, 2006
Coffee house filled to the brim. It's a Grind Coffee House was officially christened as a new Indio Chamber of Commerce member at a ribbon cutting on July 13. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2006
Ala. Barbecue Restaurants Spread in South. Alabama's best export might be slathered with sauce. 'Bama-based barbecue restaurants are spreading throughout the South and beyond. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2006
Xact Impact Natural Pest Management Begins Franchising and Launches Website. Xact Impact Natural Pest Management today announced that it will begin to franchise its unique pest control system and business model to qualified individuals. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2006
Former Damon's Grill CEO Shannon Foust Launches Rooster's Nationwide Franchising. With the casual dining industry increasingly competitive, costly and complicated, Shannon R. Foust and his partners at Rooster's say they have a simpler, lower cost solution -- and they are starting to franchise it nationwide. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2006
FirstService acquires Handyman Connection franchise system. FirstService Corporation today announced that it has expanded its property improvement services platform with the acquisition of North America's leading home repair and remodeling service franchiser, Handyman Connection. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2006

Subway Franchisee Association Files Suit. The North American Association of SUBWAY Franchisees, Inc. (NAASF), acting on behalf of more than 14,500 SUBWAYrestaurants in North America, today announced it has filed suit against Doctor's Associates Inc. (DAI), the franchisor of the quick-service restaurant chain. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2006
Miami Franchise Disciplined for Improper Returns. A federal court has barred a Jackson Hewitt franchise from preparing federal income tax returns claiming an improper federal income tax exemption. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2006
GMAC Real Estate Adds 11 Franchisees. Real estate company GMAC Real Estate Franchise Operations said Tuesday it had added 11 franchisees across the country. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2006
Cork & Olive hires new CEO, begins franchising. After signing the first franchisee to own and operate a store in Apollo Beach, the Oldsmar-based wine company now has four Orlando locations under lease agreement. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
Corporate exiles turn to world of franchises. White-collar workers across the state are dropping out and diving into an ever-widening array of franchising opportunities, driven by a climate of downsized staffs, dead-ended ambitions and career burnout. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
Dial-A-Mattress franchise has had little time for rest. When Robert Klein decided to set up a Dial-A-Mattress franchise in Orlando last July, he wondered whether enough people in the area would consider picking up the phone to order a bed. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
McDonald's report strong same-store sales. McDonald's said Monday that a strong showing by its European operations, plus increased customer demand for its breakfast offerings in the USA, led to a 5.9% increase in same-store sales for June. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
PJ's Coffee Rebrands and Repackages Itself. PJ's Coffee, founded in New Orleans in 1978, today announces it is further aligning itself with its Big Easy heritage by formally assuming the brand, PJ's Coffee of New Orleans. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
Franchises take work out of eBay. Most business owners like to see customers leaving their stores with their arms full. Dale Phillips, however, is always eager to see what his customers will bring in tucked under their arms. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
Hooters Chairman Brooks Found Dead. Robert Brooks, the chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. who made his fortune selling chicken wings served by scantily clad waitresses, was found dead at his home Sunday. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2006
Dunkin' pourin' it on. Dunkin' Donuts, a Massachusetts-based franchiser that got its start more than 50 years ago frying doughnuts in a Boston suburb, plans to challenge Starbucks for coffee supremacy. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2006
Taco Bell Trumps Subway on Top Franchisee List. Subway may be the world's largest franchise system, but not among the 200 largest multi-unit franchisees in the U.S. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2006
Computer Tots perfect franchise fit for former prof. Education was Shaily Verma's calling for years, so when he left the academic world to pursue opening up his own business, the Computer Tots/Computer Explorers franchise brand was a perfect fit. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2006
New franchise aims at upscale diners. Madison-based Country Kitchen Restaurants is preparing to launch a new brand it hopes to turn into another national chain. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2006
Eggs 'n Things franchise plan: From frying pan into fire. The promising project to expand Eggs 'n Things has scrambled, and matters are no longer sunny side up for its partners. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2006
Damon's heated up about Arizona franchisee's Fahrenheit's restaurants. Damon's Restaurants Inc. sent one of its consultants to check on two franchise restaurants in Arizona last month. The restaurants had the Damon's look and menu and the employees wore Damon's attire, but the restaurants were no longer Damon's. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2006
Nutrition store franchise is muscling for locations. After pumping up its size in California, the Max Muscle franchise of nutrition and sports fitness stores wants to throw its weight around South Flor-ida, with plans for 30 to 40 locations in the next five years. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2006
McDonald's Announces Renewal of FIFA World Cup Sponsorship Through 2014. Company reaffirms commitment to connect with customers around the world through premier sporting event. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2006
RadioShack names veteran of Kmart, Sears as its chairman and CEO. RadioShack on Friday announced the appointment of former Kmart and Sears executive Julian Day as chairman and chief executive officer of the electronics retailer. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
Lenny's goes west. Lenny's Franchisor LLC announced expansion of the sandwich shop brand in Nevada and California with a total of 41 new restaurants in the western states. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2006
Burger chain expands into Denver. The Culver's Frozen Custard & ButterBurgers family-restaurant chain of Prairie du Sac, Wis., breaks ground next week on its first metro-area restaurant as well as on a Greeley location. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2006
Krispy Kreme announces Japanese franchise agreement. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has signed a deal that could result in as many as 40 new franchised stores in Japan. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2006
Milestone backing senior-care franchise. The Milestone Growth Fund, a venture-capital firm that invests mostly in Minnesota minority-owned firms, is putting $250,000 into an adult day-care franchise. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2006
L.A. says yoga studio violates safety laws. The city attorney's office charged yoga magnate Bikram Choudhury with 10 criminal safety violations at one of his studios. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2006
Ace Hardware eyeing an expansion program in Charlotte. One of the smaller players in the home-improvement market has targeted Charlotte for 13 new locations to open in the next three years. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2006
Take 'n' bake pizza concept hopes to slice into Austin market. Doug Miller's business isn't cooking. But for the Austin developer of Vancouver, Wash.-based Papa Murphy's International Inc., that means everything's right on track. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2006
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