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: : June 2006

Blackstone secures Cendant unit and Michaels. Blackstone, the US private equity group run by Steve Schwarzman, on Friday emerged as the winning bidder in the multi-billion dollar auctions for Cendant's travel distribution business and Michaels Stores. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2006
Oregon Resident Alesha Coleman Wins Her Own MaggieMoo's Franchise. Named the winner of the MaggieMoo's and The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Business Plan Writing Contest, Coleman was awarded the MaggieMoo's franchise on Thursday. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2006
Ben & Jerry's opens first Hawaii shop. The first Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor in Hawaii opened Friday at Ward Centre next to Crazy Shirts. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2006
Chipotle, Quiznos score high in national rankings. Two Denver-area restaurant chains -- Chipotle Mexican Grill and Quiznos Sub -- came away big winners in Nation's Restaurant News' 2006 Top 100 rankings. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2006
Franchisees Sue Subway Sandwich Chain. Franchisees sued the Subway sandwich chain Monday, claiming that a new franchise agreement will threaten control of a $500 million advertising trust fund. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
New downtown Ben & Jerry's franchised to nonprofit organization. A Houston nonprofit organization will open the newest Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in downtown's Rice Lofts next month. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
my.com Launches New Internet Franchise Opportunity. Area businessmen Todd Smith and Barry Smith have announced the launch of my.com, the first national Internet franchise business to specialize... .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
Franchise challenges arise from trends. Franchise buyers most like service or home-based business opportunities. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2006
Franchising not just for food. Soon to compose nearly one-fifth of the restaurants in the United States, franchised food concepts are rapidly gaining in popularity among the world’s consumers. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2006
Edible Arrangements Signs Its 500th Store. Edible Arrangements International today announced that they have hit the 500th mark on the number of franchises in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2006
Hip-Hop joins NYC's themed restaurant craze. Two new theme restaurants, the first of a national franchise chain, will be opening their doors in Manhattan this summer: the HipHop SodaShops in Harlem and Union Square. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2006
Huddle House Opens 400th Unit. Huddle House, Inc., a full service family restaurant chain, announces it's 400th unit opening in Manchester, TN. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2006
Kiddie Academy leaving its corporate nest. Kiddie Academy, a child-care franchise operation, is expanding its headquarters in Harford County. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2006
Bill would let franchises win small-business contracts. A rule change in the Small Business Administration reauthorization bill that would allow franchises of the nation's largest corporations to qualify for government contracts is being criticized by industry representatives. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2006
Medicine Shoppe tries to appease franchise holders. Medicine Shoppe International Inc. is rolling out a series of initiatives including in-store health clinics that it says will provide new value to franchisees. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2006
Start Easy With a Franchise or Biz Opp. Buying a franchise or business opportunity takes much of the fuss out of startup and lets you focus on profits and growth. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2006
Franchisees find LV isn't always filled with gold. Brian Savinda looks around his empty Henderson restaurant and admits he's rethinking his latest venture. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2006
Uber Baby Expands Collection to Include Expecting Uber Baby. After the sweeping successful second year of Uber Baby, the Gonsiors turned their sights on the expectant mom. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2006
Bar-B-Cutie close to franchise deal. Bar-B-Cutie Franchise Systems is in advanced talks to take its Southern fare to the Middle Kingdom. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2006
Fast-food kiosks slow to catch on in U.S. Shoppers can buy gas, check in for a flight or scan their own groceries without the help of a clerk, but the self-serve kiosks revolutionizing so much of the world are having a tough time gaining traction in the nation's fast-food industry. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2006
Crye-Leike expands in Atlanta market. Crye-Leike Realtors is opening its 100th office in Duluth, Ga., at the end of June, adding to the company's Atlanta metro market operations, which started in 2005. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2006

With 12 franchises, Harley-Davidson dealer in Fort Lauderdale is a heavy hitter. Towering nearly 7 feet tall and weighing more than 300 pounds, Bruce Rossmeyer has earned an impressive title: The world's largest Harley-Davidson franchise owner. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2006
Running a Franchise from Home. In recent years, home-based franchising has become more popular as a range of companies have discovered that working from home can be just as effective as having an established office elsewhere. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2006
Marco's Pizza Seeks Strategic Partners to Reach Goal of 500 Stores. Marco's Pizza, in its objective to reach 500 stores by 2010, is offering "master franchise" to 100 entrepreneurs interested in building 20-25 of the Ah! Thentic Italian Pizza Shops. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2006
Blockbuster retaliates against Netflix's patent claims. Escalating a bitter legal battle, Blockbuster Inc. on Tuesday accused Netflix Inc. of manipulating the U.S. patent system in a devious effort to monopolize the booming market for online DVD rentals. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2006
Wendy's Near takes step toward healing rift with franchisees. Wendy's International Inc.'s new chief operating officer, Dave Near, is making his first big move by creating the Restaurant Services Department. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2006
Build-A-Bear Acquisitions on Track. Custom stuffed animal retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. told an investors conference Tuesday its acquisitions and integration of United Kingdom-based Bear Factory Ltd. and franchisee Amsbra Ltd. are continuing as planned. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2006
Checkers gets court okay for sale. A federal judge has ruled that Checkers Drive-In Restaurants can buy the assets of a former franchisee. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Franchise owner sets sights on success, 'not reinventing the wheel'. When Angela Buchanan was looking at franchise opportunities a few years ago, she was drawn to one that had customers she knew she could relate to in an intimate way. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Founder Battles Chairman At Friendly Ice Cream. S. Prestley Blake, the 91-year-old founder of Friendly Ice Cream, has launched a battle against what he sees as a culture of self-dealing among the management that took over after he sold the chain. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Jumbles crumbles in attempt to convert Krispy Kreme sites. Nearly three months after opening, Jumbles has stumbled in a bid to replace a prolific brand pastry. Jumbles Dough Factory and Coffee Bar outlets took over eight Houston-area Krispy Kreme locations in March. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Steak and Ale on franchise route. Juicy prime rib, dimly-lit 18th century English-style dining rooms and cozy bars are among the memories that linger fondly in the back of the minds of many former customers of Steak and Ale restaurants. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Partners sandwiching subs, coffee in bid attracting franchisor's interest. The sign plastered to Urban Coffee's front window at the Olentangy Valley Plaza in Columbus may declare "Opening Soon: Subway," but it doesn't mean the ubiquitous sandwich chain is muscling out the cafe. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2006
Water ice franchisor is hot for more stores. With decades of experience under his belt as a franchisee, in May 2005 Jim Rudolph moved to the other side of the table, becoming a franchisor for the first time with the purchase of Rita's Water Ice. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2006
Vitamin vendor GNC to give IPO 2nd chance. Vitamin-store chain GNC Corp. is hoping investors might look kinder on its stock this year, two years after it ditched an earlier attempt to go public. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2006
Female entrepreneurs flocking to get into franchise businesses. Carol Rath knew it was time for a career change when her 2-year-old granddaughter pointed to the children's indoor playground where Rath was manager, and said: "That's where my grandma lives." .... [more] 8 Jun, 2006
Sodexho focuses on franchises. A retail executive with experience at fast-food chains such as Arby's and Wendy's will help a Lehigh Valley company try to build the prominence of its own restaurant brands. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2006
INTEREST - McDonald's caboose sells for more than $11,000. The McChooChoo, Spokane’s landmark McDonald’s party room that went up on the eBay auction block, has been sold for $11,301.95 and will be chugging out of its station. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2006
Sub-sandwich shop chain looks to add Nashville locations. Submarine sandwich shop franchiser Penn Station Inc. is eyeing Nashville for growth with plans to add an additional 17 shops. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2006
7-Eleven selling off stores to franchisees. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc. of Dallas is selling 200 company-owned stores in Colorado to franchisees. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2006
Franchisees File Legal Action Against Cardinal Health and Medicine Shoppe International. More than 70 Medicine Shoppe franchise owners representing 82 stores have filed legal action against Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. and its parent company, Cardinal Health, Inc. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2006
Franchising expo branches out. Hopeful business owners from around the world descended on the annual International Franchise Expo in Washington over the weekend, looking for a sandwich, pizza or storage franchise for their home countries. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2006
Jack in the Box CEO: No Qdoba spin-off yet. Jack in the Box Inc. has no immediate plans to spin off its fast-growing Qdoba Mexican Grill chain, but the company would consider such a move in the future. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2006
Recipe for success. Green Acres, the homegrown restaurant chain known for its chicken wings, fried green tomatoes and soul food, is spreading its wings with even more locations. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2006
Froots Smoothies Offers Free Franchise Fee in Atlanta Market! Froots Smoothies announced today that it will award a Free Franchise Agreement to a person who attends one of their Business Opportunity Seminars. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2006
Auction it TODAY Sells Over 100 Franchises Just One Year from Start Date. The highly successful online-auction franchise, Auction it TODAY, announced today that it has sold over 100 stores since franchise sales began in May 2005. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2006
Long John Silver’s opens inside KFC eatery. The Long John Silver’s fast-food chain has opened an operation in the Spokane market in a space it shares with a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2006
Let's Talk Franchise Premiers National Franchise T.V. Show. "Let's Talk Franchise," a 30 minute national television show dedicated to informing the general public, investors and potential franchisees about franchising, airs its premier show this week. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2006
Using Your Nest Egg To Buy a Franchise. The Wall Street Journal looks at the pros and cons of tapping into retirement savings to launch a business. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2006
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