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Hardee's parent firm now controls Georgia market. CKE Restaurants Inc. said late Wednesday that it bought 14 more Hardee's restaurants in Georgia, becoming the largest Hardee's restaurant operator in the state and the sole operator of the chain in metro Atlanta. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2006
Pizza Inn selling corporate office, distribution facility. Pizza Inn Inc. has agreed to sell its corporate office building and distribution facility in The Colony to Vintage Interests LP for $11.5 million. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2006
eBay franchise business merger part of reshuffling. Online Sales Strategies Inc. has agreed to sell its eBay franchise business "The Online Outpost" to GIGcom Inc. for 10 million common shares of GIGcom stock. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2006
Lauderdale firm gives Jamba Juice smoothie chain a boost. A company led by Steven Berrard, who helped build AutoNation and Blockbuster, has big plans for smoothie chain Jamba Juice. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2006
Locally Owned & Operated Proshred Security Launches in Philadelphia Area. Recognizing the growing need for professional, secure document destruction, two local entrepreneurs have brought Proshred Security® to the greater Philadelphia region. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2006
Franchises increasingly popular, but pitfalls abound. Walk the aisles of any franchising expo and you’ll hear managers from an array of industries proclaim franchising as one of the surest paths to success. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2006
Wendy's completes Baja Fresh sale. A consortium of investment groups led by David Kim, a West Coast restaurateur and retailer, bought the 298-unit chain for approximately $31 million. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2006
Casa Latino Real Estate Franchise System Grows Quickly. Casa Latino Real Estate, the first nationally recognized Latino real estate brand, launched its franchise model to realtors across the country. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2006
Chick-fil-A sales booming. For the first time in its nearly 40 years in business, Chick-fil-A has surpassed $2 billion in sales this year. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2006
State settles with weight-loss clinics. Customers of LA Weight Loss Centers Inc. will be able to get some money back as part of a deal worked out with the state Attorney General's office. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
Franchisee interest in Cambria Suites chain grows. Interest in Choice Hotels International Inc.'s new all-suites brand that's set to be rolled out in Wisconsin and elsewhere next year continues to grow. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
Largest franchisee sets terms of IPO. Underwriters for Carrols Holdings Corp., the largest franchisee of Burger King Holdings Inc., set the terms of its pending initial public offering Friday at 15 million common shares with an estimated per-share price range of $14 to $16. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2006
Drivers seek union, picket Ky. Domino's. More than a dozen pizza delivery drivers who want their own union picketed a Domino's store Saturday. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2006
Florida weighs how to regulate eBay businesses. Add Florida to the growing list of states deciding how to deal with eBay and some of its top agents - the businesses that sell stuff for other people. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2006
Leapfrog partners with Gymboree. To parents of toddlers and investors in the early-childhood education arena, the names Gymboree and LeapFrog are quite familiar. The two well-known companies now are partnering. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2006
Medspa Boom Becomes A Bust for Some Owners. For an increasing number who entered the rapidly expanding medspa business - offices that offer beautification treatments in a luxurious environment - what initially appeared like a golden opportunity has lost its luster. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2006
Denny's Names 2006 Top Franchise Operators. Denny's, the leading family dining chain, today announced the winners of the company's 2006 Operator of the Year awards. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2006
Wisconsin Franchisees Sue Quiznos. Quiznos Sub forces its franchisees to buy food and supplies from the company or its approved vendors at unfair prices and sets retail prices too low for the stores to make a profit, according to a lawsuit filed by 28 operators of Quiznos franchises in Wisconsin. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006
Batteries Plus opens San Jose location. Batteries Plus, a national chain focused on the $22 billion battery business, has opened its third store in Jacksonville. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006
Focus Brands buying Schlotzsky's. The Austin, Texas company working to bring in some serious bread by selling a funny-named sandwich has been acquired by the parent company of Carvel and Cinnabon. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006
McDonald's opens mini-gym in Santa Ana. Ronald McDonald is working on his glutes. Under pressure to thwart criticism about the fast-food industry's role in childhood obesity, McDonald's today will unveil a play gym for kids at a restaurant in Santa Ana. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006

Franchisors provide financial help. More than half of franchising companies provide some franchisee assistance in obtaining financing to buy or run their units, according to a report from the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation and Frandata. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2006
Make-your-own-meal franchises popping up all over. Billing themselves as the first “fix-and-freeze” franchise to roll out nationally, Dream Dinners of the Seattle area signed on 35 stores in its first six months. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2006
Top Mailboxes Etc. Franchisee Forced to Go Independent by UPS. Howard Spanier, operator of the nation's top sales Mailboxes Etc. (MBE) franchisee in recent years, now faces a major change as United Parcel Service refuses to renew Spanier's franchisee agreement as an MBE and he is forced to become an independent. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2006
Owner of U.S. Hero's sub shop prepares to go national. An Orlando-based sub sandwich startup is on the cusp of inking several franchise deals that will allow the chain to expand beyond the region. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2006
IHOP settles with IRS for $11M. IHOP Corp. settled a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over its federal income taxes between 2000 and 2003 and agreed to pay $11 million in taxes and interest, the company said Thursday. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2006
Papa John's purchases college bowl sponsorship. With a football stadium in Louisville already carrying its name, pizza giant Papa John's delivered a new sponsorship twist yesterday with word that it had bought naming rights to a college football bowl game. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2006
Rudy's Bar-B-Q Settles Infringement Lawsuit Against Copycat Competitor. The owners of Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q restaurants have resolved a copyright and trade dress dispute with the creators of a Missouri-based competitor called Woody's. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2006
Investors flip over IHOP. Thanks to a new business model, cash is pouring into the breakfast restaurant chain like syrup over so many pancakes. Shares are up, and could go even higher. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2006
Au Bon Pain to open 200 units. Au Bon Pain said it will add 200 units to the chain through expansion into Kuwait and Thailand. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2006
McD's wants more outlets owned by franchisees: CEO. CEO Jim Skinner told analysts attending a conference Wednesday in New York that the fast-food giant plans “to make a bigger commitment to franchising”. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2006
Noble Roman's to add 40 more dual-concept units locally. Noble Roman's Inc. said Wednesday that it has signed a development agreement for 40 more Noble Roman's Pizza/Tuscano's Italian Style Subs outlets in the Tri-State. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2006
McDonald's shareholders will share $10B. McDonald's expects to return at least $10 billion in cash to shareholders from 2006 through 2008, the company's chief financial officer said Wednesday. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2006
Franchise Capital Corporation Prepares for Comprehensive Shareholder Communications Program. Franchise Capital Corporation is preparing to launch a comprehensive public market communications program, focused on keeping current shareholders informed regarding the current activities and future direction of the company. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
Business Franchises are Good Investments According to ChristiaNet Poll., the world's largest Christian portal with twelve million monthly page loads, asked readers in a recent survey, "Should Christians invest in a business franchise?" .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
KFC gives the Colonel a makeover. Col. Harland Sanders is shedding his white suit jacket for a red cook's apron as the company he founded unveils a worldwide redesign of its KFC restaurants and one of the world's most recognizable icons. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
Panera to buy majority interest in Southwest regional chain. Panera Bread Co. said Monday that it agreed to buy 51 percent of the outstanding stock in Paradise Bakery & Café Inc., a Southwest region restaurant chain, in a deal worth $21.1 million. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2006
Mom-Friendly Business Becoming National Franchise As New Model for Child Play. It started with a beanbag chair, old ladder and an ironing board as a ramp in a carriage house when the program was initially offered. It is now a fast-growing franchise that focuses on "the parent/child play experience." .... [more] 13 Nov, 2006
Cold Stone president looks to sweeten profits. Jim Flaum, a self-described cowboy who loves challenges as much as horses, is knee-deep trying to rebuild sales for ice-cream franchiser Cold Stone Creamery. And he's happy to do it. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2006
Wichita franchise offers fresh fruit, chocolate arrangements. Trish Jasnoski and her husband thought about opening a franchise a couple years ago, but at the time nothing seemed quite right. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2006
Acadiana's fast-food giant gets a McMakeover. A corporate redesign for McDonald's restaurants is sweeping the nation, with a sleek look and relaxed atmosphere meant to draw back young adults lost to quiet coffee shops. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2006
Bark Busters' obedience training attempts to curb crotchety canines. A chance encounter was key to Dena Greenhut's decision to leap into a fetching new venture. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2006
Old Krispy Kreme stores may become Chick-fil-A outlets. For those of you going through Krispy Kreme withdrawal, the super-sweet doughnut chain's absence in Tucson may be permanent. Chick-fil-A Friday bought the two Krispy Kreme stores here and likely will convert both to fast food outlets. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2006
Corner Bakery Café hires three new VPs. Corner Bakery Café has hired three new executives to help the 90-unit chain achieve its aggressive growth plans. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2006
Ultimate Franchise Systems forms affiliation with All American Coffee. Ultimate Franchise Systems Inc. has completed an agreement with All American Coffee & Beverage Inc. that gives Ultimate a 19 percent ownership position. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Bids come in for Valley's old Krispy Kreme stores. Fast-food retailers, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. and a local credit union were among the bidders Thursday afternoon for the Valley's six former Krispy Kreme stores. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Little Caesars Pizza Announces Industry-Leading Franchise Program for Veterans. Little Caesars today announced its unique Little Caesars Veterans Program, which provides franchise business opportunities to qualified, honorably discharged veterans transitioning to civilian life or seeking a career change. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Wendy's picks interim chief as permanent CEO. Following a six-month national search, Wendy's stayed within the company and named Kerrii Anderson CEO. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Franchisee fitting Rosati's mold. By next fall, a Gilbert man expects to own 11 Rosati's Pizza restaurants in Arizona and Nevada. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Dreamers find plethora of franchise possibilities. If you want to own a piece of it, chances are someone had it here at the West Coast Franchise Expo, a buyer's bazaar of everything franchiseable. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2006
Gelato store plans rapid franchise growth. It took quite a few trips, but Jan Horsfall finally got some respect from Italian masters of gelato. "We were on Italy's B list," said Horsfall, founder and CEO of Gelazzi, a gelato store he opened in Larimer Square in November 2004. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2006
Case Handyman and Remodeling Targets San Jose for Franchise Expansion. Case Handyman and Remodeling, Inc., the nation's largest full-service remodeling organization today announced plans to open additional franchise locations in the San Jose area. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2006
New real estate franchise opens in Mass. Real Living Inc., the fourth-largest residential real estate firm in the country, has opened its first franchise in Massachusetts. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2006
First-Time Franchisees Face a Tougher Road. While buying a franchise may sound like an attractive way to go into business for yourself it is an investment, and like many complex investments, franchises merit big "buyer beware" stickers. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
Bridgeman Foods triples Chili's franchise business. Bridgeman Foods Inc. plans to buy 15 Chili's restaurants in Wisconsin and Missouri, tripling its current Chili's franchise business. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
Candid camera at the fast-food drive-thru. With more than 70 percent of fast-food orders today coming at drive-thrus rather than at restaurant counters, leading chains such as Wendy's and McDonald's are testing new technology aimed at combating some of the growing problems facing the $142 billion fast-food industry. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Christian Brothers opens first Alabama auto repair franchise in Hoover.Christian Brothers Automotive Corp. has entered the Alabama market, opening its first franchise in the state in Hoover. The company says it's planning several more Alabama locations. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Applebee's Franchisee to Adopt Advanced Wireless Service Technology. Leading franchisee with world's largest casual-dining brand signs contract to have "ESP" in all of its locations. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Outback Steakhouse operator agrees to buyout. The operator of 46 restaurants in Ohio, including the high-profile Outback Steakhouse chain, has agreed to be acquired by an investment group for $3.2 billion. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Maui Tacos Signs Agreement to Open 50 New Franchises in California. Maui Tacos has signed a development agreement with Lava Flow Ventures of Sacramento, Calif. to open 62 Maui Tacos restaurants in California over the next seven years. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
A slow, steady path to franchising. Rich Levy plans to sell franchises of his Salad Spinners restaurant, but not too soon. Plowing ahead before the company is ready could backfire, Levy said. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Franchisors disclose secrets of success at WSU. A "culture of communication" is crucial to a successful franchise deal, three franchisors told a Wichita State University forum Thursday. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Robeks Celebrates Its 100th Smoothie Location and 10th Anniversary. L.A.-based premium smoothie and juice franchising company marks a decade of offering flavorful and healthful meal alternatives and snacks with milestone store opening and VIP event. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Franchise matchmaker ties desires to opportunities. Dan Aronoff's card could read career counselor, headhunter, professional yenta, bubble buster, reality specialist, dream maker. Aronoff is a franchise matchmaker. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Ex-Krispy Kreme workers to get dough. Former employees of Tucson's Krispy Kreme franchisee, who filed for bankruptcy in August, were told Tuesday they would get most, if not all, of the final paychecks they're owed. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Century 21 buys dwellings real estate firm. Century 21 Gold Medal Realty has bought dwellings Inc., one of metro Atlanta's independent real estate firms. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2006
Submarina Announces Expansion Plans. The time has come for Submarina to cowboy-up. The San Marcos-based franchise company announced Nov. 2 that a deal has been reached to develop as many as 110 new Submarina locations in the greater Houston area within the next 10 years. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2006
Taix Extreme Boot Camp to Be Franchised. The popular fitness program known as Extreme Boot Camp, based in La Cañada Flintridge, is about to become an business opportunity for others. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2006
Recommending Reading On the Franchising World. The president and founder of a national trade association of franchisees and dealers offers her picks to help potential franchisees to learn before they buy or start a franchise. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Franchises lure military veterans. After completing military service, many veterans are being targeted by a new set of recruiters who, instead of pushing for another tour of duty, are touting small-business ownership. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
McDonald’s goes Mc-chic to classier image. The words “McDonald’s” and “chic” may not seem to belong in the same sentence, but the chain of ubiquitous fast-food outlets is making an effort to upgrade its image. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
First Look Passes 1,000 Franchise Milestone. First Look announced today that it passed the 1,000 franchise milestone, less than 3 years after starting out in less than a dozen franchises. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Rent City to become Aaron's franchisee. Rent City, based in Abilene, Texas, has signed on to become an Aaron’s franchisee. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Burger King Q1 profit leaps 82% on expansion, sales growth. Burger King Holdings said Wednesday that its first-quarter earnings jumped 82%, due to North American growth driven by sales of Value Menu items and the Stacker sandwich and new restaurant openings. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
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