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Choice reorganizes to focus on brands. Choice Hotels International has reorganized around its brands in an effort to improve long-term growth and financial performance. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2006
Raving Brands restaurants target Hawaii. An Atlanta-based restaurant company is seeking franchisees to open more than two dozen locations in Hawaii in the next three years. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2006
Hooters seeks to pull plug on Hub owner. Hooters’ hopes for heating up Boston’s restaurant scene appear to be slipping away, as the sexy burger joint’s home office looks to pull out of the Hub market. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2006
PODS buys back Sarasota franchise. PODS Enterprises Inc. has purchased the Sarasota territory from its franchisee. Sarasota was PODS' first franchise sold. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2006
Brazilian Franchises to Participate for The First Time at Franchise Expo in Los Angeles. Next week, Brazilian companies will be in Los Angeles for the West Coast Franchise Expo-2006, which occurs November 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2006
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine Franchising, Inc. Announces They Will Offer Franchises. Sophie's Cuban Cuisine Franchising, Inc. announced today that they will be offering franchises for their popular downtown lunch concept in the fall/winter of 2006. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2006
Bringing profits to the table. Bill and Judie Byrd, the Fort Worth couple who founded Super Suppers and turned it into the largest meal-prep franchise in the country, have watched the industry grow by more than 700 percent in three years. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2006
Texadelphia opens 9th local store. Texadelphia, the 21-year-old eatery specializing in burgers and cheesesteaks, has opened its ninth Austin location at the southeast corner of Anderson Lane and Shoal Creek Boulevard. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
Seinfeld episode's 'soup' franchise coming to Denver. A retailer of specialty soups immortalized in a 1995 episode of the TV show "Seinfeld" is moving into the Denver area. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
Setting Goals for Franchise Success. Before you research any franchises, you should set three- and five-year goals. Goals must be both financial and “quality of life” (or non-financial) in nature. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
Franchising leverages growth. For shoppers at Lowry Town Center, Squeeze Fresh Smoothies is just the citrus-colored shake shop on the corner. But there's more to it. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
GNC profit more than triples. GNC Corp., the operator of General Nutrition stores, said net income in the third quarter grew by 336.8 percent from a year ago as sales were up in company-owned and franchise stores. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
Spicy Pickle files for IPO. A Denver restaurant company filed Thursday for a initial public offering it hopes will raise as much as $5 million. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2006
Fast-casual franchising: Is your chain ready? Fast-casual restaurant owners should be cautious when taking the franchise leap. Experts say knowing when to franchise your concept could be the difference between positive profit margins and angry investors. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2006
Franchising group opposes minimum wage increase. The International Franchise Association, a national group representing franchised businesses, is opposing an Arizona ballot question to increase the state's minimum wage. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Tim Hortons to open 1st downtown store. For the first time in the company's history, Tim Hortons, the popular coffee and restaurant chain named after the late Buffalo Sabres' defenseman, is opening a downtown Buffalo location. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Snap-on to Acquire Leading Provider of Automotive Parts and Service Information. Snap-on Incorporated today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ProQuest Business Solutions from ProQuest Company. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
SuperShuttle apt to expand presence under new ownership. Those blue-and-yellow SuperShuttle vans could pop up at more airports globally now that it has a new owner. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Dunkin' Donuts attacks Krispy Kreme's traditional stronghold. The Canton, Mass.-based chain plans to expand south and west across the country, and that begs the question: Will Southerners, with their long-standing love of Krispy Kreme's sugar-glaze, find room for another doughnut? .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006
Franchise effort mobilizes veterans. After years of serving their country, many soldiers may be at a loss about how to make a living in civilian life. The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative helps retired servicemen and women buy franchises by offering financial incentives not available to others. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006

Coffee bistro brews success. One thing led to another. That’s the way things started for the Wired Monk, Langley’s homegrown coffee-bistro franchise. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006
Franchise owners offer tips at forum. Success as a franchise owner requires a strong work ethic and a fat checkbook, four Wichita businessmen told a Wichita State University forum Thursday afternoon. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
McD's may franchise additional company outlets. McDonald’s Corp. has boosted the number of company-owned restaurants it may sell to franchisees by 800, the company said Thursday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
KFC petitions for Colonel Sanders stamp. Visitors to can sign an online petition asking the United States Postal Service to honor Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders with his own postage stamp. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
US court fines Indian yoga guru. A Los Angeles court has fined high-profile Indian yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for violating building safety norms at one of his studios. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
Krispy Kreme turns to experts. The national doughnut chain adds Big Tobacco execs to help overcome its accounting disaster. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
Arby's Restaurant Group plans expansion. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. has secured deals with franchisees to develop 34 new Arby's restaurants across the nation, as it inches closer to its goal of having 5,000 U.S. restaurants. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
Domino’s Pizza franchisee buys 11 corporate stores. Jason Shifflett, a seven-unit Domino’s Pizza franchisee, announced the purchase of 11 corporate Domino’s Pizza stores in addition to the seven stores he currently owns in Mississippi and Tennessee. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
D.C. limo company buys its Baltimore franchise. Carey International is taking a ride to Baltimore. The D.C.-based limousine company said Tuesday that it has acquired its franchise in Baltimore for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Goes Mobile to Speed Customer Service. Coverall Cleaning Concepts has partnered with mobile application provider mFoundry (Sausalito, Calif.) to develop a mobile solution to speed and improve customer service. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
California company challenges Starbucks. For many, coffee is synonymous with Starbucks, but California-based Java Detour's aggressive franchise-expansion plan may challenge the coffee giant's hold on the Las Vegas market. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2006
Hospitality International, Inc. Announces New Initiatives for Its Five Franchise Brands. Tim D. Blalock, the CEO and president of Hospitality International, announced new initiatives for its five franchised brands during its 2006 Franchise Convention. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2006
Green-Eyed Monster May Rub S.D. Franchisees the Right Way. Massage Envy, a “hot” new retail franchise, is coming to San Diego County, hoping to rub locals the right way — literally. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2006
Some franchisees have had a belly full from fast-food chains. The restaurant world is rife with relationships on the rocks. The parent companies of Quiznos, Subway and other well-known brands face lawsuits from unhappy current or former franchisees. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2006
Customers flock back to Big Mac. McDonald's has been battered by tell-all books, Hollywood movies, Jamie Oliver and incandescent dietary experts - but the world's largest fast food chain has bounced back triumphantly. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2006
Denny's Shifts Management Roles. Restaurant-chain operator Denny's Corp. on Friday named Sam Wilensky acting chief operating officer, a new position that is part of a corporate realignment. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2006
Wendy's to sell Baja Fresh for $31 mln. Wendy's International Inc. on Thursday said it would sell its struggling Baja Fresh restaurant chain for about $31 million, four years after buying the company for $275 million. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
El Pollo Loco scraps $135M IPO, citing market conditions. El Pollo Loco Holding Inc. on Thursday withdrew its $135 million initial public offering with underwriter Bank of America. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
New at McDonald's: burgers with a side of Britney. In an effort to boost traffic and revenue, McDonald's has rolled out a new "entertainment and marketing platform" that allows customers to screen videos and listen to music from Sony Pictures, Universal, and Sony BMG. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Wendy's files for declaratory judgment against some noteholders. Less than two weeks after a U.S. court denied a noteholder motion to block the spinout of Tim Hortons Inc., former parent Wendy's International Inc. has filed for a declaratory judgment against debtholders who still claim the spinout violated their debt agreements. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Panera to pay $15M for 13 franchise sites. Panera Bread Co. said Tuesday that it agreed to spend about $15.3 million to buy 13 franchised bakery-cafés and the area development rights for certain markets in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
Hooters franchise files for Ch. 11. Thirteen Hooters restaurant franchises, including one on Main Street in Hyannis, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
eBay Sales Surpass $50 Million at QuikDrop eBay Drop-off Stores. QuikDrop International announced today that total eBay sales have surpassed $50 million at its eBay drop-off retail stores since it first opened for business in February 2003. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2006
Atten-hut! Franchisors want veterans. TSS, which has 235 franchisees specializing in children's photography, is not unique in wanting to honor a military veteran and attract franchisees renowned for discipline and hard work. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2006
Geeks In A Flash! Opens the Doors to their New Franchise Support Center. Geeks In A Flash!, the premiere provider of outsourced help desk services to the small to medium sized business community, officially opened their new Franchise Support Center on New Centre Drive in the heart of Wilmington. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2006
Max Muscle wants Colo. locations. California's Max Muscle chain of sports nutrition stores plans to enter the Denver market with 20 to 30 Denver-area locations by the end of 2010. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2006
Coffee retailer tries double drive-through. Dazbog Coffee Co. of Denver has opened its franchising program's first new prototype store in Brighton. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2006
Panera Bread Company Celebrates 1000th Bakery-Cafe. Panera Bread Company today celebrates two significant business milestones - the upcoming opening of the 1,000th Panera bakery-cafe and Panera's success as a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2006
No ****, cleaning up after dogs is big business. Companies are scooping up millions as franchises expand across country. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2006 Launches First Social Networking Site For Franchising. releases its social networking platform on November 1, 2006. The site is completely free for franchisors, franchisees, industry suppliers, and area developers to network with each other and potential franchise buyers. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2006
Little Caesars Pizza eyes Boston for growth. Little Caesars Pizza said it wants to put more than 70 locations in Boston over the next 10 years. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
Service-industry franchises grow 30% in two years. From 2003 to 2005 the service-industry franchise sector grew more than 30 percent, while franchise food establishments saw just 5 percent growth, according to a study by FRANdata. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
C28 Launches Unique Christian Business Opportunity with Second Christian Franchise Store. C28, an evangelical Christian store, offering an alternative to the mainstream mall stores and typical Christian book stores, announces the opening of their second C28 Christian franchise store. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
Mammoth Re/Max Trademark Lawsuit Looms over Agents' Heads. In State court today Superior Court Judge Victor H. Person stayed a State legal action against 1700 Re/Max agents. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
Chewing over ideas for a franchise. You think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, but you don't want to go it alone. Franchising seems like the best idea, but picking the right one can be overwhelming given the hundreds of concepts and brands to choose from. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2006
Home Helpers franchise provides a helping hand. Coming to the area only one year ago, Home Helpers is a national franchise that aids people in need in the tri-county area. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Franchisees from Around the World Gather for Annual Meeting. They came from a dozen countries and spent four days sharing strategies, standards, and a vision of future growth and development. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2006
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