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: : September 2006

Jacksonville chocolatier hopes to expand shops across country. The sweet-smelling footprint of Peterbrooke Chocolatier will soon be tip-toeing across Florida - and if all goes as the company hopes, across the country within five years. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2006
Think Local When Franchising Abroad. Having a savvy guide can make all the difference when going abroad. And for franchisers that means finding the right business partner who can navigate through bureaucratic brambles if necessary, and who knows what will sell and what won't. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
KFC's Col. Sanders Steps Onto Advertising Walk of Fame. This morning, Col. Sanders was announced as one of America's two Favorite Icons in advertising for 2006, the first real person ever to receive this designation, at a ceremony and parade held in conjunction with Advertising Week 2006 in New York City. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
New cafe Melts in Paradise Valley. Melt gelato & crepe café has taken its first franchise order out of its home state of California, setting up shop at Paradise Valley Mall, and plans more than 20 Arizona locations over the next three years. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
The Fat Banana Set to Become the New Franchise Fast Food Success Story of the 21st Century. The Fat Banana, a division of ICaptivate, Inc., a leader in branded mobile content, mobile advertising and promotions announced today that the company has created and run successfully 2 mobile units in Thailand and is bringing the success to America. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
McDonald's raises annual dividend 49% to $1 a share. McDonald's raised its annual dividend 49% from 67 cents to $1 a share Wednesday, as the world's largest restaurant company pushes to return more cash to shareholders. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
Franchised Pizza Chains Make Up 60% of the Entire U.S. Pizza Market. Research and Markets has announced the addition of Franchised Pizza Chain Restaurants Survey 2006 to their offering. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
7-Eleven dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as gasoline supplier. 7-Eleven is dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier after more than 20 years as part of a previously announced plan by the convenience store operator to launch its own brand of fuel. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
$1.5 million and change. Pizza Hut franchisees unite to raise money for a Boys & Girls Club and end up delivering. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2006
Cereal Bowl plans to become national franchise. Huddled at the back of The Cereal Bowl café on a slow Monday night, the three owners of the venture were paging through plans for their next big gamble. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2006
China chain eyes Home Depot for inspiration. The Chinese delegation had traveled halfway around the world to visit the U.S. stores of American giant Home Depot, but it was hardly love at first sight. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2006
Red Lobster, Applebee's fight slumping sales. Casual-dining chains, which have witnessed sluggish sales as consumers pinched by gas prices and credit-card interest rates have cut back spending, are not sitting still. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2006
Garage Reorganization Part of U.S. Trend. click here Several companies, including GarageTek in Syosset, N.Y. and HouseWall Garage System in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. are helping people get the junk out of the way so the cars can come back in. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2006
Pizza delivery drivers form first union. Domino's Pizza delivery driver Jim Pohle could have quit when he saw a competitor offering an extra 25 cents an hour in wages and his bosses wouldn't match it. But he decided instead to form the nation's first pizza drivers union to successfully organize workers. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
Fitness Together Launches Massage Franchise. Fitness Together, the world's largest personal training organization, has launched Elements Therapeutic Massage, a massage franchise. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
Commission Offers Advice For Franchise Buyers. Buying a franchise is not an easy or inexpensive prospect. To help those who are possibly interested in taking that step, the Federal Trade Commission offers advice - and warnings. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2006
Marble Slab unveils new marketing strategy. Marble Slab Creamery Inc. has unveiled a new national campaign, based on comprehensive customer research, that includes a complete redesign of all in-store signage and collateral materials. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006
New McDonald's to be retro. Wallhaven restaurant will be rebuilt next door on Exchange, have red-and-white look of '50s. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006
Dunkin' Donuts brews up major growth plan. Dunkin' Donuts said Wednesday it plans to add 250 locations in the Philadelphia area by 2010. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006
ColorTyme Franchisees Grow in Record Numbers. Over the years, franchisee innovation and ColorTyme financing have become critical factors to ColorTyme’s success. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006

Black Enterprise Magazine Names RE/MAX among 30 Hottest Franchises. The September 2006 issue of Black Enterprise magazine announced B.E.’s 30 Hottest Franchises for 2006. Among the five named in the ‘Business Services’ sector was RE/MAX International. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2006
Turning 30 soon, Mrs. Fields cookie shops getting a makeover. About to turn 30 next year and its parent company coming off a year of profit losses, the business known internationally for its chocolate chip cookies and other treats is being made over. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2006
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. Finalizes Agreement With North Country Hospitality Inc. Ultimate Franchise Systems Inc. announced today that it has completed an agreement to affiliate with North Country Hospitality Inc., based in Sackets Harbor, N.Y. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2006
Diedrich Coffee to sell company-owned stores to Starbucks. Diedrich Coffee Inc. said it had agreed to sell most of its company-owned stores to Starbucks Corp. for about $13.5 million in order to focus on its wholesale business. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Franchise Boot Camp Radio Celebrates Its 52nd Show. Today The Franchise Training Center announced the completion of the 52nd segment of Franchise Boot Camp Radio. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Smoothie chain expects 75 stores in Phoenix, San Diego. Squeeze Fresh Smoothies Thursday announced the sale of franchise territories covering Phoenix and San Diego, with the goal of establishing 75 stores combined in the two areas over the next seven years. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Judge creates bankruptcy trustee for Wendy's franchisee. A bankruptcy judge Wednesday approved the request by a Connecticut hedge fund for a Chapter 11 trustee to take control of a St. Louis-area operator of Wendy's fast-food restaurants. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
Sonic opens counter-service restaurant on UH campus. The first Sonic restaurant of its kind in the Houston area has opened on the ground level of the new University of Houston parking garage. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
Caboodle Cartridge Expands Franchise in New York. Caboodle Cartridge, the California-based distributor of remanufactured ink cartridges and toners, today announced franchise expansion plans into New York City and Long Island, New York. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
Jack in the Box Sells Hawaii Restaurants for $19M. Restaurant operator and franchiser Jack in the Box Inc. announced Sept. 12 that Scanlan Management LLC has acquired 25 of its restaurants in Hawaii for some $19 million in cash. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2006
A Flash in the Pan? Meal-Prep Shops Spread. There has been explosive growth in the number of meal-preparation businesses in the last five years. But will places like Dinner by Design and Dream Dinners catch on with the busy parents they are targeting? .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Denny's to sell 66 properties for $67 mln. Restaurant operator Denny's Corp. on Tuesday said it agreed to sell 66 franchisee-operated restaurant properties to National Retail Properties Inc. for $67 million, in order to reduce debt and strengthen its balance sheet. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Krispy Kreme: Still No Sugar Coating. It won't file results on time, and frustrated franchisees fear the doughnut maker may give up making the glazed treats on-site. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Yum completes buyout of British Pizza Hut joint venture. Yum Brands Inc. has completed its purchase of the remaining 50 percent stake in 541 Pizza Hut stores in the United Kingdom from its joint-venture partner, Whitbread PLC. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Pet store looks to copy McDonald's model. A Preston pet food firm is taking a leaf out of the book of a very different member of the food industry as it looks to spread across the country. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Dial-A-Mattress: The big bounce. When you're in the business of selling beds by phone as he is, your success rests on changing consumer buying habits. Just ask Bob Klein. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
2 Scottsdale companies use franchising to branch out. Two new entries add to Scottsdale's already sizable base of franchisors, which ranges from the 1,350-store Cold Stone Creamery to Nothing But Noodles' 35-plus locations. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Furniture store in state inquiry. USA Baby, a Chicago baby furniture franchise with a store in Tampa, is under investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office over accusations it took customers' money but failed to deliver the goods. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Franchise growth spurt. From Merry Maids to McDonald's, Americans like businesses they know. More companies than ever are happy to oblige, with a franchise. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
Louisville businesswoman named president of national franchise brokerage. Franchise brokerage FranNet has named Louisville resident Jania Bailey as its president and chief operating officer. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
eBay store fad adapts to change. The QuikDrop system - a chain of eBay drop-off stores - has lost one of its original members in Tampa Bay after canceling a development agreement for what was projected to be two dozen stores in western Florida .... [more] 10 Sep, 2006
Booming Trade in Empty Inkjet Cartridges. It turns out there is a booming trade in empty cartridges, which are much sought after by the original manufacturers, such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lexmark International Inc., and by companies that refill old cartridges for resale. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2006
Chain puts Zip in local cleaning. Zips, a Greenbelt chain of dry cleaners that promises one-day service for a flat $1.85 fee, just received franchising rights in Maryland and Virginia. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2006
Potential Shoney's buyer wants out of deal. Brentwood-based Centrum Equities filed suit Sept. 5 in Davidson County Chancery Court, accusing Shoney's LLC of breaching the companies' July 17 asset purchase agreement. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2006
PostalAnnex+ Acquires Sunshine. PostalAnnex+, the San Diego-based franchisor of shipping and packaging stores, announced Sept. 6 that it has acquired the franchise system of Florida-based Sunshine Pack & Ship USA Inc. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Round-the-clock eatery eyeing Cincinnati. Huddle House, an Atlanta family restaurant chain known for its large menu of traditional fare sold around the clock, is looking for franchisees so it can expand into Cincinnati. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Find out about franchising at annual seminar. Potential franchisees, franchisors and others interested in the world of franchising can learn about the industry at this fall's Franchise Management Certificate Program staged by the University of Texas at El Paso's Franchise Center. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Weichert Realtors Marks the Signing of its 250th Franchise Office. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., the franchise arm of Weichert, Realtors, has announced the signing of its 250th franchise office. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Past Franchise Association President to Host “The Wilkerson Report” on Franchise Boot Camp Radio. Today The Franchise Training Center and Franchise Recruiters announced that the companies have struck a deal to have Jerry Wilkerson host a regular update on Franchise Boot Camp Radio. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Speaking Roses Granted Another Patent for Advanced Flower Printer Technology. Speaking Roses International, Inc., the company that invented flower embossing technology, today announced that it was granted its latest of a series of filed patents covering apparatus and process usage. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
Subway Franchisees Try Out Unusual Sites. Searching for growth in the saturated fast-food industry, Subway is opening restaurants in unusual locations - including coin-operated laundries, car dealerships and even a church. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
Dunkin' Donuts plans 325 new stores in region by 2010. Dunkin' Donuts plans to more than double its locations in Greater Washington by 2010. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
Sports trainers give kids an edge. Velocity Sports Performance has stepped up to the plate, suspecting that parents across the country are willing to go beyond municipal or school summer sports camps and pay more for professional instruction. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
Cold Stone Creamery Hosts Month-Long Fundraiser. This September, more than 1,350 Cold Stone Creamery locations are gearing up for the World's Largest Ice Cream Social, an annual nationwide fundraiser benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
Red Roof Inns may be for sale. French hotel group Accor SA on Wednesday announced further shake-up, including a strategic review of the Red Roof Inn chain in the U.S. and a significant expansion in emerging markets. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006
Planet Smoothie moves beyond dwarf status. Five Planet Smoothie locations are under development in the Tampa Bay area, as the company makes a push to expand Florida operations. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006
Clockwork Home Services Acquires Home Services Franchise in Nashville. Clockwork Home Services, Inc. today announced its acquisition of Nashville-based Tab Hunter's One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating franchise and Tab Hunter's Benjamin Franklin Plumbing franchise. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006
Gatti's franchisee to deliver 22 stores to Tennessee. Mr. Gatti's LP, the Austin pizza company known for its GattiTown store concept, has inked a deal with a Knoxville, Tenn.-based retail franchise group that will expand the brand throughout the southeast. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006
Dunkin's Coffee Buzz. The once dowdy New England doughnut chain is riding high on the popularity of its brew. Can it go coast to coast? .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Franchise Training Center's First Year Brings Series of Training Contracts. Today the Franchise Training Center announced that it secured six service contracts with emerging franchises since the company launched last October. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. Announces New Flamers Hamburger Franchises. Ultimate Franchise Systems announced today that one of its leading brand affiliations, Flamers Grill, has signed agreements for seven new franchise locations over the past two months. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Emerging Concept: Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza. The pizza industry has mastered both delivery and gourmet pizza, but Dwayne Northrop believes his chain is the only to marry both successfully. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Chick-fil-A still a franchise staple. Chick-fil-A executives routinely say the chain's 1,250 restaurants in 37 states, spanning from Georgia to California to Massachusetts, make as much money in six days a week as many of its competitors do in seven. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2006
Former salesman finds happiness-and income-in other people's junk. Carl Schilling wants your junk. With three Isuzu trucks and a handful of uniformed, friendly employees, Schilling is out to clean up as the area franchisee for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? .... [more] 4 Sep, 2006
Currying flavor with Americans. To be the Ray Kroc of Indian food - as Yogi Sood intends - will take ambition and then some. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2006
One-stop home fix-it franchise opens in Tulsa. Maintenance Made Simple has opened in Tulsa offering one-step solutions to home repair and improvement projects. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2006
Krispy Kreme settles lawsuit with Illinois franchisee. The Winston-Salem-based company said it had settled a lawsuit brought by Sweet Traditions LLC, an Illinois franchisee. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
For Subway, Every Nook And Cranny on the Planet Is Possible Site for a Franchise. Setting up shop in any nook or cranny it can find has helped Subway surpass McDonald's Corp. as the restaurant chain with the most U.S. locations. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
National coffee chain pours into Austin. Scooter's Coffeehouse, an Omaha-based company with more than 40 franchise locations nationwide, has opened its first shop in Austin. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
O'Naturals planning expansion. Within a few weeks, O'Naturals expects to sign up its first franchisee, the initial step toward building the brand outside of its four company-owned locations .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
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