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: : April 2007

The Art of the Successful Franchise. Twenty-four years ago, Mary Rogers, a young wife and mother, co-founded a small business in Great Falls to teach children about computers when the new technology was unfamiliar. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2007
Wings franchise plans 24 NE Florida restaurants. A South Florida restaurant chain specializing in chicken wings will open a Jacksonville location, the first of 24 planned restaurants in Northeast Florida. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2007
Attorney Helped One McDonald's Franchisee Initiate A Winning But Tragic Case Against The Burger Giant. Franchising Is A Fast Growing Commerce With One Opening Every Eight Seconds But Dangers Lurk - Apparently Especially For McDonald's Franchise Owners. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2007
SUBWAY Restaurants Partner With PUSH.tv to Encourage Americans to Get Active. Launch of 'SUBWAY FRESH FIT(TM) SWEEPSTAKES' Provides Consumers With The Chance To Win Prizes To Help Them Get Active! .... [more] 30 Apr, 2007
Burger King swings to profit, beats estimates. Burger King Holdings said Friday that it swung to a profit in the third quarter, fueled by sales of new sandwiches at the second-largest hamburger chain. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2007
Arby's franchisee finds formula for success. If there’s a secret to running a successful QSR operation, the folks at Arby’s franchisee The Restaurant Co. know what it is. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2007
Wendy's management to discuss possible sale. Wendy's International, struggling but failing to keep up with the tremendous sales and stock surge of rival McDonald's, on Wednesday made a surprise announcement that the chain could be on the block. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2007
Panera Bread Releases Steady 1Q07 Results, Expects Upside Next Quarter. Yesterday, Panera Bread reported 1Q 2007 results. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2007
Carlson Hotels to Implement Revenue Optimization Solutions. Carlson Hotels Worldwide has selected JDA Software Group Inc. to implement a revenue optimization platform to increase asset value and profitability for Carlson franchisees. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2007
Jackson Hewitt Engages Prominent Hispanic Management Firm - Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. announced today that the company has engaged the Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd. to develop and implement a comprehensive Hispanic market initiative. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Step Away From the Brinker. There was little to like from Brinker International today when you consider that... .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Niece wants Tom Carvel's body exhumed. Nearly 20 years after Thomas Carvel's death, a niece wants the ice cream emperor's body exhumed from a Hartsdale cemetery and investigated for evidence of foul play. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Snap-on names new president. Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. today announced that Nicholas Pinchuk has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the company. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. to Report 2007 First Quarter Results on May 1. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an interactive, entertainment-based retailer of customized stuffed animals, will report its fiscal 2007. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Pizza and sub chain wants 30 more local stores.With one location in Sugarcreek Plaza, Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Sub is looking open up to 30 more locations across Dayton market. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2007
Krispy Kreme keeps quiet about reopening in east Mesa. Krispy Kreme's parent company has received a city license to reopen a store in east Mesa but is not saying when it will open that store or if it is also looking at other locations. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2007
Baskin-Robbins Kicks Off Summer Early with Inaugural 31 Cent Scoop Night Event. Here's the scoop! Baskin-Robbins is kicking off summer early with a special 31 Cent Scoop Night celebration on May 2, 2007. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2007
Marriott beds down big profit. Marriott International, the owner of the Ritz-Carlton and its namesake hotel chains, said yesterday first-quarter profit tripled on higher room rates. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2007
InterContinental to franchise Holiday Inn Express in China. InterContinental Hotels Group said it will offer a hotel franchising program for the Holiday Inn Express brand in China. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts Uses Business Intelligence In War Against Starbucks. Dunkin' Donuts managers are using a dashboard-type software application to fend off advances by its nemesis. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2007
Spring-Green Lawn Care is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary. As the Plainfield, Ill.-based lawn care company celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, CEO Tom Hofer will take a moment to enjoy a slice of cake, but that’s about it. There’s too much work to be done. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2007

Fuddruckers pulls plug on Columbus restaurants. Burger chain Fuddruckers suddenly closed its four Columbus-area restaurants this week, leaving the central Ohio market for the second time in nearly two decades. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2007
Athletic Nation Opens Franchise Locations. After four years of research, development and test marketing of the prototype men’s-only personal training gym in San Jose, California, the Athletic Nation Franchise Corp is preparing to open its first three franchise gyms. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2007
Sold: Moe's welcomes new ownership. Roark Capital Group's FOCUS Brands Inc. will buy Atlanta-based fast casual Mexican chain Moe's Southwest Grill for an undisclosed price. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
Build it, then franchise. George McNeill is one of a growing number of local small-business owners who are finding that becoming the next McDonald's isn't as easy as it looks. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
Ruby cites bankrupt franchisee for profit drop. Shares of Maryville-based Ruby Tuesday Inc. were down today after the restaurant chain said third-quarter profit fell 5 percent in part because a franchisee went bankrupt. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
Extreme Pita seeks segment lead with new U.S. stores. The landscape is cluttered in the restaurant franchising world and new brands are faced with a difficult task of attracting attention, but Canadian concept Extreme Pita believes it can carve out a niche for itself in descending on the United States. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2007
Einstein Noah plans IPO to raise up to $125 mln. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. plans an initial public offering to raise up to $125 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2007
iSold It Suspends Franchise Sales of eBay Drop-Off Stores. iSold It has stopped accepting applications for its franchise eBay drop-off stores as it focuses on helping existing franchisees, according to the company's president and CEO Ken Sully. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2007
Franchise Business Offers Sweet Opportunity for Entrepreneurs. For more than twenty years, Blue Chip Cookies has been offering gourmet cookies made from scratch in its stores and is now offering franchise opportunities. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2007
Subway Seeks To Slice Domino's, Pizza Hut Pie. Pizza is coming to Subway. By June, the largest restaurant franchise in the country will add deep-dish style personal pizza to the menu at 13,000 U.S. stores. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
Jackson Hewitt Franchisee Suspends Work. Tax preparation company Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. said Monday a franchisee facing allegations of fraud agreed to temporarily suspend its business. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
CKE Seeks to Refranchise 200 Restaurants. CKE Restaurants Inc. said Monday it sold 25 Hardee's restaurants as part of a refranchising program it expects to include more than 200 locations across the Midwest and Southeast. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
Winter Park franchiser has lots on its plate for this year. Urban Flats Flatbread Co., the trendy Winter Park-based restaurant concern that specializes in oven-baked flatbread dishes, has stepped up its expansion plans with six new company-owned or franchise locations planned this year. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
McDonald's pays more for tomatoes, workers to benefit. McDonald's agreed Monday to pay a penny more per pound for its Florida-grown tomatoes to help boost wages for the migrant workers who harvest them, following a two-year campaign by an advocacy group that called for the increase. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
Ident-A-Kid Names New President & COO. Bob King, Founder of Ident-A-Kid, the first and largest child safety franchise system announced today the appointment of Lonnie Helgerson, CFE as President and Chief Operating Officer. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2007
Franchise's success rests on life's little twists. Can you make a living selling soft pretzels 3-for-$1? Sherri Pope and her sister-in-law Cheryl Pope, both borough residents in their mid-30s, hope so because they've mortgaged their homes to buy a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory franchise. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2007
UPS franchisees call delivery giant their biggest rival. UPS Store owners all over the country are packing it in, including 10 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the last two years. And the numbers could grow, raising alarms about a possible franchise fiasco. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2007
Jackson Hewitt to review allegations against franchisee. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. said it is internally reviewing allegations made against one of its franchisees after the government sued the company's operators of defrauding the U.S. treasury out of more than $70 million. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2007
V's Barbershop cuts cool deal for national expansion. V's Barbershop, with locations including downtown Phoenix and Kierland Commons, has found a "cool" partner as it works to a goal of opening 30 franchise stores this year. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2007
Suit filed by Moe's franchisees. Nearly two-dozen franchisees and their financial backers are suing Moe's Southwest Grill and its parent company, alleging the Tex-Mex chain improperly took advertising dollars from them and failed to give money collected from restaurants to a charity as promised. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2007
Brooke sets opening of franchise academy. Brooke Franchise Corp. will open its $3 million training academy and customer service center on April 23. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2007
Former Wendy's exec joins Damon's as CFO. Damon's International Inc. has named a Wendy's International Inc. executive as chief financial officer. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Tax Outlets Cited for Bogus Returns. The government said Tuesday it is trying to shut down more than 125 Jackson Hewitt tax preparation stores in four states for systematic "tax-fraud schemes." .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Jackson Hewitt Statement Regarding Department of Justice Announcement. The complaints announced today by the Department of Justice are limited to one franchisee, whose entities noted in the complaints operate more than 125 locations out of more than 6,500 Jackson Hewitt locations nationwide. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2007
Event focuses on fair franchising. With a focus on improving franchisee/ franchisor relationships, members of the Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. met in March to evaluate the organization's progress over the past year and plan for the year ahead. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2007
The 3 Secrets to Franchise Success. Jeff Elgin at Entrepreneur.com outlines some important steps to take before buying a franchise. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2007
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Continues Franchise Acquisition Program. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced the acquisition of the Thrifty Car Rental franchise operations in Vermont. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2007
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