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Go Junk Expands into Oklahoma City. When David McDermott started his junk hauling business in Tulsa in 2003, he was determined to beat the only other player in the industry. Now, his company, Go Junk, is expanding to Oklahoma City, and McDermott is approaching his goal by leaps and bounds. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2007
Debunking the 'McJob' Stereotype. It's no mystery that "McJob" is derived from terms coined by McDonald's Corporation, the ubiquitous fast food chain. During the past three months, the UK branch of McDonald's has collected close to 105,000 signatures to petition publishers of the dictionary to stop carrying the word "McJob." .... [more] 29 Dec, 2007
Subway to Offer Online ServSafe Courses. Sandwich quick-serve Subway now offers online ServSafe Food Safety Training and Certification courses for its franchisees and their staff. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2007
Local realty agency joins national franchise network. Louisville real estate agency ABG Properties LLC has converted to an independently owned and operated franchise of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2007
New franchisee reopens Huddle House. The Huddle House in St. Augustine has reopened for business under new ownership. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2007
McDonald’s thrives in fast-food nation. To gauge this pell-mell nation’s velocity, visit here with Jim Skinner, CEO of a company on pace to have a net income for 2007 of $3.46 billion, up 12.7 percent, on revenues of almost $23 billion. The evolution of McDonald’s mirrors that of the nation in which it serves 27 million customers a day. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2007
LearningRx Joins Constant Contact's Franchise Program. Adding to its growing list of educational franchise partners, Constant Contact, Inc., a leading provider of email marketing and online surveys for small organizations, today announced that LearningRx, has joined its Franchise Program. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2007
7-Eleven to Add 30 Locations in New York in 2008. There will be 30 7-Eleven locations added to the more than 185 existing locations on New York's Long Island in 2008, as part of parent company Seven & I Holdings' $2.4 billion investment in its U.S. arm. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2007
Peter Piper bosses look east for expansion plans. From Scottsdale-based Peter Piper Inc.'s perspective, Warren Kingsbury makes the perfect person to help the pizza chain expand into Southern California. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2007
Restaurant supplier to expand in Alabama. Florida-based FiltaFry said it will add two territory operators in Birmingham by the end of 2008 and will target Mobile and Montgomery for expansion. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2007
QuikDrop Closes eBay Drop-off Store Franchise. QuikDrop is closing its eBay drop-off store franchise business at the end of the month, but franchise stores will be able to continue to use the QuikDrop name, logos, and signage. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
Captain D's Franchisee Goes Bankrupt. Memphis-based SERVE Holdings LLC, the largest franchisee in the country of Captain D's-brand restaurants, Thursday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
McDonald's sees restaurants as green laboratories. From low-flow water faucets to converting French fry oil to fuel, McDonald's Corp is testing ways to reduce the impact its 31,000-plus restaurants have on the world's resources. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2007
Vehicle Tracking Solutions Unveils New Franchise Program. Vehicle Tracking Solutions, a Long Island based GPS fleet management provider, has become the first company in the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) industry to offer franchising opportunities. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Making Your Franchise Stand Out. Figure out what makes your franchise different - and sell that to franchise buyers. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Choice Franchise Strategy Lifts Stock. Choice Hotels International Inc.'s franchise strategy provides a sense of stability during economic uncertainty, analysts said Wednesday, sending the hotel franchisor's stock higher in afternoon trading. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Yum Brands exec headed to Mimi's Cafe. The newest executive for Bob Evans Farms Inc.'s Mimi's Cafe chain hails from familiar territory. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2007
Ruby Tuesday opens on Guam. Ruby Tuesday, one of the nation’s most popular casual dining restaurants, has opened its Guam restaurant at the Guam Premier Outlets. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2007
Cuppy's Coffee Brews Up Record Growth. Cuppy's Coffee, Smoothies & More, Inc. announced today a record year of growth in 2007 marked by the opening of 33 stores and the signing of franchise agreements for more than 200 locations to open in 2008. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2007
Will a Twist on an Old Vow Deliver for Domino's Pizza? It's been 14 years since Domino's last promised to deliver a pizza to someone's door within 30 minutes, but that pledge is still stuck in many customers' heads. Now, the chain is trying to hearken back to that hardy ad campaign - this time without getting sued. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2007

Medifast bulks up franchising opportunities. Medifast Inc. said Monday it has received approval from seven additional states to sell its weight control center franchise and plans to open up to 30 new locations in the next two years. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2007
San Jose family's plan to open Juice Zone franchise ruined. After more than 20 years as a San Jose postal employee, Phan Ha caught the entrepreneurial bug when she saw an ad in a local Vietnamese magazine seeking franchisees for new Juice Zone stores. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2007
Funeral care for pets grows into franchises. Coleen Ellis opened Pet Angel Memorial Center in 2004, and the concept took off so successfully that it's on its way to being franchised nationwide, with hopes of expanding to 500 locations over the next seven years. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2007
Stratus enters Colo. market. Commercial cleaning franchisor Stratus Building Solutions announced Friday it has entered the Colorado market by awarding a master franchise to Stratus Building Solutions of Northern Colorado LLC in the Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley region. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2007
Baja Sol spices up Ohio. Baja Sol Restaurants Group is expanding its presence in the Midwest. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2007
Franchisee Dunkin' into Central Florida. Demy Martin, a longtime Blockbuster Video franchisee in the Boston area, has secured the rights for a huge Orlando-area territory for Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Donuts coffee and doughnut shops. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2007
Pieman has a peppy plan to franchise his Tony Roni's. Tony Altomare owns Tony A's Pizza shops in Conshohocken, Blue Bell, Roxborough and Spring House. Now, the restaurateur plans to roll out Tony Roni's, what he hopes to quickly turn into a chain of franchised pizza shops. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2007
McDonald's golden arches go retro in Orlando. Recalling its hamburger-stand past, McDonald's is building a store in Orlando that evokes its original arch-adorned buildings. It will be the first of its kind in Metro Orlando and among a handful of 1950s-style stores throughout the country. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2007
Juárez's Silver Streak franchise thrives. A little hamburger franchisee in Juárez has a formula for big success: Get away from the monsters. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2007
7-Eleven named best franchising opportunity. Dallas-based 7-Eleven has been named America's best franchising opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine in next year's Franchise 500 ranking. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2007
Yum looks to boost U.S. sales using rival's methods. Yum Brands Inc, operator of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains, said on Wednesday it is studying the recent turnaround of McDonald's Corp as it tries to revive sales at its U.S. restaurants. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2007
Allied Capital Invests $83 Million in Largest U.S. Franchisor of Consumer Buying Centers. Allied Capital Corporation announced today that it has invested $83 million to support the buyout of DirectBuy, Inc. by private equity firm Trivest Partners, L.P. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2007
Yum sees slow gains from Taco Bell int'l expansion. Yum Brands Inc has started expanding its popular Taco Bell brand outside the United States, but it said on Wednesday this business would not be a meaningful contributor to overall sales and profits for five to 10 years. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2007
Weight Watchers to launch in U.S. 7-Eleven stores. Weight Watchers International Inc plans to launch a line of snack cakes and muffins in 7-Eleven convenience stores across the United States, part of an ongoing move to increase the size of its licensed food business. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2007
Wendy's Launches National Search for New CMO. Wendy's International, Inc. announced today that it is conducting an aggressive national search for a new Chief Marketing Officer. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2007
McDonald's stock hits all-time high on strong sales. McDonald's said Monday sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 8.2% in November, sending its shares to an all-time high. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2007
Trio finds success with kiosk-style coffeehouses. For some, having a morning cup of coffee is a way of life. For the women of Scooter's Coffeehouse, making that cup of coffee has become a livelihood. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2007
Papa John's soars after 2008 view. Shares in Papa John's International Inc rose 7 percent on Friday, a day after the pizza delivery chain gave an upbeat forecast and said it would increase the size of its international business by 25 percent next year. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2007
McDonald's to help franchises in specialty coffee push. McDonald's Corp. told its U.S. franchisees this week it will pay up to 40 percent of costly renovations needed for the rollout of its specialty coffee program. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2007
100th International Carl's Jr. Opens. CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced today that Carl's Jr., one of its subsidiary hamburger chains, has opened a restaurant in Pago Pago, American Samoa, making it the 100th Carl's Jr. restaurant to open internationally. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2007
Doughnut maker cuts losses, predicts future store closings. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced Thursday it had narrowed its third quarter losses even as sales took a hit. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2007
Arby's franchisee switches to solar power. The Winning Team, a North Carolina-based Arby’s franchisee, will switch its 33 restaurants from conventional natural-gas hot water heaters to solar-powered ones. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2007
Drive-thru C-store Sells First Franchise. The Brew Thru drive-thru convenience chain, which originated here in 1977 and boasts five locations, gained its first franchisee in John Childers, resident of Tybee Island, Ga., the Outer Banks Sentinel reported. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2007
GNC Franchising Expected to Grow Through 2008. For most people, the new year means a new resolution or two. For GNC, it means more new stores. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2007
Burger Launches Diversity Campaign. Burger King Corp. announced it has launched a marketing campaign highlighting its diversity and inclusion initiatives nationwide. The "Real People, Real Success" campaign shines the spotlight on BKC's diverse employees, suppliers, and franchisees. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2007
Rent-A-Center closing 280 stores. Rent-A-Center Inc., the nation's largest rent-to-own retail chain, said it will close about 280 of its U.S. stores within the next three months to boost finances. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
AFC Enterprises increases stock buy-back amount. AFC Enterprises Inc.'s board of directors has given the company a $50 million boost to its stock buy-back program. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
Solar Power Inc. wins franchising OK. Solar Power Inc. has received approval from the state to begin selling franchises for retail stores in California. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2007
Quiznos CEO: Franchisee Profits to Go Up. A year after some franchise owners sued Quiznos over business practices, the restaurant chain's chief executive said Monday he expects franchisee profits to increase 60 percent overall in the wake of improvements to the system. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2007
Froots Smoothie stores take off. Froots Smoothie Founder David Lopez has franchised 30 stores from Arizona to Florida with others in Ireland and the Turks and Caicos. Another 72 franchises have been sold and plans are underway to open at least 500 more in the next five years. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2007
Minorities, women turn to franchises. Betsy Knoke’s northeast-side business is the latest addition for Colorado-based 10 til 2, a franchised staffing service that places college-educated individuals in part-time employment. On a grander scale, the landscape-architect-turned-business-owner is among the scores of women and minorities who are finding business opportunities through franchises. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2007
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