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: : February 2007

Franchises Versus Nonfranchised Businesses. Conventional wisdom suggests franchises should fail less often than independents. Yet the research doesn't exactly bear this out. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2007
Chicken fight: Popeyes vs. Church's in lawsuit. AFC Enterprises Inc. on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Church's Chicken and a former Popeyes franchise group in connection with Church's recent purchase of 10 Popeyes' franchised restaurants. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2007
Play N Trade Sells 200 Video Game Store Franchises in 10 Months. Play N Trade Franchise, Inc., the fastest-growing video game retailer in the U.S., today announced that it has sold 200 franchises in 10 months. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2007
Prince Charles says ban McDonald's food. Prince Charles suggested Tuesday on a visit to the United Arab Emirates that banning McDonald's fast food was crucial for improving people's diets, a British news agency reported. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2007
Jenny Craig Executive Joins Ranks of Certified Franchise Professionals. Victor DeSio, Director of Franchise Operations & Development at Jenny Craig, Inc., was recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2007
EU to make offer of fast food restaurant-style 'franchised airline' offer to USA. Europe and the USA could be about to give the go ahead to McDonalds-style flying franchises in a bid to break the current deadlock in the stalled Open Skies negotiations. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Franchisee Says: Don't Rush in Like I Did. A 30-something California man says he wishes he talked to more owners before buying in two years ago. Find out what else he's learned since starting out. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
McDonald's logs more customer beefs in 2006. Complaints per 100,000 guests totalled 20.1 at company-operated stores while franchisees did somewhat better with 12. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Brokers consider franchising model. Bryan Hazen and Jim Bogle flatly reject the discount broker label. But they embrace the notion that Wichita-area homes can be sold for 25 percent less than other agents charge, a concept they say has taken off in the last three years. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Earning Less Bread, Making More Sandwiches. How can a breadwinner attain fast-track status and security without working hours so long that they undermine family life? For one father, the solution was opening a franchise. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Wireless Toyz Reports Extraordinary Growth in 2006. Wireless Toyz continued its accelerated expansion in 2006 by opening an additional 66 stores. In addition, the Michigan-based company has another 114 franchised locations in various stages of development. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Due diligence is key when researching foreign franchises. There are many variables to consider before buying a franchise for a foreign country, says Jorge Barragan, a Latin American franchise consultant who works out of Fort Lauderdale. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007
Boca cleaning service franchiser facing class action lawsuit. Boca Raton-based Coverall North America, a national provider of cleaning service franchises, is facing a federal class action lawsuit filed by four franchisees that claim they were “subjected to systemic misrepresentations and breaches of contract.” .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007
Ruby Tuesday Announces Guam Expansion. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., one of the nation's leading casual dining restaurant companies, announced plans for the opening of its first franchised restaurant in Guam in late 2007. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007
Starbucks' Schultz: brand being watered down. Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz told executives in a memo last week that measures taken to fuel the coffee shop chain’s rapid expansion had led to a “watering down” of its iconic brand. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2007
Wendy's to close original restaurant. Wendy's International Inc. said Friday that sagging sales will force it to close the restaurant where the nation's third-largest hamburger chain began in 1969. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2007
Subway Opens Kosher Restaurant in Brooklyn. The Subway restaurant chain is pleased to announce the opening of its first kosher location in the New York City area. This marks the sandwich franchise's second North American kosher restaurant and the first of its kind on the East Coast. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Taco Bell rats are stars for a day. Rats seen in a closed KFC/Taco Bell in New York City's Greenwich Village cause another public relations setback for the company. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Culligan Franchise Pact Could Become a Model. After years of seeing their brand bought and sold, dealers of a water-treatment product decided that this time things would be different. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
King joins assault on embattled baby-store franchiser. New Mexico attorney general Gary King recently informed the attorneys for Albuquerque-based children's-furniture retailer USA Baby and its parent company Midwest Baby that it may be trading in breach of the state's Unfair Practices Act. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007

Souper Salad gobbles up Grandy's Restaurants in bankruptcy court. Souper Salad Inc. has bought Grandy's Restaurants through a bankruptcy sale, the companies said Thursday. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
Franchise UPDATE Partners with Military.com. Franchise Update Media Group announced today it will partner with Military.com to provide content for its business research Web site. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
KFC asks for papal approval of new fish sandwich. KFC, the nation's largest fast-food chicken chain, this week began selling something it's never sold nationally: fish. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
Landmark Communications, Inc. Acquires Franchise.com Media Company. Landmark Communications announced today that it has acquired Franchise.com, a leading online franchise recruitment information resource for prospective franchisees. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
Little Caesars Exceeds 2006 Growth Plans. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. today announced that it exceeded 2006 growth plans by opening several hundred stores worldwide, the majority in the U.S., as it expanded into new markets and increased its franchisee base. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2007
McD's franchisees foresee all-day breakfast. Feeling the heat from new competitors, McDonald's Corp. is overhauling its kitchens to speed up and expand its breakfast service, a move many franchisees see as a prelude to all-day breakfast. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
Leesburg resident wins franchising honor. Leesburg resident Mary C. Rogers, founder of Reston-based Abrakadoodle, will be presented the Bonny LeVine Award for women in franchising on Feb. 26 at the IFA convention in Las Vegas. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
A New Start? Where the rest of the country sees an automotive industry on the slide, Marco’s Pizza sees Detroit’s struggles as a chance to offer a second career to union workers as well as grow a brand entering its third year as a franchise. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
Two photography franchises planned for Forsyth County. Future Stars USA Inc. plans to expand into North Carolina with its two brands - Future Stars Sports Photography and Pegasus School Images. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2007
Krispy Kreme refinances $160M of debt. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said it refinanced its debt in a $160 million deal that should cut the company's interest costs. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
House committee approves franchise tax elimination. A bill that would eliminate the corporate franchise tax for all Missouri employers is a step closer to becoming reality. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Auto by Rent Set To Begin Franchise Operations. Auto by Rent, Inc., a Springfield, Missouri based sub-prime auto dealer, is offering franchise opportunities for those interested in owning a Rent to Own vehicle dealership. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Finding a franchise more than just dollars and cents. Denver is one of the nation’s hottest franchise markets, and with unprecedented growth and new development, there are more people than ever clamoring to get into the market and get into business on their own. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Franchise association to convene in Las Vegas. The International Franchise Association has scheduled educational sessions about the implications of revisions to the franchise rule. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2007
A Cautionary Tale For New Franchisees. On its face, franchising promises the best of both worlds. You get to be your own boss while avoiding the bloody learning curve that comes with honing a new business model. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2007
Another Mass. franchisee sues cleaning firm. Two months after it settled a federal lawsuit that alleged it had deceived 10 Massachusetts residents who had purchased cleaning franchises from it, Coverall North America Inc. was the target of another suit in US District Court yesterday. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2007
Pizza Fusion is 'Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time'. Natural and organic pizza franchise giving back to the environment with eco-friendly operations in all aspects of the company. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2007
Century 21 sues Su Casa for fees. East San Jose residential real estate brokerage Su Casa and its principals, Bic D. Pho and David C. McCain, are being sued by franchisor Century 21 Real Estate Corp. for failure to pay nearly $1.6 million in franchise fees. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2007
Captain D's owner reorganizes franchise division. Sagittarius Restaurants, owner of the Captain D's restaurant brand, has added new field directors and a company analyst, essentially reorganizing its franchise division. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
Little Caesar, A&W vet takes N.Y. eatery nationwide. Johnny's Lunch LLC franchises may become as ubiquitous as McDonald's and Burger King if a local man with 22 years of franchise experience has his way. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
Sagittarius Restaurants Reorganizes Franchise Recruiting Team. Sagittarius Restaurants LLC has announced a reorganization of its franchising department. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
Loaning employees works wonders for McDonald's franchisee. His investment is, well, super-size. But McDonald's franchisee Greg LaPat last year felt it was time, maybe past time, to rebuild his 20-year-old restaurant. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
NexCen Brands to Acquire MaggieMoo's & Marble Slab Premium Ice Cream Franchise Concepts. NexCen Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire MaggieMoo's International, LLC and the assets of Marble Slab Creamery, Inc. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
Peach's franchisor moving to Ohio, changes name. The corporation set up to award franchise rights for Bradenton-based Peach’s Rise & Dine restaurants will be moving its corporate headquarters to Ohio. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
Pollard's Chicken to start franchising. For years - nearly 40, if anyone wants to know - different people have been asking the Pollard family about franchising its local chicken chain. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
Applebee's to consider sale, other options. Casual dining chain Applebee's International said Tuesday it is exploring its strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Critter Control Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary. Twenty-five years ago Detroit metropolitan-based chimney sweep Kevin Clark received a call to remove a raccoon from a chimney. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Burger King, Farmer Negotiations Fail. Burger King said it won't help boost wages for Florida farmworkers by paying more for the tomatoes on its Whopper, but it will send recruiters to help the workers find a job at one of its restaurants. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Largest Pizza Hut operator acquires 59 more units. NPC International Inc. of Overland Park, the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee, said it has acquired 59 more units in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for $27.1 million. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Franchise Capital Corporation Announces February 2007 Investor Newsletter. Franchise Capital Corporation today announced that it has released the February 2007 issue of its investor newsletter. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
eBay made easy. Specialized home-based eBay trading assistants will always have their place, but right now the real competition is between two kinds of storefront businesses: franchises and independents. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2007
Two Former Mail Boxes Etc. Execs Purchase Postal Connections. Retail postal services franchise Postal Connections has a new parent - two, to be exact. The Mission Valley business, previously owned by Beverly Hills’ Global Business Services Inc., said Jan. 29 that it had been acquired by a partnership. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2007
1st Propane Franchising Welcomes Franchise Development Manager, Marketing Coordinator. 1st Propane Franchising, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its national franchise support team. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2007
Wendy's says lessons learned from past breakfast failure. The breakfast menu was eliminated in a few short years, but Wendy's executives insisted they learned valuable lessons that they'll apply as they get ready to serve breakfast again. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2007
Franchise opportunities abound. There likely exists a franchise for almost every personality imaginable. Whether it's a part-time, easygoing gig or a nonstop, on-call grind, whether you're the hands-on and get-dirty guy or the absentee owner who prefers to delegate, someone somewhere has built a model that works. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2007
Realty firm is close on affiliate. Weichert, Realtors officials say they'll have a Wichita affiliate within 30 to 45 days. Two unidentified companies have already met with the New Jersey-based commercial and residential real estate franchisor. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2007
How To Run A Business With Your Spouse. Think you're "married to your work?" Try starting a business with your spouse. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2007
IHOP to delay financing due to trademark issue. IHOP Corp. said on Friday it would delay the completion of its corporate refinancing while it resolves issues related to the lapsing of some of its federal trademark and service mark registrations. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2007
White Hen Transitioning to 7-Eleven in Chicago. White Hen Pantry stores in Chicago will be rebranded to 7-Eleven, as the company sets out to incorporate the estimated $35 million purchase it made last year. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
Ultimate Franchise Systems develops food kiosk for office centers. Ultimate Franchise Systems Inc. on Tuesday unveiled Espresscio Kiosks, a new fast-casual food concept developed for high-rise buildings, office complexes and commercial/industrial centers. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
Marco's Pizza Seeks to Expand to 10 States for 2007. Marco's Pizza is continuing to spread the word outside the Midwest and plans to expand into 10 states by the end of 2007. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
Cuppy’s Coffee Kicks Off YouTube Video Marketing Campaign. Cuppy’s Coffee & More announced today the release of a series of video skits that will be placed on YouTube. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Advertising Super Bowl XX: A Narrow Win for Franchising. For the 19th time since The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD) began surveying the ratio of Super Bowl ads purchased by franchised and non-franchised enterprises, the franchisers continue to outspend. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Sushi Takes On the Burger. Asian fast-food chains are growing swiftly as health consciousness helps soy, sashimi and sukiyaki gain footing in mainstream food courts. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Clockwork Home Services Announces National Roll-out of ''Mister Sparky'' Electrical Franchise. Clockwork Home Services, Inc. today announced the national roll-out of its recently acquired "Mister Sparky" brand into the high-growth electrical services and repair sector of the home services franchising industry. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Burger King amid effort to be cool. Burger King is desperately seeking pop culture's Holy Grail: to be cool. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Human Bean will expand further. There's a land of opportunity beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous, and the owners of the Human Bean coffee chain are just beginning to tap into the possibilities. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Toys 'R' Us Announces National Partnership With Autism Speaks. In an effort to raise money and public awareness about the disorder, Toys "R" Us will serve as the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism program. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Church's Chicken Opens 400th International Restaurant. Church's Chicken began 2007 by reaching a significant milestone as the chain opened its 400th international restaurant. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
Bismarck franchise expanding. The first Space Aliens restaurant opened for business in 1997, with a second one opening just two years later in Fargo. At that point, the owners had to decide whether to offer the concept up for franchising. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
Jury: National Chicken Kitchen franchisor must pay. A motorcycle driver hit by a restaurant delivery driver's car has won a $2 million settlement from the national franchisor for his employer. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
Casa Latino Real Estate California Bound. Casa Latino Franchise Corporation has received approval from the State of California to commence franchise operations in the state. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
It's a wrap: innovation at McDonald's. The creation that has had the greatest impact on the nation's palate started two years ago in the test kitchen of McDonald's Corp., where Dan Coudreaut has been director of culinary innovation since 2004. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2007
Wintzell's moving toward franchising. Most everybody in south Alabama knows Wintzell's Oyster House. Now restaurant owners are hoping the name plus a track record for converting closed eateries into seafood successes will boost franchise sales. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2007
Pizza training program comes to Cheyenne. The distance between Italy and Cheyenne just got a lot shorter for some people. Last week, VentCorp, the company that franchises Pizzeria Venti, announced its national in-store training center is now in the capital city. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2007
Vets find new life in pizza franchise. The owners of franchise companies are helping war veterans become business entrepreneurs. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
Raving Brands Readies Planet Smoothie for Aggressive Expansion. Raving Brands announced today that it will rollout out the next generation of its Planet Smoothie concept, readying it for rapid development. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2007
Carpet cleaner wants to start franchise stressing green clean. For Col. Harlan Sanders, it was pressure-cooked chicken. For William Rosenberg of Dunkin' Donuts, it was fresh-baked donuts and coffee. Mike Nero hopes it's sea kelp. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2007
Franchise Compliance Program Helps Franchise Systems Avoid Costly Mistakes. When it comes to legal compliance and dispute resolution, the International Franchise Association is committed to helping the franchising community build strong systems centered on healthy franchise relations. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2007
Pizza Hut launches interactive ad hunt on Super Bowl Sunday. Pizza Hut will launch a new interactive TV ad campaign using hidden text codes viewers can enter into and send from their cell phones to win prizes. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2007
Bank of America Launches New Franchise Banking Focus. Bank of America today announced the launch of Franchise Banking, a new program designed to support the business growth goals of franchise owners with revenues below $20 million. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2007
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