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Red Robin to snatch up 17 franchises. Colorado's Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. has agreed to buy 17 Red Robin franchise restaurants in California for $47.5 million. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
Rent-n-Roll franchisees gear up for third annual meeting in Tampa, Florida. More than 100 Rent-n-Roll Custom Wheels and Tires franchisees, operators and vendor guests from around the United States will meet February 4-7 for the Rent-n-Roll Annual Franchise meeting. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
Firehouse Subs expanding to D.C. area. Firehouse Subs plans to enter the Washington, D.C. market when it opens a restaurant in northern Virginia in April. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
Johnny's Lunch to Franchise 75 Units at One Time. Johnny's Lunch, an eatery in Jamestown, N.Y., has started to expand via franchising with an unusually large deal. All together, in an agreement inked this week, the first franchisee of the restaurant will open 75 units in metro Detroit over the next few years. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
Build-A-Bear Workshop Surpasses $10 Million Mark in Charitable Giving. Build-A-Bear Workshop turns ten years old in 2007 and plans to celebrate with a year-long series of charitable activities and events across the nation. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
Xbox promotion, value menu lift Burger King earnings. Burger King Holdings, the world's second-largest hamburger chain, said Tuesday that quarterly earnings rose a better-than-expected 40% .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
Carl's Jr. Celebrates Opening of 300th Dual-Branded Restaurant. Carl's Jr. celebrated the opening of its 300th dual-branded Carl's Jr./Green Burrito restaurant location today, January 30, 2007 in Livermore, California. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
Franchise Owners Go to Court. Independent franchisee associations are leading the charge for more fairness in the fast-food industry. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts to Thorntons: Clean up. A food-service commissary that serves 34 area Dunkin’ Donuts locations is being targeted in a lawsuit brought by the donut chain that raises concerns about the facility’s sanitary conditions. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2007
Wireless Zone Focuses On 400 Stores in 400 Days. Wireless Zone, the largest independent, carrier-exclusive, wireless franchised retailer in the country, begins an unprecedented campaign this week to have 400 operating stores in 400 business days. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2007
Growing gadget market keeps battery store busy. 10 years ago, Keith Hrasky and his wife, Kassandra, decided on batteries. Little did they know what a huge growth area they were about to enter. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2007
Recipe for franchising. Franchising has been a growth vehicle for some of Louisville's most successful companies, including Papa John's International, KFC Corp., Tumbleweed Southwest Grill and Texas Roadhouse. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2007
Real estate agent denies charges in federal lawsuit. A Detroit-area franchisee of Century 21 Real Estate on Friday denied allegations of racial discrimination made in a federal lawsuit. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2007
McDonald's goes 24/7. By focusing on non-traditional hours, the fast-food giant is sizzling. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2007
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Thrives as The Franchise and Business Opportunities Show Returns to Pasadena. The most successful Franchise and Business Opportunities Show in North America is returning to Pasadena! .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Coney Beach set to open first location, launches Web site. Coney Beach, a fast-casual hamburger and hot dog concept, is set to open its first location in April. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Housing Group Sues Century 21. A national housing watchdog group on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against Century 21 Real Estate LLC and a Detroit-area franchisee alleging racial discrimination in steering potential homebuyers. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
McDonald's profit is supersized. McDonald's on Wednesday reported a sharp rise in quarterly earnings after recording a large gain for last year's spinoff of the Chipotle Mexican Grill chain. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Internet Franchising: Sure Bet or Risky Business? Entrepreneurs interested in signing with an Internet franchise business will find no shortage of opportunities. The concept of franchising has enjoyed great success in traditional business models, but does it work for online commerce? .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007
FTC Issues Updated Franchise Rule. The Federal Trade Commission has approved amendments to the Franchise Rule, which was originally promulgated in 1978. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007
Chyten to grow franchising business. Chyten Educational Services announced Tuesday it has partnered with Minuteman Press, through its franchising division, Ultra Franchising Inc., to grow its franchising business. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007
Hungry Howie's Pizza to expand into Oregon and Washington. Hungry Howie's Pizza, a 550-store chain known for its flavored pizza crust, plans to open 10 locations in Oregon and southwest Washington by 2011. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007

New shop geared to young, frugal fashionistas. Plato's Closet, which last month opened its second South Florida store in Pembroke Pines, is not your grandmother's thrift store. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
Cornerstone Coffee owner moves quickly to expand. David Many, who began researching the coffee business about five years ago, expects to open his third area CornerStone next month and has his sights on 19 stores statewide within 18 months. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
Rent-n-Roll brings on new franchisee. Rent-n-Roll Custom Wheels and Tires has signed a franchise agreement with R.T.O. Inc., which has stores in Virginia and North Carolina. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
How McDonald's turned it around. Despite taking a serious amount of public flack in recent years as the biggest target of health and obesity campaigns, the company - in an almost quiet way by comparison - is enjoying one of the best periods of business in its history. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2007
Franchise Expo South links franchises, investors. If you've ever dreamed of feasting on a buffet of business ideas, you may want to visit the Miami Beach Convention center over the next three days. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2007
KidzArt Earns World-Class Franchise Award for Second Consecutive Year. KidzArt has been "Franchisee Approved" and designated as a "World-Class Franchise" for the second year in a row according to the Franchise Research Institution's most recent FranSurvey. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2007
Crye-Leike reports all-time sales record. Crye-Leike Realtors posted record high annual sales of $6.1 billion in 2006. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2007
Spurring Diversity Among Franchisees. Franchises can be a great idea for budding entrepreneurs who want to break free from corporate chains but don't want the risk of a start-up. That's the message that Miriam Brewer of the IFA wants to send women and minorities. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2007
Domino's Pizza Named a Top 10 Franchise Opportunity - Again. Domino's Pizza is ranked in the Top 10 for the eighth time in Entrepreneur magazine's annual listing of great franchise opportunities. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2007
Landry's makes bid for steakhouse chain. Smith & Wollensky is making Landry's' mouth water - so much so that the Houston company has made a hostile takeover bid. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
The new, new thing in franchising. Learning centers are taking off, but watch out for trendy franchise concepts experts say - a solid business model and proven success will always be in vogue. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Expanding Gilbert franchise taps into veterans program. Veterans - a Gilbert franchisor of children's play centers wants you - as it expands across the nation. BounceU has gained acceptance in the International Franchise Association's VetFran program. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
7-Eleven inks pro sponsorship deals. Convenience store chain 7 -Eleven Inc. said Wednesday that it has signed multiyear sponsorship agreements with 15 professional sports teams. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Fast-food giants cater to Muslims. In Muslim countries, fast food giants like McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC and Burger King have long served halal meat and have become popular teen hangouts. In the West, chains are only now picking up on the halal market. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
Hooters Opens In Kona And Korea. From the gorgeous island of Hawaii to the bustling capitol of Korea, Hooters continues to bring its world famous wings and atmosphere to new places around the globe. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
Local Applebee's franchise group raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Apple-J, an Applebee’s franchise headquartered in Greenville, raised $110,000 to benefit local chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
Brixx puts franchise plan on menu. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza plans to open restaurants in the Southeast and across the country through a newly created franchise program. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2007
Transitioning to the Box step. Whether moving or adjusting to life changes, people looking at self-storage see portable lockers as an option that squares with their needs. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
McDonald's is exploring options for its Boston Market chain. McDonald's is exploring strategic options for its Boston Market casual chicken restaurant chain, a spokesman said Friday. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
Texas-based pizza chain under fire for letting customers pay with pesos. A pizza chain has been hit with death threats and hate mail after offering to accept Mexican pesos, becoming another flashpoint in the nation's debate over immigrants. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2007
Chico's to buy franchise rights in Minn. Retailer Chico's FAS Inc. said Thursday it will buy franchise rights in Minnesota by purchasing a large portion of the assets of its franchisee in the state. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Champps plans to sell company. The restaurant chain Champps Entertainment Inc. is selling the company for $75 million. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Hard Rock Cafes to continue in wake of sale. It will be business as usual at the Hard Rock Cafes on both sides of the border, despite the Seminoles' purchase of the Hard Rock Cafe empire and a pending lawsuit by the company that owns the restaurant near the brink of the American Falls. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2007
Two Men and A Truck taps new CEO. Two Men and A Truck International Inc.'s has named Melanie Bergeron its new chief executive officer. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2007
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Opens First of Many Stores within H-E-B. Maui Wowi Hawaiian has established a relationship with H-E-B which enables franchise operators to open retail outlets inside H-E-B supermarket stores throughout Texas and Mexico. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2007
Palm Beach Tan buys Desert Sun. Palm Beach Tan has bought Desert Sun Tanning Salons for an undisclosed amount, Palm Beach said Monday. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2007
Theater Xtreme Franchise Coming to Seattle Area. Theater Xtreme Entertainment Group, a Newark, DE-based home cinema retailer and franchisor of home cinema design and installation centers, today announced that it has approved a Seattle, WA franchise territory. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2007
Quiznos hires former Burger King CEO Brenneman. Quiznos, one of fast food's fastest-growing but most internally troubled chains, has tapped the guy who put the sizzle back into Burger King to be its next CEO. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2007
One chain's groundwork for growth. John M. Scardapane wants to build Saladworks, which he founded 20 years ago in the food court of the Cherry Hill Mall, into a company with the same kind of reputation as Wawa or Starbucks. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2007
Pizza Hut ad campaign reignites Papa John's rivalry. A new advertising campaign from Pizza Hut has reheated a long-running rivalry with one of its top competitors, Papa John's International. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2007
Blockbuster to Sell Rhino to GameStop. Movie rental company Blockbuster Inc. said Friday it will sell its Rhino Video Games chain to video game retailer GameStop Corp. for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
Junk haulers look to franchise their Kensington business. College Hunks Hauling Junk has grown from an $8,000 startup to a $1 million enterprise and this month will start selling franchises nationally. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
Sandwich shop finds funding. Privately held sandwich-shop chain Jimmy John's plans to use money from a private equity firm to continue its national expansion. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
Brinker to sell 89 company-owned Chili's outlets. Brinker International Inc. on Thursday said it will sell 89 company-owned Chili's restaurants to Pepper Dining Inc. as part of a plan to increase franchise ownership of its brands. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2007
Show Me the Money. Despite higher interest rates than in recent years, it’s a franchise buyer’s market out there, says Rick Anderson, general manager at Franchise Finance. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
New KFC-Taco Bells planned in small U.S. communities. Yum! Brands Inc. of Louisville, Ky., wants to build combination KFC-Taco Bell restaurants in nearly 500 small communities across the nation, from North Pole, Alaska, to Keystone, Fla. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
Blockbuster had more than 2 million online users by end of 2006. Movie rental company Blockbuster said Wednesday that it reached a year-end goal of 2 million online subscribers, sending its shares up more than 6%. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
Wild Birds Inc. owners wing it as franchisees. David and Sheryl Mitchell traded in corporate suits for birdfeeders and seed mixes this fall when they purchased the Wild Birds Inc. franchise in Woodland Plaza. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
Famous Dave's names new COO. Famous Dave's of America Inc. has named Christopher O'Donnell to the position of chief operating officer, the company said today. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
Shoney's restaurant chain sold to chicken king. The largest franchisee of Church’s Chicken is buying Nashville-based Shoney’s Restaurants, a long struggling family-dining brand that was founded more than 50 years ago. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
El Pollo Loco looking to expand to East Coast. Is it chicken or Mexican? For the Irvine company - now embarking on an ambitious nationwide expansion from its core market - how East Coast diners answer the question may prove crucial to its success. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
Betting on fast-casual barbecue. Slow-cooked ribs are a popular Southern dish often served up by mom-and-pop roadside restaurants, but Shane Thompson and his backers believe the shack he opened in this Atlanta suburb four years ago is a model for a national chain. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
Franchisor Need Not Cry Over Franchisee's Spilled Coffee. A franchisor cannot be held liable for the alleged negligence of a franchisee merely because they have a relationship, a Suffolk County, N.Y., judge has ruled. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
Bojangles restaurants to return to Florida. Floridians who long for the Cajun-style chicken and buttermilk biscuits at Bojangles are in luck. The Charlotte, N.C.-based chain is planning to re-enter the Florida market in a big way. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2007
Cold Stone exec leading charge into Asia markets. Cold Stone Creamery executives recently began Year 2 of their foray into selling ice cream overseas with the goal of growing the brand in markets such as Mexico, Canada and South America. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2007
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