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: : July 2007

Little Caesars Pizza Celebrates Innovative Veterans Program Milestone. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. today celebrated the opening of the first store under the Little Caesars Veterans Program, as U.S. military veteran and Little Caesars franchisee Martin Lorenz opened his doors for business in Florida. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2007
Soup-salad-subs chain eyes western Pa. Obee's Franchise Systems Inc., the operator of Obee's Soup-Salad-Subs restaurant chain, said it will open a location in Greensburg, the first for the chain in western Pennsylvania. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2007
Pizza Fusion Receives Green-e Certification for Environmental Leadership. Pizza Fusion was recently recognized by the Center for Resource Solutions with their Green-e program for the purchase of certified renewable wind energy to offset 100% of their power consumption. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2007
SoCal pretzel store franchisee fined over work by minors. The owner of Auntie Anne's pretzel stores in several Southern California locations has been fined $51,500 for allowing minors to operate dough mixers and trash compactors and work longer hours than allowed. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
Arby's parent interested in getting a bite of Wendy's. A major shareholder who has pressured Wendy's International to increase stock value said Monday that he is ready to offer $37 to $41 a share to buy the nation's third-largest hamburger chain. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
First Combined SIGN*A*RAMA and EmbroidMe Franchise Opens in Hollywood, FL. SIGN*A*RAMA, the world's largest sign franchise, and EmbroidMe, the world's largest embroidery franchise, have teamed up to open the first combined store at 2727 Hollywood Blvd. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
Kwik-E-Mart gamble pays off for 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven's cross-promotion with 20th Century Fox has more than paid for itself and earned the retailer a string of kudos from the advertising world and, more important, from the public. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2007
How difficult is it to own your own franchise? One local owner says hire an attorney and an accountant before you take the plunge. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2007
Wendy's reports profit as possible sale looms. Wendy's International on Thursday swung back to a profit in the second quarter after a loss a year ago as it worked on improving its image with new products and advertising. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2007
Yogoberry Frozen Yogurt plans to expand into a franchise. Yogoberry Frozen Yogurt, which has the goal of becoming a large franchising company, has opened its inaugural store in El Paso. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2007
Synergy HomeCare signs Sacramento franchise. The third new national home-care company to target the Sacramento area this year has signed its first local franchise. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2007
Former Mattress Firm franchisee returns. Mattress Firm Inc. has agreed to terms with a new franchisee, marking the retailer's entrance into the Alabama market. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2007
McDonald's Posts Loss On Charge; CFO To Retire. McDonald's Corp. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter net loss, dragged down by a $1.6 billion charge related to its sale of restaurants in Latin America to a franchiser, but the fast-food chain's same-store sales rose more than 7%. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2007
CKE Restaurants sells 18 restaurants. CKE Restaurants Inc. said it sold 18 Hardee's restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska as part of an ongoing refranchising program. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2007
Real Estate Franchise Industry Veteran joins Casa Latino. Lisette Caraballo, former Director of Emerging Markets at Cendant Corporation (Realogy Corporation), has been named Senior Vice President and Director of Franchise Sales at Casa Latino worldwide. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2007
Profits on the Side: Charities and Franchises. More nonprofits are turning to 'social franchising' to help fund their mission. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2007
McDonald's faces teen labor shortage. A new McDonald's Corp. commercial is meant to resonate with American teenagers, who are leaving the workforce in droves - and leaving McDonald's with a labor crunch that threatens to take a bite out of its surging sales. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2007
Chico-grown Burger Hut building franchises. The Chico-grown company known for letting customers build a burger to their liking is now building a franchise operation. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2007
Derry sub shop to franchise nationally. USA Subs, for two decades a fixture as a standalone shop at 66 Crystal Ave., Derry, NH, is about to go national. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2007
Utah pizza franchisee settles labor case. The owner of 50 Little Caesars pizza shops has paid $110,800 to settle allegations of labor violations involving teens, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2007
Woman sues 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. A Guyanese immigrant who says 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. sold her a Merrick franchise that was "doomed for failure" has filed a civil complaint against the Carle Place-based company. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2007

Zaxby's to mark milestone with sweepstakes. Fast-casual chicken finger chain Zaxby’s will reach 400 units by summer’s end, and to mark the milestone the company is holding an online sweepstakes termed the Zaxby’s 400. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2007
Cheese biz hoping to go national. Dirk Bruley and his wife, Wendy, opened their first Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese restaurant in Denver's Uptown neighborhood in the spring of 2003. Now, with two locations and four years of experience, the Wisconsin-themed grilled- cheese joint is looking to go national. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2007
Hamburger Heaven's sizzling. Hamburger Heaven's first two franchised locations in Gardendale and Homewood have been so well received that the chain's owner says he is proceeding quicker than planned on other potential franchises. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2007
Juiceland expands across the US. Yellow Cup Franchise Ltd., the owner of the "Juiceland" chain of fresh fruit drinks stands, has signed an agreement with US security company Arocon, under which the latter will invest $40 million in the launch of 500 Juiceland branches across the US. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2007
IHOP to buy Applebee's for $1.9B. IHOP, best known for its chain of blue-roofed pancake restaurants, said Monday that it has agreed to buy the bar-and-grill chain Applebee's International for about $1.9 billion in cash. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2007
McDonald's expects to beat earnings estimates. McDonald's said Monday that it expects to report quarterly earnings above Wall Street estimates on its strongest quarterly sales in three years. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2007
Mattress Firm buys 9 St. Louis franchise stores. Mattress Firm said Monday that it completed the acquisition of its nine St. Louis franchise stores fromYotes Inc., for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2007
Franchises move in. As some franchisors reach their saturation point in suburban markets, they see new opportunities in minority neighborhoods, where there is a ready labor force and consumer spending is on the rise. And they realize that to break into those markets, it helps if their franchises are owned by minority entrepreneurs. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2007
Poop-scooping franchise picking up business. They’re number one in the “Number two” business, picking up where your pet left off. Often imitated; never “dooplicated.” Don’t worry; Pet Butler is in on the joke. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2007
Case Unveils New Franchise Model for Small and Emerging Markets. Case Handyman and Remodeling Services, LLC, the nation's largest full-service residential remodeling organization has unveiled a new franchise model targeting small and emerging markets. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2007
Skyhawks launches sports-camp operator franchises. Skyhawks Sports Academy Inc., a 30-year-old Spokane-based youth sports camp provider, has launched an affiliate venture, Skyhawks Franchise Group Inc., to operate as a nationwide franchiser of fitness programs for kids ages 4 to 14. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2007
Kahala-Cold Stone to Acquire Cereality Cereal Bar & Café. Kahala-Cold Stone today announced the acquisition of Cereality Cereal Bar & Café. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2007
Quiznos CEO tackles chain's turnaround. CEO Greg Brenneman, who relishes a challenge as much as he does a good run, is applying his turnaround expertise to the troubled sandwich chain, whose dissatisfied franchise owners have complained about low profits, company operating requirements and the franchisee recruiting process. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2007
Burger King Names New SVP of Global Business Intelligence and Strategy. Burger King Corp. announced today the appointment of Mike Kappitt as senior vice president global business intelligence and strategy, effective immediately. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2007
Muslim Dunkin Donuts owner sues over pork. A discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim Dunkin' Donuts franchisee who was not allowed to renew his contract with the chain because of a refusal to sell pork products can proceed, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
Stratus opens $35,000 franchise executive training center. Stratus Building Solutions said Tuesday that it opened a new franchise executive training center at its St. Louis headquarters. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
Church’s Chicken offers franchisee incentives. Church’s Chicken has introduced an incentive program dubbed Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch, where franchisees who sign a new development agreement before Sept. 15 will receive discounted royalty rates through 2009 when they commit to develop five stores. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
Judge OKs suit seeking Atlanta Bread’s dough. A Cobb County judge has held that two rules the Atlanta Bread Co. cited to strip a franchisee of five restaurants were unenforceable and cleared the way for a trial on other issues that could cost the company $16 million. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2007
Einstein Bros. Bagels continues Las Vegas expansion. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. announced that it opened its 10th Einstein Bros. Bagels restaurant in Las Vegas, as it continues to expand the concept. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2007
Dating service pays fine to state over fees. It's Just Lunch, an Albany, N.Y., dating service, will pay a $7,000 fine and offer free referrals to approximately 200 customers who were charged more than state law allows for social referrals. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Should Moms Franchise Their Businesses? When you have a successful business model, you can't help but wonder how to grow it. Often, that model of growth is franchising. But is franchising right for mom entrepreneurs? .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Schlotzsky's looks for Nashville franchisees. Sandwich shop chain Schlotzsky's wants to open 10 locations in the Nashville area within the next five years. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Franchises in fashion. Jemal Alagoz' family operates a chain of jewelry stores in his native Turkey, but he wanted to establish a retail foothold in the United States. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Pita chain hoping to wrap up NY. Steve Haddad has acquired the rights to build out the Extreme Pita brand throughout New York City and Long Island, where the Ontario-based fast-food chain plans to place at least 55 locations. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Home builder franchising comes to Colorado. G.J. Gardner Homes, an Australia-based home builder franchisor, has taken a toehold in the United States. The company launched its first American franchises last year in California. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Doughnut maker in sticky situation. Dunkin' Donuts is suing one of its local shop owners, accusing him of failing to remodel a Newport News store as required and continuing to run his shop as a Dunkin' Donuts even after the company terminated his franchise rights. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2007
Peltz And May Abruptly Exit Triarc Posts. On Thursday, fast-food chain operator Triarc announced that billionaire activist investor Nelson Peltz has resigned as chairman of the company and will be succeeded by Roland Smith, chief executive of Arby’s Restaurant Group, which is franchised by Triarc. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2007
Arby's owner looks to buy Wendy's. A key shareholder behind Wendy's International push to increase its stock value said Tuesday that he would like to buy the nation's third-largest hamburger chain. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2007
Smoothie franchise mixes beverages, food. Craig LeMieux wants Michiganians to grab a smoothie in one hand and a sandwich or wrap in the other without having to travel to two restaurants. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2007
BizBuySell Launches New, Improved Franchise Directory. BizBuySell - the Internet's largest marketplace for buying or selling a business - has launched an improved franchise directory. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2007
Blockbuster closing 282 stores. Blockbuster Inc. plans to close about 282 stores in 2007 .... [more] 2 Jul, 2007
McDonald's recognized for diversity. or the third consecutive year, McDonald's Corp. is being recognized by Black Enterprise magazine for its company-wide commitment to diversity. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2007
Ruth's Chris Steak House Opens its Biloxi Restaurant. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc., today announced the opening of its 107th restaurant, located in Biloxi, Mississippi. After a ten year absence, this opening marks Ruth's Chris' return to Mississippi. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2007
Four51 to Host Webinar on Solving Franchise Marketing Challenges. Four51, which provides a Web-based platform for franchisors to manage marketing materials and their print vendors, will host a webinar that focuses on solving marketing challenges for franchisors and franchisees. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2007
7-Elevens become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts'. Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of "The Simpsons" fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2007
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