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7-Eleven's Japanese Parent to Invest in 1,000 New U.S. Stores. Parent company to the U.S. 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores, Seven & I Holdings, will invest approximately 300 billion yen ($2.4 billion U.S.) in the next four years to open 1,000 convenience stores in the U.S. and revamp 6,050 existing outlets. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2007
Build-A-Bear evaluating strategic alternatives. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. said Thursday that it has hired Lehman Brothers to help its board of directors explore strategic alternatives for the firm. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2007
Blockbuster settles clash with Netflix. Video rental chain Blockbuster said Wednesday that it settled a patent dispute with Netflix that challenged Blockbuster's entry into online DVD rental, but it signaled that the new business was taking a toll on its finances. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
Franchisee Organization Launches New Program to Help Earn Accredited Contract Status. The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) announced a new program for new and emerging franchise systems to earn AAFD Accredited Contract status. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
Chipotle, Quiznos rated high for customer service. Two Colorado companies were winners in a recent customer-service survey by the Corporate Research International market research firm. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
Denny's Franchise Growth Initiative a Catalyst for Expansion. Denny's Corporation today announced the launch of its Franchise Growth Initiative, a development program designed to accelerate franchise growth in key markets across the country. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
Brinker closes $155M Chili's deal. Brinker International Inc. said Wednesday it has completed the sale of 95 Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants to Pepper Dining Inc. for about $155 million. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
Court limits locations of McDonald suit. The families of two children who suffered E. coli infections after eating McDonald's hamburgers must sue in the rural counties where the restaurants were located, not in a bigger city where McDonald's also has franchises, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2007
Why Running a Franchise Is Easier Than Ever. You don't have to quit your day job. You can even work from home (or the beach). But don't be fooled: Making money is just as hard. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2007
The Cereal Bowl takes breakfast national with franchises. The Cereal Bowl, a start-up café The Miami Herald profiled over the course of a year, will be dishing its fare nationally with new franchise agreements. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2007
Franchisors Building Broad Push Into IT Services. Franchised IT services are moving beyond the residential market and into the SMB space. Should the channel see this as a challenge or an opportunity? .... [more] 25 Jun, 2007
A chocolatier's sweet success. Today Frank Crail's Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the largest U.S. chocolate retailer in terms of locations. Rocky Mountain has 325 stores in 44 states and this year plans to open 40 more. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2007
The Scoop on Kahala Cold Stone. In May, two mid-level restaurant players merged and became one big company with $1.1 billion in annual sales. What does the future hold for Cold Stone, Blimpie, and the 3,000 Kahala Cold Stone franchisees? .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007
Panera buys 32 cafes for $36M. Panera Bread Co. said Thursday that it bought 32 franchise-operated bakery-cafes and area development rights for certain markets in Illinois and Minnesota for about $36 million. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2007
Painturo's launches franchising program. The Painter family is now offering Painturos, their pizza restaurant in Lebanon and Gallatin, as a regional franchise. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2007
Bakery café Zebu Forno launches franchise program. Zebu Forno, a European-style bakery and café, has announced plans to expand through the sale of franchises in other parts of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2007
7-Elevens to franchise in South Florida. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven said it plans to convert about 100 company-operated stores in Florida into franchised operations. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
Krispy Kreme Sweetened By Kuwaiti Firm Purchases. Krispy Kreme investors might finally have something to cheer about. According to a filing with the SEC today, Mohamed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi & Sons of Kuwait were busy Monday and Tuesday, having collectively bought 71,900 additional shares of Krispy Kreme. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
Quiznos investor bets on gourmet burgers. Quiznos investor Cervantes Capital is launching another fast-casual restaurant concept: high-end burgers. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
Wendy's takes closer look at sale. Hamburger chain Wendy's International said Monday that it will explore the possible sale of the company instead of other restructuring options. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007

TGI Friday's Plans Franchise Growth. Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., parent company of T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants, today announced plans to accelerate its development growth through the addition of new T.G.I. Friday's franchisees within Louisiana. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007
Stratus expands into Georgia. Stratus Building Solutions said Monday that it awarded a new master franchise to Atlanta-based Paladin Services of Georgia LLC; its first step into the Georgia market. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007
Sandella's set for Nevada expansion. Fast casual flatbread chain Sandella’s has secured in April its first master-franchise agreement for Nevada. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007
Trust part of franchising strategy. As with hiring, being selective in awarding franchises is a good strategy, experts said. It's easier to avoid problems through a careful screening upfront than it is to correct mistakes later. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007
Rita's wants 1,500 stores, each earning $500,000 a season. Jim Rudolph - described by franchisees as passionate, tireless and intense - has lofty goals for Rita's: He wants to have 1,500 stores by 2010, up from 319 when he bought it, and $500,000 in average annual sales per store, up from $225,000 last year. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2007
Hooters founders go creative with branding. After feuding in court with their Atlanta-based franchisor Hooters of America, the chain's Clearwater founders in 1997 accepted $60-million for the rights to many uses of the Hooters brand. But they kept some lucrative ones for themselves. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2007
Church's Chicken Steps-Up Aggressive Franchise Recruiting. Quick-service restaurant giant Church's Chicken announces a new partnership with Sunbelt Business Brokers in an attempt to step up their already-aggressive franchisee recruiting efforts. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2007
New menus, ads crown Burger King rebound. Keeping restaurants open after midnight is just one of many changes the world's No. 2 hamburger chain recently made that have helped the brand overcome years of weak management, sluggish sales and disgruntled franchisees. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2007
RedBrick saga shows perils of franchising. If the road to success is paved with good intentions, then the road to a successful franchise operation is paved with legal filings. Palmdale, Calif.-based RedBrick Pizza Worldwide Inc. is walking down such a road. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2007
Four chains link up to find franchisees. They are four chains that want the same thing: more North Jersey franchisees. So rather than go it alone, Nathan's Famous, Saladworks, Carvel and Philly Soft Pretzel Factory are teaming up and sharing the costs of seminars designed to get out each of their messages. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2007
UPS Store owners are angry. More than 200 owners of UPS Stores across the country have filed a complaint against UPS and its franchiser, Mail Boxes Etc. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2007
Blockbuster takes on Netflix with mail-rental plans. Blockbuster introduced a new Internet-only DVD rental service Tuesday priced below a similar Netflix plan, sending shares of Netflix down as the online movie rental war heated up again. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2007
'Green' Business Good for Pizza Fusion. Organic, eco-friendly pizza franchise sells more than 20 franchises within first six months of taking green business concept national. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2007
Earl of Sandwich Expands Quick-Serve Restaurant Markets. Earl of Sandwich, a quick-serve restaurant company, plans to accelerate the development of franchise partners within the United States, effective immediately. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Burger King puts Spam on the menu. Hoping to cash in on Hawaii's love affair with the canned meat product, Burger King last month began offering Spam for breakfast - going head-to-head with rival McDonald's, which has offered Spam in the islands for years. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
uWink signs first franchise agreement. uWink Inc. has entered into an area-development agreement with OCC Partners, LLC, for up to three franchised uWink restaurants in Miami-Dade County, Fla., to be built over the next four years. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Back Yard Burgers To Be Acquired. Back Yard Burgers, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with BBAC, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary, BBAC Merger Sub, Inc. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Knockouts Sells Franchise Rights for the State of Indiana. Irving, Texas-based Knockouts Haircuts for Men has sold the franchise rights for the state of Indiana to an Indiana couple, Alan and Marena Boyton. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Green Tango to offer franchise opportunities. Durham, N.C.-based Green Tango Fresh Chopped Salads has announced that franchise opportunities are now available. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Starbucks vs. Dunkin' Donuts: A study in contrasts. Hot or iced. Espresso or latte. Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2007
Shaking Franchising With Tandoori Flair. Can a gutsy woman entrepreneur do for Indian food in the Big Apple what others have done for burgers, pizza and tacos? .... [more] 9 Jun, 2007
Back Yard Burgers may go private. C. Stephen Lynn of Nashville, who turned around hamburger chain Sonic Corp. — and attempted the same at Shoney's Inc. but left after a proxy fight — is bidding to get back into the restaurant business. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2007
McDonald's Early-Morning Campaigns Take Home Top Honors. McDonald's was honored for its marketing campaigns at the 39th Annual Effie Awards last night. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2007
Healthier fast food chain growing. After six years of fine tuning, Tampa-born-and-bred Evos is gaining traction with recent expansion plans in its quest to become a national restaurant chain. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
Franchise expansion simmering at Zoup! "We continue to grow through franchising and are getting more aggressive now that we've established a stronger infrastructure and further evolved the brand", says president and co-founder Eric Ersher. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
McDonald's May U.S. sales may top estimates. McDonald's Corp.'s increase in May sales at U.S. restaurants open at least 13 months may easily exceed Wall Street expectations, according to a survey of 23 franchisees published on Thursday. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
C28 Christian Store Opens Fourth Franchise Within Year. Following the success of their first 3 franchise stores, C28, a Christian lifestyle retailer selling Christian t-shirts, Christian music, and other apparel in malls, announces the opening of a 4th franchise location in Fairfield California. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts sues franchisee over hiring practices. Dunkin' Donuts wants to sever ties with the owner of three of its shops in Key West because it claims in a lawsuit the shops employ undocumented workers. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2007
Jackson Hewitt says federal probe widens. The federal government has widened its probe into whether the nation's No. 2 tax return preparer helped customers file fraudulent returns to get bigger refunds. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
Uniglobe Franchises Form New Regional Agency. Uniglobe Travel USA has merged nine of its top agency franchises and its franchisor division to create a separate $200 million consolidated travel management company that will focus on corporate accounts of up to $20 million in annual air, car and hotel spending. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
Mattress Firm to buy 9 St. Louis franchise stores. Mattress Firm said Monday that it signed a letter of intent to acquire nine franchise stores in St. Louis from the current franchise owner, Yotes Inc., for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
SUBWAY Franchisee Association Names Jeff Moody as Chief Executive Officer. The Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust (SFAFT) today announced the appointment of Jeff Moody as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2007
Krispy Kreme sees fatter loss. The doughnut hole grew larger for Krispy Kreme in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, as sales dropped and the net loss widened in the midst of the company's comeback attempt. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2007
Beauty salon franchise nails customers' needs. On a typical Friday night, the Dashing Diva nail salon on Manhattan's Upper West Side looks like a G-rated version of Girls Gone Wild. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2007
Brinker inks franchise deal with ERJ Dining. Brinker International Inc. says its franchisee ERJ Dining has agreed to buy 76 of Brinker's company-owned Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, and develop 49 new Chili's in the Midwest. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Blockbuster, Best Buy to launch movie download services. Best Buy and Blockbuster are both set to enter the growing movie download business - at least that's what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told a bunch of industry analysts during a conference call yesterday. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Modern Day Founder of MaggieMoo's Launches Company to Grow Startup Chains to 100 Units. MaggieMoo's and the former franchise development director of the recently acquired national ice-cream chain have launched a company of seasoned restaurant industry pros that is taking startup restaurant concepts under their wing. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Tijuana Flats halts franchise program. After nearly five years of franchising, Tijuana Flats has stopped franchising its its Tex-Mex concept to markets throughout Florida and beyond. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Toys "R" Us names executive vice president/COO. Toys "R" Us Inc. on Friday said it has appointed a former acting CEO of RadioShack Corp. to the newly created post of executive vice president, chief operating officer. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts eyes local expansion. The Dunkin' Donuts chain plans to add 45 franchise restaurants in the Charlotte area over the next five years. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
Re/Max buys Seattle franchise. Re/Max International Inc. has purchased its Re/Max Northwest franchise for undisclosed terms. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
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