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Finding Expert Franchising Help. Choosing the right experts during your early franchising phase can translate to long-term success. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
'Girls Gone Wild' founder plans restaurants. 'Girls Gone Wild' franchise mastermind Joe Francis looks to open themed restaurants in Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
Schlotzsky's launches multi-branded concept in Austin. Schlotzsky's Ltd., which was bought last November by Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. for an undisclosed amount, is testing a new concept in Austin that includes adding Carvel ice cream and Cinnabon items to its menu. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Uber Baby and Expecting Uber Baby Deliver Rebirth at Flagship Store. Uber International, Uber Baby and Expecting Uber Baby announce the Grand Re-Opening of their Minneapolis flagship store on Friday, April 13, 2007. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Rent-to-own chain to add 50 area stores. Aaron's, a rent-to-own chain well known throughout the Southeast, says it will open up to 50 stores in the Boston area over the next three years, more than quadrupling the number of locations it has in Massachusetts. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Helms Center to franchise program. John Dodd is president of the Wingate-based Jesse Helms Center Foundation and as part of the center's 20th anniversary, he's making plans to franchise one of its signature programs. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Baskin-Robbins aims to open 1,600 stores in next 4 years. Baskin-Robbins has a scoop for you: The ice cream chain hopes to open 1,600 new shops in the next four years. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Lenny's Sub Shop to Hold Franchise Opportunity Day in Memphis, Tennessee. Lenny's Franchisor, LLC, franchisor of Lenny's Sub Shops, today announced that the Memphis-based franchise company will host its first Lenny's Sub Shop Franchise Opportunity Day on April 21, 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2007
Burger King beefs up humane purchasing; wins PETA praise. US fast-food giant Burger King said Wednesday it was beefing up its purchases of pork and eggs from farmers who practice humane animal treatment. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2007
What You Need to Know When Selling a Franchise. This transaction isn't like exiting another business. The parent company, for starters, usually has rights of first refusal. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007
Pet Butler reaches milestone, launching its 60th franchise. Pet Butler, the nation’s leading pet waste cleanup service, announced that it has opened its 60th franchise. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007
National franchises targeting Long Island. Long Island businesses will face more competition from franchises as some familiar names move to ramp up their numbers soon and new chains plan to open first locations here beginning next month. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007
Wireless Toyz Dramatically Expands Retail Footprint. Wireless Toyz today will significantly broaden its national reach, connecting with thousands more wireless consumers across Florida through the acquisition of Tampa, Florida- based Beepers 'N Phones of America Inc. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007
United Marketing announces two new franchises. United Marketing Solutions, which offers direct-mail and other direct-marketing services, has set up franchises in Chicago and Colorado Springs, Colo. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2007
INTEREST - SecondLife Goes Franchise with Virtual Liquor Licensing. While the question remains of just how many people use SecondLife, that hasn't stopped drinks business Diageo from setting up shop there. Diageo's aims to position its brands as the virtual-world labels of choice. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2007
7-Eleven Plans to Remodel - Simpsons-Style. As a promotional effort around the upcoming "The Simpsons Movie," 7-Eleven Inc. is planning to refit 11 stores across the U.S. to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Mart. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2007
Franchisees Can Learn From Others' Mistakes. You know that incredible business deal you've heard about? Maybe it isn't so tempting, after all. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2007
Other Century 21 franchisees complained about Su Casa. Silicon Valley Century 21 franchisees are saying good riddance to an East San Jose brokerage that has lost its rights to use the Century 21 name. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2007
McDonald's franchise pays $550,000 to settle sex harassment charges. A company that runs McDonald's restaurants in Arizona and California will pay $550,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the federal agency that oversees workplace civil rights. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
For fast growth, businesses turn to franchising. Companies with a business model that can be replicated have two ways to grow... Franchising helps companies defray the cost of expansion, which can lead to faster growth. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
Arizona Carl's Jr. to fuel fleet with cooking oil. The largest franchiser of Carl's Jr. locations in Arizona, has announced plans to convert all of its corporate fleet vehicles to operate on fuel derived from waste vegetable oil collected at the company's restaurants. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007

Pump It Up gets snapped up. The nation's largest franchise of indoor inflatable playgrounds, Pleasanton-based PIU Investments LLC (better known as Pump It Up), has been purchased by Tregaron Capital of Palo Alto. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
BP Puts 104 Properties On the Block in Atlanta. BP is selling 104 of its properties in the Atlanta area, with the majority to be reimaged or developed as ampm franchise stores with BP branded gasoline stations. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
Tropical Smoothie Cafe signs with Windsor Realty Group. Tropical Smoothie Café, an independently-owned franchise system with more than 235 locations, has signed with Windsor Realty Group for their site-selection and real-estate process capabilities. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
Franchise nightmare: The rat effect. When dozens of rats were seen scurrying around a closed KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in New York City's Greenwich Village last month, other franchise owners knew they would pay the price for one store's transgressions. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2007
Owners that cut ties with franchises face risks. Experts say turning a franchise into an independent business is fraught with perils - including the expense of changing logos, signs, phone numbers and proprietary equipment; possible lawsuits by the parent company; and all the usual challenges. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2007
Value Place franchisee signs deal for 100 hotels. Liberty Lodging LLC, a Florida-based Value Place franchisee, has signed a financing deal with Goldman Sachs to build more than 100 properties. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2007
Friendly's franchisees want to keep same approach. Franchisees owning nearly 200 of Friendly Ice Cream Corp.'s restaurants weighed in today on the turmoil surrounding the chain. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2007
Applebee's will close 24 restaurants. Applebee's International Inc. will close 24 underperforming company-owned restaurants in 11 states, or 4.5 percent of the 528 restaurants it owns. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2007
Play N Trade Sells 100 Franchises in 10 Weeks. Play N Trade Franchise, Inc. today announced that on March 15, it sold its 100th franchise in 2007, continuing to establish its position as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
Franchise this. The living is richer when you're the boss. But you don't need to spend years climbing the corporate ladder if you start your own business. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
Domino's Makes Dreams Come True for Minority Franchisees. Through Domino's new "Delivering the Dream" program, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery is lending financial assistance in the form of loan guarantees and incentives to help existing minority team members open their own stores. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
FASTSIGNS to expand here. FASTSIGNS International Inc., a national graphics and signage services franchise, has chosen Pittsburgh as one of its 20 growth markets for 2007. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2007
Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. Reaches Settlement Agreement for Class Action Lawsuit. Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. announced today it has reached an agreement to settle its previously disclosed class action lawsuit related to how the Company classified certain employees under California overtime laws. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2007
Chains offer piece of the action. More than one third of retail sales in the United States come from franchise operations. There are more than 2,000 franchising companies and more than 500,000 franchisee- and franchisor-operated outlets. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2007
Growing pains less for 2nd-gen franchise owners. McDonald's Corp. encourages the children of franchisees to follow in their parents' footsteps, but that doesn't mean the process of getting ones own Golden Arches is easy. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2007
Rooster's Opens First Franchised Restaurant. Roosters, a casual dining restaurant chain, realizes a milestone in its ambitious growth strategy this week with the opening of its first franchised unit. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2007
Printer ink entrepreneurs grow through 'un-franchise'. Bob and Jane Bloom are teaching others how to replicate their printer ink shop. They're sharing their business plan, their supplier list, their bookkeeping system, their trademarks - without charging franchise fees or collecting royalty payments. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2007
Coffee Beanery Turns 30! JoAnne Shaw and her husband Julius opened their first Coffee Beanery location in southeast Michigan late in 1976. Now, 30 years later, there are over 150 Coffee Beanery locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Louisiana’s Wow franchise comes to town. The Wow Café and Wingery, a Louisiana franchiser of specialty-sauce eateries, seems to have found a hungry market in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Overland Park Pizza Hut operation completes deal for 59 units. NPC International Inc. of Overland Park, the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee, said it has completed its acquisition of 59 units in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for $27.1 million. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
Ruby Tuesday Expands Its Training Program With a World-Class Culinary Arts Center. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. announces the grand opening of its new Culinary Arts Center, which is an expansion of its on-site training program, located at the Ruby Tuesday Restaurant Support Center in Maryville, Tennessee. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
Big Bob Gibson BBQ in 1st expansion with North Carolina franchise. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Restaurant, which began as a backyard pit stop in the 1920s and became a landmark north Alabama eatery, will open its first franchise location in Monroe, N.C., on March 26. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
Pizza Fusion Announces Launch of Franchise Program. Pizza Fusion, the leader in organic, quick-service food and a better quality of life, recently announced that they're taking their organic pizza concept national with the launch of their new franchise program. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
SGMA Spring Market Hosts The Athlete's Foot Global Franchise Convention. The Athlete's Foot, a global leader in athletic footwear franchising, announced today that it will hold its Global Franchise Convention at SGMA Spring Market. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2007
SearchPath opens first office in San Antonio. San Antonio businessman Oscar Obledo has opened a franchise office of SearchPath International, a Cleveland-based company that franchises talent acquisition professional services firms. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
Applebee's strategy review will last six to eight more weeks. Applebee's International Inc. expects its strategy committee's review of the company's strategic alternatives to continue for six to eight weeks. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
Raving Brands makes global moves. Raving Brands Inc. is plotting its international growth with three separate deals to develop 150 restaurants in Canada, Singapore and the Middle East. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
Friendly's largest franchisee may buy company. The largest franchisee of Friendly Ice Cream Corp. said Monday it has hired an advisor to explore strategic alternatives, including a possible purchase of Friendly's assets. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
Franchisees Say UPS Special Policy Forces Them to Handle Alcoholic Beverages. Franchisees of United Parcel Services today charged that UPS policies force them to take part in the distribution of alcoholic beverages, despite potential harm to underage customers or local restrictions against such shipments. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2007
FTC Planning to Help Franchisees 'Avoid Harm'. Regulators are seeking to increase required disclosures for buyers, including those for turnover rates and lawsuits. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2007
The Best Franchise Advice You’ll Ever Get. The most valuable source of information on any franchise system is its existing franchisees. These are the people who are living the life of a franchisee every day, and they can tell you the reality. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2007
Little Scoops to Exhibit at the National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show. Little Scoops, the retro 50's themed children's birthday party franchise, will be exhibiting for the first time at the National Franchise & Business Opportunities trade show. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2007
Schakolad steps up franchise recruitment drive. Scott Huckestein recently became the first franchise developer for Florida-based Schakolad. His goal is to find new franchisees to open 20 stores over the next five years in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2007
Choice continues success with minority and first-time franchisees. Worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International today announced that domestic hotel franchise agreements with minority and non-lodging entrepreneurs increased. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2007
BP Sells off Chicago Stations. BP is selling 36 of its gas stations in an attempt to further expand its am/pm franchise brand. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2007
Franchisees in funk, slam Dunkin’ for deal. Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are worried that a company deal to have Procter & Gamble distribute packaged Dunkin’ coffee to thousands of supermarkets and other stores nationwide will cut into their own businesses. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2007
7-Eleven offers franchises in Texas. On Wednesday, 7-Eleven Inc., the leading worldwide convenience store chain which began in Dallas more than 80 years ago, said that it is now selling franchises to Texans. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2007
Franchising key to Ruth's Chris growth. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc. Chief Executive Craig Miller said on Monday he sees franchising as the key to helping the upscale restaurant chain open more than 100 restaurants internationally. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2007
Palm Tree Computer Systems Announces Franchise Store Opening. Palm Tree Computer Systems has opened their first franchised store in the Orlando suburb of Sanford. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2007
Customer Complaints Rising at McDonald's. A company report differentiates outlets that it calls 'brand builders' from 'brand destroyers.' .... [more] 6 Mar, 2007
UNH Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index Outperforms S&P In 2006. The University of New Hampshire Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index outperformed the S&P 500 in 2006, and ended the year with a record 13.3 percent jump in the fourth quarter of 2006. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
On the Border heads for the border. Brinker International Inc. said Monday that it has inked a franchising deal with a Houston company to open five On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina restaurants in South Texas. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Universal Express Completes Franchise Offering Circular. Universal Express Inc. today announced the completion of its franchise offering circular for its Luggage Express Associates Program (LEAP). .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Pizza Patron to Continue Accepting Pesos. A pizza chain that attracted national attention and plenty of hate mail for its decision to temporarily accept Mexican currency said Monday it is extending its pesos policy. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Boston's ''Simply Done'' Unpacking Service Now Franchising. Simply Done has operated as a successful Boston-area business for the past several years and is now offered as a home-based, affordable franchise by its creators. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Quiznos Appoints Michael Elliott Executive Vice President of Franchise Owner Assistance. Quiznos, one of the nation's fastest-growing quick service restaurant chains, today announced the appointment of Michael M. Elliott as Executive Vice President, Franchise Owner Assistance. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Bottoms Up expanding its franchising efforts. Chris DeCapri hopes to see dozens of Bottoms Up Pizza locations along the East Coast someday soon. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2007
Hundreds bid farewell to the first Wendy's restaurant. They came in droves, regulars and first-timers, children, parents and grandparents, to order burgers, fries and milkshakes at the first Wendy's restaurant, which closed Friday after 37 years downtown because of persistent lagging sales. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2007
Franchising has its pros, cons, forum speaker says. Buying a franchise gives you a proven business model with national name recognition, but it can also limit you and force you to follow the company's rules and procedures. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2007
Church's: Popeyes accusations 'without merit'. In response to a recent lawsuit by AFC Enterprises Inc., Church's Chicken said Friday its purchase of closed Popeyes stores in Texas was done "in the normal course of business." .... [more] 2 Mar, 2007
More Disclosure in FTC Franchise Rule. In its first major overhaul of its franchising regulations in nearly 30 years, the Federal Trade Commission is calling for greater disclosure by franchisers. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
Hawaii Re/Max acquired by parent. Re/Max of California & Hawaii has been acquired by Re/Max International, the Denver-based franchise headquarters of the real estate company. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
Rats Shut More NYC Restaurants. The parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut said it had temporarily closed several New York City restaurants owned by the franchisee that operated a Manhattan eatery overrun last week by rats. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
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