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Tim Hortons may shut N.E. shops. Tim Hortons Inc. could retreat from Southern New England thanks to fierce competition from its larger, more established rival, Dunkin’ Donuts. .... [more] 31 May, 2007
Pizza Fusion Awarded Co-op America Green Business Certification. Organic, eco-friendly pizza franchise receives industry leading certification for environmental business practices. .... [more] 31 May, 2007
Buying a Franchise After 55. Why more people 55 and up are buying franchises. Jeff Elgin, at, helps you decide if it’s the right move for you. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
D-FW New Horizons franchise bought out. The owners of the New Horizons Computer Learning Centers franchise in San Antonio and Austin have bought out the New Horizons franchise in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
Junk franchise opens in Albuquerque. Move over, Sanford and Son. A new junk operation has come to town. But this one uses online booking for pickups, and drivers use Web-enabled phones to schedule their routes. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
CKE to sell its La Salsa chain. CKE Restaurants Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill restaurants to Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, for an undisclosed amount, in order to focus on its other brands. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
7-Eleven going the franchise route. 7-Eleven Inc. is planning to convert its company-operated stores in the region to franchises as part of a national strategy to become a fully franchised business. .... [more] 29 May, 2007
Rent to Own Franchise Week. Based on the overwhelming response and positive feedback of our 'industry-first' Franchise Issue of RTO Magazine, will dedicate an entire week to getting the message out about franchise opportunities in the rental purchase/leasing sector. .... [more] 29 May, 2007
Corner Bakery locations planned for Philadelphia area. Corner Bakery Cafe has inked a franchise agreement with The Rose Group to open new restaurants on the East Coast. .... [more] 29 May, 2007
Weigh pros, cons when considering a franchise. Countless business opportunities are available to entrepreneurs looking to make their marks in business. Among them is taking on a franchise operation. But be aware of the pros and cons of owning one. .... [more] 28 May, 2007
Barbershop chain CEO likes the cut of Las Vegas. Sport Clips is not your father's haircutting place but dad might still get his locks cut there. The sports-themed hair chain has designated Las Vegas as a growth market, and geared its advertising toward local men and their sons. .... [more] 25 May, 2007
Applebee's Shareholders Elect Outsiders. Shareholders of Applebee's International Inc. overwhelmingly voted Friday to elect two new directors from a hedge fund that had threatened a costly proxy fight before both sides agreed to a settlement last month. .... [more] 25 May, 2007
Domino's must give franchisees choice. A federal district judge ruled that Domino's Pizza Inc. franchisees have a choice of vendors for a computer system the company developed. .... [more] 24 May, 2007
More locations on menu for Houlihans. Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc., flush with $68 million to spend, is embarking on the next phase of a national expansion that will add 12 new locations by year end. .... [more] 23 May, 2007
Rose Group to grow as franchisee for another chain. The Rose Group plans to open as many as 25 Corner Bakery Café locations in the Philadelphia region, it said Tuesday. .... [more] 23 May, 2007
A Franchise Mouse Catches the Cat. A local forklift dealership brings Mitsubishi and Caterpillar to court and wins a decision that may roil the franchising world. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Men-only gyms promise quick, distraction-free workouts. One of the latest fads in the health club industry may be facing a tough sell in Silicon Valley. Men-only fitness gyms - hoping to capitalize on the success of Curves, which caters exclusively to women - have been popping up across the country with mixed success. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Open communication at heart of fair franchising. Many franchise companies these days are singing the praises of open lines of communication with their franchisees. They realize and embrace the fact that in order for them to be most profitable, their franchisees must be successful as well. .... [more] 21 May, 2007
Blue Moon Franchises LLC Teams with Franchise Development Network Inc. Blue Moon Franchises LLC, a division of the Blue Moon Mexican Café, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Franchise Development Network Inc. to assist with the company's recently announced franchise program and Northeast U.S. expansion plans. .... [more] 21 May, 2007
Coffee franchise logo angers local parents. He first noticed it while driving his two sons home from school. There it was in red block letters, the sign that read: "Bad Ass Coffee" and advertised a new business being built on Three Oaks Parkway in Estero. .... [more] 21 May, 2007

Cold Stone Creamery Launches First Integrated Advertising Campaign. On May 21, 2007, Cold Stone Creamery launches its first national integrated advertising campaign, including television, since the company's inception in 1988. .... [more] 21 May, 2007
BUPS Franchisees Protest During Annual Meeting. As some 50 UPS franchisees from around the country picketed in a light rain outside Wilmington's Hotel DuPont Thursday (May 10) during UPS' annual meeting, several shareholder-franchisees directed questions about their concerns to CEO Mike Eskew. .... [more] 18 May, 2007
Toys 'R' Us Raises More Than $1.1 Million to Help Autism Speaks. Today, Toys "R" Us and the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund announced that their nationwide campaign to benefit Autism Speaks raised more than $1.1 million to support crucial autism research and advocacy. .... [more] 17 May, 2007
askin-Robbins to settle lawsuit. Baskin-Robbins will pay nearly a half-million dollars to settle a lawsuit claiming some of its California stores shortchanged customers by providing them with pint-sized ice cream containers that were underfilled. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
FTC bars company from selling Web-design franchises. A Web-design franchising company and its owner will return $160,000 to customers and are banned for life from selling franchises under a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
TGI Friday's plans to accelerate franchise growth. Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., parent company of T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, plans to accelerate the development of T.G.I. Friday's franchises within the U.S., effective immediately. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
Six Disciplines franchises acquired. A leadership development program franchisor is uniting two Ohio centers under its umbrella and expanding in the state. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
Get ready for 30 Dunkin' Donuts. When is Tallahassee going to get a Dunkin' Donuts? Robert Rodriguez doesn't know, exactly. He's more concerned about how long it will take for Florida's capital city to have 30. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
Whataburger Restaurants Providing Free Meals to Uniformed Firefighters. In light of the recent wildfires in their areas, Whataburger restaurants in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia announced that they are providing free Whatameals to all uniformed firemen. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
McDonald’s campaign highlights career opportunities. McDonald's is rolling out a new national advertising campaign that shines a spotlight on its employees and celebrates career opportunities at the fast food giant. .... [more] 14 May, 2007
Krispy Kreme looks to sell franchises. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Monday that it had filed a franchise offering document with state officials, the latest step in the turnaround of the doughnut chain. .... [more] 14 May, 2007
Creating Empires. Sarasota's Clockwork Home Services has made millions selling home repair concepts and helping franchisees and clients improve customer service, profitability and efficiency. .... [more] 14 May, 2007
Spicy Pickle plots growth curve. Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc. has more than 50 new restaurants in the works across the United States, including in New York and Chicago. .... [more] 14 May, 2007
Cold Stone Creamery, Kahala join forces. Ice cream maker Cold Stone Creamery and fast-food operator Kahala will combine to form a holding company that they hope will compete with private equity firms for a greater share of the fast-food sector. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
Bicycle shop expanding through franchising. Open Road Bicycles, a local bicycle shop that has been doing business in Jacksonville for 15 years, is expanding by franchising the concept. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
Former Bengal inks area AAMCO franchise deal. Former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson has signed a franchise deal to develop AAMCO Transmission centers throughout Ohio. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
7-Eleven Franchising Strategy Moves East. After offering 7-Eleven company-operated convenience stores in Virginia to existing store managers for franchise opportunities, the company is now extending the offer to the public for the first time. .... [more] 10 May, 2007
Jo To Go Coffee Unveils Licensing Package for Multi-Unit Franchisees. The specialty coffee franchise now provides experienced individuals the opportunity to grow their existing business with a Jo To Go Coffee licensing agreement. .... [more] 10 May, 2007
Lenny's Sub Shop coming to Central Ohio. A franchisee group has signed a multi-unit agreement to open Lenny's Sub Shops in Central Ohio. .... [more] 9 May, 2007
Franchise Marketing: Cause and Effect. Linking a national franchiser to a charity can both unify an organization and help businesses stand out in their local areas. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Hooters' owners seek to end bankruptcies. The owners of five New York state Hooters franchises want to pull the plug on the restaurants' bankruptcy cases, saying there is "no reasonable likelihood of rehabilitation." .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Canadian pita franchise coming to Bay Area. The Canadians are coming, claiming to bring healthy food with them. Extreme Pita, a restaurant franchise from Toronto, is moving into the Bay Area, opening two shops so far and promising to open as many as 40 in the next five years. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Domino's Delivers Pizza in a ZAP. As part of the company's Worldwide Rally in Las Vegas this week, Domino's Pizza tested delivering its pizzas using ZAP all-electric vehicles. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
McDonald's Global Sales Increase. McDonald's Corporation announced today that global comparable sales rose 4.8% in April. Systemwide sales for McDonald's restaurants worldwide increased 9.6% for the month, 6.0% in constant currencies. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Atten-tion! Huddle House Expansion Extends to U.S. Military Bases. Huddle House, Inc. recently opened its second military post restaurant, this time at the Fort Polk Louisiana Army Post, as the chain continues its nationwide military base expansion. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Franchising and the Internet. How the internet has led to a franchise boom, and how your franchise can benefit from it. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
Why Franchisees Fail The Common Mistakes. There's a myth that franchising makes owning a small business easy. The truth is that hundreds of franchisees fail each year. Here are the reasons. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
Wing chain has big expansion plans. Hurricane Grill and Wings, a Florida-based chain that bills itself as a casual-style wing house with family appeal, is blowing into the Orlando market with big expansion plans. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
New franchise rules called 'baby steps'. The changes to the federal franchise rule, which had been in discussion for more than a decade, don't entirely correct the law's flaws, but they are baby steps in the right direction, say franchisee rights advocates. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
Ending proxy battle allows Applebee's to ponder future. Applebee's International Inc.'s move to settle a proxy battle leaves it free to continue exploring ways of boosting shareholder value, including evaluating preliminary offers from would-be acquirers. .... [more] 6 May, 2007
UPS Franchisees to Demonstrate Outside Annual Shareholders Meeting. Franchisees representing United Parcel Service franchise outlets across the United States under the Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store brands will demonstrate at Thursday's (May 10) meeting of UPS shareholders in Wilmington, Del. .... [more] 6 May, 2007
'Two Men' earns ISO certification. The franchise of Two Men and a Truck recently became ISO 9001:2000 certified. .... [more] 6 May, 2007
Quiznos dispute will go to trial. A group of Quiznos franchisees at odds with the Denver sandwich chain earned a modest legal victory last week, when a judge in Denver upheld a temporary injunction that blocks the company from terminating their franchise agreements. .... [more] 5 May, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts Whips Up A Recipe for Expansion. The franchise has embarked on a plan that includes geographical expansion, redesigned stores with coffeehouse touches and new sandwiches. .... [more] 4 May, 2007
NYC Restaurant in Rat Video Closed. The KFC/Taco Bell restaurant shut down earlier this year after dozens of rats were videotaped crawling around its floors will stay closed for good, the chain's owner has told investors. .... [more] 4 May, 2007
The Flying Biscuit Cafe is Sharing the Biscuit Love with the Opening of First Franchised Location. Raving Brands announces today the opening of its first franchised location of The Flying Biscuit Cafe at 3515 Northside Parkway in Atlanta on Monday, May 14. .... [more] 4 May, 2007
Marriott to Open 100 Hotels in 100 Days. Marriott International, Washington, D.C., announced plans to open more than 100 hotels in 100 days, and expects to open its 3,000th hotel by the end of the year. .... [more] 3 May, 2007
EBay drop-off stores rethink business model. The recent years' explosion of grand openings by independent operators and franchisors ready to help consumers sell the stuff in their attic online appears to have slowed as experience proves how hard it can be to make a profit. .... [more] 3 May, 2007
Baker Bros American Deli planning 10 Houston locations. Baker Bros American Deli is planning to open 10 locations in the Houston area over the next five years. .... [more] 3 May, 2007
UPS Store franchisee files suit against UPS. United Parcel Service Inc., which has drawn sharp criticism over the past couple years from many of its UPS Store franchisees, is the target of a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Announces Northeast Expansion. The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, a popular metro New York area Mexican eatery, announced today that it intends to expand throughout the Northeast U.S. and has formed Blue Moon Franchises LLC. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
Women's fitness chain has a healthy outlook. Fit Zone franchise to grow from current 29 locations to nearly 70 within the next year. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
Are Bigger Franchises Better? Jeff Elgin at looks at the pros and cons of buying into a big name franchise system. .... [more] 2 May, 2007
World's Largest Sign Franchise Offers Free Banners as Show of Support for Troops. Multiple owners of SIGN*A*RAMA stores in the northeast United States have joined efforts to support troops by offering free banners to the families of the soldiers, welcoming home their loved ones. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Yum Brands 1Q profit climbs 14 percent. Fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday that first-quarter profit rose 14 percent, as its international business soared while its brands suffered in the U.S. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Build-A-Bear Workshop Makes Friends With the World's Favorite Ogre. America's favorite ogre and his friends are returning soon to a theater near you. This time, Shrek's fans will be treated to more than a cinematic adventure. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts sees dollars in Texas. Chain can do well in the Austin area, analyst predicts. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
On The Border Franchisee Commits to Opening 18 New Restaurants in California. On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina franchisee BorderWest Partners, L.P. will open 18 new restaurants in Central and Southern California through a development agreement with Brinker International, Inc. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
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