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Franchising's Sinister Side: Vanishing Ad Dollars. On the surface, franchise expansion means it's time to pop the champagne. But this is often when things turn ugly for the company's frachisees. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2007
Clockwork grows its franchisees. Clockwork Home Services Inc. added 22 franchisees during the third quarter of this year. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2007
Damon's CEO stepping down. Damon's International Inc. will enter the new year with a search for a new president and CEO. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2007
IHOP completes $1.9B deal for Applebee's, plans changes. Pancake house operator IHOP said Thursday it had completed its $1.9 billion purchase of casual dining chain Applebee's International. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2007
McDonald's Long-Time CMO Retires. After more than two decades with McDonald's, William "Bill" Lamar, Jr., today announced his plan to retire from the Golden Arches at the end of the first quarter of 2008. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2007
BlueLens Franchise Group Joins the International Franchise Association. The BlueLens Franchise Group, a division of eWayDirect, Inc., is pleased to announce that it has joined the International Franchise Association, the world's premier franchise association with over 1,100 franchisors, 8,000 franchises, and 400 suppliers. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2007
Franchisees open 10 Applebee's restaurants. Applebee's International Inc. franchisees opened 10 restaurants during November. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2007
Dallas-based Snuffer's to try franchising again. Even the most promising of ideas can suffer from a lack of attention to detail. Pat Snuffer learned that a decade ago when he tried to franchise his venerated burger joint. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2007
More Franchisees Suing Moe's. More than 50 franchisees and their financial backers are now suing Tex-Mex chain Moe's Southwest Grill LLC and its former parent company over allegations of fraud and breach of contract. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2007
Sodexho's Retail Brand Group Opens First Pandini's Franchise. Retail Brand Group, LLC announced today the opening of the first Pandini's franchise by Bala Chetty of North Carolina. Pandini's, a fast-casual restaurant serving pizza, pasta and salads, opened last week. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2007
Smoothie King Opens 500th Nutritional Lifestyle Center. moothie King, the originator of the nutritional fruit-based smoothie, today announced its 500th nutritional lifestyle center opened in Atlanta. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2007
Ask, Nicely. Introducing new technology can create sore spots in a franchiser-franchisee relationship. Overcoming reluctance can be tricky and test the strength of a franchise system. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2007
Rent'N Go establishes franchise business philosophy. RNG, franchisor of Rent’N Go custom wheels and tires locations, has established its business relationship philosophy as the foundation for its continuous dealings with stakeholders of its growing chain of franchises. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2007
Entrepreneurs Turn to Franchises. Franchises are becoming an increasingly popular way to start a business without totally flying solo. Today, there are more than 3,000 franchise brands that span 230 different types of businesses, according to a new study from a unit of the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2007
New owner wants to restore Shoney’s chain to ’glory days’. On the back of Shoney’s executive business cards is the mantra of new management: restoring the Southern buffet and restaurant chain to its “glory days.” .... [more] 25 Nov, 2007
Subway's Diet: Less Oil, More Recycling. The Subway sandwich chain is testing recycling bins, switching its napkins, cutlery and plastic cups and cutting down on the gasoline used to transport its restaurant supplies in an effort to minimize the chain's impact on the environment. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2007
La Salsa Fresh opens 100th location. La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill is celebrating the grand opening of its 15th San Diego location, also marking the chain's 100th store overall. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2007
Business Booming for Home-Care Franchises. As baby boomers reach retirement age, home-care franchises are seeing booming business. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2007
McDonald's Raises Millions for World Children's Day. Five everyday heroes from around the world were honored today for their inspiring work on behalf of children in need as part of World Children's Day at McDonald's. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2007
26-Year-Old Franchise Owner Launches Career While Finishing College Degree. Jon-Ryan Woolson is still studying business administration at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, but he’s already practicing what he’s still learning to preach. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2007
Auntie Anne's Business Franchise Opportunity Receives FranSurvey Certification. The Auntie Anne's business franchise has been FranSurvey Certified for the second consecutive year. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2007
McDonald's Eyes Ballooning Coffee Market. Clash of the titans? McDonald's eyes ballooning coffee market, but franchisees not happy. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2007

BP to franchise its convenience stores. Gas station operator BP PLC said it will create a franchise network for more than 700 of its company-owned convenience stores in the United States and sell them to franchisees. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Jack in the Box to Expand Franchising. Fast-food chain Jack in the Box Inc. on Friday said it plans to continue to expand franchise operations and open more Jack in the Box and Qdoba brands in fiscal 2008. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Dunkin’ blasts bias suit. Dunkin’ Donuts is hitting back against claims of racism and the use of “Gestapo-like” tactics made by two franchise owners who are fighting the company’s attempts to strip them of their stores. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Papa John's Introduces Text Ordering. Today, Papa John's is leading the entire quick-service restaurant industry across yet another technology threshold as the first national pizza chain to offer text message ordering. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
AFC Enterprises net income hits $6.5M. The Atlanta-based franchiser and operator of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits had net income of $6.5 million on $38.9 million in revenue. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2007
BP to sell its company-owned U.S. convenience stores. BP America Inc. said Thursday it will sell all of its more than 700 company-owned and -operated U.S. convenience stores over the next two years, eliminating nearly 10,000 jobs. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2007
Wendy's shares fall; one bidder emerges with lower-than-expected offer. Shares of Wendy's International fell 2% Wednesday after only one bidder emerged a day after the company's auction deadline with a lower-than-expected offer for the company. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2007
Subway Eco-Store opens in Florida. The first Subway Eco-Store has opened in Kissimmee, Fla. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2007
PETA Challenges Domino's. PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world and owner of 150 shares of Domino's stock, has submitted a shareholder resolution to Ann Arbor-based Domino's asking the company to disclose to shareholders what it has done to evaluate a less cruel method of slaughtering chickens. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2007
Wild Birds Unlimited Re-launches Online Nature Shop. Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard birdfeeding and nature specialty stores, announced the re-launch of its online store today. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2007
McD's to sell upscale coffee drinks, other items. McDonald's Corp. laid the foundation to perk up its beverage and breakfast offerings Tuesday with plans to add upscale coffee drinks, chicken biscuit sandwiches and breakfast burritos to its U.S. restaurants in the coming weeks. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
Jason's Deli goes green. Sandwich franchise Jason's Deli unveiled its "solar deli" today at its south I-35 store, its second deli in Texas that's powered in part by solar energy. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
Birmingham Papa John's franchisee sells its 116 stores. The Halifax Group completed a management-led buyout of Birmingham-based PJ United Inc., the largest franchisee of Papa John's stores, offering a launching pad for the pizza chain's expansion. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
The Original SoupMan and Cold Stone Creamery Team Up. Soup Kitchen International and Cold Stone Creamery today announced the grand opening of the first The Original SoupMan/Cold Stone Creamery at 2 Astor Place in New York, NY on Friday, November 16, 2007. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
McDonald's Names Bensen CFO. McDonald's Corp. named a new chief financial officer Tuesday, while announcing plans to further scale back the number of company-owned stores in some parts of the world. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
Qdoba Mexican Grill Opens 400th Store. Qdoba Mexican Grill today announced the opening of its 400th restaurant location. The newest store is located in Nampa, Idaho. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Franchiser to bring new food concepts to Houston. Houstonian Mike Lassiter is hoping to cook up excitement for new food franchise concepts in his hometown. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Business franchise idea is not always a 'snow brainer'. Shave ice with attitude. That's the spin Conejo Valley, Calif., moms Lisa Kudirka and Karen Bain hope will hook franchise buyers on their unconventional take on selling shave ice treats. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Fitness Together Sells 600th Franchise. Fitness Together Franchise Corp. announced the sale of its 600th franchise today. The 600th franchise was purchased by Benjie Moser and will be located in Newburyport, Mass. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
AAFD Updates Franchisor Accreditation Standards at Fall Meetings. The AAFD convenes meetings for its various boards, committees and councils each Fall to advance the Association’s initiatives to define and promote Total Quality Franchising. This year proved to be an eventful and important meeting for AAFD members and franchise leaders. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2007
The Athlete's Foot Opens Next Generation Performance Store in Tuscaloosa, AL. The Athlete's Foot (TAF), worldwide leader in athletic footwear franchising, announced today that the first next generation TAF performance store will open in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, next week. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2007
Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii Honors Its Soldiers and Veterans With a Weekend Celebration. To celebrate Veteran's Day, as well as Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii's Buy a Soldier a Cup O' Joe Campaign, free cups of coffee will be given throughout the weekend to any military personnel at the Bad Ass Coffee corporate store. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2007
Technomic Examines Franchise Companies. Restaurant franchisees are the driving force behind the growth of many restaurant chains in both limited- and full-service sectors. Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Applebee's are a few of the many brands that have thrived from franchising..... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Pizza maker to recruit veterans. Ann Arbor-based pizza maker Domino’s Pizza Inc. announced Thursday a program to offer franchising discounts to military veterans and spouses of active military interested in opening a Domino’s outlet. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
IHOP will reorganize after Applebee's purchase. IHOP Corp. said Wednesday that it will realign its organizational structure after it completes the purchase of Applebee's International Inc. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Surveying franchise success. In an effort to maximize the number of successful partnerships they enter, franchisors have turned to a variety of profiling tools that purport to predict a successful match. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Rita's Opens 500th Store. Rita's Water Ice announced today the opening of its 500th store, located in Mooresville, North Carolina. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Pollo Campero franchisor launches marketing campaign. ADIR Restaurants Corp., master franchisor of Pollo Campero in six western states, has launched an extensive marketing campaign communicating the benefits of franchise ownership. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Sovereign weighs dollars for "Donuts". Sovereign Bancorp Chief Executive Joseph Campanelli on Wednesday said he has talked with Dunkin' Donuts leaders about striking an alliance that would allow the bank to put cash machines in Dunkin' coffee and doughnut shops in the U.S. Northeast. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2007
Suit Against Quiznos Dismissed. A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Quiznos by franchisees in Wisconsin, rejecting their claims the national sandwich chain acted fraudulently and improperly in business practices. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2007
Some franchisees question value of McDonald's dollar menu. McDonald's Corp. regards its Dollar Menu as a key part of its "Plan To Win" strategy, but there is growing discontent among franchisees that it's also a way to lose money. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2007
PuroClean co-founder sells stake. Dick Spohn, the co-founder of PuroClean, said he is selling his interest in the company to a partner group run by David McKinnon, who founded Service Brands International. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2007
Papa John's third-quarter earnings drop 63 pct. Papa John's International Inc on Tuesday reported a 63 percent drop in quarterly net earnings as higher labor and cheese costs offset increased sales at its pizza delivery restaurants. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2007
Burger King profit rises 23% Burger King Holdings said Monday that its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 23%, surpassing Wall Street expectations as marketing promotions with movie tie-ins and sales of chicken sandwiches helped offset higher commodity costs. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Legal Concerns Break Tomato Labor Deals. So-called "penny-per-pound" deals involving Yum! Brands and McDonald's will not be executed and are now considered moot, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange announced today. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Ikea hiring 125 at new Tacoma center. Ikea said it's beginning the hiring process to staff its massive new distribution center near Tacoma at the Frederickson Industrial Area in unincorporated Pierce County. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Get A Grip opens kitchen, bathroom-fixture repair shop in San Antonio. San Antonio business owner Ian Looney has opened up a new shop in the city that will fix cracked bathtubs, scratched or stained tile and kitchen countertops. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Panera expands into Memphis, N. Mississippi. Panera Bread Co. has announced an agreement with Delta Dough to have the franchisee open 12 bakery-cafes in Memphis and northern Mississippi. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Subway entrepreneur sets sights on taco trade. The owner of 15 Subway shops is looking to the world of Tex-Mex for his newest venture. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2007
Franchisees to bring Fish City Grill to Jacksonville. A Jacksonville-based franchise group has bought the territory rights to develop Fish City Grill restaurants in North and Central Florida; Augusta and Savannah, Ga.; and Charleston, S.C. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Brooke Franchise Corporation's National Convention a Success. Brooke Franchise Corporation recently concluded its third annual national franchise convention, held Oct. 21-23 at the South Point Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Panera Expanding in Tennessee. Sandwich and bakery chain Panera Bread Co. said Thursday it signed an agreement with franchisee Delta Dough Inc. to develop bakery-cafes in the Memphis area. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Christian Mall Store C28 Opens 5th Franchise Location. C28, a Christian lifestyle retailer, offering an alternative to typical mall clothing stores, announces the opening of their franchise store location in Northridge, California. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2007
Local Gold's Gyms to operate under new name. Franchisee Pulliam's Global Fitness Holdings LLC has ended its relationship with Gold's Gym International Inc., and will begin operating its clubs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky under the Urban Active name Dec. 1. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
Baby Boot Camp's Appeal Starting to Show. Any number of Web sites feature the merits of Domino's, Dunkin' Donuts and UPS franchises. But while these big names tend to hog the spotlight, moms-to-be are sipping on their Dunkin' lattes while talking about an innovative but still under-the-radar franchise. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
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