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: : October 2007

Shelby County Piggly Wiggly franchisee fined for violating teen labor laws. SCVS Inc., a Columbiana Piggly Wiggly franchisee, was ordered to pay $30,000 in penalties to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division after it was discovered that minors were operating heavy machinery and working excessive hours. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Back Yard Burgers Merger to Close Soon. Back Yard Burgers, Inc. announced today that it currently expects the merger transaction with BBAC, LLC and BBAC Merger Sub, Inc. to close on November 5, 2007. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Coverall Cleaning Concepts to Expand Franchising to Four New Western States. Coverall Cleaning Concepts, a leading provider of commercial cleaning services, today announced plans to begin franchising in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Boise and Reno. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Hardee's sells 26 Illinois restaurants. CKE Restaurants, parent company of St. Louis-based Hardee's Food Systems, sold 26 Hardee's restaurants in the Peoria and Quincy, Ill., area as part of its ongoing strategic refranchising program that was originally announced in April. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Applebee's shareholders back $1.9B sale to IHOP. Shareholders of the bar-and-grill chain Applebee's International on Tuesday approved a $1.9 billion buyout offer from pancake house operator IHOP. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
SuperShuttle expands with California acquisitions. SuperShuttle International Inc. acquired two airport transport companies in California - M&M Luxury Shuttle Inc. and Minibus Systems Inc. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Craters & Freighters Nearly Doubles Earnings and Continues Steady Franchise Growth. Craters & Freighters, the national leader in specialty freight solutions, announced the company has nearly doubled revenue and added 22 new franchises across the United States in the past five years. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Quiznos Leads Industry in Wait Time Performance. Quiznos earned the No. 1 position in the quick-service restaurant industry for wait-time performance, according to the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA) 2007 Wait Time Study. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
Four Danger Signals When Franchising. Many people buy franchises thinking they're a carefree alternative to starting a business from scratch, but there are also big risks. Here are some red flags to watch out for along the way. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2007
Two Texas Franchise Showcases Bring Aspiring Business Owners and Business Opportunities Together Under One Roof. Have you been thinking about a career change? A visit to one of the upcoming 2007 Texas Franchise Showcases could be the first step of taking charge of your next career move. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2007
Stratus Building Solutions enters New Jersey market. Stratus Building Solutions announced Monday it has entered the New Jersey market after awarding a master franchise to the Joy Community Development Corp. (JCDC) in South New Brunswick. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2007
Pizza Franchisee Uses Email Marketing to Double Sales. Summer is typically a slow time in the restaurant business. Mike Bahoora, owner of a Papa Romanos Pizza franchise in Bloomfield Township, MI thought he would see if he could do something about that. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2007
Celebrity ballroom dancing boosting business for South Florida franchisor. Arthur Murray didn't invent the tango or the fox trot, but his Coral Gables-based company did help pioneer a more lucrative move: the modern-day franchise. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2007
Roseville solar power firm charts new territory with retail store. Solar Power Inc. of Roseville has opened the first of what it hopes will become a national chain of retail stores. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
Wendy's Rolls Out Growth Plan; Posts Lower Profit. Wendy's International on Friday unveiled the second phase of its growth plan, which will include a new menu, re-franchising restaurants and an image overhaul. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
Build-A-Bear Workshop Cele-bear-ates 10th Birthday with The Year of Friendship. Since the company opened its first store in Oct. 1997 at the Saint Louis Galleria, Build-A-Bear Workshop has grown to become a global brand while being recognized as a company with heart. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
McDonald's may steam up coffee market. Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. is placing an order on the specialty coffee market - starting in Kansas City. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
Mr. Pita and Papa Romano's Merge. In a move that will better position both companies for expansion, two metro-Detroit based fast food franchises have joined forces. Papa Romano's Pizza, headquartered in Commerce Township, Michigan, has merged its operations with Mr. Pita restaurants, a 35-unit Sterling Heights, Michigan-based chain. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2007
Smoothie company expanding to Jacksonville. Emerald City Smoothie, a Seattle-based nutritional smoothie company, is targeting Jacksonville and other Florida cities as part of its national expansion campaign. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2007
Papa Murphy's plans to add pizzerias. Papa Murphy's International plans to add 15 to 20 locations in central Ohio in the next three years, employing between 200 and 300 people part time. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2007

Triarc explores other options to shed Deerfield & Co. Triarc Cos. and Deerfield Triarc Capital Corp. are exploring revised terms and conditions to their scrapped plans to sell Triarc's Deerfield & Co. to Deerfield Triarc Capital. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2007
Franchise Capital Corporation Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Dr. Gas, Inc. Franchise Capital Corporation, which recently closed its acquisition of Aero Exhaust, Inc., today announced that it has entered into a preliminary agreement in the form of a letter of intent to acquire 100% of the common stock of Dr. Gas, Inc. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2007
Taco Del Mar names Indiana franchisor. Taco Del Mar said it has named a pair of Subway restaurant owners to handle the chain's expansion efforts in the southern Indiana area. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2007
Junk-hauling franchisee expands beyond C. Fla. Faisal Ansari, who launched Orlando's first College Hunks Hauling Junk trash-removal franchise last February, is ready to expand his horizons. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2007
Lawsuit against UPS certified as class-action. A California court has certified a class-action lawsuit against United Parcel Service Inc. The suit was brought by former Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees who claim that UPS misled them into believing that the UPS Store model would be more profitable. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2007
McDonald's profit climbs 27% on worldwide sales. McDonald's said Friday that its third-quarter earnings jumped 27% on rising sales of everything from coffee and breakfast items to hamburgers and snack wraps, with help from the weak dollar. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2007
Skyhawks Opens Its First Franchise in Northern Indiana. Skyhawks Sports Academy is proud to announce it has awarded its first franchise. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2007
Coney Beach Announces International Expansion Plans. Continuing their rapid pace of growth, Beautiful Brands International, the parent company to Coney Beach, announced today an agreement to expand the brand domestically into parts of Florida and internationally into regions of the Middle East. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2007
Suit claims Wendy's inflated syrup costs. Wendy's International Inc.'s largest franchisee is suing the hamburger chain for $2 million, claiming it improperly inflated the cost of soda syrup and diverted the extra money to national advertising. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2007
Rudy's franchise co. bringing burgers to Austin. The folks behind the Austin locations of Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q are bringing a new hamburger concept to the market. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2007
Small Firms Are Taking on Franchises. Many independent small businesses are tacking on franchises to their operations. Some are seasonal businesses looking for a way to make extra income during the slow months. Others are looking to expand their clientele. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2007
Regis to merge Euro. salons with Franck Provost. Hair salon operator Regis Corp said on Monday it agreed to sell a majority stake in its European hair salon franchise to Franck Provost Salon Group for an undisclosed sum, creating Europe's largest salon company. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts sued for discrimination. An India-born husband and wife whose U.S. franchise agreement with Dunkin' Donuts is being terminated has accused the restaurant company of racial discrimination, their attorney said on Monday. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Welcome jolt for Pinkberry. Pinkberry hopes to grow its retail footprint beyond its 28 stores in Southern California, including this one in West Hollywood, and five in New York, with funding and expertise from Seattle-based venture-capital firm Maveron Capital. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Schlotzsky's will expand in KC area. Schlotzsky's plans to nearly double its Kansas City-area presence in the next five years. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Papa John's named a top franchise for minorities. Papa John's International Inc. has been named one of the top 50 franchises for minorities by the National Minority Franchising Initiative. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Shaq adds twist to business ventures. Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is entering the soft-pretzel business with Milwaukee's V&J Foods, which over the past 23 years has built one of the nation's largest black-owned fast-food chains. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2007
Senior Fitness and Wellness Centers, Nifty After Fifty, Receives Approval to Franchise in California. Nifty After Fifty, a fitness and wellness center that caters to mature adults, has received approval from the State of California Department of Corporations to offer and sell franchises. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2007
The fruits of franchising. When Ryan Reese, owner of a Garlic Jim's unit in West Seattle, was considering opening a pizzeria, he knew the numbers were on the side of franchises. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2007
Lenny's launches ad campaign on Fox Sports. Lenny's Sub Shops has launched a new creative campaign with Fox Regional Sports Networks and will air thirty second television spots on FOX SPORTS channels across the country. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2007
New chain winging its way to Pittsburgh. Wingstop, an aviation-themed chicken wing franchise based in Dallas, recently opened the first of 25 planned Pennsylvania locations in Greensburg. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2007
Virtual Copies. A small but growing number of online companies are tailoring the concept for the Internet. Call it "virtual franchising," where Web pages substitute for physical storefronts and customers drop by using keyboards. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2007
Yum! Launches Global Program in Support of U.N. World Food Programme. Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, today launched the world's largest hunger relief effort in an attempt to help stop world hunger. Called "World Hunger Relief Week," the program supports the United Nations World Food Programme. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2007
Postal Connections Targets Smaller Northern Indiana Communities for New Postal and Business Services Stores. Postal Connections of America, a rapidly growing franchise chain of postal, business and communication services stores, is focusing expansion on cities of 75,000 population or less in Northern Indiana. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2007
Gap invades the Philippines. Gap Inc. is upping its commitment to international expansion through franchises. The company said Tuesday that it, with help from its franchise partner Rustan Group of Cos., will open eight Gap stores and four Banana Republic stores throughout the Philippines over the next five years. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
UK / US - Spymasters' eyes on North America. Spymasters, the corporate team-building specialists based in Glasgow, is expected to hit a turnover of £1 million in its second year of operation, against £100,000 in its first. The company is also in talks with North American corporate entertainment providers to franchise its patented espionage game packages. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Domino's Pizza Named One of the Top 50 Franchises for Minorities. Domino's Pizza was recently selected as one of the top 50 outstanding franchisers for minorities by the National Minority Franchising Initiative (NMFI) for demonstrating an exceptional focus on recruiting and supporting minority franchisees. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Fast feeder's 1st decade a mixed platter. When the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut cut its ties to PepsiCo Inc. the prospects might have caused indigestion for even the most upbeat executive... Ten years later, Yum has cut its debt in half, added two more brands, opened thousands more restaurants worldwide and become the dominant U.S. fast-food player in China. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Fatburger buys Pittsburgh franchises. Fatburger Corp. has purchased the restaurant chain's two Pittsburgh-area franchises and will operate them as company-owned locations. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Five keys to success as a franchise owner. When it comes to standout performance and beating the odds, the franchise model isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Franchising is, on the surface, inherently about following someone else's model and plan. Or is it? .... [more] 8 Oct, 2007
Should You Use Franchise Brokers? Franchise brokers can help you find qualified franchisees. But is hiring a broker the right choice for your franchise? .... [more] 8 Oct, 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 in New York in early November. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2007
Tulsa-based garden center offers franchises. Under The Sun Garden Center, a local gardening shop that offers seasonal flowering plants as well as home and holiday decor, has began to franchise its operations. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2007
Carl's Jr. offers high-tech menus. Airports, post offices and big-box retailers have long been using touch-screen kiosks and self-checkout lanes to give customers more freedom, ease long lines and, in some cases, cut labor costs. Now that technology is beginning to translate into the quick-service restaurant industry. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2007
Jury: McDonald's liable in strip-search hoax. A Kentucky jury has found McDonald's liable in the suit of a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald's back office at the behest of a caller posing as a police officer. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Pizza Fusion Boosts Employee Morale with Emphasis on Quality of Life. Organic, eco-friendly restaurant franchise enhances employee morale at corporate headquarters with events, complimentary lunches, extracurricular activities and late passes. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Burger King Corp. Enters Mobile Entertainment Market. Burger King Corp. today announced a licensing arrangement with Seattle-based, mobile content provider Mobliss Inc., a division of the Index Group, to create downloadable cell phone games featuring Burger King branded content. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Expensive Mistakes to Avoid as a New Franchisee. Building a business has many hidden costs. But learning from those who've gone the road before you can be a great money-saving tactic. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2007
Banker snaps up rights to Froots Smoothies franchises. Banker David Kim bought the rights to Froots Smoothies franchises in Washington, D.C., Maryland and parts of Virginia for $150,000 and is looking for expansion sites in his territory. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2007
A pot of gold for fondue franchisee. With the help of a national company, restaurateur Mira Selbo is successfully reviving a '70s fad in Orange County. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2007
Checkers Signs 20-Restaurant Franchise Deal for Las Vegas. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today announced that it has secured a deal to develop 20 new Checkers restaurants in Las Vegas, expanding the chain's reach in the West. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2007
Subway Honors Franchisee of the Year. The Subway restaurant chain has named three franchisees as the recipients of its Franchisee of the Year awards during the company's recent convention in Orlando, Fla. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2007
Franchise Unit Growth Hot Worldwide Despite Flat Unit Growth in U.S. Franchise Times Corp. has released their Top 200 franchises, as well as 100 up and comers, for 2007. The companies of the Top 200 managed collective worldwide sales of nearly $445 billion, a more than six percent increase from last year. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2007
In Sickness and In Wealth: Husband-Wife Teams Running Franchises Encounter Benefits, Pitfalls. Today many franchise companies are run by husband-and-wife teams. Some say it's a great experience; most say there are things that need to be considered to make it work. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2007
Schlotzsky's targets more Duke City sites. The five Schlotzsky's sandwich shops in Albuquerque will be joined by two more in the next five years. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2007
Northern Arizona McDonald's franchisee explores run for Renzi seat. Arizona Rep. Bill Konopnicki - a Republican who owns McDonald's franchises and radio stations in northern Arizona - is taking the first step toward a run for Congress next year. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2007
Baja Fresh Positioned for Growth and Expansion Throughout the United States and International Markets. Under new ownership, the company will focus its expansion efforts on strategic markets, including California, Nevada, Washington D.C., Missouri, Illinois, Georgia and Florida to name a few and on growing the company internationally. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2007
Franchisee unhappy with performance of Golden Corral restaurants. A Midwestern operator of Golden Corral restaurants is finding that the buffet-style restaurant is adding some fat to its bottom line. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2007
McD's plans national rollout of specialty drinks. In one of its biggest strategic moves ever, McDonald's Corp. plans to sell lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty drinks in all of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants next year. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2007
Coffee Beanery Stores Soar in Airport Locations. For over thirty years Coffee Beanery has focused on specialty coffee in a variety of locations, and have found airports to be some of their most successful stores. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2007
Corner Bakery Cafe Announces Two New Franchisee Partners. Corner Bakery Cafe announced today that it will be expanding its ever-growing family of restaurants as part of an ongoing aggressive franchise growth strategy. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2007
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