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: : September 2007

IHOP CEO Looks to Flip Applebee's Fate. When Julia Stewart took over at pancake house operator IHOP Corp. more than five years ago, she faced the widespread belief she had just doomed her career. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Franchising can work, if you find the right one. If you want to start a business and increase your chance for success, franchising significantly tips the odds in your favor. One out of every three dollars spent by Americans for goods and services are spent in a ­franchised business. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
East coast restaurant coming to Austin. Austin will get its first Così restaurants this fall. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2007
Stratus Building Solutions expands to Florida. Stratus Building Solutions announced Thursday it has entered the Florida market after awarding a master franchise to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Paladin Services of Florida LLC. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2007
McDonald's continues upgrade trend. For the second time in the past year, a McDonald's has been demolished in the Albany, N.Y., area to make way for a new, modern version of the Golden Arches. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2007
Brooke Franchise will buy 60 insurance agency locations. Brooke Franchise Corp. has agreed to buy 60 insurance agency locations, including four in the Kansas City area, from companies related to J and P Holdings Inc. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2007
AFC says court rules in its favor in insurance lawsuit. AFC Enterprises Inc said a federal court ruled in its favor and awarded $20 million in damages in a lawsuit against its former insurance carrier that provided liability coverage for its directors and officers. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2007
Wendy's franchise owner bids for company. The owner of 134 Wendy's restaurants wants to make a bid for the nation's No. 3 hamburger chain with two private-equity firms. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2007
Cybertary sells North Carolina franchise. A Roseville company that provides "virtual assistants" to support independent and small-business owners, has sold its first North Carolina franchise. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2007
Arby's expansion detailed. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. has inked development deals to open 35 new Arby's restaurants across the nation. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2007
McDonald's franchisee sued over disabilities act allegation. A former employee of a McDonald's in Albany, N.Y., filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the restaurant discriminated against her and violated provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2007
Operation Boot Camp Adds New Franchises. Operation Boot Camp of North America announced today the addition of new franchises in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2007
Spicy Pickle Serves Up Its Initial Public Offering. Spicy Pickle fast casual restaurants today announced the commencement of public trading for its common stock on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board (OTC BB) quotation medium. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2007
Inspectors franchising. Looking to maintain high standards in the unregulated and somewhat renegade business climate of the home inspection industry, Kal Patel, founder of Mason-based 1st Inspection Services Inc., said he is looking to expand his business through franchising. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2007
Ameristop franchisees want out of agreements. Twenty-five franchisees who operate 31 Ameristop Food Marts in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana want to join a lawsuit against the Cold Spring-based convenience store chain brought by Cincinnati-based Walnut Investment Partners L.P. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2007
MosquitoNix insect misting to sell franchise in Jacksonville. MosquitoNix, a Dallas-based company offering a fully-automated insect misting system, plans to open 100 new locations around the country over the next four years. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2007
Monmouth University to Host Franchise Expo and Seminar on Oct. 27. The event is a precursor to franchise courses expected to be offered at the Monmouth University Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spring of 2008. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2007
Famous Dave's signs new franchise deal. Famous Dave's of America Inc. said Friday it would franchise rights to its Pit Bar-B-Que restaurants at locations in the southern United States. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2007
Fast-Growing Franchise Reaches 150. N-Hance, a wood floor and cabinet renewal system franchise, has recently registered its 150th franchise territory. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2007
Franchisees get paid to decorate homes for Christmas. Christmas is just around the corner. And one national company is looking for people in the Lancaster area who might be interested in spreading some holiday cheer - as a career. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2007
Yogen Fruz Debuts in U.S. Yogen Fruz USA Inc. has entered into a master franchise agreement with Titan Group Inc. for northern Florida. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2007

Rent'N Go launches rent-to-own wheels and tires franchising. After years of perfecting the Rent’N Go custom wheels and tires retail concept, RNG President Bob Catino announced the official launching of the company’s franchising program. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2007
Jamba Juice buys 22 franchise stores. Jamba Juice has acquired the assets of 22 Northern California Jamba Juice franchised stores from Sanders Liquid Sunshine LLC and Vegas Liquid Sunshine LLC. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2007
Clockwork acquires six home services franchisees. Clockwork Home Services Inc. has acquired six plumbing, air conditioning and heating and electrical franchisees in California, South Carolina and Colorado. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2007
Wendy's Potential Buyers Are Lining Up. More than a dozen parties have signed confidentiality agreements and expressed interest in participating in the sale process for Wendy's International Inc., according to a person familiar with the situation. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2007
New Franchise Idea: Fewer Rules, More Difference. A crop of franchisers are straying from the cookie-cutter approach. They are giving their franchisees some freedom to run their own operations so they can better compete against independent businesses. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2007
Veterans honor Ilitch for franchise program. The simple gesture of giving a wounded veteran a helping hand toward a new career that grew into a national program putting Iraq vets into their own pizza shops earned Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch a special award Monday. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
Coffee Chain Drops Name Over Concerns It's an Ethnic Slur. Beaner's Coffee, a small but growing coffeehouse chain, is changing its name amid concern that the moniker meant to celebrate the seed of its main product also is a disparaging term for Hispanics. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
McDonald's objects to word 'McJobs'. The idea of "McJobs" - low-paying positions with little chance of advancement - bothered the CEO of McDonald's so much that, when Merriam-Webster included the term in its dictionary in 2003, he wrote a public letter of protest. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
Clothes Mentor opens closet doors. Naperville entrepreneur Elaine Krieger opened her eighth resale clothing franchise in 10 years, and she said she is "surprised" at how quickly her own empire developed. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
Bojangles' names new CEO. Restaurant-industry veteran Randy Kibler has been named chief executive of Bojangles' Restaurants Inc., effective immediately. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
Local yoga studio franchiser Sunstone Yoga on the grow. Dallas based yoga company Sunstone Yoga has announced the sale of 8 franchise studios in August, including the first franchise studio outside of Texas. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2007
At Wal-Mart, Subway Is Winning Turf War. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is losing its taste for burgers and fries. From a lone restaurant inside a Wal-Mart in Ozark, Ala., Subway has quickly overtaken McDonald's Corp. as Wal-Mart's primary fast-food concessionaire across the United States. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2007
PURE Taqueria plots growth. PURE Taqueria Franchising USA LLC said Friday it is talking to several potential franchisees representing six to 10 stores set to open within the next year in Georgia and Florida. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2007
i9 Sports Franchise Opens 100th Location. The desire to own a home-based franchise that focuses on kids and sports has proved to be the winning formula for Tampa Bay based i9 Sports Corporation, who recently announced the opening of their 100th franchise location. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2007
'Seinfeld' Soup Man Franchises Troubled. The chef who inspired the Soup Nazi character on "Seinfeld" makes a heck of a crab bisque, but a group of stewed investors says he's having problems expanding his popular stand into a franchise empire. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2007
bd's Mongolian Grill grills into Orlando. Mongrill LLC has purchased a former Tony Roma's restaurant in Altamone Springs to convert to bd's Mongolian Grill. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2007
UPS franchisee retiring with Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob Mundt, Sr., who turns 69 this year, has been in the business for 19 years as a franchisee for The UPS Store. He was recently recognized as the fourth Mail Boxes Etc. employee to earn the Lifetime Achievement Award. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2007
McDonald's stock jumps as company boosts dividend 50% McDonald's stock surged to an all-time high Thursday after the fast-food chain announced the largest dividend increase in its history and pledged to return more money to shareholders than Wall Street expected. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2007
Sylvan Learning to sell 10 Bay Area corporate-owned centers. Sylvan Learning Inc. announced Tuesday it is making significant changes to its consumer offerings and operating strategy, which includes re-franchising its 10 corporate-owned centers in the Bay Area. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2007
Burger King Agrees Restrict Advertising to Kids Under 12. Burger King Corp. announced today that it will help lead the way in promoting children's nutrition by joining 11 major food and beverage companies that have pledged to focus their advertising. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2007
Enzi named franchise legislator of the year. The International Franchise Association has selected U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming as its 2007 Legislator of the Year for his leadership in Congress on behalf of the franchised small-business community. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2007
McDonald's August same-store sales up 8.1% McDonald's on Tuesday reported an 8.1% increase in August sales at restaurants open at least thirteen months, helped by new food offerings in the United States and strong demand in Japan, Australia and China. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2007
Sylvan to expand footprint. Sylvan Learning has entered into an aggressive re-franchising of its learning centers, which is aimed at increasing access for parents. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2007
Subway, Dunkin' give pizza a chance. Subway is to sandwiches what Dunkin' is to doughnuts. So why are both chains exploring — pizza? .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
Domino's Pizza Named One of Michigan's 'Cool Places to Work'. Domino's Pizza LLC's World Resource Center was once again named one of Michigan's "Cool Places to Work" by Crain's Detroit Business. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
Play N Trade's Manuel Velez Receives ''Franchisee of the Year'' Award. Play N Trade Franchise, Inc. today announced that Manuel Velez, owner of the Play N Trade video game store in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, was honored by the International Franchise Association as a Franchisee of the Year. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
Summit seminar to tackle franchising pitfalls. The founder and president of Tin Star Southwest Grill hopes to learn from his peers’ experiences with franchising - both positive and negative - when he attends the fourth collaborative seminar at the 2007 Fast Casual Executive Summit. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2007
Golf Fitness Company Opens New Georgia Training Center. Body Balance for Performance announced the grand opening of a new Body Balance franchise center in Alpharetta, Ga. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2007
Big step for franchisee of Foot Solutions. Mary Beth and John Greco, owners of Foot Solutions of Glen Allen, have been selected by the International Franchise Association as a franchisee of the year for Foot Solutions. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2007
Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) for Quizno's Now Available. Research and Markets has announced the addition of Quizno's (Single Unit) - Latest Franchise Report to their offering. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2007
Navis sells retail packaging business. Navis Pack & Ship has sold off its retail franchise side, Handle With Care Packaging Store (aka Packaging Store) to Postal Annex+, Navis announced Thursday. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2007
Schlotzsky's looks to expand in Birmingham. Owners of Schlotzsky's plan to open eight more locations in Birmingham over the next five years through franchisees, bringing the total to 11 area locations by 2012. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2007
Jackson Hewitt loss widens amid probe. Tax preparer Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. said Thursday fiscal its first-quarter loss widened due to the seasonal nature of the business. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2007
Postal Annex+ Keeps Packing 'Em in, Company Acquires Franchise System of the Packaging Store. Continuing its acquisition of shipping companies, San Diego-based Postal Annex+, Inc. today announced it has acquired the 68-unit franchise system of Handle With Care Packaging Store, also known as The Packaging Store. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2007
Ace Hardware finds $154M accounting shortfall. Ace Hardware discovered an approximately $154 million shortfall on its books while preparing to convert from retailer-owned cooperative to for-profit corporation and likely will have to restate its financial results for the last five years. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2007
Corner Bakery Cafe Announces Strategic Partnership. As part an ongoing aggressive franchise growth strategy Corner Bakery Cafe today announced that New Jersey Corner Foods LLC will be their newest partner in bringing the popular neighborhood gathering spot to New Jersey area residents. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2007
New Personal Training Franchise Flexes Fitness and Business Muscles. A new personal training franchise from Personal Training Professionals (PTP), based in New Canaan, CT, gives certified trainers and fitness professionals a franchise model to open their own successful studio. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2007
Takeout-Breakfast War Reheats. The latest breakfast frenzy has a familiar ring. Ten years ago, there was a dash for bagels; five years ago, it was doughnuts. Now, it is breakfast sandwiches and premium coffee. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Franchisor appoints USF grad after move out of Tampa Bay. Angela Polley, a University of South Florida graduate who has worked in restaurants for 17 years, was named franchise director to assist in franchisee training and support of Rise & Dine restaurants. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Illinois Krispy Kreme franchisee files bankruptcy. The Krispy Kreme franchisee for Illinois filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, and said it plans to close about half of its 15 Chicago area stores as it reorganizes under court protection. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Arby's execs promoted at Triarc. Two Arby's executives based in Atlanta have been promoted to senior management at Triarc Cos., the franchisor of the Arby's restaurant system. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Computer-training company broadens horizons. Livonia-based New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Michigan plans to expand in Chicago, and to some degree in Cleveland, after completing a purchase of franchise rights and assets in both cities earlier this year. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2007
Burger King is on a roll. After a little more than a year as a public company, Burger King is starting to win over its detractors and show signs that the turnaround at the chain may have staying power. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2007
All that's left is the hole in the doughnut. To some extent, Krispy Kreme's failure to break into the New England market - you still can buy doughnuts in some locations in Connecticut, but that's about it - has been mirrored in other parts of the country where the company tried to expand too quickly. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2007
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