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: : April 2008

Seasoned Franchisees Reinvest in a Proven Brand. Church’s Chicken recently sold 30 new options to current franchisees, who in large part said they reinvested due to their continued business success in a soft U.S. economy. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2008
Country Place Living to franchise assisted-living centers to small towns. What McDonald's legend Ray Kroc once did for burgers and fries, Dallas-area entrepreneur Jack West hopes to do for retirement living. Franchising has been used to sell everything from fast food to maid service to child care. Now Mr. West's company, Country Place Living, is using it to help bring assisted-living centers to small-town America. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2008
Noodles & Company Announces New Franchise Development Deal. Noodles & Company today announced a new development agreement with franchise group Noodle Gang to bring Noodles & Company restaurants to the Orlando and Gainesville, Fla. areas. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2008
Smoothie King Posts Record Franchisee Recruitment Numbers. Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the originator of the nutritional fruit-based smoothie, today announced it has posted another record year in new franchise licenses, with a total of 129 signed franchise agreements in 2007. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2008
Colo. firms hope to overcome slowdown through franchising. Two Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant groups are betting that aggressive franchising will accelerate their growth beyond what their own capital allows at a time when tight credit and food inflation has many customers curtailing spending. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2008
Ruby Tuesday enters into franchise agreement with Redstone Hospitality. Ruby Tuesday has transferred its Dallas, Texas franchise to the Redstone Hospitality Group. The agreement is for the development of 12 restaurants in the Dallas area, as well as the operation of three existing Ruby Tuesday restaurants in McKinney, Bedford and Rockwall. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2008
New Wendy's CEO promising improvements, better franchisee relations. The sale of Wendy's International Inc. to the Atlanta-based parent of the Arby's fast-food chain will mean changes in the short term, but the CEO-to-be is predicting the Arby's team will bring long-term improvements to the business. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2008
Pinkberry Opens 50th Store. Just three years after the first Pinkberry took Los Angeles by storm, the company celebrates the grand opening of its 50th location at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, today to a growing Southern California fan base. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2008
Direct mail company hits mailboxes with four area franchises. A national direct mail advertising company has added two franchises in the Sacramento region during the past year, doubling its reach and luring more customers -- and dollars -- from mainstream media. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2008
Arby's owner buying Wendy's in all-stock deal. The owner of Arby's said Thursday that it is buying Wendy's International. in an all-stock deal worth $2.34 billion after the burger chain's board rejected at least two earlier offers by the company. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2008
Lender equity rules hurt franchisee demand. Yum Brands Inc., the operator of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut fast-food chains, says tight lending standards have made it difficult to sell large groups of company-owned restaurants to franchisees. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts Announces Phoenix Franchisees. Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of three multiunit store development agreements in Phoenix totaling 150 new restaurants. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2008
Coffee Co. faces lawsuit from former franchisee. A recently filed lawsuit with Pierce County Superior Court could have long-term financial implications for Forza Coffee Company owner and Gig Harbor resident Brad Carpenter. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2008
Franchiser plans Teriyaki Experience for El Paso. A growing Canadian franchising company that specializes in healthful Asian- and Japanese-inspired fast food is planning to enter the El Paso market with a bang. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2008

International sales boost McDonald's. Strong international sales helped McDonald's Corp. post a 24 per cent gain in first-quarter profit, but investors seemed nervous about the company's first monthly decline of U.S. same-store sales in five years. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
Shop owner says she's takeover target. Known simply as "The Greek," Konstantino Skrivanos already owns a baker's dozen Dunkin' Donuts locations in Brooklyn, and more than 100 locations along the East Coast, a lawyer for one local store owner claims. Cindy Gluck, a franchisee who owns Dunkin' Donuts stores in Park Slope and Flatbush, said she was given an option of either facing a costly lawsuit or selling her stores at a financial loss to Skrivanos. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
Church's Chicken opens 99 stores in 2007. Restaurant chain Church's Chicken has opened 99 stores in 2007, representing 7% unit growth globally. The brand opened 59 restaurants in the US and 40 restaurants internationally, and added 12 new domestic franchise partners in the process. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
Higher China sales boost earns at fast-food giant Yum Brands. A strong international appetite for the fast-food fare at Yum Brands Inc. fueled a 31 percent jump in the company's first-quarter profit. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
Re/Max suit sparked state probe. A dispute over a marketing agreement landed in court. Now the legality of such contracts is in question. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2008
Wendy's says no to takeover offers. Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners said Friday it will seek a special meeting of Wendy's International shareholders after the hamburger chain rejected two separate takeover offers from Trian and Peltz's Triarc had been rejected. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2008
Jamba Rebound Faces Hurdles. Smoothies maker Jamba says it is on a "journey to simplify healthy living," but with intensifying competition and a struggling economy in the California market, it could be a lumpy ride. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Geeks On Call Furthers West Coast Expansion. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc., a premier national provider of professional IT solutions to small business and residential customers through its trade name Geeks On Call, announced today the official launch of its corporate branch office in Northern California, serving the greater Sacramento area. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Breaks New Ground With Opening of Company's First Einstein Bros. Bagels Franchise Location. Local entrepreneur Mohammed Chaudhry, owner of MC Squared Investments, LLC, made history today with the opening of the Einstein Bros. Bagels franchised location in Jacksonville. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Krispy Kreme 4Q loss widens on charges, sales. Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday its net loss widened in the fourth quarter due to charges and a dip in doughnut sales. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Dairy Queen operators' suit still at square one. A lawsuit filed against the Dairy Queen chain by the Michigan Dairy Queen Operators' Association over franchise improvements is still in its preliminary stage in a Grand Rapids court. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Expedia, Canadian cruise franchiser team up. Expedia Inc. and CruiseShipCenters of Canada have teamed up to open the first Expedia CruiseShipCenters in the U.S. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Elevation Burger Expands in Northeast. Elevation Burger, an organic burger concept has signed three multiunit franchising deals, bringing 12 new units to New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Baja Fresh to focus on expansion with new prototype. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill has announced that future immediate franchise growth would be targeted to three of the most heavily populated U.S. markets: New York City, Boston and Atlanta. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
McDonald's U.S. sales up 0.9 pct in March: survey. A closely watched poll of McDonald's Corp domestic franchisees showed that U.S. same-store sales ticked up 0.9 percent in March, the smallest increase in the survey's roughly three-year history. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Blockbuster bids $1B for Circuit City. Blockbuster said Monday that it will take its unsolicited $1 billion-plus bid for Circuit City Stores directly to shareholders, saying the consumer electronics chain has not responded to repeated offers. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2008
Seminar is initial step in effort to grow city's franchise base. The International Franchise Association is planning a day-long seminar in Cincinnati (May 1) so prospective small-business owners can learn about the financial, legal and operating skills needed to run a franchise. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2008
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Expands into Oklahoma. Coverall Cleaning Concepts, a leading commercial cleaning franchising organization, today announced that PCS, LLC, a Master Franchise Group, has purchased the franchising rights for Oklahoma .... [more] 14 Apr, 2008
Franchise Matchmakers' Real Clients. Start shopping for a franchise to buy, and you'll likely soon realize there are hundreds to choose from -- some with flashy names like "Extreme Pita" or "Pilates Joe" that you've probably never heard of. It's no wonder so many aspiring franchisees feel they need help choosing the right franchise. Just be careful where you turn. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2008
McDonald's takes aim at convenience stores. The U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's is setting its sights on taking business away from convenience stores, a company memo reveals. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2008
Roy Rogers pulls franchising trigger. In just 10 years, Roy Rogers restaurants went from a corporate empire to a shattered and struggling chain of less than 50 stores. But by franchising restaurants and bringing back loyal customers, Jim Plamondon says he hopes to bring the company back to prosperity. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2008
Geeks On Call Launches Franchise Value-Added Benefit Program. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc., a premier national provider of professional IT solutions to small business and residential customers through its trade name Geeks On Call, announced today the official launch of its Value-Added Benefit program for co-branding with national franchisors. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2008
Economic Woes Weigh on Franchising Index. Fears of a recession and economic woes pushed the Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index™ down in the fourth quarter of 2007, with the index of the top 50 U.S. public franchisors falling 5.5 percent amid a broad market decline. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
State suing Beat the Bookstore franchisee to collect $10K fine. The Utah Division of Consumer Protection is going to court to try to enforce a $10,000 fine against the owner of the former Beat the Bookstore franchise near the University of Utah. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
Doggie daycare cleans up with convenience. Camp Bow Wow opens doors for animal lovers by pampering pets while owners are away at work. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
Collaboration Helps Motel Chain's Businesses Thrive. U.S. Franchise Systems shows that a happy - and fruitful - union between franchisees and franchisers is possible. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Rumbi Island Grill Announces Plans to Franchise Restaurant Concept Nationally. Rumbi Island Grill, a tropical fast casual restaurant concept, announced today it will franchise the brand nationally, with the goal of opening 100-125 stores in the next five years. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts withdraws lawsuit over sanitation and safety concerns. Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts late today withdrew a federal lawsuit it filed over sanitation and safety concerns against the South Florida Donut Distribution Center on Willoughby Boulevard in Stuart. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Denny's Announces Organizational Changes; Appoints Chief Operating Officer. Denny’s Corporation announced today changes in its senior management structure, as part of the company’s business model evolution to create a best-in-class restaurant operator and franchisor. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Cabana eyes franchising deal. Diann Denault is looking to expand her Caribbean-theme business, and plans to open a Cabana Charley's Tiki Bar and Grill franchise in Woodridge. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
GlobalTranz Offers Franchise Opportunity to Freight Professionals, Entrepreneurs. GlobalTranz Network, a leading freight management company, is pleased to announce the addition of its 30th franchisee/agent in the past 10 months. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Nath Cos. buys Axel's, Bonfire chains. Nath Cos., one of the state's largest minority-owned business, has acquired the Axel's and Bonfire restaurant chains. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2008
Phoenix exec to head national sales team for Geeks on Call. Phoenix computer executive John Rice will head up a national sales team for Geeks on Call, a provider of information technology services to small business and residential customers. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Pizza Schmizza Sold. Figaro's Italian Pizza announced today that is has completed the acquisition of the 31-unit Pizza Schmizza, the Hillsboro, Oregon-based chain specializing in by-the-slice thin crust pizza. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
PODS Inc. Names New President and CEO. PODS Inc. announced today that Tom Ryan has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Kahala Franchisor Corp. Names New President. Chairman and CEO, Kevin Blackwell, announced today that Chris Prasifka has been named president of Kahala Franchise Corp, the franchisor entity of Kahala's portfolio of diversified concepts. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Former McDonald’s workers get $505K settlement from Colo. franchise owners in harassment suit. Four former McDonald’s workers will be paid more than $505,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against the owners of the Durango franchise. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2008
Exit enters Kentucky, plans to open 50 offices. EXIT Realty Tennessee has acquired regional franchise rights to Kentucky and plans to open 50 offices there in the next three years. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2008
Piggly Wiggly opens prototype store in Myrtle Beach. Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company, Inc. today opened the nation’s first completely restructured grocery store model designed to fit the way people intuitively shop. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2008
Wendy's Names Chief of North America Operations. Wendy's International, Inc. announced today that it has named Steve Farrar as Chief of North America Operations, effective April 14. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2008
S. Korean Chicken Franchisor Steps Up U.S. Presence. South Korea's chicken delivery chain operator Genesis Corp. has set up a branch in New York, stepping up its efforts to tap into the U.S. market. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
The AAFD Announces the Total Quality Franchising Awards. The American Association of Franchisee and Dealers (AAFD) announced today that the 2008 Total Quality Franchising Franchisor of the Year Award has been awarded to US Franchise Systems (USFS), a leading hospitality industry franchisor. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
IIFE to host second CEO franchise Summit. The International Institute for Franchise Education at Nova Southeastern University will host its second annual CEO Summit April 17-18 at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
Ill. Lawsuit Against Quiznos Dismissed. Quiznos has won a legal battle against Illinois franchisees who accused the national sandwich chain of improper business practices. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
Franchisee sues Islamic investment bank for racial discrimination. A Baltimore couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Islamic investment bank that owns the Church’s Chicken fast-food chain, alleging their franchise failed because the bank’s strict adherence to the religious code of Shari’ah prohibited the couple from selling pork. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2008
Chain closes 6 muffler shops in WMass. Six Midas Muffler shops in the Pioneer Valley closed Monday when the corporate headquarters canceled the rights held by a local franchisee. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2008
UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. Announces 38 Store Franchise Agreement. UFood Restaurant Group, Inc., a franchisor and operator of fast-casual food service restaurants and nutritional product retail stores, today announced the sale of a multi-unit restaurant development to a franchise developer in the Rocky Mountain states. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2008
Maui Wowi Supports IFA'S VetFran Program by offering U.S. Military Veterans 10% Franchisee Fee discount. Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premier destination for authentic Hawaiian products on the mainland, today announced it is supporting the efforts of the International Franchise Association's "VetFran" program. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
INTERIORS franchise targets Middle Tennessee. Maryland-based design company INTERIORS by Decorating Den is targeting Nashville as a growth area. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
Midas Acquires Franchisor of 181 SpeeDee Auto Service Centers. Midas, Inc. has acquired the assets of G.C. & K.B. Investments, Inc., and its affiliated entities that franchise or sub-franchise 181 SpeeDee quick-lube and automotive maintenance shops in the United States and Mexico. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
Roto-Rooter Acquires Topeka Franchise. Chemed Corporation ("Chemed") today announced its Roto-Rooter Services Company subsidiary has acquired the Roto-Rooter franchise covering Topeka, Kansas, and the surrounding county. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
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