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: : August 2008

Is Franchise the Right Business for You? It's tempting to pick a franchise based on personal experiences or love of the product. But the fact that you're smitten with the business or what it sells doesn't mean it fits your lifestyle, financial situation or long-term goals. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2008
Pizza franchisee pans environmental certification cost. Chris Toman's plan to go green could have put him in the red. The owner of a local pizza franchise plans to apply for LEED certification for his 2,600-square-foot restaurant space on the back burner because it was going to cost too much. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2008
Why Do Franchisors Fail? The recent announcements of the bankruptcies of Bennigan's and Mrs. Field's Cookies raises a question that perhaps too few franchisors ask themselves in earnest: Why do franchisors fail? .... [more] 29 Aug, 2008
First Co-Branded Marble Slab-Freshens Opens. The first co-branded Marble Slab Creamery and Freshëns Quality Brands store opened in Woodland Hills, California. The co-branded concept is supported by NexCen Brands, Inc., parent company of Marble Slab Creamery. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2008
SUBWAY Restaurants Team Up With schoolPAX. The SUBWAY restaurants chain, which has long been committed to promoting better-for-you eating among children and adults, announced their partnership with schoolPax, a school fundraising program. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2008
Cheeseburger Bobby's plans 15 restaurants in Birmingham. Atlanta franchisee Cheeseburger Bobby’s said it plans to open at least 15 locations in the Birmingham area by the end of 2010. The one-year-old franchise currently operates one location in Hiram, Ga., according to its Web site, but plans to have eight open in the Atlanta area by mid-2009. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2008
100-store Southeastern Waffle House franchisee files for Chapter 11. A Waffle House franchisee with more than 100 Waffle House restaurants in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi has filed for bankruptcy and is investigating accounting irregularities after the resignation the company's head of accounting. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
Mrs. Fields Granted Approval of All First Day Motions. Mrs. Fields’ Original Cookies, Inc., announced today that it has received bankruptcy court approval of all of its first day motions, including approval to continue to pay employee salaries. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
Largest Fla. T.G.I. Friday’s franchisee closes on sale. The largest T.G.I. Friday’s franchisee in Florida has completed the sale of its 11 restaurants in Florida and five in New York for about $14.5 million along with the restructuring of $20 million in debt. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts Moves to Krispy Kreme Hometown. It was practically inevitable. With Dunkin' Donuts' rapid expansion in top gear and store counts dwarfing those of Krispy Kreme by more than 5,500, it's not surprising that the Massachusetts-based bakery and coffee concept is knocking on Krispy Kreme's door in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
Companies Offer Innovative Incentives To Lure Franchisees as Competition Grows. As franchises proliferate and competition for new franchisees intensifies, franchisers are using such innovative tactics to ensure their own longevity and success. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2008
West Sacramento franchisee buys 18 Jiffy Lube locations. Broadbase Inc. has purchased 18 Jiffy Lube stores, making it the largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in Northern California with 33 locations. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2008
Krispy Kreme quarterly gain ranks atop franchise index. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. gained the most market value during the second quarter among the 50 companies measured in the Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2008
Moe's to Open 400th Location. Less than eight years ago Moe's Southwest Grill opened its doors and "Welcome to Moe's" was heard for the very first time. On August 28 the concept will open its 400th location in Plant City, Florida. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2008
100th Homewatch CareGivers' Franchise Opens in Atlanta, GA. Homewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international provider of full-service in-home care for people of all ages, has sold its Atlanta, GA territory to its 100th new franchise owners, Jeff and Amy Whitehouse. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2008
Hawaii Franchisee Wins BK Award. The franchisee of 22 Burger King restaurants in Hawaii, Zubair Kazi of Kazi Foods, was recognized by the Burger King Corporation with its Brand Leadership Award. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2008
Mrs. Fields Files Prepackaged Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Mrs. Fields’ Original Cookies, Inc. today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary bankruptcy petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2008
Carlson Wagonlit unveils new brand: Travel Leaders. Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates is changing its name to Travel Leaders. There are more than 500 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates franchises in the U.S. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2008

McDonald's Still Growing Fast, But Global Economy A Concern. Investors have taken shelter in multinational companies such as McDonald's, which benefits from strong overseas growth and the weak dollar. But that trend may be reversing. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2008
Baskin-Robbins plans to open 30 new shops in area. Baskin-Robbins is planning to open 30 Tarrant County-area locations in the next three years, according to the company’s national director of franchising. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2008
Burger King profit rises 42%, tops estimates. Burger King Holdings, the nation's No. 2 hamburger chain, said Thursday that its profit surged 42% in its fiscal fourth quarter, driven by a rise in sales at established locations and promotions. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2008
Original Mrs. Fields Weighs In on Chapter 11 News. Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields, released the following statement regarding the announcement that Mrs. Field Famous Brands LLC plans to file chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
Quiznos Announces Significant International Expansion. Quiznos, one of the nation's fastest growing quick service restaurant chains, announced that it will significantly expand its international restaurant operations. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
A whopper of a burger battle. Watch your back, Ronald McDonald. Somebody might be gaining on you. A vanguard of new fast-food chains is testing the Bay State’s appetite for burger alternatives. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2008
Cookie chain Mrs. Fields to file for Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection. Cookie retailer Mrs. Fields Famous Brands said Friday it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to help restructure its business, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2008
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates to unveil new brand name. Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates will soon unveil a new brand name for its 500-plus franchised travel agencies in the U.S., the company said today. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2008
Uno Restaurant Chain Talks With Lenders on Payment. The parent of Uno Chicago Grill, a chain of 200-plus pizzeria-themed restaurants, will skip a bond payment on Friday as it tries to negotiate more financial breathing room amid increasingly difficult times for sit-down eateries. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2008
When You're Here, You're Family -- But What About a Playboy Model? Kendra Wilkinson, a Playboy cover model and one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, repeatedly uses her spotlight to rave about the Olive Garden. But the feeling isn't mutual for the chain, whose marketers have spent millions crafting the franchise's family-friendly image. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2008
24 Hours, 8,021 Domino's Pizzas, and Two World Records. When the last orb of pepperoni-sprinkled dough was sold Saturday, August 2nd, Domino's franchise workers at RPM Pizza had made and sold 8,021 pizza pies within 24 hours -- and both the establishment and its head pizza maker were assured spots in the Guinness Book of World Records. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2008
Bennigan's Franchising seeks to buy restaurants. The owner of the Bennigan's Grill & Tavern franchises said on Monday it is undertaking a program for franchisees to buy some corporate-owned restaurants that were closed as part of the owner's recent bankruptcy filing. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2008
Locals launch diesel repair franchise concept. A father-and-son business team are launching a new Orlando-based franchise company that offers high-quality standardized maintenance and repair service for some 6 million registered diesel trucks and construction vehicles across the United States. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2008
Franchise fight dividing Nevada City's business community. A drive to bar franchises from Nevada City's historic downtown district has pitted business against business in a tug-of-war between commerce and community. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2008
Pizza Hut franchisee files for bankruptcy. One of Pizza Hut's largest franchisees, with six restaurants in Kentucky and dozens of others in Ohio and West Virginia, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a second time. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2008
Sammy’s scaling back expansion plans. Five years after launching a franchising effort aimed at establishing 10 Sammy’s Taste of Chicago restaurants in the Milwaukee area, the eatery’s founder is scaling back his plans and will soon have just two namesakes after reaching a high of five. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2008
McDonald's July same-store sales rise 8% McDonald's said strong demand for breakfast items helped lift global same-store sales 8% in July. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2008
Little Caesars Adds Franchisee to Veteran Program. Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. today celebrates another store grand opening under the Little Caesars Veterans Program, as former United States Army Military Police Specialist E4, Richard Gubish, opens his doors for business. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2008
Franchise association opposes Burger King's hours. Before the issue of Burger King's extended hours landed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last week, the leaders of the National Franchisee Association tried to persuade the company to change its policy. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2008
Subway Honors Franchisees and Developers. The SUBWAY restaurant chain announced that it has named six outstanding franchisees as recipients of its 2008 Franchisee of the Year awards and three highly respected members of its development community as recipients of its Development Agent of the Year awards during the company's recent convention in Las Vegas. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2008
FTC Revises Disclosure Rules for Franchisers. The FTC's new disclosure rules for franchisers should help would-be franchisees make more-informed investment decisions. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
After a Franchisor Files for Bankruptcy. What happens to franchisees when a franchisor goes bankrupt? Bennigan's owners are about to find out. The pub-themed casual dining chain filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 29, meaning it chose to cease operations and liquidate its assets rather than attempt to reorganize under Chapter 11. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
FranchiseAdvantage.com Launches its New Website. FranchiseAdvantage.com, an on-line resource for franchise information based in Atlanta, Georgia, is excited to announce the launch of its newly designed website (www.franchiseadvantage.com). .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
Tasti D-Lite Banks on Fans for Growth. Tasti D-Lite is banking on its fanatical fans as a key to plans to take its low-calorie frozen dessert international. The franchising guru behind Mail Boxes Etc. and I Can't Believe It's Yogurt is planning an expansion just as competition among frozen treats is heating up. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
Genghis Grill to open new Dallas restaurants. Restaurant chain Genghis Grill has announced plans to expand its chain of corporate-owned and franchise restaurants by opening new locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
Geeks On Call Becomes Authorized Hewlett Packard Reseller. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc., a premier national provider of professional IT solutions to small business and residential customers through its national network of franchise and Company-owned locations, announced today it has become an authorized reseller of Hewlett-Packard products and services. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2008
Franchise expansion is "a delicate balance". Franchising can help a restaurant chain expand quickly, but it can also set up the chain for catastrophe if new locations don't measure up to the original, diners and industry experts said last week as a beloved restaurant moved to re-establish itself in Southern California. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2008
Verizon franchises say company stores are invading their space. It's a business owner's nightmare: a competitor who controls a chunk of your business and has access to your sales figures, marketing plans, and even your customers' addresses. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
P&G franchising Mr. Clean car wash chain. Procter & Gamble Co. is expanding its first foray into the service industry, announcing on Friday plans to franchise its Mr. Clean car washes in metropolitan areas around Ohio and Kentucky. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
Special Report: Retail Franchising. As the economy continues to struggle and consumer confidence plunges as a result, brands in the retail franchise sector are faced with changing parameters to keep business rolling. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
Stop & Shop drops Dunkin’ shops. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. will replace Dunkin’ Donuts outlets with Starbucks counters in as many as 130 stores next year, according to a franchisee group. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
Sol Food at Baja Sol. Baja Sol Restaurants Group is well aware of how competitive the Mexican segment is. But the Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-based company says its interpretation of Mexican fare will help the Baja Sol brand stand out and position it for nationwide expansion. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
Famous Dave’s Pittsburgh franchisee files for Chap. 11. The Pittsburgh-area franchisee for barbecue chain Famous Dave’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2008
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