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: : February 2008

Startup Games2U brings the fun with mobile gaming station. A new upstart with big franchise dreams has turned a customized 32-foot trailer into a temperature-controlled haven for Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii lovers both young and old. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
New franchise rule: More disclosure, same high risks. A decade-in-the-making revision of the FTC's Franchise Rule requires franchise owners to disclose more data, but it doesn't bring the change franchisees say they most need: documented financial projections. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
Six more locations eyed for Hawaii coffee chain. A prospective franchiser is in talks with Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii to open six locations in the Albuquerque area, a representative of the company confirmed. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
New advisory board for franchisees. Play N Trade Franchise Inc., a video game franchise company, announced the launch of an advisory board for franchisees to provide feedback and recommendations to the company. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
Progressive Pilates takes on franchising. Leah Ashlock intends to go where no Pilates instructor has gone before: franchising, along with a nationally distributed instructional DVD. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2008
Panera faces class-action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Panera Bread Co. on behalf of investors that bought Panera stock between Nov. 1, 2005 and July 26, 2006, alleging Panera failed to disclose material adverse facts about the company's financial well-being, business relationships and prospects. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2008
Doggie Doo Pros Race to Scoop Poop. Dog poop is nothing to sniff at -- a huge growth in the business has prompted the explosion of professional pooper scoopers around the country. And many are competing to be Top Dog. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2008
Dairy Queen Faces Revolt. Dairy Queen is facing a dilly of a problem -- a rebellion against the revamping of restaurants by a growing number of mostly mom-and-pop franchise owners. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2008
Ice Cold Air offers up franchise. Ice Cold Air said it will give away a franchise to help a would-be entrepreneur in today's economy. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Orange County, California UPS/MBE Franchisee Fights Shipping Giant for Her Survival, PSA States. Former MBE advertising spokesperson struggles to fight breast cancer and United Parcel Service. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Domino's CEO puts franchisees on notice. Frustrated by a group of underperforming franchisees whose shops are pulling down U.S. sales growth, Domino's Pizza Inc. CEO David Brandon warns the company is prepared to replace lagging store owners by refranchising some shops. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Dale and Thomas Popcorn Commences Franchising Program in 2008. Dale and Thomas Popcorn announced today that it is launching a new and innovative franchise program in select areas of the Northeast. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts announces new franchisees. Dunkin' Donuts, a coffee and bakery quick-service restaurant chain, has announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with several franchisee groups in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
McDonald's franchise holders turn to feng shui. The only familiar signs at the McDonald's in this large Asian community are the golden arches, the drive-through and the menu. Gone are the plastic furniture, Ronald McDonald and the red and yellow palette that has defined McDonald's. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
Brown & Brown insures Subway franchisees. Brown & Brown Inc. has purchased the book of Subway restaurant franchisee insurance accounts from Franchise Insurance Agency Inc. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
Specialty coffee a tall order for McDonald's. At the end of a yearslong growth streak, the fast-food giant hopes its risky introduction of specialty coffee will wake up dozing sales. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2008
Be a Millionaire Franchisee. You want a franchise business, but not just any old thing--you want something big time. We're talking about a multimillion-dollar enterprise. So how do you go about accomplishing that goal? .... [more] 22 Feb, 2008
Football lessons aid WingHouse franchising expansion. After 14 years and 21 stores, Ker Inc. is ready to franchise its Ker's WingHouse concept. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2008
Biggby Coffee may double franchises. You may not have heard of Biggby Coffee, but you will. The East Lansing-based company, formerly known as Beaner's Coffee, is in the midst of an expansion that would nearly double its current size in the next two years. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2008
Virginia Barbeque Maximizes Franchisee Performance through a Partnership with Business Advisers International. Seeking to ensure the long-term success of franchisees of his already famous Virginia Barbeque chain of restaurants, Rick Ivey selected Business Advisers International, BAI as a partner to provide business coaching and advisory services to his franchisees .... [more] 21 Feb, 2008
Area franchisees may keep AmeriStop stores. Owners of 59 regional AmeriStop franchises have placed nearly $7 million on the table in an attempt to keep control of their convenience stores. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008

Burgers-N-Cream inks first franchise deal. Burgers-N-Cream Franchising International Inc. has signed its first franchise agreement for a location in Cool Springs, Tenn. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Geeks On Call Opens Two New Franchises in Charlotte, N.C. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has extended its already strong presence in the Carolinas to reach more small businesses and residents in the Charlotte, N.C. area. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Sodexo, subsidiary want to open 75 restaurants in N.C. Sodexo is looking at North Carolina as a key component of its newest venture in the food business. Already a big name in food for institutions such as colleges, senior care centers and hospitals, Sodexo is now taking its commercial restaurant division and kicking it into high gear. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Wingstop sets '07 franchise-sales record. Wingstop had a record year for franchise sales in 2007, closing agreements on 145 stores, the company has announced. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2008
Franchise group taps local exec. Steven J. Greenbaum, of Evergreen, chief executive of Denver's PostNet International Franchise Corp., was named chairman of the International Franchise Association on Feb. 12 during the organization's 48th annual convention. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2008
Daphne's Begin Franchising. Daphne's Greek Cafe today announced that the company will begin to qualify interested parties for franchise opportunities in 17 states across the nation through the launch of Daphne's International, the franchising arm of the company. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2008
Pizza Man owners are looking to expand. The men behind Pizza Man pizzerias are branding their business for any comers who want to open a franchise. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
Albuquerque's GET A GRIP, Inc. Announces New Franchising Opportunities for 2008. GET A GRIP, Inc., a refinishing and resurfacing company, plans to aggressively expand its franchises throughout the U.S. in 2008. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
CiCi's Pizza goes national with increased dough. CiCi's Pizza is gearing up for a coast-to-coast expansion in 2008. The company plans to expand into the California, New York and New Jersey markets, with around 185 new franchise locations. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
Cowgirl Cafe Awards the First Franchise in Red Bluff California. Cowgirl Café, a family style restaurant founded in 1994 by Pat Addy, is now offering franchise opportunities to potential franchisees in California and other parts of the country. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
Medifast sells local franchise rights for weight centers. Medifast Franchise Systems, part of Medifast Inc., has sold its first Medifast Weight Control Centers franchise, executives said Monday. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
Franchising Web Site Has Exciting Information About Industry Growth. My Franchise Center, a Web site dedicated to providing information about franchising, is sharing some inspiring statistics about growth in their industry. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2008
Bruegger's franchisor gobbles up Triangle Bagels Inc. A Morrisville-based franchisee of 14 Bruegger's bakery cafes in the Triangle is getting gobbled up by the franchisor of the national bagel chain. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2008
Diedrich Coffee Receives Deficiency Letter from NASDAQ. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. today announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Deficiency Letter on February 12, 2008 indicating that Diedrich Coffee no longer complies with Nasdaq's audit committee requirements. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2008
Century 21 lawsuit targets franchisor. The largest Century 21 franchisee in Northern California has gone to court seeking compensation for business it says it has lost due to fraud. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2008
Conflict Brewing Between Dunkin' Donuts & Franchise Owners. An overwhelming majority of Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners in New England and New York opposes new partnerships between Dunkin' Brands, Sara Lee Foods, Procter & Gamble and Hess gas stations; the majority also believes these actions will ultimately devalue the iconic coffee brand. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2008
Franchisee aims to score in business monitoring via the Web. After Paul Patrick, 46, sold his franchisee's stake in an outdoor lighting company last year, he wanted to build a different type of business, but wasn't sure what kind. But he had some clues. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2008
30 Dunkin' Donuts slated for Central Ohio. Dunkin' Donuts has clinched its first franchisee for a 30-restaurant expansion deal in Central Ohio. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2008
Taking shot at franchises. A multi-court basketball fieldhouse is doing such brisk business in Fishers, its owners have decided to franchise the operation. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2008
McDonald's restaurant chief sells stock. The corporate executive vice president and chief restaurant officer of fast-foot franchisor McDonald's Corp. exercised options for and sold 30,630 shares of stock, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2008
A Look at High-Performing Franchises. The fast-food industry's power-grip on the franchising industry is slowly loosening, as industries serving the consumer and residential markets are expanding rapidly and performing well financially, according to The Wall Street Journal list of 25 franchise high performers. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2008
On Franchising. Starting a business in a recession carries plenty of risks. But one way to reduce the chance of failure may be with a franchise -- particularly one that has done well in previous downturns. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2008
Junk Removal Founder Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by International Franchise Association. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder and CEO Brian Scudamore took a step closer to realizing a global dream today, accepting the International Franchise Association's Entrepreneur of the Year award at the IFA annual convention in Orlando, Florida. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2008
First Watch to begin franchising. Officials with Manatee County-based First Watch Restaurants Inc. plan to announce today franchises for sale in 35 states in a bid to expand the chain of breakfast-lunch restaurants. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2008
Pizza Fusion's First Year of National Franchising a Success. First year of franchising for organic, eco-friendly restaurant chain produces 63 franchises committed to open in 10 states. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2008
Store owners sue, say franchise successes were misrepresented. Six people who purchased Doc Green’s franchises from Atlanta-based Raving Brands allege in the suit that the company misrepresented the success of the franchise and their system for developing it. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2008
Franchise fattens Lake businessman's portfolio, trims his waistline. A fast-food franchisee wanted to be his own boss. He found financial success, establishing 10 locations - while also dropping 100 pounds. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2008
Franchise.com Responds to Changing Needs of Today's Aspiring Franchise Owners. Official relaunch of website to be announced at International Franchise Association's (IFA) 48th annual convention. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts sees plenty of dough in KC market. Dunkin' Donuts plans to glaze the Kansas City area with more than 60 shops during the next decade. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
BP Amoco to sell franchises. BP's U.S. Convenience Retail unit announced today that 78 Chicago-area retail sites are for sale. Of the 78 sites, 65 are available for franchise. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
Quaker Steak & Lube hires CEO. In a move to boost its ambitions to become a national franchise, Quaker Steak & Lube has hired its first CEO from outside the company. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
McDonald's U.S. sales gain lags global pace. McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, said Friday that sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 5.7% in January, but sales growth in the U.S. lagged. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
National retail franchisors plan Birmingham push. Three national franchise brands announced plans to open additional locations in Birmingham, beefing up their presence in the growing metropolitan area. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
Door-To-Door Dry Cleaning Announces Seminars on Franchise Opportunities. Door-To-Door Dry Cleaning is pleased to announce its upcoming series of seminars on franchise opportunities. A limited number of franchises will be awarded to individuals who attend the seminars. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2008
Church's Chicken Expands to UK. Texas Chicken, the international brand of Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken, is proud to open its first restaurants in the United Kingdom this month, with plans to open 36 restaurants by the end of March and 50 before the year’s end. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2008
Freddy's announces 4 new franchisees. Company officials say that while the company is working to attract new franchisees, they don't want it to grow too quickly. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2008
Flapan to open new Panera Bread locations in Florida. Panera Bread Co. announced Thursday an agreement that calls for franchisee Covelli Enterprises dba Flapan LLC to open 10 new bakery-cafes in Florida. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2008
Case Handyman and Remodeling Earns Coveted Angie's List Super Service Award. Five Case Handyman and Remodeling franchise locations in addition to the Case corporate location have been awarded the prestigious and difficult-to-attain 2007 Angie’s List Super Service Award. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2008
Franchise gives vets chance. The Knotty Dog, one of the area's newest fast-food restaurants, offers hot dogs and pretzels with a twist. The concept is part of Tom Rodenkirch's plan to help disabled military veterans by offering them an avenue to their own Knotty Dog franchise. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2008
Planet Wings Franchise to Expand Nationally. The economy may be sizzling down, but franchising for Planet Wings is on fire and it’s fueled by its suicidal hot sauce. The company launched a national expansion plan in October of 2007, and is on course to sell 260 franchises by 2010. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2008
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Hosts Franchise Opportunity Night. Blue Moon Mexican Café held its first Franchise Opportunity Night of 2008 at the company’s flagship Bronxville, NY, location on Tuesday, January 29th. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2008
Ben & Jerry's in fight over hormone labeling. Ben & Jerry's Homemade, one of the first companies to label its ice cream as free of a synthetic hormone, is protesting a move by some states, including Ohio, to restrict such labeling. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2008
UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. Announces the First Franchise Agreement in the Chicago Area. 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 greater Chicago metropolitan area. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2008
Kuwaiti sweet on Krispy Kreme. A Kuwaiti contractor on Tuesday reported boosting its stake in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. to 13.8%, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2008
Pizza Franchise to Deliver Via Hybrids, Serve Organic Beer. Park City, Utah, native Mike Walker wanted to start a business that fit his personality and his love for the environment. After eight years of service in the Marine Corps, Walker used the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program to purchase Pizza Fusion. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Coffee shop franchisee takes advantage of 'hero' program. A Lake City coffee shop has awarded its first franchise under a program that gives preference to military veterans and former law enforcement workers and firefighters. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Church's Chicken Opens 1600th Location. Atlanta-based Church's Chicken celebrated the opening of its 1600th restaurant worldwide on December 20, 2007 in Blue Springs, Mo. - a suburb of Kansas City. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Tax preparer rebrands itself, relaunching with franchises. Ten years after starting a tax preparation business called TaxTech Inc., Larry Jackley has relaunched the company as a franchise under a new name, BookSmarts Tax and Accounting Services. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2008
Franchisecircle.com Announces Launch Of First Virtual Franchising Convention on Second Life. FranchiseCircle.com, a social network for franchising launched in 2006, announced today plans to develop a 3D virtual tradeshow on the Second Life platform that will allow users' to interact with franchise brands like never before. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2008
Group wants to bring faith-based fitness to world of franchising. A group of entrepreneurs including Off the Grill founder Alan Thompson is launching a faith-based retail and fitness business in Spring Hill with an eye on franchising the concept. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2008
El Pollo Loco franchisee to debut new cafe concept in Valley. The Corner Bakery Cafe is coming to Arizona. Fifteen of the fast-casual restaurants are planned in the state under an agreement between franchisee Roland Spongberg and WKS Bakery Cafe Inc. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2008
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