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: : January 2008

Spreading happiness one bowl at a time. There’s a new food craze in town, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re either out of touch or you’re getting too old. That’s because since 2006, many young kids, from grade school to college, have been saving up their baon for bowls of cereal they can buy in school. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Growing Room opens first franchise. Growing Room Inc., the Columbus company launched nearly 20 years ago by a pediatric nurse, is ready to grow again -- and in a big way. The string of child-care development centers on Monday opened its first franchise in Auburn, Ala. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Tropical Smoothie planning major expansion. A national chain - best known for its smoothies - plans to quadruple the amount of restaurants in Northeast Florida within five to 10 years. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
NYLO Hotels launches franchising program. NYLO Hotels, the first loft lifestyle hotel brand to open in the United States, announced that franchise opportunities are available for its core brand, NYLO hotels, as well for its new brand extension, XP by NYLO Hotels. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Burger King Q2 profit is a whopper, up 29% Burger King Holdings said Thursday that its second-quarter profit jumped 29% as the stalwart Whopper, the new Homestyle Melt and promotions with TV tie-ins gave a boost to worldwide sales at stores open at least a year. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Family raises bet on pasta franchise. The family behind six Old Spaghetti Factory franchises in the greater Sacramento region and the Bay Area has purchased four more of the family-style Italian restaurants, all in California. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
FranchiseGenius.com Launches With Smart Suite of Tools and Largest Database of Franchises. New interactive site offers prospective franchisees advanced platform to learn, search, compare and evaluate opportunities quickly and diligently. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2008
Ruby Tuesday Announces Plans for Restaurants in U.S. Airports. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., one of the nation’s leading casual dining restaurant companies, today announced plans for the opening of five franchised Ruby Tuesdays in U.S. airports over the next several years. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2008
Starbucks to open fewer US stores. Starbucks says it will open fewer stores in the US this year than planned as Americans hit by an economic slowdown cut back on their coffees. Instead, it will open more overseas stores to lift the chain's fortunes. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2008
Chick-fil-A Chain's 40th Anniversary Culminates with 40th Consecutive Year of Positive Sales. Even after 40 years since the first Chick-fil-A location at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, business success never gets old for the family of Chick-fil-A restaurants. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2008
RNR honors 2007 franchise, store manager of the year and high-earning stores at RTO awards banquet. Rent-n-Roll Custom Wheels and Tires presented its top franchise award January 29 to Rental Concepts, LLC, at a special awards banquet marking the apex of a three-day franchisee conference in Orlando, Florida. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2008
Curves goes International with Grassroots PR. Women's fitness franchise organization brings powerful PR program to international franchisees. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2008
First FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafe Opens. David Rutkauskas, founder and CEO of Beautiful Brands International announced today the opening of the new FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafe - BBI's third fast casual franchise brand. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Committee's review of Wendy's coming to close. The special committee exploring the next big move for Wendy's International Inc. is nearing the end of its work, the company told investors Monday. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Subway sues Quiznos over user-made ads. Some companies have made a sport out of using advertising to bash a competing brand. It was a rivalry of this sort that compelled Quiznos to invite the public to submit homemade commercials to a contest aimed at attacking a top rival, Subway. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
McDonald's punished after U.S. sales come in flat in Dec. McDonald's served notice Monday that sales at U.S. restaurants open at least a year were flat last month as consumers tightened their wallets, heightening concerns on Wall Street even as it reported fourth-quarter profits of $1.27 billion. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Mom and Pop Shop Go Big-time With Franchising Venture. Mama Bea's Big Burgers Inc. of Little Rock is moving its headquarters to Dallas to partner with Innovative Franchise Systems of New York and begin offering Mama Bea's franchises. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Wendy's scraps ads, decides men in wigs don't sell food. Wendy's International will scrap its eight-month old advertising campaign - much of it built on young men wearing a red wig with braided pigtails - amid continued weak sales, the nation's third-largest hamburger chain announced Monday. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Franchise operators required to disclose more. The new FTC requirements force franchisors to include contact information for all present and past franchisees in the system. The rules also require franchisors to list any organizations that have been formed to represent franchisees. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2008

ROBYN to Unveil Branded Products Platform for the Franchising Industry at the 48th Annual IFA Convention. ROBYN, an Inc. 5,000 fulfillment company who creates and distributes printed materials and promotional products through online company stores, will be unveiling a unique eCommerce platform customized specifically for the franchising industry at the 48th Annual IFA Convention in Orlando, February 9th - 12th. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2008
Captain D's franchisee files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Serve Holdings LLC, the largest franchisee of Captain D's restaurants in the country, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2008
Hooters Celebrates 25 Years of Food and Fun. Hooters announces the celebration of their 25th Anniversary and will host a party on the 25th of every month in restaurants around the world. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2008
Jiffy Lube franchisee declares bankruptcy. Heartland Automotive Services Inc. of Omaha, Neb., owner of several Jiffy Lube locations around the country has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2008
Brinker earnings rise 23% in second quarter. Plans to sell Macaroni Grill hampered by tight credit markets. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts Creates YouTube Channel. Dunkin' Donuts recently launched a Dunkin' Donuts brand channel (www.youtube.com/dunkindonuts) on YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2008
Dinner by Design plans to enter and expand in Iowa. Food company Dinner by Design has announced that it is planning to enter and expand in Iowa, US. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2008
Nutrition chain muscles into Brevard. An Anaheim, Calif.-based sports nutritional chain plans to come to Brevard County as part of a nationwide expansion plan. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2008
Is pizza chain preheating a site? Rumors by the slice: A little sliver of a rumor is making the rounds that California Pizza Kitchen is needing a League City site. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2008
Jason's Deli opens first store in California. Jason's Deli, the Beaumont-headquartered sandwich chain founded in 1976, this week opened in California, its 23rd state, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2008
Cosi's Q4 revenues up. Cosi, a restaurant company, has reported total revenues of $33.43 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007, an increase of 5.2% when compared with $31.78 million for the corresponding period in 2006. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2008
Au Bon Pain gets $100M investment. Au Bon Pain said Wednesday that a private equity firm would invest more than $100 million to expand the bakery cafe chain, including new franchise locations overseas. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
Housewarmers shifting HQ to Atlanta. After more than eight years in North Texas, Housewarmers, a franchisor of resident welcoming services, will shift its headquarters from Dallas to Atlanta Feb. 1. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
McDonald's plans $2 billion in capital spending, and billion in shareholder returns. McDonald's Corp.'s global growth plans this year call for $2 billion in capital spending, most of which will go overseas as it shaves U.S. investment. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
Secrets And Snags To Franchising Success. When Ricki Wilson and her husband, Matt, decided to open a Butterfly Life health club franchise in 2006, they thought they were on the road to financial fitness... But when it comes to running your own franchise, pumping up profits isn't nearly as easy as pumping iron. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2008
Precision Fitness Launches Nationwide Franchise. Precision Fitness, a fitness business model focused on affordable personal training, is today launching availability of its nationwide franchise. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2008
Franchising Concepts backs new fast casual. Franchising Concepts, led by chief executive Mike Lassiter, has invested 42 percent ownership with the founders of Justix, a fast-casual franchise specializing in freshly grilled items served on wooden skewers. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2008
Franchise now in the Brixx mix. Ever since Brixx Wood Fired Pizza opened its first restaurant in 1998, customers and real estate developers have been bugging the owners to launch a franchise. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2008
Franchise owner finds fortune in finger food chain. A local restaurant franchisee has enjoyed a successful nine-year run opening Wingstop restaurant locations, while the chain’s parent company has experienced an even greater, booming business..... [more] 13 Jan, 2008
Franchise Expo South under way to link business owners, operators. If you're living in South Florida and you're tired of working in corporate America, you have career options in the franchised world. Probably too many, if you have the money. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2008
McDonald's shares fall on concern over US consumer. Shares of McDonald's Corp fell as much as 8 percent on Friday, as a survey of franchisees showed December same-store sales grew at the lowest level in the six-year history of the poll. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2008
Franchises to go: Miami Beach to host huge show. A big franchise show opens Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center offering hundreds of business opportunities for investors. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2008
Passing the buck to franchisees. When customers said they wanted specialty coffee, McDonald’s listened. But the global powerhouse known more for its burgers and fries also listened to a more familiar voice: that of its franchisees, who own 85 percent of the restaurants. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2008
Tijuana Flats corporate buys Bay area franchises. Fast casual Tex-Mex restaurant company Tijuana Flats Inc. has acquired five previously franchised locations in the Tampa market. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2008
Subway opening kosher location in city. While kosher-keeping Manhattanites have never been able to "have it their way" at Burger King, they¹ll soon be able to "eat fresh" at Subway with the introduction of the sandwich chain's first glatt kosher location in the borough. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2008
Tiff erupts over franchise rights. Two influential figures in the regional real estate market are at odds over rights to a prominent brand name as they expand into commercial property. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Top 10 Reasons for Buying a Franchise. It's the time of year for setting goals for 2008 and preparing to start the new year with a big jumpstart of activity toward accomplishing these goals. For many people, these goals include the desire to start their own business and become the master of their destiny. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Gelato Company to Expand as National Franchise. San Gelato Café has been serving premium gelatos and sorbets with ingredients imported from Italy in the Florida panhandle for over ten years and is now ready to launch the company nationally as a franchise. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Coppell-based CiCi's Pizza plans 180 new restaurants. Coppell-based CiCi's Pizza said Tuesday it plans to open at least 180 new restaurants before the end of next year — boosting the size the brand by 30 percent. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Del Taco Opens 500th Restaurant. Del Taco today announced the opening of its 500th restaurant after 45 years of operation. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Former Yum executive heads to Quiznos. The Quiznos sandwich chain has tapped a former Yum Brands Inc. executive as its new president. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Deutch opens tax franchises. Four Roni Deutch Tax Center franchises will open in the Sacramento area Saturday, along with 20 others all over the country. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Sandwich chain in deal to open 5 stores in suburbs. Spicy Pickle, an upscale sandwich chain, announced Tuesday it has signed a deal with a franchisee to develop five stores in the Chicago suburbs. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Say Cheese! Papa John's Celebrates 24th Anniversary with Special Founder's Day Offer. Papa John's is celebrating 24 years of "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" by giving customers a free order of mouth-watering cheesesticks with the purchase of any large, specialty pizza at regular menu price. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
McDonald's Takes On A Weakened Starbucks. McDonald's is setting out to poach Starbucks customers with the biggest addition to its menu in 30 years. Starting this year, the company's nearly 14,000 U.S. locations will install coffee bars with "baristas" serving cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and the Frappe. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
Krispy Kreme CEO resigns; chairman to replace him. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts CEO Daryl Brewster has resigned. The company said Monday that Brewster left his position for personal reasons but will stay with the company until the end of January. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
Pet care franchise opens in Honolulu. FETCH! Pet Care, a national franchise offering pet sitting and dog walking services, announced Monday it is establishing its first Honolulu location. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
Roy Flora of US Franchise Systems Tapped for 'Access to Freedom' SATH Award. The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) has presented its Access to Freedom award to Roy. E. Flora, Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta, GA- based US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS). .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
Domino's Pizza Welcomes New General Counsel Ken Rollin. Domino's Pizza announced today that Ken Rollin has joined its Leadership Council in the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel, following a five-month extensive search to replace the Company's previous General Counsel. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
For a Franchise, Success Is in the Hiring. In an industry known for its high turnover of employees, Dave Melton, a Domino’s Pizza franchisee in Manhattan, has built a work force with unusual longevity. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
Camille's inks Wal-Mart deal. Tulsa-based Camille's Sidewalk Cafe has signed an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to place its franchises in supercenter stores around the nation. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2008
Jamba Juice hits 700-store milestone. Jamba Juice opened its 700th store Dec. 20, in Portland, Ore., the company announced Thursday. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2008
National 7-Eleven Association Elects New Chairman. The National Coalition of 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association started the new year with a new chairman - Dennis Lane, a 34-year 7-Eleven franchisee located in Quincy, Mass. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2008
Boston’s gourmet pizza franchise closes. The restaurant and retail row near the Wachovia Arena is a little less crowded with the closing of Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2008
Bizymoms Launches ‘Franchises for Moms’. Bizymoms, a website dedicated to all those people who work from home, has recently introduced a new section on ‘Franchising for Moms’. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2008
Self-Service Dog Washes a Splurge. In a country whose residents spare no expense on their pets, self-service dog washes represent another splurge, allowing dog owners to forgo the indignity of chasing a wet and soapy dog around the house, or across the lawn, along with the messy cleanup. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2008
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