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: : July 2008

Pizza Hut franchise owners join citywide campaign to help homeless. During the month of August, Pizza Hut franchise owners Jack and Laura Richmond will match all contributions made to Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s planned one-stop assistance center for the homeless. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2008
Starbucks posts first-ever loss. Factoring in one-time costs related to closing stores, Starbucks Corp. reported a third-quarter loss of $6.7 million, or 1 cent per share, its first loss since it went public 16 years ago. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2008
Technomic: Franchising key to sales growth. A new report from foodservice consultants Technomic found that many top restaurant chains grew their 2007 sales through signing more franchisees instead of relying on same-store sales increases. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2008
3 Burger King franchisees say no to longer hours. Three Burger King franchise operators want to have their restaurant hours their way and have filed a lawsuit against the company, which is pushing them to stay open longer. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2008
Local Bennigan's stay open. Bennigan's three independent-owned restaurants in Northwest Indiana will not be closing, although corporate-owned Bennigan's closed their doors Tuesday nationwide and filed for bankruptcy. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2008
Papa Romano’s, Mr. Pita open co-branded unit. A new co-branded Papa Romano’s and Mr. Pita restaurant — the chains’ first — has opened in downtown Detroit. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2008
Happi House returns to franchising. Happi House Restaurants said Tuesday it will begin offering franchises of its Asian fast-casual restaurants. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2008
Bennigan's, Steak & Ale file for bankruptcy. The company behind the Bennigan's and Steak & Ale chains filed for one of the largest restaurant bankruptcies ever on Tuesday, closing outlets and cutting jobs. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2008
Baskin-Robbins Opens Cincinnati for Franchise Sales. Baskin-Robbins is rapidly expanding its Ohio footprint with today's announcement that Cincinnati is now open for franchise sales. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2008
Wendy's postmerger management team unveiled. The Atlanta-based buyer of Wendy's International Inc. on Friday revealed the company's post-acquisition leadership structure, which will be effective after the $2.3 billion deal's expected close in this year's second half. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2008
Eco-friendly Auto "Spa" Concept Expands Nationally Through Franchising. One man's dream--and a pretty savvy 8-year-old--have completely changed the way we may be caring for our vehicles. Now, aspiring entrepreneurs can share this dream by owning a DetailXPerts franchise. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts plans 34 Miss. stores in 6 years. Dunkin' Donuts plans Mississippi outlets by the dozen. A new franchisee, Capital Franchise Group, plans 34 new franchises in the next six years. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2008
Adam & Eve Retail Stores Double Numbers! Adam & Eve Stores, the retail division of adult industry giant Adam & Eve, is pleased to announce it has doubled its number of franchise stores in the past two years. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2008
Subway Development Corporation of Washington D.C. Opens Its 1,000th Restaurant. The Subway Development Corporation of Washington and its CEO, Larry Feldman, have opened the doors of their landmark 1,000th SUBWAY® restaurant franchise. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2008
McCafé put on local McDonald's menus. McDonald's restaurants across the Louisville metro area soon will be serving mochas and lattes along with hamburgers and french fries. The McCafé concept, which the chain has started to roll out in other U.S. markets, will become available at most of the region's 92 McDonald's stores by September. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2008
Domino's Debuts Mobile Pizza Kitchen. Cowabunga Inc., the largest singly-owned Domino's Pizza franchise in the U.S., has just added a new mobile pizza kitchen to its fleet, offering off-site production of selected menu items catered for specific events. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2008
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Launches. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC officially launches today with the opening of its first franchised brokerage in Northeastern Pennsylvania. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2008
Clockwork Home Services adds 21 franchises in second quarter. Clockwork Home Services added 21 plumbing, air-conditioning, and heating and electrical franchises during the second quarter. The owner and franchiser of home repair businesses said Tuesday that adding in those businesses, Clockwork now serves 555 territories and franchises. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2008
Yogen Fruz Franchise Expands South into Texas. Yogen Früz, a frozen yogurt chain with 1,100 stores in over 20 countries, announced today that YF Systems of Texas, LLC, will be opening up a series of franchise locations across Texas. YF Systems, the new master franchiser, plans to open 30 locations over the next ten years. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2008

Exiling the Happy Meal. Los Angeles may join a growing roster of local governments aiming to fight obesity by cracking down on the fast-food industry. The city is considering a ban on new fast-food restaurants in one area, but critics say the rules would violate freedoms. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2008
PRstore Eyes Three Cities for New Marketing Franchise Concept. The one-stop marketing company PRstore has selected three markets to launch a new approach to agency ownership. PRstore Office, a low-cost marketing franchise, will launch in Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2008
H&R Block names McDonald's executive CEO. H&R Block Inc., the nation's largest tax preparer, on Tuesday named the former president of McDonald's Europe as its new chief executive. Russ Smyth, who also joins the Kansas City-based company's board of directors, will take over as president and CEO on Aug. 1. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2008
Franchise employees work to turn lives around. Ron Blake, 39, is starting a new business, but the slow economy is only one of the obstacles in his path. The other major roadblock is trying to convince his potential customers that his employees can be trusted. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2008
Applebee's franchisee sells 80 percent stake. AppleGrove Restaurants, the second-largest franchisee of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants, has sold an 80 percent interest in itself to a subsidiary of AmRest Holdings N.V. for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2008
McDonald's May Take Heat For Bet on Espresso Drinks. Investors may find out this week whether McDonald's Corp.'s push into espresso drinks is losing its buzz. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2008
Dunkin' Brands Honors Chain Leaders. Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, recently recognized outstanding franchisees, partners, and suppliers with the organization's highest honors at its third annual Franchisee & Enterprise Awards dinner. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2008
Dermacare's future uncertain in wake of closure, lawsuits. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has appointed a receiver to handle the financial future of Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics Inc., which at one time planned to sign on more than 120 franchisees nationwide. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2008
IFPG-Inka Grill Franchise Unveils Expansion Plans. Restaurant Holdings Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Food Products Group in alliance with Inka Grill, the Peruvian home-style casual dining restaurants, today outlined the company's franchise expansion plan for the next five years. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2008
Unique Pizza and Subs Corp. to Launch 30 Mobile Pizza Kitchen Fleet. Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation, in cooperation with the online restaurant commissary The Virtual Warehouse, Inc., researched numerous mobile kitchen manufacturers before deciding to team with All A Cart Manufacturing, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2008
Burger King buys 72 franchise restaurants. Burger King Corp. said it bought 72 restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska from franchisee Simmonds Restaurant Management. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2008
McDonald's franchisee pleads guilty to illegal labor. A McDonald's Corp. franchisee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to furnishing illegal immigrants with false identities and will pay $1 million in fines in one of the federal government's first major crackdowns on illegal labor in the fast-food industry. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2008
YTB International contemplates franchises. YTB International Inc., a provider of Internet-based travel booking services for travel agencies and home-based independent representatives, said Tuesday that it is contemplating the replacement of its referring travel agent business model with a franchise operating system, potentially in 2009. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2008
Lifeway to franchise Starfruit cafe concept. Lifeway Foods Inc. is joining the frozen yogurt trend that has brought local, national and international players to the market. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2008
Yum Brands reports 4 percent higher 2Q profit. Fast-food company Yum Brands Inc. said Wednesday its second-quarter profit grew 4 percent as its overseas operations delivered hefty earnings that offset slumping U.S. profits dragged down by higher commodity costs. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2008
‘Hooters of haircutting’ coming to New England. Known among the nation's glitterati as the “Hooters of haircutting'' and the “day spa for dudes,'' Knockouts Haircuts for Men will open its first New England location on Rte. 9 this fall. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2008
UFood Grill Announces Nationwide Expansion Plan. UFood Grill today announced the kick-off of an aggressive nationwide expansion plan beginning with the opening of the Chicago, Illinois, franchise on July 30 and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport franchise in October. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2008
7-Eleven Aims at 300 Store Goal in North Texas. On the heels of turning 81, 7-Eleven Inc. has set an aggressive goal of reaching 300 c-stores in the Dallas-Forth Worth area by 2009. Currently, the chain count is at 245. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2008
Mrs. Fields' debt-equity deal delayed. Cookie store franchiser Mrs. Fields Famous Brands said it has to delay its solicitation of a debt-for-equity exchange announced in early June. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2008
Recession-Proof Retailer. How can one national business celebrate record sales and company growth despite times of thinner wallets and less consumer spending? Interstate Batteries Franchise and Development, the franchisor of Interstate All Battery Center (IABC), knows the key. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2008
BIGGBY COFFEE Hits 100th Store Milestone. BIGGBY COFFEE, the nation's leading franchisee-based coffee retailer, will open its 100th store tomorrow in the northern Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2008
AxisPointe sells HomeWorx franchise in San Antonio. AxisPointe Inc., a company that specializes in outsourced post-construction customer service, said Monday that the company has sold 11 HomeWorx franchises throughout the country, including one in San Antonio. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2008
SoupMan sets up shop in downtown Minneapolis. Soup for you! The Original SoupMan restaurant -- of Seinfeld fame -- has set up shop in downtown Minneapolis. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2008
College Hunks ready to recycle your junk. Who would you rather have haul your junk away? Garbage pickers who drive by your home in the wee hours? Or college hunks who can haul boxes and boxes of junk out the door? Mark Heiss, 56, of Beecher is betting on college hunks. He recently bought a College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise, the first in Illinois. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2008
Red Roof Rolls Out New Prototype. Since splitting with Accor in a $1.32 billion deal little more than a year ago, Red Roof management has been busily looking for ways to reinvigorate and reinvent the venerable brand. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2008
Baja Sol expands to San Diego. Baja Sol Restaurants has announced plans to open 12 new franchised locations in San Diego County and another 18 units in Orange County. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2008
Checkers won't just stand alone anymore. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. is rolling out store formats that allow for placement in shopping malls. Known for its double drive-thru building, Checkers is adding an end-cap and in-line format, adding flexibility to its stand-alone concept. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2008
Chanticleer Holdings to buy Texas Wings. Investment firm Chanticleer Holdings Inc. has agreed to by the assets of Texas Wings Inc., a franchisee of 45 Hooters restaurants in Texas, in a cash-and-stock deal worth $106 million. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2008
Veterans have edge in franchising efforts. Jumping out of airplanes or searching along roadsides for improvised explosive devices in Iraq are not among the prerequisite skills for starting a small business. Yet soldiers returning from war and retired veterans are targeted by franchisee operators. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2008
Quiznos franchise owners sue sandwich company. A group of Quiznos franchise holders have filed a class-action suit in Pittsburgh against the sandwich company accusing it of racketeering and violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2008
Pizza Inn Celebrates 50th Anniversary. For fifty years, Pizza Inn has served its Original Thin crust pizza and sweet ice tea to millions of customers following big games, first dates, break-ups and make-ups as well as swell birthday parties. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2008
IHOP Celebrates Its 50th Birthday in 2008. Today, IHOP joins Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna, Sharon Stone, NASA, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and other American icons turning 50 this year. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2008
El Pollo Loco opens 400th restaurant. To celebrate the opening of its 400th restaurant, El Pollo Loco will give away prizes this month in celebration of its national expansion. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2008
Brixx outlines growth plan. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza plans to open seven locations across the Southeast over the next year. The growth comes a year after the Charlotte-based company launched a franchise program to expand the chain. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2008
Blockbuster, Franchisee Suit Moves to Mediation. A Hollywood ending may be in store for a nearly two-year-old federal lawsuit filed in Memphis that deals with issues surrounding the growth of Blockbuster’s video rental empire. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2008
CEO of Carl's Jr parent criticizes dollar menus. The chief executive of Carl's Jr and Hardee's parent CKE Restaurants Inc said the fast-food industry's dependence on dollar menus to attract customers threatens franchisee profits and could ultimately lower food quality. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2008
Loan Performance Offers Insight for Franchisees. The Small Business Administration's annual compilation of performance data on thousands of franchisee loans it has guaranteed acts as a tip sheet for would-be franchisees to gauge their likely success. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2008
No deal: Blockbuster rewinds idea of Circuit City buyout. Blockbuster said Tuesday it is withdrawing its proposal to buy Circuit City Stores, the big-box retailer whose sales have tumbled this year. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2008
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