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LaMar's Donuts and Dunn Bros. Coffee in first co-branding. LaMar's Donuts is teaming up with Dunn Bros. Coffee to open their first co-branded location in Omaha, Neb. The grand opening celebration will begin July 31 and run through Aug. 2, 2008. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2008
Burger King looks to woo mom with healthy kids meal. After watching its rival McDonald's market itself as a "healthy" fast-food chain to entice moms, Burger King is launching a marketing and promotional campaign Monday targeted to moms. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2008
Bookkeeping Express aims to sell 400 franchises by 2013. Bookkeeping Express just got the OK from the Federal Trade Commission to start selling franchises in almost every state, and its three local owners expect to have 400 franchises in five years. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2008
Geeks On Call Franchisees in Dallas & Fort Worth Launch ''PCs 4 Patriots''. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. announced today that its franchise locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex have launched a program dubbed "PCs 4 Patriots" to help military families use technology to stay in touch with loved ones serving overseas. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2008
Einstein Bros. Continues Nationwide Expansion. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group announced today that it is opening new franchise territories nationwide, expanding the growth plans for its flagship brand, Einstein Bros. Bagels. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2008
Franchise Brands acquire 'ugly houses' network. HomeVestors of America, Inc., the "We Buy Ugly Houses" company, announced Tuesday that Franchise Brands LLC., has acquired majority ownership of the company. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2008
Diedrich Coffee Hires New Vice President of Sales. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. today announced that James L. Harris has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Mr. Harris has extensive experience in sales management and building consumer brands. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2008
Former Starbucks exec does junk removal. The former president of Starbucks' U.S. operations, Launi Skinner, has taken a job as president and chief operating officer of a company that bills itself as the "world's largest junk removal service." Skinner's new job is to grow the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? brand in North America and Australia. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2008
Mr. Clean Carwash Aims to Outshine Competition. Leveraging the power of its iconic Mr. Clean brand, Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) ventured into retailing and is planning to franchise a new premium car wash concept aimed at quality-minded auto enthusiasts and on-the-go consumers looking for a little TLC. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2008
Franchise Solutions Announces Re-Launch of the Franchise Ownership Center. Franchise Solutions announced the re-launch of the Franchise Ownership Center. The two companies have been partnering to provide franchise information to the audience since the inception of the Franchise Ownership Center in 1997. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2008
Yum! Brands Wins Diversity Recognition. Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of A&W All-American Food, KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, has been named one of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine's "40 Best Companies for Diversity" for its comprehensive results across key diversity measures for the fourth consecutive year. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2008
Dickey's Barbecue fired up for national expansion. Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. is planning a growth spurt that Roland Dickey Jr., president and grandson of founder Travis Dickey, calls "exponential." Dickey's plans to end 2008 with 115 restaurants in 21 states – 95 percent of them owned by franchisees. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
Eco-friendly car wash rolling into Manhattan. Geowash, a mobile car-wash system that boasts eco-friendly concepts, is expected to make its Manhattan debut at the Chelsea Piers parking garage by the end of July. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
Triarc signs franchise deals for 35 new Arby's. Triarc Companies Inc., the parent of Arby's Restaurant Group, said Friday it has signed deals for franchisees to open 35 Arby's throughout the United States. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008

PJ's Coffee Sold to Franchisees. Ownership of PJ's Coffee of New Orleans has returned to the city where it all began with the sale of the company to New Orleans Roast and New Orleans Brew – the largest existing franchisees of PJ's who plan to expand the roasting and franchise operations of the company. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
Forcefield Hurricane Hits Franchise Industry By Storm. In a move that's likely to take the franchise industry by storm, Port Charlotte based Forcefield Hurricane® announced today the official introduction of its Hurricane Defense Vehicle -- HDV Mobile Showrooms. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
IKEA pinched by housing slowdown. Mobs of fans greeted the opening this week of build-it-yourself furniture chain IKEA's first store in New York City – but the fervour is masking shoppers' underlying frugality. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2008
U.S. Restaurants Push Abroad. As the restaurant industry in the U.S. turns increasingly dour, major brands are turning their attention abroad, where business remains relatively robust and growing middle classes are creating large pools of consumers eager to taste affordable American-style fare. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2008
Staffing firm to go franchising route. Oak Ridge-based recruiting firm Staff I.T. marked its 10th anniversary Tuesday by changing its name and announcing a plan to expand by offering regional franchise locations across the North and Southeast. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2008
Franchise provides office space to small businesses. Your Office, a company that provides office space and business services to small businesses, is expanding its reach in Colorado with the expectation that a softening economy could prompt more workers to strike out on their own. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2008
One Hour Parties Franchise Licks up the Demand for Ice Cream Parties Across the Country. Summer is here and One Hour Parties, a privately-held corporation based in Seattle, Washington is licking up the demand for ice cream parties across the country. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2008
The Inside Scoop. Earlier in this decade, Cold Stone Creamery was one of the hottest franchises around. But now many franchisees are selling their stores, overwhelmed by soaring bills and shrinking profits. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
Giveaways anger McD's franchisees. McDonald's franchisees, squeezed by soaring costs, are balking at the burger chain's strategy of giveaways and deep discounts to boost sales. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
Owner of Old Chicago franchise files for bankruptcy protection. The slumping economy and climbing fuel prices have hurt the latest venture of veteran area restaurateur Donald Cepiel Sr.--but they haven't shut it down. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
Inspired by Starbucks. While missionaries have long carried their message overseas, a new generation of churches is spreading a strain of evangelical Christianity with worship services as slickly packaged as any U.S. franchise. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2008
Denny's announces new organizational structure. Denny's, a family-style restaurant chain, has redesigned its organizational structure to support its ongoing transition to a franchise-focused business model. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2008
Advantage Rent A Car Announces First Franchise Opening. Advantage Rent A Car, the first major U.S. car rental company to commit to going 100 percent green with its fleet of rental cars, recently announced that Swade North America LLC has purchased Advantage's first car rental franchise location, which is located in the suburban Memphis, Tennessee, market. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2008
Red Robin Achieves 400 Restaurant Mark. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. will open its 34th Washington restaurant and 400th restaurant in North America in Covington on Monday, June 16. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2008
Cold Stone Creamery Stone Cold Broke. The ownership group of Cold Stone Creamery’s Memphis-area franchise has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and closed its stores in the area. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2008
McDonald's Ranked Top Online Display Advertiser. comScore Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, released a study based on data from the comScore Ad Metrix service that analyzes online display advertising by quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) in March 2008, revealing that McDonald's ranked as the top online display advertiser in the U.S. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2008
Senior care franchises change leaders. Home Helpers and Caring Transitions, two Cincinnati-based senior care franchise companies, have announced top-level leadership changes. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2008
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts posts a profit for its first quarter. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) said Monday that it swung to a profit in its fiscal 2009 first quarter, after year-ago results were hurt by refinancing and litigation settlement expenses. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2008
A Flexible Stay for a Hotel Franchisee. AS the president of InnWorks, a Minnesota company that manages hotels in 10 states, from Arizona to North Carolina, Teresa Matsui Sanders knows a lot about the franchise agreements that bind hotel owners to national brands. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2008
Lenny's taking Denver by storm. Lenny's Sub Shop is entering the Denver market with 40 stores in a move that will deepen the sandwich chain's reach in the West. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2008
Tyco buys Sensormatic franchisee for $90 million. Tyco International Ltd. said Thursday it bought a franchisee of its Sensormatic anti-theft division for $90 million. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2008
Domino's Pizza Celebrates 25th Anniversary of International Operations. Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first Domino's Pizza store opened outside the United States. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2008
Rise & Dine signs new franchisees. Columbus' Rise & Dine Restaurants Inc. is prepared to enter new territory as it continues opening restaurants in its key markets and clinches new franchise agreements. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2008
Dunkin’ Donuts drops lawsuit over dirty franchise. Dunkin’ Donuts has dropped court proceedings against a Boston franchise owner it accused of violating the company’s store standards for health, sanitation and food safety. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2008
Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill Launches Franchise Program. Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill, a Largo, FL-based sports themed wing and casual dining restaurant chain founded by NFL veteran Crawford Ker, announced today the launch of its national franchise program. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2008
Pressure Grows to Rethink the Use Of Mandatory-Arbitration Clauses. Most franchise contracts once called for mandatory arbitration of issues between franchisers and franchisees, rather than going to court. But these days there is growing pressure to rethink that longstanding arrangement. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2008
Maaco franchise buy back program aims to minimize risk. Maaco, a franchised network of almost 500 collision repair and auto painting centers, pledges to buy back the franchisee’s business, at the franchisee’s election, if he or she does not achieve a reasonable sales level 15 months after the grand opening. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2008
15 franchisees sue Snohomish-based Dream Dinners. The locally based company credited with launching the meal-assembly industry six years ago is now the target of a $30 million lawsuit filed on behalf of 15 franchisees in several states. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2008
Native American entrepreneur buys staffing company franchise. An Albuquerque entrepreneur has purchased the local franchise of the national Spherion Corp. recruiting and staffing company. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2008
McD's dollar menu no bargain for franchisees. With sky-high commodity costs, an increase in minimum wage and consumers trading down to lower-price items, McDonald’s owner/operators are starting to push back on the dollar menu credited with much of the chain’s turnaround. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2008
From Scientist to Franchisee to Franchisor. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Akron, Ohio-based Sanford Rose Associates, which opened in 1959 and began franchising executive search offices in 1970. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2008
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