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: : March 2008

Zaxbys Expands to Texas. Zaxbys is spreading its wings to the Lone Star State. The 420-unit restaurant chain is laying the foundation for growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with its first location in Mansfield. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2008
Choice hotels franchise success. Worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International today announced that its emerging markets team added 40 new franchisees in 2007- approximately a 15 percent increase over 2006. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2008
Owning franchise is no guarantee for successful business. Ian Swain lies awake at night thinking of the costs he and his partners face for the two franchise restaurants for which they just began construction. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2008
Franchising tech services. The Chicago-area franchisees epitomize the kinds of high-level managers CMIT Solutions is seeking to run its businesses, said Jeff Connally, CEO and president. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2008
Franchise Ownership Offers Comfort in Tough Economy. A period of economic uncertainty is not the time to sink one’s life savings into a restaurant or shop, but it may be the perfect time to consider owning a service franchise, according to local franchise consultant Cheri Carroll. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2008
AAHOA Report on Fair Franchising Drives Changes to Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships. In an unprecedented move, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) today released a report on Fair Franchising that offers insight into franchisor-franchisee relationships and provides a tool for holding franchise companies more accountable for their practices and agreements. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2008
'Tax Lady' adding quickly to franchise. The Tax Lady's franchise empire is expanding despite the economic downturn. Sacramento-area tax attorney Roni Deutch has launched more than 170 Roni Deutch Tax Center franchises across the country, mushrooming beyond the 17 centers she debuted in a nationwide opening in January. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2008
New York Pizzeria To Open New Concept. Things are really heating up for Houston fast-casual New York Pizzeria. The chain announced today a new addition to the New York Pizzeria family--Russo's New York. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Lawsuits accuse Kwik Industries of fraud. Shop owners call Kwik Kar deceptive; company blames operators. This is a story of business dreams gone bad. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc. Announces Major Restructuring. Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a reverse split of Obee's Franchise System common stock at a ratio of 100-for-1 shares. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Egg McMuffin Inventor Dies at 89. Herb Peterson, who invented the ubiquitous Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald's restaurants, has died, a Southern California McDonald's official said Wednesday. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Denver UPS/MBE Franchisee Blames UPS for Destroying Her Business Plan With Inferior Model. Suzy Meadows owns both UPS franchise brands and knows MBE was better. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2008
Federal Court Grants Class Certification in GNC Unfair Business Practices Case. On March 19, 2008, United States District Court Judge David O. Carter in a 19 page order granted the motion of Plaintiffs, certain GNC franchisees, to certify a class of all California franchisees. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2008
IFA Appoints Terry Powell of FranchisEsource Brands International to Serve on Diversity Institute. With its mission to promote and foster diversity and inclusion within the franchising community, the IFA’s Diversity Institute’s Board has appointed industry veteran Terry Powell, CFE, CEO and founder of FranchisEsource Brands International (FSBI) to serve as a member on the Diversity Institute’s committee. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2008
Sandler name change reflects expansion, rebranding. Sandler Sales Institute has adopted a new name - Sandler Training - to reflect what it believes are its broader capabilities and expansion plans. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2008
PJ's Coffee of New Orleans to Be Sold. Raving Brands announces today that PJ's USA, Inc. and PJ's Wholesale, Inc. entered into an agreement with New Orleans Roast, L.L.C. and New Orleans Brew, L.L.C. for the purchase of the assets of the PJ's Coffee of New Orleans franchise system and coffee roasting business. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2008
Popeyes chicken founder dies at 64. Al Copeland, who became rich selling spicy fried chicken and notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle, died Sunday at a clinic near Munich, Germany. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2008
KFC goes to the grill. What in the name of Colonel Harland Sanders is going on at KFC? The chain built by his secret recipe for fried chicken is about to give equal billing to, gulp, grilled chicken. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2008
Local Two Men and a Truck franchise wins revenue award. The local franchisor for moving company Two Men and a Truck has been honored by the chain for increased revenue for the 12th year in a row. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2008
FreshBerry inks first franchise agreement. FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Café has recently signed its first two franchise agreements for expansion into the Arizona, California and Nevada markets. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2008

UTEP program teaches franchising. Borderland residents can learn all about franchising and whether this business format is the right fit for them during an intensive 2 1/2-day certificate program next month at UTEP. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2008
Builders turn to franchise work in weaker market. At the height of the real estate market a few years ago, Nick Mona made money building custom homes. Now that the economy has weakened, the Annapolis area builder hopes to drive sales by developing franchises. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2008
Yes! Solar sells first franchise. Yes! Solar Inc., the retail division of Solar Power Inc., had sold its first franchise. The franchisee is The McCarthy/Myers Investment Group. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
IHOP will sell 41 Applebee's restaurants. San Francisco-based Apple American Group LLC has agreed to buy the Southern California and Nevada restaurants in two deals, one for each market. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Opens First Franchise. Life is a Fiesta…Eat it Up! was the theme as Blue Moon Mexican Café, the New York metro area’s premier Mexican restaurant franchise, opened its first franchise location on March 3rd. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
Einstein Noah signs development agreement with SSP America. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has signed an exclusive development agreement with SSP America, to open Einstein Bros Bagels, Noah's Bagels and Manhattan Bagel restaurants inside US airports. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
Franchising Information Web Site Seeing Huge Growth in the Industry. More and more people are opening franchises, according to My Franchise Center, which is affirmed by a recent study for the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts plans more Lansing-area stores. Dunkin' Donuts is looking for franchisees to open more than 100 new stores in the Lansing, Flint and Detroit regions, the Canton, Mass.-based donut and coffee chain said today. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2008
How to Finance a Franchise. Money for franchise start-ups and expansions is getting harder to come by. Fewer lenders are financing the businesses, and those that do so are being increasingly picky about whom they will bankroll. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Dismissal of case against McD's upheld. The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the operator of a Florida Burger King franchise that accused McDonald's of false advertising. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Taking Care of Business. In-home care certainly is more complex than burger-flipping, and it seems like an unlikely fit for the franchise business model. But the sector has become one of franchising's fastest-growing corners. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Buffalo Wild Wings Opens Its 500th Unit. Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. today announced the opening of its 500th restaurant, a franchised location in Grand Blanc, Michigan. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Austin, Tx Opens 'First of Many' Unique Pizza and Subs. Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, is pleased to announce that our first (of many) Texas UPZS Franchise has been opened in Austin. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Local McDonald's manager earns prestigious award. Dressed in a blue Polo shirt, McDonald's tie, dark dress pants and dress shoes, Michael Boyd stepped up in front of family, friends and McDonald's employees to accept the 2007 Ray Kroc Award. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2008
Adam & Eve plans several more Mass. stores. Adam & Eve Franchising, the retail division of adult products chain Adam & Eve, said several new franchise agreements have been signed for stores in Massachusetts. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2008
Franchise Show Chicago Spotlights Opportunities for Aspiring Business Owners. Begin exploring the fascinating options of business ownership at the 2008 Franchise Show Chicago where over 60 of the nation’s fastest growing franchises will be on display on March 28-29. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts Enters Memphis. Dunkin' Donuts is in the midst of a national expansion to increase its franchise locations in the U.S. Fueling this growth is today's announcement that Memphis, Tennessee, is now open for market development with plans to open more than 50 new restaurants over the next several years. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2008
Franchising Outpaces Other Sectors of Economy in Growth, Jobs. The franchising sector of the economy expanded by over 18 percent from 2001 to 2005, adding more than 140,000 new businesses and 1.2 million new jobs to the nations economy, according to a new economic impact study released today. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
AFC Enterprises profit hits $23M, strategic plan announced. AFC Enterprises Inc. reported Wednesday its annual profit rose and it discussed a strategic plan that includes finding franchisees to buy its company-operated restaurants. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
Faces Cosmetics opens first US franchise in Maryland. Faces Cosmetics PLC said the first Faces franchised US store has opened in 'The Mall' in Columbia, in the state of Maryland. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
Austin Mama Fu's franchisee buys brand. Murphy Adams Restaurant Group, the largest franchisee of Mama Fu's Noodle House, has bought the Mama Fu's brand in the United States and Mexico for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
Picking the Right Business Requires Some Time and Study. You've decided to buy a franchise. Now comes the hard part: picking the right one to buy. That can take some serious study. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2008
7-Eleven to Franchise 32 Daytona Beach Stores. Continuing its plans to transition its company-operated stores to franchises, convenience chain 7-Eleven Inc. is franchising 32 of its 34 Volusia County, Fla., area stores. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2008
Magazine honors franchiser SeekingSitters. SeekingSitters, a Tulsa-based baby-sitter referral service, is among several enterprises that Working Mother magazine has named to its 2008 list of Best Women-Owned Companies. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2008
The No-Formula Franchise. Some franchisers experiment giving franchisees discretion over elements of their business. Great Harvest made the idea central to its model. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
Largest Hardee's Franchisee Tests Self-Service Kiosks. Boddie-Noell Enterprises (BNE), the largest Hardee's franchise operator in the United States with 345 restaurants in four states and EMN8, today announced the introduction of EMN8 kiosks in BNE Hardee's restaurant locations. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
Buying a Franchise with Bad Credit. A microloan could be the answer for borrowers who have been turned down by traditional banks. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
Camille's opens first NYC location. Camille’s Sidewalk Café has opened its first restaurant in New York City, the company has announced. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
The Issue: New Franchise Is a Tough Sell. New franchise operators struggle to compete with scads of chains. Peter Taunton set his fitness franchise apart with an unusual fee structure. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
Rivals from McDonald's to 7-Eleven line up for shot at dethroning java king Starbucks. The heated battle that has been brewing in the world of coffee is reaching a boiling point. Convenience stores, doughnut shops and fast-food joints are taking their brews up a notch and, in turn, spilling over into the specialty-coffee market dominated by Starbucks. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2008
Hamleys offloads Bear division. US chain Build-A-Bear Workshop is buying Hamley’s-owned UK competitor, The Bear Factory in a £23.8 million cash deal. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2008
Don't count Blockbuster out. Blockbuster Inc. is like a slasher-flick villain that just won't die. In spite of what appear to be deep and devastating blows to its business - the rise of Netflix and mail-order movie rentals, in-home use of DVRs and video-on-demand via cable, and Apple's recent introduction of online film rentals - Blockbuster adapts and lumbers onward. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
Judge declines to dismiss Quiznos suit. A federal judge in Denver has declined to summarily dismiss a class-action lawsuit by franchisees against the Denver-based Quiznos sandwich shop chain. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
Geeks On Call Expands Service Area Into Tennessee. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. announced today the opening of its first franchise location in Tennessee, bringing its professional services to businesses and homes in greater Chattanooga and Cleveland, TN. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
Foundation company ordered to pay franchisee. A St. Louis County judge ordered Wednesday that The Crack Team, a foundation repair company, should pay $530,755 in past and future damages to a franchise brokerage in a breach-of-contract suit. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
7-Eleven unveils new store-brand products. 7-Eleven Inc. on Wednesday debuted its new "Signature 7" line of products, along with several other new items during its annual convention for store managers, vendors and employees. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
Burger King franchise owner says value menu sapped profits. A family that owned several failed Burger Kings is suing the fast food giant, claiming the company's $1 value menu made it impossible for them to turn a profit in high-priced Manhattan. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2008
Little Caesars to open 60 new St. Louis locations. Little Caesars plans to open up to 60 locations in the St. Louis area over the next 10 years, the pizza chain said Wednesday. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2008
Einstein Noah inks Southern franchisees. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. has signed a multi-unit Einstein Bros. Bagels development agreement with a franchisee in South Carolina and Georgia. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts begins D-FW rollout. The coffee and doughnut assault on Dallas-Fort Worth has officially begun. Dunkin' Donuts opened the first - at Campbell and Preston roads - of more than 150 new stores planned for the area over the next few years. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2008
Kiosk revitalizes old-time photo concept. For years, a theme park visit wasn’t complete without making the cover of a magazine. Along with the roller coaster rides and funnel cakes, a photo shoot at the Fotozines studio was part of the fun. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
BP to Sell 146 Sites as ampm Franchises. BP's U.S. Convenience Retail unit is selling 146 retail sites throughout the Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas through NRC Realty Advisors LLC, the real estate firm stated. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
Owner of Orlando Church's Chicken files for bankruptcy. The owner of 15 Church's Chicken fast-food locations in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas is seeking bankruptcy court protection. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
Jackson Hewitt plummets on weak results, outlook. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc on Tuesday posted a quarterly profit and projected full-year earnings that were well short of analyst forecasts, causing shares of the second-largest U.S. tax preparer to plummet as much as 31.2 percent to a record low. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
35th RE/MAX Anniversary Marked by Achievement. Despite what many are describing as a difficult real estate market, RE/MAX is reporting success in 2007, as it marks its 35th anniversary. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
Arby's eyes 197 new restaurants in '08. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. said March 4 it surpassed its restaurant development goals for 2007 and will open nearly 200 new stores this year. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
Geeks On Call Launches Company-Owned Operations in Arizona. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has begun operating its first corporate-owned territories, servicing the greater metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale, AZ. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2008
Franchisees rail against Wyndham. Hundreds of Super 8 Motel and Baymont Inn franchisees are angry with Wyndham Worldwide Corp., the parent company of the two chains, over a number of moves Wyndham has made in recent years that the franchisees contend are siphoning away their profits. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Franchises give veterans a break. Rolly Pollies is just one of almost 300 businesses providing financial benefits to honorably discharged veterans looking to open a franchise, through the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, or VetFran. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Wisconsin Quiznos franchisees take case to state court. Wisconsin franchisees of the Quiznos Sub restaurant chain of Colorado have moved a lawsuit claiming that the company defrauded them to build its brand to Milwaukee County Circuit Court. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Stratus Building Solutions expands in New York. Commercial cleaning franchisor Stratus Building Solutions announced Monday it has expanded in the New York market awarding a new master franchise to Stratus Building Solutions of Hudson Valley. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Mail Boxes Etc., UPS Store sign up for Toys for Tots Literacy program. The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees have enlisted to sponsor the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation's new Toys for Tots Literacy program. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Century 21 System Launches New Consumer Marketing Campaign. Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization, today announced a new national marketing campaign aimed at helping consumers better understand how CENTURY 21 agents are positioned to help consumers address the difficult home buying and selling process. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Canadian frozen yogurt chain to open 2 Orlando stores. An Orlando businessman is part of a franchise group that plans to introduce Yogen Früz, a Canada-based frozen yogurt chain, into the United States. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Market 99 Seeks to Become Franchisor of 99 Cent Supermarkets. Company officials announced today they have rounded down to two, the number of Franchise Consulting Services Firms, in which they are interested in assisting them to transition Market 99 into a franchisor of 99 cent supermarkets. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
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