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: : November 2008

Personal Fitness Training Franchise Introduces Bold New Fitness Goals Guarantee. Company guarantees all clients that they will achieve their weight management and fitness goals or Personal Training Institute will give 6-months of free training sessions. Company expects franchise location growth in 2009. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2008
Franchise owners whet appetites for Moe's. When Andrew and Brad DeGrazia moved to the Rochester area, they brought a taste of their old home in Arizona with them. Since 2005, they have opened two Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants in the Buffalo area and three around Rochester. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2008
New Hawaii franchises defy gloomy economic forecasts. At 21 and 23, childhood friends Erica Miyabara and Kelly Hiraki own a frozen yogurt shop that already is set to expand with a second location after barely a month in business. The friends bought the Hawaii franchise rights to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2008
Pizza franchiser eyes Md., Del. for 50 locations. A California pizza chain plans to open nearly 30 new locations in Greater Baltimore by 2016. Chestertown-based Eat Inc. has bought the rights to develop 50 RedBrick Pizza Worldwide Inc. restaurants in Maryland and Delaware. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2008
McDonald's goes after slice of gourmet coffee market. The McCafe, a concept that was first introduced by the fast-food chain in Australia in 1993, has finally reached East Tennessee, where local franchisees are attempting to grab a share of the gourmet coffee market with the Golden Arches brand of espresso-based drinks. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
Stratus Building Solutions enters Indiana market. Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of commercial cleaning service franchises nationwide, has entered the Indiana market by awarding a new franchise to Kevin Spellacy, who will own and manage the operation in Indianapolis. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
Carrabba’s opens first airport location in Tampa. Carrabba's Italian Grill has opened its first airport restaurant at Tampa International Airport. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
McDonald's to mothers: Healthy fast food is not an oxymoron. The burger chain emphasizes nutrition and quality in a targeted marketing campaign it hopes will turn into a word-of-mouth wave. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
Lifeline for Franchisees. Most franchisers don't help franchisees out with financing, but more exceptions are emerging in today's tight credit market. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Blockbuster to rent through new on-demand device. Blockbuster Inc. will start renting movies and television shows through a new gadget that may give consumers another reason to bypass the struggling video chain's 7,500 stores. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Franchisee Of 146 Waffle Houses Files For Bankruptcy. The days may be numbered for "scattered, covered and smothered" hash browns at Waffle House. The iconic roadside grill's biggest franchisee has filed for bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Yum! raises $17.5 million for World Hunger Relief. Yum! Brands' annual World Hunger Relief campaign raised more than $17.5 million in overall donations to date for the United Nations' World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Fast casuals face threat from other segments. Denny's, and other casual dining companies eyeing fast casual, hope that the lower price point will attract customers battered by the struggling economy. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Macaroni Grill opens on the Big Island. The second Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Hawaii has opened. The restaurant opened Monday at the Queen’s Marketplace at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. Announces 100th Franchisee. Murphy Business & Financial Corporation marks a milestone in the business brokerage firm’s growth with the signing of the 100th franchisee, a husband and wife team in Glendale/Peoria, Ariz., Lynn and Wendi Miller. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2008
Gates opens first Easyhome store. Wichita businessman Bud Gates opened his first Easyhome store Saturday. The merchandise leasing store is in the West Market Shopping Center at 113 S. Parker Road in Olathe. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
FranNet Helps Entrepreneurs Shop for a Franchise this Holiday Season. Typically, the holiday shopping season consists of finding the perfect gift for a loved one, but there are some business professionals shopping for themselves this year. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
A Bad Economy May Benefit Franchises. With all the negativity making headlines these days, it's difficult sometimes to maintain perspective. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
Organic Burger Concept Continues Expansion. Elevation Burger franchisees, Brian Edgar, Matt Jerkovich and Andy Herriott, recently signed a lease securing real estate in Montclair for the first of their five units in New Jersey. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008

Golden Spoon franchisee eyes growth. Phoenix-based Halo Development Group Ltd., the largest franchisee of Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt shops, has signed an agreement to develop 35 more locations in metro Phoenix. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
Eureka Pizza Hut shuts down. Residents driving past the Eureka Pizza Hut this week may have noticed construction workers on the roof tearing down its unmistakable sign. Franchise owners Donald and Jo Ann Davenport announced Wednesday the business shut down in reaction to a lawsuit filed against the couple by Pizza Hut Inc. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2008
McDonald's Tests New Store Design. With the help of cutting-edge interior design firm Whitehead and Appel, a Maryland-based McDonald's franchise owner is pioneering a new interior design approach for the fast-food chain. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2008
7 Eleven finds independence still lures potential franchisees in Orlando. Roger Van Sluis spends his day the 7-Eleven way: with coffee cup in hand. He looks upon the rows of gas pumps outside his East Colonial Drive convenience store and says he enjoys having his own business. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2008
Four Middle Tennessee Waffle Houses close. Nashville-based SouthEast Waffles said Thursday it closed six Waffle House restaurants this week, as the franchise continues to sort through its financial problems in U.S Bankruptcy Court. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2008
easygates, LLC and easyhome Master Franchisor Announces Plans to Open First Store. easygates, LLC - Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announces the opening of their first store in the U.S. in Olathe, KS. A Grand Opening event has been planned for November 22, 2008. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2008
Wendy's/Arby's Group Picks Exec Team. Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc., the parent company of Wendy's International, Inc. and Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., franchisors of the Wendy's and Arby's restaurant systems, confirmed today its executive leadership team. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2008
Franchise Growth Outlined at Johnnie's Dog House. Johnnie's Dog House Franchising, LLC announced today that it has surpassed the benchmark of 25 franchises sold. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2008
RedBrick Pizza signs San Diego development deal. RedBrick Pizza Worldwide Inc. has signed an agreement with master developer Johnny Lee granting Lee the right to develop up to 42 RedBrick Cafes in the San Diego area. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2008
Nature’s Table to open The Garden Patch. Nature’s Table Franchise Co. is returning to downtown Orlando’s central business district with a concept the owner began with 31 years ago. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2008
Papa Johns Announces Comprehensive Package of Franchise Support Initiatives. Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced a comprehensive package of proposed domestic franchise system support initiatives in response to the current economic and consumer climate. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
Mall Restaurants Brace for Fewer Customers. Restaurant chains with a bulk of their locations in malls and retail centers are bracing for a holiday shopping season that is expected to bring fewer potential customers past their doors. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
Roto-Rooter buys back Dayton franchise. Roto-Rooter, continuing its strategy of buying back certain franchise areas, has acquired the franchise for Dayton and surrounding areas. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
Subway Franchisee Forced to Recall Prop. 8 Donation. On Monday, Subway, the second-largest fast food chain in the world, repudiated the action of one of its franchise owners who used the corporate name when contributing $2,500 to the campaign that ultimately banned gay marriage in California. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
Massage Envy Presents New Military Massage Therapy Discount Program. Massage Envy, the top national franchise to offer convenient and affordable massage, is pleased to announce a new military discount program. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
Zaxby’s closes only Ohio store. Athens, Ga.-based Zaxby’s Franchising Inc. shuttered its first and only Ohio store, in Columbus near Ohio State University, after just six months. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2008
Brixx Plans to Open Dozens of New Restaurants. Restaurants and Institutions identified Brixx Wood Fired Pizza as one of 10 emerging chains to track. The Charlotte-based chain's wood-fired oven, which gives the pizza its signature taste, and the inexpensive menu are cited as reasons for the restaurant's success. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2008
NexCen Brands Receives Notification Letter from Nasdaq. NexCen Brands, Inc., today announced that, as anticipated, on November 14, 2008, the Company received additional notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market that the Company is not in compliance with the continued listing requirement. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2008
7-Eleven on the hunt for local franchisees. 7-Eleven plans to convert its remaining company-owned stores in the D.C. and Baltimore areas to franchise locations. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
Papa John's One-Ups Pizza Hut on Facebook. Papa John's continues to explore the digital frontier for ways to make ordering a pizza more convenient and enticing. This time around, Papa John's is looking to Facebook and giving free pizzas to their most technology savvy brand ambassadors. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
Beautiful Brands partners with donut concept. Beautiful Brands International, the developer of Camille’s Sidewalk Café, Coney Beach and FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafe, has signed a deal with Tulsa-based Daylight Donut Flour Co., parent company of Dixie Cream Donuts, to franchise and market the Dixie Cream Donuts brand. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2008
Lube franchisee sued first, calls action ‘heavy handed’. The DuBois man whose company was sued over a Quaker Steak and Lube franchise near State College said in a statement Friday that the suit is a “heavy-handed action” in response to a suit he filed against Quaker Steak and some of its executives. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2008
Yum! Restructures, Cuts Hundreds of Jobs. Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum! Brands made the recession real for the quick-serve industry when it announced plans to cut several hundred jobs as it restructures its business by selling off company-owned KFC and Pizza Hut units to franchisees. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2008
Lenny’s launches $100K promotion. Lenny’s Sub Shop’s latest promotion is an “economic stimulus package” for its customers and is hoped to give the sandwich maker a business boost in tough times. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2008
RE/MAX Among Top Franchise Opportunities for Minorities. RE/MAX International is proud to have been selected as one of the country's "50 Top Franchises for Minorities." As the only real estate franchisor included in the prestigious ranking, RE/MAX is joined by such notable corporations as McDonalds, 7-11, and InterContinental Hotels Group. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2008
Anytime Fitness brings 24-hour gyms to Ohio. Anytime Fitness, a Hastings, Minn.-based 24-hour fitness franchise, is adding at least 15 locations in Ohio soon, where it already operates 16 sites. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2008
Pizza Patron Moves into Non-Mexican Market. Pizza Patrón has executed a development agreement with Latitude Partners Florida, LLC to develop twelve stores in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2008
AFC Enterprises Q3 net income down to $4M. AFC Enterprises Inc.’s profit was down 38 percent in the third quarter, affected by the souring economy. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2008
Quaker Steak & Lube sues former franchise holder. Quaker Steak & Lube Franchising Corp. and QSL Intellectual Properties Corp. have sued a DuBois company, claiming it is continuing to operate a Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant after Quaker Steak terminated the franchise agreement. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
Papa Bello Reaches Milestone With Opening of 20th Franchise. Papa Bello Enterprises is pleased to announce that the company has reached a significant milestone this week with the opening of its 20th franchise restaurant, located in Boiling Springs, SC. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
Izzy's Restaurant on track with changes. Correcting erroneous news reports that financial trouble may force the closing of all their stores, the owners of Izzy's Franchise Systems say that, on the contrary, the 30-year-old chain of Oregon-Washington buffet restaurants is on track with a major “re-branding” program. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
U.S. Slowdown Hurts Starbucks. Starbucks said it will open fewer stores internationally than planned and offered a more pessimistic earnings forecast for the coming year. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2008
Genghis Grill Is Celebrating 10 Years of Khanquering! November 17th, 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of Genghis Grill - The Mongolian Stir Fry. Genghis Grill brought the "BUILD YOUR OWN BOWL" concept to Dallas, TX in 1998. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2008
Great Clips to expand next year. With a recession underway, cheap haircuts look better. Great Clips Inc. announced Tuesday it plans to open 300 new locations in North America through 2009. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2008
Denny's Franchisee Association Hosts Largest Convention In Group's History. The 2008 Denny's Franchisee Association (DFA) convention was the largest in association history, hosting more than 1,000 attendees in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-5. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2008
Australian hydraulic hose firm says G’day to Houston. PirTek, a Sydney, Australia-based industrial franchise company that entered the United States a decade ago is now targeting Houston. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
Can You Buy a Big Franchise? Once you realize the appeal of a joining a big franchise, the next logical question is: "Is it possible for me?" Even if you're extremely interested in buying a McDonald's or Subway or 7-Eleven, will those big-name players want to sell to you, Joe the Franchisee? .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
Focus Brands names new chief executive. Russ Umphenour, founder of what became the largest Arby’s franchisee group, was named Monday as the new president and CEO of Focus Brands. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
Mattress Firm to buy franchisee's five Birmingham-area stores. Retailer Mattress Firm said it plans to buy five of its local stores from a Birmingham franchisee for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
3 Sources of Franchise Financing. Everyone knows the current lending environment is a challenge--especially if you're trying to finance a startup. Yes, there's still financing available for qualified people, but selecting the right funding strategy is more important than ever. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
Krispy Kreme Exiting Some C-stores. SCRANTON, Pa. -- Customers here won’t find Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the region’s convenience stores and supermarkets anymore, The Times-Tribune reported. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2008
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour making a comeback. A series of operational blunders and legal tussles led to the closure of more than 100 Farrell’s in the United States years ago. But, now, the Orange County firm that owns the Farrell’s brand trademark said it plans to grow the beloved ice cream parlour concept, again. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2008
The Grape files Chapter 11. The parent company behind the trendy The Grape bistro and wine bar at The Summit in Birmingham filed Thursday for bankruptcy protection, almost exactly a year after it obtained more than $2 million in debt financing. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2008
Top National Health-Focused Franchise Hits Benchmark of 500th Clinic. Massage Envy, leading provider of massage therapy across the nation, opens it's 500th clinic in New Jersey as well as sells their 800th franchise. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2008
Obama's economic agenda could affect small business. A new Democratic administration and Congress means that 27 million U.S. small-business owners — already shaken badly by the economic slump — could face an array of new issues, from potentially higher taxes to costlier workplace benefits. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2008
US Franchisees Getting Some Relief From 'Parent' Cos. Some restaurant companies are helping their franchisees save cash by deferring royalty payments or absorbing higher ingredient costs, hoping that taking a financial hit now could help companies emerge stronger from the downturn. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2008
Franchising Back at Desert Moon. After a hiatus from actively pursuing new franchisees Gary Occhiogrosso, president of Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille announced that the company is re-launching its franchise program. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2008
Wendy’s and Triarc in the red in Q3. The acquisition of Wendy’s by an Atlanta company pushed the chain into the red for the third quarter. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2008
NPC to acquire, sell Pizza Hut units. NPC International Inc., the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, has entered into two agreements with Pizza Hut Inc., the company announced. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2008
IFA outlines the implications of 2008 election on franchising. On the heels of the results of the 2008 presidential election, the International Franchise Association is also weighing the outcome of the results of the House and Senate races. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2008
Great Harvest Bread Honored as World-Class Franchise. The Franchise Research Institute has recognized Great Harvest as a 'World-Class Franchise" based on significant research. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2008
Carrols Restaurant Group to slow store openings. Burger King franchisee Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. said Tuesday it will slow store openings as a weak U.S. economy crimps momentum. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2008
Red Roof offering incentives to franchisees. Red Roof Inns Inc. is counting on a sleek and simple hotel redesign to be a major part of the chain in the future. It’s getting potential franchisees to bite that’s the challenge these days. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
My Way Storage goes out of business. An East Grand Rapids entrepreneur's venture into mobile storage units is out of business just two years after its launch. Founder and President Bryan Houck has resigned and his five My Way Storage franchisees are trying to figure out to how to stay in business. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
H&R Block sells advisers unit, buys franchise operator. H&R Block Inc. has completed the sale of its H&R Block Financial Advisors unit to Ameriprise Financial Inc., and the $278 million purchase of the operator of its tax preparation franchise units in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
Brooke franchisees caught in insurance firm’s collapse. St. Louis-area franchisees of financially troubled Brooke Insurance of Overland Park, Kan., are working to end their franchise contracts with the company. Meanwhile, a pair of Kansas businessmen have said they intend to acquire the Brooke Insurance agencies. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
Geeks On Call and Mr. Handyman Co-Market Professional Services. Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has launched a preferred provider relationship with renowned national home improvement and repair franchisor Mr. Handyman through its Value-Added Benefit program. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
Gymboree back in business. Four of five area Gymboree Play & Music locations were back in business today as corporate officials from San Francisco took over the failed franchise and assured parents that "Gymboree is here to stay." .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
Personal Fitness Training & Nutrition Franchise: Cracking the Codes on Fitness & Franchising. Personal Training Institute (PTI), a unique fitness concept that provides personal fitness training and nutrition consultation to every client has moved slowly into franchising since its inception in 2000. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2008
Fast-food order accuracy rises with English-fluent hiring pool. If your next fast-food order at the drive-through has the right food in the right bag, you may have something surprising to thank: the bad economy. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2008
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