UNITED STATES FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
: : April 2009

Franchise market suffers in state. In California, franchise registrations filed with the state Department of Corporations from January to its April 20 deadline were down 21 percent from the same time last year, from 151 to 119. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Military Veterans - Here's How to Start a Career as an Entrepreneur. Franchise Direct, a leading online directory of franchises for sale, has published an online guide to franchises for veterans. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Franchisee Complaints. Take complaints from franchisees seriously in order to maintain your image and bottom line. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Franchise Relationship Hinges on Good Communication, Support. Les and Louise Newby, a husband and wife team who own Woodcraft franchises in Colorado, Utah and California, believe maintaining a successful franchise business hinges on good communication and solid operational support from the franchisor. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Starbucks profit drops 77% on charges for store closures. Consumers continued buying fewer lattes and coffees at Starbucks as the company said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit dropped 77% because of big restructuring charges related mainly to the closure of 123 U.S. cafes. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
McCurry beats McDonald's in lawsuit. Fast food chain McDonald's lost a lawsuit in Malaysia on Wednesday after an appeals court overruled a decision that its trademark had been infringed by a local restaurant called McCurry. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Papa John's drops $25,000 franchise fee. Looking to boost its number of franchised pizza restaurants, Papa John’s International Inc. Tuesday rolled out an incentive-laden franchise development program. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
National Restaurant Franchise Encourages Individual Flavor. Restaurant design is anything but standard at The Melting Pot fondue restaurants, where individual owners have the freedom to personalize each restaurant while staying true to the franchise’s signature dining experience. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Franchise Sales Pull Back During the Recession. Discouraged by economic conditions, some franchisers are cutting back on efforts to sell franchises. Several states have reported a decline in franchise registrations as businesses struggle to secure financing. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Wyndham Worldwide shares jump on 1Q results. Shares of Wyndham Worldwide Corp. jumped on Wednesday after the lodging company's first-quarter results beat Wall Street's forecasts, driven by a better-than-expected performance by its timeshare segment. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Corner Bakery Cafe Expands National Presence. Feeding the day in five new locations across the country, Corner Bakery Cafe is opening doors for both guests and job seekers with two new company-owned restaurants and three new franchise-owned cafes. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Burger King profits grow strongly. US fast food chain Burger King has reported higher profits in the first three months of this year after cost control initiatives paid off. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Coming soon to a corner near you: Seattle's Best. Starbucks Corp. is hoping its Seattle's Best Coffee chain will be its growth engine during the recession. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2009
Freshii Inks Multi-Unit D.C. Deal. Restaurant industry professional Andrew Nelson has signed a multi-unit franchise deal to open five Freshii restaurants in Washington, D.C. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2009
Mellow Mushroom franchise pops up in Germantown. Mellow Mushroom, a fast casual pizza chain featuring an impressive beer selection, is sprouting up in the Memphis market, with an initial Germantown location and up to three more planned in the next five years. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2009
Choice Hotels best performer in UNH Franchising Index. Choice Hotel International topped the Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index at the University of New Hampshire in the fourth quarter of 2008, one of seven index components to weather the recession during the period. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2009
Knockouts Sells Franchise Rights for Hawaii. Knockouts Haircuts for Men, the heavyweight in men's haircutting, announces today they have sold the Hawaiian Island franchise rights to local Oahu, Hawaii investors John and Ivy Miyatake. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2009
Sandella’s café planning Central Ohio debut. Everything is flat about a new eatery coming to Columbus – except its growth. Franchisees of Sandella’s Flatbread Café plan to open the first of three Central Ohio shops by fall. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2009
T.G.I. Friday's joins the bargain dining $5-meal club. On Monday, T.G.I. Friday's - which, like most casual-dining chains, has taken a hit during the recession - will unveil plans to sell all salads and sandwiches for $5 all day in May. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2009
Class Action Lawsuit against Quiznos Turned Down. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled on Monday that a group of Quiznos franchisees cannot collectively participate in a class action lawsuit because their signed franchise agreement specifically bars them from doing so. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2009
A Sign Of Things To Come: Naked Pizza Erects Twitter Billboard. It was only a matter of time. Naked Pizza, a uniquely healthy pizza joint in New Orleans, has replaced its “call for delivery” billboard in favor of something a bit more unorthodox: its Twitter handle. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2009
Ace Hardware expanding in metro Atlanta. At a time when retail vacancies are soaring, Ace Hardware, the largest independent hardware chain in the nation, is making a major play in metro Atlanta. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2009
A Franchiser That Takes the Lead. Rather than hunkering down to outlast the recession, Floor Coverings International is using an aggressive marketing strategy to help its franchisees go after new customers. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2009
Metro Diner plans to franchise. People in Julington Creek may find it easier to get out of bed this fall as popular breakfast and lunch restaurant Metro Diner prepares to open another location in the area. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2009
Quiznos Gives Employees Scooters to Emphasize New Slogan. Quiznos introduced a new corporate slogan, "Move Swiftly With a Clear Purpose … Do It Today," designed to encourage the organization to enhance its competitive edge. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2009
Marble Slab Creamery Announces Rebranding Initiative. Marble Slab Creamery is repositioning its global brand image to better reflect its gourmet ice cream artistry experience. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2009
Papa John's Names Jude Thompson President and Chief Operating Officer. Papa John's International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Joseph Jude Thompson as President and Chief Operating Officer. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2009
Yum Brands 1Q profit falls 14 pct on strong dollar. Restaurant operator Yum Brands Inc.'s growth in China continued strong in the first quarter, but the company's profit fell 14 percent, it said Wednesday, because the stronger dollar cut into overseas revenue. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2009
McDonald's? Diners are lovin' it, as quarterly profit shows. McDonald's first-quarter profit climbed nearly 4% as more customers worldwide went to the Golden Arches for an inexpensive meal. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2009
Pizza Hut Begins Its Search for a Twintern. Twitter, the micro-blogging platform that challenges users to think in 140 characters or less, is taking the nation by storm, and now Pizza Hut is grabbing a slice of the pie. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2009
New Franchise Direct Study Finds Opportunities Brewing in the Coffee Franchise Sector. Following an exhaustive study of more than 29 Franchise Disclosure Documents, Franchise Direct has learned that coffee franchises are poised to profit as other business models struggle to cope with the economic downturn. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2009
ColorTyme Goes to Washington. ColorTyme, America's oldest rental-purchase franchisor, has turned out in force for the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations' 2009 Dave Egan Legislative Conference. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2009
Fast-food franchisees growing. Orlando food buffs craving biscuits, pizza or wings have plenty to look forward to in the coming months. At least three local franchisees of national fast-food chain restaurants are planning new Central ­Florida locations. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2009
Burger King's Ad Plan Riles Franchisees. Burger King Holdings Corp.'s wants to beef up its national advertising budget, but franchisees are worried the plan will take a bite out of rebates they get based on soft drink syrup purchases. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2009
New fried chicken franchise offers a variety of takeout dishes. Fried chicken fans in Wichita have been limited over the years to three main takeout options -- Church's, Popeye's and The Colonel. Now there's a fourth option -- Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken .... [more] 17 Apr, 2009
Krispy Kreme Q4 loss narrows, says franchisees stronger. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc posted a narrower fourth-quarter loss helped by lower direct operating expenses and charges and falling commodity prices, sending shares up as much as 52 percent. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
Domino's nightmare holds lessons for marketers. It's a PR nightmare scenario: A national fast-food chain has to respond to a video, spreading rapidly online, that shows one of its employees picking his nose and placing the result in the food he's making. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
Wells Fargo offers McDonald’s franchisee loan program. Wells Fargo Restaurant Finance - part of Wells Fargo & Co. - has announced a new McDonald's Loan Program featuring customized financial products and solutions for McDonald's franchisees nationwide. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
McCafe Lineup Comes to Tri-State McDonald's. McDonald's New York Tri-State restaurants announced today that it is officially adding McCafe, espresso-based coffees to its beverage lineup. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
Wingstop Sees 23rd Consecutive Quarter of Increases. Despite turbulence in many sectors of the restaurant industry, Wingstop continues to soar. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2009
Burger King results hit by demand drop. Burger King Holdings Inc said on Wednesday it saw a surprise drop in customer visits to its restaurants in March, shaking investor confidence and sending shares down 17 percent. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2009
Franchisee AKL Food Service Sues Tony Luke's for Fraud. On Monday, AKL Food Service, LLC filed suit against Tony Luke, Inc. and other entities and individuals in the Monmouth County Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging that the defendants improperly represented a Tony Luke's franchise opportunity. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2009
Local Arby's franchisee declares bankruptcy. Schiappa Foods Corp., which operates 15 Arby's restaurants in South Florida - including seven in Palm Beach County - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2009
Domino's fires staff over videos. Domino's Pizza says it has fired two US employees who posted videos online of themselves behaving "inappropriately". .... [more] 15 Apr, 2009
Red Mango Gives Franchisees a Money-Back Guarantee. Red Mango today announced that it has launched the "Red's Real Deal" franchise program, which provides financial incentives for new franchisees and addresses a key concern of any new business owner: "What happens if this is not for me?" .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Social media marketing luring local businesses. KFC Hawaii has joined the growing list of companies using online social media and social networking sites to market themselves and engage with customers. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Lawsuit alleges that Sonic restaurant franchisee discriminated against job applicant with speech impediment. A Sonic restaurant franchisee in New Iberia violated federal law by discriminating against an applicant because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed this week. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
PRstore aims at small business with first local franchise. The PRstore, a new franchise aimed at helping small businesses with marketing and public relations, has opened on Glendale Avenue in Phoenix. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Curves International Recognized as 2009 Franchisor of the Year. The American Association of Franchisee and Dealers (AAFD) announced Curves International, Inc., as AAFD’s Franchisor of the Year for 2009. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2009
Leather and Vinyl MD Announces the Launching of their First Franchise. Leather and Vinyl MD's expert, mobile leather care and leather and vinyl repair will now be available in the triad area of North Carolina, from Greensboro to High Point, with the opening of the company's first franchise. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2009
Over a Thousand Franchisees Demand to See Televised UPS Store Trial. Against opposition by United Parcel Service, Inc., some 1,400 franchise owners have requested that the Los Angeles Superior Court allow them to see on closed circuit television a lawsuit of The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees going up against their franchisor. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2009
IFA launching Leadership Roundtables to address recession challenges, solutions. To help franchising's leaders find solutions to challenges posed by today's unstable economy, the International Franchise Association is launching a multicity series of Leadership Roundtable sessions. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2009
Buffalo Wild Wings Honors Best Franchisees and Vendors. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. today announced the recipients of its Annual Vendor and Franchise Awards, given out each year in six different categories. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2009
Tight credit is turning franchisors into lenders. V2K Window DÉcor had to do something. Franchise sales were plummeting, not because people weren't interested in opening units for the low-cost, home-based concept, but because they couldn't get loans. So the company took the financing issue into its own hands - literally, by starting its own internal financing program. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Red Mango launches franchise program in the U.S. Red Mango has announced national expansion plans set to begin in the Dallas-Fort Worth and New York markets. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Park City storage franchisee plans opening for $1.2M warehouse. A local Portable on Demand Storage franchise on Thursday will mark the opening of a $1.2 million warehouse in Park City. The opening coincides with the company’s three-year anniversary in the Wichita market. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Planet Smoothie embarks on franchise tour. On March 31 Planet Smoothie announced a new plan to generate franchise interest in the brand with what the chain is touting as Franchise U. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Former employees find franchise success. According to Dan Rowe, the cofounder of franchise development company Fransmart, spending some time as an employee before committing to buying a franchise can help a prospective owner decide if the operation is a good fit. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2009
Domino's Invests in Franchisee Training. While many corporations are conducting layoffs because of economic hardships, Domino's Pizza has a program that pays prospective franchise owners while they learn how to run a successful store. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2009
Franchise Satisfaction an Important Indicator Of Future Business Success. "The level of current franchisee satisfaction with any franchise is a primary leading indicator of future success," said Eric Stites, President and CEO of Franchise Business Review. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2009
PRstore faces fraud claims from some franchisees. Thirteen current and former PRstore Inc. franchisees have accused the company’s partners of fraud and racketeering in a federal lawsuit. And they’ll likely seek more than $6 million in damages. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Carvel Ice Cream Celebrates 75 Years of Making People Happy. This Memorial Day Carvel celebrates its 75th anniversary. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Some franchisers taking drastic steps to weather today's tough economy. Co-signing loan papers, buying out operating contracts and modifying licensing fees are among the aggressive steps some franchisers are taking to help their franchisees weather the chilly economy. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Blockbuster says it may not be able to continue. Movie rental company Blockbuster Inc. said Monday the risk that it may not complete financing deals raises “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue as a going concern. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Dallas-based Greenz will soon offer franchises. Dallas-based, Greenz, a chain of three salad restaurants, will begin offering franchises as soon as this summer, after signing a deal with franchise development company Beautiful Brands International. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Christian Companion Senior Care Opens First Franchise. Christian Companion Senior Care, the nation's first senior care franchise to combine practical and spiritual assistance, is opening their first location outside of Oklahoma. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
The Grout Medic Offers Franchising Opportunities to Entrepreneurs Nationwide. The Grout Medic, an industry leader in the aftercare market of grout and tile repair, is offering franchise business opportunities in the grout restoration industry for entrepreneurs interested in starting their own environmentally friendly cleaning company. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Takeovers on Waffle House menu. Waffle House Inc., which in February assumed control of 121 restaurants belonging to its oldest and largest franchisee, might be called on to take over the assets of another troubled partner. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2009
Blockbuster reworks loan pact, gets breathing room. Blockbuster Inc. said Friday that its revolving and term loan agreement has been amended, giving the struggling company some breathing room on its finances amid a deepening recession and increased competition. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2009
easygates, LLC Announces Two More Franchises to Open Stores. Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announces two more franchises are opening stores in the U.S. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2009
Great Clips Franchise Well Groomed For The New Economy. The Great Clips franchise opportunity is thriving and attracting prospective franchisees eager to own their own businesses even during troubled times. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
Domino's CEO Delivers Pizza for a Year. As a continuation of Domino's Big Taste Bailout campaign, Domino's CEO Dave Brandon, made the first of two surprise deliveries in Killeen, Texas, to Angela Waldrep, the first lucky winner. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
Ill. Dunkin' franchise ended over pork dispute. A Muslim franchisee of a suburban Chicago Dunkin' Donuts store must surrender ownership after losing a legal battle over his religious objections to selling pork. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2009
Franchiser wants to add area hair-care outlets. Hair-care salon franchiser Fantastic Sams could triple its presence in the greater Reno-Sparks region over the next few years, an official said Tuesday. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2009
Franchisees Select Favorite Franchisors. If it's true that the recession's depth depends on consumer confidence, then perhaps a restaurant brand's health depends on franchisee confidence. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2009
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