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Burger Chain's Health-Care Recipe. - Four years ago, restaurant chain Burgerville agreed to pay at least 90% of health-care premiums for employees. Executives say the unusual move has saved money by... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
Cuppy's Coffee shop owners refuse to bow under weight of failed franchise. - Wil and Rachel Russell's dream of opening a business turned into a nightmare when they ran into all kinds of problems with the franchise they chose to start a Cuppy's Coffee shop. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
3 local Precision Tune franchises close. - Three Precision Tune Auto Care franchises operating under bankruptcy protection by RPM Solutions, Inc., closed on Wednesday, Aug. 26, following the death of RPM’s owner and president. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
Edible Arrangements Launches New Multi-Unit Development Strategy. - Edible Arrangements announced today the launch of its new "core and station" store enterprise development program and the company's evolution into multi-unit franchising. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
MGM Mirage takes brands abroad as franchisor. - Struggling with an economy that has gouged gambling profits and cut casino companies' ability to borrow, MGM Mirage hopes to keep expanding its international hotel and casino empire... [more] 30 Aug, 2009
Entrepreneur starts EMT franchise. - St. Louis-based Express Medical Transporters is making its debut in the Memphis market with a franchisee who is a veteran of the industry. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
Firestorm Franchises Now Available in All 50 States, D.C. - Firestorm Franchising LLC has been approved to award business continuity planning and consulting franchises in Connecticut and Maine, making Firestorm franchises available in all 50 states and... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
New easyhome Store to Open in Wichita. - Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announces the opening of a new easyhome store in the Providence Square Shopping Center in Wichita, Kansas on August 29, 2009. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
Times Grill owner now a chocolatier. - Restaurant industry veteran Kelly Harris bought six Peterbrooke Chocolatier stores Aug. 24, and made public Aug. 26 his appointment as president of Peterbrooke Franchising Inc. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2009
Mazzio's Italian Eatery Earns Franchise Help from Fransmart. - Tulsa, Oklahoma–based Mazzio's Corporation signed a franchise partnership with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind the growth of brands such as... [more] 27 Aug, 2009
Franchise Company Taps into Top Emerging Career. - While many formerly bright job sectors continue to shed jobs at a record rate, home staging has emerged from the rubble as a top career choice. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2009
Sonic Sued For Firing Epileptic Employee. - The Sonic Drive-In in Lucedale, Mississippi will pay $22,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Sonic fired Alecia Lawrence after... [more] 26 Aug, 2009
7-Eleven Named One of Top Starter Franchises. - Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. placed third on Forbes Top 20 Franchises to Start, a list of the best business concepts for aspiring entrepreneurs to consider. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2009
Leon’s celebrates 100th anniversary. - As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for Leon’s furniture store, staff members and political dignitaries released the balloons yesterday morning in front of the Peterborough store. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2009
Domino's Features Employees in New Commercial. - Domino's Pizza Inc. cast 15 of its employees in the latest Domino's commercial, "Chefs vs. Accountants," including employees from the company's accounting and research & development... [more] 25 Aug, 2009
N.Y. releases revised guidance on franchisor reporting law. - Having accepted the International Franchise Association's request to extend the compliance deadline on a new franchisor reporting rule, the N.Y. State Department of Taxation and Finance released... [more] 24 Aug, 2009
Fitness center franchisor accuses Vegas couple of contract breach. - A franchisee of three Anytime Fitness locations in Las Vegas is being sued by the franchisor, which claims the Southern Nevada operator is opening local fitness clubs under another brand... [more] 24 Aug, 2009
Dunkin' Brands Adds to Corporate Team. - Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced two additions to the company's leadership team: Christine Deputy and Karen Raskopf. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2009
Baskin-Robbins Opens Panama City for Franchise Sales. - Baskin-Robbins, America's favorite ice cream shop, is rapidly expanding its national footprint with today's announcement that Panama City and the surrounding region are now open for franchise sales. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2009
Amherst man looks to set precedent for industry with business franchises. - When Jack Child started his business in 2005, he had a simple goal: clean up a notoriously dirty industry. Child, who lives in Amherst, was looking to start a franchise, and figured driveway paving... [more] 23 Aug, 2009
Top 20 Franchises To Start. - Want to be an instant entrepreneur? These names will give you the best bang for your start-up buck. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2009
Smoothie Sales Struggle During Tough Times. - Fruit smoothies chain Jamba Inc. core offerings are a "low priority purchase" for consumers during tough times, an analyst said Friday, a day after the company said sales fell 15% in the second quarter. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2009
Young entrepreneurs bypass corporate rat race. - Still wet behind the ears, new entrants to the business world are facing a string of dead ends as they suit up to compete for slim pickings among entry-level corporate positions. Franchises offer another... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
BBI Add Casual-Dining Restaurant to Portfolio. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the addition of Tulsa, Oklahoma–based restaurant Cafe Olé to its portfolio of restaurants to market and franchise worldwide. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
Comfort Keepers sold to French firm. - Comfort Keepers, a locally-based franchisor of in-home health care agencies, has been sold to a global food and facilities manager. Maryland- based Sodexo Inc. announced Wednesday that it had... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
Stratus enters Texas market. - Stratus Building Solutions has entered the Texas market by awarding a new franchise in Houston to brothers Mark and Jayson Bashforth. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
Sylvan Learning seeking growth in Milwaukee. - Sylvan Learning Inc., a Baltimore operator of tutoring centers, said Thursday it is seeking franchisees to buy three Milwaukee-area locations and develop four new centers in the area. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009

Hardee's, Carl's Hope To Steer Angus Eaters. - The burger wars are heating up, as the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. chains take aim at McDonald's with a taste challenge and an attack on Big Mac. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
IFA conference to focus on key issues. - The 10th Annual IFA Public Affairs Conference is slated for Sept. 14 and 15, in Washington, D.C. The franchising community is gearing up its grassroots efforts to lobby on several crucial issues, including... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
Slicing the Bread But Not the Prices. - While other recession-wracked restaurants are offering lower prices and discounts, Panera is targeting customers who are willing to pay more for lunch. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
Domino’s pizza franchise owners cited for violations of Mass wage act. - Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has issued citations against two different Domino’s Pizza franchise owners for violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2009
Arby's Signs Agreements for 47 New Restaurants. - Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., a subsidiary of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. announced that it has signed agreements in the first half of 2009 with 11 new and seven existing franchisees for the development of 47... [more] 18 Aug, 2009
Golfer Phil Mickelson's group withdraws bid to buy Nashville Waffle House franchisee. - Golfer Phil Mickelson and two other businessmen withdrew their offer to buy a Nashville-based Waffle House franchisee out of bankruptcy, according to a document filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Nashville. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2009
Pizza Hut franchisee talks about company's challenges. - The largest Pizza Hut franchisee told analysts Monday that the company does not expect a rebound in same-store-sales until late this year. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Signs Now Announces Completion of Annual Operating Ratio. - Signs Now recently announced the completion of their fourth annual Operating Ratio Study (ORS)--one of the largest compilations of sign center statistics in the industry. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Huddle House Turns to Long-Time Franchising Veteran to Head Growth. - Huddle House hires long-time franchise veteran, Thomas Flaherty, to serve as Chief Development Officer. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2009
Coffee Beanery Disregards Illinois Law. - Most franchisors know that the Federal Trade Commission's Franchise Rule and state franchise disclosure laws are designed to protect franchisees and prospective buyers. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2009
BBI Launch Franchising Program for Texas Fast-Casual. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the official launching of its franchise program for Dallas-based restaurant Greenz. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2009
Acquisitions season Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International’s profit, sales. - Store acquisitions boosted Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International Inc.’s second-quarter earnings and sales compared with the same quarter last year, despite a 12.6 percent decrease in sales... [more] 14 Aug, 2009
Local franchise owner looks to the future after a rocky start. - Local franchise owner expects much success from her upcoming business venture in Cleveland. Debbie Joel received notification from Arby’s on July 24 of their final approval for the franchise... [more] 14 Aug, 2009
Bankruptcy for Burger King franchisee. - A major Brooklyn Burger King franchisee, AJA New York Restaurant Holdings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2009
Judge throws out suit against Brooke unit. - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against a division of bankrupt Brooke Corp., deciding that the accusations brought by scores of customers were vague and did not meet legal standards... [more] 13 Aug, 2009
Blockbuster’s Loss Exceeds Forecast. - Blockbuster, the struggling video rental chain, said Thursday that its second-quarter loss narrowed as it cut costs amid declines in revenue. The results, however, missed analyst estimates. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2009
Franchise Direct Reveals the List of Top 100 Global Franchises for 2009. - Franchise Direct, one of the world's top franchise portals, has released its first-annual list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
U.S. Franchises Find Opportunity to Grow Abroad. - As a sluggish economy continues to hobble business in the U.S., some franchise companies are still finding willing investors and growth opportunities overseas. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Utilities official accused of car wash scam. - An official with the Chino-based Inland Empire Utilities Agency must pay more than $12,000 in damages and legal costs to a former associate who says he and others were cheated out of investment money... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Baskin-Robbins Opens Los Angeles, California for Franchise Sales. - Baskin-Robbins is rapidly expanding its national footprint with today's announcement that Los Angeles, CA is now open for franchise sales. More than 35 new stores are projected... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Arcadia Resources Signs Pact with Comfort Keepers. - Arcadia Resources, a provider of consumer health care services under the Arcadia HealthCare brand, has signed an agreement with a national in-home care provider Comfort Keepers. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Franchisee Empire Grows. - Adding to their mini-empire of 7-Eleven franchises in the Las Vegas area, Todd and Chin Ferguson will open their fifth store on September 1. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
LaVida Massage Launches Franchise Operation in Michigan. - Howell, Mich.-based LaVida Massage, a high-quality massage and wellness franchise, launched its franchise operation in Michigan today. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2009
Einstein Bros. Outlines Expansion Through Licensing. - Restaurant chain Einstein Bros. Bagels continues aggressive nationwide expansion through licensing; 12 licensed stores opened already in 2009; 20 more planned for remainder of year. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2009
McAlister's Announces Successes, Organizational Changes. - The successes of the newly implemented "Choose Any Two" menu and national "Free Tea Day," along with aggressive franchise sales plans and national recognition, served to bolster the sandwich chain. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
RadioShack updates its name and image. - RadioShack Corp. recently announced that it is forthwith to be known as The Shack and launched a campaign to get consumers used to the new image. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
McDonald's Sees Rise in Sales. - The McDonald’s Corporation said Monday that sales at stores open at least a year climbed 4.3 percent in July as the nation’s biggest hamburger chain benefited from budget-conscious consumers. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
New Quiznos Flex Plan to Drive Product Innovation. - Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced Quiznos’ Flex Plan, a pipeline for new product innovation that adjusts based on... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
Couple Survives Economy With Games, Franchise. - A Triad couple said they have found a way to start a business and and still survive this economy. "I think small business is probably the primary way that the economy is going to recover," said Kevin Roberts. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2009
Sleepless night leads to franchise success. - In the middle of the night in March 2008, Forrest Blake realized he was broke. His four Los Angeles area GolfTec stores, a golf instruction franchise, were losing money. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2009
Got franchise social media? IFA has plenty to share. - Whether your favorite social media is Tweeter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you can now access them all at one convenient spot on IFA's Web site. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2009
New DVD Kiosks Available for Independent Ownership. - DVDNow Rental Kiosks Inc. offers consumers a way to rent new DVD releases through the placement of terminals into local small businesses and large retail chains. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2009
American Bar Association Annual Forum on Franchising Shines Light on Business Bright Spot. - U.S. franchisors continue to grow outside of the country, with Canada being a prime example as many American companies look north for expansion and out-of-work Canadians seek self employment ... [more] 5 Aug, 2009
Bankrupt Waffle House franchisee draws bids. - SouthEast Waffles, the largest independent franchisee of Waffle House restaurants, has become a hot item as it tries to exit bankruptcy court with a new owner. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2009
Fast-food franchisees ask chains to tone down racy ads. - Provocative may be the stuff of fast-food ads in good times, but in tough times, tolerance for the risqué runs short, especially among franchisees. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2009
Faster Friendly's: Chain debuts smaller restaurant. - Friendly Ice Cream Corp. is trying to stay competitive by opening smaller restaurants that promise faster service. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2009
Jobless seek future in franchising. - As Elizabeth Winterhalter and her husband, Monte, packed up their house in Glastonbury, Conn., for their move to McLean, they were eager and anxious about trading the pain of unemployment for ... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
Krispy Kreme expands Kool Kreme test. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. has opened its first Neighborhood Shop and Kremery in Knightdale, N.C. The store is one of the company's retail concept shops. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
SkyShades' franchisee has it made in the shade. - Where there's sunshine, there's a need for shade -- and its protection from both the heat and ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer. Enter SkyShades Holdings LLC. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
Ruth’s to sell $200M in securities. - Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc. announced that the U.S. SEC has approved its universal shelf registration statement that would allow the company to issue up to $200 million in securities. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
Carrols Q2 profit beats Street, ups 2009 profit view. - Carrols Restaurant Group Inc reported a quarterly profit that handily beat Wall Street estimates, as the quick-service restaurant operator kept a tight lid on costs, and raised it 2009 profit outlook. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
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