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Yogurtini Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Announces Franchise Opportunities. - Yogurtini, Tempe, AZ's first self-serve frozen yogurt shop, officially announces the launch of a new self-serve frozen yogurt franchise opportunity. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Brown's Chicken files for Chapter 11, brought down by lawsuit. - Brown’s Chicken & Pasta Inc. of Elmhurst has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following a legal dispute between its two owners. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Expansion plans for hot dog eatery. - After more than 40 years in the hotdog restaurant business, Orange Tree Hot Dogs Inc. is expanding outside of the Jacksonville metropolitan area for the first time. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2009
Fetch! Pet Care seeks to expand. - A national pet care company is hoping to increase the size of its local paw print. Fetch! Pet Care announced last week that it is seeking five franchisees for the Nashville area. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2009
Seattle's Best Coffee franchise push gains steam. - Starbucks is gathering strength behind its push for more franchisees for Seattle's Best Coffee. ... [more] 28 Dec, 2009
Ruth Improves Financial Position. - Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc., the operator of upscale casual-dining chains, in order to improve its financial position and flexibility has taken prudent steps to raise $69.7 million through... [more] 28 Dec, 2009
Famous Dave's bids to acquire franchises. - Famous Dave's of America Inc. said on Friday that it has submitted a "staking horse" bid to acquire up to nine of its franchise restaurants from North Country BBQ Ventures. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2009
Franchise Sees Opportunity for Growth: Even in Uncertain Economic Climate. - In today’s challenging economic climate, while many businesses and franchises are downsizing, Kolache Factory continues its growth and expansion in the Houston market. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2009
Franchise and shopping center organizations join forces to promote small business ownership and axpansion. - The International Franchise Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) today announced a strategic partnership to leverage the common retail business interests of their... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Subway again tops Entrepreneur's Franchise 500. - Subway has once again been recognized as the leading franchise system. For the fifth time in six years, the chain has topped Entrepreneur's annual Franchise 500 rankings. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Ben & Jerry's bagels? Chick-fil-A's burgers? - Ben & Jerry's Bagels? Sonic Steakhouse? Be glad that some of our favorite quick-service places evolved into what they are today. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Freshii Franchised for Philadelphia. - Goel Management, franchisee of 12 Baja Fresh restaurants, purchased the master franchise rights for Freshii for the entire Philadelphia MSA to open at least 30 new Freshii locations. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Economy taking toll on restaurant franchisees. - Slammed by sluggish sales and mired in debt, some of the nation's largest restaurant franchisees are likely to seek bankruptcy protection before spring, a restaurant financing expert predicted Tue... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
7-Eleven Acquires 58-Store New England Pantry. - 7-Eleven Inc. closed on the acquisition of New England Pantry, operator of 58 convenience stores under the White Hen Pantry brand, from affiliates of Sanders Morris Harris Group Inc. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Franchise businesses to see slow growth in 2010. - The 2010 economic outlook for the nation’s franchise businesses forecasts a slow recovery with marginal increases in the number of jobs, economic output and the number of establishments... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Study Shows Five Guys, Chick-fil-A as Quick-Serve Favorites. - Five Guys and Chick-fil-A were selected as the No. 1 and No. 2 favorite quick-serve restaurants in a consumer survey conducted this month by Market Force Information Inc. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet. - McDonald's Corp. will soon start offering free wireless Internet access at its U.S. restaurants as part of the fast-food chain's transformation from its hamburger roots into a hang-out destination. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2009
BBI Adds Sushi Concept. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the addition of Tulsa, Oklahoma–based restaurant In the Raw to its portfolio of restaurants to market and franchise worldwide. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2009
Applebee’s reaches 2,000-restaurant mark. - Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Monday opened its 2,000th restaurant, a milestone it had aspired to before being acquired in late 2007. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Franchisee buys 21 Chili's restaurants. - A Dallas-based franchisee of Chili's Grill & Bar has purchased 21 Midwest Chili’s for $19 million, Brinker International Inc., the chain’s parent company, said Monday. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Smoothie King Recognized for Franchise Program. - Smoothie King scoops a slew of awards for 2009 performance; No. 1 in Entrepreneur magazine's juice bar category 17 years running. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Rent-A-Husband founder charged with securities fraud. - A Cumberland County Grand Jury on Friday indicted the head of the home-repair business Rent-A-Husband, charging him with securities fraud, theft by deception and sale of unregistered securities. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2009
As Most Franchises Struggle, a Handful Set Themselves Apart. - Recessions tend to be a boom time for franchising, as the unemployed unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and start their own businesses. But the depth of this recession and a lack of credit has the number of... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Franchise Financer Changes Name. - First Financial Bancorp announced that the former Irwin Franchise Capital Corporation (IFCC) changed its name to First Franchise Capital Corporation. The new name is effective immediately. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Sonic to blast off in Fort Lauderdale. - The Gallery at Beach Place will serve as a testing ground for a Sonic eatery that could be open 24/7, has indoor seating and – for the first time for the 3,500-store chain – sells alcohol. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009

FranFinders Relaunches Website. - FranFinders, an Atlanta based franchise consultant company, has recently relaunched it's franchise consultant's web site. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Exxon’s New Jersey Franchisees Sue Over Fuel Prices, Rent. - Exxon Mobil Corp., the biggest U.S. oil company, was sued by operators of more than 100 of its New Jersey gas stations claiming they are being forced to overpay for wholesale gasoline and rent. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Circle K Launches Franchise Program in Florida. - Circle K is breaking new ground this year by offering franchise opportunities to business owners in Florida who recognize the value of the Circle K brand. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2009
McDonald's November U.S. sales not super-sized. - The recession that was a boon for business last year caught up further with McDonald's in November, as high unemployment ate into sales. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
Franchisors Understand that “It's the Economy, Stupid”. - Franchisors continue improving the quality of their franchise offering as the economy remains weak and job seekers now outnumber openings six to one according to The New York Times. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
McDonald's faces complaint over transgender row. - A Florida teenager who changed her gender from male to female six years ago is taking legal action against McDonald's for alleged discrimination. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
Red Mango to Offer Franchisees Kiosk, Self-Serve and Co-Branded Options. - Red Mango is expanding its franchise offerings to include kiosk, co-branded and self-serve concepts in addition to the full-service stores that have made the company the fastest-growing retailer of... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
Miami Subs Pizza & Grill Outlines Expansion. - The franchise-based restaurant chain will be focusing their efforts and expanding aggressively in South Florida, New York, and the Carolinas over the next year. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
What Recession? Checkers Doubles 2008 Growth in 2009. - As 2009 comes to a close and many quick serves reflect on a year of budget cutting and downsizing, at least one chain can look back on a positive year of growth: Checkers. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2009
Judge declares mistrial in suit against Dunkin’ Donuts. - A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a Vermont businessman suing the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop chain after jurors admitted discussing their views of the trial among themselves. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2009
Oklahoma City-based restaurant scrambles to add to franchisees. - Locals have known Jimmy’s Egg as a breakfast spot for 30 years. But a new franchising effort is growing the Oklahoma City-based restaurant concept into a Midwestern chain, with 42 new stores in the works. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2009
IFA data outlines impact of lending shortfall. - As lenders continue to limit financing to new franchise business owners, the ramifications will be felt in years to come, from the job market to economic output, according to new data recently released by... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
Papa John’s rolls out franchisee incentive plan. - Papa John’s International Inc. has rolled out an incentive-laden plan aimed at attracting more franchisees for its pizza stores. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
Franchisees, Vendors Welcome as Members of NFSSC. - The National Food Service Security Council (NFSSC) announced it is expanding membership categories to include qualified franchisees and vendor companies. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
Auntie Anne's Opens First Store in Alaska. - Auntie Anne's, the world's largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain, announced today that it has expanded its presence to 44 states with the opening of its newest location at Dimond Center in Anchorage, Alaska. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
7-Eleven Named Top Franchise by Diversity Publisher. - 7-Eleven Inc. will be recognized as one of the top franchise opportunities by three publications focusing on diversity. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
Al’s Pizza to be a franchise. - Al’s Pizza Franchise Services Chief Operating Officer Bill Kratsas said the company does not have a specific target for the number of franchised locations in a certain time frame, and will... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
7-Eleven to open 150 stores in area. - Convenience store chain 7-Eleven said it will open 50 stores annually in the Baltimore- Washington area during the next three years as part of an aggressive expansion in some of its best-performing markets.... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
Red Mango grants first franchise in Denver. - Red Mango has awarded its first franchise agreement in Denver as part of an expansion plan to add more than 20 locations across the region over the next three to five years. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
Alvarez cites health in departing McDonald's post. - McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that long-time executive Ralph Alvarez will retire as president and chief operating officer at the end of the year, due to health reasons. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2009
New Franchise Marketing Manager Joins Bojangles'. - Bojangles' Restaurants recently hired Joeshun Hunter as franchise marketing manager. In this role, Hunter is responsible for assisting Bojangles' franchisees and the brand's collectionof nearly 300... [more] 1 Dec, 2009
Former Quiznos Exec Joins Dunkin' Brands. - Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Rich Emmett joined the company as senior vice president and general counsel. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2009
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