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Dunkin' Donuts signs local franchise. Dunkin’ Donuts, which announced last August that it planned to enter the Twin Cities market as part of a national expansion, has signed its first local franchisee. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2009
Starbucks to shut more stores. Starbucks Corp. on Wednesday rattled off a list of downsizing plans that included cutting up to 6,700 jobs, closing 300 underperforming stores, selling one of its jets and scaling back new store openings. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2009
Sport Clips Celebrates Opening of 600th Store. Sport Clips, the nation's largest men and boys' hair-care provider, celebrated the opening of its 600th store today in Wilson, North Carolina, a milestone for the company with locations in 39 states. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2009
McDonald's to Expand, Posting Strong Results. As many restaurants have struggled to keep their doors open, McDonald's Corp. reported strong fourth-quarter results and said it will have 650 more outlets by year end. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
California Law Firm Mulcahy Reeves Secures Arbitration Victory for Leading Franchisor. Mulcahy Reeves, a leading antitrust and franchise litigation boutique in California, successfully litigated an arbitration proceeding against a franchisee on behalf of coffee house franchisor It's A Grind. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
Auto Dealerships Prepare for a Major Shakeout. The nation's car dealers are bracing for the biggest shakeout in U.S. franchising history. Thousands of dealer-franchisees are threatened with losing their businesses in coming months amid falling sales and uncertainty over the future of Detroit's Big Three auto makers and their many brands. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
Five Guys Franchisee Expands Burger Sites. With seven restaurants already open in Hillsborough County, the local franchisee of Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries is expanding his burger empire to Houston and Columbus, Ohio. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
Lender sues local Taco Bell franchisee. Capmark Finance of Pennsylvania is suing local Taco Bell franchisees in U.S. District Court in Nashville, saying their company is in default on loans after filing for bankruptcy protection in November. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
Spicy Pickle inks Texas franchise agreement, opens first drive thru. Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc. has signed an agreement for seven locations in the San Antonio, Texas, region and the relocation of a franchised Bread Garden Urban Café to a new location which will feature the brand's first drive-thru. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2009
McDonald's to deliver whopping profit. In a complicated financial crisis, it is nice to know that some simple economic truths endure. In a depression, people stop eating out. In a recession, they still eat out, but they don't go to expensive restaurants. They go to McDonald's. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2009
No Waiting in Line at Manhattan Subway Stores. In an attempt to break into the world of online and text message ordering, Subway has partnered with Go Mobo to implement its Subway Now pilot, which began earlier this month in Manhattan. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2009
Mom Corps Offering Flexibility Through Franchising. In tough economic times, Mom Corps provides experienced professionals and displaced workers a flexible, career alternative through its new franchise arm. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2009
Domino’s Pizza starts food fight with Subway. The food fight between Ann Arbor-based Domino’s Pizza Inc. and Milford, Conn.-based Subway is on. Domino’s Chairman and CEO David Brandon was featured burning a cease-and-desist letter from Subway’s lawyers in a pizza oven during a national 30-second television commercial. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2009
Zoup turns 10, looks to double franchises. Zoup Fresh Soup Co. of Southfield celebrated 10 years in business by doubling its franchises. The company, founded in 1998, now owns and operates six stores and has 15 franchises in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
Budget Blinds Introduces Budget Blinds PRO. Budget Blinds, the leading custom window coverings and home décor franchise company in North America, announced today that it will provide turnkey services to homebuilders through a new program, Budget Blinds® Pro™ Builder. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
NPC International completes Pizza Hut unit transactions. NPC International Inc. has completed its sale of 42 Pizza Hut units for $19 million to Pizza Hut Inc. and its purchase of 55 units from Pizza Hut for $18.5 million. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
Jimmy's Egg Announces Houston Franchise. Jimmy's Egg Franchise Systems announced today that the breakfast and lunch chain has signed a new area development agreement for Houston, Texas. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
Rise & Dine opens 1st Houston restaurant. Rise & Dine Restaurants Inc. opened its first restaurant in the Houston area this month, the first of 10 planned for Texas’ second-largest metropolitan area. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2009
Baja Fresh Opens First Restaurant of 2009. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the quick-casual fresh Mexican chain, is excited to announce the grand opening of its newest franchise location in downtown San Jose, CA. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2009

Franchisees seek help from above. Co-signing loan papers, buying out operating contracts and modifying licensing fees are among the aggressive steps some franchisors are taking to help their franchisees weather the chilly economy. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2009
FreshBerry Announces First Franchised Store. Beautiful Brands International announced today the opening of its first franchised FreshBerry café in Houston, Texas. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2009
Franchisees Benefit from Learning 2.0 at Zaxby's. Athens, Ga.-based Zaxby's isn't hooked on one training tactic over another. Rather, the fast-casual chicken restaurant chain combines conventional and nontraditional training methods to create what it calls Learning 2.0. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2009
NPC International will buy 51 Pizza Hut units in St. Louis for $14.4M. NPC International Inc. has agreed to buy 51 Pizza Hut units in the St. Louis area from Pizza Hut Inc. for $14.4 million in cash. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2009
Shane's Rib Shack and Planet Smoothie sold. Raving Brands has sold two of its five concepts, the company has announced. Edmonds Capital LLC purchased both Shane's Rib Shack and Planet Smoothie in a deal facilitated by Arlington Capital Advisors. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2009
Pizza Inn cuts royalties that franchisees pay. Pizza Inn Inc. is offering to charge new and existing franchisees lower royalty rates to entice more to open the company's buffet-style restaurants amid a credit crunch. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2009
US franchise sector faces bleak times. America's powerhouse franchise industry has been warned to prepare for a bleak year as the country's recession worsens. According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2009, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the gross value of goods and services in the US will decline by 0.5%, or US$4.2 billion, in 2009. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2009
Wisconsin Welcomes Camille's. Camille's Sidewalk Café opened its first Camille's restaurant in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2009
Smashburger reaches 45-store franchise deal for Texas, New Mexico. Smashburger has inked a franchise agreement with San Antonio, Texas, operator SB Alamo Development LLC for development rights to bring the Denver company's "better burger" concept to an area that includes San Antonio, Austin, West Texas and New Mexico. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2009
Wendy's scales back breakfast plans. Wendy's/Arby's Group is cutting the number of Wendy's restaurants selling breakfast items and hopes to relaunch its morning menu across the United States in 2011. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2009
The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. Expand to 6,000 Worldwide Locations. In 1980, Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. opened its first location in southern California. Nearly 30 years later, The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc.® network has expanded to 6,000 locations worldwide. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2009
McAlister's Welcomes Expansion, New Leadership. Bill McClintock was named senior vice president of development for McAlister's last week. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2009
Ruby Tuesday's Loss Widens in Dim Sign for Restaurants. In a sign that restaurant sales won't rebound anytime soon, the chief executive of Ruby Tuesday Inc. offered a bleak outlook for the next several months as the company posted a wider loss and said same-store sales in its fiscal second quarter fell sharply. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2009
World's First Medical Identification Franchise Launches at Miami's Franchise Expo South. eMed-ID, the world's first medical identification franchise, announced today the launch of its low-cost, home-based franchise concept. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2009
U.S. franchises may lose 10,000 locations. The slowing economy will cost hundreds of thousands of franchise-related jobs and lead to the closings of thousands of locations, the International Franchise Association says in a new forecast. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2009
Ex-franchisee cedes Quaker Steak rights. A federal judge has signed off on a consent order in which a former Quaker Steak & Lube franchise holder relinquished its rights. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2009
Reduced retail traffic eats into CKE sales. CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of Hardee's restaurants, reported that same-store sales increased by only 0.4 percent in the four weeks that ended Dec. 29 compared to the same period a year ago. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2009
The Helen Doron Group Educational Franchise Enjoys Growth Regardless of Slowing Economy. Many companies around the world are preparing to weather the coming economic storm by cutting back, sacrificing their workforce, freezing product development and growth plans. The Helen Doron Educational Group however, takes a more progressive outlook. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2009
More Carl’s Jr.’s slated for Texas. CKE Restaurants Inc., an operator of franchise and company owned Carl's Jr. restaurants, has inked a deal with RWJP Star Enterprises to bring another 121 Carl’s Jr. fast-food franchised locations to markets in Texas over the course of the next 10 years. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2009
How Play N Trade Fuels Franchisees. They say when you love what you do for a living, you never have to work a day in your life. Take a business that involves being surrounded by video games all day and it's pretty much a lock. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2009
Businesses pitch their franchises at expo. Businesses from manicure shops to pizzerias will make their pitch at the Miami Beach Convention Center Friday through Sunday. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2009
Golf chain is back on par after franchise handicap is removed. LDC-backed company aims to grow from 72 to 100 stores within five years. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2009
Sonic Touts 3,500 Driven-Ins Milestone. Sonic Corp. today announced the opening of the 3500th drive-in, an occasion that highlights another significant landmark in the growth of the Sonic brand. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts launching $100M ad campaign. The economic outlook for 2009 may be sour, but Dunkin' Donuts thinks its prospects are sweet. The coffee and food chain expects to weather 2009 and keep the heat on rivals such as McDonald's and Starbucks. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2009
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