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: : July 2009

Franchisee plans to open first downtown Qdoba this fall. For more than three years, the owners of ZT of Louisville Inc., a Qdoba Mexican Grill franchisee, have been looking for a downtown Louisville site for a restaurant. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2009
Yum! Brands Awarded for Employee Program. Yum! Brands Inc. received the "Innovative Program Award" from the Employee Services Management (ESM) Association's Awards of Excellence Program for its 2008 Earth Week program. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2009
Baskin-Robbins seeks franchisees for 40 new Denver-area stores. Ice-cream-store franchise Baskin-Robbins said Thursday it wants to open 40 new stores in the Denver area. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2009
Corporate Selling Units Off to Franchisees, Study Says. Technomic released a report in July in conjunction with Restaurant Finance Monitor that suggests, among other things, that some restaurant franchisors shifted franchising strategies in 2008 to accommodate the recession and credit crunch. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2009
Bearclaw Coffee, Mr Pita to open co-branded locations. Bearclaw Coffee Co. has formed a strategic co-branding alliance with Askar Brands, parent company of Papa Romano's Pizza, Mr. Pita Sandwiches, Stucchi's Ice Cream and CJ's Brewing Company. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2009
DineEquity earns $18.8 million in second quarter. But shares of the restaurant chain sank after executives said an effort to find buyers for most of its company- owned Applebee's locations will take longer than expected. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2009
Canadian doughnut chain enters NYC doughnut wars. There's a new doughnut in town with a Canadian flavor, and it's saving Zachary Abella from making a two-hour commute. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2009
7-Eleven plans big Southern California expansion. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. is expanding its presence on the West Coast with the retailer opening 800 stores in markets across Southern California. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2009
McDonald's stock tumbles as same-store sales disappoint. McDonald's proved Thursday it's not immune from the world's economic problems, as the fast-food giant disclosed June sales that were below Wall Street's expectations, prompting a selloff in its stock. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2009
Nestle Toll House Cafe Opens First Corporate Store. Crest Foods Inc., franchisor of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, announced the grand opening of the company's first corporate store in the Westfield Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon, California. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2009
Mellow Mushroom Opens 100th Store. Mellow Mushroom, an Atlanta-based pizzeria with locations sprinkled throughout Southeastern college towns and beyond, will open its 100th store in Covington, La. on July 26, 2009. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2009
Franchisors Ask New York for More Time on Unanticipated Rule. A trade association representing over a thousand franchising firms has urged the state of New York to postpone a newly created rule that requires national franchise chains to submit the entities of in-state franchise owner-operators and their annual transaction information for tax gathering purposes. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Largest Hardee’s franchisee blasts ads. The Rocky Mount, N.C., franchisee of Hardee’s restaurants, the company’s largest franchisee, is blasting the burger chain’s newest advertising campaign and says it will not place the spots in any of the markets in which it operates eateries. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Caz's Chowhouse forging franchise deal. The owners of Caz's Chowhouse are teaming up with Beautiful Brands International to sell the restaurant concept as franchises. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Krispy Kreme franchisee gets OK for reorganization. Great Circle Family Foods LLC, a franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Inc. in Southern California, said yesterday that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved its reorganization plan. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Baja Fresh opens 6th franchised unit, shifts strategic gears. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill continues to push its franchise development with the opening of a location inside California's Hilton Anaheim. The location marks the brand's sixth franchise operation. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Pizza Hut franchisee defends pay policy. Responding to a lawsuit asserting that it pays its delivery drivers less than minimum wage, Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International said its pay equaled or exceeded federal and state standards. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2009
Buffalo Wild Wings Opens 600th Location. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. announced the opening of its 600th restaurant nationwide, a company-owned location in Wilson, North Carolina. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2009
Lucy’s expands to B.R., eyes franchising. Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant is expanding to Baton Rouge, and growth in Texas and beyond may be in the works. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2009
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Announces Common Stock Offering. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced it plans to publicly offer 10,000,000 shares of its common stock. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2009
Credit crunch hijacks hopes for would-be franchise owners. The allure of owning a business, combined with the security of working with an established corporation, has for years made franchising a popular choice for budding entrepreneurs. But for some, the recession is quashing that particular aspect of the American dream. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2009
Tous boutique in Palm Beach to close, owner cites franchise dispute. Tous, the jewelry and accessories boutique at 306 S. County Road, is closing after 3½ years. "We are not closing the Palm Beach store because of the economy," said owner Susana Diaz. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2009
Jack in the Box Awards Top Franchisees. Jack in the Box Inc. recognized the achievements of several franchise operators during the company's annual franchisee conference, held last week in Lake Tahoe, California. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2009
Bear Rock franchisee drops agreement, opens new concept. Restaurateurs at C&W Six Forks have opened a new concept called the 7 C’s Café in a Raleigh location that until recently housed a Bear Rock Café. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009

Pizza Hut Unleashes iPod App. Pizza Hut announced that iPhone and iPod Touch users can order Pizza Hut menu items directly from their devices via a free application. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009
Friends start junk-hauling franchise despite recession. When Taylor Chalmers realized an office cubicle wasn't for him, he and childhood friend Oliver Blodgett decided to open their own business. In March, they became the 17th franchisee – and the first in Texas – of Tampa, Fla.-based College Hunks Hauling Junk. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009
IFA urges Treasury to shore up small-business lending. The International Franchise Association is urging the Obama administration to take immediate action to support small-business lending activities by commercial banks. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
7-Eleven sees an opportunity to open doors. Already seemingly ubiquitous, the convenience store chain 7-Eleven is taking advantage of the weak commercial real estate market to carry out a major expansion plan. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
Yum Brands profit jumps in 2Q. The operator of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC said Tuesday its profit jumped 35% in its fiscal second quarter on strong growth overseas, an improved tax rate and increased ownership in its business in China. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2009
A New Recipe for Shoney’s. A turnaround plan for Shoney’s faces a difficult balance: Change just enough to bring in new customers, but not too much to lose the old ones. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Ark. man gets $25M award in suit over Texas hotel. InterContinental Hotels Group, owners of Holiday Inn Worldwide, has been ordered by a court to pay $25 million in damages to an Arkansas franchisee for fraud involving a hotel in Texas. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Mister Sparky® Awards 100th Franchise. Clockwork Home Services today announced that it has awarded the 100th franchise of its Mister Sparky America's On-time Electrician® brand. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
TGI Friday's Inc. Welcomes New Franchisee. TGI Friday's Inc. today announced that St. Louis-based Bistro Americain West I LLC, the newest T.G.I. Friday's franchisee, has been awarded an 8-unit development agreement for counties in northern California. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Alex's Lemonade Stand Gets Boost from Franchisee. A Pennsylvania-based franchisee of Corner Bakery Café and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar announced it raised more than $1.6 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Doctors Express hopes to franchise urgent care in U.S. At his Doctors Express center in Towson, Md., Dr. Scott Burger has spent the last three years tending to the community's night-time fevers and weekend hurts. Now, the former emergency room physician wants to take the center's model nationwide. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2009
Waffle House owner to buy Nashville franchisee. The parent owner of Waffle House restaurants, Waffle House Inc. of Norcross, Ga., plans to buy its largest franchisee, Nashville-based SouthEast Waffles, out of bankruptcy. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2009
7-Eleven starts petition against credit-card fees. Riding a wave of public outrage over credit-card practices, 7-Eleven Inc. wants to show merchants are victims of the industry, too. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2009
Lawsuit alleges wages paid Pizza Hut delivery drivers fall below mandated minimums. Thousands of Pizza Hut delivery drivers get paid less than minimum wage because their employer doesn't pay their automobile and other job-related expenses, a lawsuit asserts. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2009
Burger King apology to Hindus for advert. Burger King has been forced to apologise to Hindus after it showed a revered Indian goddess with a 'forbidden' Whopper burger. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2009
Tim Hortons to open 13 locations in New York. Canadian doughnut and coffee chain Tim Hortons Inc. will open 13 stores in New York City on Monday in former Dunkin' Donuts' locations, according to a franchisee. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2009
Burger King looks to cut price of double cheeseburger. A Burger King franchisee confirmed Wednesday that the company has asked franchisees to consider temporarily dropping the price of their double cheeseburger to $1, a move likely aimed at igniting a burger battle with McDonald's Corp. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2009
European Fast-Casual Concept Expanding in U.S. Vapiano, the European fast-casual restaurant and lounge chain, announced that a franchisee has purchased rights to open new locations in New York City. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2009
Franchisees Balk at Handyman Plan. Mr. Handyman wants to launch a program that would give its franchisees exclusive supply contracts with big companies, but some franchisees worry about how it might affect their businesses. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Curves named 2009 Franchisor of Year. The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers has named Curves International Inc. its Franchisor of the Year for 2009. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Waffle House will buy its SouthEast Waffles franchisee. Parent company Waffle House Inc. of Norcross, Ga., plans to buy its largest franchisee, Nashville-based SouthEast Waffles, out of bankruptcy for almost $19 million, according to a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court here on Monday. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Crash kills fast-food franchiser. The family of former Checkers Drive-In Restaurants CEO Daniel Dorsch says he and his wife Cyndie died in a single-engine plane crash Sunday in southwestern Virginia. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Major Dunkin' Donuts franchisee goes bust. Kainos Partners Holding Co., which operates 56 Dunkin' Donuts stores in New York, South Carolina and Nevada and employs 700, filed for bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
Regis same-store sales fall 4%; plans stock offering. Regis Corp. said today that its revenue declined 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, to $625 million, compared to $641 million a year ago. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
Great Clips looks to add 44 stores in Birmingham area. Hair salon franchise Great Clips said it’s looking for franchisees to open 44 new salons in the Birmingham area as part of a national franchise push. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
NexCen Brands Launches Franchise Web Portal. NexCen Brands, Inc. today announced the launch of its NexCen Franchise Portal, a new website that offers a unique venue to prospective entrepreneurs. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
Being a franchisee gave Dunkin' Donuts executive perspective on his corporate post. In 2003 Mac Shimmon traded burgers for doughnuts. He left Wendy's, where he had been a vice president working with company owned-and-operated restaurants and franchised locations in metro Chicago, to go to Dunkin' Donuts. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
Court Rules in Favor of Taco Bell Franchisees. The Superior Court of New Jersey granted partial summary judgment in favor of franchisees of Taco Bell Restaurants against Underwriters of Lloyds. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2009
7-Eleven recruits veterans as franchisees. Convenience store retailer 7-Eleven Inc. is offering discounted franchise fees to retired or separated veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The chain plans to open 200 new stores this year, said store spokesman Margaret Chabris. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
Lawsuit claims Midas used bait, switch. State prosecutors are suing a chain of Midas repair shops, including one in Manteca, and their owner, Maurice "Mike" Glad, for $222 million over alleged bait-and-switch scam tactics. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
Red Mango Moves into D.C. Red Mango, a nonfat frozen yogurt quick-serve founded in South Korea, will soon open its first three stores in the Washington, D.C., area as franchise agreements have been established with two new franchisees. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
Cici’s Pizza franchises file for Chapter 11. Ten Cici’s Pizza franchisees have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas, including one whose territory includes the Dayton area. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
Cuckoo's Chicken House and Waterin' Hole looks to open franchises. Cuckoo's Chicken House & Waterin' Hole is looking to open several franchises, including at least one in the Denver area, in a plan that will test whether the Durango restaurant's success can translate to other cities. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
KFC franchisee association elects officers. The Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees Inc. has elected its new president and executive committee. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
Jamba Juice franchisee buys more stores. The Cinnamon Bums Inc., a Jamba Juice franchisee currently operating nine Jamba Juice restaurants in the Northwest region, has bought nine more in Oregon. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
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