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: : March 2009

Expanding Eateries Target Shuttered Sites. As restaurant chains go out of business or prune their store counts in the tough economy, competitors are jumping on the opportunity to move into the vacated locations as a way to expand quickly and cheaply. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2009
Denny's Franchisee Association to Form Purchasing Co-Op, Marketing Advisory Council. The Denny's Franchisee Association (DFA) Board of Directors today announced it will form a purchasing co-op, as well as a national marketing advisory council, for the benefit of the Brand's franchise restaurants which represent 80 percent of all Denny's restaurants. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2009
7-Eleven Celebrates Franchising Milestone. On Friday 7-Eleven celebrated a milestone in its long franchising history—the opening of the 100th store to join the chain through its Business Conversion Program. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2009
Elevation Burger Signs Multi-Unit Fla. Deal. Elevation Burger signed a multiunit franchising deal with South Florida entrepreneurs Jeffrey Feinstein and Sam Ginsberg. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2009
Diedrich Coffee Agrees to Sell U.S. Gloria Jean's Coffees Franchisee Operations. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Praise International North America, Inc., an affiliate of Gloria Jean's Coffees International, for the sale of its Gloria Jean's Coffees domestic franchise operations. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2009
Barbecue franchisee close to coming out of bankruptcy. The corporate owner of a half-dozen Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q franchises in metro Atlanta is close to emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, some six months after filing for protection. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
When career turns down, franchising is option. More and more laid off workers are considering franchising as an alternative to working for someone else, according to experts in the industry. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
Franchisors Adopt New Credit Measures to Help Job Seekers Purchase Franchises. With each new day comes rising unemployment, but there's new hope for the thousands of people seeking accessible business opportunities. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
McDonald’s store owners win Quality of Life award from Minneapolis chamber. A group of Twin Cities McDonald’s franchise owners has won one of the annual Quality of Life Awards given by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
Recession May Lead to Increased Franchise Interest. If previous recessions are any indication, we may begin to see increased interest in entrepreneurship, including proven franchise opportunities. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2009
Blockbuster unveils on-demand deal to transmit movies to TiVo users. Blockbuster's effort to establish itself in the fast-growing Internet video-on-demand business will get a boost today when the No. 1 video rental chain unveils a deal to transmit movies and TV shows to TiVo digital video recorders. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2009
Westshore Pizza To Offer Franchise Opportunities. Bob Vasturo, founder of Westshore Pizza & Cheesesteaks, announced plans Wednesday to begin regional franchising of the Tampa-based restaurants. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2009
7-Eleven Rolls Out Red Carpet for 100th Store to Join Company's Proven Business Conversion Program. 7-Eleven, Inc. is rolling out the red carpet for the 100th independent U.S. retail store to join the 7-Eleven franchise with a grand opening celebration at the Queens Village store on Friday, March 27. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2009
Blogs Provide Insight to Would-Be Franchisees. Would-be franchisees searching for investment ideas can find a bevy of information on franchising blogs. Such sites offer news, advice and comments by people already in those franchise businesses -- giving others a head's up on what to watch for and how to proceed. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Port City Java offers a coffee break. Port City Java is giving potential franchisees an unusual break -- the opportunity to keep their royalty fees in their pockets until 2011. The program, which was announced Monday, is good for the rest of this year and applies to new franchisees and existing franchisees who sign an agreement to open a new store. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Franchising takes hit as personal wealth, credit dip. During previous recessions franchising had served as a bastion for laid-off workers seeking employment. But the lack of available credit today has made the franchise business — which requires a large outlay of cash to get started and maintain operations — a particularly tough prospect. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Spoon Me Franchises All Natural Frozen Yogurt Social Experience. Spoon Me today announced it has started providing franchising opportunities for its fun, high energy, tongue-in-cheek, frozen yogurt experience throughout North America. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Baja Fresh Makes Move To Cypress. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the healthful Mexican restaurant chain, has officially moved its corporate headquarters from Thousand Oaks to Cypress. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Yum Brands buys stake in China restaurant chain. Louisville, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc. said late Tuesday it has agreed to buy a 20% interest in Little Sheep Group Ltd., a popular restaurant chain with locations mostly in China and Hong Kong, for $63 million. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchising Draws Record Interest. 46 consecutive months of same store sales growth has catapulted Anaheim, California-based Max Muscle Sports Nutrition into the spotlight as Americans look to control their own livelihood in the midst of a belt-tightening economy. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2009
New Revenue Sharing HR Program for Franchisors from PeopleKeys. PeopleKeys announces a new revenue-sharing program for franchisors, business networks and co-ops. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2009
Senator Mick Mulvaney latest Salsarita's franchisee. South Carolina's District 16 senator Mick Mulvaney plans to open a Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina location in South Charlotte’s Blakeney area this May. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2009

Casey's Ends Franchising. Nearly 40 years after entering into its first franchise agreement, Casey’s General Stores Inc. closed that chapter of the company’s history. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2009
AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit seminars address economy’s effect on franchisees. The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) will host its annual Franchisee Leadership Summit at Crowne Plaza Riverwalk in San Antonio, April 29 to May 2. This year’s summit finds franchisees in the midst of the most challenging economic times in the U.S. since the great Depression. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2009
Shrink wrap franchisee hopes to buck economic trend. At a time when credit markets are locked up and beginning a small business is a dream for many, Robert Mc-Kay is looking to buck the trend with his shrink-wrap business. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Retrofitness to speed expansion in D.C. area. Retrofitness Inc., a 1980s-themed gym chain, plans to bring 17 new locations to the D.C. area over the next three years. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Jamba considers licensing brand. Jamba Inc., the Emeryville-based owner of the Jamba Juice smoothie-store chain, expects "to sign several deals in 2009" to license beverage and food products, Chief Executive Officer James White said. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Research and Markets: Franchising Market Report: Franchising - One of the Most Robust Markets of the Economy. Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Franchising Market Report 2008" report to their offering. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Stratus awards third franchise in Calif. Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of building service and maintenance franchises nationwide, said Friday it has awarded a new franchise in Orange County, Calif. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2009
Blockbuster arranges new loans, loses $360M in 4Q. Blockbuster Inc. suffered a fourth-quarter loss of $360 million to conclude another difficult year, but the struggling video rental chain has lined up critical financing to buy it more time to adapt to ever-fiercer competition from the Internet and cable services. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2009
Game On Expands Franchise Opportunities Through Area Development With My Franchise Path. The video game franchise Game On is spreading their business through area development. The company is working with the franchise consultant firm Franchise This! to expand throughout the nation. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2009
Fast-Growing Fro-Yo Chain Debuts Franchising Site. Red Mango launched a franchising Web site, www.redmangofranchising.com, to support the company's franchise growth and meet the growing demand to buy a Red Mango franchise. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2009
Quiznos helping franchisees lower their rent. Sandwich chain Quiznos, which has had rocky relations with some of its franchisees in recent years, announced Tuesday it is helping franchisees renegotiate their store leases as a way to reduce their expenses. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
Wild Wing Café franchise owner says 'business is strong' in wake of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the owner of Wild Wing Café said Tuesday that “business is great,” and he has no plans to lay off employees or close. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
Captain D's franchisee buys 20 locations. Sonfish LLC is buying 20 of 26 Captain D’s restaurants formerly owned by Serve Holdings LLC, which was previously the nation’s largest Captain D’s franchisee. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
Homewatch CareGivers Receives Franchise 50 Award. Homewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international provider of full-service in-home care, received the Franchise 50 Award from Franchise Business Review. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
5 Unconventional Ways to Fund Your Franchise. As traditional funding sources dry up, franchisees have to get creative. Fortunately, reliable strategies aren't being kept secret. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2009
Coffee Beanery Franchisees Sue Franchisor Attorney and Law Firm. Coffee Beanery franchisees Richard Welshans and Deborah Williams have filed a lawsuit against the attorney and law firm responsible for preparing the franchise disclosure document which they relied on in purchasing their franchise in 2003. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2009
McDonald's Franchisees Take Marketing into Their Own Hands. Southern California McDonald's restaurants unveiled today their new McCafe store locator at www.mcdonaldssocal.com. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2009
Franchise Biz Plan: A Remedy for Failure. Each plan needs 5 sections, and franchisors make it easy to fill them out by providing all the info you need. So avoid potential pitfalls. Have a plan. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2009
Red Arrow may launch franchises. The Adam Sandler Burger may be coming to a diner near you. The locally famous Red Arrow Diner will roll out franchising opportunities across New England later this year. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2009
Qdoba seeks Wichita franchisee. Fast-casual restaurant chain Qdoba Mexican Grill is seeking to enter the Wichita market, an executive with the company says. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2009
Little Caesars Veterans Program Continues to Grow. Since the program launched two years ago, interest has remained high in the Little Caesars Veterans Program. Currently, more than 50 veterans are applying more than $1.5 million in credits and benefits to help them grow their Little Caesars businesses. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2009
Popeyes Sales Boosted by International Units in '08. AFC Enterprises, the franchisor and operator of Popeyes, today reported results for its fiscal year 2008 which ended December 28, 2008. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2009
McDonald's Seeks Way to Keep Sizzling. McDonald's Corp. has been one of the world's most successful big companies during this recession. On Monday, the fast-food giant posted February sales results that most chains would envy. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
While the economy has slowed down restaurant franchising, it also has opened up opportunities. It may take a willingness to adapt to keep movement going in what has been one of the region's -- and the nation's -- more active development markets for years: restaurant franchise growth. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
7-Eleven Reaches 100th Store in Conversion Program. To celebrate the opening of the 100th store to join 7-Eleven network through the Business Conversion Program, the Dallas-based convenience store operator will roll out the red carpet Friday, March 27, for a grand opening ceremony. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
RedBrick Pizza Unveils Master Franchise Stimulus Package. RedBrick Pizza Worldwide, Inc. says today's soft economy is a great time to invest in a Master Developer Franchise. Historically, franchise businesses do well in a good economy but also during a slower economy. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
Teddy's expanding to Washington via first franchisee. Teddy's Bigger Burgers will soon be rolling out its menu of flame-broiled burgers and fries in Washington. The Oahu restaurant chain has signed its first franchise agreement and will open next month in Woodinville, Wash., as part of a new eight-store shopping center. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
Bishops Barbershop Makes First Appearance at International Franchise Expo. Bishops Barbershop, cuts and colors for men and women, will make its first appearance at the International Franchise Expo, March 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
Sofi’s Crepes owner franchises business. For the owner of Sofi’s Crepes in Baltimore, franchising her 5-year-old business during a recession is seizing an opportunity — but others warn it might be a costly risk. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
Franchisee Eyes Gym Franchise as A-Location. Fast-casual Freshii is joining forces with Equinox Fitness in Chicago to open a new location inside an Equinox Fitness center at 200 W. Monroe Street. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
Happiest franchisees: 6 O.C. companies make the list. Six Orange County franchisors are among the winners of the 2009 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review, an industry publication. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
1-800 Radiator Expands Into Central New York. Recently, 1-800 Radiator opened their fourth New York outlet. The warehouse is located in Central Square and will serve the majority of central New York. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
McDonald's sales rise, but margins will be squeezed. McDonald's, the nation's No. 1 hamburger chain, on Monday posted higher sales in February at stores open at least a year but warned that the stronger dollar and higher commodity costs may take some of the meat out of its first-quarter sales and profit. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
Older workers turn to franchises in recession. Kathy McAvoy-Rogalski keeps her year-old business operating on a short leash, and that's a good thing. Operating a Fetch Pet Care franchise with husband James out of their home has proven to be a rewarding second career for the early retiree. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2009
GolfTEC Drives Franchisees' Success. With quality training, marketing support and management technology, this golf franchise provides a proper follow through. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
H&R Block swings to third-quarter profit on higher revenue. H&R Block Inc. reported a return to the black on higher revenue for the quarter that ended Jan. 31. The company attributed the improvement to a reduced loss from discontinued operations compared with the prior year and the purchase of a big franchisee. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
Save on Your Franchise Startup. When starting your franchise, there are times when you should pay for convenience and efficiency, and times when you shouldn't. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
Re/Max Owner Under Fire. Re/Max of Kentucky/Tennessee Inc. has filed a breach of franchise agreement complaint against Stan Holmes, his realty company and the four Re/Max franchises he operated in the Memphis area, for a litany of unpaid fees plus penalties and other costs. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
Cybertary Inc. sells third area franchise. Cybertary Inc. has sold its third Sacramento-area franchise in the growing market for “virtual assistants,” is talking to potential buyers across the country and expects to bring on five more franchises next month. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2009
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee to open 10 shops in St. Louis. Dunkin’ Donuts signed an agreement with Dunkin’ Development of Greater St. Louis for the development of 10 restaurants. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2009
Papa Bello Enterprises Launches Aggressive Sales and Operations Initiative With Franchising Experts. Papa Bello Enterprises, Inc. is excited to announce a new and aggressive corporate campaign for sales, marketing and field operations launched in the first quarter of 2009. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2009
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts settles U.S. SEC charges. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc has agreed to a cease-and-desist order to settle charges it inflated or misrepresented its earnings between February 2003 and May 2004, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2009
Blockbuster hires advisers for possible bankruptcy. Top U.S. movie rental chain Blockbuster has hired lawyers to explore a possible bankruptcy filing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2009
McDonald's Recognizes Managers Who Uphold Founder's Vision. McDonald's honored its top restaurant managers today in Chicago with the 2008 Ray Kroc Award, an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top performing McDonald's restaurant managers in the country. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2009
Burger King rises with franchisee's sales results. Shares of Burger King Holdings Inc. rose Tuesday after the fast-food chain's largest franchisee said same-store sales are rising as more consumers look for affordable meal options. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2009
Wendy's/Arby's posts loss. Wendy's/Arby's Group, formed when the owner of Arby's bought the Wendy's brand last year, said Monday that it posted a loss in its fourth quarter mainly because of a charge resulting from poor performance at Arby's. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2009
Baja Fresh Expands in Las Vegas. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the fast-casual fresh Mexican chain, is continuing its 2009 expansion with the opening of the restaurant’s 14th Las Vegas area location on March 9th. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2009
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