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Burger King Seduces Franchisees into Giving Up Ad Fund Monies. Blue MauMau has obtained from unidentified sources a memo sent out Thursday by the National Franchisee Association, addressing new revelations in the heated dispute between Burger King Corp and its franchisees. .... [more] 30 May, 2009
Freshii fast-casual restaurants to debut in Colorado. The Freshii chain of fast-casual restaurants plans to debut in the Rocky Mountains with 20 new outlets in Colorado and Wyoming under a master franchise deal announced Friday. .... [more] 29 May, 2009
Toys R Us acquires high-end retailer FAO Schwarz. Toys R Us. Inc. announced early Thursday that it had bought troubled high-end retailer FAO Schwarz, which has struggled for years through bankruptcies amid tough competition from discount stores. .... [more] 28 May, 2009
Yum! Brands Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend. Yum! Brands Inc. announced a dividend of $0.19 per share of common stock, which will be distributed August 7, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 17, 2009. .... [more] 28 May, 2009
Investors Not Drinking Jamba's Juice. Not only are investors not drinking Jamba's juice today, one could argue that investors have metaphorically thrown the company's styrofoam cup into the trash. .... [more] 28 May, 2009
Food franchiser expanding in La. Denver-based Qdoba Mexican Grill plans to expand in Louisiana, opening multiple restaurants in New Orleans over the next year. .... [more] 28 May, 2009
Town backed by ex-Domino's chief gets 1st pizzeria. Domino's Pizza money may have helped build the new town of Ave Maria, but the first pizza place in the southwest Florida development will not be part of that chain. .... [more] 26 May, 2009
Showhomes Franchise Corporation Reports Record Year Despite Down Economy. With the economic downturn and the real estate market at record lows, few companies have posted positive numbers. Despite horrible market conditions, Showhomes, America’s largest home staging company, reported a record year. .... [more] 26 May, 2009
KFC: Grilled chicken frenzy brought good publicity. Combine Oprah Winfrey's endorsement with a chicken giveaway and what do you get? For KFC, the result was an avalanche of attention, some positive, some negative, for its national rollout of Kentucky Grilled Chicken. .... [more] 24 May, 2009
Credit crunch dents interest in franchises. With business loans harder to come by due to tight credit markets, many would-be franchisees have been unable to borrow and buy their own franchise. Industry experts expect the credit crunch to continue, thwarting some franchise purchases. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Norwalk Furniture franchisees rise from bankruptcy. Less than a year ago, Donna Kuldau was one of 23 Norwalk Furniture franchisees facing financial ruin. Now she is preparing for the Memorial Day weekend grand opening of her new store as part of a fledgling company, Luxe Home Interiors. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Haagen-Dazs Approved for SBA Franchise Registry. Häagen-Dazs, the internationally recognized brand renowned for its high quality, super-premium ice cream, sorbets and other finely-crafted frozen desserts, -announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has listed Häagen-Dazs Shops on its official Franchise Registry. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Whatashame! Whataburger closing Gainesville restaurants. Whataburger is closing 14 Florida restaurants May 31, including two each in Gainesville and Ocala, citing low sales. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Pizza Fusion: good for you - and the Earth. Pizza Fusion's mantra is "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time." Owner Tom Katsenos has been in the restaurant business for 21 years, but Pizza Fusion is his first franchise. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Happi House Sees Spike in Catering Sales. Happi House Restaurants announced today that the company has seen its catering sales triple despite the tough economy. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
Can Franchisees Really Make Money Off the Dollar Menu? In the current economy, bargain fast-food menu items are booming. However, these promotions have become a battleground for franchisees over costs. .... [more] 21 May, 2009
Quiznos Launches Franchisee Microloan Initiative. Quiznos, one of the nation's premier quick service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced a microloan initiative established to provide funding for current franchise owners seeking to expand their involvement with the brand. .... [more] 19 May, 2009
HouseMaster Celebrates 30th Anniversary. HouseMaster, the first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, is proud to mark its 30th anniversary. .... [more] 19 May, 2009
Customers counting beans. Zarraffa's Coffee franchisee Kathy Baldwin depends on her early morning customers just as much as they depend on their caffeine fix. After opening last July, the Bargara cafe showed strong growth, but now Mrs Baldwin says she has to go the extra mile to keep customers coming in. .... [more] 19 May, 2009
Retailers, service cos. gain as people stay home. As Americans grow accustomed during the recession to spending more time at home and living in the same places longer, home-improvement companies are regaining momentum. .... [more] 17 May, 2009
Insurance veteran launches PuroClean franchise. David Mackintosh has spent the majority of his career working in the insurance industry, and now that he's opened his own business, he'll still be working with his insurance colleagues. .... [more] 15 May, 2009
7-Eleven, Inc. Plans Aggressive Expansion. 7-Eleven, Inc. is focused on growing its store base to expand its convenience offering in the U.S. and Canada. .... [more] 15 May, 2009
Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International posts piping-hot profit, sales. Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International Inc. reported big jumps in first-quarter earnings and sales despite a 5 percent decrease in same-store sales compared with last year. .... [more] 15 May, 2009

How important is the number of franchisees? An Internet franchise has claimed to have 1,500 units for the last five or six years. The number of units in operation, however, remains a mystery. .... [more] 14 May, 2009
Fisher Recycling plans to franchise operations in 32 states, open ‘eco-school’. Fisher Recycling, a commercial recycling business based in North Charleston, has announced plans to franchise in 32 states and open an “eco-school” at its headquarters in the Noisette community. .... [more] 13 May, 2009
Nation's Leading Green Franchise Nearly Triples Number of Franchisees in Two Months. Pro Energy Consultants, the nation's first home energy audit franchise, announced today it has almost tripled its number of franchisees in the past two months. .... [more] 13 May, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts franchisee wins NRA Faces of Diversity award. The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of its third annual Faces of Diversity awards. .... [more] 13 May, 2009
UPS sells MBE brand outside US, Canada, India. Shipping giant UPS Inc., hit hard by the global economic downturn, said Tuesday it has sold much of its international Mail Boxes Etc. brand to Italian holding company Fineffe Group for an undisclosed sum so it can focus on its MBE and UPS Store brands in the U.S., Canada and India. .... [more] 12 May, 2009
7-Eleven Launches Franchise Microsite. 7-Eleven Inc. launched its new Web site,, offering comprehensive information about franchising a 7-Eleven store. .... [more] 12 May, 2009
50 Store Milestone for Red Mango. Red Mango opened its first Indiana store in Indianapolis. The opening also marks another milestone for the company. Red Mango now has 50 stores open across the United States in record time. .... [more] 12 May, 2009
Smashburger signs Texas franchise deal. Smashburger has announced its ninth franchisee deal, with SB Sizzle Inc., to open 10 Smashburger locations throughout East Texas. .... [more] 12 May, 2009
The Franchise Decision. Becoming a franchisee is often seen as a good first business for an entrepreneur. How does a recession change the equation? .... [more] 11 May, 2009
Dunkin’ Donuts, franchisee back in court in simmering ownership battle. Dunkin’ Brands Inc. embarked on a growth program in Central Ohio last year, but its area profile may shrink depending on the outcome of a legal fight between the doughnut-and-coffee king and a franchisee. .... [more] 11 May, 2009
Firehouse Subs expands to Indianapolis. Firehouse Subs is expanding into Indianapolis, with its first restaurant expected to open there this summer followed by as many as 27 more within seven years. .... [more] 11 May, 2009
Palm Beach County's last Fuddruckers closes doors. Palm Beach County's only Fuddruckers restaurant, part of a chain that claims to serve "the world's greatest hamburgers," has closed and will not reopen, a spokeswoman for the Austin, Texas-based casual dining chain said Monday. .... [more] 11 May, 2009
Couple left howling over pet care franchise. Mark and Constance Vogtlin wanted their business to go to the dogs. Instead, they're taking their dream of a Camp Bow Wow franchise to court, claiming D.O.G. Development, the doggy day care's parent company, was not the guide D.O.G. it promised to be. .... [more] 10 May, 2009
Franchisee Class Action Says Burger King Cannot Have It Their Way. On May 4, Burger King’s National Franchisee Association announced to franchisees at its Town Hall meeting in Las Vegas that thirty minutes prior it had served Burger King Corp. with a lawsuit. .... [more] 9 May, 2009
McDonald's Momentum Continues. McDonald's Corporation announced today that global comparable sales rose 6.9% in April, marking the 72nd consecutive monthly increase. .... [more] 8 May, 2009
Red Mango moves HQ to Dallas. Frozen yogurt chain Red Mango is moving its national headquarters to Dallas from California, the company announced Friday. .... [more] 8 May, 2009
KFC offers rain checks on coupon Oprah promoted. Memo to KFC: never underestimate the power of Oprah Winfrey. Or the lure of a freebie. .... [more] 7 May, 2009
Panera franchisee helps out teens. The Central Florida Panera franchisee is partnering with The Foundation for Foster Children to train and hire local foster youth. .... [more] 7 May, 2009
DCAP Announces Sale of Franchise Business. DCAP Group, Inc. today announced that it has sold its franchise business. This transaction coincides with the Company’s stated goal of exiting the retail insurance business. .... [more] 7 May, 2009
50 Years of Little Caesars. Fifty years ago, Michael and Marian Ilitch opened the first Little Caesars in Garden City, Michigan. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
Smashburger expanding to Iowa with franchise deal. Restaurant company Smashburger Master LLC said it has reached a franchise deal that will bring 16 new locations to central Iowa. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
Papa John's adjusted profit beats Street view. Pizza chain Papa John's International Inc posted adjusted quarterly earnings on Tuesday that beat Wall Street's view and it reiterated its forecast for 2009 earnings. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
Franchising Offers a Good Solution to Career Question: "What Next?" With baby boomers getting set to retire, and with unemployment at levels unseen in decades, many are looking to the next season in their lives. .... [more] 4 May, 2009
Elevation Burger furthers Philadelphia expansion. Elevation Burger has announced the addition of a multiunit franchising deal with Chris Phillips to bring three Philadelphia-area locations. .... [more] 4 May, 2009
Smashburger Inks Deal with Franchisee in Iowa. Smashburger has secured its eighth franchisee, Smashguys LLC. .... [more] 4 May, 2009
Why AAFD Sings and Dances. For 17 years a curious spectacle has occurred during the annual American Association of Franchisees and Dealers' banquet that celebrates Total Quality Franchising. .... [more] 2 May, 2009
Local McDonald's owners spending $9M on 'McCafe'. McDonald’s new concept – McCafé specialty coffee bars – will officially launch next week in 89 stores in Central Alabama, representing a local investment of nearly $9 million. .... [more] 1 May, 2009
Franchise Giveaway to U.S. Military Veterans in Every State via Synergy. Synergy Healthcare Resources proudly announces the launch of a new franchise giveaway opportunities program to U.S. Military Veterans. .... [more] 1 May, 2009
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