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Pizza Hut franchisee urges Yum to strengthen brand, add value. - NPC International Inc., Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, has tasked its franchisor, Yum! Brands Inc., with finding a new brand strategy for the struggling pizza chain, which has seen its sales trends fall behind... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Krispy Kreme Awards Development Rights for Metro Albuquerque, New Mexico. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation announced today that it has awarded development rights for five Krispy Kreme retail locations over the next three years in the metropolitan area of Albuquerque, NM. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Five Guys Burgers to open two more Dayton locations. - The local franchisee for Five Guys Burgers and Fries has signed leases for two additional locations in the Dayton area. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Mom Corps Expands Opening a Franchise in Charlotte. - As jobless rates continue to climb across the country, Mom Corps, a premier staffing solutions company, is expanding and opening a franchise in Charlotte. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Couple enjoying daily grind of franchise ownership. - Steve and Amanda Schummer are no strangers to the world of franchising. The Schummers owned three franchises in Maryland before moving to Florida two years ago. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2009
Analyst: Chick-fil-A may rule the roost. - Chick-fil-A, a chicken chain that many still think of as a Southern regional player, may one day surpass KFC as the largest chicken brand in the United States, according to longtime restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2009
Quiznos settles 4 class-action suits by franchisees. - Four class-action lawsuits brought by Quiznos franchisees against the Denver-based sandwich-shop chain have been settled, the company and the plaintiffs’ law firms said Monday. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Peet's ups bid as it duels Green Mountain for Diedrich Coffee. - Coffee chain retailer Peet's Coffee & Tea said Monday it has raised its offer for the wholesale roaster and distributor Diedrich Coffee about 24% to $265 million. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Largest BK franchisee staying loyal to the King. - The Syracuse-based company that is the largest single owner of Burger King franchises is standing by the chain’s promotion of a cut-rate double cheeseburger, and is not participating in an uprising... [more] 22 Nov, 2009
Pest-control business turns into holiday house decorators. - In years past, Bill Cowley had looked for other options to pull in business for Cowleys Termite & Pest Services during the cold weather, a slower time of year for the company. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2009
Quiznos Class Actions Near Settlement. - Attorneys for Quiznos franchisees will appear before Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in Illinois federal court on Friday at 10 a.m. to ask for preliminary approval for a class action settlement of all class lawsuits. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2009
Want to Buy a Franchise? See What Survey Says. - Discerning investors who want unvarnished information about a franchise before buying have another item to consult: the franchisee-satisfaction survey. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
Upscale McDonald's brings European style to NYC. - A McDonald's in midtown Manhattan became the first in the U.S. this fall to undergo a sleek, European-style makeover similar to what McDonald's has done at thousands of outlets in France and the UK. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
Pizza Mia! Restaurant sells first franchise. - Someday there could there be a Pizza Mia! Restaurant in your neighborhood. Anything is possible. Just ask Dave Dombrowski. About six months ago he hired Francorp International to help him sell... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
Beautiful Brands inks 50-unit FreshBerry franchise deal. - Beautiful Brands International has announced the signing of an agreement with John and Linda Lenzmeier to open at least two new FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafés within North Carolina. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
New pressure on BK brass. - Burger King's franchisees say they no longer "trust" or "have confidence" in current management, so they're going directly to the company's board of directors with their complaints. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
Pizza Hut franchisee calls for new strategy. - Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, NPC International Inc., said its third-quarter double-digit decline in same-store sales came about as the franchisor, Yum! Brands Inc., “struggled to find the proper message... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
Stratus expands Calif. operations. - Stratus Building Solutions has expanded its California operations by awarding a new master franchise to Stevan Butcher in Sacramento. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
International Franchisees Have a Big Appetite for Ruby Tuesday. - Casual-dining restaurant leader Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has announced new international franchise agreements for the development of its flagship brand in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
Bagger Dave's to Grow Through Franchising. - Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors approved the establishment of a franchise system for Bagger Dave's. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
McDonald's Plans To Open 1000 New Restaurants. - McDonald's, during its investor meeting, has revealed plans to continue to drive growth in sales, market share and returns through a strategic focus on its customers and restaurants... [more] 13 Nov, 2009
Burger King responds to franchisee suit. - Earlier this week, the National Franchisee Association filed a class action suit against Burger King... Burger King issued a statement Thursday and has since revised it... [more] 13 Nov, 2009
Ten tips for franchise due diligence. - Christine Friedberg, director of sales innovation for franchise information services provider FRANData, said that doing one's due diligence before buying into a franchise is necessary. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2009
Burger King franchisees sue over $1 promotion. - Burger King franchisees sued the hamburger company this week over its $1 double cheeseburger promotion, saying they're losing money on the deal and the company can't set maximum menu prices. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2009

Starbucks CEO: McDonald's McCafe launch made Starbucks better. - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said McDonald's McCafe launch earlier this year made the cafe chain better. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2009
Freshii signs 20-unit Houston franchise deal. - Restaurant industry professionals and husband-and-wife team Javier and Teresa Bueno have signed a master franchise agreement to open more than 20 Freshii locations in the greater Houston market. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2009
Taco Bell Rewards Midwest Franchisee. - Taco Bell announced that this year's winner of its Glen Bell Award is RLC Enterprises Inc., headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and owned by franchisees Iris Cohn and Terry Haseman. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2009
Franchisees Notified of Class Action Against Mail Boxes Etc. - Notices have been sent out to approximately 3,000 franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store, giving them the option to be a part of a national class action lawsuit against the franchisor... [more] 10 Nov, 2009
Bishops Barbershop Announces Sale of First Franchise. - Bishops Barbershop, cuts and colors for men and women, today announced the sale of its first franchise location. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2009
Clockwork gives franchisees presidential votes. - Clockwork Home Services Inc. had decided to allow franchisees to elect a new president for each of the company’s brands. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2009
The Sad Fall of Geeks On Call, A Franchising Story. - A notice of default & foreclosure has been filed to the SEC by Geeks On Call and 1-800-905-GEEK. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2009
McDonald's lays plans to take dollar menu to breakfast nationwide. - McDonald's Corp. appears to be planning to mate its popular dollar menu with its equally popular breakfast menu in a nationwide promotion -- not just in Chicago and a few other markets where it currently... [more] 6 Nov, 2009
Owner to franchise Mango Mango’s. - The owner of two Caribbean-style casual dining restaurants in St. Augustine is hoping to expand by franchising the concept, first in Florida and eventually nationally. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
Mom Corps Adding Multiple Franchises. - Mom Corps announced today the opening of more franchises in Charlotte, Cincinnati, and Northern Virginia marking major growth in the company this year as so many businesses struggle to remain solvent. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
Corner Bakery Cafe Continues Aggressive Franchise Growth. - Despite the economic downturn, Corner Bakery Cafe’s strategic franchise development program continues to prove successful, as the national bakery cafe brand announced a partnership with S&B... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
TCBY Wants to Give You a Store. - Through November 30, TCBY is accepting submissions for its "This Could Be Yours, The Great TCBY Store Giveaway" promotion. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2009
FASTSIGNS Launches New, Enhanced Website. - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the Carrollton-based worldwide franchisor of FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers, has officially unveiled the new, redesigned website. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2009
First taste of Jimmy John’s franchising whets appetite. - If taking over a restaurant is the true test of business acumen, then Brian Schaaf passed both the midterm and the final exam. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
CIT's long goodbye. - CIT Group's collapse has been more than a year in the making -- and Main Street businesses began feeling the effects long ago. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
Potbelly Sandwich chain seeks franchisee to open first store in Memphis market. - Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC has targeted Memphis for expansion, seeking a local franchisee to open a store and establish a foothold in the market. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
Naked Pizza gets bites from famous prospective franchisees. - Health-conscious takeout pizzeria Naked Pizza seeks to expand across the nation now that it has its federal disclosure document, according to New Orleans CityBusiness online. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
PJ's Coffee to Expand in 7 States. - PJ's Coffee of New Orleans continues to expand locally and with national franchising in 7 states. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
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