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Franchise owners take on 'Erma's'. - A rebellion of sorts is under way among Max & Erma's franchise owners upset with the new owner who, after 16 months at the restaurant chain's helm, has filed to reorganize it in bankruptcy. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2009
Damon’s Grill files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy. - Fifty-unit barbecue chain Damon’s Grill has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after its sister brand, Max & Erma’s, did the same. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009
Jamba Juice continues with refranchising initiative. - Jamba Inc. has announced the sale of eight restaurants in California to Four Life Foods LLC, a company owned primarily by one of the four original co-founders of Jamba Juice. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009
Announcing the First Ever Grocery Delivery Franchise. - We Shop and Deliver has launched the nation's first ever grocery delivery service franchise. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009
Yum! International Hits Milestone. - Yum! Brands Inc. announced the grand opening of its 13,000th restaurant outside the U.S. and China by its international division, Yum! Restaurants International. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009
George W. Bush to speak at IFA. - The International Franchise Association said Wednesday that former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker for its 50th annual convention Feb. 5-8 in San Antonio. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts executive settles with Starbucks. - Executive to pay Starbucks $500,000 in legal settlement after jumping to Dunkin' Donuts. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2009
PMD Furniture Direct Launches Web Site for Franchisees. - PMD Furniture Direct today announced the launch of the company's new franchise development Web site - ... [more] 28 Oct, 2009
IHOP Franchisee Loses Pregnancy Discrimination Case. - Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission orders International House of Pancakes franchisee to pay over $29,000 in pregnancy discrimination case. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
Evolution Fuels to Extend Its Branding Efforts Through Franchising Strategy. - Evolution Fuels, Inc. today announced that in addition to its evaluation of fuel station locations for acquisition and/or leasing for its initial rollout of Evolution Fuels retail stations, it is also considering... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
U-SWIRL franchisee opens first Reno location. - U-SWIRL International Inc. owner and franchisor of U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt stores, has announced the grand opening of its first U-SWIRL location in Reno, Nev. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
Straw Hat Pizza is Named This Year's Leading Pizza Franchise. - Straw Hat Restaurants garnered PMQ’s 2009 Pizza Industry Enterprise (PIE) Award. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
Many chain restaurants struggling to compete. - Fortunes at chain restaurants are tumbling, the fallout from a strategy of slashing menu prices in the hopes that a cheap meal will be enough to entice diners back to their booths. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2009
Soldier wins second ruling in case against Subway. - A Dallas County judge vacated a 2006 eviction judgment Thursday that had been entered against a former Army reservist locked in a legal battle with the Subway sandwich chain. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2009
Obama Asks for SBA Loan Expansion, Franchisees Agree. - President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday afternoon to shift some of Wall Street’s bailout funds over to community banks in order to spur lending to small businesses, which has slowed... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
Pizza Hut Gives 'Twintern' a Full-Time Position. - This summer, Pizza Hut made national headlines when the company began a nationwide search for a Twittering intern - a "Twintern" - to tweet for the company and assist with social media activities. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
New burgers help McDonald's profit rise 6%. - Profit at McDonald's climbed almost 6% in the third quarter, as U.S. customers gobbled up its newest, more expensive Angus burger. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
NYPD Pizza Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Development Deal For Utah. - NYPD Pizza has signed multi-unit franchise development deal for Utah. Utah area developers have opened the second pizzeria in the Salt Lake City region of Utah. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Avis Franchisee Awarded $16 Million in Damages. - After seven years of legal wrangling with conglomerate Cendant Corporation, a jury has awarded Robert C. Halcro, a franchisee of Avis Rent A Car System, $16 million in damages. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Salad Bowl restaurant opening in ABQ. - The Salad Bowl will open its first Albuquerque location on Nov. 6 in the Far North Shopping Center at San Mateo Boulevard and Academy Road in the Northeast Heights. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Red Mango to Award Franchises in Atlanta. - Red Mango has announced that it will begin awarding franchise agreements in Atlanta as part of an aggressive national expansion campaign. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Rent-A-Husband handyman service raises questions. - Kaile Warren was depressed and homeless when, through "divine intervention," he got the concept — and brand name — that would make him something of a national celebrity. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2009
Volusia man takes 7-Eleven franchisee deal. - A local U.S. Air Force vet is the first statewide to accept a discount franchising deal from 7-Eleven Inc. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2009
Sizzler franchisee buys Little Caesar's operator. - Multi-concept franchisee Sizzling Platter LLC has added to its Little Caesar’s operation with the acquisition of Pizza Pizza Co. Ltd., a 16-unit operation with restaurants in Texas and New Mexico. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2009
Convenience stores expect growth. - While other retailers are scrapping growth plans, the $624 billion convenience-store industry is getting even more aggressive in pursuit of new markets. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2009

New business franchise has a sporting chance. - A few months ago, Steve Lockard was deciding which of two franchise opportunities to buy into: a smoothie business or a youth sports organization. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2009
Naples Tomato's great franchising experiment. - Is it possible to have a truly artisan pizza franchise that maintains its standards of excellence across all units, even while sourcing local ingredients and menu items? Jack Serfass thinks so. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
Pizza Chain Focuses Franchising Efforts on Maryland. - Paisano's, a six-unit gourmet pizza delivery chain based in Fairfax County, Virginia, announced that it is franchising in Maryland. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2009
Chairman Purvin to Step Down from Franchisee Association. - Robert Purvin, chairman and CEO of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, has announced that he will be stepping down within the next six months. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2009
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill to begin franchising. - Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill said Wednesday it will begin franchising its "fast casual" restaurant concept. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2009
Ripe for expansion: Naples Tomato begins offering franchises nationally. - Like a vine, Naples Tomato wants to spread its roots. The popular, award-winning restaurant has a plan to grow across the United States. Wednesday, the owners announced they will sell franchises... [more] 14 Oct, 2009
Chocolate Bar’s first franchise slated to open in Cleveland. - After three years of fielding interest from wannabe franchisees, Chippewa Street’s dessert- themed bar and restaurant The Chocolate Bar is headed for Cleveland. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2009
Franchises pull back in Washington. - Data from the state Department of Financial Institutions shows fewer franchising companies are filing the paperwork that's necessary to sell franchises in Washington. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2009
We Do Lines expands and becomes a national franchiser. - Chris Couri, Tom Darrow, Craig Lenahan and Dan Rella have joined to form We Do Lines LLC and We Do Lines USA, Inc. , and hope to become the nation’s leading parking lot striping company. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2009
Domino's shares slide as revenue falls short. - Domino's Pizza Inc posted a steeper-than-expected decline in quarterly revenue, sending its shares down 8 percent on Tuesday. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2009
Own It Yourself: Franchisees Don't Regret the Decision. - Traditionally, the franchise industry has been a popular venue during tough economic times. However, recent credit issues have caused franchise growth to decrease. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2009
Huddle House celebrates its 45th birthday with redesigned logo. - Huddle House, based here, turned 45 years old this year and celebrated by launching a sleek new logo and several social-media profiles. But the new look isn’t part of some midlife crisis for the family-dining chain... [more] 12 Oct, 2009
More Entrepreneurs Are Choosing Home-Based Franchises - Report. - Home-based franchises make up a varied and growing franchise industry, according to the latest exclusive report on the franchising industry by Franchise Direct. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2009
Pizza Inn renews franchisee incentives. - Amid a growing number of franchisee-incentive programs in the pizza segment, Pizza Inn said Monday it was renewing a program that led to 13 new development agreements in the first six months of the year. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2009
Dogtopia founder is there for dog day care franchisees. - When Amy Nichols worked as a sales representative for Verizon, she often found herself hanging around pet stores on weekends, gazing longingly at the puppies. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2009
Franchises' easy path to ownership has costs. - Franchising is a path to business ownership that many of today's accidental entrepreneurs find appealing. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2009
City Wok lands franchise at Dulles. - A popular Coachella Valley eatery has expanded to Washington Dulles International Airport. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2009
He Made McDonald's Sizzle. - At age 52, diabetic and arthritic, many may ponder early retirement. Not Ray Kroc. Facing that condition in 1954, the milkshake machine salesman saw an opportunity he couldn't refuse. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Papa Bello to purchase Kebab Café. - Papa Bello Enterprises Inc., operator and franchisor of about 20 Papa Bello Pizza restaurants, said Thursday it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Kebab Café. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Jiffy Lube Franchise Group Announces Acquisition of 23 Service Centers in Colorado. - Jiffy Lube franchisee Griffin Fast Lube today announced the acquisition of 23 Jiffy Lube service centers in Colorado, including locations in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Food Fight: Franchisees Caught in the Middle. - In an effort to convince consumers to open their wallets wider, franchisors are not only requiring franchisees to officiate (and pay for) new promotions, they're also requiring them to... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Starbucks sues former executive who moved to Dunkin' Donuts. - Starbucks has sued a former top executive, claiming he violated a non-competition agreement by going to work for competitor Dunkin' Donuts. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Aspen's Ruth's Chris goes out of business. - Ruth's Chris Steak House served its last meal in Aspen on Saturday, nearly two weeks after it lost a court battle with its landlord. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Older operators make a mark on franchising. - Prior to the economic downturn, Eric Diaz was managing a department that handled futures systems for Merrill Lynch in New York. Today he's a full-time pet groomer. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Annual Military Friendly Franchises Survey Opens Today. - G.I. Jobs' first annual Military Friendly Franchises survey opened today at Deadline for survey completion is November 6. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Burger King revamp aims for an 'edgy, futuristic' restaurant look. - Burger King plans to swap its generic fast-food feel and bland tiles and tabletops for a vibe that's more sit-down than drive-through. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
W.Va. city to restaurant chain: Hands off Big Boy. - Big Boy looks happy from his perch 14 feet above this city's west side. Don't be fooled by the smile: This Big Boy is in big trouble. Attorneys for the Warren, Mich -based Big Boy International restaurant chain have... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
BBI Opens First Unit of Doughnut Concept. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the grand opening of the first Dixie Cream Donut Co. location at 807 East A Street in Jenks, Oklahoma. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Yum Brands' profit jumps 18%, beats forecasts. - Chain restaurant operator Yum Brands said Tuesday that its fiscal third-quarter profit climbed 18%, thanks in part to robust business in China. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Einstein Noah to open first San Antonio location. - Einstein Bros. Bagels has signed a franchise agreement with Charles Loflin, a San Antonio entrepreneur, to open seven franchise locations in the area. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Franchisee buys two Alamo Drafthouse locations, has plans for seven more. - Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas has signed an agreement to convert its two Houston company-run locations into franchisee-owned properties and the same franchisee also plans to develop at least seven new... [more] 5 Oct, 2009
Talk about giving away store: TCBY to award franchise. - Frozen yogurt shop chain TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt, is providing a store to the winner of a contest launched Monday, saving a potential operator $312,500 in building and franchise fees. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2009
Hands On Hartford Enters into Franchising Agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. - Hands On Hartford has entered into a five-year agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. to provide tutoring services for students at Sanchez and Betances elementary schools in Hartford, Conn. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2009
Donut in the sky. - Dunkin' Donuts, under fire for unleashing a barrage of lawsuits against franchisees, is pushing a controversial surveillance system that store owners fear will be used to target them. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2009
Papa Bello to franchise Italian eateries in Md. - Papa Bello Enterprises is starting to franchise its Italian eatery chain in Maryland this month after moving its headquarters to Baltimore. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2009
Shane's Rib Shack, Planet Smoothie Offer Franchisees Cash for Referrals. - Shane's Rib Shack, a national barbecue concept, and Planet Smoothie, a national smoothie concept, announced today the launch of a Franchise Referral Cash Reward Program. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2009
Swiss Farms Awards First Franchise. - Swiss Farms, America's Drive-Thru Grocer has awarded its first franchise. "This is a truly historic event," according to CEO Paul Friel... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
The New Quiznos Capital Loan Program Provides Funds to Franchise Owners. - Quiznos today announced The New Quiznos (TNQ), a comprehensive guest experience remodel and brand update planned for stores system-wide. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Wingstop Creates New Executive Role to Support Franchise Growth. - Wingstop, the nation’s fastest growing chicken wing chain, has named current CFO Wes Jablonski as Chief Development Officer to support the company's rapid expansion plans over the next few years. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts Announces President Will Kussell to Leave At Year-End. - Dunkin' Donuts has announced that President and Chief Brand Officer William Kussell has decided to leave the company at the end of the year. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
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