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Red Mango opening 219 shops this year. - Dallas-based nonfat frozen yogurt company Red Mango will close to quadruple its national reach this year, opening 219 locations with 42 new franchisees. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2010
Arby's CEO Steps Down, Looks at Becoming Franchisee. - Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. announced that Tom Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., is stepping down. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2010
Longtime NYC McDonald's franchisee cashes out. - A veteran McDonald's franchisee, Irwin Kruger, who owns the 17,000-square-foot McDonald's on W. 42nd St. in Times Square, as well as three others in the city, is selling his stores. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2010
Franchises Getting Upper Hand Over Independents. - Franchises are making gains on independents, especially restaurants. By 2013, franchise eateries -- fast food outlets, family sit-down places, etc. -- will outnumber all others. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2010
President's job proposals are a good start, but more is needed. - The IFA today urged Congress to implement many of the small business provisions proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address and to expedite efforts to increase credit access to... [more] 28 Jan, 2010
More Than Half of 2,800 Rejected Car Dealers Seek Arbitration. - More than half of the car dealers rejected last year by General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC have filed claims for arbitration to determine whether they can win their franchises back. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2010
Judge Affirms $16M to Alaska Avis Franchisee. - Last Thursday, US District Judge Timothy M. Burgess issued an order for Avis Budget Car Rental LLC to pay Alaska Rent A Car $16 million in damages, following a jury verdict last October. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2010
Midas franchisee pays nearly $2 Million to settle suit. - The owner of 22 Midas auto shops in the Central Valley and elsewhere in California has agreed to pay $1.8 million in damages, investigative costs and attorney fees, and get out of owning... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
Yoshinoya expands U.S. presence with 99th location. - Yoshinoya has announced that it will open its 99th U.S.-based restaurant Jan. 23, 2010, in Escondido, Calif. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
CiCi’s Pizza reorganizing to better support franchisees. - Michael R. Shumsky, recently appointed CEO of CiCi's Pizza, announced a restructuring plan to better position the company for growth and success in 2010 and beyond. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2010
Restaurants Begin to Count Calories. - Restaurants from Applebee's to Starbucks are pushing new low-calorie menu items in an effort to attract customers who say they want healthier options. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Taco Del Mar files for bankruptcy protection. - Taco Del Mar Franchising, a Seattle-based chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, saying it owes creditors between $1 million and $10 million. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Rent-A-Husband founder pleads not guilty. - The founder of the handyman company Rent-A-Husband pleaded not guilty Thursday morning, Jan. 21, to charges that he deceived and stole from investors and business partners... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Federal judge tosses suit against Dunkin’ Donuts. - A federal judge has thrown out a Vermont man’s lawsuit that alleged Dunkin’ Donuts knowingly set up his Rhode Island franchises to fail. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Beautiful Brands signs 300-unit deal. - Beautiful Brands International has announced in a statement the signing of a development agreement with Frozen Dreams Franchise Group to open at least 300 new FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafés... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
McDonald's profit is $1.22B in 4th quarter. - More hungry diners gobbling its cheap eats helped McDonald's sales and profit grow in its fourth quarter, the company said Friday in an earnings report showing it continued to weather the downturn... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
Fairway Divorce Solutions Opens First U.S. Franchises in California. - Fairway Divorce Solutions, an alternative approach to divorce resolution, has opened its first United States-based franchises in San Diego and Sacramento, Calif. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2010
DLA Piper Picks Top 9 Franchisor Lawsuits of '09. - In a webinar presentation on Tuesday, litigators from one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper, discussed nine cases in 2009 of which franchisors should sit up and take notice. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
Burger King Franchisees Can't Have It Their Way. - The price of a double cheeseburger is generating a lot of heat among Burger King franchisees. In an ongoing dispute that could affect how the nation's hundreds of franchise organizations set prices, the... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
Paisano's Adds First Franchisee. - Fouad Qreitem, CEO of Northern Virginia–based pizza delivery chain Paisano's, announced that the Herndon, Virginia, location is now a franchised operation. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
Subway test of text ordering promising. - Like many consumers, Ford Blakely hates standing in line to place an order when he knows what he wants. Out of that frustration, he founded Zingle, a text-message ordering solution... [more] 20 Jan, 2010
T.G.I. Friday's USA names Lee Sanders president of franchising. - T.G.I. Friday’s USA has named Lee Sanders as president of franchising for the restaurant chain. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2010
Blockbuster Shrinks from 5,000 to 3,200 Stores. - Last week Tuesday Thomas Casey, chief financial officer of Blockbuster Inc, discussed the chain's strategy of rationalizing its brick-and-mortar stores to meet fast changing technological advances in... [more] 20 Jan, 2010
Japan crepe chain to open shop. - A popular Japanese fast-food franchise plans to expand to Hawai'i in a move that promises to give many local residents and visitors a different view — and taste — of crepes. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
Spicy Pickle sells first Montana franchise. - Spicy Pickle announced in a statement that it has signed a new franchise agreement for Billings, Mont., marking the company's entry into the state. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
Paciugo planning 100 new shops. - Italian gelato maker Paciugo Gelato & Caffè has plans to open 100 new franchise shops within the course of the next year. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
Cuban restaurant opens in San Marco. - A local man has opened the first franchise of a Tallahassee-based Cuban restaurant company. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2010
Burger King Joins in Help for Haiti. - The Have It Your Way Foundation, the charitable arm of Burger King Corp., donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Haiti... [more] 18 Jan, 2010

McDonald's starts dishing out free WiFi at most of its U.S. restaurants. - McDonald's promised that it would be make its in-restaurant WiFi service available for free in "mid-January" and, right on cue, it's now kicked things open to everyone with a laptop and a fast food craving... [more] 15 Jan, 2010
Yum! Pledges $500,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts. - Yum! Brands announced that it is directing $500,000 from its World Hunger Relief global effort to provide food for earthquake victims in Haiti. ... [more] 15 Jan, 2010
McDonald's, franchisee announce Haiti quake aid. - McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that it will donate $500,000 to victims of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. The amount will be matched with donations from franchisee Arcos Dorados. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2010
Franchisees Sue KFC to Retain U.S. Marketing Control. - The KFC National Council and Advertising Cooperative, Inc. filed a lawsuit last week against the world’s most popular fried chicken chain after KFC's corporate office made a number of marketing blunders... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
IFA & MFV team up to promote franchising around the globe. - The International Franchise Association and MFV Expositions today announced the two organizations will host U.S. franchise pavilions at top international franchise shows in 2010. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
SUBWAY Restaurants Again Named #1 Franchise Opportunity. - The SUBWAY restaurant chain has again been named the Number One Franchise opportunity, as well as the Number One Global Franchise opportunity, for 2010 by Entrepreneur magazine... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
Applebee's Adds Remodels to Menu. - Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants will soon start undergoing a major facelift with upgraded exteriors, warmer color tones and, possibly, fewer tchotchkes. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
Mexican restaurant chain Margaritas scouting new Baltimore sites. - Greater Baltimore’s culinary mix will soon get a little spicier. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is scouting out locations to open four new franchise locations in the Baltimore-Towson metro area. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
IFA launches enhanced compliance education program during 50th Annual Convention. - The International Franchise Association will officially launch Fran-Guard™, an expanded franchise sales management and compliance program to help IFA members reduce risks, manage growth and build... [more] 12 Jan, 2010
New and Used Cell Phone Reseller, Cell Again, is Now Franchising. - New and used cell phone reseller, Cell Again, announced today it has begun franchising across North America. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2010
Charley's Grilled Subs opens 400th location. - Charley's Grilled Subs will open its 400th location in Memphis, Tenn., at the Oak Court Mall. The benchmark store is set to open Jan. 25 during National Philly CheeseSteak Month. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2010
7-Eleven's Veterans Franchise Plan Signs on First Retailer. - Dennis Wallis is the first veteran to take advantage of the c-store operator's military veterans franchise program, launched last summer. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2010
McDonald’s Names U.S. Chief as Its No. 2 Executive. - McDonald’s, the fast-food company, said on Monday that it had promoted Don Thompson, the head of its United States division, to become its No. 2 executive. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2010
Franchise War Brewing at Wyndham? - Super 8 hotel owners are up in arms with their franchisor, Wyndham Hotels Group. Hundreds of franchisees have been asking for additional time and flexibility in upgrading an expensive... [more] 9 Jan, 2010
Franchises sue KFC over shift to grilled chicken. - Kentucky Fried Chicken is betting heavily that its grilled chicken is the Next Big Thing. That has angered a coalition of franchise owners, who run most of the restaurants and believe the focus should... [more] 9 Jan, 2010
BBI Concept Opens in Walmart. - Camille's Sidewalk Café announced the opening of its newest restaurant in a Walmart location in Kissimmee, Florida, on January 18. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2010
SBA Administrator Mills to address IFA Convention. - Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills will address members of the International Franchise Association during its 50th Annual Convention in San Antonio Feb. 5-8. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2010
After Annual Meeting, Ben & Jerry's Gets to Building. - Over 175 Ben & Jerry's franchisees, managers, staff, friends, and family members gathered for an annual community service project. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2010
New Year Marks New Leadership For 7-Eleven Franchisees. - The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, which represents the owners of 4,583 franchised 7-Eleven stores across the country, recently elected Bruce Maples as its new chairman. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2010
Real-Estate Innovator Took Franchising to a New Level. - Art Bartlett wasn't the first to apply to home sales a franchise model more often associated with selling hamburgers, but he was the most successful. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2010
CKE Restaurants key sales figure declines. - CKE Restaurants Inc., owner and franchiser of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, said Wednesday that a key sales figure slipped 6.5 percent in December. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2010
Century 21 co-founder Arthur Bartlett dies at 76. - Arthur E. Bartlett, who co-founded the giant Century 21 real estate company by convincing thousands of independent agents to unite under the brand, has died. He was 76. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2010
Smashburger announces first development deals of 2010. - Smashburger has announced that is has signed an agreement with SB Ventures LLC to open five locations in the Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming region over the next two years. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2010
Subway, soldier settle Dallas franchise dispute. - The real estate arm of sandwich maker Subway and a former Army reservist have settled a 2-year-old legal battle in which the reservist was stripped of his Dallas restaurants. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2010
Domino's CEO Stepping Down. - Domino's Pizza Inc. announced that chairman and CEO David A. Brandon will be stepping down as CEO effective March 7. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2010
NakedPizza signs 50-unit deal. - NakedPizza, the single-unit healthful pizza concept that has attracted heavy-hitting investors, has signed a 50-unit development deal for South Florida, including Miami. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2010
Rising Roll plans express concept for nontraditional locations. - Rising Roll Franchising LLC, parent company of the Rising Roll Gourmet sandwich chain, plans to launch an express version of the concept for airport, univeristy and hospital locations. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2010
Kickin' Chicken launches franchise. - The successful local poultry peddler is opening its first franchise in Fayetteville, N.C. The new site will be under a new company, Kickin' Chicken International, with the help of three new partners. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2010
Franchise Industry Professionals Unite in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness & Research. - In early November, 7 franchise industry professionals involved in WEBB participated in the Susan G. Komen's Breast Cancer 3-Day® 60-mile walk in Dallas, TX. The team was sponsored by 25 franchisors... [more] 4 Jan, 2010
Sunbrook Academy looking for franchisees, plans six centers in Greenville area. - A company that develops, operates and franchises preschools has selected Greenville County as one of its first expansions out of the Atlanta metro area and hopes to have six schools in... [more] 2 Jan, 2010
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