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Heavenly Ham store sheds franchise for independence. - After running it as a Heavenly Ham store for 17 years, Wesolich found himself in a quagmire. He was one of the last remaining stores in a dying franchise. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2010
Hooters Taps Colliers International for Global Real Estate Expansion. - Hooters of America, Inc. and Colliers International jointly announced today that the iconic restaurant company is undertaking an ambitious worldwide expansion, with plans to increase its location count... [more] 29 Jul, 2010
Jamba Juice Announces Additional Progress on Refranchising Initiative. - Jamba, Inc, today announced the sale of 25 restaurants in Washington to existing franchisee, Prudence Swann, principal of PB Swann, LLC. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2010
Marine vet finds heaven buying a 7-Eleven. - In just three years of franchising stores in Florida, 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating a milestone in Lakeland as it hands over the keys to its 200th franchisee. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2010
Yogurtini Opens First Kansas City Store. - Yogurtini, an Arizona-based self-serve frozen yogurt shop, has opened its first Kansas City outlet. ... [more] 27 Jul, 2010
Mr. Goodcents founder Bisogno starts franchising school. - Joe Bisogno, founder and chairman of Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta, is launching a School of Franchising and Business Development in August to teach people to organize their businesses and... [more] 27 Jul, 2010
Tully's Coffee attracts hundreds of potential franchisees. - Hundreds of people have contacted Tully's Coffee about opening franchise stores since the company announced last month that it's open to single-franchise locations. ... [more] 27 Jul, 2010
Spherion Staffing Franchise Division Recognized as a World-Class Franchisor. - Spherion Staffing today announced that it has been recognized for the fourth consecutive time as a world-class franchisor by the Franchise Research Institute. ... [more] 27 Jul, 2010
FranNet Consultants Offer Guidance on Franchise Ownership Options. - For some, the idea of getting off the corporate treadmill and becoming their own boss is the attraction. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2010
Ten Most Powerful Franchise Associations. - When it comes to industrial might and lobbying power, the franchise industry is lopsided. A few big groups have the lion's share. Blue MauMau attempts to rank the ten best-known and influential... [more] 23 Jul, 2010
Krispy Kreme Wins Trademark Claims Against Franchisee. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. has won an injunction blocking a delinquent franchisee from operating in New York's Pennsylvania Station and another location. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2010
McDonald's 2Q profit, revenue rise, top expectations. - Net income climbed 12% at McDonald's in the second quarter as customers around the globe gobbled up its cheap food... [more] 23 Jul, 2010
Judge decertifies class in franchisee lawsuit against UPS. - A California judge handed UPS a major victory Tuesday, ruling to decertify as a class a group of UPS Store franchise owners who sued the shipping giant seven years ago over what they said was a flawed business... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
Crunch Fitness Announces Launch of Global Franchise Opportunities. - Crunch Fitness announces the launch of their latest venture, offering franchise business opportunities. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2010
Rent-A-Wreck trades in its beat-up car-rental image. - Rent-A-Wreck is trying to transition from an image as a rental option of last resort to a viable alternative to Hertz, Avis and Enterprise for cash-strapped Americans looking for bargains. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2010
Chutney Joe's Open for Franchising. - Chutney Joe's, an Indian concept, announced the official launch of its franchise program. The announcement reflects the restaurant's local consumer appeal and global market potential. ... [more] 20 Jul, 2010
Shop that inspired 'Soup Nazi' on 'Seinfeld' reopens. - The soup stand that inspired the Soup Nazi episode on Seinfeld reopened in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, six years after its famously brusque owner, Al Yeganeh, shut it down and licensed his recipes to... [more] 20 Jul, 2010
Franchises offering bigger incentives for D-FW locations. - A handful of national franchise brands - ranging from service retailers to restaurants - are offering big startup cost discounts and bigger royalties to new franchisees who live in ‘hot’ areas. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Apollo’s Innkeepers USA Seeks Bankruptcy Protection. - Innkeepers USA Trust, a hotel investment company owned by a vehicle managed by an affiliate of Leon Black’s Apollo Investment Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection after... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Taqueria del Sol launching franchise plan. - For Atlanta restaurateur Mike Klank, letting franchisees run restaurants under his Taqueria del Sol banner always seemed like a no-go. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Taco Bueno Ups Franchising Program, Prototype. - Taco Bueno Restaurants LP is expanding its franchise program, opening up specific areas in the Southern, Midwest, and Central Southwest regions to select franchise partners. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Seattle’s Best opens first franchise location. - SeattleNY LLC., a franchisee of Seattle’s Best Coffee, has opened a new Seattle’s Best Coffee kiosk located at the newly renovated Manhattan Mall. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2010
Metro franchises rise as proven models hit the ground running. - Widespread job losses combined with strong regional demographics have turned metro Denver into a popular spot for franchises. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2010
Kitchen Tune-Up Gives Over $400,000 in Franchise Fees to Veterans. - In an unprecedented move, Kitchen Tune-Up is offering 10 FREE franchises to honorably discharged veterans. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2010

Pizza Franchises Are Enjoying a Renaissance. - After assessing the Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs) of 25 pizza franchises, Franchise Direct has found that pizza franchises have weathered the recession and are growing again. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2010
Tossed expands franchise model with kiosk offering. - Tossed has unveiled a new freestanding kiosk version of its restaurant concept, available in multiple configurations from 242 to 265 square feet. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
IFA urges Senate to act on small business lending bill. - The IFA has urged the Senate to include a substitute amendment to the Small Business Lending Fund Act (H.R. 5297) that extends important provisions first enacted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
OinkADoodleMoo Soon to be Franchising. - Within months, OinkADoodleMoo will be franchising in towns throughout the Midwest. This Fast Casual restaurant focuses on a Smoky BBQ dine-in or carry-out family friendly concept. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2010
Local Greek Restaurant Opens First Franchise. - It's been a few years in the making... but now a local businessman is one step closer to going nationwide. On Monday, Dino's Chicago Express will start its first franchise. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2010
Mister Sparky franchise opens in St. Louis. - Bob Peat and Brooke Schoene opened the first Mister Sparky franchise in St. Louis. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2010
Curves Loses Stamina, Closing Fitness Clubs. - Curves International Inc., whose 30-minute workout for women once made it among the world's fastest-growing franchises, seems to be running out of steam. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
Bicycle-riding real estate firm looks to start franchise in Madison. - Bike-friendly Madison could soon be home to a new kind of real estate company, one that operates - at least when the weather is good - on two wheels and a kickstand. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
McDonald’s CEO stands up for Happy Meals. - McDonald’s defended its Happy Meals on Wednesday against claims by a consumer advocacy group, with McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner saying that... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
Franchise Expert Sees Opportunity for Business Expansion. - Executives at iFranchise Group, the nation's leading franchise consulting firm, believe that now is the right time for business owners to consider expanding their businesses. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2010
Uno Restaurant bankruptcy plan wins court approval. - Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp., the owner and franchiser of a chain of pizzerias, received court approval to exit bankruptcy. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2010
7-Eleven, Inc. Acquires 14 Quarles Retail Outlets in Virginia. - 7-Eleven, Inc. today announced that it has closed on an agreement to purchase 14 gasoline locations in Virginia from Quarles Petroleum, Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2010
Five Guys eatery to open in Hawaii - eventually. - Burger bereft Hawaii is not, but that doesn't mean national burger chains don't have an eye on isle expansion. Virginia-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming - relatively soon. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010
2010’s Twenty Largest Fast-Casual Franchises. - The year 2009 was tough for a number of big fast-casual franchise chains. The following list of the 20 largest fast-casual franchise chains by network sales volume, researched by Technomic, Inc.... [more] 3 Jul, 2010
Frozen yogurt franchisee sues chain, rebrands his two shops. - A popular frozen yogurt franchise company has pulled out of the Hawaii market over a dispute with the local franchisee that has prompted a federal lawsuit and a rebranding of two Oahu stores. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2010
N.C. a top state for growing franchises. - Conditions are ripe for franchise brand expansion in North Carolina, says a new study that ranks the state among the top six in the country for retail and restaurant business growth. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2010
Jiffy Lube franchisee moving HQ. - The nation’s largest Jiffy Lube franchisee will move its 55-employee headquarters from Omaha to Dallas. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2010
Hello Pasta to open first NYC location. - Hello Pasta, a new model in fast casual dining that serves a selection of cooked pasta and sauces, will launch its first of four restaurant locations in New York City at Lexington Avenue on July 7. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2010
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