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Big O Tire, Parent Firms Sued by Franchisees. - Some 20 current and former Big O Tire franchisees in California have sued Big O Tires and its parent companies. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2010
Ruling threatens viability of franchise businesses in Massachusetts. - A recent ruling by U.S. District Court of Massachusetts Judge William G. Young will severely impact the ability of franchise businesses to operate, create jobs and provide millions in economic output in the... [more] 29 Mar, 2010
Learn Franchise Best Practices at Seminar in Dallas on April 15. - Mullin Law, PC, the iFranchise Group and Dallas-based The Entrepreneur Authority, will present “Franchise Best Practices: How to do it. How to do it right.” in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, April 15. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2010
Little Sunshine's franchisees split off. - Springfield daycare franchisor Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc. has filed federal trademark-infringement lawsuits against two former franchisees, and the defendants have responded with counterclaims. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2010
IHOP Appoints Bill Alexander VP, Franchise and Business Development. - IHOP, one of America's favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, today named Bill Alexander Vice President, Franchise and Business Development. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2010
Francorp Sent Back to Missouri on Practice of Law Charges. - Although Jitterswing, Inc. and its franchise development firm, Francorp, Inc., had agreed to resolve any disputes arising out of their contract in Illinois, a three-judge panel with the Missouri Court of Appeals... [more] 27 Mar, 2010
Seasoned Franchisee and Development Agent Sees Great Franchising Prospects in 2010. - As the economy continues its recovery this year, government and business leaders expect small business to lead the way and franchising is a big part of that. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2010
21 arrested in raid of 4 Phoenix-area McDonald's. - A raid targeting illegal immigration led to the arrests of 21 Phoenix-area McDonald's workers Friday, and authorities were still seeking 30 other employees as part of their investigation. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2010
BBI Adds Some Mexican Flare. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the launch of Café Ole as part of its portfolio of worldwide franchise programs. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2010
Subway will soon be serving breakfast. - Subway is joining the increasingly crowded breakfast scramble in a move the sandwich chain hopes will help add customers and sales. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2010
Five Guys ranks as fastest-growing restaurant chain. - Five Guys Burgers and Fries ranked as the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the nation in 2009, according to data compiled by restaurant consulting firm Technomic. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2010
25 Franchise Business Folks You Should Follow On Twitter. - Joel Libava, The Franchise King, lists 25 franchise people and companies he thinks are worth following. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2010
Starbucks to pay first-ever dividend; announces stock buyback plan. - Starbucks Corp. will pay its first dividend ever - 10 cents per share - next month. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2010
Ben & Jerry's new CEO promises to keep it in Vermont. - Ben & Jerry's new chief executive, in Burlington for Free Cone Day, said corporate owner Unilever is "100% committed" to having Ben & Jerry's in the state where it began. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2010
Planet Fitness Expands West, Offers Big Deals for Franchisees. - Planet Fitness, one of the most successful and fastest growing fitness franchises in the country, is looking to continue its westward expansion to the Portland area. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2010
Franchised DirectBuy showroom shuts down. - The Columbus franchise of DirectBuy has closed. A spokeswoman from the company's corporate headquarters in Merrillville, Ind., confirmed Friday that the showroom has been shut down, leaving between... [more] 21 Mar, 2010
Ben & Jerry's Scoops Up A New CEO. - Ben & Jerry's announced its newest leader today from the home office. Jostein Solheim was appointed CEO of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Vice President of Global Brand Development. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2010
Four Likely Franchisor IPOs for 2010. - Cold Stone Creamery, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pinkberry and Harley Davidson are franchisors highlighted by the crack team at Dow Jones Investment Banker as likely candidates for a possible IPO in 2010. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
Snack-in-a-cup franchise ready to grow. - The owner of a budding four-unit franchise is hoping to capitalize on consumers' love for portable food with a new mall-based concept called Cup It. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
McDonald's Bets Pricing Drinks At $1 Will Heat Up Summer Sales. - McDonald's executives have been trying to sell franchisees on the offer in recent weeks at regional meetings, where Coca-Cola Co. representatives have also pressed the case for $1 drinks, according to two... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
Maid Brigade Announces Chicago Franchise Expansion Opportunities. - Maid Brigade, the nation's first and leading green-cleaning franchise, announced today the launch of an aggressive growth plan to increase its presence in Chicago, Illinois. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
Shay resigns as IFA President & CEO. - International Franchise Association Chairman Ken Walker, chairman & CEO of Driven Brands, announced today the resignation of Matthew Shay as IFA President & CEO. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2010
Sotheby's brand honored by Franchise Business Review. - Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty, a real estate firm based in York, recently announced that the Sotheby's International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review's Best in Category... [more] 17 Mar, 2010
Ray Kroc Would Be Proud of These Operators. - McDonald's honors its top restaurant managers today with the 2009 Ray Kroc Award, an annual performance-based recognition of the top- performing McDonald's restaurant managers in the country. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2010
Sit Means Sit Launches New Franchise Opportunity Program. - Fred Hassen's Sit Means Sit, the largest U.S.-based dog training company, has launched a new franchise business program in the fastest growing franchise sector, the pet-related industry. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2010
Sizzler Re-Ignites Franchising. - With a top-to-bottom overhaul well underway and a new leadership team in place, Sizzler, America’s original family steak house, is again in the franchising business. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2010
Papa Bello to launch fast casual Indian concept. - Papa Bello Enterprises Inc. has announced that the company has closed its acquisition of Royal India Express, a San Diego-based fast casual Indian restaurant concept... [more] 15 Mar, 2010
171 Dunkin' Donuts Opened in U.S. in '09. - Dunkin' Donuts announced strong expansion results for 2009, including the opening of 351 net new locations worldwide and 131 new signed franchise commitments in the U.S. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2010
Shaved-ice truck company growing fast. - Franchiser Tony Lamb has watched Kona Ice, a shaved-ice truck company he launched in June 2007, garner national attention recently as being a fast-growing franchise business despite the sour economy. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2010
AvenueWest launches franchise company to expand managed housing. - Denver-based AvenueWest Corporate Housing has launched a franchise company that will allow real estate professionals to franchise the AvenueWest brand and concept in cities nationwide. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2010
New Multi-Unit Best Practices Conference focuses on teamwork. - Teamwork between franchisees and franchisors is the focus of the IFA Multi-Unit Franchise Best Practices Conference slated for May 23-24, 2010 in Las Vegas. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2010
IFA, supporters boost veterans franchise ownership on Capitol Hill. - Urging Congress to support legislation to help military veterans become franchise small-business owners, the International Franchise Association again took its message to Capitol Hill. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2010

Domino's Pizza Opens 9,000th Store. - Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, added to that distinction today by opening its 9,000th store. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2010
Franchise Show Chicago Spotlights Many of the Nation's Leading Business Investment Opportunities. - The 2010 Franchise Show Chicago will have over 50 of the nation's fastest growing franchises on display for aspiring business owners to learn what it takes to be successful in a franchise concept. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2010
Fast-Casual Looks to Buy Quick-Serve Units. - Shane's Rib Shack is launching a real estate buy-back option for existing quick-service franchisees who own a quick-service restaurant and the real estate, but would rather move to a leasing model. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
Health care bills fail small business. - As Congress continues efforts to pass comprehensive health care reform, the International Franchise Association once again urges Congress to put aside the divisive debate... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
Tiremax to start franchising its retail concept. - Tiremax Corp., a family-run tire and wheel retailer with 15 outlets in Texas, has begun franchising its retail concept after more than decade of development and more than three years after it first announced... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
In the Raw Begins Franchising. - Beautiful Brands International today launched the franchise program for In the Raw Sushi. The announcement coincides with the debut of the brand's new Web site... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
Franchisees suing Cardinal Health over agreements. - Medicine Shoppe and Medicap pharmacists in seven states sued Cardinal Health in federal court Tuesday, alleging the health care products distributor failed to make good on promises it made when... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
Ex-Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee CFO charged with theft. - A Rockville Centre man has been charged with stealing $429,000 from a now bankrupt Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee where he had worked as chief financial officer. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Cold Stone to open co-branded store at Florida Mall. - The local franchisee of five Cold Stone Creamery stores in Central Florida plans to relocate and upgrade its existing store on Sand Lake Road into the Florida Mall. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
McDonald's Posts Robust Sales. - McDonald's Corp.'s reported global same-store sales rose 4.8% in February, above most analysts' expectations, on strong overseas and modest U.S. gains. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Appeal of franchise grows in slow economy. - Jobs are still scarce, so the unemployed are reinventing themselves and becoming the majority of new franchise owners, industry sources say. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2010
Wireless Toyz Fraud Verdicts Are In. - The verdicts came in Friday in the first of several lawsuits brought by investors in the Wireless Toyz cellular phone store chain. Eight of the nine charges brought against Wireless Toyz and founder... [more] 5 Mar, 2010
Burger King, franchisees drop soda-rebate lawsuit. - Burger King Corp and its franchisees have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over the millions of dollars in rebates restaurant operators get from soft drink suppliers, the hamburger chain said on Friday. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2010
Einstein Bros. Bagels Continues to Grow Through Franchising. -Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. is opening new franchise territories nationwide as demand builds among local investors to be part the Einstein Bros. Bagels brand. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2010
Bikinis Sports Bar opening second San Antonio area location. - Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill has opened a new restaurant location in the Northeast San Antonio area. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2010
IFA President & CEO elected to small business coalition leadership. - IFA President & CEO Matthew Shay has been elected Treasurer for the Small Business Legislative Council, a coalition of over 50 trade and professional associations that share a commitment to the future of small... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
First TX Mr. Clean Car Wash opening in Round Rock. - The Mr. Clean Car Wash is opening its first Texas store in Round Rock next month, creating about 40 jobs. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
BK Franchisee Speaks Out. - Owner of 312 Burger Kings says the company is paying a steep price for “extreme affordability.” ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Mazzio's plans national expansion. - Mazzio’s LLC is ready to start franchising its two restaurants across the country after spending the last six months prepping the business. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Massage Elite Begins New Massage and Day Spa Franchise Offering. - Kala Group, LLC based out of Scottsdale, Arizona is happy to announce the creation of Massage Elite, a new concept in massage and day spa franchising. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Saladworks plans 8 locations in Orange County, Calif. - Saladworks said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with a developer for eight new Saladworks restaurants in Orange County, Calif. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2010
Denny's shareholders launch proxy fight. - A group of Denny's largest shareholders are criticizing the restaurant chain's top leaders and plan a proxy fight to add three of their own members to its board of directors. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Shell, Motiva Win U.S. High Court Fight With Stations. - The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the ability of oil companies to change their leases with independent service station owners, ruling in favor of Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in a Massachusetts case. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Maid Brigade Announces National Franchise Expansion Opportunities. - Maid Brigade, the nation's first and leading green-cleaning franchise, announced today the launch of an aggressive growth plan to increase its presence throughout the US. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
East Coast Wings & Grill CEO is Now CFE, Too. - Sam G. Ballas, president, chairman of the board, and CEO of East Coast Wings & Grill, was recognized as a certified franchise executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
HCOA, Inc. Invests in Lady of America Franchise Locations. - HCOA, Inc., an affiliate of TG Capital Corp., a Miami-based private equity firm, has purchased 20 Lady of America (LOA) Fitness Clubs in Puerto Rico and Miami. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Quiznos Carves Out Broader Niche. - Quiznos began opening mini restaurants inside filling stations and convenience stores last year and now has 175. The Denver-based company plans to double that number next year and then double it again by... [more] 1 Mar, 2010
New Hooray for Books Franchise Opportunity Targets Moms Returning to the Workforce. - Hooray for Books, one of Metrowest Boston’s most unique programs where children learn to read and cook with a “side of humor”, is now franchising nationally... [more] 1 Mar, 2010
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