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Ohio McDonald's gives voting advice in paychecks. - A handful of McDonald's employees in northeastern Ohio received handbills in their most recent paychecks suggesting they vote for three Republican candidates. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2010
From Fan to Franchisee: Häagen-Dazs Uses Facebook for Recruitment. - While most quick serves are taking advantage of Facebook's potential with their marketing efforts, one brand is going a step further by using the social media giant as a franchisee recruitment tool. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2010
Huddle House Hires 20-Plus-Year Franchise Veteran as CDO. - Today, Mark Whittle, former Vice President of Real Estate for Focus Brands, joins Huddle House as Chief Development Officer. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2010
Lanikai Juice owner moves into franchising. - The owner of Lanikai Juice is franchising the popular Kailua fresh fruit juice and smoothie concept. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Restaurant Franchises Try Truckin' as a Way to Grow. - Food franchises are taking to the road. A small but growing number of chains are following in the tire tracks of those local food-truck businesses popping up on city streets around the U.S. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Bojangles' franchisee opens 44th store. - Bojangles and its franchisee operating company, Tri-Arc Food Systems, have opened their 44th location at 3023 Winston Hill Drive in Cary, N.C. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Liberty Tax CEO Talks Lawsuits and Franchising. - CEO John T. Hewitt weighs in on how Liberty Tax Service is coping with the challenges of a lack of business loans for franchise owner-operators, the state of California suing the tax preparer and... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Transworld Business Brokers becomes a franchisor through new joint venture. - United Franchise Group and Transworld Business Brokers have forged a joint venture to market a new business brokerage franchise system called Transworld Business Advisors. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Burger King shuffles senior management team. - On the heels of its sale to 3G Capital, Burger King Holdings Inc. today announced a handful of changes to its senior management team. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2010
Fazoli's to Open First Wal-Mart Restaurant. - America's largest retailer is turning to America's largest premium quick-service Italian restaurant to offer its shoppers a new dining option. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2010
Pizza Hut Franchise Disclosure Documents available for purchase. - Dublin-based research firm Research and Markets is selling the 2010 Pizza Hut Franchise Disclosure Documents that include the terms and conditions that apply to a franchisee and operations of... [more] 25 Oct, 2010
Just One Store Open, BBI Thinks Big with Pizza Joint. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the addition of Tulsa, Oklahoma–based restaurant Top That! Pizza to its portfolio of restaurants to market and franchise worldwide. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
International Franchise Association welcomes six new board members. - Six leading franchise professionals have been newly elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors and will assume their positions Feb. 16, 2011. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
McDonald's shares reach all-time high. - McDonald's Corp. shared its third quarter report Thursday, with results surpassing analysts' expectations and achieving the company's highest stock to date. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
Wingstop Franchise Sales Get Boost with New Hire. - Wingstop named franchise development veteran David Vernon its vice president of franchise sales to support the concept's rapid expansion. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
Local Del Tacos seized for failing to pay taxes. - The three local Del Taco locations were seized Friday by the City of Colorado Springs for failing to pay sales and use taxes. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2010
Primrose Schools franchising in Mass. - Primrose Schools, a Georgia-based early childhood education company, has recently signed a franchise agreement with an unnamed partner in the Greater Boston area. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2010
ABA Forum Picks Five Hottest Legal Cases. - Franchisor and franchisee attorneys wrestle another in 271 legal cases in 2010. Here are five that will particularly impact franchising. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
Appeals Court Clears Way for Century 21 Class-Action Lawsuit. - A class-action lawsuit filed by Century 21 franchisees against Century 21 Real Estate Corp. and parent company Cendant is moving forward following a decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
IHOP Franchisees and Vendors Celebrate Success and Set New Goals at Annual Franchise Conference. - IHOP celebrated the company's success and honored franchisees, vendors and team members at its annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
Burger King goes private. - An affiliate of 3G has completed its purchase of Burger King Holdings for $24 a share in cash or about $4 billion, including the assumption of debt. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Jake's goes wayback to the future as the franchise expands. - John Carter and his crew of burger brass are expanding, revamping all of their existing franchise locations, and returning to the business model of the original Newark store. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Quaker Steak & Lube to open 16 New England restaurants. - Quaker Steak & Lube is ready for a jumbo bucket order of growth now that it has inked the largest development agreement in the company’s history. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Mattress Firm Buys 8 Franchise Stores. - Houston-based Mattress Firm has acquired eight franchised-own locations in Tennessee and Alabama, making the corporate store count 530 and the franchise count 70. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Saladworks Existing Franchisees Continue Expansion. - Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, announces two new agreements with existing franchisees to further develop the Pennsylvania and New Jersey markets. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
Founder of FIGO to franchise new pasta concept. - A founder of FIGO Pasta plans to bring his own brand of fast-casual Italian restaurants to metro Atlanta. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2010
Liberty Tax Offers Trial Franchises with Pay. - Liberty Tax is offering a trial franchise for would-be franchise owners. Interested franchise buyers will be paid a salary and work in one of 40 company-owned tax offices for seven weeks. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2010

McDonald's Signature Arches Go Green. - A rebuilt McDonald's restaurant in Riverside, California, became the first McDonald's west of the Mississippi and the fourth in the U.S. to seek LEED Gold certification. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2010
Legal Forum on Franchising Begins. - The 33rd Annual Forum on Franchising, a legal symposium organized by the American Bar Association for franchise attorneys, kicked off Wednesday at San Diego, California. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
Franchise Brands LLC to purchase Taco Del Mar. - Milford, Conn.-based Franchise Brands LLC has successfully placed a bid to buy the rights to Taco Del Mar through a recent bankruptcy auction. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
Gap eyes international business to boost sales. - Gap Inc is focusing on finding more sales online and outside its largely mature U.S. market and may expand its lower-priced Old Navy chain outside North America. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
Jamba Juice Announces Largest Refranchising Transaction to Date. - Jamba Juice announced today the signing of a purchase agreement for 41 stores in the mid-West region predominantly in the Chicago and Minneapolis markets. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2010
IFA names new communications and marketing staff members. - The International Franchise Association today announced the addition of new staff members to its communication and marketing department to help support the priorities outlined in IFA’s new strategic plan. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
Burger King to overhaul store image. - Fresh off a buyout by private-equity firm 3G capital, Burger King is ready to go beyond baby steps and look at the big picture: a wholesale overhaul of its image via a redesign of the restaurants... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
More Applebee’s being sold to franchisees. - The California owner of the Applebee’s chain is turning dozens more company-owned restaurants over to franchisees as it pays down debt. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
Blockbuster Video franchisee closing three Wichita stores. - Three Blockbuster video stores in Wichita are closing or have already done so. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
Kumon Franchise Expands in Northeast. - Kumon, the world’s largest after-school enrichment program, identifies Boston, Philadelphia and New York City as top priority markets and launches aggressive expansion plans... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
First Crystal Rose franchise to open. - The Crystal Rose event centers of Golden opens its first franchise location, in Colorado Springs, on Wednesday. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2010
Gymboree agrees to $1.8B buyout by Bain. - Children's clothing retailer Gymboree is being purchased by affiliates of asset management firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Court Says Cartridge Franchise Nothing of Value. - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial court decision that Daniel Wencel, founder and president of Caboodle Cartridge, is liable for $90,000 for making numerous false statements that allured... [more] 10 Oct, 2010
California Burger King franchisees in spat with corporate. - More than 50 Burger King franchisees in California are in disagreement with corporate headquarters over a $5 million lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed 10 restaurants in the state were not properly... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
FOCUS Brands buying Auntie Anne's. - FOCUS Brands Inc. will buy hand-rolled soft pretzel chain Auntie Anne's for an undisclosed amount. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
Marriott joins with Spanish hotel group to launch foreign franchise. - Bethesda-based Marriott International said Thursday that it has joined with the Spanish lodging group AC Hotels to manage and franchise a new brand, AC by Marriott, across Europe and Latin America. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2010
McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers. - Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2010
Jamba Juice Announces Expansion Plans with New Franchisees. - Jamba Juice announced today the signing of store development agreements for an aggregate of 13 new stores... [more] 7 Oct, 2010
Mitt Romney to headline Franchise Industry Convention. - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be the keynote speaker at the 51st International Franchise Association Annual Convention, IFA announced today. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
National Tire & Battery buys 15 MN franchises, enters Minnesota. - A Florida-based tire retailer has acquired 15 Minnesota Tires Plus franchise stores in the Twin Cities and its bringing in a new brand name, National Tire & Battery (NTB), to the Twin Cities. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
NY man pleads guilty to defrauding business owners. - Federal prosecutors say a New York man has pleaded guilty to defrauding small business owners out of $200,300 with promises of helping to develop a franchise network. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
Donatos planning to double franchises. - Donatos plans to step up its expansion under new leadership and to nearly double its size over the next 10 years, with commitments to open at least 250 franchise locations during that period... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
EcoMaids Announces Expansion in Denver-area. - Brian Hazzard has recently become a franchise owner for EcoMaids, a home and business cleaning service which uses only green and environmentally safe products, in south metro Denver. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
Yum CEO: No 'quick fix' at KFC in US. - The recipe for a turnaround is proving elusive at KFC, the chain made famous by the secret mix of herbs and spices coating its Original Recipe chicken. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2010
LivHOME Launches Franchise Program. - LivHOME, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors, announced today that it has launched its franchise program... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Quiznos names new CEO. - Quiznos has announced the appointment of Greg MacDonald as CEO of Quiznos worldwide. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Avis, Dollar Thrifty to cooperate on antitrust. - Car rental companies Avis Budget Group Inc and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc said on Tuesday they will cooperate on efforts to win antitrust clearance for Avis to buy Dollar Thrifty. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Yum Brands post 7 percent gain in 3Q profit. - Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC fast-food brands, said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit grew 7% on surging overseas sales that offset a slight downturn in U.S. operations. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
The McFarthest Spot: The Farthest You Can Get From a McDonald’s is 115 Miles. - No matter where you live in the United States, there is always a McDonald’s close by. In fact, the “Mcfarthest spot” in the contiguous United States is only 115 miles away from a McDonald’s. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Liberty Tax Offers Hands-on Franchisee Boot Camp Opportunity. - In response to the economic climate and financing obstacles of opening a franchise, Liberty Tax Service announces a new Franchise Boot Camp program that puts prospective franchisees through... [more] 4 Oct, 2010
Flippers Pizzeria signs first franchisee. - Florida-based Flippers Pizzeria has announced a multi-unit franchise deal with David Lo, president of Delocie LLC. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2010
Potbelly Sandwich Works bags second franchisee. - Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC announced Monday that it has signed a franchise agreement with a couple in Toledo, the Chicago-based chain’s second such deal. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2010
Wingstop Reaches 29 Consecutive Quarters of Positive Comp Store Sales. - Today, Wingstop announced same store sales for the third quarter are up 1.9 percent over the same quarter last year and 1.7 percent for the year to date. That marks 29 consecutive quarters of positive... [more] 4 Oct, 2010
Congress to Subsidize Selling Franchises to Vets. - A bill has been introduced into the House and now the Senate that financially assists franchisors with tax credits for selling franchises to veterans. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
Naked Pizza readies two Hub shops. - Naked Pizza, a New Orleans-based pizza chain backed by Patriots [team stats] owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban, has landed its first two Hub locations. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2010
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