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McDonald's has a beef with health care overhaul. - A dispute between McDonald's and the federal government over a new health care overhaul requirement is giving a peek into the potential complexities that the massive new law will have on companies. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
Dollar Thrifty shareholders reject Hertz offer. - Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group shareholders rejected a buyout offer from Hertz on Thursday against the recommendation of the company's board. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
Jack in the Box to Shut 40 Stores. - Jack in the Box Inc. announced recently that it is planning to shut 40 company-owned underperforming restaurants before the end of its current fiscal year 2010 on October 3, 2010. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2010
IFA to IRS: New 1099 reporting requirements should be repealed. - The IFA today called for the repeal of expanded reporting requirements for small businesses enacted as part of the health care reform bill in comments submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2010
Army Seeks Employers, IFA Wants Franchisees. - The International Franchise Association announced this month that it is partnering with the U.S. Army Reserve to “broaden employment opportunities for reservists..." [more] 29 Sep, 2010
Toys R Us to hire 45,000 workers for holidays. - Toys R Us will hire about 45,000 employees to help with the holiday season, doubling its U.S. work force. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2010
Global Milestone for Ronald McDonald House. - McDonald's Corporation celebrates with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) the opening of the world's 300th Ronald McDonald House this week in St. Louis. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2010
Ben & Jerry's to drop 'All Natural' from labels. - Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is dropping the phrase "all natural" from all labels after a request from a health advocacy group. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
Barberitos Franchising Inc. says sales are growing. - Athens-based Barberitos Franchising Inc. said sales are growing this year at its southwestern cantinas, and the company is adding locations. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
McDonald's shakes up McCafé line. - McDonald's Corp. is trying to revive sales of the creamy drink by adding a cherry-topped version to its McCafé line, alongside hot-selling frappes and smoothies. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
Delaware-born burger shop Jake's rebrands as franchise chain. - Jake's Hamburgers is aiming to transform its humble beginnings into a national name, purely on the strength of a simple idea and uncompromising standards. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2010
Savannah's 'Seasons of Japan' adds franchises. - Building on the success of his first operation in the Savannah Centre shopping mall at Abercorn and Eisenhower, owner Toshi Hirata wants to take the experience beyond state boundaries. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2010
Midwest Growth Charted for Camille's. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) named Jason Lowman as lead development agent for Camille's Sidewalk Café in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2010
Baja Fresh to open more NYC locations by close of 2010. - Baja Fresh Mexican Grill will continue its 2010 expansion with the opening of four locations throughout the Midtown area of Manhattan. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2010
Yum! Brands Launch Annual World Hunger Relief Effort. - Yum! Brands announced today the launch of World Hunger Relief featuring global spokesperson and new World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Christina Aguilera. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2010
Blockbuster plans to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. - Hundreds of communities may soon lose their local video stores. Blockbuster — the company that helped to turn movie renting into a national pastime — is set to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today... [more] 23 Sep, 2010
Burger King May Face $3 Billion Tab to Refurbish 'Blah' 7,200 U.S. Stores. - Once 3G Capital completes its purchase of Burger King Holdings Inc., the Brazilian-backed investment fund and the fast-food chain’s franchisees may face a $3 billion tab to renovate aging U.S. restaurants. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2010
Choice Hotels to Open 1,000th Domestic Quality Inn Hotel. - From the Lodging Conference 2010, Choice Hotels International, Inc. today announced that it will reach 1,000 domestic units online for its Quality Inn brand with the upcoming opening of... [more] 22 Sep, 2010
KFC pays college women for ad space on buns. - KFC wants folks to watch its backside. Or, more precisely, the backsides of female college students it's recruiting to promote its hot new bunless Double Down sandwiche. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2010
UPS Store Franchisees Form New Independent Group. - While skeptical franchisees question whether the newly formed Independent Coalition of Franchise Owners (ICFO) will be different than any other autonomous group, the association says it is optimistic... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Amsterdam Falafal launches franchise initiative. - The Amsterdam Falafelshop, located in the Washington, D.C., area of Adams Morgan, has officially launched its franchise effort. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Yum's KFC Unit Goes to Trial With Franchisees Over 'Grill Baby Grill' Ads. - Yum! Brands Inc.’s Kentucky Fried Chicken unit and some of its franchisees are embroiled in a battle over advertisements for crispy-versus-grilled products in a non-jury trial that began today in Delaware. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2010
Franchisee Association Files Lawsuit Against Edible Arrangements Claiming Unfair Practices. - A lawsuit was filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by the EA Independent Franchisee Association against New Haven-based franchise company Edible Arrangements... [more] 20 Sep, 2010
Denny’s Opens 1,600th Restaurant Location. - Denny’s Corporation, today announced the opening of its 1,600th restaurant, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2010
Record Turnout at Snap-on Tools' Franchisee Conference in Orlando. - More than 5,500 attendees gathered at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. for the annual Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) to learn about the latest in... [more] 20 Sep, 2010
Two local churches create their own Lifetree Cafe, a national franchise. - Two Berks County churches have developed a partnership to inspire people in what they term an effort to experience God in unexpected ways. Where can that happen? It's called a Lifetree Cafe. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2010
Five Popeye's restaurants close in Indianapolis. - The popular fast-food chain with a Cajun flair is now out of business in Indianapolis. Five Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits restaurants have shut down. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2010
Judge Dismisses Pertinent Count in Rent-A-Husband Indictment. - After a decision was handed down Tuesday in a rare franchise criminal case, parties on both sides have expressed that they are pleased with a judge’s decision. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2010

Yogurt craze taking Memphis by storm. - Memphis should expect a blizzard of self-serve yogurt businesses as local businessmen and national companies are targeting the Bluff City for start-ups and continued growth. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2010
Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits. - A fast-food fixture and an upstart downtown eatery have closed in Indianapolis, leaving a void for both a traditional Hoosier staple and an ethnic rarity. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2010
Smallprint’s Successful U.K. Jewelry Franchise Operation Launches in U.S. - Smallprint today announces the opening of its new U.S. office to expand its international franchise operation and launch the first Smallprint franchisee in California. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2010
Salzman leaves Gandolfo’s to be franchisee. - The man who was helping to expand Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen into the Southeast has decided to concentrate first on getting the Atlanta-based company some local restaurants. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2010
Sarku Japan plants franchise seeds. - As part of its aggressive domestic and international growth plan, Sarku Japan will host seminars through the fall in a handful of metro markets for those interested in owning a franchise. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2010
Brands that Crank Out Rich Franchisees, 2010. - A 2010 survey shows that Yum Brands and McDonald's have the lion's share of the richest franchisees. Both brands have the most large, multi-unit franchise owners who are listed among... [more] 15 Sep, 2010
U.S. Census Bureau releases its first franchise report. - The U.S. Census Bureau has issued its findings from the 2007 Economic Census Franchise Report. This is the first detailed report by the bureau on this aspect of the country's economy. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Toys R Us planning FAO Schwarz pop-up stores for holidays. - Toys R Us plans to open 10 FAO Schwarz pop-up stores for the holidays, giving new life to a brand it recently acquired that was down to just two locations. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2010
CiCi's Pizza Targets 500-Store Expansion Over the Next Six Years. - CiCi's Pizza, home of the $4.99 endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, announces today its plans to add 500 restaurants in the next five to six years. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2010
Dine America Panel Asks: What's the Importance of Franchisee Relationship? - A panel of franchise experts at QSR's Dine America conference on Tuesday discussed the importance of having a strong relationship between franchisees and franchisors in order to build brands. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
McDonald's targeted in US health ad. - Unhappy meals: American doctors' TV ad features a corpse holding a hamburger and the line 'I was lovin' it'. McDonald's, which has thrived in the recession, isn't laughing. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2010
Sen. Lincoln and Rep Ryan Selected as 2010 Legislators of the Year During Annual IFA Legislative Conference. - 500 Franchise Leaders Arrive in Washington to Demonstrate that Franchising Counts to the U.S. Economy. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2010
7-Eleven bids $2bn for Casey's stores. - America's biggest convenience chain, 7-Eleven, is in talks to buy its smaller rival Casey's General Stores after tabling a bid of $2bn (£1.3bn) for the company. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2010
SUBWAY® Shows Off Outfits Made From Restaurant Chain's Recycled Packaging. - Eight models wearing designs created from recycled packaging materials recently took to the runway for the "Project SUBWAY®" fashion show. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
Burger King buyer names restaurant's CEO. - 3G Capital, the investment firm buying Burger King, has named Bernardo Hees, a former Latin American railroad executive, to be CEO of the company after it completes its $3.26 billion buyout of... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
McDonald's U.S. same-store sales up 4.6% in August. - Fast-food giant McDonald's says a key revenue figure rose 4.6% in the U.S. in August, as customers continued to come in for its frappes and smoothies. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2010
KFC tries to revive founder Colonel Sanders' prestige. - Our cultural connection to Colonel Sanders seems to have been lost in the deep-fryer of time. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2010
The Challenges Facing Burger King Buyer 3G Capital. - The investment outfit and its Brazilian backers will need to do more than just cut costs at the troubled burger chain. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2010
Casey's gets higher bid to rival Couche. - U.S. convenience store chain recommends against Couche-Tard offer. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
Fast-food chains in Asia cater menus to customers. - Two floors below ground, in his stainless steel laboratory, McDonald's food scientist Leslie Bailey creates tempting Asian dishes such as taro pie, mala chicken and wasabi filet of fish. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
Restaurants try to score with fantasy football players. - Fantasy football means real business for restaurants, and some big chains have launched promotional drives to score with dedicated players of the growing pastime. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Burger King Holdings, McDonald's, Diageo, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Cooper Companies. - Analyst Blog features: Burger King Holdings Inc., McDonald's Corp., Diageo plc, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and Cooper Companies Inc. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
New Iowa McDonald's Sports European Cafe Look. - A new McDonald's will feature a European cafe look when it opens in eastern Iowa in November. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
Bicycle Delivery Boosts Business for Johnny Rockets Chestnut Street Location. - San Franciscans living and working within ten-blocks of the Johnny Rockets restaurant, on Chestnut Street, can now have their favorite all-American menu items delivered for free. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2010
Burger King sold to buy-out firm for $3.26bn (£2.1bn). - Burger King is being sold to private equity firm 3G Capital in a deal valued at $3.26bn (£2.1bn), it has been announced. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2010
Katrina-Battered Baskin-Robbins Resurrected. - Baskin-Robbins announced the grand opening of the company's first shop to open in New Orleans since the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2010
New Dunkin' Donut Makes Customers Go Bananas. - Beginning next week, donut devotees can go bananas over the winner of Dunkin' Donuts' "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2010
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