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Franchisor Hit Hard for Pretending Employees Are Franchisees. - Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court smacked Coverall janitorial franchise system with a huge bill for labeling its employees as franchisees. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2011
Noodles & Company to enter Northeast with franchise deal. - Noodles & Company said Wednesday it has reached a franchise deal to open several stores in Connecticut over the next five years, its first foray into the Northeast states. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2011
Some franchisees break with George Webb. - The George Webb restaurant chain is a little smaller, with the loss of eight locations run by operators who didn't like terms offered by the new owner. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2011
Domino's Pizza Refranchises 30 Atlanta-Area Stores. - Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced that it has refranchised 30 company-owned stores in Atlanta to four local owner-operators. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Mobile Franchise with New Home Training Technology. - Ultragloss franchisees have the ability to study and train from the comfort of their own home before they arrive at the Ultragloss 12-day boot camp style training. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Medical Marijuana Superstore Will Help Michigan Patients Grow Their Own Medicine. - National hydroponics franchise, weGrow, plans to help Michigan’s 100,000 medical cannabis patients by December. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Juice it Up! Launches Mobile Ordering App. - With the recent launch of the Mobile Ordering App, Juice It Up!, a franchised smoothie and juice bar chain, has become the first smoothie giant to offer a mobile ordering application. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
Quiznos Owners Form Franchisee Association. - Quiznos Restaurant franchise owners are pleased to formally announce the formation of the Quiznos Franchisee Association (QZFA). ... [more] 26 Aug, 2011
‘College Hunks’ franchisor does heavy lifting. - Early on College Hunks, which has 20 corporate employees, hired a director of development to lead its franchisee recruitment efforts. This year it hired a field coach to help provide operational support to franchisees. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2011
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Strengthens Franchisee Support With New Department. - To accommodate its rapid growth and franchisee demand, the quick serve barbecue chain Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. recently launched a Communications Department. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2011
Collective Brands Q2 beats Street view, shares soar. - Collective Brands Inc said it will review strategic alternatives and close about 475 underperforming stores over the next three years to boost profitability, sending its shares up more than a third in extended trading. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2011
Subway tests cafe models with expanded menu, decor. - Subway is testing a new cafe concept with upscale decor and an expanded menu. The newest Subway Cafe opened Wednesday in Flagstaff. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2011
Hooters gets new CEO, replacing son of company's founder. - Atlanta-based Hooters of America LLC, which franchises and operates more than 430 Hooters restaurants, has hired a veteran of soft drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises as president and chief executive. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2011
In Search of More Muscle. - Franchising is often seen as a safer business model than starting up from scratch. Yet failure is a real possibility, even among the most popular franchises. Case in point: Curves International Inc. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2011
Analysis Gives Grim Outlook for Yum Franchisees. - Goldman Sachs, hired as a financial advisor by Yum Brands, Inc., released an in-depth analysis of the fast food chain’s prospects in the developed world. And it isn’t pretty. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2011
Frozen yogurt stores are hot new trend in New Orleans and nationally. - "Frozen yogurt is experiencing quite a rebirth, and becoming something of a national trend," said Elise Cortina, interim executive director of the National Yogurt Association in Washington, D.C. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2011
Franchisee purchases additional Wireless Zone stores. - A regional franchisee has acquired two Wireless Zone stores in Indiana and Blairsville for an undisclosed price. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2011
Spanish sandwich chain has huge plans for US. - 100 Montaditos has doubled its number of restaurants across Spain since 2007, to 200. Now it’s setting its sights on the U.S. and aims to open 4,000 American stores in the next five years. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2011
FranNet and BNI Form Partnership to Help Franchise Owners Grow Small Businesses. - Corporate refugees and other potential new franchise owners now have even more resources available through a new partnership between FranNet and Business Networking International. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2011
Burger King freshens fast-food image, kicks King to the curb. - In the first of many steps to reinvent itself over the next year, the struggling fast-feeder Friday will announce that it's dethroning the creepy King character — and other wacky, teen-targeting stuff... [more] 19 Aug, 2011
Speedpro Imaging Certified A World-Class Franchise. - Speedpro Imaging has received World-Class Franchise certification from the Franchise Research Institute and FranSurvey. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2011
Pizza Franchises are Booming in 2011 According to Franchise Direct Report. - In its latest examination of the pizza franchise industry, the 2011 Pizza Franchise Report, Franchise Direct reveals that the pizza franchise industry continues to boom. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2011
Edible Arrangements Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Franchising. - Edible Arrangements is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its first franchise location which opened in Waltham, Massachusetts in August 2001. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2011

Boardwalk Franchisees Set to Open 100 Locations. - Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries has finalized three new master franchise deals with experienced developers for 100 new restaurants across Northern New Jersey, Alabama, Indiana, and Kentucky. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2011
Yogurtland Announces the Opening of Its 150th Store. - Yogurtland, the leading self-serve frozen yogurt provider in the U.S., announces the opening of its 150th store in Bakersfield, Calif. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2011
Franchising Remains Dependable Growth Strategy. - A new report by Technomic and Restaurant Finance Monitor finds franchising of restaurant brands continues to be a major avenue pursued by chains. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2011
Is Franchise Times Yesterday's News? - Many of us remember when Franchise Times was a must read for anyone involved in franchising. That has changed, and this should be of concern to franchisees. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2011
Menchie's Reaches 100th Store Milestone in Third Year of Franchising. - Menchie's began its franchising initiative just three short years ago, following the wildly successful opening of its first store in Valley Village, Calif. a year earlier. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2011
Subway Donates $10,000 to Weather Victims in Alabama. - SUBWAY Restaurants presented the West Alabama Food Bank with a $10,000 donation to feed disaster victims in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2011
IFA Launches “Franchising Gives Back” to Kick off the 52nd Annual Convention. - Recognizing the year-round community service initiatives of its members, the IFA will hold an inaugural Franchising Gives Back event ahead of its 52nd Annual Convention, Feb. 10, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2011
Burger King profit falls 13% on charges. - Burger King Holdings Inc. reported second-quarter profit fell 13% primarily due to a higher interest expense as a result of debt incurred in the acquisition of the fast-food giant by a private-investment firm... [more] 11 Aug, 2011
Franchise Sales Continue to Grow at RE/MAX. - Even though the housing market continues to search for solid footing, global real estate franchisor, RE/MAX, continues to experience growth in its network. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2011
Family-Owned Franchises on Upswing at Showhomes Home Staging. - There are hundreds of franchise categories, ranging from pet care to oil change specialists, and the field is expanding. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2011
Premier Extra Olive Oil Retailer, We Olive, Begins Franchise Expansion. - We Olive, the premier retailer in the United States of artisan California Extra Virgin Olive Oil announced today plans to expand their number of new stores by offering new store franchise agreements. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2011
Franchising can be a win-win. - There are hundreds of franchise categories, ranging from pet care to oil change specialists, and the field is expanding. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2011
IFA Missing in National Veteran's Small Business Conference. - When the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo kicks off a four-day seminar in New Orleans next week, franchisors’ main trade association will be missing in action. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2011
Fraser’s Two Men and a Truck franchise celebrates 20th anniversary. - Twenty years is a long time for any business. For Fraser’s Two Men and a Truck franchise, it’s an especially important mark, though. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2011
Angel Companions Launches Franchising Opportunities. - To help meet demand in an expanding senior care industry, Angel Companions will expand its network of non-medical home care service through the offering of franchise opportunities. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2011
'Better burgers' take bigger bite of market. - With all of the buzz about food trucks and local foods, it might be easy to overlook one of the fastest-growing restaurant trends these days. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2011
Franchisers Focus on Loans. - Some U.S. franchisers are taking steps to help franchisees secure financing amid concerns that a credit crunch is still stifling new store openings. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2011
Franchise Gator Partners with The Educated Franchisee. - teams up with Rick Bisio, franchise consultant and author of The Educated Franchisee, in a collaboration to better connect potential franchise buyers with the correct franchise. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2011
Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg to Address IFA Public Affairs Conference. - Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg will provide his perspective on the state of American politics and a preview of the 2012 elections to hundreds of small business leaders at the IFA's 12th annual Public Affairs... [more] 1 Aug, 2011
Dunkin' Donuts Growth Strategy Questioned. - While many Wall Street experts are enamored with the company's West Coast expansion prospects, one former Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner knows firsthand the flaws with that strategy. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2011
Five Guys ranked fastest growing restaurant. - Starting with a single location in Arlington, Va., in 1986, Lorton-based Five Guys burgers has grown to 750 stores in more than 40 states and Canada. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2011
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