UNITED STATES FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : December 2011
|2011 Person of the Year.
bluemaumau.org - Blue MauMau has named Chandrakant 'C.K.' Patel as Person of the Year in their 2011 list of top movers and shakers in the franchise world. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2011
ABA Forum Presents Top 2011 Cases.
bluemaumau.org - At this year’s ABA Forum on Franchising conference, Stuart Hershman of DLA Piper and Lee Plave of Plave Koch presented the annual judicial and legislative developments. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2011
Brick ovens heat up franchise sales for restaurant.
chron.com - Coal may be blasted by environment-alists as a poor fuel choice, but it's fueled the success of the locally based Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen franchises. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2011
Fastest growing franchises in 2012.
msn.com - Franchised businesses have taken a beating in the past three years, but revenues, jobs and numbers of units should all grow in 2012, according to a new forecast released by the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2011
Quiznos reaches deal to avoid bankruptcy.
fastcasual.com - Quiznos has reached an agreement with a significant majority of its first- and second-lien lenders on a consensual financial restructuring plan that will substantially reduce the company's current debt... [more] 27 Dec, 2011
It’s Final! Franchisees Buy Out Franchisor A&W.
bluemaumau.org - The sale of Yum Brands' franchising company A&W Restaurants was finalized on Monday, December 19 for an undisclosed amount. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2011
Papa Murphy's purchases 20 franchised locations.
pizzamarketplace.com - Papa Murphy's International announced that its Company Stores Division — Papa Murphy's Company Stores Inc. — has acquired 20 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza stores. ... [more] 22 Dec, 2011
Wendy's Stages a Palace Coup.
wsj.com - Burger King, the perennial No. 2 in the burger wars, is about to be beaten out by a pigtailed girl. Wendy's Co. is poised to pass Burger King Holdings Inc. in U.S. sales... [more] 21 Dec, 2011
Franchising 2012 Outlook: Better Than 2011 Reality.
wsj.com - The number of U.S. franchises declined for the third consecutive year, falling by a modest 0.6% in 2011, according to a new report commissioned by the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2011
Franchise Industry Announces Veteran Hiring Commitments.
marketwire.com - In support of "Operations Enduring Opportunity," a campaign sponsored by The White House and the IFA, the 250 franchise business coaches of The Entrepreneur's Source (TES) are reaching out to help... [more] 19 Dec, 2011
Dickey's Opens Unit No. 200.
qsrmagazine.com - Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a family legacy that began in a one-room location 70 years ago, opened its 200th location on December 17 in Abilene, Texas. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2011
Yogurt Mountain opens 40th store.
fastcasual.com - Yogurt Mountain LLC has opened its 40th store. The new location is in Huntsville, Ala., marking its 9th in the state. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2011
YUM! Brands CEO David Novak to Headline Super Session at IFA Convention.
franchise.org - Yum! Brands, Inc. Chairman and CEO David Novak will be a featured Keynote Speaker at the International Franchise Association's 52nd Annual Convention Super Session on Feb. 13, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2011
Pizza Hut is Google's most searched restaurant for 2011.
fastcasual.com - The top three pizza chains have had more than just big sales this year. Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's were the top three searched restaurants, respectively, on Google in 2011. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2011
Schwab cuts ribbon on first franchise branch.
investmentnews.com - The Charles Schwab Corp. has opened its first franchised branch office. The Nashua, N.H., location opened Monday. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2011
Subway Café expands on chain's concept.
nrn.com - Subway has long been known as a lunch venue, but a franchisee team in San Diego says breakfast and snack dayparts are booming at its recently opened Subway Café restaurants. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2011
Senior Care Franchise Announces Unique Expansion Model.
prweb.com - Home Care Assistance is now pursuing an aggressive campaign of corporate expansion to complement its successful franchising strategy across the United States. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2011
CEO: Steak n Shake poised for global growth.
ibj.com - The parent of Steak n Shake is planning to grow the Indianapolis-based burger chain through an aggressive franchising effort that ultimately could take the company global. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2011
Wingstop to Celebrate 500th Restaurant.
yahoo.com - Wingstop, the national chicken wing chain that has sold over 3 billion wings, will celebrate its 500th restaurant – located at 289 Livingston Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. – on Monday, Dec. 19. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2011
Court Affirms UPS Franchisees Claims Unproven.
bluemaumau.org - The US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, handed down its decision last week affirming that approximately 200 UPS Store franchisees failed to prove their case against franchisor Mail Boxes Etc. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2011
Franchising arm of Prudential Financial purchased.
usatoday.com - A Canadian investment firm has purchased the residential real-estate agency-franchising subsidiary of Prudential Financial, which has 22 offices and more than 500 agents in Arizona. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2011
Chicago franchisee sues Leo's Coney.
detnews.com - Franchisees of Leo's Coney Island's first and only Chicago outpost are suing the Birmingham-based company, claiming that they were forced to close their doors after just 20 months because the restaurateur... [more] 9 Dec, 2011
New Research Shows Changes in Franchise Ownership Demographics Among Women, Minorities.
franchise.org - The International Franchise Association today released new research on minority-owned, female-owned and joint female/male-owned franchise businesses. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2011
Go Roma launches franchise effort.
fastcasual.com - Go Roma will expand outside of the Chicagoland area in 2012 through franchising, having just completed its Franchise Disclosure Documents and state filings for 90 percent of the United States market. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2011
Yum! Brands' spin-offs Long John Silver's, A&W Restaurants to be based in Kentucky.
courier-journal.com - State tax incentives approved Monday guarantee that 90 workers at Long John Silver’s and A&W Restaurants will remain in Kentucky as Yum! Brands spins them off to new owners. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2011
Pizza Hut buys back 46 of its Southwest Ohio restaurants.
bizjournals.com - Pizza Hut Inc. on Monday took over ownership of 46 stores in the Dayton and Cincinnati area from a single franchisee. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2011
Go Roma Launches Franchising with P.J. Evans as E.V.P.
businesswire.com - Go Roma, the fast casual Italian restaurant, will expand outside the Chicagoland area in 2012 through franchising, according to Jeff Drake, Go Roma’s co-founder, president and COO. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2011
Yum Brands expects 2012 profit growth.
reuters.com - Yum Brands Inc, the parent of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut fast- food chains, raised its 2011 profit forecast and said it expects earnings per share to grow at least 10 percent in 2012, led by continued sales and... [more] 5 Dec, 2011
U.S. Department of Commerce Recognizes IFA’s Efforts to Help Franchise Companies Grow in Foreign Markets.
franchise.org - The International Franchise Association has received the Peace-Through Commerce Award from the International Trade Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2011
Rita's Italian ice franchiser sells to New York City concern.
pittsburghlive.com - Pittsburgh-based investors have sold a controlling stake in the company that franchises Rita's Italian Ice restaurants to Falconhead Capital LLC of New York City. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2011
Innovative Taxis Roll onto Los Angeles County Streets.
prnewswire.com - 1-800-TAXICAB of Los Angeles County announced its grand opening today. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2011
Yum!, Domino's CEOs make Forbes 'most buzzed about' list.
pizzamarketplace.com - Yum! Brands CEO David Novak and Domino's Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle have received a lot of positive buzz this year. This is according to research by Zeta Interactive, a New York-based marketing... [more] 2 Dec, 2011
Planet Beach Lawsuit against Attorneys Dismissed, Again.
bluemaumau.org - Last week a district judge dismissed, for a second time, a lawsuit brought by Planet Beach against its former attorneys. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2011
Wingstop secures $15 million for franchise lending.
bizjournals.com - Richardson-based Wingstop Restaurants Inc. said it is offering financing for new and existing franchisees. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
Tasti D-Lite Acquires Planet Smoothie Franchise System.
prnewswire.com - Tasti D-Lite, the lower-calorie frozen dessert chain catering to health-conscious consumers has announced the acquisition of Planet Smoothie, LLC, a franchise system with more than 100 units in operation... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
McDonald's Skirts Ban; Charges 10 Cents Per Happy Meal Toy.
yahoo.com - A ban against toy giveaways with high-fat meals doesn't seem to have fazed San Francisco McDonald's franchise owners. They've found a way to circumvent it. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
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