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: : February 2011

Burger King announces more personnel changes. - There’s been another personnel shakeup at Burger King Corp. The Miami-based company has restructured its global brand and operations, as well as its North American marketing structure... [more] 28 Feb, 2011
CiCi’s Pizza franchisees get an assist. - CiCi’s Pizza has selected New York City-based BoeFly, an online marketplace that executes commercial transactions, to assist its franchisees in obtaining bank financing. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2011
Massage Envy Announces Expansion to Hawaii. - Massage Envy announced today the signing of a multi-unit Regional Developer agreement with Nathan McFarland and Lari Jarvis for the development of 5 to 10 new centers in Hawaii. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2011
Major BK franchisee splits up company. - Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., parent company of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Carrols Corporation, operater of more than 300 Burger King restaurants, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year... [more] 24 Feb, 2011
Franchise Consultants Identify 'What's Hot' in Franchising. - The iFranchise Group sees a number of current trends in franchising that they expect will endure, and has identified others as ones to watch as 2011 continues to unfold. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
Taking the Fuddruckers Out of a Burger Shop. - Now that a judge has weighed in on the dispute between the buyer of the Fuddruckers hamburger chain and a former franchisee that was having a hard time letting go of the trademarked dining concept, the real work... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
It’s Number 400 for Planet Fitness. - Planet Fitness, the gym franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone atmosphere and friendly prices, opened its 400th location today. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
Red Roof Gets Aggressive For Growth. - Back on solid financial footing, Red Roof Inn is poised for growth, particularly through franchised conversions. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2011
Blockbuster gets $290 million "stalking horse bid". - Movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc, which filed for bankruptcy last year, said it has started the process to sell itself and has entered into an agreement with "stalking horse" bidder Cobalt Video Holdco... [more] 21 Feb, 2011
Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims. - Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2011
Lawsuit Against Dairy Queen Grows. - Three more Dairy Queen franchisee associations joined the Michigan Dairy Queen Operators’ Association in its lawsuit against International Dairy Queen and American Dairy Queen... [more] 18 Feb, 2011
Giordano's allowed to stay in business. - A federal court decision in Chicago allows pizza-maker Giordano's to continue to operate while it is in bankruptcy. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2011
Australian burger concept heads to US shores. - On Feb. 25, Sydney, Australia-based Oporto will open its first United States location in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2011
Ruth's Hospitality returns to 4Q profitability. - Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. returned to profitability in its fourth quarter, helped by a improved restaurant revenue and a smaller impairment loss. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2011
Dairy Queen sues Iowa franchisee over alleged $13 million extortion plot. - Dairy Queen has sued a disgruntled franchisee it says is threatening to hurt the company in a $13 million extortion scheme. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2011
Franchisee Satisfaction Indicators Suggest Contraction in Franchising. - If franchisee satisfaction is, as we believe, an important indicator of future actions, the next few years could be challenging for the franchise industry. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
Best Lumber drops the franchise and goes local. - Margie DuVal, the owner of True Value Best Home Center, is terminating the contract with the national supplier True Val­ue and will re-launch the hardware store as Best Lumber. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
McDonald’s franchisee named IFA chairman. - John “Jack” Earle, managing partner of Earle Enterprises LP and franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, has been named as the 2011 IFA chairman. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
New Brunswick Franchise Law Kicks In. - New Brunswick’s Franchises Act and the associated Disclosure Regulation and Mediation Regulation came into effect on February 1, 2011 and the province is now the fourth province with... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
More franchisors step into banking. - A larger number of franchisors are acting as bankers for their franchisees as the industry emerges from the recession and liquidity remains tight. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2011
IFA Honors Executive for Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs. - Lynette McKee, CFE, senior vice president and chief development officer for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. was honored today by the International Franchise Association as the Bonny LeVine Award recipient. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2011
Sarku Japan hosting franchise seminars. - Sarku Japan is hosting seminars in major metro markets this spring for those interested in owning a franchise. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2011
Wireless Toyz and CEO Joe Barbat Prevail in Franchise Law Suit. - Wireless Toyz, Joe Barbat its founder and CEO, Richard Simtob and Jack Barbat have prevailed in a frivolous lawsuit filed by a disgruntled franchisee. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2011
Candy Bouquet International Founder Wins Franchise Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award. - Margaret McClain McEntire, Candy Bouquet International, Inc., chairman of the board, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the IFA during the 51st IFA Annual Convention held in Las Vegas. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
140 Franchise Executives to Attain CFE Status. - One hundred forty franchise executives today achieved Certified Franchise Executive designation during the International Franchise Association’s 51st Annual Convention conducted in Las Vegas. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
Franchise Business Review Names 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winners. - Franchise Business Review announced the recipients of its 2011 Top Franchises awards today at the International Franchise Association conference in Las Vegas. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Franchisee Advocacy Group Gets Big Boost. - A trade group of franchisees from some of the country's major franchise chains announced today that the nation's largest group of hotel franchisees has joined the coalition. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011

UPS Store makes $22.5M available for franchisee loans. - United Parcel Service Inc.'s UPS Store, the world's largest chain of retail shipping outlets, is making $22.5 million available to franchisees who want to open new locations or expand to reach more customers. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Help From the Inside. - Franchisers across the country are trying to get their franchisees to tap into a valuable resource: each other. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Wireless Zone heads for national expansion. - After hitting high marks expanding south and east, Middletown franchiser Wireless Zone wants to take its brand national, especially as its products gain further recognition. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Franchisee v. Franchiser. - Issues large and small marked another litigious year for the U.S. franchising industry. To review the legal landmarks, we spoke with Leonard D. Vines, a partner at the St. Louis office of law firm... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Franchisors Numbers Down in Vegas. - The International Franchise Association and its members kick off its fifty first annual convention today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendance is 1,930 participants, down eight percent compared to... [more] 13 Feb, 2011
CNBC’s Behind the Counter Back on Air. - CNBC's hour-long program "Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising" will be back on air after a month and a half absence. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2011
Franchisees File Second Appeal in UPS Mail Boxes Etc. - Franchise owners of UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. now have two appeals in process in the California Court of Appeals. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2011
New LaRosa's franchisee ready to open more. - When Tim O’Hara opened his first LaRosa’s restaurant, he had been at the store for 14 days straight, getting the place ready. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2011
Riverside Formalizes Franchising Specialization. - The Riverside Company continues to advance its specialization in the franchising industry by formalizing Steve Siegel’s role as Senior Advisor focusing on franchising deals. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2011
Pita Pit franchisee to debut Lake Mary eatery. - The Pita Pit Orlando will unveil its fifth local restaurant next month - the first new store for the local franchisee since August 2009. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2011
Eco-friendly Freshii coming to Folsom. - A restaurant franchise that prides itself on providing nutrient dense, environmentally friendly fast food is opening its first Sacramento area location in Folsom. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2011
Child care company hopes franchise model sparks growth. - Rainbow Academy is looking for a growth spurt via franchising, as the 14-year-old Piscataway-based child care center company said it hopes to sign up 100 franchise operators over the next six years. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2011
McDonald's franchisee planning $1 billion IPO: report. - The largest McDonald's franchisee globally is planning a U.S. listing that could raise as much as $1 billion. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2011
KFC franchisor could lose five restaurants to lenders. - KFC franchisor Kazi Foods of Florida could lose five restaurants in Miami after a getting deep-fried by its lenders. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2011
Missouri Senate considers gradual abolishment of franchise tax. - Missouri legislators took another step in changing the state's tax policy Monday with two bills that aim to cap and phase out the corporate franchise tax by 2016. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
New Ad Campaign Touts the Economic Impact of Franchising. - To help illustrate the economic impact of franchising to members of the 112th Congress, the International Franchise Association announced today the launch of the latest advertisement, which features... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
Michelin adds franchised commercial-service network. - Michelin Americas Truck Tires (MATT) has rolled out the Michelin Commercial Service Network, which it said is a franchise network of commercial tire dealers. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
The Franchising World Goes Social. - A franchise tool launching next week hopes to connect prospective franchisees with franchisors via an online hub that leads hopeful entrepreneurs to the business purchase process... [more] 4 Feb, 2011
KFC Franchisees Win Flap over Ad Control! - A Delaware court has ruled in favor of franchisees and their advertising cooperative against KFC Corporation. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2011
Former Denny's CEO Joins iFranchise Group. - The iFranchise Group, the nation's leading franchise consulting firm, announced today that the former president & CEO of Denny's, Nelson J. Marchioli, has joined the firm in a senior consultant role. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2011
Caring Senior Service converts two offices to franchises. - Caring Senior Service has agreed to sell its offices in Amarillo, Texas, and Chattanooga, Tenn., to two businessmen who will run the offices as franchises. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2011
No clowning around: Anti-Ronald McDonald campaign kicks off. - Protestors gathered this week in Cedar Mill, Ore., to sign a petition asking McDonald’s to retire its famed Ronald McDonald mascot. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2011
HuHot founders enjoy Missoula as franchise expands. - While not a traditional hot spot for restaurant headquarters, Missoula is home to the ever-expanding HuHot Mongolian Grill franchise. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2011
Yum! Brands’ gets major boost from China. - Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands is on a roll in every corner of the globe. The company reported a 2010 EPS growth of 17 percent, and a fourth quarter systemwide sales growth of 7 percent. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2011
IFA Names Former Congressman Melancon Head of Government Relations and Public Policy. - Former Congressman Charles J. Melancon has been named senior vice president of Government Relations & Public Policy for the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2011
Fuddruckers cuts ties to franchisee who operates two area restaurants. - The Fuddruckers hamburger chain says it has cut ties with the franchisee who has run its two Buffalo-area restaurants. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2011
The Joint Corp. awards first franchise in Louisiana market. - The Joint Corp., a chiropractic health and wellness center, has announced the awarding of its 13th franchise license to Dr. Dallas Humble, noted speaker and author. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2011
Judge orders compromise in KFC franchisee dispute. - KFC and its franchisees have been told to cooperate on advertising strategies by a judge's ruling Monday that delves into the fried-versus-grilled dispute at the world's most popular chicken-restaurant chain. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
Owner of shuttered Pizza Hut franchises files suit against the pizza chain. - Larry Lundy, a well-known New Orleans businessman and Pizza Hut magnet who owned dozens of the franchises in southeast Louisiana that abruptly closed last month, filed a counterclaim Monday... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
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