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Hilton ending franchise agreement with Las Vegas Hilton. - Is an iconic Las Vegas hotel brand name looking for a new home? It was looking more likely Wednesday after Hilton Worldwide notified the owner of the famed Las Vegas Hilton that it plans to terminate its franchise... [more] 30 Jun, 2011
U-Swirl Franchisees Open Four Cafes in June! - U-Swirl, Inc., parent to U-SWIRL International, Inc., the owner and franchisor of U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt cafes, today announced that franchisees have opened a total of four new cafes in the month of June. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2011
BrightStar Care Offers Star-Spangled Franchise Opportunity. - On the heels of President Obama's recent announcement calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, BrightStar Care is offering a discounted franchise fee to returning veterans. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2011
Dunkin' Donuts Independent Franchise Owners Association Welcomes New Chairman. - Daniel Connelly, a member of the Board of the DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) Association since 2009, has been voted Chairman of the Board effective immediately. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2011
Seacrets Franchising, LLC Announces New Franchise Program. - Seacrets Franchising, LLC., franchisor of a unique restaurant, bar, hotel and night club concept that has operated since 1988, announced today that it was implementing a new program to sell franchises. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2011
KidzArt Signs Franchise Agreements to Expand into Saudi Arabia and Malta. - As part of its international growth strategy, KidzArt, the leading art franchise worldwide, announced its continued expansion with two new franchise partners signing on in Saudi Arabia and Malta. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2011
IFA Warns States Not to Interfere with Contracts. - Fair franchising legislation is being debated and discussed at the Massachusetts state capitol, with franchise industry insiders offering their input. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Sarku Japan debuts new freestanding concept. - Sarku Japan continues its ambitious domestic expansion plan with the opening of its new, freestanding concept in Capitol Heights, Md. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Schlotzsky’s Growth Momentum Skyrockets with 75 Franchise Agreements. - Schlotzsky’s announced today it has signed 75 franchise agreements for a total of 25 restaurants that will each house the Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon and Carvel concepts under one roof. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2011
Wendy's/Arby's taps Russia, eyes China and Brazil. - Wendy's/Arby's said on Thursday it planned almost as many restaurants overseas as in its home market and was eyeing China and Brazil for expansion after Russia. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2011
Franchise Icon Joins Baristas as Director of Franchise Development. - Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. announces that Robert Palmer Jr. has joined Baristas as its Director of Franchise Development. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2011
Franchisees Launch Pioneering ePurchasing Coop. - Hotel franchisees announced Friday that they will launch their own cooperative purchasing program. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2011
Social Media Not Working in Franchising? - Franchise consultants with iFranchise Group have noted that a growing number of franchise systems are utilizing social media, not only for branding and communication purposes, but also for franchisee recruiting. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
Fazoli’s ramps up franchise effort with new hire. - With a new menu, new prototype and a new service style driving a sales turnaround, Fazoli’s has announced the addition of James Franks as vice president of franchising. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
Ben & Jerry’s launches ice cream truck in NYC. - Ben & Jerry’s has launched its Scoop Truck tour in New York City and will be hitting the streets through July 29, attending community and non-profit events. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
Terminated IHOP Franchisee Appeals Order Denying Evidence. - Attorneys representing a terminated franchisee of International House of Pancakes filed an appeal last month challenging an order denying their request for certain testimony and documents. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2011
Are You 'Fit' to Be a Franchise Owner? - Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness, announces the launch of his "Partner with Peter" contest that will award one aspiring entrepreneur a free fitness franchise. ... [more] 15 Jun, 2011
LivHOME Sells First Franchise, Serving Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. - LivHOME, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors, announced today that it has sold its first franchise, which will serve the northwest suburbs of Chicago. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2011

IFA Launches Small Business Lending Toolkit to Boost Job Creation. - The International Franchise Association released a digital "Small Business Lending Toolkit" Monday to aid lenders and franchise small businesses in their joint pursuit to make credit more available... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Chain Links. - Franchise consultants can help prospective buyers find the right match. Just remember who's paying them. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Private equity firm to buy Arby's for $130 million. - Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc will sell most of its Arby's roast beef sandwich chain to private equity firm Roark Capital Group for about $130 million in cash. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Mr. Clean Car Wash wants to expand into Baltimore area. - One of the most recognizable names in household cleansers is looking to expand its car washing business and is eyeing Baltimore for growth. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Corner Bakery acquired, plans to expand. - An Atlanta-based private equity firm acquired Dallas-based Corner Bakery Café Monday. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
World's Leading International Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation Franchise Coming to America. - With more than 1,000 locations internationally in just three years, No+Vello targets USA for next expansion; successful entrepreneur Adriano Lucas opens first location this spring in New York City. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified. - Some of America's largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between... [more] 10 Jun, 2011
7-Eleven to Offer Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Stores for Franchising. - 7-Eleven Inc. plans to convert the 14 Quad Cities-area Mother Hubbard's Cupboard stores it purchased last year to 7-Eleven stores, and then offer each one as a franchise. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2011
Nathan’s sets sights on China, Canada. - Although hot dogs have long been a somewhat humble hallmark of the American diet, Nathan’s Famous is planning on expanding globally from China to Canada. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2011
New Franchise Exec Joins Focus. - Focus Brands announced that it has hired John Barber as senior vice president of franchise sales. ... [more] 8 Jun, 2011
McDonald's sales climb 3.1% in May. - Consumers headed into McDonald's for its fruit and maple oatmeal, frozen strawberry lemonade and other beverages in May, pushing its revenue at restaurants open at least 13 months up 3.1 %. ... [more] 8 Jun, 2011
IFA Files Amicus Brief in Mass. Case Defending Franchise Relationships. - The IFA, representing the nation's 825,000 franchise establishments, nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in economic output, has submitted an amicus brief to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court... [more] 7 Jun, 2011
Aaron's franchisee wants cyber-spying lawsuit thrown out of court. - The Aaron's franchisee company at the center of a cyber-spying lawsuit has broken its silence. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2011
Entrepreneurs flock to Franchising as Economy Strengthens. - As the economy begins its long recovery, thousands of employees and former employees are turning to proven franchise systems for the career stability they fear no longer exists with many... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Dunkin’ Donuts shops fined for child labor violations. - Four Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners face more than $13,000 in fines after the state attorney general’s office cited them for multiple child labor violations. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Franchising’s New Frontier, Marijuana Megastores. - Franchising has now officially gone to pot. A marijuana hydroponics franchisor, weGrow, opened its first franchise Wednesday. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Fox Business Anchor Stuart Varney to Headline IFA Public Affairs Conference. - Fox News Channel and leading business and political correspondent Stuart Varney will headline the IFA's 12th Annual Public Affairs Conference Sept. 13-14 in Washington. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Quiznos to sell subs at 53 more gas stations. - Quiznos has signed a deal to locate restaurants within 53 Tampa, Fla.-area Hess Corp. gas stations, its first concentrated expansion throughout a metro area in a 15-month-old program to become... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
United Franchise Group Signs Agreement with Franchise Finance for $5 Million Franchisee Lending Program. - The United Franchise Group (UFG) today announced it has reached an agreement for a franchisee lending program with Franchise Finance. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
World's biggest hot dog chain turns 50. - Irvine-based Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain, hits the big 5-0 this year. Not bad for a misnamed company in an era when about 29% of U.S. businesses survive 10 years. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2011
McDonald's April hiring spree could have accounted for half of May's job growth: report. - The Labor Department's latest jobs report was already disheartening. And now it turns out half of the paltry number of jobs created in May could have been the result of McDonald's. ... [more] 4 Jun, 2011
Author Says He Was Dunk’d into Franchising Undertow. - A veteran franchise owner of supermarkets, UPS Stores and Dunkin' Donuts shops is publishing a rare tell-all story from the inside of a franchise. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2011
Captain D's franchisee files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. - A Memphis-based Captain D's franchisee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to close six locations, but keep 15 open. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
IFA Names Judith Thorman SVP, Government Relations & Public Policy. - International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira announced that Judith Thorman has been named Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
Pizza Huts to participate in tornado relief. - Pizza Hut restaurants in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas are raising money for tornado relief. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2011
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