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Sbarro Emerges from Chapter 11. - Franchisor Sbarro, Inc and its domestic subsidiaries announced late Monday afternoon that it has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 with a reduction in debt, an infusion of $35 million in capital and a... [more] 30 Nov, 2011
Wok Box Coming to the U.S. - Wok Box is expanding into the United States with the signing of its first franchise agreements in Arizona and Oregon. The new Asian quick service stores will open in the first quarter of 2012. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2011
Franchise Business Review Appoints New President. - Franchise Business Review (FBR) announced today the appointment of Michelle Rowan as president. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2011
Franchisors Drop as Market Tumbles in Q3. - An index of 50 publicly traded franchisors that sell franchises that must follow a standard business format dropped 9.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, weighed down by... [more] 28 Nov, 2011
Subway franchising firm not liable for uninsured franchisee claims: Ky. court. - Doctor’s Associates Inc., the franchising company for Subway restaurants, can’t be held liable for workers compensation claims stemming from an uninsured franchisee... [more] 28 Nov, 2011
Restaurant chain franchising on a slow but steady rise. - Franchisers have stepped up incentive programs to help entice would-be entrepreneurs. But longtime franchisees caution that success, if it comes, will take time. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2011
Great Clips, franchisee in unusual legal battle. - A battle between Great Clips Inc. and a franchisee in Galt over alleged under-reporting of sales is taking the unusual route of playing out publicly in the courts. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2011
Reporter Janet Sparks Leaves Franchise Times. - After 13 years as columnist/reporter for the monthly Franchise Times magazine, Janet Sparks has resigned over editorial differences. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2011
Reporter Janet Sparks Leaves Franchise Times. - After 13 years as columnist/reporter for the monthly Franchise Times magazine, Janet Sparks has resigned over editorial differences. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2011
President Obama Recognizes Franchise Industry Commitment to Reduce Veteran Unemployment. - Franchise business leaders and IFA President & CEO joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at a White House bill signing ceremony today for the... [more] 21 Nov, 2011
Marriott International Focuses on Lodging Management and Franchising. - Since its founding nearly 85 years ago, never has Marriott International, Inc. been as fully focused on its core lodging management and franchise business as today, concluding the spin-off of... [more] 21 Nov, 2011
Mrs. Fields Said to Be Near Ceding Control to Creditors. - Mrs. Fields Famous Brands LLC may cede control to creditors including Carlyle Group LP and Z Capital Partners LLC by swapping debt for equity to avoid bankruptcy, said four people with knowledge of... [more] 18 Nov, 2011
DQ Settles with Franchisee Group. - Josh Schmieg, executive director of Dairy Queen Operators’ Association said his members are pleased with a settlement that was reached with the association, franchisor American Dairy Queen and its... [more] 18 Nov, 2011
IHOP Express goes self-service at new San Diego location. - IHOP on Thursday will open an IHOP Express in a tourist-heavy San Diego location where you buy your meal at the counter and pour your own refills, and the waitresses are replaced by runners. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2011
Buffalo Wild Wings to buy 15 restaurants. - Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy 15 restaurants in Ohio and South Carolina from a franchisee group. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2011
Franchisee Battles New Storm against Pizza Hut. - Veteran franchisee Larry Lundy has been no stranger to hardship, tragedy and setbacks in his three-decade career with Pizza Hut Inc. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2011
Suit alleges fraud in sale of Pizza World franchise. - A couple who owned and operated a Pizza World franchise in Wood River are suing the firm that sold them the franchise, claiming the firm defrauded them. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2011
Wendy’s losing U.S. president as Karam returns to franchisee. - A Wendy’s Co. executive is returning to his roots. The Dublin-based fast food chain announced Tuesday that David Karam, Wendy’s North America president, will leave the company... [more] 15 Nov, 2011
Matco Franchisees Allege SBA Loan Fraud. - Franchisees David Villano III and his father David Villano, Jr. are accusing Matco Tools, with accomplice TD Bank, of devising a secret scheme that allowed the franchisor to sell franchises through fraudulent... [more] 15 Nov, 2011

Chained to the Road. - A lot of franchise buyers are looking to get into the driver's seat. Literally. Over the past several years, there's been a rising interest in mobile franchises, whose owners work out of a van, truck or trailer... [more] 14 Nov, 2011
Smaller Franchisers Expand Their Horizons. - Over the past month, a Smashburger outlet in Denver has had some unusual help in the kitchen: a group of Kuwaiti entrepreneurs. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2011
Domino's franchisee kicks off social media contest. - North Carolina-based HDI, a Domino's Pizza franchisee, has tapped Sociallybuzz to launch its new giveaway campaign that taps into both virtual and non-virtual mediums. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2011
ABA Franchising Forum Helps Baltimore's Needy. - A day after the 34th annual American Bar Association Forum on Franchising came to a close, a record number of the franchise attorneys stayed in town to prepare meals with Baltimore's Moveable Feast... [more] 13 Nov, 2011
Restaurants recruiting more veterans with franchise discounts. - According to a recent Small Business Administration study, veterans in the private sector are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2011
Minnesota Posts FDDs Online. - Franchise disclosure documents can now be reviewed online for the state of Minnesota. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2011
Global Franchise Group Celebrates Veterans Day With New Commitment. - GFG Management, LLC announced today that the company is joining forces with other franchisors across the country this Veterans Day to pledge its support for veterans and confidence in their unique... [more] 11 Nov, 2011
Franchise Industry Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Announce Veteran Hiring Commitments. - The IFA today announced "Operation Enduring Opportunity," a campaign to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2014. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2011
Burger King's earnings receive international boost. - Burger King Holdings Inc. released results for its third quarter 2011 that included a system-wide comparable sales increase of 1.6 percent driven by its international performance. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2011
McDonald's October revenue figure rises. - McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that a key revenue figure rose 5.5 percent in October, fueled by sales in China and other foreign markets and the popularity of its Monopoly game in the U.S. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2011
Rutherford bagel franchisor accused of fraud. - A Pennsylvania couple has accused a Rutherford-based bagel franchise company of defrauding them into buying a franchise by inflating possible revenue and low-balling costs. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2011
Parent of NPC, largest Pizza Hut franchisee, agrees to a sale. - NPC International Inc. , the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, said Monday that its parent company agreed to be sold to a company aligned with a Connecticut private equity firm. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2011
Independent Franchisee Associations Grow. - Experts estimate that there are 300 to 400 independent organized groups of franchisees, which are increasing. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2011
Bank of America sells stake in Pizza Hut franchisee. - Bank of America Corp sold its stake in the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, as the second-largest U.S. bank by assets continues to shed assets. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2011
Franchises Banned In Utah, Court To Rule On Constitutionality. - A Utah federal court will hear a franchisee's challenge to a law banning franchises from operating in his town. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2011
U.S. court reinstates SuperShuttle drivers' suit. - A federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit Thursday by more than 1,000 SuperShuttle drivers in California who wanted to be treated as employees instead of independent contractors... [more] 4 Nov, 2011
Veterans and Franchising: New Report Looks at Franchisee Satisfaction, Performance. - A new report released today by Franchise Business Review includes the first-known research on military-trained franchise operators and their overall satisfaction as franchisees compared to non-veterans. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2011
TCBY opens two more stores. - In a year of aggressive growth, TCBY expects to exceed its original goal of 75 new openings, according to CEO Tim Casey. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2011
Massage Envy Franchising, LLC Announces Expansion Into Alaska. - Massage Envy Franchising, LLC announced today the signing of a multi-unit Regional Developer agreement with Gregg and Debbie Olsen for the development of four new Massage Envy Spa clinics in Alaska. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2011
Jimmy John's aims for 1,300 stores. - Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches has 1,288 stores open in 41 states and expects to top 1,300 by year's end, the chain's director of real estate says. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2011
Creative Learning Corporation Announces 100th Franchise. - Creative Learning Corporation, owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz, is pleased to announce that the Company has reached its 100th franchise, a milestone that was not projected until the end of 2011. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2011
Bend coffee business brewing. - If Lee Johns has his way, in five years at least 1,000 Cafe2U vans will be delivering high-end coffee to consumers across the United States. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
Franchising Companies Outperform Broader Market Indexes. - FRANdata has launched a new market index called FRANdex, which tracks the performance of the largest 50 U.S. publicly-traded companies that use the business format franchising model. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
Former Apple Executive Guy Kawasaki to Speak at IFA Convention. - Guy Kawasaki will be a keynote speaker during the closing keynote luncheon at the International Franchise Association's 52nd Annual Convention Feb. 14 in Orlando, Fla. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
Dunkin’s Luther Becomes Arby’s Chair. - Jon Luther, chairman of Dunkin' Brands, has been appointed as the chairman of the board for the troubled Arby's chain. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
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