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: : September 2011

Bruegger’s to open first U.S. Timothy’s Coffee unit. - Bruegger’s Enterprises will open the first Timothy’s Coffee restaurant in the United States in Boston Saturday. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2011
Burger King launches Scholars Program fundraiser. - The Have It Your Way Foundation, Burger King's charitable arm, will launch its annual fall fundraiser Oct. 1 in support of the BK Scholars Program. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2011
Papa John's franchisee employees to get paid. - A bankruptcy court judge in Maryland has approved an emergency motion by a Papa John's Pizza franchise to pay wages owed to about 1,200 employees. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2011
Hooters sues ex-exec, accuses him of swiping trade secrets. - The Hooters of America restaurant chain filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta this week claiming that a former executive swiped mounds of documents to help an upstart competitor that plans to... [more] 30 Sep, 2011
Outback settles franchisee lawsuit. - OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, operator of the Outback Steakhouse chain, has reached a settlement with T-Bird Nevada LLC, one of its largest franchisees, over a loan that was the subject of an Outback lawsuit... [more] 30 Sep, 2011
Colorado Papa John's franchisee declares bankruptcy. - The largest Papa John’s Pizza franchisee in Colorado filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2011
Massage Envy Franchising, LLC Opens Its 700th Clinic. - Massage Envy Franchising, LLC announced today it has opened its 700th clinic in the U.S., bringing the total number of openings this year to 45 and surpassing the number of openings in 2010. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2011
Hotel Owners Group to Terminate Choice Hotels. - The Asian American Hotel Owners Association has informed Choice Hotels that the nefarious franchisor will be stripped of its membership unless long outstanding grievances from franchisees can be... [more] 28 Sep, 2011
Wendy's settles lawsuit with franchisee. - The Wendy’s Co. and its largest franchisee, WendPartners Franchise Group, have settled a lawsuit that began in July with a standoff over equipment required for the brand’s new... [more] 28 Sep, 2011
Great American Cookies Expands Great American Patriot Program. - GFG Management, LLC announced today that it has added new October online presentation dates to help veterans learn more about the recently announced Great American Patriot Program. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2011
IFA Announces Educational Sponsor for ICFE Program. - The IFA today announced The Entrepreneur's Source has been named the educational sponsor of IFA's Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE), the organization's certification program for executives. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2011
Franchisees Buy A&W, LJ Silver's from Yum. - In an unusual move, an independent franchisee association and franchisees will buy out their franchisors, hamburger outlet A&W Restaurants Inc and fish chain Long John Silver's Inc. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2011
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to Kick off Franchise Industry Convention. - Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on FOX News Channel, will be the keynote speaker at the 52nd International Franchise Association Annual Convention, IFA announced today. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2011
La Madeleine to start franchising. - La Madeleine Country French Café announced Monday that it would start franchising the concept throughout the United States, while continuing to grow company-owned stores. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2011
H&R Block to Add 100 Franchises. - H&R Block said Monday that it plans to add another 100 franchise locations to its 11,000-office network. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2011
Dunkin' Brands' international president departs after 4 months. - Just four months after being named as international president of Dunkin' Brands, Neal Yanofsky is leaving the company. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
BofA Said to Seek $800 Million in Deal to Divest Pizza Assets. - Bank of America Corp., the lender divesting assets to raise capital, is in exclusive talks to sell its stake in the biggest U.S. Pizza Hut franchisee for more than $800 million. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
IFA Welcomes Four New Board Members. - Four leading franchise professionals have been newly elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors and will assume their positions Feb. 14, 2012. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Annual World Hunger Relief. - Yum! Brands announced today the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort featuring multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera in a new... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Two Men And A Truck Chairwoman Elected to Leadership Post at IFA. - Melanie Bergeron, CFE, chairwoman of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, has been elected Secretary of the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Ultragloss Announces Their First Franchise Conversion. - Steve Marble, founder of Ultragloss, announced Thursday afternoon his first franchise conversion. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
The UPS Store Continues to Expand Non-Traditional Locations in the U.S. - Today, The UPS Store franchise network opened a location on the University of Oregon campus, adding to its nearly 140 non-traditional locations across the country. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Piggly Wiggly to sell four more stores to franchisee. - Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest announced Friday that the company has agreed to sell its four corporate-owned stores in Saukville, Slinger, Hubertus and Jackson to a franchise owner. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2011
Cafe2U launches first franchise in US. - Mobile coffee business, Cafe2U, is about to open its first franchise in the United States after signing a master franchise deal earlier this year. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2011
Yum inks deal to sell Long John Silver's, A&W. - The operator of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains said Thursday that it has found buyers for its Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurant chains. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2011
The UPS Store and U.S. Postal Service Team up to Promote Small Business. - The UPS Store and the U.S. Postal Service are working together to provide small businesses with a new, cost-effective direct mail program. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2011
Jack in the Box franchisee gets funding for growth. - GE Capital, Franchise Finance provided $13.2 million to J&D Restaurant Group Inc. for the purchase of 37 Jack in the Box units throughout Central and East Texas. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2011
Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee sells 16 area restaurants. - A large, local franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar has sold its 16 restaurants in central Indiana to a group led by the former president of the Papa John's pizza chain. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2011
Franchise Liar Loans Spread among Banks. - A major franchise lender, Banco Popular, has been rebuked by the Small Business Administration for participating in lending chicanery. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2011

KFC franchisee's unpaid OT lawsuit cannot be dismissed. - A Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) suit brought by a former KFC assistant manager could not be dismissed, according to U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2011
Franchise Industry Names 2011 Legislators of the Year. - The International Franchise Association today presented Sen. Mary Landrieu (D- LA) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) with its 2011 Legislator of the Year awards at IFA's 12th Annual Public Affairs Conference. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2011
YO!Sushi set to make U.S. debut. - YO!Sushi, a sushi brand based in the United Kingdom, has announced its first franchisee in the U.S. granting the rights to open 10 restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic corridor between D.C. and Philadelphia. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2011
Geeks on Call Announces New Franchise Opportunities. - Geeks on Call, the Virginia based IT service provider to small and mid-sized businesses and residential customers, announced new franchise opportunities to entrepreneurs... [more] 14 Sep, 2011
FranNet Makes INC Magazine's List of Top 10 Franchises. - FranNet, a national network of franchise consultants, has made the list of "Top 10 Franchises" in the 2011 INC 500, Inc. magazine's annual list of the fastest-growing privately held American companies. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2011
Massage Envy Franchising, LLC Signs 70 New Franchise Agreements. - Massage Envy Franchising, LLC announced today continued growth in 2011, selling a total of 70 franchises and opening 43 clinics since January 1st. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2011
Ad Campaign Showcases Franchise Small Businesses as Proven Job Creators. - Amidst the ongoing debate regarding job creation amongst policymakers in Washington, the IFA today released a new wave of advertisements highlighting the impact franchised business owners play... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Papa Johns Sued for Hiding Liability. - Papa John's International is defending itself against a lawsuit brought by the purchaser of 84 underperforming franchises, Essential Pizza, Inc. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Franchise operators want a 'bill of rights'. - Pricing and vendor regulations are only a few of the issues that led the Coalition of Franchisee Associations to create the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Corner Bakery Cafe to open 15 New York locations. - Just weeks after opening his first locations, the New York franchisee for Corner Bakery Cafe has announced plans to open six more stores, bringing the total to 15 over the next six years. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Franchise Social Media Summit 2011 Gains Worldwide Audience. - Franchise Social Media Summit 2011 is quickly gaining an audience of marketers, executives and leaders in franchising throughout the world. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2011
Kumon North America, Inc. Responds to Allegations Regarding California Franchisee. - Kumon North America, Inc. confirms that on Thursday, September 8, 2011 Frank Chung, the franchisee for the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Norwalk, California was arrested... [more] 9 Sep, 2011
Federal suit accuses Muchas Gracias franchiser of violating wage laws. - The U.S. Department of Labor accused an Oregon woman and her two businesses of failing to pay fair wages to some workers at the companies' Muchas Gracias fast-food franchises. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2011
CMIT Solutions Takes Huge Step Forward With Hiring of Frank Picarello. - CMIT Solutions, the nation's leader in providing information technology services and solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, has hired Frank A. Picarello as Vice President of Franchise... [more] 9 Sep, 2011
Snap-on Franchisee Conference Largest Event in Company History. - Core than 6,000 attendees gathered for the annual Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2011
McDonald's has 100th consecutive month of positive sales. - McDonald's Corporation has announced global comparable sales growth of 3.5 percent in August. That includes a 3.9-percent increase in the United States, and a 2.7-percent increase in Europe. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2011
Dunkin' Plans Five New Markets for Franchising. - Dunkin' Donuts announced today that the company is recruiting franchisees for the markets of Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2011
Quiznos Franchisee Association Open for Business. - The Quiznos Franchisee Association (QZFA) is officially open for business. Quiznos franchisee owners can now join through the new association website ... [more] 7 Sep, 2011
Burger 21 Launches National Franchise Expansion. - Owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announced today the national franchise launch of Burger 21. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2011
Geeks on Call is Back, Stronger Than Ever and Offering New Franchise Opportunities. - Geeks on Call is once again making franchise opportunities available to entrepreneurs hoping to tap into the nation's growing need for affordable technical expertise. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2011
Tasti D-Lite signs 104 development agreements. - Tasti D-Lite has signed new development agreements for Tampa, Fla., several counties in New York and Connecticut, and for a network of non-traditional sites across the country, totaling 104 locations. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
Jamba Expands Through Franchising. - Jamba Inc, which currently operates more than 752 stores, recently announced the opening of its first franchised store in Massachusetts with a new franchisee Corey Peterson. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
Wendy's CEO Steps Down, To Be Replaced By Yum COO. - The Wendy’s Company announced that Emil J. Brolick will join Wendy’s as president and CEO, effective September 12. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2011
Swisher Hygiene acquires Chicago franchisee. - Continuing a trend of buying out almost all of its franchisees, Swisher Hygiene has acquired the hygiene and chemical business of Chicago's Evergreen Hygiene Co. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2011
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