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Sbarro Names Two to Help Franchising Efforts. - Sbarro, the world's largest Italian mall-focused restaurant franchise, announced that it has appointed two industry leaders to spearhead continued franchise growth, both domestically and overseas. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2012
Getting a Loan to Open a Franchise Gets Harder. - First-time franchise buyers are finding it's harder than they expected to cobble together the money needed to get their businesses off the ground. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2012
Master Franchisee to Open 3 CherryBerry Units in CT. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the signing of a Master Franchise agreement with Andy Liu to expand development of the CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar throughout Connecticut. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2012
Papa John's renews franchisee incentive program. - Papa John’s International Inc. has renewed its Development Incentive Program for 2013, continuing the same offers to domestic franchisees who open new restaurants before the end of next year. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2012
Burger King franchisee partners with Red Cross for emergency response efforts. - Colorado-based Ocedon Burger King Restaurants has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross' Colorado disaster response fund to aid in the recovery of this summer's wildfires. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2012
Lemonade entrepreneur launches franchising initiative. - Cheryl Goodwin-Huett — Goodi to her husband — has a plan to share her special blend of lemonade sipped at special events throughout northern Nevada with the rest of the country. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2012
Hertz and Dollar Thrifty Announce Definitive Merger Agreement. - Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Hertz would acquire Dollar Thrifty... [more] 26 Aug, 2012
Sarku Japan system expands in New York City market. - Sarku Japan continues the northeast expansion of its franchise program with the opening of six new Teriyaki and Sushi Express stores in the New York metropolitan area. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2012
Steak n Shake loses appeal over franchisee’s pricing. - A longtime Steak n Shake franchisee who sued the chain after it insisted on setting prices for menu items prevailed again Friday as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Illinois federal court’s ruling... [more] 24 Aug, 2012
Printing company franchise aims to make its mark. - As Ralph Askar sees it, New Jersey — including Burlington County — is fertile territory for his franchise. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2012
New fast casual chain brings Madrid to America. - The Madrid-based fast casual restaurant chain, 100 Montaditos, which has more than 300 stores in Europe and Latin America, is now invading America. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
Soft Consumer Spending and Tax Uncertainty Weigh on Franchise Businesses. - The Franchise Business Index (FBI) declined in July for the second month in a row, reflecting increasing concerns about expiring tax rates and weak consumer spending. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
Retail Franchises Are Roaring, Says New Franchise Direct Report. - Retail franchises are everywhere and Franchise Direct's exhaustive new report on retail franchising explains the future trends for this rapidly growing industry. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
Ice House America signs on first franchise developer. - Automated ice vending machine maker Ice House America has created a franchising program and signed its first area developer. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
The Creators of Mad Science Launch New Franchise Opportunity. - The team behind Mad Science, the world’s leader in science education and entertainment, is thrilled to announce TEAM MAKERS. An exciting franchise opportunity designed to... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
NJ ex-franchisees accuse Dunkin' Donuts of bias. - Dunkin' Donuts steered a black couple away from lucrative franchise locations toward less profitable minority areas and discriminated against an Indian-American woman according to a lawsuit filed this week. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
Smashburger Appoints New SVP of Franchise Sales. - Smashburger, the expanding better-burger restaurant, announced it has added franchise executive Brett Willis to its growing team as senior vice president of franchise sales. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2012
Franchises, Small Businesses 'Heroes' of Economy: CEO. - Franchise owners and small businesses are the real owners of the American economy and offer the best solution to the world’s economic ills, Jim Amos, CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie, told CNBC. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off. - PayPal is in the early stages of what may be a blockbuster mobile payments deal with McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest hamburger chain. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes Opens Up a Franchise Business Opportunity. - There are still a significant number of smokers in the United States but it is still refreshing to know that thousands of individuals also exert their efforts on quitting. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Holiday Inn franchise celebrates 60 years. - The Holiday Inn Express recently celebrated 60 years of service as a franchise at a Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce after hours event, hosted at the Holiday Inn Express. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Burger King sells 121 units to franchisee. - Burger King Corp. has sold 121 restaurants to Heartland Food Corp., the company's second largest franchisee in the world. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine Franchise is Coming to the DC Metro Area. - Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine announced today that they have signed a four restaurant development license for their iconic Cuban lunch restaurants in the Washington, DC Metro area. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Foot Locker Rides Fitness Wave To Strong Quarterly Profit. - Foot Locker, Inc. reported Friday a profit for the second quarter that increased from last year, as runners splurged on new sneakers for the summer season. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Sonic Announces New $40 Million Share Repurchase Program. - Sonic Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program for up to $40 million worth of common stock through August 31, 2013. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2012
Bruegger's franchisee co-brands units with Jamba Juice. - A Bruegger’s Bagels franchisee in Connecticut has signed an agreement to open five locations that will be dual-branded with Jamba Juice. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2012
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Simplifies Fundraising Program. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a coffee and smoothie franchise company, has acquired additional tools to help encourage donations and fundraising through the company’s giveback program. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2012
Art Van adds Michigan franchisee. - Art Van Furniture has signed its first Michigan franchisee, the first of many moves the retailer plans to make as it expands inside and outside its home state. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2012
Colorado's Office Evolution Announces National Expansion. - Office Evolution today announced a national expansion launch through franchising. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2012

Not a Barber Shop: A Salon for Men. - Gordon Logan has built a hair-care company that today spans 41 states. And Sport Clips Inc., his hair-cutting franchise based in Georgetown, Texas, is poised to open its 1,000th store before year's end. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2012
Realty One Group expands into franchising. - Growing Las Vegas area-based brokerage Realty One Group Inc. is adding a franchise wing to its operation with an eye on expanding nationwide and eventually going public. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2012
Jiffy Lube Franchisee Settles Spam Case For $47 Mil. - Heartland Automotive Services, a franchisee of Jiffy Lube, has agreed to pay $47 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of spamming millions of consumers with text ads for discounts. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2012
TCBY eyes Dallas as franchising priority. - Having already exceeded 2012 franchise growth expectations with its new self-serve frozen yogurt operating model, TCBY is now focusing on key markets across the U.S. for continued growth and the Dallas/Ft. Worth... [more] 15 Aug, 2012
Unishippers Launches New National Franchise Model. - Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC, the nation's first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, is now rolling out its new national franchise model without geographic boundaries. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2012
HomeVestors Looking Good in 2012. - It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best ever for HomeVestors as the company announces a new record of enrolled franchises through the first half of the year, an increase of almost 30%.... [more] 14 Aug, 2012
Postal Connections Franchisee Finds American Dream in Manhattan Store. - Relentless sales and marketing, eternal enthusiasm and dogged determination are what India-born/America-raised Postal Connections of America franchise owner Kal Bodawala credits for his highly... [more] 14 Aug, 2012
Westborough business launches new franchise division. - Wave2 Media Solutions, a Westborough-based company, has launched a new franchise division that removes the drama, cost and hassle, replacing it with a self-service white-labeled portal to manage... [more] 13 Aug, 2012
Structura body therapy clinics launch franchise system. - Lewisville-based Structura Franchise LLC is launching a franchise system, and has its eye on North Texas. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Targets First New Mexico Restaurant. - Armed with a refreshed menu and new prototype design, Tampa-based Beef ‘O’ Brady’s has identified Albuquerque as a key component to the company’s growth strategy in New Mexico. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
Franchiser sues local restaurant. - A restaurant on West Interstate 40 continues to operate, at least on the inside, as a Red Robin despite a court order that it stop using the gourmet burger chain’s name and proprietary materials. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
CKE pulls planned initial public offering, cites 'market conditions'. - CKE Restaurants Inc., parent to the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. quick-service restaurant chains, said late Thursday that it will not proceed with a planned initial public offering that was scheduled for today. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
McAlister's Deli hires Wendy's veteran for marketing role. - McAlister's Deli has named Donna Josephson as its new vice president of Marketing. She brings to McAlister's more than 20 years of restaurant marketing experience and has been instrumental in... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
Dunkin' Brands announces secondary offering, repurchase of shares. - Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that certain of its stockholders intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering approximately... [more] 10 Aug, 2012
QSR franchisee lending up 28 percent this year. - Lending to franchise businesses decreased by 3.64 percent from June to July following a 5.73 percent increase in June, according to the Franchise Lending Index from the IFA and BoeFly. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2012
Automotive Franchise Revs Up Recruitment. - Ultragloss has signed premiere lead generation expert Franchise Clique as the automotive franchise’s lead generator as it begins a nationwide franchisee recruitment. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2012
Cold Stone Goes after Franchisee Assn Leaders. - After Cold Stone Creamery helped launch an independent franchisee association, the franchisor turned its back on its very own creation when franchisees asked for too much—more transparency. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2012
Hot Head Burritos franchisee to spread chain throughout eastern Ohio. - As the Hot Head Burritos in Pataskala preps for opening, its owner is considering his expansion opportunities. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2012
Firemans Contractors, Inc. First Franchisee Launch A Success. - Firemans Contractors, Inc., a commercial contractor in the pavement and parking lot maintenance industry, announced a successful launch of it first Firemans Contractors' franchise - "Station 1". ... [more] 7 Aug, 2012
Burger King's largest franchisee experiences 5 percent traffic jump. - Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. has announced financial results for the second quarter ended July 1. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2012
McDonald's largest franchisee achieves double-digit comp sales growth. - Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc., Latin America's largest restaurant chain and the world's largest McDonald's franchisee, has reported its unaudited results for the second quarter ended June 30. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2012
Creative Learning Corporation Announces 165th Franchise. - Creative Learning Corporation, owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz, is pleased to announce that the Company reached its 165th franchise the end of July. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2012
Shacka Named President of Two Men and a Truck. - Former chief operating officer Randy Shacka took over officially as president of Two Men and a Truck moving services on August 1. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2012
Weight-loss company starts franchising. - HYPOXI American Franchise Services has started franchising the weight-loss studios out of the company’s headquarters in Ballantyne. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2012
AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Published on Kindle Marketplace. - The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce that the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is now available for the Amazon Kindle. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2012
Small Firms See Pain in Health Law. - Randall Tabor, who owns two Quiznos sandwich restaurants in Virginia Beach, Va., once aspired to triple the number of outlets he owns. But after the federal health-care overhaul passed in 2010, Mr. Tabor says... [more] 1 Aug, 2012
How Mike Hislop uses franchising to make Corner Bakery Cafe thrive. - Having enjoyed steady growth since Mike Hislop took the helm as CEO in 2006, Corner Bakery Cafe is now hitting the accelerator harder. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2012
Burger King 2Q profit up 60%, sales rise on new menu items. - Burger King Worldwide Inc. reported Wednesday a nearly 60-percent increase in second-quarter profit, saying turnaround efforts including menu and marketing moves in the U.S. and Canada are taking hold. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2012
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