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Wendy’s to Remodel 50 Stores, Build 20. - Wendy's will build 20 and remodel 50 company-operated restaurants in the U.S. and Canada in 2012 with new, bold, and contemporary designs. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2012
Mr Ronnies Donuts Partners with Francorp. - Francorp chairman Donald Boroian said he is so impressed with Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts in Houma, Louisiana; he will personally head up the company’s project to franchise the concept... [more] 29 Jan, 2012
Friendly’s, Burger King Join Forces. - Finally, you can have your Friendly’s ice cream—and eat your Burger King fries, too. The company known for its Fribbles and sundaes is on to a new venture after emerging from bankruptcy protection... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
Fashion franchiser: Utah student finds business success while still in school. - Chelsea Sloan probably won’t be looking for a job when she graduates from the University of Utah this spring. She may even be hiring. Sloan was barely a sophomore when she hatched a business idea... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
IFA Adds Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Communications to its Ranks. - The International Franchise Association today announced that Daniel Gibson will join the organization as Senior Director of Marketing & Digital Communications on Feb. 6. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
Juel Tillery Joins Noble Roman's as National Director of Franchising. - Noble Roman's, Inc. today announced that Juel Tillery has joined the company in the newly created position of National Director of Franchising. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
Sonus Franchise Reaches 100 Location Milestone. - As U.S. small business owners seek innovative ways to expand during a still unyielding economy, Sonus has announced the opening of over 100 Sonus Franchise Locations. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
7-Eleven Acquires 55 Sam's Mart Stores in the Carolinas. - 7-Eleven, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sam's Mart LLC to acquire 55 Sam's Mart stores in North and South Carolina and convert them to 7-Eleven stores this year. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
Pie Face Bakery Cafe Takes Manhattan on Australia Day. - Pie Face, Australia’s popular bakery café, will celebrate the grand opening of its first U.S. location on January 26, 2012 which is Australia Day. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Quiznos Gives Up Control To Stave Off Bankruptcy. - Quiznos narrowly avoided bankruptcy this week when the sandwich chain shifted ownership to private equity firm Avenue Capital in exchange for erasing some debt. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Franchisee Group Sues Cold Stone. - The law firm of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, PA filed a lawsuit today on behalf of an independent franchisee association against franchisor Cold Stone Creamery for failing to give its members an... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Alamo Drafthouse Announces New Franchise Partner Cojeaux Cinemas. - Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is pleased to announce plans to expand locations in the Washington D.C. metro and surrounding areas with new franchise partner Cojeaux Cinemas. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Jamba in Expansion Mode. - Jamba Juice, which currently operates more than 760 stores, will continue to focus on expansion and expects to sign more franchise agreements in 2012 that will expand its brand presence in... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Top 25 Chains with the Happiest Franchisees, 2012. - Jeff Johnson, founder of The Franchise Research Institute/FranSurvey has identified the top 25 brands with the happiest, most satisfied franchise owners. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2012
Overland Park franchisee orders 36 restaurants from Pizza Hut. - NPC International Inc. , the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, has agreed to buy 36 restaurants from Pizza Hut Inc. for $18.8 million, plus the cost of store inventories, prepaids and store cash. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2012
Bill Foss Awarded Sub-Franchisor Rights to Massachusetts for EXIT Realty. - EXIT Realty Corp. International recently announced that the sub-franchisor rights to the region of Massachusetts have been awarded to Bill Foss, a thirty-year-plus veteran of the real estate industry. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2012
Steak 'n Shake hopeful Signature will drive franchise growth. - Steak ’n Shake officials expect the brand’s highly publicized Signature prototype to maintain the positive momentum it generated in its opening week, helping to pave the way for franchise growth in 2012. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2012
500 and Beyond for Planet Fitness. - Planet Fitness opened its 500th location here yesterday as the franchise company continues its blistering expansion, with more than 100 new facilities slated for 2012. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
Ex-Subway Owners Yet to See Dime of Awarded $8.4M for Fraud. - A Utah arbitrator demanded franchisor Bajio Mexican Grill make restitution for defrauding franchisees and harming their family. He awarded the owners $8.4 million. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2012
O.C. lawsuit claims franchiser defrauds buyers. - Fifty-two Orange County residents have accused a company that sells janitorial franchises of fraud and targeting non-English speakers in a civil lawsuit filed Jan. 11 in Orange County Superior Court. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2012

Computer Troubleshooters Leadership Transition. - Computer Troubleshooters Chief Executive Officer Chip Reaves announced his resignation today. After 13 years at CT, the top tech support franchise worldwide, Reaves will turn his focus to a new project... [more] 15 Jan, 2012
Miami franchise show Jan. 20-21 free for veterans. - Veterans and others can learn about buying and running a franchise at Franchise Expo South, the 6th annual franchise show, Jan. 20-21 in Miami Beach. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2012
Burger King tries home delivery. - Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain, has quietly begun testing home delivery of its burgers, fries and other sandwiches since fall at four of its restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area... [more] 12 Jan, 2012
Franchises, on a Smaller Scale. - Entrepreneur Rob Israel believes he has found a winning recipe. The founder of Doc Popcorn has supervised the opening of 54 franchise outlets in five years and says he is working with another 200... [more] 12 Jan, 2012
Subway expects to add 25,000 jobs this year. - The Subway restaurant chain, based in Connecticut, projects it will add 25,000 full- and part-time jobs by the end of 2012. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2012
PODS Moving and Storage Donates More Than $75,000 in Logistics in 2011. - Using his own budget, trucks, fuel and employees, Bob Eales, franchise owner of four PODS moving and storage franchises, saved nonprofits more than $75,000 in logistics costs in 2011. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2012
A Franchisee Tries to Survive a Failing Chain. - Just five months after opening his three Rent Your Boxes locations in the District of Columbia, William Burris learned that his franchiser had declared bankruptcy in Australia. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2012
Bach to Rock Launches National Franchise Program. - Bach to Rock (B2R), America's music school for students of all ages, announced today it plans to expand nationwide by offering franchise opportunities to qualified candidates. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2012
VooDoo BBQ Franchise Plans Expansion, New Look in 2012. - VooDoo BBQ & Grill intends to continue its expansion in 2012 with a series of new development agreements, grand openings and a new look for the restaurants themselves. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2012
Ruby Tuesday looks to boost brand perception. - Ruby Tuesday Inc. must increase television advertising to drive consumers into the company’s upgraded restaurants and reverse sagging same-store sales, executives said during a conference call. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Friendly's closes 37 stores, axing about 740 jobs. - The Friendly's restaurant chain is closing 37 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and elsewhere as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Mrs. Fields names new board as brands evolve. - Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, franchisor of the Mrs. Fields cookie and TCBY frozen yogurt chains, named a new board of directors Friday following a recapitalization last month that brought in two investment firms... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Pet Supplies Plus acquires its largest franchisee. - Farmington Hills-based Pet Supplies Plus has acquired its largest franchisee for an undisclosed amount. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Sandwich-shop chain expands locally via franchisees. - Twenty years of helping her husband run Domino's Pizza franchise stores have led Theresa Brooks and two partners to open two Jersey Mike's Subs franchises locally with plans to eventually add... [more] 9 Jan, 2012
Pret A Manger is Ready to Develop in Manhattan. - RKF, the exclusive retail-leasing agent in Manhattan for Pret A Manger, is helping the sandwich chain expand throughout the city. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2012
Area franchise owners settle lawsuit against Quiznos. - Three dozen franchise owners in Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties have apparently settled their racketeering lawsuit against Denver-based Quiznos. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2012
Esio Franchise Company Forms Partnership with Process Peak. - Esio Franchise Company, the sister company of Esio Beverage Company, spent the better part of 2011 perfecting their franchise offering and preparing for an aggressive national launch. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2012
Papa John’s Announces 2012 Development Incentive Program. - After another strong year of growth, including opening its 3,000th restaurant in North America, Papa John’s is again offering franchisees an enticing package of incentives to grow within or join the Papa John’s... [more] 5 Jan, 2012
IFA Names New Director of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy. - The IFA today announced Erica Fitzsimmons, an experienced political fundraiser and grassroots professional, has been named Director of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2012
Changing of Guard at Coalition of Franchisee Associations. - A new board of directors was swept into the Coalition of Franchisee Associations at the stroke of midnight, January 1, 2012. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2012
Dunkin' plans to more than double US restaurants. - Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. said it plans to more than double the number of its restaurants in the U.S. over the next 20 years. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2012
Piggly Wiggly fined for child labor violations. - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has found significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor and wage provisions at 14 franchisee-owned Piggly Wiggly grocery stores... [more] 4 Jan, 2012
Cold Stone Association Admits Frustration. - Rudy Puig, Cold Stone franchise owner and outgoing president of the National Independent Association of Cold Stone Creamery Franchisees, sent out a memo to owners late last November, reflecting on... [more] 3 Jan, 2012
Togo's to add corporate units after exclusively franchising. - Togo’s, the 242-unit sandwich chain, is adding company-operated units after nearly a decade of exclusively franchising its restaurants. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2012
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