UNITED STATES FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : March 2012
|Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill.
bluemaumau.org - Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California... [more] 29 Mar, 2012
KFC's Big Game of Chicken.
businessweek.com - Brands rise and brands fall, though they don’t often do both at the same time, and under the same leadership. Yet that’s exactly what has happened at KFC. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2012
'Walmart of weed' opens store in capital.
azcentral.com - A company dubbed the "Walmart of Weed" is putting down roots in America's capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana -- medical or otherwise. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2012
No food trucks for Chick-fil-A, despite D.C. franchisee move.
ajc.com - Chick-fil-A's first food truck is expected to roll out in Washington, D.C., next month, but don't expect to see a duplicate move in Atlanta any time soon. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2012
Novita Fuels Franchise Training Programs at Togo’s.
qsrmagazine.com - Togo's Inc. is pleased to announce that it has hired Novita Training to develop and implement franchise training programs for Togo's managers and restaurant employees. ... [more] 29 Mar, 2012
Franchise King Looking for Wannabe Female Franchisees.
foxbusiness.com - Joel Libava may be known as the Franchise King, but this month, he is calling on women interested in owning their own businesses to apply for his “One Woman One Franchise” competition. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Government says Instant Tax Service franchisees filed fraudulent returns.
lvrj.com - The United States has filed lawsuits in five cities, including Las Vegas, that seek injunctions against the company that operates Instant Tax Service and against five franchise owners. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Restaurant chain gives a hoot about tornado victims.
creativedepartment.com - A franchisee of the famous restaurant chain Hooters will be launching a Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana marketing campaign to raise money for residents in that region who were victims of recent tornadoes... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Kumon North America Announces Settlement in Lawsuit.
yahoo.com - Kumon North America today announced a settlement with a former franchisee, Maria Wachtel. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Sisters Being Sued by Moe's Italian Sandwiches.
patch.com - Two sisters are being sued by the company that owns Moe's Italian Sandwiches after they closed a restaurant franchise in December in Wells, Maine, just one year into a 10-year agreement. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Largest Burger King franchisee adds 278 units.
qsrweb.com - Burger King Corp. and Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., the chain's largest franchisee, have entered into an agreement for the purchase by Carrols of 278 BKC company-owned restaurants. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Animal Control Service Begins Franchising.
bluemaumau.org - Animal Control Management announced Thursday that the firm wants to aggressively sell franchise licenses throughout America. ... [more] 23 Mar, 2012
Can McDonald's Keep Up the Pace?
wsj.com - Times are good at McDonald's Corp., but it isn't necessarily a good time to step in as CEO. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
AAFD Endorses The Franchise Buyers Manual.
bluemaumau.org - FranchiseKnowHow has announced that The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has endorsed The Franchise Buyers Manual. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
Irish pub developer becomes franchiser.
dailylocal.com - Building a Kildare’s Irish Pub, either from the ground up or using an existing structure, can cost anywhere from $600,000 to $2 million. So why not franchise the concept? That’s exactly what Dave Magrogan is... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner to retire.
latimes.com - Big Macs aren't going anywhere, of course, nor is the Egg McMuffin. As McDonald's Corp. begins its chief executive transition, expect very little to change in the short term. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
Five Marble Slab Creamery stores close.
knoxnews.com - Five area Marble Slab Creamery stores closed this week just as temperatures reached record highs. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2012
SoCal gas station franchisees sue BP.
ocregister.com - A group of Southern California Arco and Thrifty gas station franchisees filed suit in federal court this week against BP and Thrifty Oil Co. to stop the companies from not renewing their leases and effectively... [more] 21 Mar, 2012
7-Eleven to open 15 to 20 stores in Jacksonville this year.
jacksonville.com - 7-Eleven is planning a big splash as it returns to Jacksonville. The company intends to open 15 to 20 stores this year in the Jacksonville area and 80 by 2015. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2012
Women's Franchising Group Working to Get Young Minds to Think Like an Entrepreneur, Says The Entrepreneur's Source.
marketwire.com - The Women Empowered by Business (WEBB) national organization of franchise business owners have supported many causes in the past through annual fund-raising and sponsorships. But now, they... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Maid Brigade Offers New Maid Simple House Cleaning Franchise Model.
businesswire.com - Individuals looking for a low-cost and flexible franchise business opportunity can become a business owner in a few weeks with the new Maid Simple House Cleaning franchise model... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Caldeira Urges Lenders to Bank on Franchising at Bankers Convention.
franchise.org - IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira will address CBA LIVE, the annual convention of the Consumer Bankers Association... [more] 19 Mar, 2012
Wendy’s Unseats Burger King as Second Largest Hamburger Chain.
time.com - Wendy’s edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy’s was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that’s set to be released next... [more] 19 Mar, 2012
Starbucks goes beyond coffee with first juice bar.
reuters.com - Starbucks Corp opened the first store in its new Evolution Fresh juice bar chain on Monday, its biggest move outside coffee aimed at boosting the company's position in the $50 billion health food sector. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2012
New Report Shows Improved Transparency, Profitability in Franchising.
prweb.com - Franchisee satisfaction and profitability are up over past years, according to a new report released today by market research firm Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2012
Company with local ties celebrates 100th franchise, helping children learn.
ydr.com - Soccer Shots, a Harrisburg-based company which runs soccer skills clinics across the country for children ages 2 to 8, is celebrating the recent opening of its 100th franchise. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2012
Local franchises show community's spirit of ingenuity.
onlineathens.com - When DePalma’s Italian Café owner Dave Cappi and his partners first started to talk about franchising, the original idea was to expand into cities that weren’t far removed from Athens. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2012
First Watch franchisee expands.
review.net - First Watch, the breakfast-brunch-lunch chain, plans to open a new restaurant in Mequon, Wis., its second restaurant in the state. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2012
Franchisee Groups Support California Fair Franchising Bill.
bluemaumau.org - Associations representing franchised small business entrepreneurs sang today in rare harmony in support of California's new bill to protect franchisees from abusive franchising practices. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Franchisor Group Responds to California Fair Franchising Bill.
bluemaumau.org - The International Franchise Association thinks that California's state bill will hurt consumers, franchise unit sales and job growth by adding unnecessary government restrictions. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Snappy Salads to Franchise in Non-Traditional Venues.
qsrmagazine.com - After years of being asked, “When are you going to franchise Snappy Salads?” Chris Dahlander, founder of the award-wining chain Snappy Salads, is ready to franchise. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Smashburger Continues Growth With 150th Opening.
qsrmagazine.com - Smashburger brought its fresh approach to burgers to Ramsey when it opened its ninth New Jersey location on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The Ramsey opening also marks the 150th location for the brand... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Art Van Furniture plans to expand in Michigan via franchises.
detroitnews.com - Michigan's largest furniture retailer Art Van Furniture Inc. is looking to become more dominant in the state. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2012
Brooklyn Water Bagel Sued for Fake Water.
bluemaumau.org - A south Florida franchise owner is suing The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company and its principals for tricking him into believing the company was based on a “patented” water purification process. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2012
Auto repair chain Midas to go private for $173 million.
chicagotribune.com - Itasca-based car repair chain Midas Inc. couldn't shake its perception on Wall Street as a clunker of a stock, so it ultimately decided to shift gears and get off the street by selling itself to a private co... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
Franchising is expected to grow in 2012.
sltrib.com - Franchising is expected to grow in 2012 and to play a part in private-sector job creation that could aid the overall economy. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
How Dunkin’ Donuts plans to double its U.S. units.
nrn.com - Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. recently set a goal of doubling the number of Dunkin’ Donuts units in the United States over the next 20 years. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2012
Pizza Hut franchisee’s earnings dive in 2011.
bizjournals.com - NPC International Inc. saw revenue inch up for 2011, but its earnings took a sharp dive, dropping more than 78 percent. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2012
Starting a Franchise? Six Industries Set to Boom: Report.
cnbc.com - For entrepreneurs venturing into the small business territory, launching a franchise can offer security through national brand recognition, economies of scale and access to proven formulas for success. A new report lists... [more] 9 Mar, 2012
Ponderosa Franchising Co. opens first unit since 2009.
nrn.com - Ponderosa Franchising Co. recently opened a new franchised Ponderosa Steakhouse in Elkview, W. Va., the first new domestic unit since the parent company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2012
California Introduces Bill for Fairer Franchising.
bluemaumau.org - Proposed legislation has been introduced in the California State Assembly that would dramatically change the landscape of franchising in that state and perhaps set a strong precedent elsewhere. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
UPS Store Franchisees Go Back to Trial.
bluemaumau.org - A California court of appeals has ruled that some 3,000 former Mail Boxes Etc franchisees can go to jury trial to prove their claims against United Parcel Services. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
Sports Image signs first Texas franchisee.
bizjournals.com - Sports Image has completed a deal to open its 19th franchise, including its first in Texas. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
Jack in the Box franchisee inks $91M refinancing.
nrn.com - One of the largest Jack in the Box franchise operators has refinanced its existing debt with a new $91 million senior credit facility from GE Capital Franchise Finance, the lender said Tuesday. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
International Franchise Expo Moving to the Big Apple.
qsrmagazine.com - After spending the last 20 years in the nation’s capital, the International Franchise Expo is heading to the business capital of the world: New York City. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2012
Unique Pizza and Subs Announces Master Franchisee in Denver.
prnewswire.com - Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, is pleased to announce it has signed a Master franchise agreement with Bridgton Holding Group LLC. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2012
Returning from war and turning to franchising.
washingtonpost.com - More than one million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will enter the workforce in the next five years. Rather than attempt to elbow their way into the tight job market, some veterans are... [more] 4 Mar, 2012
Primary Health Care Offers Chiropractic Franchises.
prweb.com - Dr. Steven Poulos, D.D.S., a dentist and entrepreneur based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has announced the availability of Primary Pain Relief (chiropractic) franchises in most areas of the United States. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2012
Franchise companies slowly making a comeback in Michigan.
detroitnews.com - Franchise businesses say they are slowly planning to open new stores, hire workers and invest in Metro Detroit real estate as consumers and lenders loosen their spending habits. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2012
ID theft stings Captain D's franchisee.
ajc.com - The Internal Revenue Service is investigating a case of stolen identity in Roswell – only the victim was not an individual, but a business. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2012
32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar Announces the Launch of Franchising Opportunities.
prweb.com - Birmingham-based 32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar, LLC, managed by Pizitz Management Group, LLC, is now offering franchise opportunities for its unique self-serve frozen yogurt stores. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2012
Choice Hotels Admitted Back to Franchise Assn.
bluemaumau.org - Choice Hotels has agreed to loosen up some on criticized franchising practices in order to be let back into good standing with a franchisee group, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
RadioShack Recognized for Franchise Quality.
yahoo.com - RadioShack Corp. recently has been named the top electronics franchise concept and No. 63 overall in the annual "Franchise 500" ranking published by Entrepreneur Magazine. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
VivoPools Launches National Franchising Division.
yahoo.com - VivoPools has announced that they will now be offering franchise opportunities that will make their stellar services possible in even more places throughout the U.S. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012