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: : May 2012

Colonel Sanders Autobiography Launched Exclusively on Facebook for Free to Millions of KFC Fans.
marketwatch.com - Beginning today, fans of KFC's Facebook Pages around the world can access exclusive content for free from the soon-to-be-released book, "Colonel Harland Sanders: The Autobiography of the..." [more] 31 May, 2012
Midyear Economic Outlook Shows Improvement for the Franchise Sector.
franchise.org - A midyear revision of the 2012 economic outlook for the franchise sector shows slight improvement from the initial forecast released in December 2011. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Dunkin' Donuts signs new Alabama franchise group.
qsrweb.com - Dunkin' Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-store development agreement with new franchisee group, Star Restaurant Group, for nine new restaurants in Birmingham, Ala. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Judge Allows Racketeering Claims against Moe's Southwest.
bluemaumau.org - A district judge has ruled that franchisees may use racketeering claims against Moe's Southwest Grill and its founder in trial. In the lawsuit, franchisees allege that the franchisor has been stealing... [more] 29 May, 2012
I Dream of Falafel launches franchise program.
fastcasual.com - I Dream of Falafel has announced that it has been approved to franchise in Illinois and Wisconsin. The founders launched the franchise process in July 2011. ... [more] 29 May, 2012
Applebee's sells 33 locations to franchisee.
nrn.com - Applebee’s has nearly reached its goal of becoming an almost-all-franchised brand with the signing Tuesday of an asset purchase agreement to sell 33 company-owned locations. ... [more] 29 May, 2012
Is Burger King Poised to Retake Second Place From Wendy's?
adage.com - Wendy's upended the industry last year when it overtook Burger King as the No. 2 burger chain in the U.S. Now it looks like Burger King is turning the fast-food tables. ... [more] 28 May, 2012
Mama Fu's entering Houston market.
bizjournals.com - Mama Fu’s, an Asian restaurant, is gearing up to enter the Houston market. Local franchisee Steve Chappelear has signed on to open 18 locations in the Houston area over the next 10 years. ... [more] 25 May, 2012
Which franchise sector worth $41 billion?
ocregister.com - Franchises owned by military veterans have annual revenues of $41 billion annually and employ 1.5 million people, reports the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 23 May, 2012
Georgia Now Protects Franchisors Disguising Employees as Franchisees.
bluemaumau.org - As Coverall gets hit this month with a $3 million bill from a Massachusetts court for misclassifying its employees as franchisees, Georgia law can now boast, not in our state courts. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Pizza Patron's free deal for Spanish orders raises eyebrows.
usatoday.com - Pizza Patrón is raising eyebrows both inside and outside the Latino community with a planned promotion to give away thousands of large pepperoni pizzas on the evening of June 5 to folks who order in Spanish. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Restaurant franchise lending shows stabilization.
qsrweb.com - Although franchise lending has been fairly static from March 2011 to March 2012, lending to franchisees in the foodservice and hospitality industries has been greater than average. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Survey: Veteran Franchise Small Business Ownership Spikes in Past Year.
franchise.org - The total number of veteran-owned franchise businesses among the most military-friendly franchise companies jumped nearly 4,000 or 35 percent to a record 11,469 in the last year... [more] 22 May, 2012
Fast-Growing Nutritional Retailer Once Again Opens Door to Franchising.
yahoo.com - After intentionally halting all franchise expansion in 2011, Complete Nutrition, the nation's fastest-growing nutritional supplement retailer, has recently re-launched its franchise program. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Wok Box Announces its Expansion into the USA Starts in Oregon.
prweb.com - Wok Box recently signed its first US lease in the Portland, OR area with franchisee Ron Elton. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
New Trend in Franchising -- Flexibility, According to Kiddie Academy.
marketwire.com - Flexibility in franchising isn't new, says Sue Hilger, vice president of franchise development for Kiddie Academy, an educational child care franchise organization. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
MOOYAH’s First-Ever Franchisee to Open Second Restaurant May 28.
prlog.org - Barry Newberg is a man who loves his MOOYAH, and his journey with the brand has been full of landmarks. ... [more] 22 May, 2012
Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal.
ibj.com - A federal appeals court on Wednesday is set to hear oral arguments in a case involving an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the restaurant chain over its mandatory menu and pricing... [more] 21 May, 2012
7-Eleven Plans to Break Global, Domestic Store-Growth Records Set in 2011.
prnewswire.com - After shattering both its international and domestic store growth records last year, 7-Eleven, Inc. is in line to have an even bigger year in 2012. ... [more] 20 May, 2012
Franchisees Look for Success With a Proven Script.
nytimes.com - Franchises would be at the top of any list of investments people consider a sure bet. After all, the thinking goes, an entrepreneur is buying into an existing company and opening an outlet where none exists. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
Owner of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Plans $100 Million IPO.
qsrmagazine.com - CKE Inc., owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands, has plans to go public again. The company filed paperwork with the SEC on Thursday, May 17, seeking to raise an estimated $100 million IPO. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
Subway plans 1,200 new North American units this year.
qsrweb.com - The Subway restaurant chain has announced aggressive growth plans for 2012 that includes 1,200 new units in North America. ... [more] 18 May, 2012
Dippin’ Dots Looks Forward to Growth under New Ownership.
businesswire.com - Dippin’ Dots, LLC, a newly-formed company based in Oklahoma City and funded by private capital, has finalized its acquisition of Dippin’ Dots, Inc, the Kentucky-based manufacturer of the popular... [more] 18 May, 2012
Is Starting a Franchise From Home for You?
foxbusiness.com - Franchising isn't always the easiest way to start a business. But now there are a growing number of opportunities that you can launch from the comfort of your home. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
Franchise ASAP Set to Open New office in Austin, TX.
mysanantonio.com - Franchise ASAP, a successful Franchise Development company with corporate offices in Big Canoe, GA today announced plans to open a new office in Austin, TX. ... [more] 17 May, 2012
Franchisor Attorney Speaks on Franchisee Bills.
bluemaumau.org - While recent California and Massachusetts proposed bills initiated by franchisees have been unsuccessful in getting passage, one franchisor attorney expects to see them resurface for future... [more] 16 May, 2012

2012 Military Friendly Franchises List Released by G.I. Jobs.
yahoo.com - In conjunction with a recent study showing that veteran-owned franchises generate more than $41B annually... G.I. Jobs is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Military Friendly Franchises list. ... [more] 15 May, 2012
Franchisee shocked by two Perkins restaurants' closing.
buffalonews.com - Two of the area's three Perkins restaurants will abruptly close Sunday. The financially troubled chain pulled its franchise licensing, leaving about 40 part-timers without jobs. ... [more] 15 May, 2012
Gas Station Franchisees Face Stormy Weather.
bluemaumau.org - A shift in franchisor strategy coupled with margin pressure has led to difficult times for gas station franchisees. ... [more] 14 May, 2012
McDonald's Loses on Appeal to Franchisees.
bluemaumau.org - An appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision that two 30-year multi-unit franchisee veterans may continue operating their three McDonald’s restaurants, pending completion of their trial. ... [more] 14 May, 2012
Edible Arrangements Surpasses 1,000 Units, More on the Way.
qsrmagazine.com - Edible Arrangements franchises have been popping up across North America at an average of one a week since the first of the year... [more] 12 May, 2012
Franchisor Nightmare: The Scandal At Coverall.
forbes.com - Janitorial franchise Coverall is receiving a $3 million bill from a Massachusetts court this week in a lawsuit other franchisors are watching closely. ... [more] 11 May, 2012
Growing Franchise Offers Art Playtime for Adults.
foxbusiness.com - Two moms from Louisiana started a business they hope offers creative adults some playtime, incorporating art lessons and … wine. ... [more] 11 May, 2012
Noco Energy launching new store franchise.
buffalonews.com - Noco Energy Corp. is launching a retail gasoline convenience store franchise business across New York State and will cut the ribbon on its first location today... [more] 11 May, 2012
The Top 10 Fast-Growing Franchise Chains That Powered Through The Recession.
forbes.com - The recession put the brakes on many franchise chains’ expansion — but not all. For instance, the top fast-food chain by number of locations, Subway, added close to 6,000 restaurants from 2008-2010... [more] 9 May, 2012
BedBug Chasers Franchises Its Bed Bug Killing Business.
yahoo.com - BedBug Chasers, a World Class provider of heat remediation services and manufacturer of US made bed bug heat remediation equipment is franchising its service business. ... [more] 8 May, 2012
Bach to Rock finds New York-area franchiser.
bizjournals.com - Bethesda-based private music school Bach to Rock , with a half dozen Washington-area locations, has signed its first franchise agreement that will expand its schools to New York and Connecticut. ... [more] 7 May, 2012
Brands defend unfair franchising allegations.
hotelnewsnow.com - Brand executives took to the defensive over issues of franchisee rights Friday during a heated general session at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual conference. ... [more] 7 May, 2012
IslandTime Treasures Launches National Franchise Expansion.
bluemaumau.org - Helgerson Franchise Group announced today the national franchise launch of IslandTime Treasures, a new brand that provides a unique sand impression art experience for customers to build their own... [more] 4 May, 2012
BP Prevails in One Franchisee Lawsuit, Still Faces Others.
csnews.com - BP North America Products Inc. this week emerged as the winner of a franchisee lawsuit filed in Cook County, Ill., but the company still faces legal action in several West Coast states. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
Mrs. Fields moving headquarters from Utah to Denver.
sltrib.com - The CEO of Mrs. Fields Famous Brands told employees this week that the company is moving its Salt Lake City-area headquarters to Denver. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf adds new CFO.
fastcasual.com - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named John Theuer as its new chief financial officer, reporting directly to president and CEO Mel Elias. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
Melbourne company Sprigster provides software enable 'crowdfunding' for veterans.
floridatoday.com - Springster has set up a model to help returning vets get financing for franchises, but it could become a business of the future investors. ... [more] 3 May, 2012
Subway recognized as top franchise opportunity.
qsrweb.com - For the second year in a row, the Subway restaurant chain has been awarded the top ranking in the Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchises Rankings, which recognized the brand for... [more] 2 May, 2012
Pizza World operators sue former franchise owners.
madisonrecord.com - Two Clinton County residents claim they lost substantial amounts of money while running a restaurant after they were provided with false financial statements regarding the franchise. ... [more] 1 May, 2012
Yum! Brands names new president and CFO.
qsrweb.com - Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands Inc. has announced the promotion of Rick Carucci, 54, to president, and the promotion of Patrick Grismer, 50, to chief financial officer. ... [more] 1 May, 2012
Real Property Management Expands Franchise Support Infrastructure.
businesswire.com - Real Property Management has significantly expanded its franchise support platform, making it easier for franchisees to learn from industry experts, network with other franchises, access a... [more] 1 May, 2012
New Report: Senior Care Franchise Sector Continues to Stand Out.
prweb.com - The home care industry has quickly emerged as one of the top sectors for franchising in the past two years, both in terms of profitability and franchisee satisfaction, according to a new report... [more] 1 May, 2012
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