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Fast-food chains struggle to reopen after superstorm. - Sales at fast-food joints such as Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts — forced to close because of superstorm Sandy — should rebound swiftly, if they can also open quickly. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
Veterans Find New Purpose, Team in Franchising. - A recent push to get veterans into franchising seems to be paying off, according to a new report released today by Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
McDonald’s franchisee negotiates plea agreement over undocumented worker. - A Wichita-based McDonald’s franchisee was charged Wednesday with knowingly accepting a fraudulent identification document that was offered as proof that a manager was eligible to work... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
Code A Weld launches Franchise to the Welding Market. - Code A Weld has developed a sound business format with systems and operating procedures which will allow them to grow a Franchise network. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
Refranchising boosts profit for Applebee's parent. - The parent company of Applebee's and IHOP says the sale of nearly 100 of its restaurants to franchisees helped more than triple its net income in the third quarter. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2012
Smoothie King Opens First Store Under New Leadership. - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. announced today the opening of its first location in Aventura, Fla. — marking the beginning of the brand's accelerated expansion plan under new Global CEO Wan Kim. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2012
Burger King profit slumps 83% amid revamp, re-franchising. - Burger King Worldwide Inc., one of the country’s largest hamburger chains, said its net income tanked 83% in its third quarter, the first time the brand has reported earnings since returning to public trading. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2012
Dogtopia Announces First Multi-Unit Franchisee In Springfield, Virginia. - Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare and spa franchise, announced today its first multi-unit franchisee, Amber Sutton. ... [more] 29 Oct, 2012
Franchise Vet Puts Off Retirement, Opens Wingstop Stores. - Thanks to the dedication of veteran franchisee Donnie Reeves, Wingstop is officially landing in Utah next year. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2012
Peyton Manning becomes Papa John's franchisee. - Papa John's International Inc. has signed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as a franchisee. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2012
Franchise Solutions Partners with HomeStory to Expand Franchise Locations. - Franchise Solutions has partnered with the HomeStory franchise to assist them in reaching their development goals of opening more locations across the United States. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2012
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Celebrates 30 Years at its 2012 International Franchise Conference. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian celebrated 30 years in business by hosting its 2012 International Conference, bringing together franchisees from around the world. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2012
Bojangles' names franchise business consultant. - Bojangles' has promoted Bob Burgoyne to franchise business consultant. In this role, he will oversee the work done for the company with its franchise groups in... [more] 25 Oct, 2012
The Truth About Franchising for Veterans: Lots of Risk, Not Much Reward. - New data from the industry publication Franchise Business Review shows buying a franchise hasn’t exactly been a ticket to instant riches for veterans. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2012
Mo’ Money franchise in hot water. - Jimi Clark, owner of a Mo’ Money Tax franchise in Missouri, and four of his tax preparers have been indicted on charges of falsely claiming educational tax credits on 47 returns. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2012
Burger King franchises 42 Atlanta sites. - Burger King Worldwide Inc. said Tuesday that it is franchising of 42 of its company-owned restaurants in the Atlanta area to GPS Hospitality. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2012
Ikea uses sun, wind to become energy independent. - As more U.S. businesses embrace renewable energy, IKEA plans to announce Tuesday that it will rely on the sun and the wind to produce all the power it uses at its stores and buildings by 2020. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2012
Just Salad chain tossing up more NYC stores. - More lettuce is coming to the Big Apple. Local salad chain Just Salad plans to open two additional Manhattan locations and one Brooklyn outpost by year's end. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2012
McDonald’s 3rd-quarter net income falls, hurt by stronger dollar. - Tough competition in the U.S. and the weakening economy abroad was a double whammy for McDonald’s in the third-quarter, sending the burger chain’s net income down nearly 4 percent. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2012
Franchise Business Index reaches Highest Yearly Gain Since Recession. - The franchise industry posted its highest year-over-year gain since the beginning of the recession in September, up 2.2 percent since Sept. 2011. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2012
McDonald's Franchisee: 'We Are Bankrupting The System In The Name Of Rebranding'. - The franchisor-franchisee relationship can be a heated one, especially when corporate asks the operators to spend more money for one of their initiatives. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2012
Franchises gain traction among boomers and retirees. - Glen Goode is among the thousands of baby boomers and retirees in Southwest Florida embarking on second careers or pursuing hobbies for profit-owning franchises. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2012
Togo's expanding Oregon presence in mission to hit 400 units by 2015. - Togo’s aims to open 25-30 restaurants throughout Oregon in cities, including Portland, Eugene, Hillsboro, Bend, Medford, Salem, Klamath Falls, as well as Vancouver, Wash., over the next several years. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2012
Elevation Burger Reaches New Heights With 30th Location. - Elevation Burger, the rapidly growing, fast-casual restaurant serving 100 percent organic, grass-fed, free-range burgers, hit a growth milestone with the opening of its 30th store in Naples, Florida. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2012
New Veterinary Franchise Expanding Nationwide. - Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice has unveiled their franchise model, joining ranks with only a handful of businesses to offer such an opportunity for veterinarians. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2012
Quiznos Appoints Franchising Veterans To Its Management Team. - Quiznos today announced the appointment of John Coletta as Chief Financial Officer and James Lyons as Chief Operating Officer. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2012
Hooters franchisee sued in proposed securities class action. - A new South Florida federal lawsuit alleges that a Hooters franchisee company defrauded shareholders by stating its South African operations has been audited when they hadn’t been. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2012

ABA Forum Seeks More Franchisee Attorneys. - As the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising concluded last Friday, Blue MauMau caught up with chairman Joseph Fittante. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2012
Tully's Coffee files Chapter 11. - Tully's Coffee is closing an undisclosed number of its cafes as part of its parent company's filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a company announcement. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2012
7-Eleven, Inc. Growth Continues with Two Acquisitions. - 7-Eleven, Inc. announced today two acquisitions, expanding its U.S. store portfolio. The company has closed deals with EZ Energy USA , Inc. and with its licensee, Handee Marts Inc. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2012
Wendy's franchisee settles ADA charges brought by EEOC. - A franchisee of The Wendy's Co. fast-food restaurant chain has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Riding The Silver Tsunami With Franchising. - In a mere 5 years, local businessmen Tafa Jefferson and Chad Fotheringham, partners in Amada Senior Care, have established their company as a leader in the senior care industry. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Wendy's to unveil new logo in March. - Wendy's Co. will unveil a new logo in March, the first such change in nearly 30 years, as the hamburger giant accelerates its ongoing effort to rebrand itself as a higher-quality fast-food chain. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Roark Capital Buys Massage Envy; Ass'n Shut Out. - While the regional franchisee developers association hoped to play an integral role in finding a new buyer for Massage Envy, that prospect has now diminished. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2012
Hurricane Grill & Wings Announces $10M In Financing For New Franchisees. - Hurricane Grill & Wings has announced today that $10 million in funding from Mount Pleasant Capital is now available to new and existing qualified franchisees. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2012
Burger 21 Eyes Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham for Franchise Expansion. - Burger 21, a new fast casual concept founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., announced today that it is targeting Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. to grow its franchise. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2012
Humble franchise owners earn national recognition, share secret to success. - Customer service is the pillar that lifts PostNet stores in Humble and Atascocita above the crowd. So much so, in fact, that owners Greg and Renee Howard recently earned one of the most coveted... [more] 8 Oct, 2012
Canadian Restaurant Chain Wok Box Expands With First U.S. Restaurant. - Wok Box, one of North America's fastest growing quick-service restaurants, today announced the opening of its first U.S. location in Hillsboro, Ore., just west of Portland. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2012
Go Mini's Announces Major Franchise Conversion Launch. - Go Mini's, LLC, a leading portable storage and moving company, has successfully completed the conversion from a dealership based structure to a franchise organization. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2012
Taco Bell launches social media campaign to end hunger. - From now through Oct. 18, Taco Bell's Feed the Beat program – which supports up-and-coming musicians – is partnering with @TacoBell to spread the word about World Hunger Relief. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2012
Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Inn franchisees move in on Houston. - Entrepreneur franchisees are taking advantage of Houston's healthy economy with major plans for the area. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2012
Pizza Patrón's Latin Appeal. - You want chorizo on your pizza? “No habla Ingles?” And you only have Mexican pesos to pay for your meal—in Chicago? No problem at Pizza Patrón. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2012
Child care franchiser plans push in Sacramento area. - Goddard Systems Inc., which bills itself as the nation's top child care franchiser, said it plans to add five sites and 100 jobs in the Sacramento area over the next two years. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2012
Dunkin' Donuts franchise group names new executive director. - Edwin Shanahan, the new executive director of the DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO), has officially taken over day-to-day operations of the franchisee organization as of Oct. 1. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2012
Yum! Brands launches employee volunteer program. - Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has launched a global initiative aimed at empowering the company's more than 1.4 million associates to volunteer in their communities. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2012
Growth of franchises outpaces other business. - The number of franchise establishments in the U.S. is projected to rise by 1.5 percent this year, to 736,114 total establishments, the first the number will rise since 2008. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2012
The Krystal Co To Move Restaurant Support Center To Atlanta. - As part of its strategic game plan, The Krystal Company announced today that it will relocate its corporate office from its current location in Chattanooga to a new location in North Atlanta in early 2013. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2012
Franchise Chains Slashing Fees -- Opportunity for Entrepreneurs, or Red Flag? - It’s a season of dealmaking in the franchise world, as chains strive to attract enough new owners to keep growth plans on track. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2012
IFA Honored with Awards for Veteran Hiring Initiative by ASAE and PR News. - The IFA has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and PR News, the media and marketing industry trade publication, for Operation Enduring Opportunity... [more] 2 Oct, 2012
Pizza Hut Scales Down to Boost Delivery. - Pizza Hut is ordering up smaller restaurants. The chain says downsizing and remodeling will allow it to open more restaurants and turn a profit faster for franchisees. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2012
McDonald’s Eyeing Retail Coffee Market? - Coffee is a $2 billion-plus business for McDonald’s in the U.S., but the chain is signaling an interest in following Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons and others into the coffee-retailing business. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2012
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