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Sloan's Outlines Plans for Expansion, Franchising. - Sloan’s, South Florida’s palatial ice cream, candy, and toys paradise, announced its strategic franchise initiative, indulging investors with an opportunity to open their own savory and aromatic... [more] 28 Sep, 2012
Mama Fu's revamps restaurants. - Mama Fu's Asian House has implemented a more contemporary design in three of its restaurants with plans to give all new locations the updated look. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2012
Panda Express' 1,500th store opens with new look. - Panda Express has reached a major milestone, announcing the opening of its 1,500th location. Located in Cordova, Tenn, the first Panda Express restaurant in the Memphis area is also the site for one of... [more] 26 Sep, 2012
McDonald's asks, TV with those french fries?. - The question of the moment at 700 pioneering McDonald's restaurants: You want TV with those fries? ... [more] 26 Sep, 2012
Franchisees Create Online Purchasing Cooperative. - The Asian American Hotel Owners Association announced in late spring that their online purchasing cooperative had been completed and launched. AAHOA's "eMarket" is an [more] 26 Sep, 2012
Domino's to roll out pan pizza. - Domino's, the nation's largest home delivery chain, on Monday will jump big-time into the $6.4 billion pan pizza category. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2012
Dickey's Releases "Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook". - Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the family-owned franchise, has mastered the art of barbecue across the country with more than 260 locations nationwide. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2012
Monopoly at McDonald's Returns with One-in-Four Odds. - The Monopoly Game at McDonald's is back for the 20th edition in nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, bringing with it one-in-four odds of winning, multiple ways to play, and more than $300 million in cash... [more] 24 Sep, 2012
Franchise Businesses Continue to Outperform Economy. - The franchise industry continues to outperform the overall economy, according to the latest Franchise Business Index (FBI), which showed an increase of 0.6 percent in August. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2012
Red Mango Celebrates 200th Location. - Only five years after opening its first location, Red Mango, America's #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothies chain, has announced its 200th store will open in The Woodlands, Texas this month. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2012
McDonald's moguls stripped of three franchises in San Rafael, Novato. - The owners of a cluster of McDonald's restaurants in Marin were ordered to surrender two San Rafael franchises and a Novato franchise in a ruling Tuesday by a Marin County judge. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2012
Corner Bakery Cafe Expands Franchise Sales Team. - Corner Bakery Cafe, the rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant franchise, has added Nick Booras and Gregg Koffler as directors of franchise sales. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2012
Starbucks Suit Heats Up with Seattle's Best Store Owner. - A franchisee is embattled in litigation not only with franchisor Seattle's Best Coffee but also with coffee conglomerate Starbucks, guarantor of the franchise system. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2012
Franchising driving chain restaurant growth, finds Technomic. - A new report by Technomic and Restaurant Finance Monitor finds that the franchising of restaurant brands continues to be a major growth avenue pursued by chains. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2012
Government Warns Again: Franchises Do Not Succeed More than Small Businesses. - The Small Business Administration has declared yet again to the public that franchises have the same success rates as independent small businesses. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2012

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop eager to attract qualified military vets as franchisees. - Tim Hortons, one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in North America, is proud to announce it is now participating in the International Franchise Association's Veterans Franchise Initiative. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
Franchisors warn Obamacare will halve profits. - The IFA held a convention in Washington this week where most of the Radio Shack, Dunkin Donuts, Curves and other franchisers were grumbling about new federal regulations, especially... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
New company offers franchises exclusively to ex-military. - You might view Jerry Flanagan’s entrepreneurial vision for jobless veterans as junk economics. That’s fine. He certainly sees it that way. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
Papa John's marks 4,000th global restaurant opening. - Papa John's International Inc. will mark its 4,000 global store opening Sept. 14, when CEO/founder/chairman John Schnatter gives away 4,000 pizzas throughout New York City. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
Fit Body Boot Camp Franchise Announces Third Annual World Conference. - Fit Body Boot Camp Franchise will be hosting its 3rd Annual World Conference in September 2012 where Fit Body Boot Camp Owners will congregate to learn and share best-in-class business practices, and to... [more] 13 Sep, 2012
Franchising picks up in U.S., but hurdles remain. - Robert Penney has seen his financial future and it involves heaps of frozen yogurt. Penney and his wife, Dayna, purchased a Menchie's franchise, offering self-serve frozen yogurt... [more] 12 Sep, 2012
New Task Force Named to Review Ways to Enhance IFA Franchise Relations Programs. - The inaugural meeting of the IFA Franchise Relations Best Practices Task Force, charged with reviewing and potentially recommending ways to enhance IFA's self-regulatory programs, was held today at the... [more] 12 Sep, 2012
Dunkin' Donuts Expands On-campus Presence. - Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that new restaurants have opened or will open at 10 college campuses across the country. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2012
IFA Partners With The U.S. Census Bureau To Increase Response Rates For The 2012 Economic Census. - IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira today urged franchise business owners to be on the lookout for the 2012 Economic Census forms, which will begin to arrive next month. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2012
Romano’s Macaroni Grill acquires units from franchisee in bankruptcy. - Romano’s Macaroni Grill has agreed to acquire four West Coast units from a franchisee in bankruptcy, expanding its casual-dining holdings in its majority ownership’s home region. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2012
McDonald's Global Comparable Sales Increase 3.7% in August. - McDonald's Corporation today announced that global comparable sales increased 3.7% in August. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2012
Hooters Looks to Catch Wife’s Eye, Tight Shorts Rule. - Hooters, the chicken-wing chain known for waitresses in tight orange shorts, wants to make it easier for guys to drop by. That means paying a little more attention to their wives and girlfriends. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2012
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opening in Dallas. - Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has awarded franchise development rights to the first Dallas franchisee. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2012
Massage Envy Opens Record 800th Clinic In Massachusetts. - Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, today announced the opening of its 800th clinic in Walpole, Mass. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2012
Penske joins Hertz's franchising network. - Hertz has reached an agreement with Penske Automotive Group to join Hertz's franchising network in Memphis, Tenn., the companies said on Thursday. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2012
Freebirds Appoints New VP of Franchise Development. - Freebirds World Burrito, the fast-casual burrito joint with the rock 'n' roll attitude, has named Chris Cheeck vice president of franchise development. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2012
Papa John's Supports US Franchisees. - In order to shore up its U.S. franchisee business, Papa John's International Inc. banked on a slew of initiatives. The latest one is the announcement of the ‘2013 Development Incentive Program’... [more] 5 Sep, 2012
Massage Envy Association Seeks New Brand Investor. - Franchisees of the Independent Association of Massage Envy Regional Developers, Inc announced yesterday that they are looking for a new franchisor owner... [more] 5 Sep, 2012
The Joint Corp. Announces the Awarding of 36 Franchises in Northern California. - As the leading franchisor of chiropractic clinics, The Joint Corp. announced today the awarding of 36 franchises licenses in Northern California to Joint Ventures, LLC. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2012
Nation's Fastest-Growing Pizza Company Opens 300th Location. - With the recent celebration of its 300th store opening, Marco's Pizza is continuing to eclipse the growth rate of industry heavy hitters and further anchoring itself as the fastest-growing pizza company in the US. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2012
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