UNITED STATES FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : August 2013
|Jiffy Lube group sells 57 stores.
tirebusiness.com - Jiffy Lube franchisee South Lubes Inc. has sold its 57 stores in the Carolinas and northern Florida in two transactions and exited the automotive aftermarket sector after 20 years in the business. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Potbelly outlines growth plans in IPO filing.
nrn.com - Potbelly Corp. indicated this week in a securities filing that planned expansion from its current 286 locations would occur mostly through company-owned restaurants and “disciplined” franchising... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
S.D. business steps up franchising.
argusleader.com - An Aberdeen-based kitchen repair and remodeling business is opening 23 franchise locations. Kitchen Tune-Up has partnered with Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. to locate the new franchises... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Hooters Honors NASCAR Heritage, Sponsors Nelson Piquet, Jr., in Chicagoland.
businesswire.com - Hooters of America, LLC, and Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., a franchisee of international Hooters locations, today announced Hooters is sponsoring Nelson Piquet, Jr.’s No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro in... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
Car wash franchisee ordered to pay more than $315,000 in back pay, fines.
insidetucsonbusiness.com - The owner of three Tucson-area car washes has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 in back wages to nearly 300 current and former workers after the U.S. Department of Labor found that... [more] 30 Aug, 2013
RadioShack Is Cleaning Up Its Stores in Bid to Revive Sales.
businessweek.com - CEO Joseph Magnacca faces the all-too-real challenge of figuring out how the money-losing electronics retailer can coexist with big-box stores and online rivals. Magnacca’s solution is “Let’s Play!”... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Super-Sized Legal Woes Eat into Steak 'n Shake's Owner Biglari Holdings.
bluemaumau.org - While Steak ‘n Shake’s litigation heats up with franchisees in Colorado and Missouri, chain owner Sardar Biglari has been dealing with his own legal problems. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
$15 Minimum Wage is Unrealistic and Would Jeopardize Franchise Ownership and Job Opportunities.
franchise.org - In advance of labor groups organized efforts for employees to walk off their jobs in quick service restaurants in protest for higher wages, the International Franchise Association continues to educate... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Fast-food workers strike for higher pay.
usatoday.com - Striking workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains conducted strikes and walkouts in nearly 60 cities Thursday, hoping for super-size wage hikes that for many would boost their hourly pay to $15... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
In its first redesign under Unilever, the funky scoop shop goes upscale and global.
cnn.com - Ben & Jerry's has started a remodeling effort that, launched in 2008 in a few select stores, has accelerated and will be spreading to many more of its stores this year. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Oklahoma City Golf USA franchisee seeks to buy 37 stores from bankrupt parent company.
newsok.com - Local Golf USA franchisee Brad Bowen has struck a deal to buy all of the bankrupt golf retailer's North American franchises — but the sale still has to be approved by the bankruptcy court. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Krispy Kreme sinks 12% on disappointing profit.
usatoday.com - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts left a bad taste in investor's mouths Thursday. The doughnut chain's shares sank sharply in after-hours trading after it reported... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
American Haircuts Plans for Major Expansion.
prweb.com - American Haircuts is preparing to grow from a local barbershop company into a national brand with a new franchise development program and will immediately begin selling franchises in the... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
Flynn Restaurant Group acquires Yum franchisee.
nrn.com - Flynn Restaurant Group LLC has acquired Gateway Bells LLC, a Yum! Brands Inc. franchisee, significantly growing its holdings of Taco Bell restaurants in the Midwest. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2013
New franchise leaders talk growth plans, challenges.
nrn.com - Restaurant industry franchisors have signaled their intentions to resume growth in 2013 and beyond through their hiring of new executives to oversee renewed franchise expansion. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2013
Dunkin’ Donuts in Greater Philadelphia Awards $25,000 in College Scholarships.
businesswire.com - Dunkin’ Donuts and its franchisees in the Greater Philadelphia region are proud to announce the 25 area students selected as recipients of the fourth annual Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Regional... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Play N Trade, in Conjunction with Franchise Beacon, to Host a Discovery Day.
prweb.com - Franchise Beacon and Play N Trade Video Games are excited to announce a Discovery Day at their corporate offices in San Clemente, CA, on September 14th. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Snap-on Franchisee Conference Hosts Record Number of Attendees.
prnewswire.com - More than 2,850 franchisees attended the annual Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 16 – 18. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
McDonald's NY Tri-State system awards nutrition program grants.
qsrweb.com - McDonald's New York Tri-State area restaurants have announced the grant recipients of their second annual New York Metro Nutrition Network program. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
The File Depot Launches Franchise Offering.
prweb.com - Franchise Beacon, the Orange County, CA based franchise development group, has teamed up with The File Depot to launch their franchise program. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
Fast-food workers urged to stage nationwide strike.
cbsnews.co - A coalition of labor, religious and other groups are calling for a nationwide strike of fast-food employees on August 29. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
Jack in the Box Refranchises Further.
yahoo.com - Jack in the Box Inc. has recently declared that to date in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 (ending Sep 29) it has completed the refranchising of 27 company-owned restaurants. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
Tim Hortons U.S.A. Names Larry Mench Vice President of U.S. Operations.
restaurantnews.com - Tim Hortons U.S.A. has recently named Larry Mench to the position of Vice President of U.S. Operations. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2013
Re/Max going public as housing stays hot.
cnn.com - Just how hot is the housing market? Re/Max, one of the world's largest real estate brokerage firms, will soon find out. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Franchise Clique Continues to Grow, Hires Additional Staff.
prweb.com - Franchise Clique, one of the franchise industry’s largest lead generation companies, continues to experience success and growth. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
U.S. Adds 12,300 Franchise Jobs in July.
qsrmagazine.com - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 12,300 during the month of July 2013, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2013
Real estate brokerage franchisor RE/MAX Holdings files for a $100 million IPO.
nasdaq.com - RE/MAX Holdings, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, filed on Monday with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2013
CiCi's names director of franchise development to lead expansion.
pizzamarketplace.com - CiCi's Pizza has named Michael Iglesias as the brand's new director of franchise development. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2013
In the swim of things: Goldfish dives into franchising, looks to double locations.
crainsdetroit.com - Birmingham-based Goldfish started as a single location in 2006, but it now is a growing franchise network. Goldfish doubled its number of locations in 2012 — growing from three to seven — and is on target to... [more] 18 Aug, 2013
Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 5.3% in Q2.
bluemaumau.org - Still recovering from its revenue peak of 2007, Ace Hardware Corporation, a hardware store cooperative that is owned and directed by its franchisees, had good news to report Wednesday. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2013
What It Takes to Start a Fast-Food Franchise.
yahoo.com - In order to offer a bit of perspective on the financials of launching and operating a franchise, we examined a few of the big names out there to create the following list... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Franchise Clique Signs 100th Franchise Client to Call Verification Program.
prweb.com - One of the nation’s premiere lead generation companies, Franchise Clique, announced today the signing of its 100th client, Staybull Insurance, to its innovative call-verification lead generation program. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Jack in the Box Expands Franchising with Restaurant Sales.
sdbj.com - San Diego-based fast food chain Jack in the Box Inc. said it has sold 27 of its restaurants around the country, and plans to refranchise an additional 29 by the close of the fiscal year. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Local Steak 'n Shakes win restraining order, get access to supplies.
denverpost.com - Capitalizing on a procedural glitch, owners of Colorado's first two Steak 'n Shake restaurants on Thursday won a temporary restraining order that forces its corporate parent to plug the businesses back in. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
Corner Bakery Cafe Nabs Handful of Multiunit Franchisees.
qsrmagazine.com - Corner Bakery Cafe announced that it is entering the Oklahoma and Massachusetts markets, as well as three new markets in Florida and California, as part of five multiunit restaurant franchise agreements. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
Yogurtland signs agreements for 20 new units.
fastcasual.com - Yogurtland announced it has signed franchise agreements for 20 more units, bringing the total in the pipeline to 100 additional locations. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2013
Franchise Business Index Hits Post-Recession High.
franchise.org - The International Franchise Association announced that two important economic indicators validate that the franchise industry continues on a slow, but steady growth path. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
PizzaRev to Begin Strategic Nationwide Franchising.
businesswire.com - PizzaRev has announced that their LA-based custom pizza concept will enter the franchise arena as part of its strategic growth plan. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Green Motion Opens First U.S. Franchise.
autorentalnews.com - U.K.-based car rental company Green Motion has announced the sale of its first U.S. franchise in Florida. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
SONIC's coast-to-coast expansion continues.
qsrweb.com - SONIC Drive-In has announced plans to open 14 new drive-ins in the greater Seattle market with a new franchise partner, Cascade Development Group LLC. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Dunkin' sells out franchise opps in Wisconsin.
qsrweb.com - Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Travel Mart Inc., for seven new restaurants in La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wis. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Rainbow International Welcome Five Franchisees in Second Quarter.
prweb.com - Rainbow International is pleased to welcome five new franchisee owners in the second quarter of 2013. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
Jack in the Box refranchises 18 restaurants in Texas.
qsrweb.com - Jack in the Box Inc. today disclosed the details of a refranchising transaction that was completed in May. ... [more] 14 Aug, 2013
California’s Good Faith in Franchising Senate Bill 610 Tabled!
bluemaumau.org - California's Senate Bill 610, which seeks to add a requirement of good faith in the franchise relationship, will not be submitted for a vote in Tuesday morning's assembly committee meeting. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Wendy's selling 30 restaurants to NBA stars.
qsrweb.com - The Wendy's Co. today announced the sale of 30 restaurants in the St. Louis market to BB St. Louis LLC, a partnership headed by current Wendy's franchisee and former National Basketball Association great... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Edible Arrangements Settles with Franchisee Association.
bluemaumau.org - The Edible Arrangements Independent Franchisee Association announced that it has successfully settled its three-year litigation against its franchisor, following a lengthy negotiation process. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Red Mango Opens 250th Location And Enters Michigan.
yahoo.com - When Red Mango entered the franchising arena just a few years ago with goals to grow a frozen yogurt and smoothie chain from coast to coast, the sky was the limit. ... [more] 13 Aug, 2013
Taziki's expanding, making odyssey to franchise.
bizjournals.com - After signing its first franchisee, restaurant chain Taziki's Inc. is revving up for a major footprint expansion over the next five years. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2013
Pollo Tropical opens 100th company-owned location.
fastcasual.com - Pollo Tropical, a Miami-based fast casual restaurant chain, has opened its 100th company-owned location in Atlanta, and is set on a path of expansion in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2013
Burger 21 Heads West with First Arizona Franchise Agreement.
prnewswire.com - Burger 21, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., announced today the signing of its first franchise agreement in Arizona. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2013
Judge denies temporary restraining order in Stake 'n Shake case.
denverpost.com - In a legal battle between Steak 'n Shake and its Colorado franchisees, a federal judge Friday denied a motion to prevent the chain from disabling the computerized cash-register system at two... [more] 10 Aug, 2013
The Fastest-Growing Global Food Franchises.
entrepreneur.com - As many chains have saturated the U.S. market (and American tastes have shifted) the fast-food industry is finding a hungry market in far-flung locations--from Malawi to Mongolia. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2013
Smashburger welcomes 5 franchise partners.
fastcasual.com - Smashburger has added five new franchise partners to its family of better burger franchisees, totaling a combined commitment for 19 new franchise units across the United States. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2013
McDonald's July sales just beat, helped by Monopoly, McWraps.
reuters.com - McDonald's Corp on Thursday reported slightly higher-than-expected July sales at established restaurants after the early return of its popular Monopoly promotion and new premium wrap sandwiches... [more] 8 Aug, 2013
CFA Backs California’s Good Faith in Franchising State Bill 610.
bluemaumau.org - On behalf of more than 33,000 franchisees owning more than 81,000 businesses and employing 1.4 million individuals, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) expresses support for SB610... [more] 8 Aug, 2013
AAFD Supports California's SB 610 Good Faith in Franchising Bill.
bluemaumau.org - The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to co-sponsor Senate Bill SB610, and I am writing to voice my support of legislation for balanced franchise relationships in California. ... [more] 8 Aug, 2013
Sonic signs franchise agreement with Native American tribe.
qsrweb.com - As part of Sonic Drive-In's strategy to develop new franchises in rural markets, the company has reached an agreement with the Wyandotte Nation, an Oklahoma-based Native American tribe, to open its first unit in... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
Papa John's Promotes Thompson to President and COO.
qsrmagazine.com - Papa John’s International Inc. announced the promotion of Tony Thompson to president and chief operating officer, continuing to report to Papa John’s founder, chairman, and chief executive officer... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
Burger 21 opens 1st unit in North Carolina.
fastcasual.com - Burger 21 has debuted in North Carolina, opening in Ballantyne Village at 14825 Ballantyne Village Way in Charlotte. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
McDonald’s Franchisees Go Rogue With Meetings.
bloomberg.com - McDonald’s Corp., already struggling to sell burgers in the U.S., now must contend with a brewing franchisee revolt. Store operators say the company is increasingly charging them too much to operate... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
New Pet Franchise Capitalizing on Rapid Growth in Pet Care Industry.
newsday.com - Pet Sit Pros, Inc. a pet care franchise specializing in pet sitting and dog walking with 3 locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, California is now offering territories throughout California and 36 other states. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
Can Black-owned franchises narrow the wealth gap?
newpittsburghcourieronline.com - Ronald Smothers, who is African-American, was an early success, but by the turn of this century, the franchising industry realized that he was a rarity. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2013
Corner Bakery names Gregg Koffler VP of franchise sales.
nrn.com - Corner Bakery Cafe has promoted Gregg Koffler to vice president of franchise sales, the company said Thursday. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
San Antonio UPS franchise wins national small-business award.
bizjournals.com - Business mentorship group SCORE has selected the UPS Store of San Antonio for its 2013 Outstanding Franchise Small Business award. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
Steak 'n Shake legal battle addresses franchisee autonomy.
nrn.com - Denver-area Steak ‘n Shake franchisees filed counterclaims this week after the franchisor sought to terminate licensing rights last month in a dispute over pricing. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
Where In The World Are There No McDonald's?
npr.org - McDonald's may seem to be everywhere, but there are still 105 countries without the fast food giant, from Ghana to Jamaica to Yemen to Tajikistan. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Japanese crepe concept opens in US.
fastcasual.com - Eight Turn Crepe, a fast casual restaurant offering hand-crafted Japanese-inspired crepes, opened its first U.S. location this week in New York City. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
7-Eleven Sued for Representing Itself as Franchisor.
bluemaumau.org - Three years ago, convenience store chain 7-Eleven basked in the limelight of being featured on CBS’s Undercover Boss. Today the world’s largest convenience store chain is under a different spotlight. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Krush Burger office, franchise almost ready to roll.
bizjournals.com - A month after the owners of Krush Burger moved into a company “headquarters” in Roseville, co-owner Davin Vculek said he’s still not ready to call it the nerve center for his growing string of restaurants. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Burger King opens 125 net new units in Q2.
qsrweb.com - Burger King Worldwide Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30. Highlights included a global comp sales increase of 0.6%, a sequential improvement from a 1.4% decline in Q1. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013