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New year brings higher minimum wage, lower franchise taxes. - With the new year, the minimum wage in Missouri will go up by 15 cents to $7.50 an hour, making Missouri one of 20 states with a rate higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2013
Wingstop moves HQ from Richardson to Dallas. - Wingstop Restaurants Inc. is moving its corporate headquarters from Richardson to Dallas. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2013
Auntie Anne's Pretzels Hits Milestone With 400th International Opening. - Rounding out a successful year of growth, Auntie Anne's Pretzels recently reached a company milestone with the opening of its 400th international location. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2013
PostNet Printing Franchise Triples Business Center Openings in 2013. - Printing and marketing services franchise PostNet opened three times as many stores in 2013 as it did in 2012. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2013
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Celebrates 100th Location. - Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop debuted its 100th restaurant in Laughlin, Nevada, at the Edgewater Casino. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2013
Wendy's Sells 30 Austin And 19 Sacramento Restaurants. - The Wendy's Company has sold 30 Austin and 19 Sacramento area restaurants, in separate transactions. ... [more] 27 Dec, 2013
Struggling Red Lobster to Split From Parent Company. - Bowing to investor pressure, Darden Restaurants announced yesterday that it plans to shed Red Lobster. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Russo's Restaurants Fast-Tracks U.S., International Expansion. - Russo's Restaurants announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' U.S. and international presence in 2014. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Jack in the Box Franchise Association names new board members. - The Jack in the Box National Franchise Association today announced the formation of a new board of directors to represent the current 1,711 restaurants and 100 franchise owners. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
99 Percent of November's Franchise Growth Was in the Restaurant Industry. - The U.S. added 13,070 franchise jobs in November, with a full 99 percent of them in the restaurant industry, according to the latest ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2013
Carmela's Pizzeria national franchising plans unveiled. - Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced details from its planned national franchisee program for its Carmela's Pizzeria concept. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2013
Toast Café to open in Triangle, ramp up franchise efforts. - Toast Café will expand its reach into eastern North Carolina next year as it ramps up its franchising efforts. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2013
Franchise Associations Oppose Labor Department Nominee. - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division is running into stiff opposition from the International Franchise Association, among other groups. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2013
Kid to Kid Opens Its 100th Franchise Location. - Kid to Kid is opening its 100th franchise on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Frisco, TX. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2013

Coca-Cola Splits in Effort to Focus on Franchising. - Coca Cola Co. announced plans yesterday to restructure its North American business in an attempt to expedite its refranchising efforts and streamline its focus. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2013
Hilton Raises $2.5B IPO; Dismisses Franchisees. - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a worldwide chain of 3,700 largely franchised hotels and 150 company-owned hotels, raised $2.35 billion in a record-breaking initial public offering for a hotel franchisor. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2013
Lost Pizza discovered — Restaurateurs begin franchising. - In 2007, longtime friends Brooks Roberts and Preston Lott opened a unique, small restaurant in the Delta city of Indianola with no plans past that one eatery. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2013
Subway set to debut pizza concept. - A Subway franchisee in Nebraska plans to open a Subway Pizza Express in the University of Nebraska Union in the first quarter. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2013
Sysco Pays $3.5B for US Foods; Franchises Wary. - Sysco Corporation has agreed to pay approximately $3.5 billion for US Foods, announced the two companies on Monday. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2013
Missouri delivery drivers unite in lawsuit alleging unfair pay. - Missouri pizza drivers are delivering a new lawsuit to the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Fransmart launches private equity firm to fuel restaurant growth. - Fransmart, the franchise development company, has formed FranInvest to make early-stage investments in emerging restaurant concepts. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Champs Chicken Launches Franchise Program. - Since its inception, Champs Chicken has prided itself on consistent product quality, brand recognition, and retailer profitability. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Huddle House plans big growth with small franchisees. - Chief development officer Jonathan Benjamin discusses the chain’s expansion plans. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2013
Franchisees Aim to Prove DirectBuy Breached Its Contract. - A judge has ruled that breach of contract claims against DirectBuy can move forward to determine if the members-only buying club overcharged franchisees for advertising and marketing... [more] 9 Dec, 2013
NPC buys 53 Wendy's restaurants for $30.4 million. - Restaurant franchisee NPC International Inc. said Monday that it has completed the acquisition of 53 Wendy's restaurants for $30.4 million. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2013
Franchise Jobs in October 2013 vs 2012 Outgrowing Private Sector. - Hirings among businesses that are small businesses or franchised continue to outpace private sector recruiting not only for October but for the past year. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2013
IFA Responds to Protests at Quick Service Franchise Restaurants. - IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira released the following statement responding to protests at quick service franchise restaurants organized by labor unions and led by the Service Employees International Union... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Quiznos Tries Again to Restructure Debt. - Quiznos is trying to restructure its debt for the second time in two years as the once-booming sandwich chain continues to falter. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Corner Bakery inks new deals with existing franchisees. - Corner Bakery Cafe announced today the company has signed three additional multi-unit restaurant development agreements with existing franchise partners to introduce the signature bakery cafe to... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Survey Shows Mandating a Minimum Wage Increase Will Hurt Employees and the Economy. - Research released today from the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlights the unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Yum! Brands expects strong recovery. - Yum! Brands Inc. reconfirmed its full-year 2013 EPS forecast of high-single to low double-digit decline versus the prior year, excluding special items. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2013
Fast-Food Workers In 100 Cities To Walk Off The Job. - Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
Taco Bell Hopes to Open 2,000 U.S. Restaurants by 2023. - Looking to open a franchise? You may want to consider Taco Bell, which plans to add 2,000 new restaurants in the U.S. in the next 10 years. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
Jack in the Box National Franchise Association Announces Linda A. Lang as 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. - The Jack in the Box National Franchise Association has announced Linda A. Lang as the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at its annual conference held in Kona, Hawaii. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
Massage Envy Spa Announces Signing Of 1,200th Franchise Agreement. - Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today the signing of its 1,200th franchise agreement. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2013
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