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Franchise woes for seven Mo. Burger Kings. - The Burger King Corp. is alleging the owner of seven Missouri franchises, including the one in Moberly, failed to pay franchise fees and is asking a federal judge to stop the operator from continuing to... [more] 28 Feb, 2013
Subway’s DeLuca Sees Sandwich Chain Expanding to 50,000 Shops. - Subway, the closely held restaurant- chain that has more locations than McDonald’s Corp., will have about 50,000 in four years as it speeds growth abroad. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2013
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza heads east. - The Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza chain said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Lessing’s Hospitality Group to open 10 restaurants in the New York metro area and Connecticut. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2013
Schlotzsky's shatters company record with 170-unit franchise deal. - Schlotzsky's has signed its largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years; the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky's locations throughout... [more] 27 Feb, 2013
Angel Companions Franchising Continues Its Expansion. - To help meet the demand of keeping seniors at home Angel Companions Franchising has announced the continuation of its expansion plans through the signing of an agreement to open its 6th location. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2013
IFA's VetFran Partners with VA Accelerator Initiative. - The IFA’s VetFran initiative has partnered with The Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Business Accelerator program to ensure veterans acquire the professional skills and entrepreneurial knowledge base they... [more] 26 Feb, 2013
United Franchise Group Introduces New Financing Option. - The United Franchise Group (UFG) announced today an agreement with FirstREX to make FirstREX’s home equity-based business funding available to current and future franchisees. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Auntie Anne's President: Franchising Is 'Like a Marriage'. - You wouldn’t think a company celebrating 25 years in business would struggle with brand awareness. But Bill Dunn, president and COO of Auntie Anne’s pretzels, said its one of the biggest challenges... [more] 22 Feb, 2013
Franchisees Fire Legal Attack on Quiznos for Ongoing Fraudulent Scheme. - After years of legal battling between Quiznos and its franchisees, most surrendering under flags of settlement, the crippled sub sandwich chain is once again being bombarded with store owner lawsuits. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2013
Rise in Franchise Business Index Consistent with Forecast for Modest Growth in 2013. - The Franchise Business Index (FBI), an index of the economic health of the franchising industry, increased by 0.7 percent in January as nearly all components of the index showed improvement... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Sidney J. Feltenstein Honored as IFA’s Hall of Fame Winner. - Sidney J. Feltenstein, past chairman of the board of Yorkshire Global Restaurants, received the IFA Hall of Fame Award during the 53rd IFA Annual Convention. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Jersey Mike's CEO Recognized as IFA Entrepreneur of the Year. - Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, receiving the honor during IFA's 53rd Annual Convention. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Domino’s Dominates Pizza Chains in Brand Loyalty. - Domino's Pizza, Inc. is number one when it comes customer loyalty in the pizza shop sector. The 2013 annual ranking of brands with the highest loyalty was released by market researcher Brand Keys... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Zaxby's Franchisee Joins Up with Snagajob for Hiring Help. - Snagajob, the largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers, and Zax, Inc., Zaxby’s largest franchise group comprising 98 locations, announced a strategic partnership... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
137 Franchise Executives Attain Certified Franchise Executives Status. - One hundred thirty-seven franchise executives will today gain their Certified Franchise Executives’ designation during the International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Top 10 New Franchises. - The hottest franchising concepts right now are also the coolest. The first three spots on Entrepreneur's ranking of the top new franchises all go to businesses that specialize in frozen desserts... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Edible Arrangements Launches Major Initiative To Help Veterans. - Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid today announced a major contribution to the IFA's VetFran program and the launch of "Hero's Welcome," a nationwide initiative designed to help veterans... [more] 19 Feb, 2013
Ohio Passes Law to Protect Franchisees. - Ohio has passed a law that goes beyond many other states in its attempt to curb abusive franchising practices. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2013
Susan Black-Beth Earns Leadership Honor. - Susan E. Black-Beth, CFE, chief operating officer of Super Wash, Inc. has been awarded the Crystal Compass by the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2013
Atlanta Expansion Team Recruits Franchising Veteran. - FRM Solutions, a technology solutions provider specializing in franchise relationship management, has named franchising veteran Stan Friedman as its President. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2013
Burger King 4Q profit nearly doubles, sales rise. - Fourth quarter net income at Burger King Worldwide Inc. nearly doubled, the company reported Friday, on the strength of increased systemwide sales, net unit growth and the cost-cutting transition to a franchised... [more] 15 Feb, 2013

Yodle Franchisee Survey Results Announced. - Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, today announced results from the first annual Yodle Franchisee Survey – a study that examines franchisees' marketing strategies as well as... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Restaurant franchise industry veteran starts strategic advisory firm. - Franchise industry veteran Lynette McKee, CFE, announced today the launch of McKeeCo Services LLC, a franchising and development strategic advisory firm. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
IFA Statement on State of the Union. - International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira issued the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
Music Franchise Proves Rock & Roll is Alive and Kickin'. - After 15 years and breaking the 100-school milestone, the School or Rock is creating the world's next generation of rockers. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013
New Smoothie King president, COO reveals expansion plans. - Tom O’Keefe, the new president and chief operating officer of Smoothie King Franchises Inc., says the company will create a new division for company-owned units as the 626-unit chain looks to expand under new... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
YO!Sushi to grow U.S. market in 2013. - London-based YO!Sushi is planning major growth for the U.S. market this year. After opening its first U.S. location in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in July 2012, the chain will open at least 10... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
FranchiseWEB360 Launches a New Solution for Prospective Franchisees & Franchisors. - American Franchise Dream (TM) was created by a franchisee for prospective franchisees, providing educational articles, tips and tools on all things franchising... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
IFA Releases 2013 Policy Platform to Accelerate Job Creation in Franchising. - The International Franchise Association released its 2013 Policy Platform today in advance of President Obama’s State of the Union address Feb. 12. The platform makes policy recommendations to... [more] 11 Feb, 2013
"Franchise Today" Kicks Off Radio Series for 2013. - “Franchise Today,” the franchise-focused radio show on, kicks off 2013 with a new multipart series format featuring some of the most respected names in franchising. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
IFA Receives Award for Innovation in Grassroots Advocacy. - The International Franchise Association received top honors from the Public Affairs Council for innovation in grassroots advocacy during the National Grassroots Conference in Key West, Fla. this week. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
McDonald’s Sales Fall Again Amid Weakness in Asia. - McDonald’s says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world’s biggest hamburger chain faced ongoing weakness in Japan and sales in China were hurt by a food scare and the timing of a holiday. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2013
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Midwest Expansion. - Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that Walch Hospitality Group, LLC, led by John Walch, has signed an agreement to develop six franchise stores in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2013
Yum! Brands: 'We underestimated China chicken supply investigation'. - For the past several years, Yum! Brands has experienced staggering profits and growth in China. So important is that market to the Louisville, Ky.-based company, its KFC and Pizza Hut China systems make up more... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Dunkin’ Donuts Makes Plans for 11 New Orleans Locations. - Dunkin’ Donuts announces the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop 11 new restaurants throughout New Orleans over the next several years. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Hungry Howie's plans franchise growth in Ohio. - Michigan-based Hungry Howie's is looking to expand its footprint in the Buckeye State. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
FranAd Bowl 2013, Super Bowl Ads. - Super Bowl XLVII is starting up. It's time for Blue MauMau's annual FranAd Bowl, where Blue MauMau watches the commercials from franchisors. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2013
Franchise Clique CEO Nominated For Entrepreneur of the Year. - David Schwartz, owner and chief executive officer of Franchise Clique, will attend the IFA's annual convention in Las Vegas February 17-20, 2013 as an Entrepreneur of the Year Aaward nominee. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2013
Franchisee Files Racketeering Claims against Starbucks. - After Seattle’s Best Coffee terminated a franchisee’s licensing agreement for breach of contract and filed a lawsuit against him, the shop owner is fighting back. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2013
Woman from Colorado Springs engineers new cookie business. - Michelle Shah, a former engineer, started Cookie Advantage a couple of years after her second child was born so she could have more work independence and spend more time at home. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2013
Batteries Plus opens 46 new stores in 2012. - Batteries Plus has signed agreements with franchisees to open 59 stores in the next two years after opening 46 stores in 2012, the company said Monday in a news release. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2013
Hireology Joins International Franchise Association's FranSocial Community. - The leading selection management platform, Hireology, recently announced their membership with the International Franchise Association's Supplier Member Forum. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2013
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