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Steak 'n Shake franchisees fire back, saying forced pricing hurt them. - The dispute boiling between Steak 'n Shake's corporate offices and the owners who hold exclusive rights to the franchise in metro Denver is rooted in how much local control exists at the restaurants... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
Colorado Steak 'n Shake franchise owners sued by corporate. - Indianapolis-based Steak 'n Shake Enterprises Inc. and Steak 'n Shake LLC are suing the Colorado owners of two Steak 'n Shake restaurants, asking a judge to stop the local owners from operating... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
West Coast Franchise Expo Returns in October. - Hosted in Anaheim, California, for the second consecutive year, the 2013 West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE) is one of the largest franchise events on the west coast... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He's Not Afraid of Dunkin' Donuts. - On the heels of strong earnings and plans for expansion from coffee competitor Dunkin' Brands, Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks, told CNBC that he isn't worried about competition from other... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
Domino's Pizza Franchisees Sue for Failing to Pay Minimum Wage to Delivery Drivers. - Three law firms have filed a lawsuit against RPM Pizza, LLC, a franchisee of 138 Domino's pizza restaurants in Mississippi and Louisiana, and its owners, for failing to pay minimum wage to their drivers. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
Adam & Eve to Open 50th Franchise Store in San Antonio. - Adam & Eve announced today the grand opening of its 50th retail store franchise in San Antonio, Texas, on Aug 3. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2013
GRILLIT Announces Master Franchise Plan. - GRILLiT, Inc. today announced its master franchise strategy and plan. The Company said that with its new Chief Executive Officer, Ghazi Hajj, now in charge, it is ready to announce the franchise program and... [more] 26 Jul, 2013
Dunkin’ signs first California franchisees. - Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has signed its first three Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Southern California, the company revealed as it reported that its profit more than doubled during the second quarter. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2013
Blaze Pizza Tacks On 20th Franchise Group. - Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced that it has signed agreements with four separate franchise groups to develop a total of 31 Blaze Pizza restaurants... [more] 25 Jul, 2013
IFA Joins Coalition to Ensure Effective tax rates guide tax reform. - International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira released the statement below today to announce the launch of The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Wendy’s Jumps on Upbeat Profit, Refranchising Plan. - Wendy's shares were surging Tuesday after the hamburger seller said it would focus even more on franchising, a move that will serve to lower certain costs while boosting its rent and royalty revenue. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Franchise changes name to Batteries Plus Bulbs. - Franchisee Don Tollefson has changed the name of his four local Batteries Plus stores as part of a companywide initiative that is giving equal play to light bulbs. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
East Coast Wings & Grill expands with smaller units. - In order to get over the hurdle of finding the right real estate in the best locations, East Coast Wings & Grill has created two restaurant designs beyond its casual-dining mainstay: a university model and a smaller... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Pizza Hut franchisee closes acquisition of 24 Wendy's restaurants. - NPC International Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of 22 Wendy's restaurants for $9.3 million, plus amounts for working capital and initial franchise fees. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2013
Four Reasons McDonald’s Is Worried About the Near Future. - McDonald’s warned this morning that the second half of the year will be difficult despite posting a 1 percent increase in global same-store sales for the second quarter. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Franchising Offers Viable Career Opportunity for Today's Military Veterans. - The Entrepreneur's Source Shares Why Franchising Provides a Natural Transition From Service to Small Business Ownership and How Veterans Can Get Started. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
It Is Tough to Bet Against McDonald's. - The golden arches may seem to be losing a bit of their gleam. But as many an investor has discovered the hard way, it is tough to bet against McDonald's Corp. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2013
Two Veterans Discover a New Adventure as Maui Wowi Hawaiian Franchisees. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies welcomes its newest franchisees, Shannon and John Portugal of Temecula, Calif., veterans of the United States Air Force... [more] 20 Jul, 2013
Sunny Street Café Partners With VetFran. - The fast growing breakfast and lunch restaurant chain Sunny Street Café recently announced a new partnership with VetFran, an initiative of the International Franchising Association. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
Fro.Zen.Yo signs franchise partners for rapid expansion. - Fro.Zen.Yo has signed a new development agency franchise partner for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky market to open 25 units. The first unit is set to open this year. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
Handyman Matters planning franchise expansion. - Colorado-based Handyman Matters, a home services repair company with 122 franchises nationwide, is planning to double its effort in the coming years, said President Andy Bell. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2013
New Reports Underscore Strength and Policy Concerns of Franchise Industry. - Two new economic indicators underscore both the strength of the franchising industry and some of the headwinds facing it. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Money Pages Announces Move to Franchising Model. - Money Pages, a leader in direct mail advertising in the Southeast, has moved to a franchising model and announced the company's first franchised location in Ormond Beach, Florida. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Hunt Brothers Pizza hits 7,000-unit milestone. - Hunt Brothers Pizza is celebrating its 7,000th retail location with the addition of the Shamrock Gas and Go in Pottsboro, Texas, to its portfolio. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Garbanzo Flies High With Airport Franchise Agreements. - Colorado-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced the awarding of franchise development rights to Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
McDonald's downgraded on franchisee survey results. - Janney Capital Markets downgraded McDonald's Corp. shares to "neutral" from "buy" on Wednesday after a survey of restaurant operators suggested that analysts' expectations for... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Rebounderz Partners with Upside Group to Launch Franchise System. - In order to review their franchise business operations, create franchise development deliverables, and expand their franchise base, Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena has announced their partnership with... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Francorp Examines The Franchise 50 Index. - The private equity industry’s success may provide a proactive look to the future. Outperforming the S&P 500, the UNH Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index has been positively growing for more than... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Subway’s DeLuca Diagnosed with Leukemia. - An email to Subway development agents went out from Subway sandwich chain president and co-founder Fred DeLuca on Monday. Deluca has been diagnosed with leukemia. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Boneheads Backs Franchisees With New Exec Position. - Boneheads Grilled Fish and Piri Piri Chicken, an Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant concept, announced that Bryan St. George is its new director of franchise support. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Kiddie Academy Continues to Achieve Success With Franchise Gator. - Franchise Gator announced today that its client, Kiddie Academy, achieved yet another sale as a direct result of the franchisor's online marketing campaign with Gator. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Hireology Announces 500th Customer. - Hireology announced today that Maid Right Franchising is the 500th customer to choose Hireology's award-winning Selection Manager to power their hiring process. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013

Fast Food Workers Rip McDonald's Budgeting Website. - Even McDonald's knows that its workers can't survive on what it pays, according to a group of fast-food workers fighting for fair wages. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2013
Del Taco's rebranding effort focuses on quality/value balance. - In April, Del Taco announced a brand re-launch that includes two new menu platforms, a new restaurant design, customer service initiatives and a revised marketing strategy. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2013
BookKeeping Express Boosts Bottom Line for Franchise Systems. - BookKeeping Express is improving the financial well-being of their peers in the Franchise Industry through its specialized Franchisor Express program. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2013
The hot business of exporting America's franchises. - At this year's franchise expo in New York City, Americans dreaming of opening up their own pizza shop or burger joint were often fourth in line behind Kuwaiti, Chinese or Peruvian executives. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
Krispy Kreme Completes Refranchising of Dallas, Texas Market. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation announced today that it has completed the sale of three Company-owned Krispy Kreme shops in the Dallas, Texas market to Sun Holdings, LLC. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
Pizza Inn franchisee to expand Express footprint. - Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. announced it has awarded 10 new franchise units to Flash Market Inc. to expand Pizza Inn Express restaurants in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2013
7-Eleven Legal Issues Cast Shadow on Franchisee Convention. - Competition and challenges with tobacco and the economy will take a backseat next week during 7-Eleven franchisees' annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas. ... [more] 11 Jul, 2013
Yum! Brands Q2: Taco Bell, KFC U.S. have new product momentum. - Yum! Brands continues its recovery from China's avian flu and poultry supply chain issues that befell the company during the first part of this year, but its U.S. and international businesses are both on a solid growth... [more] 11 Jul, 2013
Franchise Innovators to Host Entrepreneurial Kick-Start Summit. - CHORE Masters, the industry’s leading single-source, property maintenance concierge service (franchise), is pleased to announce “Master Your Future” Entrepreneurial Summit July 18, 2013... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Souper Salad Refranchises 16 Units to Date. - LNC Ventures LLC, parent company of Souper Salad restaurants, has refranchised 16 units since its late-fall 2012 announcement that it would achieve a greater balance between franchise and... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Sonic Launches Small Town Prototype. - Sonic has rolled out a prototype of a smaller version of its standard drive-in restaurant in an Appalachian hollow in Tennessee. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
IFE 2013 Largest in Event's History. - Hosted in New York City for the second year in a row, the 2013 International Franchise Expo (IFE) marks the biggest in the event’s 22-year history. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Spin! Neapolitan Pizza begins to franchise. - Spin! Neapolitan Pizza, a five-unit hybrid fast-casual concept founded in Kansas City, Mo., has opened its first franchised unit in Orange County, Calif. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Smoothie King Targets Jacksonville, Fla., For Franchise Expansion. - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced today it is targeting the Jacksonville, Fla., metro area for franchise growth. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Dayton sports marketing firm signs Alabama franchisee. - Miamisburg-based Sports Image has inked Blake Martin of Daphne, Ala. as its 24th franchisee. Martin’s operation will cover Southern Alabama and some of Florida’s panhandle. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Are Free Franchise Forms a Mooch’s Dream? - Free electronic franchise contract and disclosure templates are now readily available on the Internet for start-up franchisors. But is no or low-cost a good thing for franchisor wannabes? ... [more] 7 Jul, 2013
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Adds More Franchisee Support. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the international coffee and smoothie franchise company, has redesigned its launch program to further assist franchisees through the process from signing to success. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2013
Unique Theme Gives Sandwich Franchise a Boost. - Scott Jennings had two goals when he decided to open a restaurant after graduating from Arizona State University 15 years ago. First, he wanted a place that didn't feel corporate and would make... [more] 4 Jul, 2013
Yummy Cupcakes Kicks Off Expansion with 1st Franchisee Location. - Yummy Cupcakes recently announced its aggressive franchise growth plans, sweetening the deal for consumers and franchise prospects alike. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates 500th Store Milestone. - Dunkin' Donuts, a leader in the fast-casual industry, has reached its largest milestone to date—500 stores. The brand will be celebrating its 500th store opening Tue, Jul 9, at the new New York City store. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Five Franchise Industry Icons Inducted into the IFA Hall of Fame. - The International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors has unanimously voted to induct five industry icons into the IFA Hall of Fame to honor their extensive contributions to franchising. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Sears Announces …Then Withdraws … Franchise Opportunity. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores (SHOS) confused both journalists and readers Monday when it announced and then immediately withdrew franchise opportunities. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Mosquito Joe franchisee plans expansion. - Mosquito Joe's new franchisee, Jason Bearden, isn't content to kill mosquitos in the southern half of the Birmingham metro. He wants to kill them across the metro beginning next year. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Large Franchisees Lead The Growth In Franchising. - Thanks to cheap, available credit and numerous acquisition opportunities, the nation's largest restaurant franchisees grew in size and scope in 2012, according to the Monitor 200... [more] 1 Jul, 2013
Sheridan's Frozen Custard feels the legal heat. - A Sheridan's Frozen Custard franchisee claims founder Jim Sheridan pilfered the chain's advertising fund to finance the opening of his new restaurant, Unforked. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2013
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