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: : November 2013

Pizza Hut Offers Tony Rohr His Job Back After Thanksgiving Battle.
huffingtonpost.com - The Pizza Hut general manager who was fired this month because of his unwillingness to force employees to work on Thanksgiving will be offered his job back. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2013
Taco Bell launches major franchisee recruitment push.
nrn.com - With plans to add 2,000 new restaurants to its domestic store count by 2023, Taco Bell has launched its most aggressive franchisee recruitment push in 15 years with the goal of bringing in “new blood.” ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Franchises Add 25,060 Jobs in October, But FBI Growth Was Flat.
franchise.org - Earlier this month, ADP reported that the franchise industry added 25,060 jobs in October, representing 20% of all new jobs for the month. However, the Franchise Business Index (FBI) was unchanged in Oct... [more] 26 Nov, 2013
Hooters names Jim Parrish COO.
nrn.com - Hooters of America has appointed Jim Parrish as chief operations officer and Mark Whittle as vice president of North American franchise development. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
Steak n Shake franchisees bite back over $4 menu.
indystar.com - The 4 meals under $4 deal has been a sales-sweetener for Steak n Shake. But the cheap food offers — triple steakburger and fries for $3.99, anyone? — didn’t digest well with some Steak n Shake franchisees. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2013
South Florida dental equipment repair company signs 100th franchise.
sun-sentinel.com - Davie-based Dental Fix Rx this month signed its 100th franchise, expanding its coverage in South Florida and increasing its service territories to more than 70 in the U.S. and Canada combined. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2013
75 Franchises Helping Pay Back Veterans.
reuters.com - Two years ago, the International Franchise Association launched Operation Enduring Opportunity, a campaign that aimed to see 80,000 military veterans and their spouses become franchisees... [more] 22 Nov, 2013
Carlson to Explore Possible Sale of TGI Fridays.
bluemaumau.org - Carlson's board of directors is asking the firm to explore a possible sale of TGI Fridays restaurants. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2013
Bruegger's Bagels announces new leadership.
fastcasual.com - Le Duff America Inc., owner of Bruegger's Bagels, announced today that Miguel Fernandez will join the company in the newly created role of chief operating officer. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2013
Yum! Brands combines international, U.S. divisions to focus on growth.
qsrweb.com - Yum! Brands announced it is reorganizing its business to drive brand and geographic focus. Effective Jan. 1, the company will combine its Yum! Restaurants International and the U.S. individual divisions... [more] 21 Nov, 2013
The future for CKE: Continuity.
nrn.com - Franchisees of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant brands said Wednesday that news of the impending sale of franchisor CKE Inc. to Roark Capital Group has a big upside: Continuity. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2013
Subway launches second business simulation game.
qsrweb.com - The Subway restaurant chain and Young & Successful Media, owners of the YSN network, have launched the second Subway Global Challenge, a business simulation game. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2013
Smashburger appoints new CEO.
fastcasual.com - Smashburger announced Tuesday that Scott Crane, who has led company operations for the past six years as president, is now the chain's CEO. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2013
U.S. Adds 25,060 Franchise Jobs in October.
business2community.com - The ADP National Franchise Report for October 2013 shows a marked increase in the rate of job growth for franchises across the United States with an encouraging 25,000 jobs. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
Roark to Buy Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s.
bluemaumau.org - CKE Inc., with its two burger chains of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, announced today that Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the franchising firm. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2013
The Habit Burger Grill to begin franchising.
nrn.com - The Habit Burger Grill chain is launching a franchising program for the first time with the goal of building the California brand on the East Coast. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2013
Aaron’s Rental Settles with FTC for Spying on Customers' Private Lives.
bluemaumau.org - Aaron's Inc., a rent-to-own chain, agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission on October 22. The charges allege that the company played a direct role in its franchisees installing and using... [more] 18 Nov, 2013

Sheridan faces second serving of franchisee lawsuit.
bizjournals.com - Five new Sheridan’s Frozen Custard franchisees have filed suit against the chain’s founder, Jim Sheridan, for using company money to pay for the development of his other restaurant, Unforked. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2013
IFA Recognized With Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award.
franchise.org - The International Franchise Association received the Capital One Award for Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment at the 3rd Annual Lee Anderson Awards Dinner. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
The SBA's $1.5 Billion Franchise Loan Problem.
businessweek.com - Buying a franchise business, even when your loan is backstopped by the federal government, is riskier than you might think. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
Taco John's new franchise plan designed for growth.
qsrweb.com - Taco John's International announced a new franchise agreement that the company said is business-friendly and will help both existing and new franchisees grow. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
McDonald’s eyes global coffee growth.
suntimes.com - McDonald’s wants to be a bigger player in the global coffee business. The world’s biggest hamburger chain on Thursday highlighted beverages as one of its key growth opportunities... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
Franchisees Sue CEO Shelly Sun, BrightStar over Alleged Broken Promises.
bluemaumau.org - Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, has been in the limelight in recent years for her many accomplishments in franchising. Today, Shelly Sun is taking center stage in a different spotlight. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2013
IFA-U.S. Chamber Survey Shows Employers Facing Higher Costs, Reducing Full-Time Jobs, Due to ACA.
franchise.org - Research released today by the IFA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already resulting in higher costs of health coverage and businesses have cut full-time jobs. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Wingstop opens 600th unit.
fastcasual.com - Wingstop's newest restaurant in Sterling, Va., marks the chain's 600th unit. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Yum! Brands to Speak at Social Recruiting Strategies Conference in SF.
prweb.com - GSMI is excited to announce that Yum! Brands will be speaking at the 4th installment of the Social Recruiting Strategies Conference this January 28-30, 2014 at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Krispy Kreme Signs Alaska Development Agreement.
prnewswire.com - Krispy Kreme today announced that it has signed an agreement with North to Alaska, LLC for the development of four Krispy Kreme shops in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley over the next three years... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Subway franchisee accepts Bitcoin payment.
qsrweb.com - A Subway customer named Adam Welsh recorded his meal transaction using bitcoins as a payment, and posted the experience on YouTube. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Planet Fitness Opens 700th Location.
prnewswire.com - Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone and affordable prices, today announced that it opened its 700th club in Stockton, California. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013
Baby Boomers Flock to Franchising.
marketwired.com - The Entrepreneur's Source Shares Insight Into the Growing Trend of Older Adults Turning to Entrepreneurship. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2013
Franchisor announces million dollar franchise giveaway for Veterans.
prnewswire.com - Back Nine Board of Advisors, a division of Quantum Business Golf International, Inc announces today that it has decided to give away a million dollars of our franchises to Veterans in the next 45 days. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2013
Wendy’s Q3 Store Comps Grow, But Not Enough for Wall Street.
bluemaumau.org - The Wendy's Company reported that U.S. and Canadian franchised restaurants under its brand increased 3.1 percent in same-store sales in the third quarter, up from 2.9 percent last year. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2013
Pizza Hut franchisee admits challenges for the brand.
pizzamarketplace.com - NPC International Inc., the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee, reported a comp store sales decrease of 3.6 percent during the third quarter. This is compared to positive 1.3 percent in the same... [more] 8 Nov, 2013
Maui Wowi doubles discount for veteran franchisees.
fastcasual.com - Maui Wowi Hawaiian is continuing its efforts to support veterans by bringing back its "double discount" off the franchise fee during the months of November and December. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2013
Birmingham Medifast franchisee to open 26 more locations.
bizjournals.com - Birmingham-based Team Wellness Inc. has been granted the rights to open 26 new Medifast Weight Control Center locations across four Southern states, including Alabama. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
Blockbuster to close U.S. retail stores, mail DVD operation.
usatoday.com - It's the last picture show for Blockbuster. The retail company that introduced millions of Americans to stay-home movie nights said Wednesday it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Headline IFA’s Annual Convention.
franchise.org - Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will be the featured Keynote Speaker at the International Franchise Association’s 54th Annual Convention Feb. 22-25, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
Innovative Driving School Franchise Launches in U.S.
prnewswire.com - Fresh Green Light Franchise Partners today announced it will begin offering franchises for its cutting-edge Driver Training Centers that offer a more effective training program for new teen drivers. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
BookKeeping Express Partners With Anytime Fitness to Boost Gym Franchise's Bottom Line.
globenewswire.com - BookKeeping Express has partnered with Anytime Fitness, the nation's fastest-growing gym franchise, to improve the organization's financial well-being through its specialized Franchisor Express program... [more] 6 Nov, 2013
IFA Reports Over 151,000 Veterans and Military Spouses Have Entered Franchising Since 2011.
franchise.org - As part of the IFA’s Operation Enduring Opportunity initiative within its VetFran program, IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira today announced that 151,557 veterans and military spouses have entered... [more] 5 Nov, 2013
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Marks 28 Months of Record Performance.
yahoo.com - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, the leading moving service franchise system, enters the final quarter of 2013 with confidence after achieving 28 consecutive months of double digit growth. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2013
IKEA a flat-packed pop culture piece.
usatoday.com - The European maker of simple furniture with perplexing directions has devoted U.S. fans. Want proof? Google the word IKEA: 108 million hits. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2013
New Report Highlights Best Franchises for Veterans.
prweb.com - Hundreds of franchise companies offer military veterans incentives to invest in a franchise, but sign-on perks don’t necessarily lead to success as franchise operators. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
CiCi's Aims to Expedite Franchise Development.
qsrmagazine.com - CiCi's Pizza, the nearly 500-unit national pizza buffet concept, has recently announced a partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
Smoothie King signs deal for 28 new units.
fastcasual.com - Smoothie King Franchises Inc. has signed eight area development agreements with new and existing franchisees to expand in several markets across the U.S.... [more] 4 Nov, 2013
New 7-Eleven Franchisee Chief Speaks Out.
csnews.com - Two years ago, Joe Galea ran for chairman of The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, but fell short in the number of votes needed. This time, he won. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2013
Franchise Source Brands International Names Paul Segreto as CEO.
globenewswire.com - Approaching its 30th anniversary year, Franchise Source Brands International (FSBI) announces that it has named Paul Segreto as CEO. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2013
Noble Roman's signs 37 take-n-bake franchise agreements.
pizzamarketplace.com - Noble Roman's Inc. announced an initiative to reduce future dilution and simplify the company's capital structure. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2013
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