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: : September 2013

IFA Launches Historic Initiative to Enhance Franchise Relations.
franchise.org - The International Franchise Association Board of Directors recently adopted recommendations by the IFA Franchise Relations Best Practices Task Force to develop ways to strengthen franchise relations. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
Tennessee pizza concept signs first franchisee.
pizzamarketplace.com - Knoxville, Tenn.-based Hard Knox Pizzeria, owned by Dean and Jill Bastian, has signed its first franchisee. Steve and Carolyn Bryant will open a Hard Knox Pizzeria in Farragut, Knoxville, in spring 2014. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
Value Place buys 22 properties from franchisee for $115 million.
bizjournals.com - Wichita-based Value Place has acquired 22 hotels owned by its largest franchisee for $115 million, the company announced in a news release Monday. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2013
States Consider Broad New Rights for Franchisees.
wsj.com - Lawmakers in Maine, California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have introduced bills that would give owners a lot more leverage. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2013
Quiznos Tells Franchisees How to Close Shop.
bluemaumau.org - Quiznos released a memo to franchisees this week, leaving franchise owners scratching their heads as to what it means. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
Food franchisees face low pay, long hours.
marketwatch.com - Buying into a franchise may seem like a quicker and easier way to own your own business, but the results from a new survey might get you thinking twice about investing in a restaurant franchise. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
Auntie Anne's adding retired pro athletes to franchising roster.
qsrweb.com - As part of an initiative to partner with retired professional athletes, Auntie Anne's has announced retired NBA star Mark Blount as its newest franchise owner. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2013
Hooters Turns 30, Invites America to Join Nationwide Birthday Party.
businesswire.com - Hooters is turning 30 on Oct. 4, and today the iconic dining destination announced a week-long series of deals and celebrations leading up to its milestone birthday. . ... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
As baby boomers retire, franchising opportunities open up.
sandiegoreader.com - Members of the baby boomer generation own more than 100,000 franchise businesses. As these individuals age and begin to make the transition into retirement, they are putting their businesses... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
Culver's ranked on top for franchisee satisfaction.
qsrweb.com - Culver Franchising System Inc. as been rated No. 1 in franchisee satisfaction among restaurant franchises, according to a survey by market research firm Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
Yogurtland Celebrates 250th Location With New Store in Encinitas, California.
prweb.com - Today Yogurtland, the ever-popular quickly expanding self-serve frozen yogurt pioneer, announces the opening of its 250th location. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
Papa John's franchisee shutters 8 restaurants.
nrn.com - Eight Papa John’s units in Northern California were shuttered suddenly last week as the franchise operator reportedly prepares for a bankruptcy filing. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
Realty One Group grows franchise network to 23 firms.
inman.com - Irvine, Calif.-based Realty One Group, the fast-rising brokerage that’s also entered the franchising business, has signed up four new affiliates in California... [more] 26 Sep, 2013
IFA Names Seven Franchise Leaders to its Board of Directors.
franchise.org - Franchise business leaders from companies representing the wide scope of franchise businesses were elected to the International Franchise Association board of directors... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Buyers Choose Existing Franchises over New Ones.
bluemaumau.org - BizBuySell.com, the Internet's business-for-sale marketplace, today announced the results of its August 2013 survey of business buyers and sellers. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Former Starbucks exec named Pret A Manger's U.S. president.
fastcasual.com - Pret A Manger has announced Robert Naylor as president of U.S. operations. Naylor comes to Pret with more than 30 years of retail experience, most recently having overseen operations for both Starbucks... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
FranNet Listed as One of Franchise Business Review’s Top Low-Cost Franchises.
prweb.com - FranNet, America’s most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities through a free and extensive educational and coaching process, has been awarded a high honor as one of... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Shelly Sun Elected to the Officer Corps of the International Franchise Assoc.
franchise.org - Shelly Sun, co-founder & CEO of BrightStar Franchising, LLC based in Gurnee, Ill, has been elected Secretary of the International Franchise Association, placing her in the leadership chairs of the Association. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Insider Speaks Candidly about Burger King Supply Chain.
bluemaumau.org - A franchise leader speaks candidly about franchisees owning, directing and managing the North American supply chain for the Burger King system, both franchised and company-owned. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
McDonald's USA chief marketing officer to step down.
nrn.com - McDonald’s USA has confirmed that chief marketing officer Neil Golden is leaving the brand, signaling another high-profile departure from the quick-service chain in the past 18 months. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Valpak Announces Lake Charles Franchise Expansion.
yahoo.com - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Daniel Wainwright to bring Valpak's services to businesses and residents in Lake Charles... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
Eight California Papa John's units close abruptly.
pizzamarketplace.com - Eight Sacramento, Calif., area Papa John's units closed abruptly last week, surprising employees and corporate. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2013
From Hooters Girl to the corner office.
cnn.com - If Kat Cole had stuck to her teenage dreams, the 35-year-old Cinnabon president would today be an attorney at DuPont. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2013
Taco John's Lends Helping Hand to Flood Victims.
qsrmagazine.com - Taco John’s is announcing plans to help raise relief dollars for flood victims in northern Colorado. Starting Monday, September 23, the Mexican fast food restaurant chain will donate one dollar for each... [more] 23 Sep, 2013
Massage Envy Spa Announces 900th Open Location.
prnewswire.com - Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today the opening of its 900th franchise location in Brick, N.J. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2013

Amorini Panini launches franchise system.
fastcasual.com - Amorini Panini, a Washington D.C.-based fast casual chain, has launched a new franchise model, working with The iFranchise Group to expand up and down the East Coast. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2013
Nation's Leading Logistics Company and Franchisor Acquires USTC.
yahoo.com - BlueGrace Group announced today that it has acquired one of the nation's oldest and most trusted shipping and transportation companies, United States Transportation Consultants (USTC) of Baltimore, MD. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2013
Yum! Brands' quarterly dividend increased by 10 percent.
pizzamarketplace.com - Yum! Brands Inc.'s board of directors has approved a 10-percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2013
Dickey's Beefs Up Catering Sales.
qsrmagazine.com - Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. beefed up catering sales efforts by introducing a national catering hotline. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2013
Panera Bread isn’t just hungry for attention.
washingtonpost.com - The same week the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill slashing $39 billion in funding for food stamps–and the same week the U.S. Census Bureau reported that while poverty rates had leveled off in 2012, they were still higher than pre-recession levels–one CEO went hungry for a week. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2013
Toast Café begins franchising brunch concept.
huntersvilleherald.com - As actors and musicians in New York City, Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard made a ritual of home-cooked omelets made from scratch in the company of good friends. Their passion for fresh-made... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Papa Murphy's prototype created to redefine Take 'N Bake.
pizzamarketplace.com - Earlier this month, Papa Murphy's announced a new "CREATE" store prototype now in test in Austin, Texas. Plans call for two additional locations to open in October. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Roy Rogers targets 100 new franchise units.
qsrweb.com - Roy Rogers Restaurants has signed a strategic alliance with Franchise Dynamics, a full-service franchise sales outsourcing company, to expand the chain by 100 units within the next five years. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2013
New Reports Underscore Both the Strength and Policy Concerns of Franchise Industry.
franchise.org - New data continues to show strong growth in the franchise industry with both jobs and overall franchise business conditions improving in August. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2013
Franchise Industry Growth Holds Steady.
franchise.org - Today, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is releasing results from the 3rd Quarter Franchise Forecast for 2013 and Annual Franchise Business Leader Survey (FBLS). ... [more] 17 Sep, 2013
Jury Finds Craig O's Pizza Principal as Employer of Franchisee's Employee.
bluemaumau.org - A district court upheld a jury’s finding that the principal of the Craig O’s Pizza chain was the employer of a former franchisee’s employee. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
Jan-Pro Opens New Master Franchise in Greater New York Area.
newsday.com - Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. (Jan-Pro) today announced the opening of the Jan-Pro of Greater New York operation, the newest Jan-Pro Master Franchise in the system. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
A Burger Chain Taps Local Farms to Sell More Franchises.
businessweek.com - b.good, founded in 2004, has 10 corporate stores in New England and sold its first franchise outlet in 2012. Two franchise locations are open now with 25 in development. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
7-Eleven Ousts Several Chicago-Area Franchisees.
csnews.com - 7-Eleven Inc. took ownership of several Chicago-area convenience stores from franchise owners following allegations that they were selling non-approved items. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
Project Pie Snags Ex-Qdoba Exec To Lead Franchising.
qsrmagazine.com - Project Pie, known for "everyday artisan pizza custom built by you" that cooks in less than two minutes, has named former Qdoba executive Todd Owen as its vice president of franchise development. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2013
U.S. Lawns Announces Rebranding.
prweb.com - U.S. Lawns President Ken Hutcheson unveiled the rebranding of U.S. Lawns to franchisees at their annual conference in Baltimore. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2013
Franchise Business Review Launches National Search for Top Franchises.
prweb.com - Franchise Business Review opened registration today for the 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, part of a national project that looks at franchisee satisfaction among the country’s most popular franchise... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
California franchisees among Subway's top operators worldwide.
qsrweb.com - Subway, which has about 19,000 franchisees worldwide, has named seven recipients of its 2013 Franchisee of the Year awards and three recipients of its Development Agent of the Year awards during the... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
Food fight! Golden Corral franchisee sues new Mango’s on I-Drive.
bizjournals.com - A legal battle is brewing regarding parking in a convention-area shopping complex at the corner of International Drive and Sand Lake Road in Orlando. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2013
Meineke names new president, looks to double store count.
bizjournals.com - Charlotte-based auto-repair franchise Meineke Car Care Centers Inc. has named a new president and set its sights on doubling its store count over the next five years. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Steak 'n Shake pulls plug on metro franchises.
denverpost.com - A member of the family that owns the Steak 'n Shake franchise in Colorado Springs said they have no interest in the closed restaurants in metro Denver and are not negotiating with anyone for their rights. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
Togo's To Develop 20 Franchised Units In OR, CA.
qsrmagazine.com - Togo’s Eateries announced the signing of two multiunit franchise agreements with an existing franchise group to develop 20 new restaurants in Oregon and California over the next... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
McDonald’s May Revamp Dollar Menu After Pressure.
businessweek.com - McDonald’s Corp.’s Dollar Menu is primed for inflation. The burger chain is testing a new version, dubbed Dollar Menu and More, that includes items selling for as much as $5. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2013
CEO Advisor Franchising, Inc. Adds CEO Advisor of Silicon Valley in No. California.
businesswire.com - Advisor Franchising, Inc. is excited to announce that John Hagerman, MBA, has joined as CEO Advisor of Silicon Valley. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2013
Play N Trade Partners With Franchise Beacon.
prweb.com - Play N Trade and Franchise Beacon form a strategic partnership helping entrepreneurs get into a retail technology space. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
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