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Habit Burger moves toward national expansion. - At a time when growth among national burger chains is slowing, West Coast-based The Habit Burger Grill is ramping up expansion with two new franchise deals and plans to seed development on the East Coast with... [more] 29 Apr, 2014
Jamba Juice sets Orlando debut. - Jamba Juice’s local franchisee has set an opening date of May 17 for its first Central Florida smoothie shop. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2014
As McDonald's Sales Slide, Franchisees Seek Action. - McDonald's Corporation last week announced disappointing results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2014. McDonald's same restaurant sales in the United States decreased 1.7 percent. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2014
Dunkin' Donuts aims for 2.5M loyalty program enrollees by year's end. - Dunkin' Brands presented its Q1 earnings Thursday, including a 1.2-percent increase in sales growth at the flagship Dunkin' Donuts U.S. business. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2014
Costa Vida appoints new director of Franchise Development. - With more than 60 restaurant locations spread across the U.S. and several new markets opening this year, Costa Vida is on a growth spurt. To augment that growth, the chain has hired Terry Jennings as... [more] 25 Apr, 2014
How a Smaller Franchise Partnered With a Billion-Dollar Brand on the Flamin' Hot Cheetos Burrito. - When Taco John's announced the new Flamin' Hot Cheetos Burrito on Tuesday, the path to collaboration seemed like a mystery. After all, the 400-unit taco chain is a small player compared to... [more] 25 Apr, 2014
Pizza Hut approaching digital with 'high sense of urgency'. - Although Pizza Hut's Casual Dining concept in China is an "industry success story," the U.S. business is struggling to find footing amidst tighter competition and a ubiquitous digital landscape. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2014
On Third Anniversary of White House Joining Forces Program, IFA Highlights Achievements of Veterans in Franchising. - On the third anniversary of the White House Joining Forces Program, launched April 2011, the IFA remains committed to providing veterans with the professional skills and entrepreneurial knowledge they need... [more] 24 Apr, 2014
Judge Denies BrightStar, Shelly Sun's Attempt to Dismiss Franchisee Lawsuit. - Arizona district court has denied BrightStar Franchising and owner Shelly Sun’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by franchisees. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2014
Ronald McDonald takes new look to Twitter. - McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2014
Six franchised Smashburger units up for auction. - Six Smashburger units in the San Diego area, along with a 10-unit development agreement, are scheduled for auction on May 22 in the bankruptcy of franchisee SoCal Eats LLC. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
The Melting Pot Announces Aggressive Expansion Plans for North America. - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant franchise, announced plans today to expand its footprint in select markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Pie Five Pizza to be Showcased at Multi-Unit Franchising Conference. - Pie Five Pizza CEO Randy Gier and other company representatives are joining national franchisors and suppliers to swap strategies and stories at the 2014 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Top 10 Franchise Businesses For 2014 Reviewed On Empowered Ezine. - A new guide from Empowered Ezine takes a look at the ten most promising franchise businesses this year... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Zounds Hearing Opens 100th Store. - Zounds Hearing, Inc., the fastest-growing hearing aid company in the country with franchise locations from coast to coast, announces the opening of its 100th store. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Industrious Miracle Method Franchisee Expands to Meet Increasing Demand. - Miracle Method Surface Refinishing, the nation's leading bathtub, tile, and countertop refinishing company, opens another location on the East coast to meet increasing demand. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014

How Social Franchising Is Bringing Jobs to the Developing World. - Philanthropists are considering whether the franchise model can be used to bring vaccines, contraception, clean cooking fuel, food and other basic necessities to people in the developing world. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2014
FRANdata Announces Promotion of Edith Wiseman to President. - FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2014
31,000 Hires in March! Restaurant and Auto Dealers Lead in Franchise Jobs. - The coming of spring has brought a pleasant thaw in jobs to the franchise sector. American franchises increased the number of individuals hired by 30,830 in March, 2014, according to ADP. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
Sonic Aims to Open 1,000 Locations Over Next 10 Years. - With more than 60 years in the quick-service game and a robust presence in the South and Central Plains, Sonic Drive-In is making progress in its commitment to expanding across the U.S. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
Burger King's largest franchisee launches public offering. - New York-based Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., the largest Burger King franchisee in the world, has announced the launch of a public offering of up to $60 million of its common stock. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Aaron’s Acquires Progressive Finance for $700 Million. - Home furniture and appliance lender Aaron's In announced this morning that it has acquired web-based merchandise financier Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approx... [more] 15 Apr, 2014
Bennigan’s to open second restaurant with new design. - Bennigan’s Franchising Co. plans to open a second prototype casual-dining restaurant in Melbourne, Fla., in midsummer modeled after a new unit that opened earlier this year in Fayetteville, Tenn. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2014
Britain's Tesco returns to U.S. with F&F clothing brand. - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco is to return to the United States with its F&F clothing business only seven months after offloading its loss-making U.S. supermarkets operation Fresh & Easy. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
Quiznos Postpones Key Hearing on Bankruptcy. - News reports yesterday stated that Quiznos’ hearing on its bankruptcy exit plan will now be May 12, instead of later this month. The reason cited is that unsecured creditors have asked for more time to... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Del Taco Franchisees Honored with MVP Awards. - Del Taco announced three of its franchisees received Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine’s Annual MVP (Most Valuable Performer) Awards. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Garbanzo opens 30th location. - Phoenix is home to Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill's 30th location. The new restaurant opened this week at 4575 E. Cactus Road in Suite 140 and is the second Garbanzo in Phoenix... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Franchisees Sue Papa Murphy's for over $23M. - Twenty franchisees have filed a lawsuit against Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza chain, alleging the company induced them to purchase their franchise through fraudulent disclosure documents and... [more] 7 Apr, 2014
Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Inducts Cousin's CEO. - Cousins Subs founder and CEO, Bill Specht will be inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2014
Hawaii Franchise Protection Bill Tabled. - In January legislators in the state of Hawaii introduced a bill aimed to protect Hawaii franchise owners from having to travel out of state to resolve disputes with their franchisors... [more] 7 Apr, 2014
Maine Senate Kills Franchise Protection Bill. - On Wednesday Maine's state senate voted against Legislative Document 1458, the Small Business Investment Protection Act. In a vote of 24 against and only 10 supporting, the senators... [more] 4 Apr, 2014
VERC Car Rental Expands U.S. Sixt Franchises. - Sixt SE and its U.S. franchise unit have announced the signing of multiple franchise agreements with VERC Car Rental, a Massachusetts-based rental company. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2014
After 40 years of franchising, Subway remains fastest-growing concept. - Entrepreneur's 35th annual Franchise 500 list once again featured numerous restaurant brands, with Subway coming in at No. 3, behind leader Anytime Fitness and Hampton Hotels. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2014
Village Inn Begins 2014 with 12 New Franchise Agreements. - Village Inn is revving up its franchising efforts in 2014 beginning with the announcement that six different Village Inn franchise partners have committed to opening 12 new restaurants. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2014
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