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Freddy's targeting 45 new stores for 2015. - Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened 31 new restaurants in 2014, continuing the growth of the Wichita-based company. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2014
easyhome Ltd. Announces Sale of U.S. Franchise Business. - easyhome Ltd. is pleased to announce the sale of its U.S. franchise business to its U.S. Master Franchisor, easygates LLC effective December 31, 2014. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2014
Restaurants dominate Franchise 500 list. - Entrepreneur has released its Franchise 500 rankings for 2015, and once again, restaurant concepts dominate the list. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2014
FLIPS Store Unveils New Franchise Program. - FLIPS, the original flip flop retail concept specializing in fashion and comfort, announced today the launch of its unique franchise program, with expansion targeting multiple locations. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2014
Wendy’s of Montana sold to Spokane company. - Wendy’s of Montana has been sold to another franchisee, Wenspok Resources of Spokane, Washington. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2014
Missouri Lawn Care Veteran Jason Vahle Joins Spring-Green Lawn Care Franchise System. - Jason Vahle of St. Charles, Missouri, owner of Green Thumb Lawn Care ‘n’ Landscape is a self-made lawn care expert. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2014
Maui Wowi Hawaiian recognizes top franchisees. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian honored its top franchisees at its International Franchise Conference held recently in Englewood, Colorado. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2014
Burger King franchisee plans more cobranded units. - Earlier this month, a New York-based franchisee opened his third cobranded Burger King–Cups Frozen Yogurt unit, with seven more locations planned by 2017. ... [more] 22 Dec, 2014
Vantage Hospitality Issues Unprecedented Bill of Rights for Hotel Franchisees. - In a highly unusual move for the hotel industry, Vantage Hospitality has issued a bill of rights for its 1,200 hotel owning members. ... [more] 21 Dec, 2014
NLRB designates McDonald’s as joint employer. - The National Labor Relations Board on Friday issued complaints against McDonald’s USA LLC as a “joint employer” along with its franchisees, alleging that workers’ rights were violated during minimum wage protests... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
IFA Launches Labor & Workforce Resource Site for Franchisees. - The International Franchise Association today launched a new website for franchisees that provides key guidance on labor and workforce issues. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Bruster's Ice Cream plans 25 new locations in '15. - Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Mighty adds 4 tire dealer franchisees. - Tire distributors from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia are among the companies that became Mighty Auto Parts franchised distributors in the past year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
First New CEO Announced in Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies 30 Year History. - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
Restaurant sector drags down UNH Franchising Index. - The University of New Hampshire Rosenberg Franchise 50 Index lost 1 percent in the third quarter of 2014, weighed down by the poor performance of its restaurant franchisors. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
The Go To Crew Announces Bold New Master Franchise Offering. - Under agreement with Master Franchise Specialist (MFS), a franchise brokerage firm, The Go To Crew (TGTC) announces a Master Franchise offering geared to savvy investors. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
The Top 10 Franchises of 2015. - The results of Entrepreneur's 36th annual Franchise 500 reveal that franchises of all stripes are continuing to rapidly expand, with these top 10 franchises leading the pack. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
Senior care company to hire up to 200 next year. - Sacramento - A home-care franchise plans to hire between 180 and 200 caregivers next year to meet growing demand for services in the region. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
ServiceMaster announces Memphis layoffs. - The ServiceMaster Company is eliminating 61 positions, with the majority coming from its Memphis-based corporate headquarters. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
Pie Five Teams with Blue-Chip Franchisees to Expand Midwest Footprint. - Pizza lovers in Michigan and Wisconsin are about to get their own perfect pizza pie, made fresh and served up faster than they ever dreamed, thanks to the impending arrival of the nation's newest pizza craze. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
Marilyn Monroe Spas Launches Worldwide Franchise Opportunities. - Marilyn Monroe Spas, a national brand with eight locations currently open and several more opening soon, announced today that it will begin franchising its popular Nail Lounge and Glamour Room... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
NLRB ruling expected to clarify ‘joint employer’ standard. - A National Labor Relations Board ruling expected this week could solidify a key shift in the standard that defines whether franchisors could be considered “joint employers” that may be held liable for... [more] 15 Dec, 2014
The Franchise Grade Top 500 Launches Today. - Based on the analysis of 2,400 franchise systems, the Franchise Grade Top 500 is a graded ranking of the best franchise systems for 2014-2015. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2014
Tim Hortons/Burger King joint company names exec team. - Restaurant Brands International Inc., the newly formed parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, today announced its new executive leadership team and board of directors. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2014
Blaze Pizza to lead fast-casual pizza chains in units open. - Blaze Pizza next week is scheduled to become the first of the rapidly growing crop of fast-casual pizza players to hit 50 units open. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2014

Krispy Kreme sales, traffic jump as company begins loyalty program test. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts reported its Q3 results Tuesday, which included a 3.7-percent jump in domestic same-store sales and a 4.6-percent increase in store count. There are now 925... [more] 10 Dec, 2014
Edible Arrangements CEO Launches Tech Company. - Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, announced that he is launching a new technology company, Naranga, offering software solutions designed to help franchise companies... [more] 10 Dec, 2014
Fantastic Sams Salon Franchise Targets Top 15 Growth Markets. - Fantastic Sams, the country's leading network of full-service salon franchises, today announced its Top 15 target growth markets for 2015. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2014
Cousins Maine Lobster Signs 10 Franchise Deals in 5 Months. - Cousins Maine Lobster (CML) announced that it has awarded 10 franchises in the past five months. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2014
Dunkin' Designs Green Building Program for Franchisees. - Dunkin’ Donuts announced the launch of DD Green, a green building certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2014
9Round couple widens franchise footprint. - Fast doesn’t begin to describe the pace at 9Round Franchising LLC. Five years after Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, opened their first fitness training center in Greenville, there are now 167... [more] 9 Dec, 2014
Project Pie Tabs McAlister's Vet as Franchise VP. - Project Pie named former McAlister’s Deli executive Peter Wright as its vice president of franchise development. Wright joins the leadership team tasked with driving continued franchise growth and sales... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
Jamba Juice Engages Peak Franchise Capital to Lead Refranchising Efforts. - Jamba Inc. today announced that the Company has engaged Peak Franchise Capital, a leading advisory firm focused on the restaurant industry, to lead its recently-announced refranchising effort. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
McDonald's global sales continue to decline. - Sales at McDonald's outlets in the United States fell 4.6% in November - more than double the expected decline. Global sales for the fast-food chain dropped 2.2% , in their sixth consecutive monthly fall. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
IFA Educational Foundation Enlists Fish Consulting to Launch New Initiative. - Fish Consulting, LLC announced today that the IFA Educational Foundation has engaged the firm to develop and launch its national Franchising Gives Back program. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream to Get a Website Overhaul. - Bruster’s Real Ice Cream today announced that the company has hired Rallio, Inc., to redesign and rebuild its website in order to provide a more user-friendly experience for customers and franchisee prospects. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
The Four Safest Hotel Brands for Franchisees. - New research shows that Marriott's Springhill and Hilton's Homewood have the lowest percentage of franchise terminations. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2014
Franchisee brings home national award. - NASHVILLE — H&R Block, a consumer tax services provider, selected Mike Browning as a National Franchisee of the Year. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2014
Arby's Franchisee US Beef Restructures Management. - United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby’s largest franchisee, announced several executive management changes that reflects its expansion, and provides leadership continuity to meet its... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
Power Train Launches Franchising Initiative. - Sports Performance-Focused Fitness Concept Announces Strategic U.S. Growth; Brand Plans to Add 600 New Franchise Locations in the Next 10 Years. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
Taco Bell appoints new International president, CDO. - Taco Bell Corp. announced several strategic leadership changes, including the appointment of a new president of Taco Bell International and a new chief development officer. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014
U.S. Added 25,000 Franchise Jobs in November. - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 25,000 during the month of November, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2014
Coconut's Fish Cafe Sets Stage for Prolific Franchise Growth in 2015. - Coconut's Fish Cafe (Coconut's), the famed home of Hawaiian fish tacos, announced a franchise expansion plan that positions the brand for strategic growth into prime U.S. markets in 2015. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2014
TGI Fridays hones design, operations in refranchising push. - TGI Fridays is sporting a new look and a fresh approach to franchising under its private-equity ownership. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2014
Orkin Expands Global Footprint. - Rollins Inc., a global services company, announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established six new international franchise relationships... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
Bloomin' Brands finds buyer for Roy's. - Bloomin’ Brands Inc. has made an agreement to sell its Roy’s brand to a Dallas-based Applebee’s franchisee, the Tampa, Fla.-based casual-dining operator said Friday. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
McAlister's Deli Names Carin Stutz as President. - McAlister's Deli has named Carin Stutz President effective November 17, 2014. McAlister's Deli is a fast-casual deli concept with more than 330 restaurants in more than 24 states. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2014
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