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: : February 2014

Quiznos franchisees hopeful on changes to business model.
nrn.com - Franchisees of the troubled Quiznos chain expressed confidence on Friday that a reported restructuring effort would be resolved, allowing long-overdue progress on proposed changes to the concept’s business... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
Saladworks Expands to Canada, Middle East.
qsrmagazine.com - Saladworks announced plans to duplicate its success in the U.S. in four nations internationally. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
Wit or Witout Signs First Franchise Deal.
qsrmagazine.com - Wit or Witout Philly Cheesesteaks announced the signing of its first franchise development agreement. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Marks & Klein Launches Two Franchise Associations.
bluemaumau.org - Marks & Klein law firm has started two franchise associations, in New Jersey and Illinois, to support and promote the needs of franchisors and franchisees. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Wendy's expects to complete refranchising initiative in Q1.
qsrweb.com - Wendy's reported its audited results for 2013, which included a full-year net income of $45.5 million, compared to $7.1 percent in 2012. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Reports: Quiznos prepares to file for bankruptcy.
usatoday.com - Quiznos is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection within the next few weeks due to declining sales and about $570 million in debt, according to reports published Thursday evening. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
ECOMAIDS Announces Expansion Plans for Franchise.
international.to - Thoughts Are Things Franchising, LLC, the franchisor of the ECOMAIDS franchise system has announced its expansion plans for its award winning and environmentally responsible green cleaning... [more] 26 Feb, 2014
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza names first CFO.
nrn.com - Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has appointed Allen Arroyo to the newly created position of chief financial officer, effective immediately. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2014
Smoothie King To Offer Franchise Incentives.
qsrmagazine.com - Smoothie King Franchises Inc. announced a franchise development incentive program giving new franchisees the opportunity to score big savings when they sign a multi-unit agreement to open... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
IFA Board Provides $2 million Grant as seed for a $10 million Capital Campaign.
franchise.org - The IFA Board of Directors announced the gift of $2 million over the next five years to the IFA Educational Foundation in support of a major capital campaign launched this week... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Meineke parent acquires Merlin franchise.
tirebusiness.com - Meineke Car Care Centers franchisor Driven Brands Inc. has acquired the Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops automotive aftermarket franchise business, allowing Driven Brands to strengthen its presence in... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Newk's marks 10 years with new franchise agreement.
fastcasual.com - Newk's Eatery recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the chain's original location in Oxford, Miss. The occasion was used as a backdrop for the signing of a franchise agreement with the original... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Quiznos Could File Bankruptcy by Monday Making Avenue Capital's Investment Toast.
bluemaumau.org - Hedge-fund billionaire Marc Lasry is performing a high-wire act negotiating with lenders on another restructuring deal of Quiznos’ $600 million debt. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Domino's sales now equal from phone and digital orders.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's Pizza opened 58 net new domestic units in 2013, the most the company has completed in recent years. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Einstein Noah Replaces CEO O’Neill after Lackluster 2013 Store Sales.
bluemaumau.org - Fast Casual franchisor Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. announced on Monday that effective immediately its board of directors has appointed Michael Arthur as interim CEO and president... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Pizza Patrón LTO stirs controversy for some franchisees.
pizzamarketplace.com - Pizza Patrón has created a new LTO pizza that is creating controversy among some of its franchise partners. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Franchise Expo South Sets Records for Attendance and Exhibitors in Houston.
prnewswire.com - The debut of Franchise Expo South in Houston set a record for the largest number of attendees and exhibitors in the show's eight-year history. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Would a higher minimum wage help McDonalds — or hurt?
chicagobusiness.com - As the minimum-wage debate rages on, some are suggesting that Mickey D's would do well to emulate Henry Ford. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Solos Pizza Café adds franchising.
pizzamarketplace.com - Solos Pizza Café Franchising LLC plans to open its fourth location and first franchise in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Cinnabon focuses on product innovation, international expansion.
qsrweb.com - Cinnabon Inc. plans to open 315 new locations worldwide in 2014, with nearly half of domestic franchise and product growth coming in the travel sector: convenience, fuel, travel plazas, airports and transit stations. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Marianne P. Murphy Receives IFA’s Women’s Franchise Committee Crystal Compass Honor.
franchise.org - Marianne P. Murphy, CFE, Floor Coverings International director of operations, is the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Committee recipient of the Crystal Compass. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2014
QSRs dominate global franchise list.
qsrweb.com - For the sixth consecutive year, Franchise Direct has published its Top 100 Global Franchises list, ranking the best franchises in the world based on expansion. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
Zaxby's hits 600-unit milestone.
fastcasual.com - Zaxby's Franchising Inc. has opened its 600th location, located in Washington, N.C., about 20 miles east of Greenville, N.C. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
FranNet operations taking off overseas.
bizjournals.com - A booming Louisville-based business that took its operations overseas has continued to see record growth. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2014
The Brass Tap franchise is coming to Tallahassee.
tallahassee.com - A Tampa businessman has picked Tallahassee for two locations of The Brass Tap, a brew pub that is a franchise business affiliated with Beef O’Brady’s. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2014
Gyms rebrand to California Ripped Fitness.
bizjournals.com - Gold's Gym might be lessening its presence in the Sacramento region, but the name isn't disappearing entirely. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2014
Franchising conference is coming up in New Orleans.
bizjournals.com - From Feb. 22 to 25, the IFA will host its annual convention in New Orleans, where hundreds of national franchise brands, as well as potential business owners, will be hoping to launch a new venture. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2014
U.S. Adds 16,520 Franchise Jobs in January.
qsrmagazine.com - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 16,520 during the month of January 2014, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2014
London sushi brand makes US debut.
fastcasual.com - Wasabi, a London-based Japanese fast casual restaurant chain, is opening its first U.S. location Feb. 24, and has chosen Times Square for the debut. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2014
Quiznos Teleconference Brings More Disappointment to Franchisees.
bluemaumau.org - Quiznos’ system-wide teleconference call Thursday gave little encouragement to struggling franchisees at a time it was needed most. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Wendy's sells 70 Dallas units as part of refranchising initiative.
qsrweb.com - The Wendy's Company today announced the sale of 70 restaurants in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex to Texas-based MUY Hamburger Partners LLC. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Former McDonald's Franchisee Agrees To Pay Back Wages, Damages.
marketwatch.com - A former McDonald's Corp. franchisee in the U.S. who was accused of mistreating foreign students who worked for him has agreed to pay $205,977 in back wages and damages to 291 former... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Granite Transformations Named 2014 Top Franchising Company By FBR.
prweb.com - Granite Transformations has been named a recipient of Franchise Business Review’s 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2014
Uncle Maddio's plans 35 openings in 2014.
pizzamarketplace.com - Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, which first opened five years ago in Athens, Ga., plans to continue growing in 2014, with 35 new locations planned. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014

Burger King reaps benefits of refranchising.
nrn.com - Officials for Miami-based Burger King Worldwide credited the company’s global refranchising initiative with its near doubling of net income in fiscal 2013 and told investors and analysts that the nearly fully franchised... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
100th Franchisee Training Class Marks Monumental Success for Right at Home.
marketwired.com - Right at Home, a leading in-home senior care franchise with more than 350 locations in 44 states nationwide and a presence in six countries globally, continues to meet and exceed the growing demand... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
Ezell's Famous Chicken Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Expanding Franchise Opportunities.
prnewswire.com - Success has been 30 years in the making for Ezell's Famous Chicken, Seattle's fanatically loved fried chicken establishment, and its eminence keeps growing. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
Bruegger's Bagels co-branding with Jamba Juice.
fastcasual.com - Bruegger’s Bagels newest multi-unit development deal with West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Great Service Restaurants, calls for the opening of five co-branded Bruegger’s/Jamba Juice locations throughout... [more] 12 Feb, 2014
Corner Bakery Cafe franchisees plan major Houston push.
bizjournals.com - Two local franchisees are opening Houston's fifth Corner Bakery Cafe later this month and are planning a major push into the area. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2014
GE Capital Provides $43 Million Financing to WKS Restaurant Corp., Largest El Pollo Loco Franchisee.
businesswire.com - GE Capital’s Franchise Finance business announced today that it provided $43 million in senior credit to WKS Restaurant Corp. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2014
Franchise Gator Names Sport Clips as Best Business on Franchise 100 Ranking.
marketwired.com - Sport Clips, the Georgetown, Texas-based haircutting salon franchise, was revealed today as the No. 1 business on Franchise Gator's inaugural Franchise 100 ranking. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2014
McDonald's U.S. sales feel January chill.
usatoday.com - McDonald's says bad weather hurt its U.S. sales performance in January, representing another setback as the fast-food chain fights to fend off rivals and get its menu right. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2014
Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill Franchising Announces 2014 Expansion.
prweb.com - After several successful franchise openings in Missouri and North Carolina, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill announces plans to expand franchising into new markets in 2014. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2014
Smoothie King signs 100 agreements in 2013.
fastcasual.com - Smoothie King Franchises experienced its fourth consecutive year of same-store sales growth and development in 2013, according to a company press release. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2014
Goddard Systems, Inc. Announces Strong 2013.
yahoo.com - Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School system, announced today a strong 2013 with the awarding of 41 new franchise agreements to qualified franchisees and the opening of 18 schools. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2014
Cruise Franchise Targets Houston Area for Expansion.
yahoo.com - Expedia CruisShipCenters -- part of Expedia Inc, the largest online travel company in the world -- announced plans to add 30 new retail franchises in North America over the next year. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2014
Sloan's opens first franchised location.
fastcasual.com - South Florida’s Sloan’s Ice Cream has opened its first franchise location in Delray Beach, Fla., under the direction of David and Debra Olmo. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2014
La Madeleine Opens First Franchised Cafe.
qsrmagazine.com - La Madeleine Country French Café is making company history. The highly anticipated opening of its new bakery café in Lubbock marks the endearing brand’s first franchise location. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2014
Del Taco seeks multi-unit franchise owners.
qsrweb.com - Del Taco's director of Franchise Development, Laura Tanaka, will speak at the 2014 Franchise Expo South Feb. 6-8 in Houston about the brand's franchising opportunities. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2014
Home Brands Group Announces New Franchise Opportunity.
prweb.com - Home Brands Group recently announced BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain, a new franchise opportunity that will focus on plumbing and drain-cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2014
Dunkin' Brands adds 50 nontraditional units in 2013.
qsrweb.com - Dunkin' Brands, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced it opened more than 50 nontraditional U.S. locations in 2013. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
Home Instead Senior Care Named Top Franchisor of the Year.
prnewswire.com - Home Instead Senior Care, the leading global provider of in-home, nonmedical care services for seniors, was named the Top Franchisor of the Year by Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
McDonald's Brewing Up Big Coffee Plans.
forbes.com - McDonald’s Corporation is getting serious about coffee. The company recently announced that generating more coffee-driven visits will be one of the focus areas in the next 2-3 years. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
Togo's ends 2013 with 48 franchise agreements.
fastcasual.com - Togo's Eateries Inc. announced today it signed 48 new franchise agreements in 2013, to develop new restaurants throughout Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon and Utah, as part of the sandwich chain's... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
CaliBurger Closes Equity Financing to Open U.S. HQ.
qsrmagazine.com - CaliBurger announced that it has completed an additional equity financing from two U.S.–based venture capital groups. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
Franchises Target Immigrants as Buyers.
wsj.com - As franchises struggle to find buyers who can secure financing, a handful are turning to a group of budding owners with cash in hand: wealthy immigrants looking for a green card. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
Maine Franchise Protection Bill Moves to House Floor!
bluemaumau.org - The Maine state legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development approved on Thursday the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD1458, which... [more] 1 Feb, 2014
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