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Maine's House Approves Franchisee Protections! - Maine's House of Representatives on Monday passed the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD 1458 by a vote of 75 in support and 60 against. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2014
Franchising Isn’t All Burgers, Donuts and Self-Serve Yogurt, According to FranNet Franchising Expert! - April 10 Business Expo in Cherry Hill, N.J., to highlight a myriad of franchise opportunities, from child care to computer care. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2014
TCBY, Mrs. Fields Cookies waive franchise fee for military veterans. - Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has announced it will waive the franchise fee for the first 50 qualifying military veterans who join the brand, starting... [more] 28 Mar, 2014
Domino's Franchisees Settle Wage Theft Investigation In New York For $448,000. - The owners of 23 Domino's Pizza locations in New York agreed Thursday to pay workers nearly half a million dollars to settle a wage-theft investigation by the office of state Attorney General... [more] 27 Mar, 2014
WG Storage & Delivery Makes Move to Franchising. - WG Storage & Delivery located in Austin and Dallas, announced today the opening of its first franchise in Houston. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Pinot's Palette Wins National Award for Franchisee Satisfaction. - Pinot's Palette, a national franchise that's part art studio/part wine bar, scores high in franchisee satisfaction, according to a recent survey conducted by independent research firm Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Benetrends Announces Sport Clips Haircuts As The Most Recent Franchise To Participate In Proprietary $100 Million Fund. - Benetrends, the trusted leader in franchise funding, announced today Sport Clips Haircuts has secured funding through its new $100 million franchise financing program, which launched in January. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Franchisees Leave Coffee News in Mass Exodus. - Franchising since 1994, Coffee News is experiencing a free fall in the number of its franchise owners. The chain has declined in franchise units by 31 percent from 2008 to 2012... [more] 25 Mar, 2014
McAlister's Partners with Lenders for Nat'l Franchise Expansion. - McAlister's Deli, a fast-casual restaurant, announced it has partnered with several lenders for franchise expansion nationwide. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2014
DLA Piper Picks Top 13 Franchise Cases for 2013. - Law firm DLA Piper presented its top 13 franchise cases for 2013 last week. They reported on a selection of important court cases and decisions that they feel are shaping the legal relationship between... [more] 25 Mar, 2014
Massage Envy Spa Celebrates $1 Billion In System-Wide Sales. - Massage Envy Spa announced today unprecedented growth in 2013 by reaching $1 billion in system-wide sales during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
Francorp Did Practice Law without License in JitterSwing. - A circuit court ruled last December that Francorp development firm did give Jitterswing, Inc. legal services and advice in preparing its franchise offering circular and franchise agreement, although it did not... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
Hertz to Spin Off Equipment Rental Business. - The Hertz Corporation announced on Tuesday that it will separate into two publicly traded companies – a car rental corporation and an equipment rental concern. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2014
McDonald's COO retiring; role being eliminated. - McDonald's Corp on Thursday said its operations chief will retire later this year and won't be replaced in that role, with the restaurant chain opting instead to give additional responsibilities to two senior executives. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2014
Franchise Jobs Grow by 12,050 in February. - Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States increased by 12,050 during the month of February 2014. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Robert Cresanti to Lead Government Relations And Public Policy for the IFA. - IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira announced today that Robert Cresanti will join the organization as Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy effective April 14. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Cosi Appoints Franchisee Dourney as CEO to Save It. - Amidst falling same store sales and losses, Così Inc. announced Tuesday it has appointed its largest franchisee, R.J. Dourney, as its president, CEO and a member of the company's board... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Potbelly eyes Oklahoma City for franchise growth. - Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop has revealed a multiunit franchise growth plan for Oklahoma City, identifying a market where it hopes to accelerate expansion for its emerging franchise system. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Atlanta investment firm buys 14 Tampa area Arby’s restaurants. - Mosaic Investments Inc., based in Atlanta, purchased 14 company-operated Arby’s restaurants from franchisor Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
Precision Concrete Cutting Wins National Award for Franchisee Satisfaction. - Precision Concrete Cutting scores high in franchisee satisfaction according to a recent survey conducted by independent market research firm Franchise Business Review. ... [more] 19 Mar, 2014
La Madeleine opens first franchised unit. - La Madeleine Country French Café opened its first franchised unit this month in Lubbock, Texas, in an updated fast-casual model the Le Duff America Inc. brand is employing in newer restaurants. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
Gap Inc. Opens First-Ever Franchise-Operated Old Navy Stores. - Gap Inc. announced today its plans to open five franchise-operated Old Navy stores in the Philippines in 2014, an important pillar of the company’s international growth strategy for the brand. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
NY McDonald's owner to pay $500,000 to settle worker claims. - The owner of seven franchised McDonald's restaurants in Manhattan agreed to pay almost $500,000 to workers who were required to work "off the clock" and were subject to other practices that violated... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
New Look at Sbarro's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. - For the second time since 2011, Sbarro has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The latest filing came after the pizza chain closed 155 U.S. restaurants in February. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
Oyster bar looks to franchise. - CAROLINA BEACH | Owners of the popular Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar restaurants have announced their plans to take the concept nationwide. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
Così, Inc. Names Cosi Franchisee R.J. Dourney as President and CEO. - Così, Inc., the fast casual restaurant company, today announced the appointment of R.J. Dourney as its President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company`s Board of Directors. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
How free pizza helped make Planet Fitness the fastest-growing gym franchise in America. - Planet Fitness has built its reputation on being a non-competitive workout environment. Once a month, national gym chain Planet Fitness has a free pizza night. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2014
Quiznos wins court approval to access bankruptcy financing. - Quiznos won bankruptcy-court approval Monday to borrow $10 million from its lenders so the fast-food chain can continue operating and make payroll. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2014
3 ways franchisors can avoid ‘vicarious liability’ lawsuits. - If plaintiffs in the McDonald's cases win, franchisors could deal with increased liability and difficulty sharing best practices with their franchisees, one attorney says. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2014
Valpak Plans To Add 18 Franchise Markets In 2014. - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today it is building off the momentum of a successful 2013 and plans to add 18 new franchise territories in 2014. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2014

Quiznos Follows Sbarro Into Bankruptcy Court. - Quiznos Corp., the Denver-based toasted-sandwich chain, filed for bankruptcy days after pizzeria company Sbarro LLC sought protection from creditors, as competition among fast-food restaurants grows in a tight... [more] 14 Mar, 2014
GymGuyz signs first franchisee in Westchester. - Plainview-based GymGuyz, a mobile physical training concept, has signed its first franchisee. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2014
Wave of class action suits brought against McDonald's for wage theft. - McDonald's has been accused of systematic wage theft by an estimated tens of thousands of employees in California, New York and Michigan. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2014
PODS acquires its largest franchisee on west coast. - Clearwater’s PODS Enterprises acquired its largest franchisee on Thursday in a move that expands the company’s ownership footprint into 21 new markets. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2014
Why Healthcare Franchising Is Entering a Boom Time. - Of all the goods and services offered by franchises--giant pretzels, pest control, elliptical trainers--the most important is probably the one that goes least noticed: healthcare. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2014
Strategic Franchising Systems Surpasses 1,000 Units Milestone. - At a time when companies are still finding their legs after the recession, Strategic Franchising Systems is running full speed ahead. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2014
Woman on the Move Opens National Franchise 101 Mobility in Milwaukee. - Successful career woman opens business to provide a one-stop-solution for seniors and people with disabilities. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2014
McDonald’s Sales Dragged Down by Fourth-Straight U.S. Drop. - McDonald’s Corp. said sales at stores open at least 13 months fell 0.3 percent in February as its U.S. business slumped for the fourth straight month amid harsh weather. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
Sbarro Files for Bankruptcy. - Sbarro LLC filed a petition with the U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
Taco Bell franchisee receives $80M in financing for growth. - GE Capital's Franchise Finance business announced today that it has provided $80 million in senior debt to BurgerBusters Inc., a Taco Bell franchisee. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
Jamba Franchisees’ Sales Decline in 2013. - amba Inc. reported on Thursday that its comparable sales for its five hundred franchised stores decreased 0.6 percent in 2013. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
Franchisee: Pizza Hut 'struggling to find relevant consumer proposition'. - Pizza Hut's largest franchisee, NPC International, reported Q4 and fiscal results today, including a 5.2 percent drop in comp sales in Q4, and a 3.7 percent decline for fiscal 2013. ... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain Announces 10th Franchise Partner. - BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain, a new franchise opportunity that focuses on plumbing and drain-cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients, announced the addition of its 10th franchise partner... [more] 10 Mar, 2014
Dunkin’ CEO Nigel Travis Extends Contract, Aims to Up Franchisee Profits. - Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. announced Wednesday that it has extended the contract of chairman and CEO Nigel Travis through December 2018. His current contract was set to run out in December 2016. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Foot Locker Fourth Quarter Results Top Estimates. - Athletic apparel and footwear retailer Foot Locker, Inc. (FL: Quote), reported Friday a profit for the fourth quarter that increased from last year, reflecting revenues growth. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Best Franchises 2014 Has to Offer – Empowered Ezine Weighs in. - A recent article from Empowered Ezine takes a look at some of the most successful franchise models available. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Executive Franchise Leads Firm 5th Avenue Leads Moves Headquarters. - 5th Avenue Leads, the premier provider of high-quality executive leads, is proud to announce that it has relocated its worldwide headquarters to Naples, Florida. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Former Mooyah CEO selected to head Dairy Queen franchise group. - Bill Spae, who most recently served as CEO of Mooyah Burgers, has been named CEO of Vasari LLC, the second largest franchisee in the Dairy Queen system. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2014
McDonald's feels heat over low wages. - Fast-food franchise lists growing movement for higher pay among a number of 'risk factors' in its latest stock filing. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2014
Franchising as a second career seems to be ‘booming’. - It’s been said that everyone wants to be his or own boss. And as many baby boomers exit their professions, they are turning to franchises for that level of autonomy. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Radio Shack closing 1,100 stores. - Electronics retailer Radio Shack plans to close as many as 1,100 stores -- or nearly 20% of its locations. The company said Tuesday that the closings will leave it with more than 4,000 stores, including 900 franchises. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Carmela's Pizzeria parent completes financing for franchise program. - Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced today that it has closed the financing round for use in the first phase of Carmela's Pizzeria's national franchising program. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2014
Culver's hits 500-unit milestone. - The Culver's restaurant chain hit the 500-location mark today with two openings in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Wixom, Mich. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2014
Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Continues Franchisee Growth. - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc., North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, announced sales of 47 Fresh Healthy Vending machines to five new franchisees, in addition to 19 machines... [more] 3 Mar, 2014
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