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Where your favorite fast-food chains began. - The founders of America's biggest chains built mega-empires based on the pursuit of the American dream, and in the process changed the way that the world eats. But how did these chains first get off the... [more] 31 May, 2014
IFA Names Franchisee Relations Executive to Senior Management Ranks. - Mark McSteen, a franchise industry executive with over 30 years of experience in franchise relations and operational management, has been named VP of Franchisee Engagement & Industry Relations... [more] 30 May, 2014
Papa Murphy's reaches out to franchisees. - Papa Murphy's International appears to be making moves to patch up its troubled relationships with some franchise owners, an issue that has drawn attention from investment analysts and prompted critical... [more] 30 May, 2014
100 Montaditos names US CEO. - Spain-based 100 Montaditos has named Francisco Javier Cernuda as CEO of the U.S. system. In this capacity, Cernuda will direct, coordinate and execute strategic marketing development plans in the... [more] 30 May, 2014
McDonald's refranchising plan underwhelms analysts. - Company’s plan to increase shareholder cash and accelerate refranchising program lacks dramatic steps. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
Dog Haus Debuts 4th Location, 1st Franchise Unit. - Dog Haus, the Pasadena-based concept, will open its first franchise location in Canoga Park, California on June 14th. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
Smoothie King plans 900 new stores in next four years. - Smoothie King Franchises Inc. announced it is offering reduced royalties and free equipment to franchisees who sign an area development agreement for a minimum of three stores. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
Starbucks gets into the burger business to cater to dinner crowd. - Starbucks is dipping its toe into the burger business, with plans to open an outpost of its La Boulange chain that caters to the dinner crowd. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
MOD Pizza accelerates growth with $15M funding. - With $15 million in new funding under its belt, MOD Pizza is accelerating growth with plans for several new company restaurants, along with commitments for 50 franchise locations by the company’s first group of... [more] 29 May, 2014
Taziki's Plans for 50 New Locations by End of 2014. - Taziki's Mediterranean Café announced at its annual Franchisee Conference that it has plans to have 50 locations open or under development by the end of 2014. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
McDonald's Joins Burger Rivals In Speeding Up Refranchising. - The new McDonald's corporate value menu, out Wednesday, includes returning up to $20 billion to investors and expanding its refranchising efforts, following the trend of its burger rivals. ... [more] 29 May, 2014
Flynn Restaurant Group receives $300M investment. - Flynn Restaurant Group L.P., the nation’s largest franchisee and an operator of the Applebee’s and Taco Bell brands, closed Tuesday on a $300 million strategic investment from a Canadian teachers’ pension fund... [more] 28 May, 2014
Captain D's gears up for more expansion. - Captain D's is shifting its focus to corporate-owned restaurants after beefing up franchise operations in 2013. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
Einstein Noah COO resigns. - Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc.’s chief operating officer Emanuel “Manny” Hilario said he will resign from his position at the bagel chain operator to seek new opportunities. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
Noodles & Company to acquire 16 franchised restaurants. - Noodles & Company has agreed to acquire 16 franchised restaurants for about $13.4 million. ... [more] 27 May, 2014
New concept RadioShack franchise opening in place of Alpha Wireless in Saline. - The owners of Alpha Wireless are opening a new concept RadioShack franchise next door to its existing location at 733 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline on Friday, May 30. The new store will scrap the old look and feel... [more] 26 May, 2014
Subway Founder Stance on Wages: A Leading Indicator? - If Subway founder Fred DeLuca means what he says, the restaurant industry war over wages may have reached the tipping point. ... [more] 25 May, 2014
Survey: Panera franchisees voice concern over upgrades. - Close to one-third of Panera Bread Co.’s franchisees have expressed concerns about planned upgrades to kiosk and mobile ordering, dubbed “Panera 2.0,” according to a recent survey by Piper Jaffray Co. ... [more] 23 May, 2014
McDonald's and America's new low-wage economy explained. - Who owns your local McDonald's or builds your cell phone tower does not matter much to consumers. But it has huge implications for workers. ... [more] 23 May, 2014
Famous Dave's appoints Ed Rensi CEO. - Famous Dave’s of America Inc. has officially named Ed Rensi chief executive, following his three-month stint as interim CEO. ... [more] 23 May, 2014
Cinnaholic vegan bakery concept gears up for expansion. - Following their appearance on ABC's "Shark Tank" reality show, Cinnaholic owners Shannon and Florian Radke plan to grow the vegan bakery concept from its home in Berkeley, Calif., to the entire country... [more] 22 May, 2014
McDonald’s Workers Arrested at Protest Near Its Headquarters. - More than 100 McDonald’s employees and some labor and clergy members were arrested after protesting for increased wages near the fast-food chain’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. ... [more] 22 May, 2014
Yum Pins Hopes on New CEO Greg Creed, Chairmen Trinity. - Yum Brands, Inc. announced that Taco Bell's CEO Greg Creed will become its chief executive officer on the first day of 2015. ... [more] 21 May, 2014
Smashburger announces new CDO, agreements for 61 new units. - Smashburger has promoted David Biederman to the position of chief development officer, where he will oversee Information Technology, Purchasing and Real Estate, in addition to his previous... [more] 21 May, 2014
100 Montaditos Gears Up for NYC Franchising Growth. - 100 Montaditos, the franchise restaurant chain from Spain, announced a deal to expand its presence in New York. The restaurant plans to expand its footprint in the New York area and... [more] 21 May, 2014
Direct Buy Franchisor Keeps $$, Says Court. - Fading as a franchise, Direct Buy scored a pyrrhic victory over the creditors of a bankrupt franchisee. ... [more] 21 May, 2014
Carlson Announces Sale of TGI Fridays to Sentinel Capital Partners. - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of TGI Fridays Restaurants to Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan... [more] 20 May, 2014
Three Industry Leaders Host First-Ever Regional Multi-Unit Franchisee Summit. - MFV Expositions, the International Franchise Association and Franchise Update Media Join Forces for an All-Day, Educational Event in New York City on June 18, Exclusive to Multi-Unit Franchise Owners. ... [more] 20 May, 2014
Subway plans to open 3,000 restaurants this year. - Subway, which turned in record breaking growth in 2013, is expecting to open about 3,000 new locations worldwide this year. ... [more] 19 May, 2014
Fastest-Growing Shipping and Freight Franchise Seeks to Expand in Michigan. - BlueGrace Logistics, one of the fastest-growing and most successful logistics companies, is expanding its footprint in Michigan. ... [more] 19 May, 2014

Protests against McDonalds and Other Chains in U.S. Spread to Other Countries. - Worldwide protests against major franchise fast food chains took place in over 30 countries on May 15. The protests first began in New York at the end of 2012 and are being heavily promoted by the... [more] 16 May, 2014
Pizza Studio signs multiunit deal with Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee. - Los Angeles-based Pizza Studio has signed a multiunit franchising deal with Luke Strockis of LND Restaurants Inc. ... [more] 16 May, 2014
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar Enters into Franchise Agreement with The Mohegan Tribe. - Arooga’s is taking its game to New England. Arooga’s Grill House & Sports Bar today announced a franchise agreement with The Mohegan Tribe that will nearly triple the brand’s overall footprint. ... [more] 16 May, 2014
Buffalo Wild Wings opens its first PizzaRev franchise. - This week, Buffalo Wild Wings celebrated the grand opening of its first PizzaRev franchise in Hopkins, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. ... [more] 15 May, 2014
FranchiseGrade .com Launches New FDD Comparison Tool. - Distinguishing itself as a franchise industry leader in market research, FranchiseGrade .com releases a one of a kind Franchise Disclosure Document Comparison Tool. ... [more] 15 May, 2014
U.S. Added 30,950 Franchise Jobs in April - ADP National Franchise Report. - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 30,950 during the month of April 2014, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 14 May, 2014
Bruster’s discounts franchising fees for military veterans. - Bruster's Real Ice Cream is partnering with the IFA's VetFran program to offer qualified military veterans a 50-percent discount on the initial Bruster's franchise fee of $30,000. ... [more] 14 May, 2014
Report: Subway owners take stake in BurgerFuel. - The “better burger” niche is already crowded with domestic startups, but a new player from New Zealand, BurgerFuel, soon might break into the competition and onto the fast track to growth, helped by a partnership with... [more] 14 May, 2014
Red Mango parent company acquires pizza and smoothie concepts. - Brix Holdings LLC, a newly-formed multi-brand franchising company, has announced the addition of Smoothie Factory and RedBrick Pizza to its roster of national franchise chains, as well as plans to expand... [more] 14 May, 2014
IFA Highlights Importance of Franchising During National Small Business Week. - The International Franchise Association kicked off National Small Business Week today by highlighting the importance of franchising as a path to small business entrepreneurship and ownership. ... [more] 12 May, 2014
Why the Arizona Governor’s race will put the franchising industry in the spotlight. - The franchising industry could be front and center in this year’s race for Arizona governor, thanks to Doug Ducey. ... [more] 12 May, 2014
Pizza Hut franchisee says brand trails in digital innovation. - Online-ordering pioneer Pizza Hut has fallen behind its category competitors in digital platforms, especially in marketing, and is working to catch up, according to executives from the brand’s largest franchisee... [more] 12 May, 2014
The UPS Store Franchise System Is Massive Fraud, Say Former Franchisees. - The recent collapse of The UPS Store network in Manhattan caused much discussion. Now a stunning federal lawsuit alleges that fraud is at the very basis of the franchise system viability... [more] 11 May, 2014
Dickey's Barbecue Opens Doors to 400th Location. - The 400th Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Dallas-based company now slow-smokin’ in 40 states across the country. ... [more] 9 May, 2014
IHOP Sizzles While Applebee’s Burns. - Last week Thursday DineEquity Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014. ... [more] 9 May, 2014
Mother Gives Daughter Idea for $24M Franchise Concept. - In 1997, when Shannon Wilburn was looking for ways to earn some money on the side so she could stay at-home with her two toddlers, her mother Pam Willingham suggested she organize a... [more] 9 May, 2014
Bruster's Real Ice Cream Announces Reduced Franchise Fee for Veterans. - Bruster's Real Ice Cream is partnering with the International Franchise Association's VetFran program to offer qualified veterans a 50 percent discount on the initial Bruster's franchise fee of $30,000. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Frannet Expands Business with Fitting Franchise Consulting Services. - Frannet with its successful plans and practices has been helping businesses of all sizes to ensure and increase their success rates dramatically by finding the fitting services for them. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Denny’s Sales Continue to Climb in First Quarter. - Denny's Corporation reported on April 28 that same restaurant sales in the United States increased 1.8 percent in its first quarter ending March 26, 2014. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Wendy's Q1 Results Top Estimates. - Fast food chain Wendy's Co. said that net income for the first quarter ended March 30, 2014 was $46.3 million, compared to $2.1 million last year, an increase of $44.2 million, despite the impact of a... [more] 8 May, 2014
Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria starts franchise program. - Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria, a one-unit, fast-casual pizza concept based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has launched a national franchise program with the goal of opening 10 units before the end of this year and reaching 250... [more] 7 May, 2014
Subway Expects to Add 8,000 More U.S. Locations. - Subway is expanding -- both its menu and its stores. The closely held sandwich chain, which has more than 26,600 U.S. locations, has room to add 7,000 to 8,000 more domestic eateries. ... [more] 6 May, 2014
Naples Flatbread Announces Franchising Opportunity. - Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar founder Ralph Desiano has announced plans to take the concept nationwide by offering franchise opportunities. ... [more] 6 May, 2014
Ex-Quiznos Executives File Objection to Hedge Fund Lawsuits. - Although Quiznos CEO Stuart Mathis assured concerned franchisees less than a month ago that the company didn’t expect any problems with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, there is now a disturbing glitch... [more] 6 May, 2014
Domino's Pizza reaches 11,000-unit milestone. - Domino's Pizza will open its 11,000th store on Wednesday, nearly 54 years after its founding in Ypsilanti, Mich. ... [more] 5 May, 2014
Meet the Franchisor Launching a Fundraising Platform for Potential Franchisees. - When he opened Forever Yogurt, the first self-serve yogurt franchise in the Chicago area, Mandy Calara realized that a lot of enthusiastic, would-be business owners were being left in the dust because... [more] 3 May, 2014
Muted IPO for 'take-and-bake' pizza chain Papa Murphy's. - Pizza seller Papa Murphy's was having a quiet session in its Nasdaq debut Friday, rising 5.6% after a weak pricing for its IPO. ... [more] 2 May, 2014
How Burger King turned its US business around. - Burger King just reported a global comp sales increase of 2 percent, notably outpacing its largest QSR competitor and continuing its steady increase from the past few quarters. ... [more] 1 May, 2014
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