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McDonald’s at mass? ‘McMass’ pushes to build restaurant in church. - How about a Happy Meal with that sermon? A McDonald's campaign group banking on churchgoers wanting a side of fries with their Word has kicked off a campaign to construct a restaurant inside... [more] 28 Nov, 2014
Burger 21, zpizza rank high on franchising list. - Franchiserankings . com, a provider of reviews and ratings on franchises, has released its top 10 best food franchises for the month of November. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2014
Dog Haus turns to franchising for growth. - Founding partner Hagop Giragossian discusses the fast-casual concept’s expansion plans. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2014
Dunkin’ Donuts continues California expansion. - Dunkin’ Donuts is continuing its move into California with five new franchise agreements that will bring 63 new units to the San Francisco Bay area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield over the next few years... [more] 25 Nov, 2014
The Hybrid Shop will add stand-alone franchises. - The Hybrid Shop LLC is growing quickly to keep pace with the hybrid electric vehicle market. Twenty-five dealers joined its service network in the last year. Plans for 2015 include stand-alone franchises... [more] 25 Nov, 2014
Franchisers Keep Getting Sued. Now They're Buying Insurance. - Peter Taffae looked at the litigious state of the franchising industry, where new regulations have arguably made it easier to sue franchisers and tort lawyers are building class actions, and did what any... [more] 24 Nov, 2014
Steak ’n Shake: Franchise expenses weigh on 2014 profit. - Steak ’n Shake’s profit fell during its 2014 fiscal year despite higher revenue and amid aggressive spending on franchise development. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2014
IFA Adds Seasoned Senior-Level Executives to Help Protect Franchises. - The IFA has added two seasoned government relations and public policy professionals to its team as the industry faces unprecedented challenges at the municipal, state and federal levels. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2014
Orange Leaf franchisee seeks $33M in suit. - A dispute between one of the nation’s largest frozen yogurt chains and a local franchisee has sparked dueling lawsuits, in one of which the franchisee is seeking $33 million in damages. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Settlement reached in Steak n Shake franchisee suit. - Steak n Shake boss Sardar Biglari is so wedded to the company’s $4-meal strategy that, at many locations, the pricing is part of the permanent signage. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Wireless Zone Expands in New York. - Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has announced plans to expand throughout New York with 10 all-new stores planned before 2016. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Army Vet Starts Franchise Business for Other Veterans. - JDog Junk Removal’s mission isn’t limited to hauling junk: The growing franchise business is also dedicated to providing business opportunities to veterans and their family members. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Habit Burger raises $90M in public debut. - Habit Restaurants Inc. raised $90 million in its debut on the public market Thursday, with an opening day pop that more than doubled its share price. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2014
Totally Nutz Shows Off New Franchising Website. - Totally Nutz, a snack-based quick-serve concept, unveiled a new franchising website that features in-depth details about its business model and franchise opportunity. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
Pizza Inn Welcomes Opening of 3 New Franchises. - When the first Pizza Inn restaurant opened across from Dallas’ Southern Methodist University back in 1958, no one had any idea of the presence the restaurant would one day have. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
Papa John's franchise group changes name, adds board members. - Dixie Foods International Inc., a Papa John's and Capriotti's Sandwich Shops franchisee, has changed its name to Preferred Restaurant Brands. The company has also added six members to its board... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK metro St. Louis franchisee's receive award. - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Saint Louis Franchisee’s Carey and John Judson were awarded the Alan A. and Edith L Wolff Inspiration Award by the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
PHresh Kitchen opening first location near UCF. - A new fast-casual franchise restaurant concept that will offer all-organic menu items is opening near the University of Central Florida in February 2015. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2014

Ace Hardware Same-Store Sales Gain 3.7%. - Ace Hardware Corporation reported that 3,000 retailers, which share POS data, increased customer count as well as average transaction size. The result was that Ace owners had a same-store sales increase... [more] 14 Nov, 2014
For 7-Eleven, the franchising bonanza is just getting started. - The convenience retailing behemoth behind the iconic Slurpee and Big Gulp is holding a gigantic store franchising sale in Western New York. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2014
Pizza Hut's largest franchisee offering online business degrees to employees. - Pizza Hut's largest global franchisee, NPC International, has partnered with Martin Methodist College to offer employees online business degrees. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2014
Achatz Handmade Pie Co. signs franchising agreement. - Achatz Handmade Pie Co has announced that the company has entered into a franchising agreement that will result in an additional 150-200 retail locations to open in the next five years. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2014
Ascentium Capital Commits $250 Million to Franchise Industry. - Ascentium Capital, a national commercial lender, announced a commitment of $250 million in capital that will benefit national and regional franchisors and franchisees. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
SKECHERS Opens 1,000th Retail Store. - After winning the 2014 Company of the Year award from Footwear News and experiencing its highest quarterly revenues in its history (for Q3 2014), SKECHERS achieved a new milestone... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
Troubled Aaron’s Appoints New CEO Again. - Furniture leaser Aaron's, Inc. announced Monday that John W. Robinson III has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
Jack in the Box franchisee to add El Pollo Loco, Corner Bakery to roster. - GE Capital's Franchise Finance business has provided a $95 million senior credit facility to JIB Management Inc., the largest domestic Jack in the Box franchisee. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2014
IFA Welcomes New Team Members. - The IFA announced the addition of new staff members to its conferences, communications and marketing departments and its educational foundation to help strengthen and support the key priorities... [more] 11 Nov, 2014
New Survey Finds Veterans Thriving in Franchise Industry. - More than 50,000 veterans have found employment in the franchise industry over the past year and more than 400 veterans have become local franchise business owners, according to a new study... [more] 10 Nov, 2014
Blaze Pizza plans 70th restaurant opening. - Less than three years after its launch, Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is planning its 70th location celebration. The milestone restaurant will open in March in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2014
Aaron's, Inc. Names John W. Robinson III Chief Executive Officer. - Aaron's, Inc. announced today that John W. Robinson III, Executive Vice President of Aaron's, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's, Inc. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2014
Tropical Smoothie Café opens milestone 400th restaurant. - Tropical Smoothie Café has opened its 400th location in Toledo, Ohio. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2014
Baskin-Robbins Salutes Veterans With Special Development Incentives. - Baskin-Robbins is showing its appreciation for military veterans this Veterans Day with more than $25,000 in financial discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees as part of a special veteran's incentive... [more] 7 Nov, 2014
Blast 825 Pizza launches franchising program. - California-based Blast 825 Pizza, a fast casual concept that is part of Milano Restaurants, has announced the launch of a franchising program. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
GE Capital lending program seeks smaller franchisees. - GE Capital, Franchise Finance is expanding its franchise restaurant lending practice, making a big bet on the growth of the industry as it seeks smaller-scale operators looking to expand. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Bruster’s Signs First Vet Franchisee Under New Discount Plan. - Former United States Army Sgt. Bill Palaich signed the first discounted franchise-fee agreement with Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. The half-price fee offer is available through the VetFran program... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Dog Stop founders aim to expand pet care concept. - America loves its dogs and feels guilty about leaving them home alone all day, bored and sedentary. That is why the co-founders of The Dog Stop decided a couple of years ago that franchising might be in the... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
U.S. Added 16,970 Franchise Jobs in October. - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 16,970 during the month of October, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2014
What is the Franchise Industry Saying About Mid-term Election Results? - The results of the 2014 midterm elections have made clear that voters prioritize job creation over government intervention in small business decisions. Franchised businesses in particular have been... [more] 5 Nov, 2014
Jamba to refranchise 114 units. - Jamba Inc. plans to refranchise about 114 company-owned units in California during the first half of 2015, accelerating its move to a more asset-light business model. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2014
IFA's Kevin Blanchard Appointed to U.S. Small Business Administration. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has appointed IFA Educational Foundation’s Research & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Kevin Blanchard as a member of the Advisory Committee of Veterans... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Adam & Eve Stores Partners with The Franchise Sales Solution. - Adam & Eve chooses The Franchise Sales Solution to develop franchise marketing and sales strategy for expanding retail store growth. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Rock & Brews names Mike Reynolds first CEO. - Rock & Brews, the growing casual-dining concept founded by members of the band KISS, has named its first chief executive. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Exclusive Event of 550 Business Coaches and Franchise Executives Stimulates Economic Growth, Fosters Small Business and Franchise Success. - More than 550 of North America’s top franchise industry executives and business coaches came together Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2014 at the 15th Annual AdviCoach and The Entrepreneur’s Source Conference... [more] 3 Nov, 2014
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