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Calif. governor vetoes franchisee protection bill. - California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Monday designed to offer franchisees more protection against what some described as predatory practices by franchisors. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2014
Dunkin' CEO: Franchisees excited about Tim Hortons' merger 'distraction'. - Dunkin' Brands' CEO Nigel Travis appeared on Bloomberg TV this week, offering his take on a number of industry trends. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2014
Franchise Gator Taking Submissions for Top 100 Franchises for 2015. - Franchise Gator, a leading source of franchise industry information, is taking submissions for its annual Franchise 100 list. Franchise Gator will release the ranking leading up to the 2015 IFA Conf... [more] 29 Sep, 2014
McAlister's Deli Signs Development Agreement with New Franchise Group. - McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today it has signed an agreement with new franchise group MidSouth Hospitality, Inc. to open 10 locations in Middle Tennessee. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2014
Smoothie King opens 700th store. - Smoothie King marked the opening of its 700th store on Sept. 18 with the opening of its Cedar Park, Texas, unit. The store is located at 909 E Whitestone Blvd. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2014
Grand Rapids Fish Window Cleaning franchise owner hired as company president. - A little over a decade after buying a Grand Rapids area franchise of Fish Window Cleaning Service Inc., Randy Cross has been hired to lead the company. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2014
TGI Fridays Announces Corporate Initiative Designed to Accelerate Growth. - TGI Fridays, the world’s leading casual dining bar and grill, today announced the launch of a refranchising initiative designed to accelerate the growth and re-imaging of the brand’s restaurant portfolio. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2014
Car-X franchisee opens 7th Iowa store. - Car-X Tire & Auto Service franchisee Mark Goldner has opened his seventh Car-X location, in Ankeny, a northern suburb of Des Moines. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2014
5 Years After 'Shark Tank': College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchise Growing Strong. - When the ABC hit show Shark Tank debuted five years ago, the very first episode featured an exciting young company called College Hunks Hauling Junk. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
The Melting Pot Seeks Return to Memphis, Tenn. - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees to bring its interactive dining experience back to Memphis, naming the city as a target for future development. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
Camille Albane Hair Salon Franchise Launches New Franchise Development Website in U.S. - Camille Albane, the leading hair salon franchise in Europe, has launched a franchising website featuring a Q&A with the first American franchisee, video interviews, startup cost information and details about... [more] 25 Sep, 2014
FRANDEX: Franchising Outperforms Broader Indices with a 5.1% Gain. - The FRANdex, a market index that tracks publicly traded franchise companies, show franchise companies as having outperformed broader indices by 5.1%, while nonfood segments outperformed the broader... [more] 24 Sep, 2014
Can South Korean Coffee Chain Caffebene Achieve World Domination? - South Korea’s Caffebene is just six years old, but it already has 1,860 cafes in 14 countries–up from 1,250 at the beginning of this year. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2014
1Heart Caregiver Services Announces Launching of its National Senior Care Franchise. - 1Heart Caregiver Services CEO Belina Calderon Tagarao announces the company’s national senior care franchise opportunity this October 2014. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2014
Franchisees Launch Appeal to Gov. Jerry Brown to Veto SB 610. - Franchisees representing a wide range of industries and demographics in California are urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 610 as part of a campaign supported by the IFA... [more] 24 Sep, 2014
Applebee's franchiser sued for blocking discrimination charges, EEOC says. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Doherty Enterprises Inc. for blocking new hires from filing discrimination charges. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2014
Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision. - As summer turns to fall, news-conscious franchisees all have one thing on their minds: the National Labor Relations Board's decision to consider McDonald's a joint employer of all workers and how it will... [more] 23 Sep, 2014
Mosquito Joe Signs 100th Territory in Two Years of Franchising. - Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, has hit a franchising milestone, signing its 100th territory this year. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2014
New Report Looks at Franchisee Satisfaction at Food Brands. - A report out today from Franchise Business Review takes an in-depth look at food franchise opportunities and ranks companies based on the satisfaction of franchisees. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2014
Tim Hortons picks Maplewood for first of 40 local restaurants. - ST. LOUIS: Canadian doughnut and coffee chain Tim Horton has finally identified the location of its first local restaurant in the region: Maplewood. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2014
Nothing Bundt Cakes Celebrates 100th Bakery Amid Steady Growth. - Nothing Bundt Cakes recently celebrated its 100(th) bakery in the United States with the grand opening of its San Marcos, California, location and announces plans for continued national expansion... [more] 19 Sep, 2014
California bill would help protect franchisee business investments. - Among other things, the pending legislation known as SB 610 would require a franchisor that terminates an agreement without a material breach to compensate the franchisee for the fair value of their business... [more] 19 Sep, 2014
Dunkin’ Brands sees potential for nearly 20K domestic units. - It was a full day in Dallas Wednesday for Dunkin' Brands investors, who were versed on the company's menu, marketing, mobile and expansion plans during its Investor Day event. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2014
120-year-old Raleigh firm bought by franchisee of Utah company. - Commercial Printing Co., one of Raleigh’s oldest printing services, has been bought by a franchisee of a Utah company. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2014
Hyatt Hotels to sell 38 hotels as franchises for about $590 million. - Hyatt Hotels Corp said it will sell as franchises 38 select service hotels to a company organized by Lone Star Funds for about $590 million. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2014
West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim. - More than 200 franchise brands will be represented at the West Coast Franchise Expo scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2014
Marco's Pizza Franchise on Track to 1,000th Store. - One extra-large pizza franchise, coming up! Just months after opening its 500th location in June, Marco's Pizza is on its way to its next goal: 1,000 stores. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2014
Café Intermezzo opening up franchise markets in the Southeastern US. - One extra-large pizza franchise, coming up! Just months after opening its 500th location in June, Marco's Pizza is on its way to its next goal: 1,000 stores. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2014
Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling. - Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for... [more] 17 Sep, 2014
Krispy Kreme Expands Share Repurchase Authorization by $25M to $105M. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has Directors increased the Company’s current share repurchase program from $80 million to $105 million. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2014
Bruster’s hires Kahala veteran to lead franchise development. - Corey Bradley has joined Bruster's Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2014
BrightStar founder Shelly Sun receives IFA FranPAC MVP Award. - The IFA today announced Shelly Sun, CFE, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, as the IFA Sid Feltenstein FranPAC MVP Award winner for her leadership and dedication in supporting FranPAC... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Kids in Sports expanding its business through franchising. - After more than 15 years of success in Greenwich and New York City, Michael Strutt and Kenneth Colon, founders of Kids In Sports, are ready to expand their business through franchising. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
RadioShack Loses CFO as It Grapples with Solvency. - Troubled RadioShack Corporation announced on Monday that its new chief financial officer John Feray had left the firm on Friday for "personal reasons" and that Holly F. Etlin would replace him. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Art Van to open first Indiana franchise, one more in Michigan. - Warren-based Art Van Furniture has signed an agreement for its first franchise in Indiana and is set to open one more in northeastern Michigan before the end of the year. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Franchise owners head to Capitol Hill to voice opposition of McDonald’s decision. - Franchise owners across a number of industries are in Washington, DC, today to voice their opposition to the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald's that stated the company... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Rita's Italian Ice Opens 50th Store This Year And First In Iowa. - Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores in 26 states, announced it has opened its 50th new location of the year, with the first in the state of Iowa. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning Franchise on Pace for 120 New Locations in 2014. - D'Wayne Tanner, senior vice president of franchise development for the world's largest carpet cleaning franchise, says Chem-Dry is on track to open 120 new locations by the end of 2014. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2014
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Brings on Corey Bradley as New Vice President of Franchise Development. - Franchising veteran Corey Bradley has joined Bruster’s Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development, a key position in furthering the premium frozen treat chain’s turnaround and... [more] 16 Sep, 2014

CALDEIRA: Franchising vs. unions: time to pick sides. - Franchising, one of the great American business success stories, is increasingly and unfairly under attack. Lawmakers need to pay attention and ask some questions. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Peter Piper Pizza announces nationwide franchising initiative. - Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has announced a franchising initiative aimed at expanding the brand nationally into new markets. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
New Income Fund Offers Professional Athletes Investment Opportunity In Franchising. - For the first time, professional athletes and high net worth individuals seeking to earn money in franchising as passive investors can do so with an investment in the newly formed Playbook Solutions... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Sloan’s Ice Cream Awards First CA Franchise Deal. - Sloan’s Ice Cream announced that it has awarded the first franchise location outside of South Florida to local San Diego entrepreneur Ali Hajisattari. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Chipotle Remains Committed To Non-Franchise Model. - At a time when major food retailers are looking to franchise a greater number of restaurants to improve profitability and expand their existing retail network, Chipotle remains committed to company-owned... [more] 15 Sep, 2014
Comps Up 3.8% in Q2 for U.S. Krispy Kreme Franchises. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. reported on Tuesday that same-store sales for its U.S. franchises rose 3.8 percent for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 compared to the same time last year. ... [more] 13 Sep, 2014
Blackstone Said to Sell Burger King Locations to Houston Foods. - Houston Foods Inc., a fast-food franchisee in Texas, plans to buy about 260 Burger King locations owned by Blackstone Group LP’s Heartland Food Corp. in the Midwest. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2014
MOD Pizza opens first franchised location. - MOD Pizza will open its first Denver location Thursday at 8225 S. Chester St., Centennial. The restaurant is the 20th in the MOD system and also its first franchised location. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2014
Franchise Brands With Higher-Than-Average Default Rates. - Quiznos, Cold Stone Creamery, Planet Beach Franchising and Huntington Learning Centers Inc. ranked among the 10 worst franchise brands in terms of Small Business Administration loan defaults. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2014
HomeVestors Sees Dramatic Spike in Number of Franchisees. - HomeVestors of America (the 'We Buy Ugly Houses" company), has recruited its 500th franchisee, marking a 25 percent increase in franchisees just since the end of 2013. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2014
Yum! Brands experiments with Vietnamese concept. - Yum! Brands continues to experiment with the fast casual segment with its latest concept called Banh Shop, located in Dallas. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2014
Panera, Starbucks, McDonald's to adopt Apple Pay. - Restaurant companies will be among the first merchants to integrate Apple Pay, a phone-payment platform that Apple Inc. unveiled Tuesday. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
Ice cream sandwich concept plans nationwide expansion. - CREAM, a California-based ice cream sandwich concept, has announced plans to expand throughout the country. These plans follow the company's success in the San Francisco market. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
McDonald's August same-store sales fall across regions. - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday reported declining sales at established restaurants across all regions in August, the fifth monthly drop since CEO Don Thompson took the helm in July 2012, and warned... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
Franchise Business Model at Risk Due to Joint Employer Status. - Franchisor and Franchisee say Joint Employer Decision by NLRB is Both “Wrong and Unjustified”. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
Mr. Electric Celebrates 20 Years of Franchising. - Mr. Electric, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., will be celebrating 20 years as an electrical franchising company in the month of September. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2014
Once Upon A Child Opens 300th Store. - Winmark Corporation’s children’s resale franchise, Once Upon A Child, has opened its 300th location, following swiftly in the footsteps of its sister brand, Plato’s Closet. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2014
Einstein Noah names Frank Paci CEO. - McAlister’s Deli president and CEO Frank Paci has been named president and CEO of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc., effective Sept. 15, the company said Monday. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2014
Top 10 U.S. Children's Services Franchise Systems for 2014. - FranchiseGrade uses their exclusive Franchise Performance Index grading scale to assess the top 10 children's services franchise systems for 2014. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2014
Wingstop Opens First Hawaii Location. - Wingstop has landed in Hawaii. The chain opened its first restaurant in the Aloha State at the Gateway at Mililani Mauka in Mililani. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2014
Fast food strikes hit 150 US cities. - Police arrested more than 100 fast food workers in at least five major cities by Thursday afternoon during protests demanding higher pay and union rights. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2014
U.S. Added 21,360 Franchise Jobs in August. - U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 21,360 during the month of August, according to the ADP National Franchise Report(SM). ... [more] 4 Sep, 2014
SKINNYPIZZA launches nationwide franchising program. - New York-based SKINNYPIZZA has selected iFranchise Group and franchise attorney Harold Kestaubaum to consult on the company’s new nationwide franchising program. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2014
PYT Burger teams up with Fransmart for franchising growth. - Philadelphia's PYT Burger has partnered with franchise development company Fransmart to expand the brand through franchising. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2014
Behind Big Macs and Whoppers, a Drama Over Corporate Control Unfolds. - The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2014
UNH Franchising Index shows strong performance. - The University of New Hampshire Rosenberg Franchise 50 Index, which tracks publicly traded companies in the United States engaged in business format franchising, rose 5.3 percent in the second... [more] 2 Sep, 2014
Mobile Device Repair Company Launches Franchise Opportunity. - Mobile device repair company iDropped, which currently has five locations in Pennsylvania, is now looking to significantly expand through a franchising strategy set to propel iDropped to hundreds of... [more] 2 Sep, 2014
Blaze Pizza adds nine franchise groups. - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza announced that its 40th restaurant is set to open next month in San Diego. The company also announced it has signed nine new area development agreements that will add 67 franchise... [more] 2 Sep, 2014
Handel’s ice cream franchise generated $1M in sales in 2013. - The Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt franchise in Redondo Beach, Calif., generated $1 million in sales last year and owner Paul Danylik said it is on track to surpass that this year. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2014
Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday. - The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2014
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