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: : Sep 2002

Krispy Kreme adds to coffee offerings. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has added its own line of coffee blends to its offerings, the company said. Four blends - Smooth, Rich, Bold and Robust Decaf - are now available at the company's stores. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2002
Gunning for gamers. It's advertising's new frontier - the videogame. And now McDonald's and Intel have staked their claims in a new deal which sees their products actually become an integral part of the game. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2002
Franchise will roll out 3 more area eateries. With one year of business at Wabash Landing in West Lafayette under its belt, Roly Poly is making plans to roll out more restaurants in Greater Lafayette. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2002
Great Clips set to break its new-franchise record in 2002. Edina-based Great Clips Inc. will open more than 200 salons across the country this year. That will break the firm's 2001 record, which was more than 180 locations. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2002
Max & Erma's advancing eastern drive into Philly. Max & Erma's Restaurants Inc. continues to be bullish on expansion through franchising. The Columbus-based casual dining chain is set to make its debut in the Philadelphia area, a move the company thinks is critical to expanding its footprint along the East Coast. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2002
City's Alpha Graphics in fight over its name. The owner of Alpha Graphics Inc. just wanted to run her small printing firm in Baltimore City and leave the rest of the world to the giant chains and franchises. Unfortunately, the world includes Baltimore City. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2002
Marriott sticks to earnings forecast. Bethesda-based hotel giant Marriott International will release its third-quarter earnings report on Oct. 3, but ahead of the official numbers the company is affirming its forecasts. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2002
Burned Investors Aim At Franchise Success. While no one tracks which franchises are purchased by Wall Street refugees, numerous chains are experiencing explosive growth even as the market lumbers toward its third consecutive losing year. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2002
Duo rolls furniture concept across U.S. A Raleigh furniture retailer that has exclusive contracts with about 20 European manufacturers has expanded its brand into some of the trendiest markets in the United States, with a Beverly Hills store set to open in October. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2002
Tex Mex vexed: Austin Grill bid to buy out Chi Chi's parent company stalls. The unsolicited buyout proposal Austin Grill made earlier this year for a California company is, for now, dead. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2002
Dunkin' Donuts Founder Rosenberg Dies in U.S. at 86. Dunkin' Donuts founder William Rosenberg, whose idea for a quick cup of coffee and a doughnut became a global franchise, has died of cancer, a funeral home said on Sunday. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2002
Healthy fast-food restaurant chain begins rollout of up to 15 locations. Like New Yorkers, the residents of Boca Raton have a reputation for being hard to impress. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2002
Poyner And Spruill To Present Free Franchise Seminar. On Thursday, October 17th, Poyner & Spruill LLP will present the free seminar, "Franchising Keys: How to Unlock the Door to Franchise Opportunities." .... [more] 20 Sep, 2002
Turmoil underneath the arches. McDonald's is flailing around for an answer to falling sales. The latest big idea? Waitresses in a classic American diner. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2002
Tony Roma's opens new restaurants in 4 countries. Dallas-based Romacorp Inc. said it has opened four new Tony Roma's restaurants in four different countries within two weeks. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002
Home Is Where Your Franchise Is. Operating a franchise from home sounds like an attractive prospect to some. Home-based franchises generally have a lower investment than other franchises - but require more effort to succeed. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002
Fair offers input on franchising. Prospective entrepreneurs with an interest in operating a franchise will have an opportunity to learn more at the Franchisor Association of Florida's Franchise Fair on Saturday in Orlando. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002
Fraternity, Church's partners in growth. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the country's oldest black fraternity, has entered into a $30 million deal with Church's Chicken to acquire franchises in inner city neighborhoods and create a new pool of African-American business owners. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2002
McDonald's slumps on profit warning. Shares in the US fast-food giant McDonald's have been hit hard by a profit warning from the company. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2002
Covelli opens another Panera and plans for the next. In its continued aggressive expansion, Warren, Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises Inc. has opened its latest Panera Bread location in the Pittsburgh market. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002

Roly Poly sees 43 eateries in Columbus-area push. Shamrock Investments LLC of Indianapolis wants to roll out as many as 43 Roly Poly restaurants into the Columbus area. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Big haircutter to add 50 more stores. Great Clips, a Minneapolis-based chain of hair salons, plans to add about 50 stores in Greater Sacramento over the next five years. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Great Harvest's growth strategy adds sandwiches to the menu. The local franchisee of Great Harvest Bread, which operates a single store in Mount Lebanon, wants to pick up the pace of growth by taking a lesson from Panera Bread. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Restaurant owners say Sept. 11 attacks led to Ch. 11. The owners of several Mr. Gatti's restaurants say the terrorist attacks a year ago have left them today with about $10 million of debt and no option other than to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Company opens triple chain restaurant stop. University Blvd. Donuts Inc. has a taste for everyone - under one roof. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Krispy Kreme declines 'Donut Duel' invite. A food fight between Denver-based LaMar's Donuts International Inc. and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 17 at the LaMar's Donuts store at 990 W. Sixth Ave. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
McDonald's, Intel entering virtual world for ads. Intel and McDonald's have signed multimillion-dollar advertising deals to place their chips, burgers and fries within the virtual world of the Sims Online, the highly anticipated Internet sequel to Electronic Arts' social-engineering game. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Usually recession-proof fast-food chains losing customers. McDonald's is not the only fast-food chain experiencing heartburn. Sales have cooled over the summer at burger rivals such as Wendy's and Jack in the Box. KFC and Popeyes are selling less fried chicken. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Krispy Kreme eyes golf site. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is now considering the Hillcrest Golf Course site in Winston-Salem in its ongoing quest to find a new corporate headquarters, according to real estate developers familiar with the doughnut maker's plans. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Krieger's wants to take a bite out of franchise market. Krieger's Pub & Grill plans to expand the chain by offering franchises. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Squared away. It's probably safe to say Kayode Tani-Olu is overqualified for his job. The one-time African diplomat has degrees in international diplomacy and computer science and is now a picture framer. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Winston-Salem bridal shop opening in Tate Building. Nitsa's, a specialty bridal shop, is slated to open early next year in The Allen Tate Building at Phillips Place on Fairview Road, Charlotte. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
Subway, local agent at odds. During the course of 20 years, Terry Quinn has made about $8 million helping Subway Restaurants Inc. develop its sandwich shops in 20 Ohio counties. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2002
McDonald's approves value menu. The world's largest fast-food restaurant operator, McDonald's say its U.S. franchisees have overwhelmingly approved a plan to roll out a national value menu, among other improvements, to boost flagging U.S. sales. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2002
Itex will offer franchises. Itex Corp., a Sacramento-based company that runs a trading exchange for business bartering, will offer franchises to expand its core business, company officials said Thursday. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2002
Burger King value menu could heat up fast-food competition. In a move that could heat up competition among fast food chains, Burger King Corp. said on Thursday that it will launch a 99-cent menu. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2002
Century 21 offices merge. Ten Century 21 franchise offices in the San Antonio area have merged to form Century 21 United, a limited liability company that will serve home buyers and sellers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake and Seguin. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2002
McDonald's Fat Debate Goes On. McDonald's scored a brilliant marketing coup last week by reducing the level of artery-clogging trans fatty acids and saturated fats in the oil it uses for frying, and it didn't pay a nickel for the reams of favorable publicity that followed. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2002
MEXICO - Alsea to Aid Starbucks in Mexico. Domino's Pizza is so strong south of the Rio Grande that some Mexicans think it's a domestic brand. More than 400 Domino's outlets have popped up across the country since 1989, propelled by the Torrado family, which owns Mexican franchisee Alsea. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2002
Makeover Boosts Sales For French Franchisees.
For 50 years, a primary ingredient of the recipe for expansion at McDonald's had been consistency. Learn how a dramatic departure from that formula is helping its restaurants succeed overseas. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2002
Franchise bid to fill scrapbooking niche. A scrapbooking enthusiast for 30 years, Barbara LaMunion is turning her hobby into a franchise. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
Krispy Kreme, Project Homestead leaders tout future collaboration. The leaders of Krispy Kreme and Greensboro nonprofit Project Homestead hope their collaboration on a new store on East Market Street in downtown Greensboro will create opportunities for additional endeavors in coming months. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
Captain D's plans four new restaurants. Captain D's Inc. franchisees will open a new seafood restaurant in Calera and three more in Mobile over the next three years under a multi-state deal that will bring the Nashville, Tenn.-based company's count to roughly 571 total locations and 21 in the Birmingham area. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
New management team set at Six Continents. Six weeks after its president departed, the Atlanta-based parent company of Holiday Inn has shuffled its management team to suit the new president and make the company more efficient. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
Franchisor puts investors in the teriyaki bowl game. SP Franchising Inc. is the international franchisor of Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grills, a network of fast-serve restaurants featuring Japanese-type low-fat meals. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
McDonald's wants franchisees to make changes. McDonald's Corp. is asking franchisees to consider offering a new low-price menu and remodeling stores older than 15 years old. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2002
Pizza chains deliver. Free pizza delivery may be going the way of the dodo bird. Struggling for additional income, the nation's top pizza chains - including Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's - are testing delivery charges of 50 cents to $1.50 in markets across the country. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2002
Ice cream franchise makes Folsom debut. Cold Stone Creamery, which bills itself as the fastest-growing ice cream franchise in the nation, makes its debut in Folsom Thursday. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2002
Popeyes Chicken opens first Mexico store. Mexico is getting a taste of Cajun spice. Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits has expanded south of the border with its first restaurant in Monterrey. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2002
'Healthy' McDonald's eyes bottom line. McDonald's, the fast food chain, yesterday opened a new front in its attempt to arrest declining sales: "healthier" french fries. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2002
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