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: : Nov 2002

Burger King Franchisees Approve 99 Cents Whopper Promotion. Escalating their price war with McDonald's Corp., Burger King franchisees narrowly approved a proposal to put the Whopper hamburger on sale for 99 cents for a limited time in January. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2002
Buffett denies interest in buying Burger King. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that he is not interested in buying fast-food giant Burger King despite speculation that he was exploring such a deal. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2002
Quizno's restaurants to get new look inside. Quizno's Corp. is changing the appearance of its eateries by testing a modern new store design prototype. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2002
Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, Inc. Announces Opening of the 16th Pat & Oscar's. Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, Inc. today announced that its Pat & Oscar's division has opened a new restaurant in National City, California. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
Youth Will Be Served At Chain's New Concept. Chico's FAS Inc. has been dressing middle-age women for nearly two decades. Now it's aiming to do the same for the younger shopper. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
McDonald's to enable credit-card use. McDonald's Corp. customers in the United States will be able to pay for their food with credit and debit cards beginning next year under a plan long in the works at the leading fast-food chain. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
Buffet urged to reject Burger King deal. A retired industrialist who has spent millions urging Americans to stay away from fatty foods is asking billionaire investor Warren Buffett not to buy the Burger King chain, no matter how appetizing the deal may look. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2002
Five Guys to multiply as owners roll out franchises. Five Guys is going worldwide. Well, not quite, but it sure may feel that way. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2002
Franchise operators are cautiously hopeful. Local operators of franchises ranging from education to food sales say they have weathered the economic aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and are cautiously optimistic about the coming business year. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2002
Thrifty Car Rental: Sallie Creel juggled franchises and family to find success. Sallie Creel had just opened the doors of her car-rental business and was eagerly awaiting a fleet of 20 Chevrolet Monte Carlos she'd ordered from a local dealer. When the cars didn't come the mother of five improvised. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2002
Arrow Electronics Expands Distribution of Analog Devices Products to the Americas. Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Analog Devices, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement to extend the two companies' current distribution contract to the Americas. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2002
Chipotle targets Big Apple. Denver-based Chipotle will open a location in June 2003 in New York City as the company looks to increase its profile on the East Coast. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2002
Cendant Completes Acquisition of Budget Group. Cendant Corporation announced today that it has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Budget Group, Inc. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2002
Krispy Kreme Profit Up 56.3 Percent. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Friday its earnings increased 56.3 percent for the third quarter, narrowly beating Wall Street estimates as revenue rose 29.4 percent. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2002
Sandwich chain opens first Milwaukee store. E&G Franchise Systems Inc., Eau Claire, has opened its first Erbert & Gerbert's sub sandwich shop in Milwaukee at 612 N. Water St. just south of Wisconsin Avenue. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2002
Program helps veterans buy franchises. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has begun a program it said will make it more affordable for veterans to purchase franchises. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2002
Business Travelers Name Marriott Best Rewards Program and Best Hotel Chain. For the sixth consecutive year, readers of Business Traveler magazine named Marriott Rewards "Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World" and Marriott International, Inc. "Best Domestic Hotel Chain." .... [more] 21 Nov, 2002
RadioShack sues SEC's Pitt, law firm. RadioShack Corp. has filed suit against Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt and his former law firm, alleging that while doing legal work for the electronics retailer they ignored a conflict of interest in the buyout of a former RadioShack unit. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2002
McDonald's seeks to get obesity lawsuit dismissed. A lawyer for McDonald's argued Wednesday that consumers know that hamburgers and French fries are fattening and urged a federal judge to throw out a suit blaming the company for obesity and diabetes in children. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2002
Nintendo and Tony's Pizza Cook Up Extra Large Holiday Sweepstakes. Nintendo of America Inc. and Tony's pizza are baking an extra large sweepstakes featuring hot prizes like Game Boy Advance video game systems and new Nintendo video games. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2002

Who will hold the peace if McDonald's is gone? In his best-selling book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree - in which he makes an excellent case for the benefits of globalisation - Thomas Friedman argues that no two countries with McDonald's restaurants have ever gone to war. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2002
7-Eleven's Vcom Kiosks to Offer Automobile Insurance Services. 7-Eleven, Inc. today announced a five-year strategic alliance with Public Access Insurance for Public Access to offer a variety of automobile-related insurance services via 7-Eleven stores' Vcom electronic kiosks. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2002
Six Continents Hotels Highlights Success of Online Initiatives and Outlines 2003 E-Commerce Goals. As the first hotel company to offer web bookings more than seven years ago, Six Continents Hotels, Inc. highlighted the success of its online initiatives, and outlined its aggressive 2003 E-commerce goals at its annual Conference in San Diego. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2002
Burger joints lighten up in obese US. Burger King at a health fair? Don't laugh. The maker of the fat-packed, calorie-rich flame-broiled Whopper has been serving up low-calorie, high-fibre veggieburgers at health fairs sponsored by Self Magazine, which caters to the yoga and yoghurt set. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2002
Pizza Magia opening in Greystone and beyond. Pizza Magia International's local franchisees will open their first location in Birmingham next week, with more to follow here and elsewhere next year. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Fast food franchisees give book a boost. Think of it as fried food for thought: The authors of a new children's book are getting a boost from a McDonald's franchise. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Do your homework. Pressed4Time owner says research, preparation are key when choosing a franchise. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Desert Taco gets small-business award. Desert Taco, a Phoenix franchisee, received Southwestern Business Financing Corp.'s Small Business of the Year Award. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Pilot Air flying high. Richie Phillips moves tractors and jet engines. He picks up fallen space capsules and brings them back to NASA's Kennedy Space Flight Center. Needless to say, he does not do it alone. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
ABRA Opens Two Minnesota Repair Centers. ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based damaged vehicle repair company, announced today the opening of two new repair centers in the Minneapolis area. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
HER inks franchise deal with Fla. firm. The parent of HER Realtors is following Midwest snowbirds to Florida's Gold Coast. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Toys "R" Us and Albertsons Sign Toy Store Test Agreement. Toys "R" Us, Inc. and Albertson's, today announced an agreement to conduct a limited test of Toys "R" Us Toy Box stores within Albertson's Jewel-Osco stores in the Midwest. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2002
Berline Opens Chicago Office. The Berline Groupe has established a toehold in Chicago, setting up a field office to service its latest Wendy's franchise group account. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2002
ServiceMaster makes adjustments; earnings rise. The ServiceMaster Co. says its intrayear adjustments between its quarters will reduce pretax earnings by $2 million in each of the first and second quarters but increase pretax earnings by $4 million in the third quarter. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2002
Qdoba signs Florida franchise deal. Denver-based Qdoba Restaurant Corp. signed a franchise development agreement with Neighborhood Restaurant Group LLC to open 25 restaurants in southern Florida, with the exception of Miami area. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2002
Free Educational Seminar Helps People Explore Franchise Opportunities. The A to Z's of Buying A Franchise, a one hour educational seminar, will be presented during a Franchise Showcase event at the Renaissance Dallas North Hotel in Dallas on Wednesday, November 20th. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2002
7-Eleven unveils virtual commerce kiosks. Orlando is the first market nationally where 7-Eleven has rolled out its new Vcom self-service, check-cashing kiosk. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2002
Burger King creates franchise groups for top operators. Miami-based Burger King Corp. said it has formed a new franchise operations group to support its largest franchisees. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2002
Abels selling franchises for chocolate store concept. For 21 years, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate has been selling chocolates in St. Louis, but now the company will be spreading sweetness throughout the area by selling franchises. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
Marriott faces suits from some franchise owners. A flurry of lawsuits by owners of some of the 2,500 hotels Marriott International operates and franchises threatens to tarnish the company's image. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
Pickups Plus Expands Into The Florida Market. Pickups Plus, Inc., a leading retailer and national franchiser in the $30 billion truck and SUV aftermarket accessories industry, announced today the signing of an area development agreement in the Florida market. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
Toys 'R' Us Announces Webcast of Its Third Quarter Results. Toys "R" Us, Inc., will announce its results for its third quarter on Monday, November 18, 2002 and will webcast its conference call at 9 a.m. (ET) that same day. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
ADQSR Announces Franchise Opportunities For Entrepreneurs in Orlando. Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants (ADQSR) today announced plans to significantly increase development of Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts and Togo's stores in the Orlando, Florida area. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
Starbucks goes wireless. Following the lead of small, locally owned coffee shops, Starbucks will roll out wireless Internet access at about 100 Washington-area stores this week. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2002
Three countries to lose golden arches. The golden arches of McDonald's are to disappear from three countries in the Middle East and Latin America, as the fast-food chain struggles to beef up its performance. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
Seattle's Best Coffee outlines expansion plans. New products, drive-through kiosks, loyalty cards and new packaging are among the initiatives being rolled out at Seattle Coffee Co., parent of Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
7-Eleven's same-store sales rise 3.9% 7-Eleven Inc. posted a 3.9 percent increase in merchandise sales at stores open at least a year in October, on top of a 5.2 percent increase in October last year. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
Carvel seeks hungry D.C. entrepreneurs. Ice cream franchise chain Carvel is hoping local entrepreneurs will scream at the chance to open one of their stores. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2002
Riding the NextWave. In the wake of downsizing and disaster in the technology sector, a Port Charlotte company is hoping to ride a new trend to success on a national level. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2002
Store Closings Sales At 23 CD Warehouse Locations. Store closing sales have begun at 23 CD Warehouse Inc. store locations in California, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Stores in San Diego, California, operate under the name Music Trader. All other CD Warehouse Inc. stores remain open and are conducting business as usual. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2002
Del Taco To Triple Number of Restaurants In Tucson. Del Taco today announced it has signed a franchise development agreement for five new restaurants in Tucson that will triple the chain's presence in the market. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2002
AFC Enterprises delays 3Q earnings release. AFC Enterprises Inc., which was scheduled to report third-quarter results, instead said it would delay the report pending the outcome of certain adjustments to its third-quarter and prior periods. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2002
Results in for election day doughnut poll. The doughnut results are in: It's Bredesen by a hair. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2002
21st Century to open franchises. Plantation financial services holding company 21st Century Holding Co. said it would open a franchise each in Kentucky, Illinois and South Carolina. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2002
Krispy Kreme to conduct 'exit poll' in Memphis. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is offering Memphians a unique voting experience Tuesday by conducting morning doughnut exit polls for voters at two locations. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2002
Slumping McDonald's shrinks its super-size expansion strategy. Golden arches have been proliferating around the globe ever since a travelling salesman named Ray Kroc had a vision about the limitless potential of fast food nearly a half-century ago. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2002
2 Guys & A Truck will change name. Wichita moving company 2 Guys & A Truck will change its name to 2 Guys Inc. as a result of being challenged with a trademark infringement lawsuit by Two Men and a Truck, a national franchise..... [more] 1 Nov, 2002
Blockbuster remodels 4,400 stores. Blockbuster Inc. has remodeled 4,412 stores to boost sales and target to Hispanics, the company's fastest-growing customer segment. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2002
Starbucks brews strong revenues for October. Seattle-based coffee retailer Starbucks Corp., which operates 22 stores in New Mexico, reported an increase in net revenues for the four-week period ending Oct 27. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2002
Krispy Kreme considers retail doughnut store in Lafayette. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has been a big hit on Wall Street. And that might be to the benefit of the Lafayette area. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2002
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