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: : Dec 2002

INTEREST - Small businesses dodge Web. Millions of small companies continue to snub the Web - potentially limiting their growth and that of e-commerce and the economy. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2002
Embers clan plots national fish chain. The founders of Embers America are branching out, with plans to have more than 150 Joey's Only locations across the nation in three years. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2002
Triarc Acquires Sybra, Inc. Triarc Companies, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sybra, Inc., the second largest franchisee of the Arby's(R) brand. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2002
McDonald's Franchise Owner Claims Racism. A McDonald's franchise owner says she is being forced to give up her four restaurants because of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit she filed against the company. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2002
Eateries Inc. sells Garcia's chain. Edmond, Okla.-based Eateries Inc. Friday announced the sale of nine Garcia's Mexican restaurants Arizona to another Oklahoma company. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2002
Hooters Restaurant Owner Buys Airline. The owner of the Hooters restaurant chain, dashed in an earlier attempt to buy an airline, has acquired a small North Carolina carrier with hopes of launching Hooters Air. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2002
McDonald's, Facing a Loss, May Modify Its Hamburgers. The McDonald's Corporation is tinkering with its hamburgers in an effort to stimulate sales. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2002
Dunkin' Donuts continues 'Sports Dreams' promotion. Dunkin' Donuts Inc. on Thursday announced that it has once again teamed up with all six of New England's professional sports teams in a consumer marketing blitz scheduled to kick off on January 3rd. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2002
Pataki vetoes bill to protect gas station franchisees. Legislation which would have barred oil companies from competing with their own franchisees was vetoed Friday by Gov. George Pataki, the governor's office announced Monday. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Brinker International Announces First Domestic Franchisee for Romano's Macaroni Grill. Brinker International has signed an agreement with Waterloo Restaurant Ventures, Inc. to become the first domestic franchisee for Romano's Macaroni Grill. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Marriott ExecuStay Names Second Franchisee. Marriott ExecuStay, the corporate housing division of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the signing of its second franchise agreement, with Mainsail Management Group, Inc. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Subway beefs up its area numbers. Americans are so used to seeing a McDonald's restaurant on every third block that many may not really see the ubiquitous Golden Arches. But observant consumers driving around the Capital Region may be surprised to notice that there are almost as many Subway signs as burger outlets. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Franchising can be good opportunity for over-60 set. Many of the plus-60 crowd who have retired, but want to remain active, can spend their "golden years" pursuing a special interest in life by getting involved in franchising. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Electrical company zaps downtime. Installing electrical equipment and providing maintenance when a system breaks down has been the bread and butter of the electrical contracting industry. But filling the lulls between building these systems and fixing malfunctions is a constant challenge. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Quick-Fix PC Geeks. There are parts of the world where you stand in line for three hours just to buy a tomato, and then there's the good old USA, where just about anything will be delivered right to your door, including a geek to fix your computer. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
Color them served: Haircolorxpress sued over store deal. The plaintiff in a Palm Beach County lawsuit claims the business plan of Haircolorxpress, the Fort Lauderdale low-priced salon chain that has hyped its plans to have 260 franchised stores by the end of 2003 and a possible 2004 IPO, is too good to be true. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2002
A Fighter for Burgers and Fries. Joe Langteau, whose fast-food company just filed for bankruptcy, needs all the inspirational energy he can get. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2002
Montana Mills Awards 7 Store Franchise for Washington DC. Montana Mills Bread Co. Inc. today announced that a multi-unit franchise development agreement has been signed with Bread Partners, LLC, to develop up to 7 Montana Mills bread stores in the Washington, DC area. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2002
More Auto Dealers Cutting Estimates. Lithia Motors Inc. and Asbury Automotive Group Inc. on Friday became the latest car dealership groups to cut earnings estimates due to slowing sales of new vehicles and falling profit margins on used cars and trucks. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2002
Burger King Taps Olive Garden Exec As CEO. Burger King's new owners made their first move Thursday to lift the fast-food franchise out of its slump, naming a seasoned restaurant executive credited with building the Olive Garden chain into a successful brand as its new chief executive. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2002

Blockbuster issues earnings warning as video rentals slow. Investors hammered Blockbuster and other video renters Wednesday after the No. 1 chain slashed its profit forecast, blaming stronger-than-expected competition from DVD discounters in this quarter. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
Even Fringe Franchises Can Find a Following. A crime-scene cleanup service is just one of several new unusual franchises filling a need in the marketplace. But are these intriguing ideas good business investments? .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
Rent-A-Center to buy 295 Rent-Way stores. Leading rent-to-own operator Rent-A-Center Inc. has agreed to buy 295 stores from competitor Rent-Way Inc. for $101.5 million in cash. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
Regis buys Vidal Sassoon hair salons. Regis Corp., the Edina-based hair care company, has bought 25 Vidal Sassoon salons and four Vidal Sassoon beauty academies from Haircare Limited. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
Marriott Launches Wireless Internet Access at 400 Hotels. Marriott International, Inc. announced today that it plans to install wireless high-speed internet access at 400 hotels in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
McDonald's heading for the red. McDonalds has warned that it is on track to post its first ever loss, exacerbating worries that the fast food giant's golden age may be over. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2002
Marriott International Opens 2,500th Hotel. Marriott International, Inc. announced today that the company has opened its 2,500th hotel worldwide, with the completion of the 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Ariz. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2002
RadioShack settles sexual harassment suit. RadioShack Corp. has agreed to pay a $45,000 settlement to a St. Louis teen who had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2002
Consumers Say McDonalds Is Not Responsible for Fattening-Up Americans. McDonalds is not liable nor legally responsible for making two teens obese whose attorney has filed suit against the fast food chain, according to a SupermarketGuru.com "Future" Quick Poll released today. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Planet Hollywood Emerges From Bankruptcy. Planet Hollywood International Inc. on Monday won approval to emerge from bankruptcy for the second time in two years and began focusing on regaining its stature in a battered theme-restaurant industry that peaked in the late 1990s. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
McDonald's forms joint venture to develop Fazoli's. McDonald's Corp. has finalized an agreement with Lexington, Ky.-based Fazoli's Italian Restaurants under which the burger chain will develop 20 to 30 Fazoli's restaurants in three U.S. markets. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Famous Uncle Al's Hot Dogs Gains Access to Potential Co-Branding With 350 Franchise Locations. Famous Uncle Al's Hot Dogs, Inc., through an agreement with its parent company, Toppers Brick Oven Pizza, Inc. and Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. have contracted to gain access to the industry contacts and professional services of a 350-unit restaurant franchise company. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Red Robin Expands its Midwest Franchise Base. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced it has broadened its presence in the Midwest with the addition of a new franchise partner - Kansas City, Missouri-based PB&J. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Wichita restaurant franchisee agrees to settle lawsuit. The owner of four Wichita Church's Fried Chicken stores has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a 14-year-old former employee, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2002
Ruby's Diners Expands Into the Future. After toiling to turn around a bankrupt Italian restaurant chain in Los Angeles, Fred LeFranc needed a more forgiving job, one that wouldn't keep him awake nights. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2002
Oaxacan city defeats McDonald's, but not all happy about victory. Considered by many to be Mexico's culinary capital, Oaxaca took on McDonald's and won, keeping the hamburger giant out of its colonial plaza by passing around tamales in protest. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2002
Shell 'debranding' three local stations for selling drug paraphernalia. Three service stations in Snohomish County have lost the right to use the Shell brand after Shell Branded Wholesalers discovered the stations were selling drug paraphernalia. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2002
Hotel Franchiser: No Economic Reservations. Many Americans have lost the will or means to travel, and hotels are paying the price. Still, hotel franchisers - if not owners - are doing relatively well in this stay-at-home climate. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2002
Roadhouse Grill Opens Fourth Restaurant in Cincinnati. Roadhouse Grill Inc. today announced the opening of its fourth restaurant in Cincinnati - the company's first franchised restaurant in the area. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2002
Tenancy dispute pits RadioShack, GameStop. In a brewing legal fight, RadioShack is complaining about the recent opening of a GameStop store in the same Hurst shopping center where RadioShack is also a tenant. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2002
Burger King sold for $1.5bn. The drinks firm Diageo has finally sold its Burger King fast-food chain, but for a much lower price than originally sought. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2002
Tower Records Signs All-New Agreement with WorldCom.
WorldCom today announced that Tower Records has selected WorldCom as its new, exclusive provider of local voice and audio conferencing services to more than 100 Tower Records locations across the United States. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2002
Seasonal Businesses: Work Now, Relax Later. Owners of holiday-related businesses are in overdrive in December. But come January, they're ready to take it easy for the rest of the year. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2002
Johnny Rockets opens two Denver locations. Retro 1950's eatery Johnny Rockets officially opened two locations Dec. 10 in Denver after launching last month with what's known as "soft openings" in the retail industry. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2002
Golden arches won't compete with historic archways of historic Mexican city plaza. Golden arches won't be allowed to compete with the historic stone archways of Oaxaca city's 16th-century central plaza - a victory for a Mexican artist who has waged a four-month battle to block a McDonald's franchise. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2002
Fired Up Inc. Signs Major Development Agreement with Neighborhood Pasta Company. Fired Up Inc. has signed a major agreement with Neighborhood Pasta Company to develop Johnny Carino's Country Italian restaurants in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2002
New franchisor filings at five-year high. When Denise Johnson graduated from St. Thomas University last year, she considered working in the corporate world. But after examining her options, she finally settled on franchising. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2002
DOUGHNUT ALERT - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Update: Missing Blimp May Be Found! The Krispy Kreme Doughnuts blimp that mysteriously disappeared over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend may be found. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2002
Panera Bread to open at Summit. Panera Bread Co. will open a store at The Summit shopping center in Birmingham later this month, with additional locations to follow in Vestavia and Hoover next year. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2002
Fires of anti-Americanism burn McDonald's. Around the world, McDonald's restaurants have been burning. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2002
Louisville New Horizons merges with local franchises. The owners of the New Horizons Computer Learning Center franchise for Louisville and Southern Indiana have merged their business with Progressive Support Services Inc., the operator of New Horizons centers in Cincinnati and Dayton. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2002
Chick-Fil-A breaks ground in Hendersonville. Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A has begun building its newest location in the Nashville area, its 40th restaurant in Tennessee. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2002
Del Taco Web Site Receives 2002 WebAward Standard of Excellence Award. In a little more than a year, Del Taco's Web site has attracted the attention of thousands of food fans with great artwork and fun surprises. Now the site has been awarded by the Web Marketing Association. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2002
Fred's sets sales records. While many retailers are reporting a slow month overall in November, the cash register bells at Fred's have been ringing. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2002
McDonald chairman, CEO Jack Greenberg retiring amid two-year slump. McDonald's Corp. is replacing its chairman and chief executive, Jack Greenberg, as the fast-food chain struggles to emerge from a deep, two-year slump. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2002
Wingstop Opens First Southern California Location. Jim Deering, president of Wingstop Restaurants, Inc., announced today that the company has opened its first southern California location in Long Beach. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2002
7-Eleven expands daily fresh food delivery. 7-Eleven Inc. is expanding its daily fresh food program to its convenience stores in Southern California. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2002
Wireless Toyz Opens in Indiana and Illinois. Wireless Toyz, a Cellular store chain, recently opened their twentieth location in Fort Wayne, IN, and their twenty-first location in Chicago, IL. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2002
Burger King franchisee AmeriKing commences Chapter 11 proceedings. AmeriKing Inc, one of the largest independent Burger King franchisees, announced it has commenced voluntary bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2002
Doughnut Alert - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Puts Out A.P.B. on Blimp. The Krispy Kreme Doughnuts blimp mysteriously disappeared over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend from the new Burlington store. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2002
Red Robin To Open New Location in Colorado Springs. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. will open the doors to its newest location on Monday, Dec. 9 in Colorado Springs, with the opening to benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2002
KFC owner says roadwork, city apathy have hurt her business. Peggy Schoenhofer says her business is down by two-thirds - and it's the city of Wichita's fault. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2002
Got it Covered. Big Bob's New and Used Carpet founder, David Elyachar, owns two stores in Kansas City and has 40 franchised stores throughout the country. .... [more] 2 Dec, 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 JW Marriott Galleria in Houston on Wednesday, December 4th at 1pm. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2002
Moto Photo outlines new business plan. In an effort to sweep away past financial problems, Moto Photo Inc. has begun a two-pronged approach to secure a future. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2002
Betting on a shoe thing. Shoes-n-Feet aims to solve foot problems by using good shoe-fitting skills, shoe modifications known as orthotics, and input from the medical community. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2002
McDonald's to leave Bolivia for good. Thousands of Bolivians crammed into McDonald's Saturday to order their final Big Macs before the fast food restaurant leaves the country for good. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2002
Bistro to debut seven restaurants in '03. The largest privately held franchisee of TGI Friday's restaurants plans to open seven new ventures in 2003, including the first Hofbrauhaus in the United States. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2002
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