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: : Jan 2000

Burger King to Run Recall Ads. Burger King plans to run national ads next week publicizing a second recall of its Pokemon toy balls after a 4-month-old Indianapolis boy suffocated in his crib on one of the toys. .... 28 Jan, 2000
Ramada Inn Plans Win City Approval. The Oak Forest City Council this week unanimously approved plans for a Ramada Inn franchise in the city's industrial park on Frontage Road on the east side of Interstate Highway 57 near Kilbourn Avenue. .... 28 Jan, 2000
Ben & Jerry's Consideration of Buyout Offers Leaves Its Fans Cold. Hear the screams for ice cream ripple across this low-fat, calorie-conscious land: "Multi-flavors NOT multinationals!" "Save the cow!" "Don't sell out!" .... 27 Jan, 2000
McDonald's Reports Modest Profit. McDonald's Corp. reported a 9 percent gain in fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday as booming sales in North America and Europe offset shaky performances in Japan and Latin America. .... 26 Jan, 2000
McDonald's Falls Short of Estimates. McDonald's Corp. on Wednesday reported higher fourth-quarter profits, due in part to growth in domestic sales, but fell short of Wall Street forecasts by a penny. .... 26 Jan, 2000
McDonald's Reports Record Global Results (PR). McDonald's Corporation today announced record global results for the year and quarter ended December 31, 1999. .... 26 Jan, 2000
Doughnut, Ice Cream Shop Plan on Way to Approval. The Mundelein Village Board has instructed the village staff to prepare an ordinance that will pave the way for a new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at U.S. Highway 45 and Hawley Street. .... 24 Jan, 2000
'Subway' Called Key to Weight Loss. Jared Fogle stands at the counter of a Subway shop near the campus of Indiana University, watching an employee assemble a foot-long vegetable sub that he has ordered. .... 23 Jan, 2000
Plans for Motel get a Preliminary OK. Oak Forest's Planning and Zoning Commission gave unanimous preliminary approval this week to the first phase of a motel complex in an industrial park on Frontage Road near Kilbourn Avenue. .... 21 Jan, 2000
Fazoli's Announces Ninth Consecutive Quarter of Positive Comparable Sales Growth; Franchise Growth Exceeding Expectations (PR). Seed Restaurant Group, Inc. the parent company of Fazoli's "Real Italian. Real Fast." restaurants, announced today that Fazoli's company- and joint venture-owned restaurants recently completed nine consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales growth. .... 21 Jan, 2000
Successful, Affordable, Canadian Funeral Concept Targets Texas for First Expansion Into United States(PR). If Victor Erwin has his way, families throughout Texas will soon have a convenient, affordable, and common sense alternative to the outrageously high costs of burying a loved one. .... 21 Jan, 2000
Carlson Opens Hotel Near Knott's as 400th Radisson. Carlson Cos. on Tuesday dedicated a renovated hotel beside Knott's Berry Farm as the 400th Radisson and said it will spend $1 billion to $2 billion this year expanding its hotel chains with an emphasis on making Radisson more upscale. .... 19 Jan, 2000
Friendly Ice Cream says expects fourth-quarter loss. Friendly Ice Cream Corp on Wednesday said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss of 25 cents per share, below analysts expectations. .... 19 Jan, 2000
Ben-&-Jerry's Sale Opposed. Ben & Jerry's has a powerful following not only for its gourmet ice cream, but also for its brand of corporate social activism. .... 18 Jan, 2000
Startup.wsj.com and BizBuySell.com Announce Strategic Alliance. Startup.wsj.com, The Wall Street Journal's Web site for entrepreneurs, announced a strategic alliance with BizBuySell.com, the leading Internet resource for buying and selling a business. .... 18 Jan, 2000
Welcome News for Marriott. Hotelier's Future Includes Room to Grow, Analysts Say. .... 15 Jan, 2000
Wahoo's Fish Taco goes national. Costa Mesa-based company is part of Merrill Lynch ad campaign spotlighting small business owners. .... 15 Jan, 2000
David Erickson Joins Famous Dave's of America Inc. as Director of Business Development (PR). In this new position, Erickson will develop Famous Dave's franchising program in addition to researching business opportunities, locate venues for increased distribution, and establish viable new outlets for Famous Dave's award-winning food products. .... 13 Jan, 2000
Wendy's Announces Strong December and Fourth Quarter Sales (PR). Dublin, Ohio - Wendy's International, Inc. today announced that same-store sales at Wendy's U.S. company restaurants increased nearly 7 per cent in December and about 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter, ended January 2, 2000. .... 13 Jan, 2000
McDonald's, Teletubbies Plan Tie-In. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, the amorphous characters who star in the popular "Teletubbies" television show for preschool-age children, soon will have a new job selling hamburgers and fries. .... 13 Jan, 2000

American Kiosk Corp. Announces the Signing of Five Franchises for the Florida Region (PR). Richard Michael, President and CEO of American Kiosk Corporation, Franchiser for Pizza Place and Zero's Mr. Submarine, welcomes to its increasing Zero's Mr. Submarine expansion effort. .... 12 Jan, 2000
Del Taco Settles Lawsuit Over Ad Character. The swashbuckling masked hero in last year's Del Taco commercials won't be quite the same if he makes a return engagement. .... 12 Jan, 2000
Suburban Lodges of America Unveils EXTEL 2001 Prototype(PR). Suburban Lodges of America, Inc., the nation's largest economy extended stay hotel company, announces Extel 2001, its latest Suburban Lodge prototype. .... 12 Jan, 2000
Burger King President Quits to Become Jamba Juice CEO. Burger King Corp.'s North American chief resigned Monday to become chief executive of privately held juice-bar chain Jamba Juice Co., the companies said. .... 11 Jan, 2000
Little Caesars Expands to Mexico. Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. is continuing its expansion in the global market, planning to open 300 restaurants in Mexico by 2010. .... 11 Jan, 2000
Mail Boxes Etc. Selects USA.NET to Manage All Customer and Franchise Email. USA.NET, the world's largest email outsourcer, and Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE), the world's largest franchisor of retail business, communication and postal service centers, today announced a contract that establishes USA.NET as the email provider of choice for MBE's customers and franchisees. .... 11 Jan, 2000
The Power of Pharmacy Franchising. A group of independent pharmacists is about to enter into a collaboration its members hope will give them some new power in the industry as they try to compete against gigantic chains. .... 10 Jan, 2000
One for the Beards. I was delighted to read the Jan. 4 Metro brief "Franchise Relaxes Beard Prohibition" about Prabhjot S. Kohli's hard-earned legal victory over Domino's Pizza. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2000
Monstrosity of the Pokemon Promo. Let me begin by acknowledging that the loss of any life under needless circumstances is most tragic ["Burger King Is Recalling Pokemon Balls," Dec. 28]. That said. .... 9 Jan, 2000
City Plan Envisions Mom, Pop Downtown. Get in the loop seeks to pave the way for smaller stores. .... 9 Jan, 2000
Realty Merger Shows Who is in the Drivers Seat. If you were paying close attention last summer, you may have caught a glimpse of the wave of the future in real estate. .... 9 Jan, 2000
December Sales Beat Expectations. Shoppers gave a Christmas bonus to retailers of both pricey and discount goods in December, lavishing dollars on such items as jewels from Tiffany and basics from Wal-Mart. .... 7 Jan, 2000
Sizzler USA Names President, CEO. Sizzler International Inc., the Culver City-based operator of Sizzler restaurants in the U.S. and overseas, has named Thomas Metzger president and chief executive of the company's flagship Sizzler USA unit. .... 7 Jan, 2000
Nuts, Bolts of Resale Build Store's Profits. When contractors, homeowners or other handymen in the western suburbs take on projects, Sandwich resident Mike Partipilo hopes they will buy used tools rather than new ones. .... 7 Jan, 2000
Soup Restaurant Seeks Presence in Area. Sweet Tomatoes, seeking to establish itself in St. Charles, could be the next restaurant franchise to build a presence in the Chicagoland market. .... 7 Jan, 2000
Schuessler Appointed to Wendy's Board of Directors (PR). Wendy's International, Inc. announced today that the Company's board of directors has appointed John T. (Jack) Schuessler as a director, effective immediately. .... 6 Jan, 2000
Some Jenny Craigs Refuse Lewinsky. Some Jenny Craig franchises have decided to run old advertisements rather than use the company's new campaign featuring Monica Lewinsky as a spokeswoman for the weight-loss program. .... 6 Jan, 2000
VillageWorld.com to Launch Franchising Program - VillageWorld First Public Company to Franchise Internet Services (PR). VillageWorld.com, the parent Company of VillageNet Inc., a community-oriented Internet Service Provider, and Intelligent Computer Solutions, Inc., a systems-integration firm, today announced that it will become the first publicly traded franchiser of Internet services. .... 6 Jan, 2000
Marriott Sees Business Travel Slowdown. Marriott International Inc., the biggest U.S. hotel company, said it expects to see fewer business travelers this month because of last year's concern about the Y2K computer problem. .... 6 Jan, 2000
Budget Cutting 1,000 Jobs, Car Sales. Budget Group Inc., the money-losing parent of the Budget car and Ryder truck rental operations, announced a new wave of cost cutting on Tuesday, including elimination of 1,000 jobs. .... 4 Jan, 2000
hsupply.com Teams With New Division of U.S. Franchise Systems To Offer Procurement Solution to AAHOA Membership. (PR) Partnership With USFS's Independent Hotel Owners Affiliated Provides Members Of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association Access to World-Class Internet Hospitality Marketplace. .... 5 Jan, 2000
Wendy's Hong Kong franchise closes operations. As Y2K came and went in Hong Kong so did the last of Wendy's restaurants. .... 4 Jan, 2000
Papa John's Ordered to Drop Slogan, Pay Rival Pizza Hut. Papa John's International Inc. must stop using its "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" slogan in three weeks and pay rival Pizza Hut almost $468,000 in damages, a federal judge ruled. .... 4 Jan, 2000
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