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Krispy Kreme franchisee picks Clark County site. The Pacific Northwest franchisee for Krispy Kreme doughnut shops has proposed its first Clark County, Wash., location, the fourth site it has identified in the greater Portland area for the famed chain. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2003
Toys "R" Us Announces Webcast of 2002 Year End Results.
Toys "R" Us, Inc., will announce results for the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2003 on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 and will webcast its conference call at 9 a.m. (ET) that same day. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2003
Fred's Announces Year-end 2002 Conference Call Webcast.
Fred's, Inc. today announced that it will provide an online Web simulcast of its year-end earnings conference call on Tuesday, March 11, 2003. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2003
Marriott and Intel Promote Wireless High-Speed Internet Access at 400 Hotels.
Marriott International, Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to launch a joint marketing campaign to promote the availability of wireless high-speed Internet access at 400 hotels in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Weight Loss Forever International, Inc. Concludes Successful Franchisee Convention.
Weight Loss Forever International, Inc. announced that the results of the first franchisee convention of BEVERLY HILLS Weight Loss & Wellness®, since its acquisition, met expectations. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
McDonald's goes classic.
Craving a burger? The newly renovated McDonald's in Atlantic Beach wants to satisfy your hunger and take you back in time. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. Announces Webcast.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today announced a conference call on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss the Company's financial results for the year ended December 30, 2002 and review the business outlook for 2003. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Plug fuel cell provides power to McDonald's restaurant.
A Plug Power fuel cell is providing some of the power at a McDonald's restaurant in Long Island. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2003
AFC Enterprises Sees Flat U.S. Sales.
AFC Enterprises Inc., which franchises and operates Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Church's Chicken, Seattle's Best Coffee and others fast-food restaurants, on Wednesday said it expects flat domestic comparable-store sales systemwide for 2003. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2003
Judge Delays Dispersal in McDonald's Case.
A Cook County judge is delaying the division of a $10 million settlement from McDonald's over beef-laced french fries until the tax-exempt status of some of the vegetarian recipients is clarified. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2003
Marriott is Most Admired Company in the Lodging Industry According to Fortune.
Fortune magazine named Marriott International, Inc. the most admired company in the lodging industry. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2003
AFC Recognizes 4,000th Unit Opening.
AFC Enterprises, Inc. recently celebrated the opening of its 4,000th unit, a Church's Chicken restaurant located in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2003
Shuttered Burger King sites are going, going, gone.
Several new and existing fast food operations, including a Texas-based Burger King Corp. franchisee, want to have it their way with some of Albuquerque's 14 Burger King locations that closed last summer. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2003
Temecula Will Be Home to California Pizza Kitchen's 150th Restaurant.
The much-anticipated arrival of the first California Pizza Kitchen in the Inland Empire will take place on February 25th. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2003
Franchisees of Six Continents Hotels Extremely Concerned About Rumored Hostile Takeover.
The IAHI, The Owners' Association of Six Continents Hotels, announces today their extreme concern regarding rumored hostile takeover bids for Six Continents, PLC. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2003
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers to Webcast Review of Fourth Quarter Results.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. today announced that the Company will broadcast its conference call to discuss fourth quarter results over the Internet on Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 5:00 p.m. E.T. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2003
McDonald's calls refiled suit 'senseless'.
McDonald's Corp. is calling the refiled lawsuit against it claiming its food causes obesity "senseless." .... [more] 20 Feb, 2003
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call.
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation will hold its 2002 fourth quarter conference call on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. E.T. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2003
Health Express USA Announces Sale of First Franchise.
Health Express USA, the country's first fast-food restaurant franchise to feature gourmet healthy food, announced the signing of its first franchise. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2003
My Gym Children's Fitness Center opens first Ala. location Friday.
California-based My Gym Children's Fitness Center is opening its first Alabama location on Friday in Birmingham. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2003

PODS begins nationwide expansion.
Portable On Demand Storage Inc. in St Petersburg reported Wednesday that it continues to move ahead with aggressive expansion plans. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2003
Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees to fight UPS conversion.
Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees plan to bring a class-action lawsuit against United Parcel Service Inc. to stop the planned conversion of Mail Boxes Etc. stores to The UPS Stores. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2003
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Pander to 'Em.
With anti-American sentiment on the rise, international markets have become perilous for U.S.-based multinationals. But that's just business as usual for McDonald's. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2003
Wetzel's Pretzels to Open at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort.
Wetzel's Pretzels today announced that a new flagship company store is scheduled to open March 28, 2003 at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort near Orlando, Fla. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2003
Papa John's Number One in American Customer Satisfaction Index for Fourth Consecutive Year.
Consumers have again rewarded Papa John's commitment to quality by rating the pizza chain number one in customer satisfaction among all national fast food restaurants for the fourth straight year. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Re/Max expands into New Zealand.
Greenwood Village-based Re/Max International is opening an office in New Zealand, the 43rd country where it now has operations. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
La Quinta(R) Schedules Conference Call to Discuss Fourth Quarter Financial Results.
La Quinta Corporation today announced that it will report fourth quarter financial results prior to the open of the market on Tuesday, February 25, 2003. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Fleet Feet trots east, sets up base in Carrboro.
Fleet Feet Inc., which franchises 46 athletic shoe stores in 20 states, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Sacramento, Calif., to downtown Carrboro. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2003
Blasting Juices to Open Flagship Location at Mann's Fox Westwood Theatre.
Blasting Juices, Inc. announced today that it will open its flagship location at the world-famous Mann's Fox Westwood Theatre building in the heart of Westwood Village, California. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
Speak With Franchisees Before Becoming One.
Your money and career are on the line when you buy a franchise. But some careful detective work in advance can help you avoid surprises and develop realistic expectations. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
Qdoba plans Indiana expansion.
Qdoba Mexican Grill continues its aggressive expansion efforts with a new franchising agreement that will bring 18 new eateries to Indiana. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
Krispy Kreme sees sweet sales for FY 2004.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced on Friday that its fiscal year 2004 store sales would show stable increases. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
McDonald's sales decline pushes stock to 9-year low.
McDonald's Corp. stock slumped Thursday to its lowest level since 1994 after the company reported a bigger sales decline than expected in Europe, its second biggest market. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2003
Jack in the Box Inc. Announces First-Quarter Earnings Conference Call.
Jack in the Box Inc., operator and franchiser of Jack in the Box(R) restaurants, will hold its first-quarter earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. PT Wednesday, Feb 19. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2003
Papa Murphy's Returns With the Heart-Shaped Pizza for Valentine's Day.
For those gift-giving challenged, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is offering heart-shaped pizzas to lovesick patrons on Valentine's Day. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2003
Prime Hospitality With Two Brands in Top 20 of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises 2003 Rankings.
Prime Hospitality Corp., announced today that their AmeriSuites and Wellesley Inns & Suites brands were both recognized for offering one of the best new franchise opportunities available in the United States. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2003
Giving a hoot for Hooters.
It's coming to San Francisco, but its recipe for Southern-fried cheesecake may not be seasoned to local tastes. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
UPS to extend Seattle test of rebranded Mail Boxes nationwide.
United Parcel Service Inc. said its test marketing of renaming Mail Boxes Etc. stores in Seattle and St. Louis was successful, and now plans to convert all 3,300 Mail Boxes stores in the US into The UPS Stores. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
No-Frills Women's Health Club Growing.
Three times a week, Janis Paushter takes a half hour off from running an elementary school to dash through a weight circuit at a spartan storefront health club. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Partners develop detailing system, move into franchising.
Craig Smith and John Richtscheidt are preparing to offer their mobile automotive detailing system to franchisees starting in April. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Rent-A-Center buys Rent-Way stores.
Rent-to-own operator Rent-A-Center Inc., which was founded in Wichita and formerly had its headquarters here, has completed its purchase of 295 stores from Rent-Way Inc. and its subsidiaries for $100.4 million in cash. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Yum Posts Higher 4th-Quarter Results, Bullish on 2003.
Yum Brands Inc. posted improved fourth-quarter results thanks to last year's purchase of two restaurant chains. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Panel hands out $8M decision against Krispy Kreme, franchisee.
An arbitration panel has entered a $7.93 million award against Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and Golden Gate Doughnuts LLC, a franchisee. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
McDonald's Offers New Brand Vision.
McDonald's Corp. has a new corporate mission statement - "our customers' favorite place and way to eat," a theme it wants advertising agencies to embrace, the company's global marketing chief said on Friday. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2003
Blockbuster Inc. Announces Its Fourth Quarter 2002 Conference Call.
In conjunction with Blockbuster Inc.'s fourth quarter 2002 earnings release on Feb. 11, the company will hold a conference call to discuss operating results at 10 a.m. ET. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2003
Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks GNC as Top Vitamin and Nutritional Supplement Franchisor. GNC Franchising, Inc. announced today that it has been named as the leading franchise organization in the vitamin and nutritional supplements category for the 14th consecutive year in Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 list. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2003
EVENT - Hispanic chamber to host franchise seminar. The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will offer a free, three-week seminar series on franchising, starting Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wyndham Arlington Hotel in Arlington. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2003
Krieger's to open 5 new franchised restaurants. Krieger's Pub & Grill will open five new franchise restaurants the St. Louis area and southwestern Illinois, beginning with a restaurant at the Holiday Inn-Riverport on Feb. 10. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2003
Marriott ExecuStay Signs Three More Franchise Agreements. Marriott ExecuStay launched the new year with the signing of three more franchise agreements, with a goal to have close to a dozen franchised markets by year-end 2003. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2003
Del Taco Exceeds National Competitors. Del Taco today announced its 13th consecutive year of same store sales growth, an accomplishment made even more meaningful by the additional news that average unit volume in 2002 surpassed the $1 million mark. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2003
Qdoba plans 14 Philadelphia locations.
Qdoba Mexican Grill has signed a franchise deal to open 14 locations in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Fresh Foods Inc. company. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery to open seventh NM store.
Cold Stone Creamery is establishing its presence in New Mexico with one store opening this month and two more to come within the year. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2003
Architect helps bring life to Krispy Kreme, NCSA project.
For Tom Calloway, the $60 million project that will build a headquarters for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and new theater venues for North Carolina School of the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem is nothing less than the stuff out of which architectural careers are made. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2003
Burger King: We'll help franchisees restructure.
Miami-based Burger King Corp. said it has launched a financial restructuring initiative to address the financial challenges of the fast food chain's financially distressed franchisee operations. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2003
7-Eleven to offer prepaid cash cards.
Convenience store 7-Eleven Monday announced a cash card aimed at the estimated 10% of Americans who don't have bank accounts. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2003
Payless Car Sales, Inc. Continues Aggressive Growth Plan.
Payless Car Sales, Inc., a sister company to Payless Car Rental System, Inc., announced today that its network of car sales dealers has grown over 300 percent since adopting a new franchise concept in early 2002. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2003
Multi-Branding Offers All-In-One Eats.
It's lunchtime and you're weighing the choices: chicken or a taco? Now you can have both, at the same location - and grab a root beer float to wash it all down. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2003
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