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: : Mar 2003

Musketeer Partners Approved for International Franchise Bureau Membership. Musketeer Partners, the leading developer of comprehensive part-time business opportunities, today announced that the International Franchise Bureau has accepted it for Membership. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2003
Burger King to close, reopen restaurants.
A major Burger King franchisee, Westwind ALWA LLC, has decided to exit the Seattle market and closed 15 of the fast-food chain's eateries on Sunday, Burger King Corp. said. Burger King plans to reopen 11 of the restaurants by April 2 under new ownership. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2003
Groups bid on McDonald's restaurants.
Several potential bidders have approached McDonald's about acquiring a stake in its partner restaurants, including Donato's Pizzeria and the Pret A Manger sandwich chain. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2003
Qdoba opening eight Ohio restaurants.
Qdoba Mexican Grill's latest franchising partnership will bring eight new restaurants to southwestern Ohio. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2003
Report: McDonald's wants to sell Boston Market, Chipotle, Donatos.
McDonald's may be looking to sell three smaller fast-food chains. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2003
McDonald's plans new restructuring.
McDonald's Corp. is planning a new round of restructuring in its U.S. operations, according to a report published today. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2003
Fired Up Inc. Signs Franchise Development Agreement with Prairie Pasta Inc.
Fired Up Inc. has signed an agreement with Prairie Pasta Inc. for the development of 10 Johnny Carino's Country Italian restaurants in North Dakota, South Dakota and Northern Nebraska. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2003
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
The attraction of owning your own business induces thousands to plunge into franchising each year, many successfully. But experts warn the sweet taste of success can turn sour quickly if franchisees aren't careful. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Coverall Cleaning franchisee expands to L.A.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based commercial cleaning company Coverall Cleaning Concepts franchisee Mark Melton has expanded his franchise by purchasing the Los Angeles Support Center. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Gold's Gym beefs up with second location.
Steve D'Amico says his fitness business revenues were up by 15 percent in 2002. That growth has fueled plans to add a second outlet to his local Gold's Gym franchise. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Red Robin Continues its Texas Expansion.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced the expansion of its franchise base and presence in Texas with the addition of a new franchise partner - Dallas-based Mandes Restaurant Group, LLC. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Life under the Arches.
Donatos' Grote doesn't regret sale to McDonald's, even if chain's growth has been modest. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Alabama Car Rental plans to drop Thrifty affiliation.
Sallie Creel is taking her Hoover-based Alabama Car Rental Inc. independent for the third and final time. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
McDonald's to Present $25,000 in Scholarships to Area High School Students.
The McDonald's Family Restaurants of the Greater Washington, DC area will honor 25 outstanding high school seniors and 25 of their most influential teachers on March 27, 2003. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2003
My Gym opens first Pittsburgh location.
My Gym, a franchise fitness center targeted at children, has opened its first Pittsburgh-area location in Cranberry. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2003
Applebee's names new head of franchises.
A 25-year restaurant veteran will take over duties at Applebee's International Inc. overseeing franchise operations at more than 1,100 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants nationwide, the company announced. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2003
Washington Gets Second Del Taco.
Del Taco Inc., home of the Macho Burrito, today announced the opening of its second Washington restaurant. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2003
Papa John's opens first restaurant in Bahamas.
Louisville-based Papa John's International Inc. has its first restaurant in the Bahamas with the opening of a franchised restaurant on March 7. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2003
Buying a franchise secures assistance on your way to entrepreneurship.
For the individual who desires to own a business, buying into a franchise is an excellent way to pursue a dream. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2003
Allegra Network Ranked Top Printing Franchise.
Despite challenging economic times and a consolidating market, Allegra Network LLC, the world's second largest printing franchise, was ranked as the best in its industry and the 20th fastest growing franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine's 24th Annual Franchise 500 ranking. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2003

Krispy Kreme beats profit estimates, falls short on sales.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Tuesday that quarterly earnings, excluding a charge, rose 36% as profit margins improved, but sales were lighter than expected because of winter storms. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2003
Regis Expands Its Jean Louis David Hair Salon Chain.
Regis Corporation has announced that one of its most-recognized, high-fashion European hair salon brands - Jean Louis David - is about to launch its first U.S. expansion outside of New York City. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
Michigan Pizza Hut franchisee selling 89 restaurants.
Pizza Hut franchisee LaVan Hawkins, who owns Wolverine Pizza LLC, has agreed to sell his company's 89 Pizza Hut restaurants in Michigan to Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
Allegra printing franchise set to move to larger East End location.
If growth is a good measure of success, Denise Spalding and Jennifer Eberle's Allegra Print & Imaging franchise is doing very well. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
Franchisees hit out at UPS rebranding.
United Parcel Service is facing opposition from owners of Mail Boxes Etc stores, who are accusing the company of violating franchise agreements and employing heavy-handed tactics to force them to rebrand their stores with the UPS logo. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2003
Don't get burned by bite of Krispy Kreme.
Some things are just best when they're hot. Specialty pastry maker Krispy Kreme is one of them. Not the doughnuts, but the stock. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
U.S. Brands Abroad Are Feeling Global Tension.
If the United States does invade Iraq, some of the first casualties may be the cachet that American brands and products have enjoyed around the world and the globalized marketplace they helped to build. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2003
RE/MAX International Names Region of the Year.
RE/MAX of California & Hawaii, Inc. was honored as Region of the Year for 2002 at the RE/MAX International Convention in Las Vegas. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2003
The Athlete's Foot targets Europe and Middle East for expansion.
The Athlete's Foot plans to add more stores in 2003, with an emphasis on adding up to 100 international franchise stores, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
Casual Mexican eateries set to grow Moe and Moe.
A restaurant chain known for quick, spicy food is planning an aggressive expansion in South Florida that could prove painfully hot for competitors looking to jump into the budding fast-casual trend. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
McSurfing with a Big Mac under the golden arches.
Consider it the ultimate McDonald's combo meal: Big Mac, Coke, fries and high-speed wireless Internet access. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
UnitedAuto to Post Investor Presentation on Company Web Site.
UnitedAuto Group, Inc. announced today that an investor presentation would be available on the Company's web site beginning approximately 6:00 p.m. (ET) on March 12, 2003, and for the following 30 days. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
SIGN*A*RAMA Named Leading Franchise in Signs Category for 4th Consecutive Year.
SIGN*A*RAMA has been named as the leading franchise organization in signs category for the 4th consecutive year in Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 list. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2003
A Fran-What?!
If you entered into a franchise agreement, you'd know it, right? Not necessarily. In several recent cases, companies terminating distributor relationships were surprised to learn that the law considered them franchisors, subject to state franchise laws. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
Leading Team of Franchise Attorneys Joins Nixon Peabody LLP.
Three attorneys widely recognized for their preeminent franchise industry practice have joined Nixon Peabody LLP as partners, positioning the firm as one of the national - and international - leaders in this area of law. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
RemedyTemp Acquires Largest Franchisee, Increases Presence In Tennessee.
RemedyTemp Inc., which operates as Remedy Intelligent Staffing, today announced it has acquired Staffing Services N.A. Inc., the company's largest franchisee. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
Web Associates and California Closets Launch New Web Site.
Web Associates today announced the launch of the redesigned California Closets corporate Web site. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
Franchisees Benefit from Payless Car Rental System, Inc. Partnerships.
Franchisees will now be provided with resources for auto damage claims handling and group health and insurance needs as a result of Payless Car Rental System, Inc. partnerships. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2003
Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, Inc. Announces Opening of the 18th Pat & Oscar's.
Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, Inc. today announced that the 18th Pat & Oscar's restaurant has opened in the Glendale area of Los Angeles. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2003
Krispy Kreme tops IPO list.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. had the best performance of Nasdaq companies that have gone public since the exchange's peak three years ago Monday. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2003
Atlanta sports-training firm sets its sights on growth.
Despite an economy that remains mostly grounded, San Antonio's sports profile continues to rise. That ascent has helped put the Alamo City on the map of one Atlanta-based company looking to Texas for expansion opportunities. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2003
Papa Murphy's Honored With 'Restaurants and Institutions Choice in Chains' Award.
Papa Murphy's International has been selected as the best pizza chain in America, based on a national survey of restaurant guests. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2003
Franchising could be the answer.
Franchising is often described as a business or industry. It is not. Franchising is a method of doing business that can give entrepreneurs a jumpstart on owning a business. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2003
Weight Watchers International to acquire nine franchises.
Weight Watchers International Inc. plans to acquire nine of the 15 Weight Watchers franchises owned and operated by The W.W. Group Inc. of Farmington Hills, Mich. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2003
Eateries, Inc. Inks Mississippi Garfield's Franchise.
Vincent F. Orza, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Eateries, Inc. today announced the company had signed a new franchise agreement for Garfield's Restaurant & Pub. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2003
McDonald's Unveils Game As Stock Plummets.
McDonald's Corp. is launching another game in its U.S. restaurants this month, just 19 months after its previous promotion dissolved in a multimillion-dollar scam. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2003
Wingstop Cuts Ribbon on 100th Store.
George Samaras, chairman and chief executive officer of Wingstop Holdings Inc., announced Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. opened its 100th restaurant. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Papa John's Extends Its Global Reach to Aruba and Greece.
Papa John's International is expanding its global reach with the recent opening of restaurants in two new international locations. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Toys "R" Us posts higher Q4 profit, plans head-office job cuts.
Toys "R" Us Inc. said its fourth-quarter earnings climbed 76 per cent compared with year-ago results that were depressed by restructuring charges. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
McDonald's Introduces New Online Tools to Make Meal Planning Even Easier.
McDonald's launched a newly redesigned Food and Nutrition section of www.mcdonalds.com, that allows customers to quickly access nutrition information and gives them the ability to create specialized meal combinations or review sample meal suggestions. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
Back Yard Burgers Announces Development Agreement.
Back Yard Burgers, Inc. today announced that on March 3, 2003, the company entered into a 25-unit development agreement with Well Done Enterprises, Inc. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2003
Albany Mail Boxes Etc. franchises support change to UPS brand.
Brian Clark, owner of the Mail Boxes store on Western Avenue in Albany, is in favor of the rebranding plan. The name change will give the stores a higher profile, bringing in new customers, he said. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Captain Tony's Pizza, Inc. Announces the Opening of Its Newest Franchisee.
Captain Tony's Pizza, Inc. announced today the opening of its newest franchisee in Valley View, Ohio. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Restaurant in Universal City marks Wingstop's 100th location.
Garland-based Wingstop Restaurants Inc. has opened its 100th store. The new restaurant is located at 2921 Pat Booker Road in Universal City. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Waste Connections Announces Signing $32 Million of Franchise Acquisitions.
Waste Connections, Inc. today announced that it has signed definitive purchase agreements with three predominantly franchise companies with approximately $32 million in annualized revenue. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Washington, D.C. Burger King Restaurants Take on 'Customer Promise' Challenge.
Challenged to deliver the best customer dining experience in the Washington, D.C. area, franchisees operating 109 Burger King restaurants signed on to dramatically improve food quality and friendliness within three-months ending Jan. 31st. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
McDonald's puts switch to healthier oil for fries on hold.
McDonald's plans to switch to a healthier cooking oil have been put on hold, the company said. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2003
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