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: : May 2003

Starbucks reports solid May numbers. Starbucks Corp. kept up its growth pace in May, with some of the coffee giant's future U.S. expansion apparently coming through a new deal with the Midwestern general-merchandise chain Meijer. .... [more] 30 May, 2003
Ace Cash to add more franchised stores. Check-cashing chain Ace Cash Express Inc. said it plans to add about 200 franchised stores over the next five years to expand to 400 franchised locations. .... [more] 29 May, 2003
Smooth Sailing. Even on the busiest days, life's a breeze for this Super Clean Yacht Service franchisee. .... [more] 28 May, 2003
RadioShack expands deal with Comcast. Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. said it has expanded its agreement with Comcast Cable by adding more than 600 stores that will sell Comcast's high-speed Internet service. .... [more] 28 May, 2003
Krispy Kreme rings up mouthwatering earnings. The darling of doughnuts posted a 48% increase in net income for the first quarter on Wednesday - even as its same-store sales jumped 11% . .... [more] 28 May, 2003
Checkers gets new president, CEO. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. in Tampa announced Wednesday that its board has named Keith E. Sirois president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. .... [more] 28 May, 2003
Assist-2-Sell Adds 29 Franchises. Assist-2-Sell, North America's largest residential discount real estate company, added 29 new franchises from Jan. 1, 2003, through April 30, 2003. .... [more] 27 May, 2003
Jumpin' jelly! Doughnuts dominate dining growth. It's time to poke a doughnut-sized hole into the notion that Americans want healthier food. The fastest-growing dining category nationwide last year wasn't fine dining or family restaurants: It was doughnut shops. .... [more] 27 May, 2003
Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza Opens Its 10th Restaurant. Restaurant Group, Inc., franchisor for the Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta concept is proud to announce the opening of their 10th restaurant. .... [more] 27 May, 2003
Franchises a fit for Florida entrepreneurs. Florida may hold special appeal to franchisors, suggests Peter DiPasqua, who attributes Central Florida's franchise growth to the number of visitors who come through the area each year. .... [more] 26 May, 2003
Pamphlet with Your Pasta? Consumers wondering how much fat is in the fettuccine Alfredo they ordered will soon find that information easier to come by. .... [more] 26 May, 2003
Couple finds opportunity with in-home senior care. Jennifer Rayl was an occupational therapist turned administrator working at Curative Care Network in Wauwatosa when the opportunity for her to be an entrepreneur presented itself. .... [more] 26 May, 2003
Fast food stocks will grow again. Many health experts blame fast food restaurants for the rise in obesity and other health problems. However, these warnings have had little effect on eating habits. Sales are still strong. .... [more] 25 May, 2003
McDonald's CEO Promises Sharper Focus. McDonald's Chief Executive Jim Cantalupo has addressed shareholder concerns ranging from mad cow disease and dirty bathrooms to the taste of its coffee, promising that the company can reverse flagging worldwide sales and lift its battered stock price. .... [more] 23 May, 2003
Louisville Filterfresh picks up Indianapolis, St. Louis markets. Filterfresh Coffee Service Inc. has scooped up the operations of its St. Louis and Indianapolis franchises and merged them with the company's Louisville-based joint operation, Filterfresh Bluegrass. .... [more] 21 May, 2003
Famous Dave's CEO steps down. Martin O'Dowd, CEO, president and director of Famous Dave's of America Inc., on Tuesday morning resigned his positions, effective immediately. .... [more] 20 May, 2003
If GNC goes on block, analysts say top competitor NBTY a likely suitor. Though former GNC CEO Bill Watts launched an attempt to buy the Pittsburgh-based nutritional supplements retailer last week, some analysts say he won't be the only bidder. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Ex-Krispy Kreme Workers Allege Harassment. Five former Seattle area employees of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Monday sued the company for alleged sexual and racial harassment and wrongful termination. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Fast-track franchising. Wanted: Brave souls willing to invest thousands of dollars in a new franchise concept with little track record. There's a reason first-time franchisors don't word advertisements this bluntly. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Jenny Craig Celebrates 20th Anniversary. Jenny Craig, Inc., one of the world's largest weight management companies, celebrates its 20th Anniversary beginning this month. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Ramps Up. After three decades, Gordon Industries founder finds niche with temporary ramps. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Fast-Food Salads Have Some Seeing Green. Connoisseurs craving the crimson of radicchio in their salad don't have to reserve a table at a fine restaurant, but can simply head to the local fast-food joint to get their fill of fancy leafy greens. .... [more] 17 May, 2003

Radio Shack to roll out Jacksonville-tested store concept. Radio Shack has successfully tested a new design for its stores in Jacksonville and plans to roll out the concept for up to 300 more nationwide this year, said company officials Thursday at a shareholders meeting. .... [more] 16 May, 2003
Yum! Restaurants International Promotes Graham Allan to Chief Operating Officer. Yum! Restaurants International today announced the promotion of Graham Allan, 48, to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. .... [more] 16 May, 2003
Making the Most Out of Multiunit Franchising. Since the corporate layoffs of the 1980s, there have been more and more people approaching franchising as big business. Find out how they're succeeding. .... [more] 15 May, 2003
Back Yard Burgers sees weak sales ahead. Memphis-based Back Yard Burgers says it expects same-store sales in the second quarter to continue to fall. .... [more] 14 May, 2003
haircolorxpress Sells 56 Franchises in 15 States. haircolorxpress International LLC today announced it sold 56 franchises in 15 states during the first four months of the year. .... [more] 14 May, 2003
Mexican chain Qdoba targets Nashville for more expansion. Qdoba Mexican Grill, the newest fast casual restaurant entering Tennessee, has big plans for expansion in Nashville. .... [more] 14 May, 2003
Kahala Corp. Announces Acquisition of Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grills. Kahala Corp. today announced it has acquired SP Franchising Inc., the franchisor of the quick service Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grills restaurant chain. .... [more] 13 May, 2003
McDonald's April Sales Fall, but Up in US. McDonald's Corp. on Tuesday said comparable sales at its hamburger restaurants fell in April for the 14th straight month, but sales of new entree-sized salads helped its U.S. restaurants post their first gain since early last year. .... [more] 13 May, 2003
Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust to Review National Ad Business. The franchisee advertising board of the Subway restaurant chain (SFAFT) has placed its national advertising business under review. .... [more] 13 May, 2003
Regis buys nearly 300 salons. Pro-Cuts and Fantastic Sams salons are among nearly 300 hair salons included in a $10.4 million sale to Regis Corp., Regis announced Monday. .... [more] 12 May, 2003
Turnkey Franchises. Jeff Elgin unlocks the truth of turnkey franchise packages at Entrepreneur.com. .... [more] 12 May, 2003
Atlanta Bread plans seven new locations. Atlanta Bread Co., the fast-growing chain of quick-casual bakery cafes, has more South Florida expansion in the oven. .... [more] 12 May, 2003
Firm eats up Gumbo's chain. Penn Parrish typically eats once a week at the Gumbo's restaurant in downtown Austin's Brown Building. Now, he and two co-investors are getting a much bigger taste of the restaurant. .... [more] 12 May, 2003
Ikea groundbreaking date set. Ikea, the Swedish retailer, will break ground on its new store in Philadelphia on May 13, the developer said Friday. .... [more] 9 May, 2003
Burger King Wants to Promote Quality. Burger King Corp. is refocusing its marketing to emphasize the quality and taste of its sandwiches, as the company tries to move away from the deep discounts that have hurt profits industrywide. .... [more] 9 May, 2003
Wyndham in franchise deal with Aimbridge Hospitality. Hotel operator Wyndham International Inc. said it has entered into a franchise agreement with Aimbridge Hospitality. .... [more] 8 May, 2003
Sports training chain plans area location. Velocity Sports Performance, a chain of facilities that offers training services to athletes, plans to have its first Pittsburgh-area location by the fall. .... [more] 6 May, 2003
Krispy Kreme pays $32M for Midwest franchise. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. paid $32 million in cash to a franchisee for the assets and development rights in Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka, as well as the market in Springfield, Mo. .... [more] 6 May, 2003
Burger King to open hearth to diners. Burger King's new CEO has one desperate hope: to literally relight the flame at Burger King. .... [more] 6 May, 2003
Visiting Angels Sells 130 Franchises to Become One of the Fastest Growing Franchises in the Nation. Senior Homecare is Leading the Way as One of the Fastest Growing Market Segments and Franchise Opportunities. .... [more] 6 May, 2003
Fresh City resurrects plans for nat'l franchise rollout. After inking a deal with the golden arches, local chain Fresh City says it is now ready to bring its concept national and plans to begin franchising later this month. .... [more] 5 May, 2003
Salon has plans to open 300 Carolina franchises. The nation's first franchiser of salons specializing in hair color and custom-blended cosmetic services is coming to the Carolinas in a big way. .... [more] 5 May, 2003
From Franchisee to Franchisor. The franchisor of Sports Clips understands franchisees, for one good reason: He's been one himself. .... [more] 5 May, 2003
Big Moves. More than two years after opening a personal storage franchise, Tom Peebles is packing customers in - and branching out. .... [more] 5 May, 2003
Franchising means turning entire business into a system. You've taken a small business and made it into something magnificent... Why not franchise? .... [more] 5 May, 2003
Pa. Commerce banks on franchising. Pennsylvania Commerce pays Commerce franchise fees for its identity, making it a rarity in the banking business..... [more] 5 May, 2003
Boston Market Launches Upscale Restaurant. Boston Market Corp. on Sunday launched its upscale Boston Market's Rotisserie Grill restaurant, a move aimed at helping it fare better among fast-casual competitors while keeping its reputation as a substitute for home-cooked meals. .... [more] 4 May, 2003
Your Ticket to a New Career? Franchising can put your skills to work in your own business, but be sure to read the fine print before writing any checks. .... [more] 1 May, 2003
Building Demand Aids This Franchising Niche. The nesting craze has been a boon to franchisees in business to help homeowners with projects, as mortgage refinancings keep the money flowing into repairs and improvements. .... [more] 1 May, 2003
KFC Announces Animal-Welfare Standards. KFC, the world's largest chicken restaurant chain, announced new standards Thursday meant to guarantee humane treatment for its birds from hatchery to slaughterhouse. .... [more] 1 May, 2003
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