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SBC franchisees fret over merger with Starbucks. Seattle's Best Coffee's 27 franchisees are looking forward to July with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Buying an Existing Franchise. What you need to know when you plan to buy a "used" franchise instead of a new one. Read part 1 at .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Marriott: WiFi stage one rollout is done. Marriott International Inc. has completed its initial rollout of wireless high-speed Internet access to 400 hotels in the United States, Canada and Europe, the largest U.S. hotel chain said Monday. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Candy-maker unwraps expansion plans. With a new coffee-and-chocolate franchise called Coco Moka Cafe rapidly expanding this year, the owners of Columbia-based Candy Express Franchising Inc. finally intend to bring their business home. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Casual Restaurants Challenge Fast Food. Hoping to lure harried fast-food consumers away from the drive-through windows, casual dining chains are expanding their take-out operations. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2003
FTC settles with Aventura company. An Aventura company the Federal Trade Commission said used false earnings claims, shills and other misleading representations to sell a music business opportunity scam has agreed to a legal settlement with the government. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Damon's Grill opening in Gresham. The local Damon's Grill franchisee is opening his third Portland-area restaurant in Gresham with a new design concept. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Yum! Brands Recognized in Fortune's Top 50 "Best Companies for Minorities". Yum! Brands, Inc. has been named one of Fortune magazine's "50 Best Companies for Minorities" for its comprehensive results across key diversity measures. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2003
Training Is a Final Test For Franchise Hopefuls. You may have heard of McDonald's famous Hamburger University, but did you know that all franchises require prospects to undergo training? And yes, there are tests. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2003
Lawyers Drop Key Claim in McDonald's Obesity Suit. Lawyers for McDonald's Corp. urged a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit blaming the food chain for children's obesity and said a key claim that customers were unaware its food could pose a health threat was dropped. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
Technology business franchises the way to service the SME market with e-business solutions? The SME sector is receptive to and sees the value and power of the Internet to develop and extend their capabilities through e-business. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
It takes dough to run a Krispy Kreme. So you want to be a Krispy Kreme franchisee? For starters, you'll need about $5 million in net assets, and a whole lot of restaurant operating experience just to be considered. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Bear Rock Cafe Agrees To 13 Units In Chicago Metro. Bear Rock Franchise Systems, Inc., the corporate office of Bear Rock Cafe, today announced a multi-unit area development agreement to expand its mountain lodge bakery-cafe restaurant franchise into metropolitan Chicago and Lake County, Illinois. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Papa John's plans major expansion in New York, New Jersey. Papa John's International Inc. has signed a number of franchise agreements that could result in the development of more than 100 Papa John's restaurants in New York and New Jersey. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Del Taco To Expand In the Valley. Del Taco today announced it has signed a franchise development agreement for three new restaurants in the San Fernando Valley area. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Baja Fresh opens its first area restaurant. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, a fast-casual restaurant, said Tuesday it opened its first Pittsburgh-area location, at The Pointe in North Fayette Township. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Jamba Juice to More Than Double the Fruit in Puget Sound. Jamba Juice, the category-defining leader in made-to-order fruit smoothies and juices, has announced its plans for a major expansion in the Pacific Northwest market. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
Bad Apple Syndrome. When one franchisee goes bad, what should a franchisor do to protect a brand's reputation? investigates. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
Keller Williams bites into home market. An Austin, Texas-based residential real estate company has quickly gained a foothold in the east metro and is being closely watched by the biggest firms in the Twin Cities. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
Liberty Tax Service CEO Named Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year. Liberty Tax Service CEO and Founder John T. Hewitt is the Virginia recipient of the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
Yum CEO doused with fake blood by protester. David Novak, chairman and CEO of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., was doused with a red, blood-like substance by a German protester posing as a member of the media. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003

Krispy Kreme buys out Dallas franchisee. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said it has agreed to buy the rights and associated assets in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Shreveport, La., areas from the franchisee that currently operates these markets. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
T.G.I. Friday's OKs $21M DUI Settlement. The company that owns a T.G.I. Friday's franchise restaurant has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the parents of two teenagers killed by a drunken driver. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2003
The Galardi Group Acquires Tastee-Freez. The Galardi Group Inc. - the privately held parent company of Wienerschnitzel, The World's Largest Hot Dog Chain - today announced that it has acquired Tastee-Freez, LLC. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2003
McDonald's asks meat suppliers to cut antibiotic use. Responding to rising concerns about the heavy use of antibiotics to develop livestock, McDonald's is putting restrictions on its suppliers that advocacy groups say could help curb widespread use of the drugs. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
7-Eleven adds bill payment to Vcom kiosks. Now 7-Eleven shoppers can pay their bills while cashing their paychecks or shopping online at stores featuring Vcom kiosks. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
Hotel Chains Launch Reservation Website. Major hotel companies have launched a hotel reservation Web site,, aiming to wean Internet shoppers from market leaders Expedia and .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
Thrifty Car Sales opens first San Antonio franchise. Stepbrothers Bill Terry and Ken Stewart have opened the first Thrifty Car Sales franchise in San Antonio at 8187 Bandera Road. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
Chick-fil-A debuts store design in OP. Chick-fil-A customers in Orange Park will be the first in Florida to experience a new restaurant design debuting Thursday at 1925 Wells Road. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
Weight-Loss Franchises Pursue Fat Profits. Looking for a can't-lose business concept? Several franchise systems are cashing in on Americans' battle with their weight. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
RTM Restaurant Group Celebrates 30 Years of Service. With a rich history behind it and experienced leaders planning strong growth for the future, the RTM Restaurant Group this month celebrates its 30th anniversary. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
Blockbuster starts new game rental program. Blockbuster Inc. is launching a subscription-based program that will allow customers unlimited game rentals for 30 days. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
Fast-food restaurants told to warn of addiction. Fast food's biggest players on Thursday will receive a jolting demand from the law professor who helped bring Big Tobacco to its knees: Display warning notices about the alleged addictive nature of fatty foods. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Coke Says It Swayed Burger King Promotion. Coca-Cola Co. admitted Tuesday that employees rigged a marketing test of Frozen Coke at Burger King stores three years ago, one of a series of allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Payless Car Rental Expanding Dual Brand Franchises. Payless Car Rental System, Inc. continues major market airport expansion with the opening of two new franchise locations. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Homeless hired to advertise pizza. Andre Jehan, founder of the 26-restaurant Pizza Schmizza chain based here, is paying and feeding some local homeless men to advertise his business. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Chevy's Inc. sells off restaurants. Chevy's Fresh Mex, the popular Mexican food restaurant chain, is being sold by its Emeryville-based parent company to Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc. of Dallas for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
A Sweeping Change. Industry advancements are altering perceptions of what a typical maid franchise is. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
McDonald's salads lure women. Even with doughnut shops as the current top growth category in the restaurant industry, healthy-for-you products are making inroads with consumers and marketers. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2003
Rib Restaurant Founder Tony Roma Dies. Tony Roma, whose casual rib joint became an international restaurant empire after it caught the attention of a Texas financier in the 1970s, died Friday of lung cancer at a hospice. He was 78. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2003
Dairy Queen moves upmarket with Grill & Chill. Think launching a new restaurant concept is a piece of cake? Talk to Phil Jindra. He hasn't had a day off since Jan. 12. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2003
Roly Poly confirms entry into St. Louis market. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Roly Poly Original Rolled Sandwich shops will be rolling into the St. Louis area over the next two years. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
Famous Dave's to Emphasize Franchise Development. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. today announced a growth strategy focused on a heavier mix of franchise-operated restaurants. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
Max & Erma's 2Q profit squeezed. Max & Erma's Restaurants Inc. found its profit squeezed in its second quarter as the Columbus company opened more restaurants and slogged through poor weather. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
McDonald's lovin' turnaround. Suddenly, McDonald's isn't the butt of so many cheesy jokes. Company executives feel so confident that on Wednesday they announced plans for its first global ad campaign. The new theme: "I'm lovin' it." .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
CARSTAR network adds 21 Florida franchises. Twenty-one franchise locations in Florida have joined the network of Overland Park-based auto collision repair chain CARSTAR, the company announced Monday. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2003
Just the FAQs. Got questions about researching and buying a franchise or a business opportunity? If so, has answers. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2003
Angels make house calls. Larry Meigs knows what it takes to make a franchise program succeed and - when he came upon the Visiting Angels concept - he saw a winner in the making. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2003
Curves fitness centers find success with women. When talking about everything she's gained from joining the Dayton area's fastest-growing fitness club, Peggy Sorrell first reveals how much she's lost. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2003
Scoop wars. As summer approaches and ice cream aficionados again venture out en masse in search of the perfect scoop, several specialty ice cream retailers in the Triad are finalizing aggressive expansion plans. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2003
Craters & Freighters nab franchise award. Specialty freight handler Craters & Freighters of Dallas has earned the "2003 All Star Award" for franchise excellence from its parent company, Denver-based Craters & Freighters Franchise Co. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2003
Rubyjuice signs first franchisee. Rubyjuice Fruit and Smoothies a Holland based food and beverage establishment has signed its first franchisee, which will be located in Sanford, Fla. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2003
GNC looks for $1B sale. General Nutrition Cos., plagued by a plunge in weight-loss product sales, is now weighing a sale of its own. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2003
Regis revenue grows 21 percent in May. Regis Corp., the Edina-based operator and franchisor of hair-care salons, reported that its revenue rose 21 percent in May compared to May 2002. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2003
Entrepreneurs Embrace Multiple Franchises. Take a closer look at the latest trend in franchising: the "mega-franchisee," who owns more than one franchise brand. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2003
Taco Bell ordered to pay $30.1 million US over Chihuahua lawsuit. A federal jury has ordered Taco Bell Corp. to pay $30.1 million US to two men who claimed the fast-food chain stole their idea for the advertising campaign featuring a talking Chihuahua. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2003
ABRA Opens Duluth Franchise. ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced today the opening of a new franchise in Duluth, MN, the twentieth franchise operating under the ABRA brand. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2003
McDonald's Says It's Encouraged by Trends. McDonald's Corp.'s U.S. business is reversing a year-long sales slump, with new menu offerings like salads for the health-conscious and an emphasis on improved service, its U.S. business head said on Thursday. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2003
Ben & Jerry's to try organic ice cream. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. announced plans Tuesday to test-market a new line of organic ice cream in two major U.S. cities in mid- to late July. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
Krispy Kreme Expects Strong 2004 Earnings. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. told shareholders Wednesday that it expects fiscal 2004 to be another year of record profit increases. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
Burger King, Coke may face off in Frozen Coke suit. Burger King franchisees, angered by allegations that Coca-Cola may have used deceptive marketing to sell them on a new Frozen Coke, are organizing to seek up to $65 million in compensation for their expenses to sell the failed drink. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
Toys R Us puts its Toy Box in Albertson's stores. Toys R Us and grocer Albertson's will team up to sell toys as they battle fierce competition from discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores, the No. 1 seller of toys and groceries. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery's growth goes global. The economy may be a bit chilly - but Cold Stone Creamery has a hot franchise concept that's scooping up more than $100 million in annual sales and has a goal of 1,000 locations nationally by 2004. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Paper Warehouse Files Voluntary Petition to Reorganize. Paper Warehouse, Inc. today announced it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
ExecuTrain franchise derailed by closure. ExecuTrain Corp. and a new franchise owner are working to make good on training and courses owed to students by the previous franchisee. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
New Seattle's Best Coffee Cafe Now Open in Phoenix. Seattle's Best Coffee® announces the opening of a new SBC retail cafe in Phoenix, AZ. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
We The People draws bar inquiry. Ron McBride makes one thing clear: "Do not come to us for legal advice." But if you just need the proper papers for certain legal proceedings, McBride and his son Jeffrey hope you'll visit their newest franchise, We The People. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Wolfgang Puck franchisee begins expansion at home. Nashville executive Ted Moats is covering new ground with his latest restaurant venture as a franchisee of Wolfgang Puck Express. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Curves for women. For millions of adults, exercising at a co-ed gym is the preferred way to get fit. But for many women, it isn't. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2003
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