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: : Jul 2003

Friendly's Announces Franchise Agreement. Friendly's Restaurants Franchise, Inc. announced today they have entered into a franchise agreement to build and operate Friendly's branded restaurants in the Jacksonville, Florida area. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2003
McDonald's Tests High-Tech Way to Fry. Later this year, a Chicago-area McDonald's restaurant will fry up hamburgers with an automated grill that dispenses patties directly onto the griddle from a separate freezer compartment, reducing labor and promising fresher sandwiches. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2003
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven net up 18% on strong sales. Convenience-store giant 7-Eleven Inc. said Thursday its second-quarter earnings rose 18 per cent, boosted by strong sales. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2003
Ace Cash aims for more Hispanic customers. Ace Cash Express said Wednesday it has inked a deal with two advertising agencies to develop a marketing plan that would help the Irving, Texas-based operator of check-cashing stores gain Hispanic customers. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2003
Dollar Thrifty to buy franchises to boost revenue. Discount car renter Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. on Tuesday said it would buy 16 of its Thrifty franchises as a way to increase revenue during the ongoing travel slump. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2003
Fantastic Sams sold in bankruptcy for $17 mln. A California bankruptcy court has cleared the way for a group of investors to acquire Fantastic Sams for just over $17 million from its debt-laden parent Opal Concepts Inc. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2003
Weak foreign sales hurt McDonald's. McDonald's Corp. reported a five per cent drop in second-quarter profit today but said sales at established McDonald's-brand restaurants in the United States grew at the fastest pace in five years. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2003
$30 million Burger King bankruptcy spreads pain to Wichita creditors. Following major management changes within the corporate structure and declining national and local sales, 28 Burger Kings in Kansas and Nebraska have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Buying an Existing Franchise. How to get the right price on a "used" franchise. Part 2 of an article that featured last month at Entrepreneur.com. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Haircolorxpress has plans to open 25 salons in Pittsburgh market. Haircolorxpress, which hopes to succeed in hair coloring the way Subway has with sandwiches, is ready to saturate the Pittsburgh market with franchise stores. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Three restaurant concepts merge in franchise effort. Tony Boombozz Pizzeria, Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill and Benny B's Famous Sandwiches are being brought together under a new company called Cool Eats Inc. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Franchises offered for everything from maid service to investigations. The early history of successful franchising in America was arguably written by the spatula: See McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's. But a lot has changed since McDonald's opened its first franchised store in 1955. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Nashville on Bennigan's growth menu. Bennigan's Grill & Tavern is setting the table for an expansion program that will see the restaurant chain re-enter Nashville as early as next year through franchise agreements. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Cart Blanche. Think retailing is strictly a brick-and-mortar opportunity? Not so. The sky's the limit with a kiosk as your venue. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Cartridge World plans dozen stores for San Jose area. A new chain of stores for refilling printer ink cartridges is opening in Silicon Valley, the backyard of one of the biggest makers of new cartridges. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Famous Dave's Appoints New CEO. Famous Dave's of America Inc. said Monday that David Goronkin will take over as chief executive Aug. 11 and will fill a vacancy on the restaurant company's board. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Franchise to open in Grain Exchange building. The first Crescent City Beignet franchise in Milwaukee is slated to open Aug. 11 in the former Grain Exchange building. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
7-Eleven to sell lottery tickets online at kiosks. 7-Eleven Inc. is putting lottery tickets at its customers' fingertips through kiosks manufactured by Dayton-based NCR Corp. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2003
Sylvan Hopes to Sell Tutoring Franchise. Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. is looking for a buyer for its Wall Street Institute, an international franchise that tutors adults in English. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2003
Yum hires executive to oversee nutrition programs. Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. has hired Al Baroudi as the company's chief scientific, health and regulatory affairs officer - a newly created position. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2003
McDonald's Appeals to Mothers With Web Promotion. McDonald's Corp. has revitalized a 9-year-old marketing concept called McMoms with an online newsletter that attempts to draw more mothers into the restaurants with coupons, parenting advice, and health and nutritional information. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2003
Applebee's plans to slim down menu. Applebee's, the world's largest casual dining chain, will announce on Friday a five-year joint deal with diet giant Weight Watchers International to offer low-calorie alternatives across the menu at Applebee's. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003

California Pizza Kitchen Announces CEO Resignation. California Pizza Kitchen Inc., announced today that Fred Hipp, President & CEO has resigned from the Company and as a member of the Board of Directors. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
Paul McCartney Joins PETA Campaign Against KFC. Singer Paul McCartney has joined an animal rights campaign against fast food chain KFC. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
Franchise Regulation - Past, Present and Future. Franchisees and franchise sellers typically don't see eye to eye on whether more laws governing the business are needed. So before you decide to buy a franchise, it pays to learn more about how they're regulated and why. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
Parent plans to franchise MedTech operations. Citing what it called a recent trend among service businesses, World Health Alternatives Inc. said it plans to franchise the operations of its MedTech unit. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2003
Wendy's earnings down slightly in Q2. Wendy's International said today that earnings fell four per cent in the second quarter compared with a year ago because of changes in state tax laws. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2003
Taco Time Golf contest to benefit Children's Cottage Society charity. Taco Time's Calgary stores will begin promoting a Club Taco Golf Contest to win four passes to the Calgary Classic, a Nationwide Tour event and the grand prize - a set of Jack Nicklaus golf clubs. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2003
TGI Friday's restaurants sold. Sacramento's three TGI Friday's restaurants have been sold. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2003
Tennessee gets first Pizza Hut-Pasta Bravo cobrand restaurant. Yum! Brands will roll out its first Pizza Hut-Pasta Bravo restaurant in Clarksville, Tenn. in October. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2003
Radio Shack earnings up 11% in Q2. RadioShack's profit rose 11 per cent in the second quarter, beating analysts' estimates on strong sales of toys and wireless communications gadgets. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2003
Payless Car Rental Offers Cash Back Referral Program. Payless Car Rental System, Inc. customers can receive $5 for each friend, family member or business associate they refer that rents a Payless vehicle through a new customer referral program. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2003
Cendant Profit Up on Mortgages, Travel. Cendant Corp., owner of Avis car rental, Days Inn hotels and Century 21 real estate, said on Monday a faster-than-expected travel rebound and a booming mortgage business helped second-quarter earnings surge from a year earlier. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
Former execs go franchising. KaBloom franchise owner Kim Lohnes wasn't dreaming about selling daisies and carnations when she got laid off last March. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
The Customer is Always Right. These fast-growing Craters & Freighters franchisees see customers as the key to their success. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
Wing Zone takes off in D-FW. A national competitor in the burgeoning chicken-wing industry is flying into the Metroplex to expand its base of six local stores, with a new location opening every month here for the rest of 2003. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
Leadership Lessons From Franchisors. Even if you're not a franchisee and don't want to be, you can still learn a thing or two from franchisors about how to treat your people. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2003
Fireworks franchisor foresees profit potential for pyrotechnics purveyors. Franchising offers explosive opportunity in today's economy, and Salt Lake City-based Lantis Fireworks could be a sparkling example. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2003
Bill aims to block obesity suits. A top Republican US senator is planning legislation to stop people from suing food companies for making them obese. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2003
Fake McDonald's Coupons Spread Via E-Mail. Fast-food giant McDonald's is the latest big business to be hit by an Internet scam. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2003
Bagel owner tries to get back on a roll. The company that bought Golden-based Einstein Bros. Bagels out of bankruptcy two years ago barely dodged the same fate itself after a punishing period of scandal and tragedy. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2003
Widow sues pizza franchisee for husband's death. Former Papa John's general manager Tony Ritter didn't like the idea of making deliveries to dangerous neighborhoods. But the franchisee of the pizza store franchise where he worked didn't want to redline any areas. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2003
Wetzel's Pretzels Expands to Philippines and Mexico. Wetzel's Pretzels, the pretzel bakery chain renowned for its super-premium hand-rolled soft pretzels, continues rolling into international territories. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2003
Better Business Bureau lists top complaint generators. The Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Arizona is out with its list of industry inquiries and complaints, with franchised auto dealers topping the complaints list. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2003
REZconnect Technologies, Inc. Announces Overwhelming REZcity.com Franchise Sales in the First Nine Months of Operations. REZconnect Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has sold the franchise rights to 185 U.S. cities, and five Master Territories on the world's largest community Internet portal, REZcity.com. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2003
Bear Rock Cafe to open restaurants in Philadelphia. Bear Rock Cafe, a Cary-based chain of bakery cafes with several outlets in the Triad, plans to open 20 restaurants in the Philadelphia area. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2003
Wireless Toyz Now Offers Master Franchises Nationwide. Wireless Toyz, a Michigan-based national wireless retail franchisor, partners with Franchise Growth Systems to begin offering a Master Franchise program. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2003
State Department predicts more attacks against US fast food outlets abroad. Private US firms and non-official Americans abroad have faced at least 139 security incidents so far in 2003, according to a report released Tuesday by State Department analysts who predicted an increase in attacks against fast food franchises in the second half of the year. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2003
Junk food may be addictive - research. Junk food could be as addictive as cigarettes or heroin, according to explosive research which could pave the way for massive lawsuits against manufacturers. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2003
McDonald's to Test Fruit in Happy Meal. McDonald's is working on an alternative for parents who wish their kids would lay off the french fries in Happy Meals - apple slices that can be dipped in caramel. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2003
Starbucks completes purchase of Seattle Coffee. The deal includes the Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia coffee brands, as well as the franchises on the North American continent. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2003
Squabble erupts between old, new ExecuTrain operators. The death of one training program and the birth of a new one have created a nasty dispute among private training operations. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Lunch time: Angie's Subs plans franchise. A popular Jacksonville Beach sub shop is getting ready to launch into the world of franchising. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Krispy Kreme's largest franchisee interested in sale. US doughnut maker and retailer Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has confirmed that its largest franchisee, Southern California's Great Circle Family Foods, is interested in putting itself up for sale. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Burger King to stop selling frozen drinks. Unhappy with sales of frozen Coke and other frozen beverages, Burger King told franchisees that it will stop selling the products. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
A franchise push for Taco Del Mar. After two years of work, Taco Del Mar's franchising effort is finally starting to sizzle. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Sweet Rewards. Baking and creating cookie bouquets has blossomed into a fun business for this franchisee. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Ground Round concept growing with expansion to west Wichita. Ground Round Grill & Bar, which opened in east Wichita this April, is expanding to west Wichita. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Red hot franchise spat. Sammy Bohringer spent the past 28 years establishing his Taste of Chicago fast food restaurant in West Allis and now he's defending his name in a franchise deal gone bad. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery to add area stores. Ice cream shop franchise Cold Stone Creamery plans to add 10 new stores in Wisconsin over the next two years. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2003
Buyers Learn to Beware At Franchise Boot Camp. Eyeing a franchise purchase, but don't know a UFOC from a UFO? Then it might be wise to take a seminar on the basics. Here's a look at where you can turn for help. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2003
Togo's Sues Allied Domecq for Trademark Infringement. Togo's, Inc., which operates Togo's sandwich shops in Michigan, announced Tuesday it has filed a federal lawsuit against Allied Domecq North America Corp., Inc. and others based on their improper use of Togo's Inc.'s trademark TOGO'S. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2003
Cash 4 Homes 247 - Vu Buy Properties Inc. Selling Franchises. Master Vu planned very well, as always; Cash 4 Homes 247 is pleased to announce that it has sold the first two Vu Buy Properties Inc. franchises in Las Vegas. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2003
McDonald's to Sponsor Bourdais Car. McDonald's has added CART to its drive-thru menu. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery plans month-long benefit. Scottsdale-based Cold Stone Creamery and its nationwide chain of stores this summer will stage a month-long fund-raising effort on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2003
Cash America to Acquire 118 Store Consumer Finance Chain. Cash America International, Inc. announced today that it has executed a purchase agreement for the future acquisition of Cashland, Inc. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2003
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill Celebrates 20 Years. Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer by offering its world famous fish taco for the original price of $1 to its Southern California guests during July. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2003
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