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: : Aug 2003

Burger King divides country, plans more work with franchisees. Maimi-based Burger King Corp. has continued making changes, this time restructuring its U.S. operations organization by creating regional divisions and new executive positions the company said it hopes will help the entire Burger King system focus on operations excellence. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2003
McDonald's Rolls Out Service Inspectors. Barb Taylor spots a dirty baby-changing station, a leaky soap dispenser and a hint of graffiti inside the men's room at a McDonald's restaurant - all demerits in the world's largest fast-food company's drive to improve service. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2003
Roto-Rooter to buy franchise operation in five states. Cincinnati-based Roto-Rooter Inc. plans to purchase franchise operations in five states, which would add nearly $50 million in revenues annually, company officials said. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2003
Dry cleaners often clash with regulators. The ins and outs of dry cleaning are hardly a concern for most consumers. The mysterious process that takes a dirty piece of clothing and turns it into a clean, crisp garment is more often taken for granted than analyzed. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2003
PETA Gets Personal in Campaign Against KFC. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is getting personal in its campaign to force fast-food chain KFC, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., to raise the living and dying conditions of the chickens it sells. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2003
The Scoop on Premium Ice-Cream Franchises. Rave reviews and long lines of customers may make you want to open a gourmet mix-in ice-cream franchise. But these popular businesses may not be all sweet cream and brownie bits. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2003
Woman's 13-Day Krispy Kreme Vigil Ends. For 13 nights, Annie Lewis slept on the street just feet from the area's first Krispy Kreme store, setting a record ahead of its opening. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2003
Kazi Foods renovates, expands. The second largest KFC franchisee nationwide has 30 KFCs and 21 Burger Kings in Hawaii and the South Pacific - but plans more. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2003
The Pros and Cons of Franchising. Running a small chain of eateries on your own is one thing, but start licencing your concept and the initial complications can be daunting. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery Awards 1,000th Store and Breaks $100 Million in Sales. Cold Stone Creamery today announced that YTD system-wide sales broke the $100 million mark, and the company awarded its 1,000th store to franchisee Isaac Walker of Chicago, Illinois. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
Court upholds decision to dismiss Blockbuster suit. A federal Appeals Court has upheld a previous ruling in favor of Blockbuster Inc. and five Hollywood motion picture studios, saying that the studios and the movie-rental company did not violate antitrust laws, Blockbuster said Tuesday. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
Coke exec quits over Frozen Coke scandal. A top Coca-Cola executive resigned Monday, three months after a former internal auditor filed a "whistle-blower" lawsuit accusing the beverage giant of fraud in its relationships with two close business partners. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
Back Yard Burgers Signs Two New Development Agreements for 25 Additional Units. Back Yard Burgers, Inc. today announced the signing of two new multi-unit agreements. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2003
Total Fitness pumps up on new concept. Manny Butera's Brentwood-based Total Fitness Systems Inc. plans to bulk up its business in Middle Tennessee with 10 fitness centers over the next two years. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
New Beef 'O' Brady's location plans smoke-free environment. Catering to soccer moms, Little League teams and just plain, old families, a new Beef 'O' Brady's Family Sports Pubs location is opening completely smoke-free. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
What's Hot: Ice Cream. Entrepreneur.com has the inside scoop on how ice cream franchises are going beyond the vanilla. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
Cleaning up a trashy industry. Anybody can be a high-powered, big-money crisis analyst for a top ranked consulting firm. But only a select few can haul away the trash. At least that's how 28-year-old Alan Klug has it figured. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
Athlete's Foot kicks in a bond deal. Athletic shoe retailer The Athlete's Foot laced up its first bond deal, backed by money it earns from its franchise stores. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
Stores sold for $17.5 million. Jimmy Day, owner of 19 Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership franchises throughout Texas, has agreed to sell 15 of the stores to the corporate office of Aaron Rents Inc. for $17.5 million. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2003
Wendy's fast-food chain promotes its healthier choices. Wendy's International is joining a growing list of food makers and restaurant chains trying to appeal to consumers who are watching their weight or simply looking for healthier meals. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2003
AFC Enterprises to again delay filing annual report. AFC Enterprises Inc. reported its lenders have agreed to an amendment that will allow the recently delisted company to delay the filing of its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission until Oct. 31, 2003. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2003

Friendly's Announces Franchise Agreement. Friendly's Restaurants Franchise, Inc. announced today they have entered into a franchise agreement to re-open a Friendly's restaurant in Huntersville, North Carolina. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2003
El Taco Tote sets sights on New Mexico. El Paso, Texas-based El Taco Tote Real Mexican Grill is expanding its franchising efforts into New Mexico. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2003
Krispy Kreme: There's Growth in Donuts. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Thursday posted a higher quarterly profit as the company opened its first stores in such cities as Boston and Portland, Oregon, and picked up the pace of its expansion. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2003
Snip-Its Heads For Growth. Snip-its, a Mass.-based salon chain is revolutionizing the industry by creating a branded entertainment concept designed to untangle the hair-care challenges of children. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2003
Wingstop to open 30 restaurants. Wingstop Restaurants Inc. has launched an aggressive expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with a plan to double the number of locations in the next two years, the company said Tuesday. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2003
Starbucks chooses Albany for first bank branch location. Charter One Financial Inc. is making room for Starbucks Coffee to open retail stores in some Charter One Bank branches. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2003
PostalAnnex+ Expands Presence in Pacific Northwest. PostalAnnex+, the nation's second ranked business service center and retail shipping franchise, announced today its continuing expansion in the Pacific Northwest. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2003
Firehouse takes on new market. A Jacksonville entrepreneur is taking hometown company Firehouse Subs into the Raleigh, N.C., area. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2003
Petland to open Aquarium Adventure on Long Island. Aquarium Adventure(r), a specialty "aquatics-only" retail superstore, is opening to the public on Saturday, August 23, on Long Island at the Kids "R" Us shopping center on Glen Cove Road near Old Country Road. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Baby products division soothes Toys R Us ills. Toys "R" Us Inc. said yesterday it cut its second-quarter loss by a third as higher sales for its Internet, international and baby products divisions helped offset overhead expenses and slumping sales. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2003
Oldest McDonald's celebrates its golden arches anniversary. Fifty years after it opened, the third ever McDonald's hamburger stand is still wrapped in red and white tiles flanked by two golden arches. Workers still wear the original uniform: white shorts, bolo tie and paper hat. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Restaurants See Little Impact from Outage. The streets of New York stank of spoiled and discarded food after last Thursday's blackout, but national restaurant chains say they escaped financial damage by bringing operations back quickly when power returned. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Basking in success. Despite health warnings, consumers are taking a shine to tanning salons. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Car Sales Selected as a Top Ten New Franchise By Entrepreneur Magazine. Thrifty Car Sales, the used car sales division of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., announced today that it has been named as a Top 10 Best New Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Pizza Magia regroups after settling Papa John's lawsuit. Pizza Magia International LLC is ready to move on now that a three-year-old legal challenge came to an end in mid-June. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
He's On First. Michael Eisner takes pride in being Lapels system's first franchisee. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Bojangles' tones down image as it cooks up a new strategy. On pace to turn its first profit in five years, Charlotte-based Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. is taking the next step in remaking the fast-food chain's image. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
RadioShack launches ad campaign to grow Hispanic customers. RadioShack Corp. said Monday it is launching an advertising campaign aimed at the U.S. Hispanic market as well as customers in Puerto Rico. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
Ruby's to expand in region. The rapidly expanding Ruby Tuesday chain has plans to open seven new restaurants in Maryland, including one in Baltimore City. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
You're the Boss. There are some things beyond your control, such as a poor job market. But that doesn't mean you can't control your future. Follow the lead of these entrepreneurs, who bought their own franchises. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2003
Avalon franchises diner concept. After 65 years in Houston, Avalon Diner has sold its first franchise. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
Area-Development Pacts Boost Franchise Growth. Agreements that give an individual exclusive rights in a territory are growing in popularity. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
California Pizza Kitchen Opens First Location in Colorado Springs. To celebrate California Pizza Kitchen's new Colorado Springs location, the restaurant is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
Cheveaux buys Fantastic Sams. The owners of Cheveux LLC have finalized the purchase of Fantastic Sams, the world's leading full service franchise hair salon company. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
AFC Enterprises Receives Notice Regarding Continued Listing on The Nasdaq Stock Market. AFC Enterprises, Inc. today announced that the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel has notified the Company that its common stock will be delisted from the Nasdaq National Market. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
Manny & Olga's pizza chain now franchising. Seven-store Manny & Olga's Pizza announced it is franchising its delivery-carryout concept. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
Pentagon Gets New KFC/Pizza Hut/Taco Bell Multibranded Restaurant. Yum! Brands, Inc. today announced the official grand opening of a KFC/Pizza Hut/Taco Bell Multibrand Express restaurant in the Pentagon's newly renovated Main Food Court. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
McDonald's upsizes Wi-Fi plans. The fast-food giant will sell wireless Internet access at 100 restaurants in the Chicago area, after successful trials in San Francisco and New York. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2003
Do You Have the Traits Of an Ideal Franchisee? Before plunking down cash for a franchise, see if you have the right personality and work tendencies to succeed at this unique form of business ownership. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2003
Coke says sorry to Burger King. Coca-Cola has apologised to Burger King for a rigged marketing test that led the chain to try to sell Frozen Coke to its customers. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2003
Big Mac going Cajun with café in Big Easy. Fast-food giant looks for way out of two-year slump - eatery will be 'upscale, quick gourmet casual'. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2003
Two chains plan 85 new women's gyms. Make way, Curves. Slender Lady and Ladies Workout Express are muscling into the market. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Communication eases franchisee fears. When UPS began its push to rebrand Mail Boxes Etc. stores nationwide, Steven Grodahl was understandably nervous. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Computer Troubleshooters Launches 100th U.S. Franchisee. Computer Troubleshooters USA Inc. continues to expand as it recently established its 100th U.S. franchisee. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Junk haulers clean up on maligned industry. If you think you have to deal with too much garbage in your line of work, consider the profession of John McNamara, a franchisee of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Hire Power. Entrepreneur.com looks at the secrets to avoiding employee hassles .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Schriver enjoys growth with Coverall concept in Minnesota. Robert Schriver's first job in 1966 was cleaning toilets at a Shell gas station. How ironic then, he figures, that he has become a master franchisor and area developer for Coverall Cleaning Concepts. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Hooters: A Case Study. 'This thing has incredible legs,' an early investor said. Twenty years later, the restaurant chain has finally hit its stride. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
HomeVestors' buy-low, sell-high strategy pays off big. In less than a year, a national real estate company targeting homeowners eager for a fast sale opened 12 franchises in metropolitan Phoenix. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Roly Poly sandwich shops make push into GSO, W-S. A national sandwich chain has signed two Triad franchisees with plans of opening up to seven locations in Winston-Salem and Greensboro in the next two years. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2003
Fragrant franchise. The bright yellow banners read: "Now Open - Another Capri Coffee Break." If John Larson has his way, there will be 2,000 more of those signs in the next four years. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2003
Paper Warehouse Sells Stores and Franchise Company to Party America. Paper Warehouse, Inc. and Party America today announced that they have reached a tentative agreement for Party America to buy Paper Warehouse's 62 corporate stores and its wholly-owned subsidiary Paper Warehouse Franchising, Inc. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
Burned Investors Aim At Franchise Success. While no one tracks which franchises are purchased by Wall Street refugees, numerous chains are experiencing explosive growth even as the market lumbers toward its third consecutive losing year. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
Taco Bell, Ex-Workers Reach $1.5M Deal. Taco Bell reached a $1.5 million settlement Thursday with about 1,000 former employees who had sued claiming overtime and meal break violations at restaurants in Oregon. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
Pre-Registration Numbers Indicate Expo Franchise Miami 2003 to Be a Success. The Minority Chamber of Commerce of Greater Miami announced today that they have experienced a sudden increase in the number of executives pre-registering for the event, to be held August 14th. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2003
Burger King Gets Subpoena in Coke Probe. Burger King Corp. has received a subpoena from a federal grand jury that is investigating allegations of fraud at Coca-Cola Co. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2003
Atlanta Bread Company to Open 30 Bakery Cafes in New York. Atlanta Bread Company announced today an agreement to open up to 30 Bakery Cafes throughout the state of New York, which are expected to open over the next five years. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2003
Incredible Franchise Demand Propels Carvel Growth Into Mid Atlantic Region. Carvel Corporation, the nation's first retail ice cream franchise, announced today its continued push into the Mid Atlantic region. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2003
Legal battle brews between Starbucks and Chinese coffee shop. Coffee chain giant Starbucks is at the centre of a brewing copyright row with Xingbake, a Shanghai coffee shop it claims has copied the US-based company's logo and name. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2003
Pizza Schmizza opens first of 40 planned Wash. stores. With the July 23 opening of a location in Redmond, Wash., Portland-based Pizza Schmizza launched its challenge to greater Seattle's pizzerias. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2003
More Space Place finds room to grow in Pinellas. More Space Place Inc. is adding more space to its own place with an aggressive expansion plan. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Curves growing franchise network. An army of entrepreneurs is preparing to invade Philadelphia, with their eyes set on capturing the hearts and minds of women frustrated with gyms or who have never set foot in one. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Franchising: The American Dream? Peter Birkeland, president of The Birkeland Institute, speaks out on the pros and cons of buying a franchise. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Hooters west planned. Hooters Restaurant, known for its spicy chicken wings and wait staff, is planning a second Wichita location. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Sandwich chain expanding in Nashville with franchisee. Penn Station East Coast Subs, which entered Middle Tennessee last year with its 100th store, is planning locations in the Rivergate area and Bellevue. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
The business of fitness. Personal trainers Aaron Crocker and Forrest Walden admit right off the bat that when they started the Alabama franchise of Fitness Together, they knew very little about business. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Banyan Subsidiary, Chiropractic USA, Enters Agreements for Florida Market. Chiropractic USA, Inc. has entered franchise and area representative agreements with Dr. Renny Edelson of Plantation, Fla., to convert his chiropractic clinic into a Chiropractic USA franchised location and for the growth of Chiropractic USA franchised clinics in Florida. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2003
Hot Ice Cream. Cold Stone Creamery is stirring demand for a product whose sales had been frozen for years. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2003
Coke Ends Drink Dispute With Burger King. Coca-Cola Co. and one of its largest customers, Burger King, have resolved a dispute over Frozen Coke, ensuring the fast-food chain will continue to sell the slush drinks at its restaurants. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2003
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