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: : Sep 2003

McDonald's charity chips in for hurricane relief. Ronald McDonald House Charities has joined forces with several Baltimore-Washington area McDonald's restaurants in an attempt to help local communities affected by Hurricane Isabel. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2003
web2zone Cyber Center Celebrates Two Year Anniversary, Plans Nationwide Rollout. web2zone, the nation's leading retail Cyber Center, today announced its two year anniversary of operating its 10,000 square foot New York City flagship center. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2003
Local chiropractor to open franchised clinics. Austin chiropractor Dr. Bart Patzer plans to develop at least 100 clinics across Texas over the next 10 years as the new area representative and franchisee for Los Angeles-based Chiropractic USA Inc. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2003
New tastes at Shoney's. Hoping to overhaul two of its best-known products, Shoney's Restaurants Inc. has entered into a partnership with Breyers Ice Cream and S&D Coffee Inc. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
Super-size Me: Top U.S. Franchise Companies Bring in the Big Bucks. You may think of McDonald's when you someone says the word "franchise," but the big guy of burgers isn't the only super-sized franchise out there. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
What franchisees don't know can hurt them. The International Franchise Association estimates that there are more than 300,000 franchises in the United States employing more than 8 million people and generating more than $1 trillion of income annually. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
Strained Relations. With the franchisor and franchisees at odds, can Shakey's survive? .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
Lease-to-own franchises land in Valley, more planned. A Denver businessman is selling lease-to-own franchises in Arizona to help credit-challenged families buy the homes of their dreams. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
Pizza Patron aims for a slice of the Houston market. Garland-based Pizza Patron has executed development agreements with two groups of restaurant operators to open a total of 28 units in Houston within the next 36 months. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2003
Subway to sell Kids Pak meal that focuses on health. Fast food's race to sell the first better-for-you kids meal nationally has an unlikely winner: Subway. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2003
Mexican Restaurants Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Franchisee Restaurants. Mexican Restaurants Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 13 restaurants and related assets from its Beaumont-based franchisee. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2003
ABQ gets fifth Cold Stone Creamery. Cold Stone Creamery will open its fifth store in Albuquerque on Oct. 4. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2003
Taco Time Opens 1st B.C. Cantina Restaurant in Nanaimo. Taco Time President Ken Pattenden is pleased to announce that local entrepreneurs Ray and Leeanne Menard will open the company’s first B.C. Cantina in Nanaimo, in early October. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2003
The Truth About 'Discovery Days'. Usually billed as friendly getting-to-know-you meetings, franchise introductory sessions often are carefully designed to close a deal. One expert's advice: Beware of the "hard sell" and leave your checkbook at home. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2003
Back Yard Burgers to open 21 stores in 5 states. Memphis-based Back Yard Burgers has signed three development deals for a total of 21 stores in 5 states over the next 7 years. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2003
Taco Time Launches Ken’s Mexican Adventure Contest. Beginning in October, Taco Time Canada launches "Ken’s Mexican Adventure Contest". Ten people, five rooms and one week in Puerto Vallarta. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2003
What a Franchisor Wants. You're not the only one making a list and checking it twice. Entrepreneur.com reveals the 4 things most franchisors are looking for when evaluating you. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2003
When the franchisee gets tired of paying royalty fees. The lack of focus placed on marketing and the creation of a marketing engine by many franchisors is a leading cause of failure for the franchisor's system. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Regulators pinch legal franchise. Texas Supreme Court committee sues We The People firm for unauthorized practice of law. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Joints changing hands? After 12 years at the helm, Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers owner Steve Head wants to sell restaurant chain. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Liberty Tax Service Offers Free Amending of Returns for Hurricane Disaster Areas. Liberty Tax Service will offer free amended tax returns for those who have suffered casualty losses due to Hurricane Isabel. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Pizza Hut unveils gift card program. Yum Brands Inc.'s Pizza Hut chain has begun selling gift cards that may be used to make dine-in, delivery or carryout orders at more than 5,200 participating locations in the United States. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003

New company brings computer training home. A former technology consultant opened her own franchise of Computer moms after downsizing left her looking for work. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2003
Dunkin' Donuts Brings Espresso Mainstream. Dunkin' Donuts, a place where regular people go for a regular coffee, is starting to offer a brew associated with fancy restaurants and upscale shops: espresso. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Wendy's testing healthy kids meals in Columbus. Columbus is one of four markets where Wendy's International Inc. is testing an offer of milk and fruit with its Kids Meals. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2003
Blockbuster shares rise on report of deal talks. Shares of Blockbuster jumped Friday after a report that the video-rental giant is in the early stages of talks about a possible merger with Columbia House, the mail-order music and movie retailer. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2003
McDonald's says quality campaign is leading to franchisee turnover. A McDonald's Corp. executive boasted Thursday that the company's stepped-up monitoring of its restaurant operations has led more franchisees to leave the system in the past 12 months than had exited in the previous five years. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2003
US coffee capital Seattle votes no on espresso tax. Caffeine-infused voters in the US city that spawned global coffee giant Starbucks have given a resounding thumbs down to a 10-cent "expresso tax" on their beloved drinks. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2003
McDonald's testing healthier, adult 'Go Active' meal. McDonald's has enlisted the aid of Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer, Bob Greene, to promote a healthier, adult version of the Happy Meal. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2003
Moe's Franchisees Setting Records In-Store and Out. Moe's knows what it's like to outperform the giants of the industry. McDonald's Chiptolte and Wendy's Baja Fresh have fallen behind emerging player, Moe's Southwest Grill. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2003
Lawsuits claim racial discrimination at Waffle House restaurant chain. More than 50 black customers are suing the Waffle House restaurant chain, claiming they were discriminated against because of their race, lawyers said Wednesday. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2003
Burger King Eyes Spot At Healthy Table. Burger King is planning to jump on the healthy fast-food bandwagon with low-fat baguette-style chicken sandwiches, its latest attempt to breathe new life into its struggling fast-food business. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2003
Krispy Kreme New-Store Sales Weak. Sales at some newer stores of doughnut chain Krispy Kreme are unexpectedly weak, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing internal company figures. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2003
A key to success: 'She pestered me'. Persistence has led Debbie Deland to open the first American franchise of Cartridge World - a growing Australian chain. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2003
Wingman chain takes flight. The Northglenn-based Wingman restaurant chain's franchising efforts are taking off. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2003
What's Hot: Noodles. A new generation of noodle restaurant chains is moving to the forefront of franchising. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2003
Real Living taps executive to lead expansion drive. The executive who helped rebuild Royal LePage into Canada's largest residential real estate brokerage now has a similar task to accomplish in the United States for Columbus-based Real Living Inc. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2003
Perking up D-FW. Aiming at Starbucks, Dunn Bros. Coffee prepares to invade the Metroplex with 60 new stores. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2003
Fast-Food Becomes Slow-Food. Ray Kroc would not be pleased. Now, with some fast-food chains offering Internet access and remodeling restaurants with padded seats and fetching architectural details, they're slowly moving away from their origins as purveyors of an in-and-out dining experience. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2003
Fresh Brands Begins Search for New Chief Financial Officer. Fresh Brands, Inc. announced that the company and its chief financial officer, Pat Plumley, have agreed, effective today, to end their relationship. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2003
Krispy Kreme to Open Store in Wal-Mart. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. plans to open one of its doughnut-making retail stores within a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Supercenter as part of a test with the retail giant. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2003

Assist-2-Sell Adds 30 Franchises. North America's largest residential discount real estate company, added 30 new franchises from June. 1, 2003, through Sept. 1, 2003. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2003

IHOP franchisee to serve up 29 more Texas restaurants. A Plano company plans to develop 29 more IHOP restaurants in Texas - including Austin - through 2016 under an agreement with IHOP Corp. announced Tuesday. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2003

Chiropractic USA Opens Clinics Nationwide. Chiropractic USA Inc., a Banyan Corporation subsidiary, opened its first franchised clinics on September 1. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2003
McDonald's to Test McCafe Coffee Bars. Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. says it will test market a string of coffee bars, called McCafes, in the U.S. in an attempt to cut into the market share of retail coffee leaders Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin' Donuts. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2003
Pizza Outlet becomes Vocelli Pizza. Pizza Outlet, a delivery and carryout pizza franchise with its headquarters and a significant presence in the Pittsburgh area, is changing its name to Vocelli Pizza, effective Sept. 8. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2003
Judge Throws Out Obesity Suit Against McDonalds. A federal judge on Thursday threw out a revised lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. that accused the fast food restaurant of using misleading advertising to lure children into eating unhealthy foods that make them fat. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2003
Lantis Fireworks Says Business Is Booming. Lantis Fireworks and Lasers has been a major presence in the West, but is looking to expand its concept nationwide via an aggressive franchising program throughout North America and eventually worldwide. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2003
Why U.S. Franchises Face Problems Abroad. Although the demand for American products and services is rising overseas, selling franchises abroad is becoming more of a challenge. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2003
RadioShack creates 'business innovation' group. RadioShack Corp. said it has created a "business innovation team" to identify and analyze emerging growth opportunities. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2003
Lamar's Donut founder steps down at 87. Ray Lamar, 87, founder of the Englewood-based Lamar's Donuts International chain, is retiring, citing age-related health problems. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2003
McDonald's Remodeling Plan Gets Challenge. McDonald's Corp. owner-operators are challenging the company's plan for them to pick up most of the tab for refurbishing older restaurants. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2003
Burger King gives Diageo heartburn. More than nine months after Diageo plc sold its troubled Burger King franchise, the world's second-largest hamburger chain is still giving Diageo indigestion. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2003
Justin in Sync with McDonald's. Popstar Justin Timberlake is set to headline a new series of commercials for McDonald's, the fast-food giant announced Tuesday. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2003
Animal rights group to drop KFC action. An animal rights group claims it has forced Kentucky Fried Chicken to change statements it makes about the way it treats chickens. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2003
Signs of a big turnaround. FastSigns franchise owner Carl Dickie has turned his sign-making shop into a moneymaker with an aggressive strategy. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2003
McDonald's Launching 1st Global Ad Push. McDonald's Corp. is gearing up to launch its first global advertising campaign in its 50-year history, at a time when it is facing stiff competition and badly needs ad investments to pay off. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2003
Franchising offers swamp low-carb retailer. In the course of a 55-minute interview co-founder Rick Schott received four e-mails from people wanting to buy a Castus Low Carb Superstores franchise. In the next 24 hours, 40 more applied. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2003
Dixie Queen plans to grow by 200 units. After more than 50 years in the Memphis area, the Dixie Queen fast food franchise plans to add up to 200 franchises in Memphis and across the Southeast region. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2003
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