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Cooking up a new concept. Dave Anderson, now more famous than ever, is involved with a new restaurant concept that will debut Monday at the Mall of America. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2003
Thank goodness, Friday's came, transformed nightlife.The closing of TGI Friday's in Overton Square marks the end of an era in the city's nightlife. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2003
Buyers Learn to Beware At Franchise Boot Camp. Louis Dominguez, a 53-year-old retired account executive with Verizon, was recently on a conference call with a representative from Alphagraphics. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2003
Cousins Subs expanding in Dallas. Cousins Subs, a chain of submarine sandwich shops based in Milwaukee, is expanding its Dallas presence. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2003
Brooke adds eight franchises to network. Overland Park-based Brooke Franchise Corp. helped franchisees and others buy nine insurance agencies in six states last month, adding eight franchise locations to its network, the company said. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2003
Regis Says Quarterly Profit Up 27 Pct. Regis Corp., the world's largest operator of hair salons, Tuesday said its profit rose 27 percent in the latest quarter, prompting it to raise its earnings view for fiscal 2004. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2003
Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2003 Results; Diluted Earnings per Share Rise 23.9%; Same Store Sales Increase 3.4% .... [more] 28 Oct, 2003
Schlotzsky's Bakery-Cafe Conversion Yielding Preliminary Positive Results, Report Franchise Owners; Roll-Out Begins in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2003
Marketing the inn next door. Sensing an approaching recovery in travel, major hotel companies that franchise their brand names are coming up with an array of new prototype accommodations. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2003
Krispy Kreme craze to hit Valley. Krispy Kreme's Hot Light soon will be flashing the Fox Valley. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Meridian Sandwich Shop Wins National Speed Record. Ronie Benson, 19, can make you a Blimpie submarine sandwich in as little as 24 seconds. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Business booms in Redfield. Donna Howe-Lee can tell you exactly why she wanted to make the transition from Curves employee to Curves owner. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Serving Up Success. There's something to be said for doing things your way. Learn how the masterminds behind Starbucks and Subway followed different paths to megasuccess. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Look Before You Leap Into a Franchise Deal. A few years ago I stayed at a hotel in Cincinnati. At first everything seemed normal. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Baja Fresh Mexican to open 21 Twin Cities restaurants. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, a restaurant chain based in California, has partnered with Twin Cities businessmen Mike Givens and Denny Hecker to open at least 21 Baja Fresh restaurants over the next five years. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2003
Domino's 3Q earnings fall on recapitalization charges. Privately held Domino's Inc. on Thursday posted a loss of $18.3 million in the third quarter after taking one-time recapitalization charges of $32.8 million. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2003
Mexican eatery heads to Lafayette. Lafayette will become home to another restaurant early in 2004 after it was announced Wednesday that the city had been selected for a Qdoba Mexican Grill franchise. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2003
Mayors of Doughnutville. Lined up, packed dozens deep, they patiently waited for Tuesday's ceremonial groundbreaking of Central New York's first Krispy Kreme restaurant. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2003
McDonald's profit jumps 12%. McDonald's (MCD) reported a 12% increase in third-quarter-earnings, benefiting from strong sales at its U.S. stores that helped keep its turnaround plan on track. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2003
Hilton Hotels Earnings Fall 29 Percent. Hilton Hotels Corp.'s third-quarter earnings fell 29 percent, undercut by continued pressure on room rates and higher costs. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2003
Location Is Everything To Franchise Hopefuls. What can go wrong when franchises are located the old-fashioned way -- by intuition? ..... [more] 20 Oct, 2003
Banyan Subsidiary, Chiropractic USA, Continues Expanding: Enters Agreements for Minnesota. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2003
A sign of change. New owners switch Motel Orleans to the better-known Motel 6 brand. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2003
Ronald McDonald goes wireless. Bill Oglesby calls himself a "lone soldier" and "a road warrior." But instead of facing the forces of evil or other roving samurai, he travels among 75 McDonald's outlets to make sure their Bay Area customers can use the wireless. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2003

U.S. Troops Order Comfort, With Fries on the Side. Soldiers Looking for a Taste of Home Make for a Booming Business at Iraq's First Burger King. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2003
Camille's Inks Record Unit Deal. Camille's Sidewalk Café, the nationally recognized coastal influenced café, signed a record breaking franchise development agreement. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
Roto-Rooter Inc. Reports Third-Quarter Earnings of $.32 per Share. Roto-Rooter Inc. today reported net income of $.32 per share for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2003, as compared with net income of $.72 per share in the 2002 third quarter. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
MEDIchair Updates Corporate Tagline to Reflect Uniqueness. MEDIchair's new tagline is "the home medical equipment specialists. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
Hilton Family of Hotels Takes Industry Lead in Development Pipeline. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
Zyng Noodlery coming to area. The former operations manager of the Tony Roma's restaurant in Brookfield will open seven Zyng Noodlery restaurants in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dane counties within five years. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2003
Actress Pamela Anderson Urges KFC Boycott. Actress Pamela Anderson joined an animal rights campaign against fast-food chain KFC on Thursday, urging a consumer boycott of the franchise until it ensures better treatment of its chickens. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2003
Papa John's marketing chief resigns. Papa John's International Inc.'s marketing chief, one of the company's top five executives, resigned yesterday as the Louisville-based restaurant chain works to reverse declining sales and weak profits. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2003
Couple enjoys specialty publishing business. If you have lived in Columbia for a while, or even if you are thinking of moving here, you are likely to have seen a book with a yellow oval heading in racks around town. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2003
IPC/SUBWAY Signs Quality Management Solution with Instill Corporation; Instill Introduces New Solution. Instill(R) Corporation, a leading provider of supply chain solutions for the foodservice industry announced today that the Independent Purchasing Co-op (IPC) for SUBWAY(R) has signed an agreement for Instill's new Quality Management(SM) solution. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2003
Widow of McDonald's Founder Dies at 75. Joan B. Kroc, a billionaire who gave generously to health care, peace and arts groups and became the owner of the San Diego Padres after the death of her husband, McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc, has died of brain cancer. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2003
It's a wash. What was once considered a luxury meant only for wealthy pet owners is racing into the mainstream as another "save time and trouble" service for busy people. And it makes dogs feel right at home, too. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2003
Business Beat: A pizza heaven becomes Paradise. Paul Pishos is in paradise. After 33 years in the pizza business, he's carved out his own slice of the industry pie. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2003
Frankly, franchising is not meant for everybody. Sarah and Mike Porter are sick of the corporate world. Both are in their 30s and looking to do something else. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2003
Mexican restaurant chain Chevys files for bankruptcy. Chevys Inc., the parent company of Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Fuzio Universal Pasta, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, following an acquisition deal that fell apart. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2003
Yum! Q3 profit 12% higher. Yum! Brands Inc, parent of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains, has recorded a third-quarter profit rise of almost 12% as strong overseas results helped offset disappointing US sales. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2003
Check Point Introduces VPN/Security Appliances For Remote Business Locations. Check Point Software plans Tuesday to introduce a new line of VPN/security appliances designed for remote site business locations. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2003
Saladworks adds eateries. First planted in a mall food court in 1986, Saladworks restaurants are springing up like the carrot tops on the company logo. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2003
7-Eleven's Lack Of Coffee Credibility. With overall profits slumping and an abundance of outlets for consumers to choose from, the convenience-store industry has seen better days. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2003
Gymboree's back in style. Gymboree Corp.'s youngest child is growing up faster than anyone expected. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
Freddy's Frozen Custard operators making plans to franchise. After opening its second local location in December 2002, owners of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers are now planning to expand the restaurant concept with franchises outside its Wichita home base. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
Strained Relations. With franchisor and franchisees at odds, can Shakey's survive? Read part 2 at .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
EZ Prints Announces Strategic Partnership with MotoPhoto. EZ Prints announced today that it has reached two significant milestones in signing its 300th strategic partner, MOTO Franchise Corporation, and achieving profitability on a net income basis in July of 2003. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
Firm sees shades of success in Bay area. California-based Budget Blinds Inc. plans to open 33 franchises in the Tampa Bay area during the next two years. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
Fast-Food V Battle Of The Bulge. Nutritionists have welcomed moves by McDonald's and Burger King to add more healthful fare to their fast-food menus, but many are questioning whether the change will put much of a dent into the US obesity epidemic. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2003
Green Hills Smoothie King repeats as top franchisee. Two weeks ago today, John Fischer spent his morning in New York making smoothies for the hosts of Fox & Friends with the founder of Smoothie King. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2003
Papa John's opens another international restaurant. Louisville-based Papa John's International Inc. has its first restaurant in the Cayman Islands. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2003
Playing It Right. As an entrepreneur, taking risks is part of your nature. But when it comes to franchise research, it doesn't pay to gamble. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2003
Atlanta private equity group buys Fastsigns. Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, said Thursday it has acquired Fastsigns International Inc. of Carrollton. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2003
Dunkin' Donuts Coming to 7 Shaw's Supermarkets. Dunkin' Donuts will be coming to seven Shaw's Supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont this fall. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2003
Zyng Noodlery to open in Milwaukee. Ichiban Inc., in Milwaukee, has signed a franchising agreement to develop seven Zyng Noodlery restaurants in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dane County. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2003
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