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: : Nov 2003

Boston Pizza finds $2.31-million profit in Q3. The company is pleased to report that Boston Pizza continued to grow during the third quarter of 2003, posting growth in franchise sales over the same period in 2002. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2003
Insurance Pros Win Right to Sue Parent. A District of Columbia court has ruled that the National Association of State Farm Agents can sue franchiser State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. over whether State Farm violated individual agents' agreements and franchise laws. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2003
Building a multicultural franchise empire. For many franchise owners, it's natural to go from operating one restaurant or real estate office to two, three, four or more. Others expand in a different direction, buying into a totally different type of business. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2003
KFC gives up trying to pretend. Fast food chain KFC has pulled a controversial UK advertising campaign in which it claimed fried chicken was good for you following an unprecedented public protest. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2003
McDonald's fries advert is banned. Burger chain McDonald's has been banned from repeating an advert that "misled" consumers about its fries. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2003
Morgan Stanley Raises H&R Block Outlook. Analyst Chris Gutek thinks tax-law changes will boost growth for the provider of tax and financial services. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2003
Pizza wars. $5 pizza has spurred competition, in some ways changing how Monroe County eats. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2003
Weight Loss Forever Featured at WallStreetCorner. Weight Loss Forever International, Inc. announced it has been featured in a profile posted as a Special Situation. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2003
Franchise Infactuation. Frost Securities Inc. investment banker Steve Shumake journeyed just north of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to meet with senior managers of CiCi's Pizza Inc. at their company headquarters. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2003
Restaurant wrapping up flavor variety. "After about nine weekends in a row where she said, 'You're going to Roly Poly to get a sandwich,' " Woodside said, he started seriously thinking about buying a Roly Poly franchise. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2003
Survey: Not all viewers lovin' it. McDonald's is finding that change can be a tough sell, especially in advertising. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2003
Buffalo Wild wings into Metroplex. Chicken wing company plans seven local stores in 2004 .... [more] 24 Nov, 2003
Franchisor hopes Tri-State gets on Pasta Wagon. After eight years of making macaroni his business, Barry Rubinstein is realizing his dream. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2003
Ink wars: HP versus recyclers. As two franchise chains enter the Bay Area with stores for refilling empty printer cartridges, Hewlett-Packard Co. is stepping up its efforts to convince consumers to purchase its new ones instead. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2003
Krispy Kreme profit up 43%, average weekly sales fall. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Friday that quarterly earnings rose 43% as new store openings propelled sales. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2003
New eatery at C and Tudor opens Thursday. T.G.I. Friday's adds to offerings along popular dining corridor. .... [more] 1911/03
Burger King Corporation Appoints Peter C. Smith As Chief Human Resources Officer.. He will report directly to Brad Blum, chief executive officer and will serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. .... [more] 1811/03
Hot Brands, Inc. Announces New Modern Store Design and Employee Image. Hot Brands Inc., a Nevada corporation, announced today that it has redesigned its corporate store image to better service the needs of Hot 'N Now Burgers customers. .... [more] 1711/03
Moto Photo owner focuses on boosting sales. Next week, Moto Franchise Corp. will flip the switch on a new era at Moto Photo Stores. .... [more] 1711/03
The right ingredients. Couple, son bring mix of skills to bread store franchise Becca Mader. .... [more] 1711/03
Aqua Zoo to franchise 'mostly fish' pet store. Mark and Nancy Draughon's $1 million investment paid off. .... [more] 1711/03
A burger and a shake-up. A family affair of D.C.-area players buys trademark, plans comeback for dwindling Roy Rogers chain. .... [more] 1711/03
Cendant Brands Win Preliminary Injunction Against LendingTree. .... [more] 1711/03
Fast-food titan plans new McKids business. With its fast-food business struggling, McDonald's is preparing to license its brand around the world in a range of children's products, including clothes, toys, videos and books. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2003

Small Retailers Thrive With a Wise Approach. Dick Outcalt, a consultant to small gift shops, says the single best thing small shops can do to increase profits is to quickly mark down items that aren't selling. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2003
McDonald's axes robot retailers. McDonald's has reportedly decided that its experimental network of automated convenience stores was an idea too far ahead of its time. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2003
Brooke Corp.'s earnings, revenue rise. Acquisitions by its franchisees boosted Brooke Corp.'s third-quarter earnings and revenue from last year, the company said. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2003
DRYCLEAN USA, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results. Dryclean USA, Inc. today reported operating results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 ended September 30, 2003. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2003
Shoney's and GuestHouse advisory groups meet in first combined council. The first joint meeting of the GuestHouse International Franchise Advisory Committee and the former Shoney's Inn Franchise Owner's Council was held Oct. 29 in Nashville. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2003
Burger King Apologizes to Nursing Mom. Burger King has served up a plain apology to a woman who said she was ordered by a franchise employee to stop breast-feeding her baby in the fast-food restaurant's dining room or leave. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2003
McDonald's annoyed by dictionary word 'McJob' Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster has hit a McSore Spot with McDonald's over the inclusion of the word "McJob" in its latest Collegiate Dictionary. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2003
Case In Point® Opens Private Investigator Franchise office In Tampa. Case In Point®, the nation's premier Private Investigation Franchise and a significant provider of diversified investigative services, announced this week that it has opened a second Florida franchise office division in Tampa, Florida. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2003
Chrysler stores consolidating. Carmaker urges dealers to pursue single, not multiple, locations. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2003
Camille's eateries expand to D.C. Washington will get a new taste of gourmet wraps, sandwiches and smoothies when Camille's Sidewalk Cafe enters the area next month. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2003
McDonald's October same-store sales up 8.4%. The biggest single-month increase at its U.S. restaurants in more than five years lifted McDonald's to an impressive 8.4% gain in comparable sales last month. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2003
McDonald's sales up, more strategic moves ahead. McDonald's Corp. said on Friday October sales surged more than expected and it would make key decisions about the future of its non-burger chains and struggling Japanese joint venture by year's end. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2003
Ice cream shop comes to Evesham. It's the Mercedes-Benz of ice cream - handcrafted, well-engineered, and expensive but very tasteful. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2003
Parvu family opens Culver's restaurant. Sioux City's first Culver's has opened, introducing area residents to a diverse menu that features the restaurant chain's signature butter burgers and frozen custard. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2003
Franchise Solutions Educates the Franchise Community. Matt Alden, General Manager, and Eric Stites, Director of Corporate Development, both of Franchise Solutions Corp. will be speaking at NOVA Southeastern University's International Institute for Franchise Education on November 7, 2003. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2003
Self-employment rises as job market struggles. Steve Todd, a laid-off US Airways mechanic who worked nights, is used to being up at 4:30 a.m. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2003
Wendy's reports beefed-up revenue. Wendy's International Inc. said yesterday October sales at U.S. company-owned hamburger restaurants open more than a year rose 7.6 per cent, more than doubling sales of recent months, as new Homestyle Chicken Strips helped lift results. ..... [more] 6 Nov, 2003
New school wants to make the grade. Like most parents, nothing but the best would do for Evelyn Montalvan's son. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2003
Oriental Buffet to replace On the Border. A buffet restaurant offering Oriental and American fare will replace the On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, which closed unexpectedly in September at Weberstown Mall after a four-year run. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2003
ServiceMaster Reports Preliminary 2003 Third Quarter Results. The ServiceMaster Company (NYSE:SVM) today announced third quarter 2003 revenues of $1.02 billion, up 3 percent over the year ago period. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2003
Bigger than a breadbox. The largest Panera Bread bakery-cafe in New England is set to open Wednesday on Route 101A. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2003
Cafeteria could come to mall. No lease agreements or business contracts have been signed, but at least one local man has it in writing: K&W Cafeterias plans to "definitely look into" locating a restaurant in Anderson. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2003
Franchise Solutions Names Internet Marketing Manager. Kathryn Tito, an experienced marketing professional, was recently named Internet Marketing Manager at Franchise Solutions Corp., a complete franchise marketing solutions provider. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2003
Marriott, IBM Sign $15M Siebel Contract. Marriott International is launching an ambitious project with IBM Business Consulting Services to implement Siebel's new Hospitality Group Sales and Event Management application. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2003
Where and Why Retail Is Raking It In. The surging economy is lifting the stocks of ritzy stores, discounters, e-tailers, and the fortunes of investors - especially those who shopped early. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2003
Couple builds on dreams with Naked Furniture store. Hales Corners - An aborted business deal turned out to be a good thing for Eric and Tina Lois, who opened a new store, Naked Furniture of Milwaukee, in the same location as the now-defunct business they wanted to buy. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2003
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