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FedEx ponies up $2.4B for Kinko's. FedEx said Tuesday that it is buying Kinko's for $2.4 billion in cash, a deal that will help FedEx compete with rival UPS for high-profit small-business customers. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2003
Information Works mulling further franchising in '04. Its first franchise, opened in June in Minneapolis, has enjoyed six months of successful operations. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2003
The struggling economy has led many former office workers to turn to franchising. Barry Brodine saw no future in the corporate world after being downsized from his job last year. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2003
21st Century Holding Company's Subsidiary EXPRESSTAX Franchise Corporation Announces 50 Franchises Granted. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
7-Eleven Creates Own Products to Fulfill Demand. When 7-Eleven Inc. wanted its David Sunflower Seeds to come in more convenient packaging, ConAgra Foods put the bag of seeds inside a cup for shell disposal. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Family opens region's first Tony Roma's, restaurants famous for ribs. Tony Roma's cook Russ Ewing prepares an order of ribs at the Sioux City restaurant, which opened recently at 3322 Singing Hills Blvd. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
McDonald's CEO could be one to copy - or console. McDonald's boasts one of the most familiar mascots in the world. And one of the least familiar CEOs. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
How Sweet It Is: More Friendly's to Be Built. Friendly's is taking a couple of extra scoops out of Long Island. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Pep Boys Forms Supply Alliance with Precision Auto Care, Inc.; Pep Boys To Supply Tires and Parts To Precision Tune Auto Care's Franchise of Service Centers. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2003
Taco Del Mar took leap of desperation on a pier in Seattle. James Schmidt's empire is built on beach food without the sand. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2003
Orange Park franchisor helps color the world. From a small, cluttered office in an Orange Park strip center, Connie D'Imperio runs an international franchise. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2003
Trivest Partners acquires Herbal Magic weight-loss centre franchise firm. U.S. investment firm Trivest Partners said Friday it has acquired Herbal Magic Systems International Inc. of London, Ont., a franchiser of health counselling centres, primarily for weight loss. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2003
Health Express USA Franchise Corp Engages Nationally Renowned Design Company. Health Express USA Franchise Corp has engaged Ed Carey Designs, a nationally renowned restaurant design group to create a turnkey design package for its restaurants. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2003
Century 21 Real Estate and Globalia Announce Master Franchise Agreement. Making Globalia the master franchise holder for the Century 21 System in Spain. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2003
Denninghouse franchisee files for bankruptcy protection. A franchisee, Altimax Variety Ltd., operator of 34 Buck Or Two stores in Atlantic Canada, has formally given notice of its intent, within 30 days, to file a proposal to creditors to settle outstanding claims. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
Mayor wants a downtown hole filled with Krispy Kreme. One of the items on Mayor Daniel Stewart's Christmas wish list is a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop for downtown. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
Suburban Franchise Systems Selects NORTHWIND to Install Maestro ASP Front Office in 65 Suburban Extended Stay Hotels. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
Nathan's Opens Its First in Japan. Westbury-based Nathan's Famous Inc. opened its first franchised restaurant in Japan yesterday, the company announced. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
Ryan's reworks Florida franchise agreement. Ryan's Family Steak Houses Inc. and its subsidiaries announced Thursday that they and their sole franchisee, Family Steak Houses of Florida Inc., have mutually agreed to amend their franchise agreement. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
New twist. Auntie Anne's Inc. has a new vision rising from its secret-formula pretzel dough: cafes with pizza, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and Internet access. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2003
Cendant's Hotel Group Reports Holiday Bookings Up 11 Percent. Steven A. Rudnitsky, Hotel Group chairman and chief executive officer, said the booking trend represents "the best evidence to date" that leisure travel is rebounding following two soft years. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2003
Location, economy spell end for Malone eatery. The Burger King franchise closed for good Sunday after 10 years in Malone. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
McDonald's sells Donatos, narrows focus. McDonald's plans to significantly narrow its outside brand activity. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
McDonald's offshoot to go. McDonald's yesterday continued its back-to-basics policy, announcing the sale of its Donatos pizza chain and plans to curb growth of its other brands outside the US. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
Cosi, Inc. Partners with iFranchise Group of Chicago. New York-based restaurant company, Cosi, Inc., announced today that it has signed an agreement with the iFranchise Group of Chicago to partner in the development and planning of its franchising program. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
Financing Facts. Is it tougher to find franchises that finance? .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
It's Your Business: Zelma's restaurant to open in Champaign. Zelma's, a new restaurant venture by local pizza legend Ralph Monical, is set to open Dec. 17 at the new Windsor Galleria in Champaign. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003
Be Your Own Boss: A Franchise Fallacy. Mauro Olivieri knew what it was like to run his own business but figured the quickest way to grow bigger was to become a franchisee. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2003

Fast food quickens the night. McDonald's joins the after-hours dining derby. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2003
McDonald's looks to sell losers. Fast food giant McDonald's is expected to announce within days a fire sale of some of its non-hamburger food ventures, which have racked up substantial losses in the past few years. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2003
Cosmetics shop finds new vistas after mall. Many Merle Norman customers followed owner to new address. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2003
Ex-Panera executive leads MaggieMoo's. Jonathan R. Jameson is taking charge of Columbia, Md., ice-cream novelty chain MaggieMoo's International LLC as president and chief executive officer. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2003
Starbucks Opens First Store in Cyprus. Starbucks Coffee International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Company, and its Greek partner, Marinopoulos Brothers S A, today announced that the first Starbucks store in Cyprus will open on Monday, December 15th. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2003
Papa John's Announces 2004 Growth Plans and Earnings Guidance. The company projects earnings per share in the range of $2.20 to $2.28 for 2004. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2003
Wingate Inn Brand Introduces Wireless Hotel-Wide Internet Access. Five years after becoming the first hotel brand to offer free, wired high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, Wingate Inns International Inc. plans to complement that service by introducing free wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2003
Use Franchising Queries To Guide Your Decisions. Readers have almost as many questions about franchising as there are franchises to buy. Here are answers to recent questions. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2003
Chains eating up business of locally owned eateries. For one year, Macri's restaurant tracked the business it saw -- or didn't see -- on weekday nights in downtown South Bend. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
New California Pizza Kitchen to Open in Fairfax, Virginia; Pizza Sales from Four Area Locations Donated to Benefit Children's National Medical Center. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Noodles co-CEO quits, founder resumes lead roles.A failed experiment in co-leadership at Boulder-based Noodles & Co. has resulted in the company's founder retaking the reins. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Women Franchisees: Few and Far Between. Why aren't more women getting into franchising? Of the more than 320,000 franchise units in the U.S., about 10% are owned solely by women, while another 20% are owned by male-female partners, according to a 1997 study by the American Franchisee Association (AFA), the latest data available. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Franchisees Hop On The Boomer Bandwagon. Shopping for a franchise? Why not pick one in a field that will boom? .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Will You Be Happy As a Franchisee? A 2002 survey of franchisees, conducted by Frank Wadsworth, a professor at Indiana University Southeast, suggests that a franchisee's relationships with both his business and his franchiser are anything but simple or sure. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2003
Panera Bread to Develop 20 Bakery-Cafes in Five Counties Of New York State. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2003
Burger King trying to mount a turnaround in fast-food lane. What's the deal with Burger King? Several restaurants around Puget Sound have closed - some temporarily, others for good. Some restaurants are being moved; others are being refurbished. A few franchisees have filed for bankruptcy. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2003
Ways to Finance Your First Franchise Purchase. "Money, money everywhere and not a cent for me," would have been the mantra for any prospective franchisee who attended the recent Restaurant Finance and Development Conference in Las Vegas .... [more] 10 Dec, 2003
New deli serves slice of Italy. The waters of a medieval Italian fountain flow frozen on the mural of a new Italian deli downtown. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2003
McDonald's smiling as same-store sales strong in Nov. McDonald's (MCD) on Monday posted a 10.2% rise in sales at U.S. stores open more than a year as its latest promotional strategy paid off with an eighth consecutive month of improved sales. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2003
It's Your Business: Longhorn Smokehouse phasing in a new name. Longhorn Smokehouse at 1706 N. Cunningham Ave., U, is phasing in the use of a new name: Hickory River Smokehouse. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2003
Chains target inkjet recycling business. 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] 8 Dec, 2003
Takushi, Rogers, Grimes bet on cellular, exercise, flowers. ShapeXpress hopes to tone up St. Louis with eight locations in the region. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2003
Low-carb message not popular, but sales are up. The popularity of the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet has motivated an unlikely group of food and beverage brands to find ways to tout low-carb benefits of their products or introduce low-carb versions. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2003
Marriott ExecuStay Adds D.C. Developer, Marriott Hotel Owner to List of Franchisees. This brings the total number of ExecuStay franchisees to eight, representing 11 franchised markets. Marriott ExecuStay launched its franchise program in July 2002. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2003
Embattled Franchise Owner AmeriKing to Sell Chicago-Area Burger Kings. Beleaguered Burger King franchise owner AmeriKing Inc. has agreed to sell 130 restaurants, including its Chicago operation, to a Miami-based private equity firm for $13.2 million. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Staging a comeback. Roy Rogers is back in the saddle. After years of neglect, the restaurant chain, known for its roast beef sandwiches and Fixin's Bar, is riding in a new direction with plans to refresh and regrow the brand that once blanketed the Washington area. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Hilton Joins Competitors to Offer Best-Rate Guarantee. Hilton Hotels has joined the other big hotel companies in offering guests a best-rate guarantee that is designed to steer customers away from online travel agencies such as Expedia and Travelocity and toward its own distribution channels. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Friday's puts low-carb Atkins on menu. Thank God it's low-carb. T.G.I. Friday's, the casual dining chain known for its flavor-laden but often-fattening foods, on Friday will announce a deal with an unlikely partner: Atkins (yes, the diet Atkins). .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Wendys' Raises Guidance. Wendy's International on Wednesday raised its guidance for 2003 profits because of strong same-store sales in November. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Hilton is latest hotel chain to say its own rates won't be undersold. Hilton on Wednesday becomes the latest hotel chain to take a stand against powerful Internet travel sites by guaranteeing that its own room rates won't be undersold. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2003
Ground Floor Can Offer More Freedom, Growth. Would you rather be a franchisee with Ben & Jerry's, or Jake's Ice Creams & Sorbets? .... [more] 3 Dec, 2003
Pretzel biz gets new twist. A company that's opened stores from Lancaster, Pa., to Bangkok selling soft pretzels developed for an Amish-country farm stand is testing whether the same secret dough will get people to line up for pizzas and sandwiches. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2003
Holiday Inn change to Quality Inn is complete. The former Holiday Inn near I-5 in south Everett officially switched names on Tuesday, the most visible step in a makeover for the 34-year-old hotel. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2003
Pa. franchiser sells pretzels worldwide. A company that's opened stores from Lancaster to Bangkok selling soft pretzels developed for an Amish-country farm stand is testing whether the same secret dough will get people to line up for pizzas and sandwiches. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2003
Nation's second 'McCafe' opens in California to test appeal for food snobs. Conrad Freeman isn't your stereotypical high-tech entrepreneur, but on Wednesday he plans to launch one of the nation's most cutting-edge startups. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2003
Defining Suitable Employment. This year's "Most Despised by Activists" award for Multinational Corporations goes to . McDonald's. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2003
Watch the success. Daytime restaurant business has $48 million in sales this year .... [more] 1 Dec, 2003
Bear Rock restaurant chain on the prowl in Charlotte. Bear Rock Café is beginning to lumber its way across the state and the Charlotte area. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2003
Father-son team helps with homes from start to finish. If you have ever considered overseeing the design and construction of your own home, but didn't have the time or expertise, a new business in the Valley might be the answer. .... [more] 1 Dec, 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
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