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: : Jan 2004

Wendy's quarterly earnings up sharply. Wendy's International, the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain, said Friday that quarterly earnings rose 27%, as it benefited from new product offerings. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2004
McDonald's launches effort to expand Ronald McDonald House. McDonald's Thursday announced the launch of its "Build A House" fund-raising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix, pledging more than $400,000 over the next three years. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2004
Franchise Head Prefers Avoiding the Courtroom. New chief executive helps settle a contentious issue; courts differ on termination rights; and motivation centers based on hypnosis attract clients who lack willpower. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2004
Quiznos Sub opens first Buffalo shop. Quiznos Sub, a national sandwich chain, has opened its first store in the Buffalo region in the Tops Plaza at the corner of Maple and Transit roads in Amherst. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2004
Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc. Announces Debut Of New Web Site. Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc. franchiser of the Sobik's Subs sandwich restaurants, is pleased to announce a new internet web site will debut February 15, 2004. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2004
7-Eleven narrows 4Q loss. Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Inc. narrowed its loss in the fourth quarter, as more customers shopped at its stores and an ongoing grocery strike in California strengthened demand for some of its products. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2004
'Land Grab' Succeeds In This Quirky Market . Learn how a real-estate agent is forging a network of franchises out of an independent, competitive market - while battling industry opposition and a quirky business environment in the process. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2004
Peaberry Coffee awards first franchise. Denver-based Peaberry Coffee Inc., a coffee roaster and retailer, has awarded its first franchise to Double R Coffee LLC. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2004
McDonald's posts profit after year-ago loss. McDonald's posted a fourth-quarter profit Monday, compared with its first-ever loss a year earlier, but earnings were restrained by costs associated with scaling back non-hamburger brands. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2004
Chain sees green in salad. The serial franchiser behind Planet Smoothie, Moe's Southwest Grill and Mama Fu's Noodle House is launching a fast-casual restaurant concept aimed at finicky customers looking for somewhat lighter fare. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Computer Training Company Responds to Demand. Computer Moms today announced plans to change its corporate name to CM IT Solutions to better reflect the mission of the company. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Chicken chain targets Latino entrepreneurs. Church's Chicken, a staple of the American South's fast-food landscape, wants to expand to Baltimore with Hispanic franchise partners. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Where the Money Is. The path to financing a franchise may not be easy. But if you know what lenders are looking for, you'll be well on your way. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Real estate franchise enters market. Exit Realty, one of the fastest-growing residential real estate franchises in North America, came to Portland this month touting its ambitious plan to become the biggest firm in Oregon. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Wireless Zone Opens 200th Store with Unconventional Growth. Wireless Zone(R) today announced the opening of its 200th store, upon its entrance into a new market, Florida, and its expansion throughout Virginia. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
T.G.I. Friday's coming to Fourth Street Live. Louisville - A franchisee of national restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday's Inc. has signed a lease to open a restaurant in Fourth Street Live. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Suite Options to become franchisee for Marriott ExecuStay in 11 markets. Suite Options Inc., a Wichita-based supplier of temporary housing for corporate clients in Wichita and 10 other markets, will soon become the largest franchisee of ExecuStay, Marriott Inter-national Inc.'s corporate housing division. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Ben & Jerry's opening in Central Texas. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., the purveyor of ice cream named for rock stars and Woodstock icons, plans to open four stores in the Austin area. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Neck and Neck. Being No. 1 in the franchise race has its advantages, but there will always be others nipping at your heels. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2004
Captain D's outlines growth plans to franchisees. Gearing for a strong 2004, Captain D's officials were in Las Vegas recently meeting with its franchisers at its annual convention and the news they had to share was good. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2004
Cartridge World is getting around. Yvonne Ryzak has tasted success as the owner of three Wetzel's Pretzels stores. Now she's relishing the returns from her latest venture, Cartridge World. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2004
Papa John's makes management changes after COO resigns. After 13 years as one of the top executives with Papa John's International Inc., Chief Operating Officer Robert Wadell is leaving the company. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2004

Men's Health Club Owner Aims for Success. Only men work out at John Gennaro's gyms, and there's a reason: women. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2004
Hey, Get a Clue! Find out why the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) has been a franchisee's best friend for 25 years at Entrepreneur.com. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2004
Charity announced $1.5B gift from estate of McDonald's heiress. The Salvation Army is receiving a donation likely to exceed $1.5 billion from the estate of Joan Kroc, the late widow of the founder of McDonald's, the charity announced Tuesday. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2004
Franchise life has its pluses and minuses. So you want to quit your current job, take your savings and invest in a franchise so you'll be financially set for the rest of your life. ... If you're a creative, entrepreneurial type, think again. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2004
Smoothie purveyor thirsting for D.C. Kevin Stargell, the area sales developer for Tropical Smoothie Cafe & Deli, has set his sights on the Washington area, where he expects to open 30 to 40 locations within the next five to seven years. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2004
A full plate: Meal-preparation firm signs up 36 franchisees. Dream Dinners started in early 2002 as a monthly gathering of co-founder Stephanie Firchau's friends, who wanted to socialize for a few hours while they put together a month's worth of meals to take home, freeze and cook later. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2004
Friendly's sells 10 Orlando-area restaurants. Friendly's Restaurants Franchise Inc. announced Monday that is has finalized the sale of 10 Friendly's Restaurants in Orlando to Central Florida Restaurants LLC for approximately $3.15 million. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2004
Subway's franchising rules feed its rapid growth. The sandwich shop franchise chain's relatively small start-up costs, few entry requirements and aggressive growth strategy have meant more people are dotting the landscape with Subway. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2004
Hudson's Grill inks franchise pact for Iowa. Dallas-based restaurant operator Hudson's Grill International Inc. said it has signed a franchise agreement with SYH Asbury LLC of Iowa. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2004
La Quinta sees narrower 4Q loss. Hotel operator La Quinta Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter loss is expected to be smaller than expected because of a significant rise in occupancy at its hotels. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2004
McDonald's sales jump in Dec., but charges hurt profit. McDonald's said Thursday that U.S. sales soared for the ninth straight month in December, but that fourth-quarter profit will be shaved by the costs of scaling back its non-hamburger chains. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2004
Anchor Bar's franchise plan takes wing. The Buffalo bar and restaurant known as the birthplace of chicken wings is considering trying to replicate its success in other cities. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2004
Pizza Patron unit cracks $1 million in sales mark. Pizza Patron, a Latino-focused pizza concept based in Dallas, announced that one of its stores posted more than $1 million in sales for 2003. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2004
EBay drop-off stores sprout on main street USA. EBay Inc. is inspiring an unlikely entrepreneurial spinoff: Bricks-and-mortar middlemen of the kind many thought Web retailing would force out of business. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2004
Zoe’s Kitchen refocuses on franchising. With the recent closure of its restaurant across from Vanderbilt University, the owners of Zoe’s Kitchen are focusing on remodeling their Green Hills store and expanding the fast-casual dining chain through franchising. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2004
Grumbles aside, sandwich chain is still on a roll. Of all the recipes cooked up at the Subway sandwich chain, perhaps the most important is founder Fred DeLuca's unconventional recipe for growth. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2004
Burger King goes bun-less, adds high-protein salads. Burger King is joining the low-carbohydrate parade by offering bunless Whopper hamburgers and, soon, salads featuring steak, chicken and shrimp. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2004
Weight Loss Forever International, Inc. Opens First Beverly Hills Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic. Weight Loss Forever International, Inc.announced today the opening of its first Beverly Hills Weight Loss & Wellness® clinic in the metropolitan area of Orlando, Florida. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2004
The More the Merrier: One Franchise Mantra. Driving down Old Country Road in Westbury, a town on New York's Long Island, is like passing through a fast-food lover's paradise. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2004
Duke City 'Satellites' poised for franchising launch. To franchise or not to franchise? The owners of Dion's, Albuquerque's preeminent family pizza restaurant with eight locations around the city, don't have any such plans. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2004
Signal Graphics has new store concept. Owning a print and copy franchise is a lot more fun than making sandwiches in a fast-food franchise, according to Steve Morris. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2004
H&R Block Reaches Agreement with Former Major Franchisees. H&R Block Inc. today announced it has reached an agreement with its former major franchisees regarding the payment price for their franchise businesses upon the expiration of their franchise contracts. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2004
Blitz is on for guys' health. The new gym features a 20-minute circuit workout and no women. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2004
Dissenters toast Quiznos in suit. Judge values shares at $32.50; firm paid $8.50 in privatization. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2004
As Farmer Jack stores close, a smaller version wins favor. No-frills approach is a hit in Windsor market. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2004
Rough Sailing Greets Smoothie Franchises. It's easy to sell a cold, sweet smoothie on a hot summer day in California, but what about in January in Chicago and New York? .... [more] 9 Jan, 2004
Party Decorating 101 for the Holiday Hostess -- Decor and You Offers Festive Tips. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2004
Curves for Women now open in Sergeant Bluff. Faye Hill, standing, co-owner of the new Curves for Women in Sergeant Bluff, shows customer Tina Tibbett how to use one of the exercise machines in the new fitness center. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2004
Restaurant stocks recover from beef fears. Investors who panicked and dumped restaurant stocks after news of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease learned the hard way that you can get burned on Wall Street by following the herd. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
McDonald's posts carbs, fat info for patrons in New York. With Americans fattening up and fast food on the defensive, McDonald's this week began telling dieters in the New York area how much fat and carbs are in some of its meals. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
Payless Car Rental Achieves Significant Global Growth in 2003. Through aggressive franchise expansion, acquisition of an additional corporate store and a strategic alliance with Europe's largest car rental provider, Payless Car Rental System, Inc. achieved significant growth in 2003. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
Al & Ed's Autosound Ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 List . .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
Chili eatery coming to Lansing. An Indianapolis chili restaurant chain is looking for local franchisees to build as many as seven Lansing-area restaurants. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
More restaurants, stores say start your day the low-carb way. The low-carb mania that has transformed the look of America's lunch and dinner tables suddenly is infiltrating the breakfast nook. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2004
Choice Hotels Announces Record '03 Franchise Development & Raises Full-Year '03 Earnings Estimates. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2004
Krispy Kreme California Franchisee Cuts Jobs. Krispy Kreme Owns 67 Percent Of Golden Gate Doughnuts. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2004
Chick-fil-A restaurant being built. Odessa fans of Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chicken peddler whose spelling-challenged cows urge the public to "Eat mor chikin," will soon have reason to celebrate. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2004
A Growing Concern. Comfort Keepers learning to deal with rapid growth. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2004
Franchising group plans meeting. The Arizona Franchise Business Network will hold its quarterly meeting Jan. 13, and is inviting restaurant and retail franchisors and small-business owners planning to franchise. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2004
Fitness heavyweights sell new idea. Next month, Linda Koogen and Susan Cruz are going to do what more than 4,000 entrepreneurs have done in the past few years. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2004
Franchise fine print. Franchise businesses can be lucrative and rewarding. Be your own boss. Set your own hours. Make lots of money. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2004
Columbia group tries new flavors. The president of the Columbia Restaurant Group is branching into tacos and Thai food. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2004
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