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New spin on doughnuts. From CEOs to truckers, doughnuts are all the rage, and those in the business credit their comeback to Krispy Kreme marketing. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2004
Franchise Fever Jumps To Overseas Markets. For all the adulation given to dare-to-be-different entrepreneurship, it's perhaps surprising that so many new businesses these days are merely copycats. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2004
PRA Hires Nationwide Marketing Firm. PRA Destination Management Inc., a destination management company with 15 franchise offices across the United States, has hired Hinton & Grusich. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2004
Real estate franchise enters market. 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] 23 Feb, 2004
Ice cream seller Cold Stone looking for Tennessee franchisees. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based ice cream store franchiser Cold Stone Creamery is looking for additional franchisees in Tennessee for six additional locations. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2004
All That Glitters. It's easy to be blinded by all the tempting opportunities out there. Keep these points in mind while doing your research, and you'll be sure to strike franchise gold. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2004
Fired Up to relocate to SW Austin. Restaurant company Fired Up Inc. is moving its headquarters from Spicewood to Austin. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2004
Papa John’s again No. 1. For the fifth year running, Louisville, Ky.-based Papa John’s claimed the top spot in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2004
Dreyer's Buys U.S. Haagen-Dazs Business. General Mills sold the franchise rights for U.S. and Canadian Haagen-Dazs ice cream stores to Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. on Wednesday. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2004
First eBay Drop-off Store Franchise Seminar to be held on February 21. QuikDrop International is conducting the first eBay franchise seminar on February 21, in Arcadia, California. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2004
Burger King Corporation Announces New Senior Leadership for U.S. Operations. Burger King Corporation today announced the
promotion of Jim Hyatt to lead its U.S. Franchise Operations as Senior Vice
President, reporting directly to Brad Blum, Chief Executive Officer. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2004
Macca's fries competitors. McDonald's, under the leadership of Jim Cantalupo and Australian Charlie Bell, has mounted one of this year's most impressive corporate turnarounds. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2004
Quaker Steak & Lube ready to expand. With its race car theme, a slew of sauces and a high volume sales formula, Quaker Steak & Lube is ready to take its wings and fry across the country. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
Using their noodles. Three former Gaylord executives are gearing up for a statewide launch of Wild Noodles, a new fast-casual restaurant concept, the first one set for Cool Springs. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
Krispy Kreme growth hits new phase. In the past year, Krispy Kreme has bought out all or parts of four large franchisees, along the way enriching some of the company's longtime insiders. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
Bakery chain goes into play. Aspen-based Paradise Bakery & Café Inc. is reorganizing, and the process includes selling some company-owned restaurants to franchisees. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
CiCi's Pizza in New Albany planned as first of 10 in area. An all-you-can-eat pizza buffet for about $4 is the deal at a new pizza chain coming soon to the Louisville area. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
A new Huddle House. Over the last 40 years, the quick-service diner chain Huddle House Inc. quietly franchised 370 restaurants in small towns across the Southeast. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
Hardee's Chain to Close 28 Restaurants. The corporate parent of the Hardee's restaurant chain said Friday it will shutter 28 of the eateries and write down the value of the La Salsa Mexican chain it bought in 2002. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2004
Can Franchisees Win Big Lifestyle Payoffs? Refugees from the corporate world choose franchising to find a more satisfying way to make a living. But don't underestimate the importance of finding a good fit. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2004
It's Not Only the Giants With Franchises Abroad. Cynthia McKay was in business for more than a decade before her food basket company received a dreaded Better Business Bureau complaint in 2003. She assigned the blame, in part, to her sometimes overzealous plan to go global. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2004
Burger King President Resigns Abruptly. Burger King Corp.'s president has resigned amid declining sales for the struggling fast-food chain, the nation's second largest burger company behind McDonald's Corp. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2004
Viacom to spin off Blockbuster stake. Viacom plans to spin off its controlling stake in money-losing Blockbuster, as more U.S. consumers turn to buying, rather than renting, movies. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2004

First eBay Drop-Off Store in Ventura County Celebrates Valentine's Day Grand Opening in Simi Valley. Do you have stuff lying around the house you've been thinking of selling? Take those items to QuikDrop instead and let them do the hard work for you! .... [more] 10 Feb, 2004
Businesses depend on trademark laws for protection. When Valley-based franchises such as Cold Stone Creamery and Wild Noodles restaurants decided to expand, they first moved to fortify their legal shield against trademark and branding infringement. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
Game centers take business to next level. At first glance, John MacPherson may seem an odd choice to run a gathering spot aimed primarily at video-game-obsessed teen-age boys. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
Tower Records Parent Files for Chapter 11. The parent company of Tower Records, the pioneering record merchant that invented the music megastore and became one of the nation's largest music and video retailers, has filed for bankruptcy. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
McSlim's owners working to franchise low-carb operation. Kirsten Corcoran and husband Mike opened McSlim's Low Carb Market in Hilliard two months ago and are already preparing to franchise the concept. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
Evicting unwanted critters. Doug Hartman, president of the Birmingham-area franchise of Critter Control Inc., is the man to call to deal with any wayward rats in the basement, squirrels in the attic, or, for that matter, bats in the belfry. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
Subway sees success with low-carb campaign, sandwiches. Fast-food marketers trying to jump on the low-carb diet bandwagon are finding that the ride can be bumpy. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2004
From Zero to Hero. Even the best franchisor has to start somewhere. Subway king Fred DeLuca reflects on 25 years of franchise success at .... [more] 5 Feb, 2004
Computer Moms goes to Vegas. Austin-based CM IT Solutions Inc., the parent company of Computer Moms International Inc., has opened its first franchise in the Las Vegas area, the company announced Wednesday. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2004
Krispy Kreme buys California franchise. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has acquired the remaining 33% interest in its Northern California franchisee, Golden Gate Doughnuts. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2004
FASTFRAME CEO Outlines Franchise Trends at Annual Meeting. The nation's fastest growing art & framing franchise organization introduces new tools and programs for franchisees. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2004
Rent-A-Center buying Rainbow for $95M. Rent-A-Center Inc., the largest rent-to-own chain in the country, said Wednesday it will buy Rainbow Rentals Inc. for about $95 million in stock. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2004
U-Haul set to rise from bankruptcy. Amerco Inc., the holding company for Phoenix-based U-Haul International, expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the next month because a federal judge has tentatively approved an agreement between the company and its creditors. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2004
Cooking up growth. The McFarland family is letting go of its sacred 56-year-old barbecue recipe and hoping to get nothing less than a small restaurant empire in return. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Wendy's buys majority stake in Cafe Express. Wendy's International Inc. has taken another step outside of its core hamburger niche by buying a majority stake in Cafe Express, a Houston-based chain of fast-casual restaurants. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Marriott doubles franchise markets. Marriott ExecuStay, the corporate housing division of Marriott International, has signed three agreements that more than double the company's franchised markets. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
The siren song of franchising. Franchising becomes popular as workers seek control. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Will My Franchise Provide Adequate Training? has the questions you should ask to ensure your franchisor will provide the knowledge necessary to run your business. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
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