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Taco Del Mar Surfs San Diego. Taco Del Mar has come home, so to speak. The fresh Mexican concept warmly received throughout the Western United States and Canada is now setting up business where the idea all started: San Diego. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2004
Bally Total Fitness Opens First Mexico Franchise. Bally Total Fitness today announced the opening of the first Bally Total Fitness franchise in Mexico, located in Monterrey, the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2004
Dairy Queen Franchisees Protest Upgrades. A group of International Dairy Queen franchise owners is protesting restaurant upgrades and has erected a billboard in Omaha to chide company owner and billionaire investor Warren Buffett. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2004
Cuts Fitness For Men Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Sale of 75th U.S. Franchise. Cuts Fitness For Men has announced the sale of its 75th franchise and the first international area franchise agreement covering Central America. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2004
America's First 30-Minute Workout Center for Men - and Women Debuts. The Lady of America Franchise Corporation Announces Its Newest Franchise, Workout Express for Men and Women. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2004
Value Place launches franchise program. Wichita hotelier Jack DeBoer has begun franchising his newest concept, Value Place, a short-term apartment complex located in north and south Wichita. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2004
Planning to Franchise Your New Business? Your small company could be the start of something big. If you're thinking of franchising your concept, get started now on tracking the details of your system. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2004
Franchises Can Spark New Business Ideas. Resources from the world of franchising can help entrepreneurs brainstorm for new business opportunities - even if franchising itself doesn't appeal. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2004
Applebee's will add a headquarters move to its menu. Applebee's International Inc. is looking for a new headquarters after eating up all the space in its Overland Park building. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2004
Chester Fried Announces New Name and Franchising Opportunities. Chester Fried today announced the company is changing itsname to Chester's International, LLC, and they have shifted their U.S. business model to a franchise program. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2004
Pizza Patron scouts for Denver locations. Pizza Patron Inc. is making its first move outside its Southwest home, with four locations planned for Colorado. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2004
Jim Cantalupo, McDonald's Turnaround Man Missed. Nearly a thousand people came to Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Saturday to celebrate the life of McDonald's Corp chairman and chief executive officer James Cantalupo. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2004
Blockbuster quarterly earnings rise. Video rental chain Blockbuster Inc. said profit surged 40 percent in the first quarter, helped by a one-time tax benefit. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2004
Starbucks posts $79m Q1 profit. That's a lot of double-tall cafe lattes: Starbucks says first quarter sales ran 30 percent above year-ago levels. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2004
Industry Group Seeks To Court Franchisees. Few attendees at this year's International Franchise Association convention were franchisees. Here's a look at what they missed and why networking with other owners can help them. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2004
First KFC razed to build KFC museum. The world's first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was demolished Tuesday, leaving the familiar sign bearing Colonel Sanders' smiling face upside down atop a heap of rubble. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2004
iSold It Now Registered to Sell Franchises in 43 States. iSold It, the highest volume eBay drop-off store in America, announced today that it is now registered to sell franchises in 43 states and plans to enter new markets in ten states by the end of summer. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2004
AFC Enterprises considers Cinnabon sale. AFC Enterprises Inc. said it will "explore strategic alternatives" for its Cinnabon subsidiary, including a possible sale, as part of its efforts to sharpen its strategic focus and maximize shareholder value. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2004
Boomers Leading Way Into Entrepreneurship. Millions of boomers, whether they left long-held jobs by choice or were unexpectedly laid off, have discovered a sense of ownership and unexpected freedom as entrepreneurs. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2004
7-Eleven's profit dips, revenue rises. Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Inc. said Tuesday its quarterly profit fell because of higher costs, but sales increased on stonger demand for products as well as higher gas prices. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2004
McDonald's CEO Dies, Successor Named. McDonald's Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Cantalupo, credited with recently turning around the iconic American company, died on Monday of an apparent heart attack, and the company named a successor within hours. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2004
Former execs spark expanding franchising rosters. Franchise experts say they've seen a big national increase in interest among the corporate set as they look to survive a weakened economy that has brought layoffs, dwindling nest eggs and a lack of job advancement. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2004

Couple opens small business for communal cooking. Eighteen days of Tuscany under the sun - breaking bread, drinking wine and sharing a communal kitchen in a villa with five other families - became one of the seeds that inspired Kevin and Pam Campbell to start their own business. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2004
KFC courting political backlash. KFC's plan to open a fried-chicken restaurant in Tibet as early as this year is likely to face resistance from those who see American fast food as one more tool in Chinese domination of the region. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2004
Hooters franchisee to launch beach-themed restaurant. A Louisville-based company that is the largest Hooters Restaurant franchisee in the Midwest plans to launch a new restaurant concept next month in Nashville, Tenn. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2004
Whataburger, Inc. Purchases 92 Restaurants from Franchisee. Family-owned Whataburger, Inc. today announced the acquisition of its largest franchisee, Whataco, Inc., a Midland, Texas-based company operating 92 units in four states and Mexico. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2004
Regis Corporation to Acquire 153 Holiday Hair Salons. Regis Corporation today announced the pending acquisition of Holiday Hair, a well-established chain of 153 salons located primarily in Pennsylvania. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2004
Kansas Burger King Franchisee Files for Chapter 11. Burger King franchisees Doug and Sandra Day filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, owing more than $1.7 million, according to court filings. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2004
McDonald's launches adult Happy Meals, health push. McDonald's outlined plans Thursday to introduce "Go Active!" meals for grown-ups at all 13,500 of its U.S. restaurants May 6, along with other steps designed to make its fare - and its image - more healthy. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2004
Shakey’s franchisees get day in court May 12. Nineteen Shakey’s franchisees will get their day in court on May 12, when they face off against Shakey’s, Inc., the Garden Grove, Calif.-based franchisor of the 61-unit chain. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2004
LaMar's changes hands, partners with Denver coffee roaster. Englewood-based LaMar's Donuts announced major changes on Wednesday, with new owners, a new CEO and a plan to partner with Dazbog Coffee in order to increase coffee sales in its shops. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2004
Domino's Pizza chain raises dough. Domino's Pizza, the world's second-biggest pizza chain is seeking to raise $300m on the stock market. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2004
IHOP signs new Texas franchise agreement. IHOP Corp. announced Tuesday that it signed a multi-store development agreement for three new franchise restaurants in Texas. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2004
Foot Locker to buy Footaction stores. Foot Locker Inc. has agreed to buy 350 remaining Footaction USA stores from bankrupt owner Footstar Inc. for about $160 million in cash, the company said Tuesday. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2004
McDonald's taps Wayport to add thousands of Wi-Fi spots. McDonald's has chosen Wayport to provide wireless Internet service in dining rooms and drive-through windows at several thousand of its U.S. restaurants. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2004
Scottsdale firm signs deal to franchise hamburger chain. Scottsdale-based BGR Corp. has signed a shareholders agreement with Alexis Group LLC, the owner of Pauli's Home of the SteakBurger, a full-service, casual burger restaurant chain. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2004
Strong franchise sales sweeten Carvel's future. Executives with Carvel Corp. are hoping nostalgic longtime devotees will support the ice cream chain's ambitious growth plans until it can attract new followers. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2004
Austin movie-theater firm has sights on S.A. San Antonio is the home of the historic Alamo. Soon it could be home to a new entertainment venue that borrows the name of Texas' most famous shrine. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2004
Fast-Growing New Jersey Business Fashions Itself as 'the Starbucks of Flowers'. KaBloom is a franchise chain trying to get Americans hooked on flowers to the point that they need a daily dose of fresh-cut stems. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2004
Cold Stone Creamery keeps real estate arm going strong. Officials of Scottsdale-based Cold Stone Creamery are these days attributing its explosive growth directly to the company's real estate section. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2004
Veteran Restaurant Franchisee Signs Deal with Raving Brands for 50 Restaurants in Michigan. Raving Brands announces today that veteran restaurant franchisee Steve Smith has signed a 50-store deal to open 30 Moe's Southwest Grill locations and 20 Mama Fu's Noodle House locations throughout 16 counties in Michigan. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2004
Printer switches focus to helping franchises. Bill McIntyre, CEO and board chairman of Allegra Network, has seen what happens when a franchisor grows too fast without paying enough attention to the long-term profitability of its franchisees. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2004
Home Improvement Franchises Retooling PR for Local Angle. Fueled by consumers' skyrocketing interest in home remodeling and design, home improvement franchises are spreading the word locally. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2004
Crucial Questions to Ask When Buying a Franchise. Before you sign on the dotted line, there are important things you should know about how franchises are regulated. Taking the time now to figure it out could save you time and money later. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
UPS to expand The UPS Store network. United Parcel Service Inc. subsidiary Mail Boxes Etc. Inc. has set a goal of expanding The UPS Store network to 5,000 locations in the United States by 2007. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
Manhattan Bake Shop Begins to Franchise Based on Customer Demand. Buttercup Bake
Shop plans for 4-5 stores in Manhattan by the end of 2004 with another 7-10 stores in the New York metro area by the end of 2005. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
Krispy Kreme shop coming to Anchorage. So the signs in front of a closed Anchorage Burger King saying Krispy Kreme is coming were an April Fool's Day joke. But, Krispy Kreme really is coming, likely within the year. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
New Internet Service Office Opens in Las Vegas. There’s a new connection in the Las Vegas Valley Internet Industry. WSI Internet Consulting and Education Company has announced the launch of a new Internet Consultant office In Las Vegas. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
Judge ratifies deal in suit vs. Quiznos. A judge has approved a class-action settlement that gives some former Quiznos shareholders $12.90 per share, as others are slated to get $32.50 per share. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2004
Sports training facility to open first local outlet. Velocity Sports Performance, which gives amateur athletes professional performance training, will open its first Oregon franchise in the Boones Ferry Center in Tualatin in mid-June. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2004
Huddle House Announces Entry Into Texas. Huddle House Inc. today announced that Corsicana Restaurants Inc. based in Corsicana, Texas has signed a market development agreement to open 11 Huddle House restaurants over the next 5 years throughout Texas. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2004
Minneapolis salon ready to clip here. Great Clips Inc., a Minneapolis-based salon franchise, is expanding into Pittsburgh at, well, a great clip. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2004
Cosmetic take-out. To cater to a younger, hipper customer, Nashville cosmetics retailer Linda Roberts is opening The Cosmetic Market & Take-Out Café. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2004
Marriott Sells Cendant U.S. Rights To Ramada Name. Marriott International today announced it sold its 50 percent share in the Ramada brand trademark and licenses to co-owner Cendant Corp. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2004
Colo. company to expand golf training at Golfsmith stores. Austin-based Golfsmith International Inc. is expanding golf instruction in its stores through an agreement with Englewood, Colo.-based Golftec Enterprises LLC. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2004
Banyan Corporation Exceeds Goals for New Franchised Clinics. Banyan Corporation and its subsidiary, Chiropractic USA, Inc., has now completed agreements with 52 chiropractic clinics, exceeding its stated goal and creating representation of the national franchise in more than 21 states. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2004
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