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: : June 2004

Caring for Seniors Is A Lucrative Franchise. Demographics are driving the growth of nonmedical eldercare services. Find out what's involved in operating a franchise in this fast-growing niche. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2004
Low-Carbs Lay Krispy Kreme Sales Low. U.S. sales of packaged doughnuts have continued to slide since Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. warned last month that the low-carb craze had taken a bite out of business. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2004
Planet Smoothie Taking Regional Approach to Franchise Growth. Planet Smoothie announces today that it has signed its first regional representative charged with opening as many as 22 Planet Smoothies in Colorado by 2008. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2004
Amazon hits back at Toys 'R' Us. Online retailer Amazon.com has responded to a lawsuit from Toys 'R' Us by seeking to dissolve their partnership, citing a "chronic failure" by the second biggest US toy seller to adhere to a contract. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2004
Dunkin' Donuts says shop hurting its reputation. Dunkin' Donuts Inc., the nationwide chain with the pink-and-orange logo, has gone to federal court to force its Nashville franchisee to clean up his Murfreesboro Pike shop. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2004
Shoe seller takes strides to stay on track. Executives at Carrboro-based Fleet Feet Inc. spent some time last year examining the support they offer their far-flung franchisees. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Cookies for canines. Melanie Superack and her family have set tails wagging with Just Dogs! Gourmet, their new dog biscuit franchise in Cool Springs Galleria. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Flooding the market. Seattle cleanup company Cure Water Damage plans to soak the competition by selling franchises. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Tony Roma's Signs New Development Deal for Ireland. Romacorp, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with Drumard Trading LTD for the development of Tony Roma's restaurants in Ireland. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Wong's Wok franchiser sued by restaurant operators. A family that runs two Wong's Wok restaurants is suing the chain's franchiser after the company said it will terminate a contract because of under-reported sales. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Couple plans to expand pie biz. Can a couple who've carved out a successful living in northern Michigan baking hand-made pies compete in a growing, but competitive, slice of the restaurant business? .... [more] 27 Jun, 2004
Air conditioning franchise hopes to heat up competition. A Las Vegas company that specializes in residential air-conditioning has hooked up with a national franchise that is promising to shake up the local service market by emphasizing customer service. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2004
Ground Round Franchisees Enter into Agreement to Acquire Chain's Franchise Rights. The Ground Round Franchisee Council has entered into an agreement to acquire the chain's franchise rights and will form a new, cooperatively owned franchise operation - one of the few of its kind ever created. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2004
The Advantages of Home-Based Franchises. With the economy getting stronger and the labor market improving, running a franchise might not seem quite as appealing as it did during harder times. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2004
Golfer hopes to franchise new indoor training center. Triplets change a man's life. Some become stay-at-home dads. Or, as in the case of Rob Bearce, others open a year-round indoor golf training center. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2004
Carvel's plan for expansion a hot idea, area franchiser says. Atlanta-based Carvel Corp. is defying a downtrodden ice cream industry with plans to open 25 or more franchise locations throughout the Tampa Bay area in the next three years. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2004
Burger King searching for new CEO. Burger King is searching for a new CEO less than two years into the tenure of its current boss, according to published reports. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2004
Another investor files lawsuit against Krispy Kreme. An investor has filed a lawsuit in federal court, contending Krispy Kreme officials knowingly covered up business problems and falsely blamed a stock decline on low-carbohyrdate diets. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Cuts Fitness For Men Announces Sale of 100th Franchise & Expands To Latin America. Cuts Fitness For Men has announced the combination of selling its 100th franchise in the US and the opening of its first international franchise in Latin America, all in the inaugural year of the company. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Top Franchisees Thrive Despite Low-carb Mania. Is the entire universe on a low- carb diet? Probably not. At least not according to the numbers of the top restaurant franchisees in the United States. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Chester's International, LLC, Announces First Franchisee. Chester's International, LLC, formerly Chester Fried, today announced its first franchise agreement with Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Franchisors Seek to Attract More Minority Franchisees. With African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans representing 90 percent of the projected population growth over the next 50 years, franchisors are increasingly viewing minority franchise recruitment as a business imperative. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2004

Al Lapin Jr., co-founder of International House of Pancakes, dies at 76. Al Lapin Jr., an entrepreneur who co-founded the International House of Pancakes with a single restaurant in 1958, has died. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2004
Wendy's builds drive-through-only stores in test. Wendy's is betting on a new store format that will make its fast food even faster by eliminating the dining room altogether, the company's North American chief told Reuters Thursday. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2004
Franchising emerges as new way to spread the meatless message. Once considered taboo in the veggie restaurant industry, corporate-style business models are slowly gaining popularity as vegans seek to advance their message with franchised restaurants nationwide. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2004
McDonald's serving up new kiosk ordering plan. McDonald's has eliminated the middle man standing between the fast food lover and his burger, with an advanced test of technology that promises to shorten lines and give consumers more control over ordering. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2004
Firehouse establishes lending subsidiary. The parent company of Firehouse Subs has established a subsidiary to lend money to franchisees and the graduates of the company's ownership program. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2004
Panera offers Internet access, office environment for free. One of the newest locations of Panera, a restaurant known for its bread made fresh daily, is providing business customers with a place - and the means - to work away from the office. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2004
iSold It to Open 47 Stores in Seattle, Dallas and Detroit. iSold It announced today that franchise and development agreements have been executed for forty seven new iSold It franchise stores in Seattle, Dallas and Detroit. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2004
Pizza Patron Signs Agreement for Six Additional Stores. Pizza Patron has executed a development agreement with Colorado Pizza Partners, LLC to bring six additional stores to Colorado. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2004
Diedrich to upgrade Coffee People locations. With the completion of a new $5 million capital facility, Diedrich Coffee Inc. said it plans to upgrade its Coffee People locations. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2004
Owner of Omni Hotels to Buy Gold's Gym. The owner of Omni Hotels is hoping to add some new muscle to Gold's Gym International Inc., the fitness chain made famous by a bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2004
Health Express USA to Focus on Franchise Expansion. As Americans embrace more healthy lifestyles, Health Express USA is stepping up to the plate with plans to deliver them the food they crave without the guilt. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2004
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits Increases Franchise Support with Key Additions. Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits announced the addition of industry-veteran, Bob Melberth, who recently joined Popeyes as vice president of franchise support. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2004
Global Business Services Unit Rolls Out E-Bay Service. Global Business Services, Inc.'s subsidiary, Postal Connections of America (PCA) announces adding E-Bay drop off and listing service to its franchise network. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2004
Moe's Crosses Mason-Dixon Line with Plans to Open 25 Restaurants. As promised, Moe's Southwest Grill is off and running at an aggressive pace to open 150+ restaurants in 2004. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2004
Earning bucks and business skills: Painting gigs not just summer rite for some collegians. This summer, with graduation just six months away, Dave Ecklund is running his own Tuition Painters franchise with a goal of earning enough to pay his University tuition. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2004
Fast-Food Chain Has Beef With Disney. When it comes to its relationship with Walt Disney Co., McDonald's Corp. is hardly lovin' it. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2004
Full Circle Image Begins Expansion Plan. Full Circle Image has begun an expansion plan that calls for an international expansion extending to Canada in 2004. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2004
Mayor to Mister Softee: You're driving N.Y. nuts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a sweeping anti-noise initiative unveiled last week, is targeting an unlikely - and some say, blameless - noisemaker: the city's ubiquitous ice-cream trucks. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2004
Franchises unlock 'American Dream'. Although franchise businesses are often associated with fast-food restaurants, franchises are much more than burgers, burritos and biggie-sized fries. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2004
Kolache Factory spreads Czech-American delicacy nationwide. A pastry with an unusual name and a Czech history is catching on beyond the deep heart of Texas. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2004
Coffee shop winks at Utah's prim reputation. It's not everyday a Utah-based company has a risqu play on words in its name while at the same time marketing a high-caffeine product. Bad Ass Coffee Company is doing just that. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2004
Five Phoenix-area franchisees sue Quiznos. Five operators of Quiznos sandwich shops in the Phoenix area have sued the restaurant chain, claiming deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and fraud. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
Fast-Food Sales Set to Slow - Analysts. The heady growth that has characterized fast-food sales in the past year may be headed back to earth, leveled by tough comparisons and consumer belt-tightening, analysts said on Thursday. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
Buffalo Wild Wings to open 65 stores in 2004. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has announced that the newly-public chain of restaurants is on pace to open 20 corporate and 45 franchise-operated stores in 2004. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
Suit closes restaurants. Florida-based Renaissance Restaurants closed its two remaining Houlihan's Restaurants in North Raleigh and Cary shortly after it was sued by the chain's corporate parent. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
IHOP Corp. Signs Four Franchise Agreements to Develop 28 New IHOP Restaurants. IHOP Corp. today announced that it has signed Multi-Store Development Agreements with four of its existing franchisees to develop a total of 28 new IHOP restaurants over the next two to 10 years. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
Century 21 starts Hispanic sales team. Real estate firm Century 21 All Islands has launched a Hispanic sales team to target the demographic in Hawaii. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
New 24-hour fitness concept opening in Wichita. Anytime Fitness, a Minneapolis-based franchise gym concept, will open its first Wichita location June 14. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Bally sweats uncertain future. A shareholder in Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. on Tuesday, June 8, called on CEO Paul Toback to sell the health club franchise amid a sharp fall-off in its financial performance. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
First CiCi's Pizza franchise opens in Cincinnati. CiCi's Pizza has opened the first of 13 restaurants planned for the Cincinnati area. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Payless Car Sales Growth Zooms with New Locations and Added Services. Payless Car Sales, Inc. signed five new independent dealers through the company's dynamic franchise package. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Hollywood Tans targets Detroit. Hollywood Tans plans to open 25 tanning salons in Metro Detroit by 2006, as it targets Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee for expansion. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Sweet Peppers opens Cordova franchise. Sweet Peppers Deli Franchise Systems has opened a store in Cordova, the company's second restaurant and its first in Tennessee. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2004
RELATED - Small Business Confidence Dips in May. Optimism at small U.S. businesses faded slightly in May from a near-record April as inflation became more of a concern, but job growth and profits remained strong, a survey released on Tuesday showed. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2004
Famous Dave's opens restaurant in Las Vegas. Famous Dave's of America Inc. has added Nevada to its venues, opening a new Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que restaurant in Las Vegas. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2004
SBC to Offer Wi-Fi Access at 6,000 McDonald's. SBC Communications Inc. on Monday said it would sell wireless Internet access at up to 6,000 McDonald's Corp. restaurants, as well as providing the Internet connections for the stores in its region. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2004
Firm adds digital advertising, seeks 200-franchise network. By the end of this year, Tony Jacobson's advertising empire could include as many as 75 franchises of AllOver Media across the country. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2004
'Magic' Johnson to Become Burger King Franchisee. Basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson has signed up to franchise 30 Burger King restaurants in urban African-American communities, the world's No. 2 burger chain said on Monday. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2004
Van Davis Resigns from Century 21 Real Estate Corporation. The Cendant Real Estate Services Division today announced it has accepted the resignation of Van Davis, president & CEO of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2004
McDonald's, Sony Singing Free Downloads. McDonald's Corp. and Sony Corp. are teaming up to give away free music downloads, in a step that analysts said raises questions about McDonald's long-standing relationship with Walt Disney Co. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
Metals Stores Prove Magnets for Customers. Metal Supermarkets calls itself "the convenience store of the metals industry," filling the void between modern hardware stores and huge service centers. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
US Franchise Systems Once Again Earns Fair Franchising Seal from AAFD. The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has announced that it is has once again awarded the prestigious Fair Franchising Seal to US Franchise Systems, Inc. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
KFC Promises FTC to Tell Truth on Chicken. Yum Brands Inc.'s KFC unit promised on Thursday not to make unsupported health claims as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators over ads touting fried chicken as a good choice for dieters. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
Papa John’s sues franchisee for using "Papa Tony" name. Papa John’s International is suing Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a franchise operator of 30 Papa John’s units in Chicago and six in the Detroit area. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2004
AFC ponders Church's Chicken sale. AFC Enterprises Inc. may put another one of its franchises on the selling block. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2004
RepairOne Drives Ahead to Franchise Auto Repair and Service Concept. RepairOne® Automotive Concepts LLC will launch their "Just One" national franchise program in the 4th quarter, based on their "Be-the-One" mission statement. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2004
iSold It Launches Nationwide eBay Mail-in Service. iSold It, the nation's fastest growing chain of franchised eBay drop-off stores, announced today that it will now service the entire country with the first ever mail-in eBay service. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2004
Regis Corporation Acquires Blaine Beauty Career Schools. Regis Corporation today announced that it has entered the beauty school business with the acquisition of Blaine Beauty Career Schools, an established chain of 6 schools located in Massachusetts. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2004
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