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Applebee's looking to be known for its food, not just its size. Applebee's International Inc. is now in the midst of a metamorphosis, an attempt to replace quantity with quality. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2004
Pub franchise to debut in U.S. Firkin & Fox, a Canadian chain of English-style pubs, will open its first restaurant in this country in Colonie. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2004
Krispy Kreme Reveals SEC Probe. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Thursday said federal regulators are investigating its repurchase of franchises and lowered earnings outlook. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2004
Ground Round Acquired by Franchisees. Today the Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC successfully executed their strategy to acquire a majority of the assets of The Ground Round Inc. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2004
Planet Smoothie Takes a Fast Casual Seat at the Healthy Table. Planet Smoothie announces today it is launching Planet Smoothie Cafe, a quick casual extension of its popular smoothie concept founded in 1995. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2004
My Girl Friday Fuels Growing Concierge Services Industry. Julie Hagenmaier, President and CEO of My Girl Friday (MGF) announced MGF's first-to-market concept is available for franchise opportunities. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
Frisch's expanding into local market. An Ohio company, Frisch's Restaurants Inc., will enter the Western Pennsylvania market through an agreement announced Monday to develop and manage 21 Golden Corral restaurants over the next seven years. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
Restaurants Gobble Up Savings as Customers Cut Down on Carbs. Hold the bun and pass the lettuce. Eateries find they can charge the same while offering less. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2004
Franchisees are finding child's play profitable. "Children-focused franchises have been hot and continue to be hot," says Russ Moserowitz, co-founder of Franchise Insights. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2004
Two Schlotzsky's exit area; third might join. Two independently-owned Schlotzsky's Deli franchises in Eagan and Apple Valley have closed and a third franchise, in Burnsville, could join them. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
IHOP closing more restaurants. IHOP Corp.'s ongoing restructuring cut into its second-quarter earnings and has prompted additional store closings, the restaurant chain announced Thursday. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
Quik Internet leaves customers without service. The man who referred to himself as "Cool Dave" in e-mails may have made many of his Quik Internet customers around Northwest Colorado lose their cool when the Internet service went offline without notice Wednesday. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
McDonald's joins pay-with-plastic trend. The $105 billion fast-food industry - searching for quick-n-easy ways to boost sales - is finally embracing the one thing it snubbed for years: the credit card. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2004
Rochester Flooring acquires 12 Invironmentalists franchises. The Rochester Flooring Resource said Thursday it has acquired 12 locations, including one each in Rochester and Syracuse, under the Invironmentalists franchise. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2004
Salon caters to younger clientele. It's the newest edition of child's entertainment that helps parents deal with an age-old situation - having your child's hair cut and them liking to have it cut. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2004
McDonald's posts 25% profit gain as recovery continues. McDonald's reported a 25% jump in second-quarter profits Thursday, buoyed by a fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit sales increases. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2004
Baskin-Robbins Scoops Up Another Guinness World Record. Baskin-Robbins New York franchisee, Mitch Cohen, today set a new Guinness World Record for "Most Ice Cream Cones Prepared in One Minute," scooping 18 cones. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2004
Alamo Drafthouse's franchising arm sold to president, CEO. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Austin's movie theater and restaurant chain, plans to add about 200 additional locations throughout the United States under the leadership of new franchise owners. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2004
Kroger Opens 500th Supermarket Fuel Center. The Kroger Co., one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains, today announced the opening of its 500th supermarket fuel center. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2004
Panera inks deals to open franchises in Colorado, Georgia, S.C. Panera Bread Co. has signed agreements with two franchisees to develop 27 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2004
Captain D's on pace for store development record. Over the past four weeks, Nashville-based Captain D's has opened four new stores and is on target to have its largest new-unit development year since 1994. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2004
iSold It Hires Former Mail Boxes Etc. Executive as President & CEO. iSold It today announced Kenneth C. Sully as President and Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, the company announced new franchise contracts bringing the total number of iSold It stores under development to over 150 nationwide. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2004
Convictions erased for four men in McDonald's game scam. An appeals court has erased convictions for four men found guilty in a multimillion-dollar scheme to cash in on stolen winning tickets in McDonald's games. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2004

Moving company specializing in high-value items has franchising plans. Nationwide Delivery Systems Inc. is moving ahead with plans to expand to 25 national franchises. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Handyman franchisees paint a bright outlook. Home repair companies taking on small projects around the house have been capitalizing on the increasing demand for home repair professionals. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Former Snap-on Tool Dealer Awarded $314,000 Damages. In a significant victory for franchisee rights, the American Arbitration Association has awarded Brian Casey, a former Snap-on dealer in Middletown, N.J., $314,608 in damages against Snap-on Tools of Kenosha, WI. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Noodles & Co. may be seeing last year on private co. list. Noodles & Company is again among the area's fastest-growing private companies, with revenue growth of 140 percent from 2001 to 2003. It could be one of the last times the Boulder-based restaurant chain lands a spot on the list. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Franchise is mad about educating, entertaining using hands-on science. The performers/scientists/entrepreneurs of Mad Science of Greater Kansas City have turned pedestrian scientific experiments into hugely popular teaching and motivational experiences. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Krispy Kreme prepares to open first Montana outlet. Sixty of the 80 employees needed have been hired, with the opening in Billings set for July 27. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2004
Dairy Queen's ads go for 'crave-ability'. New ads from Dairy Queen humorously spotlight new grill items and ice cream treats to try to differentiate the 4,800-store chain from the Big Three: McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2004
Papa Tony’s Pizza on the block, could become Papa John’s units again. Former Papa John’s franchisee Tony Rezko wants to sell his troubled chain of pizzerias. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2004
Wage gap contributing to women-owned business, entrepreneur says. Women-owned businesses are growing in part because of the continued wage gap between men and women, The Entrepreneur's Source in Des Peres, Mo., said Friday. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2004
MaggieMoo's franchisee to open four St. Louis-area stores. A MaggieMoo's franchisee plans to open four new locations in the St. Louis area in the next 12 months, the company said Friday. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2004
Domino's IPO at $14 a share, below targets; stock falters. Domino's Pizza's stock stumbled in its trading debut Tuesday, getting no rise out of investors despite an initial offering price that was below expectations. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2004
Turnaround specialist named CEO of fading fast-food giant. Burger King Corp. named a former president of Continental Airlines Inc. and turnaround specialist to be its new chief executive Tuesday as the chain struggles to keep its No. 2 position in the fast-food industry. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2004
Subway Brings Jared Back in Anti-Obesity Campaign. Sandwich chain Subway Restaurants, portraying itself as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity, unveiled a new ad campaign on Wednesday that brings back a long-time spokesman who lost nearly 250 pounds eating Subway sandwiches daily. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2004
McDonald's boosts global sales. McDonald's new range of salads and other healthier options may be starting to win back both customers and profits. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2004
Chain-link strategy: Papa Murphy's pizza hooks up with Wal-Mart. When the Vancouver, Wash.-based Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain company asked Kim and John Allen to open a store in the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Great Bend, Kan., the couple had questions. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
O'Carr's ready for change, puts franchises on menu. One of downtown Homewood's popular restaurants will soon begin selling franchises. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Wayport, SBC provide Wi-Fi at 17 new McDonald's. Seventeen new McDonald's restaurants in Oklahoma are now offering high-speed wireless Internet to their customers. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Captain D's sets sail for Great Lakes. Captain D's Inc. is preparing a major push northward, targeting some of the country's biggest cities with a renewed emphasis on franchising. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Ground Round Franchisees to Acquire Rights. A judge has awarded a group of Ground Round franchisees the bankrupt restaurant chain's franchise rights, despite objections from a Dallas real estate company which made a higher bid. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2004
FTC, DOJ, U.S. Attorney Announce Indictment of Worldwide Coffee Franchisors. The Federal Trade Commission and United States Attorney Marcos Daniel Jimenez announced today the indictment of Jeffrey M. and Terri L. Salley on criminal contempt charges. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2004
Assist-2-Sell Adds 70 Franchises. Assist-2-Sell, North America's largest residential discount real estate company, added 70 franchises from Jan. 1, 2004, through June 30, 2004. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2004
CoolBrands acquires Kinnet Dairy DSD from Parmalat. The distribution business is located primarily in the State of Georgia, with additional distribution coverage in areas of Alabama and South Carolina. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2004
McDonald's to redesign Chicago showcase restaurant. McDonald's said Monday that its popular Rock 'N' Roll restaurant in downtown Chicago will be leveled for the restaurant of the future - a two-story, glass-clad eatery that will feature wireless Internet and a rooftop garden. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
7-Eleven's same-store sales up 5.5 percent in June. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., the nation's largest convenience store chain, said Monday that its same-store sales were up 5.5 percent in June, compared to sales during the same period last year. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Gold's Gym founder dies at 82. Joe Gold, a bodybuilding pioneer who founded a beachside gym made famous by then-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, has died. He was 82. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Former Hooters manager pleads in videotaping case. A former Hooters restaurant manager accused of secretly videotaping female applicants as they changed into waitress uniforms pleaded no contest Monday to felony charges. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2004
Most 7-Elevens in Utah going franchise. The nationwide convenience store chain 7-Eleven is converting 93 of its 103 Utah company-operated stores into franchise operations. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2004
McDonald's sued over fatty french fries. McDonald's was hit with a lawsuit Thursday accusing the fast-food giant of failing to reduce fat in the cooking oil used in its french fries and other foods. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2004
Burger King owners hunt to fill throne. A former Continental Airlines executive is considered to be on the short list for Burger King's vacant chief executive job. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2004
Former Tumbleweed executive to expand pizza chain. A former president and CEO of Louisville-based Tumbleweed Southwest Bar & Grill Mesquite Restaurants has acquired the franchising rights to Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza and plans to expand the pizza chain across the Midwest. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2004
No end in sight: eBay drop-off stores continue to expand. Among the more than 20 new companies accepting items for listing on eBay, several have announced expansion plans in the past two months. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2004
A Bakery Cafe Chain Sets Sights on the New York Area. The Panera Bread Company already has about 640 bakery cafes in 35 states, but now the fast-growing St. Louis-based retailer, which specializes in selling fresh-baked breads out of sleek cafes, has ambitious expansion plans for the New York area. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2004
Schlotzsky's reduces workforce. Schlotzsky's Inc., an Austin-based company, announced Tuesday it will reduce its workforce as a result of declining revenues. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2004
Moving franchise in Twin Cities expands. Two Men and a Truck, a residential and commercial full-service moving franchise, plans to open three new franchise stores in the Twin Cities area. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2004
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. Rolls Out Twelve Month Strategy on Gator's Dockside. Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. today announced a twelve-month growth strategy for its Gator's Dockside Restaurants. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2004
Italian Oven founder giving it another shot. At Brentwood Towne Square, an Italian Oven Cafe Pizzeria opened last week, nearly seven years after the company that ran the original chain disappeared in bankruptcy court. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2004
McDonald's Ends Test of Diner Concept. McDonald's Corp. on Friday said it was ending a limited test of diner-style restaurants, as it focuses on its mainstay hamburger outlets. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2004
Burger King CEO Blum Leaves. Burger King Corp. on Friday said its chief executive, Brad Blum, has left the company after 18 months on the job due to strategic differences with the company's board of directors. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2004
Inno-Pac agrees to sell Shakey's Pizza chain to Jacmar Cos. Singapore-based Inno-Pacific Holdings has agreed to sell its 61-unit Shakey's Pizza chain to The Jacmar Companies for $4.5 million. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2004
Cold Stone Creamery plans month-long fund-raising effort. Cold Stone Creamery has announced its stores nationwide are teaming in July with Make-A-Wish Foundation for a month-long fund-raising effort. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2004
Franchises for dummies. Some people have a genuine head for business. Their minds race with ideas for squeezing ever more sales and profits out of whatever pursuit they're engaged in. Those folks need not apply for most franchise operations. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2004
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