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: : August 2004

Garage floor specialist aiming to franchise. Mike Dasovich has been taming that often-cluttered, dirty and forgotten part of the house with designer floors, custom cabinets and storage racks through his business, Front Range Garage Floor. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Weight management system has appetite for franchising. Instead of reaching dieters through books like the Atkins and South Beach diets, the Siegal diet hopes to use enterprising physicians and businessmen to grow through franchising. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Construction under way for the first Freddy's franchise. The owners of Wichita-based Freddy's Frozen Custard have struck their first franchise deal, one for a location in Hutchinson, Kan. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Lean On Me Enterprises to Offer Franchise Opportunity. Following a year of successful operation and a multitude of customer inquiries, Lean On Me Enterprises is
offering franchise opportunities in 23 states throughout the United States. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Nonprofit sees Ben & Jerry's franchise as a sweet deal. Guadalupe Centers Inc., an 85-year-old social services agency, hopes to announce a scoop soon - getting one of the first Ben & Jerry's franchises in Kansas City. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Burger King's new CEO tries to repeat Continental success. To Greg Brenneman, Burger King Corp. is a great place to work - the fast-food chain is losing customers to its rivals, its franchisees are restless and the company has had 10 CEOs in 15 years. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2004
Famous Dave franchisee to add 18 restaurants in California. A franchisee in California has bought the rights to open 18 Famous Dave's restaurants in the state. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2004
AuctionDrop Expands into Hawaii and Alaska through The UPS Store. AuctionDrop today announced it will begin servicing customers in Hawaii and Alaska through The UPS Store locations in those states. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2004
Earnings Not So Sweet for Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Thursday said its quarterly profit tumbled by more than half and slashed its sales growth outlook for the rest of the year. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2004
iSold It Signs Franchise Agreement for Its 200th eBay Drop Off Store. iSold It, the nation's leading eBay drop off chain, announced today they now have franchise agreements in place to open 200 iSold It stores in 23 states. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
Learning Care Group to expand franchising. With a new name adopted earlier this month, Learning Care Group Inc. is now focusing on growing its Tutor Time franchise operation and filling more seats in its Childtime Learning Centers. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
Quiznos picks Pepsi over Coke at 3,600 restaurants. PepsiCo Inc., which lost Subway Restaurants as a major fountain customer last year to rival Coca-Cola Co., has won the U.S. beverage and snack business of Quiznos Corp. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
Dunkin' Donuts departs Nashville. The last Dunkin' Donuts in Nashville is gone, replaced by a Honey-Dip Donuts after the local franchisee lost his license to sell the Dunkin' brand. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2004
Hair Salon Operator Regis Profit Rises. Regis Corp., the world's largest hair salon owner and franchiser, on Tuesday reported a 21 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong sales growth in its outlets, such as in Wal-Mart stores. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2004
Meritage Hospitality Opens Michigan's First O'Charley's Restaurant. Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. today announced the opening of Michigan's first O'Charley's restaurant located in Grand Rapids. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2004
Anchor Bar looks to 'wing' it around U.S. Chicken wing fans take note: Coming soon to a city near you may be the Anchor Bar, founding home of Buffalo's fabled culinary item. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2004
Geeks on a streak. Two IT Guys, a fleet of PT Cruisers, nine franchises and a constant flow of computers that need fixing keep the engines running for Geeks on Call. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2004
Favorable tax review pushes Toys R Us into profit. No. 2 toy seller Toys R Us, which has said it is considering getting out of the toy business, posted a second-quarter profit Monday helped by a $200 million tax reversal. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2004
Krystal makes its mark. The small, square burgers from Krystal restaurants are about to hit Williamson County - The Krystal Co.'s first foray in Central Texas. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2004
Happy 25th birthday to McDonald's kid meal. The Happy Meal, pairing a child-size meal with a tiny toy, went into national release 25 years ago after Bob Bernstein realised "kids want something to do while they're eating". .... [more] 22 Aug, 2004
Caboodle Cartridge Debuts California's First Inkjet and Laser Refilling Facility. Caboodle Cartridge, LP is creating an entirely new channel for ink jet and laser printer cartridges by introducing an advanced recharging laboratory and first-of-its-kind retail service outlets in California. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2004
Public's appetite for low carbs may be waning. At a time when Atkins and South Beach have pervaded the national consciousness, local and national grocery stores express concern that interest in the low-carb lifestyle may have plateaued. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2004
'Soup Nazi' cooking up deal for more stores. Al Yeganeh - whose steaming bowls of soup and boiling temper inspired the famous Soup Nazi character on "Seinfeld" in the mid 1990s - is franchising his Soup Kitchen International. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2004
Marco's Pizza Celebrates 27th Anniversary and Opens 125th Unit. Marco's Pizza, currently celebrating its 27th Anniversary, announced the opening of its 125th unit, owned by NBA star Jimmy Jackson. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2004
Snip-its to open children's salons. Snip-its, a chain of children's hair salons, will make its debut in Tennessee with the opening of two new franchise stores in the Nashville area within the next 18 months. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2004
Party City franchisee with Triad stores wins award. P.M. Parties Inc., which operates Party City stores in Greensboro and Winston-Salem among others, was named franchise of the year by retail chain Party City Corp. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004
McDonald's Expands Test of Deli-Style Sandwiches. McDonald's Corp. is expanding its test of five varieties of deli-style sandwiches and expects to have them in 400 of its U.S. restaurants by the end of the year. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004

Childtime Learning Centers, Inc. to Become Learning Care Group, Inc. Michigan-based Childtime Learning Centers, Inc., parent company of the Childtime and Tutor Time child care brands, has become Learning Care Group, Inc. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004
Pet Supplies 'Plus' dreams of going west. A growing number of pets and a proliferation of products to pamper them is fueling continued growth for Pet Supplies “Plus,” the country’s third-largest pet supply chain. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004
Hooters hotel coming to Las Vegas. The Hotel San Remo has signed a management deal with the Hooters restaurant chain to rebrand the Las Vegas hotel-casino into a Hooters Casino Hotel. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2004
Bridgeman to add up to 45 new Wendy's locations. Bridgeman Foods Inc., a Louisville, Ky.-based Wendy's franchisee, plans to add 35 to 45 stores during the next five years. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2004
BLIMPIE Convention Outlines New Brand Direction. Blimpie International, Inc. used the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the BLIMPIE brand and their annual Franchisee convention in Washington D.C. to provide details for re-invigorating the brand. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2004
One man's junk ... spells success for local franchisees. Eduardo Torres had two hopes for his future franchise: provide a service and avoid using a storefront. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2004
Krispy Kreme chief operating officer resigns effective mid-September. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Monday its chief operating officer is resigning, effective in mid-September to pursue another opportunity in northern California. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2004
'Ugly' is only skin deep for investors. The average real estate investor might cringe at the homes Spencer Sutton and Roland Beason buy. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2004
Fish Window Cleaning expanded into New Jersey. One local entrepreneur has turned a tedious task into a highly sought-after business focusing on high-level service in the more than $160 million window cleaning industry. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2004
Build-A-Bear will go public. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., an international chain of do-it-yourself teddy-bear factories, plans to go public. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2004
Qualifying Process Begins for Auction Mills Franchisees. Auction Mills Inc. is excited to announce the first part of September they will begin the qualifying process for potential franchisees. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2004
Chili's to Expand in Alabama, Mississippi Through Franchise Agreement. Brinker International, Inc., and Valenti Management, Inc., have entered into a franchising and development agreement that will bring 20 new Chili's locations to Alabama and Mississippi. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2004
Toys aren't them? Toys R Us may sell toy unit. Pounded by competition from discount retailers and increasingly shunned by kids moving on to fancy cell phones and iPods at younger ages, Toys R Us says it might shed its toy business in a major restructuring. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2004
CruiseOne Joins Veterans Franchising Initiative. CruiseOne, one of the largest travel franchisers in North America, is now an active participant in VetFran, a special program launched by the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. Continues Obee's Expansion. Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. today announced the signing of an Obee's Master Development Agreement in Hawaii. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
Captain D's enters Detroit market with Alpha Group. Nashville-based Captain D's has signed a franchise agreement that will mark the company's entrance into the Detroit market. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
Historic site hosts new KFC. The cafe birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken has risen from its rubble on 3890 S. State St. as a shrine to the two men and countless fowl who created one of the world's most famous fast-food chains. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
What's Really Inside Krispy Kreme? Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. investors have plenty to chew on these days, and it's giving them indigestion rather than a pleasant sugar surge. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. Announces Extension of Growth Incentive Plan. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced that the Company will extend all incentives for new franchisee growth until December 31, 2005. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2004
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen Poised For Growth. Craig Gandolph, Founder/CEO of Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen has announced that the firm is experiencing explosive growth through the firm's franchise program. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2004
Next Generation Media Adds Two New Franchises in Upstate New York and Florida. Next Generation Media Corporation today announced it has signed two new franchisees in Rochester, New York, and Brandon, Florida. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2004
CKE to Settle Lawsuits. Carl's Jr. restaurant owner, operator and franchiser Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. reached a preliminary agreement to settle three class action lawsuits concerning unpaid overtime, parent company CKE Restaurants Inc. said Friday. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2004
Schlotzsky's stock pulled from Nasdaq. Two days after it voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the stock of Austin-based deli chain Schlotzsky's Inc. has been yanked from listing on the Nasdaq stock market. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
Shredding firm market on a tear in Birmingham. When Bob Duncan opened Shred-It in Birmingham five years ago, it took some time to explain to potential clients why they should hire a shredding service. Times have changed. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
McDonald's Touts Social Record to Counter Critics. McDonald's Corp. took the offensive on Thursday to try to polish its much-maligned image on nutrition, workers rights and food safety. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
Krispy Kreme franchise buybacks are questioned. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, whose buy-back of franchises is under federal scrutiny, will likely face questions about why its accounting for such deals differs from others in the restaurant industry. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2004
Eatza Pizza Enters Michigan Market. Eatza Pizza Inc., a Scottsdale-based operator of valued-priced pizza buffet restaurants, today announced its entry into the Michigan market with the awarding of a multi-store agreement. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2004
Schlotzsky's deli franchiser seeks Ch. 11 protection. Schlotzsky's, a delicatessen franchiser with more than 500 outlets in 36 states and six countries, filed Tuesday for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2004
Marco's Pizza to Expand to Las Vegas. Jim Tippin and his brother Jerry have signed a franchise agreement to bring Marco's Pizza, a 27-year old Toledo based chain, into the Las Vegas area. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2004
Jiffy Lube Franchisee to Settle Lawsuit. A Jiffy Lube franchise operator has agreed to pay $299,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by three female employees through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
Valley franchising hot as economy sparks demand. Valley entrepreneurs choosing to go the franchise route are finding the steady growth of the state's economy and population has created a fertile ground for franchises. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
Hidden franchises can cause big legal problems for unwary. Have you recently profited by sharing your marketing plan with another business or by allowing your trademarked products to be used by another company? .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
Family looks for home run with Sports Clips franchise. Men, sports and barbershops - it's a combination the Hill family in Nashville believe has the makings of a home run. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
Garage junk gets hooked. Although garages are actually made to house cars, not junk, GarageTek's customers sometimes can hardly believe it when their vehicles fit in the space. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
IHOP's largest franchisee sells restaurants. The largest individual franchisee of Glendale, Calif.-based IHOP Corp. has sold his 35 Texas restaurants, including several in the Austin area. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2004
Owner plans to franchise Knot Knew book store. When Joel Nyenhuis found himself in between jobs a few years ago, he decided to take his collection of well-read books and open a bookstore. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2004
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