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: : Mar 2000

Those Bagel Shops: Are They Toast? Bagel shops, home of one of the hottest low-fat food fads of the 1990s, appear to be headed the way of the frozen yogurt stand as more Americans indulge in decadent foods such as doughnuts and ice cream. .... 31 Mar, 2000
Domino's Settles Heated Bag Lawsuit. Domino's Pizza and the R.G. Barry Corp. have settled Barry's patent infringement lawsuit over the heated delivery bags used by Domino's. .... 31 Mar, 2000
Takeover of Ben & Jerry's may end in raspberry split. The ice cream company founded by two caring capitalists in a renovated gas station, could become Ben and Big Business after takeover talks with Unilever. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2000
Individual Outlet Owners Create E-Commerce Sites. Here's a new twist on how the Internet is slicing through the bricks-and-mortar structure of franchising: Individual outlet owners are setting up their own e-commerce sites. .... 30 Mar, 2000
Bagel Chain's Future in 'Substantial Doubt.' After years of bleeding cash and struggling with heavy debt, Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp. revealed this week that the company may not have enough money to continue operating after October. .... 30 Mar, 2000
McDonald's Eyes Non-Burger Eateries. McDonald's will open 160 to 180 new restaurants under its Chipotle Mexican Grill, Donatos Pizza and London-based Aroma Cafe brands. .... 30 Mar, 2000
U.S. Franchise profits are disappointing. Hotel franchiser U.S. Franchise Systems Inc. on Thursday reported lower-than-expected 1999 fourth-quarter operating earnings and said it had had unsuccessful talks with parties interested in buying the company. .... 30 Mar, 2000
Ben & Jerry's Confirms Talks. Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. on Wednesday confirmed it has held talks that could result in the firm going private in a possible deal involving Europe's Unilever Plc. .... 29 Mar, 2000
UPDATE 1-Ben but no Jerry? Ice cream firm may go private. Ice Cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., whose clever flavor names and socially responsible business style launched a cult following, could be going private - perhaps without Jerry. .... 29 Mar, 2000
McDonald's to Add Non-Burger Restaurants. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast food chain, plans to open a total of 160 to 180 non-hamburger restaurants in 2000, according to the company's annual report. .... 29 Mar, 2000
Ben & Jerry's considers buyout. Ben & Jerry's Homemade, the US ice cream group with a reputation for being socially active, is contemplating going private in a $260m buyout to escape the clutches of would-be bidders. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2000
Ben & Jerry's Confirms Talks. Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. on Wednesday confirmed it has held talks that could result in the firm going private in a possible deal involving Europe's Unilever Plc. .... 29 Mar, 2000
Ben & Jerry's Confirms Discussions(PR). Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. today confirmed that there are ongoing discussions between representatives of the Company, Unilever, Meadowbrook Lane Capital and Ben Cohen, and that a "going private" transaction was presented to the Board of Directors at its meeting last Thursday. .... 29 Mar, 2000
City May Call Cab Competition. Officials say a franchise system would better serve the increasing tourist population anticipated with the completion of Disney's California Adventure theme park and the Convention Center because it allows the city to set strict standards. .... 29 Mar, 2000
New World Continues to Recapture Master Franchise Territories(PR). New World Coffee-Manhattan Bagel Inc. today announced that it has recaptured a Manhattan Bagel master franchise territory covering 28 stores in Georgia and the Carolinas. .... 29 Mar, 2000
McDonald's boosts sales in Hungary by 22pct in '99. McDonald's claims a 64 percent share of the fast food market. .... 28 Mar, 2000
RELATED - An unfriendly marketplace. Wilbraham chain closes 80 restaurants in struggle to secure its niche in increasingly crowded field. .... 28 Mar, 2000
Variety of Challenges Face Restaurant Operators According to New Industry Report (PR). Despite Upward Sales Trends, Companies Must Focus on Operations And Same-Store Sales to Improve Market Share. .... 28 Mar, 2000
Children's Orchard (PR). Atlanta Prime for Recruiting Women And Minority Franchises Through National Minority Franchise Initiative. .... 27 Mar, 2000
McDonald's Veteran Purchases Mr. Rooter as Second Career. From Burgers to Plumbing, It's the Franchise System That Counts. .... 24 Mar, 2000
SUBWAY® Restaurants Introduces New Bread. SUBWAY® Restaurants announces the roll out of its re-formulated Italian and wheat bread because "the better the bread, the better the sandwich." .... 23 Mar, 2000

Pick-Ups Plus Announces Corporate Strategy for Year 2000. Pick-Ups Plus intends to add five (5) new franchise stores and one (1) new Company owned store, bringing the total number of stores to seventeen (17) by year end. .... 23 Mar, 2000
Pizza Restaurant Wins Panel's Support. The Schaumburg Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday unanimously recommended the Village Board grant a special-use permit for a proposed Chicago Street Pizza restaurant. .... 23 Mar, 2000
Number of New Businesses Fell Last Year, Study Finds. The number of start-up businesses fell 2.7% last year, to 151,016 after declining 7% to 155,141 in 1998, according to a survey by Dun & Bradstreet Corp. .... 23 Mar, 2000
Century 21 Real Estate Corporation Announces Record Year in Franchise Sales. Century 21 Real Estate Corporation today announced sales of franchises in 1999 representing nearly $196 million in annual Gross Closed Commission income. That number represents a seven percent increase over 1998 sales and sets a new benchmark for the System. .... 20 Mar, 2000
Takeout aims to be in. Are penny-pinching Beantown eaters ready for upscale takeout food? With a new kind of $1 million store that's part restaurant and part grocery, the owners of Zathmary's Specialty Foods Marketplace are betting they are. .... 21 Mar, 2000
Burger King Corporation Names President for Latin America/Caribbean Region. Within his new position, Silva will be responsible for managing the operations, marketing and development of the more than 470 Burger King restaurants in Latin America. .... 20 Mar, 2000
On the FasTrak to fast food. Fast food may get a lot faster next month. The McDonald's restaurant at 3141 Harbor Blvd. will be one of four county franchises that will allow drive-through customers to pay with FasTrak devices. .... 18 Mar, 2000
Ford Service Gets in the Quick Lane. After decades of watching customers pull out of the showroom with their newly purchased Ford vehicle but pull into the nearby Sears for a battery or Midas for a muffler or Goodyear for tires or Jiffy Lube for an oil and filter change, Ford Motor Co. has decided enough is enough. .... 17 Mar, 2000
Tandy Changing Name to RadioShack. Tandy Corp. is changing its name to RadioShack Corp. in what the company called a sign of confidence in the future of its electronics stores. .... 17 Mar, 2000
Wendy's Taps U.S. Chief to Lead Company. Wendy's International Inc. said Friday that its board named John Schuessler chief executive officer and president of the fast food restaurant operating and franchising company. .... 17 Mar, 2000
US Office Products May Sell Mail Boxes. US Office Products Co. is exploring strategic opportunities for its Mail Boxes Etc. unit, a box shipping and postal services franchisor with about 4,100 locations worldwide, the company said on Thursday. .... 16 Mar, 2000
Food.com to Deliver Blockbuster Videos, Games. Blockbuster Inc., the world's largest video-store chain, said it will offer home delivery of movies and video games through Food.com, which delivers restaurant takeout meals. .... 16 Mar, 2000
Burger King Ad Angers Muslims. Burger King has agreed to drop a character named Rasheed from a radio commercial after an Islamic group complained that the ad suggested that a Muslim was eating pork in what would be a violation of religious law. .... 15 Mar, 2000
Ben & Jerry's Speculates on Buyout. The social mission of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. would probably not survive a takeover by a large traditional company, said co-founder Ben Cohen. .... 15 Mar, 2000
Sandwich Shop Seeks Elusive Link to Success. Standing in the doorway of his sausage sandwich shop, Bryan Johnson is frustrated by the long lines he sees at the nearby fast-food joints. Why pass up a healthy, gourmet sausage sandwich washed down by a premium microbrew, no waiting necessary? .... 15 Mar, 2000
Retail Sales Surge in February. Americans went on a buying binge in February, pushing up retail sales by 1.1 percent, the government said today. .... 14 Mar, 2000
Papa John's Pizza Rated Best in Customer Satisfaction Surveys. Not only is Papa John's International, Inc. the fastest-growing national pizza chain the Louisville, Ky.-based pizza franchise company also has grabbed first place in each of two recent national customer satisfaction surveys. .... 13 Mar, 2000
Grin and Bear it? Shareholders Have Other Ideas When Stocks Sink. Cendant, the big franchiser of Ramada hotels and Avis rental cars, agreed to pay its stockholders $2.8 billion to settle charges of widespread accounting fraud that wiped out billions in the company's market value. .... 13 Mar, 2000
Go-cart whiz takes on business bumps. At 22, Lucas Strackerjan sees himself as a battle-hardened veteran of the business wars. He's a much tougher nut than when he went into business 2½ years ago, he insists. .... 13 Mar, 2000
New Dry Cleaning Method Tested. Joseph DeSimone set out to make a better plastic and instead could revolutionize the dry-cleaning business. .... 12 Mar, 2000
McDonald's Invests in Online Food Company. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast food chain, on Thursday said it made an investment in online food takeout and delivery service company Food.com, as it explores e-commerce opportunities for its non-hamburger brands like Donatos Pizza. .... 9 Mar, 2000
Drugstores in a street fight. ''It's really a dogfight,'' says Bruce Kaufman, a partner with Finard & Co. of Burlington, a commercial real estate firm. .... 9 Mar, 2000
Triple Threat Steps up to Fast-Food Restaurant Plate. It's a strange mix, but a new fast-food restaurant opening next week in Chicago will cater to customers who want to dine on such disparate food offerings - all at once, if that's what tempts their tongues. .... 9 Mar, 2000
Interest: - A Quiet Opening Awaits Two New Restaurateurs. After years of planning and a practice weekend of serving friends and family in their new, upscale Washington, D.C., restaurant, Todd and Ellen Gray are finally ready to open to the public. .... 8 Mar, 2000
Thrifty Car Rental Franchises 7 New Territories. According to Jeff Bevis, Staff Vice President for Franchise Sales, as Thrifty looks to continue its worldwide expansion, the addition of key U.S. markets to the Thrifty franchise portfolio remains a high priority for the company. .... 7 Mar, 2000
Officials Take Aim at Easy-Money Ventures. Federal and state agencies file complaints against 68 operations accused of deceiving people about work opportunities. .... 7 Mar, 2000
FTC Tips on Recognizing Phony Jobs. Federal Trade Commission recommendations for people to consider before entering into business opportunities. .... 6 Mar, 2000
Hardee's Uses Music to Strike Chord with Customers (PR). The fast food burger chain has enlisted the talents of Lou Bega, Boys II Men, Lace and the duo of Smokey Robinson and Vonda Shepard to increase awareness and recognition of the Hardee's brand. .... 6 Mar, 2000
Independent Bookstore Took the Road Less Traveled to Success. Huggard left behind a failed Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Rolling Meadows and work as a corporate general manager to own the business he had longed for since his childhood, when he couldn't afford books. .... 6 Mar, 2000
Kenny Rogers loses his chicken but keeps on tickin'. The perfect place to lunch Kenny Rogers would be Kenny Rogers Roasters. Alas, the last of his chicken-and-biscuits restaurants in Toronto has shut down and the chain is in bankruptcy protection. .... 4 Mar, 2000
Retail Sales in Feb. Unexpectedly Strong. Economy: Roiling stock market and rising interest rates and oil prices didn't deter American shoppers. ... 3 Mar, 2000
Top Stores' Retail Sales Figures. The sales compare the current year's sales with those of the previous year. Retailers are ranked according to results at the end of February. .... 2 Mar, 2000
Retail Sales Surged in February. Consumers shrugged off stock market volatility, rising interest rates and a jump in oil prices and kept spending in February, lifting sales at many of the nation's retailers to better-than-expected levels. .... 2 Mar, 2000
Does Social Class Determine What You Eat? A couple of years ago, Yale University researchers came out with a study advocating a "fat tax." .... 1 Mar, 2000
Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary. The celebration began today in South Boston at 11 a.m. as Dunkin' Donuts turned a shop completely gold in honor of this golden anniversary! .... 1 Mar, 2000
Serruya suddenly leaves CEO post at Yogen Fruz. Michael Serruya, who built Yogen Fruz World-Wide Inc. from a single store to one of the world's largest yogurt franchisors, stepped down yesterday as chief executive after the company's stock market meltdown last year. .... 1 Mar, 2000
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