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: : September 2004

Cendant to buy Orbitz for $1.25B. Franchise-and-travel giant Cendant said Wednesday it will buy online travel agent Orbitz in a deal estimated at $1.25 billion, making it the No. 2 online travel agency behind Expedia. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2004
Poston Properties joins the Sotheby's franchise network. Poston Properties, a luxury real estate brokerage in Dallas, has joined the Sotheby's International Realty franchise network. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2004
Two black customers allege discrimination by restaurant chain. Two black customers who claim they were ignored and treated rudely at Waffle House restaurants in Hopewell and Fredericksburg filed lawsuits against the company Wednesday. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2004
Johnny Carino's to expand into Pacific Northwest. The Austin-based owner, operator and franchiser of Johnny Carino's Country Italian restaurants has signed an agreement to develop 18 restaurants in Washington and Oregon. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2004
Jocks & Jills sports bar looking to franchise. After 17 years of refining their concept, the owners of local restaurant chain Jocks & Jills Sports Grill are now offering franchise licenses for the sports-themed eatery. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
Motion DNA to Launch Franchise Program, Increase Expansion Opportunities. Motion DNA Corporation announced its intention to launch its franchise program six months ahead of schedule. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
Comeback kids? The Pizza Inn brand is returning after a two-decade absence. Can it succeed in a market that's already saturated in pizza sauce? .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
Wendy's International, Inc. Appoints Kathie Chesnut to Enterprise Role. Wendy's International, Inc. today announced two organizational changes that will strengthen the Company's ability to innovate and execute in the new product development areas. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
Doggonit, she needs you as a franchisee. Donna Sheehy hopes her new business will go to the dogs - and the cats all over New England. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2004
Preschool franchise growing in suburbs. With three suburban locations already open and a dozen more anticipated in the next year, The Goddard School is blitzing Illinois with its growing preschool franchise. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2004
Uber Baby to open Friday. A new retail store called Uber Baby will open in Minneapolis, with the owners hoping to eventually franchise the concept. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2004
Is an Existing Franchise A Safer Investment? Sometimes things work out better if you can kick the tires. If you're in the market to purchase a franchise, first consider this advice. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2004
Chain of English pubs coming to Northeast Florida. The Firkin Group of Pubs plans to open the first of the four pubs in Northeast Florida within a year through a franchise agreement with Strategic Restaurant Concepts. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2004
PremierGarage Reaches Franchising Milestone. PremierGarage, a Phoenix based provider of upscale garage enhancements, announced this week the signing of their twenty-fifth franchise, located in Chicago. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2004
Huddle House Director of Operations Becomes New Franchise Operator. Rance Reese, a nine year veteran of Huddle House Inc. who served as the company's director of operations will become the newest franchisee for the rapidly growing 24-hour family dining chain. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2004
Sprint, RadioShack will put kiosks in malls. Kiosks with Sprint Corp.'s brand will open at about 500 shopping malls in the next three years through an agreement with longtime partner RadioShack Corp. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
Chocolate Franchisor Celebrates 9th Anniversary. Since opening nine years ago, Schakolad Chocolate Factory has grown from a single store to an international franchise that spans 3 countries and 10 states in the U.S. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
QuikDrop to Open 16 eBay 'Drop-Off' Stores in Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio. QuikDrop International announced today that Kevin Frye has been granted area development rights to open 16 QuikDrop eBay drop-off stores in Ohio and Indiana. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2004
TV Persona Franchises His Surly Soup Business. Later this year, the real-life "Soup Nazi" made famous by "Seinfeld" will begin selling his soups at franchised locations throughout the country - but with one missing ingredient. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2004
Krystal plots Texas expansion. The Krystal Co., a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based fast-food restaurant famous for its little square burgers, has formally unveiled its Texas expansion plans. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2004
Cendant intends to buy Ramada brand from Marriott. Travel and real estate company Cendant Corp. on Wednesday said it signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy hotel brand Ramada International Hotels & Resorts from Marriott International Inc. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2004

Best Inns and Best Suites Becomes America's Best Inns & Suites. Best Inns and Best Suites has become "America's Best Inns & Suites" and will immediately start doing business as such, the company announced today. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2004
New Franchises Undercut Pricey Printer Cartridges. Savvy franchisees are aiming to open ink-jet cartridge filling stations across the nation, offering consumers a convenient service and a cheaper alternative to buying new products every few months. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2004
Jani-King to train franchisees and employees in terrorism prevention. Dallas-based Jani-King International Inc. is joining the war against terrorism by training its franchisees and employees to provide an additional level of security to the more than 50,000 buildings they clean each night. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2004
McDonald's Raises Dividend, Shares Climb. McDonald's Corp. on Tuesday raised its annual dividend 38 percent, a move the world's largest restaurant chain said is another sign of its revitalization. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2004
The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. Expand to 5,000 Worldwide Locations. Today’s grand opening of the newest The UPS Store in San Diego creates a worldwide network of 5,000 locations comprising The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. brands .... [more] 13 Sep, 2004
KFC/A&W is Albany's first multibrand fast-food restaurant. Freedom of choice for fast food restaurants means more income for franchisees. That's the logic behind the KFC/A&W All-American Food multibrand restaurant that recently opened in Albany. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2004
Famous Dave's 100th Restaurant Opens in Mays Landing, New Jersey. President and CEO David Goronkin announced today that the newest Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que opened on Monday, September 13, 2004 in Mays Landing, New Jersey - Famous Dave's 100th location. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2004
Krispy Kreme: auditors won't sign off on quarterly report. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts fell Monday after the company said an independent auditor refused to sign off on the firm's second-quarter financial statement until an outside law firm hired by the company's board performed additional work. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2004
Key Resources to ride franchising boom. Key Resources Inc., one of the Triad's fastest-growing companies, plans to increase its growth by franchising its staffing-services approach throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2004
Australian Homemade opens first stand-alone shop in USA. Australian Homemade, the hip, all-natural ice cream and chocolate maker, continues its United States expansion with the final touches being put into place at the first stand-alone outlet at 3425 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2004
Applebee's Sees Room for More Outlets. Restaurant chain Applebee's International Inc. on Thursday said there was room for at least 3,000 of its namesake restaurants in the United States, nearly double the existing number. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2004
Franchises for retirees. Many Americans now consider buying franchises after retiring from their primary careers. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2004
Last of Seattle Coffee, Cinnabon finally sold. AFC Enterprises Inc. has reached an agreement to sell for $30.3 million its Cinnabon subsidiary and the Seattle's Best Coffee operations that weren't included in the sale to Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. earlier this year. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2004
Pizza Patron aims first major ad campaign at Latino consumers. Pizza Patron has unveiled its first-ever major ad campaign aimed directly at its Latino customers. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2004
Ultimate Franchise Systems Announces First Obee's Location. Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. today announced that the first obee's® soup-salad-subs restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana is scheduled to open on September the 13th. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2004
Putt-Putt looks to Nashville in franchise expansion effort. Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Inc. is looking for franchisees in the Nashville area, as well as elsewhere in the country, but all is not well with franchisees already in place. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2004
McDonald's Wants Customers to Stay Awhile. The company known for fast food wants people to relax, take a load off, stay awhile. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2004
PC Posse hopes to rope franchisees, take firm nationwide. Scottsdale firm PC Posse has hopes of taking its Western-themed posse of computer repairmen across the country by franchising the brand. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2004
Provo deli chain aims to add hundreds of franchise stores nationwide. Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen LLC of Provo is positioning itself to take on the big boys of casual dining. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2004
7-Eleven taps HP to help sales. Dallas convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. has made a big technology buy from Hewlett-Packard Co., but the Slurpie machines will still work the same way they always have. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2004
Caboodle Cartridge Opens Two New Ink Jet and Laser Refilling Stores in Fresno. Caboodle Cartridge today announced the opening of its first two franchise retail locations in California's San Joaquin Valley and the first two franchise stores to open in the U.S. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2004
Arby's Signs Four Franchise Agreements to Develop 30 New Locations. Arby's Franchise Trust has announced the signing of four multi-unit development agreements with existing franchisees to develop 30 new Arby's restaurants in the next four years. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2004
Dunkin' Donuts inks deal with Cleveland franchise company. Dunkin' Donuts, the Randolph-based coffee, doughnut and baked-goods chain, said Thursday it plans a major expansion into Cleveland, opening as many as 125 new shops in the next six years. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2004
Fast food franchiser AFC sues Arthur Andersen. AFC Enterprises Inc., franchiser of Seattle's Best Coffee in Hawaii, has sued Arthur Andersen LLP and others, charging audit malpractice that hurt the company. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2004
Newly Formed Company Acquires Shakey's Pizza. The Jacmar Companies today announced that it has formed a new group of companies to be known as Shakey's USA to acquire certain of the assets of Shakey's Pizza from Singapore-based Inno-Pacific Holdings for $4.5 million. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2004
Press 1 for Fries. The voice from the speaker at the local McDonald's drive-through lane may no longer be that of a person working at the fast-food restaurant. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2004
Checkers/Rally's Franchisee to Open 20 New Restaurants, Acquire 12 Locations. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today announced that Checkers®/Rally's® franchisee, National Restaurant Development, Inc., will open 20 new restaurants over the next five years. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2004
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