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A lesson left by Col. Sanders still needs to be heeded. Bill Galt, a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee in the 1960s, says he was inspired to start his own restaurant chain by Col. Harland Sanders. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2004
Cousins Subs to sell 32 stores to franchisees. Menomonee Falls-based Cousins Subs announced it will sell 32 of its 40 corporate-owned stores in the Milwaukee area to franchisees, a move the company said will allow it to adopt a more traditional franchise growth model. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2004
Blockbuster earnings look like a horror show. Blockbuster, hurt by a hefty charge and higher expenses, said Wednesday it swung to a third-quarter loss and gave a bleak outlook for the entire movie-rental industry. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2004
Success of healthy fast-food triggers series of franchises. Blendz awarded its first franchise to a couple who will open a Los Gatos outlet in the next few months and hopes to expand further into California, as well as into Nevada and Arizona in 2005. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
Car rental firm goes Chapter 11. South Florida Transport, a Thrifty Car Rental franchisee in Lauderdale Lakes, filed for Chapter 11 protection Oct. 19 and is blaming its franchiser for its woes. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
Franchise deals will spread Freddy's Frozen Custard concept to three states. Wichita-based Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has signed several deals to franchise up to 99 restaurants in Kansas and three other states. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
He may be young, but Domino's franchisee delivers pizza empire. When Jason Shifflett was 14 years old he got his first job working at a Domino's Pizza store in Olive Branch. But what started as a part-time job has evolved into a pizza pie empire for the young entrepreneur. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
Panera franchisee to add 8 cafés. Panera Bread franchisee Howley Bread Group Ltd., which now operates 12 bakery-cafés in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts, has signed on for another eight cafés within its existing territory. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
New Owners Rename Shakey’s, Revamp Franchise. Shakey’s Pizza has been purchased for $4.5 million by its struggling Singapore-based parent Inno-Pacific Holdings, by multiunit franchisee The Jacmar Cos. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2004
Kids' gyms take big step into other countries. Melissa Woods is somersaulting her way across international borders. By the end of this year, two foreign franchises of J.W. Tumbles will open, one in Mexico and one in Singapore, with more to follow in Asia. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2004
Sizzler Launches Franchising Drive. Sizzler, operator of more than 300 mid-scale casual dining restaurants worldwide, has named Brad Ritter Communications, LLC its public relations firm of record as it launches a new franchise sales initiative. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2004
Bar-B-Cutie signs franchise deal in Arizona for 19 locations. Nashville-based Bar-B-Cutie Franchise Systems has signed a development agreement with Franchise Services Inc. to open a minimum of 19 Bar-B-Cutie restaurants in Arizona over the next 10 years. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2004
GNC franchisees file lawsuit. A group of New Jersey franchisees has filed a lawsuit in federal court against GNC Franchising Inc., a subsidiary of General Nutrition Companies Inc., over what they called "predatory pricing" practices. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2004
Liberty Tax Service Welcomes 1000th Franchisee. Liberty Tax Service marks another milestone this week as the company officially welcomes it 1000th Liberty franchise entity. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2004
McDonald's profit up 42 pct, lays out Europe plan. McDonald's Corp. on Tuesday posted a 42 percent rise in quarterly net income on the strength of its U.S. turnaround, but the company said sales in Europe are weak and laid out plans to revitalize that market. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2004
Yum Brands names Deno to replace Lewis as COO. Yum Brands Inc. on Monday named Chief Financial Officer David Deno as chief operating officer, replacing Aylwin Lewis, who resigned to become chief executive of Kmart Holding Corp. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2004

Netflix, Blockbuster in all-out DVD rental price war. Blockbuster plans to cut online service price in response to Netflix move. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2004
Jiffy Lube close to deal settling consumer lawsuits. An Oklahoma judge is poised to approve a settlement of class-action lawsuits by drivers who say they were cheated when Jiffy Lube International Inc. added surcharges to their oil-change bills over the past five years. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2004
Applebee's offers franchisees credit to open restaurants. Applebee's International Inc. and Capital Growth Advisors LLC announced a new program Thursday that will allow Applebee's franchisees to access a $250 million line of financing to open new stores. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2004
A Growing After-50 Trend: Becoming a Franchisee. After 40 years in corporate America, Sally Haulman decided it was time to become her own boss. The question was, Boss of what? .... [more] 14 Oct, 2004
McDonald's 3rd-quarter earnings rise. McDonald's said Wednesday that it expects to earn 61 cents a share in the third quarter, a 42% increase, helped by a lower tax rate and increased sales worldwide. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2004
6 Burger Kings in Central Ohio close shop. Customers of Burger King, which urges diners to "Have it your way," won't be having it any way at all locally, at least not for the time being. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2004
Future is bright for franchises, if financed right. It can take a few thousand dollars, a few hundred thousand or even a cool million. It can involve leasing buildings constructed to exact specifications, following a designated employee-training plan and buying pre-approved equipment. Welcome to franchising. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2004
Retail giant Toys "R" Us determined to have a good holiday season. Toys "R" Us Inc. is determined to not let Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spoil its holiday season. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2004
IHOP files suit against owner of area eateries. A well-known breakfast eatery is suing one of its franchise holders for trademark infringement. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2004
Securities Commission investigating Krispy Kreme. The Securities and Exchange Commission has escalated its investigation of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to a formal inquiry, the company said Friday. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2004
Service Franchises Are Going Global. Global expansion tempts franchised service-providers. But some U.S. business concepts don't translate easily overseas. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2004
Quiznos helping battered franchisees. Denver-based Quiznos Sub is lending a hand to its franchisees in the hurricane-battered regions of Florida and Alabama. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2004
Viacom calls Blockbuster share exchange a success. Media conglomerate Viacom on Wednesday said an offer to trade its shares for those of Blockbuster was a success, moving it closer to splitting off the video-rental chain. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2004
Firehouse Subs sells Dallas franchise rights. Jacksonville-based Firehouse Subs has sold the franchise rights to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a deal that should result in the opening of 100 restaurants in the next seven years. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2004
Aaron's Breaks Ground for 1,000th Store Site. Aaron Rents, Inc. today announced it will break ground tomorrow on its 1,000th store location in Swainsboro, GA. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2004
Krispy Kreme to close Ohio plant, blames low-carb diets. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, which has blamed the nation's obsession with low-carb dieting for its financial woes, is closing a northeast Ohio doughnut plant. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2004
Computer Troubleshooters USA Celebrates 200th Franchise at the TechXNY. Computer Troubleshooters USA will celebrate the launch of its 200th franchise at the TechXNY trade show in New York, which begins October 5. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2004
Memphis Applebee's franchisee closes 12 restaurants. A Memphis franchisee of Applebee's International Inc. has closed its 12 restaurants, an Applebee's spokeswoman said Tuesday. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2004
Wireless Toyz Celebrates Its 100th Cellular Superstore. Wireless Toyz reached a major milestone with the signing of its 100th Cellular Superstore. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2004
Krispy Kreme hires 2 for investigative panel. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Monday it has hired two independent directors to lead a special committee to investigate matters raised by the Securities and Exchange Commission. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2004
Cosmo to franchise death care business. To become a household name in the country, Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes Inc. (CFHI) has decided to venture into franchising. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2004
Franchisee to sell 226 Burger King restaurants. Working through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, San Ramon-based The Sydran Group and its affiliates said Friday that they have agreed to sell their 226 Burger King restaurants. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
Krispy Kreme franchisee says casino locations still bring in dough. When Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. located a handful of manufacturing stores in Las Vegas casinos, many customers thought they'd be winners even if their luck was bad. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
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