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Red Roof Inn on hook for $11.8 million. Red Roof Inns will have to pay $11.8 million after breaching a franchise contract, according to a court judgment in a costly, four-year lawsuit against the budget hotel operator. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2004
Oberweis looks to enter ice cream market. Suburban Chicago-based Oberweis Dairy has started franchising its Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy stores in seven Midwestern states. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2004
Becoming the masters of their own destiny. Crofton Rhodes, who recently became a Geeks on Call franchisee, has joined what experts say is a growing number of 50-plus workers who are turning to franchising. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2004
Drivers vote down union at Pizza Hut. For the second time this month, a Tennessee labor union trying to organize pizza-delivery drivers has failed to get the required number of votes needed to start what would be the nation's first local union for pizza drivers. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2004
The Scoop on Ice Cream Franchises. Anyone planning such a business should research the market through trade groups and realize the risks of fickle food tastes, experts say. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2004
A Neighborhood Deli Gains National Appeal. Much of the success of taking a small, local operation and expanding it into a national brand depends on making the right choice to begin with, and then, setting up an expansion plan that suits that choice. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2004
McDonald's CEO resigns to fight cancer. McDonald's has taken yet another body blow to its battered but resilient executive suite. The fast-food giant's cancer-plagued CEO stepped down Monday, less than one year after the previous CEO was killed by a heart attack. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2004
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Opens 250th Restaurant. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers recently celebrated the opening of its 250th restaurant location. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2004
TCBY to add 14-16 stores. TCBY is executing an aggressive growth strategy in Memphis and has plans to more than double its market presence by opening 14-16 new stores in the next two years. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2004
Variety of woes cooling Krispy Kreme. At the end of the 2000 bull market, Krispy Kreme was one of the hottest not-tech stocks on Wall Street, generating more heat than one of its glazed doughnuts fresh out of the fryer. How times have changed. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2004
Salon operator restyles strategy. Having a good or bad hair day is more than a figure of speech for Regis Corp. After all, when you operate the world's largest hair salon network, overcoming follicular challenges is what business is all about. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2004
Applebee's Makes It Big In Small-Town America. While competitors battle for space in the parking lots of suburban shopping malls, the Applebee's restaurant chain is entering rural markets that never before boasted an upscale restaurant. Its strategy is simple: Be all things to all people. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2004
Hooters defends wings-and-winks turf. In court, the chain says Largo-based WingHouse is getting a little too close to its business model. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2004
Cendant Hotel Group Launches Franchise Sales Web Site. Cendant Corporation’s Hotel Group today announced the launch of a newly redesigned Web site that provides timely, up-to-date franchising information on demand. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2004
Mass. franchisees hit Shell in lawsuit. Four years after filing suit against the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos., Shell service station owners in Massachusetts went before a US District Court judge in Boston yesterday. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2004
Regis Corporation to Acquire Hair Club for Men and Women. Regis Corporation, the global leader in the $150 billion hair care industry, today announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Hair Club for Men and Women, the leader in hair loss solutions. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2004
Hardee's hails burger as 'monument to decadence'. As many fast-food chains are catering to the health-conscious, Hardee's is introducing the biggest and thickest of its Thickburgers - one with enough calories to make Ronald McDonald blush. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2004

Top Domino's Franchisee Frank Meeks Dies. Frank Meeks, whose enthusiasm for pizza, politics and promotion garnered him an extra-large slice of the local pizza-delivery market, died on Nov. 9. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2004
Pie co. prepares for expansion of franchise in state. Traverse City-based Grand Traverse Pie Co. is preparing to spread its "bakery cafe" concept across Michigan as the company transforms from an operator of eateries to a franchising company. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2004
McDonald's won't comment on succession plan. McDonald's declined to confirm or deny a published report Thursday that its succession plan calls for Vice Chairman Jim Skinner to become interim chief executive if Charlie Bell has to step aside. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2004
Rental car company settles lawsuit over GPS tracking. A Payless car rental franchise that allegedly failed to let customers know it tracked them when they crossed state lines and then imposed surcharges on Tuesday settled a consumer protection lawsuit filed by California authorities. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2004
Oberweis Plans Global Expansion. The flavorful ice cream and quality dairy products manufactured by Oberweis Dairy out of North Aurora will eventually be enjoyed by customers overseas. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2004
McDonald's CEO back at desk, voice mails franchisees. Charlie Bell, the ailing chief executive at McDonald's, returned to his office Monday and taped a voice mail message of encouragement to franchisees. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2004
Symantec and CM IT Solutions Partner to Secure Small Businesses. Symantec Corp. and CM IT Solutions today announced that they have partnered to deliver comprehensive information security solutions to protect small- and medium-sized businesses nationwide. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2004
Michigan firm sets sights on Arizona's cellular market. Wireless Toyz, a Michigan retailer of cellular phones and service, has brought its superstore mentality to Arizona with extensive growth plans in the state. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2004
iSold It Signs Franchise Agreement for 300th eBay Drop-Off Store. iSold It, the nation's leading eBay drop-off chain, announced today that the company now has franchise agreements in place to open 300 iSold It stores in 27 states. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2004
U.S. sales boost McDonald's. McDonald's reported another month of strong worldwide sales Monday, sending its stock to its highest level in nearly three years. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2004
Veterans Reporting for Duty as Franchise Owners. The International Franchise Association reports that increasing numbers of veterans are reporting for duty as franchise business owners via a program that offers them financial incentives. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2004
GNC Postpones Initial Public Offering. GNC Corp. said it postponed an initial public offering that was expected to generate some $300 million, after the nutritional supplement retailer deemed current stock market conditions to be unfavorable. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2004
Wichita women bringing new franchise to mall. Patty Griffen and Laci Friend of Wichita are bringing a new retail concept to Wichita called Bath Junkie. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2004
Fighting for Fitness. Move over, Curves. Now there's a hot health club designed just for the boys - Blitz. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2004
Pretzels Plus goes international. Pretzels Plus has signed a licensing agreement to open a location in Romania - a first step in marketing its snack food on a global scale. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2004
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