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Hungry Howie's aims for 200 more outlets. It took almost two decades for Hungry Howie's to open its first 200 pizzerias, but it won't take that long to open the next 200. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2004
Wyndham Selling 25 Hotels for $366 Million. Wyndham International Inc. said Friday it has agreed to sell 25 hotels for $366 million to a partnership made up of a private investment fund managed by Goldman Sachs and affiliates of Highgate Holdings. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2004
State orders Madison business to stop selling franchises. The State Department of Financial Institutions has ordered Madison company Lemon Stop Associates Inc. to stop trying to sell franchises in Wisconsin. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2004
Toys "R" Us says it will pay bonuses to executives who stay with firm. Toys "R" Us has told its top executives it will pay them bonuses if they remain with the company through a coming restructuring. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2004
A formula for franchising. If the current management team of Carstar has its way, company founder Lirel Holt will someday be regarded as the Ray Kroc of the auto body shop business. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2004
Blockbuster to make hostile bid for Hollywood Entertainment. Blockbuster Inc. said Tuesday it will launch a hostile bid for Hollywood Entertainment Corp. next month if the rival's directors won't negotiate a deal. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2004
Ikea builds on furnishings success. Perhaps it would have been seasonally appropriate if every Ikea store had hung one iconic ornament on its relatively sparse number of Christmas trees: a Swedish meatball. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2004
Lucille Roberts Health Clubs Rolls Out New Fitness Express Franchise Nationwide. Lucille Roberts today announced the launch of a new national franchise model aptly named Lucille Roberts Fitness Express. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2004
Naked truth: Qdoba sues Moe's in burrito flap. Qdoba Restaurant Corp. has sued Moe's Southwest Grill LLC over the word "naked." .... [more] 27 Dec, 2004
Aaron Rents, Inc. Acquires Nine Franchise Stores. Aaron Rents, Inc. has announced the acquisition of nine Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership franchised stores located in the state of Michigan. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2004
Groundbreaking Court Decision Has National Implications Against Franchisor Snap-on Tools. In a groundbreaking legal opinion, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mathias E. Rodriguez has determined that the wives of Snap-on Tools dealers have an independent legal right to sue the franchisor in court before a jury. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2004
QuikDrop Opens Its First eBay 'Drop Off' Store in Michigan. QuikDrop of Michigan announced today it will open the first QuikDrop eBay "drop off" store in Michigan on December 28, 2004. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2004
Landlord sues Famous Daves, franchisee. The landlord of a Famous Dave's restaurant in Middletown, Ohio, is suing the company and a franchisee, seeking $1.6 million in damages related to defaults under a lease. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2004
'Franchising is Small Business at Its Best' - According to Entrepreneur Magazine's 26th Annual Franchise 500. For the 26th year Entrepreneur magazine is pleased to announce the top franchise opportunities. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2004
Krispy Kreme closes Minnesota production facility. Two years after Krispy Kreme brought its doughnut-deliria to Minnesota, the chain's top regional management is closing its New Brighton production facility. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2004
Gold's Gym makes major push in Sacramento area. Gold's Gym is flexing its muscles this year in Natomas and Roseville; one in Lincoln is set to open in February; and others are being considered in a downtown Sacramento high-rise and in Rocklin, Elk Grove and El Dorado Hills. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2004
Famous Dave's to expand in New York. R n' B New York, a franchisee for Famous Dave's of America Inc., will open eight New York Famous Dave's restaurants in Poughkeepsie and north. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2004
Will vino add some sparkle to coffee bar profits? Barnie's and PJs, two coffee shop chains striving to add new customers and new revenue centers, are adding wine to juice up their beverage lineups. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2004
InterContinental to Sell 13 Hotels. InterContinental Hotels Group Plc said on Friday it was selling 13 hotels to Hospitality Properties Trust for $450 million, as part of its strategy to sell hotels it owns and focus on franchising and managing instead. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2004
Buying in. Franchising world no longer means just fast food, gas stations and car dealerships. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2004
Pizza Inn fights back. Just three days after 410-unit Pizza Inn fired President and CEO Ronald Parker on Dec. 11, the company has named him as a defendant in an amended lawsuit against its former law firm, Akin Gump. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2004

Krispy Kreme says firm probe found no misconduct. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said on Thursday a law firm found no intentional misconduct by the doughnut shop chain regarding an accounting error in a franchise acquisition, sending its stock up as much as 18 percent. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2004
Blockbuster to nix late fees in bid to compete. Blockbuster Inc. is eliminating late fees early next year as it tries to combat the threat from retailers, on-line rental services and video-on-demand. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2004
Figaro's Pizza alters business model to add delivery. Stop in at most local Figaro's Pizza restaurants and you likely will notice signs touting the company's new delivery service. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2004
Krispy Kreme misses SEC report deadline. The fog obscuring the financial condition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts thickened after the company failed to meet the deadline for filing its quarterly report, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2004
Legal document prep company to pay $286K in settlement. We The People, a Santa Barbara company, will pay a $286,000 civil penalty to settle charges it violated a federal law by failing to disclose lawsuits against it to prospective franchisees. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2004
Moto launches new franchise concept. Earlier this month, Trotwood-based Moto Franchise Corp. opened a prototype store called Portrait Avenue inside the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2004
The Athlete's Foot files for Chapter 11. The Athlete's Foot Stores LLC has filed for Chapter 11 liquidation with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District Court of New York. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2004
Cendant Hotel Group Completes Acquisition of Ramada International. The sale of Ramada International Hotels & Resorts by Marriott International Inc. to Cendant Corporation's Hotel Group has been completed, the companies announced today. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2004
Six DQ Grill & Chill's expected by 2006. Frauenshuh Hospitality Group opened a DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Hopkins Friday, the fifth of 11 the franchisee plans to open by the end of 2006. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2004
Domino's Pizza celebrates 44th B-day with nationwide party. Domino's Pizza is celebrating its 44th birthday with its second-annual Pizza with a Purpose charity pizza party. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2004
Federal jury rules in favor of Shell franchisees, awards $3.3 million. A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $3.3 million in damages to eight Massachusetts Shell gas station franchisees who sued the parent company, claiming it unfairly raised wholesale gas prices. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
Oberweis branches out with first franchises. Oberweis Dairy scooped up three franchisees Monday - the first moves in the ice cream company's plan to expand nationally. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
Seasonal Franchises Will Deck Your Halls. Christmas decorating franchisees face a hectic holiday installing decorations for thousands of residential and commercial customers. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2004
Burger King franchisees settle sex harassment suit. The owners of a Burger King franchise in suburban St. Louis will pay $400,000 to seven teenage employees and meet other conditions to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2004
Sona looks to franchising for growth. Jim Amos built Mail Boxes Etc. into a $1.5 billion business by following a franchise model and he's now taking that same approach to the fast-growing medical spa marketplace. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Diedrich Coffee Plans to Sell International Operations of Gloria Jean's Brand. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its Gloria Jean's international franchise operations for $16 million in cash. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Franchise opened with promise, closes with disappointment. The future seemed bright for two St. Petersburg entrepreneurs who tapped into a franchise-financing program designed to assist blacks in establishing businesses. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Growth Partner. After 18 years of working at Siemens, Tom Zaneski decided he wanted to do something on his own. After researching several companies, he decided to open a Business Partner franchise. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Applebee's cooks up new course for China. Applebee's International Inc. hopes they'll be eatin' good in the "zhu jai qu" - that's Mandarin for neighborhood - soon. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2004
Maryland Mobil station owners say they are squeezed by parent. The free market for some owners of Maryland's Mobil service stations is not all that free, they say. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2004
hief executive resigns at nutritional-supplements chain GNC. GNC Corp., formerly known as General Nutrition Centers, Thursday said chief executive and president Louis Mancini resigned "to pursue personal interests." .... [more] 2 Dec, 2004
Panera Bread's chief operating officer resigns. Paul Twohig has resigned as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Panera Bread Co., the company said Thursday. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2004
Former N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Headline Franchise Convention. Former N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker March 7 at the International Franchise Association's annual convention in Hollywood, Fla. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
Peanut butter sandwich shop to spread nationwide. The closet-sized store in the Dinkydome is one of two P.B. Locos in the Twin Cities and will soon be franchising its name and product nationwide. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
Blockbuster might raise offer for Hollywood. The already peculiar battle for Hollywood Entertainment took another odd turn Wednesday as Blockbuster said it might increase its $700 million tentative offer, but only as long as it retains the option to make a hostile run at the No. 2 video chain. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
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