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Giovanni's pizzeria aims to grow like a franchise - without franchisees. The two families that own the local Giovanni's Old World New York Pizzeria restaurants are considering letting entrepreneurs open other Giovanni's restaurants in the local market. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Moe's Southwest Grill signs 19-store franchise deal in St. Louis. Moe's Southwest Grill signed another local franchisee to develop its restaurants in the St. Louis metro area over the next six years. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Franchise group voices concerns about common issues. Franchises just want a little respect. So an organization representing the McDonald's, 7-Elevens and UPS stores of the world commissioned a study to give them some clout. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Krispy Kreme woes cloud picture for franchisees. Gerard Centioli has found himself in an unenviable position in the last year as his Krispy Kreme franchise received mixed signals from the Twin City doughnut maker. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Crye-Leike franchise forms auction company. Crye-Leike Executive Realty has formed a real estate auction company, Crye-Leike Executive Auctions, that will focus on south central Kentucky and northern Tennessee. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Pickups Plus Raises Additional Capital for Expansion. Pickups Plus, Inc. today announced it received $250,000 through a private placement of its common stock to NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005
Franchising is not without risk. If you assumed buying a franchise is an easy, risk-free way to start your own business, guess again. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2005
Wireless Toyz Plans 2005 Expansion. Wireless Toyz plans to add 100 new locations this year and expects to reach 250 stories in 2006, earlier than previously expected. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2005
Krispy Kreme Employees to Be Questioned in Probe. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said on Thursday the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York will conduct interviews of certain current and former officers and employees. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2005
Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index Surges. Carried by a broad market rally following the November presidential elections, the Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index surged 13.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005
La-Z-Boy buys Chicago-area stores from franchisee. Furniture maker La-Z-Boy Inc., which has operations in Greensboro and High Point, has acquired the 13 Chicago-area La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries previously operated on a franchise basis. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005
Restaurant franchise hopes loyalty pays. Panchero's Mexican Grill representatives expect their restaurant's popularity with college students in East Lansing and Ann Arbor will help the chain make inroads in the Detroit area. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2005
Bill helps with franchises. Federal legislation that would allow veterans to use a portion of their educational benefits to pay for the training costs of purchasing a franchised small business has drawn praise from the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2005
Dickey's smokin' with expansion plan. Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. is about to find out if North Texans can ever get their fill of smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage, with plans to add 20 new stores in '05. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2005
New Jersey sues Blockbuster over new late fee policy. Blockbuster has deceived customers with its new "No More Late Fees" rental policy, New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey said Friday in announcing a lawsuit filed against the company. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery reveals expansion plans. Cold Stone Creamery said its development plans for expanding franchise operations in Central Florida are no longer on ice. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2005
Hollywood to shareholders: Tell Blockbuster no. The Hollywood Entertainment Corp. board of directors is telling shareholders they should reject a takeover bid by rival Blockbuster Inc. and vote instead to merge with a smaller chain offering less money for their shares. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2005
Wendy's Posts Big Loss on Baja Fresh Charge. Hamburger chain Wendy's International Inc. on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss after taking a $190 million charge for its struggling Baja Fresh chain. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2005
IHOP announces expansion plans. IHOP Corp. announced on Tuesday plans to open 56 new restaurants over the next seven years. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2005
Handyman Matters seeks local franchisees. Handyman Matters, a Denver-based home repair and remodeling company, is seeking franchise owners for locations in the Albany, N.Y.-area. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005
CyberBrew Signs First Franchise Sale. CyberZONE, Inc. announces that CBZJ has sold its first franchise in Columbia, South Carolina with a LOI for a total 15 CyberBrew Net Cafes throughout the state. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005

Brokerage network signs Wisconsin franchisees. Real Living Network Services has signed franchise agreements with brokers in Green Bay and Chetek as part of an expansion of the Columbus, Ohio-based residential brokerage network. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005
Women may have Curves, but now Cuts is muscling in for men. A men-only health club chain will open its first Maryland store later this month, with aims of pumping the state with dozens more outlets in the coming years. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005
Blockbuster sets in motion hostile bid for Hollywood Video. Dallas-based Blockbuster officials said Friday the company had approached Hollywood's creditors to buy around $225 million of the video retailer's debt, roughly two-thirds of the Oregon company's overall debt. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2005
Krispy Kreme CEO: Company jet a 'nutty' perk. Corporate turnaround-specialist Stephen Cooper has found that top executives at troubled companies don't like to give up their perks. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005
Diedrich Coffee Reports Sale of International Franchise Operations Completed. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. today announced that it has completed the sale of its Gloria Jean's international franchise operations to Jireh International Pty. Ltd. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005
Pendergast to oversee Church's domestic franchise system. Church's Chicken has named former AFC Enterprises executive Doug Pendergast chief franchise officer. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005
Supercuts Opens Its 2000th Store. Supercuts, a division of Regis Corporation, opened its 2000th salon in Emmaus, Pennsylvania on February 8, 2005. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2005
Quiznos launches health club chain. Denver's Quiznos Sub restaurant chain has teamed with fitness guru Ray Wilson to launch a new chain of health clubs called 123 Fitness. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2005
Omaha-based elderly care company branches into Australia. The new franchise that Home Instead Senior Care opened Feb. 1 is its farthest location to date from its Omaha base: Brisbane, Australia. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2005
Big hair-salon franchise targets Sacramento area. Fantastic Sams, which bills itself as the world's largest full-service hair care franchise, plans to open 60 to 100 franchises in Northern California and Nevada, including the Sacramento area. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2005
PostNet Signs Agreement With DHL. PostNet World Headquarters announced today that all PostNet locations will become authorized shipping centers for DHL. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2005
Krispy Kreme Slashing Jobs, Needs Funds. Struggling doughnut chain Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said on Tuesday it is slashing 25 percent of its staff outside retail outlets and needs to secure new funding by the end of March. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2005
CyberBrew Experiences Multitude of Franchisee Interest. Since the announcement last Monday from CyberZONE, Inc. of CyberBrew's Net Cafe franchisee opportunities, CyberBrew has sent 103 prospective franchisees preliminary info. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2005
Start-up cafe perks along, even without java. On frigid midwinter mornings, the Amazon Cafe, with its tropical motif and toucan sign, is a warming sight to commuters riding the escalator up into the lobby of the Centre Square office tower from the dank subway concourse. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2005
Bear Rock Cafe Launches New Restaurant Prototype Design. Bear Rock Cafe announced the opening of their new prototype restaurant design, called The Mountain Cafe. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2005
Panera Bread Announces Entry Into Arizona. Panera Bread Company today announced an agreement with the first of two planned developers in Arizona. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2005
Louisville company opens second franchise. A Louisville video service company has expanded into Minnesota by opening its second franchise location. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2005
Local Blockbusters won't waive fees. Blockbuster Inc. may have launched a $50 million campaign, "The End of Late Fees," in January, but Alaskans with chronic late-fee problems can ignore the prime-time ads on major television networks. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2005
7-Eleven pushes for managers to own their own stores. 7-Eleven store managers in Fort Collins could own their stores as the company makes a push to turn its Colorado locations into franchises. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2005
Fast-food 'natural' chicken takes wing on safety fears. Arby's is about to announce plans to be the first national fast-food chain to sell only natural chicken. The move comes at a time when chicken of all types has emerged as fast food's hottest growth area. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2005
Hollywood boss quits as Blockbuster sweetens bid. The head of Hollywood Entertainment abruptly resigned a day after Blockbuster announced a hostile bid of nearly $1 billion for its smaller movie rental rival. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2005
Real Estate company breaks free from franchise. Formerly Carpenter GMAC Real Estate, Indiana’s largest real estate company now boasts the name Carpenter Realtors(r) and a fresh new look as part of its new independent stature. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2005
Blockbuster Launches Hostile Offer for Hollywood. Blockbuster Inc. on Wednesday launched a hostile $991.6 million offer to acquire smaller rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp., escalating a two-way takeover battle for the video rental chain. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2005
Retail Brand Group LLC Marks Official Debut. The Retail Brand Group, LLC a newly-created fast-casual restaurant company, announced its official launch today with plans to open as many as 250 new company-operated and franchise locations in the coming year. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2005
Papa John yields CEO spot. John Schnatter is giving up the chief-executive title at Papa John's International and bringing in the former president of the Blockbuster video chain in hopes of ending years of weak sales. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2005
Taco Bell, KFC franchisee files Chapter 11. The operator of multiple Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisees in Erie and Niagara counties has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2005
Orbit Drop's UFOC Now Completed. The completion of the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) is an enormous stride for Orbit Drop in its effort to offer franchises to the thousands around the world who have expressed interest. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2005
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