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O'Charley's expands franchise effort into four states. O'Charley's Inc. has expanded its franchising efforts into four Midwestern states through a deal with Four Star Restaurant Group. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2005
Franchisors Outperform Nonfranchise Firms. Franchisors create more value and perform better financially than their nonfranchise competitors, according to a new study released by The William Rosenberg International Center of Franchising at the University of New Hampshire. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Fingertip in chili remains a mystery at Wendy's. Wendy's is in a serious image pickle. One week after a woman eating at a Wendy's in the San Jose, Calif., area says she found a human fingertip in her chili, area sales continue to fall. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Ultimate Franchise Systems Stops Trading on Berlin-Bremen Exchange. Ultimate Franchise Systems Inc. today announced that it has requested and received notification that the Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchange has halted trading in UFSY. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Orbit Drop Announces Expansion and eBay Drop-off Store Franchise Plan. Orbit Drop Inc. today announced plans to commence operations in Orange County, California. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Blockbuster settles 'No Late Fees' cases. Blockbuster has agreed to pay about $630,000 to settle claims by 47 states and the District of Columbia that the movie rental chain deceived consumers with its "No Late Fees" campaign. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
New restaurant seeks local franchisees. The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., which operates and franchises fondue restaurants, has identified Albany, N.Y., as one of its target markets for expansion. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
Domino's Buys Back 4.4 Million Shares. Pizza delivery franchise Domino's Pizza Inc. on Tuesday said it repurchased and retired 4.4 million common shares from JP Morgan Capital L.P. and its affiliates for about $75 million. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
Big Mac rap may mean artists' payday. Rap artists are accustomed to name-checking prestige car, clothing and jewellery brands in their lyrics. But if McDonald's has its way Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and 50 Cent may soon be giving it up for the humble beefburger. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
Downtown Krispy Kreme store closed. The Krispy Kreme doughnut store on Main Street has clsoed its doors less than a year after it opened. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
Zaxby's grows up, breaks out. What started as a lark to make a better fried chicken tender has blossomed into a 250-unit chain of chicken restaurants across the Southeast. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2005
Yum tastes earnings gain. KFC, Taco Bell parent expects 1Q income up more than 9% as strong sales offset taxes, costs. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2005
Franchise Expo returns to convention center. One of the biggest collections of franchise opportunities returns to Washington next month. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2005
'Responsible' fund drops Starbucks. A mutual fund company that invests only in businesses it deems socially responsible has dropped Starbucks Corp, citing the coffee giant's launch of a java liqueur with whiskey maker Jim Beam. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2005
Krispy Kreme to close six test stores in Wal-Marts. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is scrapping its test of bakery stores in Wal-Mart stores. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2005
Latino-inspired pizza chain targeting Hispanic diners. Thumping Mexican music mixes with the aromas of cheese and pizza dough at Pizza Patr?n, a pizza chain making inroads in Hispanic neighborhoods in Phoenix. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2005
Blue Moon Group's Got Pizza Music Cafe Begins 3 New Locations. Blue Moon Group is on track to complete 20 corporately owned stores by the end of 2005 before starting a National Franchise in early 2006, according to Michael Muzio, CEO. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2005
Testing Her Metal. Teresa Starnes is up to the challenge of owning and operating Fort Wayne’s only small-quantity metals store. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2005
Taco Bell gets the boot. Bon Appétit, Washington University's food service provider, is currently seeking a replacement for the Taco Bell franchise in Mallinckrodt Center's Food Court. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2005
New franchisee to reopen doughnut, ice cream shops. A Chicago-area firm has agreed to take over the franchise rights for three combined Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins/Togo's restaurants in Milwaukee and will reopen them. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2005
A slice of trouble for an Orlando pizzeria. The City of New York last week slapped an Orlando, Fla., pizza deli with a federal lawsuit charging that its use of the NYPD name and logo for a pizzeria franchise went overboard in peddling the now-ubiquitous trademark. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2005

Group to buy Toys R Us. Toys R Us agreed Thursday to sell itself for about $6.6 billion to an investment group that includes two private equity firms and a real estate developer, ending a seven-month auction for the struggling company. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2005
New at Papa Dan's: Franchising. After 20 years of serving Italian food to Coachella Valley residents, Papa Dan's Pizza and Pasta recently began offering something new: franchises. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery set for America West Arena debut. Cold Stone Creamery will open a store and a kiosk location inside America West Arena, making it the company's first franchise inside a sports venue. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2005
Little Scoops, Inc. Announces Sale of Upcoming Franchises. LS Franchise Corp. co-founders, Michelle Violetto and Tanya Ehrlich, announced today the sale of their first 3 franchises. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts expands in Michigan. Dunkin' Donuts plans to open 100 stores in Metro Detroit by 2009, beefing up its presence in the Midwest, after opening hundreds of locations in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., in recent years. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2005
Dry cleaning chain targets suburbs, plans 30+ stores. Trying to cash in on your dirty clothes, Martinizing Dry Cleaning plans to more than double its store count in the Twin Cities by 2007. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2005
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants Celebrate 40th Birthday. T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, a pioneer in American casual dining, officially celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday, March 18, 2005. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2005
O'Charley's looks to grow Ninety Nine concept. Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub plans to strike out beyond its New England roots with an entry into the Philadelphia market. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005
Obee's Franchise Systems Expanding Into Five National Markets. Obee's Franchise Systems Inc. confirmed in a report today that the company now has an aggressive plan in place to pursue expansion into five key national marketplaces. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005
Franchising about more than sell, sell, sell. At this week's International Franchise Association convention in Hollywood, three South Florida franchisers were among those seeking advice about growing their businesses. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005
Blockbuster Profit Up, Fueling Battle with Netflix. Blockbuster Inc. posted better-than-expected quarterly operating profit on Wednesday, and signaled it would pour more cash into an online DVD rental service aimed at battling Netflix Inc. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
Play For Toys. A wild card bidder has made an offer for all of Toys 'R' Us, including the Babies 'R' Us chain, throwing the auction for the company's toy store division into disarray. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
Yahoo! Small Business Launches Resource Center. Yahoo! Inc today announced the launch of the Yahoo! Small Business Resource Center, a new comprehensive online resource center designed to help entrepreneurs succeed. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
Franchise association discusses overseas opportunities at Hollywood meeting. Perhaps South Florida's reputation as the gateway to Latin America was a draw for the International Franchise Association. Already, 45 percent of franchise systems have operations outside the United States. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2005
Fiducial Adds Legal Support Services to its One-Stop Shop Offerings. Fiducial today announced that it has added Legal Support Services to its growing list of one-stop shop offerings at participating offices throughout the U.S. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2005
Franchisers Recruit Military Veterans. Some franchisers are offering discounts to discharged members of the armed forces and find vets eager to show their skills. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2005
Ableauctions Initiates Franchise Plan. Inc. announced today that it has initiated a plan to franchise the Company's liquidation and auction operations nationally. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2005
Whole-grain rebound fortifies Breadsmith. Breadsmith Franchising Inc. president Albert Hasse - having seen the glaze melt off the doughnut of his overbuilt former employer, Krispy Kreme - is planning more measured growth for his Whitefish Bay-based breadmaking chain. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2005
Cosi, Inc. Names New Vice President of Franchise Sales. Cosi, Inc. today announced that it has created a new management position, Vice President of Franchise Sales, to support the Company's growth efforts and plans. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2005
Blockbuster sticks to hostile bid. Blockbuster, the world's largest video rental company, has said it will not back down from its hostile takeover bid for rival Hollywood Entertainment. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2005
Little Caesar sues franchisee over substitute spice. Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. has filed a lawsuit against a franchisee the company claims disclosed confidential information about the spice blend used to make its pizza sauce. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2005
State closes 5 Denny's restaurants for failure to pay taxes. At least three Denny's franchise restaurants in Broward County and two in Palm Beach County have effectively been closed by the Florida Department of Revenue for failure to pay state taxes. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2005
7-Eleven rolls out fresh image. The shelves were better stocked than any convenience store this side of paradise, and everything was so clean it squeaked. It was the perfect 7-Eleven store. Only it wasn't. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2005
Joey's Only to open 15 seafood restaurants in Midwest. Joey's Only Seafood Restaurants signed an area development agreement to open 15 new locations throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2005
Domino's Slices Turnover By Focusing on Leaders. Turnover is a chronic and costly headache for fast-food businesses, which rely on an army of low-paid workers. One company is willing to try all sorts of tactics to retain hourly employees. That is, except paying them significantly more. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005
SELLSMART(R) Real Estate Converts to National Franchise. SELLSMART(R) Real Estate announced last month that it has received approval on its new franchise business model. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005
Bark Busters opens 100th franchise. Bark Busters USA, a dog training company, said Tuesday it opened its 100th franchise since launching operations in the United States five years ago. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005
Baja Fresh restaurant may return. Louisville's first and only Baja Fresh Mexican restaurant opened and closed in less than a year, but franchisee Junior Bridgeman isn't ready to give up on the concept. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005
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