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Dunkin' may be sold for $14B. Forget just buying a doughnut, the whole Dunkin' Donut chain could be for sale. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2005
Tampa family sports pubs expand in Alabama. Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pubs is expanding to the Birmingham, Ala., market this summer with the first of what could be five locations. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2005
Arab Americans Sue Denny's Franchisee. Seven men of Middle Eastern descent have sued a Denny's restaurant franchisee and one of its managers for $28 million, saying they were kicked out because of their ancestry and compared to Osama Bin Laden. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
Chick-Fil-A opening fifth free-standing store in San Antonio. San Antonio businessman Rick Pfluke is set to open a new stand-alone Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Northwest San Antonio, his second in the city. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
Lenny's Sub Shops Announce Record Franchise Agreement. Lenny's Sub Shops today announced a franchise agreement with a seasoned group of former Fortune 500 retail executives that will nearly triple the size of the regional restaurant chain. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
Build-A-Bear enters Norway, Q1 profit soars. Sales growth from both new and comparable stores and improved leverage on costs and expenses drove retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop's profit up nearly 51 percent. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
Outback Rethinks Its Rules. Over the past few years, Outback Steakhouse Inc. has allowed its senior executives to make lucrative personal investments in dozens of the company's restaurants. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2005
Krystal signs new franchisee for Houston area. The Krystal Co. is planning to open four new hamburger restaurants in the Houston area as part of a plan to open 45 locations in Texas. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2005
State cracks down on unregistered franchisors. The California Department of Corporations says it's revoked the franchise registration of two franchise businesses operating in California. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2005
Ruth's Chris Steak House Files IPO. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc. plans an initial public offering of as much as $235 million of common stock, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Monday. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2005
Captain D's owners prowl for more chains. Captain D's Inc. executives are preparing themselves for a move into multibranding, where two restaurants share the same building. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2005
PostNet moves to Denver. PostNet International has moved its headquarters from Nevada to Denver. .... [more] 23 Apr, 2005
Police arrest woman who claimed she found finger in Wendy's chili. Police investigating how a human finger ended up in a woman's bowl of Wendy's chili declared the claim a hoax Friday and arrested her on charges of attempted grand larceny. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2005
Big Apple Bagels Opens First Cousins Subs Co-branded Unit. BAB, Inc., the Deerfield based operator and franchisor of Big Apple Bagels, continuing in its co-branding efforts, today announced the opening of the first Big Apple Bagels and Cousins Subs location. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2005
Gap Inc. outlines growth plans. Gap Inc. on Thursday backed its 2005 earnings outlook and issued guidance for 2006 as the apparel retailer outlined its growth plans, including the introduction of a franchising model. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2005
McDonald's Profit Up; Beef, Labor Weigh on Margins. McDonald's Corp. on Thursday reported a 42 percent rise in quarterly profit as a one-time gain, strong sales of new products in the United States and improved results in Europe all bolstered results. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2005
Southern, finger-lickin' roots help KFC revamp. KFC plans to become something that might seem contrary to its Kentucky-fried DNA: hip. Make that hip with a decidedly Southern accent. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2005
N.C. eatery signs 30-store Los Angeles deal. Bear Rock Franchise Systems Inc., the franchisor of Bear Rock Cafe, has inked a 30-unit area development franchise deal for Los Angeles and a five-unit commitment in Ventura County. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
Krispy Kreme Shares Dip on Missed Deadlines. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. fell sharply Tuesday, one day after the struggling doughnut chain said it will miss key deadlines for regulatory filings and show mounting losses when it does file the reports. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
CiCi's Pizza Celebrates 20th Anniversary. CiCi's Pizza will be hosting a weeklong, system-wide celebration in honor of its 20th anniversary. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
FTC's Proposed Changes In Franchise Rules Elicit Chain Reactions. In 1978, when the Federal Trade Commission issued its first disclosure rule governing franchise operations, the Internet was not a factor in business. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005
My Girl Friday sells first franchise. My Girl Friday Inc. sold the rights to its first franchise and said it has more deals pending. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2005

Icahn's talking nonsense, Blockbuster says. Blockbuster on Monday rejected criticism by financier Carl Icahn and defended its strategy of investing in initiatives like online movie renting to fend off rivals such as Netflix. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2005
What a lot of Whataburgers. Does the Birmingham metro area have room for up to 30 new fast-food burger joints? A group of Texas investors certainly thinks so with plans to open 25 to 30 Whataburger restaurants in the area over the next decade. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2005
'Bubba,' military help Deli Express grow. Deli Express is turning to the military in its march toward increased sales. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2005
Franchising planned to help Shed spread. The Shed, recognized as one of the nation's best barbecue restaurants, announced plans Thursday to start selling franchises across the country. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005
McDonald's to Test Espresso Drinks This Summer. McDonald's Corp. will start testing espresso drinks at some of its U.S. hamburger restaurants this summer, the head of its North American business said on Friday. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005
Two Men and a Lot of Trucks. The moving company with the stick-figure logo was launched almost by accident. Today its franchises operate in 27 states. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2005
SLO deli franchise weathers backlash. When the Schlotzsky's Deli chain filed for bankruptcy protection last summer, local franchisee Gail Perry did not expect it to affect her business much. She was wrong. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2005
Golden Arches are glowing: McDonald's boosts outlook. McDonald's said Wednesday that it expects to report a first-quarter profit above Wall Street estimates. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
Panera inks franchise agreement in Southern California. Panera Bread Co. plans to open 18 bakery-cafes in Southern California under a franchise deal announced Wednesday. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
Regis Cuts Third-Quarter Guidance. Regis Corp. lowered guidance for the third quarter on Wednesday and said its international business is performing below expectations. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
Woman who found finger in Wendy's chili won't sue. A woman who claimed she scooped up a human finger in her chili at a Wendy's restaurant has decided not to sue. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
First Carvel ice cream shop opens in Cincinnati. Carvel Corp. has opened its first franchise store in Cincinnati, part of a planned 15-store expansion into the Tri-State area. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary. Coverall Cleaning Concepts, a leader in the commercial cleaning industry, announced today that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Zaxby's to replace Miami Subs. The last of Tallahassee's Miami Subs Grill locations are closing this week. But they will reopen later this year as Zaxby's. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Applebee's to buy 12 restaurants for $39.5 million. Applebee's International Inc. agreed to buy 12 of its franchisee-owned Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants for $39.5 million, it said Tuesday. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Extending the Front Lines of Franchising. These businesses now employ 18 million doing everything from plant care to elderly care, and appeal to financiers and average Janes alike. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Happy Birthday, McDonald's! The fast-food king is turning 50, but will customers still be "lovin' it" for another five decades? .... [more] 11 Apr, 2005
Icahn blasts Blockbuster, threatens proxy fight. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Thursday that he plans to nominate his own director slate for No. 1 video chain Blockbuster while he criticized thecompany's management. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2005
Ex-CEOs' estates get $5M from McDonald's. McDonald's said Wednesday it paid more than $5 million in bonuses to the estates of former Chief Executives Jim Cantalupo and Charlie Bell. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Spa Phoenix Announces Franchise Plan for Business Expansion. Spa Phoenix, Virginia Beach, today announced that it is expanding the Spa Phoenix concept and brand through a franchise offering. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Cendant issues view, new structure. Travel and real estate franchise giant Cendant Corp. Wednesday evening updated its quarterly and fiscal 2005 and 2006 earnings projections as it outlined its new structure. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Ink Cartridge Refillers Wage Messy Spat. The battle between two of the fastest-growing ink cartridge refillers is heating up as the firms trade charges - some of them in court - over each other's business practices. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005
Famous Dave's to expand to Florida, West Virginia. Famous Dave's of America Inc. announced Tuesday it has agreed to franchise eight new restaurants in Florida and West Virginia - both new markets for the chain. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005
21 Minute Convenience Fitness Awards 4-Unit Franchise in Orange County. 21 Minute Convenience Fitness, a unique fitness studio headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., today announced the awarding of a four-unit area development franchise in Orange County, California. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005
Toys R Us gives five execs $6.1 million in bonuses. Toys R Us, which is to be sold by July to a private consortium, has awarded bonuses totaling $6.1 million to five executives for fourth-quarter performance. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005
Krispy Kreme gets a reprieve: $225 million debt financing. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) said Monday that it has received $225 million in debt financing, a lifeline for the struggling doughnut chain operator that was at risk of defaulting on past loans. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2005
Kokopelli franchises move into Charlotte. Kokopelli Mexican Grill Franchise Co. has sold the rights to develop 11 of its restaurants in the Charlotte area. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2005
Partners have high hopes for Batteries Plus franchise. Mike Sexton and Len Grasso are energized about their new venture. The business partners recently opened Sioux City's first franchise for Batteries Plus. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2005
Orlando pizzeria has N.Y.P.D. blues. Pizzeria finds that after years of arguing, its use of the New York Police Department moniker may be arrested. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2005
Hispanic-Owned Franchise Buys 41 Burger Kings. With the announced purchase of 41 Burger Kings on Friday, Downers Grove-based Heartland Foods Corp. becomes the largest Hispanic- owned franchise in the chain. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2005
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