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: : May 2005

The Loop to enter Louisiana market. A franchisee will open a Loop Pizza Grill in a New Orleans suburb Thursday that will be the first Loop in the state. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts franchisers team with MassDevelopment on Devens deal. A group of Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners will build a new 22,000-square-foot central kitchen on Barnum Road in Devens. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
Triarc to Buy Franchisee, Mulls Changes. Triarc Cos., owner of the Arby's fast-food chain, on Tuesday said it agreed to purchase its largest franchisee for about $300 million, and added that it may spin off the restaurant business as a publicly traded company. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
New barbershop has men in mind. Larry Bonhaus longed for a manlier place to get his hair cut - and he hopes other men feel the same. So he's bringing a chain of traditional style barbershops - albeit with modern amenities - to the Charlotte area. .... [more] 30 May, 2005
Trader Vic's set for Dallas revival. When Trader Vic's opened 40 years ago, it was a Polynesian paradise tucked away at the Hilton Inn Dallas. When it reopens in June 2006 in the Hotel Palomar, it will be like a 1960s time warp. .... [more] 30 May, 2005
'Tony Goes' into the franchise market. Although the recipe for the "Jersey Dog" Italian sandwich will remain a secret for those outside the Casino Restaurant family, the number of people in that family may soon grow sharply. .... [more] 29 May, 2005
Paris Hilton Ad Boosts Carl's Jr. Traffic. Server crashes generally are considered bad for business. So are angry protesters. But this week, a combination of the two might just be the best thing that ever happened to fast-food chain Carl's Jr. .... [more] 27 May, 2005
Fuddruckers plans six Wichita-area restaurants. Development plans announced by national hamburger restaurant chain Fuddruckers include building up to six new restaurants in Wichita and surrounding communities in the next 18 months. .... [more] 26 May, 2005
Postal Connections Expands Into Nashville Area. Global Business Services, Inc. subsidiary, Postal Connections of America announces the sale of its first franchise in Tennessee. .... [more] 25 May, 2005
Big Boy Franchisee Signs Agreement to Sell Four of its Restaurants to Franchisor. Ludlow Enterprises has agreed to sell four of its five Big Boy restaurants to the franchisor Big Boy Restaurants International LLC. .... [more] 25 May, 2005
Aaron Rents, Inc. Acquires Ten Franchised Stores. Aaron Rents, Inc. today announced the acquisition of ten Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership franchised stores. .... [more] 25 May, 2005
Group asks Burger King to halt 'Star Wars' deal. One day after a record-shattering weekend for Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, an advocacy group is asking Burger King to stop the tie-in of its Kids Meals with the film because it is rated PG-13. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
Law professors discuss Krispy Kreme. The rise and fall of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. isn't just a lesson for business students. Law professors are also finding that the company is a good teaching tool for students to learn about legal issues between franchisor and franchisee. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
TV watchdogs flip out over Paris Hilton burger ad. Paris Hilton's appearance in a racy commercial for fast-food restaurant Carl's Jr., has drawn the ire of the watchdog group Parents Television Council. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
New Checkers Franchisee Signs on to Develop Southwestern Georgia. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today announced that it has signed a new franchisee, Strick Chex, LLC, to further penetrate Checkers existing presence in the greater Atlanta area. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
Doggie day care concept expands. Day care has gone to the dogs. Happy Tails Dog Spa, which opened in Vienna, Va., three years ago, has unleashed a new franchising plan to expand its concept for pampered pooches throughout the area and eventually nationwide. .... [more] 23 May, 2005
Main Street Restaurant Group implements anti-takeover plan. The board of directors of Main Street Restaurant Group Inc. has adopted a stockholder rights plan to ward off any possible hostile takeover attempts, the company said Monday. .... [more] 23 May, 2005
Panera Bread Announces Expansion in California and Ohio. Panera Bread today announced new agreements with Trigo Bread Company, LLC and Manna Development Group, LLC to develop additional bakery-cafes in markets contiguous with their current development areas. .... [more] 23 May, 2005
SEI tries franchise concept. SEI Investments Co., which quietly administers $291 billion in assets and has 22 offices in 12 countries with more than 2,000 employees, has begun to sell investment firm franchises designed to put its name on storefronts throughout the country. .... [more] 22 May, 2005
Bruster's founder launches new curbside franchise. Bruce Reed, who founded Bruster's in 1989, has launched a franchise network for Jerry's Curb Service, the drive-in hamburger joint his father founded 58 years ago in Bridgewater. .... [more] 22 May, 2005

McDonald's Pushes 24-Hr Stores, Operators Skittish. McDonald's Corp. wants to boost sales at its thriving U.S. business even further by encouraging more franchisees to stay open 24 hours, but some operators say the push for longer hours comes at the expense of their profitability. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
Subway restaurants stamp out popular Sub Club promotion. After years of rewarding loyal sandwich buyers with stamps that could be redeemed for free food, Subway is putting an end to its popular Sub Club promotion. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
Chiropractic USA chain expands in Arizona. A Los Angeles chain of franchised chiropractic clinics is expanding its operations in Phoenix, with 14 clinics in the area. .... [more] 19 May, 2005
Firehouse Subs coming to Memphis. A new restaurant chain is expanding into the Memphis area, joining the race with other area chains in the sub sandwich market. .... [more] 18 May, 2005
Panera franchisee signs development deal with O'Charley's. Covelli Enterprises has signed a deal with O'Charley's Inc. to open 50 restaurants under the restaurant company's flagship banner. .... [more] 18 May, 2005
McDonald's test-frying healthier oil. Healthy french fries might seem like an oxymoron, but McDonald's says it is trying to make good on a nearly 3-year-old promise by testing a healthier blend of oil for its signature fries at a small number of restaurants. .... [more] 17 May, 2005
A Really Big Idea. Burger King's CEO has turned around the chain with a radical notion: give people what they want. .... [more] 17 May, 2005
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Wins International Stevie Award. For the second consecutive year, Coverall Cleaning Concepts has won an International Stevie Award for "Best Support Organization" in the 2005 International Business Awards. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Checkers Drive-In to Consider Sale of Company. Checkers Drive-in Restaurants Inc. on Monday said it would consider a sale of the company, and has hired a financial adviser to help it weigh strategic options. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Buffalo Wild Wings lands in New England. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has entered into a 36-location franchise development agreement in the New York area, the company announced Monday. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Sonic to Open Drive-In Number 3,000 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Sonic Corp., the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced another significant landmark in the growth of its chain. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Blockbuster approves executive pay raises. Blockbuster Inc. has approved pay raises for six executives, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Watch out Starbucks, local coffeehouse plots franchising. City officials might pine for more Starbucks cafes in Baltimore but David Key thinks his expanding coffee chain, the Daily Grind, can offer the java jolt they need. .... [more] 15 May, 2005
Howard Johnson's restaurants closing. The orange roof is long gone and the Simple Simon plaque is history. The famous 28 flavors of ice cream have dwindled to 16 varieties. But at least the Howard Johnson name sits atop the building. .... [more] 15 May, 2005
Pizza Patron Opens First Dine-In Location. Pizza Patrón, the premier Latino pizza brand, opened its fifth location today in El Paso, Texas; the first dine-in location in the chain’s history. .... [more] 13 May, 2005
Fresh Concepts to expand in Garden State. Fresh Concepts LLC announced this week it signed a franchise agreement with its New Jersey-based franchising group, Garden State Fresh LLC, to open several Fresh City restaurants in New Jersey. .... [more] 13 May, 2005
Massage Envy to Open 1st Franchise Location in Southern California. Massage Envy Limited, LLC announces its first Southern California location is expected to open in early June, 2005. .... [more] 12 May, 2005
McDonald's seeks 'flexibility' after Disney pact expires. McDonald's Corp.'s reliance on Walt Disney Co. for major movie-related marketing promotions may be coming to an end. .... [more] 12 May, 2005
Cosi, Inc. Announces Planned Public Offering. Cosi, Inc. announced today its intention to conduct a public offering. .... [more] 11 May, 2005
Handyman Etiquette: Stay Calm, Avert Eyes. Franchises are setting guidelines for handling sticky situations, from scantily clad customers to kids who play with tools. .... [more] 11 May, 2005
Blockbuster shareholders vote for Icahn. The fate of Blockbuster and CEO John Antioco turned cloudy Wednesday after shareholders failed to back him in what he called a referendum on his performance and his plans to revive the struggling home video chain. .... [more] 11 May, 2005
Cendant: No room for bad hotels. For the 45 hotels in South Florida that fly Cendant Hotel Group flags, the mandate from the giant franchisor is to live up to the quality of its brands. Those that don't are now being asked to clean up, fix up or get out. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
Restaurant announces first franchise to open this month. O'Carrs' first franchise restaurant will mark its grand opening May 31 at the Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
Owners sell GarageTek franchise. The owners of the Jacksonville-area GarageTek franchise have sold the business, and along with it the franchise rights for a territory stretching beyond Northeast Florida. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
Johnny Rockets expanding in Arizona. More Johnny Rockets restaurants are coming to the Valley, part of 125 new restaurants planned nationwide and on the high seas. .... [more] 8 May, 2005
CEO of “Geeks On Call” Wins Prestigious Entrepreneur Award. Richard Cole, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Geeks On Call, has been honored with the 2005 “High-Tech Entrepreneur Award” given by the Hampton Roads Technology Council and KPMG LLP. .... [more] 8 May, 2005
UNH study shows 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] 6 May, 2005
Brinker to open Macaroni Grills in Hawaii. Brinker International Inc. said it has signed a franchise development agreement with a Phoenix restaurant veteran to bring five Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurants to Hawaii beginning this fall. .... [more] 6 May, 2005
Blockbuster CEO, Icahn swap accusations. Blockbuster's quarterly analyst conference call sounded like an episode of Crossfire Thursday as CEO John Antioco squared off on the phone with financier Carl Icahn over the video chain's strategy. .... [more] 5 May, 2005
La Quinta Franchising Signs 25 New Franchise Agreements. La Quinta Corp. said it signed 25 new franchise agreements in the first quarter and has a robust pipeline of new construction and conversion hotels coming on line for both the La Quinta and Baymont brands. .... [more] 5 May, 2005
GNC trimming down after puny results. GNC Corp., which operates General Nutrition Center stores, said Thursday its financial results for the first three months of the year were "a little worse than expected" and, not coincidentally, said it would cut jobs. .... [more] 5 May, 2005
Pittsburgh firm buys Rita's. McKnight Capital Partners, a family owned Pittsburgh firm, has bought Rita's Water Ice Franchise Corp. from founder Bob Tumolo for an undisclosed price. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
Blockbuster franchisee group supports board. A group representing Blockbuster Inc.'s franchisees pledged its support for the three Blockbuster board members up for reelection. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
Brother's BBQ goes national. Brothers BBQ, the Denver restaurant, will form Blokes BBQ International, a franchise company that will expand the chain nationwide. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
Lawsuit Filed in State Court By Quizno's Franchisees Claims Consumer Fraud. A lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages was filed in Middlesex County today against Colorado-based Quizno's Corporation and several affiliated companies by 17 New Jersey Quizno's franchisees. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery Opens 1,000th Store. With only 74 stores open in 1999 when Cold Stone Creamery's original Vision was drafted, the company set out on a path of operating 1,000 profitable locations. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
Franchises make up 10% of economy. Franchised businesses generate jobs for more than 18 million Americans and account for 9.5 percent of the private-sector economic output, a new study by the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation has reported. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
Orbit Drop eBay Drop-off Store Franchise Completes New UFOC and Agreements. Orbit Drop, Inc. has announced that a new UFOC and Franchise Agreement has been completed and will start granting franchises in non- registration states immediately. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
Marco's Pizza to Open Nine Stores in Indianapolis Area. Marco's Franchising LLC will open nine units in the Indianapolis area by June 1, the result of an acquisition of stores from Pizza Magia. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
Baird & Warner Weighs Franchising. One of Chicago's leading independent real estate firms probably will follow the lead of the industry's national players and begin to franchise itself locally sometime next year. .... [more] 2 May, 2005
Inside a Krispy Kreme franchisee. Krispy Kreme issued a press release a year ago saying that it was being hurt by low-carb diets. It now appears the low-carb claim was the company's last-ditch effort to sugar-coat the truth. .... [more] 2 May, 2005
Computer Troubleshooters Conference Heading to New Orleans. Computer Troubleshooters 2005 North American Conference will be held May 18-23 at the Hampton Inn in downtown New Orleans. .... [more] 2 May, 2005
Two restaurant systems to grow locations in Florida. A Mexican food chain and a franchisor for sub shops both have disclosed deals to expand in the state. .... [more] 2 May, 2005
Seinfeld's Soup Nazi to open outlets around U.S. The brusque New York chef who was lampooned on Seinfeld as the Soup Nazi plans to open a chain of takeout soup stands across North America. .... [more] 1 May, 2005
Toys "R" Us reports improved results for fourth quarter as sale approaches. Toys "R" Us Inc., which expects to be sold by the end of July to a private consortium, on Friday released its delayed financial results. .... [more] 1 May, 2005
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