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Triarc elaborates on Arby's plans. Arby's parent Triarc Cos., which is moving the fast-food restaurant's headquarters to Atlanta, has detailed its plans to spin off its non-restaurant operations and named the senior executives who will lead the chain. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
Quality Restaurant Ventures to Expand Franchising of New Sobiks Cafe Concept. Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. reported today that its newest concept, Sobiks Cafes, has surpassed its initial first year sales and operational expectations. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
McDonald's fed up 'McJobs' jibes. McDonald's has enlisted its restaurant managers in a campaign to improve the company's poor image as an employer. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
RadioShack Names Former McDonald's Exec as COO. Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. on Wednesday named Claire Babrowski, former head of restaurant operations at McDonald's Corp., as chief operating officer. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2005
21 Minute Convenience Fitness Approved to Offer Franchises in Virginia. 21 Minute Convenience Fitness today announced it has been approved to offer franchise opportunities in Virginia and is already working with several interested potential franchisees. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2005
Chuck E. Cheese's Celebrates Opening of 500th Location. CEC Entertainment, Inc. today announced the opening of their newest Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Glendale, Ariz. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2005
Marco’s Pizza wants 30-plus new units in 2005. During the recent annual franchisee meeting of Marco’s Pizza, company president Jack Butorac, Jr., told a gathering of about 80 franchisees that the company will open between 27 and 37 new stores in 2005. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2005
Sears sued by its franchise holders. In a lawsuit that pits mom-and-pop store operators against retail behemoth Sears, a group of Sears store owners Monday sued the chain, claiming its acquisition by Kmart created unfair competition by making its products available at Kmart and other stores. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2005
Burger King CEO Says IPO Possible Earliest 2006. Burger King Corp. could float shares as early as 2006 as the fast-food giant returns to growth after years of restructuring, its top executive said on Monday. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2005
Second-hand retailer plans 6 area stores. The key issue for Vintage Stock is timing, in finding six store sites for its entry into Middle Tennessee. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2005
Aaron Rents rolls out wheel rim stores. Atlanta-based Aaron Rents Inc. has quietly been test driving a new concept over the past few months - tire and rim rentals - in three stores in the metro area. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2005
N.C.'s largest Hardee's franchise says no to Paris. Hardee's biggest franchisee says it won't air a racy commercial that features a barely clothed Paris Hilton washing a car and noshing on a huge hamburger. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2005
iSold It Opens 100th eBay Drop-Off Store. iSold It, the nation's leading drop-off chain and number one seller on eBay, announced today they have opened their 100th store and now have over 500 franchise stores under contract nationwide. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2005
Pizza Inn CEO reveals new strategy. Pizza Inn CEO Tim Taft on Thursday outlined his vision for the pizza chain's future. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2005
Shareholders approve Toys R Us privatization deal. The $6.6 billion buyout of Toys R Us by a private consortium was approved Thursday by its shareholders, but left some with questions on what would happen to the company that was once the nation's largest toy seller. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2005
Lenny's books 80 Texas franchise restaurants. Len Moore, who founded Lenny's Sub Shops in Memphis in 1998, is launching a new initiative to open 80 restaurants in three Texas counties. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2005
Is Your Personality Suited to Franchising? If you're shopping for a franchise, you may be invited to take a personality assessment. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2005
Six Krispy Kreme officers ousted by board. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has forced out six company officers after a special board committee looking into the restaurant chain's accounting practices said they should be "discharged." .... [more] 21 Jun, 2005
Caboodle Cartridge opening Denver store. Caboodle Cartridge, a national chain of retail stores specializing in refilled inkjet and toner cartridges, is opening its newest franchise retail location in Denver. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2005
Toys R Us says CEO, COO resign. Toys R Us Inc. on Tuesday said Chairman and Chief Executive John Eyler and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Kay have resigned from the toy retailer, which is being bought by an investment group. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2005

Immigrants cry foul over cleaning franchises. The Machados are among many immigrants across the country who bought cleaning franchises thinking their lives would improve, only to find that they are paying for the right to work harder and longer hours. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2005
What Your Franchisees Think. In an effort to provide a useful tool to assess brand value, Restaurant Research LLC joined-up with QSR to ask franchisee operators to rate their own restaurant concepts. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2005
Aaron Rents Inc. acquires rental stores in San Antonio. Aaron Rents Inc. has acquired a chain of 21 Aaron Rents franchise stores in Texas, including four in San Antonio. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2005
Backing a big burger. That sizzling sound is a burger war heating up in Tampa Bay. Whataburger, a 55-year-old hamburger chain based in Corpus Christi, Texas, is heavily ramping up its local presence. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2005
Some Quiznos franchises riled. The critics and lawsuits don't alarm the president of the rapidly expanding Denver-based eatery. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2005
HAWAII - Two eatery chains sue O'ahu franchisee. Legal woes continued this week for the president of a company that holds the franchise rights to the Dunkin' Donuts outlets here as well as two Baskin-Robbins stores. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2005
Meineke gains $127M investment. Meineke Car Care Centers Inc. has undergone a management-led recapitalization, with the deal financed through a $127 million investment from commercial lender Allied Capital Corp. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2005
McDonald's adds skateboards, bikes to menu. McDonald's is beginning to sell skateboards and bikes bearing the fast-food company's brand in a new effort to get kids to burn off burgers and fries with exercise. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2005
Domino's Pizza Delivers Top Honors to World-Class Team. Domino's Pizza rolled out the red carpet at its 2005 Worldwide Rally in Orlando, Fla., an event honoring the company's top team members. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2005
Yum! Brands Recognized in Survey. Yum! Brands, Inc. has been named one of BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine's "30 Best Companies for Diversity" for its comprehensive results across key diversity measures. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2005
Louisvillian franchises video stores. Louisville-based Flicko's aims to do for video editing and duplication what Kinko's did for the printing business: make it a do-it-yourself option for regular folks who don't have the knowledge or equipment to handle such tasks at home. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2005
Krispy Kreme Says It Will Miss Deadline. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.'s shares fell Monday after the struggling doughnut chain said it will miss a deadline for filing financial results for the first quarter that ended May 1. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2005
Domino's Franchisee Wins Stevie Award. Shifflett Enterprises, owned by Domino's franchisee Jason Shifflett, won a Stevie Award for Best Franchisee in the 2005 American Business Awards last week. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2005
IHOP looks beyond breakfast - again. IHOP Corp., the U.S. restaurant chain best known for its stacks of decadent pancakes, aims to use momentum from a recent turnaround to address a lingering problem - convincing consumers that it is not just for breakfast. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2005
Denny's Flexes Growth Muscle with Energized Franchise Department. Demonstrating its continued commitment to franchise development, Denny's Inc. has appointed two restaurant industry veterans to help the company. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2005
Law Group Seeks to Promote Franchising in New York. On the 25th anniversary of the New York Franchise Act, a state bar association committee has begun a review and potential overhaul of the Act. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2005
7-Eleven selling off stores to franchisees. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc. of Dallas is selling 200 company-owned stores in Colorado to franchisees. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
Firehouse Subs to add 65 locations in Houston area. Firehouse Subs plans to add 65 stores and a training facility in the Houston area over the next 10 years. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
Fewer Doughnuts, More Dunkin'. Beverages Increasingly Drive Chain's Sales; Franchisees Team Up to Build Off-Site Bakeries. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery to Open First Japan Store. Cold Stone Creamery, the fastest-growing ice cream franchise in the United States, has announced plans to open its first store in Tokyo. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2005
Famous Dave's sells 9 new franchises. Famous Dave's of America Inc. announced Tuesday that New England Barbecue Ventures has purchased the right to franchise nine restaurants in the northeastern United States. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2005
Sylvan Learning Center Launches Live Online Tutoring Program. Just in time for summer vacation and travel, Sylvan Learning Center today introduced Sylvan Online, a convenient new way to get Sylvan's personalized reading and math tutoring online. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2005
La Quinta Inks Deal for First Mexico Property. La Quinta Corp. has reached an agreement to bring the La Quinta brand to Mexico, with the development of a La Quinta Inn & Suites in the city of Juarez. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2005
Please don't tell (my mom thinks I'm an investment banker). Let's just come out and talk about it. An increasing number of business school graduates and corporate executives are going into low-technology franchises. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2005
Subway Ends Free-Sandwich Promotion. The Subway restaurant chain said Thursday it is ending its decades-old free sandwich promotion, amid concerns that counterfeiters have been creating and selling copies of the restaurant's proof-of-purchase stamps and cards. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2005
Arby's HQ to move to Atlanta. It's official: the home of the Big Montana and Giant Roast Beef sandwiches is leaving Fort Lauderdale for Atlanta. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2005
Orbit Drop Sells First eBay Drop-Off Store Franchises and Area Developers in Texas. Orbit Drop, Inc. today announced that it has sold its first franchises and area developers in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Amarillo, Texas. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2005
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