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: : July 2005

Wendy's to sell part of Tim Hortons chain. Wendy's International said Friday that it plans to sell a portion of its Tim Hortons business, weeks after a major shareholder sent a letter urging a spinoff of the profitable doughnut and coffee chain. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2005
New pizza company plans regional expansion. The Hot Restaurant Group of Rochester, N.Y. is rolling out an expansion plan designed to put 100 Great Northern Pizza Kitchens in New York state and the surrounding states over the next five years. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2005
Ronald McDonald picks ogre over mouse. McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday it has signed a two-year, non-exclusive deal to promote DreamWorks Animation SKG films beginning with the release of "Shrek 3" in 2007. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2005
Burger King's Coq Roq Site Stirs Pot. Just when the hoopla and angst by the taste police over Carl's Jr.'s Paris Hilton online video was starting to abate, Burger King managed to stir debate with the latest online ploy. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2005
StateFranchises.com Launched to Promote Local Franchise and Business Ownership. Franchise Solutions, Inc. has expanded its array of online franchise research offerings with the launch of StateFranchises.com. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2005
Krispy Kreme must supply all stores, even troubled ones. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is appealing an Illinois judge's ruling that the doughnut maker must continue supplying stores in Chicago and St. Louis despite the franchisee's inability to pay. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2005
Nemos Seafood Follows Own Recipe for Franchise Success. In serving up small business opportunities to African-Americans, Nemos Seafood has carved out a niche for itself in the fiercely competitive franchise market. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2005
7-Eleven 2Q Profit Jumps on Higher Sales. 7-Eleven Inc., the world's largest convenience-store operator, said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit jumped 22 percent as a result of higher sales and cost controls. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2005
Ethnic coffee place aims for franchises. Panaderia Taza is a coffeehouse targeted specifically at Hispanics, a market growing so rapidly here and elsewhere in the United States that its owners plan to franchise it soon. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Value Place Franchisees Plan 86 More 'Short-Term Residential Properties' in Seven States. Four Kansas holding companies have signed separate agreements with Value Place to build 86 properties in the Midwest and South. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
IHOP trips. International House of Pancakes is still having trouble breaking out of its breakfast-menu ways. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2005
Lenny's Sub Shops to open 80 local stores. Lenny's Sub Shops has announced an agreement to open 80 new restaurants in Montgomery, Harris and Fort Bend counties. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2005
KFC Still Guards Colonel's Secret Recipe. The handwritten recipe that launched a fast-food dynasty and made Colonel Harland Sanders world famous is locked away at KFC headquarters - its contents so concealed that not even the chain's top executive knows the ingredients. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2005
McDonald's to stay in hospital's food court. The McDonald's restaurant in the Cleveland Clinic hospital, the nation's No. 1 heart center, has agreed to bring in healthy foods not available at other locations. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2005
ProSource announces 13 new franchises. ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings recently announced 13 new franchise agreements to meet the growing demand for flooring products. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2005
Choice Hotels Provides Value Added Services for Minority Franchisees. Choice Hotels International, Inc. reinforces its commitment to increasing minority hotel ownership with the launch of new alliances for African American and Hispanic franchisees. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Orbit Drop Releases New Websites for eBay Drop-off Franchise Business. Orbit Drop, Inc. recently released two new websites for its eBay drop-off business. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Personal training franchise opens second location. Operators of the Fitness Together personal training franchise in Kirkland plan to open their second location in Redmond Aug. 1. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
Caribou Coffee plans IPO. The gourmet coffee shop franchise filed a registration statement today with the SEC for a proposed initial public offering that could be worth up to $90 million. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
Critter Control Unveils New Web Site. Critter Control, Inc. announced today the introduction of a completely new web site for use by residential, business and municipal customers. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2005
Quiznos looking to add stores in Triad. The popular sandwich chain Quiznos is looking at nearly doubling its Triad presence over the next few years, with plans to add about 15 stores throughout the region. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005
Factual Data-Missouri bought by franchisor. A company that provides mortgage credit reports to customers in the St. Louis area was acquired by its franchisor, the companies said Monday. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005

Friendly's Celebrates 70th Anniversary. On July 18, 1935, in Springfield, Mass., two young brothers opened a modest neighborhood ice cream shop selling double-dip cones for 5 cents. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2005
Pizza Magia to be dissolved by late summer. After failing to execute several turnaround strategies, Pizza Magia International Inc. executives have decided to throw in the towel and dissolve the 5-year-old company by the end of August. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2005
Home care provider makes foray into franchising. Options for Senior America has signed its first franchise agreement, and if things go well it could lead to more down the road. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2005
McDonald's profit leaves investors hungry for more. Shares of McDonald's rose Friday after the world's top-selling fast food company released second-quarter earnings guidance that was well ahead. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2005
Lenny's franchisees opening new restaurants. The restaurant chain that started in Bartlett and has spread like wildfire across the South continues to grow with announcements of new locations in three cities this month. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2005
Shareholder asks Wendy’s to spin off Tim Hortons. A New York investment firm is asking Wendy's International to spin off of its Tim Hortons bakery unit. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2005
IHOP Going for the Post-Breakfast Crowd. The restaurant chain is revamping its menu and altering its decor in a bid to beef up business. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2005
Franchise CEO dies. Richard D. Reese, who helped build one restaurant into the nation's largest operator of Taco Bells, has died. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2005
Krispy Kreme order given to stick with old terms. A dispute between a subsidiary of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and a Texas franchisee has landed in court. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2005
Company plans six new delis in area. McAlister's Deli, a casual restaurant chain, is coming to Wichita beginning next year. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2005
Ruth's Chris Steaks Its Future on IPO. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc., the restaurant with the odd name, wants to add a side of stock to its servings of steak. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2005
Orbit Drop Announces Strategic Growth and Expansion Plans. Orbit Drop, Inc. recently appointed Alan A. Weinstein as Chief Executive Officer to guide it successfully to the next level. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2005
7-Eleven to return to Manhattan. 7-Eleven Inc. has returned to Manhattan after a long absence with a smaller, walk-up convenience store that the chain pioneered in other big cities. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2005
McDonald's wants a hipper look on its workers. McDonald's is seeking a high-profile fashion designer to give its 300,000 U.S. restaurant workers a trendy, stylish new look. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2005
New shop fits shoes for better health. Foot Solutions, a new franchise in Albuquerque, promises to make a science out of fitting shoes. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2005
Subway Founder Must Pay Franchise Owners. The founder of the Subway sandwich chain must pay two franchise owners $150,000 each because Connecticut doesn't have a well-defined law against excessive punitive damage awards, the state Supreme Court ruled. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2005
Wine franchisers plan sexy, cool shop at The Summit. Wine bar, restaurant and wine seller - all descriptions apply to the young franchise known as The Grape, scheduled to open this summer in phase IV of The Summit. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2005
Firehouse banking on Austin remaining hot market for sub sandwich shops. Bill Krassner thinks he has a hot idea. He wants to extinguish Central Texans' hunger one appetite at a time. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2005
Franchising key to O'Charley's nationwide goal. O'Charley's Inc. expects to use franchising to blaze a trail through the upper Midwest, Southwest and West. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2005
A World with 400 Hooters. On June 26th, Hooters, the worldwide sensation, opened its 400th location - in Switzerland. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts files lawsuit against Fitchburg business. The owner of a small chain of doughnut shops in Fitchburg is being sued by Dunkin' Donuts Inc., which claims that the orange and pink color scheme of the Gourmet Donuts logo is an imitation of the famous doughnut maker. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2005
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