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: : August 2005

California Quiznos franchise battle. A Los Angeles court has ruled that the Quiznos Sub restaurant chain of Colorado can't shut down one of its California franchise operations. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2005
La Quinta Corp. franchisee to open nine hotels. La Quinta Corp. has inked a franchise agreement with a hotelier to develop nine La Quinta Inn & Suites hotels in North Texas. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2005
eBay Drop-Off Store Owners Arrested over Finger-Printing Dispute. Police arrested owners of The Drop Spot, an eBay drop-off store located in Traverse City, Michigan, who were in a dispute with police over whether they were required to comply with state statutes regarding second-hand dealers. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
Franchised hotels lose money due to 'impact'. The cost of impact, which occurs when a franchisor licenses a competing, same-brand hotel in a market where it already has franchisees, to existing franchised hotels is substantial, but it may not be crippling. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
New Testa Rossa Caffe testing American tastes. Testa Rossa Caffe, a popular European bistro concept, has targeted Orlando for its expansion into the United States. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
Let the buyer beware in franchise opportunities. It's an American dream to own your own business and be your own boss... But what if something unexpected happens with the franchise that could turn your dream into a nightmare? .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
Tossed franchise chain eyes Boston. Boston is one of the latest target markets where Tossed Franchise Corp. is planning to open 20 locations by 2007. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2005
Newsstand Owners Lose Suit to Save Individual Kiosks. A State Supreme Court judge has ruled against New York newsstand owners who were trying to stop the city from replacing their individually owned sidewalk kiosks with new structures owned by a single company. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2005
Judge OKs McDonald's trans fat suit settlement. A judge has approved an $8.5 million educational campaign by McDonald's Corp. to settle lawsuits filed against the fast-food giant for failing to reduce its use of partially hydrogenated oil. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2005
7-Eleven Colorado Stores to Become Franchised. 7-Eleven store managers in Colorado could own their stores as the company makes a push to turn the state's locations into franchises. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2005
Bio-Solutions Adds Another Franchise. Bio-Solutions Franchise Corp. announced today that it has sold another protected Bioremediation Service Franchise in Houston, Texas. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2005
Fit After Fifty Joins the International Franchise Association. Fit After Fifty, Inc. announced today that has officially become a member of the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2005
Sonic to buy 15 restaurants from franchisee. Sonic Corp. on Thursday said it signed a deal to buy 15 restaurants from a franchisee to build up strength in its core markets. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2005
Local restaurateur cooks up Famous Dave's barbecue. More barbecue is coming. JP's Bar-B-Que North LLC has purchased the right to franchise 10 Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
UPS Store owners vent online. Aaron and Michael Fray weren't planning a mutiny when they took over a shipping store with their friend Gary Zhou last year. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
Burger King's National Franchisee Association Sues McDonald's. The official representative of the Burger King franchisee community announced it has filed a lawsuit against McDonald's Corporation seeking damages for unfair competition arising from McDonald's rigged promotional games. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2005
Growing by the slice. The owners of Columbus market pioneer Mama Mimi's Take 'n Bake Pizza have come to realize franchising their take-and-bake business is necessary for continued growth. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
Franchisor Gives Promising Entrepreneurs in Texas a Chance to Win a Business License. World of Water International Ltd., a bottled water franchise outlet headquartered in Winnipeg, MB is challenging would-be entrepreneurs to take an e-challenge to see if they have what it takes to run one of their Franchises. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
Moving company opening Valley Re/Max franchise. When Rick and Chip Dircks open their Re/Max franchise, they expect it to make their moving business the first in the Valley to also offer real estate services. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
Famous Dave's to add 10 franchises in Florida. Famous Dave's of America Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to sell the rights to 10 new franchised restaurants in Florida. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
QuikDrop Expands Operations. QuikDrop International is introducing 15 additional communities to the convenience and profitability of its service. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005

Curves franchise faces legal hurdle. Cathy Frost wants to open her fifth Curves franchise, but she is facing an uphill fight with town planners in Needham, where a zoning bylaw stipulates that businesses in the town center must provide ''professional services." .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Panera Bread franchisee expands to Queens, N.Y. A Panera Bread Co. franchisee agreed to open bakery-cafes in the Queens County region of New York. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Carvel/Cinnabon co-branded concept opens in west Houston. Carvel Ice Cream and Cinnabon have opened their first co-branded Houston store. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
RE/MAX Announces New Internet Strategy. Today, RE/MAX International announced a new strategy for delivering effective, current and convenient real estate listing information to consumers on its website. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Coffee company expanding in Jacksonville. A drive-through coffee company plans to recruit up to four franchisees to expand its Jacksonville presence. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Creative Eateries Corp. Acquires Fit-n-Healthy Market Cafe. Creative Eateries Corp. is pleased to announce they have acquired Fit-n-Healthy Market Cafe. Creative Eateries acquired the concept in a purchase agreement with Franchise Capital Corp. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Papa John's to Sell 84 Restaurants. Papa John's International Inc. on Wednesday said it will sell 84 company-owned restaurants in Colorado and Minnesota to an affiliate of private equity firm Milestone Capital Management. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
Top 10 Money Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise. Want to know how much money it'll take to buy a franchise, where to get the funds and how long it'll take to make a profit? .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
7-Eleven Takes Top Spot In Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index. 7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience store, came out on top as the best performer in the second quarter of 2005 in The Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
MortgageBrokers.com Announces Initial Availability of Franchise Opportunities in the U.S. MortgageBrokers.com Holdings, Inc. today announced the strategic and limited availability of its franchise model to mortgage brokers within the United States. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
Hair Cuttery Signs First-Ever Franchise Agreement Initiating National Brand Growth. Hair Cuttery, the nation's largest privately-owned salon chain, today announced its initial foray into franchise operations. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2005
Taco Bell facing handicapped access suit. In California: The restaurant chain again faces charges that is is not complying with federal guidelines. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2005
Arbitrator Rules Snap-On Tools Franchisee Can Bring Class Action. An arbitrator has ruled that Snap-on franchisees can bring a class action in arbitration against Snap-on for alleged fraudulent practices, a decision that can have possible nationwide ramifications for the Snap-on Tool Corporation. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2005
UPS Store franchisees unhappy with parent company's support. Four years after United Parcel Service Inc. bought Mail Boxes Etc. Inc. and its thousands of retail locations, many dissatisfied franchisees of what is now the UPS Store are wondering why Brown hasn't done more for them. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2005
Local pizzeria looks to become franchise. With a menu full of unique pizza creations such as “Dracula’s Nemesis,” “Lip Smackin’ Insanity,” and “Odysseus’ True Love,” Paul and Kaci Knaysi believe they’ve found a formula for business success at Pablo’s Pizza in downtown Grand Junction. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2005
Red Robin CEO Resigns After Expenses Probe. The chief executive of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. has resigned after a company investigation concluded he misused charter airplanes and corporate expense accounts. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
Waffle House turns 50, but goods still going like hotcakes. There are 1,500 Waffle Houses spread across 25 states, as far west as Arizona and as far north as Illinois, but the chain is still rooted deeply in the South and retains a distinctively down-home, blue-collar aura. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
Famous Dave's opening next month. Denver restaurateur Bill Ferguson plans to open Colorado's first Famous Dave's Famous Pit Bar-B-Que restaurant on Sept. 12. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
UPS Store owners deliver notice of discontent. The company that likes to think of itself as the tightest ship in the shipping business has sprung leaks, say some small-business owners who rely on the UPS name for their livelihood. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2005
McDonald's real estate stirs investor interest. McDonald's Corp. shares soared to a four-and-a-half year high on Thursday due to market talk that private equity firms may seek to take a stake in the fast-food restaurant chain's real estate assets. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2005
7-Eleven settles dispute over tobacco. Convenience-store leader 7-Eleven Inc., the nation's largest retailer of tobacco products, has agreed to toughen its procedures to catch underage shoppers who try to buy tobacco products. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2005
KFC And Pizza Hut Announce No Smoking Policy. the importance of customer and employee health, restaurant leaders KFC and Pizza Hut both announced today they will enact a No Smoking Policy for all company-owned restaurants. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2005
Report: Krispy Kreme must restate earnings by $25.6M. Results of an internal probe of doughnut chain Krispy Kreme out Wednesday puts an even bigger hole in earnings for the once red-hot stock and takes its former CEO and chief operating officer to task for major accounting missteps. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2005
Computer Troubleshooters Recognized as Fond du Lac's Best. For the second year in a row, Computer Troubleshooters of Lomira has received the Readers Choice Award for Best Computer Service Company in the Fond du Lac Reporter's annual poll. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2005
Brooke prices offering of 2.5M shares. Brooke Corp. has priced its offering of 2.5 million common shares at $11.50 a share, for a total of $28.75 million. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2005
Buying a restaurant franchise. Do you have what it takes to be a successful restaurateur? .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
Roark Capital adds sixth franchise. Roark Capital Group has expanded its foodservice franchise portfolio by buying McAlister's Deli, a Ridgeland, Miss., chain of quick casual restaurants. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
Blockbuster posts loss, revises forecast lower. Blockbuster on Tuesday posted a quarterly loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, as lackluster new video releases failed to attract consumers. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
Ruth's Chris Steak House up in IPO. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc. served up a sizzling serving of stock Tuesday, its first day of trading. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
Fast-growing extended-stay chain plans four local developments. Value Place, an up-and-coming franchise chain of extended-stay hotels, is entering the Nashville market through a development deal with a group of Kansas investors. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2005
IHOP's recipe for success. With average ticket sales of $7, IHOP franchisees have to make their money one waffle at a time. But one Atlanta operator, Joe Scripture, has been selling enough coffee and omelets. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2005
Billings Quiznos owners regret taking on franchise. Stacy Reiter and her husband knew they wanted to open a Quiznos the first time they ate at one, but their struggles with the corporation since they opened their sandwich shop may have cost them their retirement savings. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2005
Homework pays for some students with jobs. Students working at some McDonald's restaurants around the country are getting paid whether they are flipping burgers or flipping through textbooks. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
Programmer Reboots Career with DIGIKIDS Child ID Franchise. Computer technology has helped persuade Jerry Patrick to seize a fulfilling business opportunity for himself and his wife Chris through a Child ID franchise called DIGIKIDS. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
Leaner diet market hurts GNC. GNC Corp., which operates General Nutrition Center stores, said Thursday that revenues fell in the three-month period ended June 30 as sales of diet products slumped. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
Franchise dealers seen becoming more proactive in aftermarket sector. Although the USA automotive aftermarket is growing steadily at around 4%, year on year, franchised vehicle dealers have experienced reduced levels of sales growth. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
Fred's baffled by July sales slump. Fred's Inc., continues to hit new sales highs, but company officials are wary a two-week drop in sales at the end of July will hurt quarterly results to be announced August 25. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
Thinking of buying a franchise? For many people, buying and operating a franchise is the easiest way to become a small business owner. But choosing a franchise out of the hundreds of possibilities shouldn't be a snap decision. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
“McDonald’s Not a Job, but a Life,” Says Local Franchise Operator. David Bear’s story as a McDonald’s franchise operator is remarkably similar to countless others who run the corporation’s restaurants from Maine to California, and internationally to just about all points on the globe. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
Let's Dish raises $4M for expansion. Let's Dish has secured $4 million in private funding for the nationwide expansion of its meal-preparation business, the company said Wednesday. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
Aaron Rents, Inc. Acquires Six Franchised Stores. Aaron Rents, Inc. today announced the acquisition of six Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership franchised stores located in the state of California. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
Wine bar franchise opening in Belle Meade. The Grape Wine Bar, a franchise chain of wine bars, has moved into the Nashville market with a location in Belle Meade. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
Waffle House operator reaches settlement with Virginia plaintiffs. The company that operates some Waffle House restaurants has agreed to settle four civil rights lawsuits stemming from charges of discrimination against customers at at least three establishments in Virginia. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2005
Turnaround firm sets fee for work at Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts agreed Monday to the terms of a "success fee" for the turnaround specialists brought in to return the snack maker to profitability. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2005
Taverna Opa plans expansion through franchises. Greek restaurant Taverna Opa said it is hunting for franchisors and has targeted Boca Raton, Tampa, Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago and New Orleans for future locations. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2005
Quiznos booms, Subway rolls on as sandwich market heats up. This is Subway territory, a small waterfront city of 52,000 that's home to the largest U.S. restaurant chain. But just up the road from Subway's headquarters, a developer recently erected seven white letters over an empty storefront: Quiznos. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2005
Golden Rule Bar-B-Q has growth on the menu. Confident in the growing popularity of barbecue and its unique, home-grown flavor, The Original Golden Rule Bar-B-Q has launched an aggressive expansion plan. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2005
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