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For Franchises, Growing Rapidly Isn't Always Best. When expansion trumps controlling costs and other goals, operations can turn sloppy. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2005
Krispy Kreme's biggest franchise sues company for business practices. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.'s largest franchise has sued the company, claiming executives misappropriated marketing money and lied to the franchisees about how much they would be charged. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2005
New coffee franchise percolating. Amy Gais has been awarded the Charlotte area's first Coffee Perks franchise, also becoming the company's first woman franchise owner and its first franchisee in North Carolina. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2005
What It Takes to Be A Successful Franchisee. For companies sniffing out potential franchisees, a clean financial history isn't enough anymore. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2005
El Pollo Loco Chain to Be Sold and Expand. Investment company Trimarin Capital Partners has agreed to purchase the El Pollo Loco fast food chain from American Securities Capital Partners LP, a move that will allow the chain to expand nationwide. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
Choice Hotels buys extended-stay chain. Choice Hotels is expanding its extended-stay hotel business, acquiring Suburban Franchise Systems for $10.5 million. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
Wireless Toyz shows no signs of slowing down. Wireless Toyz founder Joe Barbat expects his stores to triple in number by the end of next year as cell phone sales continue at a blistering pace. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
Red Lion to Unveil Franchising Strategy. Red Lion Hotels Corp. is expected at the Lodging Conference here this week to unveil a franchising program hinging on a southwest expansion that will double its mainstay brand’s markets to 100. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
Daily Grind Franchises, New Coffee Blend Support Project HOPE's Work. Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, and the Winchester- headquartered coffee house franchise Daily Grind today announced an enhanced partnership. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2005
McDonald's Big Mac Rap-Attack Plan Hits Snag. Bad press and public hue and cry followed a March announcement by McDonald's that it planned to pay hip-hop artists to name-drop the Big Mac in their rhymes. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2005
Two investor groups to buy Party City. Two private equity firms, Berkshire Partners LLC and Weston Presidio, said on Tuesday they had agreed to buy Party City Corp. , the largest U.S. party goods chain, for about $360 million cash. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2005
Glazing Saddles closes Krispy Kreme store in Waco. On Saturday, Glazing Saddles Ltd. closed its only Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. store in Waco. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2005
Franchising boom rests on variety, opportunity, money. Franchising is flourishing in Greater Sacramento, driven by a rush of people who want to own small businesses and franchisers who want to seize opportunities in the region's booming retail market. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Schlotzsky's next move. Sandwich chain Schlotzsky's Ltd. says sales are back in the black and it's keeping its headquarters in Austin. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Child-care business becomes franchise. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is branching out as owner Rochette Harrington prepares to open franchise locations throughout the Midwest. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
UPS Store franchisees send SOS. Randy Holst owns United Parcel Service's best-performing store in Minnesota. Nationally, he's ranked among the company's 100 top-grossing stores. But business has been better. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Sonic Reports on Impact of Hurricane Rita. Sonic Corp. today announced that Hurricane Rita has affected the operations of a number of partner and franchise drive-ins in the states of Texas and Louisiana. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2005
Taco chain has appetite for Bay Area. A Seattle-based Fresh-Mex chain has expansion plans in the Bay Area that are as "mondo" as its signature 24-ounce burrito. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2005
Squeegee Squad Launches the Sale of Franchises Nation Wide. The owners of Squeegee Squad, a residential and new construction window cleaning company, are launching the sale of Squeegee Squad franchises nation wide! .... [more] 25 Sep, 2005
McDonald's Death Spurs Lawsuit. The family of a truck driver who died while unloading carbon dioxide at a McDonald's is suing the restaurant's franchise holder. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2005
Franchise owners have stake in and enjoy help as part of larger entity. One of the biggest American dreams is owning your own home. Another is owning your own business. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2005
Panera to Buy Indiana Franchisee's Cafes. Restaurant chain Panera Bread Co. said Thursday it agreed to acquire a group of bakery and cafes from an Indiana franchisee for $27.5 million. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2005

CEO’s letter to shareholders reveals concerns at Pizza Inn. A Sept. 22 letter from Pizza Inn chief executive Tim Taft reflected growing shareholder and franchisee concerns over the future of the struggling 400-unit company. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2005
Coffee Perks Signs Its Fourth Franchisee. Coffee Perks announced that Amy Gais has just been awarded the exclusive rights to own and operate the franchise in the Charlotte, N.C. area. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2005
Local entrepreneurs expand PRstore franchise. Two Charlotte entrepreneurs have bought the rights to develop 17 PRstore marketing franchises. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2005
McDonald's plans to sell stock in Chipotle. McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food company, said Wednesday that it plans an initial public offering (IPO) of a minority stake in its Chipotle Mexican Grill brand in the first quarter 2006. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
Rock Bottom plans expansion. Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc. of Colorado has obtained $19 million in financing for expansion. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
Fraud Sinks Subway's Sub Club. As technology ruins the viability of some reward promotions, companies are also hoping to exploit modern advances to create new programs less prone to crime. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
McDonald's ads tout Mcjobs. Long maligned as an inferior job and in need to build the ranks, McDonald's Corp. launched its first-ever global marketing campaign to tout just how fun and inspirational a place it is to work. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2005
Baymont Opens in Vegas, its 100th Franchise Location. La Quinta Corp. said it has opened its 100th Baymont-branded franchise property, The Baymont Inn & Suites–Las Vegas Nellis. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Wireless Toyz Revolutionizes Wireless Retail With its 100th Store. Cellular superstore franchise Wireless Toyz this week opens its 100th store with its first location in Anaheim, California. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Let's Dish expands to Boston. Make-and-take meal retailer Let's Dish plans to open 16 franchise locations in the Boston area within the next four years. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Women's fitness chain shapes up plans. Yogesh and Priti Aery are muscling into the women's fitness market in Charlotte with the launch of a chain of Contours Express locations. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2005
Wendy's president resigns; stock falls. Wendy's International, which has been struggling to reverse sluggish sales at its hamburger restaurants, said Monday its president resigned, effective immediately. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2005
Worldwide Express embraces competitive, team-oriented atmosphere. When Michael Kemper, president and owner of the local franchise of Worldwide Express LLC, arrived to sell DHL's services to North Hills-based Healthy Performance, he offered a slightly lower price than the competition. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2005
Houlihan's expansion will put growth on its menu. Three years out of bankruptcy, Houlihan's Restaurants Inc. has a plate full of growth projects, including an important new entree in the local market. .... [more] 19 Sep, 2005
Jiffy Lube sells 68 service centers to franchise group. Jiffy Lube International said Monday that it sold 68 company-owned quick-service oil-change locations in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio to franchise group Allied Lube Inc. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2005
New intimate format replaces burger palace of old. Burger King restaurants are ready to join the 21st century. A new prototype that opened in June at one of franchisee Magic Johnson’s restaurants in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood aims to borrow a page from the Starbucks’ playbook and create a place to hang out. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2005
Kansas City Restaurant Company Acquires Famous Sam's Restaurants and Sports Bars. TWA Restaurant Group, a Kansas City-based restaurant company, announced today that it has acquired Famous Sam's, a chain of 29 restaurants and sports bars located throughout the state of Arizona. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2005
GNC faces another push by unhappy franchisees. A group that claims to represent GNC franchisees says the vitamin retailer is trying to undermine efforts to organize an independent association that would serve as an advocate for members - a charge the Downtown-based company denies. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2005
Krispy Kreme says son of early franchisee to leave executive post. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday the son of one of the company's earliest franchisees will leave his executive position this month to pursue personal interest. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
GE Finance unit buys $203M loan package from Trustreet. GE Commercial Finance, Franchise Finance has purchased a $203 million package of real estate mortgage loans from Trustreet Properties Inc. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
Eatza Pizza Reaches 100 Restaurant Milestone. Eatza Pizza Inc., a Scottsdale-based operator of fast casual pizza buffet restaurants, today announced it has reached the 100 restaurant milestone. with the signing of several new area development agreements throughout the United States. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
Cendant to acquire Wyndham brand and franchise system. Wyndham International Inc., a hotel company bought in June by The Blackstone Group and taken private in a $3.2 billion deal, will sell its brand and franchise system to Cendant Corp. for $100 million in cash. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2005
DoodyCalls Franchising, LLC Announces The Sale of Its First West Coast Franchise. Kathleen Capps is the new owner of the first DoodyCalls franchise on the West Coast and is determined to rid Portland residents of the mounting problem of pet waste. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2005
McDonald's backs phys ed program in US schools. McDonald's Corp. on Monday said it is sponsoring a physical education program that will appear in one-third of U.S. public elementary schools. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Tyco Must Pay Pa. Man $32.6 Million. Tyco International Inc. owes a Sharon, Pa., man $32.6 million in franchise leasing fees from one of the U.S. subsidiaries, Sensormatic, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed in a non-precedential opinion. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Hair-removal business sold to Michigan rival. Advanced Laser Clinics, a Lynnwood-based franchiser of hair-removal businesses, was acquired by its largest competitor, American Laser Centers of Farmington Hills, Mich, the company announced yesterday. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Roly Poly owners watching hospital location carefully. The creators of the Roly Poly Sandwiches franchise are watching Kevin Knutson's new venture with interest. Roly Poly is one of several restaurants that opened in a food court for Good Shepherd Medical Center. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
Domino's says high fuel costs will drive up pizza prices. No. 2 U.S. pizza delivery chain Domino's Pizza Inc., whose drivers cover nearly 15 million kilometres a week in the United States alone, will have to raise prices if the cost of gasoline hovers at the current level for the long haul. .... [more] 13 Sep, 2005
UPS Store operators say parent squeezing margins. Since UPS acquired Mail Boxes Etc. in 2001, franchise owners say they've seen their business pick up but their margins go down. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Bathtub Refinishing Company Opens Nine New Locations. Miracle Method, the nation's leading bathtub, tile and countertop restoration company has grown to 107 franchises and more than doubled its sales in the last eight years. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Speaking Roses Announces Franchise Plans. Speaking Roses International Inc. announced that it has sold the area development rights to open franchise stores in Utah and southern Nevada. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Boscos opens the tap. Boscos, the self-proclaimed "restaurant for beer lovers," is taking its first steps toward franchising. Plans are for future growth to be slow and steady, but it's coming. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Toastissimo Fast Casual Italian Cafe Opens First U.S. Location. Toastissimo Cafe, a popular Italian eatery with more than 20 European locations across Italy, France and Spain, opened its first U.S. site in Orlando, Fla., today. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Pizza Inn CEO in bid to put brand back on top. When Tim Taft took over as CEO of Pizza Inn five months ago, he announced to the board, shareholders and franchisees that his salary for the first year would be $1. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Sizzler Announces Plans for 25 New Restaurants. Having shed its all-you- can-eat buffet image, Sizzler, the 313-unit, midscale casual dining chain, is back in a growth mode, with commitments from current and a new franchisee for 25 new restaurants worldwide. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2005
Competition brews in Tampa Bay as Dunkin' Donuts adds locations. Move over Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts is brewing up competition in the Tampa Bay area. Dunkin' Donuts has its sights set on becoming the household word for coffee across the country. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2005
Couple Plead Guilty in Wendy's Finger Case. A Nevada couple pleaded guilty Friday to all charges related to planting a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast food restaurant chain. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
7-Eleven Hires Advisers for Takeover Bid. 7-Eleven Inc. said Friday it hired financial and legal advisers to help evaluate a $1.2 billion cash tender offer designed to take the world's largest convenience store chain private. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Franchise owner's arrest spurs effort to end deals. Three Picurro Pizzeria franchises have filed a lawsuit in Pima County Superior Court, asking that their franchise agreements be dissolved following the arrest of Peter Picurro, the 44-year-old owner of the Picurro franchise. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Choice Hotels Opens 5000th Property. Worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced the opening of the company's 5000th franchised hotel, a Comfort Suites brand hotel in Lake Geneva, WI. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2005
American Fondue Turns 30. The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. turned 30 years old and is celebrating with its loyal fondue fans by giving away a trip to the birthplace of fondue. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2005
Burger franchise claims local eatery infringes on trademark. The In & Out House, a longtime Aspen eatery, may be in danger of losing its name in a trademark battle with a much older California corporation. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2005
Fourteen Chili's locations planned for Mexico. Brinker International Inc. said Wednesday that two franchise groups in Mexico are planning to open 14 new Chili's Grill & Bar locations in and around Mexico City. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2005
Joey's Only to open 11 new stores. Joey's Only Seafood Restaurants, a division of Embers America, announced Wednesday it has signed 11 franchise agreements to open locations in Arkansas, California and North Carolina. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2005
Lenny's Sub Shop franchisee opening stores in Missouri. Lenny's Sub Shop is expanding into the state of Missouri with a deal to open 10 locations there - the latest of several multi-restaurant packages announced by the company in recent months. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
Femme Franchisees. Hispanic women constitute one of the fastest-growing categories of entrepreneurs, and for women like Ms. Llamas, franchising offers a balance between independence and security in running her business. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
White Plains lawyer chairs state bar panel on franchising. A White Plains lawyer has been named to head a subcommittee of the New York State Bar Association charged with helping the group recommend changes to the state's franchising law. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2005
Arby's chain goes back to its roots. When fast-food chain Arby's moves its headquarters back to Atlanta this year, it will be a second coming for the roast beef king. .... [more] 5 Sep, 2005
Former Ben & Jerry's chief financial officer pleads guilty to embezzlement. A former chief financial officer at Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., has agreed to plead guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for embezzling more than $300,000 US from the company. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2005
Show Me the Money. You don't need big bucks to start a franchise - you just need the right source of funding. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2005
Seven-Eleven Japan offers $1.2 billion for U.S. 7-Eleven. Seven-Eleven Japan said Thursday that it will launch a $1.2 billion cash tender offer for the 27.3% stake it doesn't already own in its U.S. affiliate 7-Eleven, in a move that would take the world's largest convenience store chain private. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2005
Nevada Franchise Deal Launches Max & Erma's Western Expansion. Max & Erma's Restaurants, for more than three decades a familiar sight on the Midwest landscape, will soon begin expansion west of the Mississippi after signing a franchise deal with the Phoenix Hospitality Group of Las Vegas. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2005
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