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Kar Plus stores to become Midas outlets. Ron Atkisson is converting his Kar Plus automotive service shops in Nashville to the Midas brand. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Owners Unite for Voice in Chain's Sale. Dunkin' Donuts Independent Franchise Owners, Inc., has retained Riparian Partners, Ltd. to represent them as an interested party in the sale of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2005
QRVI Signs New Franchisee for Sobik's Sub Shops. Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today that it has signed a new franchise agreement for fast-food affiliate Sobik's. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2005
Über Baby appeals to hip parents. Über Baby, a hotspot for parents as young as 20 and grandparents as old as 80, has grown quickly and hopes to begin franchising in 2006. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2005
Wiremedia Receives Additional Franchise Requests in Anticipation of the UFOC. Wiremedia announced today that the company has received additional requests for franchise information in expectation of the pending completion of the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2005
UPS Store owners have mixed feelings about IPA picket plan. An Independent Pilots Association plan to picket outside The UPS Store locations in Louisville and other cities with large United Parcel Service Inc. operations is leaving some store franchisees frustrated. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2005
Restaurant chief has ambitious growth plan. Miamisburg native plans to open 300 Max & Erma's during next decade. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2005
Geeks on Call Co-Founder Starts New Franchise for Small Businesses. Four years and 342 Geeks franchises later, Walter Ewell left to do what he does best -- start another franchise company. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2005
Kids' gyms crop up around the country. Gyms are typically places to sweat, shoot hoops, backflip, benchpress or box. Then there's the Little Gym. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2005
The Quiznos factor. Last week, Wei Shi, a 35-year-old Chinese immigrant, was holding a Quiznos Sub sign here on Rte. 9 trying to lure lunchtime customers into the sandwich shop.
Sometime next year, he hopes to own his own Quiznos franchise in Reading. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2005
Hidden risks of franchises. Franchising looks like a safe route to entrepreneurship. But looks can be deceiving. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2005
Krispy Kreme Has That Glazed Look. Turnaround specialist Stephen F. Cooper has worked his magic at many companies, but has Cooper met his match in a doughnut chain that was once the darling of Wall Street? .... [more] 23 Nov, 2005
Franchise fights: BK, Quiznos butt heads with shop operators. Toasted and broiled are synonymous with the menus at Quiznos and Burger King, but now are indicative of the chains' relationships with some of their franchise operators. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2005
Kahala sells Hawaiian franchise to Florida entrepreneur. Kahala Corp. Monday announced it has entered into a deal with a Florida entrepreneur to open 10 Surf City Squeeze smoothie stories in the Hawaiian Islands over the next five years. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2005
Qdoba signs South Florida franchise agreement. Qdoba Mexican Grill has reported signing a franchise agreement to expand into South Florida. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Two Dunkin Donuts operators plead guilty to tax evasion. Two Westchester brothers who operated more than two dozen Dunkin Donuts outlets pleaded guilty Thursday to evading more than $1.5 million in payroll and income taxes and other charges. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Technology Answers Demand for Franchises. Case Study: How an entrepreneur met an unexpected interest in his franchise units. .... [more] 17 Nov, 2005
Franchises – What’s The Exit Strategy? At an International Franchising Symposium in London, Peter Holt made the bold statement to his audience of Franchisors that they needed to understand that their business would fail, and in fact all businesses are bound for failure. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
Anchor Bar, CB Richard Ellis work on franchising. The Anchor Bar Franchise Co. LLC isn't going to wing it when it comes to awarding a franchise. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
Couple dip into ice cream franchise. Muskegon residents Tom Wasilewski and Brenda Jaso are about to take a double dip. They'll get married and hold a Grand Opening for their new business, a Marble Slab Creamery franchise, all in the same day. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
Sandwich shop agrees to change its name. The owners of a father-and-son sandwich shop in Milford said Tuesday they will change their company's name to avoid a costly legal fight with Subway. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
Wiremedia Moves Forward with Franchise Plans. Wiremedia announced today that the company intends to move forward with franchise plans. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005

McDonald's investor wants real estate spinoff. A hedge-fund investor with a substantial stake in McDonald's went public Tuesday with his proposal for a shake-up to wring more value out of the company's real estate. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
Checkers/Rally's Celebrates 20 Years with Free Famous Fries. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today announced that it is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Checkers® and Rally's® double drive-thru brands. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
Huddle House Changes Hours. Huddle House announced today that it will offer franchisees the choice of whether to operate 24 hours, seven days per week. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
CM IT aims to triple its Bay Area franchise network. With the goal of capturing a sizable slice of the fragmented IT support market, CM IT Solutions is in the midst of a nationwide expansion. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
Wine retailer pops the cork on Central Texas expansion plan. Since its debut in March 2003, WineStyles Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based chain of wine shops, has been growing like a vine, with 29 stores now open in 20 states. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
Doggie Daycare looks to franchise. When Pat Clark decided to open a day care for dogs more than a decade ago, her decision was greeted with derision. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
Pizzeria family expands original site; plans to franchise brand. When Luigi and Angelina Riggione opened the first Inferno Restaurant and Pizzeria in Loudonville nearly 40 years ago, the menu didn't stray far from Italian staples such as pizza and meatball subs. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
McDonald's likely to stand firm. A New York hedge fund wants McDonald's to spin off its company-owned restaurants, but analysts said the company was unlikely to be persuaded and could be headed for a standoff with investors. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2005
Marco’s Pizza helping military vets with franchise financing. Marco’s Pizza is offering a special financing package for military veterans considering becoming Marco’s Pizza store owners. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2005
Judge Throws Out Hair Cuttery Bias Suit. A lawsuit brought by two black women alleging discrimination by Hair Cuttery has been dismissed by a federal judge. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2005
Statement by Ted Elliott, CEO of Coverall Cleaning Concepts. Recently, erroneous allegations regarding the use of illegal labor by Coverall Cleaning Concepts' Franchise Owners at specific locations owned by Oberweis Dairy, Inc., have surfaced. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2005
Wendy's may close some US Tim Hortons shops. Wendy's International Inc. on Thursday said it was considering closing some of its Tim Hortons coffee shops in the United States because slow sales in some markets have weighed on the unit's profits. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2005
Papa Murphy's Opens 900th Store. Papa Murphy's, the world's largest and fastest-growing Take 'N' Bake pizza chain, has opened its 900th store in Aurora, Colo., and is on track to reach 1,000 stores in early 2006. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2005
Former Pizza Hut franchisee hit with $695K settlement order. A company that once held the franchise for 62 Pizza Hut restaurants in San Diego was ordered to pay $695,000 to settle consumer fraud and other allegations. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2005
Diedrich Coffee Announces Its First Drive-Thru Location. Diedrich Coffee Inc. announced the official opening of their newest coffeehouse, the first of Diedrich's 27 Southern California locations to feature a drive-thru window. .... [more] 10 Nov, 2005
Blackstone to buy La Quinta for $3.4B. Reflecting private investors' renewed interest in hotels, midpriced chain La Quinta said Wednesday that it has agreed to be bought by Blackstone Group for about $2.3 billion. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts tells Togo's to go. Togo's is being told to go at Chicago-area Dunkin' Donuts outlets. Starting this month, 23 Togo's sandwich shops attached to Dunkin' Donuts are switching to a new name - Dunkin' Deli. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2005
Auto-Lab to Open First of 59 Units in Chicago. Automotive Technology Solutions, LLC will open the first of 59 Auto-Labs in the Chicago area with Grand Opening Ceremonies, 11 a.m., Friday Nov. 11, New Lenox. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2005
Blockbuster fights to stay in game. Blockbuster launched a campaign Tuesday to raise cash and cut costs to avoid defaulting on loans, which could lead it to file for bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Berrybrook Farm to sell franchises. Berrybrook Farm Natural Food Pantry, the oldest natural-food store in Charlotte, is looking to franchise its operations in the Carolinas. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Portland franchise owner unhappy with Burger King. For nearly three decades, Diane McKellar has made a living running Burger King franchises in the Portland area... today, she's down to three restaurants and is working through bankruptcy proceedings. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Bagel competition gets toasty in the Triad. The competition for bagel lovers is expected to heat up in Winston-Salem when a local franchisee opens a Bruegger's bagel bakery in January. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Holes remain: Next few weeks critical for Krispy Kreme. The next two months will be critical in determining whether Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., and its stock, can regain some of its once-sweet glaze. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2005
MidNet Announces Launch of First Franchise-Model Outlet. MidNet, Inc., the creator, owner, and operator of The Middle Network(TM), announced today that its first franchise outlet will be operational in time for the holiday season. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2005
Winans grows through franchising. Despite making no effort to promote it, Joe Reiser has been signing up franchisees for Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2005
Often, franchising is the best way to expand. You've got a nice little business that makes you a decent but nothing-to-write-home-about living. You'd like to expand it across the country, but you don't have the capital. That's no reason not to grow. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2005
GNC sees positives in drop in revenue, profits dip. GNC Corp. sees signs that a massive turnaround strategy is beginning to bear fruit at company-owned stores, but expects to continue a program of reacquiring struggling franchise stores. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2005
Local Baskin-Robbins sets pace in remodeling of ice cream shops. The enduring ice cream chain - founded in Pasadena and Glendale in the 1940s - has embarked on a five-year, nationwide effort to remodel its 2,500 stores. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2005
Chick-fil-A hatches 2 SE Valley stores. Chick-fil-A is strengthening its Southeast Valley presence with this month's opening of two freestanding locations, in Gilbert and Chandler, and plans for two more to open late next year. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2005
Troubled doughnut-maker alters ownership of foreign franchises. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has shed some of its investments in overseas franchises and restructured some of its debt agreements. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2005
Jimmy John's imitator must change. For deli lovers, the departure of Jimmy John's restaurant in Avon was eased after the House of Sandwich took over the space in January. But the Champaign, Ill.-based chain couldn't stomach the similarities. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2005
Dog boarding company to open Jacksonville franchise. Camp Bow Wow, a Denver-based company that provides boarding for dogs, will open a Jacksonville franchise later this year. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2005
Papa John's considering new stores again. Improved sales at existing restaurants this year have Papa John's International thinking about opening new stores again. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2005
Entrepreneur's 2005 Top New Franchises. Think franchising is all about uniformity? You're wrong. If anything is the key to franchising's success, it's variety. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2005
Meritage to Establish National Franchise Platform for Growth. Meritage Hospitality Group Inc., the nation's only publicly traded Wendy's franchisee and O'Charley's franchisee, today announced plans to expand its restaurant base into a national restaurant franchise platform. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2005
The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. Launch $1 Million Toys for Tots Drive. The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees today launched a nationwide campaign to raise $1 million for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2005
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