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Texas Roadhouse hopes to lasso profits with franchise buyback. Four area Texas Roadhouse restaurants have been repurchased by the parent company as part of a corporatewide plan to acquire franchised operations and improve profits. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2006
Gap fashions new look: Franchising. Gap Inc. will franchise new stores for the first time in its history after signing a deal with Singapore-based F J Benjamin to open 30 Gap and Banana Republic stores in Singapore and Malaysia by 2010. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2006
Fast food franchise track. Angela Phillips and her husband, Bobby, dreamed of becoming their own boss for years but struggled with ideas for the type of business. Then an idea hit them: They would become fast food franchise owners. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2006

Franchising starts to flex its muscles. A combination of retired baby boomers and laid-off professionals is driving demand this year and next for franchised businesses, consultants say. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2006
Chipotle rolls a win as IPO price ignites. Shares of the Mexican-food chain became a hot tamale Thursday on Wall Street when they more than doubled in their first day of trading, gaining $22 to $44. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2006
Domino's Pizza Delivers 8,000th Store! Domino's Pizza today celebrates the opening of its 8,000th store worldwide with the simultaneous grand opening celebrations of the Company's 5,000th U.S. store and its 3,000th international unit. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Squeegee Squad Sells First Franchise. The owners of Squeegee Squad, a residential and new construction window cleaning company headquartered in Blaine, MN, have sold their first franchise. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
McDonald's investor drops his IPO beef. Hedge-fund manager William Ackman says he's lovin' what McDonald's Corp. has vowed to do to enhance its value. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Camp Bow Wow opens Boulder headquarters. Camp Bow Wow USA, a North American dog daycare and boarding franchise, will celebrate its new headquarters in Boulder with a ribbon cutting and open house this Friday. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2006
Waiting for the franchise to rise. After spending four years finding the right site, two sisters are getting a franchise bakery ready to open in Columbia. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2006
McAlister's Deli opens 200th restaurant. McAlister's Deli celebrated history Monday, opening its 200th restaurant. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2006

Barbecue owners think of franchising. Backyard Barbecue is a new concept that Diana and Brian Mitevski hope to franchise. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2006
McDonald's rejects shareholder plan to restructure. McDonald's Corp. on Wednesday rejected a plan put forward by a major shareholder that called for the world's largest fast food company to restructure. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2006
How Subway Stays at the Top of the Franchise 500. Why is Subway still on top? Because of its passionate and involved franchisees, says Subway founder Fred DeLuca. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2006
Quiznos giving away restaurants. Colorado's Quiznos restaurant chain will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006 by giving away 12 restaurants throughout the year. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
BP Aims to Be Franchise Player. BP is launching a franchise offer for BP Connect and Wild Bean Café convenience store brands in U.S. retail markets east of the Rocky Mountains. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
Battery shop keeps franchiser plugged in. Lots of communication up front helps a Batteries Plus franchisee deal with company officials. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
Will Your Dream Franchise Work in Your Area? It's happened to all of us. We go on vacation or take a work-related trip, and while we're on the road we discover a wonderful business. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2006
Snappy Auctions takes new platform global. Not even two years into franchising, Snappy Auctions is tapping new domestic and international markets. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2006
Painturo's Pizza bakes up franchising plan. A chance to do a licensing deal for Painturo's Piazza, a family-owned Italian restaurant in Lebanon, has put the eatery's plans for franchising on the fast track. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2006
RadioShack sales disappoint, warns on earnings. Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack Corp.on Thursday reported disappointing fourth-quarter sales and said it would definitely miss 2005 earnings. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2006

Behind the Scenes at McDonald's Hamburger U. Geoff Williams, frequent contributor to Entrepreneur magazine, takes a sneak peek into the training grounds of McDonald's franchisees: Hamburger University. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
Chili's Franchisee Acquires Six Company-Owned Restaurants. Chili's Grill & Bar franchisee Bonnaroo Restaurant Group has acquired six company-owned Chili's restaurants in South Carolina and Georgia and will open 14 more in the two states through a franchising and development agreement. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
Coldstone Creamery's Secret to Success. Doug Ducey's introduction to Cold Stone Creamery's founders came when he was a prospective franchisee conducting due diligence on Subway and wanted to learn about similar businesses. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2006
McDonald's Overhauls Its Promo Style. The fast-food chain is coordinating its in-store promotions, joining other marketers amid doubts about traditional techniques. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
St. Pete to open third generation of
Chick-fil-A has more than 1,230 restaurants across the country, but it's the opening of the world's newest Chick-fil-A franchise in St. Petersburg that has the attention of the company's founder. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
Toys 'R' Us to close 75 stores, cut 3,000 jobs. Toy retailer Toys R Us Inc. on Monday said it will close 75 Toys "R" Us stores in the United States and convert 12 others into Babies "R" Us stores, eliminating about 3,000 jobs. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
The Home Depot to Acquire Chem-Dry. The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced that it has acquired Chem- Dry, the franchisor for the world's largest carpet and upholstery cleaning and service provider network. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
The next hot retailers? A furniture company, a value-priced collegiate clothier and a fast-food chain that's popular for its ButterBurgers are on a short list of hot retail concepts that observers say could soon make a run on Wall Street. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
24-hour Your Time Fitness starts franchising push. Jose Rahaman, owner of Your Time Fitness Inc., hopes to muscle in on the fitness industry by expanding his health-club business beyond St. Clair Shores. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
Postal Connections Opens 100th Store. Opening two new stores today, Postal Connections of America announces its 99th and 100th locations in the U.S. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2006
Krispy Kreme, Franchisee Resolve Dispute. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and its largest franchise operator have settled their dispute over a decision by the doughnut company to terminate the franchisee's license. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
Blockbuster to pay $140,000 more over late fees. Blockbuster has agreed to pay $140,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by New Jersey that said its "no late fees" program was misleading and incomplete, state officials said Friday. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
Managers scoop up CoolBrands franchises. CoolBrands has lost its taste for franchising ice cream and frozen yogurt parlors. On Dec. 23, the company sold its franchise operations, including about 600 ice cream and frozen yogurt parlors, to former managers for $8 million. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
Tim Hortons perks up Wendy's results. Tim Hortons coffee stores remained the most successful element of fast food giant Wendy's International Inc. in the fourth quarter. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
Franchise Industry Booms in 2005. Entrepreneur magazine's 27th annual ranking of the top U.S. franchise opportunities reveals that 2005 saw phenomenal growth in the franchise industry. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2006
To be blunt, it's a good business. David Garofalo figures he smokes about two cigars a day. Now, as the longtime proprietor of the Two Guys Smoke Shop in Salem, he's about to become a chain smoker. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2006
Krispy Kreme Ends Franchisee's Licenses. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday it has terminated the license of its largest franchise operator, which means the franchise operator can no longer sell doughnuts under the famous brand name. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2006
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Announces Purchase of Louisville Master Support Center. Coverall to focus on providing continued support for local Coverall franchise owners, encouraging future franchise growth in area. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2006
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Continues National Expansion With 300th Restaurant. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. will open its 300th restaurant nationwide in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Jan. 9. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2006
Fatz Cafe Signs Chain-Wide Contract to Deploy ''ESP''. Fatz Cafe is the first chain to initiate a system-wide rollout of ESP Systems' patented, wireless Guest Customized Service system. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2006
FETCH! Pet Care Expands Into Napa Valley. FETCH! Pet Care, America's largest and most sophisticated pet care franchise, today announced it has launched a new location in Napa Valley, California. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2006
EBay drop-off stores popping up all over. For Gini Seely, generating a little extra cash is as easy as dropping off an undesired possession at a local store - one that sells goods on eBay - and waiting for the shop owner to send her a check. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2006
INTEREST - Starbucks wins Shanghai trademark lawsuit. Starbucks, the US coffee shop chain, has won a landmark lawsuit in a Shanghai court against a local rival that had adopted its Chinese name and a similar logo. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2006
RadioShack Rings in the New Year With Cingular Wireless. RadioShack Corporation today announced the immediate availability of Cingular Wireless products and services in more than 5,000 convenient neighborhood RadioShack stores across the United States. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2006
Slim down or melt down? Issues loom at Krispy Kreme. The doughnuts aren't shrinking - they're packed with just as many tasty calories as ever. But the doughnut maker is definitely shedding some weight. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2006
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