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How Franchise Companies Can Target Growth Markets. The international market place is a complex and often uncertain environment that presents challenges many franchisors have not contemplated. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2006
Captain D's parent completes Del Taco purchase. Sagittarius Brands has wrapped up its purchase of Del Taco, a deal that puts the company's total restaurant count at 1,000. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2006
New York NY Fresh Deli chain sold to Florida firm. Restaurant Holdings Inc. has purchased New York NY Fresh Deli for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2006
Fit After Fifty Inc. New Training Center Graduates 1st Class. Fit After Fifty, Inc. announced today that the new Training and Support Center in Bedford, Texas, has graduated its first class of franchise owners. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2006
Marriott Receives Top Honors for Diversity Franchising Initiatives. Marriott International, Inc. received the 2006 Ronald E. Harrison Award, by the International Franchise Association (IFA), for its significant contributions to minorities in franchising. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2006
Pittsburg Pizza Hut franchisee settles ADA case. NPC International Inc., the nation's largest franchisee of Pizza Hut restaurants, has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
WineStyles Surpasses 100 Franchises in under 18 Months. WineStyles announced today it has sold its 102nd franchise, eclipsing the 100 franchise milestone less than 18 months since its inception in November 2004. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
Michigan Big O Franchisee to Liquidate. After a blazing start in which it opened 13 Big O franchise locations in Michigan, U.S. Autocare LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
Computer Troubleshooters Launches New Repair Program. Computer Troubleshooters has launched a program through participating The UPS Store locations that provides a convenient drop-off option for computer repairs, updates and maintenance. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
Franchisees, Burger King work to mend rift. Almost six months after the rocky relationship hit a low point, both sides are talking again. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
The little joes take on Starbucks. Hope is brewing for us caffeine-craving commoners who have overdosed on upscale java jive of the past decade. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
Smoothie chain Juice It Up! announces plans to add locations around Orlando. Juice It Up!, a California-based smoothie chain, said it plans to add 15 new franchises in the Orlando area by 2007. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
RadioShack plans to shutter seven San Antonio stores. RadioShack Corp. said Friday it will close 480 under-performing stores nationwide, including seven stores in San Antonio. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2006
Franchisees object to proposed sale of Damon’s. A group of Damon’s Grill franchisees have banded together to oppose the proposed sale of Damon’s International Inc. to a North Carolina developer. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Tally-Ho Ventures Signs their First Franchise Selling Agreement for $6 Million. Tally-Ho Ventures Inc., an international wealth management firm, announced today the franchise of the operational side of its non-European distribution arm. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Build-A-Bear adds franchisee in India. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. said Wednesday it added its 14th international franchisee, The Murjani Group in India. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Little Caesars plans pizza empire. Little Caesar Enterprises, the pizza chain at the core of the Ilitch family's food, sports and entertainment empire, is embarking on an expansion binge to add hundreds of new stores in markets. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2006
Fit After Fifty, Inc. Announces Opening of New Training Center. Fit After Fifty, Inc. announced today that the new Training and Support Center in Bedford, Texas, will open March 27 with an inaugural training class for 5 new franchisees. .... [more] 21 Mar, 2006
Hutto dog training center plans national franchising push. After three years of planning and more than $100,000 invested in development, the Triple Crown Dog Academy is launching a national franchise division. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006
J.P. Morgan to become Quiznos partner. J.P. Morgan said Monday it will become an ownership partner in Quiznos, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing sandwich chains. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2006
UPS flexing its SBA lending muscle by targeting franchisors. Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service of America Inc. (UPS) is looking to increase competition in the local financial market - a move that has put some local lenders on alert. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2006

Retailer bringing high-tech 'toyz' to Alamo City market. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Wireless Toyz is getting ready to embark on an aggressive growth plan in San Antonio. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2006
Hobby winery offers couple a franchise niche. State franchise rights to Vintner's Cellar, a make-your-own-wine business, keep a KC-135 crew chief and his wife busy. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Franchise brands sink teeth into new technology. Technology has pervaded the business world today and the franchise industry is no different. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe Files Lawsuit Against Copycat. Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe today announced that it has filed a federal lawsuit in United States District Court against Cereals, LLC, doing business as "Cerealicious." .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Marriott Receives Top Honors for Diversity Franchising Initiatives. Marriott International, Inc. received the 2006 Ronald E. Harrison Award, by the International Franchise Association (IFA), for its significant contributions to minorities in franchising. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2006
Coffee Chains in Grand Battle to Take No. 2 Spot. L.A.-Based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf plans aggressive expansion in hopes of setting itself apart and getting closer to industry leader Starbucks. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2006
Rockelle Announces Business Agreement to Open Franchises Within One of the World's Largest Retailers. Rockelle Corporation is delighted to announce that they have entered into a contract with the owner of Stewart's Original Root Beer Restaurants, to begin their franchise expansion. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2006
Companies trying to franchise tanning salons. Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on getting and staying tan, but the five biggest chains account for a minuscule 5 percent of the market. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
Subway franchise owner reaches out to employees with voice messaging. Les White is not your typical quick service restaurant owner operator. He has 25 Subway sandwich shops in Arizona and White insists he’s in the people business rather than the sandwich making business. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
Former Cowboys opening ProntoWash franchise. Former Dallas Cowboys Donald Mitchell and Randal Williams are teaming up with Dallas real estate executive Ernest Pujals to open the first of 14 ProntoWash USA franchises in the Dallas area beginning next week. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
CRO Signs 75 Restaurant Expansion in Middle East. Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc., which operates and franchises 140 full-service and casual dining restaurants encompassing eight different brands, has executed a 75 restaurant franchise agreement spanning 13 countries. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
Cendant Hotel Group to Acquire Baymont Inn & Suites Lodging System. Cendant Hotel Group today announced it will bolster its commitment to limited-service, midscale lodging by acquiring the Baymont Inn & Suites brand and system of 115 franchised properties. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery Mooves Into Denver. MaggieMoo's International is embarking on a major expansion in the Denver region, with more than 20 Treateries planned for the area within the next five years. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
Garage-organizing firm opening franchise in Triad. A Florida company that makes garage-organizing systems has opened its first franchise in North Carolina with a location in Lexington that will serve the Triad. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
Acquisition firm strikes juicy deal. Fort Lauderdale-based Services Acquisition Corp. International, led by H. Wayne Huizenga's former right-hand man Steven Berrard, has agreed to acquire Jamba Juice. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
INTEREST: McDonald’s franchisee runs cars on it. Most drivers fuel their vehicles with gasoline. Robert Tomey, owner of four McDonald's, powers his with vegetable oil drained from his fryers. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
Bucking Starbuck's. Four years ago, Carol White left her job in hotel management and bought Texas' first Greenberry's Coffee and Tea Co. franchise. Since then, the shop's revenue has risen, one cup of coffee at a time. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Back Yard shakeup could signal rocky road, muddy future. Recent leadership changes at Back Yard Burgers, Inc., could signal that the Memphis-based chain is in for some challenging times, observers say. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Fit After Fifty Inc. Launches New Marketing Program. Fit After Fifty, Inc. announced today that it has developed a powerful marketing program for its franchise owners. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Italian Oven moves to Florida. The Italian Oven is looking to a new president in a new market to grow the company into a fast-casual restaurant chain. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Valley franchising opportunities abound as companies stake their claim. Franchisors from across the country and Canada have the Phoenix market in their crosshairs for new stores that range from salons and juice bars to IT shops and quick-service restaurants. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
A Pizza Chain that Delivers Breakfast? Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream, a sleeping giant of family quick casual restaurants for more than 30 years, is attracting renewed interest since unveiling its new prototype, "Happy Joe's Caféz". .... [more] 10 Mar, 2006
Handyman Matters franchisee gets business off the ground. Phil Davis has learned a number of lessons in his first year of owning a business, but one stands out. "You can never prepare yourself enough". .... [more] 10 Mar, 2006
Krispy Kreme's New Boss. Anybody who's paid much attention to the troubles at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts knows it's a situation too complex to be solved by one white knight. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2006
Church's Chicken sales hit milestone. Church's Chicken had $1 billion in annual sales for the first time in its history, and it said it plans to double that figure before 2011. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2006
IHOP CEO says in talks to license brand. IHOP Corp. is in talks to put its name on packaged foods that would be sold in grocery stores as the restaurant company looks for ways to boost sales beyond its iconic pancake house chain. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2006
DAZBOG COFFEE Company Launches Franchising Program. DAZBOG COFFEE Company today announced that the company has launched the DAZBOG COFFEE Franchising Program. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2006
Franchise Services changes hands. Franchise Services' parent, Savista Corp., sold the Wichita-based unit to outsourcing giant Accenture Ltd., which says it will continue to grow the operation. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Krispy Kreme hires former Kraft executive as CEO. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Tuesday it hired food industry veteran Daryl Brewster, a former Kraft executive, as president and chief executive of the troubled doughnut chain. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
7 franchises: Riding the housing boom. To meet the growing demand for all things home-related, numerous enterprises have sprung up. Many are franchised. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Concorde Resources Corp. Enters Into Letter of Intent to Acquire Franchise Chain. Concorde Resources Corp. announced today that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire the assets of "Weight Loss For Life and Wellness" .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Bad Ass Coffee opens. The Bad Ass Coffee Co. will open its first Colorado franchise on Friday in Greeley. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Largest Pizza Hut Franchisee Being Sold. NPC International Inc., the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, is being sold to the private equity arm of Merrill Lynch & Co. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2006
Let's Dish inks franchise deal in Philadelphia. Let's Dish has signed a franchise agreement for 11 stores in the Philadelphia area within the next three and a half years. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2006
Rockelle Receives Funding to Begin Franchise Expansion. Rockelle Corporation, a franchiser, developer, owner and operator of specialty food restaurant concepts and cafes, announced today that the Company has completed a financing agreement for $2,000,000 with private investors. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2006
Build-A-Bear to buy The Bear Factory. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. said on Friday that it signed a deal to buy The Bear Factory and Amsbra Ltd., Build-A-Bear's franchisee in the United Kingdom, for $41.1 million in cash. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2006
Wendy's may sell Baja Fresh; is hamburger chain next? Influential investors are more likely to push Wendy's to sell the third-largest hamburger chain now that they have succeeded in their demands to shake up the company, analysts say. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2006
Re/Max founders honored. Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of Re/Max International, have been named recipients of the Hall of Fame Award at the 46th Annual International Franchise Association Convention. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2006
Fastest Growing Franchises Show That Health and Fitness Top the List. For the third year Franchise Times, a magazine that covers the franchise community, has published the Fast 55 - the ranking of the fastest growing, young franchises in the nation. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2006
Toys R Us claims victory versus Amazon. Toys R Us Inc. claimed a victory over Inc. in a court fight over whether Amazon breached an online exclusivity contract with the New Jersey-based toy company. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2006
Nathan's Famous, Inc. Acquires Arthur Treacher's Trademarks. Nathan's Famous, Inc. today reported its acquisition of the trademarks and intellectual property relating to the "Arthur Treacher's" brand. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2006
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