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O'Charley's franchisee wants out of its deal. The first franchisee of O'Charley's Inc. is suing the Nashville-based restaurant company, saying company executives misrepresented sales figures to get the franchisee to sign a seven-year, 15-unit development agreement. .... [more] 31 May, 2006
Monster Sushi Expands Presence and Offers Franchises Nationwide. Monster Sushi announced today the company will extend its successful brand by selling franchises across the United States. .... [more] 31 May, 2006
Consider Franchising - But Watch Out! Having your own business is the American dream and, increasingly, international interest in owning a business has been building as well. .... [more] 31 May, 2006
Franchise Developers Seek "Cream of the Crop" for Entrepreneur Investors. Franchises continue to be the fastest-growing category of owner-operated businesses, and franchise development companies are scouting franchises more carefully than ever. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
Max & Erma's president staying put. The president of Max & Erma's Restaurants Inc. has decided to remain with the restaurant chain rather than take a real estate job. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
Franchising looks to minority owners for growth in key population areas. Mary Forte is an African American woman who wanted to make a difference in her community. She opened a franchised coffee house, It's A Grind, in a part of downtown Oakland that is being revitalized. .... [more] 29 May, 2006
Medical spas face costly state mandate. Though the number of medical spas in the Jacksonville area has doubled in the past couple of years, that trend would likely slow down if Gov. Jeb Bush signs a bill. .... [more] 28 May, 2006
Denny's decides a woman fits the bill. Denny's Corp., a company that has been recognized in recent years for its support of diversity, has named a woman with finance and food service experience to head its board of directors. .... [more] 28 May, 2006
Washington DC Prepares for Major Franchise Expo. Described as the "SuperBowl" of franchising, the franchise world will be turning its attention to Washington DC next month as the three day expo kicks off. .... [more] 27 May, 2006
Norwalk Furniture to complete orders. Norwalk Furniture Corp. will complete 82 orders that were pending when the Lexington franchise of Norwalk, The Furniture Idea, closed suddenly in April. .... [more] 27 May, 2006
Big Mac attack on critics. McDonald's Corp. CEO Jim Skinner told shareholders yesterday not to believe the recent surge of "fiction" maligning fast food. .... [more] 26 May, 2006
In the Franchising Model, Brand Awareness Soars. For years now, U.S. real estate franchisors have ventured internationally to build their national brand into one of global awareness. .... [more] 26 May, 2006
Wendy's Building Momentum. One of the world's largest hamburger restaurant chains is using premium deli meats and fresh-baked artisan bread to heat up sales and build momentum. .... [more] 25 May, 2006
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Selects Replicon’s Web TimeOff to Streamline Time Off Processes. Web TimeOff is designed to accurately chart employee time off requests, balances and accruals to help alleviate the pains arising from error-prone paper trails and manual processes. .... [more] 25 May, 2006
Flat Fee Leads Broker To Convert Business. Broker Donna Chance talks about how she transformed her real-estate business into an Assist-to-Sell franchise. .... [more] 23 May, 2006
Die hard with a burger. McDonald's is preparing for a new defence of its hamburgers following the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival of a drama attacking the junk food industry. .... [more] 22 May, 2006
McDonald's going from fast to fancy. The remodeled Newport Beach, Calif., eatery boasts sleek, leather-padded booths, crown molding, sapphire-blue pendant light fixtures and a plasma TV broadcasting cable news. .... [more] 20 May, 2006
Starbucks aims beyond lattes to extend brand. Starbucks is changing what we eat and drink. It's altering where and when we work and play. It's shaping how we spend time and money. That's just for appetizers. .... [more] 19 May, 2006
aQuantive Acquires Franchise Gator; Extends Pay for Performance Marketing Footprint. aQuantive, Inc., today announced the acquisition of Franchise Gator, an Atlanta-based pay for performance digital marketing company. .... [more] 18 May, 2006
Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes 2005 Development Champions. The Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites Hotels brands recognized the top development champions of 2005 during the Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit. .... [more] 18 May, 2006

Feelgoods International Ltd. Appoints Former Starbucks Executive. Feelgoods International Ltd. have appointed Ms. Rita Irniger, a former Starbucks executive, as a Senior Advisor responsible for assisting the Company on structuring and maintaining their franchise development program. .... [more] 17 May, 2006
Burger King IPO set to fire up. Investors have gorged on restaurant deals this year, but do they have room leftover for Burger King? .... [more] 12 May, 2006
Snappy Auctions brings in tech firm for franchise support. Snappy Auctions has hired Nashville's Concept Technology to provide a small business computer network for each new Snappy Auctions franchise. .... [more] 11 May, 2006
Franchisees See Red After Brown Takes Over. UPS's purchase of Mail Boxes Etc. looked great on paper. Then came the culture clash. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
McDonald's to convene 'global moms panel'. McDonald’s Corp. is enlisting nine moms from around the world to help the fast food chain appeal to families. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
OP firm buys Miracle-Ear franchise. American Hearing Technologies has bought a Miracle-Ear franchise with two Kansas City-area locations and one in Sedalia. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
Disney calls a halt to McDonald's toy story. Disney has decided not to renew its 10-year agreement with McDonald's for the fast-food chain to include a promotional plastic toy in its Happy Meal range of food for youngsters. .... [more] 9 May, 2006
Battered in the U.S., Krispy Kreme looks abroad for growth. The number of foreign Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise stores nearly doubled in 2005, in stark contrast to the fortunes of the company's U.S. locations. .... [more] 7 May, 2006
Truly Nolen expands global reach. Truly Nolen's trademark mouse cars are heading into more international markets. .... [more] 7 May, 2006
Mickey D's McMakeover. A comfortable armchair. Cool hanging lights. Funky graphics and photos on the walls. Wi-Fi access. Premium coffee. Isn't Starbucks great? Except...this is McDonald's. .... [more] 5 May, 2006
No Cutting Corners For Hair-Salon Owner. Purchasing an existing shop helped Sport Clips franchisee Jared Lee get up to speed quickly. .... [more] 5 May, 2006
Brinker to expand in the Northwest. Brinker International Inc. has signed franchise and development agreements with two new partners to develop 11 new locations over the next few years. .... [more] 5 May, 2006
On the Run Franchisee Honored by International Franchise Association. New York City businessman and ExxonMobil On the Run dealer Harry Singh was recently honored for outstanding performance by the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 5 May, 2006
Hot Breads sets sights on U.S. franchising market. The Hot Breads chain has had great success in India, but the company is really hoping to put the hot in Hot Breads as it begins franchising in the United States. .... [more] 4 May, 2006
Adam & Eve Offers Franchising Opportunities for Retail Stores in California. Adam & Eve, the nation's largest resource for all things erotic, is pleased to announce an expansion in its retail franchising efforts - in California! .... [more] 4 May, 2006
Franchise Hopes to Go Back to the Barbershop. One man is trying to franchise the traditional corner barbershop. But the question remains: Can the neighborhood style be preserved in a franchise setting? .... [more] 3 May, 2006
Presto! Merlin Muffler & Brake Changes Their Name. Merlin Muffler & Brake shops across the country are changing their name effective May 1 to Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. .... [more] 3 May, 2006
UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees to demonstrate. Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store franchisees plan to picket at the United Parcel Service Inc. shareholder meeting in Wilmington, Del., on May 4. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
Dunkin Donuts moving back into Middle Tennessee. Dunkin' Donuts is returning to Middle Tennessee, and Dunkin' Brands is making the area a launching point for its westward expansion of the doughnut chain. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
Trump fires, Hair Cuttery hires. The latest victim of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" got a job offer despite being kicked off Monday night's show. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
All new type of franchise allows franchisees to operate with minimal restrictions. Freedom franchises offer all the benefits of a traditional franchise without the restrictions of a traditional franchise. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
Starbucks to acquire half of Barnie's locations. Starbucks Corp. said it is buying 56 Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co. locations, most of them in Florida. .... [more] 2 May, 2006
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