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Can You Profit as a Franchise Pioneer? Buying a new, unproven franchise can be a high-risk venture. Professional advice can help minimize the gamble. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2007
McDonald's First to Use New Upromise Rewards Platform. Upromise, Inc. today announced a new platform to provide companies an additional way to help Americans earn college savings rewards to offset the rising cost of education. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2007
Moe's now part of Roark's FOCUS Brands. Roark Capital Group's FOCUS Brands Inc. has closed its deal to buy Atlanta-based fast casual Mexican chain Moe's Southwest Grill for an undisclosed price. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2007
Franktitude sells first franchise location. Gourmet hot dog chain Franktitude has announced the sale of its first franchise location near Miami. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2007
Pesos for pizza, other goods on the rise. Stores in U.S. cities from Dallas to Waikiki have found that accepting international currencies can entice immigrant and tourist shoppers, happy to save a trip to the bank. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
College Hunks Hauling Junk sells first West Coast franchise. College Hunks Hauling Junk has sold its first West Coast franchise for $112,500, marking the third such deal this year for the 2-year-old company. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Switching Over to Franchise. In recent years, a significant trend has gone unnoticed in many business circles. Dealer-based manufacturers have been converting to franchises in significant numbers. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Lenny's Sub Shop expands. Lenny's Franchisor LLC, franchisor of Lenny's Sub Shops, has announced that a fourth franchisee group will join the San Antonio market. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Sports bar chain takes off at BWI. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has opened its first-ever airport location at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Dunkin' seeking bigger franchisees to fuel growth. Coffee shop chain Dunkin' Donuts is courting bigger franchisees and moving away from the smaller entrepreneurs that were the cornerstone of its early growth as it seeks to fuel an aggressive U.S. expansion plan. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc. Starting Drive For New Franchisees. Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc. today announced that it is launching a new marketing program intended to rapidly expand its national base of obee's® soups salads & subs restaurants. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Arby's owner gets access to Wendy's books. Wendy's International Inc. has agreed to let a major shareholder have access to crucial information about the third-largest hamburger chain so he can decide whether to bid for the company. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2007
Johnnie's Dog House to offer franchise opportunities. Todd S. Chusid, founder and CEO of Johnnie’s Dog House, has announced plans to franchise the eatery in an effort to become a nationally recognized brand. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2007
Rocky Mount company buys 34 Hardee's locations. CKE, the parent company of fast food chain Hardee's, has sold 34 of the chain's North Carolina restaurants to an area franchiser. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2007
Pizza Fusion Founders Lobbying for Environmental Action. Organic, eco-friendly pizza franchise founders to meet with State Representative Ron Klein to reinforce the environmental importance of the Safe Climate Act. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2007
Krispy Kreme realigns operations, exec leaves. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shuffled executive slots and said Friday that it would realign franchise and company store operations, a move that should help the embattled doughnut maker improve sales and cut costs. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2007
Franchisee for Krispy Kreme files for Chapter 11. A California company that was once Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' biggest franchisee has filed for bankruptcy. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2007
Gas Station Owners Allege Price Fixing. Nearly two dozen gas station owners in California sued Shell Oil Co., Chevron Corp. and Saudi Refining Inc., on Tuesday, claiming the companies conspired to fix prices for 23,000 franchise owners nationwide. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
Wendy's Breakfast Expansion Continues. Wendy's announced today it has crossed the 500th store milestone in the continuing expansion of its new breakfast menu. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
Advantage begins franchising rental-car brand. Advantage Rent A Car has launched its new domestic franchising program, the company said Wednesday. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
Friday's franchisee files for bankruptcy. A franchisee operating 14 T.G.I. Friday's restaurants in Florida, including four in Palm Beach County, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Florida. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007

Mattress Firm adds 35 Mattress Pro stores. Mattress Firm has inked a deal to acquire a 35-store Mattress Pro chain that operates stores throughout Texas and Nevada. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
INTEREST - Big Mac creator stars in a museum for the hamburger. Jim Delligatti took two years to convince McDonald's Corp. that the Big Mac was a good idea but 40 years on he takes pride in having invented one of the world's most widely eaten foods that is getting its own museum. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
Baskin-Robbins to open 40 Birmingham-area stores. After a five-year absence in the area, Baskin-Robbins said it plans to expand into Birmingham again, with 40 locations in the area and 88 in the state. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2007
Caribou launches franchise program. Caribou Coffee has initiated its domestic-franchising program in the United States with the signing of a domestic-development agreement for locations in the Northern New Jersey market. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2007
Franchise Concepts completes Rising Roll takeover. Franchising Concepts has announced its acquisition of the remaining ownership of Rising Roll Gourmet from Rising Brands LLC. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2007
Burial business breathes life into pet industry. Sounds morbid, but Paws & Remember is building a healthy business providing much needed memorialization services and products for beloved cats and dogs. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2007
Pizza Inn chief resigns. The executive hired two-and-a-half years ago to turn around pizza chain Pizza Inn Inc. has resigned, effective immediately, the company said Wednesday. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2007
Franchisees filed class-action suit against Quiznos. Owners of Quiznos franchises have filed a class-action lawsuit against the fast-food sandwich chain in federal court in Colorado. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2007
Handyman Matters Franchisees Give Back to Seniors. This month, franchisees of Handyman Matters are lending senior citizens that extra hand. In honor of Senior Citizens Day, each franchisee will provide seniors with two hours of free handy work services. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2007
First Rent'N Go franchise for rent-to-own custom wheels and tires opens. After years of hard work, Rent'N Go President Bob Catino is proud to announce the opening of the first Rent’N Go custom wheels & tires franchise operation in Albuquerque under the leadership of franchisee Randy Bennett. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2007
Gates discloses holdings in McDonald's. Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates disclosed on Tuesday his foundation holds stakes in McDonald's Corp., wireless tower operator Crown Castle International Corp. and Progressive Corp., the third-largest U.S. auto insurer. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2007
Unishippers Expands Its Franchise Opportunities. Unishippers Association, Inc. today announces plans to expand franchise opportunities in dozens of markets across the United States. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2007
Quiznos Settles Some Suits. Quiznos, the nationwide sandwich shop chain, has agreed to settle a months-long dispute with a franchisee who has been one of its most vocal critics. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2007
City Bites jumps into franchising business. In 1986 four Edmond brothers - Mark, Eric, Brad and Gary Blevins - opened a sandwich shop in Bethany just hoping to make it to the next paycheck. They now own 19 City Bites restaurants and will start franchising out more stores in a month. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts expands sales of packaged coffee. Starting this month, packaged Dunkin' Donuts coffee will be sold by the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger and CVS in a bid to get customers to brew the brand at home, not just pick it up at Dunkin' outlets. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2007
Ruby Tuesday Expands Franchisee Agreements. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. announced that it has signed development agreements with five of its existing domestic franchisees to allow them to develop a total of 25 additional Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the next several years. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2007
Sky Shades franchise business is hot. The summer may be hot, hot, hot, but Sky Shades USA's efforts to franchise its free-standing awning business is positively sizzling. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2007
Dunkin’ lawsuit claims pay dodge: Identity fraud, illegal immigrant use alleged. Dunkin’ Brands Inc. is suing a group of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Western Massachusetts, accusing them of using the identities of former employees to hide the extent of overtime work done by their current employees. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2007
New, Old Concepts Highlight Franchising. Franchising is a large industry that’s getting bigger with hundreds of new types of offerings, so many that there seems to be something out there for almost everyone. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2007
Blockbuster buys movie download service Movielink. U.S. movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc said on Wednesday it has bought film download service Movielink for undisclosed terms, giving it a stronger hold in an area where rival Netflix Inc is also staking a claim. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2007
The do's and don'ts of franchising. With franchising, just like any other business, success is far from guaranteed. But here are a few tips to better your odds. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2007
McDonald's sells Boston Market to Sun Capital. McDonald's said Monday it reached a deal to sell its Boston Market chicken chain to private equity firm Sun Capital Partners for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2007
Sacramento region Church's Chicken franchisee expands in Arizona. Church's Chicken has transfered 36 restaurants in Arizona, Georgia and Mississippi to franchisees as part of a strategy calling for selling company-owned stores in select markets to proven franchisees. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2007
Sizzler USA and Mexico's Grupo Payger Announce Franchise Agreement. For the first time, Sizzler's steaks, seafood, chicken and Fresh 'n' Tasty salad bar will be served in Mexico following an agreement announced today between Sizzler USA and Grupo Payger. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2007
McDonald's tall order: reduce mistakes. McDonald's Corp. is testing a cash register aimed at cutting down the number of wrong orders, a problem that puts it near the back of the pack in rankings of fast-food drive-thrus. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2007
First Co-Branded Captain D's/Del Taco Opens. State and city officials and executives from Sagittarius Brands were on hand Wednesday as the nation's first co-branded, combination Captain D's Seafood Kitchen and Del Taco restaurants officially opened doors for business in Tennessee. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2007
NexCen Announces 100-Store Deal with The Athlete's Foot. NexCen Brands, Inc. announced today that TAF Mid-America Enterprises, Inc. has entered into a definitive 20-year agreement with NexCen to open a minimum of 100 additional TAF stores over the next 14 years. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2007
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory makes airports deal. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. has teamed up with The Grove Inc., a privately held natural snacks retailer, to open candy stores in airports throughout the United States. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2007
Fed Says Subway Shops Must Be Accessible. The Department of Justice today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Doctor Associates Inc. (DAI), the privately held corporation that franchises Subway sandwich shops throughout the United States. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2007
Realogy to post listings on Yahoo. Real estate franchisor Realogy Corp. said Thursday it's posting its residential property listings on Yahoo Inc.'s real estate Web site to better capture the online home buyer. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2007
Pork at issue in doughnut franchise row. Discrimination claimed in lawsuit as Muslim proprietor is threatened with loss of business. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2007
Triarc puts price on potential Wendy's deal. The franchisor of the Arby's restaurant chain has indicated what it would be willing to pay to acquire Wendy's International Inc. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2007
Hooters Donates $250,000 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Hooters Restaurants has made its largest single donation ever with the presentation of a $250,000 check to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. .... [more] 1 Aug, 2007
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