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Denny's Tries Night-Owl Vibe. Denny's, a restaurant chain that offers 24-hour service, is trying to restake its claim as a nocturnal hot spot for young adults, adding rock and country music and scheduling after-concert parties for bands. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2009
YUM! Brands Awards Supplier of the Year. At the recent YUM! Star Supplier Awards ceremony, held in Louisville, Kentucky, the Delfield Company took home the 2008 U.S. Equipment Supplier of the Year Award. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2009
Mr. Clean expanding car washes in Atlanta. The official launch of Procter & Gamble Co.’s Mr. Clean national car wash business will begin July 1, when 13 Atlanta shops will be reopened as Mr. Clean Car Wash and Oil Change. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2009
Tim Hortons Moving Into Cold Stone Creamery's Flagship. Tim Hortons Inc. announced that its coffee drinks, baked goods, and variety of soups and sandwiches will soon be available to New Yorkers as part of its ongoing co-branding test with Cold Stone Creamery. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts Franchises Continue Scholarship Program. Select New England Dunkin' Donuts franchises continued this year in their tradition of supporting local youth through the awarding of college scholarships. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2009
Maid Brigade Salutes Veterans with $1.5 Million Franchise Giveaway. They’ve earned their medals in the U.S. Armed Forces. Now veterans can prove their mettle in the business world with the Maid Brigade Veterans Franchise Giveaway, a program that will award more than $1.5 million in business ownership opportunities to 100+ veterans. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2009
Jamba, Inc. Receives Approval for SBA Franchise Registry Listing. Jamba, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has listed Jamba Juice on its official Franchise Registry. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Bojangles’ plans eight new stores for Charleston area. A new Bojangles’ restaurant on James Island, set to open July 3, is the first of eight new stores planned for the Charleston area in the coming months. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Dunkin Donuts franchisee files bankruptcy. Operators of seven Nashville Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchises filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
BBI Adds Baltimore Pizzeria to Portfolio. Beautiful Brands International (BBI) has announced the addition of Baltimore-based restaurant Kyro Pizza to its portfolio of restaurants to market and franchise worldwide. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2009
ColorTyme bikers trek across U.S. for franchisee retreat. While many chose to endure air travel to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for ColorTyme’s 2009 Summer Meeting, a valiant group of franchise owners and corporate employees trekked across the country by motorcycle. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2009
As franchises sell, more kids see Kona Iceman cometh. Tony Lamb remembers the scene vividly. The ice cream truck drove down the street. His shy, young daughter rushed out to buy her treat. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2009
U.S. Military Veteran Opens Store Under Little Caesars Veterans Program. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. today proudly celebrates the grand opening of another store under the Little Caesars Veterans Program, as former U.S. Army Captain David Luckett opens his Little Caesars Pizza restaurant at 8986 Jennings Station Road in Jennings, MO. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2009
Cousins Subs continues '09 growth, reduces franchise fee. Cousins Subs has posted impressive growth numbers in the first half of 2009 and will continue the momentum through the second half of the year with additional store openings and a newly-launched franchise fee-reduction program. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2009
Red Roof Inn in talks with lenders on mortgages. Budget hotel chain Red Roof Inn Inc. has defaulted on $361.4 million of mortgage debt, a rating agency that tracks mortgage defaults said Tuesday. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2009
Soldier suing after losing Subway franchises. While serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve, Leon Batie Jr. dodged roadside bombs and scrambled to safety when rockets pierced the night sky. When he returned to Dallas in early 2006, another battle loomed. Batie learned he was being stripped of the two Subway restaurants he bought before mobilizing. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2009
7-Eleven Franchise Demand Up in Florida. Despite the challenging economy, new 7-Eleven franchisees in the state told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze their investment makes for a rewarding business venture. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2009
Baby's Room franchisee files bankruptcy. Emery L Inc., the Taylor-based company that ran Baby's Room nursery furniture stores locally, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation last week in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2009
Savory Spice Shop Announces Franchise Opportunity. Savory Spice Shop, with four operating stores in the Denver metropolitan area, announced today their plans for selling franchises throughout the US. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2009
Pizza Fusion Forms Strategic Partnership with Compass Group. Compass Group North America and Pizza Fusion announced today a strategic partnership to expand the organic restaurant into schools and universities. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2009
Jack in the Box To Exit C-Store Business. Jack in the Box Inc. has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for 55 of its 61 Quick Stuff c-stores and gas stations. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2009
Mail Boxes Etc Franchisees Head to Trial with Crucial Exhibits in Hand. As Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees prepare for their long-awaited trial set for August 3, new documents and testimony have surfaced in exhibits that may shed a brighter light on the intricacies of the dispute. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2009
Coffee competition. It’s cornered the market on Big Macs, fries, and shakes. And now McDonald’s is riding a massive marketing campaign to make gastronomic gains in premium coffee. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2009

Maui Tacos sold to franchisor. Hawaii's eight Maui Taco restaurants have been sold to New York-based Maui Tacos International Inc., the company that has been franchising the Hawaii-born surf-shack taco concept on the mainland. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2009
Smoothie King recognizes top franchisees. When Smoothie King Franchises Inc. held its 2009 Franchise Conference June 12-13, it took a few minutes to honor top franchisees. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2009
Franchisees Kept Out of Earnings Forecasts for Their Own Loans. Many lending brokers say that they are the lending agents for franchise owners and not the franchisor. But these brokers receive financial information from, and coordinate financial information with, the franchisor without telling the buyer. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2009
Johnny Rockets Hires International Franchising Consultant. To further support their aggressive worldwide expansion plans, experiential restaurant chain, Johnny Rockets, has announced an agreement with William M. Van Epps to represent the brand and promote franchising opportunities among Asian investor and restaurateur communities. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2009
Smashburger Opens 1st Franchised Locations. Smashburger, a fast-casual "better burger" concept launched and funded with $15 million by private equity and concept development firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), has two Founders Club franchisees opening the company's first franchise stores in the coming weeks. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Bakery sweet on franchising. After making a hit with its first licensed outlet in Japan, Leonard's Bakery — best known for its malassadas — is looking for more franchise opportunities. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Tighter credit makes franchising a harder nut. In past recessions, entrepreneurs could — and often would — turn to tried-and-true franchise concepts to jump-start their dreams, but the tightening of the credit markets has slowed the pace of new franchisee startups and thinned the herds of some established franchisers. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Math Monkey franchisee gets business makeover. Entrepreneur Elena Suarez needs to learn to delegate. Business advisor Nancy Allen tells her to repeat these wise words: `I'm letting go so I can grow.' .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Midas offers franchising to displaced customers, dealers. Midas Inc. is launching a comprehensive effort aimed at service customers, dealers and employees of automotive dealerships that are closing in the wake of the bankruptcies of Chrysler L.L.C. and General Motors Corp. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Pizza franchisor, chicken joint file for bankruptcy. Staten Island-based Globe Restaurant Group and a Popeye’s franchisee in Manhattan both file for creditor protection. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2009
Gap to remodel 50 Old Navy stores in 2009. Gap Inc, which operates the Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake chains, said it plans to remodel about 50 Old Navy stores in 2009 and open about 40 new franchise stores internationally. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2009
Emerald City Smoothie grows by thinking small. Emerald City Smoothie is one quick-service brand that is getting creative as it seeks to expand in a tight credit market. The 63-unit chain, located primarily in the Northwest, is focusing on a variety of tactics to appeal to franchisees, from store design to its franchise marketing efforts. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2009
Emerging Restaurant Chain Paisano's To Expand Via Franchising. Fairfax, Va.-based restaurant chain, Paisano's, has announced their plan to begin franchising through Franchise Consulting LLC; plans 10 units in D.C. metro. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2009
A Successful Franchise Business, ColorTyme Celebrates 30 Years. From console rent to own TV sets to high definition flat panels, ColorTyme has made significant progressions in its business over the last 30 years. This year marks ColorTyme's 30th anniversary in business. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2009
QSR franchise sales require harder work. The tight credit market is frustrating franchisors and franchisees alike across the foodservice industry. Still, new franchising agreements are being made as parties from both ends of the spectrum get creative. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
Sofi's Crepes opens first franchise location in Annapolis. Sofi’s Crepes, a hot spot next to the Charles Theater in Baltimore, has added a new location in Annapolis. The creperie franchise opened its third store and first franchise on 1 Craig St. on Annapolis’ docks. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
Fast-growing Five Guys burger chain sticks to basic, fresh food. In 2002, Jerry Murrell was a small-business owner looking for experts to help expand his burger joints. Seven years later, the leader of the free world is comparing Murrell's burgers with the pyramids of Egypt. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee seeks bankruptcy protection. AlphaRock LLC and related companies, which own 18 Dunkin Donuts franchises on Florida’s West Coast, along with a bakery that supplies baked goods to 35 donut local stores, have sought court protection to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
McDonald's Delivers Another Strong Month. McDonald's Corporation announced today that global comparable sales rose 5.1% in May. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2009
'Global warming is baloney' signs put the heat on Burger King. A row between the fast food giant Burger King and one of its major franchise owners has erupted over roadside signs proclaiming "global warming is baloney". .... [more] 7 Jun, 2009
City Wok Founder Wins Law Suit Filed by Franchisee. Stuart Davis, founder of the City Wok Restaurant concept, City Wok, LLC, and Dan Rowe, a principal of Fransmart, LLC have won a law suit filed in the Superior Court of the State of California. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2009
easygates, LLC Announces Two More Franchises to Open Stores. Bud Gates, Chairman and CEO of easygates, LLC announces the opening of two new U.S. franchise stores. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2009
Tasti D-Lite signs NYC franchise deal. Frozen dessert concept Tasti D-Lite has inked an area development deal for the New York Metro market, the company has announced. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2009
Zeeks Pizza Opens Second Unit. Zeeks Pizza will open a new location in Issaquah Highlands, Washington, on June 16. It will be Zeeks' second Eastside location and franchise. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2009
Mom Corps Expands with Franchises Across the Country. Offering flexible career alternatives during these turbulent economic times, Mom Corps opens in Atlanta, Miami and Philadelphia. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2009
100th 7-Eleven Fla. franchise. A 7-Eleven store in Orlando is the 100th in the state to convert from corporate-owned to a franchised operation. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2009
Franchise Index Falls 11.6 Percent as Financial Markets Spiral. The Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index lost 11.6 percent of its value in the first quarter of 2009, pulled down by struggling financial markets. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
Whataburger shutters 4 area eateries. A San Antonio-based fast-food burger joint has left town. Whataburger Restaurants LP, the privately-held corporation that runs the Whataburger chain of restaurants, closed 14 restaurants in the Orlando and Tampa markets — including four in Central Florida — on May 31. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
Longest Tenured 7-Eleven Franchisee Tells All. When Dick Newmark became a 7-Eleven franchisee, there was no such thing as a Slurpee. His was the first 7-Eleven store to sell coffee to-go and fountain sodas, and convinced the national chain to sell ready-to-eat hot dogs. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
Kookie Krazy tries to put marketing in the mix. At Kookie Krazy Inc. in Thousand Oaks, where customers make their own oversized cookies, co-owner Mark Boos Benhard aims to re-create the magic of the original "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" movie that captivated him as a child. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
Donuts holed up as success story. Look for a hole in Joanne and Michael Gee's decision to take on a Donut King franchise and you will not find it. Five years and millions of donuts later, the couple have not one, but two franchises in Bundaberg. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
Arbitration Holds Steady For Franchising Disputes. Though some parties may opt to take their cases to court, arbitration is still a popular means of resolving serious disputes between franchisers and franchisees. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2009
Yogen Fruz Owners Invest $15.45 Million in Jamba, Inc. Jamba, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of $35.0 million in convertible preferred stock. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2009
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