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IFA asks Congress to extend tax incentives. - Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairwoman of the International Franchise Association, urged federal lawmakers Wednesday to extend expiring tax incentives that she said would help franchise businesses. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2009
Hot New Franchise Enters San Francisco Market. - One Hour Parties, a premiere party planning franchisor headquartered in Seattle, WA, has entered the San Francisco Bay Area. The company plans on building a stronghold in the region... [more] 30 Sep, 2009
In With the New Franchisees. - Usually, franchisers don't want to gamble on young entrepreneurs - they prefer seasoned managers who have built up lots of savings to plow into the venture. Now a host of companies are rethinking that logic. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2009
Sonny Bryan's reaches franchising deal with Beautiful Brands. - Fifty-one years after William Jennings “Sonny” Bryan Jr., launched his eponymous barbecue house in Dallas, the company is going to push future growth through franchising. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2009
IHOP Celebrates Continued Leadership at National Franchise Conference. - IHOP recognized its franchisee and vendor partners of the year at its annual National Franchise Conference (NFC) held in Boca Raton, Fla. over the weekend. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2009
Midas stores close after franchisee files Ch. 11. - Five of the seven Midas franchise locations in the Tucson region were suddenly closed Sept. 23 after franchisee Selah Investment Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2009
Jack in the Box focuses on growth. - Jack in the Box is well on its way to achieving its refranchising target of being 70 percent to 80 percent franchised owned by the end of 2013. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2009
O.C. 7-Eleven franchisee takes credit-card fee battle to D.C. - Orange County franchisee Navdeep Bassi collected the most signatures in a 7-Eleven convenience store petition campaign to urge Congress to limit credit card fees. ... [more] 25 Sep, 2009
Bath Junkie Inc. Files Chapter 11. - Jon and Judy Zimmer, owners of Bath Junkie Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15, beginning a plan for reorganization. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
Potential Jamba Franchisees Now Have Central Info Source. - Jamba Juice announced the debut of its new franchise website, The new franchise site, also accessible from the company's Web site, was developed to make it easier for... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
Del Taco Hires Two to Help With Franchising. - Del Taco announced that the company strengthened its franchise support services with the addition of two new franchise business consultants. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Smashburger to open in 7 airports; plans Oklahoma expansion. - Smashburger said it has reached a deal with Texas franchise company PhaseNext Hospitality that will result in the Denver hamburger chain opening restaurants in seven U.S. airports over the next year. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Franchisees say Dunkin’s brewing trouble. - Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, embroiled in more than 350 lawsuits with the coffee chain, are accusing the company of aggressively targeting shop owners in an effort to terminate store agreements and collect... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Yum! Kicks Off Hunger Relief Campaign. - Yum! Brands parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, is launching its annual World Hunger Relief campaign to help stop world hunger. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Starwood Opens 40 Hotels and Signs 25 New Deals in North America. - From the 15th Annual Lodging Conference, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announces it has executed 25 new deals and opened more than 40 hotels in its North America Division in 2009... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Quaker Steak met obligations to franchisee, judge rules. - A bankruptcy judge has ruled in favor of Quaker Steak & Lube of Sharon and several of its officials in a lawsuit filed by a former franchisee, whose restaurant went out of business last year. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2009
Restaurant chain sued for overdue rent at 2 malls. - Simon Property Group Inc. is suing a well-known casual restaurant chain to collect more than $143,000 in past-due rent and other fees for locations at two Chicago-area malls. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2009
Subway Set to Overtake McD's in Omnipresence. - Move over Ronald: Jared is taking over the world. In the next few months, Subway will become the world's largest fast-food chain in terms of locations. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Does Klein's Temporary Leave Herald the End for the King? - An unusual Burger King memo stating that chief marketing officer Russ Klein is taking a leave of absence sent tremors through the organization last week and prompted speculation from franchisees about... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Baskin-Robbins Opens Tampa, Florida For Franchise Sales. - Baskin-Robbins, America's favorite ice cream shop, is continuing to expand its national footprint with today's announcement that Tampa, Florida is now open for franchise sales. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Roseville developer shuts his T.G.I. Friday's restaurants. - The list of restaurant closings blamed on the sour economy grew over the weekend to include 10 T.G.I. Friday's in the Sacramento region and the Pacific Northwest. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Judge Clears Way to Jury Trial for Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee. - On September 15, Judge Ronald R Lagueux issued an order denying Dunkin’ Donut’s motion for summary judgment based on the magistrate judge’s May 26 report and recommendation. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2009
Richmond Franchise Industry Leader Urges Congress To Consider Small Businesses in Healthcare Debate. - Christopher M. Grandpre, CEO of Outdoor Living Brands outdoor living franchise corporation joined 450 franchise leaders from around the country in Washington to urge Congress to consider the impact of... [more] 20 Sep, 2009

70 Jack in the Box restaurants close, re-open. - Longtime Jack in the Box Inc. franchisee Abe Alizadeh suddenly and temporarily closed 70 Jack in the Box restaurants in Northern California, before re-opening Friday. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Tasty News For Juicy Burger. - 'Juicy Burgers and More,' a home-grown upscale franchise celebrated their first anniversary at its flagship Ballston location on September 8, and economy notwithstanding, has big plans for expansion... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Italian coffee giant eyes Seattle area, wants local franchisee. - Italians love their coffee, but do Seattle and Bellevue coffee drinkers? The Bravern is considering filling its gaping coffee hole with Italy's largest coffee company, Turin-based (and -roasted) Lavazza. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Interstate All Battery Center Amps Up. - Interstate All Battery Center (IABC) announces 45 Interstate Batteries distributorships from 23 states and Canada are now Interstate All Battery Center franchise locations. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Yogurt chain coming to Buffalo area. - Yogen Fruz, the Canadian-based frozen yogurt chain, has targeted Buffalo and the Upstate market for its latest expansion plans. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
Krispy Kreme closing some Dallas-area stores as it seeks franchisee. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. has closed about half of its Dallas-area locations in the past three months, as it looks to turn the market over to a franchisee. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
Domino's Updates Mobile Ordering Site. - Domino's Pizza announced the launch of a new version of its mobile ordering Web site. The enhanced version is optimized for the Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, and phones that support the Google Android OS. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
Subway's $5 deal a hard habit to break. - Subway's $5, foot-long sandwich deal has given birth to the biggest restaurant pricing trend since McDonald's Corp's 2002 Dollar Menu debut, but some to wonder whether it will make it harder to break... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
Max Muscle Franchising Is Fueled By The Passion Behind The Brand. - The only true Health Plan Americans can rely on is to manage their own health and fitness. The incredible growth of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition franchises across the country is being fueled by... [more] 17 Sep, 2009
A Guide to Assessing Franchising Opportunities. - Buying a franchise demands caution — especially in the current economy. Here are nine questions every would-be franchisee should ask... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
IFA names Rep. John Tanner Legislator of the Year. - Rep. John Tanner of Tennessee was named IFA Legislator of the Year during the group's Public Affairs Conference, which drew nearly 450 franchise delegates who participated in close to 180 meetings... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
Bad Ass Coffee changes name to appease Thousand Oaks. - A donkey has stirred up some trouble for Narinder Kumar. Last month, Kumar changed the name of his Thousand Oaks coffee shop from Bad Ass Coffee to Royal Aloha Coffee... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
YUM Boosts Seafood Franchise. - The listing of Long John Silver’s in the Franchise Registry of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) boosts Yum! Brands’ plan to expedite opening of new franchise restaurants. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
Naked Pizza eyes expansion with new investment. - Naked Pizza has followed up its May investment by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with an investment by The Kraft Group LLC that it said would help launch its franchising program. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
Blockbuster announces up to 960 stores will close. - Blockbuster Inc. plans to close as many as 960 stores nationwide by the end of next year to stop the bleeding inflicted by growing rivals Netflix Inc. and Coinstar's Redbox video kiosks. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
Sarku Japan Debuts New Store-Front Teriyaki & Sushi Express Concept and Restaurant Franchise Opportunity. - Sarku Japan is taking its sizzling Teriyaki and made-to-order sushi from mall food courts to the streets with a new store-front Teriyaki and Sushi Express concept and restaurant franchising opportunity. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
O.C. franchise buyers offered a money-back guarantee. - Junk King, a San Carlos-based hauling franchisor, is guaranteeing Orange County franchise buyers they will have $125,000 in revenues the first year or they get their $25,000 franchise fee back. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
Pizza Fusion Plans Expansion Through Franchise Program. - Pizza Fusion announced the launch of its new Franchise Development Agent Program. The new program enables entrepreneurs to purchase exclusive territories across the country... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
Long John Silver's Lands Spot on Franchise Registry. - Long John Silver's received approval from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for listing on the SBA Franchise Registry. ... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
SUBWAY Restaurant Chain Honors Baltimore Businessman. - The SUBWAY restaurant chain is proud to announce that it has named Jim Smith, of Baltimore, Maryland, as the recipient of its 2009 Development Agent of the Year award for North American markets... [more] 15 Sep, 2009
‘Social’ justice: Restaurants fight ‘brandjacking’ threat. - Just as the restaurant industry found during the tech boom of the late 1990s, the Internet continues to bring as much peril as it does promise. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2009
The UPS Store Now Nation's Largest Online Printing Network. - Today, the nation’s largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal, document and business services centers announced the first phase of its new online printing solution. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2009
Checkers Hires Franchising Veteran to Lead Development. - Already in the midst of its most rapid franchising expansion since 2000, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. today named franchising industry veteran Lynette McKee, CFE, to further accelerate that growth rate. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2009
Jack in the Box Closes Sale on Its C-Stores. - SMJ Capital Advisors LLC announced that its client, Jack in the Box Inc., successfully closed the previously announced sale of its entire gas station and convenience store portfolio. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2009
Subway Catering Service to Launch in D.C. - UDS Group Inc. announced that their pilot agreement with Subway has been extended into 2010, and that Washington, D.C. has been selected to be the first major market to introduce Subway Catering... [more] 10 Sep, 2009
BP franchisees sue Naperville-based company. - The owners of 17 branded BP gas stations/ convenience stores are suing the Naperville-based company, essentially contesting the accuracy of fluctuating gas prices passed along... [more] 10 Sep, 2009
Edible Arrangements launches new grab-and-go concept. - Edible Arrangements has launched its new "core and station" store-enterprise development program and has announced the company’s evolution into multiunit franchising. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2009
Mr. Clean car washes riding into Texas. - Mr. Clean Car Wash, an endeavor launched by Procter & Gamble Co., is planning to expand to Texas. The first franchise will open outside of Austin in Round Rock, by spring 2010. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2009
Founders to franchise Canyons Burger Co. - Executives with Atlanta-based Canyons Burger Co. has announced plans for the brand's future growth through franchising. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2009
Landmark Chicago Eatery to Serve Up Franchises. - The 86-year-old Lou Mitchell's Restaurant and Bakery, at 565 W. Jackson Blvd., will begin selling a limited number of franchises, beginning their expansion efforts in the Chicago area. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
Regis signs franchise coaching firm. - Regis Corp. has signed franchise coaching firm the Entrepreneur’s Source to help refer prospective franchisees toward Regis and its hair salons. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
SUBWAY Restaurants Honors Outstanding Franchisees and Developers. - The SUBWAY restaurant chain, the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, is proud to announce that it has named six outstanding franchisees as recipients of its 2009 Franchisee of the Year... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
Energy efficiency with your fries? - The newly rebuilt McDonald's on Larkin Avenue in Elgin, scheduled to open Sept. 12, was designed to be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient restaurant. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2009
Copeland’s CEO sees national growth. - Copeland’s of New Orleans restaurants are getting a new look designed to reflect the chain’s local roots and expand its appeal nationwide. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2009
Church's Chicken expands in Middle Tennessee. - Calling the recession a good time to expand fast-food businesses, officials of the Atlanta-based Church's Chicken chain say they're bullish on the Nashville market in spite of the economic downturn. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2009
Ruling may redraft franchise contracts law. - Sean Lupton-Smith’s continuing legal fight with Atlanta Bread Co. may have already affected the way franchise contracts are written in Georgia. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2009
Lone Star Baby & Kids Acquires USA Baby. - Lone Star Baby & Kids has just acquired the Intellectual Property and certain assets of USA Baby, Inc. through an Asset Purchase Agreement with Commerce Capital L.P. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2009
Franchise index recovers losses for 2009. - An index that tracks publicly traded companies engaged in business format franchising has recovered the losses it recorded earlier in 2009. The Rosenberg Center Franchise 50 Index had climbed... [more] 4 Sep, 2009
Bill helps veterans open franchises. - Thomas Hofer's all for a proposed measure pending in Congress that would give veterans a hefty tax rebate for any franchise fees - his company already does it. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2009
Adam & Eve stripped. - An adult business franchise wants permission to show a little leg near a residential neighborhood in the township. Representatives for the prospective Adam & Eve intimate apparel store disagree with... [more] 4 Sep, 2009
Pizzeria franchise incentives spur development. - For those interested in getting into the pizza business, there may be no better time than the present. A number of pizza chains are offering discounts on franchise fees or royalty payments as a way to... [more] 4 Sep, 2009
H&R Block will convert 500 company offices to franchises. - H&R Block Inc. plans to sell a pool of 500 company-owned offices, converting them to franchises throughout the fall and winter. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
"Bad Ass" name the reason for coffee shop closure? - A unique coffee shop shut its doors at two locations in Southwest Florida. And although the economy may be to blame, some say its colorful name may be another reason for its closure. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Vets get discounts on 7-Eleven franchises. - The 7-Eleven Inc. convenience store company is discounting its franchise fee for the first time in a new program for qualified retired military veterans. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
PMD nearly ready with franchise model. - A few months later than expected, PMD Furniture Direct says it is weeks away from the rollout of its new franchising organization. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Genghis Grill signs Phoenix franchise deal. - The Mongolian stir fry concept Genghis Grill has signed a six-store franchise deal for Phoenix and the surrounding cities with Chris Carroll, CEO and president of Carroll Family Asian Stir Fry. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Dunkin' sues franchisees for 'easy dough'. - Dunkin' runs on lawsuits. Beyond coffee and pastries, critics say Dunkin' Donuts has come up with another way to make a profit: Pressure franchise owners into paying hefty penalties and legal fees. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Lady of America Offering New Buying Opportunities for a Fitness Franchise. - Celebrating its strong growth even during these hard economic times, Lady of America Franchise Corporation has created its own Buyers Stimulus Package. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
The Zoom Room Launches the Nation's First Dog Agility Franchise Opportunity. - The Zoom Room launches the only brick-and-mortar dog training franchise in America, and the only dog agility franchise opportunity in the world. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
SuperShuttle acquiring Houston operations from franchise for undisclosed sum. - Airport shuttle service SuperShuttle, a unit of French utility Veolia Environment SA, said Tuesday it was acquiring all its Houston airport transportation operations from its franchise Adams Systems LLC. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2009
IHOP opening in Lancaster. - An IHOP franchisee is making a move into Central Ohio with the opening of a Lancaster restaurant in the coming weeks. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2009
Submarina appoints Zeller to CEO post. - Submarina California Subs has promoted president and chief operating officer Mimi Zeller to president and chief executive officer, the company has announced. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2009
Some Peaberry Coffee stores close. - Some of the remaining Peaberry Coffee Inc. stores in metro Denver appear to have closed. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2009
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