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: : February 2010

Mr. Sewer Begins Franchising Nationwide. - Mr. Sewer made its debut as a national franchise during the recent Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2010
Lee to buy Carl's Jr., Hardees parent for $619M and debt. - A private equity firm said Friday that it will buy the company that owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants for about $619 million in cash. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2010
More Company Jambas Go the Way of the Franchise. - Jamba Inc. announced the sale of 12 additional restaurants to experienced franchise operators, with the sale of 10 stores in Salt Lake City, Utah and two stores in Southern California. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Sushi concept launches franchise effort. - Austin, Texas-based How Do You Roll? has announced its new franchise effort. The chain has one unit open in Austin and a second scheduled to open there in March. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Home Improvement Site Exposes Franchise Opportunities with Local Businesses. - Fix the Home, a site that offers advice on remodeling projects and helps homeowners find home improvement contractors in their area, is now a resource for aspiring business owners as well. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Freebirds looks to double in size in 2010. - Tavistock Restaurants LLC has announced its plan to expand the Freebirds World Burrito concept in 2010 with 26 new restaurants located in Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Southern California. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Max & Erma’s opens South Dakota restaurant. - A Max & Erma’s Restaurants Inc. franchisee has opened the chain’s first South Dakota eatery, marking the brand’s farthest venture west. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Restaurants add Happy Hours to boost bottom line. - The casual dining industry could use a stiff drink. And so, it hopes, could you. It's rolling out a rash of Happy Hours with bargain prices on booze and appetizers in the midst of an unrelenting industrywide... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Maid To Sparkle Waives Initial Franchise Fee to Help Economy. - To help individuals with start-up costs, Maid To Sparkle plans to grant its Franchise Awards Program to qualified individuals and organizations. The $25,000 franchise fee will be waived to those who can... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Drain Doctor remains committed to growth. - More than 100 franchisees, staff and guests of Peterborough-based Drain Doctor Plumbing are set to make new commitments to further expand the business at its 16th annual franchisee... [more] 23 Feb, 2010
New owner expands cake choices at Baskin-Robbins. - From motorcycles to ice cream has been a huge career change for the new owner of Auburn’s two Baskin-Robbins stores. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Krispy Kreme’s new franchise owner plans to expand in Charleston market. - Krispy Kreme’s corporate office has sold the company’s store on Savannah Highway to a South Carolina-based franchisee who plans to expand in the Charleston region. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2010
Baja Fresh Shows Southern Hospitality in Atlanta. - Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the quick-casual fresh Mexican chain, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its first location in Atlanta, GA. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2010
College Hunks Hauling Junk holds franchisee convention. - Nick Friedman, president of College Hunks Hauling Junk, and CEO Omar Soliman jumpstarted the company’s two-day annual franchisee conference Sunday by riding into the convention on an... [more] 22 Feb, 2010
Sears will franchise auto centers. - Sears announced this morning that it will franchise its Sears Auto Center business to auto dealers who have lost their dealerships in the Chrysler and General Motors downsizings. ... [more] 18 Feb, 2010
Senate Jobs Bill Needs More Credit Access Provisions for Small Businesses. - The International Franchise Association and other small business organizations are calling on Senators to include more provisions in new job creation legislation to help small businesses access credit. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2010
Burger King, Franchisees Start Making Nice. - After months of public acrimony, Burger King appears to be letting franchisees have it their way. The chain will raise the price of its $1 double cheeseburger, and is working to resolve pending litigation... [more] 17 Feb, 2010
The Dwyer Group Announces Agreement with Sunshine Grounds Care to Franchise The Grounds Guys in the United States. - The Dwyer Group has announced a business agreement with Canadian-based Sunshine Grounds Care and will market franchises in the United States under the brand of The Grounds Guys. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2010
Breakfast wars: Burger King turns to Starbucks' Seattle's Best coffee. - Burger King plans to launch a massive new coffee line as it tries to overhaul its breakfast menu and boost its slumping business. The nation's No. 2 burger chain will add Starbucks' Seattle's Best Coffee to all... [more] 16 Feb, 2010
Geeks On Call Strengthens Its Position Since Acquisition. - Since the late-fall acquisition by On Call Holdings International, LLC, Geeks On Call has reorganized, refocused and is methodically expanding its reach of businesses and the services it provides. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2010
George W Bush speaks at International Franchise Association convention. - Former US President, George W Bush, headlined the recent International Franchise Association convention in Texas and roused the audience in his home state, declaring his support for small business... [more] 15 Feb, 2010
Wireless Toyz trial over franchisee lawsuits underway. - Plaintiff attorneys could rest their case and defense trial testimony could begin later this week in a lawsuit against Farmington Hills-based Wireless Toyz Inc. and founder-president Joe Barbat. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2010
Tropical Smoothie Café to embark on franchise tour. - Top executives of Tropical Smoothie Café will embark on a six-week, 4,000-mile road show to bring the annual company meeting to franchisees in nine different cities. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2010
Shakey's returns to Isles after 30 years. - There won't be live banjo players, but Shakey's Pizza is returning to Hawai'i after a 30-year absence. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2010
Unishippers looks for D.C. franchisees. - Unishippers, which partners with carriers like UPS to handle customers’ shipments, is on the prowl for one or several owners to take over the D.C. area. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2010
Hooters Donates $103,731 to Stop Hunger Now and the Haiti Relief Effort. - Based on a pledge to donate 100% of sales from US and Canadian Hooters Restaurants during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl XLIV, Hooters is making a donation of $103,731 to... [more] 12 Feb, 2010

Jackson Hewitt Held Vicariously Liable for Franchisee's Actions. - On Wednesday a jury found that franchisor Jackson Hewitt Tax Services must pay a Sarasota dentist $575,000 for his losses in being duped in a broad investment scheme by franchisee Daniel Prewett... [more] 12 Feb, 2010
Meineke franchisee apologizes for ad’s political message. - The franchisee of a Meineke car care center in D’Ibverille has run an apology in the Sun Herald for having a political message inserted into a recent newspaper advertisement. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2010
Fast-food franchisee files for bankruptcy. - Treasure Isles Inc., a Lexington-based company that operates franchised Long John Silver's and Fazoli's restaurants outside of Kentucky, has filed for bankruptcy protection. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2010
Ben & Jerry's CEO Resigns. - Ben & Jerry's CEO and vice president of global brand development, Walt Freese, decided to resign from the company to pursue other business and investment opportunities. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2010
Procter & Gamble expanding Mr. Clean car washes to Chicago. - Procter & Gamble Co. is offering Chicago franchises for its Mr. Clean Car Washes, continuing its national rollout of the brand. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2010
McDonald's sales figure rises 2.6% in Jan. - Value menus and new food options have led to an overall sales increase for McDonald's, despite declining U.S. numbers. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2010
International Franchise Association names Ken Walker Chairman during the IFA 50th Annual Convention. - Kenneth D. Walker, CFE, chairman & CEO of Driven Brands in Charlotte, N.C. is the 2010 Chairman of the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2010
Living With Chains. - For entrepreneurs looking to buy a franchise, here's one thing to prepare for: culture shock. There are entrepreneurs. And there are franchisees. And they aren't necessarily the same thing. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2010
Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates 60 Years. - Dunkin' Donuts, founded in 1950, is celebrating 60 years of delicious coffee, donuts, and baked goods, and the brand is inviting customers all around the world to join the party with festivities planned... [more] 8 Feb, 2010
Franchise Association names innovative businesswoman Entrepreneur of the Year. - BrightStar CEO and co-founder Shelly Sun, CFE, was honored today by the International Franchise Association as its Entrepreneur of the Year during its 50th annual convention, conducted in San Antonio. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2010
Franchisees fight for startup cash. - Want to open your own fast-food restaurant as a franchisee? Be prepared; it may be tough to get a loan even as the idea of acting as one's own boss gains favor among the working class as layoffs and... [more] 7 Feb, 2010
From Company-Owned to Franchised at Jamba. - Jamba Inc. announced the sale of eight restaurants in California to Swirl Partners LLC, whose principals are David Wagonfeld and Scott Maltz. This sale reflects the company's continuing progress under its... [more] 5 Feb, 2010
Huddle House lowers franchise fees. - Huddle House Inc. has lowered its franchise fees and cut royalty rates to encourage potential and existing franchisees to develop more restaurants for the 400-unit family-dining chain. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2010
Fish Consulting Experiences Significant Growth and Adds New Employees. - Fish Consulting, Inc., a full-service national communications firm specializing in franchise marketing and public relations, announced today that it has recently promoted Chad Cohen to vice president, hired... [more] 5 Feb, 2010
Famous Dave's franchisee warns of layoffs as sale sought. - The operator of nine Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Restaurants has notified the state that significant layoffs are possible before the struggling company can reorganize or complete its sale. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2010
New Fantastic Sams Franchisees Are Seeing 20/20 in 2010! - In this struggling economy and tight credit market, Fantastic Sams is making a radical change by offering some sizable incentives for new business owners located in the Rocky Mountain Region. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2010
Jamba Inc. announces refranchise program progress. - Jamba Inc. has announced the sale of eight restaurants in California to Swirl Partners LLC, whose principals are David Wagonfeld and Scott Maltz. The sale reflects the company’s continuing progress... [more] 4 Feb, 2010
Gymboree changes CFOs. - Children’s clothing seller Gymboree Corp. made Jeffrey Harris its new chief financial officer in place of Blair Lambert. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2010
Burger King, franchisees clash over $1 burger deal. - Numbers tell a different story of whether a Burger King's burger promotion helped boost profits. Franchisees say the promotion doesn't drive enough sales to offset cost. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2010
Starbucks opening small Seattle’s Best franchises. - Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee-shop operator, is adding smaller locations as it expands its Seattle’s Best Coffee franchises in the western U.S. and Midwest. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2010
Mullin Law, PC Announces New Director of Franchise Regulatory Practice. - Mullin Law, PC, a premier commercial law practice with an emphasis on franchise law, has appointed attorney Maral Kilejian as director of franchise regulatory practice. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2010
Southfield franchisee acquires nine more Buffalo Wild Wings stores. - Southfield-based Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc. has acquired nine more Buffalo Wild Restaurants bringing its total store count to 16. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2010
As Sales Drop, Burger King Draws Critics for Courting 'Super Fans'. - For five years, Burger King Holdings Inc. was on a roll, successfully courting its "super fans"—18- to 34-year-olds who account for half of all visits to Burger King restaurants. Thanks to high unemployment... [more] 1 Feb, 2010
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