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Bruegger's signs 10-year deal with Sodexo. - Bruegger's Enterprises Inc. has signed a master license agreement with Sodexo Inc. that gives the food and facilities management provider the right to open Bruegger's bakery cafes in their managed... [more] 28 May, 2010
Toys R Us to go public again, will raise $800 million. - Toys R Us said Friday that it plans to go public again by raising as much as $800 million in an initial public offering. ... [more] 28 May, 2010
Franchise business leaders outline strategies for growth before congressional committee. - Congress should consider the impact of new rules and regulations on small businesses’ ability to grow and create jobs, two International Franchise Association members said today during testimony before... [more] 26 May, 2010
Jamba Juice Continues Progress on Refranchising Initiative. - Jamba, Inc today announced the sale of nine restaurants in California and Arizona, and the signing of purchase agreements for 28 restaurants primarily outside of California. ... [more] 26 May, 2010
P&G expanding Tide Dry Cleaners. - The Tide Dry Cleaners business that Procter & Gamble Co. started in the Kansas City, Mo., area plans to expand via franchisees in other markets. ... [more] 26 May, 2010
Pizza Patrón Attains 100-Store Milestone. - Guillermo Estrada, president of Pizza Patrón, inaugurated the 100th Pizza Patrón last week in Dallas. ... [more] 26 May, 2010
Franchise Opportunities Available With Baskin-Robbins in San Diego. - Baskin-Robbins, America's favorite neighborhood ice cream shop, is offering San Diego residents the exclusive scoop on how to own their very own Baskin-Robbins franchise. ... [more] 25 May, 2010
Military Friendly Franchises List Released. - A week before Memorial Day, G.I. Jobs announces the release of its 2010 list of Military Friendly Franchises. ... [more] 24 May, 2010
Planet Beach Franchising Corporation Files S-1 Registration Statement for IPO. - Planet Beach Franchising Corporation today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering... [more] 24 May, 2010
McD franchisee unveils modern design in L.A. - As McDonald’s executives pledged to spend $1 billion in an ongoing effort to upgrade the chain with a new more “relevant” design, franchisee Richard Bechguenturian Jr. has unveiled his version of the next-gen... [more] 22 May, 2010
Burger King cheeseburger-pricing case can continue. - Franchisees of Burger King Holdings have won the right to argue in court that the hamburger chain acted in bad faith when it added its double cheeseburger to its $1 Value Menu. ... [more] 21 May, 2010
RightTime Kids to open 3 new Triangle locations. - Drop-in child-care company RightTime Kids will be opening three new locations around the Triangle this summer. ... [more] 21 May, 2010
Judge Grants Fraud Trial Against Dunkin and Franchisee Kainos. - After Patrick LaFontaine filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Brands and the principals of its bankrupted franchisee Kainos Partners Holding Company, a Nassau judge ruled last week that fraud claims can now... [more] 21 May, 2010
LBMC sued over client's IRS trouble. - The Nashville area’s largest accounting firm is facing legal action alleging that it failed to point out financial fraud and federal tax evasion to the tune of $700,000 or more. ... [more] 21 May, 2010
Corner Bakery Cafe to Double in Size by 2014. - Corner Bakery Cafe's franchise development program sees continued success with today's announcement of two new franchise partners... [more] 21 May, 2010
Graeter’s buying out Dayton/Columbus franchisee. - Graeter’s Inc. said Friday it will acquire 15 Graeter’s stores in Dayton and Columbus operated by its largest franchisee. ... [more] 21 May, 2010
Grilled Cheese & Co. Satisfies the Hunger for Grilled Cheese. - It’s All About the Grilled Cheese! Grilled Cheese & Co. has launched its first restaurant on April 5th at 500 Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville, MD with plans to expand by franchising and licensing... [more] 21 May, 2010
Crowd boos calls for McDonald's to retire Ronald. - Retire Ronald McDonald? No way. That's the message McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner gave Thursday to critics of the red-haired clown, who say the character promotes unhealthy eating to kids and should go... [more] 20 May, 2010
Zaxby's Hits 500 Location Mark. - Zaxby's opened its 500th location on Monday in Tifton, Georgia. The Tifton store is the 188th store in Georgia and is owned by longtime Zaxby's licensee Bucky Goff. ... [more] 20 May, 2010
IFA launches next wave of campaign to promote the economic impact of franchising. - In conjunction with National Small Business Week May 23-25, the International Franchise Association has launched the latest installment of its public awareness campaign designed to highlight... [more] 19 May, 2010

Franchisees Step Up to Help With Gulf Oil Spill. - Businesses have a long tradition of stepping forward to help in disasters ranging from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina. Now, franchise companies are coming up with innovative ways to help the environment... [more] 18 May, 2010
Denny’s shareholder battle boils over. - Denny’s Corp. has said the tactics employed by the dissident investor group to shake up management have alienated franchisees and could hurt business. ... [more] 18 May, 2010
McDonald's Honored for Work with Immigrants. - The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Tuesday announced the winners of its second annual E Pluribus Unum national awards for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives... [more] 18 May, 2010
IFA supports legislation to increase capital to franchise businesses. - The International Franchise Association today reaffirmed its support for legislation that addresses the credit crisis facing small franchised businesses... [more] 18 May, 2010
Quiznos Wants to Develop 600 New Stores in '10. - Quiznos announced a growth initiative to develop up to 600 new stores nationwide by the end of 2010. The planned expansion will create more than 7,500 new jobs, fueling market-level economic growth... [more] 18 May, 2010
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Awards First Franchise Opportunity. - Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill today announced the awarding of the company's first franchise opportunity to Doherty Enterprises, Inc., which will be opening Garbanzo restaurants in... [more] 17 May, 2010
Have It Whose Way? - At Burger King, management and franchisees are locked in battle over the company's direction. ... [more] 17 May, 2010
3 Sylvan Learning centers close. - Three Northern Colorado Sylvan Learning centers, including a Fort Collins location, have closed because of a substantial drop in business. ... [more] 15 May, 2010
Denny's Franchisee Association Intends to Take Legal Action Against the Committee to Enhance Denny's For Illegal Use of Confidential Documents. - In regard to the Denny’s Corporation proxy contest, the Denny’s Franchisee Association released the following letter... [more] 14 May, 2010
Moe's Southwest Grill signs with Sodexo. - Moe’s Southwest Grill is changing the focus of its franchise exapnsion through an agreement with Sodexo Inc. to target Sodexo-operated locations in education, government, healthcare and corporate... [more] 13 May, 2010
Red Mango adding 70 stores. - Red Mango, the Dallas-based frozen yogurt shop, announced Wednesday that the company is working toward doubling its number of locations. ... [more] 13 May, 2010
Starbucks Targets Regular Joes. - In a counterattack against its lower-priced fast-food rivals, Starbucks Corp. plans to roll out a second coffee brand. By autumn, Seattle's Best Coffee will be sold in about 30,000 fast-food outlets... [more] 12 May, 2010
Hawaii cookie lovers can get ready for Mrs. Fields. - Mrs. Fields Cookies shops will begin popping up here and there and TCBY frozen yogurt shops will multiply as well under a new franchising agreement... [more] 12 May, 2010
First IAFD Meeting Starts. - Indy driver Derek Daly kicked off the inaugural conference of the International Association of Franchisees and Dealers with a message for franchisee associations to prepare in such a way that they will be able to... [more] 11 May, 2010
Franchisees: We're Employees, Not Contractors. - A court case set for trial Monday has set off alarms in the U.S. franchising industry, as it challenges the long-held notion that franchisees are independent business people, not employees. ... [more] 10 May, 2010
Dunkin' franchisee group announces record growth. - The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group, which represents the largest association of Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners in the United States, has announced that it has increased its membership by 55%... [more] 10 May, 2010
McDonald's revenue climbs everywhere in April. - Customers at McDonald's spent more money to buy everything from icy coffee drinks to chicken nuggets in April, boosting a key performance measure. ... [more] 10 May, 2010
Pizza Patrón Opens First of 16 Stores in Atlanta. - Pizza Patrón, the premier Latin pizza brand, is entering the Atlanta market. On April 21, 2010, it opened the first of 16 stores set out in a development agreement with Bosiba, LLC. ... [more] 7 May, 2010
Burger King franchisees fight to have it their way. - Burger King asked U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore on Thursday to dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed by franchisees over the $1 double cheeseburger. ... [more] 7 May, 2010
For Global Marketing Efforts, BK Hires New VP. - Burger King Corporation announced the appointment of Natalia Franco as executive vice president and global chief marketing officer, effective May 17. ... [more] 4 May, 2010
New publication helps franchisees and franchisors plan for the future. - A new publication produced by the IFA Franchise Relations Committee provides an important blueprint for establishing a succession plan and ownership transfer for franchise business owners. ... [more] 3 May, 2010
Video Rental Chain Movie Gallery Shuts Its Doors. - After filing for bankruptcy for a second time last February, Movie Gallery, the country's second largest rental chain, has announced that it will close its remaining 2,415 U.S. stores and liquidate its holdings. ... [more] 3 May, 2010
Jani-King President Moderates IFA Event. - Jani-King International President Jerry Crawford moderated the first ever Emerging Franchisor Roundtable Series at the request of the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 3 May, 2010
Johnny's Pizza keeps dough rising through franchising. - Johnny's Pizza, a Louisiana legend with headquarters in Ouachita Parish, will soon be back in Baton Rouge as the company grows through its new franchising division. ... [more] 2 May, 2010
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