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Fast-food franchisee has an appetite for expansion. - San Antonio's most recent immigrant success story didn't start south of the border, but east of it. Actually, Middle East. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Computer Explorers Adapts Franchise Offering to Spur Growth. - Computer Explorers, a Houston-based technology education franchise that is growing in international markets, has launched a lower initial investment model for potential franchisees who may not have... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Plato’s Closet Reaches Milestone with 300th Franchise Location. - Plato’s Closet, the popular teen and twenty-something clothing retail concept, achieved a significant milestone with the opening of it’s 300th franchise location. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
U-Swirl Opens First of Several Sites in Idaho. - Healthy Fast Food, Inc. announced that its franchisee Regents Management, LLC, hosted the official grand opening of its first of several planned U-SWIRL self-serve frozen yogurt cafes. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Graeter's Northern Kentucky franchisee to end operations. - International Brand Services Inc., the franchisee for Graeter's that owns and operates eight retail ice cream ships in Northern Kentucky and Lexington, will cease operations at the end of this week. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Fantastic Sams plans 8 salons here. - National hair salon chain Fantastic Sams intends to move into the Knoxville market with plans to establish eight franchise locations. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2010
Local McDonald's owners boast flourishing franchises. - While many businesses buzzed with the words "cutbacks" and "layoffs" during the past two years, Knoxville-area McDonald's franchisees planned for expansion and upgrades. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2010
Has Hooters found its wingman? - Private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management is in talks to buy Hooters of America Inc., franchiser of more than 400 beer, boobs and wings establishments throughout the world. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2010
Fitness fanatic finds freedom in franchise. - After years of working for others, William Clements Jr. decided to follow his dream and his passion and go into business for himself. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2010
BK franchisees lose pricing war. - A Miami federal court judge ruled that Burger King did not act in "bad faith" when it required franchisees to sell a double cheeseburger earlier this year for $1. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2010
Real Living adds 11 franchisees. - The Real Living residential real estate brokerage firm has added 11 franchisees to its network in moves that take the company’s network of agents to nearly 10,000. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Quiznos Names Former Franchisee as COO. - Quiznos, a chain of 3,000 franchised shops that serve toasted subway sandwiches, announced last week that it has appointed Michael Roper, a former franchisee to lead its operations. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Kumon Opens First Franchise in Montana. - Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program, opens its first center in Montana at 105 SW Higgins Avenue in Missoula. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
IHOP Opens Milestone 1,500th Restaurant. - IHOP will celebrate the opening of its 1,500th restaurant tomorrow, November 23, at the new DC USA shopping complex in the Columbia Heights community of Washington, D.C. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Jack in the Box 4Q profit drops as 40 stores close. - Fast food chain Jack in the Box Inc. said Monday that its fourth-quarter profit shrank 90% from a year earlier when accounting for one-time items, including the $28 million cost of closing of 40 restaurants. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Global Franchise Group names new marketing guru. - Global Franchise Group has named Jenn Johnston as chief marketing and operations officer for its management platform GFG Management LLC. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill Announces new Franchise Program. - Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, a sports bar and grill, that has been in business since 2006, announced today that it was implementing a new program to sell franchises, beginning their expansion efforts. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2010
Fitness Franchisees Donate to Battle Diabetes. - A Massachusetts association of Fitness Together franchisees announced Wednesday that it has raised $50,000 for the American Diabetes Association of Eastern New England. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
Pizza Patron to Expand Into San Diego Market. - Pizza De la Comunidad, LLC has signed a development agreement with Pizza Patrón, the premier Latin pizza brand, to enter the San Diego market with 11 locations over the next three years. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
Corner Bakery Cafe Opens First New Jersey Location. - Corner Bakery Cafe introduced its unique fast casual dining experience to residents of the Northeast with the opening of a new cafe in the Promenade Shops at Clifton in Clifton, N.J. on Nov 15. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2010
IFA President & CEO named to USCC Association Committee of 100. - IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira has been named to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2010

Expo targets franchise entrepreneurs. - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is offering free tickets to a two-day franchising show where aspiring entrepreneurs can talk to companies looking to open new franchise locations in Cincinnati. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2010
Tiremax rolling into Denver next year. - Tiremax Corp. plans to start opening tire and auto service stores in metro Denver in 2011, the Texas tire and wheel retailer said Tuesday. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2010
Want to Buy a Franchise? The Requirements Went Up. - For entrepreneurs, it's getting tougher to get in on some franchises these days. With the economy in the dumps, an array of franchisers are raising their standards for prospective buyers. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
Signs Point to Improving Landscape for Franchise Ownership. - For the unemployed, or for those whose retirement funds have taken a serious hit as a result of the recent economic downturn, entrepreneurship may present enticing possibilities, according to FranNet. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
In Search of Good Bets. - Some franchisers aren't just trying to weed out the less desirable buyers. Instead, they are actively recruiting groups they consider good bets. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
Latino Hotel Association to Host First Hotel Franchising Forum. - Officials of the Latino Hotel Association (LHA) today announced the group would host its first hotel franchising forum November 30 to December 3, 2010, in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
Denny’s Corporation Concludes Successful Franchise Convention. - Denny’s Corporation recently joined the Denny’s Franchise Association in Dallas, Texas, for the annual Brand convention to discuss the Company’s revitalized brand strategy and the new leadership... [more] 15 Nov, 2010
Battery Franchisor Meets Prospects, Plans 10 CT Stores. - Displaced corporate workers, a smart business model and a growing proliferation of cordless-operated gadgets is powering a chain of all- battery franchises to expand by opening as many as 10 retail... [more] 14 Nov, 2010
Mayor vetoes San Francisco ban on Happy Meals with toys. - San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2010
Lending for Some Restaurant Operators Still Gridlocked. - Financing for restaurant operators still shows signs of gridlock, as large lenders are only lending to franchisees that emerged from the downturn relatively unscathed. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Happy Meal Ban Hailed as a Victory. - San Francisco is the first major US city to ban the use of toys in meals for children in fast food restaurants. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Veterans increase franchised small-business ownership. - More than 2,000 veterans have taken a path to business ownership through the International Franchise Association’s Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as VetFran. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
Happy Meal ban closer to reality in San Francisco. - It won't go into effect until next year, but San Francisco's ban on handing out toys with children's meals that have more than 600 calories or too much fat, salt and sugar gained final passage Tuesday. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2010
TIREMAX Awards Multiple Franchises in Less Than a Month. - TIREMAX of North America announced that they have awarded five new franchisees to its franchise network of independently owned and operated professional TIREMAX upscale stores. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2010
More Saladworks Locations Slated for Maryland. - Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, announces an agreement today with multi-unit developers for three locations in Anne Arundel County, MD. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2010
Sports marketing firm adds 10th franchisee. - A Dayton-area sports marketing company inked its 10th franchisee. On Monday, Sports Image announced Greg Keightley of Bowling Green, Ky. purchased the company’s final Kentucky territory. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
Seattle’s Best Coffee Opens First Franchise Location in Chicago. - Chicagoans who love great coffee have something to celebrate: Seattle’s Best Coffee, LLC, today announced the opening of its first franchise location in Chicago at 50 East Adams Street. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
McDonald's sales jump 5.6% in U.S. in October. - A Monopoly promotion and strong sales of basic menu items such as the Big Mac helped push a key sales figure up 5.6% in the U.S. for McDonald's during October. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
Franchised firms upbeat on growth. - Buffalo Niagara's economy may not be booming, but a number of franchised companies see opportunities to grow here and are searching for suitable franchisees to open more locations. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2010
A New National Multi-Cultural Real Estate Franchise Formally Announces its Launch. - OneRes, a multi-cultural independent real estate franchise organization based in Celebration, Florida, officially announces its launch at the National Association of Realtors in New Orleans, LA this week. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2010
Steve Forbes to deliver keynote address to Franchise Industry Convention. - Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, will be a keynote speaker during the closing general session Feb. 16, at the 51st IFA Annual Convention. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
Move over, Hooters, other chains targeting men. - Amid a tough restaurant market, Brick House, Tilted Kilt, and Twin Peaks are expanding quickly into Hooters' home turf, deploying what they say is a secret weapon supporting their stretched T-shirt business... [more] 4 Nov, 2010
Law curbs McDonald's Happy Meal toys. - San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to pass a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2010
Saladworks to Enter Texas. - Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, announces an agreement with a multi-unit developer for three locations in the Dallas, TX area. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2010
Chicago hair salon king snares Furla franchise. - Charles Ifergan, the crown head of Chicago's hair salon industry, has taken over the Furla boutique on Oak Street and put his daughters in charge of the Italian handbag store. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2010
Subway opens 500 units during 3Q. - The Subway restaurant chain had a busy third quarter. From July 1 through Sept. 30, more than 500 new units opened up in 45 countries, 42 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and four Canadian provinces. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2010
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