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: : April 2011

Cellphone, auto, restaurant chains adding local franchises. - A trio of national chains is expanding aggressively into Metro Detroit, signaling that some companies have enough faith in local discretionary spending power to create jobs and invest here. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2011
Burger King settles with Miami franchisee. - Burger King agreed this week to settle a lawsuit with Miami franchisee Al Cabrera over his failure to install new cash registers in time to meet the fast-food chain’s deadline. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2011
IFA Announces Partnership to Help Professional Athletes Own Franchise Businesses. - The International Franchise Association announced it has partnered with the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI) to connect the professional athlete community to the franchise industry... [more] 29 Apr, 2011
Beautiful Brands opens new offices in Canada, India and Kuwait. - In the last 16 years the company has opened locations throughout 39 states and 27 countries, spanning four continents worldwide. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2011
Why Pinkberry went to Moscow and Chipotle will go to Paris. - Chains are no longer saturating the U.S. market before setting up lucrative yet risky overseas outposts. In an increasingly smaller world, they just can't afford to wait. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2011
McDonald's hires about 1,300 in Arizona. - About 1,300 of more than 14,000 Arizona applicants landed jobs at McDonald's national hiring event on last week, the company announced today. ... [more] 27 Apr, 2011
Starbucks spurts to No. 3 U.S. restaurant chain. - In a striking cultural signal of just how differently consumers are eating, Starbucks has leaped ahead of Burger King and Wendy's to become the nation's third-largest chain restaurant in domestic sales. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2011
Aussie-Based Franchisor Maps Out Expansion Plans for U.S. - By the end of 2011, G.J. Gardner Homes, a franchised custom home builder with offices around the world, expects to open franchises in Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2011
H&R Block names Cobb as CEO. - H&R Block Inc. will have a new CEO on May 16 — board member William Cobb. He succeeds retiring CEO Alan Bennett, who has held the role this time around for less than a year. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2011
ServiceMaster to sell TruGreen LandCare. - The ServiceMaster Co. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its commercial landscaping business, TruGreen LandCare, to an affiliate of Aurora Capital Group. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2011
FranNet Minnesota Announces Recruitment of Susan Faue as Marketing Director. - FranNet Minnesota, a leading franchise consulting firm, announced today that Susan Faue has been recruited to fill the newly created marketing director position. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2011
Overseas growth sends McDonald's net income up 11%. - McDonald’s says first-quarter net income rose 11% as more customers dined under the Golden Arches, especially in Europe, Australia and China. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2011
Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance. - There is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
Raving Brands' new franchise firm purchases The Original Italian Pie. - Raving Brands new franchise holding firm, Big Game Brands, has announced the purchase of The Original Italian Pie, a full-service Italian restaurant chain. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
Charles Schwab to start franchise plan slowly. - Charles Schwab Corp, the largest U.S. discount brokerage, plans to roll out a plan for independent franchise advisers "very deliberately" to test their performance before expanding the program. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
McDonald's hiring day draws crowds, high hopes. - McDonald's Corp. for years has fought back against critics who complain it's making people fat. On Tuesday, it went on the offensive against those who assail it as a lousy place to work. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
Computer Troubleshooters Franchise and Popdrive Join Forces. - Computer Troubleshooters announced a partnership with PopDrive, an innovative new backup and storage product from DHK Storage today. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
50th Freddy's Opens in California. - On April 11, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened the 50th Freddy’s restaurant, in Victorville, California. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2011
Newk's Signs Deals for 24 New Restaurants. - Newk's Express Cafe has started 2011 with a bang, awarding 24 new franchise locations in the first quarter. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2011
Top That! Breaks ground on first franchise. - Top That! Pizza has broken ground on its first franchise location in Broken Arrow, Okla. The new store will be operated by franchisees Russell Leonard and Teresa Starling and is slated to open in mid-June. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2011
Burger King, franchisees drop $1 burger lawsuit. - Burger King Corp's U.S. franchisees agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over $1 cheeseburgers, and will gain more power to set prices for the fast food restaurant chain's cheaper items. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2011
Jamba Refranchises 150+ Stores. - Jamba Juice announced the completion of its refranchise initiative, originally announced in May 2009, with the sale of 41 stores in the Chicago/Minneapolis markets to J J Maa, Inc. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2011

Franchise Direct Releases Its 2011 List of the Top 100 Global Franchises. - Franchise Direct ( has published its annual ranking of the Top 100 Global Franchises. Their third-annual list and report provides a definitive assessment of international franchising. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2011
McDonald's LatAm franchisee rises 26 percent in debut. - Shares of Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc, a large South American franchisee of fast-food chain McDonald's Corp, rose 26 percent in their stock market debut. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2011
Franchise Businesses Call on Congress to Clarify Business Activity Tax Issues. - Congress should pass legislation that brings greater certainty to franchise small businesses seeking to comply with state tax laws, according to testimony delivered to Congress today by Corey Schroeder... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
Bookkeeping service opens first Sacramento franchise. - BookKeeping Express, a franchised bookkeeping services business, will open a new office Friday in Roseville - the brand's first office in California. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
McDonald's largest franchisee's IPO could near $1B. - McDonald Corp.'s biggest franchisee, Argentina-based Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc., is expected to go public this week in an offering whose value could approach $1 billion. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2011
TCBY franchise winners open first store. - Jared and Sarah Greer, winners of last year's "The Great TCBY Store Giveaway Contest," have officially opened their first store in Rogers, Ark. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2011
Franchisor sees fertile ground, seeks to expand its turf in CT. - The grass and shrubs are not the only things taking root in Connecticut this spring. A professional lawn care company is planning to expand its turf in the Greater Hartford area by opening a third franchise in... [more] 10 Apr, 2011
Franchise and Lending Leaders Partner to Increase Credit Access to Small Business. - The IFA today announced the formation of a Small Business Lending Working Group to identify immediate and long-term solutions to a lending shortfall that is hampering franchise business growth and job creation. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2011
7-Eleven, Suppliers Join Forces for Hire Heroes USA. - Hire Heroes USA is getting a fundraising boost from 7-Eleven Inc., a group of its franchise owners and the convenience store chain's top suppliers. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2011
Burger King revamps marketing plans. - Burger King Corp. held a conference call Thursday to discuss sales figures for the last six months of 2010, as well as its plans moving forward including franchising up to 50% of its restaurants in the next few years. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2011
Dish expands its scope with Blockbuster win. - Dish Network Corp won Blockbuster Inc in a bankruptcy auction for $320 million, further broadening its business beyond satellite TV and setting up a possible showdown with Netflix. ... [more] 6 Apr, 2011
Repeal of 1099 Requirement A Major Victory for Franchise Small Businesses. - The International Franchise Association applauded the Senate vote repealing the onerous 1099 tax reporting provision in the health care law as a major victory for franchise businesses, due to... [more] 5 Apr, 2011
McDonald’s Hamburger University marks 50 years. - McDonald's Corporation kicked off a year-long celebration today to mark the 50th anniversary of its Hamburger University. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2011
McDonald's will hold hiring day April 19 to fill 50,000 jobs. - McDonald’s plans to hold its first national hiring day April 19 to fill 50,000 jobs at its restaurants nationwide. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2011
Franchisees still contending with a lack of financing. - A dearth of available capital, despite the improving economy, is hampering franchise growth amid increased business demand, according to the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2011
Taco Bell Franchisee Spills Success Secret. - Rodney Walker, franchisee of 41 Taco Bell and KFC restaurants is spilling the secret of what helps him run successful restaurants. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2011
Krispy Kreme posts first profitable year since 2004. - A slight loss in the fourth quarter didn't prevent Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. from posting its first profitable year since 2004. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2011
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