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Taco Bell fights beef charges with 'truth' ads, may countersue. - Taco Bell is pushing hard to escape image hell — and is now seriously considering a countersuit against the recent lawsuit that charges its taco filling isn't all beef. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2011
7-Eleven Experiments With Eco-Friendly Stores. - An Alabama law firm says in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using "seasoned ground beef" or "seasoned beef" in its products. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2011
3 Dunkin' Donuts locations closed to ‘stop the bleeding’. - ROCKFORD — Three area Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins locations closed abruptly this weekend after the owners couldn’t sell the businesses. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2011
Taco Bell to class-action lawyers in beef battle: Thanks for giving us a reason to sue you. - The quality of Taco Bell’s beef may be called into question, but their sense of humor isn’t. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2011
Yum! repurchasing stock to boost earnings. - The board of directors of Yum! Brands Inc. have given the green light for the repurchase of $750 million of the company's outstanding stock throughout the next 18 months. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2011
McDonald's Adds to Board of Directors, Promotes Executive. - McDonald’s Corporation announced that Don Thompson, president and chief operating officer, was elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2011
Virginia Ruling Clarifies Franchising Business Relationship. - The IFA commended the advisory opinion released yesterday by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli clarifying the definition of franchise businesses as a “distinct form of business enterprise”... [more] 26 Jan, 2011
Taco Bell faces questions about its meat. - An Alabama law firm says in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using "seasoned ground beef" or "seasoned beef" in its products. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2011
Three challenges to McDonald's growth. - Investors in the burger chain have enjoyed healthy returns as it's expanded its menu and spruced up restaurants. But rising prices and other headwinds offer signs of caution. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2011
The Top Brand-Name Franchises in the US. - Franchising offers anyone the promise of becoming an instant entrepreneur. While typically more costly, buying a brand-name franchise lets anyone gain access to iconic symbols... [more] 21 Jan, 2011
Tropical Smoothie Café names franchise COO. - Tropical Smoothie Café has announced the promotion of Mike Rotondo to chief operating officer. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2011
Wendy's/Arby's Group considering Arby's sale. - Wendy's/Arby's Group is considering selling its struggling Arby's business and concentrating more on its expansive Wendy's hamburger chain. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Saladworks Shatters Past Franchise Sales Records. - Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, is proud to announce a record-breaking year. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Real-estate franchisor eliminates executives. - Realty Executives International Inc. said owner and executive chairman Richard Rector has eliminated two top-level executive positions and reclaimed his former role as the primary decision-maker. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Female Franchisees Hit Hardest by Weak Economy. - In an economy showing few signs of growth, 87% of female owned franchised businesses report they are not profitable.This compares with only 23% of male owned franchised businesses. . ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
Rising to the Occasion With a Bakery Chain. - If he hadn't been thrown out of a convenience store in the 1970s, Ron Shaich, co-founder of Au Bon Pain and Panera Bread Co., might not be the entrepreneur we know today. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
IFA Files Amicus Brief to Kentucky Supreme Court Involving Subway. - The IFA has filed an amicus brief before the Kentucky Supreme Court to clarify that a franchisor cannot be considered the employer of its franchisees’ workers for purposes of paying workers’ compensation in the... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
Moe's restaurant chain expanding in area. - Moe's Southwest Grill is planning a major expansion for the Baltimore area. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
The Top Franchises For The Money. - Tired of not getting paid what you're worth (or not paid at all) and want to start your own, already-proven gig? That's the lure of franchising. Pick a brand, add water and a few bucks, and voila, you're an entrepreneur. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2011
Yum Brands will sell A&W, Long John Silver's. - Yum Brands, which operates KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, plans to sell two of its other chains — Long John Silver's and A&W. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2011
IFA Names Weikel Director Of State Government Relations & Public Policy. - The International Franchise Association today announced Wayne Weikel as Director of State Government Relations and Public Policy , as part of its continuing efforts to preserve and enhance the legislative and... [more] 17 Jan, 2011
Ben & Jerry’s Cofounders Honored with Award. - Ben & Jerry’s Cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield found themselves humbled and honored this weekend as they accepted The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Annual Salute to Greatness Award. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2011
Franchisors Must Get House In Order to Sustain Growth. - Business in the quick-serve industry is finally trending up, and with lending becoming increasingly available to operators, franchisors may soon find themselves with more prospective franchisees... [more] 16 Jan, 2011
Growing franchise plays job matchmaker role. - Finding jobs for people and offering them employment assistance while providing human resource solutions to businesses is a full-time career for Lafayette residents Chuck and Kathy Fish. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2011

SE’s Largest Franchise Expo Returns To Miami. - Entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own business will have the opportunity to explore franchising as a way to achieve business independence at the Franchise Expo South in Miami Beach this weekend. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2011
Preschool franchisor eyes Triad for up to four sites. - The Goddard School, a Pennsylvania-based early childhood education franchise company that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, is expanding into the Triad with plans for as many as four... [more] 14 Jan, 2011
Pet Franchise Seeks New Customer: The Cat Owner. - A waste-removal franchisor is looking to scoop up new business by targeting cat owners. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2011
Franchise Businesses Poised For Stronger Growth In 2011. - Franchise businesses are poised for stronger growth in 2011, according to a report prepared for the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation by PwC. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2011
Franchise Industry Shows Glimmer of Recovery. - The U.S. franchising industry is poised for modest growth in 2011, according to two new studies to be released this week. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2011
Cafe Phillips chain swiftly expanding in period of low rents. - By the time Phillip Yun opens his eighth Cafe Phillips in the District this May, the local entrepreneur hopes to have several more leases signed for his delis. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
About 69 to be laid off at Quiznos HQ. - Planned layoffs at the Denver corporate headquarters of Quiznos involve about 69 people, the sandwich-chain franchiser said in a filing with state officials. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2011
Franchisee and doing fine. - With the national unemployment rate still well over 9 percent, more and more people struggling to find a job have looked into becoming franchisees. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
UNH Franchising Center aligns with Australian university. - The Rosenberg International Center of Franchising at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics has entered a formal research collaboration with Griffith University. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
Sun Tan City Announces Acquisition of the tanworld Franchise System. - Sun Tan City has extended its footprint to 18 states with the acquisition of the tanworld Franchise System, a franchise-based model of tanning salons currently based out of Nebraska. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
Layoffs at Quiznos headquarters. - Quiznos laid off an unspecified number of employees from its corporate headquarters in Denver this week, the sub-sandwich chain has confirmed. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
7-Eleven launches major assault on Manhattan. - The Dallas-based convenience store operator hopes to grow to 15 outposts by the end of 2012 and 100 in the next five years; gobbling up good locations courtesy of the recession. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine Resumes Franchising. - Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine announced today that they will resume offering franchises for their popular downtown lunch concept after a nearly three year economy-induced hiatus. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2011
Kitchen Tune-Up Awards First Free Franchise to Veteran. - National home remodeling franchise, Kitchen Tune-Up, has awarded the first free franchise under their Veteran’s Program to Frank Skubel of Tallahassee, Florida. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2011
Burger King loses first round in fight against Miami franchisee. - Burger King lost the first round in its quest to shut down Miami franchisee Al Cabrera over his failure to install new cash registers in time to meet the fast-food chain's deadline. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2011
Starbucks drops its name from logo. - Starbucks is giving its siren a facelift. The world's largest coffee company unveiled a logo Wednesday that drops the words encircling its iconic sea nymph and gives her a few subtle updates. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
Swiss Farms opens first franchisee store. - Swiss Farms has opened its first franchise store with Starbucks and Auntie Anne's franchisee, John Betz. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
Dunkin’ Donuts takes franchisees to court. - Dunkin’ Donuts is driving an effort to withdraw the franchise rights of three separate unit operators in Billerica, Mass., a town 20 miles northwest of Boston and about 37 miles from the chain’s headquarters. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
Pizza Hut Inc. sues franchisee; 44 restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge areas shut down. - The owner of 44 Pizza Hut restaurants in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas said Wednesday he has shut them down because of a legal dispute with the parent company. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
Kauai's Cold Stone Creamery operators file for bankruptcy liquidation. - Owston and Martinez Inc., operator of the two Cold Stone Creamery stores on Kauai, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2011
Donut chain to expand to Iraq; cupcake maker signs franchise deal. - Dixie Cream Donut Co. is expanding to Iraq, and the Tulsa area will be getting a taste of gourmet cupcakes from a reality TV baking star as growth continues at franchising company BBI. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2011
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s tap new AOR. - As 2010 comes to a close, it's fun to dust off the proverbial crystal ball and predict what the coming year may hold in store for the franchise world. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2011
Three Franchise Trends to Watch in 2011. - As 2010 comes to a close, it's fun to dust off the proverbial crystal ball and predict what the coming year may hold in store for the franchise world. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2011
Cuppys Founder Morgan Apologizes. - It’s the New Year and the founder of the now defunct franchisor Cuppy’s Coffee wants to come clean. ... [more] 1 Jan, 2011
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