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Zaxby's headed west with 18-unit deal. - Zaxby's Franchising Inc. has reached a multi-unit franchising agreement with MJM 5G LLC, a multiconcept owner/operator restaurant group, which will give the group exclusive rights for the state of Utah. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Dickey’s Barbecue Signs on 500th Franchisee. - Dickey’s Barbecue, the nation’s fastest growing restaurant concept, just sold its 500th franchise. The Dallas-based franchise currently has 312 locations open with another 200 in development. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Founder of insurance franchising business Brooke Corp. pleads guilty. - The founder of failed Kansas-based insurance franchising business Brooke Corp. has pleaded guilty to providing misleading information in a federal securities filing. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Crazy Names: Why Today's Franchise Brands Are So Snarky. - Many new service and food businesses today are looking for the most shocking, funny, sexy, or downright rude name they can think of, in order to stand out from the crowd. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Frozen yogurt, franchising a fad. - According to Mark Goodson, the owner of Goody's Frozen Yogurt in Fort Smith and Van Buren, the craze may have plateaued. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Between Rounds Welcomes Vets As Franchisees. - Between Rounds Bakery Sandwich Café, the bakery café and bagel shop, announced it has been named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
First Dunkin’ Donuts in Utah opens. - The first Dunkin’ Donuts location opened in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the brand’s long-awaited march to the West. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
IFA Member and The UPS Store Franchisee Offers Small Business Policy Recommendations on Trade in House Testimony. - “The Administration must negotiate and enforce fair international rules in services and customs procedures that would allow small businesses to infiltrate foreign markets,” said Mariana Huberman... [more] 26 Jun, 2013
Sonic targeting small towns in expansion bid. - As Sonic Drive-In continues franchise development across the country, the company has its sights set on a particular market segment — small towns throughout the central U.S. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
McDonald's Retreats From Selling Halal Food After Lawsuit. - The search for food prepared according to Islamic law at fast-food restaurant chains just got a little trickier. On Monday, McDonald's announced that its locations in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Mich., would stop... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
Baskin-Robbins Announces Plans To Develop Internationally. - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced today plans to develop locations in major metropolitan areas across South Africa and Germany. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
7-Eleven sues NY store owner, says siphoned money. - The 7-Eleven convenience store chain filed a lawsuit Friday against the franchisee of five Long Island stores, claiming he siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars for at least four years. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
Franchise Leaders Urge Senate to Act on Immigration Reform. - Fifteen franchise business CEOs, state chambers of commerce and IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira today urged senators to work with the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to ensure that immigration reform meets the... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
CiCi's Pizza plans to debut internationally in 2015. - For the first time in its 28-year history, CiCi's Pizza is extending its franchise opportunity abroad. Executives with the Coppell, Texas-based company have specifically targeted Canada, Mexico &... [more] 21 Jun, 2013
ADP Launches New Jobs Report Targeting Franchises. - The IFA applauded a new report released today by ADP, in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, Inc., that showcases the significant number of jobs created by the franchise industry. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2013
Restaurant chains capitalize on increase in SBA lending. - A new report released at the start of the International Franchise Expo in New York City shows that U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending to franchising increased more than 60% over the previous... [more] 20 Jun, 2013
Day care franchiser Primrose Schools to open 9 centers across St. Louis area. - Primrose Schools, a franchiser of daycare and early education centers, announced Wednesday it will open nine new schools in the next five years across the St. Louis area. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2013
IFA Praises Bipartisan Bill To Redefine Full-Time Employee And Large Employer Definition In Health Care Law. - International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira released the below statement following the introduction of legislation by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to... [more] 19 Jun, 2013
First Franchise Network Ever Sold On eBay. - Online retailer, screen printer and manufacturer, the City Tee Shirt Company has announced the launch of its franchise network and will be selling the franchises via an eBay auction this fall. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Child tutoring franchises expand in Denver, nationwide. - Parents' desire to see their children succeed in school and life is providing the opportunity for franchises in the supplemental education industry to rapidly expand. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
The rise of the super-sized franchisee. - According to FRANdata, the number of units held by the top 50 multi-unit owner (MUO) increased 18% between 2011 and 2013. The average MUO has five units, with 66% of all locations owned by MUOs... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Baskin-Robbins Launches Major Development Incentives For 2013. - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced today the introduction of unprecedented development incentives in 2013 for new franchisees and military veterans. ... [more] 17 Jun, 2013

Largest Pizza Hut franchisee to add Wendy's to portfolio. - NPC International Inc., the largest franchise operator for Pizza Hut, said Thursday it will expand its portfolio to include quick-service burgers with the acquisition of 24 Wendy’s units. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2013
Krispy Kreme's Franchise Deal in Dallas. - Doughnut maker Krispy Kreme Doughnut Inc. recently formed a venture with an affiliate of Sun Holdings, LLC for the refranchising of three company-owned shops in Dallas, Texas. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2013
Ignite readies Brick House Tavern + Tap for franchising. - Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. is readying its 16-unit Brick House Tavern + Tap for franchising, bolstered by the company’s acquisition of franchise-oriented Romano’s Macaroni Grill earlier in the year. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
McAlister's signs deals with four franchise groups. - McAlister's Deli announced it has signed agreements with four franchise groups to develop 21 new restaurants in seven states. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
Franchise Sams moves its franchised hair salons into N.H. - Barbara Aducci, of Merrimack, recently opened her third franchised Fantastic Sams hair salon in the region and is looking to start a fourth, so she must be quite the stylist, right? ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
Fatburger Opens First New York City Location. - Fatburger, the West Coast’s iconic hamburger stand, has officially opened its first Manhattan location in the vibrant neighborhood of Murray Hill. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2013
New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisees as Independent Contractors. - The IFA applauded Delaware Governor Jack Markell for signing into law HB 55, legislation that clarifies that the franchisee/franchisor relationship is not an employment relationship and that franchisees are... [more] 10 Jun, 2013
Subway Imagines a Future With 100,000 Sandwich Shops. - Subway is already the largest fast-food chain by store count, with 39,500 restaurants worldwide. But that’s nothing compared with its expansion plans in the coming years... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Money Pages starts franchising. - You know that magazine you get in your mailbox once a month with the coupons and event details? It's expanding. Money Pages of Florida Inc. is now selling franchises. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Sublime Doughnuts offering franchise discounts to vets. - Sublime Doughnuts is launching VetForward, a program designed to provide financial assistance to veterans interested in becoming franchisees. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2013
Franchise Growth Rates to Remain Flat in Second Half of Year. - IFA: The franchise sector will continue to outperform the economy as a whole and grow at a slightly faster rate than other businesses, but the rate of growth remains unchanged from the 1st quarter 2013 forecast... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Papa John's Supports Tornado Victims with $400K Donation. - Pizza lovers throughout the country joined forces to help Papa John’s support the residents, first responders, and aid workers recover from recent tornadoes that devastated the Moore and El Reno communities... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Hungry Howie's recognized again for military vet franchise opportunities. - Less than a month after being recognized as a top military friendly franchise by Victory Media, Hungry Howie's has been named to the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets: Franchises 2013 list. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Juice It Up! Ready to Ramp Up Franchising. - Juice It Up! will be showcasing its rising success within the raw juice market and presenting increased expansion opportunities at this year’s International Franchise Expo in New York City, June 20–22. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2013
Tilted Kilt in Elgin closes after franchise lawsuit. - With the local owner and corporate headquarters embroiled in lawsuits, the Tilted Kilt in Elgin abruptly closed its doors. ... [more] 4 Jun, 2013
ADP Announces New ADP National Franchise ReportSM. - ADP®, a leading global provider of human capital management solutions, today announced that it soon will provide monthly data and insights into private-sector franchise employment trends with the launch of... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Build-A-Bear Workshop Announces CEO Succession. - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Sharon Price John as Chief Executive Officer and Chief President Bear, effective immediately. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2013
Maui Wowi Donates To Disaster Relief For Tornado Victims. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian will accept donations during its hands-on smoothie training event that will go to the American Red Cross for Disaster Relief and victims of the Oklahoma tornado. ... [more] 1 Jun, 2013
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