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The Happy Meal celebrates 25th birthday. A quintessentially American meal is celebrating a big birthday this year, but it's not meatloaf or spare ribs or Mom's apple pie. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2004
Homevestors signs up 200th franchisee. HomeVestors of America, Inc., the “We Buy Ugly Houses” franchise, has signed the company’s 200th franchisees just eight years after offering its first franchise. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2004
Moe's to add three locations this summer. Three more Moe's Southwest Grills are scheduled to open this summer, bringing to eight the number of locations in the Jacksonville area. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2004
Macy's gets cozy with sandwich shop. Federated Department Stores, Macy's parent, will announce plans to place trendy Cosí sandwich shops inside 10 Macy's stores this year. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2004
Weight Loss Forever To Proclaim No Competitors. Weight Loss Forever International today released the agenda of it's upcoming franchisee convention outlining a new positioning strategy. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2004
The Loop Pizza Grill begins regional expansion. Earlier this month, The Loop Restaurant Group sold franchise rights for 20 restaurants in North Carolina to Southern Slice Inc., nearly doubling the number of The Loop's. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Holiday Inn rolls out smaller '50s-style hotels. Holiday Inn's American properties are about to get downsized and made over in a style reminiscent of the 1950s, when the chain was founded. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
iSold It eBay Drop-Off Chain Expands in California and Texas. iSold It, the highest volume eBay drop-off store in America, announced today that franchise and development agreements have been executed for thirty eight new iSold It franchise stores in Los Angeles, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Smoothie franchise lets entrepreneur keep hands in other family business. Though grown up and off the farm, Serena Schulz wants to keep a hand in the family petting zoo. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Cosi seeks to franchise its restaurants in Missouri. New York-based Cosi Inc. has launched a program to franchise its restaurants, including Missouri and Illinois. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Burger's King's Reign of Error. Its latest owners have invested more than $100 million, but grubby franchises, poor service, and menu missteps continue to dog the chain. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Buffalo Wild Wings to spend $19M on new restaurants. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. in Minneapolis plans to spend $19 million in 2004 to open new restaurants and renovate old ones. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2004
McDonald's embraces plastic for its restaurants. McDonald's customers will be able to pay for their burgers and fries using credit and debit cards in about 6,000 of its restaurants by year-end, the company said. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2004
Cartridge company opening four more Central Texas stores. Ink cartridge recycling franchise Cartridge World is building on the success of its first Austin location with plans for four more locations in 2004. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2004
7-Eleven(R) Stores Creates Solution to Attract Prospective Vendors. 7-Eleven, Inc. has streamlined its application and selection process for suppliers who want to do business with the largest chain in the convenience industry. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2004
Training, Trig, Teriyaki: Franchises Go Global. While U.S. franchisers have been carrying their brands to the far reaches of the world, they've passed at least two dozen concepts traveling the other way. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Papa John's to offer pizza and a movie. Louisville-based Papa John's International Inc. plans to expand a test program under which the restaurant company has been selling no-return DVD movies. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Radio Shack, Motorola ink marketing deal. Radio Shack Corp. and Motorola Inc. have struck a new alliance under which Radio Shack will expand the types of Motorola products it markets and sells at its retail stores. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Children's Franchise Company Celebrates Milestone. Founded in 1984 by educator Karen Marshall, COMPUTERTOTS/COMPUTER EXPLORERS franchisees across the U.S. and in four countries are celebrating 20 years of helping children grow. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Aaron Rents set to add 140 stores. Aaron Rents Inc. said it plans to open 140 new Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership stores and will hire 800 new employees in 2004. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Beyonce With Your Big Mac? In the latest blend of e-music with the food-and-beverage industry, Japanese electronics giant Sony is working out a deal to promote the upcoming launch of its download music service through fast-food chain McDonald's. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2004
Volvo Construction to open 30 locations, hire 360. Volvo Construction Equipment Rents, a division of Sweden's Volvo Group, is targeting the Dallas-Fort Worth area for an aggressive expansion plan. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004
Nonprofits see future in franchise operations. Camp Fire USA Lone Star Council believes future funding for its programs will include Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004

U.S. Franchise keeping, renaming Best Inns. Atlanta-based hotel franchising company U.S. Franchise Systems Inc. will not sell its chain of Best Inns hotels, though the company will be changing the name of that hotel flag. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004
Mashed potato pizza, anyone? A trio of Denver-area entrepreneurs wants to conquer Russia - with pizza. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004
A franchise that's blooming. Like many entrepreneurs, Hinrich Eylers turned to franchising to get a business started with some help. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004
Earl opens first Earl of Sandwich restaurant at Walt Disney World. Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl is teaming with the real deal - the 11th Earl of Sandwich - to build what they hope will become a nationwide chain of quick-serve restaurants. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2004
New children's furniture store has kid appeal. Juvenile furniture sales are growing like an adolescent's appetite as parents invest in fabulous spaces for their kids. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2004
Figaro's adds Virginia franchise store. Papa Murphy's isn't the only local "take and bake" pizza concept in expansion mode. Figaro's Italian Pizza Inc. has a new store opening in Virginia and says the franchisee hopes eventually to have 80 to 100 Figaro's locations in Virginia. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2004
Biggest Burger King franchisee slams Miami-based chain. Burger King Corp.'s biggest franchisee slammed the fast-food chain's marketing and new products as "unsuccessful" as it said Wednesday its net income plummeted 66 percent last year amid falling sales for two straight years. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2004
Ex-Capri franchisees steamed. The 11 former Capri Coffee Break franchisees who separated from their franchiser this month say they look forward to moving on and serving their customers. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2004
Bear Rock lands franchise deals for California, Arizona. The Cary-based Bear Rock Café franchise is going to California and Arizona. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2004
Dunkin' Donuts calls for auction of Bess Eaton chain. Dunkin' Donuts on Monday called on a bankruptcy court to set an "open and fair bid auction process" for the assets of Bess Eaton, the bankrupt coffee and baked-goods chain that is the target of a purchase by the Tim Horton's unit of Wendy's International Inc. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2004
Peaberry Coffee opening first franchise. Denver-based coffee roaster and retailer Peaberry Coffee Inc. plans to open its first franchise in Littleton on March 17. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2004
QuikDrop Authorized by State of New York to Offer eBay Drop-Off Store Franchises. QuikDrop International announced today that it has obtained authorization by the State of New York to begin franchising its eBay drop-off store concept immediately. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2004
Deck The Walls franchisee Ebling buys parent company. A deal estimated at about $10 million will bring the franchise headquarters of retail art and custom framing stores Deck The Walls and The Great Frame Up to St. Louis by the end of summer. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2004
To track 250M pieces, Chep turns to tech. In 1999, pallet rental company Chep began experimenting with radio devices to collect information on its pallets while they were being moved from place to place. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2004
Good Times Announces Agreement for Co-Brand Test with Taco John's. Good Times Restaurants Inc. today announced they have entered into a franchise agreement with Taco John's International Inc. for the development of a co-branded test store by Taco John's in Cheyenne, Wyoming. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2004
Krispy Kreme plans a low-sugar alternative. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, long known for its high-calorie treats, says it plans to offer a low-sugar doughnut to attract dieters and diabetics. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2004
Franchise Owners Like State of Industry. The franchise industry caught a glimpse of its bulk last week and liked what it saw. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2004
Papa Murphy's plans 80 new locations for 2004. Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is launching an aggressive expansion campaign, with 80 new locations slated for 2004. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2004
Payless adds dealerships. Payless Car Sales Inc. announced Thursday it will open its 50th dealership in March. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2004
House moves to ban obesity lawsuits blaming fast food. The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday voted to ban supersized lawsuits that blame the food industry for people's expanding waistlines and health woes, saying such cases could bankrupt fast-food chains and restaurants. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2004
Krispy Kreme posts higher fourth-quarter earnings. Krispy Kreme Inc. reported a sharp surge in fourth-quarter profits Wednesday, helped by strong sales at company-owned stores. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2004
Pak Mail Celebrates 20 Years with a New Look and Feel. Founded in 1984, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2004
Franchises Provide Big Boost to Nation's Economy. Franchised businesses generate jobs for more than 18 million Americans and account for 9.5 percent of the private- sector economic output, a study released today by International Franchise Association Educational Foundation reported. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2004
Men-only gyms mimic women's. Following the success of Curves and similar women-only fitness franchises in cities nationwide, a men-only gym franchise with similar national plans has entered the Greater Sacramento market. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
With an eye on CAN-Spam, Pizza Hut cooks up new e-mail marketing. Although some experts say the federal CAN-Spam Act is having a limited effect on controlling spam, it’s also coinciding with innovative e-mail marketing strategies by complying retailers. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Chicken chain hatches growth plan for Denver. El Pollo Loco Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based chain of Mexican-style chicken restaurants, plans to enter the Colorado market next year as part of a nationwide expansion. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Successful Franchisees Embrace 'The System'. Big-company executives yearning to break free from corporate routines likely won't make good franchisees. Mavericks and rule breakers need not apply. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Mr. Jim's Pizza to expand into Houston with franchise agreement. An Addison-based pizza chain is expanding into the Houston area with plans to open at least 30 new restaurants over the next 10 years. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Lone Star's tab for Texas Land & Cattle: $20-22M. Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Inc. says it will wind up paying about $20 million to $22 million in stock for the Texas Land & Cattle Steak House restaurant chain. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2004
McDonald's sees 20% sales increase in February. Efforts to win customers with better-tasting food, improved service and menu variety help boost McDonald's Corp.'s U.S. same-store sales by 20 percent in February. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2004
World's Largest Hotel Loyalty Program Launched by Cendant. The travel rewards playing field has been leveled by Cendant Corporation's new loyalty program, TripRewards(R), which allows leisure travelers to earn points or airline miles quickly, just like frequent business travelers. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2004
The Tan Co. inks deal with California's World Gym Intl. The Tan Co. is expanding in California through a deal to franchise its tan spas to Marina del Rey, Calif.-based World Gym International locations. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2004
Hard Rock Cafe International Names Hamish Dodds President and CEO. Dodds most recently held similar positions with Cabcorp and PepsiCo Beverages International. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2004
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces 2003 Results; Fourth Quarter GAAP Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.18; Fourth Quarter Pro Forma Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.19. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2004
McDonald's to Dump Supersize Portions. Hold the fries - at least the super-sized version. In a sign of the times, McDonald's is getting rid of the extra-large portions that had become one of its signatures. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2004
Clyde Rucker Appointed Chief Of Staff To Brad Blum, Burger King Corporation's Chief Executive Officer. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2004
Tasty Combination - KFC/A&W restaurant is first of four. BATTLE GROUND - For Scott Dickinson, the co-branding of KFC fried chicken with A&W burgers and root beer is a heavenly marriage. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2004
Brinker names new Chili's franchise in Southeast. Brinker International said Tuesday it has reached a franchise-development agreement with Bonnaroo Restaurant Group to open up to 15 new Chili's Grill & Bar casual restaurants in South Carolina and Georgia. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2004
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