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McDonald's to keep franchise system. McDonald's Corp.'s top executive Monday told franchise owners the company has no plans to undertake a major change in its corporate structure. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Bandana's Bar-B-Q signs deal with franchisee. Bandana's Bar-B-Q signed an area development agreement with a franchisee to open three new restaurants in central Illinois, it said Monday. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Entrepreneurs give nod to eBay drop-off chain. ISold It LLC, one of the country's leading eBay drop-off chains, is in the midst of an aggressive growth strategy that will result in a slew of new franchises across the Valley. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Firehouse franchise continues to spread. Within the next year, Firehouse Subs hopes open another 100 or so stores, bringing the number to more than 300 stores. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Slim and Tone fitness chain hoping to bulk up Central Texas locations. Austin's reputation as one of the country's fittest cities has attracted yet another fitness franchise. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
Subway threatens local sandwich shop over use of 'way'. The world's largest sandwich chain is threatening to sue a father-and-son sandwich shop, claiming the name Steakways Famous Philly Cheese Steaks is too similar to the Subway trademark. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2005
Embattled Krispy Kreme Starts CEO Hunt. Embattled snack maker Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. launched a search Thursday for a new chief executive officer as the once high-flying company confronts problems ranging from declining sales to lawsuits and criminal investigations. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2005
Franchisees take on role in Fitwize. One of the franchisees of a children's fitness business opening at the end of November has taken on a larger role with the California-based company. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2005
McDonald's to sell organic coffee in New England. McDonald's Corp. will begin selling organic coffee at its New England restaurants next month, an arrangement that could help the fast-food chain compete for customers who avoid the Golden Arches in favor of a better cup of joe. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2005
Krispy Kreme taps pizza veteran for top operations post. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. tapped a veteran pizza restaurant executive to be executive vice president of operations, effective immediately. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2005
Krispy Kreme asks federal judge to dismiss lawsuit. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has asked a federal judge in Greensboro to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it that alleges that the company violated securities laws. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2005
Franchise rookies combine cheesesteaks and smoothies. Philly Connection, a 135-unit chain based in Atlanta, has opened its first co-branded unit, Tropical Smoothie Café. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Local Blockbuster Franchises Bring Back the Late Fee. At first, managers of a group of Northern Virginia Blockbuster franchises loved the idea of dropping late fees - until, that is, customers started complaining that the new policy had turned fellow renters into movie hogs. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
McDonald's to put nutrition facts on packaging. McDonald's Corp. customers will soon know that the Big Mac they bought contains almost half their recommended daily fat intake just by looking at the wrapper. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Taco Del Mar plans Alaska franchises. Taco Del Mar expects its first restaurant in Alaska to open next spring after signing a new master franchise developer for the state. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Weak franchise sales sting Snap-on. Snap-on Inc. posted lower third-quarter earnings after Tuesday's closing bell as sales declines in its North America franchised-dealer business offset growth in its industrial tool segment. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Small-business IT franchise expands in Bay Area. CM IT Solutions of Austin, Texas, is planning to add 14 new franchises in the Bay Area by the end of 2006. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
A Lesson About Branding From Mr. Happy Crack. How a tiny company that fixes cracks in foundations managed to achieve national recognition. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Burger King claims lack of franchisee support. Burger King, the nation's No. 3 fast-food chain, has accused its franchisees of sabotaging the company's marketing initiatives, according to an official of the National Franchise Association. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Cendant to split into four companies. Travel, lodging and real estate services company Cendant Corp. said on Monday it would split into four pure-play companies. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Franchisees Commit to Develop 46 New IHOP Restaurants. IHOP Corp. today announced that it has secured additional Multi-Store and Single-Store Development Agreements during the third quarter 2005 for its franchisees to build 46 new IHOP restaurants over the next 11 years. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
100% commission attracts real estate agents. Ken Bell sells houses, not doughnuts, but he knows what it's like to be the new franchise in town. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005

Nature Stone Franchise Opens in Washington, D.C. Nature Stone founder and owner Russ Masetta today announced the opening of a Washington, D.C. franchise for its popular stone and epoxy flooring, its first in a major United States metropolitan area. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Offer for 7-Eleven raised to $1.2 bln. Convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan Co. raised its buy-out offer for its U.S. affiliate 7-Eleven Inc. by 15 percent to $1.2 billion and got board support after its previous tender offer failed. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2005
Preserving the Franchise Culture. Can a franchise really pass on a distinct company culture to its franchisees? Tijuana Flats founder explains how he's pulled it off. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2005
Lawsuit against Curves founder resolved. Seven people who sold franchises for Curves International and reportedly helped Gary Heavin turn his company into one of the largest and fastest-growing franchises in the world have settled their $20 million lawsuit against the fitness company. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2005
Franchise Capital Corporation Amends Its Offering Circular with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Franchise Capital Corporation announced today that they have amended their Offering Circular under Regulation E with the Securities and Exchange Commission. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2005
Burger King breaks with franchisee group. Burger King Corp. has severed relations with the leadership of its U.S. franchisee organization, accusing it of disrupting the company's brand-building initiatives. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
McDonald's profit slides to $735M. McDonald's reported a $735 million third-quarter net profit Thursday, down 6% from a year ago, when the fast-food chain benefited from a hefty tax gain. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
MotoPhoto Debuts Digital Photo Kiosk Cafe Nationwide Using Lucidiom APM Network. At its national Fall Business Meeting, MotoPhoto unveiled its new digital photo kiosk cafe program using Automated Photo Machines (APMs) from Lucidiom Inc. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
QuickDrop store makes $3.17M sale. A metro Denver QuickDrop eBay drop-off store says its recent $3.17 million sale of a land parcel sets the retail chain's record for individual sales. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2005
Domino's Pizza Appoints Mounts As CFO. Domino's Pizza Inc. on Wednesday named L. David Mounts chief financial officer, replacing Harry J. Silverman, who is retiring after more than 20 years with the pizza maker. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2005
SEC filing: New lender agreement allowed Krispy Kreme franchise bankruptcy. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. reached an agreement on Friday with its creditors to alter terms of a loan agreement that allowed Freedom Rings LLC to file for Chapter 11. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
Hair Cuttery to Expand Via Franchises. Hair Cuttery, the Vienna-based chain of no-frills, no-appointment-necessary hair salons, is planning a large, national expansion by franchising its outlets in new locations, beginning with New York. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
McDonald's hot spots to offer Wayport-enabled Nintendo access. Austin's Wayport Inc. has signed a deal with Nintendo Co. Ltd., giving gamers access at nearly 6,000 McDonald's restaurants. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
Applebee's: A Fruitful Future. Planting at least 100 new restaurants a year, the chain's strong marketing and single-brand focus add up to 5 STARS from S&P. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
Church's Chicken launches new store concept. Church's Chicken unveiled a new prefabricated store concept in Austin that takes about 30 fewer days to build than a traditional outlet. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2005
Body Shop, Out of Fashion, Wins Buyers With Parties. Body Shop Chief Executive Officer Peter Saunders is using an old-fashioned sales technique to revive sales that had been sapped by competition from discount retailers. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2005
Krispy Kreme deflated; Philly franchisee seeks bankruptcy. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said Monday a wholly owned subsidiary in the Philadelphia area had filed for bankruptcy protection. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2005
Franchise offers new take on traditional fast-food concept. In December, James Oberg will open the doors to the first Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for Texas, the debut of what he believes could be the next exciting concept in local dining. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2005
Ben & Jerry's returns to social issues. Ben & Jerry's, the ice cream brand whose image and marketing was built on social consciousness, tonight revives that tradition in its first TV ad campaign in a decade. The ads focus on issues, not ice cream. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2005
Fast flicks. Serving up DVDs for $1 a night, McDonald's enters a whole new arena of competition. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2005
Opposition to doughnut shop cools. Ten days after making its debut as the town's first national chain fast-food establishment, the Dunkin' Donuts shop at Fredonian and Main streets appears to be perking right along without incident. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2005
Winmark launches new franchise concept. Winmark Corp. is rolling out a new franchise concept, Wirth Business Credit, to provide financing to small businesses for essential equipment. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
Meineke buys auto paint-repair franchise. Meineke Holding Co. has acquired Aero-Colours Inc., a Minneapolis automotive paint repair franchise that primarily serves car dealerships. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Celebrates 20 Years of Success. Coverall Cleaning Concepts announced today the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the company's founding. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2005
FTC Freezes Internet Kiosk Businesses. It seemed like a great idea: own fee-based, public Internet terminals located in malls and rake in the cash. Too good, in fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Krispy Kreme stock at all-time low. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. fell to an all-time low on high trading volume on Wednesday, but the struggling chain said it did not know what prompted the sell-off. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Cendant Completes Previously Announced Wyndham Acquisition. Cendant Corporation today announced it has completed the acquisition of the management and franchise business of the Dallas-based Wyndham hotel chain for $101 million in cash. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Build-A-Bear Workshop offers loan to U.K. franchisee. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. formed a loan agreement with a franchisee for more than $4 million to help it open additional locations. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Taco Bueno expands in Kansas, Nebraska. Taco Bueno has inked a franchise deal with an Oklahoma company to open 11 Taco Bueno restaurants in Central Kansas and Central Nebraska. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
Analyst: Value in a McDonald's spinoff. McDonald's Corp. shares got back on an upward path Tuesday after a UBS Investment Research analyst backed suggestions that the fast-food giant spin off a chunk of its restaurants to drive shareholder value. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2005
Fitness Experts Launch Exercise Franchise for Men Only. Nitro Fitness, Core Training for Men is a new franchised exercise club for men that offers the typical job-and-family man a 30-minute, no-nonsense program. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2005
Just Fresh to add five S.C. restaurants. Just Fresh Inc. will expand with five new franchises on the South Carolina coast. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2005
Edible Arrangements Announces Signing of 250th Franchise. Continuing its meteoric growth of signing an additional 25 new franchisees a month, Edible Arrangements Franchise Group today announced the signing of its 250th franchise store. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2005
New business venture changes how big events are celebrated. In only three years, Pump It Up, a franchise based in California, has 100 sites nationwide. It expects to double that next year - and will build four in the Twin Cities area this year. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2005
Anchor Bar exec hot on franchising plans. The Anchor Bar is ready to wing it in the restaurant franchising world after receiving the green light to franchise its brand name and concept. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2005
Marriott to take Walnut Creek's ClubSport fitness brand national. Leisure Sports Inc. has sold its ClubSport trademark to Marriott International Inc., which will use it to create Renaissance ClubSport, a new lifestyle brand for the hotel company. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2005
El Chico expanding with five new restaurants, plus two Cantina Laredos. More Mexican is on its way to Memphis. Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. plans to open five more El Chicos, as well as two of its Mexican fine-dining Cantina Laredo restaurants. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2005
Radiance Medspa franchise opens in Sugar Land. Dr. Asra Oberoi has opened the first Houston-area franchise location of Radiance Medspa in Sugar Land. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2005
Taco Bell owners run for the islands. Taco Bell franchise owners converged on Honolulu Friday for a five-day conference at the Hawaii Convention Center. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2005
Krispy Kreme to 'vigorously defend' itself from franchisee. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will "vigorously defend" itself against a lawsuit filed by its largest franchisee that says company executives misappropriated marketing money and billed for phony charges, the company said Thursday. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2005
SUBWAY Franchisees to Donate 5 Percent of Their Oct. 23 U.S. Sales to the American Red Cross. The SUBWAY restaurant chain announced today that on October 23, 2005 its franchisees will donate 5 percent of sales from all of their 18,000-plus U.S. restaurants to the American Red Cross. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2005
New Orleans restaurants back to business. New Orleans' famed restaurants, faced with a city-wide curfew, undrinkable water, and few if any waiters and waitresses, are struggling to get back to business. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2005
Lenny's Sub Shop to open 14 Middle Tennessee locations. Lenny's Sub Shop has signed a deal with a holding company to develop 14 locations in the Middle Tennessee area. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
Let's Dish to franchise in St. Louis. Let's Dish has signed a franchise agreement for seven stores to be developed in St. Louis within the next three and a half years. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
Franchise Times Releases Top 200 Ranking of Franchises by Worldwide Sales. Sales were up, as were unit numbers, and international expansion alone jumped 12 percent after four straight years of flat numbers for the companies that made the Franchise Times Top 200 list, published in the national magazine's October issue. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2005
Red-Faced At Red Robin. The resignations of two top execs cloud the fast-growing chain's future. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2005
Anchor Bar franchise concept approved. A plan by the famous Anchor Bar to franchise its operations is about to take wing. The state Department of Law has accepted the Anchor Bar's franchise offering. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2005
eBay Sales Surpass $10 Million at QuikDrop eBay Drop-Off Stores. QuikDrop International announced today that total eBay sales have surpassed $10 million at its eBay drop-off retail stores since it first opened for business in February 2003. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2005
Cousins plots expansion with help from ESPN's Patrick. Cousins Submarines Inc. has hired ESPN sportscaster Dan Patrick as a celebrity spokesman for its 2005-2006 advertising campaign to help the Menomonee Falls-based company expand its franchises in several Midwest and Southwest markets. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2005
Bar-B-Cutie owners cook up new look to convey chain's flavor. The owners of Bar-B-Cutie want it to be recognizable and distinct and reflect the food it sells, so they cooked up a building prototype for the restaurant. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2005
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