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Where in the world are franchises going-summer issue

Where in the world are franchises going-summer issue

World Gym led the international fitness center charge into Pakistan in July, opening its first unit in the capital, Islamabad.

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Turnaround Management Award goes to former FT columnist

Turnaround Management Award goes to former FT columnist

Certified Turnaround Professional Gene Baldwin will receive the 2014 Best Small Company Transaction Award.

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Culver's Owner Pays Out-of-Work Employees From His Own Pocket

Culver's Owner Pays Out-of-Work Employees From His Own Pocket

Amidst a ground swell of employers who grumble about health care costs and minimum wage hikes, one restaurant owner put his money where his mouth was.

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Could Olive Garden Franchise?

Could Olive Garden Franchise?

An activist investor is pushing Darden Restaurants to franchise casual dining brands Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. The investor, Starboard Value, believes doing so will improve the company's growth and profitability.
From Massages to Eyelashes for Franchise Exec

From Massages to Eyelashes for Franchise Exec

John Leonesio, the man who started Massage Envy then turned his attention to The Joint, is now working to bring enviable eyelashes to women via a young franchise called Amazing Lash Studio.

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Pinkberry 'Zee Names Starbucks CEO in Lawsuit

Pinkberry 'Zee Names Starbucks CEO in Lawsuit

The Florida stockbroker turned Pinkberry franchisee is getting personal in his claims against the frozen-yogurt franchisor, naming the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and the CEO of Pinkberry, Ron Graves, in a lawsuit.

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At Two Men Operation, Employees 'Live by the Data'

At Two Men Operation, Employees 'Live by the Data'

Convincing employees to be as passionate as the owner about their brand is a challenge, and Tim Lightner, a Two Men and a Truck franchisee in Wisconsin, explained how he does it--through the data.

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Great Clips' CEO Reveals What's in a Name

Great Clips' CEO Reveals What's in a Name

When your last name is Olsen, rather than the more common Olson, you're used to a lot of misspellings, and that's the case for Great Clips' CEO, whose problems extend to her first name, too.

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Highlights from the Franchise Asia Expo

Highlights from the Franchise Asia Expo

Two of the more unusual franchises the Franchise Trade Mission encountered at the Franchise Asia Expo in the Philippines in July were VIBES and Well Family Clinics.
Franchising takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Franchising takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Franchising embraced the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and although the videos on Facebook of various franchise executives dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads didn’t have the page views as the celebrities, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Governor Chris Christie, there were no shortage of franchise challenges.
Cali's 'Fair Franchising' Bill Heads to Gov. Brown

Cali's 'Fair Franchising' Bill Heads to Gov. Brown

SB 610, known as the California Fair Franchising act, passed the California Senate last week by a 23-9 vote, and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown seeking a signature.

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Jimmy John's 'Zee Loses Round with NLRB

Jimmy John's 'Zee Loses Round with NLRB

MikLin Enterprises, which owns 10 Jimmy John's stores in the Minneapolis area, wronged its employees' union-organizing rights when firing six people who protested their lack of sick leave, according to an NLRB ruling.

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Finance playmaker gives kids second chance

Finance playmaker gives kids second chance

Steve Schwanz, managing director of Franchise Capital Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm focusing on restaurants, recently received the Jim Hall Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

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Reading Leftovers from the Philippines

Reading Leftovers from the Philippines

There’s always much more to a trade mission than can fit in an article in Franchise Times. Here's more stories from the Franchise Times/IFA/U.S. Commercial Service Franchise Trade Mission to the Philippines.

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It's Bonus Day for Dwyer Group Staffers, After Sale

It's Bonus Day for Dwyer Group Staffers, After Sale

The nearly 500 employees of The Dwyer Group will get a nice bonus in their paychecks this Friday, when the franchisor splits $1 million included in the price of its sale this week to The Riverside Co.

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Adults Only for Unique Pizza's Pot Products

Adults Only for Unique Pizza's Pot Products

From the file of questionable experiments comes this news: Unique Pizza and Subs says it's looking into developing a new pizza product with marijuana infused into it, as well as a cannabis-laced pizza sauce.

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Franchisee with Clout Advises Better Field Support

Franchisee with Clout Advises Better Field Support

Franchisors who want to attract multi-unit franchisees should beef up their field staff, according to Aziz Hashim, CEO of NRD Holdings and a speaker at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis.

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Sirloin Stockade CEO Now Happy Retiree

Sirloin Stockade CEO Now Happy Retiree

Gale Premer, former CEO of S.S. of Kansas Inc., the 16-unit franchisee of Sirloin Stockade, is now a happy retire after Aethlon Capital in Minneapolis handled the sale of his company to Kelly Capital in San Diego.

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The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation

The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation

Dog Days (in a Good Way) for Camp Bow Wow

Dog Days (in a Good Way) for Camp Bow Wow

Heidi Ganahl scored a huge payday this week when she closed the purchase of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers, by VCA Inc.

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Beth EwenBeth Ewen is managing editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
 
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