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Greenstein Takes DLA Piper Post as Chair

Richard Greenstein is the new chair of DLA Piper's franchise and distribution practice, succeeding Dennis Weiczorek, who died July 13.

Franchise Employment Growth Slows

The private sector economy continued to add jobs in July, according to the latest report from the human resources firm ADP. But the growth in franchise jobs slowed, according to the firm's National Franchise Report.

NLRB Decision on McDonald's Deals Blow to Franchising

The National Labor Relations Board notified McDonald's this week it can be named a "joint employer" for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants, dealing a blow to the business model of franchising.

Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

JJ's Offers Unusual Ways to Top Your Dog

It's national hot dog day (duh) so it's time to try something new: here are the 10 most outrageous toppings as compiled by JJ's Red Hots, a small hot dog chain out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dunkin' Brands, NAACP Aim for More African-American Owners

Dunkin' Brands Group launched a new initiative with the NAACP aimed at increasing the number of African-American-owned franchise businesses in the United States.

West Point Grad Signs for 10 Pearle Stores

A first-time licensee but experienced retail operations exec, Bill Noble, has signed on to take over 10 corporate-owned Pearle Vision stores in Ohio.

In Memory of Dennis Wieczorek

"We have lost a giant and a gentleman," wrote Ron Gardner, attorney at Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, about the death July 11 of prominent franchise attorney Dennis Wieczorek, DLA Piper.

Doc Popcorn Scooped Up by Dippin' Dots

Dippin' Dots Franchising scooped up gourmet popcorn franchisor Doc Popcorn this week, and the co-founder of the latter believes each will boost sales of the other.

OsteoStrong Borrows Page from Pro Sports

When OsteoStrong's CEO realized he had appointments pilling up for nine regional developers, he decided to make like a pro sports team and host a National Signing Day.

Auto Parts Dealers Lead Employment Growth

Franchises continued their remarkable rate of employment growth in June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. Leading the way: auto parts dealers, which added more than 10,000 jobs last month.

Picturing the International Franchise Expo in New York

Samples at the International Franchise Expo in New York earlier in June were of biblical proportions—they just kept feeding the masses.

Arby's Gets A Deal To Finance Remodels

Arby's, the Atlanta-based chain that is about to start a major remodeling program, took care of a key part of that effort: financing. The sandwich chain today announced an agreement with Element Financial Corp to make loans to franchisees to fund the remodels.

Champps 'Zees in Minnesota Told to Get a New Name

The new sign was flapping in the wind at the 7th Street Tavern in St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly a Champps until its new owner since February told franchisees to stop using the brand.

A Gifted Greg Tanner Retires—sorta

MFV, organizers of franchise trade shows, threw a surprise party at the International Franchise Expo’s exhibitors’ party to celebrate Greg Tanner’s retirement from Aaron’s.

Discovering Global Markets—such as Germany

If you can make it in Germany, you can make it anywhere in Europe. Which doesn’t mean Germany is an easy market for franchises: It’s not.

MFHA Presents Cultural Intelligence Conference

The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance will present its Cultural Intelligence Conference June 25-26 at Bob Evans Farms in New Albany, Ohio.

Drive-thru's a Hit for Which Wich, with Plans to Add More

A test of a drive-thru at Which Wich is a hit, so much so that the sandwich chain is looking to add two more drib-thru locations this year and more after that.

Genghis Grill near Vegas Aids Shooting Victim's Family

Genghis Grill staffers in Henderson, Nevada, were reeling after a tragedy at a Las Vegas Walmart June 8, and found a measure of piece this week by holding a fundraiser for shooting victim Joseph Wilcox.

Franchise Growth Expected to Accelerate

The franchise sector is expected to grow at its fastest rate in five years, according to a pair of reports released today by the franchise information firm Frandata and IHS Global Insight. The primary reason: an improved lending environment.

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