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News and events that center around the selling and granting of franchise licenses

Franchisees Share What They Wish They Had Known before Buying Their Franchise

Four franchisees recently formed a panel to discuss what they wish they had known before they bought their franchise. All agreed that staffing, managing and retaining employees was a key challenge. They also agreed that they didn't regret their decision to buy a franchise and were happy to be running their own businesses.

How U.S. Policies Promoted Fast Food Franchises over Other Businesses

U.S. government policies and American demographics have had an important influence in encouraging fast food franchise ownership over other kinds of business ownership in poorer, ethnic neighborhoods, according to a new book, Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help.

A&W Finds Major Unit Growth in Convenience Stores

A&W is revving up a major part of its growth through more convenience store locations. For the first time in more than 10 years, the chain, which was bought from Yum! Brands by a group of its franchisees back in 2011, is reporting positive unit growth.

Interview with One of the Few U.S. Starbucks Licensees

John Betz, who does business in Atlantic City and the broader New Jersey-Pennsylvania area, once had 11 Auntie Anne's franchise locations, which were all sold years ago. Now his company is one of less than a hundred Starbucks licensees in the U.S.

Franchisee Forfeits 31 Jack in the Box Locations to Franchisor

Thirty-one franchise Jack in the Box restaurants in central and east Texas, owned by Bernie Morrissey of J&D Restaurant Group LLC, have temporarily closed. They will reopen by the end of the month as corporate-owned restaurants.

Cocky Franchisor Goes to Jail, Emerges with Altered Outlook

Pat Swisher founded Swisher Hygiene back in 1983, a company that specialized in hygiene for commercial restrooms. The franchise chain thrived, as did Swisher's self-described big ego. But he was in for a fall, brought about by running afoul of the IRS. In 2002 he was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year stretch in prison.

A&W Experiencing Unit Growth in U.S. for First Time in Years

A&W units have been sliding in numbers in the U.S. since the recession, but this year marks a welcome turnaround. The chain has been franchisee-run since 2011.

McDonald's Offers to Pay Most of Franchisees' Extensive Remodeling Costs

McDonald's is determined to regain customers it has lost to rivals by banking on extensive changes, including expensive restaurant upgrades. To get its U.S. franchisees on board the costly program, it is sweetening the deal by telling them, in writing, it will pay most of the expenses.

Multiple-Unit Franchisees Who Also Run Multiple Brands

Running a successful franchise business takes persistent diligence, running multi-units adds to responsibilities, and adding multiple brands on top of that complicates matters even further. Who are some of these hard-working people and what are the brands that they have under their wings?

It Costs Next to Nothing to Become a Chick-fil-A Franchisee

While $10,000 is hardly nothing, it's next to nothing compared to what it costs to open a franchise restaurant in other chains, successful or unsuccessful. But down the road Chick-fil-A's fees and other franchisee expenses, such as rent, are higher than at most other chains, and franchise owners are generally restricted to operating just one unit.