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Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 4.3 Percent in 2013

Ace Hardware in Kentucky
photo by bmm

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retail cooperative in which franchisees own the franchisor, has reported its fiscal 2013 revenues.

Former AAHOA Chair Elected Best Western Chairman

Danny Patel in front of one of his Best Western hotel
A Best Western premium property in Vienna, Austria. photo/best western

PHOENIX – Best Western International Inc. announced on Friday that its board of directors has elected Dilipkumar 'Danny' Patel as board chairman.

Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 5.3% in Q2

A mural on an Ace Hardware store
A mural on a North Carolina Ace Hardware store. photo/Gerry Dincher

OAK BROOK, Ill—Still recovering from its revenue peak of 2007, Ace Hardware Corporation, a hardware store cooperative that is owned and directed by its franchisees, had good news to report Wednesday. The chain of 4,121 hardware stores saw same store sales up by 5.3 percent for its second quarter.

Franchisees Trust Co-ops and Democracy More

ITHACA, N.Y. — In this final piece of a two-part series, Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, surmises that franchisee associations must support their members' right to assemble and speak, that cooperatives are great instruments for franchise systems, and that democratically elected leaders are important in incorporating sub-groups.

Dunkin’, Franchisee-Owned Supply Chain Call New Deal Win-Win

Massachusetts-based distribution and supply chain center owned by Dunkin' franchisees
CEO Bruce at a franchisee-owned distribution center, photo/DCP

BELLINGHAM, Mass. — "The value to the franchisee community is immense and cannot be understated." Those words from a long-time Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner only begin to describe the historic impact of the recent deal, which created a national franchisee-owned distribution cooperative—the National DCP—and spawned a new agreement with franchisor Dunkin' Brands (DBI).

Associations Make Better Franchises

Justin Klein

Justin Klein speaks on why independent franchisee associations are critical

In this new Podcast series, Blue MauMau spends five to ten minutes on key issues facing the franchise industry with top leaders and future game changers.

Court Grants KFC Franchisees Final Authority on Advertising

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Delaware court handed down its final order today granting judgment to the National Council and Advertising Cooperative (NCAC), stating KFC Corporation does not have the sole authority over advertising. 

KFC Franchisees Win Flap over Ad Control!

Thinking of KFC while playing with an iPhone app: fried, not grilled. photo/InCase

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Delaware court has ruled in favor of franchisees and their advertising cooperative against KFC Corporation.

Focus Brands to Acquire Auntie Anne's

photo/Auntie Anne's

ATLANTA - Private-equity firm Roark Capital announced that its company Focus Brands, a buyer of franchise chains, is acquiring Auntie Anne's Inc., the franchising firm of the soft pretzel chain.