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25 Worst Franchises to Buy, 2011

A just shuttered Quiznos franchise among many in Kentucky
The scattered remains of a Quiznos franchise in Kentucky. photo/bmm

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Some of the perennial worst franchises to buy — hoagie sandwich shops, ice cream stops, and auto repair garages — dominate this year's list. The recession has only helped their failure rates climb.

Marble Slab Creamery Gains Guam Based Aussie Market Investor

GFGGuam’s Metico Pacific and US chain Marble Slab Creamery plan 30 stores in Australia. Marble Slab owner, Global Franchise Group, have a large investment portfolio including Wetzel's Pretzels and giant loser, Quizno's.

NexCen Sells Franchises to Private Equity Firm Affiliate

NexCen, which has been in the news for some time for getting into deep financial difficulty over an accelerated-redemption payment connected with its acquisition of the Great American Cookies, a

Interview: NexCen Speaks about Its Franchises

NEW YORK CITY —In part two of this three-part series, NexCen Brands' CEO, Ken Hall, and Chris Dull, the president of the firm's franchising arm, NexCen Franchise Management, are interviewed by Blue MauMau on how the firm is supporting its 1,700 franchisees during this time of financial distress for the franchisor.

CEO Ken Hall Speaks on the Turnaround of NexCen Brands

NEW YORK CITY —From Nov 2006 through Jan 2008 NexCen went on a buying spree, starting with The Athlete's Foot (TAF), altogether acquiring nine brands in 14 months. In the end, NexCen bit off more than it could chew.