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Franchisees Leave Coffee News in Mass Exodus

Source: Franchise Disclosure Doc. Item 20, End of year 2008 - 2012

BANGOR, Maine – Franchising since 1994, Coffee News is experiencing a free fall in the number of its franchise owners. The chain has declined in franchise units by 31 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to its latest Franchise Disclosure Document.

Francorp Did Practice Law without License in JitterSwing

ST. CHARLES, Missouri – A circuit court ruled last December that Francorp development firm did give Jitterswing, Inc. legal services and advice in preparing its franchise offering circular and franchise agreement, although it did not have a license to practice law in Missouri.

Hertz to Spin Off Equipment Rental Business

A 2013 Mustang convertible car rented through Thrifty in Massachusetts
A 2013 Mustang convertible car rented through Thrifty in Massachusetts. Photo/Michael Kappel

NAPLES, Fla. – The Hertz Corporation announced on Tuesday that it will separate into two publicly traded companies – a car rental corporation and an equipment rental concern.

Elderly Couple Booted Out of McDonald's

Carl Becker, 87, and his wife Barbara, 81, of Rixeyville, Virginia, were enjoying their customary light meal at the Culpeper McDonald's when they were, according to them, treated rudely by an employee, then asked by the manager to leave.

Fraudster Instant Tax Service Turns into Great Tax LLC

Instant Tax Service sign in an American Midwest city. Photo by Blue MauMau
Instant Tax Service sign. Photo by BMM

DAYTON, Ohio – A district judge ruled that the evidence of fraud and deception perpetrated by Instant Tax Services CEO Fesum Ogbazion was so overwhelming that he and his company were permanently barred from the tax-return preparation business. He said his order "is necessary to protect the public and the Treasury."

Using a Drone in Servicing Hotels

Joe Smith of FreeHotelCoupons.com pilots a drone from his iPhone
Joe Smith pilots his drone from an iPhone

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—There is lot of buzz about using drones commercially. Could restaurant owners use it as a cheaper delivery system? Could hoteliers use drone services?

Blockbuster Demise Gives Franchises Shot at Prime Retail Space

Blockbuster StorefrontBanner_6X Announcing that it was closing its remaining Blockbuster U.S. locations, Dish Network has signaled the end of an era. Blockbuster’s demise seems to be having a positive effect for some franchisees, giving them the opportunity for prime retail space.

Franchisees Sue CEO Shelly Sun, BrightStar over Alleged Broken Promises

Shelly Sun before and after being in costume for Undercover Boss
Pictured before and after assuming a disguise, CEO Shelly Sun is known to the public for her appearance in the tv show Undercover Boss. Photos from BrightStar Care

PHOENIX – Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, has been in the limelight in recent years for her many accomplishments in franchising.

RE/MAX Rings NYSE Bell

Re/Max officers and board members ring the opening bell to the NYSE on Nov 12
photo by Re/Max

DENVER—Executives of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX), the world's largest franchisor of real estate brokerage franchises, celebrated the company's October initial public offering today.

Roots of Franchising Shaped from a Hair Salon Chain

Gary Robins, who owns 41 Supercuts salons through Philadelphia and Delaware, speaks to National Public Radio about owning franchises and why he thought owning haircut shops made sense.