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Recovering From Disaster

February 4, 2009 by Cris | 1 Comment


In the summer of 2007, Margaret Cruz learned the importance of planning for emergencies. Her pizzeria, Margarita’s Pizzeria in State College, Pa., was destroyed by a fire.

She was on her way to work when she got the call.

“One of my employee’s dad is a fireman,” Cruz said. “He heard about the fire on the scanner. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

It took Cruz about 10 minutes to drive to the pizzeria. By that time, her business was engulfed in flames.

Experts in disaster prevention recommend that operators like Cruz write an emergency plan to better cope with crime, fires or natural disasters if they occur. Having such a plan in place, they say, is the key to protecting a business and its future.

While no one likes to think about the devastation a disaster can create, fires, earthquakes and tornados do happen. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the number of declared major disasters nearly doubled in the 1990s compared to the previous decade.

“The irony of (emergency planning) is you want to be prepared for something, but it’s not like you want to practice being prepared for it,” said Andrew Hatzis, vice president of operations and training for ADIR Restaurants Inc., master franchisor of fried chicken restaurant Pollo Campero. “You want to be prepared for something, but at the same time, you hope it’s never something that happens to you.”

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Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe To Expand In Orange County

February 4, 2009 by Cris | 0 Comments

Chain Leader:

Sandella’s Development Agent Marc Hughston and franchisee Sudhir Kumar have each signed leases in Orange County, California that will bring two new stores to the West Coast. Sandella’s Flatbread Café is the largest flatbread concept in the world with more than 130 locations and opened its first California location a few months ago. Each healthy and delicious menu item is based around its famous flatbread. Sandella’s currently has more than 400 restaurants in development across the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.

The first new location is in Aliso Viejo, California and can be found at the Park Plaza in Aliso Viejo Town Center on Aliso Creek Road. The spot is between Fatburger and Golden Spoon, only a few feet away from Barnes and Noble. This store is set to open in early April or sooner. The second Orange County location will also open in April and can be found in downtown Anaheim on the corner of Center Street Promenade and Anaheim Blvd, directly across the street from City Hall.

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Vapiano Franchisee Signs Lease In Dallas

February 3, 2009 by Mark | 0 Comments

Vapiano area developer and franchisee, Tim McCallum of McCallum holdings, will open the first of his 10 restaurants at Mockingbird Station in Dallas, Texas. The innovative fresh casual restaurant and lounge will fit perfectly in the upscale center found at 5319 Mockingbird lane off of the 75 Central Expressway.

McCallum has developed a solid business and management plan and has rights to develop the areas in and surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas for the next nine years. With plans to see the first store open by April 2009, he hopes to open his second location by April of 2010 and subsequent locations soon after. McCallum also has the option of expanding Vapiano in other major metro areas throughout Texas including prime territory in Austin and San Antonio.

“Our first Vapiano location is going to be incredible,” says McCallum. “People in Dallas appreciate unique upscale food, but they appreciate a great value as well. Vapiano offers an upscale restaurant and dining experience at a fair and reasonable price, especially compared to typical restaurants in the Dallas area. I know it’s going to be a perfect fit.”

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Masala Bowl Indian Café Opens In Plano

February 3, 2009 by Mark | 2 Comments

Mayor Pat Evans of Plano, Texas, the new franchisee Prashanthi Reddy, Raj Gudapati, President of Masala Bowl and Marzi Mody, Executive Vice President of Masala Bowl along with guests and other members of the Plano Chamber of Commerce used a pair of large scissors to ceremonially cut the ribbon January 15 officially opening the Masala Bowl Indian café franchise in Plano, Texas.

The Reddys were presented with a welcome speech from the Plano Mayor Ms. Pat Evans, a plaque from the local Chamber of Commerce and a plaque from Raj Gudapati, President of Masala Bowl, on behalf of the corporate team. Prashanthi, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in commerce, has also bought the rights for Master Development for the State of Texas.

As a franchise, Masala Bowl Indian Café is an Indian fast casual restaurant concept that serves a wide variety of authentic, flavorful Indian dishes at a great value without compromising taste.

Their menu includes the World Famous Biryani as well as the highly popular “Signature 7 Curries” that they boast. Also on the menu are wraps and Masala Tacos together with Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Kebab and Masala Fish Filet, as are family meals and a Kids Menu. The Plano Masala Bowl is the fourth of its kind to be opened in the US and the first in Texas.

The first was opened in Tustin three years ago, followed by the Irvine Masala Bowl which opened its doors in 2007. Chino Hills, which is next door to Diamond Bar, was chosen as a favorable location for the third location in 2008 and also happens to be the Corporate and training store. On being asked by the Mayor and other members of the Chamber that why Plano was chosen in Texas, Marzi Mody, Executive Vice President of Masala Bowl responded “Plano is the most desirable city to live in and also it is surrounded by new developing areas and it has a very good mix of ethnic as well as mainstream clientele”. More.

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Ovenclean: Invest Today In A Brighter Future

February 3, 2009 by Mark | 0 Comments

The Franchise Magazine:

An affordable opportunity to create a successful and profitable business with the leading domestic oven cleaning brand.

· Regular, repeat income

· Simple to manage business

· Low overheads

· Massive, virtually untapped marketplace

· Unique environmentally friendly cleaning system

· Fully equipped mobile work station

· Exclusive territory

· Ongoing business development support

· Full technical training

· Dedicated 24/7 National Call Centre

Only £14,995 +VAT

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Zpizza Will Come To Seattle With Multi Unit Deal

February 3, 2009 by Mark | 0 Comments

zpizza has finalized a contract with franchisee, Ritu Shah-Burnham, to open three new restaurants in Seattle, Washington. The Southern California-based gourmet pizza chain has built a powerful presence across the United States, earning it the prestigious title of 2008 Pizza Chain of the Year from Pizza Market Quarterly Magazine. zpizza currently has 87 open stores and continues its impressive expansion with 400 more locations in development across the U.S., the Middle East and Mexico.

Ritu is currently focusing on finding real estate in downtown Seattle and plans to target North Seattle and Bellevue for her next two locations. She hopes to open her first location in the summer of 2009 and to have all three up and running by 2012.

“People in Seattle are very specific about food,” says Ritu. “I’m from the Midwest and walking into the grocery stores here made my mouth drop open. Everyone wants organic food with no chemicals – it’s just a staple here. zpizza will fit into the Seattle food scene perfectly with its organic flexible menu.”

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Order Up!

February 3, 2009 by Mark | 0 Comments

Youngstown Vindicator:

Area Denny’s restaurants have extra eggs and servers on hand today as they prepare to give away free meals to all customers.

The restaurant chain used the biggest marketing stage in the world — a Super Bowl ad — to invite everyone to a free Grand Slam breakfast from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

“We’re expecting lines out the door the whole time,” said Penny McCormick, assistant manager at the Denny’s in Boardman.
So many people are expected that she doesn’t think everyone will get seated by 2 p.m. In that case, each restaurant will issue up to 500 rain checks.

Jeff Richards of Austintown, who owns the local Denny’s restaurants, said more than 1,000 customers are expected at each restaurant in those eight hours. Each restaurant seats about 150.

Lois Colasante, manager of the Austintown Denny’s, said the phone rang constantly Monday from people asking if what they heard on the commercial was true.

Yes, it is true. Everyone can receive the original Grand Slam — two eggs, two pancakes, two sausages and two strips of bacon. It’s a $5.99 value. No carryouts are allowed.

The callers seemed excited when the details were described, Colasante said.

“We’re expecting to get killed. It’s going to be great,” she said.

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Marrybrown Targets 90 Outlets In The Middle East

February 3, 2009 by Cris | 0 Comments

Malaysia Star:

Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd will have between 80 and 90 fast-food restaurants in the Middle East by year-end compared with 47 currently.

Managing director Nancy Liew said despite the uncertain global economy, countries in the region still offered good franchising business prospects.

She said the number of the group’s franchised outlets there would increase to at least 80 by year-end.

“The Middle East has one of the fastest growing economies in the world with disposal income levels generally much higher than other regions,’’ Liew told StarBiz in an interview recently.

She was speaking at the launch of the Prosperity Combo meal in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.

Presently, Marrybrown’s Middle Eastern outlets are in Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates.

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First Canadian Glass Doctor Franchise Opens

February 3, 2009 by Cris | 0 Comments

Franchise Wire:

Glass Doctor is proud to announce the grand opening of its first Canadian franchise, Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes. The franchise owned by Joe and Wendy Barrieau and Brian Stephens is located in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

“We’re pleased to be a part of Glass Doctor, we know it will help us expand our business,” Joe Barrieu said. “We’ve had experience with auto glass at our body shop, and now we are able to offer home and business services as well.”

Upon purchasing the franchise territory last September, Joe and Wendy attended the most in-depth training in the glass services industry, a 10-day training course on the latest glass repair technology, customer service techniques and marketing methods at the Glass Doctor University Training Center in Waco. Brian Stephens joined the team as outside sales manager and attended training in November.

“We believe Glass Doctor is a premier choice for full-service glass repair and replacement in the United States, and now we are pleased to be able to offer our services in Canada,” said Mark Dawson, president of Glass Doctor. “We’re delighted Joe and Wendy have joined our franchise team, and we believe their business will be successful because we all operate under the same core values.”

Glass Doctor plans to open another franchise in Ontario this spring. The company expects to add as many as 10 Canadian franchises in 2009. Franchise territory is available in Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

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Baskin-Robbins Wants 60 New Stores In ATL

February 3, 2009 by Cris | 1 Comment

Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins plan to expand its franchise base in Atlanta with 60 new stores over the next several years.

The move is part of the Canton, Mass.-based company’s push to double its U.S. presence. Baskin-Robbins opened more than 600 stores around the world in 2008 and has a total of more than 2,700 stores in the United States, including four locations in metro Atlanta and 35 stores across Georgia.

“As the Baskin-Robbins brand continues to develop in Atlanta, we’re now looking for large area developers in the metro Atlanta area with strong financial backgrounds, a passion for their local communities and a desire to manage multiple stores,” said Salman Siddiqui, vice president of franchising and development for Baskin-Robbins, in a statement.

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