Franchises

LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-food guru digs philanthropy

August 17, 2011
Mason King
LQ Brown watch vidfeoWhat formative experience helped inspire a Taco Bell franchisee to donate well over $1 million to youth charities? What was his biggest bonehead mistake in business? Charlie Brown has answers.
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Steak n Shake reports higher same-store sales

August 15, 2011
Same-store sales grew during the fiscal third quarter 4.9 percent, helping revenue during the three-month period climb 4.5 percent, to $165.2 million.
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A few restaurants close as other eateries, retailers plan growthRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among the casualties is the downtown restaurant Hue and Carmel's The Glass Chimney. El Rodeo, Eggshell Bistro and Hotcakes Emporium are among those opening locations in the area.
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Massage franchise expanding Indiana presence

July 13, 2011
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Massage Envy plans to open nine new locations in Indiana in the next year. Five of those should be in the Indianapolis area.
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Frozen yogurt hot item on local retail sceneRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Frozen yogurt businesses are sprouting up all over the Indianapolis area, with owners hoping to cash in on the public’s appetite for what they perceive as a healthy treat.
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Noble Roman's first-quarter profit, revenue tick up

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Revenue at Noble Roman's Inc. inched up in the first quarter as the Indianapolis-based franchisor continued to grow its take-and-bake pizza operation in grocery stores.
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J.D. Byrider sold to private equity firm

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based used-car chain has been acquired by Altamont Capital Partners near San Francisco, in a deal Byrider executives say will give the franchisor the necessary capital to grow.
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Insurer coveted by Biglari sold to another firm

April 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Steak n Shake's parent company, Biglari Holdings, twice tried to acquire Fremont Michigan Insuracorp Inc. before the insurer agreed to be sold to Michigan-based Auto Club Insurance Association. Biglari, which owns nearly 10 percent of the insurer's shares, nevertheless was a winner in the sale.
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New York firm wins Steak n Shake ad account

March 29, 2011
Indianapolis-based restaurant chain selects Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners as agency of record for its $18 million advertising account, ending about two years of uncertainty surrounding its marketing efforts.
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Annual profit, revenue shrink for Noble Roman's

March 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based pizza franchisor saw declining results from its restaurants, but got a boost from its growing line of take-and-bake products.
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Retail chain Family Leisure finding new identityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
Recreational product superstore Family Leisure changed its name from Watson's two years ago, but it could take years before the company led by Kevin Prefontaine builds the kind of brand equity tied up in the old name.
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Blockbuster selling movie-rental chain to creditors

February 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankrupt chain will immediately close 609 stores. The company declined to comment on whether any of the 20-some stores in the Indianapolis area will be among the casualties.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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New rules rile Steak n Shake franchiseesRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Franchise owners of Steak n Shake restaurants are revolting against parent company Biglari Holdings Inc. just as the chain plans a nationwide expansion fueled by franchising.
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INSIDE DISH: Squealers goes whole hog on franchising

February 4, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Squealers_watch_videoJeff Yater has ushered his meat-lovers concept from the barbecue competition circuit to two Indy-area restaurants. Now he wants to recruit wannabe franchisees with $500,000 and a passion for chicken, beef and pork.
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Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchisees reopening stores

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
As a new owner revamps the Ritter's business plan, at least four of the frozen custard stands in the area have either opened or are set to reopen in the same locations where they previously operated.
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Lego plans first Indiana store for Castleton Square

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The roughly 1,200-square-foot shop is scheduled to open in late March or early April.
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Marion, Ind., chain balloons to 620 mobile-phone storesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chain’s growth got a boost last year when it landed a deal to operate 164 cellular shops inside HHGregg stores.
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Ricker rebranding 17 Indianapolis convenience stores

December 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
Anderson-based Ricker Oil Co. is changing the name on the ampm shops, which it acquired in 2008 from a division of oil giant BP, to match the remainder of its 50 Indiana stores.
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Retailers scout new Indy-area locations

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Several restaurants, including three pizza chains, and an adult-oriented retail store are planning new locations around the city.
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Longtime local Cadillac dealer loses fight to sell car

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Tutwiler Cadillac, which has sold Cadillacs in the Indianapolis area for almost five decades, has lost its franchise despite a long battle with General Motors.
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Steak n Shake's annual profit sizzles

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain grew pretax profit in fiscal 2010 to $37.7 million, a 331-percent increase compared with the previous fiscal year.
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Noble Roman's expanding grocery-product line

November 24, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The pizza franchisor will begin offering pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, cheesy bread sticks, cheese dip and a deep-dish lasagna dish to grocery stores to supplement franchise revenue.
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Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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Noble Roman's reports loss

November 11, 2010
Costs related to discontinued operations prompted the loss for Noble Roman’s, which is shelving its traditional store model in favor of offering its products in convenience and grocery stores.
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