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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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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