Franchisee Attorney Zarco Featured in ‘How’d You Get So Rich’

Blue MauMau Franchisee attorney Robert Zarco has never shied away from the limelight when fighting for the rights of the hardworking “little guy” in court, but most recently the light shone directly on him in a new television reality-based show called “How’d You Get So Rich?” The program, hosted by comedienne Joan Rivers on TV Land Prime, premiered August 5 and featured the rags-to-riches story of Zarco and others who pursued and made millions living the American dream.

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Sonic Boom in the Northeast

Sonic is making its move as a truly national chain with the opening of its first drive-in in Massachusetts, the 41st state for the chain’s stores, according to a story in The Patriot Ledger. The store in Peabody is the first of at least 20 Sonics franchisees Gina and Gregg Monastiero plan to open in the next five years or so. Another franchisee is working on plans to open at least three restaurants in Connecticut, and a franchisee in New York has plans for several in that state.

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BU Students Find Lecture Was Setup for New McDonald’s Ad

Johnny Diaz writes in The Boston Globe that this summer, some Boston University students thought they were attending a morning lecture by a renowned cultural anthropologist in an advertising class. But the 14 students unknowingly became stars in a new McDonald’s TV commercial for iced and hot coffees, which will begin airing nationwide on Sept. 1.

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Starbucks 101: What is VIA?

Cindy Tickle the Starbucks Examiner at Examiner.com writes that soon your Starbucks coffee will come in an instant – literally. Now, you can with Starbucks VIA Ready Brew coming to Starbucks stores nationwide this fall. VIA is Starbucks foray into the world of instant coffee. Yes, that’s right…Starbucks and instant coffee are being used in the same sentence.

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Teavana Leading National Surge in Specialty Tea Shops

Lisa R. Schoolcraft of the Atlanta Business Chronicle writes that when Teavana Corp. CEO Andrew Mack reads his tea leaves, he sees growth for his chain of retail specialty tea stores. Founded in Atlanta in 1997, Teavana currently has 110 stores, predominantly based in malls, in 33 states and 10 in Mexico, including 25 that opened this year.

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N.Y. Releases Revised Guidance on Franchisor Reporting Law

New York State enacted legislation requiring all franchisors having franchisees within the state to file annual information returns with the State Department of Taxation and Finance, reporting the gross sales of each franchisee within the state, as well as the sales by the franchisor to the franchisee and any franchisee income reported to the franchisor. The franchisor must also report such information to the relevant New York franchisees.

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Stop & Shop Closing 43 In-store Starbucks

Jon Chesto writes in the Patriot Ledger that Stop & Shop and its Giant Food affiliate are shutting down nearly half of their in-store Starbucks kiosks. “It was a business decision we arrived at with Starbucks,” said Faith Weiner, a spokeswoman for Quincy-based Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. “We did a business review together, and we decided these kiosks were not performing at levels that were acceptable and would allow them to continue to operate.”

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Legislative Update from the CFA – Summer Recess 2009

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) which DDIFO is a member of has also been active. A number of high priority CFA issues been reintroduced in the 111th US Congress including the Employee Free Choice Act (“Card Check”), the Arbitration Fairness Act and the Credit Card Fair Fee Act.

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New ID theft regs get better reviews

Jim O’Sullivan/State House News Service writes at Wicked Local Arlington that, after employers called an earlier round of regulations aimed at preventing identity theft too harsh, the Patrick administration on Monday released a rewritten set of data protection rules that earned markedly better reviews from business groups.

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Grassroots Efforts Needed on Health Care Reform

The U.S. Congress and Obama administration have made passing comprehensive healthcare reform their top priority. All versions of the bill that have been presented by the Senate and House to this point would require employers to pay for healthcare in some form or fashion. One Senate version has employers paying at least 60% of premiums or a $750 fine per year PER EMPLOYEE. A House version requires a minimum contribution of 72.5% or a fine of 8% of average wages!

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