New Dunkin’ Redesign Rolls Out

When franchisee David McNulty opened the newly redesigned Dunkin’ Donuts on busy North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Fla., he wondered how customers would respond to the brand’s updated look and layout. The former KFC location had been completely gutted and replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts’ sophisticated and mellow “Fresh Brew” makeover. Instead of a grab-and-go…

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Maine Fair Franchising Bill Back On For Another Hearing

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, pending in the Maine Legislature since early in 2013, is back on the schedule for another important hearing before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the State Capital in Augusta.  The bill, filed by Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast), is identified as…

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NYC Council Adopts Polystyrene Foam Ban

Subject to the proverbial “study”, the New York City Council last week passed an ordinance setting up the likely ban of polystyrene foam throughout the nation’s largest city.  The bill allows lawmakers to ban styrofoam if the Sanitation Department finds after a year-long study that it can’t be recycled effectively.  The objectivity of the study…

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Atlanta Meeting Rescheduled For Late January, date to be confirmed

We reported to you last week we were scheduling a member’s meeting in January for the Greater Atlanta market and we’re expecting to confirm very soon that the meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel.  We regret that we haven’t been able to confirm all the details for you yet, but…

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Richmond Meeting Cancelled

DDIFO’s previously announced member’s meeting in Richmond, VA and scheduled for January 15 has been cancelled in light of a conflicting DAC meeting just announced last week, but also being held on January 15.  If there is sufficient interest, we will look at other possible dates in the future when we may be able to…

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DDIFO Has Moved To New Offices

DDIFO has moved from its long-time office home above the warehouse at the National DCP facility in Bellingham, MA to new offices just off Centennial Park in Peabody, MA.  Please note our new mailing address is: DDIFO, Inc., 10 First Avenue, Suite 20, Peabody, MA 01960. In addition, we have new telephone numbers with dedicated…

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Hearing Held/Franchise Owner Points Well Received

The Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly held their hearing this week on HB 1620, a fair franchising proposal sponsored by state representative Peter Dailey, a former Quiznos franchisee.  About 2 dozen franchisees from a broad array of brands listened as DDIFO and CFA Chairman Keith Miller supported passage of the initiative.  As…

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More Minimum Wage Movement

Massachusetts’ State Senate this week overwhelmingly passed a measure that would increase the state minimum wage to the highest level in the country by 2016!  The bill would hike the current $8 wage by $1 on July 1st for the next 3 years, culminating at $11/hour in July 2016.  The bill also increases the current…

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“Charbucks” Beats Starbucks In Appeals Court Decision

A family-owned New Hampshire coffee roaster has prevailed in an 11 year old case of alleged trademark violation.  In Starbucks Corp et al v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee d/b/a Black Bear Micro Roastery, the New York based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Starbucks failed to prove that consumers would be confused by a…

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