Hotel Owners Group to Terminate Choice Hotels

Don Sniegowski at Blue MauMau reports that in a turn of events, angry franchisees are terminating a franchisor. The Asian American Hotel Owners Association has informed Choice Hotels that the nefarious franchisor will be stripped of its membership unless long outstanding grievances from franchisees can be resolved within the next 90 days.

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Dunkin’ Donuts says Goodbye to Styrofoam cups

Whdh.com reports that those Styrofoam cups made famous by Dunkin’ Donuts might be a thing of the past, according to Dunkin’ officials Friday. The Canton-based company said it’s thinking “green” and hoping to serve their coffee in something more recyclable.

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Papa John’s Sued for Hiding Liability

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau Papa John’s International is defending itself against a lawsuit brought by the purchaser of 84 underperforming franchises, Essential Pizza, Inc. The franchises are a multi-million dollar acquisition between Blackstreet Capital Management and Essential Pizza.

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Franchise Operators Want a ‘Bill of Rights’

Chris Schmitz, board member for the Coalition of Franchisee Associations and president of the Meineke Dealers Association, said franchisees were often contractually obligated to use specific vendors for food and supplies, even when it might be more cost-effective to shop around. When the time comes to sell beef and vegetables for less than a buck, individual franchises are the ones that eat the losses.

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Even more Dunkin’ Donuts to open in R.I.

Can there be even more Dunkin’ Donuts in Rhode Island? Apparently, yes.

A group of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have nabbed up 16 former Tim Hortons locations, but just five will be new doughnut and coffee shops. The others will be leased to non-competing companies.

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Dunkin’ Donuts plan rolls forward in Historic Annapolis

HometownAnnapolis.com reports that a businessman is one step closer to opening a Dunkin’ Donuts store in Annapolis’ uptown district, despite the concerns of the proprietors of two locally owned coffee shops right across the street. The Planning Commission, a city board of seven citizens, OK’d franchisee Todd Lalumiere’s proposal Thursday night at City Hall. The vote was 5-2, with Chairman David DiQuinzio and Commissioner Robert Waldman voting against.

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