The Doughnut Wars Begin

Libby Nelson writes in the New York Times that over the weekend, 12 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn underwent a transformation, emerging Monday morning as the first New York City locations of Tim Hortons, a Canadian chain that sells coffee and baked goods. The Riese Organization, which owns the stores, recently ended its affiliation with Dunkin’ Donuts, hoping that another franchise would produce better profits.

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South Asian American Franchisees Gather and Discuss Business Practices

Don Sneigowski of Blue MauMau covers a meeting in Nashville, TN of thousands of Asian American entrepreneurs and professionals with roots from the southern part of India’s state of Gujarat are gathered together to discuss business, review pending legislative bills of concern to the community and to celebrate culture.

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Tim Hortons and Cold Stone: Co-Branding Strategies

Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery have co-branded nearly 50 restaurant locations in the U.S. and Canada this year and are continuing to expand the partnership, which grew from a chance meeting between the company CEOs in early 2008. BusinessWeek columnist Steve McKee asked Dan Beem, Cold Stone’s president, and David Clanachan, Tim Hortons’ chief operations officer, to explain why they did it and how it has worked. Edited excerpts of the interviews follow.

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Riese, Dunkin’ Donuts Divorce Long Time Coming

Lisa Fickenscher writes in Crain’s New York that there is no love lost between Dunkin’ Donuts and fast food king Dennis Riese, who will close all 13 of his doughnut shops Friday night and replace them on Monday with a Canadian brand, Tim Hortons eateries, as reported by Crain’s on Thursday.

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Starbucks Debuts New Food Items

Lisa Jennings of Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Starbucks Corp.’s new food menu rolled out on Tuesday with a new line of baked goods, a new smoothie and a salad designed to appeal to health-conscious customers.

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Negotiating Lower Rent For Your Business

Real estate attorney Gary O’Brien explains how commercial tenants can leverage the current economic environment to renegotiate their lease and save significant money in this article from JD Supra.

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