DCP Merger Means Cost Savings

The chief executive of the new National DCP (NDCP) is not someone who makes promises easily. But, Kevin Bruce is confident of his promise that Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners will see lower prices between now and end of June—and then again at every six month interval until December 2014. “We’re confident that through our initiatives that we will reduce prices to our members for the next three years as spelled out in the agreement,” said Bruce, who noted how just saying that was such a “good feeling”.

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Independent Franchisee Associations Grow

Stan Turkel posts at BlueMauMau that Experts estimate that there are 300 to 400 independent organized groups of franchisees, which are increasing. Julie Bennett of Franchise Times reports in the September issue that they range from “giants like the North American Association of Subway Franchisees serving almost 24,000 domestic units and run by a professional staff in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Expetec… an association of 24 franchisees.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts Cracks Down on Franchisees

Eric Convey, the Managing Editor of the Boston Business Journal, reports that Dunkin’ Donuts .. Wednesday sued a handful of franchisees in the Hudson Valley of New York and Western Massachusetts, alleging they violated requirements that they remodel their restaurants according to the company’s guidelines.

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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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Frozen Doughnuts Day in Court

Christine Dobby of the Financial Post reports that Doughnuts are an emotional food for Canadians. When Tim Hortons Inc. made a franchise-wide decision to ditch fresh-baked methods in favour of microwaving pre-cooked baked goods in-store, many people took it hard. Even company co-founder Ron Joyce, who sold the majority of his stake in the company in…

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Massachusetts Legislature Hears Fair Franchising Bill

On June 29, 2011 members of the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses— representing the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives—heard testimony on a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) to amend the General Laws of the Commonwealth to benefit franchisees.

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Little Agreement as State Considers Franchise Rules

Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe reports the state’s franchise industry is coming under scrutiny on Beacon Hill as lawmakers consider two bills that would further regulate franchise agreements and more clearly define the relationship between local franchise owners and their parent companies. The bills, which will be the subject of legislative hearings today, have…

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