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Canadian food service franchise system Pita Pit is celebrating 20 years of business. Last month, the company gathered its global team to celebrate.
Food service franchise system Dairy Queen held its Miracle Treat Day on August 13 to support the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
In the first fiscal quarter of each new year, it is prudent for franchisees to prepare a profitability plan for the coming months, especially with respect to your sales and marketing endeavours. Doing so can give you a notable edge on your competition, particularly given the extraordinary number of business owners out there who do not bother with this strategic tool.

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Steve Gill, a computer programming graduate from the University of Toronto (U of T), was working as a software consultant in the U.S. when he fell in love with Mexican food.

Franchise Express The Legal Corner
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled against a claim by Canadian automotive dealerships that their franchisor and U.S. parent company owed them a duty of good faith and fair dealing. According to McCarthy Tetrault lawyers Helen Fotinos, Sam Khajeei and Adam Ship, the owners of Addison Chevrolet Buick GMC, were franchisees of General Motors (GM) of Canada, whose shares had been transferred into General Motors Company (New GM) when General Motors Corporation (Old GM) went into bankruptcy reorganization.
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September 12–13, 2015

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October 17–18, 2015
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Edmonton Expo Centre – Edmonton, AB
October 3–4, 2015

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Telus Convention Centre – Calgary, AB
November 7–8, 2015
Franchise Buzz
The Melting Pot has partnered with commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Grub Knight Frank (NGKF) to help the franchise’s fondue restaurant chain expand internationally.
Frozen yogurt franchise system Pinkberry held its grand opening for its first Ontario franchise at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga yesterday. Read More
Workout Anytime, a 24-7 fitness franchise system, has hired Mark de Gorter as chief operating officer (COO) in an effort to further growth. The company hopes to reach 100 gyms by the end of 2015.
In-home senior care franchise system Home Care Assistance has opened a new office in Kitchener, Ont., 107th in North America.
Driverseat, a franchise system providing designated drivers for bar customers and seniors needing assistance, is crowdfunding an app called MiiRyde.
On July 30, Canadian food service franchise system Hero Certified Burgers opened its first U.S. location in Elmwood Village in Buffalo, N.Y.
Papa John’s Pizza has promoted chief operating officer (COO) Steve Ritchie to president. He will work alongside founder and CEO John Schnatter.
After success with the first Second Cup ’café of the future’ in Toronto, two more opened in July, including one in Montreal owned by franchisee Yana Chlumsky.
FastSigns has reached global revenues of $400 million in the past six months—an all-time high for the sign and graphics franchise system. Fastsigns has also signed 24 new franchise agreements.
Franchise Services of North America (FSNA), franchisor of Rent-a-Wreck, has appointed Steve Brandon of Jackson, Miss., to its board of directors.
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