Trans Fat Banned in Boston!

Stephen Smith, reports on Boston.com that Boston health regulators today unanimously approved a ban on artery-clogging trans fat in restaurants and grocery stores. Boston joins a growing number of cities, including New York, Philadelphia and Brookline, in banning the food ingredient, commonly found in french fries, donuts and other fried foods. Trans fat have been …

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New Law Restricts Retailers from Charging Gift Card Fees

Naomi R. Kooker reports in the Boston Business Journal that according to a new law that was signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today, gift card sellers cannot impose certain late or administrative fees. Under the law, if Mass. retailers impose certain fees they’ll be slapped with a $300 fine. The law also changed the …

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IFA Announces Rhode Island Franchising Day

Legislation improving the Fair Dealership Law will be the focus of Rhode Island Franchising Day, March 19, in Providence. Strong support from Rhode Island businesses will be critical in making the state a better place for franchising. The International Franchise Association event will begin at 1:30 p.m., at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, with …

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Entrepreneurs in New England find franchising a promising venue for growth

Steve Adams of the Brockton Enterprise reports that giving up the relative security of the corporate world for the uncertainties of entrepreneurship, Gina Guglielmi was looking for structure and guidance. Instead of starting her own business from scratch, Guglielmi bought a franchise from Wallingford, Conn.-based Edible Arrangements. “With my marketing background, I saw how expensive …

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Au Bon Pain under new ownership!

Jon Chesto of Gatehouse News Service reports today that a private equity firm has signed a deal to buy a majority stake in Au Bon Pain in a move that should help fuel the South Boston franchise cafe chain’s growth plans. LNK Partners of White Plains, N.Y., and LNK affiliates plan to invest more than …

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Vapiano Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Deal in Massachusetts

Vapiano, named the “Future of Fresh Casual” by Foodservice Europe, secured its first franchisee in Massachusetts this month. The new franchisee will develop three Vapiano restaurants in the greater Boston area and expects to open his first restaurant by early 2009.“Vapiano has been very successful around the world and continues to gain momentum here in …

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