La Madeleine French Country Café debuted a franchise program Monday, the first in the Dallas-based bakery-café concept’s 28-year history. The first prototype in the franchise program will open in late October in Dallas’ NorthPark Mall, with several more new units planned, the company said. “It’s a terrific time [to start franchising],” said Phil Costner, who recently was named president and chief operating officer of La Madeleine. ...

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