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Creative Learning Corporation Announces Management Change »

October 24, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, today announced that effective October 22, Richard Nickelson is no longer the Company's Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning commented, "We appreciate the contributions of Mr. Nickelson in his role as Chief Financial and Accounting Officer. We are in active discussions with a number of very strong candidates and look forward to announcing an appointment in the near future."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® and Challenge Island®, offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increased Sales And Earnings For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

October 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop


Consolidated comparable store sales increase 0.8% following a 6.4% increase in the 2013 third quarter
Retail gross margin expands 360 basis points to 43.7% from 40.1% in the 2013 third quarter
Net income of $1.8 million compares to a net loss of $1.4 million in the 2013 third quarter, an increase of $3.2 million
Earnings per diluted share improve to $0.10, or $0.15 excluding $0.05 per diluted share in management transition and store closing expenses

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter and first thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2014...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Partners With Macy's, Inc. To Open Shop-in-Shop Locations For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Five Interactive Shop-in-Shop Locations to be Added Within Leading Macy's Stores
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced a strategic partnership with Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets in anticipation of the 2014 holiday season. Build-A-Bear Workshop® will bring its emotional, interactive retail experience to Macy's rich heritage and storied holiday tradition with the opening of five locations within leading Macy's retail stores including Herald Square in New York City. Build-A-Bear will also be showcased in Macy's famed Santaland® at select stores and will again feature a themed float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®...

The Little Gym Expands Partnership With Nickelodeon To Host Official SpongeBob SquarePants Parties »

October 22, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Little Gym

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - "Are you ready, kids?" "Aye-Aye Captain!" The Little Gym International today announced that children can celebrate their birthdays SpongeBob-style at The Little Gym as the experiential learning and physical development center is introducing "SpongeBob SquarePants"-themed Awesome Birthday Bash parties at participating U.S. locations.
The Little Gym's curriculum for its new "SpongeBob SquarePants" parties, designed for children up to age 12, is being developed by the company in partnership with Nickelodeon. The birthday parties will take children on an undersea adventure inside their local The Little Gym, as children engage with characters like Patrick, Squidward and Mister Krabs in an interactive and imaginative story that gets kids moving, climbing and tumbling through active play...

JumpBunch Partners With Riverhead Parks Department »

October 22, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Holbrook, NY - October 22, 2014 - (PR.com) - JumpBunch of Southeast Long Island, a well-known global sports franchise, is proud to announce that it has expanded its programming into Eastern Long Island by offering children's sports programs through the Parks and Recreation Department of Riverhead, New York.
Jump Bunch owner/operator Winkie Schultz says, "All programs are non-competitive and based upon the love of sports and fitness. By introducing children to a wide variety of sports at a young age, it is our hope that they will continue playing sports throughout their adult lives. Active, healthy and fit kids usually make for active, healthy and fit adults."
JumpBunch Pee Wee clinics are offered at Stotzky Park in Riverhead, New York, during the spring, summer and fall...

The Little Gym® Creates Harmonious Partnership With Kindermusik® »

October 22, 2014 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Programs Led by Licensed Kindermusik Teachers to Begin at The Little Gym in January
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Early music education has been shown to help develop memory and learning skills, so music has always been integrated into classes at The Little Gym, the premiere enrichment and physical development center for children. Beginning in January 2015, The Little Gym will add stand-alone music and movement classes through an exclusive partnership with Kindermusik, the world's leading provider of such classes for young children.
Kindermusik classes at The Little Gym will be offered for children newborn through 4 years, with parents and children participating together through age 2. The 45-minute music classes, which will be taught by Kindermusik educators and The Little Gym Kindermusik-certified instructors, will include Cuddle & Bounce, Sing & Play, Wiggle & Grow, Laugh & Learn, and Move & Groove...

GapKids Launches Limited-Edition Collection With Kate Spade New York And Jack Spade »

October 21, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Continuing Gap's trend of like-minded designer collaborations for GapKids and a first foray for the Kate Spade & Company brands into childrenswear.
NEW YORK - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap is thrilled to launch kate spade new york and Jack Spade for GapKids, a limited-edition girls' and boys' apparel and accessories collection for Holiday 2014. This marks kate spade new york and Jack Spade's first foray into childrenswear as well as the first time the Kate Spade & Company brands will partner together.
Launching in select Gap stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Japan and on gap.com on October 30th, the childrenswear collection, which will be available for two weeks only, embraces child-like imagination with festive and whimsical styles in toddler and kids sizing...

Wade Yarbrough Leaves Corporate America To Purchase Mathnasium »

October 21, 2014 at 8:23AM PDT | Source: Mathnasium Learning Centers

First-time Entrepreneur Blends Roots in Math and Business Ownership
Apex, N.C. (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - Wade Yarbrough grew up in an entrepreneurial environment that valued mathematics - his father owned a business that Yarbrough also worked in, and his mother was a geometry teacher. Now, after spending more than 30 years in corporate America in the health care software industry, he’s ready to take on entrepreneurship himself.
"I wish I had done it 10 years ago," Yarbrough said of his decision to purchase an existing Mathnasium franchise. "My favorite part of business ownership is being able to make all of the decisions regarding the operation of my franchise."
Mathnasium is a math-only education center that teaches grade-schoolers mathematics in a way that makes sense to them...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Timonium »

October 20, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Timonium Set To Open All-Trampoline Park
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // TIMONIUM, Md. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 100 employees for its new park in Timonium, MD. Set to open in November, Sky Zone Timonium will become Maryland's second Sky Zone trampoline park with nearly 16,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 28,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Timonium residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise In India »

October 17, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) ) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a master franchise in India, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz franchises to 36. "With the addition of India, our footprint has expanded, greatly. Abhishek and Neha Rungta of the Rungta group will be leading the development of Bricks 4 Kidz in India," stated Jeff Pappas, Creative Learning Corporation’s Business Development Director. The introduction of Abhishek and Neha Rungta to Bricks 4 Kidz was facilitated by Arunahb Sinha of Franchise India...

Chuck E. Cheese's Announces Acquisition Of Peter Piper Pizza »

October 16, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Purchases 147-store Pizza Chain from ACON Investments
IRVING, Texas - Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC"), the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese's stores, today announced that CEC has acquired Peter Piper Pizza ("Peter Piper"), a leading pizza and entertainment restaurant chain operating 32 company-owned locations and 115 franchises in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, from affiliates of private equity firm, ACON Investments, L.L.C. ("ACON") for an undisclosed sum.
CEC intends to continue the popular Peter Piper brand with operation of the current restaurants, in addition to implementing growth initiatives to expand Peter Piper nationally...

Gap Inc. Approves $500 Million Share Repurchase Authorization »

October 16, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $500 million share repurchase authorization for the company's common stock, reinforcing the company's commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
The new $500 million repurchase program for Gap Inc.'s stock follows the company's previous $1 billion share repurchase program.
"Through the end of the second quarter, we're pleased to have distributed about $800 million in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases," said Sabrina Simmons, EVP and chief financial officer, Gap Inc. "The additional authorization to repurchase stock underscores management and the board's continued confidence in our long-term strategy...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Franchises In Cyprus, Scotland And Honduras »

October 16, 2014 at 5:25AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

Bricks 4 Kidz awards franchises in 3 new countries, bringing the total global footprint to 35.
St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded franchises in Cyprus, Scotland and Honduras, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz franchises to 35. "Adding three new countries continues to validate the strong appeal that Bricks 4 Kidz is enjoying both domestically as well as internationally," stated CEO Brian Pappas...

Best In Show: "The Pet Shop" Tops 2014 Holiday Toy Trends Identified By Toys"R"Us® »

October 16, 2014 at 4:30AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Dedicated Destinations for a Charming Menagerie of Cuddly and Interactive Pets Debut in Toys"R"Us Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com; Key Trends Forecasted by Toys"R"Us Also Include "Customizable Creations," "Lights, Camera, Toys," and "Out of this World" Playthings
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – After a near calendar-year of tracking toy introductions across the globe, the veteran team of experts at Toys"R"Us® have identified "The Pet Shop" as the leading holiday toy trend of 2014, expected to influence kids' wish lists and parents' shopping decisions. Encompassing a wide range of innovative and engaging toys, "The Pet Shop" trend spotlights the many life-like pups, fluttering butterflies, chirping birds and even tenacious, robotic dinosaurs that children are clamoring this holiday season...

Fantastic Sams Hair Salon Franchise Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Record-Breaking Convention »

October 15, 2014 at 12:01PM PDT | Source: Fantastic Sams
Fantastic Sams Opportunities Available

Iconic Hair Care Salon Quickly Becoming America's No. 1 Salon of Choice
BOSTON, MA - (Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - Fantastic Sams hair salon franchise celebrated its 40th year as an iconic American brand by launching a top-to-bottom "Brand Evolution" at its biannual franchise conference, which was held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada. The brand, which saw record attendance at the event, is aggressively expanding in the wake of its acquisition by Dessange International, Europe's leading luxury hair salon franchise and beauty brand.
"As we enter our fifth decade, Fantastic Sams is undergoing a dramatic resurgence that's taking the brand strength we've earned over the past four decades to the next level," said Fantastic Sams President and COO Linda Chadwick...

Toys"R"Us® Launches #PlayItForward Initiative To Help Children In Need During Its Annual Toys For Tots Fundraising Campaign »

October 15, 2014 at 11:16AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Shaquille O'Neal Re-enlists as Shaq-A-Claus to Encourage Customers to Support Toys for Tots, Challenges Social Media Users to #PlayItForward by Sharing "Un-Selfie" Photos While Donating
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wayne, NJ – To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys"R"Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys"R"Us or Babies"R"Us® store across the country and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve.
Again this year, NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O'Neal is reporting back to Toys for Tots duty as his alter ego Shaq-A-Claus to encourage customers to donate to the cause, along with a new mission that will help double the giving: the #PlayItForward Challenge...

Winmark Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results »

October 15, 2014 at 9:33AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - October 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended September 27, 2014 of $5,623,000 (or $1.09 per share diluted) compared to net income of $5,251,500 (or $1.00 per share diluted) in the third quarter of 2013. For the nine months ended September 27, 2014, net income was $14,455,700 (or $2.76 per share diluted) compared to net income of $13,645,800 (or $2.61 per share diluted) for the same period last year.
About Winmark Corporation 
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business. At September 27, 2014, there were 1,070 franchises in operation under the brands Plato's Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Play It Again Sports®, Music Go Round® and Style Encore®...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Appoints Dianne Guerreiro Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia »

October 15, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Ms. Guerreiro Will Oversee the Company’s 35 Stores, e-Commerce Operations and More Than 1,700 Employees in Australia
October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced the appointment of Dianne Guerreiro as Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia, effective October 1. She will oversee all operations and business activities for the company’s 35 store locations and e-commerce site, as well as provide leadership for the more than 1,700 employees throughout the country. Her responsibilities will include marketing, merchandising, store operations, human resources and customer service excellence. Ms. Guerreiro will report to Monika Merz, President, Toys"R"Us, Asia Pacific.
Ms. Guerreiro has broad experience in the Australian retail industry and most recently served as General Manager, Finance for Toys"R"Us, Australia...

Gap Inc. Adds 63,000 Jobs This Holiday Season »

October 14, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta to hold holiday hiring events October 13–18
SAN FRANCISCO - October 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced plans to hire more than 63,000 seasonal associates nationwide at its Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta stores, call centers and distribution centers for the 2014 holiday season.
Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta are also coming together to hold a series of in-store hiring events in the company's first-ever Holiday Hiring Blitz, taking place October 13 - 18.
"To deliver the highest level of customer service at Gap Inc. brands during the busiest time of the year, we're holding holiday hiring events across the country to attract and secure the best talent possible this holiday season," said Dan Henkle, SVP Gap Inc...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Ocean Township »

October 14, 2014 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Ocean Township Set To Open Largest All-Trampoline Park
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring 100 employees for its new park in Ocean Township. Set to open in November, Sky Zone Ocean Township will become Monmouth County's first trampoline park with over 21,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 35,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Ocean Township residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball, SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour and Ultimate Volleyball, a new activity taking the popular sport to the next level...



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