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Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park – Opens Franchise Location In Mount Kisco, New York »

January 27, 2015 at 11:56AM PST | Source: Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

January 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Mount Kisco, NY, January 27, 2015 – Rockin' Jump® – The Ultimate Trampoline Park – is thrilled to announce the opening of a new franchise location at 333 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549. Tel: 914-743-5730. Online reservations can be made at http://mtk.rockinjump.com.
Rockin' Jump locations feature trampoline related activities for the entire family – including open jump arenas, jump pools with crash bags or foam cubes, trampoline dodge ball courts, 360 Slam Dunk basketball arenas and the X-Beam challenge – and also offer fitness classes, birthday parties, and healthy dining options.
Like all Rockin' Jump locations, the Mount Kisco franchise is dedicated to Safe...

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Aligns With Make-A-Wish® To "Share Your Heart" For Valentine's Day »

January 26, 2015 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Contributions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland will help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
ST. LOUIS - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the second year in a row in the U.S., and for the first time internationally, Build-A-Bear Workshop® (NYSE: BBW) will commemorate Valentine's Day by offering the opportunity to "Share Your Heart" by making a donation to help Make-A-Wish® grant life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Make-A-Wish® are teaming up for the second year in a row in the U.S. and for the first time internationally with their joint "Share Your Heart" donation campaign. Huggable Hearts Puppy and Huggable Hearts Kitty are two furry friends available this Valentine's season in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online, where guests in the U...

Doodle Bugs! Ranks In The Exchange Top 50 List »

January 26, 2015 at 5:25AM PST | Source: Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers

January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // For the fifth year in a row, Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers is listed on the prestigious Exchange Magazine's Top 50 List of Child Care Organizations in North America. Once again, Doodle Bugs! ranked the highest of all Western New York programs, making it a leader in educational child care in the region.
For over thirty years, Exchange has been chronicling the history of and trends in the early childhood profession. Exchange Top 50 Lists are now regarded as the Fortune 500 of early childhood. Doodle Bugs! is proud to be recognized by an organization that regards early childhood education with the same passion and dedication that is exemplified through our own curriculum, standards and faculty.
"We're honored to be ranked and be a leader in the growing early childhood education industry...

Monkey Joe's Celebrates Nationwide Birthday Party On February 16 »

January 22, 2015 at 10:53AM PST | Source: Monkey Joe's

January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Monkey Joe's, a children's entertainment center filled with indoor jumps, slides and obstacle courses, announces its annual Monkey Joe's Birthday Party event, taking place this year on Presidents' Day, February 16. The event will serve as a customer appreciation day for all of Monkey Joe's loyal customers and families and will include giveaways, community activities and a special birthday party celebration.
"Our customers and employees continue to enjoy celebrating Monkey Joe's birthday each year and we are excited to host our customer appreciation day again," explains Sonny Crumpton, brand leader at Monkey Joe's. "We invite everyone to join us on February 16 for this all-day event to celebrate with Monkey Joe and share in the fun and giveaways we have to offer...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. To Host 10th "Great Trade-in" Event »

January 21, 2015 at 7:30AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Highly Anticipated Event Returns to Babies"R"Us® and Toys"R"Us® Stores Nationwide from Friday, January 23 through Saturday, February 21 to Provide Shoppers the Opportunity to Remove Recalled or Outdated Baby Products from Homes; More Than 1.1 Million Used and Potentially Unsafe Products Removed from the Marketplace Since the Program's Inception
January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced its 10th "Great Trade-In" event, issuing its latest call to action for customers to rid their homes of potentially unsafe, old and second-hand cribs, high chairs, car seats, strollers and more, in exchange for savings on a new item. Since 2009, the company's Great Trade-In event has resulted in the removal of more than 1...

Young Chefs Academy Sees 2015 As A Year Of Growth »

January 20, 2015 at 10:25AM PST | Source: Young Chefs Academy

Children's franchise concept announces significant restructuring measures during the most prolific periods of innovation since its inception.
WACO, TEXAS (PRWEB) January 20, 2015 - Young Chefs® Academy, a premier children's cooking school franchise company ("YCA" or "the Company"), today announced significant restructuring measures during the most prolific periods of innovation since its inception. These key organizational changes were implemented to optimally position the Company for growth opportunities in an evolving franchise industry.
The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Schmidt, who was the former Senior Vice President and Chief General Counsel of Curves International, to the position of President...

Grand Opening For New Kid To Kid Store In Chattanooga, Tennessee »

January 20, 2015 at 7:25AM PST | Source: Kid to Kid

Local residents and mother and son team, Lyn and Justin Shepherd, are excited to announce the grand opening of their first Kid to Kid store, on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.
Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) January 20, 2015 - Local residents and mother and son team, Lyn and Justin Shepherd, are excited to announce the grand opening of their first Kid to Kid store, on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The grand opening will feature a visit from Olaf, Anna and Elsa from Disney's hit movie Frozen along with many giveaways for shoppers. The first 200 customers will receive a free reusable bag.
Located at 7047 Lee Highway in Chattanooga, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children's apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing...

Toys"R"Us® Raises A Record-Breaking $6.4 Million During Annual Campaign To Benefit The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation »

January 16, 2015 at 6:19AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Additionally, Shaquille O'Neal (a.k.a. Shaq-A-Claus) Rallied Toys"R"Us Customers to #PlayItForward Across the Country, Delivering More Than 220,000 Toys to Kids in Need this Holiday Season
January 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // Wayne, NJ – Toys"R"Us® announced that its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was its most successful to date, raising $6.4 million and collecting more than 220,000 toys, helping bring holiday joy to kids in need across the U.S. During the 2014 campaign, customers helped make Christmas a little merrier by donating new, unwrapped toys at Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® stores nationwide through monetary contributions made in stores and online at Toysrus...

Entrepreneur Magazine Names British Swim School Within "The 10 Types Of Franchises To Watch In 2015" »

January 16, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: British Swim School

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 16, 2015 - It's often the beginning of the year when people evaluate their career path, seeking ways to reinvent themselves. Opening a franchise serves as an excellent option for entrepreneurs, allowing them to capitalize on an established brand and infrastructure in an industry of interest. In the December issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, British Swim School (BSS, http://www.britishswimschool.com) was named within the Children's Enrichment category of "The 10 Types of Franchises to Watch in 2015" (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239709). Although it must be noted that the article doesn't endorse the companies listed, it affirms which industries show promise.
According to Entrepreneur, certain franchise categories have great potential to be successful in 2015, including Children's Enrichment (where swimming lessons reside), E-cigarettes, Fitness, Pizza, Potatoes, Paint-and-Sip Studios, Property Management, Senior Care, Spa Services and Vending...

Rockin' Jump - The Ultimate Trampoline Park, To Open Franchise Location In Baltimore County, Maryland In Spring 2015 »

January 15, 2015 at 3:40AM PST | Source: Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

January 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // TOWSON, MD, – Rockin' Jump®– The Ultimate Trampoline Park – is thrilled to announce plans to open a new franchise location in Baltimore County, Maryland. The recreational facility, scheduled to open in late spring 2015, will be located at 8855 Orchard Tree Lane in Towson, MD. Rockin' Jump locations feature trampoline related activities for the entire family – including open jump arenas, jump pools with foam cubes, trampoline dodge ball courts, 360 Slam Dunk basketball arenas and the X-Beam challenge – and also offer fitness classes, birthday parties, and healthy dining options.
"We cannot wait for the Towson area and Baltimore County to experience the pure joy – and the health benefits – that come with bouncing at Rockin' Jump," said Randall Beeler, a senior member of the Rockin' Jump – Towson franchise team...

The Little Gym® Expands Partnership With LEGO Systems, Inc. »

January 14, 2015 at 8:40AM PST | Source: Little Gym

Creative Play Using LEGO® Juniors Will Be Featured in Birthday Parties, Camps and Other The Little Gym Programs
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - There's more building going on at The Little Gym than just building self-confidence and physical skills. The Little Gym International and LEGO Systems, Inc. announced they have expanded their ongoing partnership to integrate building time with LEGO Juniors into birthday parties, camps and Parents' Survival Nights.
Since last spring, The Little Gym has been the exclusive childhood development center home to LEGO-based activities, with a special LEGO® DUPLO® building block curriculum incorporated into a number of the gym's "Serious Fun" programs. Adding LEGO Juniors will provide opportunities for children ages 4-7 to build projects on their own or together with parents as part of extended programs at The Little Gym...

ALOHA Tutoring Center Expands To Second California Location In Corona, CA, Riverside County »

January 14, 2015 at 4:30AM PST | Source: Aloha USA

ALOHA opens new math and reading | writing center in Corona, CA, Riverside County. The new center, which opens January 15, will be situated in Corona downtown at the intersection of Smith Ave and 6th Street and will serve the Eastvale, Corona and Norco area; visit http://www.AlohaMindMath.com for more information.
Edison, NJ (PRWEB) January 14, 2015 - The owners of the ALOHA math and reading | writing learning center in Rancho Cucamonga California are expanding to a second location in Corona, CA, Riverside County. The new center, which opens January 15, will be located in Corona downtown at the intersection of Smith Ave and 6th Street and will serve the Eastvale, Corona and Norco area; visit http://www.AlohaMindMath.com. For information on the new center: corona@aloha-usa...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Issues Preliminary Sales And Pre-Tax Earnings Expectations Ahead Of Presentation At ICR XChange »

January 12, 2015 at 4:39AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Fourth Quarter 2014 Consolidated Comparable Store Sales Increase 9.8%
Fiscal Year 2014 Pre-Tax Income Expected in the Range of $15 million to $17 million
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jan. 12, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today issued preliminary sales and guidance for adjusted pre-tax income for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 ended January 3, 2015 in conjunction with its presentation at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference.
On a preliminary basis, for the Fourth Quarter (14 weeks ended January 3, 2015) the Company expects:

Consolidated net retail sales of approximately $129.0 million compared to $106.3 million in the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter (13 weeks ended December 28, 2013);
Consolidated comparable store sales to increase 9...

Lightbridge Academy Of Westfield To Host Ribbon Cutting And Grand Opening Events »

January 09, 2015 at 8:59AM PST | Source: Lightbridge Academy

First New Rainbow Academy Franchise to Open Under the Name of Lightbridge Academy will Mark its Official Debut with Ribbon Cutting on January 10 and Grand Opening Celebration on January 24, 2015
January 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // Westfield, NJ  – After many months of planning, construction and licensing, the new Lightbridge Academy of Westfield – located at 751 Central Avenue – is now open and enrolling students, six weeks old through pre-K. To mark this much-anticipated occasion, the new early learning academy will play host to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 10 between 10 and 11 a.m. – which will be attended by Mayor Andy Skibitsky and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a...

Kinderdance® Alamo City Expands To An Area Developer »

January 09, 2015 at 6:49AM PST | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education to Young Children Worldwide
January 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children announces Texas expansion. Jennifer Reid business owner of Kinderdance Alamo City upgrades to a Kinderdance Area Developer. As a Kinderdance Area Developer, Kinderdance Alamo City is serving children in San Antonio and the counties of Guadalupe, Comal, Kendall, and Gillespie with expansion to McLennan County in the state of Texas.
Ms. Reid purchased her franchise in 2004 and in eleven years has become a Top Kinderdance producer and leader. Ms. Reid has been awarded "Rookie of the Year", in 2006 and "Franchisee of the Year" in 2009 and 2014! Since starting her business she has been continually growing her sales and student enrollment...

Gap Inc. Reports Holiday Sales Results »

January 09, 2015 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - January 08, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported that net sales were up 4 percent and comparable sales were positive 3 percent for the November and December 2014 holiday shopping season, compared with last year.
“During November and December, we were pleased to achieve a positive 3 comp, led by Old Navy with a very strong 12 comp for the combined holiday months,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.
December Sales Results
Net sales for the five-week period ended January 3, 2015 increased 2 percent to $2.10 billion, compared with net sales of $2.05 billion for the five-week period ended January 4, 2014.
Gap Inc.'s comparable sales for December 2014 were up 1 percent versus flat last year...

Learning Express Toys Selects FreedomPay Commerce Platform To Advance Growth Initiatives »

January 08, 2015 at 6:19AM PST | Source: Learning Express

FreedomPay to deliver industry leading PCI-Validated security and Cloud based in-store value added services.
January 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // Learning Express Toys, the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores, is implementing the FreedomPay® Commerce Platform™ across more than 125 of its stores. FreedomPay leverages a Cloud-based PaaS commerce platform.
Learning Express Toys sets itself apart from the "big-box" toy stores with unique toys, gifts, and exclusive products - all of which inspire imagination, creativity, and intellectual and physical development. Free gift wrapping, complimentary personalization, and an exceptional "birthday box" gift registry are a few of the customized services that every location offers...

Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers Celebrates 23 Years In Business »

January 07, 2015 at 6:01AM PST | Source: Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers

January 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers, a leading education-based child care provider, is celebrating 23 years of building a doodle community of happy children, happy parents and happy children both inside and outside the centers. The company is recognizing the accomplishment with a birthday party for their mascot, Mr. Doodle Bug, at all centers on January 22, 2015.
Over the 23 years, the company has grown tremendously; now serving over 3,000 families and employs over 500 staff members. Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers has six centers in Buffalo, five in Rochester and one in Pittsburgh. A center recently opened in Lake Worth, FL, and a location is currently under construction in the Sarasota area. Two of the 13 locations are franchised...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces Participation In The 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference »

January 07, 2015 at 4:03AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jan. 6, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today announced that the Company will be participating at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference held at The JW Marriott in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Price John and Chief Financial Officer, Voin Todorovic will host the presentation.
The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live at http://ir.buildabear.com and remain available for thirty days.
About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience...

RedBrick Pizza® Announces Expansion Plans For Nebraska »

January 06, 2015 at 8:22AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Company founder and leadership team to host Taste & Tour Franchise Event in Omaha, Jan. 13
January 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000° open flame terra cotta oven, is launching an expansion campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Nebraska over the next three years.
The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West on January 13. Franchise prospects will have an opportunity to meet RedBrick Pizza Founder Jim Minidis, learn about the award-winning concept and talk with company executives in person.
The event will include a visit to the newly-opened RedBrick Pizza at Oak View Mall for a private tour of the kitchen and product sampling from across the menu...



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