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PRO Martial Arts Continues Growth In Philadelphia, PA »

August 21, 2014 at 9:42AM PDT | Source: PRO Martial Arts

August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // PRO Martial Arts, the nation's fastest growing Martial Arts concept, announces today that it has signed a development agreement with Manik Chhabra to develop a studio in the Philadelphia, PA market.
Manik comes to PRO Martial Arts with a background in sales, finance, and operations management. Raised in an entrepreneurial family Manik feels great pride to be continuing the tradition, when he found PMA he knew he found an opportunity that would impact his community in a positive way as well as one that would provide him with a flexible schedule and the ability to balance work and home life.
The PRO Martial Arts team is excited to have Manik as part of our growing family of Character Education and Leadership training centers...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Resale Franchises Continue National Expansion »

August 20, 2014 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, resale stores and trademark brands of BaseCamp Franchising, continue their growth with announced stores opening soon in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Idaho.
Currently, Uptown Cheapskate has 42 stores and Kid to Kid has 105 locations throughout the United States and Portugal, with an additional 15 franchise units planned to open by the end of 2014.
"It's an exciting time here at BaseCamp as we continue to experience rapid growth for both our upscale resale brands," said Scott Sloan, co-founder of Uptown Cheapskate. "We attribute some of this success to a gradual change in the way people view resale as more of a mainstream alternative to the mall...

Albert Pujols "Pinch Hits" To Support 20th Anniversary Of The Toys"R"Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids® »

August 19, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

The World's Greatest Toy Store® Teams Up with Baseball World Champion and Proud Father to Continue Special Needs Advocacy Efforts and Backing #ToysforAll
August 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. Now in its second decade of annual publication, the complimentary shopping guide is a go-to for families, friends and caregivers involved in the special needs community, and is available in Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled in both English and Spanish...

Gap's Fall Campaign Celebrates Individuality By Challenging The Convention Of Dressing Normal »

August 19, 2014 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

The brand issues a rallying cry to be confident in who we are by dressing how we're most comfortable.
NEW YORK - August 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today revealed the first chapter of its new fall campaign which celebrates the individuality and authenticity of personal style by questioning what it means to Dress Normal.
Launching fully on September 2 across multiple global vehicles, the campaign is rooted in the same core values the brand has unapologetically stood for over the past 45 years - individualism and the liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self. Dress Normal boldly instructs individuals to shape their own authentic, personal style - and intentionally challenges every one of us to dress for ourselves...

Build-A-Bear Workshop Honors Young Huggable Heroes »

August 19, 2014 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Company Selects 10 Charitable Youths - Awards Prizes Totaling $75,000
ST. LOUIS - August 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Millions of extraordinary children have come through the doors of Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores over the years, and today, the Company honors 10 incredible children as its 2014 Huggable Heroes – a long-running Build-A-Bear Workshop initiative that recognizes and rewards charitable-minded youths who are making the world a better place.
"When you take a moment and absorb the selflessness, generosity, energy and compassion of our Huggable Heroes, one can't help but feel optimistic about the younger generation and what they will build well into the future," said Sharon John, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief executive officer...

Creative Learning Corporation Reports 33.3% Increase In Revenue For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

August 19, 2014 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - (Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCQB: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2014.

Revenue increased 33.3% to $2.1 million
Royalty fees increased 80.6% to $504,623
Achieved net income of $318,073 or $0.03 per share
Cash of $3.4 million as of June 30, 2014
Shareholders' equity of $3.4 million as of June 30, 2014

Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning, commented, "We are pleased with our continued strong top line revenue growth, which reflects the rapid pace at which we are adding new franchises...

Gap Inc. Announces Third Quarter Dividend »

August 18, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - August 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share payable on or after October 29, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 8, 2014.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through more than 3,100 company-operated stores, over 350 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www...

Kinderdance Announces New Program "Kinder Dance With Me" »

August 14, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL, - August 11th 2014 Kinderdance® International is excited to announce "Kinder Dance with Me" a brand new program developed to support our focus on a child’s gross motor and language development while providing the foundational skills for which higher learning is built upon.
"Kinder Dance with Me" offers dance and sensory-motor activities that enhance timely acquisition of developmental milestones. Established in 2014 this is an exciting one-year progressive program developmentally designed for young children ages 15-24 months old. The "Kinder Dance with Me" program is offered in two formats: 30 minute Parent and Me classes or 15-20 minute Teacher and Me class held at child care facilities...

Grand Opening For New Goddard School In Millersville, MD »

August 13, 2014 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Goddard School, The

The Goddard School Holds Grand Opening Celebration on August 23
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in Millersville, Md. Located at 8539 Veterans Highway in Millersville, the new school is owned by long-time franchisee Dipti Singh and her husband BJ. To mark the occasion, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 23.
"We are thrilled to open our new school in Millersville and look forward to meeting new families at the grand opening celebration," said Dipti Singh, co-owner of The Goddard School. "As parents of two children, we understand the importance of providing a strong foundation for education and social growth in a warm and loving environment...

Kinderdance® Partners With Knowledge Universe »

August 13, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

Kinderdance International Inc. based in Melbourne, FL. a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children is proud to announce:
Kinderdance® has been approved as a 3rd party vendor partner of Knowledge Universe.
Knowledge Universe is the largest private early childhood provider in the US.
Knowledge Universe Education LLC owns KinderCare® Learning Centers * Knowledge Beginnings® * CCLC®, The Grove School® * Champions® Cambridge Schools™
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // Knowledge Universe believes in preparing children for a successful academic future and for life through instilling a vibrant sense of learning and curiosity. Their early childhood education centers are safe and secure places to learn, and their research-based curricula comprise abundant activities that model healthy behavior, grow strong bodies and teach children how to make a lasting, positive impact on the planet...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Jennifer Kretchmar Chief Product Officer And Innovation Bear »

August 13, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS, - Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Kretchmar as chief product officer and innovation bear, effective August 12, 2014. Kretchmar will lead the Company's merchandising and product development teams and will report to Sharon John, chief executive officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop®. She will be responsible for product development, design, quality, sourcing, merchandising, planning, and wholesale.
"Jenn is a seasoned merchandising executive with 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles with both toys and children's products," said John. "I am pleased to have her join the team and confident that she will bring valuable perspective as we evolve our business model to leverage the strength of the Build-A-Bear Workshop brand and drive future growth...

Kinderdance Celebrates 35 Years At The Annual Continuing Education Conference »

August 12, 2014 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

August 07, 2014 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL, - July 2014 Kinderdance® celebrated Thirty Five Years at its 35th annual "Continuing Education Conference" July 24-26 at The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Franchisees from around the world gathered to learn and share new and exciting teaching concepts and dance programs that help in the fight against childhood obesity.
The Kinderdance employees, franchise owners, and guests attended the President’s Reception on Thursday evening and the Franchisee Awards Dinner on Saturday night.
Why Kinderdance®? Thirty Five Years ago, Kinderdance® was born out of the idea to reach out to as many young children as possible and involve them in a dance and gross motor development program blended with academics...

Goddard Systems, Inc. Reports Strong Results In First Half Of 2014 »

August 12, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Goddard School, The

Early Childhood Education Franchise Signs 18 New Franchise Agreements and Opens Nine Schools, Supports New Literacy Policy Statement from American Academy of Pediatrics 
August 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today a strong first half of 2014 with the awarding of 18 new franchise agreements to qualified franchisees and the opening of nine schools in Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, 16 schools are under construction in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. GSI expects to open a total of 18 schools by year-end...

Gap Goes Social With @GapKids Launch And The Inaugural GapKids Class Of 2014 »

August 12, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Engaging parents and celebrating their one-of-a-kind children with new social channels and program.
NEW YORK - Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap is encouraging moms and dads around the world to share their experiences of parenthood and celebrate 'kids being kids' through social media.
Today Gap is launching the inaugural GapKids Class of 2014, a contest inviting parents to submit photos of their kids for the chance to be featured in a 2015 GapKids marketing campaign. This is Gap's next generation of Casting Call, the successful program that engaged moms and dads for six years. GapKids Class of 2014 commences the back to school season by honoring kids who represent the free spirit of childhood, with all its perfect imperfections...

Launch Indoor Trampoline Park Takes Flight With August 16th Grand Opening »

August 12, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park

Delaware's largest trampoline park will deliver air-bound fun for all ages to the Newark and Greater Wilmington area.
Newark, DE (PRWEB) August 12, 2014 - Launch Trampoline Park, Delaware, will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Special events will include performances by D.J. Remedy and Tri-State Cheerleaders, as well as raffle giveaways all day. Tickets may be purchased on site, but it is recommended that you buy them online to ensure availability. Beforehand, Launch is hosting a community relations day on Thursday, August 14th, where local businesses and non-profit organizations can jump for free and try out the facility before it opens.
Joey, a 7-foot tall, bright green kangaroo mascot, will lead the Grand Opening activities...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Names Chetan Bhandari Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance And Treasurer »

August 11, 2014 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

WAYNE, NJ – August 6, 2014 – Toys"R"Us, Inc. has named Chetan Bhandari Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer. In this capacity, Mr. Bhandari will be responsible for managing relationships with domestic and international lenders, depository banks, credit insurers and credit rating agencies, as well as overseeing the company's global cash management, foreign exchange programs and capital markets activities. An experienced finance executive with broad retail and consumer goods experience, he was most recently Managing Director at GLC Advisors & Co., LLC. Mr. Bhandari will report to Mike Short, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Mr. Short said, "It is our pleasure to welcome Chetan to the organization as a key member of our Finance team...

Gap Inc. Reports July And Second Quarter Sales Results »

August 08, 2014 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Guides to Second Quarter Earnings per Share Range of $0.73 to $0.74, Including Gain on Asset Sale
SAN FRANCISCO - August 07, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that July net sales for the four-week period ended August 2, 2014 increased 5 percent to $1.17 billion compared with net sales of $1.12 billion for the four-week period ended August 3, 2013. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, Gap Inc.’s net sales increased 3 percent to $3.98 billion compared with $3.87 billion for the second quarter last year.
“We’re pleased to close out the first half of the year with a positive comp in July and look forward to the new product and marketing campaigns our brands will launch this fall,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

The Little Gym Named Parents Magazine's "Best Gym Party" »

August 06, 2014 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Child Development Franchise Named to "10 Best Birthday Party Places" List
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Aug 6, 2014) - The Little Gym has been named "Best Gym Party" in Parents Magazine's "10 Best Birthday Party Places" list as featured in the publication's August 2014 issue.
Parents Magazine reviewed the activities, costs and personalized options at more than 50 national chains and selected The Little Gym as "Best Gym Party." The Parents article cites The Little Gym's traditional gym party and exclusive Nickelodeon parties, which include themes based on "Dora The Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go," and new "SpongeBob SquarePants" parties coming this fall.
The Little Gym's "Awesome Birthday Bash" parties provide families with age-appropriate games, music and fun activities led by trained instructors...

America's Music School Expands Access To Music Education In New York City Metro »

August 06, 2014 at 10:41AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock Opportunities Available

August 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bach to Rock (B2R), America's music school for students of all ages, announced today it will open two new schools in Syosset and Mamaroneck, N.Y., in September. The schools are owned by current B2R franchise group Amplified Capital Partners Holdings, LLC (ACPH) which opened its first location in Port Washington, N.Y., in 2012. ACPH was founded by entrepreneurs Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt to develop a chain of B2R schools in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. B2R will host open house celebrations at 103A Jackson Avenue in Syosset and at 130 Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck following the opening of each school. Families will be able to tour the schools, learn about individual lessons and group classes, check out the recording studios, meet the teachers, and more...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise In New Zealand »

August 06, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - August 06, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - 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 New Zealand to KidzBlock Ltd. The Agreement calls for the development of 18 Bricks 4 Kidz units in New Zealand.
"Other development deals in the international pipeline include China, India, Italy, Ghana, Honduras, Guatemala, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic."
"The Bricks 4 Kidz brand continues to expand internationally which is very exciting for us," stated Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation...



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