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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...

ROCKIN' JUMP - The Ultimate Trampoline Park Franchise - Set To Introduce Flagship Park To Madison, Wisconsin »

October 10, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

MADISON, Wis. - Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - San Francisco Bay Area based trampoline park franchisor ROCKIN' JUMP ® continues to catch the attention of both consumers and investors throughout the USA. The company recently announced its 28th franchise agreement, and now is announcing a new agreement and lease for a flagship location in Madison, WI at 2700 Novation Parkway. The park is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
Opening the doors to Madison's first trampoline park are Steve Steidl of Brookfield and Aaron Bakken, a Middleton native who recently returned to the area after nearly 15 years as an entrepreneur in California. Bakken is also the Director of Franchise Marketing & Sales for ROCKIN' JUMP, and has been with the company since 2010...

Learning Express Toys Of Lake Zurich Brings Smiles To The Hospital »

October 10, 2014 at 6:23AM PDT | Source: Learning Express

October 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Learning Express Toys of Lake Zurich is continuing its commitment to the local community by partnering with Lurie Children's Hospital.
Rick and Joanne Derr, owners of Learning Express Toys of Lake Zurich, donated 48 Rainbow Loom kits and 180 packages of bands to the hospital. Mia, a local girl who is fighting cancer, gladly made the delivery of items to the children in the hospital on September 30 - to close out Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Derr also donated a gift basket to raffle off at the fundraiser in support of Mia's medical care. "Connecting with children who are in need is one of the aspects of owning a toy store that is most meaningful to my wife and me," says Rick.
Learning Express Toys of Lake Zurich was a leader in helping to raise awareness of the MaxLove Project during the retailer's nationwide partnership with the nonprofit...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results »

October 10, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Release Date, Webcast and Conference Call
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 9, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal third quarter ended September 27, 2014, on October 23, 2014 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.
The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.
Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 623rd Franchise Awarded »

October 09, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - October 09, 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 it awarded its 623rd franchise, located in Toronto, Canada. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation, stated, "We're all excited here as we get closer to our goal of 650 franchises by the end of the calendar year, and are delighted to finish our fiscal year very profitably."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® , Challenge Island® and Sew Fun Studios® offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Gap Inc. Reports September Sales »

October 09, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - October 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported that September 2014 net sales were up 1 percent compared with last year. Net sales for the five-week period ended October 4, 2014 were $1.48 billion compared with net sales of $1.46 billion for the five-week period ended October 5, 2013.
"September proved to be more challenging than we expected," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc. "While Old Navy and Banana Republic are performing well, we are working aggressively to ensure our entire portfolio of brands delivers to its potential."
September Comparable Sales Results
Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for September 2014 were flat versus a 3 percent decrease last year...

Grand Opening Celebration For New Goddard School In Sienna Plantation, Texas On October 18 »

October 09, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Goddard School, The

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in Sienna Plantation, Texas. Located at 6111 Sienna Ranch Road in Missouri City, the new school is owned by Sudhir and Suzie Parihar. In honor of the Houston area school's opening, the community is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 18.
"I know from personal experience with our three young children the impact high quality education can make on families," said Sudhir, who is the Sienna Plantation on-site owner. "Further, I am anxious to combine my business background and passion for early childhood education in this new venture to benefit the entire community...

Gap Inc.'s Glenn Murphy To Pass Reins To Digital Leader Art Peck As Next Chief Executive Officer »

October 09, 2014 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Board names proven company veteran Peck to become CEO in early 2015 as Murphy transitions from the company; Bob Fisher to become Chairman of the Board.
SAN FRANCISCO - October 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. today announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Glenn Murphy as the company's next chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy and Peck have worked side-by-side for the better part of a decade as Gap Inc. dramatically improved its financial performance while expanding globally.
Following seven successful years in his role, Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth and seamless leadership transition...

Tutor Doctor Franchise Opens First Location In Australia »

October 08, 2014 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Tutor Doctor

Convenient, Effective Learning System Now Available to Australian Families
VAN NUYS, Calif. - October 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - According to recent report, the tutoring industry in Australia has grown by nearly 40 percent within the past five years and is valued at $6 billion. Tutor Doctor, the fastest growing "in-home" private tutoring franchise worldwide, is preparing to enter Australia for the first time with plans to open one location in Sydney and a second location in Melbourne by October 15, 2014.
Leading the brand's expansion in Australia is Hugh Moore, owner of the new Sydney franchise. Hugh has 17 years of experience working in finance for various investment banks in Sydney, London and Singapore. Hugh's immediate goal will be to build a team of high-quality tutors with a passion and patience for teaching while also informing locals about the Tutor Doctor brand and the company's rapidly expanding one-to-one tutoring service designed to help students in all subjects at all levels...



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