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The Goddard School's Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Elmwood Park, NJ »

February 27, 2015 at 12:54PM PST | Source: Goddard School, The

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Elmwood Park Community
February 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // ELMWOOD PARK, NJ -  Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Elmwood Park, NJ. Located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Olga Dubinsky.
Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Dubinsky worked in various industries such as real estate and catering sales. After hearing about the success of The Goddard School brand, Dubinsky decided to open her own school in the area.
The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry...

Nurse Next Door Home Care Franchise Makes Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 List »

February 27, 2015 at 7:34AM PST | Source: Nurse Next Door

Prestigious Ranking in Nurse Next Door Home Care Franchise Makes Entrepreneur Magazine's List of Best Franchises for 2015
VANCOUVER, BC - (Marketwired - Feb 27, 2015) - The Nurse Next Door home care franchise has made Entrepreneur magazine's ranking of top franchise opportunities for 2015. Among the magazine's annual listings, Nurse Next Door jumped 22 spots on the magazine's prestigious Franchise 500 list, from 348 up to 326.
Entrepreneur has been producing the ranking for 36 years, and it provides an objective listing of the industry's best and most stable franchise systems. "All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of the franchise operation," Entrepreneur said on its website...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Franchise In Croatia »

February 27, 2015 at 6:33AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 27, 2015 - (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 franchise in Croatia, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island franchises (including the US and Puerto Rico) to 37. Adding Croatia continues to validate the strong appeal that Bricks 4 Kidz is enjoying both domestically as well as internationally," stated CEO Brian Pappas. "We also currently have very solid prospective franchisees/Master franchisees in South Vietnam, Peru, Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, and Oman...

Gap Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Results »

February 27, 2015 at 5:28AM PST | Source: Gap Inc


Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Per Share Grew 10 Percent; Up 20 Percent Excluding Foreign Exchange Impact
Fiscal Year 2014 Earnings Per Share Increased 5 Percent; Up 10 Percent Excluding Foreign Exchange Impact
Full Year 2014 Net Sales Grew 2 Percent to $16.44 Billion; Up 3 Percent on a Constant Currency Basis
Distributed $1.6 Billion to Shareholders in Fiscal Year 2014 through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 results and provided guidance for fiscal year 2015. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, the company’s diluted earnings per share increased 10 percent to $0...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2014 Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year »

February 27, 2015 at 4:57AM PST | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 28, 2014.
"We are encouraged by the momentum of our business, as we showed stronger performance in the second half of the year than the first half," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "We have assembled an outstanding management team that is focused on driving improvements in all aspects of our operations, marketing and support of our Chuck E. Cheese's stores and brand. In addition, we are pleased with the performance of our Peter Piper Pizza stores and excited about opportunities to further enhance their growth."
Fourth Quarter Results
Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 6...

Gap Inc. Approves $1 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization »

February 27, 2015 at 4:18AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Company Also Increases Annual Dividend for Sixth Consecutive Year
SAN FRANCISCO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company's common stock and plans to increase its annual dividend, reinforcing the company's commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
The new $1 billion repurchase authorization for Gap Inc.'s stock follows the company's previous $500 million share repurchase authorization, which the company announced on October 16, 2014. Since the beginning of 2010, Gap Inc. has repurchased over $7.25 billion or about 297 million shares at an average price of $24.42.
Additionally, the company announced that its Board of Directors intends to increase the company's annual dividend to $0...

Winmark Corporation Announces Year End Results »

February 25, 2015 at 9:24AM PST | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - February 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the year ended December 27, 2014 of $20,066,500 or $3.85 per share diluted, compared to net income of $18,231,600 or $3.48 per share diluted, in 2013. The fourth quarter 2014 net income was $5,610,800 or $1.09 per share diluted, compared to net income of $4,585,800 or $.87 per share diluted, for the same period last year. Revenues for the year ended December 27, 2014 were $61,178,700, up from $55,731,200 in 2013.
John L. Morgan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We ended the year with a solid fourth quarter that was highlighted by a growing and profitable leasing portfolio, as well as steady growth in our franchising business...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Recognize Top Performing Stores At Annual Meeting »

February 25, 2015 at 5:46AM PST | Source: Kid to Kid

Resale Franchisors Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate recognize top performing stores during annual meeting in Midway, Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark brands of BaseCamp Franchising, recognized top performing stores during their annual meeting Feb. 9 thru Feb. 11 in Midway, Utah.
Each year, more than 200 franchise owners and managers from store locations all over the United States, Portugal, and Canada come together for training, to discuss new franchise developments, and recognize top performing stores.
This year, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store owners gathered in the historic, Swiss-inspired city of Midway for meetings centered around the theme "Higher"...

Little Gym: Make Fitness A Family Affair »

February 23, 2015 at 10:54AM PST | Source: Little Gym

The Little Gym Offers Parents Tips to Help Children Form Healthy Habits by Keeping the Focus on Fun
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - Habits can be difficult to break - and the child development specialists from The Little Gym say that can be a very good thing when you are talking about the kinds of healthy habits that parents can help their children develop right from the start. The key to getting those healthy habits to "stick," say these experts, is to make certain that they are actually rewarding and enjoyable for your children.
What can you do to encourage your child to develop healthy habits? The Little Gym President & CEO Ruk Adams says, "As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children - you pass down your habits too! If you make healthy food choices, your children are more likely to do the same...

Best In Class Expands To Provide Premier Supplemental Education To More Families In The Bay Area »

February 19, 2015 at 10:25AM PST | Source: Best in Class

First-Rate Education System Expands Presence in California, Opens Tenth Location in the Golden State
SEATTLE (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 - Best in Class Education Center (Best in Class), a top-of-the-line education enrichment program that focuses on math and English, is proud to announce its newest opening in Pinole, California. The new location will be spearheaded by existing Best in Class franchisee Kevin Lee and his Best in Class tutor, Ramandeep Kaur.
Lee and Kaur will be opening their new location at 2801 Pinole Valley Road, Suite 206 on February 21, 2015. To celebrate, Best in Class will be hosting a Grand Opening event on February 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families are encouraged to stop by to tour the facility and take advantage of free assessment tests ($50 value), two free lessons in either math or English Enrichment, and a waived registration fee for parents who register their children for classes ($50 value)...

Local Franchise Plato's Closet Scarborough Offers Employment Opportunities To Target Employees »

February 19, 2015 at 6:12AM PST | Source: Plato's Closet

SCARBOROUGH, ON, Feb. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Management of Plato's Closet Scarborough targets Target employees for potential job placements.
Plato's Closet Scarborough is scheduled for "Open to Buy" in early March, and has reached out to local Target employees offering the opportunity to apply for available positions. The 3600 square foot Plato's Closet store at Brimley and Eglinton will require 12 to 16 employees, including Sales Associates, Assistant Managers, and Managers by the time it reaches its grand opening, slated for early May. Plato's Closet Scarborough buys and sells high quality, gently used apparel and accessories for cash. This provides 12-24 year olds with access to hot new trends at discounted prices.
"It was a natural choice," says General Manager Stephanie van Dam...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 700th Franchise Awarded »

February 19, 2015 at 6:03AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 19, 2015 - (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 700th franchise, located in Garden City, NY (Bricks 4 Kidz franchise). This benchmark includes the international subfranchises that have been awarded by the Company's master franchisees.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "This is a huge milestone for us, which brings us closer to our goal of having 1000 franchises within the next two years. January was a strong month having awarded 13 Bricks 4 Kidz and 6 Challenge Island franchises...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports An $18 Million Improvement In Operating Performance For The 2014 Fiscal Year »

February 19, 2015 at 4:51AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Consolidated comparable store sales increase 9.9% for the 2014 fourth quarter and increase 1.6% for the fiscal yearRetail gross margin expands 730 basis points for the fourth quarter and 450 basis points for the 2014 fiscal yearPre-tax income improves to $12.6 million for the 2014 fourth quarter and to $16.0 million for the 2014 fiscal year from a pre-tax loss of $2.1 million for the 2013 fiscal year
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 19, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2015.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights (14 weeks ended January 3, 2015):

Consolidated net retail sales were $130.0 million, compared to $106.3 million in the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter (13 weeks ended December 28, 2013);
Consolidated comparable store sales increased 9...

Real Housewife Of Orange County To Open Third Sky Zone Trampoline Park Location »

February 18, 2015 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

New Park Will Provide Northern San Diego Residents with High-Flying, Active Fun
SAN DIEGO - Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino and husband Jim Bellino are opening the doors to their third Sky Zone Trampoline Park, located on furniture row in San Marcos, to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning on February 20th, Northern San Diego residents can hop into Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls.
Sky Zone's all-walled trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes...

Creative Learning Corporation Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2015 »

February 18, 2015 at 6:02AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

Strong Outlook for the Remainder of Fiscal 2015
Royalty Fees Increased 84.6% to $554,859
32 New Franchises Sold This Quarter
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - 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 financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 ending December 31, 2014.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning, commented, "In just a few short years, we have grown the company to an impressive 700+ global franchises. The strength of our business model is best illustrated by our high margin, recurring royalty fees which increased 84...

Club Z! Reaches Major Milestone In 2015 – Celebrating 20 Years In Education »

February 18, 2015 at 5:35AM PST | Source: Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring will reach a very important milestone this year – celebrating its 20th year in business. The tutoring and test prep leader promises a yearlong celebration, honoring its franchisees, staff, and students.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 - Club Z! In-Home Tutoring (http://www.clubztutoring.com) has long been associated with high quality academic and test prep services, offered through a dedicated network of franchisees. It has built a reputation that is synonymous with quality, results, and high levels of customer satisfaction. But this kind of reputation isn’t built overnight. In fact, in Club Z!’s case, it’s been 20 years in the making.
"We are so proud of what we have accomplished as a company," said Mark Lucas, CEO and founder of Club Z! "Our franchise owners are incredibly hard-working, dedicated, and committed to providing the highest level of tutoring and test prep support to their students...

NTY Franchise Company Acquires Children's Orchard Chain »

February 17, 2015 at 11:04AM PST | Source: Children's Orchard

Pioneer in Resale-Retail Continues Aggressive Growth Strategy with Acquisition of Chain Selling Top Quality, Gently Used Children's Merchandise
(PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - NTY Franchise Company, a pioneering force in the rapidly growing $13 billion resale/retail industry, continues its aggressive growth plan with the acquisition of Children's Orchard, a chain of top quality, gently used children's merchandise. NTY, "New To You," based in Minnetonka, Minn., purchased Children's Orchard to expand its footprint nationwide as a leader in the resale-retail sector.
NTY is the umbrella company overseeing five resale/retail brands including Clothes Mentor, New Uses, Device Pit Stop, NTY Clothing Exchange and NTY Kids. To enhance its NTY Kids brand, the company bought the chain of 32 Children's Orchard stores, boutiques of top quality, gently used children's clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, books and accessories...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. To Announce Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results And Host Conference Call »

February 17, 2015 at 5:35AM PST | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced that it will release financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 after the market closes on Thursday, February 26, 2015.
The Company will host a conference call for investors and other interested parties beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 27, 2015. The call can be accessed by dialing (844) 339-5300 or (815) 680-6282 for international participants and conference code 87179745.
A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Central Time on February 27, 2015 through midnight Central Time on March 6, 2015. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and conference code 87179745...

Trampoline Parks Have Become Big Business- Rapid Growth Though Franchising »

February 17, 2015 at 4:25AM PST | Source: Bounce! Trampoline Sports

February 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // Cottage Village, NY - Indoor trampoline parks have become big business. According to Tracy Sarris, Executive Vice-president of the International Association of Trampoline Parks, an organization founded in 2013 to formulate best practices for safety in the industry and promote continued growth: "It's difficult to keep track of the number of parks because so many have opened just this year."
"We're getting inquiries from new or potential parks nearly every day and more are opening every month," Sarris said. She estimates the number of facilities worldwide at 300, up from 35 to 40 three years ago - an increase of more than 700 percent!
The reason for the explosive growth is the wide range of ages the activity appeals to...

The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Olney, MD »

February 12, 2015 at 9:07AM PST | Source: Goddard School, The

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Olney Community
February 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // OLNEY, MD - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Olney, MD. Located at 3421 Morningwood Drive, Olney, MD, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Tracy Rana.
Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Tracy spent over 20 years in business, with sales, marketing and customer retention experience. After experiencing the process of finding a preschool for her son, she realized she wanted to change careers and venture into education with The Goddard School.
The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry...



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