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RedBrick Pizza® To Expand In Missouri »

January 29, 2015 at 7:59AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in St. Louis' South County Center
January 29, 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, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, announced its second Missouri restaurant will open at South County Center in St. Louis. The first RedBrick Pizza in Missouri opened January 2015 at Northpark Mall in Joplin. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 18 South County Centerway, this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...

Pinot's Palette-Alamo Heights Holds 2nd Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting And Reception »

January 27, 2015 at 9:28AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Senator Leticia Van de Putte officiates the unveiling of the commemorative painting "Starry Night Over San Antone"
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Pinot's Palette-Alamo Heights is pleased to announce their momentous celebration, the 2nd Anniversary Ribbon Cutting hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 4th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at their studio located in The Collection Shopping Center, 7959 Broadway Ste. 402, San Antonio, 78209. Honored guest, Senator, Leticia Van de Putte, will inaugurate the reception with an official unveiling of the commemorative painting, "Starry Night Over San Antone" created by local Artist, Bianca Alvarez.
Proprietors Cristina Canales and Terry Narazaki are very pleased about cutting the ribbon to mark their second year in business...

IHG® And Carr City Centers Announce Plan To Develop A New InterContinental® Hotel In Southwest Washington, D.C. »

January 26, 2015 at 12:02PM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Carr Hospitality Expands its IHG Hotel Portfolio with Landmark Property
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Carr City Centers announce a new InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts property in Washington, D.C. The 278-room new build hotel will be part of The Wharf, a world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the historic Washington Channel. IHG, Carr and Clark Enterprises partnered together to form a joint venture with Wharf Master Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront to develop and own the InterContinental.
The new InterContinental hotel will complement the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington D...

Carl Jakaitis Joins The Krystal Company As Chief Financial Officer »

January 26, 2015 at 9:21AM PST | Source: Krystal Company, The

ATLANTA - January 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Krystal Company®, famous for its iconic square hamburgers, today announced the appointment of Carl Jakaitis as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Company. Jakaitis, who will oversee Accounting, Finance, Information Technology (IT) and Supply Chain Management, will report to Omar Janjua, President & CEO for The Krystal Company. The appointment is effective immediately.
"Carl's 35 years of restaurant industry experience will provide The Krystal Company with the additional leadership and expertise we need to continue to develop this iconic brand and help fuel our system growth," Janjua said.
Jakaitis most recently served as CFO of McAlister's Deli where he was responsible for finance, accounting, legal and franchise administration for the 325-store chain...

IHG® Signs Two Hotels At Aberdeen International Airport »

January 15, 2015 at 11:43AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

January 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the signing of two hotels at Aberdeen International Airport: Crowne Plaza® Aberdeen Airport and Holiday Inn Express® Aberdeen Airport. Both hotels will operate under franchise agreements with long-time owner partner Dominvs Group.
The 165-room Crowne Plaza hotel will be newly constructed within a 2 minute walk of the terminal building. The hotel, which will open in 2016, features a number meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace, a gym, restaurant and bar, and ample car parking spaces for guests.
The new build Holiday Inn Express hotel will be located next door to the Crowne Plaza hotel and is expected to open towards the end of 2015...

Pinot's Palette Signs 100th Studio »

January 15, 2015 at 7:47AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Award-Winning Paint and Sip to Continue "Rapid, Sustainable Expansion" into 2015
January 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, a fast-growing paint and sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 100th franchise agreement. The company reached this milestone when Kathleen Walters and Michael Siman signed an agreement to open a Pinot's Palette studio in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Princeton location will be the ninth Pinot's Palette studio in New Jersey.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen and Michael to the Pinot's Palette family," said Craig Ceccanti, CEO and co-founder. "The Princeton studio represents a major milestone for our company and we look forward to continuing our rapid, sustainable growth well into 2015...

Cruise Planners Reveals "Wave Season" Is Great Time To Book Spring Break Travel »

January 15, 2015 at 5:08AM PST | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners encourages spring break travelers to book now for great savings.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) January 15, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, wants to remind travelers now is a great time to book your spring break excursion. The beginning of the year is what the travel industry calls "Wave Season" and by booking travel plans now travelers will save money by getting in the best deals.
"Wave Season is the hottest time to book a vacation and it's going to be a long winter so having a spring break trip planned ahead will give travelers something to look forward to during the cold, dark days," said Vicky Garcia, COO of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

The Krystal Company® Names Omar Janjua As CEO »

January 14, 2015 at 6:06AM PST | Source: Krystal Company, The

Atlanta, GEORGIA - January 8, 2015 – The Krystal Company®, famous for its iconic square burgers, announced today the appointment of Omar Janjua as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 21st.
As CEO, Janjua will oversee the executive team, more than 350 restaurants and 6,000 employees in 11 states. He brings more than 35 years of quick service restaurant experience to The Krystal Company, having most recently served as President for Sonic® Restaurants, Inc. and Chief Operations Officer for Sonic Industries. Prior to Sonic, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Steak 'n Shake Company. Before Steak 'n Shake, Janjua worked for 18 years with YUM! Brands, Inc...

Hilton Garden Inn Honors Outstanding Brand Performers Of 2014 »

January 07, 2015 at 11:04AM PST | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

January 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va.– Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, recently recognized its highest achieving properties. Nearly 50 individual and hotel awards were presented to recipients chosen from the brand's growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide. The 2014 Hotel of the Year and Connie Award winners were presented to North American winner, Hilton Garden Inn Mobile East Bay/Daphne, AL, who received this honor for the second consecutive year, and international winner Hilton Garden Inn Krasnodar, Russia.
The Connie Award, named after Hilton Worldwide's founder Conrad Hilton, is awarded to two top performing hotels of the year based on three key components: quality assurance audits measuring cleanliness, condition and brand standards, customer satisfaction scores rating staff service and the quality of the hotel's physical accommodations...

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...

Kona Ice Has Biggest Year On Record »

January 05, 2015 at 3:48AM PST | Source: Kona Ice
Kona Ice Opportunities Available

Shaved Ice Franchise Adds More than 100 Trucks in 12 Months; Brand Boosts Nationwide Giveback with Highly Celebrated "Flavor Our World" Campaign
January 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // FLORENCE, Ky. – The success of Kona Ice continues to snowball.
In the past 12 months, the brand added a staggering 142 trucks to its growing fleet of mobile gourmet shaved ice vehicles, raising the overall unit count to 600-plus trucks on the road in 45 states. The expansion and continued adoration of the beloved franchise has raised the brand's giveback figure to an impressive $25 million.
"Since day one, Kona Ice has been committed to a higher purpose," explains Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence-based Kona Ice. "Our success is about more than our bottom-line...

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC - Board Update »

December 24, 2014 at 7:58AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

December 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group PLC ("IHG") today announces that Mr Jonathan Linen will retire from the Board and his role as an independent Non-Executive Director of IHG on 31 December 2014. Jonathan was appointed to IHG’s Board on 1 December 2005.
Patrick Cescau, Non-Executive Chairman of IHG, commented: "On behalf of IHG, I would like to thank Jon for his tremendous contribution to IHG. Jon’s role on the Board and the Remuneration Committee has been invaluable, and he has been a great asset to IHG. We all wish him the very best for the future."
About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts...

Hampton Hotels Tops Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® List For The Fourth Time In Five Years »

December 23, 2014 at 7:38AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Brand's Commitment to Owners, Culture of Hamptonality Define #1 Franchise of the Year
December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton Hotels, part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, today announced it is number one on Entrepreneur magazine's 36th annual Franchise 500® list for the fourth time in five years. This accolade was granted to Hampton Hotels on the heels of major milestones for the brand in 2014, including the opening of its 2,000th hotel, the 30th anniversary of the Hampton brand and the 25th anniversary of its industry-defining satisfaction commitment, the 100% Hampton Guarantee.
"Topping the Franchise 500® is a feat in itself, but doing so for the fourth time in five years is a clear indication of the brand's vitality," said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief of Entrepreneur...

Hampton Hotels Signs First Deal In Hawaii, Expanding Presence To All 50 States »

December 23, 2014 at 3:50AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hampton Hotels Achieves a Trifecta of Brand Milestones in 2014 to Become "Nationwide" and bring "Hamptonality" to all U.S. States
December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Following the successful opening of its 2000th hotel in Bellevue, Washington and the brand’s 30th anniversary, Hampton Hotels announced the signing of a new hotel in Hawaii - the last U.S. state without a Hampton hotel to date. The signing of Hampton’s first location in Hawaii means the brand will offer more than 2,000 locations globally including across all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The 175-key Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is being developed by DeBartolo Development and is part of a new development called Ka Makana Ali‘i - The Center for West O‘ahu, a family-friendly, mixed-use gathering place for travelers and community members alike...

Pinot's Palette To Host New Year – New YOU Brunch Time »

December 22, 2014 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

"Tomorrow is the first blank canvas of the new year. Paint it joyfully, wildly, kindly, wisely." – JBK
Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) December 22, 2014 - The New Year is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to resolve to explore your inner artist...now more easy and accessible than ever. Pinot's Palette Little Rock has planned a unique and entertaining art session where painters can commit their New Year's resolutions to canvas. The studio's New YOU Brunch Time art session will be held Wednesday, December 31st, New Year's Eve, during the daytime from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
"The turkey will be all gone; the tree will or maybe should be down, and in this economy, the after Christmas sales aren't what they used to be," says Lisa, Pinot's Palette Little Rock Studio Manager of Fun...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Opens In Mount Sinai »

December 22, 2014 at 8:05AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

New Location Provides Area Residents With High-Flying, Active Fun
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MOUNT SINAI, NY - Sky Zone Trampoline Park has opened its doors in Mount Sinai to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Residents can now 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. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition...

RedBrick Pizza® Announces Expansion Plans For Kentucky »

December 22, 2014 at 7:42AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Founder and leadership team to host Taste & Tour Franchise Event in Louisville, Jan. 15
December 22, 2014 // 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 Kentucky over the next three years.
The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Louisville on January 15. 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 Mall St...

Cruise Planners Remains Best Franchise To Own In The Travel Industry Based On Entrepreneur's Annual Franchise 500 List »

December 22, 2014 at 5:01AM PST | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners is No. 1 on Entrepreneur's Annual Franchise 500 List within the travel category for the 12th consecutive year.
Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel agency franchise network in the industry, continues to be one of the best franchises to own and remains in the highest ranking in the "Travel Industry" category for the twelfth year in a row. In 2015, Cruise Planners ranks in the No. 22 spot on Entrepreneur's Annual Franchise 500 List.
"Our first-place 'Travel Industry' ranking for the twelfth consecutive year is a testament to our innovative style and longevity within the industry," said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners...

Red Roof Inn Expands Internationally With First Hotel Scheduled To Open In Brazil In 2015 »

December 22, 2014 at 4:18AM PST | Source: Red Roof Inn

The economy lodging giant signs deal with Brazil's Nobile Hoteis with a robust development schedule of properties in the next decade.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - December 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - U.S. economy lodging leader, Red Roof Inn®, meeting high demand for its brand, is expanding, expected to open its first international destination in Brazil. Partnering with respected Brazil-based Nobile Hoteis, Red Roof Franchising, LLC will be working with Nobile to develop 35-40 properties – new builds and conversions - across the country over the next twenty five years. The first property, a conversion of an existing hotel, will open in Brasilia in 2015.
"Red Roof's performance and track record were the precise impetus to attract a prestigious company with the caliber of Nobile Hoteis...

RedBrick Pizza® To Debut In Kentucky »

December 17, 2014 at 11:20AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in Louisville's Mall St. Matthews
December 17, 2014 // 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, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, today announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 5000 Shelbyville Rd., this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...



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