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Hilton Garden Inn Reveals First Property In Memphis »

March 06, 2015 at 6:56AM PST | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

124-Room Hotel is Conveniently Located to Area Attractions
March 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announced today the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Memphis/Wolfchase Galleria, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn Memphis/Wolfchase Galleria is owned by Globus Partnership and managed by PGC Management, Inc. It is the brand's first property in Memphis.
“We are excited to welcome the new Hilton Garden Inn to our own backyard,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “Memphis is home to Hilton Worldwide’s Shared Services Center, which manages four of the portfolio’s brands, including Hilton Garden Inn...

IHG® Signs Multiple Development Agreement For 10 Hotels In Germany »

March 05, 2015 at 8:24AM PST | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG’s MDA Strategy Fuels Further Growth in Germany
March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of its latest multiple development agreement (MDA) to develop 10 hotels in Germany by 2019 with first time franchisee for the company, Interstar. IHG’s growth strategy continues to gain momentum in Germany with over 85 hotels currently either open or planned under MDA agreements.
The agreement enables Interstar to develop hotels across two of IHG’s brands – Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®. The 10 hotels will add approximately 1,700 rooms when signed to Germany’s current development pipeline of close to 4,000 rooms*...

Sky Zone Peoria Announces Philanthropic Partnership With Peoria Unified School District »

March 03, 2015 at 9:04AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Peoria Trampoline Park Teams Up with Local Schools to Give Back to the Community
PEORIA, Ariz. - Sky Zone Peoria is excited to announce a new partnership with the Peoria Education Foundation that will aim to support local students and teachers in the Peoria Unified School District. The creators of the world’s first indoor trampoline park are honored to be involved with several initiatives that will raise funds for student motivation and higher level education, as well as keep the community active and healthy.
As part of the new partnership, Sky Zone Peoria has initiated a philanthropic program to benefit both teachers and students in the district. Special passes are being offered to teachers in the area, inviting them to bring their families to Sky Zone and experience the Active Fun that the all-walled trampoline park has to offer...

The Krystal Company® And Stevi B's® Selects OnsiteRIS To Manage Information Technology As Restaurant And Corporate Solution »

February 27, 2015 at 7:29AM PST | Source: Krystal Company, The

ATLANTA - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Krystal Company® and Stevi B's Pizza® announced that they have selected OnsiteRIS, Inc.® as their one-stop provider of information technology infrastructure maintenance. Effective immediately, OnsiteRIS will be responsible for the entire Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for both restaurant brands– from in-restaurant Point of Sale (POS), to back office management solutions to the corporate offices' data centers. Both The Krystal Company and Stevi B's are owned and operated by Argonne Capital Group.
"For Krystal, OnsiteRIS will eliminate the need for multiple IT partners, providing our restaurant chains with one go-to resource for managing data centers, hosting digital assets, maximizing POS connectivity and streamlining the flow of critical financial and operations data," said Carl Jakaitis, Chief Financial Officer for The Krystal Company...

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...

Pinot's Palette Signs First International Franchise Agreement »

February 26, 2015 at 7:49AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Becomes First Paint and Sip Franchise To Expand Internationally
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Houston, Texas – Pinot's Palette, the fastest-growing franchisor of paint and sip studios in the United States, is now expanding internationally with the signing of a master license agreement for as many as eight studios in Toronto and the Niagara Region over the next six years.
Chad M. Smith and Canadian native Joanne Christena Smith are the master franchisees and they are no strangers to Pinot's Palette, with two Pinot's Palette studios in Connecticut and New York. The husband and wife team plans to expand the international business quickly, opening their own Canadian locations as well as awarding franchise opportunities to qualified investors...

Hampton Debuts In Aguascalientes, Mexico With Opening Of New Hampton Inn And Suites By Hilton »

February 25, 2015 at 8:03AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

New Hotel Represents Brand's Pursuit of Growth Opportunities in Mexico
February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico and MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton by Hilton continues its expansion in Mexico by announcing the opening of Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Aguascalientes. The new-build, 188-room hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide joins the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels. It is the first Hampton property in Aguascalientes and the 18th in the country.
"We are pleased to bring Hamptonality to Aguascalientes and proud the Hampton brand is initiating Hilton's presence in this historical, recreational and industrial city," said Phil Cordell, Global Head, Focused Service and Hampton Brand Management, Hilton Worldwide...

Top Performing Hampton Hotels Receive Prestigious Brand Award »

February 23, 2015 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Connie Award Winners Selected Based on High Customer Loyalty and Service Scores
MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton Hotels recognized its top performing properties of 2014 by awarding the Connie, Lighthouse and Circle of Excellence award winners. The prestigious Connie Award is named after Hilton Worldwide’s founder Conrad Hilton and winners are selected based on their Total Quality Scorecard (TQS), the hotel’s loyalty score via SALT (Hilton’s Satisfaction and Loyalty Tracking) and the quality assurance (QA) score. All Connie Award recipients will receive a monetary award to host a celebratory event for employees and a trophy.
Eleven hotels were presented the Connie Award:

Hampton Inn Bangor, Maine
Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo, Wyoming
Hampton Inn Columbus/South Ft...

Cruise Planners Earns Royal Caribbean International's President's Award For Overall Achievement »

February 20, 2015 at 4:14AM PST | Source: Cruise Planners

Royal Caribbean International once again recognizes Cruise Planners as travel franchise leader in the travel agent community.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation's largest home-based travel franchise business network in the industry, has earned the President's Award for Overall Achievement from Royal Caribbean International.
"We are honored to recognize Cruise Planners with their 8th consecutive win in our Loyal to Royal awards," said Vicki Freed Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International. "This year's recognition of President's Award is very special and incredibly well deserved by Cruise Planners due to their strong year over year growth in 2014 and their unwavering support of Royal Caribbean throughout the years...

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...

TapSnap Launches First Franchise In The United Arab Emirates »

February 18, 2015 at 5:38AM PST | Source: TapSnap
TapSnap Opportunities Available

TapSnap has arrived in the United Arab Emirates with its unique brand of photo entertainment. This is the first franchise, of what the company hopes will be many, in the Middle East for the Canadian franchisor.
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC - February 18, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/  - "The beauty of the TapSnap concept is that it's universal. Everyone loves a photo booth, but what sets us apart are all the things we can do beyond simply taking a photo," notes Scott McInnes, TapSnap's Founder and CEO. "We can customize a solution for any type of event. For example, if you're having a wedding we can live stream the photos around your venue and to your friends and family around the world, all the while, creating personalized wedding favors for you to give your guests...

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...

Wheel Fun Rentals Opens New Bike Rental Location On Royal Street In French Quarter »

February 12, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

February 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // New Orleans, LA – Wheel Fun Rentals has opened a new location in New Orleans, bringing old-fashioned outdoor fun to the French Quarter. Wheel Fun Rentals, located at 818 Royal Street, offers a French Quarter pub crawl and a self-guided historic bike tour, in addition to hourly rentals of classic cruiser bikes, tandem bikes, and their unique four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat up to six people. Doors officially opened at this brand new location on February 5th.
"We differ from other French Quarter bike rentals in so many ways," said John Fryhling local owner and operator, "not only do we offer a much larger variety of bikes including our signature golf-cart-like Surrey that can fit up to 6 adults, we are also committed to excellent customer service...

World Of Beer (WOB) Kicks Off "Journey Through Pilsners" Feb. 16 »

February 11, 2015 at 9:37AM PST | Source: World of Beer

Passionate Pilsner Fans Could Win a Trip to Plzen, Czech Republic
Exclusive Event Features Classic Pilsners From Pilsner Urquell and Weihenstephan Brewery; Artisan Takes From Local Craft Brewers
February 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL – Despite its young history, the pilsner has become one of the world's most popular yet least appreciated beer styles, inspiring countless interpretations of the original. From the Czech-brewed Pilsner Urquell that started it all to the earthy German pilsners and contemporary varieties by American craft brewers, World of Beer (WOB) is taking its guests on a four-week "Journey through Pilsners" directly from their barstools.
Beginning Feb. 16 through March 15, WOB has assembled an extraordinary collection of world-renowned and local pilsners to give guests a firsthand experience of this iconic golden brew...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Celebrating Grand Opening In Cedar Rapids »

February 10, 2015 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

New Location Provides Area Residents with High-Flying, Active Fun
February 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Sky Zone Trampoline Park is opening its doors in Cedar Rapids to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Beginning on February 13th, Sky Zone Cedar Rapids owners and lifelong locals Dave and Jennifer Austin welcome residents to hop into the brand new Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls. 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.
Sky Zone's all-walled trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes...

Hilton Worldwide Introduces Hilton Garden Inn To Namibia »

February 04, 2015 at 11:53AM PST | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Latest Signing to Bring Mid-Market Brand to Windhoek in 2017 
Technology and Design Innovation at Heart of Hospitality Company’s Growth in Africa
February 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // Windhoek & McLean, VA - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with Out of Africa Hospitality to open a mid-market Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.
Expected to begin welcoming guests in early 2017, the 180-guestroom hotel will open adjacent to the existing Hilton Windhoek and form part of the Freedom Plaza development, adding significant additional meeting space across the two properties. Guests will also benefit from new technology such as pre-arrival room selection – one of a raft of recent innovations from the global hospitality company...

Red Roof Inn Opens Its 400th Property Signaling Continued And Robust Demand »

February 04, 2015 at 6:35AM PST | Source: Red Roof Inn

February 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS, Ohio - Continuing its impressive growth Red Roof Inn® has opened its 400th hotel located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Signaling high demand for the brand, the franchise owned property joins a strong network of 399 properties in forty states. Additionally the brand recently announced its plan to expand internationally into the Brazilian market. Red Roof® has experienced intense and aggressive growth this past year as a result of service enhancements and hotel innovations successfully reinventing the economy lodging sector by listening to customers and providing an enhanced experience at a value price.
"I was really impressed with how strong the Red Roof brand has performed and how well they are positioned for future profitable growth," says Zane Varvel, Red Roof®, Council Bluffs, Iowa franchisee and Vice President, Warmbrodt Hotel Investments (WHI)...

Hilton Garden Inn Spreads Its Wings Over Istanbul International Ataturk Airport »

February 02, 2015 at 9:10AM PST | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport Joins the Growing Turkish Portfolio
February 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // ISTANBUL and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announced today the opening ofHilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport, representing an addition to the brand's growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport is managed by Hilton Worldwide on behalf of the owner Saray Dokum ve Madeni Aksam Sanayi Turizm A.?. It is the brand's seventh property in Turkey and offers 217 beautiful guest rooms.
"We are opening Hilton Garden Inn properties at key locations such as Istanbul International Ataturk Airport in response to the demand for affordable and quality hotels," said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

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...



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