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CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2015 Second Quarter »

July 30, 2015 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 28, 2015.
"We are pleased to report positive same store sales growth this quarter of 3.0% at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 5.3% at our Peter Piper Pizza stores," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "We believe our initiatives to improve the overall food and entertainment experience at Chuck E. Cheese's are beginning to have an impact. The new menu at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores launched in April and has been very well received by our guests. We believe other initiatives like free guest Wi-Fi and enhanced hospitality training are also improving the in-store experience and helping to contribute to stronger traffic...

Sky Zone Secures Waco Location For Indoor Trampoline Park »

July 28, 2015 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

All-trampoline play experience coming to Waco Drive this year.
WACO, Texas - July 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The ultimate 3-D play experience is coming to Waco! Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, the creator of the world’s first all-trampoline playing court, today announced a new franchise at 4809 W. Waco Drive, located east of Richland Mall next to Gym X.
“Sky Zone offers a high-energy fun and fitness experience for people of all ages and abilities,” said Andrew Aiken, co-owner of Sky Zone Waco. “Inside our court, we’ll have trampolines lining the floor and even on the walls. You can jump, play games and have a great time.”
Construction of the 19,100-square-foot facility will begin later this summer, with a projected opening in December...

IHG Signs Landmark Sixth InterContinental® Hotel In France »

July 23, 2015 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental® Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel
July 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the signing of InterContinental® Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel, France. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Financière Immobilière Bordelaise.
Opening later this year, the hotel will be IHG’s sixth InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts property in France, cementing its position as the largest luxury hotel brand in Europe. InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand will join InterContinental® Paris - Le Grand, InterContinental® Paris - Avenue Marceau, InterContinental® Marseille - Hotel Dieu, InterContinental® Carlton Cannes, and most recently InterContinental® Lyon - Hotel Dieu...

Worldwide Trampoline Dodgeball Championship Leaps Around The Globe This Fall »

July 22, 2015 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

$50,000 in Prizes, 1,000 Teams, 90 Tournaments, Four Countries, and One Champion
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is gearing up to host its 2015 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship. Taking place in two phases in September and October, qualifying teams from around the world will have an opportunity to battle it out on the court for a chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes. Ultimate Dodgeball combines the high-flying action of Sky Zone’s patented trampoline courts with the blistering pace of dodgeball for a thrilling test of skill and agility.
The annual event series kicks off with Local Qualifier tournaments, which run from September 8th to September 14th at over 90 parks throughout the United States, Canada...

Pinot's Palette Partners With Buxton To Support U.S. Expansion »

July 21, 2015 at 9:32AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

July 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // FORT WORTH, Texas - Pinot's Palette, the fastest-growing paint and sip franchise in the United States, has partnered with Buxton to assist with planning the company's growth strategy. Buxton's customer analytics and SCOUT platform will allow Pinot's Palette to quantify growth potential in each franchise territory and optimize the placement of locations.
"A large part of the success of Pinot's Palette has been our ability to take advantage of technology to give our franchisees the greatest opportunity to be successful and grow their business," said Pinot's Palette president and co-founder Charles Willis. "This partnership with Buxton further enhances our capabilities and will help our franchisees with one of the most important business decisions, and that is the selection of a location for their studio...

Wheel Fun Rentals Offers Specialty Bike Rentals And Boat Excursions At Lake Como Park, St. Paul »

July 21, 2015 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

July 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // St. Paul, MN – Twin City residents can now experience twofold the fun at Como Regional Park! Wheel Fun Rentals is pleased to have brought specialty bike rentals, boat rentals, and an exciting guided boat excursion to this popular outdoor hangout. Wheel Fun Rentals is known nationwide for their four wheel Surrey cycles, specialty bikes, and tours with more than 100 outlets in 16 states.
Located at 1360 North Lexington Parkway and situated behind the Como Pavilion on the lakefront, Wheel Fun Rentals at Lake Como offers park goers the opportunity to get outside and rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun whether they’re biking OR boating. Guests can choose from a variety of specialty bikes, including the iconic 4- wheel Surrey, or take to the water with a kayak or pedal boat rental...

School Of Rock Goes International With Who Cares For Allstars 2015 U.S. Tour »

July 20, 2015 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Performance-Based Music School’s Brightest Students to Take Center Stage on AllStars Tour
July 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education for all ages, is embarking on their annual AllStars Summer Tour. After a demanding International audition process, the chosen top one percent of SOR students are set to go on an exciting adventure complete with tour buses and multiple live concerts throughout the country. These selected few are not only highly skilled musicians, but have also exhibited an unparalleled level of excellence in dedication, teamwork and leadership. With 22 tour dates set for this summer at some of rock’s most iconic stages, including Gathering Of The Vibes and the famed Lollapalooza in Chicago, these young aspiring musicians get to experience firsthand what a professional career in rock and roll is like...

Things That Go Putt In The Dark »

July 16, 2015 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Monster Mini Golf 10

Indoor, glow in the dark, monster themed, mini golf is family fun!
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - On Friday, July 17, 2015, the newest Monster Mini Golf in the United States will be presenting a Grand Opening event in Coral Springs, Florida. The address of the event is 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, FL. A ribbon cutting ceremony, that will include members of the Chamber Of Commerce as well as city officials, is scheduled for 12pm – 3pm. The celebration will also include complimentary popcorn, soft drinks, food samples from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, waffles by wafflecatering.com, ice cones by Zombie Ice and GLOW face painting by Dizzy Doodle.
This is the second Monster Mini Golf location for franchisee and entrepreneur Felix Marte...

Pump It Up Celebrates 15 Years Of Birthdays & Family Fun With First International Location »

July 15, 2015 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Pump It Up

Monterrey, Mexico, Chosen as Ideal Setting
TEMPE, Ariz. - July 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pump It Up has a lot to celebrate. This year marks the company’s 15th anniversary and it has clearly accomplished its mission to bring joy to kids and create wonderful memories. Over the past 15 years, the company has hosted more than 2.5 million birthday parties and has welcomed more than 80 million kids to play, jump and explore in their play arenas. A major part of the celebration and capstone to these 15 years is the company’s plan to expand internationally, debuting the first Pump It Up in Monterrey, Mexico, achieving a lofty long-time goal.
Pump It Up is the leader in the children’s entertainment category, boasting the best indoor play areas filled with giant inflatables, obstacle courses and a variety of kids entertainment experiences...

Pinot's Palette Announces Successful Q2 Putting Company On Track For Record-Breaking Year »

July 15, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fastest-growing paint and sip franchise has signed 35 deals YTD
July 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, the first and only international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, today announced a successful Q2 that has helped the company award a total of 35 franchise agreements in 17 states and Canada so far this year.
The award-winning organization known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine awarded 19 of those locations in April and May as the company emphasized prime markets and qualified franchise partners for more strategic and rapid growth. This year Pinot’s Palette made strides to improve its recruiting effort by employing skills assessments for interested candidates and recently completed a nationwide, market research study to determine optimal territories of its core customers...

PigOut Cater­ing Reveals U.S. Fran­chise Growth Plans »

July 13, 2015 at 5:01AM PDT | Source: PigOut Catering

July 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // Based in south­east Ontario, Canada, PigOut Cater­ing, has made a name for itself through­out the bet­ter part of the past decade for its unique approach to event cater­ing. With a strik­ing pig roaster as the cen­tral focal point to the fine-dining events it caters, Pig Out has set its sights on the United States to expand the impres­sive con­cept even fur­ther. Orig­i­nat­ing in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, the cater­ing brand ini­tially began its growth locally in Canada, and now has launched a strate­gic fran­chis­ing plan to pen­e­trate the mas­sive U.S. event cater­ing market.
Poised at the onset of fran­chis­ing to tar­get lucra­tive mar­kets in Texas and Florida with its one-of-a-kind look, taste and feel, PigOut’s momen­tum since launch­ing eight years ago has ignited the brand’s growth strat­egy...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Welcomes Tampa Residents To The Ultimate Play Experience »

July 10, 2015 at 8:57AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Trampoline Park Opens Its New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
July 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park has officially opened its doors in Tampa to provide a thrilling experience for the whole family. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world’s first indoor trampoline park, has a variety of gravity-defying activities that will leave visitors jumping for joy. Local residents are welcome to bounce into Sky Zone Tampa to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls!
To celebrate, Sky Zone Tampa is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 11th and will be offering guests a 60-minute jump for $11. From 12 p.m. – 4 p.m...

IHG Announces Sale Of InterContinental Hong Kong For $938 Million »

July 10, 2015 at 6:45AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

July 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group PLC [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces that it has agreed to sell IHG’s ownership interest in InterContinental Hong Kong (the “Hotel”) to Supreme Key Limited, a consortium of investors advised and managed by Gaw Capital Partners (the “Buyer”), for a gross purchase price of US$938m. The Buyer has paid a cash deposit to IHG of $94m, with the remaining proceeds payable in cash on completion.
The Buyer has made a further commitment to invest in a significant refurbishment of the Hotel. This is expected to commence in 2017 and will take place over a period of approximately 18 months.IHG will retain a 37-year management contract on the Hotel, with three 10-year extension rights, giving an expected contract length of 67 years...

Red Roof® Makes Pillow Talk With Its Guests »

July 10, 2015 at 3:47AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

Delivering a New Enhanced Bedding Experience in Their PLUS+ Premium Rooms, the Brand Reinforces Its Upscale Economy Offering
July 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS, Ohio - It’s all in a good night’s sleep. Red Roof knows it and has responded to their guests once again. After long workdays or hours of travel to reach their destination, business travelers want comfort above everything else and Red Roof’s PLUS+ Premium rooms are offering better ways for business travelers to rejuvenate and relax. Guests are being greeted with white plush, pillow top mattresses and Love Your Linens™ bedding with large extra pillows as well as spa-inspired bathrooms with multiple setting showerheads at Red Roof PLUS+ locations across the country...

Sky Zone Tampa To Host Charity Event For The Boys And Girls Club Of Tampa »

July 08, 2015 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Gives Kids a Morning Full of Fun
July 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Sky Zone Tampa is hosting a charity event to give local Tampa-area children a chance to defy gravity and jump into some fun. The world’s first trampoline park will plan the fun-filled morning with help from the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, an organization that provides a safe space for youth and enables them to reach their full potential.
Sky Zone Tampa will open its doors to children from the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa on Wednesday July 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children attending the event will be able to fly high, jump for free, and refuel with snacks and refreshments before the park’s doors open to the public...

School Of Rock Takes Its Show On The Road »

July 06, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Performance-Based Music School Takes Kids on an 11-City Club Tour
Dallas, TX - July 06, 2015 - (PR.com) -  The 4th annual School Of Rock DFW Summer Tour is ready to get under way on July 30. The School of Rock is the world leader in performance-based music education. In keeping with the philosophy that the best way to learn to do something is by actually doing it, they decided to pack up the van with candy bars and juice boxes and hit the road. The twenty-three kids performing on this tour represent some of the hardest working music students from not only the eight locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but also from as far away as Bentonville, AR and Detroit, MI. Selected from a rigorous audition process, they will come together as a group for the first rehearsal on July 28, and leave for tour two days later...

Breckenridge Brewery Joins World Of Beer’s Summer WOBTrip Lineup »

July 06, 2015 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: World of Beer

Breckenridge Brewery Joins World of Beer’s Summer WOBTrip Lineup - Salted Grapefruit Farmhouse Ale Exclusively Featured on Tap at Taverns in July; Craft Beer Enthusiasts Are Invited to Share Their Summer WOBTrip Experiences for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Brewery
July 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla., and Littleton, Colo. - World of Beer is headed to the Rockies for a midsummer #WOBTRIP to toast Breckenridge Brewery’s 25th anniversary and its new brewery location in Littleton, Colorado. This July, the brewery will be providing WOB with a special Salted Grapefruit Farmhouse Ale. Using dried grapefruit peel and red Hawaiian sea salt, Breckenridge created a refreshing and unique summer sipper. This rare, limited-edition beer can only be found at the brewery and on draught at select WOB taverns, beginning July 10...

Sky Zone Raleigh Celebrates 100th Park Opening With Grand Giveaways And Thrilling Festivities »

July 01, 2015 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Trampoline Park Offers Guests the Ultimate Day of Fun
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // Raleigh – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is giving guests a reason to jump for joy with the opening of its 100th location in Lakewood, NJ. This expansion marks an epic milestone that exemplifies Sky Zone’s remarkable international growth and success.
All parks in the United States, Australia, Canada and Mexico will be doing their part to celebrate the momentous occasion by upholding two of Sky Zone’s key pillars; doing good and fostering fun. Each of the 100 Sky Zone parks will be donating $500 to a local charity of their choice. Sky Zone Raleigh will proudly donate to Camp Royall...

Cruise Planners’ Re-Introduces “Sea Of Love” Cruise Wedding Packages For All Couples »

June 30, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

On the heels of SCOTUS’ historic ruling about same-sex marriages, nation’s largest network of home-based travel agents offers complete wedding and event packages
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 30, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, recently enhanced its Sea of Love destination wedding program – with completely packaged weddings and vow renewals designed for all couples. This initiative enhances the company’s already growing wedding business, which has seen a spike during the past few years.
“We want to create memorable celebration ceremonies for all types of love and traditions,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

Cruise Planners’ Brian Shultz Wins 40 Under 40 Award From South Florida Business Journal »

June 29, 2015 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners’ Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations recognized for technology innovations, community service and company leadership
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, announced today that Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations, Brian Shultz was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from South Florida Business Journal.
Shultz has been with Cruise Planners for more than five years, and in that time, he has moved from Director of Technology, to Vice President to Executive Vice President. His latest role includes more of an overarching leadership role tapping into his pragmatic, strategic and forward-thinking skills...



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