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Maui Wowi Hawaiian's New Franchisees Discover Solution To Battered Career Syndrome »

July 02, 2015 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Becoming owners of a fun coffee and smoothie franchise concept has a Missouri couple excited for the future.
July 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // Republic, Missouri - A company that embodies the laidback lifestyle, makes work fun, and offers quality products was just what the doctor ordered for the newest franchisees of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies. Missouri couple, Mendee and Wes Thomas have broken free from the corporate world in order to begin living their dream.
The term Battered Career Syndrome has been used to describe what many Americans are suffering in the corporate world as they are overlooked and undercompensated. Coming from a Fortune 500 company, Mendee felt unnoticed and underappreciated in her career...

Adkins Named Culver's Director Of Menu Development »

July 02, 2015 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Culver's

June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - Quinn Adkins has joined Culver Franchising System Inc. as director of menu development. In this position, Adkins will play a critical role in building the Culver's brand through strategic and sound product development, menu management and quality assurance of products.
Adkins has over 14 years of experience in culinary product development; most recently from Olga's Kitchen Inc., a full service casual dining chain in Troy Michigan, where he has spent the last five years as executive chef and product development manager. Adkins previously supported menu development at TGI Fridays in Texas and B.G. Bolton's in Kansas.
"We're fortunate to have a person of Quinn's caliber on our team," says David Stidham, vice president of Marketing at Culver's...

Grabbagreen® Signs First Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement In Dallas, Texas »

July 02, 2015 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Grabbagreen®

Arizona-based food+juice restaurant, Grabbagreen expands their footprint as consumers continue to embrace healthier eating options on the go.
June 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - Grabbagreen®, the Scottsdale-based restaurant concept known for their super ingredient-inspired menu and fast atmosphere, has announced a three-store development deal in Dallas with franchise partner 3MUnited LLC. This announcement marks the very first franchise agreement since Grabbagreen launched their franchise opportunity at the end of April.
"We are excited to welcome 3MUnited on board as our first franchise partner at Grabbagreen," says Kim Cramton, VP of Operations and Franchise Development. "Our team has been laser focused on elevating the brand's expansion strategy and positioning the company for nationwide growth in 2015...

Tastee Freez Names Anchorage Franchisee Operator Of The Year »

July 02, 2015 at 5:14AM PDT | Source: Tastee Freez

Longtime Franchisee, Rich Owens, Takes Home the Prestigious Award for Second Year
June 8, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Tastee Freez, the brand behind America’s favorite soft served treats, announced Alaska franchisee, Rich Owens, as its 2014 Operator of the Year. Rich was honored by Tastee Freez parent company, Galardi Group, which also operates the Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand brands, at the company’s 2015 National Operator Seminar for his tireless commitment to excellence since he began operating the long established Tastee Freez franchise in 1994. Rich also earned this most coveted award in 2006.
“Rich has gone beyond the call of duty in creating a destination for fundraisers and charities throughout the Anchorage community,” said Doug Koegeboehn, Chief Marketing Officer for Galardi Group...

From “The Great White North” To The Tropics, Rita’s Italian Ice Continues International Expansion »

July 02, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Rita’s Italian Ice

World’s Largest Italian Ice Concept Opens Three Stores in Canada and Plans for Puerto Rico
TREVOSE, Pa. (PRWEB) July 01, 2015 - Today, Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, announced it’s continuing its international expansion and awarding its fifth international master franchise agreement for the development of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. The news comes as the company is continuing to make great strides in the North, officially opening its first three stores in Canada earlier this month.
“Our growth this year has been unprecedented,” said Eric Taylor, chief development officer at Rita’s Franchise Company...

Bar Louie Central West End To Host Anniversary Party »

July 02, 2015 at 3:44AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

ST. LOUIS - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Bar Louie Central West End is celebrating their 9th anniversary by hosting a two day blowout bash on July 2nd & 3rd. The fun begins with some of the incredible features that have made them famous with locals over the years, including $1 burgers (their Tuesday burger night special) and out of this world features on 8 signature martinis and select domestic buckets all day.
"This celebration is truly about paying tribute to the amazing people of St. Louis who have been great supporters of Bar Louie since the day we opened," says Bar Louie Central West End GM, Brandon Hillis. "This is just a small token of our appreciation."
Bar Louie Central West End is located at 14 Maryland Plaza and is open for lunch, dinner and late night dining from 11 a...

All American Cheesesteak Debuts At South Philly Steaks & Fries Restaurants »

July 01, 2015 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Classic Philly Sandwich with a Patriotic Twist - Perfect for Fourth of July - for a Limited Time!
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ - Villa Enterprises, global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor, announced the debut of the All American Philly Cheesesteak on the menu at all South Philly Steaks & Fries restaurants for a limited time. The All American Philly Cheesesteak starts with thinly sliced grilled sirloin steak on a fresh baked roll, and then topped with special sauce, lettuce, melted American cheese, pickles, and onions. The familiar flavors that are featured in this cheesesteak are timeless and sure to be craved by customers of all ages! South Philly locations are now serving The All American Cheesesteak as a Mini or a Regular, for a limited time...

Pieology Fresno Donates Over $1,000 To Multiple Sclerosis Society »

July 01, 2015 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Pieology Pizzeria

100 Percent of Sales from Pre-Opening Event to Benefit Locals Living with the Disease
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California – Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, has announced that their recently opened Fresno location at the El Paseo Marketplace raised $1,155.83 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. To celebrate the new location and to affirm the company’s focus on social responsibility, the restaurant pledged to donate 100 percent of sales generated from a pre-opening event, to the MS Society.
“We are grateful to the many people in the Fresno community who came out to support such a worthy cause” said Juan Rivera, Pieology general manager...

Tropical Smoothie Café Introduces Limited-Time Wraps And Smoothies To The Menu »

July 01, 2015 at 9:55AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Chain Launches New Seasonal Menu For The Summertime
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has introduced new limited-time only items to the menu. The new Pacific Rim Wraps and Superfood Smoothies are the perfect complements to the summer season, offering guests a delicious way to escape the mundane and into the Pacific with a tropical wrap or bowl, and cool down with a blended beverage.
Sriracha is making an appearance in both of the new limited-time Pacific Rim Wraps to bring the heat to Tropical Smoothie Café locations nationwide. Offering a fusion of fresh and bold flavors, the Cha Cha Sriracha Chicken wrap combines all-natural grilled chicken, roasted pineapple, cilantro, cabbage, carrots, scallions, romaine, spinach and caramelized pineapple Sriracha sauce in a toasted flour tortilla...

Shopping With 7-Eleven Just Got A Lot More Convenient »

July 01, 2015 at 9:31AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Retailer Teams with Postmates for On Demand Delivery in San Francisco
DALLAS - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven, Inc. takes its mantra of "what customers want, when and where they want it" a giant step further as it begins to offer delivery to customers with San Francisco-based technology company Postmates.
Select stores in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., now offer on-demand delivery through Postmates iOS, Android or web app. An assortment of 7-Eleven's products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items is just a few taps away and will be delivered by Postmates to customers in an hour or less.
"7-Eleven's founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7-Eleven's mission was to 'give customers what they want, when and where they want it'," said Raja Doddala, 7-Eleven's vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy...

The Melting Pot Seeks New Owner For Newport News, Va., Restaurant »

July 01, 2015 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Offers Turn-Key Business Opportunity to Interested Entrepreneurs
TAMPA, Fla. - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that a recently closed unit is available for re-opening under new ownership in Newport News, Va. The brand is seeking qualified owner-operator candidates who are interested in owning their very own Melting Pot restaurant. Currently, The Melting Pot has six additional restaurants throughout Virginia.
The Melting Pot in Newport News is located in the Jefferson Green Shopping Center at 12233 Jefferson Ave, Suite 3 and opened in July 2006. The unit closed as of June 29 for compliance reasons related to its franchise agreement...

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates National Ice Cream Month With Free Waffle Cone Offer And 31% Off All Sundaes On July 31st »

July 01, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

Baskin-Robbins introduces lineup of OREO® cookie-themed frozen treats including its July Flavor of the Month, OREO® ‘n Cake
Also kicks off Community ConesSM Paper Icon Program to benefit The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – July is National Ice Cream Month and Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is celebrating all month long by treating guests to fun special offers, introducing a delicious lineup of OREO® cookie-themed frozen treats, and providing guests with a sweet way to give back to their local communities.
Throughout the month of July, Baskin-Robbins guests can upgrade their double scoop of ice cream with a free freshly-baked waffle cone...

Penn Station East Coast Subs Offers BLT For Limited Time »

July 01, 2015 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Penn Station East Coast Subs

Sandwich Available At All Locations Throughout July
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // MILFORD, OHIO - Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, will add a fresh grilled bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich to its menu for the month of July.
“While looking at other concepts, we found the bacon to be thin, tasteless and almost more like bacon bits than true bacon,” said Penn Station President Craig Dunaway. “We specifically selected a much thicker cut of bacon – and absorbed the additional cost of it – because we believe customers will recognize and appreciate the difference in quality and taste. During the testing phase for this limited time offer, we rejected numerous bacon samples from our supplier because they didn’t have the taste difference we were seeking...

Villa Italian Kitchen Offers Guests To Create The “Perfect Pair” »

July 01, 2015 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Just in time for Summer, Guests Can Add a Monin® Flavor Shot to Any Fountain Beverage!
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ - Villa Enterprises, global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor, announced beginning today, Villa Italian Kitchen is offering guests a perfect way to cool down with a unique specialty drink for summer, a “Flavor Shot” of Monin® Gourmet Flavoring such as, strawberry, watermelon, blackberry, apple, pomegranate, cherry, or mango to any fountain beverage including ice tea, soda or lemonade, to create the Perfect Pair! The “Perfect Pair custom beverage will be available through September. Ask for a sample at participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations.
“To create the perfect pair, we invite guests to try a flavor shot in their favorite beverage for a delicious and refreshing taste of summer,” said Mimi Wunderlich, Villa Italian Kitchen, Brand Manager...

The Wendy's Company Announces Preliminary Results Of Tender Offer »

July 01, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced today the preliminary results of its modified Dutch auction tender offer, which expired at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on June 30, 2015.
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit aboutwendys.com or wendys.com.Based on the preliminary count by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, a total of approximately 66.6 million shares of the Company's common stock were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or below the purchase price of $11...

America’s Top Road Trip Destinations Named By Schlotzsky’s Guests »

July 01, 2015 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Schlotzsky's

National Bakery-Cafe Restaurant Gives Guests Chance to Win Thousands of Prizes Featuring a Cruisin’ Vacation to Destination along Route 66 through Summer Promotion
AUSTIN, Texas - July 01, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Schlotzsky’s® summer menu has taken a road trip down historic Route 66 with the launch of regionally-inspired dishes, so the bakery-cafe is asking guests about their ultimate road trip destination this summer. Throughout June, Schlotzsky’s received thousands of social media entries from guests across the country sharing photos of where they wanted to take a road trip this summer. The results are in and today, Schlotzsky’s announces America’s Top 66 Road Trip Destinations.
Whether it’s to the beach or the mountains – here are America’s Top 10 Road Trip Destinations, according to Schlotzsky’s guests, in order of popularity:

Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
The Grand Canyon
Yellowstone National Park
Seligman, AZ ("Birthplace of Route 66")
Ft...

Decisions, Decisions, What Flavors To Try During The Month Of July »

July 01, 2015 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: Ben & Jerry's

For National Ice Cream Month, Climate & Cookies Highlight Ice Cream with a Cause
BURLINGTON, Vt. - July 01, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Here at Ben & Jerry’s, we like to think that every day is an ice cream day. But for those who need an excuse to indulge, have no fear, National Ice Cream Month is here! We find it hard to believe that anyone needs an excuse to eat more ice cream, but just in case, for the entire month of July, Ben & Jerry’s fans have a reason to deep dive into a pint of their favorite flavor. And the possibilities are endless, from a classic like Phish Food to the latest and cookie-doughiest creation, the Tonight Dough. Besides, there is nothing like delving into an ice cold Ben & Jerry’s pint that’s swimming with swirls and bursting with chunks while soaking up the sun on hot summer days...

The Shark Week Frenzy Is Back At Cold Stone Creamery »

July 01, 2015 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Cold Stone Creamery

Shark Week Frenzy Creation, Great Blue Cupcake in Stores Now
July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // Scottsdale, Ariz. – Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) is excited to announce, for a third consecutive year, a partnership with the Discovery Channel® celebrating Shark Week®. Shark Week 2015 premieres on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 5, but customers can enjoy the Shark Week Frenzy Creation™ and the Great Blue™ Cupcakes in stores now through July 14, 2015.
The Shark Week Frenzy Creation is made with Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream mixed with graham cracker pie crust and gummy sharks. The Great Blue Cupcake is a chocolate cup filled with a layer of yellow cake and Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream, topped with blue fluffy frosting and a gummy shark...

Fresh To Order Expands Menu With New Small Plates »

July 01, 2015 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Flavorful Coconut Curry Chicken and Wild Mushroom Chicken Added to Menu
‘Fast-Fine’ Atlanta-based restaurant Fresh To Order (f2o) is adding new flavors to its ‘Small Plates’ menu with the addition of Coconut Curry Chicken and Wild Mushroom Chicken.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 01, 2015 - ‘Fast-Fine’ Atlanta-based restaurant Fresh To Order (f2o) is adding new flavors to its ‘Small Plates’ menu with the addition of Coconut Curry Chicken and Wild Mushroom Chicken. The new dishes join an already fresh-tasting small plates menu, including items like Almond Crusted Seared Tuna, Blackened Lime Shrimp and Brown Sugar Roasted Pork Loin, a guest favorite of all-natural pork brushed with a signature brown sugar rub with rosemary, and served with a side of honey, butter and cinnamon flavored mashed potatoes...

Amada Senior Care Expands To Greater Phoenix Area »

July 01, 2015 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Amada Senior Care

Orange County Based Senior Care Franchise Opens Office in Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona (PRWEB) July 01, 2015 - Amada Senior Care, premier provider of non-medical in-home care and assisted living placement counseling, recently opened a new office in the greater Phoenix area – their Mesa, Arizona location. Amada franchise partners Kris Patmos and Kimberly Perkins decided to make the move to senior care with their purchase of the rights to the area after years of experience in the sales and healthcare industries. Their grand opening will be held on Thursday, July 2nd.
When asked what makes Amada different from other homecare companies, Kim said that Amada Mesa not only understands the impact that quality care can have on a senior and their family – they understand the healthcare landscape in general and are here to guide seniors through it...



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