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Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Rockwall Location »

October 24, 2014 at 12:30PM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Rockwall, TX - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Rockwall on October 8. Franchise owners Bryan Selden and Brent Jones held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 12 to support Rockwall Heath High School and Rockwall High School.
The new restaurant, located at 3035 Ridge Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Rockwall Heath High School or Rockwall High School.
"Our youth are the future of the Rockwall community and we look to support them in any way possible," said Jones. "By giving back to our local high schools, we are investing in education and extra-curricular activities that build a strong foundation for students...

Second Cup To Acquire 17 Franchised Cafés And Bring Top Operators In House »

October 24, 2014 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: Second Cup Ltd., The

MISSISSAUGA, ON - Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Second Cup Ltd. ("Second Cup" or the "company": TSX: SCU) announced the acquisition of 17 Second Cup cafés concentrated in prime Toronto area locations.
The cafés are currently owned by long-standing franchisees, Debbie and Bob Riche, who will be joining the Second Cup team as Director of Operations, Corporate Cafés and General Manager, Corporate Cafés, respectively. The Riches have more than 20 years of experience as outstanding operators. They will continue to manage the acquired cafés, as well as additional company-owned locations. The acquisition of the cafés is expected to close on November 6, 2014.
All 17 cafés will remain open and employment offers are being made to all staff members...

Papa John's Warms Up The Fall Season With PepsiCo For A New Spin On A Classic: The Fritos Chili Pizza »

October 24, 2014 at 9:32AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Oct. 27 Through Nov. 23 get the Fritos Chili Pizza for $12 and a Chocolate Chip Cookie for $5
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - October 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's is bringing the crunch this fall with a new spin on a classic American favorite. The pizza company is partnering with PepsiCo's Fritos corn chips to create a new tasty tradition, the Fritos Chili Pizza. A comforting fall dish, the Fritos Chili Pizza is a unique offering for Papa John's customers that can be paired with a warm, freshly-baked, eight-slice chocolate chip cookie and a Pepsi beverage product.
Whether looking for a dinner option on Halloween or the perfect tailgating meal, the limited time product is available through November 23. The pizza will feature Papa John's signature-crust, real beef, hearty chili sauce, Roma tomatoes and onions, all topped with premium cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and baked to golden brown perfection...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Milwaukee Location »

October 24, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner and Operator Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Milwaukee, WI - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Milwaukee on October 8. Franchise owner Dave Deason and director of operations Bill Everett held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 12 to support Lincoln Center of the Arts Middle School and St. Joan Antida High School.
The new restaurant, located at 544 East Ogden Avenue, circulated 7,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Lincoln Center of the Arts Middle School or St. Joan Antida High School.
"Dave and I are excited to be part of Jersey Mike's growth in Wisconsin," said Everett...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens In La Mirada »

October 24, 2014 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // La Mirada, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in La Mirada on October 8. Franchise owner Alvaro Garcia held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 12 to support various community schools and organizations including: Eastwood Elementary PTA, Heights Christian Schools, La Mirada Soccer Association, Los Coyotes Middle School, and Biola University.
The new restaurant, located at 14873 Telegraph Road, circulated 30,000 flyers throughout the community containing various coupons. For each coupon that is redeemed, Jersey Mike's will donate $3 to the respective beneficiary...

BAB Systems, Inc. Announces New Big Apple Bagels® Now Open »

October 24, 2014 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Big Apple Bagels, Inc. (BAB)

DEERFIELD, Ill. - October 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - BAB Systems, Inc., the franchising subsidiary of BAB, Inc. (OTCBB: BABB), announced the opening of its newest Big Apple Bagels, located at 2049 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette, Indiana. Big Apple Bagels has had a loyal customer following in Lafayette dating back to 1997. The current franchisee, "Shi Guys LLC," took over the Lafayette operation in 2012 at its original location about two miles away. Shortly thereafter they decided to relocate the business, aiming for an updated atmosphere and fresh new experience for their customers. Early results indicate the new location is being well received by the local Big Apple Bagels fans who are happy to have their store back after a longer than expected construction period...

Arby's Promotes Melissa Strait To Chief People Officer »

October 24, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Arby's

Newly Created Position Will Lead Global Talent Management
ATLANTA - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. announced today that it was promoting Melissa Strait, SVP, Human Resources and Leadership Development, to Chief People Officer, a newly created position reporting to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer. In the new role Strait will be responsible for leading the strategy, development and execution of key organizational effectiveness and talent management programs across the company. Strait has been with Arby's since 1984, when she started as a team member working in an Arby's restaurant in her home state of Michigan.
"Melissa has been an instrumental advisor during my first year and a half as CEO," said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Arby's Restaurant Group...

Pizza Ranch Plans New Kentwood Restaurant »

October 24, 2014 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Pizza Ranch

The Beloved Family Hangout to Bring its Signature Pizzas, Fried Chicken and Community Outreach Programs to Kentwood
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // KENTWOOD, Mich. – Pizza Ranch, the legendary pizza, fried chicken and salad buffet beloved across the Midwest and Central Plains, announced plans to open in Kentwood, Michigan. It will be the brand's third location in the state. The restaurant will be located at 3858 28th St. SE in Kentwood, and a team of local entrepreneurs is at the helm of this development.
Pizza Ranch restaurants have earned a much-adored reputation in their communities for hot and delicious pizzas, golden crispy fried chicken and fresh healthy salads, all in a fun, authentic, ranch-themed environment...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens In Ocala »

October 24, 2014 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Ocala, FL - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Ocala on October 8. Franchise owners Barry and Marlene Kovelesky, along with manager Megan Stankiewicz, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 19 to support Michelle-O-Gram in partnership with Ocala Health.
The new restaurant, located at 2602 SW 19th Ave., circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Michelle-O-Gram.
"After trying Jersey Mike's for the first time we loved the product and wanted to get involved with the brand," said Marlene Kovelesky...

Forever Fest 2014 Unveils Programming »

October 23, 2014 at 10:54AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Tenth anniversary screening of MEAN GIRLS with Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese and Daniel DeSanto in attendance and Premiere of AMIRA & SAM with Martin Starr, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi, and director Sean Mullin in attendance among additional signature programming.
Badges on sale NOW!
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse's girlie, pop-culture fest, FOREVER FEST is thrilled to announce the programming and ticketing for the sophomore year of their weekend-long celebration of girlie pop culture. Fans of female- centric films, books and TV are invited to come together and revel in their obsessions with screenings, themed parties and so much more. Forever Fest will take place November 14th - 16th at the beloved and newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar with parties at The Highball, whose karaoke rooms were recently named "the greatest karaoke bar in the world...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Minneapolis Location »

October 23, 2014 at 10:48AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis, MN - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Minneapolis on October 1. Franchise owners Joe Nachtrab, Luke Nachtrab and Michael McGuire, along with manager Nick Ryskamp, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, October 5 to support Lake Harriet Community School and Kenwood School.
The new restaurant, located at 1504 West Lake Street, circulated 8,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Lake Harriet Community School or Kenwood School.
"At Jersey Mike's we're grateful for the opportunity to connect with our local community, said Ryskamp...

Red Mango® Yogurt Cafe Juice Program Honored At Inaugural HALO Awards »

October 23, 2014 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

Food News Media Recognizes Red Mango for Commitment to Healthy Lifestyle Choices
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Red Mango, one of the fastest growing retailers of healthy dining options and authentic frozen yogurt, has been honored for its national raw, cold-squeezed juice program at the inaugural HALO Awards ceremony, held recently in New Orleans.
Food News Media, publisher of QSR and FSR magazines, established the HALO Awards (Healthy Active Lifestyle Objective) to celebrate the menu innovation and messaging of restaurant chains across the nation that are making positive contributions towards consumers looking to live healthy and active lifestyles.
"We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the country for our passion to serve customers delicious and healthy eating options," said Dan Kim, founder of Red Mango...

Fatburger Joins Newly Co-Branded Buffalo's Cafe In Palmdale »

October 23, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

Sister Brands Team Up To Bring Burger Options to Popular Los Angeles Restaurant
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for its juicy, made-to-order burgers has joined its sister brand Buffalo's Cafe in their newly co-branded Palmdale location. Fans of the all-American franchise, known for its selection of delicious chicken wings, are sure to love the new variety of burger options available at the community favorite restaurant.
The location offers popular menu items from Buffalo's Cafe, including its fresh, never frozen chicken wings with bold and spicy sauces like Asian Sesame, Lemon Pepper, Honey Garlic and spice levels ranging from Mild to Death Valley. With the new Fatburger addition, it also offers classic mouthwatering burgers, ranging in size from small to XXXL...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens In Hesperia »

October 23, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hesperia, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Hesperia on October 1. Franchise owner Adam Shamel and manager Celina Serrano held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, October 5 to support the Hesperia Police Activities League.
The new restaurant, located at 13255 Main Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Hesperia Police Activities League.
"We're excited to open our second Jersey Mike's in the High Desert," said Shamel. "Every location we open gives us a chance to support our community through a 5-day fundraiser...

Dunkin' Donuts Scares Up A Seasonal Favorite: Boston Scream Donut Returns For Halloween »

October 23, 2014 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Dunkin' Donuts also brews Halloween fun with #dresseDD Instagram and Twitter Contest
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – Halloween is fast approaching and Dunkin' Donuts is keeping guests and ghosts alike running through the holiday with the return of the Boston Scream Donut. A variation of its classic Boston Kreme Donut, the Boston Scream Donut is disguised for Halloween with a special orange icing drizzle design. For another seasonal treat, Dunkin' Donuts is also serving the Halloween Pumpkin Donut, shaped to resemble a jack-o-lantern, the pumpkin shaped yeast shell is filled with vanilla-flavored buttercreme, and finished with orange icing and a jack-o-lantern face made with chocolate icing drizzle. Both frightfully delicious treats are available through the end of the month at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Wraps Up A Record Year Of Innovation With New Sweet And Savory Menu Items For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Industry Leader Debuts New Savory Island Club Sandwiches, Brings Back Naughty or Nice Smoothies with a New Twist on Pumpkin
ATLANTA - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Industry leader Tropical Smoothie Cafe is wrapping up a record year of innovation with its new sweet and savory menu items for the holiday season. Starting on Oct. 27, 2014, consumers can experience a fresh take on the turkey club with the introduction of the Savory Island Club sandwiches. The better-for-you restaurant brand is also bringing new flavor news to its popular Naughty or Nice Smoothie line-up.
The new premium sandwiches, Savory Island Clubs, invite guests to savor the wholesomeness of the ingredients like hand-made kale and apple slaw and signature sauces like the chipotle cranberry...

Dunkin' Brands Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 23, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass. - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -
Third quarter highlights include:

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 2.0%; Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales growth of 5.8%
Added 197 net new restaurants worldwide including 120 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
Revenue increased 3.4%
Adjusted operating income increased 11.3%; adjusted operating income margin of 51.6%
Diluted adjusted EPS increased 19.5% to $0.49
Board of Directors declares $0.23 fourth quarter dividend

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the third quarter ended September 27, 2014...

Country Kitchen® Hits It Home »

October 23, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Country Kitchen
Country Kitchen Opportunities Available

A Return to the Heritage that Defines the Brand
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, WI – Country Kitchen® Restaurant has spent the last three years re-focusing the brand towards the history, ideology and core competencies which helped define it over these past 75 years. This new focus has led the brand to the most successful years in the past decade and has reinvigorated the franchise community as well as the corporate team as 2014 continues on this upward slope.
It is well documented that times have been tough for the restaurant industry over the past four years but this reality has not dampened the mood at Country Kitchen International. Since 2011, when the company was acquired by Legacy Franchise Group, LLC, the brand has enjoyed a string of successful "Limited Time Offer" (LTO) campaigns as well as tremendously effective and well received menu launches...

Maui Wowi Makes A Splash With Latest Orange County Franchise »

October 23, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie retailer grants Southern California resident its latest franchise agreement, continuing the brand's expansion on the West Coast.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premium island coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, has recently signed a franchise agreement granting Orange County resident, June Padua, the rights to own up to three units. She joins a growing number of Maui Wowi franchisees in the Southern California market and along the West Coast, where the brand culture has thrived in recent years.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian currently has 32 franchisees in the state of California, operating 55 units that include seven fixed retail locations, as well as outlets on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Location In Iowa »

October 23, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clive, IA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Clive on October 1. Franchise owners Scott Miller and Jed Hoffman held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, October 5 to support Variety the Children's Charity.
The new restaurant, located at 12851 University Ave., circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Variety the Children's Charity.
"The high quality product and authentic customer experience offered at Jersey Mike's make this brand truly exceptional," said Hoffman. "I found that on every level of the organization, the people that work for Jersey Mike's are friendly, caring, and dedicated...



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