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Giant Tiger To Build New Store In Sarnia, Ontario »

July 22, 2014 at 5:19AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 21, 2014) - Here we grow again! Giant Tiger is excited to announce the opening of an additional store in Sarnia, Ontario.
The new Giant Tiger will be located at 1249 London Road, Sarnia, ON, in the London Road Shopping Centre. This location will have an area of approximately 27,700 square feet and will feature the full Giant Tiger assortment of product and services.
"We are very excited to be expanding in Sarnia," says Greg Farrell, President and COO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "The second location will be a great complement to the existing Giant Tiger store."
Customers at Giant Tiger Sarnia can look forward to our familiar bright and fun décor, groceries, outstanding merchandise selection and, of course, the friendly customer service for which Giant Tiger is known...

Togo's To Give Away 10,000 Free #24 Turkey & Avocado Sandwiches On 7/24 »

July 22, 2014 at 5:10AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Celebrates its 24 Millionth #24 Turkey & Avocado Sandwich Sold
SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, is giving away 10,000 #24 Turkey & Avocado sandwiches to celebrate 24 million #24s being sold, making the #24 one of Togo's best sellers. To get a coupon for a Free regular #24, sandwich lovers must "like" Togo's Facebook page and enter their email address. The coupon will be valid on July 24, 2014 only.
A Togo's classic for over 40 years, the Big, Fresh & Meaty #24 Turkey & Avocado is a favorite among west coast sandwich lovers. The #24 exemplifies everything that sets Togo's apart from other sandwich shops: premium ingredients piled high, artisan bread, slow-roasted hand sliced Turkey and freshly-scooped Haas avocados...

White Spot Promotes Danny Markowicz To Executive Chef »

July 21, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: White Spot Restaurants

July 04, 2014 - White Spot is pleased to announce that former Executive Development Chef Danny Markowicz has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef.
Backed by a team of Red Seal-certified chefs, White Spot continues its 86th- year tradition of providing legendary, value-based menu offerings in a family-friendly atmosphere.
"As our top Red Seal chef, Danny's menu creations frequently become guest favourites," said long-time White Spot President Warren Erhart. "Danny has also become a familiar face on television, and has been playing an increasingly high profile role in our organization."
Markowicz was mentored by former Executive Chef Chuck Currie, who helped White Spot successfully transition to a casual dining restaurant...

Introducing The New Big, Bold Texas BBQ Thickburger From Carl's Jr. And Hardee's »

July 21, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr. Opportunities Available

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Star Hannah Ferguson Gets Back to her Texas Roots in Star-Studded Ad Campaign
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Today Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® salute the great state of Texas' fine tradition of BBQ with their newest meat-on-meat burger creation: the Texas BBQ Thickburger®, now available at participating Hardee's restaurants and at Carl's Jr. restaurants on Wednesday.
The new Texas BBQ Thickburger features tender, smoked beef brisket, spicy mesquite BBQ sauce, crispy jalapeno and onion strips, and melted American cheese, all piled high on a charbroiled 100 percent Black Angus beef Thickburger patty and served on a Fresh Baked Bun. Beginning with the launch of the Texas BBQ Thickburger, Carl's Jr...

Taco John's® Cleans Up With New Restaurant Competition »

July 21, 2014 at 10:21AM PDT | Source: Taco Johns

July 15, 2014 - Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most restaurants. But this year Taco John's® is taking it to a new level. The Mexican quick service restaurant chain has created the Silver Cup contest – a competition to find the cleanest Taco John's® in America.
"Our guests expect a clean dining experience. If they don't find it at Taco John's®, they will look for it somewhere else," Says Jeff Linville, CEO for Taco John's®. "We want this contest to the "white glove" approach to the entire restaurant, inside and out."
According to a recent report from the Mintel Group, cleanliness is the most important consideration when consumers are deciding which restaurant to visit. Taco John's® locations that competed for the Silver Cup were asked to not only thoroughly clean the inside of their restaurants but also work on the outward appearance, for example – adding new mulch in flower beds, painting the building or putting down new lines in the parking lot...

Biggby® Skates Into Schoolcraft With A New Store Opening »

July 21, 2014 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: BIGGBY COFFEE

Biggby® Coffee opens in Schoolcraft, Mich.
EAST LANSING, MICH. - July 14, 2014 – Throw up your hands and put a smile on your face! Biggby® is coming to town and there will be a grand opening party! Opening at 531A N. Grand Street, July 22, 2014 will be a day to remember.
The new location is owned by James and Carrie Cousins and Kathleen Augustini. Waving the Biggby® Nation flag in Schoolcraft will help promote fun, happiness and a great cup of Coffee.
They are active supporters of a number of charities including groups within Bronson Hospital, Camp Oochigeas and Disabled Veterans. The new owners of the Bowling Green Biggby® participate in a variety of activities with these organizations. They are very excited to become a big part of their town by providing more than a great cup of Coffee, they will be providing support for the community of Schoolcraft!
"We moved to Michigan three years ago and immediately became Biggby® fanatics," said James...

Tony Roma's Opens New Location In Merida »

July 21, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Tony Roma's

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Merida, Yucatan – Romacorp, Inc., Parent Company of Tony Roma’s and Desarrollo De Franquicias Industriales S.A. de C.V., are thrilled to announce the opening of a new Tony Roma’s location in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The restaurant is located at Calle 32, Av. Garcia Lavin por Anillo Periferico, and employs more than 80 team members and seats 259 guests. At 550 square meters (5,920 square feet), the recently opened location includes a full bar, featuring Tony’s famous selections, such as the Citrus Habanero and Agave Nectar Romaritas, 18 televisions, and children’s play area. To complement the inside dining experience, enjoy great service and food under the outdoor, covered patio as well...

New Menchie's Store In Bloomingdale Court Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

July 21, 2014 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bloomingdale, Il. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Bloomingdale at 358 W. Army Trail Rd. # 140, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Bloomingdale favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 1, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
“When I saw my kids run through Menchie's doors for the first time and a huge smile lit up their faces, I immediately knew this was the type of business I wanted to be involved in,” said franchisee, Barney Stanner...

McDonald's Veteran Franchisee Adopts Rally's® »

July 21, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Checkers Drive In
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After 44 Years with McDonald's, Entrepreneur Comes Out of Retirement to Open Rally's Restaurants
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Florida - Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc. (Rally's®), the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, continues to attract seasoned franchising professionals seeking new opportunities with a powerfully growing brand. Joining the ever-increasing Rally's team, Louis Stallman will help the brand expand across Ohio with his first opening at 34001 Vine St., Eastlake, Ohio.
In celebration of the new restaurant in his hometown, Stallman successfully opened his restaurant in April with record crowds.
"We continue to move Rally's forward by strengthening our presence in existing markets and increasing our brand awareness by partnering with experienced franchisees such as Stallman," Jennifer Durham, Vice President of Franchise Development for Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc...

Business Partners Take On Barbecue In Home State Of Mississippi With Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

July 21, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
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Tupelo Grand Opening Includes Big Giveaways like Free Barbecue for a Year
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tupelo, MS - Marty Ballard and Jason Ellis have similar stories. They were both born in Mississippi and got their start at Pepsi in Tupelo. Following their time at Pepsi, they both went to work with the Little Caesars franchise. Ballard and Ellis will continue working together when they open their first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Tupelo on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m.
"We have barbecue options in Tupelo, but not the Texas-style barbecue Dickey's Barbecue offers," said local owner, Jason Ellis. "The meats are slow smoked for 14 hours which makes a real difference. We're excited to share this dining experience with the community!"
Thursday kicks off with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50...

Famous Brands International Inks Deal In The United Arab Emirates »

July 21, 2014 at 6:47AM PDT | Source: Mrs. Fields Cookies

Mrs. Fields Cookies, TCBY Continues Growth Worldwide
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Famous Brands International, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, signed a new master franchise deal with Dubai-based company, The Luxury Gourmet Sweets and Candies.
According to the agreement, The Luxury Gourmet Sweet and Candies group will develop 24 dual branded locations of TCBY/Mrs. Fields throughout the United Arab Emirates. Current projects in development are located in some of the world's largest commercial hubs, including the Dubai Mall, The Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai International Airport, among others. This year, the Company expects at least four locations to open among the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, which is the world's first renowned shopping resort, and the Dubai International Airport, which host more than 60 million travelers annually...

Biggby® Bounces Into Bowling Green With A New Store Opening »

July 21, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: BIGGBY COFFEE

A new Biggby® Coffee location opens in Bowling Green, Ohio.
EAST LANSING, MICH., July 14, 2014 – Biggby® Coffee in Bowling Green, Ohio flings its doors open July 8, with a grand opening at 215 East Wooster St.
The new location is owned by Gary Dible, who looks forward to also managing the store with his wife, Amy Dible. Both are huge Biggby® fanatics and have been for many years. Planting the Biggby® Nation flag in Bowling Green will help paint the town orange.
"It is truly an honor to be a part of the Bowling Green and Biggby® community. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the faces, names and stories of so many people," said Gary.
Say hello to the new staff at the Bowling Green Biggby® Coffee location, which will have free Wi-Fi, specialty lattes, smoothies and tea...

Totally Nutz Launches 'Sweet' Franchise Opportunity »

July 21, 2014 at 4:29AM PDT | Source: Totally Nutz

Looks to Add 10-20 New Units in Next 12 Months
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. GEORGE, Utah – We're becoming a nation of snackers. That, at least, seems to be the takeaway from a recent Wall Street Journal article that reports that the percentage of Americans who snack at least three times a day has nearly tripled over the last several decades, from 20 percent in the 1990s to 56 percent in 2010 (the latest data available). The number was just 10 percent in the late 1970s.
So it should come as no surprise that more and more consumers, and franchisees alike, are flocking to Totally Nutz for its assortment of fresh roasted, cinnamon glazed nuts, including almonds, pecans and cashews.
With seven locations currently open and operating – including two permanent locations in Rio Tinto Stadium, home of the Real Salt Lake soccer team, and the remaining five units traveling to various festivals and fairs throughout Utah, Colorado, California, Idaho and Wyoming – Totally Nutz plans to add 10-20 franchise units in the next 12 months...

One Of America's Next Great Restaurant Brands Brings 150 Jobs And New 'Lighter Take' Menu To Vernon Hills, Ill. »

July 21, 2014 at 4:19AM PDT | Source: Maggiano's Little Italy

Guests can get first bite of Maggiano's made-from-scratch, Italian-American cuisine at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills starting July 21.
VERNON HILLS, Ill. - July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Touted in 2014 by Entrepreneur as "one of the next great restaurant brands," Maggiano's Little Italy® is bringing the authentic, Italian-American menu, generous family style portions and distinct ambiance the brand is known for to Vernon Hills, Ill., as well as a new lighter take on classic dishes. On Monday, July 21, the doors open and welcome guests to Maggiano's first restaurant in the city and 47th location nationwide at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.
The restaurant seats approximately 300 guests and will be home to 150 Maggiano's teammates including Executive Chef Arturo Alvarado, who leads the scratch kitchen, and General Manager Ron Darnell, who oversees restaurant operations...

This August, Alamo Drafthouse And Birth.Movies.Death. Assemble The Team! »

July 21, 2014 at 4:08AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // There wouldn't be any movies without teamwork. Almost every single movie ever made has a team behind it  - actors, writers, directors, set builders, editors, production assistants, costume designers, hair and make-up people, script supervisors, drivers, producers... you get the point. It takes a whole lot of teamwork to get a movie from someone's brain onto your local screen.
In August, the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating teamwork in movies all month long. Each market is playing its own variety of titles, but each lineup celebrates that magical moment when a bunch of people get together and do something they couldn't accomplish on their own. Check out the listings below for teamwork-themed movies like Monster Squad, Resevoir Dogs, Steel Magnolias, The Warriors and Stand By Me...

Erbert And Gerbert's To Debut At Indiana University »

July 18, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop

Three New Locations Coming to Bloomington Campus
July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bloomington, Ind. - College students need their food quick and on the go. Campus dining halls are geared toward their fast-paced academic lifestyle, and universities are consistently looking for tasty and nutritious options to meet the needs of their students and faculty members. That's where Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro excels. For example, Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro focuses on very unique flavors and offerings in their soup and sandwich selections. This summer they will be opening three new locations on Indiana University's Bloomington campus - the Gresham Dining Hall in Foster Residence Center, which is located at 1000 N. Fee Lane, The Wright Food Court at 501 N...

Whitbread Appoints New Chairman »

July 18, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Whitbread

Whitbread PLC Has Today Announced The Appointment Of Richard Baker As Chairman With Effect From 1st September 2014. He Succeeds Anthony Habgood Who, After Nine Successful Years As Chairman, Announced In January His Decision To Step Down From The Board.
July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Richard Baker has been an independent non-executive director on the Whitbread Board since September 2009. He is currently Chairman of Virgin Active Group, a role he has held since 2008 and Chairman of DFS Furniture Holdings where he has been since 2010. Richard was previously Chief Executive of (Alliance) Boots Group PLC from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group PLC.
Sir Ian Cheshire, Whitbread’s Senior Independent Director who led the Nominations Committee process commented:
"We have conducted a thorough search, with the help of executive search consultants, to identify the most suitable person to become the next Chairman of Whitbread...

Huddle House Gets Creative With Tater Tots, Launches 'Hot Tots!' Dishes In July »

July 18, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Huddle House
Huddle House Opportunities Available

ATLANTA - July 18, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Catering to Tater Tot lovers across the country, the culinary experts at Huddle House have taken the well-loved and fondly-remembered crunchy potato nuggets to a whole new level by layering them atop fluffy open-faced omelets and topping them with a variety of meats, cheeses and veggies. The full-service family restaurant chain is introducing this limited time-only line of Tater Tots-based dishes beginning July 21 and lasting through early October 2014.
The new line, called Hot Tots!, takes crispy, crunchy Tater Tots, places them on a traditional Huddle House fluffy, fresh-whipped open-faced omelet and tops them with a variety of quality meats and cheeses. Ranging in price from $5...

Menchie's Celebrates Opening Of Canada's 100th Store »

July 18, 2014 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Brand Continues Global Growth in 2014
July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ENCINO, Calif. - Menchie's, North America's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, has opened its 100th location in Canada with an opening in Georgetown, Ontario. The opening marks a milestone in the continued and accelerated growth of the popular yogurt brand.
Menchie's, a global leader in the frozen yogurt market, currently operating in 14 countries, has continued to put an emphasis on global growth. The popular frozen yogurt brand, which is dedicated to making guests smile, attributes its major growth to a smiley atmosphere, friendly team members and a selection of over 70 premium flavors and 70 toppings. These growth milestones have generated national recognition for the brand, earning many awards such as being named number 16 on Forbes "America's Most Promising Companies" list...

Bar Louie Opening New Location In Bensalem, PA With Free Food »

July 18, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

PHILADELPHIA - July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Bar Louie announced today the opening of their newest location in Bensalem, PA. When Bar Louie opens its doors on July 21st, it will be the first Philadelphia area location for the Addison, TX-based brand and the 4th Bar Louie location in Pennsylvania.
Bar Louie Bensalem is conveniently situated across from Neshaminy Mall, just off Lincoln Highway and Pennsylvania Turnpike. To celebrate their grand opening, Bar Louie will be hosting a 4-day blowout bash from July 24th – 27th. Every guest will receive their first Appetizer or Flatbread FREE just for stopping by at any point during the four-day span. In addition, the signature martinis that made Bar Louie famous will be featured for $2 from 11 a...



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