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Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement For Minnesota »

April 16, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Twin Cities will have Popular Cool Treat Stores Scooping "Ice, Custard, Happiness" Soon with first in Eagan in Early May
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // TREVOSE, PA - Rita's Italian Ice®, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, now in 24 states, has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Minnesota to franchisees and area residents, Adam and Angela Ailloni. With wonderful family memories of enjoying Rita's delicious products during trips to the East Coast with their two boys, the Ailloni's decided to bring Rita's "Ice, Custard, Happiness" and "Cool Treats" to the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul area, with the intent of creating a destination for building family traditions that celebrate life and building everlasting memories...

Cousins Subs® Founder And CEO, Bill Specht, To Be Inducted Into Wisconsin Business Hall Of Fame »

April 15, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Specht Chosen for his Strong Business Savvy, Entrepreneurial Vision and Community Spirit 
MILWAUKEE (April 4, 2014) – Cousins Subs® founder and CEO, Bill Specht will be inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame (WBHF) on Thursday, April 10th. The WBHF recognizes and honors the professional accomplishments of visionary businessmen and women who have shaped the state's economic landscape. Specht was chosen for his strong business savvy, entrepreneurial vision and community spirit.
Bill Specht"When we founded Cousins Subs in 1972, we knew we were on to something special – a better sub sandwich experience for the people in Wisconsin," Specht said. "We have never taken any shortcuts when it comes to creating and growing a strong business model, great community partnerships and our deli-fresh sandwiches...

Country's Fastest Growing Pizza Franchise Appoints New President »

April 15, 2014 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza

Marco's Pizza Sets Eyes on 600 Stores Under the Leadership of Bryon Stephens
TOLEDO, Ohio - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - During the company's annual convention the week of April 7, Marco's Pizza, the country's fastest growing pizza franchise, named Bryon Stephens as President. Since starting with Marco's Pizza in 2004, Stephens has demonstrated significant success in his leadership roles as Vice President of Development, and Chief Operating Officer, a position he was promoted to in 2013.
Stephens, who came to Marco's with much success developing YUM! Brands, Inc., and Yorkshire Global Restaurants, was the first person hired by CEO and Chairman of Marco's Pizza, Jack Butorac when Butorac bought the franchising rights in 2004...

Project Pie To Bring Pizza Quickie Experience To Indianapolis »

April 15, 2014 at 9:50AM PDT | Source: Project Pie

Fast-Casual Pizza Franchise Inks Deal for Five New Restaurants Throughout Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Soon, when Hoosiers are in the mood for a pizza quickie, they'll have five locations to satisfy them. Project Pie, known for everyday artisan pizza custom-built by you, will introduce the build-your-own-pizza experience across Indianapolis through a franchise deal that is set to bring a total of five new restaurants to the area over the next four years.
The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local entrepreneur Luke Angermeier and his two business partners. Together the group has 20 years combined experience operating and investing in successful, nationally recognized franchised restaurants...

Pancheros Expands Presence In New Jersey »

April 15, 2014 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Pancheros Mexican Grill
Pancheros Mexican Grill Opportunities Available

April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORALVILLE, IA – Pancheros Mexican Grill (www.pancheros.com), a fast casual Mexican restaurant famous for its creation of Bob the Tool, opens its newest New Jersey location in Bridgewater. In honor of the grand-opening, the location will be offering a $1 burrito promotion on April 22nd from 4-6pm.
From quesadillas to burrito bowls and salads, Pancheros' delicious options are all made with fresh vegetables and grilled meat. Committed to bringing the best taste to each guest, Pancheros enlists the help of a special friend, "Bob the Tool" a special plastic spatula used to mix ingredients to perfection. This special way of mixing mouthwatering ingredients ensures a delightful, uniform flavor in each and every bite...

Chicken Salad Chick’s Second Montgomery Location One Week Away »

April 15, 2014 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept to Open Additional Alabama Franchise
Montgomery, AL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its second franchise location in Montgomery on April 22, 2014. The new restaurant will be located in the Sturbridge Village at 7946 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116.
"We are so excited to add this new location to the growing Chicken Salad Chick community in Montgomery," said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. "It is so encouraging that the current demand there has led to the opening of a second location."
Current owners Justin and Cassie Boyd of JustCass, LLC wanted to bring an additional restaurant to Montgomery after the success of their first opening there in October 2012...

Celebrate National Glazed Spiral Ham Day With The Original »

April 15, 2014 at 7:49AM PDT | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Enjoy Convenient Easter Meal Solutions from HoneyBaked
ATLANTA  - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire - Today, the country celebrates National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. In 1957, Harry Hoenselaar perfected the first spiral-slicing machine and also developed an extraordinary process for curing, slow cooking and glazing hams. Three generations later, the Hoenselaar family still prepares the original Honey Baked Ham® the same way that Harry did: hand glazing each ham in-store, one at a time.
"HoneyBaked is excited to celebrate National Glazed Spiral Ham Day," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked* COO. "For more than 57 years, American families have welcomed HoneyBaked into their homes for their most special occasions and we're committed to carrying on the wonderful tradition and legacy of Mr...

New Zinga! Frozen Yogurt Store Opens In Seabrook »

April 15, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Zinga Frozen Yogurt

Seabrook, NH (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - A new Zinga! Frozen Yogurt store opened in Seabrook, NH, this week.
The store is located at 380 Lafayette Road, Route 1, Seabrook. It is in a new development next to Market Basket and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The storeowner is New Englander Ann Domigan and store general manager is Chris Hartin who has more than 20 years restaurant experience and has managed the Zinga store in Rochester, NH.
The Seabrook store joins other area Zinga! stores in Saugus, Reading, North Andover and Peabody. Two more are set to open within weeks.
"Our opening is a great opportunity to remind people that Zinga non-fat frozen yogurt with toppings of fruit and nuts can satisfy their sweet tooth while also making nutritional sense," said Domigan, an avid runner...

Shane’s Rib Shack Giving Away The Farm In Face Of Pork Shortage Threat »

April 15, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Shane's Rib Shack

Georgia-Based Barbecue Chain Vows to Maintain Menu Offerings and Prices, Give Away Thousands of Ribs and Deliver Franchisee Support
April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - According to the Chicago Board of Trade, the cost of pork is up 45 percent since the beginning of the year, a rise attributed in part to an anticipated pork shortage across more than half the U.S. With some restaurant establishments examining alternative protein options to keep costs down, Shane's Rib Shack, a true American barbecue restaurant, remains committed to serving quality pork menu options at a value price to its customers. To send a reaffirming message to its customers and the industry, Shane's plans to give away 7,000 half racks of barbecue ribs to celebrate National Barbecue Month in May...

Multi-Unit Krystal Operator Selects Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint For Jacksonville And Gainesville, FL »

April 15, 2014 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Signing on Experienced Franchisees with New Unit Development in the Florida Panhandle
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - With 20 years of experience operating multiple Krystal restaurant locations in north Florida, Kevin Gartner is expanding his franchise operation portfolio signing on to develop five Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint locations. Bringing the original, and fastest growing fast casual pizza to Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla, the company plans to open its first Uncle Maddio's location in Jacksonville in late 2014.
"We looked into a number of fast casual restaurant franchises, and selected Uncle Maddio's because the team has perfected the create-your-own pizza concept," said Kevin Gartner, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint franchisee...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces CFO Departure In May »

April 15, 2014 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, announced that H. Melville Hope, III, the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company effective May 23, 2014, to pursue other opportunities. The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.
"On behalf of everyone at Popeyes, I want to thank Mel for his many contributions over the last 11 years. Mel has played an important leadership role in the transformation of the company's performance...

Roland Dickey Stops By Fairfax For Guest Appreciation Day »

April 15, 2014 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Nation's Largest Barbecue Concept Gives Away 100 Free Cookbooks
FAIRFAX, Va. - April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Fairfax is celebrating expansion in Virginia with a guest appreciation day this Friday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Barbecue kingpin, Roland Dickey, will be handing out free autographed copies of his new cookbook, Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook.
"We're thrilled to have Mr. Dickey in our restaurant to celebrate with our local customers," said local franchise owner, Andrew Nguyen. "The Dickey's brand has experienced great growth in the area and we want to continue the momentum."
On Friday, radio station 98.7 Country will be on-site and Dickey's Barbecue Pit will be serving mouthwatering Pulled Pork Big Barbecue sandwiches for just two dollars...

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement For Kansas »

April 15, 2014 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Local Residents will Grow Popular Ice-Custard-Happiness Cool Treat Franchise in Kansas City Area with First Store Now Scooping in Wichita
April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // TREVOSE, PA - Rita's Italian Ice®, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, now in 23 states, has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly. Having had Rita's while living in Philadelphia, these three local Wichita, Kansas residents decided to become franchisees and bring Rita's refreshing Italian Ice, Frozen Custard and "Happiness" to the state. The team also owns Five Guys Burgers and Fries near 29th and Rock Road where the first Rita's store is now open at 2929 N...

North Dakota's First Sandwich Shop To Open In Fargo »

April 15, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Potbelly Sandwich Works

The beloved shop will bring its signature shakes, sandwiches and live music to the new Prairie Stone Center.
April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // FARGO, N.D. – Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today an agreement that will soon bring North Dakota its first shop. Currently slated to open this summer, the shop is in development at Fargo's new Prairie Stone Center at 4445 17th Ave. S. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout will feature its toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live, local music this summer.
Potbelly shops have earned a reputation in communities coast-to-coast, for having delicious food, fun décor and fresh tunes. Stephanie Bayman, the new sandwich shop's operating partner, is a West Fargo native and the successful operator of frozen yogurt shops in Fargo, Moorhead and Bismarck...

McAlister's Deli Signs Franchise Agreement To Expand To Cleveland »

April 14, 2014 at 12:50PM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-winning Fast Casual Chain to Develop Three Restaurants in the Market
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. - McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today it has signed a development agreement with an experienced multi-unit operator to develop three restaurants in the Cleveland, Ohio, area — the brand's first locations in the market.
Gary Master, owner and operator of three Houlihan's® and six Wendy's® restaurants, will open three McAlister's locations in the Cleveland market over the next two years, with the first anticipated to open in late fall 2014. Master is targeting the Westlake and Strongsville areas for expansion.
"We are thrilled to have an experienced multi-unit franchisee like Gary help us bring McAlister's great food and genuine hospitality to residents of Cleveland...

Oregon Togo's Locations To Give Away 1,000 Pastrami Sandwiches In April »

April 14, 2014 at 9:52AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Oregon Restaurants Host Pastrami Palooza 14th - 25th
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN JOSE, Calif. - Calling all pastrami lovers! Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, is giving away 1,000 of its most popular sandwich, #9 Hot Pastrami. During Pastrami Palooza (April 21-25) guests can redeem a coupon for a free regular #9 Hot Pastrami Sandwich at all eight Oregon Togo's restaurants. Togo's #9 Hot Pastrami sandwich is made with more than ¼ pound of Togo's hand sliced fresh beef Pastrami made the old fashioned way with no fillers. Togo's even backs up the sandwich with a money-back guarantee*.
From April 14 - 20, pastrami lovers can download the coupon by visiting the Pastrami Palooza website at www...

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

April 14, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANITOWOC, WI. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Manitowoc located at 4550 Calumet Avenue Manitowoc, WI 54220. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Manitowoc favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 12 to Friday, April 18, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"Menchie's dedication to the community and their mission to bring smiles to everyone immediately attracted me to the brand," said franchisee Rich Sachse...

Baskin-Robbins Franchise Opportunities Available In Los Angeles »

April 14, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

World's Largest Chain of Ice Cream Specialty Shops Hosts Informational Seminar on April 23
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering Los Angeles-area residents the exclusive scoop on how to own their very own Baskin-Robbins franchise. The company is announcing plans to expand its footprint with both existing and new franchisees in the Los Angeles area.
Baskin-Robbins franchising executives will host a Franchising Seminar on Wednesday, April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST. This is a fantastic chance for anyone who has ever thought about owning his or her own ice cream shop to learn about the great business opportunity Baskin-Robbins can offer...

Pizza Hut® Offers Up Last Minute Tax Filers A Tasty $10.99 Deal »

April 14, 2014 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Opportunities Available

Deal Includes a Large Pizza Hut Pizza and one of Three Signature Sides with Online Promo Code TAXDAY
PLANO, Texas - April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Life is full of deadlines, but none are quite as notorious as April 15 – Tax Day. To help ease stress for all those last-minute filers, Pizza Hut is issuing an online deal that makes mealtime less hectic and easier on the wallet.
As an ode to the 1099 tax form, Americans can order a large pizza and one of three signature Pizza Hut sides (Breadsticks, Chocolate Dunkers or Cinnamon Sticks) for just $10.99, online-only on April 15. Customers must enter the promo code TAXDAY to get the deal.
"We are featuring the deal online only so it's a way to meet the consumer right where they are," said Doug Terfehr, PR Director at Pizza Hut...

Baskin-Robbins Kicks Off The Ice Cream Season With A Scoop Fest Celebration »

April 14, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

Guests are Encouraged to Visit Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops Nationwide from April 22-24 for Super Sweet Deals
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off the ice cream season with a three-day Scoop Fest promotion from April 22 through April 24 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide. Ice cream lovers are encouraged to visit their local Baskin-Robbins shop to take part in sweet Scoop Fest deals, including:

$1.00 for a Single Kids Scoop (2.5 oz scoop)
$2.00 for a Double Scoop (4 oz scoops)
$3.00 for a Triple Scoop (4 oz scoops)

Guests can visit http://www.amazingscoopfest...



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