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First DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Opens In Gretna »

September 12, 2014 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New Restaurant Serves up Dairy Queen® Iconic Soft-Serve Treats, Flavorful Foods and Orange Julius® Offerings
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Gretna, La. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Gretna DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 78 Westbank Expressway. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft serve treats.
The 2,500 square-foot Irestaurant can seat 54 guests inside, 16 outside and also offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Gretna Irestaurant has added more than 50 new jobs, contributing to Gretna’s employment growth...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Gains Momentum In Colorado Market »

September 12, 2014 at 4:23AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

The Colorado-based coffee and smoothie franchise company aims to grow its brand presence with the addition of new franchisees, superior support, and increased opportunities.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) September 11, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, builds its presence in its own backyard. The Colorado-based coffee and smoothie franchise says it's gaining ground in the Colorado market with the addition of a new franchise owner. There are now four operators located throughout the state and more expected in the next year.
The latest to join the growing company, which has a large following amongst non-traditional venues such as community events, sports facilities, and amusement parks, is local resident Larry Gerber of Erie, Colorado, a town just north of Denver...

First Zaxby's In Elkin Hatched Sept. 8 With Grand Opening Celebration »

September 11, 2014 at 12:39PM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

First 100 Guests Received a Zaxby's Fanatic Pack of FREE Dealz For A Year*
ELKIN, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2014) - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Elkin on Monday, Sept. 8 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 FREE Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby's – to the first 100 guests. Located at 540 CC Camp Road, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Kicking off at 10:30 a.m., the community is invited to the grand opening festivities, and the first 100 guests in line will receive a Zaxby's Fanatic Pack with 52 cards each valid for one week for the dates specified...

Catering Sales Are Smokin' Hot At Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants »

September 11, 2014 at 11:50AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Opportunities Available

National Catering Hotline 1-866-BARBECUE Surpasses $6 Million in Sales
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. announced sales from its catering hotline have surpassed the $6.4 million sales mark. In August 2011, Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. introduced 1-866-BARBECUE, a national catering hotline that gives guests direct access to live catering experts seven days a week. Today, catering is responsible for 15 percent of overall sales for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants.
"Since our inception in 2011, we've continued to see a significant increase in catering orders across all markets," said Michelle Sarlls, director of catering sales for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "And, with our store count climbing to 500 by the end of 2014, we anticipate our busiest holiday season yet...

Beware! Dismember The Alamo Horror Movie Marathon Rises From The Grave! »

September 11, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Four "Classick" Horror Films, One Harrowing Night Oozing With Surprises!
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - A new tradition of terror lurches to life! This October, the Alamo is serving up an all-new banquet of cinematic mayhem for ghouls in need of bumps, thrills, chills and demented pleasures galore with its first annual Horror Movie Marathon!!
On Saturday, October 25, select Alamo locations nationwide will host eyeball-melting, sleep-depriving journeys into terror with back-to-back screenings of four horror "classicks." Each location's unique lineup of films will remain a secret until just before show time guaranteeing ultimate tricks 'n' treats.
"For the first time ever, all of our theatrical markets will unite in celebration of one of the Alamo's most beloved genres...

First Zaxby's In Central Indiana Hatched Sept. 8 With Grand Opening Celebration »

September 11, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

First 100 Guests Received A Zaxby's Fanatic Pack of Free Dealz For A Year*
FISHERS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2014) - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Fishers on Monday, Sept. 8 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 free Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby's – to the first 100 guests. Located at 13460 Bent Grass Lane near Walmart and Fisher's Market Place, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
New to Central Indiana, Zaxby's is a pioneer of the quick-casual format, with services and amenities that fall between fast food and a sit-down restaurant, and menu offerings that include chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, salads and more...

Togo's Opens In Atwater, CA With 1,000 Free Hot Pastrami Or Turkey And Avocado Sandwiches »

September 11, 2014 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Kicks Off with a Fundraiser and One Month of Giveaways
ATWATER, Calif. - Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, will give away 1,000 free Hot Pastrami or Turkey and Avocado sandwiches to celebrate the opening of its first restaurant in Atwater, California. Throughout the opening month, guests will have the opportunity to win a year of free sandwiches and a catering party. Located at 1511 Bell Rd. in Applegate Square, the new Togo's will host a training fundraiser for Atwater High School and Buhach Colony High School on September 17th from 4-6 pm, and the grand opening will take place on September 19th.
Renowned for its big and meaty sandwiches, Togo's piles on the premium ingredients with one-on-one deli-style service...

Wingstop Names Bill Engen Chief Operating Officer »

September 11, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available

September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. today announced the appointment of Bill Engen as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.
"Bill is a dynamic leader who brings a wealth of operations and management expertise to Wingstop," said Charlie Morrison, Wingstop President and CEO. "We’re opening restaurants at record pace both in the U.S. and abroad, and Bill will be a tremendous asset to our team and to our franchisees as we continue to drive dramatic growth in both restaurant count and sales."
Engen takes over for Bill Knight, who is retiring after leading the Wingstop Operations team for 11 years. "Bill Knight’s leadership helped take Wingstop from a regional brand to a national player," said Morrison...

Bar Louie Opening New Location In Orlando, Fl With Free Food »

September 11, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

ORLANDO, Fla. - Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Bar Louie announced today the opening of their newest location in Orlando, Fl. When Bar Louie opens its doors at 8 p.m. on September 11th, it will be the seventh Florida location for the Addison, TX-based brand. Bar Louie UCF is conveniently located in the Plaza on University.
To celebrate their grand opening, Bar Louie will be hosting a 4-day blowout bash from September 18th – 21th. 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.m. until 2 a.m. "We're going big with our opening celebration," says Bar Louie GM, Ron Barile...

Weight Watchers Syncs Up With A Range Of Top Activity Monitors Including Fitbit To Pair Weight Loss Expertise With Activity Tracking »

September 11, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

Physical activity alone is not enough to reach weight loss goals; New technology integration pairs activity tracking with Weight Watchers tools and support to make smart food choices.
NEW YORK - Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) is announcing today seamless syncing with popular activity monitors and apps, bringing millions of fitness wearable users the opportunity for a more complete and integrated weight loss experience.
Making changes to food intake plus increasing physical activity can result in greater weight loss than physical activity alone. In fact, multiple studies show that people lose, on average, three times more weight by combining diet and exercise, than through exercise alone1...

First Zaxby's In Belleview Hatched Sept. 8 With Grand Opening Celebration »

September 11, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

First 100 Guests Received A Zaxby's Fanatic Pack of Free Dealz For A Year*
BELLEVIEW, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2014) - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Belleview on Monday, Sept. 8 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 free Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby's – to the first 100 guests. Located at 10560 SE Highway 441, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Kicking off at 10:30 a.m., the community is invited to the grand opening festivities, and the first 100 guests in line will receive a Zaxby's Fanatic Pack with 52 cards each valid for one week for the dates specified...

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Franchise Opportunties Brewin' In Several Texas Communities »

September 11, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Leading Coffee and Bakery Chain Continues Texas Expansion
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today that the company is recruiting franchisees in several Texas communities and cities outside of, San Antonio and Austin, with an emphasis on College Station, Bryan, Killeen, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Marble Falls, Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Liberty.
Interested candidates can contact Maria Hargett at Maria.Hargett@DunkinBrands.com for additional information about the company's growth plans for the market. Also, an Informational Franchising Webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). Visit http://franchisingevents...

Buffalo Wild Wings Times Square Contributes To The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation »

September 11, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

Enabling Children of Firefighters and Other Victims of 9/11 in Their Educational Pursuits
NEW YORK - September 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Buffalo Wild Wings Times Square announced a $2,500 contribution to the Michael Lynch Foundation to honor those impacted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
"We are proud to support the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation enabling children of firefighters as well as other victims of the September 11 attacks and other fires and disasters to afford higher education," stated James Bitzonis, president of Four M Franchising, LLC. "We recently opened our doors in the heart of New York City and are proud to give to this charity helping families that have been through a great deal of loss...

Dine Out At Mellow Mushroom In September And Help End Childhood Hunger »

September 11, 2014 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Mellow Mushroom

Funds Raised Support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® Campaign Ending Childhood Hunger in America
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) September 11, 2014 - More than 16 million American children face hunger. This September, Mellow Mushroom is joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign by raising funds in their restaurants. During the month of September at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, there are three exciting ways to be a part of this initiative.

For every order of Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Oven Roasted Wings, Mellow Mushroom will donate $1 on your behalf to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Place a donation in store of $1 or more, and you will receive a mushroom with your name to pin on the wall...

New Menchie's Store At Winepress Shopping Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

September 11, 2014 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // FRESNO, Calif. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store at Winepress Shopping Center, located at 3090 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 102, Fresno, CA 93711. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Fresno favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, September 13 to Friday, September 19 packed with free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt all day long.
"Being a Fresno native, it was important for my first entrepreneurial venture to be something that would be beneficial to the community I grew up in," said franchisee Mitch Nitta...

Caliburger Coming To Canada »

September 11, 2014 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: CaliBurger

September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Vancouver, Canada - CaliBurger™ announced today that it has executed a master franchise agreement to develop at least 10 CaliBurger restaurants in British Columbia, Canada. The first restaurants will likely open in 2015.
Reyaz A. Kassamali, President and CEO of K Franchise Systems, the organization rolling out the brand in British Columbia, stated: "While there is certainly no shortage of premium burger concepts in North America, we were particularly impressed with CaliBurger’s superior product and customer value proposition. We also found the whole "CaliBurger experience" compelling, incorporating both aspirational lifestyle elements and cutting-edge, fun technology into the dining experience...

Pizza Patron Touts $3.99 Success Mid-Campaign »

September 10, 2014 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

Premier Mexican Pizza Chain Finds Customers' Sweet Spot & Best Promotion of 2014
September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TX - In August, Pizza Patrón launched a promotion that will run through Oct. 1st in which customers can purchase a large pepperoni pizza for less than a fast food burger or sub sandwich -- only $3.99 every Monday through Wednesday. Today, the company announced that the campaign is already proving to be the most successful promotion of 2014. Smashing records, store comparable sales have increased 18 percent per store per week during the first four weeks of the campaign.
Company officials say the lower-than-low price was designed to grab attention and drive new traffic to the stores during the pizza business' challenging summer season...

Menchie's Offers Free Frozen Yogurt At All Louisiana Locations »

September 10, 2014 at 11:19AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Frozen Yogurt Brand Commemorates One Million Cups Sold By Giving Away Free Frozen Yogurt
September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // ENCINO, Calif. - Menchie's, North America's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, is celebrating Louisiana's one millionth frozen yogurt sale. The millionth cup guest, local resident Candace Tennison, was surprised at the Denham Springs location and awarded a year of free frozen yogurt, a $400 value. To spread the smiles to all fans in Louisiana, Menchie's will be offering a free eight ounce cup of yogurt to guests at all Louisiana locations on Sunday, September 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
One of Menchie's youngest franchisees, Travis Hood, owns and operates all six locations in Louisiana. In honor of the millionth cup of yogurt sold in Louisiana, Travis will offer one free eight ounce cup of yogurt to each guest at all Louisiana locations...

Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave Of Its Biggest Slate Ever With The World Premieres Of David Yarovesky's "The Hive"  »

September 10, 2014 at 10:40AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

With Special Guest Moderator James Gunn and "Everly" with Joe Lynch, First Public Screening of "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", Fantastic Debates Fighters Ti West Vs. Tim League, And Special Guests Nicolas Winding Refn, Liv Corfixen, Justin Long & Edgar Wright
Fantastic Fest opening night premieres of TUSK and ABCs OF DEATH 2 screen in all Alamo Drafthouse markets nationwide with Q&A live stream via Fantastic Fest YouTube and Fandango, presenting sponsor of the festival.
Fantastic Fest Celebrates Its Biggest Year Yet For The Tenth Anniversary
September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX -  Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & US Premiere screenings and 38 short films...

Liquid Nutrition Announces Debt For Shares On Convertible Debenture »

September 10, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: Liquid Nutrition

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - (Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2014) - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LQD) (the "Corporation") announced today that 1,000,000 shares were issued in order to extinguish a $300,000 debt on a convertible debenture. The shares are subject to a four month hold period under the applicable securities legislation.
About Liquid Nutrition Group Inc.
Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LQD) is a growing, hybrid retailer of functional beverages, fresh pressed juices, vitamins and supplements. Liquid Nutrition is committed to building a global brand in the health and wellness industry by bringing its healthy and delicious product offering to communities around the world. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Liquid Nutrition Franchising Corporation, LNGI currently has signed franchise agreements for 14 stores in Canada and 1 Corporate store in the USA, as well as license agreements in the Bahamas and the Middle East...



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