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Bonefish Grill Is Celebrating BIG This Holiday Season »

November 18, 2014 at 9:16AM PST | Source: Bonefish Grill

New Colossal Winter Menu Inspires Fun and Indulgence
November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // The Fresh Fish Experts at Bonefish Grill are celebrating the season in a big way with the launch of a new Colossal Winter Menu featuring delectable dishes indulgent enough to make the holidays festive and memorable. In addition to sensational seasonal offerings, Bonefish Grill is making celebrations easy and convenient to plan with online reservations now available.
"We're highlighting the celebratory spirit of the year with irresistible, innovative dishes along with the added convenience of online reservations," said Stephen Judge, Bonefish Grill president. "Our Colossal Winter Menu allows for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind dining experience...

Tim Hortons #WarmWishes Holiday Cup Double Doubles The Warmth »

November 18, 2014 at 9:08AM PST | Source: Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons social media campaign encourages Canadians to share #WarmWishes and do good for others this holiday season.
Oakville, ON - November 17, 2014 - Tim Hortons annual holiday cups have arrived, dressed for the holidays and, for the very first time, feature a celebratory hashtag – #WarmWishes.
"Each year our loyal guests send us hundreds of fun and inspirational pictures of our Tim Hortons holiday cup on social media, so we decided to include a hashtag to give Canadians a gathering place to share their Warm Wishes," says Peter Nowlan, Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Hortons.
To celebrate the warm and cozy cup, which comes in a variety of festive sweater designs – one for each size cup – Tim Hortons is launching a social media campaign using the new hashtag #WarmWishes to encourage Canadians to do good for others in an effort to help spread some warmth this holiday season...

Veteran Expands Barbecue Business With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit In Daphne »

November 18, 2014 at 8:15AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Daphne, AL - John Lockett retired from the United States Air Force and Mississippi Air National Guard with over 20 years as an air traffic control officer. Lockett found his next career in barbecue with Dickey's Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Lockett will open his third location in Daphne. To celebrate, Lockett is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration where the first 50 dine-in guests receive gift cards worth up to $50.
"Dickey's provided me an opportunity to make the transition from military to business owner and I'm grateful to Mr. Dickey and his family for providing such a great product and business opportunity," said multi-unit owner, John Lockett. "I've received several calls already to see if Dickey's is open, so there seems to be a lot of anticipation for our opening -- I can't wait to put smiles on some hungry faces!"
The party continues on Friday when the Daphne location serves up $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and radio station 95 KSJ is onsite from 11 a...

7-Eleven® Rolls Out High-Quality 7-Select™ Private-Label OTC Drugs »

November 18, 2014 at 7:37AM PST | Source: 7-Eleven

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – When shoppers visit a 7-Eleven® store, they are typically on a mission – a snack if they're hungry, a drink if they're thirsty, fuel if their gas tank's empty, a lottery ticket if they're feeling lucky. But for those suffering from a headache, allergies, indigestion or the like, what they want most of all is relief.
7-Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter (OTC) medications for years, has entered the private-label drug business with its own 7-Select™-branded, non-prescription medicines, at a savings of up to 85 percent per pill or ounce for equal to or better quality. Participating stores carry 7-Select OTC remedies in five major categories:

Pain relief
Cold-flu-allergy
Gastro-intestinal upset
Cough/throat
Sleep aids

"With recent changes in healthcare, an aging population and the transition from prescription to the OTC status of some popular medicines, more people are looking for ways to self-treat minor ailments," said Rebecca Frechette, 7-Eleven senior vice president of merchandising...

SONIC Drive-In Promotes Two Key Executives To Senior Vice President Positions »

November 18, 2014 at 6:28AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Advancements Highlight Continued Focus on Developing Robust Leadership Team
OKLAHOMA CITY - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced the promotions of Paige Bass and Anita Vanderveer. Previously serving as vice president and general counsel, Bass now holds the title of senior vice president and general counsel. Vanderveer was promoted from vice president of people to senior vice president of people.
Bass joined SONIC in April of 2004 as associate general counsel. In February of 2007, she was promoted to vice president and general counsel, quickly establishing herself as a valuable team member and trusted business advisor to chairman Cliff Hudson, and the board of directors...

Fuddruckers Debuts New Build Fast Casual Restaurant In Prince George's County »

November 18, 2014 at 6:21AM PST | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

Sixth Maryland Location in Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center
BRANDYWINE, Md. - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Fuddruckers opened its newest home for the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" in Prince George's County today. Located in the second phase of the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center at 15810 A Crain Highway, the recently constructed, 3,800-square-foot fast casual restaurant is the area's first Fuddruckers and the sixth in Maryland.
A dynamic design scheme, which references Fuddruckers' classic, roadhouse origins, sets an inviting backdrop for a family gathering, work lunch or date night. The interior accommodates 100 guests, and there is seating available for 20 on a covered patio.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer, "We're thrilled to be expanding in Maryland and look forward to becoming an integral part of the Prince George County community...

Sunny Street Cafe® To Open Two New Restaurants In Central Ohio »

November 18, 2014 at 6:17AM PST | Source: Sunny Street Cafe

Restaurants slated to open in December 2014 and January 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sunny Street Cafe® is expanding in its home state. The breakfast-lunch chain announced today plans to open two new locations in Central Ohio.
Sunny Street Cafe will open its first corporately owned store since 2007. The restaurant is slated to open in January 2015 in East Columbus near Blacklick. The chain also has signed an agreement with franchisee Earl Henderson to open a location in Upper Arlington in December 2014. The two new restaurants will bring the Columbus market total to seven.
"Columbus was the natural choice for us to open a corporately owned store. Columbus is our home market, and we are excited by the area's growth potential," said Scott Moffitt, president of Sunny Street Cafe...

Celebrate National Cookie Day With A Free Cookie From Great American Cookies® »

November 18, 2014 at 6:11AM PST | Source: Great American Cookie Inc.

In honor of National Cookie Day (Thursday, December 4), Great American Cookies®, the only cookies endorsed by Santa Claus, is giving away a free cookie to customers wearing Santa hats.
ATLANTA - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Ho Ho Happy National Cookie Day! On Thursday, December 4th, Great American Cookies®, the only brand endorsed by Santa Claus, will provide a free original chocolate chip cookie to customers who stop by participating stores wearing Santa hats. Just in case you don't have an extra Santa hat in your closet this holiday, a downloadable cut and paste hat can be found on the Great American Cookies Facebook page: www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies. No purchase is necessary.*
"Cookie companies have been asking me to be their spokesman for a thousand years...

Nampa Feeds Their Barbecue Cravings With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

November 18, 2014 at 6:00AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Nampa, ID - Jenny Hughes began he career with Dickey's Barbecue Pit in 2011 as a general manager and brand ambassador. Today, with over 20 years of restaurant experience, Hughes is the district manager to four Dickey's Barbecue locations in the Treasure Valley area. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Hughes will open her fourth location in Nampa with a three-day grand opening.
On Thursday, the first 50 dine-in guests can feed their cravings with gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, Dickey's Barbecue will offer all day merchandise giveaways including t-shirts, sunglasses and more. On Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. guests can stop by for radio station WOW 104.3 and $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches...

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory® Finalizes Exclusive Agreement With Maud Borup Inc.™ For Premium Hot Cocoa Mixes »

November 18, 2014 at 5:38AM PST | Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Walmart® Selects Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cocoa Mixes for Nationwide Roll Out
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Maud Borup Inc. and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory today announce an agreement that grants Maud Borupthe exclusive rights to package and distribute Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory hot cocoa mixes to mass, specialty, grocery, drug, and club stores in the United States.
In the initial roll-out, consumers can purchase Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gourmet hot cocoa mixes that are certified kosher in three indulgent, natural flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint – as everyday items in the warm beverage aisle at Walmart stores throughout the U.S. Each box contains six individual pouch servings...

Cooking Passion Leads Man To Open New Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Hometown »

November 18, 2014 at 4:47AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wilkes-Barre, PA - Joe Mamary's passion for cooking attracted him to Dickey's Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Mamary opens the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre. To celebrate his new barbecue business, Mamary is throwing a three-day grand opening.
"I'm looking forward to living my lifelong dream of cooking and bringing the best barbecue to my hometown," said first time owner, Joe Mamary. "My philosophy aligns perfectly with Dickey's brand promise which is about being passionate about the art of great barbecue."
Thursday, the first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, radio station 98.5 KRZ will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 1 p...

Domino's Pizza® Opens First Store In Kenya »

November 18, 2014 at 4:38AM PST | Source: Domino's Pizza

Nairobi Residents can now Enjoy the Domino's Pizza Delivery Experience
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is continuing its international growth momentum by opening its first store in Kenya.
Om Nom Nom Ltd., the master franchise holder of Domino's Pizza Kenya, is on a mission to establish more choice and competition within Nairobi – an area with fairly limited pizza delivery options. Om Nom Nom Ltd. has plans to open more stores in Nairobi within the next few years.
"Nairobi is a terrific market for pizza delivery, and we are very excited to deliver the one-of-a-kind Domino's experience to Kenya," said Eric Andre, director and co-founder of Om Nom Nom Ltd...

Longtime Friends Expand Their Dickey's Barbecue Business To Fresno »

November 18, 2014 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fresno, CA - Business partners and childhood friends, Bryan Roche and Kevin Roche know a thing or two about the franchise business. Prior opening Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations throughout southern California they ran several KFC locations. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., the Roche's open their newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Fresno with a three day grand opening celebration.
"We're excited about the first Fresno location – we know our Texas-style barbecue is going to be a big hit," said multi-unit owner, Bryan Roche. "Dickey's Barbecue is gaining brand recognition throughout the United States, especially in California – it's a great time to be part of this incredible franchise opportunity...

Krispy Kreme To Release Third Quarter Results On December 9, 2014 »

November 18, 2014 at 3:53AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 17, 2014 - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) plans to release its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, shortly after the market closes. The Company plans to host a conference call to review the results and management’s outlook for the balance of the year at 4:30 p.m. (ET) that day.
A webcast of the conference call will be available at www.krispykreme.com. The conference call also can be accessed over the phone by dialing (877) 407-0784 or, for international callers, by dialing (201) 689-8560. To access an archived audio replay of the call, dial (877) 870-5176, or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the passcode is 13595411. The audio replay will be available through December 16, 2014...

Cousins Subs® In Appleton, Wis. Supports Fox Valley Warming Shelter  »

November 17, 2014 at 12:34PM PST | Source: Cousins Subs

Restaurant Hosts Fundraiser to Help Homeless Men and Women
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // APPLETON, WIS. – For the second consecutive year, Cousins Subs® located at 706 W. Northland Ave. in Appleton, Wis. will host a "Stuff the Stocking" fundraiser from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24 to support the Fox Valley Warming Shelter (FVWS).
Supporters can help men and women in need by purchasing a paper ornament for $1. One-hundred percent of proceeds will go to FVWS, which welcomes all homeless men and women into its facility. Once inside, they are provided with life’s basic needs—shelter, food, clothing and safety—along with referrals to local resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
"Everyone is entitled to life’s basic necessities— shelter, food, clothing and safety— especially during a time of impending cold weather," said Kim Siedler, owner of the Northland Avenue Cousins Subs...

Pieology Pizzeria Hires Stephanie Lambrecht As Vice President Of Operations »

November 17, 2014 at 12:20PM PST | Source: Pieology Pizzeria

Leadership Team Grows as Trailblazing Restaurant Chain Expands
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California – Pieology Pizzeria, the "pie-oneer" in the fast casual, custom pizza sector, is proud to announce the addition of industry expert Stephanie Lambrecht, who joins the company’s dynamic management team as vice president of operations. Lambrecht oversees systems management and restaurant operations to further advance strategic brand growth that is already thriving. With 37 restaurants across Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Utah, Pieology will grow to over 50 restaurants by December and 180 restaurants by the end of 2015, with commitments for 500 restaurants...

Fazoli's Enters Holidays Amid Strong Fall Sales »

November 17, 2014 at 11:50AM PST | Source: Fazoli's Restaurants

Franchisees Report Nearly 6% October Same-Store Sales Growth
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the holiday shopping season about to begin, Fazoli’s will continue to provide value conscious shoppers with what CEO Carl Howard calls a "tremendous opportunity to receive a great dinning experience." The popular Italian quick-service chain, ranked #2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, reported a 5.7% increase for October sales on the franchise side with a 2.6% increase reported on the company side. The entire system enjoyed positive traffic in the period. Additionally, franchisees have experienced 13 straight quarters of positive sales.
Tweet: Fazoli's comp-sales grow again in October...

Good Times Restaurants Inc. Announces Completion Of Series A Warrant Redemption »

November 17, 2014 at 11:44AM PST | Source: Good Times

$7 Million in Capital Raised
GOLDEN, Colo. - November 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high quality, all natural products and a licensee of Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a full service, upscale concept, today announced the successful completion of the redemption of its Series A Warrants and Underwriter Warrants, each of which were exercisable into one share of common stock of the Company. A total of 2,450,100 Series A Warrants, representing 97% of the outstanding Series A Warrants, and 100% of the 154,000 Underwriter Warrants, were exercised by the holders raising approximately $7 million in capital for the Company...

Home Brew Holiday Specials At Dunkin' Donuts: Three Pounds Of Coffee For $19.99 »

November 17, 2014 at 10:33AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Dunkin' Donuts also Offers K-Cup® Packs for Special Price of Two Boxes for $15.99
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – There's no place like home for the holidays, and now Dunkin' Donuts is making it especially easy and affordable to enjoy the brand's famous coffee and hot chocolate at home. Beginning today, Dunkin' Donuts' Packaged Coffee is available at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide for the special price of three pounds for $19.99*. Perfect to pick up for parties, holiday dinners or fueling up for shopping or shoveling, Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee is available this season in several varieties, including Original Blend, Dunkin' Decaf®, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and the brand's new Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast Coffee...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Opens Fourth Texas Restaurant »

November 17, 2014 at 9:14AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise Set To Open New Location in Lubbock
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired, full-service restaurant, continues its expansion in the state of Texas with a new restaurant in Lubbock. The family-friendly restaurant invites local residents to come in and Live with Flavor® where guests can enjoy a variety of sizzling wings, delectable entrees and fresh salads to satisfy any craving.
This will be the first location for franchisee Alejandro Zamanillo, who decided to start his own business after speaking with a Hurricane Grill & Wings franchisee and seeing the positive aspects of the popular wing brand. The brand has plans to open six additional Texas locations for 2015 in Houston, Dallas, Austin and college station...



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