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Toys"R"Us, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Lenders And Note Investors Conference Call »

August 27, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

For Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC
August 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. is pleased to announce that its second quarter 2015 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call to discuss the financial results of Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 21, 2015. Participation in this call is limited to lenders under Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc.’s term loan credit agreement dated August 24, 2010 (as amended or supplemented, including by the joinder agreements dated May 25, 2011, April 10, 2012, and October 24, 2014), and to investors and prospective investors in Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC’s 8...

Gold's Gym Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Inducts Arnold Schwarzenegger Into The Gold's Gym Hall Of Fame »

August 26, 2015 at 6:21AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Iconic Fitness Brand Commemorates Landmark Anniversary at Brandwide Convention
DALLAS - Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Last night, Gold's Gym celebrated 50 years as the gold standard of fitness at its Gold's Gym Convention. An annual event, this year's Convention – hosted in Dallas, TX, which is where its global headquarters is located – drew hundreds of franchise owners, gym managers, corporate leaders, fitness celebrities and vendors to celebrate the brand's monumental 50th Anniversary. To top off the night, Gold's Gym inducted Arnold Schwarzenegger into its esteemed Gold's Gym Hall of Fame. Schwarzenegger helped Gold's Gym put mainstream fitness on the map in the 1970s.
"This week, we celebrate 50 years as the world's leading authority on health and fitness," said Aaron Watkins, president of Gold's Gym...

Cruise Planners’ 2015 Convention Already Sold Out »

August 26, 2015 at 5:25AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, will be hosting its annual convention in Boca Raton, Fla. this fall with hundreds of eager travel agents.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, today announced the theme and highlights for the sold-out Cruise Planners 2015 Annual Convention.
During Convention, the ReGENerate theme will be peppered throughout and will help Cruise Planners travel advisors better understand how to attract, service and retain clients within each generational group. The goal will be to encourage agents to re-fuel and realign business strategies and tools for greater success across multiple generations through group business, specialty travel and niche markets...

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Joins Forces With Guests To Raise $50,000 To Combat Childhood Hunger »

August 25, 2015 at 9:55AM PDT | Source: MOOYAH Burgers & Fries

“Better-Burger” Franchise System to Donate 1 Percent of Sales in September to No Kid Hungry®
DALLAS (PRWEB) August 25, 2015 - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a leading made-to-order “better-burger“ concept, is teaming up with No Kid Hungry® in hopes of raising $50,000 to battle childhood hunger. The chain will give 1 percent of system-wide sales at participating locations across the country to the national campaign during the month of September.
According to No Kid Hungry, one in five American children does not know when or where his or her next meal will come from and, a $1 donation to the organization can help connect a child facing hunger with up to 10 meals*. Since 1984, Share Our Strength, which runs the No Kid Hungry campaign, has raised more than $528 million through corporate sponsorships, events and donations...

Outdoor Living Brands To Join Stonework Franchising On Live Franchise Talk Show, Veterans Helping Veterans »

August 24, 2015 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Outdoor Living Brands

Outdoor Living Brands and Stonework Franchising join forces to host two-part live Franchise Talk Show specifically for the veteran community.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (PRWEB) August 24, 2015 - Outdoor Living Brands is thrilled to announce the brand’s first LIVE Franchise Talk Show appearance scheduled for Monday, August 24th at 3:30 PM EST.
Hosted and produced by Stonework Franchising, a veteran owned and operated franchise consultant firm that specializes in assisting transitioning and retired military veterans as the explore and evaluate franchise opportunities to launch and ultimately operate as their own.
“The Live Franchise Talk Show was created in order to create a valuable resource for vets. There is a famous saying in the military…You don’t know what you don’t know...

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Celebrates 30 Years Of Helping People Improve Their Health And Lose Weight »

August 24, 2015 at 10:50AM PDT | Source: Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating

August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Ottawa, Ill. – Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), the premier freshly prepared meal provider nationwide, is proud to announce its 30-year anniversary celebration on August 26. The company will open its doors to the public and provide tours of its kitchen facility.
The day’s events will kick off with opening remarks by company founder and family matriarch, Seattle Sutton, who will also introduce family, employees, clients and business associates who have supported the company over the years.
Attendees will have an opportunity to win prizes, tour the kitchen facility and take home a delicious, healthy SSHE lunch. The anniversary celebration will run from 11 AM to 1 PM at its kitchen facility located at 611 E...

The Abominable Dr. Phibes Feast With Victoria Price In Person »

August 21, 2015 at 9:08AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Special Touring Food and Film Event Celebrating
The 50th Anniversary Edition of Vincent and Mary Price's Landmark Cookbook
August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - The Alamo Drafthouse is pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind touring food and film event honoring the 50th anniversary edition of Vincent and Mary Price's A Treasury of Great Recipes. During the months of September and October, Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide will host The Abominable Dr. Phibes Feast, featuring a screening of the Vincent Price classic paired with a delectable multi-course feast using recipes from the book. Topping each evening off, Victoria Price - daughter of Vincent and Mary - will be in person sharing memories of her father before the film with her multi-media presentation "Explore, Savor, Celebrate: Life with Vincent Price...

Wilhelmina Models And European Wax Center Reveal The Winner Of The Summer Goddess 2015 Model Search »

August 21, 2015 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

And The Winner Is…
NEW YORK - August 20, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Brooklyn McAlpin of Palmdale, California has been named the winner of the Summer Goddess 2015 Model Search Presented by Wilhelmina Models and European Wax Center. Five women were carefully chosen as finalists and flown to Miami to participate in the last round, which included meetings with top executives, a beach front photo shoot and a party to celebrate the winner. The winner was chosen today by an expert panel of judges including:
“It is our pleasure to add Brooklyn to our acclaimed roster of talent.”

Dave Coba, CEO, European Wax Center
Sherry Baker, President of Marketing, European Wax Center
Erin Lucas, Director, Wilhelmina Miami
Tatiana Acosta, Marketing Director, Wilhelmina Models
Beth Studenberg, Photographer
Sona Gaspirian, PopSugar

“This partnership was about celebrating and revealing beauty in all women, and I’m confident that we have done just that,” said Dave Coba, President and CEO of European Wax Center...

Brightway Celebrates Seventh Anniversary »

August 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Brightway Insurance, the country’s seventh largest privately held personal lines independent insurance agency, celebrates its seventh year in business today, Thursday, August 20, 2015, the company announced.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance agency selling through a network of franchised locations. The company started in 2008 and has grown to 117 locations in 10 states.
In mid-August, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the seventh consecutive year, in part due to the following average year-over-year growth:




Number of franchise locations


21%




Number of Agency Owners and staff       


26%




Brightway employees


33%




Year-end policies in force


47%




Written premium


49%




To celebrate Brightway’ s accomplishments, Founder and Chairman David Miller, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman Michael Miller, and President Talman Howard will host a celebration today for the company’s 200 Jacksonville-based employees...

Donut Lovers Go To The Polls: Vote For The Two Donuts That You Want To Go Head-to-Head In Tim Hortons Restaurants »

August 20, 2015 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

Only four donuts remain in the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest and now it’s time for Canadians to vote for their favourite.
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // OAKVILLE, ON - From maple crème filling to strawberry icing to brownie crumble topping, the judges of the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest had a sweet day. But it wasn't a cakewalk for the judges – Jann Arden, deadmau5 and Sophie Tweed-Simmons had the difficult task of narrowing down the field to four semi-finalists, who would proceed to the online voting round of the competition. They managed to pick their top four, and today the donut polls are officially open at DuellingDonuts.ca for Canadians to have their say.
"We tried eight incredible pieces of heaven, and heard the fun stories behind each one," said Jann Arden...

Snap-On Franchisee Conference Draws Record Crowd For Innovation, Industry-Leading Tools In Company's 95th Year »

August 20, 2015 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) drew record-setting attendance for its annual gathering, showcasing industry-leading tools and innovation to deepen Snap-on's exceptional customer connection, as well as productivity solutions to enhance the profitability of franchisees. The three-day business conference brings together Snap-on Tools franchisees for insight, information and celebration shared by company leaders, associates and business partners. Held in Washington, D.C. this year, the company's 95th Anniversary offered the opportunity for attendees to celebrate the successes of its past while looking forward to a prosperous future.
"Snap-on franchisees are at the core of the sustained business success Snap-on has enjoyed throughout our 95-year history," says Tom Kassouf, president of the Snap-on Tools Group...

The Habit Burger Grill Raises Over $4000 For Las Vegas Charities »

August 19, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: The Habit Burger Grill

August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS, NV – The Habit Burger Grill teamed up with five local charities last week, and raised over $4,000 during its pre-opening fundraising events in Las Vegas. The restaurant donated 100 percent of the proceeds raised to five non-profit organizations, including Las Vegas Boy Scouts, ScoutReach, Spread the Word Nevada, Southern Nevada Children First and Three Square Food Bank.
Before opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, August 12, guests were treated to a special sneak peek of The Habit’s signature Charburgers, sandwiches and salads, topped with flame-grilled tri-tip, chicken or line-caught sushi grade tuna, all custom built and made-to order, during the restaurant’s fundraising events...

Meet Danny Farrar, Co-Founder Of SOLDIERFIT And A Men's Health Ultimate Guy Finalist »

August 17, 2015 at 11:40AM PDT | Source: SOLDIERFIT

August 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK, NY – Danny Farrar, co-founder of SOLDIERFIT and U.S. Veteran, has been selected as one of the top five finalists in the second annual search for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy presented by Mankind Ultimate by Kenneth Cole and Isopure.
Farrar, was named a finalist worthy of representing Men’s Health on the cover of the upcoming November issue. After careful deliberation, Farrar was selected as a finalist for his personal story of strength, perseverance and success in launching SOLDIERFIT, a unique, military-inspired fitness franchise headquartered in Maryland.
Farrar has outlasted the competition, proving not only his mental and physical chops, but dedication to giving back to others, too...

Tropical Smoothie Café Reaches $1 Million Donation Goal To Benefit Camp Sunshine »

August 14, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Franchise Celebrates Successful National Flip Flop Day Efforts
August 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies, has exceeded expectations by raising a record breaking $1 million for their charity partner, Camp Sunshine. In its ninth annual National Flip Flop Day, Tropical Smoothie Café, has outdone itself by collecting nearly $400,000 more than in 2014, largely due to its outstanding belief in Camp Sunshine and the brand’s commitment to its “Live Better” value. Camp Sunshine is a retreat that provides both medical and emotional support to children with life threatening illnesses, as well as their families, at a time when they need it the most...

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac N’ Cheez! Selected As Finalist For FastCasual.com’s "The Perfect Pitch" Contest »

August 12, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez!

August 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Following a worldwide contest, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! has been selected as one of three restaurants to present their concepts before a panel of investors and a live audience at the Fast Casual Executive Summit on Oct. 20 in Miami, FL.
Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2013, Detroit-based Sweet Lorraine’s has four locations currently open throughout Michigan. The company is planning to open additional locations in Midtown Detroit, Illinois and Ohio.
To be considered, the restaurant concepts were required to have at least one store open (no more than 10), have been open between six months and five years, and must be willing to share revenue and average sales data...

CiCi’s Pizza Exec Featured On CNBC’s Make Me A Millionaire Inventor »

August 12, 2015 at 9:24AM PDT | Source: CiCi's Pizza

VP of Operations Cassidy provides expert feedback to Marinara Tower inventor on premier episode, Aug. 12
August 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // COPPELL, TX – CiCi’s Pizza is renowned for many innovations – most notably its endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet.
So it’s no surprise that CNBC invited a CiCi’s executive to provide his expert analysis and feedback to an aspiring inventor with a novel idea for an Italian-style restaurant.
On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the public can watch as Brian Cassidy, CiCi’s vice president of operations, offers his insights to the creator of the “Marinara Tower” on the debut episode of Make Me a Millionaire Inventor. The six-episode series, produced by CNBC and ALL3MEDIA (creators of Undercover Boss and Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey), is an extension of Shark Tank, and focuses on what it takes to get from inventor to successful entrepreneur...

Feng Shui A Driver Of Home Selection And Investment For Chinese-Americans »

August 11, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and AREAA Survey Finds Feng Shui Plays Role in Home Selection for 86% of Chinese-Americans, 79% Willing to Invest More for Homes that Apply Feng Shui Principles
MADISON, N.J. and CARLSBAD, Calif. - Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) today released findings from a national survey of Chinese-Americans that reveal the impact of the ancient design philosophy, feng shui, on this population's home buying mindset and preferences. While Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions have long fascinated the Western world, this study sheds light on its influence in the U.S., as Chinese-Americans and international Chinese buyers represent an increasingly powerful force in the nation's housing market...

Profile By Sanford Sheds A Half Million Pounds Off America »

August 07, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Profile by Sanford

Weight management program surpasses 500,000 pounds lost by members.
August 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // SIOUX FALLS, SD – Profile by Sanford, a comprehensive weight-management program backed by one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care providers, has exceeded the weight-loss milestone of 500,000 pounds.
Profile by Sanford now has more than 20,000 active members with 25 locations nationwide while rapidly expanding through a recent franchising initiative.
“The improved health and confidence of our members is No.1 one goal but looking from the outside in, the most important number for a weight-management program is the pounds its members have lost. We are proud to announce our members have shed a half million of those pounds,” said COO Nate Malloy...

PIP Printing Reaches 50 Years »

August 06, 2015 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: PIP Printing

Business services franchise started as a single printing location 50 years ago in Southern California.
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - August 06, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Franchise Services, Inc., celebrates the 50th anniversary of the PIP Printing brand. The first Postal Instant Press (PIP) was opened in 1965 by Bill LeVine who founded Postal Press in 1943 and built it into one of the leading commercial printing plants in Southern California. Today, the PIP brand name has expanded to PIP Marketing, Signs, Print to reflect the changing needs of the marketplace as well as the printing and graphics arts industry.
Originally started as a “while-you-wait” printing operation from the front window of LeVine’s Postal Press commercial print business, by 1967 there were three pilot locations testing new printing equipment and technology, and in 1968 the first three Postal Instant Press franchises were opened...

Two Fresh & Healthy Decades: Pita Pit Turns 20 »

August 03, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Pita Pit

U.S. Team Joins Global Pita Pit Family for Conference to Celebrate Brand’s 20th Anniversary
COEUR D’ALENE, ID (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - When he opened the very first Pita Pit in Kingston, Ont., Nelson Lang could never have imagined the rapid growth his concept for a fresh, customizable, and healthy meal would enjoy in the two decades to come. On July 20, 2015 the brand celebrated its 20th anniversary with an international conference in Kingston, welcoming nearly 500 franchisees, suppliers and team members from the Pita Pit system across the globe; including the executive team from the U.S. where the brand has grown to nearly 250 locations since crossing the border in 1999.
The growing Pita Pit family spent three spirited days exploring new ways to collaborate and create even more rewarding customer experiences...



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