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ShakeAway Offers Customization In A Cup »

November 21, 2014 at 7:45AM PST | Source: ShakeAway

The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™ Satisfies Guests' Cravings for Fun
November 7, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOURNEMOUTH, U.K. – With three highly successful openings in La Jolla, Calif., Pacific Beach, Calif., and Cumming, Ga., Americans have once again fallen in love with milkshakes! From indulgent to healthy - to allergy-friendly - ShakeAway's unique, customizable menu offers something for everyone to enjoy.
ShakeAway's world-famous menu offers an amazing variety of signature shakes, fit & healthy shakes, fizzy soda shakes and hot shakes, frozen yogurt, smoothies and low-fat fries. The international brand offers more than 180 delicious ingredients and has millions of combinations to choose from, including Nestlé®, M&M's®, Milky Way®, OREO®, Skittles®, Nutella®, fresh fruit, British confectionary and more...

Zippy Shell To Support Fallen Heroes With "Wreaths Across America" This Holiday Season »

November 21, 2014 at 7:38AM PST | Source: Zippy Shell

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C.- Zippy Shell USA, LLC is proud to announce that this holiday season the company will support the Wreaths Across America program. The Maine based charity works to lay wreaths at Veterans' cemeteries and monuments across the United States. Their most ambitious project is annually laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery for the holiday season.
Zippy Shell is pledging that for every customer that books with one of their participating locations, they will sponsor a wreath for a fallen hero. This effort began on November 15th and will continue through Christmas.
Wreaths Across America strives to teach communities about the importance of remembering fallen heroes, supporting troops currently serving, and teaching youth of the selfless sacrifices made by veterans and their families for freedom...

Sears Outlet Stores Offer Black Friday Pricing Nov. 21-26 »

November 21, 2014 at 7:32AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Discount Retailer Offers Black Friday Deals Prior to Thanksgiving on Its Website; Price Matches Black Friday Ads for Items Purchased on Its Website
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Nov. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Shop with confidence before November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," by taking advantage of low holiday pricing all week and enjoying a Price Match Guarantee on the Sears Outlet Stores website - www.searsoutlet.com.
The national discount retailer will be selling products on its website - www.searsoutlet.com - at its advertised Black Friday pricing from November 21 through November 26 and will also honor local competitors' Black Friday ads as well as its own Black Friday deals during this time period.
If a customer purchases an item on www...

Value Place Expands Into Chicago With 15 New Hotels »

November 21, 2014 at 7:27AM PST | Source: Value Place

Value Place partners with Holladay Properties for Multi-Unit Development Agreement
CHICAGO - November 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has signed a long-term development agreement with Holladay Properties to build multiple hotels in the Chicago area.
The South Bend, Indiana-based Holladay Properties has entered into a development agreement with Value Place Franchise Services, LLC, to develop 15 hotels in the Chicagoland area within the next 60 months, with the potential to build additional properties. The first hotel is on track to break ground Spring 2015.
"This development group has the stamina and resources to aggressively grow with us in this area of the country," said Ron Burgett, Executive Vice President of Development at Value Place...

Ken Patterson Joins EXIT Realty In Billings »

November 21, 2014 at 7:00AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Billings, Montana (Grassroots Newswire) November 20, 2014 - EXIT Realty Yellowstone in Billings today announced the addition of Ken Patterson to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Ken to EXIT Realty," says Bill Porta, Owner/Franchisee of EXIT Realty Yellowstone. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Ken each and every day."
Ken joins us from another local Brokerage.
About EXIT Realty 
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals. EXIT's MIND-SET Training Systems offer the industry's best hands-on, interactive sales training...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 4th Los Angeles Location »

November 21, 2014 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Los Angeles on October 29. Franchise owner John Cotter held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 2 to support Children's Institute, Inc. (CII).
The new restaurant, located at 4700 W. Pico Boulevard, circulated 2,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to CII. In addition, 2,500 flyers containing various offers will be distributed. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike's will donate $1 to CII.
Children's Institute, Inc. serves more than 22,000 children and their families in the city's most challenged neighborhoods, and trains more than 9,000 professionals in the realm of child development, mental health, and welfare...

First South Carolina Franchise Location Opens For Business! »

November 21, 2014 at 6:52AM PST | Source: Zippy Shell

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. – Zippy Shell USA, LLC is excited to announce the company's first franchise location in the state of South Carolina is officially open for business! The newest location is under the ownership of Bart and Robin Duncan and will serve the greater Greenville area.
Both originally from Greenville, Bart and his wife, Robin, have spent most of their careers working in the aerospace and telecommunications industries. The Duncan's previous experiences will be invaluable resources for their Zippy Shell® operation because they understand the benefits of providing excellent customer service.
"We are of course very excited to get started," said Trey Smart, Business Development specialist at Zippy Shell of Greenville...

Fresh To Order Named 'Ones To Watch' By QSR Magazine »

November 21, 2014 at 6:47AM PST | Source: Fresh To Order

Fast-Fine Restaurant Also Receives HALO Award Honorable Mention
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 - Atlanta-based Fresh To Order(f2o), the pioneer of "Fast-Fine" dining, has been recognized as 'Ones To Watch' by QSR Magazine, a top restaurant industry trade magazine. The magazine also named the fast-casual restaurant as an honorable mention in its inaugural HALO awards, which recognizes restaurants for healthy menu offerings.
Fresh To Order was named 'Ones To Watch' for its upscale menu items that are made to order for each guest in 10 minutes for around $10. The judges cited Fresh To Order for its emphasis on food presentation and the sleek restaurant atmosphere, which are similar to a fine-dining establishment.
The restaurant also received an honorable mention in QSR's HALO awards, which recognizes its Better For You Burgers...

Good Earth Coffeehouse Comes To Ottawa »

November 21, 2014 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Good Earth Cafes Ltd.

Visitors to Ottawa International Airport can "Do Good. Feel Good."
CALGARY, ALBERTA - (Marketwired - Nov. 21, 2014) - Good Earth, the Canadian coffeehouse that serves wholesome food and delicious coffee while living a proud commitment to social and environmental responsibility, will open its first Ontario location at Ottawa International Airport in March, 2015.
Good Earth serves up exceptional direct-trade, organic and fair-trade coffees and a wide selection of hand-crafted espresso and tea-based beverages. Wholesomesalads, sandwiches, andsignature fresh baked goodsare also offered alongside vegetarian and vegan options, plus gluten-free, dairy-free,wheat-free, egg-free and nut-free choices.
"We are very excited about coming to Ottawa," says Michael Going, Co-founder and CEO of Good Earth Coffeehouse...

Liberty Tax Service To Report Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results On December 8, 2014 »

November 21, 2014 at 6:34AM PST | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Nov 21, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that it will report its earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 before the market opens on Monday, December 8, 2014. At 8:30 a.m. ET on the same day, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings. To listen to the call, dial 855-611-0856 (domestic) or 518-444-5569 (international), conference ID code 38821048, approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time of the call. The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format. The link to the webcast may be accessed on the Company's investor relations website at www.libertytax.com, under the "About Liberty Tax" tab.
A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning shortly after the call continuing until Monday, December 15, 2014, by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international)...

GRILLiT Retire Senior Secure Note »

November 21, 2014 at 6:20AM PST | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced the retirement of its senior secure credit facility.
In July of 2013, Grillit entered into a credit facility under which the Company entered into a $250,000.00 senior secured note. Per the terms of the credit facility, the Company issued a combined 2,586,205 common shares in connection with the note, which are due to be retired, pursuant to the terms of the repayment of the note.
As of November 12, 2014 the Company was able to complete the satisfaction of the note and terminate the credit facility in exchange for the issuance of common shares as iterated within the Company's third quarter financial filing on otcmarkets...

Yum! Brands Inc. Appoints Greg Creed And Elane B. Stock To Board »

November 21, 2014 at 6:16AM PST | Source: Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands  Opportunities Available

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, KY - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced that Greg Creed, 57, who will become Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January, 1, 2015, was formally appointed as a Director of the Board. Additionally, the Company appointed Elane B. Stock, 50, to its Board of Directors. Stock is the Group President of Kimberly-Clark International, comprising its operations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The appointments are effective immediately.
"I'm very pleased the Board today appointed Greg Creed as a Director of our Company, furthering our seamless leadership transition," said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands. "Greg walks the talk of our culture, is a visionary business leader and will make an outstanding Director and CEO of YUM Brands...

Gap Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

November 21, 2014 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Gap Inc


Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Up 11 Percent to $0.80, Including $0.06 Tax Benefit
Net Sales were $3.97 Billion in the Third Quarter; Up 1 Percent on a Constant Currency Basis
Distributed More Than $1.3 Billion Year-To-Date through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported third quarter fiscal year 2014 net income was $351 million, or $0.80 per share on a diluted basis, representing an 11 percent increase over last year.
"As we move into the holiday season, our teams are focused on delivering unique customer experiences which will differentiate our portfolio of brands in the marketplace," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Expands Service With New Franchise Store In South Asheville, NC »

November 21, 2014 at 5:35AM PST | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Chris Phillips is congratulated on the opening of his newest franchise, CPR Cell Phone Repair of South Asheville.
Independence, OH - November 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the fastest growing wireless technology franchise network in the United States, is pleased to announce the recent opening of a new store in the greater Asheville area. Chris Phillips is congratulated on the opening of his newest franchise, CPR Cell Phone Repair of South Asheville.
Phillips is an experienced CPR Cell Phone Repair franchise owner. He is the current owner and operator of three CPR stores located in Chesterfield, Brentwood and Wentzville, MO. Phillips' proven track record of success will benefit his latest CPR franchise that will serve the community of South Asheville...

The Pizza Press Set To Open Second Location This December »

November 21, 2014 at 5:31AM PST | Source: The Pizza Press

The fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant will open its doors in Old Towne Orange with a Great Pizza Giveaway.
Orange, CA - November 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - Orange County is welcoming a new dining option this winter with the opening of the second location of The Pizza Press, a fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant. Owned by founder Dara Maleki, The Pizza Press will be serving its made-to-order specialty pizzas to hungry students and members of the community at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange this December.
The new location, sitting inside The Plaza, will boast a 3,000 square foot interior, with seating for over 50 people inside, and a front patio to seat another 18 diners. Guests are encouraged to design their own pizza, complete with unlimited toppings, or choose from popular pizzas flavored after regional newspapers, including "The Times," "The Tribune," and "The Chronicle...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Renton Highlands Location »

November 21, 2014 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Renton Highlands, WA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Renton Highlands on November 5. Franchise owners Ray and Kristina Neyens and their partners, Red Polo Ventures LLC, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9 to support the Hazen High School PTSA.
The new restaurant, located at 4710 NE 4th Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Hazen High School PTSA.
"We've seen the Jersey Mike's brand grow tremendously since opening our first shop in the Seattle market in 2003," said Ray Neyens...

Wireless Zone® Expands In New York »

November 21, 2014 at 5:24AM PST | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer to open at least 10 all-new stores in the next 13 months.
(PRWEB) November 21, 2014 - Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has announced plans to expand throughout New York with 10 all-new stores planned before 2016. The development will begin with four all-new locations slated to be fully operational in New York City by December of this year.
"Wireless Zone® has more than 400 stores nationwide, and we are excited to expand and add new locations throughout New York," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®. "Currently, we have more than 30 locations throughout the state but with help from franchise owner John Russell, we expect to see that number expand greatly in the next coming months...

Dental Fix Awards 15th Franchise In The State Of California »

November 21, 2014 at 5:15AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 68th franchise of 2014, in Poway, California to Steve Moore, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the San Diego market, will be the 15th van to launch in the State of California, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 119 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

PrideStaff Expands With New Staffing And Employment Agency In Gainesville, Georgia »

November 21, 2014 at 5:07AM PST | Source: PrideStaff

Gainesville, GA (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 - PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, is pleased to announce the opening of a new staffing and employment agency in Gainesville. The new office will offer a full range of staffing and employment services in a variety of professional and light industrial disciplines serving the Gainesville area.
"Throughout my business career, I've loved watching those who work hard, prosper," said Mike McGraw, Owner/Strategic-Partner of the Gainesville PrideStaff office. "Every day, PrideStaff allows me to work hand-in-hand with clients and candidates, overcoming their biggest challenges and helping them to achieve more."
As a national staffing services organization, PrideStaff provides outstanding results to its clients and candidates...

Starwood Hotels Continues Asset-Light Strategy With Sale Of Sheraton On The Park In Sydney, Australia »

November 21, 2014 at 5:03AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has sold Sheraton® on the Park in Sydney, Australia to Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation (SIG) for AUS$463.0 million [US$399.0 million]. Starwood will continue to operate the hotel as a Sheraton under a long-term management contract.
"We are pleased to advance our asset-light strategy with the sale of the iconic Sheraton on the Park hotel and look forward to working closely with SIG to ensure its continued success," said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood. "The terms of this sale underscore the strength of the Sheraton brand and the success of this hotel, as well as the tremendous value of this property in a high barrier to entry market...



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