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H&R Block's Final ACA Stats: Refunds Impacted For Most Who Received Advance Tax Credit »

April 27, 2015 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Numbers Show Increase From Early Season Results
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 27, 2015 - Almost two-thirds of tax filers who received insurance via the state or federal insurance Marketplaces had to pay back an average of $729 of the Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC), cutting their potential refund by almost one-third, according to analysis of filing data by H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax preparation company. Conversely, one in four was due additional premium tax credit and therefore had an increase of an average of $425 in their refund.
The end-of-season results showed an increase compared to the results the company found in mid-February. At that time, 52 percent of those receiving a tax credit had to pay back an average of $530, reducing the average refund by about 17 percent...

Chicken Salad Chick To Launch Summer Menu Next Week »

April 27, 2015 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Fast-Casual restaurant concept to feature seasonal menu items.
Auburn, AL (PRWEB) April 27, 2015 - Chicken Salad Chick, one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands, announced today the upcoming launch of their summer menu items. Starting Monday, May 4th, all Chicken Salad Chick locations will offer a featured plate that includes the return of their lettuce-based Summer Salad as well as a delicious key lime pie. The Summer Salad features the season’s freshest produce, serving dried cranberries, Fuji apples, strawberries, feta cheese and crushed pecans on a bed of green leaf lettuce. The salad is also served with their homemade poppy seed vinaigrette dressing. These two seasonal items, along with the guest’s choice of a chicken salad sandwich or scoop, will comprise the featured plate...

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Ranked #1 In National Consumer Study »

April 27, 2015 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Brand Adding New Shops as Sales Soar
PITTSBURGH - April 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, which is in the midst of another growth spurt, is now America’s favorite frozen treat chain, according to the prestigious Consumer Picks 2015 study.
Conducted by Nation’s Restaurant News and WD Partners, the nationwide study rated 172 restaurant chains on atmosphere, cleanliness, food quality, likelihood to recommend, likelihood to return, menu variety, reputation, service, value and craveability. Bruster’s was the highest rated ice cream brand and ranked second in the Limited Service category only behind iconic In-N-Out Burger.
Bruster’s high rating for food quality drove its ranking...

Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Presents The Best Of 2014 Award Winners »

April 27, 2015 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Brand Recognizes Top Performers and Innovators within its National Network
April 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. – Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced its 2014 award recipients at the brand’s international conference, Fusion 2015 held recently in Las Vegas with record- setting attendance. Based on stringent criteria in the categories of total closed unit volume and commission income, performance-based awards serve as a way to acknowledge the top producers within the network nationwide. The highest category, Emerald Elite, is bestowed to the top 2 percent of all affiliated agents and teams in the BHGRE® network; Platinum winners represent the top 3 percent; Gold winners represent the top 5 percent; and, Silver winners represent the top 15 percent...

Lily Behrends Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group »

April 27, 2015 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Realtor Lily Behrends Joins the University Park Office of RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota, Florida.
Sarasota, FL, April 26, 2015 - (PR.com) - Realtor Lily Behrends has joined the University Park office of RE/MAX Alliance Group. She was previously with Wagner Realty for five years and Interstate Commercial Brokers for four years.
Well-versed in both residential and commercial real estate, Behrends specializes in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, with a special focus in Panther Ridge Preserve, Lakewood Ranch, Greenbrook, Ellenton, Englewood and North Port. A Manatee County resident since 2000, she is fluent in Spanish.
While at Wagner Realty, Behrends received the Executive Circle award in 2010, the President's Circle award in 2011 and 2012, and the Chairman's Circle award, Wagner Realty's highest award, in 2013 and 2014...

Spring Into May With Domino's® Weeklong Carryout Special »

April 27, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Customers can take home large two-topping pizzas for $5.99 each
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and digital ordering technology, is offering customers a weeklong $5.99 large two-topping pizza carryout special from April 27 – May 3.
"We are focused on giving people what they want – and that's a great product at a great value," said Tim McIntyre, Domino's spokesperson. "The carryout special is a great opportunity to continue to do that."
Customers may take advantage of the $5.99 carryout deal by ordering over the phone, in-store, at www.dominos.com or via Domino's ordering apps for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, Windows Phone 8® and Kindle Fire™...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Joins The White House’s UpSkill America Program »

April 27, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Expands and Enhances Its Associate Development Program to Further Elevate Employees’ Skills and Earning Potential
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) has a rich history of identifying talented entry-level associates and cultivating their skills into increasingly challenging positions. At Starwood there are many examples of associates who started working at the front desk or as a room attendant who advanced to positions of Supervisor, Manager or even Regional Director.
It’s in this spirit of possibility that Starwood is pleased to announce today its participation in UpSkill America, a public-private initiative led by the US Department of Education to identify front-line employees and give them the training needed to advance their careers...

City Wide Maintenance Of Tampa Bay Named 2014 “Franchise Of The Year” »

April 27, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: City Wide

Nation’s Leading Building Maintenance Management Company Presents Local Business Partners with Coveted “Franchise of the Year” Award
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Franchisees, local market team members, and corporate leadership assembled at The Wild Horse Pass & Casino in Chandler, Arizona in March for City Wide’s annual franchise convention and awards ceremony.
During the event, John Duffy and Steve Howerton, the co-principals of City Wide Maintenance of Tampa Bay, were awarded the prestigious “Franchise of the Year” award.
“John and Steve had an incredible 2014, and we see that continuing for them in the years ahead,” said Jeff Oddo, president and CEO of Kansas City-based City Wide Franchise...

The Chickery Opening Second Downtown Toronto Location »

April 27, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: The Chickery

David Adjey’s The Chickery Signs Multi-Unit Non-Traditional Franchise
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Toronto, Canada - The Chickery, founded in 2012 by celebrity chef David Adjey of Food Network fame, has inked a deal to open five units in non-traditional units across Toronto, the first of which will open in Mt. Sinai Hospital’s new food court project, currently under renovation. Mt. Sinai is one of Toronto’s busiest hospitals, and RioCan, which serves as both an investor and the landlord for the new Food Hall, called the project “an important element to the conveniences offered to patients, families and staff.” The Food Hall is being built with the intention of also drawing a non-patient lunch crowd from the many neighboring office buildings...

Retail Refresh: Eight Nebraska Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 2:40PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
KEARNEY, Neb., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of eight Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Nebraska culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Beatrice, Bellevue, Columbus, Fremont, Hastings, Kearney, McCook and North Platte. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nebraska...

Three Sears Hometown Stores In Missouri Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MARYVILLE, Mo. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of three Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Missouri culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Brookfield, Cameron and Maryville. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Missouri stores have a renewed dedication to customer service and offer their local communities a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Missouri...

Garth McDonald, Of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Awarded 2015 Rookie Coach Of The Year »

April 24, 2015 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: ActionCoach

April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Las Vegas – Garth McDonald, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, won the 2015 Rookie Coach of the Year Award at the ActionCOACH Americas Conference at the Westin Lake Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on March 7, 2015.
Garth McDonald earned this award thanks to the powerful work he has done with his clients throughout Northern and Southern Alberta over the course of the past year, including coaching his clients to the increased profitability for some who were losing money in their business, to a 20% increase in their first 4 months, as well as building an organization that gives the business owner the ability to work on their business and not just in it!
Garth McDonaldActionCOACH Global Chief Community Officer, Angie Fairbanks along with assistants from Vic Ciuffetelli, ActionCOACH CEO presented the award to Garth McDonald...

Papa John's Introduces: "Knot" Just Another Pizza Deal »

April 24, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Get a Large 2-topping Pizza for $10 plus + $4 all-new Garlic Knots online only for a limited-time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's announced today its latest offering: all-new Garlic Knots - a shareable side that's sure to please fans of both its fresh, never frozen, original dough and signature garlic sauce. Papa John's will also offer customers the opportunity to pair a large, two-topping pizza for $10 with new Garlic Knots for just $4 when you order online - $1 lower than the regular menu price of $5.
This limited-time offering starts Monday, April 27 and lasts through May 24. The perfect complement to any Papa John's pizza, the twisted bread knots are oven baked and then sauced with Papa John's delicious, signature garlic parmesan sauce...

Speedemissions, Inc. Announces Year-End 2014 Financial Results »

April 24, 2015 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Apr 24, 2015) - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SPMI) (the "Company") is a national retail brand offering consumers automobile emissions testing and safety inspections, as well as the developer BuyCarSafety.com and the Automobile Date Vehicle Information Safety Report ("ADVISR"), today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014.
For the year ended December 31, 2014, revenue decreased (21.4%) or $1,517,244, from $7,095,937 in the prior year to $5,578,693. This reduction in revenue is primarily due to a the sale of six stores in Houston, five stores in Salt Lake City and eleven stores leases not renewed and/or closed due to lack of performance. The drop in revenue was mitigated by the acquisition of seven Auto Emissions Express in late 2013 and an increase in same store sales of $78,000 or 2...

Retail Refresh: Two Kansas Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
ATCHISON, Kan. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of two Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Kansas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Atchison and Colby. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Kansas...

Pizza Pizza Among First Brands To Launch App For Apple Watch »

April 24, 2015 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2015) - It's pizza time. Pizza Pizza customers will now be able to order pizza from their wrist, as the company announces the launch of its app for Apple Watch. Canada's leading pizza chain is among the first brands to introduce an app for Apple Watch.
The Pizza Pizza app for Apple Watch, one of the first to offer food ordering, is based on the company's popular app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models. It was first launched in 2011 in partnership with Plastic Mobile, and has seen well over half a million downloads to date. The app received a Webby Award, just one month after its launch, for best shopping tool for a handheld device and continues to delight customers.
"We have been on the forefront of innovation since we started delivering pizzas back in 1967," said Paul Goddard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Pizza Limited...

Tropical Smoothie Café Introduces Luau Sliders And New Mojito Smoothie Line »

April 24, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Chain Offers Unique, Seasonal Flavors for May and June
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is pleased to introduce its new LTO line of Luau Sliders and Mojito Smoothies. The savory and sweet menu offerings can be enjoyed starting April 27th, and will continue through June 28th.
Making its debut on the Tropical Smoothie Café menu this month is a new line of luau sliders, all served on a Hawaiian-style bun and stacked with flavor. A tender balance of spicy and sweet, the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Slider includes grilled chicken, jerk sauce and pineapple & mango salsa...

Hooters Appoints New CMO, CHRO And SVP Of Franchise Operations »

April 24, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Hooters

New Executives Bolster Hooters Leadership Team and Growth Strategy with Depth of Restaurant and Retail Expertise
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA – Hooters has welcomed three new executives to “the nest,” most recently naming Carl Sweat as chief marketing officer (CMO) to strategically lead the iconic wing destination’s marketing, public relations and brand management initiatives. Hooters also appointed Terri Hoskins as chief human resources officer (CHRO) to lead organizational development, employee relations and recruitment efforts. Additionally, Pete Servold joined the leadership team to support Hooters robust global expansion initiatives as senior vice president of franchise operations.
Sweat brings a wealth of global industry knowledge to his role as Hooters CMO...

Long Island City Welcomes Its First Hilton Garden Inn »

April 24, 2015 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Views of the Manhattan Waterfront, access to businesses and cultural attractions bring extra appeal to the new upscale hotel.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONG ISLAND CITY, NY and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View is owned by CVR Hotel LLC, and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, LLC. It is the brand's first property in Long Island City.
“We’re excited to provide guests the option to stay in Long Island City, a rapidly growing community only minutes away from Manhattan,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

Miami Marlins And Orangetheory Fitness Announce Charitable Partnership »

April 24, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness To Donate $200 To The Marlins Foundation For Every Giancarlo Stanton Home Run at Marlins Park 
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced that they have partnered with Orangetheory Fitness to benefit the Marlins Foundation. For every Giancarlo Stanton home run at Marlins Park in 2015, Orangetheory Fitness will donate $200 to benefit Marlins RBI.
“The Miami Marlins welcome Orangetheory Fitness to the Marlins Foundation and appreciate their support of Marlins RBI,” said Alfredo Mesa, Vice President and Executive Director of Marlins Foundation. “This partnership will highlight the talent of Giancarlo Stanton and support the kids who participate in the Marlins RBI program...



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