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Matthew Austin Speaks At USLAW Network Conference »

September 30, 2014 at 11:56AM PDT | Source: Roetzel

September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // On September 19, 2014, Matthew D. Austin, a partner in Roetzel's Columbus office, spoke before the membership and guests of the USLAW Network at the group's Fall Client Conference in San Francisco, California.
Mr. Austin, joined by Maureen F. Moore, Vice President Corporate Labor Relations, Xerox Corporation, Robert J. Sandkuhler, Counsel, Global Labor and Employment, and others, presented a panel discussion entitled "After the Gold Rush – The NLRB's Continued Intrusion into the Non-Union Workplace" before in-house and outside counsel from across the country.
Mr. Austin focuses his practice on labor and employment law, including representing companies in all aspects of dealing with labor unions...

Kid To Kid Resale Franchise Expands Into Nation’s Top Cities For Working Parents »

September 30, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 - Kid to Kid, a resale franchise that buys and sells children's clothing, toys, and baby gear, is a growing company with locations found in many of the nation's top 25 cities for working parents. Kid to Kid store owners appreciate the ability to work around their children's schedules, while making money and helping the community. The support and training received from the franchise office helps first-time business owners overcome some of the challenges common to owning a business, increasing their chances of success.
NerdWallet.com recently released a list of the top 25 cities for working parents based upon cost of living, child care costs, the quality of schools and ratio of households with children...

Black Bear Diner Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Development Agreement For Northern California »

September 30, 2014 at 11:37AM PDT | Source: Black Bear Diners

REDDING, Calif. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Black Bear Diner, a fast growth, award-winning family dining concept with 63 restaurants spread across eight western states, announced today the signing of a multi-unit franchise development agreement for Northern California. The multi-unit franchise agreement was signed with Norcal Cajun Foods II, Inc. The agreement includes five franchises in the greater Northern California region to be built out by 2017. This agreement is a major step towards the brand goal of 100 national units by 2018.
"We're thrilled to have selected a franchise partner that can help propel the brand's growth in Northern California," said Bruce Dean, co-founder of Black Bear Diner. "We've experienced tremendous success with current franchises in Northern California because of a loyal base of customers...

Wyndham Hotel Group Grows In Africa With First Hotel In Ethiopia »

September 30, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Management contract signed for Ramada in Addis Ababa
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of a management agreement for the Hotel Group's first property in Ethiopia, the 136-room Ramada Addis.
Upon opening in the first half of next year, Ramada Addis will offer 128 guest rooms and eight suites, ideally located on a major transport route linking the city centre with Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The addition of Ramada Addis expands Wyndham Hotel Group into its seventh market on the African continent and follows an announcement just last week that the company plans to introduce its flagship Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand to Kenya...

Leading Tennis Activation Model Launches First Massachusetts Franchise »

September 30, 2014 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

USPTA and PTR Professional set to bring TGA Premier Youth Tennis school-based programs to Southern Boston
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA – TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA), a partner with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and a leading activation model to develop and bring new tennis players into the sport, has established its first Massachusetts franchise territory.
Peter Dunlop, a technology and telecommunications executive, has acquired the geographic rights to TGA in the Southern Boston area, which will start with school-based programs in Plymouth County.
Dunlap has been an active tennis player most of his life and still plays competitively in USTA team events along with getting his United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certifications two years ago...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Opening Of Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla In Colombia »

September 30, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

New Hotel in Colombia’s Caribbean Port City Furthers Company’s Expansion in Region
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BARRANQUILLA, Colombia and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of the newly-built Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla, a 123-room Hilton Garden Inn property in Colombia’s Caribbean port city. Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla is the brand’s first hotel in Colombia and the company’s seventh, reinforcing Hilton Worldwide’s plans to continue growing in Colombia, and Latin America.
"Colombia is an important country to focus on as we continue to grow in Latin America, and we are thrilled to announce the opening of the newest hotel for Hilton Garden Inn," said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

Selfie For The Win: Applebee's® Launches #FanFavoritesSweeps Campaign To Give One Fan A Trip To Phoenix »

September 30, 2014 at 10:54AM PDT | Source: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar

World's Largest Casual Dining Chain Integrates Fan Photos of Crowd-Sourced 2 for $20 Menu into CBSSports.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sept. 29, 2014 - With a new crowd-sourced menu lineup chosen by Applebee's social fans, America's favorite neighborhood bar and grill is searching for this season's biggest fan.
Through a first-of-its-kind social integration, Applebee's is asking the public to snap a selfie with their favorite 2 for $20 dish. Throughout the campaign, user-generated photos will be featured on CBSSports.com and fans can enter to win a trip to Phoenix, Arizona in February and $2,000.*
Applebee's dedication to its fans is present not only in the #FanFavoritesSweeps, but also in the latest 2 for $20 menu lineup...

Ruby Tuesday To Report First Quarter Results On October 8, 2014 »

September 30, 2014 at 10:50AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sept. 29, 2014 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) is scheduled to report its first quarter 2015 earnings following the close of financial markets on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 and will webcast its quarterly conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time that afternoon. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.rubytuesday.com. The call will be archived on the Company’s website through October 22, 2014.
About Ruby Tuesday, Inc. 
As of June 3, 2014, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. owned, operated and franchised nearly 750 Ruby Tuesday restaurants throughout the United States and in selected international locations. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. also owns, operates and franchises Lime Fresh brand restaurants...

Starwood Hotels' Eco-Wise Element Brand To Expand Florida Portfolio »

September 30, 2014 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Orlando Slated to Open in July 2016 less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its trailblazing Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year's opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral. Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, LLC, developed by GCD Associates, and managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group, Element Orlando will offer 151 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Among The Top Franchises For Veterans In Annual Ranking »

September 30, 2014 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Military Times Recognizes the Company's Commitment to Recruiting Veterans for Franchise Opportunities
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hartland, Wis. – Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise, has been named one of the top franchise choices for veterans by Military Times. The Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 ranking is targeted to current and former service members interested in owning their own business and recognizes Batteries Plus Bulbs as a leader in supporting veteran franchisees.
Through the announcement of this ranking, Batteries Plus Bulbs hopes that more veterans will become aware of the incentives that the franchise has been providing to our nation's heroes...

Woodcraft Opens First Tool Box By Woodcraft Store In Chattanooga »

September 30, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Woodcraft unveils new, smaller retail model – Tool Box by Woodcraft – in Chattanooga.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 - Leading woodworking tool retailer Woodcraft has opened its first Tool Box by Woodcraft store in Chattanooga, a smaller version of the more than 70 Woodcraft retail stores located in larger metropolitan areas. Grand opening ceremonies are planned for the weekend of Oct. 3-4.
"Woodcraft is opening Tool Box by Woodcraft stores to bring Woodcraft’s best-selling woodworking tools, accessories, and supplies to areas not served by our larger stores," Woodcraft president Jody Garrett said. "Woodcraft wants to make its quality line of products available in more areas of the country, as well as closer to loyal Woodcraft customers...

Mr. Handyman Donates 4,600 Hours In Repair Services To Organizations In Need »

September 30, 2014 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Franchise System Has Given Back since 2009 through National Day of Service and Remembrance Activities
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Each year during the week of Sept. 11, technicians from national home repair franchise Mr. Handyman perform maintenance and repair jobs, all without a collecting a single penny in labor costs. This year, the company provided nearly 800 hours of repair work, boosting the total hours donated to 4,600 since the program’s inception six years ago.
Local Mr. Handyman franchise projects include fixing up volunteer fire department stations, helping out military veterans, and remodeling homes for women and children that were victims of domestic abuse.
Leading the largest service project this year was the owner of Mr...

Papa John's Brings "the Meat" This Fall With The NEW Ultimate Meats Pizza »

September 30, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Now Through Oct. 26 get the Ultimate Meats Pizza for $12 and Chocolate Chip Cookie for $5
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The weather may be cooling down, but Papa John's is just heating up with its latest and greatest creation, the Ultimate Meats Pizza. To make the deal even sweeter for meat fans, Papa John's has teamed up this one-of-a-kind pizza with a warm, freshly-baked, eight-slice chocolate chip cookie.
A limited time product offering through October 26, the Ultimate Meats Pizza features five types of meat, Papa John's signature hand-tossed crust, layered with all natural pizza sauce, a hearty helping of premium pepperoni, salami, sausage, center-cut Canadian bacon and hickory smoked bacon. To top off this awe-inspiring meal, the pizza is covered with mozzarella cheese, baked fresh and then sprinkled with bacon seasoning for an extra bacon flavor kick...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Celebrates National Pizza Month With Savory And Satisfying Guest Promotion »

September 30, 2014 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Restaurant Treats Guests to Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Offer 
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a traditional casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handmade pizza and craft beers, announced today its celebration plans for National Pizza Month in October. Old Chicago is giving guests an opportunity to tempt their taste buds with a variety of specialty pizzas. Throughout October, guests will receive a pizza punch card and those who try three specialty pizzas will get the fourth specialty pizza free.
Old Chicago serves its made-from-scratch pizza in locations nationwide and offers two crust types that are both made in-house every day - Chicago Thick, a buttery hand-tossed cornmeal crust, served in the pan and Tavern Thin, which has a light and crispy texture and is served square-cut...

CruiseOne® Promotes Rosemarie Reed To Vice President Of Marketing »

September 30, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, the largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has promoted Rosemarie Reed to Vice President of Marketing, where she will oversee the Consumer Marketing and Creative Services teams.
"Since joining us six years ago, Rosemarie has proven her ability in multiple roles to add value to this business and has demonstrated leadership attributes – not only leadership of people, but thought leadership, bringing about many significant changes in the way we go to market," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne.
A resident of Parkland, Fla., Reed most recently served as Director of Marketing with CruiseOne where she was at the forefront of digitalizing the company’s award-winning marketing efforts and transforming print materials to adapt to the changing needs of consumers...

Taco Bell® To Offer Fans The Chance To Win A Limited Edition Playstation®4 Destiny Bundle »

September 30, 2014 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

Beginning Oct. 9, pick up a Big Box at Participating Taco Bell® Locations and Enter for a Chance to Win an Incredible Prize Pack with a Winner For Every 15 Minutes*
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Irvine, Calif. – Taco Bell® announced a co-branded, six week promotion that will give fans the chance to win a Limited Edition PlayStation®4 Destiny Bundle every 15 minutes.
Beginning Oct. 9, Taco Bell’s® Big Box will be PS4 branded and provide a unique code for consumers to text in for a chance to win a Limited Edition PS4 Destiny Bundle. The Taco Bell Big Box – includes a beef Quesarito, a Doritos® Locos Taco, Crunchy Taco, and a medium fountain drink. Consumers can also request a code without purchase; details are available at www...

Wingstop Appoints Michael Mravle As Chief Financial Officer »

September 30, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available

DALLAS - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. today announced the appointment of Michael Mravle as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mravle joins Wingstop during a year of record-setting new restaurant openings and the 11th consecutive year of same store sales growth.
Mravle brings nearly 15 years of finance, strategy, and accounting experience to Wingstop, including an extensive background in the restaurant industry. He joins the Company from Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLMN), where he held several positions, including most recently Group Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and U.S. CFO. In that role, his responsibilities included overall corporate planning and analysis and forecasting as well as managing the U...

New Signings And Modular Room See Hilton Worldwide Set The Pace In Africa »

September 30, 2014 at 8:07AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

New fast build development unveiled for Hilton Garden Inn; Latest Hilton Garden Inn projects announced for Owerri and Abuja Airport in Nigeria 
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ADDIS ABABA, and McLean, VA. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of agreements to open a further two Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Nigeria, in the city of Owerri, and at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The announcement coincides with the Hilton Worldwide’s presence at the African Hotel Investment Forum 2014. Future growth is also expected to be fuelled with the unveiling of a new modular Hilton Garden Inn hotel build solution being introduced by the company for coming African projects.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide, said: "At Hilton Worldwide, we continually seek innovative ways to develop and operate our hotels, and our latest venture is no different...

Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Expands Headquarters »

September 30, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Continues to Add Staff to Provide Outstanding Support to Franchisees
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - The Christian Brothers Automotive franchise is in the midst of a breakout year for franchise growth. The auto repair franchise has more than 130 stores nationwide, and about two dozen new franchisees have made plans to open locations this year. To ensure that all franchisees receive great support, Christian Brothers has been expanding its Houston headquarters.Building a robust franchisee support staff
In 2007, the Christian Brothers Automotive corporate team consisted of 15 people working to support and shepherd 50 franchisees nationwide. Today, there are 56 team members devoted to serving Christian Brothers franchisees...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Grand Junction, Colorado »

September 30, 2014 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Value Place

124-room Hotel Provides A Clean, Safe, Affordable, Extended-Stay Option for Travelers
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado, located at 651 Market Street. This is the brand's fifth hotel in the state, joining Value Place hotels in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Value Place has partnered with local franchisor VP Grand Junction, LLC to develop this hotel. The hotel will be open to the public effective September 30, 2014.
"We are pleased that VP Grand Junction, LLC has chosen our business model to secure their investment," said Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Place...



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