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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Spice With Chefs From Around The World In New Assouline Book, Epicurean Journeys »

October 30, 2014 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Available for Holiday 2014, the Limited Edition Book will Retail with a Set of Custom Spices, Created by Lior Lev Sercarz and Inspired by Famed Global Explorers
NEW YORK - October 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), unveils its latest collaboration with Assouline: Epicurean Journeys, a hardcover collection of original recipes by renowned chefs, including: Chef Jose Andres, Geoffrey Zakarian, Stephanie Le Quellec, Daniele Turco, Manjit Gill and more. Available for Holiday 2014, the limited edition book will retail with set of five exclusive spices created by Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte in New York City, and inspired by the brand's destinations around the world...

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Reports Preliminary Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results »

October 30, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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Revenue increased 8 percent to $664 million, with growth in each reportable segment
Including a loss on extinguishment of debt of $65 million and consulting agreement termination fees of $21 million, reported a net loss of $4 million or $0.03 per diluted share
Adjusted net income(1) of $61 million or $0.45 per diluted share versus $32 million or $0.35 per diluted share
Adjusted EBITDA(2) increased $29 million or 22 percent to $157 million

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, TENN - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced preliminary unaudited third-quarter 2014 results. The company reported third-quarter 2014 revenue of $664 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2013...

BRIX Holdings, LLC Franchise Brands Announce Major Real Estate Guarantee, Zero Royalties Offer, And $200,000 Smoothie Factory Buy Back Program »

October 30, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: BRIX Holdings, LLC

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - Three of BRIX Holdings' franchise brands, today announced limited-time offers providing financial incentives for their new franchisees. The new programs will provide a safety net for first-time business owners, ensuring real estate selection opportunities and charging zero percent royalties for the first six months after opening a Red Mango®, RedBrick Pizza® or Smoothie Factory® franchise.
"These incentives and guarantees offer a great opportunity for anyone wanting to open a business who might be unsure about the risk of ownership," said Joe Vitrano, CEO of BRIX Holdings. "We are highly confident in our concepts and the support systems provided to our franchisees."
The incentive program, which is offered by all three brands (Red Mango, RedBrick Pizza and Smoothie Factory), includes the SiteFinderSM Guarantee where the company's real estate team will help franchisees select their commercial real estate location within one year or the franchisor will refund the franchise fee...

Quiznos Continues Push For Global Expansion »

October 30, 2014 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Quiznos Sub

Latest International Initiatives Focus on Asia and the Middle East
DENVER - Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Quiznos continues to expand its industry-leading international development with growth into seven countries in Asia and the Middle East. This is the latest addition to an international development strategy to open more than 1,000 restaurants in more than 40 countries by 2020 and will widen the company footprint abroad through the help of trusted international Master Franchisees.
"Quiznos was born in America and through successful franchise relationships, is now loved around the world," said Stuart Mathis, Quiznos Chief Executive Officer. "Opening restaurants abroad allows us to introduce our core menu items to new Quiznos fans, as well as serve products that are unique to the cultures and flavor profiles of the regions...

Chicken Salad Chick Founders Named Alabama's Restaurateur Of The Year »

October 30, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Kevin and Stacy Brown Win Hospitality Stars Award
Auburn, AL (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 - The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance awarded Chicken Salad Chick Founders Kevin and Stacy Brown the honor of Restaurateur of the Year at their 15th Annual Hospitality Stars of Alabama Awards this week. These accolades recognize outstanding performance, commitment and achievements in the lodging, tourism and restaurant industry. The Gala Awards were held at the Hotel at Auburn University on Monday, October 27th in Auburn.
The Restaurateur of the Year award is given to the owner who shows exemplary customer and community service, employee relations, and dedication to advancing the foodservice industry of Alabama. Since the beginning of their company in 2008, Kevin and Stacy have certainly exemplified these qualities in the Chicken Salad Chick restaurants and their respective communities across the Southeast...

Jamba Juice Offers A Healthy Halloween Alternative With Free Kids Smoothie Day »

October 30, 2014 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba Inspires Kids to Blend in the Good™ this Halloween with a Delicious Free Treat that Provides 2.5 Servings of Fruits and Veggies
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ; JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, today announced they are hosting Free Kids Smoothie Day on Friday, October 31st, 2014 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at participating Jamba Juice® locations.
Jamba Juice is hosting its Free Kids Smoothie Day on Friday, October 31st, 2014 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. To promote a healthier Halloween and honor Jamba's commitment to child nutrition, participating Jamba Juice locations will give away a free 9.5oz Jamba Kids smoothie to all children ages 8 and younger. Made with whole fruit, as well as fruit and veggie juices, Jamba Kids Smoothies contain 2...

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. To Expand Into The Republic Of The Philippines »

October 30, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

DURANGO, CO - (Marketwired - Oct 30, 2014) - Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ: RMCF) (the "Company"), which franchises/operates gourmet chocolate stores and manufactures an extensive line of premium chocolates and other confectionery products, today announced a further expansion of its international franchising activities with the signing of a Licensing Agreement in the Republic of the Philippines.
"We are delighted to announce the continued expansion of our international franchising initiative with the signing of a License Agreement with strategic partners in the Philippines," noted Bryan Merryman, Chief Operating Officer of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. "We commenced our international expansion program approximately two and a half years ago and have since entered into Licensing Agreements in Japan, South Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and now the Philippines...

Cindy Crawford Officially Kicks Off Role As 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Ambassador »

October 30, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Crawford, International Supermodel, Businesswoman and Philanthropist, announces retailer's new $1 million charitable initiative at star studded event in Chicago October 29.
WARREN, Mich. - Oct. ­­­­­30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - A beautiful partnership! Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist, have deepened their decade long retail relationship by collaborating on a major Midwest philanthropic initiative. On Wednesday, October 29, Crawford launched her new, high visibility role as 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Ambassador, officially announcing that $1 million in charitable grants will be awarded next year to nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio...

Ignite Restaurant Group Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results »

October 30, 2014 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:IRG) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2014.
Highlights for the third quarter of 2014 were as follows:

Total revenues were $215.2 million, compared to $227.6 million in the third quarter of 2013;
Comparable restaurant sales increased 7.5% at Brick House Tavern + Tap, decreased 4.4% at Joe’s Crab Shack and decreased 8.5% at Macaroni Grill;
Net loss was $6.5 million, or a loss of $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013;
Adjusted net loss (a non-GAAP measure) was $2.1 million, or a loss of $0...

Weight Watchers Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 30, 2014 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and updated its full year fiscal 2014 earnings guidance. Third quarter 2014 results include:

Revenues of $345.2 million, down 12.9% versus the prior year period, with total paid weeks down 12.4%
Earnings per fully diluted share (EPS) were $0.67
Cash flow provided by operating activities totaled $76 million, and $221 million year-to-date, with a cash balance of $327 million at the end of the third quarter

"While our Q3 financial results were substantially below 2013 levels, they reflect a slight improvement in our topline trends and demonstrate continued cost discipline," commented Jim Chambers, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion In Thailand With The Signing Of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort »

October 30, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Scheduled to Open in Early 2018, Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort Will Mark the Re-Entry of the Sheraton Brand into Thailand's Largest Island
PHUKET, Thailand - October 28, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced its global powerhouse Sheraton® brand will re-enter Phuket, Thailand's largest island, with the signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort. Scheduled to open in early 2018, the agreement with Phuket Advance Development Ltd follows closely behind the recent announcement of the debut of the W® Hotels brand in Phang Nga Bay, representing Starwood Hotels' growing presence in the region.
"We are committed to growing Starwood's brands in Thailand and, as one of the kingdom's most popular resort destinations, we are excited to reintroduce the Sheraton brand in Phuket," said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; and Japan, Korea and Guam...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Mayfield Village Location »

October 30, 2014 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Mayfield Village, OH - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Mayfield Village on October 22. Franchise owners Mike and Renee Salem, along with managers Lauren Minotas and Dan Rein, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 26 to support Mayfield City Schools.
The new restaurant, located at 6681 Wilson Mills Road, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Mayfield City Schools.
"I joined Jersey Mike's 15 years ago because I knew this was the best product on the market," said Mike Salem. "The great thing about this brand is that we've never compromised on quality and we still serve that same top-notch product...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Opens New Franchise Store In Roseville, MN »

October 30, 2014 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Independence, OH - October 30, 2014 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the fastest growing wireless technology franchise network in the United States, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located in Roseville, MN. CPR warmly welcomes business partners Mark Sommerfeld and Ryan Chester to the rapidly expanding network and congratulate him on the opening of his new store.
"The Roseville CPR store is in a really great location for our customers. Conveniently located next door to Pier One and Turn-Style, customers won't have any problem finding us. If you are out shopping or doing errands, it's an ideal location for walk-in service for top quality cell phone repairs," said owner Mark Sommerfeld.
Mark Sommerfeld has a long history as an IT service provider making him a perfect fit for his new CPR Cell Phone Repair franchise...

Microsoft Taps Gold's Gym As A Key Fitness Content Partner For Microsoft Band »

October 30, 2014 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Iconic Gym Brand Works with its Panel of World Class Trainers to Create Guided Workout Plans and Fitness Content for Microsoft Band Users
DALLAS - Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority on health and fitness, is excited to announce a collaboration with Microsoft on its just-unveiled Microsoft Band wearable device, the smart band for people who want to live healthier and be more productive. With the goal of making fitness even more accessible to the nation, Gold's Gym members and non-members alike can now access the iconic brand of fitness that Gold's Gym has been providing to millions of consumers for nearly 50 years through the use of the innovative Microsoft Band.
Through the partnership, Microsoft Band users will have access to customized 12-week workout plans created by a panel of world-class Gold's Gym Fitness Institute celebrity trainers, with the ability to download workout plans directly to Microsoft Band...

First Hyatt Place Hotel Opens In Panama »

October 30, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Hyatt Debuts in Panama with Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Immobiliare Real Estate Development Group announced the opening of Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown in Panama City, Panama. The hotel’s opening marks the first Hyatt-branded hotel to enter the Panamanian market and the continued expansion of the Hyatt Place brand throughout Latin America.
"We are delighted with the opening of Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown because not only does it represent the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama, it marks the continued growth and development of the Hyatt Place brand," said Myles McGourty, vice president, Latin America and the Caribbean for Hyatt...

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Raises $35,000 For No Kid Hungry »

October 30, 2014 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: MOOYAH Burgers & Fries

Funds Raised Will Help Provide Up to 350,000 Meals for Hungry Children
DALLAS (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has announced that after a system-wide promotion and partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, the company raised $35,000 to help battle childhood hunger. The Dallas-based fast-casual chain offered booklets of coupons for free food and dessert with each $5 donation going to the No Kid Hungry campaign between Sept. 8 and Oct. 5.
According to Share Our Strength, one in five American children struggles with hunger, meaning they may not know when or where their next meal will come and a $1 donation to the organization can help connect a child facing hunger to up to 10 meals *...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Second Location In Oceanside »

October 30, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Oceanside, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Oceanside on October 22. Franchise owner Morgan Ensberg held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 26 to support Semper Fi Fund.
The new restaurant, located at 4904 North River Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Semper Fi Fund.
The Semper Fi Fund, and its program America's Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities...

Maui Wowi Warms Up With Holiday Drinks »

October 30, 2014 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
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Maui Wowi adds two holiday espresso drinks to the menu for a limited time only; Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte return November 3, 2014.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a gourmet Hawaiian coffee and fresh fruit smoothie franchise, is releasing two holiday espresso beverages: Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte. These fan favorites join the menu for a limited time only and are available at participating locations nationwide beginning November 3, 2014.
Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte are delicious holiday drinks made with specialty espresso beans harvested on the Hawaiian Islands. Created from proprietary recipes, the flavorful roasts of premium espresso and rich flavored syrups gives each drink a smooth, enviable taste that make them a hit with holiday coffee lovers...

Spoiled Rotten® Photography Receives Royal Welcome In The Queen City »

October 29, 2014 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Spoiled Rotten® Photography

Charlotte Photographer Cathy Xiques Brings Unique School Portrait Franchise to North Carolina
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Charlotte -  As the Spoiled Rotten® Photography franchise grows and word spreads that it is changing the way that people look at the concept of "school pictures," it is also changing the way aspiring photographers look at themselves. Cathy Xiques – a happily married mom of two and Cornelius, NC resident – had always loved photography as a hobby, particularly once she left her career in the dental field to stay home with her children – Ava and Aiden.
"As far back as I can remember, I have cherished photographs," explains Xiques. "Recording life with my camera has been a lifelong passion...

The Great Big Christmas Book From Toys"R"Us® Is Here »

October 29, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Unfolding A Playful Story Of The Toys Kids Wish For This Holiday Season
Toys"R"Us Welcomes Families to Build Christmas Wish Lists and Experience the Hottest Toys of 2014 at "Ultimate Wish Saturday" Events in November; The World's Greatest Toy Store™ Makes it Easy to Give the Gift of Play this Holiday Season with Price Match Guarantee, Free In-Store Pickup, Better-Than-Ever Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program and Free Shipping Offers
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced that The Great Big Christmas Book, the company's annual resource for wishers and wish-granters, has begun arriving in homes and will appear in newspapers nationwide on Saturday, November 1. This week, more than 8 million Toys"R"Us customers will receive a special edition of The Great Big Christmas Book, which features a unique cover that children can unwrap – just like a gift – to reveal the highly anticipated catalog, as well as a poster highlighting characters from the all-new and hugely popular Skylanders Trap Team™ game...



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