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City Wide Maintenance Of Jacksonville Named One Of Northeast Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies »

July 30, 2015 at 9:22AM PDT | Source: City Wide

Region’s Leading Building Maintenance Management Company Ranked in Exclusive List of Northeast Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
July 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Wide Maintenance of Jacksonville, the market’s leading building maintenance management company, today announced it has earned a spot on the Jacksonville Business Journal’s annual ranking of Northeast Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.
Each year the Jacksonville Business Journal announces the top 50 fastest-growing, private companies in Northeast Florida based on verified financial criteria submitted from hundreds of nominees. To be eligible, companies must be privately held, locally owned, and for profit...

HoneyBaked Ham Now Awarding Franchises Nationwide In Major Metro Growth Markets »

July 30, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Historic Consolidation Efforts for HoneyBaked Ham Pave the Way for Franchise Growth
ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - Just weeks after Honey Baked Ham consolidated operating divisions into one combined organization, The HoneyBaked Ham Company, LLC, the franchising division of HoneyBaked is announcing aggressive growth plans in key markets across the U.S. The consolidation fuels the company’s efforts to further growth through franchising. Momentum is building with close to 20 new franchise units currently under development.
“Now that we’ve pooled our resources, the HoneyBaked franchise team has the structure in place to really ramp up unit growth and deliver an optimal experience for oncoming franchise owner-operators,” said Mark Demis, director of development and real estate at HoneyBaked...

MOD Pizza Coming To Raleigh, North Carolina »

July 30, 2015 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: MOD Pizza

Southern Deli Holdings Embarks on New Franchise Venture; Pursues Multiple Locations in N.C.
RALEIGH, NC - (Marketwired - Jul 30, 2015) - MOD Pizza, the Seattle-based company that launched the rapidly growing fast casual pizza segment, has announced the opening of their first store in North Carolina. In a partnership with Southern Deli (SD) Holdings, the 2,200 square-foot MOD is slated to open at 2071 West Millbrook Road, Suite 103 in Raleigh on August, 10, 2015. The store will feature an outdoor patio, a huge 800 degree oven and MOD's signature locally inspired interior. This will be the first of multiple MOD stores that SD Holdings plans to open in North Carolina.
The first 52 guests on opening day will each enjoy a free individual, artisan-style pizza or hand-tossed salad, and the chance to win free pizza for a year...

Chick-fil-A's Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Perks Customers During Summer Months »

July 30, 2015 at 9:04AM PDT | Source: Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Customers at Chick-fil-A have been buzzing about the company's new cold-brew iced coffee, especially during the record-breaking heat wave much of the country has been enduring this summer. While they know it tastes great, what they may not know is Chick-fil-A's cold-brew iced coffee process is typically reserved for specialty coffee houses. The chain is one of the only fast food restaurants in the industry to offer a premium method of brewing its iced coffee to guests at an affordable price.
The cold-brew process is different from traditional techniques in which hot-brewed coffee is cooled and later iced. Chick-fil-A's cold-brewed coffee is never heated; instead coffee grounds are infused with cool, filtered water and steeped using proprietary equipment for up to 24 hours to create a concentrate that is naturally sweeter with low acidity and bitterness...

ASP Diving In To New Swimming Pool Cleaning Service Franchise In Florida »

July 30, 2015 at 8:49AM PDT | Source: ASP-America's Swimming Pool Company

Franchise Owner David Smiley Speaks Up About Starting a Swimming Pool Service Business
MACON, GEORGIA (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced the opening of a new pool cleaning franchise in Indialantic, Florida. The location will service pools residing in Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, Patrick Air Force Base, and Cape Canaveral. Franchise owner David Smiley is excited to dive in to the pool industry in Florida.
“I knew franchising was something I wanted to do, and I wanted to keep it simple,” reported Smiley. “I was ready for a new challenge, but I knew that by starting my own company I would lack the knowledge and support given through an established franchise...

Starwood Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 30, 2015 at 8:36AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today reported second quarter 2015 financial results.
Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.84. Including special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.79.
Adjusted EBITDA was $311 million.
Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $143 million. Including special items, income from continuing operations was $136 million.
Worldwide Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 4.1% in constant dollars (decreased 0.7% in actual dollars) compared to 2014. Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels in North America increased 5...

GNC Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 30, 2015 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: GNC

2015 Second Quarter EPS of $0.79Same Store Sales decrease 2.8% in the Second Quarter 2015
PITTSBURGH - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the "Company"), a leading global specialty health, wellness and performance retailer, today reported its financial results for the quarter and year-to-date periods ended June 30, 2015.
Second Quarter Performance
For the second quarter of 2015, the Company reported consolidated revenue of $678.5 million, an increase of 0.5% as compared with consolidated revenue of $675.2 million for the second quarter of 2014. Revenue increased in the Company's franchise segment by 7.5%. Revenue decreased in the Company's retail and manufacturing/wholesale segments by 0.3% and 5...

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2015 Second Quarter »

July 30, 2015 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

IRVING, Texas - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 28, 2015.
"We are pleased to report positive same store sales growth this quarter of 3.0% at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 5.3% at our Peter Piper Pizza stores," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "We believe our initiatives to improve the overall food and entertainment experience at Chuck E. Cheese's are beginning to have an impact. The new menu at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores launched in April and has been very well received by our guests. We believe other initiatives like free guest Wi-Fi and enhanced hospitality training are also improving the in-store experience and helping to contribute to stronger traffic...

Newk's Eatery Named To QSR Magazine's Top Franchise Deals »

July 30, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Newk's Express Cafe

Next generation fast casual chain noted for strong return on investment.
July 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSON, Miss. - QSR Magazine has named Newk's Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a "mutually beneficial relationship."
Fast-growing Newk's, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk's a "rising star," with a strong sales-to-investment ratio and average unit volumes of $2.4 million.
The magazine also noted that Newk's scratch-made kitchen and culinary-driven menu fit franchisees' desire for products that are "rich and differentiated," while its unit economics deliver "bottom-line earning potential...

Local Pilot And Former Air National Guardsman Announces Grand Opening Of First Minneapolis-Based Creative Colors International Location »

July 30, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Creative Colors International, Inc.

Industry Leading On-site Repair and Restoration Franchise Saves Local Customers 90% on Replacement Fees
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - Creative Colors International, the nation’s leading on-site repair and restoration franchise, launched its first Minnesota location earlier this year in Minneapolis. This is big news as more local business owners and cost-conscious residents than ever before are seeking out alternatives to astronomical upholstering charges and replacement fees associated with damaged possessions composed of leather, vinyl, plastic and fabric.
This rising local demand for cost-effective repair and restoration services is what inspired Michael Mulheran to open the newest Creative Colors International location right here in the Minneapolis area...

Jamba Juice Announces Expansion In The Philadelphia Market; Opens Store In Willow Grove »

July 30, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice® continues its mission of providing better-for-you menu items and building strong communities in Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA - July 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Continuing to meet the consumers’ taste for convenient, and better-for-you offerings, Jamba Juice® today announced the opening of a new store in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a community in Philadelphia’s northern suburbs. The opening marks the first of four new stores to be built by franchise partner, The Juice Squad, LLC, which is owned and operated by Berwyn, PA native, Andreana Chryssos.
The new store will be located at 4021 Welsh Road, situated within the Willow Grove Pointe Shopping Center. The opening marks the first full format Jamba Juice store in the Philadelphia market, complementing the King of Prussia Mall kiosk Chryssos opened in 2013, and underscoring the demand for healthy options in the region...

One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Help Prevent A Breakdown During The Summer Heat »

July 30, 2015 at 6:33AM PDT | Source: One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating

As the summer heat lingers, you may need professional help. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® offers this inside information on how to keep your air conditioning operating at peak performance during the hottest time of the year.
SARASOTA, Fla. - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - With the soaring temperatures of summer, your air conditioning is likely working overtime to keep you cool. According to the Department of Energy, annual maintenance of your cooling system can improve its efficiency and prolong its life.1 With the exception of replacing your air filters, there are no consumer serviceable elements of your heating and cooling system. That's why we recommend finding a trusted professional to help. Doing regular maintenance, cleaning of your system and checking the components are essential...

ASP Makes A Splash In Texas With New Swimming Pool Service Franchise »

July 30, 2015 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: ASP-America's Swimming Pool Company

Georgetown Swimming Pool Cleaning Service Franchise Location Opened July 1
MACON, GEORGIA (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced the opening of a new swimming pool service location in Georgetown, Texas on July 1. The swimming pool franchise will service the greater Williamson County area. The owners, Brett & Adrienne Boydston, plan on diving into the business offering the same exceptional customer service that is associated with the brand name.
“We are delighted to have Brett & Adrienne join the ASP family,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & CEO of ASP. “We wouldn’t be able to continue building our brand without driven and motivated franchisees like the Boydstons...

La Quinta Holdings Inc. Reports Results For Second Quarter 2015 »

July 30, 2015 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

- Generated Pro Forma Adjusted Earnings per Share of $0.19
- Achieved Pro Forma Total Adjusted EBITDA growth of 5.5 percent to $111.8 million
- Repaid $74 million of long-term debt, including a $70 million voluntary prepayment
- $200 million share repurchase program announced
IRVING, Texas, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Holdings Inc. ("La Quinta" or the "Company") (NYSE: LQ) today reported its second quarter results on a historical basis, as well as the results of operations on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) in 2014 and the related transactions as described below.
Second Quarter 2015 Highlights compared to Second Quarter 2014:

Pro Forma Total Adjusted EBITDA increased 5...

Easyhome Ltd. Reports Results For The Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015 »

July 30, 2015 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: easyhome

Total Revenue Growth of 15%, Same Store Sales Growth of 16.8%, Operating Income Growth of 36%
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
Q2 2015 Results
Revenue for the second quarter of 2015 increased to $72.9 million, an increase of 15.2% from $63.2 million in the second quarter of 2014. The growth was driven by the expansion of easyfinancial and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Total same store sales growth in the quarter was 16.8%. Operating income for the quarter was $10...

Brownsburg Area Welcomes New Sears Hometown Store »

July 30, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer to Provide Customers With Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment and More All at Guaranteed Lowest Price
BROWNSBURG, Ind. - July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) opened its newest Indiana Sears Hometown Store today within the Ace Hardware Store at 800 East Main Street in Brownsburg.
The Brownsburg location marks the 28th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 19th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"Through our direct work with local homeowners, we saw a need for a larger assortment of products and services to complement their projects," stated Skylar Stevenson, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Brownsburg...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Hillsboro Celebrates Opening With Three-Day Barbecue Bash »

July 30, 2015 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Grand Opening Includes Big Barbecue Giveaways & $2 Sandwiches
HILLSBORO, Ore. - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - On Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m., Todd Saperstein will open his second Dickey's Barbecue Pit with the opening of the Hillsboro location at Tanasbourne Town Center. To celebrate, the fast casual barbecue joint is hosting a three-day barbecue bash where three lucky guests will win free barbecue for an entire year.
"Our grand openings are a way to get the community excited," said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "It's great to see Todd open his second location and I look forward to seeing Dickey's continue to expand across Oregon."
Three-day grand opening includes:

Thursday, the new barbecue option offers the first 50 guests gift cards worth up to $50...

Brinker International, Inc. To Host Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call »

July 30, 2015 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), has scheduled its earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 to review fourth quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, which will be announced before the market opens on Aug. 6, 2015.
The live audio webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of Brinker International, Inc.'s website at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=119205&p=irol-irhome. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the company's website for 30 days after the event and via Thomson StreetEvents for their service subscribers.
Brinker International either owns, operates, franchises, or is involved in the ownership of restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy®...

Go Back To School With A $500 Shopping Spree From Sbarro »

July 30, 2015 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Sbarro, LLC
Sbarro, LLC Opportunities Available

Pizza chain to offer giveaway and meal deals to shoppers.
COLUMBUS, OH (PRWEB) JULY 30, 2015 - Sbarro, known for selling their original NY pizza by the slice in many of the nation’s top shopping centers, is taking kids back to school with a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.
From now until August 31, the brand is inviting customers to enter to win a $500 Visa gift card that can be used to purchase new clothes, shoes and backpacks at their favorite retailers.
To coincide with the busy end-of-summer shopping season, the company is hosting a contest on their Facebook page. One winner will be chosen at random and awarded a gift card that can help purchase everything children and teens need for the new school year...

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty Announces New Director Of Marketing »

July 30, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

BURLINGTON, VERMONT (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Chuck Alexander has joined the team as the Director of Marketing. A Vermont native, Chuck brings years of marketing experience to his new role with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.
“We are delighted to have Chuck join us,” said Staige Davis, CEO of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, “ His marketing experience in New York and Portland will bring us a wealth of experience and creativity on which to draw.”
Thirty five years ago, after growing up in Montpelier and graduating from UVM, Chuck left Vermont to embark on a career in advertising and marketing...



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