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Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around The World With Global Holiday Hangouts »

December 16, 2014 at 9:08AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

#HolidayHangouts Interactive In-Shop Experience Brings Fans Face-To-Face Worldwide
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- This holiday season, Krispy Kreme is giving its fans a place to hang out and share a doughnut, coffee and virtual conversation with friends they haven't met yet. Using Google's Hangouts live videoconferencing technology, the Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around Holiday Hangouts is a global in-store experience that lets fans stopping in the shop for their favorite holiday treat, send and receive holiday messages from other doughnut lovers at participating Krispy Kreme® doughnut shops around the world.
"At Krispy Kreme, we believe that joy, no matter where it comes from, is contagious," explains Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing and Information Offer, Krispy Kreme...

Krispy Kreme Elects Tim E. Bentsen To Board Of Directors »

December 16, 2014 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) announced today that Tim E. Bentsen has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Bentsen also was appointed to the Company's Audit Committee.
Mr. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for financial, technology, and other public companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm's national Operations Committee...

Capriotti's Launches Third Washington D.C. - Area Shop »

December 15, 2014 at 2:45PM PST | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Opportunities Available

The "Greatest Sandwich In America" Widens Presence In Nation's Capital
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens the doors today to its third location in the Nation's Capital in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Following the success of his locations in D.C and Rosslyn, franchisee, George Vincent Jr., is poised to make the newest restaurant resonate with the Georgetown community.
Capriotti's offers a diverse choice of subs and sandwiches to appeal to a variety of tastes. The Bobbie, the brand's nationally acclaimed sub, is made with in-house roasted and pulled turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a hint of mayo. In addition to its popular turkey sandwiches, Capriotti's offers vegetarian selections, salads and other signature subs including the Capastrami®, which consists of savory hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and cole slaw as well as the Cheese Steak, made with premium grilled steak and melted white American cheese with the option of adding mushrooms, onions or hot peppers to spice it up...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Seaford »

December 15, 2014 at 2:42PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
SEAFORD, Del., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Delaware Sears Hometown Store at 23392 Sussex Highway in Seaford.
The Seaford location marks the 13th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 30th 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.
"We look forward to providing the Seaford community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn & garden equipment at the lowest possible price," stated Daniel White, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store of Seaford...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fresno »

December 15, 2014 at 2:40PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest California Sears Outlet Store at 4150 Shaw Avenue in Fresno.
The Fresno location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 29th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"We offer an extensive selection of entry-level priced to high-end merchandise that is constantly changing," said Airrick Contreras, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fresno. "Our goal is to simplify the Outlet shopping experience with a highly-skilled team that's ready to help customers find exactly what they need and want...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fayetteville »

December 15, 2014 at 2:36PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Sears Outlet Store in North Carolina on December 11, 2014 at 1240 Ireland Drive in Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville location marks the ninth opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 28th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"With the holidays approaching, customers will appreciate the tremendous value and savings at the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville," said Ken Whitlock, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville...

Hurricane Grill & Wings(R) Opens New Restaurant In Jupiter »

December 15, 2014 at 10:25AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
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Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise Set To Open 40h Florida Restaurant
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired, full-service restaurant, continues its expansion in its home state of Florida with a new restaurant opening in Jupiter. The family-friendly restaurant invites local fans to come in and Live with Flavor® where guests can enjoy a variety of sizzling wings, delectable entrees and fresh, crisp salads to satisfy any craving.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for their more than 35 signature flavors of award-winning, never frozen fresh jumbo wings. Popular flavor varieties include Thai Ginger and Garlic, Ancho Chili Lime and Sea Salt & Vinegar and can range in heat intensity from Calm Seas to Evacuation Route...

La Madeleine Signs Five-Unit Development Deal »

December 15, 2014 at 10:17AM PST | Source: la Madeleine

Renowned Arkansas Development Group to Open French-Inspired Bakery Cafés Throughout Central and Northwest Regions of the State
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - La Madeleine, the authentic country French fast casual dining experience complete with signature recipes that are handcrafted and made to order in a warm and relaxing environment, announced today a multi-unit agreement that continues to build momentum for its strategic franchising initiative.
This agreement comes as another indication of la Madeleine's strength and desire to elevate its footprint in select U.S. markets with seasoned restaurant owner/operator groups. The Dallas-based restaurant company, which has a collection of more than 70 bakery cafés, has completed the deal with the Chi Development Company, an established multi-unit, multi-brand franchise development group based in Little Rock, Arkansas...

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

December 15, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 71st franchise of 2014, in Sugarland, Texas, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Houston market, will be the 15th van to launch in the State of Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 121 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...

Hurricane Grill & Wings(R) Experiences Unprecedented Growth With Six New Restaurant Openings »

December 15, 2014 at 10:10AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Rapid Growth Also Includes Multi-Unit Development Agreement for Houston
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a casual dining franchise known for its always fresh, jumbo wings and more than 35 signature sauces and rubs, announced that with today's opening of its Jupiter, Fla. location, it has opened six new restaurants since the end of October. Rounding out the new restaurants are units in Central Florida, Arizona, Texas, Iowa and its first location in Tennessee. Furthermore, the brand has also signed a new multi-unit development agreement in the Houston area with Nineteen Sixty Restaurants, LLC.
"Hurricane Grill & Wings has seen incredible growth in 2014 with a more than 16 percent increase in openings this past year," said Martin O'Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings...

W Hotels Worldwide Unveils A New Legend With The Opening Of W Bogota »

December 15, 2014 at 9:45AM PST | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

W Bogota Electrifies Colombia's Luxury Hotel Scene with Cutting-Edge Design, Amplified Amenities and Whatever/Whenever® Service
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- W® Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today debuted in Colombia with the unveiling of W Bogota. The new hotel electrifies Bogota's hospitality scene by mixing the W brand's 24/7 attitude, distinct interpretation of modern luxury, and unprecedented insider access to what's new and next in design, fashion and music in South America's new capital of cool.
"The opening of W Bogota is a milestone in Colombia's hotel landscape, setting the stage for a redefined luxury experience in one of the world's most vibrant destinations," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels, St...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion In Croatia With The Signing Of New Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel »

December 15, 2014 at 9:39AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Scheduled to Open in 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel Will Mark the Entry of Starwood into the Spectacular Dalmatian Coast
DUBROVNIK, Croatia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d. to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood's entry into Dubrovnik and the company's fourth hotel in Croatia.
"We are pleased to expand into our third partnership with HUP Zagreb d.d. in Croatia and look forward to introducing the Sheraton brand into the growing European resort market of Dubrovnik," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...

Cosi, Inc. Announces Completion Of Fully Subscribed Rights Offering »

December 15, 2014 at 9:13AM PST | Source: Così

December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOSTON, MA, -- Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today is pleased to announce the completion of its previously announced rights offering, which expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 12, 2014.
Preliminary results indicate the rights offering was oversubscribed and, as such, Cosi anticipates issuing13,333,333 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $20 million.
"We are very pleased to receive this level of support from our shareholders," stated R.J. Dourney, Cosi's Chief Executive Officer. "To have received subscriptions in excess of our offering demonstrates that our shareholders believe in the actions we have taken to begin to rebuild Cosi, and we are energized and motivated to reward the shareholders' faith in our brand and in our management team by propelling Cosi on a path of growth and profitability...

21st Annual Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winners Announced »

December 15, 2014 at 9:09AM PST | Source: Wendy's

High School Seniors Recognized for Excellence in Athletics, Academics and Community Involvement
NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Algonquin, IL and Nolan Henry of Camas, WA, were honored this evening as National Winners of the 21st annual Wendy's® High School Heisman® program, which recognizes high school seniors who excel in sports, academics and community involvement.
Wendy's named Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Algonquin, IL, and Nolan Henry of Camas, WA, as the National Winners of the 21stannual Wendy's High School Heisman Award, which recognizes high school seniors who excel in sports, academics and community involvement. Nolan and Lauren will each receive a $10,000 donation to their high school, a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy and will appear on the ESPN national telecast of the collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation...

Villa Enterprises Annual Holiday Donation To St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Brings Smiles To Those In Need »

December 15, 2014 at 9:04AM PST | Source: Villa Enterprises

December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN NJ,: Villa Enterprises, multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor celebrating 50 years in business, announced their annual contribution to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center was delivered to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital for the holidays at 703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, today.
Villa Enterprises has a long track record of giving back to the community, and began working with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital (SJCH) Pediatric family center to contribute to children and families in need in 2008. SJCH treats children from birth to teenagers with cancer that stay in the hospital as well as outpatient. Each year, Villa's donations are used for SJCH big holiday party as well as "celebrations" throughout the year for a child's birthday, treatment(s) ending, etc...

H&R Block Reminds Consumers Of Deadline To Enroll In Health Insurance Coverage »

December 15, 2014 at 8:58AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Licensed Health Care Advisors to Help Clients Activate Coverage for Jan. 1 by Enrolling by Dec. 15
KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/12/14 -- H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, reminds taxpayers that Monday, December 15, 2014 is the last day to enroll in health insurance coverage that will be effective on January 1, 2015. Most taxpayers will need to have health insurance coverage for 2015 to avoid a potential tax penalty when they file their taxes in 2016.
For the second year, H&R Block is offering nationwide health insurance enrollment services through its partnership with GoHealth. H&R Block's enrollment services, free of charge, help consumers understand their options, apply for the Advance Premium Tax Credit and select and enroll in health insurance coverage...

Transport Topics "Top 50" Issue Recognizes Unishippers Global Logistics In Annual Ranking »

December 12, 2014 at 1:13PM PST | Source: Unishippers

Company Ranks 12th Among Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms
December 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Salt Lake City, UT - Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC, the nation's first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, is recognized in Transport Topics' "2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms" for the fifth year in a row. Unishippers was ranked No. 12 on this year's list.
Transport Topics' "Top 50" is a unique ranking of the third-party logistics companies in North America and includes listings of the largest freight brokerage firms, freight forwarders, warehouse operators and dedicated contract carriage service providers. The "Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms" rankings for 2014 were based off of net revenue over the last year, along with data on air and ocean freight forwarding, dedicated contract carriage and warehousing...

RE/MAX Holdings Announces CEO Transition »

December 12, 2014 at 11:18AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

DENVER, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "RE/MAX") (NYSE: RMAX), today announced that Margaret Kelly has decided to retire from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and resign from the Board of Directors. The RE/MAX Board of Directors elected Dave Liniger, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, to the position of CEO. The changes are effective December 31, 2014.
"I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the RE/MAX team over the last 28 years and honored to have led the company for the last nine years," said Ms. Kelly. "RE/MAX has grown into one of the largest real estate franchise networks in the world due to the perseverance and commitment of our brokers and agents, who are passionate about helping their clients achieve their real estate goals...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Brings The Power Of The 'Ohana Together During 2014 International Franchise Conference »

December 12, 2014 at 11:12AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Global Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothie Franchise Honors Top Performing Franchisees, Shares Best Practices and Discusses Outlook of Brand
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 -- Breakout sessions on controlling costs, maximizing catering, leveraging social media, boosting the bottom line and learning best practices all kept Maui Wowi Hawaiian franchisees inspired and motivated during the company's recent conference at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colo.
For three days, top-performing franchisees and company leaders from the "Mainland" home office led informative breakout sessions, one-on-one training and panel discussions that educated franchise owners on successful business strategies to expand their business, increase speed of operations, attract more customers and boost sales...

Jackson Hewitt(R) Introduces New Consumer Promise: "Working Hard For The Hardest Working(SM)" »

December 12, 2014 at 10:38AM PST | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Guarantees the Biggest Refunds and Plans to Provide Solutions Beyond Tax Preparation to Improve the Year-Round Financial Health And Well-Being of Its Clients
PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In advance of the 2015 tax season, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® is reintroducing itself to America with a new consumer promise to the hardest working American families seeking help, guidance and support to navigate the complex tax and health care code for this tax season and beyond. On the heels of the Labor Department's report on the recent jump in hourly wages, Jackson Hewitt is committing to helping Americans hold on to these important pay gains with the promise of getting them the biggest refund they deserve and 100% accuracy guaranteed.
This new promise will come to life in Jackson Hewitt's 6,300 locations and in its new online and mobile experiences...



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