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Intelligent Office Announces New Location In Princeton, New Jersey »

April 17, 2014 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors, has announced it has signed a lease on a new location in Princeton, New Jersey.
The opening of a location in Princeton, New Jersey means that the entrepreneurial ecosystem and professional community can tap into professional services and resources that allow for flexibility and mobility, giving people the ability to easily conduct business anytime, anywhere.
"With the high concentration of people that are critical thinkers in our area and the ongoing innovation that happens as a result of the University, Princeton is an ideal location for services and resources that are targeted specifically to entrepreneurs and professionals," said Tom Smith, President of Intelligent Office Princeton...

Derek Kirk Joins Hurricane Grill & Wings Executive Team »

April 17, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Franchise restaurant Hurricane Grill & Wing, announced today that Derek Kirk has joined the brand's executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. As Hurricane Grill & Wings continues to rapidly expand, Kirk will craft a unique and compelling brand position and marketing strategy for the tropical full-service brand known for its more than 35 flavors of sauces and rubs.
With more than 15 years of marketing experience in the restaurant industry, Kirk began his career with Darden Restaurants working in various roles on the Olive Garden and Smokey Bones brands. Most recently, he served as President of Bella Marketing Consulting and prior to that, interim Vice President of Marketing for Smokey Bones and Vice President of Marketing for Chevys Fresh Mex...

Denise Greene Joins EXIT Realty In Washington, DC »

April 17, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Washington, DC, District of Columbia (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2014 -- Denise Greene joined EXIT Elite Realty in Washington, DC.  "We're excited to welcome Denise to EXIT Realty," says Koy Banks, Broker/Owner of EXIT Elite Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Denise each and every day."
Denise Greene moved to Washington, DC from Florida in 2010 and was immediately captivated by the city's charm and rich history. Prior to working with EXIT Elite Realty, she worked in public accounting in assurance services, both private and public sectors including contract work with the FDIC. Denise is a CPA, an avid runner, loves traveling and gives back to her community through her continuous work with the Junior League of Washington...

New Menchie's Store In Sterling Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

April 17, 2014 at 8:42AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // STERLING, VA – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Sterling located at 45591 Dulles Eastern Plaza, Suite 194 Sterling, VA 20166. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Sterling favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 26 to Friday, May 2, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I knew the moment I visited a Menchie's location with my family that I wanted to open a unit in Sterling," said franchisee Danita Moore...

Slice Of Life: 7-Eleven® Launches 'Pizza For Life' Sweepstakes »

April 17, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

DALLAS - April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Here's a slice of life. Actually, make that the whole pizza pie. 7-Eleven, Inc. will give some lucky pizza-lover a lifetime of hot, cheesy pizza in the first-ever Pizza for Life Sweepstakes. The contest runs through Friday, May 16, which happens to be National Pizza Party Day.
Pizza for Life Sweepstakes entry forms are available on the 7-Eleven® smartphone app. The app is available for download via the App Store or Google Play. To enter, click on the "What's in Store" calendar tab, then the 'gimmepizza' icon and fill in name and email address on the pop-up entry form. Entrants must be at least 18 years old to participate and can enter once a day.
After the entry is completed, an option appears on screen to share the sweeps information on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #GIMMEPIZZA4LIFE...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Pooler Location »

April 17, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Restaurant Owner and Operator Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Pooler, GA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Pooler on April 9. Franchise owner Chris Brown and restaurant operator Davis Autry held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 9 to Sunday, April 13 to support the YMCA.
The new restaurant, located at 246 Pooler Parkway, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the YMCA.
"I've been fortunate enough to have my cousin, Davis, by my side for many years as we have expanded the Jersey Mike's brand with 8 shops throughout the Southeast," said Brown...

New Owner Of Lenexa Sears Outlet Store »

April 17, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17th Through the 20th With Discounts and Special Giveaways
LENEXA, Kansas - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 8540 Maurer Rd. in Lenexa, KS has a new owner, Tony Lutfi. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Lenexa welcomes the local community to stop by April 17th through the 20th and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Lenexa location is one of ten Sears Outlet Stores Lutfi and his team own and operate, in addition to 17 Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and three Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Sets Up Shop In Coney Island »

April 17, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

The fruit smoothie retailer opens its newest location at Luna Park, a New York amusement park in historic Coney Island.
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Greenwood Village, CO - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular fresh fruit smoothie and Hawaiian coffee company, announced the opening of its newest location at Luna Park in Coney Island. The seasonal tiki hut opened this week to greet the visitors that waited anxiously for the amusement park fun to begin.
The famous New York City attraction and home to The Cyclone, a historic Coney Island roller coaster, Luna Park is a perfect fit for the fun Hawaiian themed Maui Wowi concept. The company’s cool treats blend well with the outdoor, family friendly destination where franchise owner, Mitch York, is excited to draw in new customers...

Starwood Hotels' Innovative Aloft Brand Embraces The Creative Spirit At Moogfest 2014 »

April 17, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft's Sponsorship at Moogfest Blends Art, Technology, Music and Design for the Next Generation Traveler
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced Aloft Hotels has partnered with Moogfest, The Synthesis of Technology, Art and Music Festival taking place April 23rd – 27th in Asheville, North Carolina. Aloft has redefined the traveler experience in a vibrant, innovative way with its design-led focus, live music programming and technology initiatives and is a key sponsor of the festival's New Media Art Exhibit.
"Aloft has a passion for innovation and shaping the guest experience through design-led initiatives that provide an atmosphere that fosters creativity and self-expression," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Aloft Hotels at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

Jersey Mike's Subs Raises $2.1 Million For Charities During Nationwide "Month Of Giving" »

April 17, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN N.J. – Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, joined with its generous customers this March during the 4th Annual "Month of Giving" to raise an unprecedented $2.1 million for more than 100 different charities nationwide. For the total amount raised in your local market as well as a complete listing of participating restaurants and charities in your area, go to www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
"Our extraordinary customers, franchise owners, team members and charity partners have outdone themselves this year during our 4th Annual Month of Giving," said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's founder and CEO. "We exceeded our goal and are grateful to everyone who helped make a difference in people's lives...

Starwood Hotels' Renowned Westin Brand Launches In The Wilmington Riverfront District »

April 17, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Wilmington Inspires Wellbeing in Ideal Location, Adjacent to the Chase Center on the Riverfront
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin Wilmington, a newly constructed hotel at the heart of the city's revitalized Riverfront district. Owned by a joint venture between The Buccini/Pollin Group and Westport Capital, and managed by PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc., The Westin Wilmington is directly connected to The Chase Center on the Riverfront and features 180 spacious rooms, full-service dining at The River Rock Kitchen, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and function space. Guests will also enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown Wilmington skyline and the entire Delaware Valley...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results Release Date, Webcast And Conference Call »

April 17, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 29, 2014, on May 1, 2014 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.
The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company's investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.
Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone...

Super 8 Offers Race Fans Chance At Ultimate Road Trip »

April 17, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Super 8

Signs as Official Hotel Partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 Sprint Cup Series Race Team
PARSIPPANY, NJ - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Celebrating its continuing role as the official hotel partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 Sprint Cup Series Race Team, the Super 8® hotel brand has kicked off its "Follow the Sign 2 Adventure Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes," giving race fans across the country the chance to win one of hundreds of weekly and monthly prizes, including a custom-designed, all-expenses paid road trip to anywhere in the U.S.
Hosted at www.super8motorsports.com, the official home of Super 8 racing, the sweepstakes and instant win game are available through November 16, 2014 and available exclusively to members of Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join loyalty program of Super 8 hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group...

Visual Fitness Planner Inks New Deal With Gold's Gym »

April 17, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Inter Images Partners, LP, owners of Visual Fitness Planner (VFP) announced the launch of TouchPoint, powered by InTouch, in all corporately-owned and operated Gold's Gyms. VFP is the only company in the health and fitness industry to completely automate sales, marketing, personal training, orientation and member connectivity systems with the power of technology. This is the second technology offering provided by VFP to Gold's Gym, which has been utilizing the first product, Visual Fitness Planner, since 2009. As part of the overall relationship, Gold's Gym also renewed their agreement to continue utilizing the VFP in all corporate locations.
Gold's Gym is the world's leading authority on health and fitness and operates 94 corporately owned stores with 675 additional franchise locations world-wide...

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Growth Results In Less Waste In Landfills Just In Time For Earth Day »

April 17, 2014 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Miracle Method Surface Refinishing continues to grow rapidly in both sales and number of locations. This growth is not just good for business; it also means a cleaner environment, with a record number of old bathtubs, sinks, tile walls and kitchen countertops kept out of landfills.
While Earth Day is celebrated every spring, Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is committed to a greener Earth year round. Miracle Method has been passionate about remodeling without demolition since the company was founded 35 years ago. When a technician refinishes an existing tub, tile surround, bathroom vanity or kitchen countertop, those fixtures stay out of a landfill.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a home remodeling project can generate between 70 and 115 pounds of waste per square foot, making traditional home renovations a major contributor to overflowing landfills across the country...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. To Present At The Barclays 2014 Retail & Consumer Discretionary Conference »

April 17, 2014 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Presentation to be held in New York on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that Tony Woodard, Vice President, Finance and Rebecca Gardy, Director of Investor Relations, will present at the Barclays 2014 Retail & Consumer Discretionary Conference on Wednesday, April 30, at 9:15 A.M. ET. Mr. Woodard and Ms. Gardy will provide an update on Popeyes’ strategy and business.
All interested parties are invited to listen to the live presentation, beginning at 9:15 A.M. ET at http://cc.talkpoint.com/barc002/042914a_bc/?entity=6_H37NBYO at the investor section of the Company’s website at www...

European Wax Center Daly City Delivers With Complimentary Waxing For First Time Guests »

April 17, 2014 at 5:32AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

Daly City, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Waxing salons across the San Francisco Bay are still recovering from the shocking European Wax Center announcement. Now, any first time guest is eligible for complimentary waxing in Daly City, CA!
For women to claim their bikini, eyebrow, or underarm waxing in Daly City, CA, and for men to claim their nose, ear, or eyebrow waxing, first time guests must bring valid in-state I.D. to European Wax Center Daly City. Then, the dedicated waxpert will offer guests a choice of free waxes and that is all it takes! With an offer this good, it is no wonder that local waxing spas are nervous.
Renowned in the Bay Area for pioneering upscale yet affordable hair removal, European Wax Center makesbody waxing in Daly City, California available to all...

Dental Fix Awards 2 More Franchises In Illinois  »

April 17, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 18th & 19th franchises of 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreements, targeting the Evanston/Wilmette, and Northbrook/Highland Park markets, will the be 2nd, and 3rd vans to launch in the State of Illinois for Dental Fix, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 500 new vans over the next five years. With 84 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's gonna be 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...

Kim Brooks Appointed New CEO Of DSI Holdings Corporation »

April 17, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Restore

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - ServiceMaster DSI Holdings Corporationis pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Brooks as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the responsibilities immediately.
Kim Brooks is a majority shareholder in ServiceMaster DSI Holding Corporation and has been part of the company for over 20 years. During that time he has played a major role in turning a single ServiceMaster franchise location in Kansas City, MO into the largest ServiceMaster franchise organization in the country, completing disaster restoration projects all over the world.
"ServiceMaster DSI is a leader in the disaster restoration field," said Kim. "I am excited to lead this company as we continue to grow. Moving forward, I plan to re-evaluate existing systems and processes in an effort to simplify and improve the restoration experience for our clients...

Charter Fitness Eyes Growth In St. Louis Market »

April 17, 2014 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: Charter Fitness
Charter Fitness  Opportunities Available

Popular Health Club Looking for Qualified Franchisees For Individual, Multi-Unit Agreements
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLAND PARK, IL – Charter Fitness, one of the Chicago area's largest and fastest growing health-club businesses, has set its sights on the St. Louis metropolitan area as a market for growth. The company plans to build as many as 10 fitness centers in the area, and is actively seeking two to three franchise groups to own and operate these up to 20,000-square-foot facilities.
"St. Louis is an attractive market for our brand of fitness center and we offer the business entrepreneur a great opportunity to join us as a partner," said Michael Vogel, Charter Fitness senior vice president of development...



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