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Valpak Begins 2015 With Strong Q1 Franchise Growth »

May 21, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Valpak
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Leader in Local Print and Digital Coupons Signs Seven New Franchise Agreements in 2015 on the Heels of Signing 14 Agreements in 2014 with New and Existing Franchisees
May 21, 2015 // // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Following a successful 2014, Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that the brand is off to a strong start in 2015, signing seven new franchise agreements with new and existing franchisees. Valpak continues to grow its footprint across the United States with new franchisees this year in Central Alabama, Kansas City, North Orange County, Calif., Maryland and Virginia.
Valpak's new franchisees this year and last year join the company with diverse backgrounds in sales, marketing and strategic development, including a former Google employee, restaurant owner and publisher...

World's Largest Floor Cleaning Franchise Expands Into The Philippines »

May 21, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

South Korean Businessman Will Bring Chem-Dry Floor Cleaning Franchise to the Philippines
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - (Marketwired - May 20, 2015) - Chem-Dry, the world's largest floor cleaning franchise, will soon open in the Philippines thanks to a South Korean investor who is eager to bring the brand to the island nation of 107 million people.
Yea hoon Lee joined Chem-Dry of South Korea as a sales manager in 1992, and bought the master franchise rights for that nation in 2006. Lee bought the Chem-Dry brand in South Korea to compete head-to-head against another floor cleaning company. "Chem-Dry offers a better product," he says. "It is safer, the cleaning solutions are natural, and it dries much more quickly."
Those advantages have helped Chem-Dry win clients like hotels and office buildings, as well as residential cleaning customers who know they can trust Chem-Dry to do a great job cleaning carpets, tile, stone and other surfaces...

BrightStar Care Ranks Within Top 10 On List Of Women-Owned Companies »

May 21, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: BrightStar Care

In-Home Care Agency Ranks at No. 8 among Fastest-Growing, Women-Owned Companies
CHICAGO - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Chicago-based in-home care agency, BrightStar Care, came in at number eight on a coveted list recognizing women in power positions. The list, known as the “50 Fastest” is presented by The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and recognizes the 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies worldwide.
This is the eighth year that the list has been announced and the fourth time BrightStar Care has been in the top 10. In 2011 and 2012, BrightStar Care held the top spot. To be selected, all eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth...

Carl's Jr. And Hardee's Raise Funds And Salute Active Duty Military, Veterans & Families In Annual Stars For Heroes Campaign »

May 21, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Carl's Jr.
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USA Cares and Dream Foundation named national beneficiaries for 2015 campaign.
CARPINTERIA, Calif. - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants, kicks off its fifth annual Stars for Heroes™ fundraising campaign this week at participating locations. The program, which has raised more than $3.5 million since its inception in 2011, harnesses the compassion and generosity of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s customers, franchisees and employees to rally behind the nation’s active-duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised during this year’s campaign will support national charity partners, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program and USA Cares, as well as dozens of regional and local military-focused charities in the communities in which Carl’s Jr...

Hyatt Place Bowling Green Celebrates Official Opening »

May 21, 2015 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

108-Room Hyatt Place Hotel Located in the Heart of Western Kentucky University
May 21, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Dellisart Wellspring Investment, LLC today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Bowling Green, which is located at the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Gateway to historic downtown Bowling Green within the Bowling Green Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. The TIF district is a public financing project that covers 350 acres in the city's downtown, and with $187 million in capital investments certified as of December of 2012. From visiting parents and sports teams to guest lecturers and prospective students, business and leisure travelers will appreciate the casual hospitality and practical amenities offered at Hyatt Place Bowling Green...

Hilton Worldwide Revitalizes A Piece Of Chicago History With New Hampton Inn By Hilton »

May 21, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Hampton By Hilton

Following a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, the Historic Chicago Motor Club Building Comes Back to Life, Featuring One of the Few Remaining Art Deco Lobbies in the City
May 21, 2015 // // CHICAGO and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave, its newest property to join Hampton by Hilton, the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels. The new hotel is owned by Integrated Motor Club LLC, an affiliate of Murphy Asset Management (MAM), and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
Formally the iconic Art Deco Chicago Motor Club building, the LEED Certified Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave is located at 68 East Wacker Place, one block south of the Chicago River...

Legendary Restaurant Brands Signs Multi-Location Agreement To Expand In Central And South America »

May 21, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Successful El Salvador franchisee to lead Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands into several new international markets.
May 21, 2015 // // SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – Bennigan’s has long been one of the most popular American restaurant brands across the globe. Its focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and friendly Irish hospitality has helped it stand apart from other concepts that have come and gone over the years.
Today, Legendary Restaurant Brands, owner of the iconic Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands, announced the signing of an exclusive Master Development Agreement that will bring 20 new restaurants to several new markets throughout the Americas.
Conrado Rovira, franchise owner of two successful Bennigan’s restaurants in El Salvador, will be adding locations in that country, while taking the brand to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile...

PizzaRev Prepares To Make Colorado Debut In July 2015 »

May 21, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

May 21, 2015 // // LOS ANGELES – Award-winning fast-casual pizza concept, PizzaRev, will make its Colorado debut this summer in Boulder, followed closely by a second location in Lafayette. The build-your-own pizza shop was founded in April 2012 and has since grown to 27 open restaurants, fueled by a loyal fan base of guests who crave a more healthful and faster alternative to traditional pizza options.
PizzaRev expansion into Colorado is led by franchise partners Randy and Deanna Chilton and long time restaurateur Dough Koch. Koch currently owns and operates 90 Denny’s restaurants and six Del Taco restaurants.
“We are thrilled to partner with Doug in our business venture and to be a part of PizzaRev - a brand that is revolutionizing America’s favorite food...

Order Domino's® Via Twitter & Emoji -- Revolutionary Ordering Innovations »

May 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

First-of-its-kind capabilities part of Domino's AnyWare™ digital ordering options
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The easiest ways to order are here! Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and digital ordering technology, is leading the way once again with its latest breakthrough ordering option, which combines two new-to-the-world innovations – ordering via tweet and ordering via emoji, specifically the pizza emoji. The ordering platforms are launching throughout the U.S. today.
Domino's launched "Tweet to order" using only the pizza emoji on May 20, 2015. Customers with an established "Easy Order" on can reorder their favorite pizza by simply Tweeting #EasyOrder or the pizza emoji to @Dominos...

Carlson Announces The Appointment Of Three Board Members »

May 20, 2015 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

May 20, 2015 // // MINNEAPOLIS - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, announced the appointment of new board members Laura M. Born and Sam Gilliland. Scott C. Gage, a Carlson family member, who previously served on the board through 2012 will also rejoin at this time.
"These additions will bring great energy and invaluable expertise from the finance and travel sectors. We are pleased to welcome these thoughtful contributors to the Carlson board,” said Diana Nelson, board chair, Carlson.
Born currently serves as chair of the boards of trustees of two registered investment companies, Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust. Together, the boards oversee 12 small to mid-sized capitalization equity mutual funds with approximately $28 billion in aggregate assets...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Charlottesville Location »

May 20, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
May 20, 2015 // // Charlottesville, VA - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Charlottesville on May 13. Franchise owner Ashley Harbour held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 17 to support the Cancer Resource Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The new restaurant, located at 2040 Abbey Rd. in Pantops Plaza, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to the Cancer Resource Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
“I started working as an assistant manager at the age of 18,” said Harbour. “I immediately developed a passion for the Jersey Mike's brand and culture...

IHG And Greenland USA To Develop The First Hotel Indigo® In Downtown Los Angeles »

May 20, 2015 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

Boutique Brand Part of Greenland USA’s $1 Billion Metropolis Development
May 20, 2015 // // ATLANTA and LOS ANGELES – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Greenland USA, a leading developer of residential and commercial properties, today announce the signing of the first Hotel Indigo® hotel in the city of Los Angeles, California. The 350-room, 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles will be the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a more than $1 billion mixed-use development which promises to redefine the Los Angeles streetscape, skyline and lifestyle. Currently under construction, Metropolis will also feature three residential towers and a curated retail experience...

Kris Bryant Living Large In Chicago: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Video Series Showcases Young Slugger's Home And City View »

May 20, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

May 20, 2015 // // Madison, N.J. - Baseball fans were finally able to see Kris Bryant on a major league baseball field when he made his big league debut in April for the Chicago Cubs. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and are bringing fans a behind-the-scenes look at how baseball’s hottest young star lives off the field in his Chicago home.
“This is definitely downtown living,” Bryant tells Coldwell Banker® from his view overlooking Chicago. “I’m liking it so far, and I’m glad I chose to stay down here. It’s a pretty cool place to live.”
The MTV Cribs-like tour of Bryant’s home is part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series offering an exclusive look into the homes of baseball’s biggest stars, along with interviews on what home means to them...

Fractured Prune Doughnuts To Reopen Lancaster Location »

May 20, 2015 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Fractured Prune Doughnuts

Famous Doughnut Shop Bringing One-Of-A-Kind Treats Back To Central Pennsylvania
May 20, 2015 // // LANCASTER, Pa. - Fractured Prune Doughnuts, famous for its always hot, customizable, and made-to-order doughnuts, will be making a much-anticipated comeback in Lancaster later this year, in addition to two new locations in Adams and York counties. The popular brand’s decision to expand in central Pennsylvania marks an important milestone in the doughnut shop’s continued growth across the country.
Fractured Prune offers guests endless possibilities for creating the perfect guilty pleasure with 19 unique glazes such as peach, mocha and mixed berry, and 13 different toppings like sea salt, cookie crumbs and bacon...

The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Stapleton, CO »

May 20, 2015 at 8:36AM PDT | Source: The Goddard School

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The City Community
May 20, 2015 // // STAPLETON, CO. - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Stapleton, CO. Located at 4901 N. Wabash St., Denver, CO 80238, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees Lance and Michele Shimomura.
Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Lance previously worked in the banking industry. He discovered the top quality childcare and education programs The Goddard School had to offer and promptly enrolled his son. Lance is dedicated to providing the same quality education his son received to the families in his own community...

Amsterdam Falafelshop Named To Fast Casual Top 100 “Movers & Shakers” List »

May 20, 2015 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Fast-Growing Falafel Franchise Ranks in the Top 50 of the Nation’s Most Influential Fast Casual Restaurant Brands
May 20, 2015 // // WASHINGTON – Amsterdam Falafelshop has reached a new rung on the ladder of success.
The award-winning falafel franchise today announced that it has been named to the exclusive Fast Casual Top 100 “Movers & Shakers” list. Amsterdam Falafelshop ranks among the top 50 of the industry’s most innovative brands. The honorees were announced on Sunday, May 17th during an awards banquet held in Chicago in conjunction with the 2015 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show.
“We take great pride in being part of this list,” said Arianne Bennett, CEO of Amsterdam Falafelshop...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Announces Spring Make-A- Wish® Donation Campaign »

May 20, 2015 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Continues Support of Make-A-Wish to Help Grant Wishes for Children With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - May 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish®, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms nationwide will participate in a charitable program this spring.
From May 21 to June 4, Sears Hometown & Outlet customers who donate $5 or more to Make-A-Wish in-store will receive a 10 percent-off shopping pass for the weekend of June 5 and 6. Customers who have not made a donation in advance may also receive 10 percent-off their purchases on June 5 and 6 with a donation of $10 or more...

America's Music School Takes The Stage For Battle Of The Bands XV »

May 20, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock announces Semi-Annual Student Music Showcase 
BETHESDA, Md. - May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Back by popular demand, Bach to Rock (B2R), America's music school for students of all ages, announced today that Battle of the Bands XV will electrify audiences in the D.C. metro area next month with performances by over 350 local students. An annual tradition for elementary, middle and high school kids enrolled in Bach to Rock's Jam Band program, Battle of the Bands will take place on June 7, 14, and 16 at The Fillmore Silver Spring and on June 13 at AMP by Strathmore in North Bethesda.
"It is with pride and excitement that we share this annual tradition with the community, which gives our band students the opportunity to express their creativity and incredible talent," said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock...

Chem-Dry Franchisees See Increased Average Unit Volumes; Expand Their Territories »

May 20, 2015 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Leading Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Service Sees Rapid Growth, Will Add 122 New Locations in 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 20, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With a plan to add at least 122 new locations this year, Chem-Dry, the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a presence in 47 countries, is on track to accelerate company growth this year. The 3,000 unit brand, which serves over 10,000 homes a day worldwide, continues to experience average unit volume increases throughout its system, leading existing owners to increasingly up their territories.
Chem-Dry’s robust sales and system-wide growth is fueled by the brand’s dedication to strategic franchise partnerships; over 40 percent of these new franchise units in the United States are coming from existing franchisees expanding their business...

Burger 21 Introduces New And Enhanced Menu Items Nationwide »

May 20, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Burger 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Focuses on Brand Development with Latest Menu Enhancements
May 20, 2015 // // TAMPA, Fla. - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, announced today it has rolled out several new and enhanced menu items in order to appeal to the changing taste preferences of its guests. In addition, the brand has added a smaller milkshake option to the menu and its 10 Certified Angus Beef® burger options will now be prepared in a third-pound size.
"Menu innovation is at the heart of our brand and with the rollout of these latest menu items, we're providing our guests with more variety than ever before," said Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21...

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