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Savor The Summer At Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery With Food And Drink Specials On Classic Favorites »

July 31, 2015 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc.

Brewery Restaurant Announces Limited-Time Specialty Cocktail and Food Specials
July 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, a national casual dining restaurant known for its distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers, announced today its latest seasonal menu offerings available now through August 16. Guests can visit participating Rock Bottom locations nationwide and enjoy a variety of food and drink specials guaranteed to boost summertime fun without hurting the wallet.
“We’re thrilled to debut our spectacular summertime menu offerings and specials, especially since we know our guests are on the hunt for great deals to take advantage of during the last days of summer,” said Stan Frankenthaler, chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc...

AAMCO Continues To Drive Professional Developement Through AAMCO University Training Facility »

July 31, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Leader in Total Car Care Announces First Service Center Owners to Graduate School of Franchise Ownership
HORSHAM, Pa. - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, continues to raise the bar on excellence in automotive maintenance repair and individualized customer service through its comprehensive training programs offered at AAMCO University. The specialized training facility, which opened in Newnan, Ga., earlier this year, is part of AAMCO's long-term strategy to drive operational excellence and growth systemwide. Most recently, the company celebrated the first graduates of AAMCO University's School of Franchise Ownership, in which nearly 10 franchise owners successfully completed its newly expanded curriculum focused on business ownership...

Tint World® Opens New Franchise In Denver »

July 31, 2015 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Tint World

National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise expands with all-new Colorado location.
July 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. – Tint World®, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has officially announced the opening of its Denver, Colorado location. Owned and operated by e-commerce specialist, Nathaniel Long, the Automotive Styling Centers™ location will provide area residents with vehicle customization services including window tinting, lighting, exterior protection, audio and mobile electronics installations, and more.
“Nathaniel is no stranger to automotive e-commerce, having built a handful of successful parts supply businesses in the past,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®...

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 31, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

ADDISON, Texas - July 30, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® fast-casual restaurant brands, today reported results for the second quarter 2015, which ended on June 28, 2015.
Highlights of the second quarter 2015 results as compared to the second quarter 2014 include:

Total revenues increased 11.5% to $171.9 million;
Comparable restaurant sales increased 4.3% and comparable guest traffic decreased 0.2% at Pollo Tropical;
Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.6% and comparable guest traffic increased 1.0% at Taco Cabana;
Net income increased 20...

All Treats, No Tricks! Businesses Prepare For Halloween With Custom Promotional Items From EmbroidMe »

July 31, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: EmbroidMe

Lead times vary, but businesses need to plan their promotional marketing campaign at least two months ahead to order in time for Halloween promotional trick-or-treat bag.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (PRWEB) July 31, 2015 - Halloween evokes traditional images of children in costume going door to door in their neighborhoods collecting candy on October 31st. These days, however, Halloween has emerged as a community holiday, with schools, churches, nonprofits and businesses planning now to participate in Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October. Local organizations can organize or take part in such events at local malls, community centers, festivals, carnivals and pumpkin patches.
Safety First
Halloween now offers businesses, churches and other organizations the perfect opportunity to solidify their reputations as good community citizens...

The 11th Fantastic Fest Set To Wreak Havoc At The Alamo Drafthouse »

July 31, 2015 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

With Cannibal Carnage, Artful Exploitation, And A Smorgasbord Of Turkish Delights
World Premiere Of Bone Tomahawk Set For Closing Night With Kurt Russell, Cast And Crew In Attendance
July 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of BONE TOMAHAWK with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters...

7-Eleven's August FREEkends Offer More Free Stuff »

July 31, 2015 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

FREE + Weekend = FREEkend
DALLAS - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven®, the one who brought America free Slurpee® drinks on 7-ELEVEN Day, followed by several days of free snacks and drinks during 7Rewards™ Week, is launching a new offer in August – FREEkends™. That's short for FREE Weekends, and the offer is just that. Added bonus, August has five weekends this year.
7-Eleven will launch its FREEkend offers Aug. 1 for 7Rewards members using the 7-Eleven mobile app. That weekend's free offer will appear in the "Scan and Save" section of the app at noon Central Daylight Time (CDT) every Saturday and Sunday in August. To redeem, customers present the featured item along with their 7-Eleven app to be scanned at the register...

Wallace Property Management Group To Open First Franchise Territory In Jacksonville, North Carolina »

July 31, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Wallace Property Management Group

Local Resident Will Provide Property Management Solutions for Onslow and Carteret Counties
JACKSONVILLE, NC (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - Wallace Property Management Group (WPMG), a professional property management franchise company that provides a full-service property management system specializing in the management of middle-and high-end residential properties for property owners, announced today the opening of its first franchise territory in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Local Jacksonville resident Walter Whitehurst joins the Wallace Property Management franchise system as the inaugural franchisee. His protected territory includes the cities of Holly Ridge, Sneads Ferry, Hubert, Jacksonville, Midway Park, McCutcheon Field, Maysville, Morehead City, Newport, Richlands, Stella, Swansboro, Cedar Point and Cape Carteret...

Win Free Barbecue For A Year At Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Westlake Village »

July 31, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Grand Opening Offers $2 Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Multiple Prizes
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Westlake Village residents will have a reason to celebrate when Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. The new barbecue joint opens with a three-day barbecue bash where three lucky guests will win free barbecue for an entire year.
"Our California guests love Dickey's and we are excited that Arman is bringing a second location to the Simi Valley region," said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "We look forward to introducing new guests to our many options including our catering and online ordering."
Thursday, the party kicks off with the first 100 guests receiving free meal vouchers as well as Dickey's gear like t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses and more...

Pie Five Creates Pie-Topia In Kansas City »

July 31, 2015 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Leading Fast Casual Pizza Chain Opens Fifth Kansas City Location
DALLAS - July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Kansas City will soon have another Pie Five Pizza location, where they can create custom, fresh, made- to- order deliciousness. On Friday, August 7, Pie Five will open its fifth Kansas City area location at Glenwood Commons on the corner of 91st and Metcalf, in Overland Park. Doors open at 11 am.
Franchise owner Dave Goebel of KC Pie LLC has already opened locations in Lenexa, Topeka, Westport and Overland Park with more planned for later this year. Goebel, former president and CEO of Applebee's, along with his wife Jan, sons Kerry and Kevin and daughter Lyssa, signed a 10-unit Pie Five franchise agreement in May of 2013 . They plan to have 8 Kansas City area locations before the end of the year, with the next location opening in Mission on August 21...

Fredericksburg Man Finds Window Of Opportunity With New Business »

July 31, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Window Genie

Fredericksburg local Ray Shero follows his gut feeling, will open a Window Genie franchise on August 10th.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA (PRWEB) July 31, 2015 - Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Fredericksburg on August 10th. Local resident Ray Shero is the owner. Window Genie is a national home service franchise specializing in residential and light commercial window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie will serve the greater Fredericksburg communities, down through Spotsylvania.
Before purchasing a Window Genie franchise, Shero worked for many years in retail management and more recently, construction management. Finding the construction industry to be volatile, based on the unstable housing market, Shero began exploring his next move...

Papa John's Announces Promotion Of Steve Ritchie To President »

July 31, 2015 at 3:40AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - July 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Schnatter. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ritchie will continue to work side by side with Mr. Schnatter and the rest of the management team to develop and support the global growth and development of the brand.
"We are fortunate to have a proven leader in Steve to assume the additional role of President of the Company. He shares my passion for quality and is an outstanding operator and leader for our company and entire system," said Schnatter...

Sears Outlet Opens New Store In Phoenix »

July 31, 2015 at 3:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
PHOENIX - July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) will open its newest Arizona Sears Outlet Store on July 30, 2015 at 16809 N. 9th Street in Phoenix.
The Phoenix location marks the 9th opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 27th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Outlet Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"The new Sears Outlet Store in Phoenix will provide the community with a place to get the products they need and want at a great value," said Keith Edquist, owner of the Sears Outlet Store in Phoenix...

British Swim School Takes The Plunge: Integrates Technology With Safety »

July 30, 2015 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Intl. Swim School Franchise Announces Launch of Smart Phone Application for Parents
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (July 30, 2015) – According to Mobile Statistics, since smart phone users were introduced to the idea of a downloadable app in 2010, there have been close to 60 billion app downloads on cell phones and tablets. In the past few years, many brands have gone out of their way to adapt to the changing world of technology and now an international swim school franchise known as British Swim School has announced the launch of a new mobile application that will be used to better communicate with parents whose children are enrolled in the swim program.
British Swim School’s app allows for a more direct line of communication between parents and staff members...

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...



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