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Michigan Based Franchise Making Nationwide Splash »

November 18, 2014 at 8:45AM PST | Source: Goldfish Swim School

Shifting Paradigm on Swim Schools
November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise location in Birmingham, Mich. Now just 8 years later, with 15 locations in eight states, 450 employees and annual revenue nearly $14 million, Goldfish is arguably the country's fastest growing swim school franchises.
This metro-Detroit based franchise is not only in a strong growth pattern, but more importantly, the franchise has brought about a paradigm shift in how swim safety and lessons are presented to today's children, including:

Year-round swim instruction for children 4 months and up.
Small class sizes. (Max 4:1 student to teacher ratio)
Two heated indoor swimming pools kept at 90 degrees...

Sport Clips Haircuts Selected As A "Top Workplace" In Austin By Austin American-Statesman »

November 18, 2014 at 8:34AM PST | Source: Sport Clips, Inc.

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // GEORGETOWN, Texas - Sport Clips Haircuts has been selected as one of the Austin American-Statesman's "Top Workplaces." Based solely on feedback from employees of the company's support center, located in Georgetown, Texas, and store managers and stylists in the greater Austin area, Sport Clips Haircuts ranked seventh among mid-sized employers and was designated a "special award winner" for the training category. The complete Top Workplaces list, published on November 16, can be found here: www.statesman.com/s/business/top-workplaces/2014.
"As Sport Clips continues to grow, we maintain a continued focus on putting clients first while enhancing the lives of our team through our workplace culture," says Founder and CEO Gordon Logan...

Veteran Expands Barbecue Business With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit In Daphne »

November 18, 2014 at 8:15AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Daphne, AL - John Lockett retired from the United States Air Force and Mississippi Air National Guard with over 20 years as an air traffic control officer. Lockett found his next career in barbecue with Dickey's Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Lockett will open his third location in Daphne. To celebrate, Lockett is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration where the first 50 dine-in guests receive gift cards worth up to $50.
"Dickey's provided me an opportunity to make the transition from military to business owner and I'm grateful to Mr. Dickey and his family for providing such a great product and business opportunity," said multi-unit owner, John Lockett. "I've received several calls already to see if Dickey's is open, so there seems to be a lot of anticipation for our opening -- I can't wait to put smiles on some hungry faces!"
The party continues on Friday when the Daphne location serves up $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and radio station 95 KSJ is onsite from 11 a...

FibraHotel Acquires The Sheraton Ambassador Hotel In Monterrey, Mexico From Starwood Hotels & Resorts »

November 18, 2014 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

The 229-room hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation and continue to operate as a Sheraton under a new long-term management agreement.
MEXICO CITY - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - FibraHotel (BMV:FIHO 12), the first real estate investment trust specialized in urban business-class hotels in Mexico, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the sale of the Sheraton® Ambassador Monterrey hotel to FibraHotel, adding 229 rooms to FibraHotel's portfolio. The transaction will represent a total investment of US$13.5 million by FibraHotel, including a comprehensive property renovation over the next two years. The hotel will be operated by Starwood through a long-term management agreement...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Scottish Inns Spring Texas »

November 18, 2014 at 8:05AM PST | Source: Scottish Inns

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tucker, GA - November 12th 2014, Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Scottish Inns Spring Texas to the Hospitality International franchise system.
The Scottish Inn is conveniently located off of I-45 close to Splash Town Waterpark, Inspire Rock, and minutes from Old Town Spring. There are over 25 restaurants within a mile of the Scottish Inn Spring, TX.
The newly renovated Scottish Inn Spring, Texas is proud to offer 37 inch flat screen TV's, microwaves, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The Scottish Inn also offers free continental breakfast and free parking for all guests. Large groups are welcome, special rates are offered at the property for multiple nights or multiple rooms...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Red Carpet Inn Alexandria, VA »

November 18, 2014 at 7:57AM PST | Source: Red Carpet Inn

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tucker, GA - November 15th 2014, Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Red Carpet Inn Alexandria VA to the Hospitality International franchise system.
The newly renovated Red Carpet Inn is ideally located in Alexandria, VA, just 15 minutes from our nation's Capitol, and only minutes from George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Gunston Hall Plantation and Fort Belvoir Army base. Within a few minutes drive you can enjoy all that Alexandria, VA has to offer, such as hiking trails, horseback riding or a cruise on the Potomac River. The friendly and inviting staff is there 24 hours for anything that you may need and is pleased to welcome you as their guest...

7-Eleven® Rolls Out High-Quality 7-Select™ Private-Label OTC Drugs »

November 18, 2014 at 7:37AM PST | Source: 7-Eleven

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – When shoppers visit a 7-Eleven® store, they are typically on a mission – a snack if they're hungry, a drink if they're thirsty, fuel if their gas tank's empty, a lottery ticket if they're feeling lucky. But for those suffering from a headache, allergies, indigestion or the like, what they want most of all is relief.
7-Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter (OTC) medications for years, has entered the private-label drug business with its own 7-Select™-branded, non-prescription medicines, at a savings of up to 85 percent per pill or ounce for equal to or better quality. Participating stores carry 7-Select OTC remedies in five major categories:

Pain relief
Cold-flu-allergy
Gastro-intestinal upset
Cough/throat
Sleep aids

"With recent changes in healthcare, an aging population and the transition from prescription to the OTC status of some popular medicines, more people are looking for ways to self-treat minor ailments," said Rebecca Frechette, 7-Eleven senior vice president of merchandising...

New Orangetheory Fitness Studio Coming To Altamonte Springs »

November 18, 2014 at 7:33AM PST | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Plans Fifth Studio in Central Florida
November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla - Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that a new studio will be coming to Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Altamonte Springs studio will be located at 397 East Altamonte Drive. This announcement further solidifies the trend in explosive growth the Orangetheory Fitness brand has experienced during 2014.
The new studio will be celebrating its grand opening with a VIP party on November 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will officially open to the public on November 21, with classes starting at 5:00 a.m. Membership packages are available now at discounted "pre-opening" rates; customers who become members prior to the studio opening can save up to 20 percent, and prices are locked in through the duration of the membership...

Danya Banning And Diana Cokingtin Bring National Blow Dry Bar Concept To Overland Park, KS »

November 18, 2014 at 7:07AM PST | Source: Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar

Blowouts, Makeup, Hair Extensions, and other Salon Luxuries now Available in KS
Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Announced today, Overland Park becomes home to the first franchise location of Primp & Blow, a blow dry bar. Danya Banning and Diana Cokingtin have partnered with Primp and Blow founder, Melodi Harmon, to introduce a membership concept offering Overland Park residents professional shampoo blowouts, full makeup services, hair extension services, and other salon luxuries.
"We are excited to bring one of the fastest growing concepts in the beauty industry to clients in Overland Park," said Banning and Cokingtin. "Every woman should have access to this fast and affordable concept that skips the cut and color and focuses solely on the 'do...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 643rd Franchise Awarded »

November 18, 2014 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

The global reach of Creative Learning Corporation expands into Honduras with the 643rd franchise.
St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce it awarded its 643rd franchise, located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on November 7th. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "We're delighted that we will achieve our goal of 650 franchises by the end of the calendar year as we are projecting a very strong December, which is typically our weakest month. Furthermore, we're very pleased to announce that as of today, there have been 29 subfranchises awarded internationally...

Century 21 China Real Estate Reports Third Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results »

November 18, 2014 at 6:43AM PST | Source: Century 21

Operating Cash Flow & Bottom Line Improve Significantly from Previous Quarter
BEIJING, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IFM Investments Limited (NYSE: CTC) ("Century 21 China Real Estate" or the "Company"), a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21® brand in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Third Quarter 2014 Highlights[1]

Consolidated net revenue was RMB126.5 million (US$20.6 million), an increase of 3.2% from the second quarter of 2014, and a decrease of 37.7% from the third quarter of 2013.
Net loss was RMB25.1 million (US$4.1 million), compared to a net loss ofRMB41...

SONIC Drive-In Promotes Two Key Executives To Senior Vice President Positions »

November 18, 2014 at 6:28AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Advancements Highlight Continued Focus on Developing Robust Leadership Team
OKLAHOMA CITY - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced the promotions of Paige Bass and Anita Vanderveer. Previously serving as vice president and general counsel, Bass now holds the title of senior vice president and general counsel. Vanderveer was promoted from vice president of people to senior vice president of people.
Bass joined SONIC in April of 2004 as associate general counsel. In February of 2007, she was promoted to vice president and general counsel, quickly establishing herself as a valuable team member and trusted business advisor to chairman Cliff Hudson, and the board of directors...

Fuddruckers Debuts New Build Fast Casual Restaurant In Prince George's County »

November 18, 2014 at 6:21AM PST | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

Sixth Maryland Location in Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center
BRANDYWINE, Md. - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Fuddruckers opened its newest home for the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" in Prince George's County today. Located in the second phase of the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center at 15810 A Crain Highway, the recently constructed, 3,800-square-foot fast casual restaurant is the area's first Fuddruckers and the sixth in Maryland.
A dynamic design scheme, which references Fuddruckers' classic, roadhouse origins, sets an inviting backdrop for a family gathering, work lunch or date night. The interior accommodates 100 guests, and there is seating available for 20 on a covered patio.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer, "We're thrilled to be expanding in Maryland and look forward to becoming an integral part of the Prince George County community...

Sunny Street Cafe® To Open Two New Restaurants In Central Ohio »

November 18, 2014 at 6:17AM PST | Source: Sunny Street Cafe

Restaurants slated to open in December 2014 and January 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sunny Street Cafe® is expanding in its home state. The breakfast-lunch chain announced today plans to open two new locations in Central Ohio.
Sunny Street Cafe will open its first corporately owned store since 2007. The restaurant is slated to open in January 2015 in East Columbus near Blacklick. The chain also has signed an agreement with franchisee Earl Henderson to open a location in Upper Arlington in December 2014. The two new restaurants will bring the Columbus market total to seven.
"Columbus was the natural choice for us to open a corporately owned store. Columbus is our home market, and we are excited by the area's growth potential," said Scott Moffitt, president of Sunny Street Cafe...

Celebrate National Cookie Day With A Free Cookie From Great American Cookies® »

November 18, 2014 at 6:11AM PST | Source: Great American Cookie Inc.

In honor of National Cookie Day (Thursday, December 4), Great American Cookies®, the only cookies endorsed by Santa Claus, is giving away a free cookie to customers wearing Santa hats.
ATLANTA - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Ho Ho Happy National Cookie Day! On Thursday, December 4th, Great American Cookies®, the only brand endorsed by Santa Claus, will provide a free original chocolate chip cookie to customers who stop by participating stores wearing Santa hats. Just in case you don't have an extra Santa hat in your closet this holiday, a downloadable cut and paste hat can be found on the Great American Cookies Facebook page: www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies. No purchase is necessary.*
"Cookie companies have been asking me to be their spokesman for a thousand years...

Nampa Feeds Their Barbecue Cravings With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

November 18, 2014 at 6:00AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Nampa, ID - Jenny Hughes began he career with Dickey's Barbecue Pit in 2011 as a general manager and brand ambassador. Today, with over 20 years of restaurant experience, Hughes is the district manager to four Dickey's Barbecue locations in the Treasure Valley area. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Hughes will open her fourth location in Nampa with a three-day grand opening.
On Thursday, the first 50 dine-in guests can feed their cravings with gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, Dickey's Barbecue will offer all day merchandise giveaways including t-shirts, sunglasses and more. On Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. guests can stop by for radio station WOW 104.3 and $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches...

College Nannies And Tutors Of Loudoun Announces New Owner »

November 18, 2014 at 5:53AM PST | Source: College Nannies & Tutors

Building Stronger Families in Loudoun County: Parents Have New Resource in Local Entrepreneur
Loudoun, VA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - College Nannies and Tutors of Loudoun serving Loudoun County, Great Falls and surrounding communities announced Northern Virginia mother and entrepreneur Caitlin Gillett is the new franchise owner. Gillett brings a lifetime of childcare and teaching experience – and a newfound passion for parenthood – to the role.
"When I'm interviewing nannies in Northern Virginia I'm carefully assessing, would I leave my child with this person?" said GilIett. "I want to help other mothers solve questions like, 'Are the kids happy?' 'Who's going to make dinner?' 'Is the homework done and do-able?' Moms are so busy juggling family, career, and the house...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Rings In The Holiday Season With Cyber Monday Sale And Instant Sweepstakes Giveaway »

November 18, 2014 at 5:42AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Savings up to 30% at more than 600 participating hotels across The Americas; 225 complimentary nights to be awarded in 60 fabulous prize draws during SPG’s 12-hour instant sweepstakes giveaway on Facebook
STAMFORD, Conn. - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program today announced plans for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Cyber Monday sale. The online sale will launch November 24th and run through December 7th featuring discounts up to 30% off regular room rates at more than 600 hotels and resorts throughout North and Latin America giving guests a great opportunity to book holiday stays, winter getaways and spring breaks...

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory® Finalizes Exclusive Agreement With Maud Borup Inc.™ For Premium Hot Cocoa Mixes »

November 18, 2014 at 5:38AM PST | Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Walmart® Selects Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cocoa Mixes for Nationwide Roll Out
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Maud Borup Inc. and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory today announce an agreement that grants Maud Borupthe exclusive rights to package and distribute Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory hot cocoa mixes to mass, specialty, grocery, drug, and club stores in the United States.
In the initial roll-out, consumers can purchase Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gourmet hot cocoa mixes that are certified kosher in three indulgent, natural flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint – as everyday items in the warm beverage aisle at Walmart stores throughout the U.S. Each box contains six individual pouch servings...

Fit Body Boot Camp Opening In El Paso »

November 18, 2014 at 5:34AM PST | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Owner Reaches Out to Community and Donates over $30,000 in Fundraising Materials
(PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - "El Paso is one of the fattest cities in America," said Kai Malachi, owner and operator of the newly opened Fit Body Boot Camp location in El Paso, TX. The fitness expert and public figure hopes his new Boot Camp will help bring some much-needed changes to the city’s debilitating health habits. To ensure that his fitness location will have as much public impact as possible, he is spearheading multiple outreach programs and community involvement initiatives.
Malachi is diligently working with as many community organizations as possible in order to spread word about his new venture and make as much of an impact on the health of the city as possible...



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