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New Owner Of Jacksonville Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located in the Riverplace Shopping Center at 11111 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Jacksonville welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Jacksonville location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"The Jacksonville community has welcomed our store and product lines warmly, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for embracing us as a part of their community," El-Hawary said...

As USDA Nutrition Standards Approach, Fresh Healthy Vending Franchisees Gain Momentum In Schools »

April 16, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, continues to increase its presence on school campuses across the nation, as students and faculty become subject to changes in snack offerings, due to federal regulations imposed by the USDA this July. With these regulations taking effect this summer, the company is finding success in the procurement of more school locations and receiving positive feedback from franchisees in regions throughout the U.S.
As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the new nutrition standards require all U.S. schools to sell only food items that meet certain requirements, in relation to their calories, ingredients, sodium, fat and sugar...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Its First Hotel In Western Canada At Calgary Airport »

April 16, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, AB, Canada is brand's 13th hotel in Canada
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CALGARY, AB and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, AB, Canada. The 10-story, 122-suite hotel, and the first Homewood Suites property in Western Canada, is owned by Prestige Hospitality HW LP, and managed by Hilton Hotels. General Manager Marcel Berube and Director of Sales and Marketing Kerrie Buist bring more than 40 years combined experience in the hotel industry to their positions.
"We're pleased to offer visitors to the Calgary area a place to be at home while traveling away from home, with the opening of our 13th Homewood Suites property in Canada," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton...

Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt® Launches Greek Frozen Yogurt Featuring An In-Store Toga Party »

April 16, 2014 at 7:56AM PDT | Source: Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt®

The Franchise's Greek Frozen Yogurt Offers Guests 7% Protein Per Serving
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Chicago, IL - Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt®, a successful and innovative self-serve franchise, today announced the addition of Greek frozen yogurt to their stores. To kick off its Greek frozen yogurt launch, an in-store toga party will take place at all of Yumz locations Friday, April 25 through Sunday April 27, 2014. Any customer who visits a Yumz store wearing a toga over their clothing will receive 20 percent off their purchase.
As part of the "Eat Healthy, Eat Yumz" campaign, the frozen-yogurt innovator is giving customers another healthy option with Greek frozen yogurt, featuring health benefits such as seven percent protein in every serving...

New Local Home Cleaning Service Business Opens Just In Time For Spring Cleaning »

April 16, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Window Genie
Window Genie Opportunities Available

Window Genie of West Los Angeles officially opens for business on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker and his team will offer window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more.
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OH – Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Santa Monica, CA on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker is the owner/operator. Window Genie is a nationally ranked home service franchise offering window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie of West Los Angeles will service the Westside communities of Bel Air, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Westwood and surrounding areas.
Before joining the Window Genie team, Stocker spent 20 years in corporate finance helping entrepreneurial companies develop and implement strategies for growth...

Richard Levan Presenting At 17th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum »

April 16, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Wiggin & Dana

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Philadelphia – Wiggin and Dana Partner Richard Levan will be speaking at the 17th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The forum will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia and will be broadcast to the PBI Professional Development Conference Center in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Levan's presentation will provide registrants with a private securities litigation update and will also discuss recent SEC developments and provide a course hypothetical. Mr. Levan has served as a course planner, author and panelist for the Annual Federal Securities Law Forum since its inception. To register for this year's Federal Securities Law Forum, please visit www...

Big Apple Bagels® Holds National Bagel Sale »

April 16, 2014 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: Big Apple Bagels, Inc. (BAB)

DEERFIELD, Ill. - April 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - BAB Systems, Inc., the franchising subsidiary of BAB, Inc. (OTCBB: BABB) today announced the Big Apple Bagels national bagel sale that is the chain’s traditional kick-off of its annual fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
This year, the annual bagel event is being held the week of April 21, 2014. The 5-day event, called “Bagel Daze,” will consist of a variety of in-store activities, culminating in the highlight of the event, a 49-cent bagel sale on Friday, April 25. Bagel Daze will serve as the launch of Big Apple Bagels’ participation in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides® campaign.
From April 21 through May 18, Great Strides pin-ups will be available at participating Big Apple Bagels stores...

Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise Opens New Store In Galveston, Texas »

April 16, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Seymour, TN (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise has opened a new store in Galveston, Texas. The new outlet is located at 2309 Strand, Unit 100 in the heart of the historic Strand District. The rich history of Galveston Island and an impressive variety of destination venues support burgeoning tourism and an active retail trade. "Galveston is a unique American history story. We have everything from buccaneer festivals to a modern flight museum," according to new store owner Clint Hall.
Paul Lyons, Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise COO, is confident that the new Galveston location will be a great success. "The Galveston Strand Historic District is a great tourist venue with a concentration of retail, dining and many points of interest...

Pet Supplies Plus Appoints Alex Roberts As Vice President Of Franchising »

April 16, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Livonia, Mich. – Pet Supplies Plus announced today that Alex Roberts has been named Vice President of Franchising. Pet Supplies Plus, a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital, is the third largest pet specialty retailer in the United States.
Prior to Pet Supplies Plus, Roberts was most recently the president of Mr. Handyman International, where he was responsible for overall brand performance of the 200+-unit franchise system, which operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Previous to that, he held roles with ProTect Painters International and Service Brands International.
Roberts is a veteran franchise executive who will bring an impressive set of skills and experiences to Pet Supplies Plus...

Beef 'O' Brady's Family Sports Pub To Re-Open In Crestview, Florida One Year After Closing »

April 16, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Beef 'O' Brady's

Crestview, Florida (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Florida fans of Beef 'O' Brady's have a big reason to celebrate! The beloved sports bar and family-friendly restaurant will be re-opening in the Crestview shopping center this spring boasting newly remodeled interiors. The Crestview Beef 'O' Brady's was shut down in March 2013 after being open for 11 years, citing economic woes. The company behind the remodel is Tampa-based Legacy Franchise Development, co-owned by Cliff Longshore and Robert Wolfenden. Legacy Franchise Development has been largely successful at revamping struggling or closed down restaurants in Florida for the past six years. This will be their seventh successful remodel of a Beef 'O' Brady's franchise in the Florida area.
"We look forward to being fully involved in the Crestview community and are very grateful for all the positive reviews and support from the community about the remodel and re-opening of Crestview's favorite family sports bar," say Longshore and Wolfenden...

New Owner Of Clearwater Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
CLEARWATER, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 5251 110th Avenue North in Clearwater, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Clearwater welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Clearwater location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"We look forward to becoming more involved in the Clearwater community...

Lindsey Day Joins Gray Plant Mooty’s Corporate And Business Group »

April 16, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Gray, Plant, Mooty

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that Lindsey Day has joined our Minneapolis office as an associate in the Corporate and Business practice group.
Day is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and spent over three years as a senior associate in tax services for Ernst & Young, LLP. In that role she gained a comprehensive knowledge of working with businesses to resolve state and local tax issues for large financial institutions, assisted with international tax restructuring projects, and worked side-by-side with clients to find the best financial solutions for their companies. Day practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law...

Aaron's, Inc. Receives Strong Support From Franchisees »

April 16, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has received strong support from its franchisees in connection with the Company's acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), and Aaron's new strategic plan.
In connection with these announcements, Aaron's held a conference call and meetings with its franchisees where it outlined the significant benefits the Progressive acquisition will have for franchisees and reiterated the Company's commitment to supporting the franchisee community as it works to grow and develop the Aaron's brand. Franchisees made the following comments:
Dave Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEI and Aaron's Franchisee Board Member (106 stores)

"The Progressive acquisition moves Aaron's quantum leaps forward...

Firehouse Subs Announces New "Hearty & Flavorful, Under 500 Calories" Menu »

April 16, 2014 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs Opportunities Available

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Firehouse Subs, the fast casual restaurant chain founded by firemen, introduces its new "Hearty & Flavorful, Under 500 Calories" menu, the largest and most significant menu addition in Firehouse Subs' 19-year history. The Hearty & Flavorful menu debuts six subs and four chopped salads each under 500 calories and is available at all Firehouse Subs nationwide.
Co-founders and former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen spent more than one year developing each signature recipe, ensuring the menu didn't sacrifice taste and retained the signature flavors Firehouse Subs guests expect. The sandwiches have the same portion size of meat as a medium-sized sub but cut calories with new recipes built upon Firehouse Subs' private recipe wheat sub roll, Sargento® cheeses and the addition of Duke's Light Mayonnaise...

European Wax Center Clifton Celebrates Friendship With A New Waxing Promotion »

April 16, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

Clifton, NJ (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - European Wax Center Clifton is celebrating spring in Passaic County and rewarding guests for their friendships with their latest Refer a Friend program. Raising the bar for every waxing spa in Northern Jersey, the new Refer A Friend program lets every Clifton guest save $5 off every waxing in Clifton, NJ!
Now, guests can always save $5 on bikini waxing in Clifton, New Jersey. All a Clifton guest has to do is refer a friend to European Wax Center, whether the friend lives in LA or NYC. Then once a friend is referred and mentions the guest’s name at European Wax Center, the referring guest will automatically receive $5 off their next waxing service!
With locations nationwide, there is always $5 to save and always a friend to refer...

Vanguard Cleaning Systems® Of Northern New Jersey Celebrates 10th Anniversary Milestone »

April 16, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Vanguard Cleaning Systems

MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ - (Marketwired - Apr 16, 2014) - Vanguard Cleaning Systems® of Northern New Jersey celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Master franchise ownership team of Gary & Janet Gressler currently operate multiple Vanguard® Regional Offices in Central Pennsylvania, Northeastern Florida, and Northeastern Pennsylvania in addition to Northern New Jersey.
"The Vanguard® Master franchise has been a very rewarding opportunity for us ... and our entire family," said Gressler. "We're proud of what we've built and the impact it's made on business communities throughout Northern New Jersey."
"Gary and Janet have built a Vanguard® regional office that is highly valued by franchisees and local businesses for its service-orientation and reputation," said Mark Heisten, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Vanguard Cleaning Systems, Inc...

Mrs. Fields And Rovio Entertainment Partner For Epic Kids Program »

April 16, 2014 at 5:44AM PDT | Source: Mrs. Fields Cookies

Renowned brands Mrs. Fields and Angry Birds join forces to offer classic milk-&-cookies boxes and themed cookie cakes.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Mrs. Fields™ and Rovio Entertainment are proud to announce their partnership, which will bring America's most beloved cookie and Angry Birds™ one of the biggest mobile gaming brands, together in fun, classic, and kid-appealing cookie treats.
Starting in April 2014 – and continuing through the end of the year – Mrs. Fields stores across the country will offer Angry Birds-branded cookie boxes, each featuring six cookie nibblers and an eight ounce cup of milk, as well as cookie cakes with Angry Birds frosted toppings.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Rovio to expand our popular kid-friendly offerings with Angry Birds," said Dustin Finkel, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at Famous Brands International...

The Arthurs Bring Painting Experience, Customer Service To Fresh Coat Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Buda, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - While in Bloomington, Indiana, Kenny Arthur started a painting business – a business that was successful through his college days and after. But when his wife Tonya got a job offer in Texas, the two decided to give up the business and move to South Austin.
Now the family is excited to be opening their new painting business – Fresh Coat of South Austin.
"When we moved here, Kenny joined corporate America with me as an account manager in sales and marketing. He's always been drawn to working for himself and it's a good fit for us, so we started looking to invest in a franchise. Fresh Coat was a perfect fit," Tonya said.
Fresh Coat's services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Slow Smoked Texas Barbecue Comes To San Marcos »

April 16, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Opens Newest California Location and Gives Away a $500 Gift Card
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Dickey's Barbecue in San Marcosis opening on Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50. To check out all information on the new Dickey's Barbecue Pit visit them on Facebook.
"San Marcos is a beautiful community filled with wonderful people - we're super excited to be opening this week," said local franchise owner Todd Morely. "Dickey's Barbecue Pit has exceptional food, great family values and a fun, feel good atmosphere."
Friday, radio station KSON FM will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches...

Regis To Present Third Quarter Results On April 30, 2014 »

April 16, 2014 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Regis Corporation

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), the leader in the haircare industry, whose primary business is owning, operating and franchising hair salons, will issue financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014 before the market opens on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Following the release, the Company will host a presentation via webcast for investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central time to discuss current corporate developments and financial results.
To participate in the live webcast, interested parties can log in to www.regiscorp.com, or participate via telephone by dialing (888) 549-7880. A replay of the presentation will be available later that day. The replay of the webcast will be available at www...



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