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First Hyatt Place Hotel Opens In Panama »

October 30, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Hyatt Debuts in Panama with Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Immobiliare Real Estate Development Group announced the opening of Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown in Panama City, Panama. The hotel’s opening marks the first Hyatt-branded hotel to enter the Panamanian market and the continued expansion of the Hyatt Place brand throughout Latin America.
"We are delighted with the opening of Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown because not only does it represent the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama, it marks the continued growth and development of the Hyatt Place brand," said Myles McGourty, vice president, Latin America and the Caribbean for Hyatt...

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Raises $35,000 For No Kid Hungry »

October 30, 2014 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: MOOYAH Burgers & Fries

Funds Raised Will Help Provide Up to 350,000 Meals for Hungry Children
DALLAS (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has announced that after a system-wide promotion and partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, the company raised $35,000 to help battle childhood hunger. The Dallas-based fast-casual chain offered booklets of coupons for free food and dessert with each $5 donation going to the No Kid Hungry campaign between Sept. 8 and Oct. 5.
According to Share Our Strength, one in five American children struggles with hunger, meaning they may not know when or where their next meal will come and a $1 donation to the organization can help connect a child facing hunger to up to 10 meals *...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Second Location In Oceanside »

October 30, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Oceanside, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Oceanside on October 22. Franchise owner Morgan Ensberg held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 26 to support Semper Fi Fund.
The new restaurant, located at 4904 North River Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Semper Fi Fund.
The Semper Fi Fund, and its program America's Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities...

Maui Wowi Warms Up With Holiday Drinks »

October 30, 2014 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi adds two holiday espresso drinks to the menu for a limited time only; Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte return November 3, 2014.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a gourmet Hawaiian coffee and fresh fruit smoothie franchise, is releasing two holiday espresso beverages: Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte. These fan favorites join the menu for a limited time only and are available at participating locations nationwide beginning November 3, 2014.
Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte are delicious holiday drinks made with specialty espresso beans harvested on the Hawaiian Islands. Created from proprietary recipes, the flavorful roasts of premium espresso and rich flavored syrups gives each drink a smooth, enviable taste that make them a hit with holiday coffee lovers...

Spoiled Rotten® Photography Receives Royal Welcome In The Queen City »

October 29, 2014 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Spoiled Rotten® Photography

Charlotte Photographer Cathy Xiques Brings Unique School Portrait Franchise to North Carolina
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Charlotte -  As the Spoiled Rotten® Photography franchise grows and word spreads that it is changing the way that people look at the concept of "school pictures," it is also changing the way aspiring photographers look at themselves. Cathy Xiques – a happily married mom of two and Cornelius, NC resident – had always loved photography as a hobby, particularly once she left her career in the dental field to stay home with her children – Ava and Aiden.
"As far back as I can remember, I have cherished photographs," explains Xiques. "Recording life with my camera has been a lifelong passion...

The Great Big Christmas Book From Toys"R"Us® Is Here »

October 29, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Unfolding A Playful Story Of The Toys Kids Wish For This Holiday Season
Toys"R"Us Welcomes Families to Build Christmas Wish Lists and Experience the Hottest Toys of 2014 at "Ultimate Wish Saturday" Events in November; The World's Greatest Toy Store™ Makes it Easy to Give the Gift of Play this Holiday Season with Price Match Guarantee, Free In-Store Pickup, Better-Than-Ever Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program and Free Shipping Offers
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced that The Great Big Christmas Book, the company's annual resource for wishers and wish-granters, has begun arriving in homes and will appear in newspapers nationwide on Saturday, November 1. This week, more than 8 million Toys"R"Us customers will receive a special edition of The Great Big Christmas Book, which features a unique cover that children can unwrap – just like a gift – to reveal the highly anticipated catalog, as well as a poster highlighting characters from the all-new and hugely popular Skylanders Trap Team™ game...

Hyatt Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 29, 2014 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) today reported third quarter 2014 financial results as follows:

Adjusted EBITDA was $179 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $159 million in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 12.6%.
Adjusted for special items, net income attributable to Hyatt was $30 million, or $0.20 per share, during the third quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $36 million, or $0.23 per share, during the third quarter of 2013.
Net income attributable to Hyatt was $32 million, or $0.21 per share, during the third quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $55 million, or $0...

Intelligent Office Announces New Location In Downtown Chicago »

October 29, 2014 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

New Intelligent Office Offers Cost Efficient Virtual Office Solutions in the Heart of Chicago's Financial District
Chicago (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing administrative and staffing services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors, has announced it has signed a lease on a new location in Chicago, Illinois.
The opening of a location in the heart of Chicago's Financial District means that the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and small business community can tap into cost efficient administrative services and staffing resources that allow for flexibility and mobility, giving the constituencies a new way to easily conduct business anytime, anywhere...

Bach To Rock Music Franchise Introduces Cutting-Edge Communication Technology For Students, Parents And Teachers »

October 29, 2014 at 9:43AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Proprietary Digital System Offers Live Streaming of Songs, Near-Instant Access to Homework, Teachers' Notes and Curriculum
BETHESDA, MD - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - The Bach to Rock music franchise is taking its transformative approach to music education to the next level in 2015 with the introduction of a proprietary digital communication system that empowers students, parents and teachers.
The interactive tool supports Bach to Rock's face-to-face music education methods with the ease and efficiency of touch-screen tablet technology. It brings the Bach to Rock curriculum to life in a way a parent can quickly understand, almost instantly showing them what their child has mastered - whether it's knowledge of a quarter note, the treble clef or key signatures...

Opening Of Woody's Bar-B-Q® Of Cocoa Will Honor A Lasting Family Tradition »

October 29, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

Gumieny Family to Launch its Third Venture in Brevard County Thanks to New Relationship with Florida-Based Southern Barbecue Chain; Restaurant Set to Open November 2014
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida - In mid-to-late November 2014, the much-anticipated opening of Woody's Bar-B-Q of Cocoa will signify the next exciting phase in a valued family tradition for the Gumieny Family. Fueled by a combined love of great Barbecue and entrepreneurial spirit, the leadership team – which includes patriarch Fred Sr., matriarch Terry, son Fred Jr. and daughter-in-law Samantha Gumieny – is excited to debut the family's third business venture in Brevard County.
"My father launched his first business – D&E Pump Sales and Service – here in 1980, followed by D&E Hardware in 2006," explained Fred Gumieny, Jr...

La Madeleine Country French Café Takes Stance Against Childhood Hunger »

October 29, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

Through Continued Commitment to Fight Childhood Hunger la Madeleine Raises more than $250,000 for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – La Madeleine Country French Café is proud to announce the results of fundraising efforts for the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign. The brand’s commitment to fight against childhood hunger generated more than $250,000 during the recent fundraising drive.
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, la Madeleine and its guests helped to raise funds to fight hunger through two donation sources. La Madeleine donated $1 from every cookie purchase. Plus, la Madeleine presented guests who made a $5 donation with coupons worth $20...

Cousins Subs® Awards $2,000 To Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc. »

October 29, 2014 at 9:22AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Make It Better Foundation Grant will Help Support Children in Crisis in Racine County
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – The Cousins Subs® Make It Better Foundation has awarded Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc. a $2,000 grant to provide children in Racine County who are displaced from their home with a duffel bag of personal care and comfort items.
Faith, Hope, & Love focuses on providing support to those who have had to leave their home as a result of neglect, abuse, displacement or tragedy. Unfortunately, most leave with very few belongings aside from the clothes on their backs. If they do have any items, they are typically transported in a trash bag.
The funds from the Make It Better Foundation will be used to purchase 100 fleece blankets, 100 flashlights, 100 journals/books and 100 duffel bags to help make the transition a little easier for displaced children...

Burger 21 To Open Second Arizona Restaurant In Chandler On November 3rd »

October 29, 2014 at 9:04AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
Burger 21 Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain to Celebrate New Restaurant with Prize Giveaways on Opening Day 
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today its second restaurant in Arizona will open in Chandler on Nov. 3 at 2855 W. Ray Road. To celebrate with the community, the first 100 guests to visit the restaurant on opening day will receive a free Burger 21 t-shirt and all guests will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a free tailgate grill.
The new restaurant is locally-owned and operated by current Burger 21 franchisee Dan Lenhauser, who opened the brand's first western U...

Robeks Fresh Juice And Smoothie Franchise Opens First Philadelphia Store »

October 29, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Robeks

Premium Fresh Juice and Smoothie Franchise Plans up to 37 stores in the Region
PHILADELPHIA, PA - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Robeks, a premium fresh juice and smoothie franchise with more than 200 locations open or in development worldwide, has opened its first traditional store in Philadelphia. At 1035 Chestnut St., near the bustling Jefferson University Hospital district, the walk-in store is one of the first in the nation to feature Robeks' new Next Generation concept, an upscale revision of the interior and exterior of a typical Robeks store.
The new store design - at just less than 1,000 square feet - is engineered to make Robeks more convenient and accessible to customers and more efficient and profitable for franchisees...

PizzaRev Signs Five Franchise Agreements For Expansion In Denver, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Long Island, NY And Columbus, OH »

October 29, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

LOS ANGELES - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - PizzaRev, a fast-casual build-your-own pizza concept, announced today the addition of five franchise groups to develop the brand throughout Denver, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Long Island, NY and Columbus, OH. PizzaRev plans to open at least 40 franchise locations across the markets.
"Our new franchise partners share our passion for better, faster pizza - and they recognize the tremendous opportunity to bring the best fast-casual pizza experience to their respective markets," said Irv Zuckerman, co-founder and CEO of PizzaRev. "We’re proud to work with accomplished multi-unit restaurant operators who are as eager to expand the PizzaRev-olution as we are."
Beyond its 12 corporate locations in greater Los Angeles, PizzaRev currently operates franchise locations across four states...

Panera Bread Company Reports Q3 2014 Diluted EPS Of $1.46 »

October 29, 2014 at 7:59AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)
Highlights

Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.1%
Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 1.4%
Q4 2014 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 3.3%
FY 2014 EPS target range adjusted to $6.60 to $6.70

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $39 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2014. These results compare to net income of $43 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2013. The fiscal Q3 2014 results include favorable tax adjustments of $2.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, which were anticipated in the diluted EPS target for fiscal Q3 2014...

Gwyneth Paltrow And David Babaii Announce The Opening Of Blo Blow Dry Bar And Body By Blo In Naples, Florida »

October 29, 2014 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Blo Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo offer affordable beauty from a flawless blo out to beautifully manicured nails.
Naples, FL (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Ari Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo's CEO, along with Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hairstylist to the stars, David Babaii are proud to welcome Kara Resop to their franchise family. Her Naples Blo & Body By Blo Naples location will be opening on Friday, November 7, 2014. It is located at 2349 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 516, Naples, FL and can be contacted at blonaples(at)blomedry.com or 239-631-6128.
Franchise partner Kara Resop (aka LovelyLadyLocks) says, "It is an absolute dream come true to bring Blo to the city my husband and I grew up in! I have been dreaming of opening a Blo for years, but was on an amazing journey with my husband, supporting his Major League Baseball career and raising our family on the road, now we're home in Naples, and I am finally able to Blo Naples away!" Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Kara also supports her Florida community and gives back to charities such as the Pediatric Cancer Foundation...

Menchie's And Cinnabon Swirl Together For A Frosty Treat »

October 29, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Menchie's Invites Fans To Warm Up Their Taste Buds With New Limited-Time Fall Flavor
OENCINO, Calif. - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Menchie's, North America's fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, is delighted to partner with Cinnabon for its November featured yogurt, Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll flavor. The partnership marks the first time that Cinnabon has teamed up with a frozen yogurt brand to create a cinnamon roll flavor.
Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll flavor yogurt is made with Cinnabon world famous Makara® cinnamon blended with their signature cream cheese frosting to deliver the classic flavor of Cinnabon treats. Menchie's guests can top their yogurt with limited-time featured toppings including Cinnabon® Morsels, which consist of cookie dough bites mixed with cinnamon and yogurt chips, as well as a sweet cream cheese icing to create a melt-in-your-mouth taste...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand To Enter St. Martin »

October 29, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Pierres Caraibes in St. Martin has joined the Sotheby's International Realty® brand and now will do business as St. Martin Sotheby's International Realty.
The firm, which is owned by Lesley Reed, is located at Plaza Caraibes Bat A BP 144 Rue Kennedy, Marigot and 48 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, and is expected to open in November.
"St. Martin is a unique territory, with two countries, three currencies, three official languages and a multitude of cultures that spread over the 34 square miles of the island," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "This Caribbean gem is outlined by sandy beaches, hillside valleys and a steady tropical climate...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening Of Ft. Lauderdale Restaurant »

October 29, 2014 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans at Uptown Centre on Tuesday, November 4
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that it will open its first Florida location on Monday, November 3rd. To celebrate the grand opening, the Ft. Lauderdale location will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Tuesday, November 4 between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, is located in Ft. Lauderdale's Uptown Centre (6334 North Andrews Avenue), near the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies...



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