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Arby's Momentum Builds With Grand Opening Of New Restaurant Format, Design »

November 20, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Arby's

Flexibility in Non-Traditional Venues Sets Stage for Growth
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - This week, Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. (ARG), which operates or franchises nearly 3,400 Arby's® restaurants worldwide, announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tenn., that signifies a multi-year commitment to remodeling and building new restaurants.
The new design, known as Inspire, delivers Fast Casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics. Arby's began remodeling restaurants using the new design, which features a more contemporary look and improved guest experience, several months ago and is planning to significantly ramp up both company and franchised development and remodel activity in 2015 and beyond...

Pollo Tropical® Continues DFW Expansion »

November 20, 2014 at 7:01AM PST | Source: Pollo Tropical

Miami's iconic island-inspired chicken restaurant celebrates the grand opening of its first Fort Worth location in December.
MIAMI - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pollo Tropical, Florida's beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, continues its Dallas-Fort Worth expansion with the opening of its first Forth Worth location. The restaurant is the ninth Pollo Tropical in Texas and is located at 2601 North Tarrant Parkway.
The restaurant's grand opening celebration will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 12. Festivities will include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials and a robosurfer challenge, where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 for their favorite charity...

Black Friday, Busy Day For Retailers And Plumbers Too »

November 20, 2014 at 6:48AM PST | Source: Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Plumbers Prepare for One of the Busiest Days of the Year.
Why the day after Thanksgiving leaves so many people stuck.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gobble, gobble, stuff, stuff and uh-oh…stuck. It's a common scene plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® see every year on Black Friday. All the cooking, eating and clean up that comes with the Thanksgiving meal can create problems for your plumbing. Calls typically increase more than 50% on Black Friday over a typical Friday in November for plumbers with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, one of the largest residential plumbing companies in North America.
Plumbing managers say one of the biggest problems is that people often try to put too much, or the wrong things, down the garbage disposal...

HoneyBaked And Feeding America Continue Partnership To Give To Those In Need »

November 20, 2014 at 6:44AM PST | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Honeybaked Strives to Donate Two Million Meals this Holiday Season to Help Eliminate Hunger
ATLANTA - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - In the midst of its busiest season of the year, HoneyBaked, known for its premium ham and turkey breasts with sweet, crunchy glaze, is giving back. As customers visit HoneyBaked stores to purchase their holiday meals, they can also help HoneyBaked achieve their goal of donating two million meals** this holiday season. In their fourth consecutive year of partnership with Feeding America®, HoneyBaked stores will accept register donations, 100 percent of which will be donated to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
"More than 49 million people in the U.S. live in food-insecure households," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked* President and COO...

Now You Can Apply At Chipotle With Your Mobile Device »

November 20, 2014 at 6:09AM PST | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Received 5,000 Mobile Applications in First Week
DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 20, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) launched a new web-based mobile job application program for smart phones and tablets to allow job applicants to apply using their mobile devices. Developed in conjunction with Jibe, a New York-based company that provides cloud-based recruiting technologies, the mobile application program runs on Jibe's market-leading recruiting platform and is compatible with any smart phone or tablet.
Chipotle began using the mobile application app in early October. In just the first week of use, mobile applications accounted for 20 percent of incoming job applications, a total of roughly 5,000 applications. Applicants can apply for any open position at Chipotle using their mobile device, including restaurant or corporate positions...

California Tortilla Montvale Opens In Bergen County In Late 2014 »

November 20, 2014 at 5:49AM PST | Source: California Tortilla

First Location in NYC Metropolitan Area for DC-Based Chain
For New Owners of Fast Casual Franchise, Opening a Restaurant is a Family Affair
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // MONTVALE, NJ - In late 2014, California Tortilla will open its doors in Montvale, New Jersey, the first location in the New York City metropolitan area for the DC-based chain. Situated in the Chestnut Ridge Shopping Center, the fast casual concept brings its wildly popular menu and brand to the New Jersey suburb, offering fresh, Re-Imagined Mexican fare in a fun and family-friendly setting.
And franchise owners Debbie, Paul and Lauren Sanford know a thing or two about family: the mother, father and daughter are equal partners in their new restaurant...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Announces Launch Of Customized Mobile Payment And Loyalty App For Fresh Micro Markets »

November 20, 2014 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, has teamed up with eMobilePOS, a pioneer in mobile POS and cloud-based software-as-a-service, and LevelUp, a leader in mobile loyalty payments, to launch an integrated solution that allows Fresh Micro Market operators to process mobile payments and build loyalty direct from the unit’s Apple iPad® POS system, an innovation for the healthy vending industry.
With this new integration, the eMobilePOS system provides the full functionality for self-checkout at any Fresh Micro Market using tablets programmed with QR code and credit card readers.
"Fresh Healthy Vending and Reliable Contractors have been working on this launch for almost a year, watching both LevelUp and eMobilePOS make tremendous advances implementing their programs in the retail space," said Nick Yates, founder of Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc...

Noble Roman's Announces Change In Management Structure; Continues Current Strategy Unaltered »

November 20, 2014 at 5:20AM PST | Source: Noble Roman's Pizza

INDIANAPOLIS - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Noble Roman's, Inc. (OTC/BB: NROM), the Indianapolis based franchisor and licensor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs, today announced that Paul Mobley will assume the newly created title of Executive Chairman and retain Chief Financial Officer responsibilities, while Scott Mobley will assume the title of Chief Executive Officer in place of his role as Chief Operating Officer. The company does not anticipate any alterations in current strategy at this time as a result of this change.
Said Scott Mobley, "We are blessed as a company to have a tenured stable of industry professionals in key roles as officers and department heads. The eight individuals occupying officer positions or heads of departments have a combined total of over 140 years of experience with Noble Roman's, and many additional years of industry experience beyond that...

All County® Property Management Opens First Washington State Location »

November 20, 2014 at 5:10AM PST | Source: All County Property Management

Tacoma, Washington (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - All County® Evergreen opens its doors on Nov. 17th as the first All County® location in the Tacoma area. Property owners in Pierce and King Counties can look forward to expert property management services that are reliable and skillful. They'll also enjoy the hassle-free side of owning an investment while All County® Evergreen grows their most valuable asset.
Owners Doug and Connie Kittelman are lifetime residents of the Tacoma area. With 15 years of Real Estate experience and 10 years managing rental properties, Doug has a passion for serving the local community, and his clients have always trusted him and enjoyed how personable he is. Having researched several franchise opportunities, Doug chose to partner with All County® to open an office in the Tacoma area because he found they had superior communication, industry-leading software, and customer service that was second to none...

Austin Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Grand Opening; Outreach Event Involves Community »

November 20, 2014 at 5:04AM PST | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - A Grand Opening celebration event will be held on Saturday, December 13th from 2pm-5pm at the Austin Fit Body Boot Camp, located at 11190 Circle Dr. Unit 450 Building #4, Austin, TX 78736. The event will commemorate the opening of the newest Fit Body Boot Camp, the world's fastest growing and most popular indoor fitness boot camp.
The new location will offer local residents an entirely exclusive experience, unmatched in any other fitness or exercise environment. The fast growing and record breaking fitness franchise is an indoor fitness boot camp specializing in cutting edge training techniques that shed fat while building muscle.
The location's owner, Scott Portney, is an already established local fitness expert who owns and operates the personal training business Portney Peak Performance...

CruiseOne® And Cruises Inc.® Launch Revolutionary Travel Video Library »

November 20, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel agencies will have 35 travel videos in library by end of year with additional ones being added throughout 2015.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - A first in the travel industry, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® announced the launch of a video library of travel vlogs, blogs that are primarily video content. With 26 travel videos already created and 35 expected to be completed by year-end, these vlogs provide consumers a first-person look at what it’s like to stay at a resort or travel on a cruise by showcasing unique destinations, various cruise lines and different experiences available on land and at sea, as well as additional background information and insider tips.
"These videos are a game-changer in the travel industry and are unlike anything that already exists," said Rosemarie Reed, vice president of marketing for CruiseOne and Cruises Inc...

IHG Grows The Holiday Inn Brand® In New York City »

November 20, 2014 at 4:52AM PST | Source: Holiday Inn

Hotel on Staten Island Convenient for Both Business and Leisure Travelers
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of the Holiday Inn® Staten Island hotel. With over 50 IHG-branded hotels open in the New York metropolitan area and nearly 15 additional hotels in the pipeline, this five-story, 105-room property is expected to generate nearly 20 jobs on Staten Island.
"We are thrilled to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations. "The Holiday Inn Staten Island hotel is one of more than 1,200 properties worldwide representing the new face of a brand that is redefining guest comfort and convenience, and Staten Island is a market where we believe this new Holiday Inn hotel will thrive...

Christian Brothers Automotive Celebrates "Apples For Teachers" Winner »

November 20, 2014 at 4:44AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Company Hosts School-Wide Pizza Party for Winning Educator
OWASSO, OK (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - Christian Brothers Automotive, a national automotive repair franchise, recently celebrated the second annual "Apples for Teachers" grand prize winner by purchasing a lot of pizza.
The company’s nationwide contest allowed customers and fans to nominate a deserving teacher, and this year’s winner was U.S. History teacher Loyd Ingham of Owasso High School. The grand prize was a pizza party for the entire school, so on Friday November 14th, representatives from the Christian Brothers home office travelled to Owasso to serve pizza to the 1,500 students of OHS.
"We’re so excited to be able to honor excellent educators like Mr...

Cartridge World Ranks As One Of Top Franchises For Veterans »

November 20, 2014 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Cartridge World

Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes International Franchisor on Annual List
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This month, one of the world's leading retailers of printing services and supplies was recognized for more than helping customers save money. Cartridge World was just named to Entrepreneur Magazine's list of America's Top Franchises for Veterans in 2014. The local home and office printing experts were listed at No. 59 in the country.
Franchises ranked in the November issue were evaluated and listed based on their incentives for veterans. Cartridge World has been well-known for offering numerous benefits and discounts for current and retired members of the military ranging from customers to franchisees...

The Westin Austin Downtown Celebrates Topping Out »

November 20, 2014 at 4:30AM PST | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Topping Out Milestone Signifies the Completion of Structural Construction
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Westin Austin Downtown welcomed clients and guests to downtown Austin today to celebrate the completion of structural construction on the 20-story, 366-room hotel.
The hotel broke ground Aug. 5 and is scheduled to open in June 2015 on the northeast corner of East Fifth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. The Westin hotel is a joint venture between White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and REI Real Estate Services, LLC.
Once open, the hotel will be the 21st White Lodging managed hotel in the Austin area.
"It's very exciting to bring the Westin brand into the heart of downtown market," said Alison Berg, the hotel's director of sales and marketing...

Retired Army Engineer Joins The Barbecue Business With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit »

November 20, 2014 at 4:26AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Macomb Township, MI - Timothy Brock spent 20 years serving in the United States Army, but his dream was to run his own restaurant. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Brock's dream comes true when he opens the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Macomb Township with his business partners, Dave Schwartz and Dennis Walker. In celebration of their new endeavor, the team is hosting a three-day grand opening.
The party kicks off on Thursday when the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50. Friday, guests have the chance to grab Dickey's Barbecue gear like t-shirts, koozies and more. Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., the Macomb Township location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card...

"Deck The Halls" Safely: Christmas Decor Stresses Safety For The Holidays »

November 20, 2014 at 4:04AM PST | Source: Christmas Decor

Leading Holiday and Event Decorating Company Educates Families on Proper Holiday Decorating
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lubbock, TX – 'Tis the season to enjoy good times with family and friends. The holidays are marked by a wide range of traditions, and one of the most popular and enduring of these traditions is putting up holiday decorations. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 15,000 people are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating, and this number continues to rise.
As experts in the service industry, Christmas Decor specializes in professional holiday and event decorating, eliminating unnecessary accidents for residents nationwide...

Totally Nutz Launches New Franchise Recruitment Website »

November 20, 2014 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Totally Nutz

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. GEORGE, Utah – Totally Nutz – the snack-based quick-serve concept known for its delectable flavors and varieties of cinnamon glazed almonds, pecans and cashews – has unveiled a new franchising website at www.totallynutzfranchise.com that features in-depth details about its unique business model and franchise opportunity.
Tailored to educate people who are considering franchise opportunities, the site is condensed into a one-page format that allows would-be franchisees to quickly navigate to various portals that feature everything from video interviews with founders Matt and Yvette Barker to an explanation of the concept’s core values, earning potential and franchise application process...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Near Downtown Rochester »

November 19, 2014 at 11:43AM PST | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

New Hotel Offers Extended Stay Amenities to Guests Near Reputable Medical Centers
November 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // ROCHESTER, Minn. 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 by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/Saint Marys.
The six-story hotel, owned by Carpenter and Torgerson II, LLC, is the fifth Homewood Suites property in the state and features 108 suites. Dan Nelson, general manager, and Gail Nelson, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 40 years.
“Guests visiting St. Marys Hospital, the Mayo Clinic or downtown Rochester will feel at home in our spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens,” said Dan Nelson, general manager, Homewood Suites Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/Saint Marys...

Swisher Announces Results For The Three And Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014 »

November 19, 2014 at 11:32AM PST | Source: Swisher Hygiene

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene Inc. ("Swisher") (Nasdaq:SWSH), a leading service provider of essential hygiene and sanitizing solutions, announced today results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. All amounts in this news release are in United States dollars.
Third Quarter 2014 Highlights

Total revenue of $49.7 million for the third quarter of 2014, an 11% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2013. Excluding revenue related to non-core linen routes and businesses subsequently sold and held for sale, revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was down 6% from the prior-year period.
Adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, based on a net loss from continuing operations of $7...



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