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Starwood Hotels' Stylish Aloft Brand Debuts In Oklahoma City's Revitalized Bricktown District »

April 16, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown Caters to Next Gen Travelers with Leading-Edge Design, Intuitive Technologies and Live Music Programming
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its rapidly growing Aloft® brand has arrived in Oklahoma City. Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown opened today in an ideal location within a new mixed-use development in the revitalized Bricktown district. Owned by New Century Investments, new hotel features 134 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a lively, social atmosphere.
"We are proud to launch Aloft in Oklahoma City's popular entertainment district, where we provide an atmosphere tailored to the next generation of travelers complete with authentic, modern design, innovative programming and live music performances at the W XYZ® bar," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Salons By JC Names Retired Air Force Major And Former Fantastic Sams Region Director Drew Johnston As VP Of Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Salons By JC

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Salons By JC, the nation's fastest-growing salon suite franchise concept, announces the appointment of Drew Johnston as Vice President of Operations.
In his new role, Johnston will be responsible for maintaining, creating, and promoting the operational procedures within the corporate salons, while fusing those procedures and the Salons By JC culture into programs that will benefit the salon franchises. In addition, he will assist company co-founder Jack Griffey with the real estate piece of the company's franchise development efforts.
"Drew is a multi-talented and respected leader with highly regarded strengths in organizational leadership, administration and management," said Griffey...

Weight Watchers Announces First Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call »

April 16, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) will release its results for the first quarter 2014 after the NYSE closes on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
The Company has also scheduled a conference call on April 30th at 5:00 p.m. ET. During the conference call, James Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Hotchkin, Chief Financial Officer, and Dan Crowe, Chief Technology Officer, will discuss the first quarter 2014 results and answer questions from the investment community.
Live audio of the conference call will be simultaneously webcast over the Internet on the Company's corporate website, www.weightwatchersinternational.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on this site for approximately 90 days...

Bricks 4 Kidz Garners High Ranking On Top New Franchise List By Entrepreneur Magazine »

April 16, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

Creative Learning Corporation's, Bricks 4 Kidz receives the #2 Top New Franchise ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine for March 2014. This accomplishment adds weight to the astounding growth that this concept continues to experience, globally.
St. Augustine, Florida (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, makes the prestigious list of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top New Franchises, ranking #2 in the March issue. A second accolade in as many months for the highly popular children's education program; setting the gold standard for enrichment franchises globally. "We are thrilled with this Top New Franchise award. Making the list is prodigious enough, but ranking as highly as we did is clearly a reflection of our incredible growth and dedication within the children's enrichment franchise industry," said Dan O'Donnell, Creative Learning Corporation COO...

La Madeleine Announces Promotion Of Susan Dederen To Vice President Of Culinary Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

Company Leader Recognized for Decades of Influence on Renowned French Country Inspired Bakery-Cafés
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – la Madeleine Country French Bakery and Café, renowned for its uniquely warm and inviting French dining experience, has announced the promotion of Susan Dederen to vice president of culinary.
"A central tenant of the true la Madeleine experience is the carefully hand crafted French-inspired food. Nobody has done more for the continuous innovation of la Madeleine's kitchen in the last 20 years more than Susan." said John Cahill, chief operating officer of la Madeleine. "Susan's high standards and emphasis on quality has time and time again produced outstanding results...

New Kitchen Tune-Up Franchise Opens In Helena, Montana »

April 16, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up is now open inside the Sears Hometown Store in Helena, MT.
Aberdeen, SD, April 16, 2014 - (PR.com) - Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen & bath remodeling franchise, announces the opening of a new location in Helena, Montana. The company specializes in affordable kitchen updates, and the business is located inside the Sears Hometown Store at 3120 Dredge Dr. A partnership formed between Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. and Kitchen Tune-Up in 2013 as a way to provide additional services and create a one-stop shopping experience for customers.
“Kitchen Tune-Up is a great addition to our store,” said local Sears Hometown Store & Kitchen Tune-Up owner Sharon Kangas. “Our customers looking to purchase new appliances for their kitchen can also update their space with cabinet refacing, redooring, or wood restoration...

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...



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