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Ignite Restaurant Group Appoints Shauna Ryan King To Board Of Directors »

August 22, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - August 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group (Nasdaq:IRG), today announced the appointment of Shauna Ryan King to its Board of Directors, effective August 14, 2014.
Ms. King currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for Yale University, a position she has held since 2006, where her responsibilities include Strategic and Financial Planning, Capital and Operating Budgeting, Departmental Business Operations, Information Technology, Dining Operations, Shared Services and Procurement. Prior to her role at Yale University, Ms. King provided management, financial and operations consulting to select clients with SKing Consulting from 2003 to 2006, as well as from 1994 to 1998. Between her consulting endeavors, Ms...

IHG® Celebrates Staybridge Suites® Brand's 200th Hotel Opening »

August 22, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: Staybridge Suites

Fastest Upscale Extended Stay Brand to Reach Milestone
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the 200th hotel opening for its Staybridge Suites® brand – a milestone met faster than any other brand in the upscale extended stay segment. The opening of the 102-room Staybridge Suites Denver-Stapleton hotel expands the brand's Denver, Colorado portfolio to five properties and creates 30 new jobs in the community.
"We're very pleased to welcome the Staybridge Suites Denver-Stapleton into IHG's swiftly growing portfolio of upscale extended stay hotels, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone 200th opening with valued owner Gary Tharaldson and his team at Tharaldson Hospitality Management," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®...

Gap Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results »

August 22, 2014 at 9:24AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc


Second Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.75, Including $0.05 Gain on Asset Sale
Increased Full-Year Earnings Per Share Guidance Range to $2.95 to $3.00, to Reflect Gain on Asset Sale
Net Sales Grew 3 Percent in the Second Quarter
Comparable Sales Flat for the Second Quarter Versus a 5 Percent Increase Last Year
Distributed $474 Million through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2014 earnings per share increased 17 percent over last year to $0.75 on a diluted basis. The company increased net sales by 3 percent for the quarter to $3.98 billion.
"Building on last year's strong performance, we are pleased to have grown our sales three percent and delivered solid improvement in earnings per share," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc...

European Wax Center Announces Winners Of Dallas Bride Of The Year »

August 22, 2014 at 9:12AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

First Prize Was $2,500 Check for the Bride's Dress of her DreamsWinners Selected from Dallas Bridal Show Held July 26th and 27th
DALLAS - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - David Coba, CEO of European Wax Center (EWC) is pleased to announce that two lucky Dallas-area brides-to-be have won the first and second prizes as part of the Dallas Bride of the Year drawing. The drawing was held at the Dallas Bridal Show last month, and brides attending the show entered a contest at the EWC booth during the two day show. EWC had over 530 entrants for the drawing. The First Prize winner, Vanessa Martinez of Dallas, won a cash prize of $2,500 to buy the wedding gown of her dreams; the Second Prize winner, Ashley McDonald, won a day of beauty for herself and her Bridal Party at a European Wax Center near them in Bedford, Texas...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Wise Element Brand Debuts In Harrison, NJ »

August 22, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Harrison - Newark Offers Smart, Sustainable Lodging and a Center for Social Engagement within an Emerging Urban Lifestyle Destination
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Element Harrison - Newark, the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey. Featuring 138 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move, the new Element will quickly emerge as the social hub of Harrison’s burgeoning urban lifestyle scene where business and leisure travelers, professional sports fans and locals will intersect in a fun, stimulating setting. The hotel is owned by Harrison Hotel 1, an entity of Ironstate Holdings, LLC and The Pegasus Group, and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts...

Beat The Meat: America's Hometown Burger Joint Cooks Up Nine Patty Triple Triple Burger Challenge »

August 22, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers Opportunities Available

Wayback Burgers Launches National Burger Eating Contest, Training Begins Now
CHESHIRE, Conn. - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wayback Burgers, a Connecticut-based franchise with over 80 locations nationwide, announced it will be hosting its seventh annual Triple Triple Burger Eating Contest on September 18. The Triple Triple Burger is Wayback Burgers' novelty menu item – a monstrous nine-patty burger with nine slices of American cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato. Whichever customer eats the Triple Triple burger the fastest will win the grand prize, a whopping $3,330.
This year, there is a spin on the contest where customers are encouraged to submit their own training videos. The contest begins now and goes until September 18...

Planet Sub Opens New Franchise Unit Close To Home »

August 22, 2014 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Planet Sub
Planet Sub Opportunities Available

August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Planet Sub recently opened in St. Joseph, Missouri marking the first new prototype store in near proximity to the Midwest chain's corporate headquarters.
"I have been eating at Planet Sub in Kansas City for years and always thought one would go over great in St. Joe," said franchisee Shannon Johnson. "The feedback since we've opened has been great from everyone. Multiple customers have asked, 'Why didn't you open Planet Sub up years ago?'"
Being only 45 minutes away from the majority of the corporate stores, opening a new unit in St. Joseph was a markedly delicate decision; "We knew the demand for the product was great, it seems like every week someone was demanding we open a store up there," said director of marketing, Trevor Forssell...

Le Duff America Announces Sheryl Fox As Senior Director Of Non-Traditional Venue Business Development »

August 22, 2014 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: Groupe Le Duff

Proven Expert in Expanding Restaurant Concepts within Non-Traditional Venues to Grow Le Duff America's Premier Brands
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Le Duff America, Inc, the North American subsidiary of the world's second largest restaurant company in the café-bakery sector – Groupe Le Duff SA, announced today the hiring of Sheryl Fox as the senior director of non-traditional venue business development. In this role, Fox takes responsibility for growing Le Duff's la Madeleine Country French Café, Brioche Dorée and Bruegger's Bagels brands in highly-trafficked, non-traditional foodservice venues such as those in airports, universities and healthcare hubs. She brings a strong track record of success developing brands in these settings...

Giant Tiger In La Ronge Saskatchewan, Celebrates Grand Opening This Saturday! »

August 22, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2014) - On Saturday, August 23 2014, Giant Tiger will celebrate the official opening of its new store in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. after a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches by some local dignitaries and the Store Manager, Denis Delaire. Giant Tiger is proud to be connected and committed to the communities we serve. There will be a charity BBQ benefitting the Children of the North - get a hot dog and a drink for $1.It will be a fun-filled day with plenty of free activities for customers of all ages, including gift card giveaways to the first 50 customers in store, promo giveaways, free face painting and temporary tattoos, performances from New Dawn Singers and English River First Nation Singer and of course visits from Friendly, the Giant Tiger!
For more information please visit our store's Facebook page at: https://www...

Taft Grows Government Relations Team - Michael Leppert Joins Taft »

August 22, 2014 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: Taft

August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Leppert has joined the firm's government relations team as director of public affairs.
In this position, Leppert will lobby on behalf of Taft's clients before the Indiana General Assembly and the state of Indiana's administrative agencies. He will also advise clients on issue management, coalition building and business planning.
"Mike brings 25 years of experience in and around state government to Taft. With his background in the utility and telecommunications arena, he brings extensive experience to better serve Taft clients in this growing practice. We are excited to add him to our team," said Mark Palmer, partner and chair of Taft's Indianapolis government relations team...

Molly McGrory With RE/MAX Town & Country Has Been Awarded The Resort And Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification »

August 22, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Atlanta, GA, August 22, 2014 - (PR.com) - Molly McGrory with RE/MAX Town & Country has been awarded the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification. The RSPS Certification is a nationally-recognized certification awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® to real estate professionals who wish to demonstrate and promote – to consumers and their peers alike – their expertise in the resort and second home specialty.
Molly McGrory joins more than 1,600 real estate professionals who have earned the RSPS certification. REALTORS® who receive the RSPS certification have successfully completed the Resort & Second-Home Markets Coursealong with three webinars in the field of resort and second home real estate...

Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Fitness Boot Camp Fundraising Event For Casa De Familia »

August 22, 2014 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Fountain Valley fitness boot camp invites the community to have a great time getting fit, with proceeds going to local non-profit.
Fountain Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Minorities in Orange and Los Angeles counties are among the most under-served groups when it comes to mental health and recovery from trauma. Casa de Familia is one local non-profit that is trying to bridge the gap between local minorities and the help they need. A localfitness boot campis pitching in by making the connection between mental and physical health.
Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp held a fundraising event at their fitness boot camp, located at 16560 Harbor Blvd., Suite D in Fountain Valley. The event took place on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 and was quite a success...

Smashing Success Cherry Blow Dry Bar Continues To Expand With Its Fifth Store Opening In The United States »

August 22, 2014 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Cherry Blow Dry Bar

Local consumers and beauty addicts alike will be able to enjoy $20.00 blowouts from August 22nd to August 29th.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Cherry Blow Dry Bar will be officially opening its fifth location nationwide at 3571 Sacramento Street in San Francisco CA, on September 10th at 10AM.
Unlike traditional hair salons, Cherry Blow Dry Bar only offers its customers the latest fabulous styles through blowouts and hair extensions – no harsh chemical coloring or all-day haircuts allowed! Finally, there will be a place where local women can relax and be pampered - all for $35.00. For a limited time, consumers will be able to enjoy the Cherry Blow Dry Bar experience with $20.00 blowouts from August 22nd to August 29th...

ServiceMaster Restore By Angler To Sponsor The Yellow Springs 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb »

August 22, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

To Raise Money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dayton, OH (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - ServiceMaster Restore by Angler out of Dayton, OH is sponsoring and participating in the 1st Annual Yellow Springs 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Antioch College. The Memorial Stair Climb is a charity event commemorating the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and all funds raised by this event will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help support the surviving families of fallen firefighters. This event will take place on the morning of September 27, 2014 at the North Hall Dormitory of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was created to honor the FDNY firefighters who courageously gave their own lives in the rescue effort on September 11, 2001...

Sweet Arleen's Celebrates First Franchise Location With Ribbon Cutting And Grand Opening »

August 22, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Sweet Arleens

Three-peat Winner of 'Cupcake Wars' Celebrates Launch of Franchising Nationwide in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Just four years after opening its bakery doors, Sweet Arleen's is celebrating the opening of its first franchise location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at 18503 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, Calif. The ribbon cutting with the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, and the grand opening will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This location marks the bakery's entry into the franchise marketplace, spearheaded by the brand's first franchisee, Toren Halseth.
"Based on the incredible success we've seen since our bakery launch, we felt that franchising the concept would be the best avenue for growth on a national scale," said the bakery's namesake, CEO and Founder Arleen Scavone...

Franchising: Where Baby Boomers Retire And Millennials Launch Careers »

August 22, 2014 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

The Entrepreneur's Source® Reviews Increased Entrepreneurial Tendencies in Baby Boomers and Millennials
SOUTHBURY, Conn. - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - You wouldn't typically compare launching a career with retirement, but when it comes to the entrepreneurial tendencies of two contrasting generations – Baby Boomers and their Millennial children –The Entrepreneur's Source®, the nation's leading career and franchise business coaching network, says you can draw those types of parallels. While the Woodstock generation is retiring, their children are entering the workforce; and the employment landscape looks vastly different than it has in previous decades.
The economy has forced many Baby Boomers to continue working, while other members of this active generation welcome the stimulation of remaining in the workforce and still others are left with the task of supporting their Millennial adult children...

Woodcraft Adds Quality Woodturning Tools From Young Seattle Company »

August 22, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 - Woodcraft has added a new line of quality woodturning tools from Carter and Son Toolworks that reflects a young woodturner’s quest for a tool that requires less sharpening.
"They put a lot of engineering in these tools," Woodcraft product manager Ben Bice said. "The quality of the steel for one thing – the sharpness of the grind is amazing and the edge retention is phenomenal. And three inches of the tool fits into the handle, reducing much of the normal vibration."
Paul Carter, the "son" in Carter and Son, learned to turn wood at 10 and became passionate about woodturning – but not the amount of sharpening required to maintain his tools. When his father, David Carter, a metallurgist with many years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, explained that Paul’s turning tools were soft metal, the young turner began to envision a tool made from a more durable material...

Gap Inc. Announces Plans To Extend International Presence To India Through Franchise Agreement »

August 22, 2014 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

First Stores to Open in Mumbai and Delhi in 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – August 21, 2014 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced plans to enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India's largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India's two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap's Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India.
"India is an emerging, vibrant market and an important next step in our global expansion strategy," said Steve Sunnucks, Global President of Gap. "Gap is loved around the world for our American casual style and enduring value and quality, and we are so pleased to bring our brand and products to life for customers in India...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

August 22, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 22, 2014 - On August 21, 2014, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TXRH) Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock. This payment will be distributed on October 3, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 17, 2014.
About Texas Roadhouse 
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 430 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and three foreign countries. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.
Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties...

Terrific Two: Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates Two Years Of Its Mobile App With Special Appiversary Twitter Sweepstakes »

August 22, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Twenty-two fans will win two $22 Dunkin' Donuts mGifts for sharing what FREE medium beverage they would order after receiving the free coupon for joining the brand's DD Perks® Rewards Program
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA - August 16 marks the two-year anniversary of the Dunkin' Mobile® App for mobile payment and gifting. To celebrate, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today launched a special "Appiversary" Twitter sweepstakes to give fans the chance to win Dunkin' Donuts mGifts. In just two years, the Dunkin' Mobile App has been downloaded more than eight million times, giving people across the country a quick and convenient way to pay for Dunkin' Donuts food, beverages and merchandise...



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