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Kinderdance Expands In Florida »

May 22, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance® International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to prove that movement programs standout as a highly popular children’s franchise. Kinderdance® International continues to expand in Florida with awarding two Bronze level franchises.
On the west coast of Florida, our new franchisee Shelly Schmidt will be bringing the Kinderdance® programs to the children of Pasco County. Shelly has owned and operated her own business, acted as the finance director for a media company, and as the administrator for a preschool...

SweetFrog Opens New Location In Jacksonville, Texas »

May 22, 2015 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: sweetFrog

Frozen yogurt chain continues to build nationwide presence.
RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - sweetFrog Enterprises, LLC. is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Jacksonville, Texas. Jacksonville is now the 16th sweetFrog store located in the Lone Star State. The premium frozen yogurt chain was listed as #22 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in 2014.
“I have lived and worked in East Texas for 20 years and love the natural beauty and friendly people,” said Brad Anderson, owner of the Jacksonville, and nearby Palestine, sweetFrog locations. “We are really excited about giving back to our community, and sharing the family fun and delicious treats, that make sweetFrog such a success story, with the great community of Jacksonville...

Announcing The Happy Tax Memorial Day Sale »

May 22, 2015 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Happy Tax

Free and discounted franchise fees for veterans!
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - May 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This Memorial Day, we’re talking about a revolution! Because that’s exactly what created this great country.
But we at Happy Tax think it’s time for another revolution. A Tax Revolution! And we’re starting it!
What does it take to start a revolution? Bold thinkers. New ideas. Happy Tax has them. Our innovative franchise system is the only one of its kind in the tax industry. But like any revolution, we need people to join us. If you’re ready to change your life for the better, WE WANT YOU to become a Happy Tax franchisee.
And this Memorial Day, Happy Tax is showing America’s soldiers, sailors and airmen just how much we appreciate their service...

Weight Watchers To Present At The Citi 2015 Global Consumer Conference »

May 22, 2015 at 6:08AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Nicholas Hotchkin, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Citi 2015 Global Consumer Conference in New York, NY.
The presentation will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be accessible via live audio webcast on the Company's corporate website at www.weightwatchersinternational.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on this site for 30 days.
About Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world's leading commercial provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

May 22, 2015 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 22, 2015 - On May 21, 2015, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TXRH) Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.17 per share of common stock. This payment will be distributed on July 2, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 17, 2015.
About Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 455 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and four 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...

Build-A-Bear Debuts Customizable Minions Collection »

May 22, 2015 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Exclusive, Make-Your-Own Plush Based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, in Theaters July 10, 2015
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 22, 2015 - Build-A-Bear (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, announced today that the company will produce a line of exclusive, make-your-own plush based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, in theaters July 10, 2015. The collection will feature Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob and will be added to Build-A-Bear’s summer season lineup, available in stores nationwide on May 22, 2015.
The Build-A-Bear Minions collection, available online and in stores, will include a variety of costume options, including the Minions’ signature denim overalls and rubber boots, along with three era costumes as featured in the film...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Continues Expansion With A New Franchise Store Located In Macedonia, OH »

May 22, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located in Macedonia, OH.
Independence, OH - May 22, 2015 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located in Macedonia, OH. Tony Sexton is warmly welcomed to CPR’s rapidly expanding network with the opening of his new franchise store.
Sexton said, “Prior to opening my CPR franchise, I was involved in the golf industry for a number of years. After working in various locations around the country, I’m delighted to be back with my family in the Cleveland area...

PrideStaff North Dallas Named One Of The "Best Places To Work" By The Dallas Business Journal »

May 22, 2015 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, is pleased to announce that their North Dallas office was recently named as one of the Dallas Business Journal's Best Places to Work in North Texas for 2015.
Amy Linn, CSP and Strategic-Partner of PrideStaff North Dallas, is thrilled that her office made the list this year. "For a long time, we've strived to create an environment in which our employees are engaged in meaningful work, every day," states Linn. "Receiving this recognition is more than an honor for us; it validates that we've accomplished our goal of building an organization our team feels proud to work for."
Linn cites a number of reasons her employees responded so favorably to the third-party workplace survey...

TeamLogic IT Growth Explodes In Q1 »

May 22, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: TeamLogic IT

Record Number of New Franchises Added
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - TeamLogic IT, a national provider of comprehensive managed IT services for businesses, reports strong franchise growth in the first quarter of 2015. With nearly 70 locations in North America, the company added a record number of franchise locations in Q1, 2015 and is expected to reach 100 by year-end.
“For a franchise company to be successful, you need to grow in two areas: growth of the network by adding new locations and revenue growth of your existing franchisees. We hit it out of the ballpark in both of these areas. Our franchise has experienced double digit growth for the last three years,” said TeamLogic IT President, Chuck Lennon...

Healthy Living Brought To Anaheim - New Fitness Boot Camp Acquires 100 Clients »

May 22, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Anaheim Fit Body Boot Camp, opened March 14, 2015, has just welcomed its 100th client. The newly opened fitness boot camp delivers on its promise to bring healthy lifestyles and full body transformations to the Anaheim community.
Anaheim, Calif. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - Bryce Henson, local fitness icon and owner of the newly opened Anaheim Fit Body Boot Camp, recently accepted his program’s 100th client. Henson says that reaching this milestone so quickly after the launch of his location evidences the powerful impact his boot camp is having upon the Anaheim community.
Fit Body Boot Camp is the nation’s most popular and fastest growing indoor fitness boot camp franchise with hundreds of locations across North America, Europe and Australia...

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Celebrates With NHL For 2015 Playoff Sustainability While Hoping For A Tampa Bay Win »

May 22, 2015 at 4:29AM PDT | Source: Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions HQ of Orlando, FL, a company well known for pioneering sustainability solutions in stadiums across the country, esteems NHL and Amalie Arena for “green” initiative in this season’s playoffs.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2015 - This year the Tampa Bay Lightning have carved their way to the Eastern Conference Finals with victories over both The Detroit Red Wings in game 6, and the Montreal Canadians in game 7. Now the Tampa Bay Lightning, after facing off against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in games 1 and 2, have come back down south to compete at the Tampa Bay’s very own Amalie Arena for games 3 and 4. The historic Amalie Arena has hosted fans from all over the nation this playoff season with its seating capacity reaching over 19,000 seats, making it the 7th largest arena in the nation...

Premier Preschools Nationwide Complete First Year Of Child Sponsorship Initiative »

May 22, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Primrose Schools® program brightens future for children, nurtures generosity in students.
ATLANTA - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Preschoolers across the country are making a difference in the lives of children in rural communities of high need through a partnership between Primrose Schools, a high-quality early education and care provider with more than 300 schools coast-to-coast, and international nonprofit Save the Children®. For the past year, Primrose schools have been participating in Save the Children's U.S. Child Sponsorship Program, sponsoring more than 290 children and supporting better access to basic education, early child care and school nutrition in some of the country's most underserved communities.
Each participating Primrose school devotes classroom time to teach students about their sponsored "Primrose Pal" through discussions, letter writing, art projects and other activities...

Maui Wowi Opening Location On The Jersey Shore »

May 22, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, premium coffee and smoothie retailer, is getting ready to open a location at the Ocean City Boardwalk, bringing paradise to the vibrant vacation community.
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Ocean City, New Jersey - Maui Wowi Hawaiian’s newest location is opening Friday, May 22 on the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey and will feature the franchise company’s high end Hawaiian coffees and healthy fresh fruit smoothies.
Just steps away from the beach at the Jersey Shore and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the company hopes this location will attract visitors and locals alike to try the unique island flavor beverages and create lasting traditions for the local community.
“What better way to kick off summer than with a mouthwatering Maui Wowi smoothie?” said Mike Weinberger, Chief Executive Officer of Maui Wowi Hawaiian...

Chaswood Resources Group Acquires Six TGI Fridays™ Restaurants In China »

May 22, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

Transaction Completes Fridays International Refranchising Initiative, Further Expands Chinese Presence
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and CARROLLTON, Texas - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Chaswood Resources Group ("Chaswood"), a long-established TGI Fridays franchisee, announced that it has completed the acquisition of an additional six TGI Fridays restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai ("Acquisition") on April 20, 2015. Chaswood currently operates 20 TGI Fridays restaurants in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
As part of the Acquisition, Chaswood has committed to the development of 10 new TGI Fridays restaurants in Shanghai and Beijing, in addition to the 4 new restaurants it has previously agreed to develop in Shenzhen. Chaswood is also committed to invest in the existing Beijing restaurants, updating their image to the latest TGI Fridays design, which was piloted at the very successful first Fridays in Shanghai...

New Menchie’s Store In Lincolnshire Commons Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

May 22, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Lincolnshire, IL at 950-B Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Lincolnshire favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, May 23 to Friday, May 29 packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Cruise Planners, An American Express Travel Representative, Named A 2015 Hot Franchise For Veterans™ »

May 22, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners...

Orangetheory Fitness Announces Explosive Growth In Chicago-Area »

May 22, 2015 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Continues Illinois Expansion With Nine New Studios
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that nine new studios are coming to Chicago, Ill. Kick-starting the growth surge, two new studios opened in Wrigleyville and La Grange on May 1. Additionally, Orangetheory Fitness will open a studio in Oak Park on May 22, and South Naperville and Wicker Park will see new studios open on May 29. Four additional studios are planned to open in Edgewater, Bannockburn, Old Town and Park Ridge later this summer.
“Chicago’s passion for Orangetheory Fitness is evident through the astounding growth we’ve been experiencing in the market,” says Brad Ehrlich, owner and area developer of Orangetheory Fitness Illinois...

McDonald's Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend »

May 22, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: McDonald's

OAK BROOK, Ill. - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, McDonald's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.85 per share of common stock payable on June 15, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 1, 2015.
Upcoming Communications
Steve Easterbrook, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Pete Bensen, Chief Administrative Officer, will participate in Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on May 27, 2015. This presentation will be webcast live and available for replay for a limited time thereafter at www.investor.mcdonalds.com.
The Company plans to release May 2015 sales information on June 8, 2015. Financial reporting under the Company's new organizational structure will be effective for periods beginning July 1, 2015...

Brinker International Board Declares Common Dividend »

May 22, 2015 at 3:53AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share on the common stock of the company. The dividend will be payable June 25, 2015 to shareholders of record as of June 12, 2015.
About Brinker International, Inc.
Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of March 25, 2015, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,629 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,580 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (49 restaurants).
SOURCE Brinker International
Contacts:
Ashley JohnsonMedia Relations(800) 775-7290
Jill CuthbertsonInvestor Relations(972) 980-9917

Same-Day, One-Price Dry Cleaning Now In Woodbridge »

May 21, 2015 at 11:49AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

ZIPS Dry Cleaning opens new location, offering $1.99 cleaning.
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaning, a staple name in affordable and convenient dry cleaning on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard for years, has opened its newest location in Woodbridge, VA at 13584 Minnieville Rd.
Owner Krishna Gondi, a current pharmacist at CVS hopes to open additional ZIPS locations in the future near and around Richmond. An immigrant from India, Gondi was inspired by the business model of ZIPS.
“I discovered the opportunity to become an owner after a long history as a customer at ZIPS,” said Gondi. “I was always impressed by the efficient and affordable service the brand provided and thought it was the perfect avenue to explore entrepreneurship...



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