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Orangetheory Fitness Names New Chief Operating Officer »

September 15, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Award-Winning Fitness Franchise Adds Former Fitness Executive to Leadership Team 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September 15, 2014 – Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced it has appointed David Carney as chief operating officer, effective immediately. Carney, a health and fitness industry veteran with more than 29 years of experience, joins the Orangetheory team with extensive knowledge in running multi-club operations including the creating and implementing formal operational systems, as well as overseeing multi-unit creation and implementation of operating platforms in health, wellness and fitness companies.
"David's arrival comes at a serendipitous time, as Orangetheory continues to expand and strengthen the internal resources that bring value to our franchise partners," said Dave Long, chief executive officer of Orangetheory Fitness...

Iconic Retailer, Art Van Furniture, Coming To Mishawka, Indiana »

September 15, 2014 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Family-owned Sofa Select to Become First Art Van Furniture Franchise Store in the State
WARREN, Mich. - Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Art Van Furniture is a company on the move, and its next stop will be Mishawaka, Indiana! The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer has signed a franchising agreement with Sofa Select to become its first franchise store in the Hoosier state. Sofa Select (5946 North Grape Road near the University Park Mall) is owned by Tom and Rose Eslinger. The store will be renamed Art Van Furniture at its current location and continue to serve northern Indiana as well as lower southwest Michigan.
"Tom and Rose Eslinger are woven into the fabric of this community, playing an integral role in helping families furnish their homes affordably for almost 35 years," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture...

Peter Piper Pizza Announces Franchising Initiative »

September 15, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Peter Piper Pizza

Pizza and Entertainment Restaurant Chain Focuses on Expanding the Brand Nationally
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Scottsdale, Ariz. – Peter Piper Pizza announces a major franchising initiative as they look to expand the brand into new markets. With 143 restaurants throughout the Southwest United States and Mexico, 111 are franchised and 32 are company-owned.
"We've built a successful model and believe that the timing is right to expand," said Peter Piper Pizza President and CEO, Charles Bruce. "We understand the market and know there's an underserved need from millennial moms looking for an affordable family dining experience, as well as significant growth potential in the Hispanic population."
A few of the benefits associated with being a franchisee include: accelerated market share growth, significant free cash flow creation, experienced management support team, and a nationwide selection of attractive markets for expansion...

Celebrate 10 Years With Up To 10,000 Wyndham Rewards Bonus Points »

September 15, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Hotel Group's Loyalty Program Marks Tenth Anniversary
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – To celebrate its milestone 10-year anniversary, Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group and the world's largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels, is offering its most loyal members the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points with qualified stays at participating hotels around the world.
Now through October 31, 2014, members who register for the promotion at www.wyndhamrewards.es/diezmil and book stays at participating Wyndham Hotel Group properties will earn 2,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for each qualified stay up to five times, receiving as many as up to 10,000 bonus points...

Wendy’s Frosty Fans Can "Trick Or Treat" It Forward This Fall »

September 15, 2014 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

National Halloween Coupon Book Fundraiser Helps Children in Foster Care Find Loving Adoptive Families
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Ohio - Wendy's® is making Halloween and giving back so much "cooler" this year with a first-ever nationwide expansion of its popular Halloween Coupon book program benefiting children in foster care. From now until October 31, for just $1, at participating Wendy's, customers can purchase Halloween Coupon books that are filled with free Jr. Frosty™ coupons* to share with family, friends and trick-or-treaters. Ninety cents of every dollar goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption® (DTFA) to help find loving families for the 134,000 children waiting in foster care.
"This is the first time we're bringing our Halloween Coupon book program to restaurants nationwide, giving customers a simple way to help children in foster care – and get a sweet deal on Frosty treats in return," said Liz Geraghty, Vice President, Brand Marketing...

Well-Known Manager Joins EXIT Realty Landmark »

September 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

New York, NY (Grassroots Newswire) September 11, 2014 - EXIT Realty Landmark is excited to share tremendous news: Alexis Bogen is now the Manager of Sales and Rentals. She brings a staggering array of experience to the cadre of real estate professionals at Landmark because she knows the timing is right for EXIT Realty agents in New York City.
Alexis has a thoroughly-NYC real estate pedigree, rising from the crushing pressures of new construction and development to emerge as a priceless agent for her clients. Bogen led sales and rental projects as an agent for a number of years, proving her worth to hundreds of people in the process and forming bonds of business with landlords and management companies around town.
She later became the manager of Metropolitan Property Group for 4 years, spearheading a management role through the powers of personal persuasion...

The Melting Pot Announces Expansion Plans For Des Moines, Iowa »

September 15, 2014 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant to Host Webinar Oct. 2 to Fuel National Expansion 
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced plans to expand the brand's presence in the Des Moines market, naming the city as a target for future franchise development. This would bring the first Melting Pot restaurant to the state of Iowa.
"One of the things that attracted us to Des Moines is its fast-growing restaurant scene, which offers a unique opportunity for The Melting Pot," said Dan Stone, vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands. "We are confident that the restaurant will be well-received by residents once they have tried our customizable menu options including cheese fondues, entrees and chocolate fondue desserts...

Bill Colvin Establishes New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchise »

September 15, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Competitive Athlete Hopes to Give Back to Community with Nutritional Supplement Store
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bill Colvin loves a good challenge. From participating in sports competitions to conquering his fitness goals, he's always taken pride in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. Now, he's applying that same mindset to his new business — Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
"I take pride in ownership," he said. "I want to follow my passion for health and fitness, plus be able to control my destiny and create my own work-life balance."
Max Muscle is a retail store selling nutritional supplements and services to help people from varying walks of life meet their health goals. The supplements are made with premium ingredients, and employees knowledgeable in nutrition can assist customers in finding the right blend of products to further their fitness efforts...

Instant Imprints Puts Franchising First With New Site »

September 15, 2014 at 7:17AM PDT | Source: Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints Teams up with Sprokkit for Redesigned, Franchise-Focused Site
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO - Instant Imprints announced today the unveiling of its new website. A reflection of the success of the franchising program, Instant Imprints' new site is mobile-friendly and franchise-specific.
"We are pleased to unveil our totally user-friendly redesigned site," said Christian Collucci, executive vice president of franchise development at Instant Imprints. "From consistent branding to easier mobile accessibility, we are putting prospective franchisees first."
As recently announced, Instant Imprints has initiated a five-year, strategic expansion plan to grow Instant Imprints to 500 locations...

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Launches International Expansion, Plans For 50 Canadian Franchises »

September 15, 2014 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: Oxi Fresh
Oxi Fresh Opportunities Available

September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Already one of the fastest-growing carpet cleaning companies in the United States with more than 250 locations in 45 states, Oxi Fresh has announced an international expansion plan calling for the opening of as many as 50 franchises throughout Canada in the next five years.
Oxi Fresh has already opened its first two Canadian franchises this year – one in Ottawa, Ontario and another in Kelowna, British Columbia – and is currently seeking franchisees in other targeted growth markets, including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal, among others.
"There is tremendous opportunity for growth throughout Canada as more consumers seek out eco-friendly companies...

On The Border Celebrates Mexico's Independence Day With Free Queso »

September 15, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: On The Border

World's Largest Casual Dining Mexican Concept offers Free Cup of Queso, Drink Specials (*), Great Times on September 16
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TEXAS - With free chips and salsa every day, its' always a celebration at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina®. On The Border wanted to do a little more for its guests on Mexico's Independence Day.
So, on Tuesday, September 16, guests at OTB will enjoy a cup of the restaurant's signature Original Queso, featuring fresh-chopped jalapeno, tomato, onion, poblano & cilantro, normally up to a $4.99 value, for FREE. Guests may choose to kick it up "Carne Style" by adding seasoned ground beef for only a buck. In addition to free Queso, OTB will feature $3 House Margaritas and $3 Lunazul® shots on September 16...

Nashville Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Opening Of New Fitness Boot Camp »

September 15, 2014 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Nashville is soon to have its first location of internationally known fitness boot camp.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 13, 2014 - Fit Body Boot Camp is the fastest growing fitness franchise in the country, its growth a result of its reputation for intense, thirty-minute fat-burning workouts. Now Keith Stafford, owner of the new Nashville Fit Body Boot Camp, is thrilled to announce the Opening of their fitness boot camp on September 22, 2014.
"I've been working on opening a Fit Body Boot Camp location for over a year," says Stafford. "I'm incredibly excited that we're finally opening our doors."
The Opening will be held at thefitness boot camp'slocation near the I-65/Harding Place intersection, at 3656 Trousdale Dr., Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37204...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Is Two Weeks Away From Opening Its Newest Restaurant In Illinois »

September 15, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

During grand opening week, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ will donate all sales from signature Freckled Lemonade® to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to North Riverside, Ill. Located beside the North Riverside Park Mall on Harlem Avenue between West Cermak Road and West 26th Street, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. To help celebrate the grand opening of the new restaurant, Red Robin will donate all sales of its signature Freckled Lemonade® from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

Johnny Rockets Marries Its Americana Brand With Four New Route 66 Concepts »

September 15, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, Calif. – Iconic international restaurant chain, Johnny Rockets, today announced their Route 66 concept, comprised of four innovative prototypes to serve American families at home and on the road.
Established in 1926 as one of America’s original highways, Route 66 became the major path for those who migrated west, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. No company is better suited to resurrect the nostalgic brand than Johnny Rockets, which was founded on Classic Americana and opened its first location down the road from the culminating point of Route 66 in Santa Monica.
"Johnny Rockets launched exactly one year after Route 66 was officially removed from the highway system in 1985," explains James Walker, chief development officer of Johnny Rockets...

United Franchise Group Sees Global Growth Increases In 2014 »

September 15, 2014 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: United Franchise Group

UFG Brand Footprint Expands to 70 Countries
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The five brands that are under the umbrella of the United Franchise Group can now be found in 70 countries worldwide. From the shadow of the Eifel Tower to small local communities, the diversity of locations in which a United Franchise Group brand can be found around the world has increased in 2014 as leading franchises Signarama, EmbroidMe, SuperGreen, and TransWorld all exhibit growth.
Leading this growth is Signarama, the world's largest sign franchise, which is expanding its reach in both familiar and previously uncharted territories around the world. So far this year, Master License Partnerships have been completed in the Philippines, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Tunisia, Switzerland and 20 countries throughout the Middle East...

RE/MAX Of Southeastern Michigan Announces New Chairman, CEO »

September 15, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Leadership Team Named as New Regional Office Officially Opens
TROY, Mich. - Sept.15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan, the No. 1 real-estate brand in metro Detroit, today announces new leadership for the region. Effective immediately, Magnus Sublett will serve as chairman, CEO and majority partner. Sublett began his career with RE/MAX in 1991 and previously served as a minority partner for the region.
"I am honored to assume the title as chairman and CEO of RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan," said Sublett. "I am committed to the growth and success of this region. We have many exciting plans in the works and will be certain to share when the time is right."
The region also announces the appointment of Joe Sabatini as regional manager...

Attend The Franchise And Opportunities Expo In Atlanta And Stay At Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Galleria Hotel »

September 15, 2014 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta-Galleria, located near Smyrna, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending The Franchise and Opportunities Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre September 13-14, 2014. 
ATLANTA, GA - September 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease - The Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Galleria Hotel, near Smyrna, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending The Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo in Atlanta September 13-14, 2014. Georgia's largest business ownership event will be held at Cobb Galleria Centre. More than 120 franchises will be represented in many areas including restaurant, health, retail, childcare, and travel, leisure, and hospitality. Seminars will offer free legal, financial, and business planning advice to business owners...

NJ Open Houses App Developed To Make New Jersey Home Search Easier »

September 15, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

NJ real estate agent Mark Slade has introduced an app with comprehensive information about NJ cities and towns to simplify the home buying process.
Maplewood, NJ, September 13, 2014 - (PR.com) - Mark Slade, a top producing New Jersey real estate agent, has introduced "NJ Open Houses," an app that puts all the information buyers want and need about a prospective town and its properties at their fingertips. Along with details about available homes, the app provides information on essential services and amenities from schools and hospitals to restaurants, parks and houses of worship. The NJ Open Houses app provides buyers with all the necessary home search tools.
"This app uses the latest technology to provide the most updated, real-time listings of open houses in northern NJ," said Slade...

Carsmetics And Midas To Fight Hunger And Feed Hope In Naples, Florida »

September 15, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Carsmetics

Fast, Flawless for Less Repairs: Carsmetics and Midas pull together to make a difference in the auto body and repair Industry
Naples, Florida (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Many entrepreneurs find opportunities to make a difference in their community and Mike and Pattie Buschhoff of Naples Florida, had to look no further than the prime locations of their Midas and Carsmetics franchises. The "Midas Golden Hand" and "Back to the Future" DeLorean Time Machine replica will be on site with radio stations B103.9 and other local businesses on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 2121 Pine Ridge Rd. Free oil changes will be given away to successful blood donors. Raffle tickets for great prizes will be given to all food donators for the Harry Chapin Food Bank...

Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Grand Opening Of New Fitness Boot Camp »

September 15, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

New Gainesville fitness boot camp plans to make working out as fun as it is effective.
Gainsville, VA (PRWEB) September 13, 2014 - Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp is excited to invite the community to their official Grand Opening celebration today, Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The fitness boot camp is part of the international Fit Body Boot Camp franchise, which is known worldwide for their intense, thirty-minute fat-burning workouts designed to get busy people the fast results they’re looking for in as little time as possible.
"Our workouts are hard work, but we make them fun as well," says co-owner and lead trainer Monika Robinson. "Our fitness boot camp is perfect for people who are really crunched for time, because our sessions are designed to get maximum fat-burning results in just thirty minutes per session...



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