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Corner Bakery Cafe Hires Seasoned Hospitality Industry Exec To Oversee New Wave Of Franchise Growth »

March 07, 2012 at 8:48AM PST | Source: Corner Bakery Cafe

Jonathan Benjamin Charged With Continuing Bakery Cafe's Expansion Into Untapped Markets
DALLAS, March 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the heels of signing several multi-unit franchise deals in 2011, Corner Bakery Cafe has named hospitality industry veteran Jonathan Benjamin as Vice President of Franchise Sales. Benjamin will spearhead franchise development as the 20-year-old brand seeks to complement its corporate presence across the country through an aggressive franchising program.
Benjamin is a former Vice President of Development at Wyndham Worldwide, Global Hyatt, and US Franchise Systems, Inc., and brings to the position more than 14 years of proven sales track records, exceptional leadership and performance-based results...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Regency Moscow »

March 07, 2012 at 8:00AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Expected to open in 2015, Hyatt Regency Moscow Will Be Part of Area Park Development
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and VTB Arena Park announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement for Hyatt Regency Moscow. The new property, expected to open in 2015, will be part of the Arena Park redevelopment, including Moscow’s notable Dynamo football stadium, and will sit adjacent to Petrovsky Park.
“Among all the offerings at the sports and entertainment complex, Hyatt Regency Moscow will be an especially great addition to the area.”
Hyatt Regency Moscow will feature 297 guestrooms, including 40 suites, and 56 fully-furnished luxury apartments. The property will also include meeting and ballroom space, four food and beverage outlets, and a fitness center and spa...

Kick Off Of Big Brothers Big Sisters National Bowl For Kids' Sake Annual Fundraiser Joined By NFL Stars »

March 07, 2012 at 7:50AM PST | Source: Arby's

NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann Returns to Pittsburgh, Joining Steeler Wide Receiver Antonio Brown to Kick Off Big Brothers Big Sisters National Bowl For Kids' Sake Annual Fundraiser - National Mentoring Network Looks to Top $21 million in Donations
PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Steeler legend and Super Bowl Champion Lynn Swann and Pro Bowl Player and Steeler MVP Antonio Brown will be in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 11, to kick off Big Brothers Big Sisters' national Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser. The opening ceremony event is sponsored by the Arby's Foundation.
Bowl for Kids' Sake is the nationwide mentoring network's signature fundraiser, helping local agencies like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh raise funds needed to carefully match volunteer mentors and children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships...

Choice Hotels Offers Consumers A Free Night After Just Two Separate Stays* »

March 07, 2012 at 7:46AM PST | Source: Choice Hotels

Spring Travelers Can Earn Enough Rewards Points for a Free Night at More Than 1,500 Hotels
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When consumers stay two separate times at any Choice Hotels property this spring, they'll earn a free night at more than 1,500 hotels.*
Travelers who book their stays at or 800.4CHOICE with arrival between March 8 and May 8, 2012 will earn enough Choice Privileges rewards points to redeem for a free night at more than 1,500 Choice Hotels locations. The Stay Two Separate Times, Earn One Night Free promotion is available for consumers traveling to participating Choice Hotels brand properties throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central America, Australia, and the Caribbean...

Racing Limos America Franchisees Report Gains For Seventh Consecutive Quarter »

March 07, 2012 at 7:41AM PST | Source: Racing Limos

DOVER, N.H., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Racing Limos America, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Technology Group (OTC:ATYG), is reporting gains for its franchisees - AGAIN.
Racing Limos America is reporting Q4 2011 gains for its franchisees. With all franchisees reporting, revenues are up 6.4% from the previous quarter, and 9.1% from the same time last year.
"2011 was a tough year for the economy, and yet our franchisees, overall, found their way through," says CEO James Albion. "We've made some in-roads with major ad agencies and some fortune-500 companies. I am looking forward to our franchisees seeing sizable revenue gains as we anticipate the start of national marketing partnerships in 2012."
About Racing Limos America, Inc...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Two New Hotels At Zurich Airport’s Iconic New Mixed Use Development Known As The Circle »

March 07, 2012 at 7:36AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Place hotels Expected to Open in Early 2017
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with Flughafen Zurich AG for a Hyatt Regency and a Hyatt Place hotel in Zurich. The hotels, expected to open in 2017, will be part of The Circle, a mixed use development that is designed to be a new service hub and commercial center at Zurich International Airport. In addition to the two Hyatt-branded hotels, The Circle will feature an innovative and ideal mix of services within an ingenious infrastructure where upmarket offerings such as hotels, restaurants, office and event space, and continuing education programs meet urbane lifestyles...

Goddard Systems, Inc.'s Chicago Schools Recognized As 'Best Child Care Center' By Daily Herald »

March 07, 2012 at 6:32AM PST | Source: Goddard School, The

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa (PRWEB) March 07, 2012 - The "Number 1 Childcare Franchise in the U.S.," Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School©, is pleased to announce its Chicago Schools have been recognition as "Best Child Care Center for 2012" by The Daily Herald, a Chicagoland daily newspaper.
“We are extremely proud of our Chicago schools and franchisees for earning recognition as the Best Child Care Center in Chicagoland,” said Lisa Fisher, Director of Communications for GSI. “Their commitment to the children, their communities and The Goddard School brand is exemplified in the winning of this award.”
According to the Daily Herald, the businesses highlighted represent the best in the Chicagoland area -- as voted by its readers...

Join The Smokin' Celebration At Dickey's Barbecue »

March 07, 2012 at 6:27AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue in Redondo Beach is celebrating its grand opening.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit is celebrating its grand opening in Redondo Beach on Thursday, March 8th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"We are very excited to celebrate with our local community on Thursday," said franchise owner George Jones. "The beach cities are great communities and we are happy to provide jobs and excellent barbecue."
At the grand opening customers will enjoy $1 pulled pork big barbecue sandwiches and three lucky customers will win free barbecue for a year—that's $480 worth of barbecue per winner.
"We are extremely excited for this location," said Roland Dickey, Jr., president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc...

FASTSIGNS® CEO Catherine Monson 'Uncovers' Keys To Franchise Company Evolution Through "Undercover Boss" Adventure »

March 07, 2012 at 6:15AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS
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Episode of Hit CBS Reality Series, to Broadcast Friday, May 4, Chronicles the Personal and Professional Journey of an Inspiring Female Leader
CARROLLTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since her appointment as CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. in early 2009, Catherine Monson has been on a mission to advance the brand, from that of a sign and banner provider, to a visual ideas company for all kinds of businesses. Her personal and professional journey will unfold on national television as she investigates the inner workings of FASTSIGNS in the CBS hit series "Undercover Boss," Friday, May 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“Our franchise partners and their employees are trained to take a consultative approach to providing comprehensive visual solutions to meet their clients’ communication needs”
“Going undercover allowed me to step into the shoes of our employees and franchise partners to better learn the ins and outs of what makes our company successful, as well as where there is room for improvement...

Coverall's Partnership With Dr. Charles Gerba Stresses Infection Prevention »

March 07, 2012 at 6:10AM PST | Source: Coverall Health Based Cleaning System

Leading Expert on Infectious Disease Studies Germs in Offices, Schools and Other Public Places
BOCA RATON, Fla., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- During the cold and flu season, about one-third of the surfaces people touch at work are contaminated with disease-causing germs, according to the world's leading expert on infectious disease, Dr. Charles Gerba. But few businesses or institutions use cleaning strategies that reduce germs and create a healthier environment.
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System®, a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning companies, maintains an official partnership with Dr. Gerba that focuses on increasing public awareness about the most effective cleaning methods for infection control.
Studies done by Dr...

Jamba, Inc. To Present At The 24th Annual Roth Conference »

March 07, 2012 at 5:58AM PST | Source: Jamba Juice

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 7, 2012-- Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) announced today that the Company will be presenting at the 24th Annual Roth Conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, California.
Presenting from the Company will be James D. White, chairman, president and CEO. The presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Investors and interested parties may listen to the live webcast of this presentation by visiting the Company’s website at under the Investor Relations section at the appropriate time.
About Jamba, Inc.
Jamba, Inc. is a holding company which owns and franchises, on a global basis, Jamba Juice stores through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company...

2012: Year Of The Housing Recovery »

March 07, 2012 at 5:24AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

Agents Hear Energized Message at Annual Gathering
LAS VEGAS, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Culminating a series of regional events that have attracted nearly 20,000 RE/MAX agents, a single audience of over 4,000 from more than 50 countries around the world came together in Las Vegas this week to reignite their passion for real estate.  At the Opening General Session Monday evening, the message from CEO Margaret Kelly was clear, the energy of the housing market is now moving in a positive direction.
"We're seeing many positive signs of a recovering marketplace," Kelly said. "The spring buying season has started early this year and is setting the stage for a great story in 2012."
Kelly cited improving economic conditions and falling inventories, which are resulting in multiple offers on homes for sale in several communities...

Florida European Wax Center Offers The Chance To Travel To Paris »

March 07, 2012 at 5:19AM PST | Source: European Wax Center

European Wax Center Orlando-Waterford Lakes offers an exclusive chance at winning a dream vacation to Paris, France.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 07, 2012 - Any guest looking for waxing in Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Florida, will be able to enter to win a trip to Paris as many times as they want. Every time a guest interested in body waxing in Deland, Waterford Lakes, FL refers a friend to European Wax Center, they are entered to win the dream getaway vacation to Paris, France.
European Wax Center is known for its unique wax developed in France, designed to provide all guests that want bikini waxing in Orange Heights, Waterford Lakes, Florida with the Ultimate Wax Experience.
Guests interested in trying out European Wax Center Orlando-Waterford Lakes can visit the center at 889 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828...

Stevi B’s Pizza Launches Healthier Options »

March 07, 2012 at 5:09AM PST | Source: Stevi B's Pizza

Serves Up Traditional Pies on Whole Wheat Crust
March 07, 2012 // // ATLANTA  – Stevi B’s Pizza, the industry's only national premium pizza buffet restaurant, today introduces its new whole wheat pizza crust as a part of its commitment to offer healthier options to customers. Having always prided itself on allowing its customers to customize their pizza experience, Stevi B’s Pizza’s system-wide whole wheat product launch enables customers to further customize their experience with an eye toward healthier alternatives.
“For Stevi B’s Pizza, the addition of a healthier whole wheat crust was a natural evolution, building upon not only our commitment to customer customization but also our commitment to providing new healthier options,” said Allyson Smith, chief marketing officer for Stevi B’s Pizza...

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Is Deepening Its Roots In The Austin Area »

March 07, 2012 at 5:07AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Welcomes New Franchise Owners and Starts Searching for Sites
AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit is expanding its Texas reach to include more of the Austin and Bastrop areas. The world's largest barbecue chain has signed on two new franchise owners and is currently searching for sites.
"The Austin area continues to be a key market for our expansion plans," said Roland Dickey, Jr., president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "It's a vibrant community with a lot of growth opportunity."
Dickey's Barbecue added over 66 stores last year and is planning to add 100 new restaurants nationwide in 2012. The fast casual restaurant chain currently has three locations in the Austin area...

The Wendy’s Company To Present At Three Investor Conferences In March »

March 07, 2012 at 5:02AM PST | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced today that the Company plans to participate in three upcoming investor conferences.
The conference details are as follows:

The Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Consumer Conference at The Palace Hotel in New York City: The Company will present at 1:30 p.m. ET on March 7. Attending will be President and Chief Executive Officer Emil Brolick, along with Chief Financial Officer Steve Hare.
The ROTH Growth Stock Conference at The Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, Calif.: The Company will present at 10 a.m. PT on March 12. Attending will be Chief Financial Officer Steve Hare.
The UBS Global Consumer Conference at The Ritz Carlton in Boston: The Company will present at 1:30 p...

Grease Monkey Celebrates "Green" Initiatives With Safety-Kleen »

March 07, 2012 at 4:59AM PST | Source: Grease Monkey

RICHMOND, Va., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Local Grease Monkey franchisees, F. Champe Granger and Roger L. Bouchard, are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their recycling initiatives and providing an environmentally friendly motor oil, EcoPower, as an option to customers. In Richmond, EcoPower is only available at these two Grease Monkey locations, 3308 N Boulevard/804-353-0521 and 8509 Staples Mill Road/804-264-8789.
"Through our partners Safety-Kleen and Allied Waste, we recycle approximately 98% of the shop's waste products annually including used oil, used coolant, oil filters, air filters, cabin air filters, fuel filters, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, brake rotors and other vehicle components," says Roger. "We even recycle our used oil drums and wood pallets...

Dunkin' Brands Announces Initiation Of Cash Dividend »

March 07, 2012 at 4:54AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Brands

Quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share to be paid on March 28, 2012
CANTON, Mass., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the initiation of a cash dividend to shareholders. The quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share will be paid on March 28, 2012, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 19, 2012.
"The health of our overall business and the strong cash flow we generate position Dunkin' Brands to return cash to our shareholders through a regular dividend," said Neil Moses, Dunkin' Brands CFO. "We believe the initiation of a dividend, only a few months after our initial public offering, demonstrates our commitment to enhancing shareholder value and underscores our positive outlook for our future performance...

What's Hot In Orland Park? Dickey's Barbecue! »

March 07, 2012 at 4:49AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's is celebrating its grand opening on March 9th.
ORLAND PARK, Ill., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brothers, Joseph and John Bak of Dickey's Barbecue Pit are celebrating their grand opening this Friday, March 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the grand opening customers will enjoy $1 big barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and three lucky customers will win free barbecue for one year.
"We are excited to be celebrating with our community," said John Bak.
John has a bachelor's degree in business administration and Joseph has a bachelor's degree in finance. The new Dickey's is located at 15110 S La Grange Road, perfectly positioned adjacent to a mall.
"Orland Park is a great area and we are excited to be serving them excellent barbecue," said Roland Dickey, Jr...

Card Connection Franchisees Have Spring In Their Step With New Santé Designs »

March 07, 2012 at 4:26AM PST | Source: Card Connection

March 07, 2012 // // Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has today announced the launch of its new 2012 Santé and Santé Gesture designs. With spring on the way, the well-timed Santé blank designs are all photographic, incorporating a mixture of wildlife and floral imagery.
“The new photographic cards feature perky pigs and cheerful tulips,” confirms Kelly Courtenay, senior creative manager, Card Connection. Other designs featuring a pair of elephants in the wild, a cute mouse and some adorable ducklings are sure to give our franchisees a spring in their step as they deliver these premium cards to retailers across the UK.
“In addition, we are also releasing three Santé Gesture designs all with birthday captions and various finishes, including scenic a harbour view, a quirky lettering design and some ‘on trend’ pattern” continues Courtenay...

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