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Wingstop Sales Up 16 Percent In Third Quarter »

October 10, 2012 at 11:55AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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The Wing Experts Achieve Double-Digit Sales Increase for Third Straight Quarter
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // RICHARDSON, Texas – Wingstop announced today that same store sales for the third quarter are up 16 percent over the same quarter last year and 13 percent for the year to date.
Sports and wings go hand-in-hand, and with the start of football season, along with the dramatic MLB pennant races, Wingstop experienced one of its strongest quarters to date.
“This is our favorite time of year,” said Charlie Morrison, Wingstop President and CEO. “There’s nothing better than watching guests stop in before the game and pick up wings for the perfect tailgate party. Wings are a convivial food, and our fans crave a product that’s made-to-order and uncompromising in quality...

Ben Phillips Joins The Zippy Shell Team »

October 10, 2012 at 9:07AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. – Zippy Shell USA, a leading national mobile self-storage franchise, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Phillips as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Phillips has extensive franchise brand marketing experience and spent over 20 years in real estate franchising and digital start-ups. Most recently Mr. Phillips served as Chief Marketing Officer for Christie’s International Real Estate.
“We are very excited to have Ben join the team as he brings a wealth of experience from a marketing, advertising and lead generation perspective,” said Rick Del Sontro, President of Zippy Shell USA. “Ben will be responsible for our national and regional brand marketing, digital and traditional advertising, public relations and franchise product development”...

Rick Ross Heats Up Wingstop In Miami »

October 10, 2012 at 8:46AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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Miami-based Rick Ross Takes Ownership of Wingstop at 20565 Old Cutler Rd.
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // RICHARDSON, Texas – Maybach Music Group CEO Rick Ross has added another Wingstop location to his growing collection. Today, Ross and Wingstop announced the platinum recording artist has taken over ownership of the Wingstop at 20565 Old Cutler Road in Miami.
“Miami is my hometown, and I want to share my favorite wings with one of my favorite cities,” Ross said. “This is a hot spot, and the crew is in place and ready to continue serving wings.”
Ross recently opened a second restaurant in Memphis, and has a multi-unit, multi-state development agreement with the growing wing chain.
With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken, the Wingstop menu features traditional and boneless wings, chicken strips and Glider sandwiches – all sauced and tossed in 10 original flavors...

Noodles & Company Expands To The New York Metro Area With Mascott Corporation In East Brunswick, New Jersey  »

October 10, 2012 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Noodles & Company

Experienced Franchise Partner Teams Up with Successful Restaurant Brand to Open First Location
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, Colo – Noodles & Company, the fast-casual restaurant concept with more than 300 locations throughout the U.S. that features a collection of dishes from around the world, has announced an area development agreement with Mascott Corporation, owner and operator of six restaurant brands in the New Jersey region. Through the partnership, the Noodles & Company brand will open its very first restaurant in the greater New York metro area. The restaurant will be located in a free-standing location at 683 Route 18 South in East Brunswick, New Jersey and is slated to open in early 2013.
This agreement with Mascott Corporation is emblematic of the growth trajectory for Noodles & Company, and is part of a multi-phased development effort to enter the Northeast, including the brand’s first restaurant in Hartford, Conn, which opened on October 3, 2012...

Biggby Coffee Opens New Store In Adrian, MI »

October 10, 2012 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: BIGGBY COFFEE

Complete with a Drive-thru Window, New Location Opened Tuesday, Oct. 9
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // EAST LANSING, MI – The B is back in Adrian as the newest BIGGBY COFFEE, located at 1441 East U.S. 223, opened on Tuesday, Oct. 9th complete with a convenient drive-thru window, and just in time for customers to get their fill of the ever-famous BIGGBY fall favorites!
Whether autumn has you in the mood for a one-of-a-kind BIGGBY S’more Latte, or Caramel Apple Cider, or if your desire to try our new brewed coffee in Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, or Caramel Apple flavors has reached its boiling point, the time has now come!
“We’ve heard lots of buzz and excitement around town from people waiting for the store to open,” Randy, a spokesman for the Stanton & Associates, the now five-time BIGGBY COFFEE franchisee group, said...

Rick Ross Is Bringing More Wings To Memphis »

October 10, 2012 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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Rick Ross  Opens Another Restaurant at 4697 Poplar Avenue
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // RICHARDSON, Texas – Maybach Music Group CEO and platinum recording artist Rick Ross is heating up Memphis with the opening of his latest Wingstop, located at 4697 Poplar Ave.
Ross, who rapped about his love for Wingstop and Lemon-Pepper flavored wings on his hit album Teflon Don, has a multi-unit, multi-state deal with Wingstop.
“We’ve totally hit the spot here in Memphis,” said Ross. “I like being able to share my favorite wings and empowering the community with jobs at the same time.”
The restaurant opens just in time for Memphis Madness, the University of Memphis basketball kickoff event, scheduled for Friday, Oct...

University Of Minnesota Law School's Corporate Institute Names GPM’s Al Coleman To Board Of Advisors »

October 10, 2012 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Gray, Plant, Mooty

October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Law School's Corporate Institute has named Gray Plant Mooty attorney Al Coleman to its inaugural Board of Advisors. The 2012 Board of Advisors will suggest initiatives and strategies, offer feedback, and help develop resources to advance the Institute's projects. There are eleven total members, who will each provide unique guidance to the Institute’s future vision and goals.
Coleman graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, and is an adjunct professor at the law school where he teaches a course on contract drafting.
At Gray Plant Mooty, Coleman primarily focuses on assisting companies with increasing revenues and reducing risks in domestic and international transactions...

Burger 21 Eyes Charlotte And Raleigh-Durham For Franchise Expansion »

October 10, 2012 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
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"Beyond the Better Burger" Franchise to Host Live Webinar on Nov. 1 to Discuss Growth Opportunities 
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Burger 21®, a new fast casual concept founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., announced today that it is targeting Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. to grow its franchise. The company is hosting a live webinar on Nov.1 to discuss its expansion strategy to bring its chef-inspired burger creations to more communities across the country.
"Burger 21 is growing rapidly and we recognize a tremendous opportunity to expand the brand in North Carolina, including Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, which are among America's fastest-growing cities," said Mark Johnston, Burger 21 president and chief concept officer and president of Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21...

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® Names Tennessee Businessman David Elkins Franchisee Of The Year »

October 10, 2012 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Highest Honor for National Tax Preparation Service Goes to Smiths Grove Native
SMITHS GROVE, Ky., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Servicehas bestowed its highest honor – the Franchisee of the Year Award – on Tennessee franchise owner David Elkins.
Announced as part of the 2012 Jackson Hewitt® Annual Convention, the Franchisee of the Year Award is given annually to the franchisee who exhibits the highest level of performance in terms of growth, territory and employee development, customer service and community involvement. The award also recognizes franchise owners who uphold the standards that are at the core of the Jackson Hewitt experience – quality, professionalism and entrepreneurship...

Beef Jerky Outlet In Concord, North Carolina Welcomes NASCAR Fans For October 11-13, 2012 Races At The Charlotte Motor Speedway »

October 10, 2012 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Concord, North Carolina (PRWEB) October 10, 2012 - The Beef Jerky Outlet in Concord, North Carolina welcomes NASCAR Fans for the October 2012 races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Beef Jerky Outlet Concord store has recently relocated to 7741 Gateway Lane NW, next to the Starbucks and Five Guys, to increase traffic and visibility. The Beef Jerky Outlet attracts fans and crew hungry for the Great American Snack: beef jerky. The store also offers flavored popcorns, deep fried peanuts, peanut brittle and unique candies. The Beef Jerky Outlet is a unique national franchise founded by business entrepreneurs Scott Parker and Paul Lyons.
The new store location is in line with the Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise plan for placing outlets in the vicinity of busy events and venues...

RE/MAX Sales Associates In Metro Chicago Real Estate Market Named Among Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents In U.S. »

October 10, 2012 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Chicago, IL, October 10, 2012 - (PR.com) - Nine RE/MAX agents based in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market were among 33 RE/MAX sales associates named by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) as ranking among the Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents in the United States. More RE/MAX agents were recognized among the top performers than agents affiliated with any other brand.
Robert Padron of RE/MAX Cityview, Chicago, was the top ranked Latino agent in Illinois and ranked 25th nationally on the NAHREP list, which is the industry’s first ever comprehensive list of top-producing Latino residential real estate agents. RE/MAX placed three of its agents, including Padron, among the top 25.
Here is a complete list of the RE/MAX agents in the Chicago area who were named among NAHREP’s Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents:

Robert Padron, RE/MAX Cityview, Chicago, 25th in U...

Dickey's Is Serving $1 Pulled Pork Big Barbecue Sandwiches »

October 10, 2012 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

World's Largest Barbecue Franchise Throws Grand Opening Event on Friday
PHILADELPHIA, Miss., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Have you been longing for some tender pulled pork on a fresh buttery roll? On Friday, at 10:30 a.m. the Community Development Partnership will be hosting a ribbon cutting onsite. The grand opening event will begin at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time Dickey's will be serving $1 Pulled Pork Big Barbecue sandwiches and three customers will win free barbecue for an entire year.
"We are excited to be serving the great Philadelphia community the best barbecue in the country," said Dickey's General Manager Darrell Theall. "We not only offer mouthwatering barbecue, but also excellent customer service."
Doug Wilkerson owns and operates this new location and along with the Meridian Dickey's Barbecue...

Sbarro Returns To Its Italian Roots With New Pizza Recipe »

October 10, 2012 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Sbarro, LLC
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Two Antique 1940's Pizza Trucks Kick Off 25 City "Slice of Italy Tour" Providing a Free First Taste of New Neapolitan-Style Pizza
MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Sbarro announced today that it is returning to its Italian roots with the introduction of a new Neapolitan-style pizza that will replace its longstanding recipe. The new pizza, which is being introduced across Sbarro's more than 500 U.S. locations, features all-natural ingredients, including dough made from scratch daily, vine ripened whole peeled tomatoes and freshly shredded whole milk mozzarella.
Sbarro conducted shut-downs across all U.S. locations on Sunday, October 7, to energize and train team members. The team received enhanced training on how to prepare the new pizza as well as a re-certification in Sbarro's heritage, values and its culture of hospitality...

Mail Box Store Developers Announces Its Partnership With The Heroes To Home Program »

October 10, 2012 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: The Mail Box Store

Mail Box Store Developers has partnered with the Heroes To Home program in order to offer Veterans discounts on opening an independently owned mailbox store.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 10, 2012 - Mail Box Store Developers, a non-franchise business development company specializing in mailbox store startup for independent entrepreneurs, has announced its partnership with Veterans Business Resource Center and their Heroes To Home program. Veterans Business Resource Center is a community based organization that assists Veterans in converting their military skills into self-employment opportunities and other opportunities.
Veteran statistics have indicated that it takes an average of six months for returning military personnel to adjust to civilian employment...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Announces $10 Million In Financing For New Franchisees »

October 10, 2012 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
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Quickly Expanding Restaurant Concept Spurs More Growth With Newly Available Capital
October 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Hurricane Grill & Wings has announced today that $10 million in funding from Mount Pleasant Capital is now available to new and existing qualified franchisees. On track to open the 50th location by the end of 2012 and 20 new units in 2013, the family-friendly, island-inspired restaurant will be positioned to achieve its goals, in light of this new financial achievement.
The new financing will provide qualified franchisees with up to 75 percent of the funds necessary to open their location. This initial funding will enable Hurricane Grill & Wingsto aid many new entrepreneurs in recognizing their goal of franchise ownership...

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen Invites Fans To Enjoy Free Pizza On October 16 »

October 10, 2012 at 6:21AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Popular QSR Hosts Third Annual “Have a Slice Day” Event
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - October 10, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc., the global multi-concept restaurant franchisor, announced today its U.S. Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen locations will celebrate National Pizza Month this October by offering new and existing fans a free slice of pizza on Tuesday, October 16.
Beginning October 1, pizza-loving Facebook fans who “Like” Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen on Facebook will have access to a time-sensitive downloadable coupon for one free slice of pizza. These coupons will be redeemable during the one-day Have a Slice Day promotion on October 16 at participating locations across the United States...

Former NFL Star Launches Fresh Healthy Vending In Dallas »

October 10, 2012 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Inspired to make his community healthier, Brandon Jones teams up with Fresh Healthy Vending.
Dallas, TX, October 10, 2012 - (PR.com) - Fresh Healthy Vending has launched in Dallas, Texas, through franchise owners Brandon Jones and Jessy Cooper. Jones, who spent five years in the NFL, and Cooper plan to install 10 Fresh Healthy Vending machines in various locations throughout the community, giving the community the option of healthy, natural snacks and beverages such as smoothies, soymilk, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, granola bars, baked chips and natural sodas.
“These vending machines are a great way to offer the community healthier food options tailored to their dietary needs,” said Dan Negroni, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending...

Mansfield Welcomes New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 10, 2012 at 5:51AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

World's Largest Barbecue Franchise Opens New Texas Location
MANSFIELD, Texas, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything is bigger in Texas--especially Dickey's Barbecue! The newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit location in Mansfield will open on Friday, October 12, bringing Dickey's store count to over 100 locations in the lone star state.
"We're passionate about the art of great barbecue," said franchise owner Brandon Monroe who lives in Mansfield with his wife Brooke. "We are really bringing something unique to the area and take pride in our slow smoke meats and home style sides."
On Thursday, the first 100 customers at this new location will receive a free Pulled Pork Big Barbecue sandwich. The new location is at 3807 East Broad Street, suite 125 near Mansfield Sports Complex and the phone number is 817-717-7295...

H&R Block Exploring Strategic Alternatives For H&R Block Bank »

October 10, 2012 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Oct 10, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) --H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)

Company is utlizing Goldman, Sachs & Co. to advise on strategic alternatives for H&R Block Bank
Company's existing offering of financial products and related services will remain in fiscal 2013; financial products and related services remain key part of company's strategy
Company expects no material impact on fiscal 2013 earnings, strategy or execution

In a regulatory filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for H&R Block Bank that could result in H&R Block, Inc. no longer being regulated by the Federal Reserve as a savings and loan holding company...

Miracle-Ear Says Consumers Should Be Wary About Internet And Over-the-Counter Sales Of Hearing Aids »

October 10, 2012 at 5:29AM PDT | Source: Miracle-Ear, Inc.

Hearing Loss Specialist Explains Why the Low Cost of Hearing Aids Online May Extract a High Cost in Missed Diagnosis and Ineffective Treatment
PLYMOUTH, MN - (Marketwire - Oct 9, 2012) - Today, consumers can turn to the internet to buy everything from artwork to zoology books. But it wasn't until recently that they could buy hearing aids -- and this is a change that Miracle-Ear believes compromises consumer hearing health.
"Contrary to the way an internet vendor positioned hearing aids in an August 21, 2012, story airing on CNBC, hearing aids are neither fashion accessories nor 'consumer electronic devices,'" said Wendy Crespo, audiologist for Miracle-Ear. "Hearing aids are medical devices, and require professional evaluation, fit and adjustments to deliver the life-changing benefits they offer...



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