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Sixt Establishes Franchise Network In The USA »

November 29, 2012 at 8:28AM PST | Source: Sixt


Two-pronged expansion strategy consisting of own rental stations and franchise partners
Important strategic step in international expansion plans
Intense interest from potential partners

Munich/Fort Lauderdale, 19 November 2012 – Germany’s biggest car rental company Sixt has started implementing its plans to create a franchise network in the USA. The company will not only continue expanding Sixt’s own system of rental stations, but it now wants to acquire franchise partners in different states step by step so it can increase the pace of expansion in the car rental market in the USA, and reinforce the positioning of the Sixt brand. This step is part of its international expansion strategy, currently the focus of much of the company’s activities...

Todd Martin, Former ATP Professional And USTA Board Member, Acquires TGA Premier Youth Tennis Franchise »

November 29, 2012 at 7:55AM PST | Source: TGA Premier Golf and Tennis

School Based Tennis Program in Jacksonville to Enrich the Lives of Area Youth
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - In an effort to grow youth tennis, former ATP World Tour professional Todd Martin has acquired a TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchise. TGA, one of the nation's most successful youth sports companies, and Todd Martin Tennis, will develop school-based tennis programs for youngsters in the Jacksonville, FL area.
TGA Premier Youth Tennis is a new initiative to grow the sport of tennis in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The organizations have developed the infrastructure and specialized curriculum to bring the sport to the masses in schools nationwide. It is the only national after-school tennis program in the country...

16 Handles Frozen Yogurt Toasts Holiday Tradition With Two Limited-Edition Flavors: Eggnog And Peppermint Stick »

November 29, 2012 at 7:42AM PST | Source: 16 Handles

Seasonal Holiday Treats Hit the Handles December 1
November 29, 2012 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK, NY – 16 Handles™ (http://www.16handles.com), today’s most innovative frozen yogurt brand, toasts holiday tradition with the return of two limited- edition flavors: Eggnog and Peppermint Stick. Both flavors, offered in a limited holiday run, will be available for the month of December at 16 Handles.
16 Handles’ seasonal Eggnog flavor offers a nonfat take on a beloved winter beverage that is steeped in holiday tradition. The flavor fuses the creamy taste of Eggnog with perfect hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. It pairs well with a number of toppings including Apple Pie Crumble and white chocolate sauce. Nonfat Peppermint Stick offers a wintry cool sensation that packs a minty bite reminiscent of the “candy cane” treat many of us grew up with during the holidays...

Sixt Turns 100 Years Young And Celebrates With 100 Cent Rentals In The U.S. »

November 29, 2012 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Sixt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Customers are reaping the benefit as Sixt celebrates its 100th anniversary. In honor of this historic milestone and the recent expansion to the U.S. market, the global provider of high quality mobility services is offering a first day rental price of 100 cents, and $29 for every day thereafter for all U.S. locations.
The special offer applies to economy vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent and excludes applicable taxes and fees. Customers can reserve their desired vehicle from November 29, 2012 to December 3, 2012 with 24 hours pre-booking notice. Sixt's 100 year anniversary promotion is for rental pick-ups between November 29, 2012 and December 19, 2012 and January 1, 2013 through January 17, 2013 and pickup must be between Sunday and Thursday...

360clean’s Healthy Office Project Gives The Janitorial Proposal A Digital Makeover »

November 29, 2012 at 6:49AM PST | Source: 360clean

Innovative commercial janitorial company sponsors The Healthy Office Project, a website that provides quotes to prospective clients without the hassle of an appointment.
Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) November 29, 2012 - 360clean, the fast-growing franchise-based commercial janitorial company, best known for its focus on hygienic cleaning, has revolutionized the commercial cleaning industry yet again by revising the emphasis of their company-sponsored website, The Healthy Office Project (http://www.healthyofficeproject.com).
The Healthy Office Project was initially developed to serve as an educational blog for current 360clean customers and other facility managers who have an interest in staying up-to-date with the latest articles and trends regarding hygienic facilities management...

Jack In The Box® Bakes Brownie Bites For The Holidays »

November 29, 2012 at 6:41AM PST | Source: Jack in the Box

SAN DIEGO - November 29, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The office holiday party you’d forgotten is now just minutes away and you’re in charge of dessert … for two dozen beloved co-workers with whom you spend the majority of your waking hours. You can’t just deliver, you have to wow them! What do you do? That’s easy – just cruise thru a nearby Jack in the Box® restaurant for a couple orders of Brownie Bites, a delicious new menu item that debuts today (November 29).
Brownie Bites are the latest “mini” addition to the Jack in the Box dessert menu, which also includes Mini Churros and Mini Cookies. “Like our other mini desserts, Brownie Bites are indulgent treats for guests looking for a flavorful way to end the perfect meal or to share with others,” said Jamie VanderWal, marketing manager for Jack in the Box...

Gap Inc. Reports November Sales »

November 29, 2012 at 6:33AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - November 29, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that November 2012 net sales increased 3 percent compared with last year.
Net sales for the four-week period ended November 24, 2012 were $1.52 billion compared with net sales of $1.47 billion for the four-week period ended November 26, 2011. The company’s comparable sales for November 2012 were up 3 percent compared with a 5 percent decrease for November 2011.
“Customers continue to respond positively to our product this year, enabling us to deliver consistent comp sales growth in North America,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “As we head into the thick of the holiday selling season, we’re confident and ready to compete across all our brands and channels...

Smoothie King Signs 48 New Agreements And Opens 51 Stores In 2012 »

November 29, 2012 at 6:26AM PST | Source: Smoothie King
Smoothie King Opportunities Available

Successful 2012 and New Ownership Fuel Aggressive 2013 Expansion Plans
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced today a healthy year of growth in 2012 with 51 openings worldwide and 48 new franchise agreements.
Smoothie King is on track to open 17 U.S. and 33 Korean locations, as well as its first store in Singapore by the end of 2012. Twenty-two of the newly signed franchise agreements will be developed in the U.S. and 26 internationally in Korea.
"Our performance in 2012 is only the beginning of Smoothie King's aggressive expansion in the U.S.," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim. "We intend to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next five years, with the goal of opening 40 franchise and 20 corporate locations in 2013...

Mr Rooter The Pittsburgh Plumber With The Eco-Friendly Philosophy »

November 29, 2012 at 6:13AM PST | Source: Mr. Rooter

Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day: Any plumber can tell you that you shouldn’t pour grease down the disposal, wash coffee grounds down the drain, or flush cigarettes down the toilet—but it does happen.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 29, 2012 - Mr. Rooter, Bob Beall, the most referred plumber in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, area has a very eco-friendly philosophy. Most plumbers do a reputable job, but according to Beall; caring about the environment has become an imperative consideration when dealing with the number one plumbing emergency call: drain cleaning. Mr. Rooter, the plumber who never sleeps, offers daily expert plumbing advice to consumers. Why? Because Beall believes that not every plumbing need, needs a plumber!
“Beall’s children, now famous for their “Call Our Dad” campaign, have been taught since they were very young about the active ingredient in Drano and other conventional drain cleaners...

New Franchisee Backs A Winner With Card Connection »

November 29, 2012 at 6:01AM PST | Source: Card Connection

November 29, 2012 // Franchising.com // Leading greeting card publisher and franchisor, Card Connection, has recruited a new franchisee for North Wales. Former farmer and racehorse trainer, Robin Brisbourne will now supply Card Connection’s extensive range of high-quality greeting cards and gifts to retailers across the region.
“Since leaving school I have run my own businesses in dairy and arable as well as training up to 100 racehorses with my brother,” explains Robin Brisbourne. “With the on-going challenges facing the agricultural industry, we had reached a cross roads. It was either time to invest heavily and expand the existing business, or do something completely different.
“Card Connection was hotly tipped by my friends Dave and Di Tudor, who are Card Connection franchisees for the Hereford and Worcestershire region,” continues Brisbourne...

Local Dickey's Owner Shares His Love For Barbecue »

November 29, 2012 at 5:50AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

World's Largest Barbecue Franchise Celebrates in Grand Prairie, TX
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Owning and operating a restaurant is no easy feat, but for Dickey's franchise owner, Wallace Owens, it's a dream come true. Owens will be hosting a grand opening event at his Grand Prairie location this Friday, November 30 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Owning my own Dickey's Barbecue has been a dream come true," said local owner Wallace Owens. "Every day is a new adventure and the folks in Grand Prairie have been nothing short of amazing and supportive."
Wallace Owens opened his first Dickey's location in early September and was bitten by the barbecue bug. It's only been three months since his location opened and Owens is already taking on a second location in Grand Prairie off of Dalworth Street...

TCBY Announces Plans To Open Flagship Store And Training Center At Arista Place In Broomfield »

November 29, 2012 at 5:44AM PST | Source: TCBY

November 29, 2012 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, Colo. – TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt and frozen yogurt innovator credited with pioneering the category more than 30 years ago, announces its plans to open a new flagship store in Broomfield, Colo., which will also serve as the company’s training center for its domestic and international franchisees.
Located at the base of its corporate headquarters at Arista Place, construction of the new store will begin in December with a target opening date scheduled for early March 2013. In addition to the company’s famous TCBY® Super Fro-Yo and Greek soft serve frozen yogurt, the corporate location will also introduce its first Live Culture bar featuring fresh Greek yogurt and anti-oxidant juices used to create delicious smoothies...

Hotel Indigo Sarasota Wins 2012 IHG Torchbearer Award »

November 29, 2012 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Hotel Indigo

Atlanta, GA, November 29, 2012 - (PR.com) - The Hotel Indigo Sarasota received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2012 Torchbearer Award, the company's most prestigious award.
The Torchbearer Award was presented during the 2012 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 24–26, 2012.
The Hotel Indigo Sarasota is one of only 102 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 4,500 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation -- from quality to customer satisfaction. A 2012 Torchbearer trophy, the company's symbol of excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.
"It is my pleasure to name the Hotel Indigo Sarasota as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry," said Kirk Kinsell, President, the Americas, IHG...

European Wax Center San Tan Village Is Now Offering Student Discounts »

November 29, 2012 at 5:22AM PST | Source: European Wax Center

Now, students can save even more on their hair removal needs with European Wax Center San Tan Village’s Student Wax Pass
Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) November 29, 2012 - With European Wax Center San Tan Village’s new Student Wax Pass, students can receive an exclusive deal when purchasing a package. Now, students can save 25% on their waxing needs when they purchase 3 of the same service, receiving a fourth free.
Body Waxing in Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Arizona has never been easier or more affordable for students looking to achieve a silky-smooth, hair free appearance. The Student Wax Pass is available for students of any age with a valid I.D, making body hair removal in the Gilbert, Arizona area even easier.
European Wax Center San Tan Village offers all guests an upscale waxing experience at an affordable price...

Not Your Average Pizza Party: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Launches Catering Service »

November 29, 2012 at 5:13AM PST | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Just in time for the busy holiday party season, Uncle Maddio’s offers a full catering menu to feed get-togethers of all sizes.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 29, 2012 - Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint recently launched their catering operation with a menu to accomodate all kinds of gatherings – holiday parties, office parties, birthday parties, game day parties, and more. Uncle Maddio’s catering provides an alternative to the traditional holiday fare or same-old, same-old box pizza delivery. Their catering menu offers something for everyone – including vegan and gluten-free choices – and features Uncle Maddio’s handmade pizza with fresh ingredients, like locally-grown vegetables, free-range and hormone-free chicken, organic greens, and handmade meatballs and sausages...

Wyndham Brand Opens First Hotel In Costa Rica »

November 29, 2012 at 5:06AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

PARSIPPANY, NJ - (Marketwire - Nov 28, 2012) - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with nearly 7,260 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the debut of its upscale Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts brand in Costa Rica with the opening of the 111-room, newly constructed Wyndham Garden San José Escazú.
The hotel, owned by Rocca Portafolio Comercial and operated by Desarrollos Hoteleros, becomes the third Wyndham Hotel Group property in Costa Rica, joining TRYP by Wyndham San José Sabana, which opened in the capital city in November 2011, and the Ramada Plaza San José Herradura.
The Wyndham Garden San José Escazú opening continues Wyndham Hotel Group's growth in Latin America...

Navy Veteran Finds Business Success With Meineke Car Care Center »

November 29, 2012 at 4:59AM PST | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Decorated veteran named finalist for national award.
Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) November 29, 2012 - Navy veteran Tom Perez purchased Meineke Car Care Center in Pensacola, Fla., in May with the help of Boost A Hero, a crowdfunding site to help veterans open franchises. Perez raised $6,740 through Boost A Hero, and Meineke discounted the franchise fee and provided additional financing, making it possible for Perez to take over the Pensacola location.
In his first six months in business, Perez, 31, has hired five veterans, keeping his promise to help other veterans find jobs. He has also increased sales for his location by 60 percent, and he hopes to open a second center. Perez has been nominated for the International Franchise Association (IFA)’s Veteran of the Year award and is a finalist for the U...

Keep Warm This Holiday Season With Dickey's Slow Smoked Barbecue »

November 29, 2012 at 4:49AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

World's Largest Barbecue Franchise Hosts Grand Opening in Grand Forks
GRAND FORKS, N.D., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Take off those mittens and pick up one of Dickey's slow smoked big barbecue sandwiches. During winter months everyone is looking for a hot meal and Dickey's is ready to deliver. Come to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Grand Forks on Friday, November 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their grand opening event. Customers will enjoy Dickey's mouthwatering Pulled Pork Sandwiches for only a dollar! Customers can also enter a drawing to win free barbecue for an entire year; three winners will be chosen.
"Our hot fresh barbecue is exactly what the Grand Forks community is looking for on those below freezing days," said franchise owner Josh Becker...

Fresh Healthy Vending Leads "Automated Barista" Coffee Trend »

November 29, 2012 at 4:20AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Leading Healthy Vending Machine Company Revolutionizes Coffee Industry with Latest Innovation
November 29, 2012 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fresh Healthy Vending, the leading healthy vending machine company in the United States, has revolutionized the coffee industry by launching the first-ever line of gourmet coffee vending machines.
The Fresh Healthy Vending Café machine innovation leads the charge on the latest “automated barista” coffee trend, with companies like Coinstar following suit with similar machines.
“Now more than ever, consumers don’t have the time and money to spend waiting in line at a coffee shop to get their daily cup of coffee before they go to work,” said Dan Negroni, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending...

Aaron's Donates $150,000 To American Red Cross For Hurricane Sandy Relief »

November 29, 2012 at 4:16AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the millions of Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Aaron's associates and franchisees raised $50,000 through a companywide fundraiser implemented at the store level, while Aaron's Foundation, Inc. supported the cause with an additional donation of $100,000.
"The recent events involving Hurricane Sandy have been devastating to many communities where Aaron's associates and customers live and work, and there continues to be a desperate need to restore normalcy back to these areas," said Ronald W...



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