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Gap Inc. Approves New $1 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization »

January 03, 2013 at 8:41AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Company Completes Previous $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program
SAN FRANCISCO - Jan 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company’s common stock, reinforcing the company’s commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
“We’re pleased to have distributed close to $1.2 billion in cash to shareholders year to date in the form of dividends and share repurchases”The new $1 billion repurchase program for Gap Inc.’s stock follows the company’s previous $1 billion share repurchase program, which was completed during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. The company repurchased approximately 17 million shares for about $539 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 to date...

DoubleTree By Hilton Set To Launch In Ireland »

January 03, 2013 at 8:38AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

The Morrison in Dublin to Become Irish Debutant for one of Europe’s Fastest Growing Upscale Hotel Brands, Joining Properties in 12 Other European Countries
DUBLIN - Jan. 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Martinez Hotels & Resorts to bring its upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Ireland. Since opening its first European hotel in 2008, DoubleTree by Hilton now has almost 60 properties trading or under development across the region.
The deal will see Dublin’s renowned Morrison Hotel reopen as The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in early February, following an extensive $9.3 million refurbishment featuring a new interior design from Dublin-based Nikki O'Donnell Architects (NODA)...

Brinker International Announces Management Changes »

January 03, 2013 at 8:30AM PST | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) announced today that Valerie Davisson, Executive Vice President and Chief People Works Officer, has resigned effective immediately to pursue other opportunities and that Ian Baines, Senior Vice President of Strategic Innovation, has resigned effective immediately to pursue an opportunity to be announced.
"During her eight-year tenure with Brinker, Valerie was instrumental in bringing extremely talented people into the organization, and I want to thank her for her invaluable contributions," said Doug Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Brinker International. "We will miss her insights and enthusiasm for the business, and wish her the best in her future endeavors...

Granite Transformations Embraces Its Italian Heritage With Debut Of New Porcelain Collection »

January 03, 2013 at 8:16AM PST | Source: Granite Transformations

International remodeling services company creates peace and serenity with Terra Collection.
Miramar, Fla. (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 - Granite Transformations, an international remodeling services company, announces the debut of its new earth-tone inspired color collection, Terra. Italian for Earth, Terra brings the brown tones of the soil, the gold shimmers of a tree trunk and the gentle tones of porcelain to the Granite Transformations line up of quality stone products. Porcelain, a new product component for Granite Transformations, is smooth to the touch but also one of the hardest materials, making the collection both durable and beautiful for kitchens and bathrooms.
“Granite Transformations prides itself on providing stylish, quality and environmentally-friendly products, and the Terra collection not only captures these attributes, but also introduces a new material, porcelain, giving it a refined and welcoming feel,” explains Carl Griffenkranz, vice president of marketing and franchise development for Granite Transformations...

H&R Block Offers Free Second Look(R) At Prior Year Tax Returns »

January 03, 2013 at 8:09AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Three Years' Worth of Tax Returns Could Hold Additional Tax Refunds From Overlooked Tax Breaks
Jan 03, 2013 (Marketwire via COMTEX) - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) -- What is better than finding an additional tax refund on a prior year income tax return? How about finding additional money on up to three prior year returns? Given the fact the IRS won't accept 2012 tax returns until Jan. 22, taxpayers can use the first three weeks of 2013 to go three years back to find possibly overlooked tax breaks with a Second Look®.
Starting Jan. 2 through April 30 at participating H&R Block tax offices, do-it-yourselfers or anyone who may have used someone other than H&R Block to prepare their taxes can receive a free Second Look review of their 2009, 2010 and 2011 income tax returns...

Private Equity Firms, Exaltare And Brightwood, Acquire Leading Planet Fitness Franchisee In CT, PFC Management LLC »

January 03, 2013 at 8:04AM PST | Source: Planet Fitness

Orange, CT (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 - Exaltare Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm, and Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC, a private investment firm, team up to acquire Planet Fitness Franchisee, PFC Management, LLC, a leading health club operator with 15 clubs in Connecticut. Planet Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness operator in the United States by providing its members low-prices, unbeatable value in a relaxed Judgment Free® atmosphere that allows all people, at all fitness levels, the opportunity to pursue a active, healthy lifestyle
Exaltare Capital Partner’s Managing Partner Omar Simmons said, “We’re confident about the future of this strong franchise and feel that Planet Fitness has done a great job of creating a high value fitness club offering to the value oriented consumer...

Brightway Insurance Agency Owner's New Book Educates Consumers On Insurance Sector »

January 03, 2013 at 8:00AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Example of how business owners can be creative marketers and help the public.
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 - Brightway Insurance agency and territory owner, Billy Wagner, has released his book “Insuring Your Peace of Mind.”
The book gives consumers an insider's viewpoint into the sometimes confusing and complicated world that is the insurance industry. Wagner details what a consumer should expect from an insurance company, including policy planning. He also gives details on the various types of insurance, including homeowners, life and auto.
“It is impressive for an agency owner to create a book with this type of insight for consumers,” said Brightway’s CEO David Miller. “Researching various types of insurance companies and policies is something that all consumers should do when purchasing insurance...

Red Robin's 5 Alarm Burger Scorches The Competition In "Bring My Burger Back" »

January 03, 2013 at 7:51AM PST | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Winning Burger and Three Runner-Ups to Return to Gourmet Burger Expert's Menu in 2013
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - The people have spoken! Red Robin will bring back the 5 Alarm Burger® starting March 19, after giving guests a chance to decide which of their favorite burgers of the past should return to menu through "Bring My Burger Back." A fiery fan favorite, the 5 Alarm Burger received the most votes with its scorching combination of jalapenos, fresh tangy salsa and chipotle aioli.
To ignite the nostalgic celebration of burgers past, the Chili Chili™ Cheeseburger, a fresh beef patty served with chipotle aioli, cheddar cheese, diced red onions and topped with Red's Chili Chili™, will be available in participating restaurants nationwide starting today, Jan...

Bloggers Successfully Lobby Jack In The Box® To Bring Back Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges »

January 03, 2013 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Jack in the Box

SAN DIEGO - Jan. 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges are back on the menu at Jack in the Box®! The savory spuds returned to the menu today thanks to an effective online campaign waged by fervent fans who took to Facebook, Twitter and other social media to lament the loss of their favorite side item.
“Each of our products has a loyal following, but we’ll occasionally remove something to make room for a new item,” said Peter Tremblay, Division Vice President of Menu for Jack in the Box. “We usually hear from a few disappointed guests, but we have never heard from so many people after a product deletion. Jack’s Facebook fans posted hundreds of comments and started an online petition. We’ve already shared the good news with our online fans...

Gap Inc. Acquires INTERMIX »

January 03, 2013 at 7:19AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Deal Creates Additional Opportunity for Gap Inc. to Compete in Growing Global Luxury Retail Market
SAN FRANCISCO - Jan. 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced it has acquired INTERMIX Holdco Inc., a multi-brand specialty retailer of luxury and contemporary women’s apparel and accessories, based in New York.
INTERMIX operates 32 boutiques across North America, along with an e-commerce site, offering a mix of luxury brands including up-and-coming designers for customers seeking elevated fashion. Gap Inc. sees an opportunity to expand INTERMIX’s unique network of stores, as well as add significant visibility and enhancements to its online site.
“INTERMIX has a distinctive position in this growing market with clear competitive advantage,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc...

Red Lion Hotels Announces New Franchise Location At Denver International Airport »

January 03, 2013 at 7:12AM PST | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, Wash. -  Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced its newest franchise location, Red Lion Inn & Suites Denver International Airport, which opened today.
"Denver is an important market for us," said Ron Burgett , Executive Vice President of Lodging and Brand Development for Red Lion Hotels. "Located next to one of the top five busiest airports in the country, this hotel will be convenient for our guests and offers great visibility for our brand. This is the second franchise to open in the past two weeks with the new Red Lion Inn & Suites signage and logo."
The Red Lion Inn and Suites Denver Airport, located at 7010 Tower Road, has 87 guest rooms and is just minutes from downtown and multiple venues, including those used by the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets...

Enter Your Wrap Recipe In The Tossed® "Wrap Up Your New Year's Resolution" Contest »

January 03, 2013 at 7:05AM PST | Source: Tossed Franchise Corporation

Submit Your Favorite Wrap Creation By January 31st and It May Be Featured at Your Local Tossed Restaurant—Or Even Nationwide
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Who isn't wishing for a fresh start in 2013? Starting January 1st, enter the "Wrap Up Your Resolution" contest at Tossed®, home of the freshest garden salads, assorted wraps, grilled Panini, gourmet sandwiches and hot soups, and your fresh idea can start off your New Year right—as a winner!
During the month of January, Tossed restaurants nationwide are encouraging local guests to create a wrap based on their New Year's resolution. For example, if your resolution is to eat more protein, perhaps your wrap features turkey, bacon and cheese. Or if your desire is to visit Greece, discover a new variation using feta cheese and Kalamata olives...

Wendy’s Revamps Its Value Menu »

January 03, 2013 at 6:56AM PST | Source: Wendy's

Launch Supported by “Claim Your Taste” Digital Experience
January 03, 2013 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, OH – As America enters another year of economic uncertainty, one thing Wendy’s® can assure consumers of is that its value menu, originally introduced in 1989, is now completely revamped to include up to 18 menu items ranging from 99-cents to $1.99.*
The Right Price Right Size Menu™, available in Wendy’s restaurants nationwide, is not the standard value menu consisting mostly of snacks and side items. Wendy’s value menu, among the largest in the quick service restaurant industry, offers customers an entire meal. Examples include four different cheeseburgers, three types of chicken wraps, two side salad options, chili, and a chicken sandwich...

Gap Inc. Reports December Sales »

January 03, 2013 at 6:45AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - Jan. 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that December 2012 net sales increased 5 percent compared with last year.
“Customers responded favorably to our product offerings and promotions during the holiday season overall”Net sales for the five-week period ended December 29, 2012 were $2.08 billion compared with net sales of $1.98 billion for the five-week period ended December 31, 2011. The company’s comparable sales for December 2012 were up 5 percent compared with a 4 percent decrease for December 2011.
“Customers responded favorably to our product offerings and promotions during the holiday season overall,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc...

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Intact With TCBY Healthy Indulgences »

January 03, 2013 at 6:06AM PST | Source: TCBY

Frozen Yogurt Innovator Encourages Customers to Begin the Year with Guilt-Free Favorites
January 03, 2013 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, CO – Leading the frozen yogurt market in better-for-you, great-tasting products, TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt and frozen yogurt innovator, kicks off 2013 by satisfying the sweet tooth of customers nationwide. Beginning at the start of the year, TCBY will offer, for a limited time, nonfat Frosted Sugar Cookie, nonfat Double Fudge Brownie and 97 percent fat free Wedding Cake soft-serve frozen yogurt. Frosted Sugar Cookie and Double Fudge Brownie flavors will pack a punch of prebiotics, vitamins, protein, calcium and live active probiotic cultures, qualifying for the Super Fro-Yo classification...

Introducing Restoration1: Servicing Business & Residential With Reestablishment & Structural Repair »

January 03, 2013 at 5:41AM PST | Source: Restoration1

Local South Florida Franchise Now Serving the United States & Canada
Miami, Florida (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 - MIAMI, FLORIDA (November 2012) – Restoration1, a leading provider of water, smoke and mold restoration in Canada and North America, is intended to be one of the most customer-friendly, health-driven service provider sites in the industry. Founded by Andor Kovacs Restoration1 strives to assist consumers in the most difficult processes of restoration, take preventative measures against future calamities and maintain the health of families with home restorations as a result of mold, fire and water removal. Andor is available for interviews upon request.
From natural disasters to water main breaks or fires, water damage, fire and smoke restoration along with water extraction, Restoration1 serves both residential and commercial properties with services including removing unnecessary water, drying floors, stripping walls and furniture from access moisture...

Jamba Juice Rings In The New Year With The Unveiling Of Brand-New Jamba Kids™ Meals »

January 03, 2013 at 5:34AM PST | Source: Jamba Juice

Nutritionist-Approved Kids Meals Provide the Highest Whole Fruit Servings of Any Leading Quick Service Restaurant Kids Meal
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, today announced the launch of its first kids-focused offerings, the Jamba Kids™ Meals. The new kids meals were designed in partnership with the Jamba® Healthy Living Council, and were informed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate dietary guidelines. They also have the highest whole fruit servings of any leading quick service restaurant kids meal.
Each meal contains two and one-half servings of fruits and/or vegetables, a serving of whole grains, and provides an excellent source of protein...

Diversified Restaurant Holdings Opened The Nation's Largest Buffalo Wild Wings(R) In Downtown Detroit »

January 03, 2013 at 5:19AM PST | Source: Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

Company Expanded Restaurant Count by More Than 60% in 2012, From 28 to 45 Locations
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:DFRH) ("DRH" or the "Company"), the owner, operator, and franchisor of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave's Legendary Burgers Tavern(R) ("Bagger Dave's") and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings(R) ("BWW"), announced it opened the nation's largest BWW, based on square footage, in downtown Detroit at 1218 Randolph Street on Sunday, December 23, 2012.
T. Michael Ansley, President and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, commented, "There has been so much energy and positivity surrounding the revitalization and rebuilding of downtown Detroit...

Camp Bow Wow Launches "Scout's Angels" To Support The Newtown, Connecticut Community »

January 03, 2013 at 4:47AM PST | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Nation's Largest Pet Care Franchise to Bring Specially Trained Service Dogs to Help Survivors and Their Families
NEW YORK - Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Camp Bow Wow, the premier doggy day and overnight camp franchise and an Inc 5000 company, in conjunction with its nonprofit organization, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, announces the launch of "Scout's Angels." This philanthropic initiative will bring specially trained service dogs to the Newtown, CT community. Freedom Service Dogswill be accompanied by therapists from the world-renowned Institute for Human-Animal Connectionat the University of Denver.
The eight person team will spend up to two weeks in the Newtown community comforting and helping the survivors and their families deal with the horrible tragedy of December 14, 2012...

Former Teaopia Founder David Bellisario To Join Liquid Nutrition As Chief Operating Officer »

January 03, 2013 at 4:38AM PST | Source: Liquid Nutrition

TORONTO - Jan 3, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (“Liquid Nutrition” or “Company”) (TSXV: LQD and LQD.WT) today announced the appointments of David Bellisario to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Greg Chamandy to Executive Chairman, effective immediately.
In the role of COO, David Bellisario brings a lifetime of retail expertise. His most notable successes were running the family-owned chain of 45 gift stores called ‘The Keyman’ before it was sold in 2012 to ‘Things Remembered’; and founding ‘Teaopia’ in 2005, a premier loose-leaf tea retailer, that grew to 48 locations before he sold the enterprise in June 2012 to Teavana (subsequently sold to Starbucks)...



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