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Brinker International Board Declares Common Dividend »

November 09, 2012 at 3:57AM PST | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share on the common stock of the company payable on Dec. 27, 2012 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 7, 2012.
Brinker currently owns, operates or franchises 1,585 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,540 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (45 restaurants) and holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®.
SOURCE Brinker International
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Stacey SullivanMedia Relations+1-800-775-7290
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Red Robin Joins Heinz To Honor Veterans On Monday, Nov. 12 »

November 09, 2012 at 3:55AM PST | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

America's Gourmet Burger Expert Provides a Free Tavern Double to All Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day and participates in the Heinz 'Our Turn to Serve' Campaign
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - In honor of Veterans Day, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is giving away one free Tavern Double to all guests who show their military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform on Monday, Nov. 12*. Red Robin is also supporting the Heinz "Our Turn to Serve" Campaign to assist in raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project®. In addition, Red Robin will make a donation of $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project.
Red Robin is proud to offer America's veterans a guest favorite, Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries®, for free on Veterans Day...

Figaro’s To Honor Veterans And Active Service Members »

November 09, 2012 at 3:53AM PST | Source: Figaro's Pizza

With Free Medium 1-Topping Pizza on 11-11-12
November 09, 2012 // Franchising.com // Salem, OR - Figaro’s Italian Pizza, Inc. (FIGARO’S) announced today that its participating restaurants will honor the nation’s veterans as well as currently serving members of the nation’s armed forces on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. On that day, any current or former member of the U.S. armed forces will be provided a complimentary medium 1-topping pizza, upon request.
Figaro’s CEO Ron Berger said that the Figaro’s franchise owners and staff wanted to recognize the tremendous commitment and bravery of our servicemen and women in some way, which led to the decision to conduct this program.
Figaro’s is a longtime member of the International Franchise Association’s Vet-Fran program, which provides assistance and incentives to help returning veterans to open their own Figaro’s restaurant...

East Coast Wings & Grill Salutes Veterans With Free Meal »

November 09, 2012 at 3:50AM PST | Source: East Coast Wings & Grill

November 09, 2012 // Franchising.com // Winston-Salem, NC – To honor the men and women that are serving or have served our country, East Coast Wings & Grill, the North Carolina based casual dining chain known for its 75 different flavors of chicken wings, is proud to honor military personnel with a free meal on Veterans Day.
On November 11, 2012, 20 of East Coast Wings & Grill’s 21 locations will offer all active and inactive military personnel one free menu item from the its veterans menu. No other purchase is required, but customers must show their active or retired military identification.
Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
Veterans Organization Card (i...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Partners With Thyme Maternity To Provide Expectant Moms Nationwide A New Choice In Maternity Fashion »

November 08, 2012 at 11:28AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Partnership Marks the U.S. Debut of Canada’s Leading Maternity Fashion Brand, Expands Assortment of Exclusive and Differentiated Merchandise at Babies"R"Us®
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced that it has entered a partnership with Thyme Maternity, Canada’s leading maternity fashion brand from Montreal-based Reitmans Canada Ltd., to bring a collection of maternity apparel and accessories exclusively to its Babies"R"Us® customers in the U.S. This marks the U.S. debut of Thyme Maternity, and further solidifies Babies"R"Us as THE destination for expectant moms. The collection is available now online at Babiesrus.com and will be featured in dedicated maternity boutiques in approximately 150 Babies"R"Us stores nationwide in the coming weeks...

Money Mailer Using National Envelope To Help Raise Funds For Local Communities Affected By Hurricane Sandy »

November 08, 2012 at 10:49AM PST | Source: Money Mailer

Direct Mail Leader Will Deliver Donation Instructions to 11 Million Households
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands have been left homeless and more are still assessing the damage to their communities in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Even those who escaped storm damage are facing power outages, lack of water, and isolation due to storm debris.
“Here at Money Mailer, our franchise partners in these states are also struggling to recover on personal and business levels as they begin to help their clients restore a bit of normalcy to their businesses,” said Gary Mulloy, CEO of Money Mailer. “There are some very brave people working hard to help, but they need our support...

Pizza Patron® Announces Promotion Featuring Pepsi And Lionel Messi »

November 08, 2012 at 10:44AM PST | Source: Pizza Patron

#1 Latino Pizza Brand Launches "Ponte La Diez" Campaign
DALLAS, TX - (Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Pizza Patrón announced today that it will kick off a co-branded promotion, "Ponte La Diez" or "Wear the 10," with Pepsi starting Nov. 1, 2012, and scheduled to run through the end of the year.
The "Ponte La Diez" promotion offers customers a super-value $10 combo which includes a large Choriquezo™ pizza, a two-liter bottle of Pepsi and a free Lionel Messi-branded t-shirt*. The lobby of each store will feature a dynamic, 5-foot tall standee with Lionel Messi's image and other point-of-purchase displays. The campaign ends Dec. 31, or while supplies last.
"We are extremely excited to feature Messi in our stores, he is arguably the greatest soccer player in the world today," says Andrew Gamm, brand director for Pizza Patrón...

Twin Peaks Announces 10-Store Development Agreement In Miami »

November 08, 2012 at 10:41AM PST | Source: Twin Peaks

Ultimate man-cave concept to bring its Scenic Views to South Florida
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Twin Peaks Restaurants today announced that the ultimate man-cave sports lodge has awarded a multi-unit development agreement to expand in South Florida.
DMD Restaurant Group, LLC signed a 10-store agreement to develop Twin Peaks in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach over the next several years.
With more than 25 restaurants open in 12 states and three more locations scheduled to open by the end of the year, Twin Peaks is a sports-themed restaurant known for its rugged mountain lodge atmosphere, homemade comfort food, 29 degree draft beer, high-definition televisions and – its most prized assets – the Twin Peaks Girls...

G.J. Gardner Homes Announces New East Bay Franchise »

November 08, 2012 at 10:29AM PST | Source: G J Gardner Homes

Brings a New Homebuilding Experience to Residents in Lafayette and Surrounding Areas
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // Lafayette, Calif. – One of California’s largest custom home builders, G.J. Gardner Homes, has announced that it will open a new franchise in Lafayette, Calif.  This is the first G.J. Gardner Homes franchise in the San Francisco Bay Area. The new franchise, owned by father-son team Lance and Jordan Engeldinger, long time residents of Lafayette will offer residents of Contra Costa County and the East Bay communities an affordable, remodel or custom homebuilding experience.
"I’ve been both a long time resident of Lafayette and a veteran of the construction industry.I’m honored to be a part of the G...

Salsarita’s Names New Vice President Of Operations »

November 08, 2012 at 10:20AM PST | Source: Salsarita's, Inc

Mark Cote Brings More Than 30 Years of Experience to Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // Charlotte, N.C. - Salsarita’s, the national Fresh Mexican Cantina, is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Cote to the corporate team as vice president of operations. Cote brings more than 30 years of operations experience in the restaurant industry to Salsarita’s. He will lead the franchise business consultant team, as well as the menu development, design and construction, and training departments.
“Having recently relocated to the Charlotte area with my family, I was eagerly seeking a company that would be the right fit for my experience and skill set,” Cote said. “Salsarita’s restaurants are clean, the food is fresh and plentiful, the speed of service is amazing, the atmosphere is fun and upbeat thanks to great employees, and the customers are excited to be there...

Gap Inc. Opens Doors Longer To Customers And Offers Great Deals For Holiday Shopping This Thanksgiving »

November 08, 2012 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

More than 1,100 Stores Open Across Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic on Thursday, November 22; Nearly 1,500 Stores Opening at Midnight on Black Friday
SAN FRANCISCO - November 8, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. announced today it will continue its tradition of giving shoppers a jumpstart on holiday shopping by opening more than 1,100 stores across the country on Thanksgiving Day, including nearly 800 Old Navy stores, more than 200 combined Gap and Gap Outlet stores, and more than 100 total Banana Republic and Banana Republic Factory stores.
Additionally, almost 1,500 stores across Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Store divisions will open at midnight on Black Friday, November 23.
“Not only do our customers expect amazing products from Old Navy and other Gap Inc...

American Idol Scotty McCreery Featured In New Bojangles’ Campaign »

November 08, 2012 at 10:09AM PST | Source: Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

Brand Offers Fans Free Song Download from Scotty’s New Christmas Album
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  Say the word “Southern” and two things probably come to mind: Southern food and country music. Now two icons representing those great Southern traditions are joining forces as Bojangles’ announces a new partnership with country music star and American Idol® winner Scotty McCreery.
Famous for serving quality Southern classics and breakfast all day, Bojangles’ today unveils a new ad campaign featuring the popular star from Garner, N.C. The new TV and radio spots will highlight the craveable menu items that set Bojangles’ apart while also showcasing the deep Southern roots that have made both McCreery and Bojangles’ such fan favorites...

Valpak® Announces Making Strides With 2012 Veteran Recruiting Initiative »

November 08, 2012 at 9:59AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Leader in Local Print & Digital Coupons Plans to Continue Incentive Program into 2013
LARGO, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - As Veteran's Day approaches, Valpak -- a leader in local print and digital coupons -- announces that the company has made great strides in veteran recruiting and hiring this year. Since announcing a new incentive program in February waiving start-up fees for qualified, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, Valpak has signed, or is in the process of signing, franchise agreements with five new veterans, more than doubling the total number of Valpak veteran franchisees. These veterans took advantage of Valpak's special incentive program, which provides a savings of approximately $32,500 and makes it easier for them to start their own franchise business and receive training at no direct cost...

Rainbow International® Secures Allstate As A National Account »

November 08, 2012 at 9:37AM PST | Source: Rainbow International

November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - The Dwyer Group® today announced its service franchise brand Rainbow International® recently entered into a Professional Services Agreement with Allstate®, the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer.
Under the agreement, the Rainbow International franchise network will provide loss mitigation and restoration services related to water, fire and smoke damage as well as providing mold remediation service to Allstate policyholders.
“Rainbow International and its franchisees take pride in utilizing cutting edge loss mitigation and restoration technology along with use of the most up to date equipment available in the restoration industry,” said Frank Aucoin, Director of National Accounts for Rainbow International...

Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South Celebrates Grand Opening »

November 08, 2012 at 9:13AM PST | Source: Embassy Suites

New Upscale, All-Suites Hotel Introduced to Central Florida Community with Festive Gala and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // McLean, Va. – Embassy Suites Hotels and Sierra Land Group, Inc. introduced the new upscale, all-suites Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South to local officials and community members last night at a festive grand opening event. Located at 4955 Kyngs Heath Road and the corner of State Road 535 in Kissimmee, Fla., the 300-suite, 11-story hotel was constructed by Hardin Construction and designed by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc. (HHCP). Sierra Lodgings, Inc., a subsidiary of Sierra Land Group, Inc., will operate the property, which bodes 40,000 square feet of meeting, pre-function and event space...

The Little Gym Partners With Nickelodeon To Host Official Dora Tthe Explorer Birthday Parties »

November 08, 2012 at 9:00AM PST | Source: Little Gym

November 08, 2012 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Parents seeking a unique birthday adventure for their children soon will be able to grab their backpacks and head to The Little Gym. Nickelodeon and The Little Gym International today announced a partnership that will bring Dora the Explorer-themed birthday parties to the more than 210 The Little Gym locations in the United States.
The Little Gym, the leading experiential learning and child physical development center for ages four months through 12 years, will become the exclusive host of Dora the Explorer-themed birthday parties during its 2012-2013 season. The company has worked with Nickelodeon to create a special birthday party curriculum that includes a storyline and music from the Emmy award-winning animated preschool series...

Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. Reports Results For First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 »

November 08, 2012 at 8:49AM PST | Source: Pizza Inn

Company Continues to Grow Pie Five Pizza Co. Concept
THE COLONY, Texas, Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - PIZZA INN HOLDINGS, INC. (Nasdaq:PZZI)
First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights:

The Company opened an additional Pie Five Pizza Co. restaurant
Company-owned restaurant sales increased 41.4% over the first quarter of fiscal 2012 to $1.8 million
Net income decreased $0.4 million from the first quarter of fiscal 2012 to a loss of $58,000
Compared to first quarter of fiscal 2012, total domestic franchised same store sales declined 6.8%
EBITDA decreased $0.4 million to $0.3 million compared to first quarter of fiscal 2012

Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI) today announced results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 23, 2012...

Soup's On: Panera Bread® And Feeding America Forge New Alliance To Fight Food Insecurity »

November 08, 2012 at 8:39AM PST | Source: Panera Bread

CHICAGO, IL and ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Panera Bread and the Panera Bread Foundation have joined with Feeding America to fight food insecurity in the United States - one bowl of soup at a time.
In a pilot effort launching today, Panera Bread and the Foundation have worked with the Company's suppliers to procure Panera soup to be donated to Feeding America, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization. Feeding America participating member food banks in over 75 U.S. markets will provide the same soup served in Panera's bakery-cafes to local food pantries, soup kitchens and other organizations serving those in need.
"Panera and the Foundation had been looking for a powerful ally who could combine forces with us to leverage our resources, expertise and scale to help make a dent in local hunger," said Ron Shaich, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Panera Bread and President of the Panera Bread Foundation...

Tim Hortons Inc. Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results »

November 08, 2012 at 7:26AM PST | Source: Tim Hortons

Continued System Expansion and Same-store Sales Growth Contributed to Performance
(Unaudited. All amounts in Canadian dollars and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.)



Financial & Sales Highlights


 


Performance
Q3 2012
Q3 2011
%Year-over-Year Change
YTD 2012


Total revenues
$
     802.0
  $
    726.9
10.3%
$
  2,308.9


Operating income
$
    153.7
$
    152.8
  0.6%
$
     444.1


Adjusted operating income*
$
     162...

Veterans Invited For Free Lunch At Texas Roadhouse »

November 08, 2012 at 7:19AM PST | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 8, 2012 - Texas Roadhouse Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH) invites veterans and active members of U.S. military across America to enjoy free lunch on Monday, November 12th from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in honor of Veterans Day.
Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event, opening its doors for exclusive hours, to honor the men and women of our armed forces.
“Texas Roadhouse appreciates the men and women of our armed forces. This is our way of honoring them for their service to our country,” said Kent Taylor, founder and CEO of the 380-unit Texas Roadhouse.
All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military – can choose one of 10 entrees, including a 6-ounce hand-cut sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee during lunch...



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