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Gymboree Reports Increased Sales And Adjusted EBITDA In The Fourth Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

April 24, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Gymboree
Gymboree Opportunities Available

Fourth Quarter Comparable Sales Increased 5%
SAN FRANCISCO - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.
Fourth Quarter Highlights include:

Net sales of $375.6 million, increased 7% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013,
Comparable sales (including online sales) increase of 5% with increases in all brands,
Adjusted gross profit margin of 37.2%, an increase of approximately 110 basis points versus last year, and
Adjusted EBITDA of $32.3 million increased 29.1% from the fourth quarter last year.

"We're very pleased with the progress we made in the fourth quarter across our businesses, particularly in Janie and Jack and Crazy 8," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer...

Pure Barre Celebrates 300th Studio Opening »

April 23, 2015 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Pure Barre

North America's Leading Barre Concept Positioned for Further Expansion
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Pure Barre, the largest and most established barre concept in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of its 300th location. The franchise has experienced consistent and unprecedented expansion throughout its history, showing a growth of more than 50 percent from 2013 to 2014 alone. Now with locations in 42 states, along with the District of Columbia, Pure Barre is forecasting steady growth and has plans to expand to Canada by year-end.
With three times the presence of any other barre concept, Pure Barre is the clear market leader in the barre sector and a dominant force in the growing boutique fitness industry...

CKO Kickboxing Offers First-Ever Kickboxing Themed Cruise To Bermuda »

April 20, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: CKO Kickboxing

"CKO at Sea" Offers Five Days of Fun and Fitness for Members, Guests and Franchise Owners
HOBOKEN, N.J. - April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - CKO Kickboxing has established many "firsts" in the fitness industry, and now it can add hosting the first kickboxing cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to its highlight reel.
"CKO at Sea" will feature a five-night Bermuda cruise round trip from Bayonne, N.J. on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas with a two-day overnight port of call in King's Wharf, Bermuda. Members and their guests will enjoy a 24-hour open gangway, which means they won't have to rush back to the ship.
"We wanted to offer our members and our franchisees a chance to have a fascinating adventure on a great cruise line to a fantastic destination," said Joseph Andreula, founder and president of CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises in America...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise In Poland »

April 20, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - April 20, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCQX:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a master franchise in Poland to Expansja Advertising S.p.z.o.o. LLC. The Agreement calls for the development of 30 Bricks 4 Kidz franchises in Poland.
“Expansia Advertising was our first franchisee in Poland, so we’re delighted that they are doing so well that they wanted to purchase the Master Franchise for Poland,” stated Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation...

School Of Rock Strums Its Way To Saltillo, Mexico »

April 17, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate School of Rock’s Newest International Location
SALTILLO, Mexico - April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announced today the opening of its newest international location in Mexico, located at Nazario Ortiz Garza 3440 in Saltillo. The opening of School of Rock in Saltillo will offer children an opportunity to pursue music education in an entirely new way.
The School of Rock music program differentiates itself by encouraging students to learn how to play with their fellow students. Taking the focus off the individual and creating a team dynamic allows students to enjoy a supportive and motivating environment in which to learn. For over 15 years, this method of teaching has led to the concept’s growth in over 150 schools in nine countries...

Don’t Be “Fool”ish This April – Save A Life With Swim Lessons »

April 16, 2015 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

British Swim School reminds all families to take a hard look at the swimming abilities of each adult and child. If anyone isn’t able to back float (the ultimate survival skill), he or she is in jeopardy and needs to learn how to swim.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 16, 2015 - It’s the time of year when teachers, students and families have begun the countdown to summer. The weather is warming up, Spring Break is over, and the clock is ticking until outdoor pools and beaches become a hot spot. British Swim School (BSS) uses this season to remind all families to take a hard look at the swimming abilities of each adult and child. If anyone isn’t able to back float (the ultimate survival skill), he or she is in jeopardy and needs to learn how to swim...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location In Granite Bay, CA »

April 16, 2015 at 7:42AM PDT | Source: Crunch

NEW YORK - April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch Franchise announces the opening of its newest location in Granite Bay, California. The renowned gym chain best known for making serious fitness fun through innovative group fitness programming and cutting-edge training offerings continues to expand through the Sacramento region bringing its 'No Judgments' philosophy to the already health conscious and family oriented community of Granite Bay.
Set to open for workouts in summer of 2015, Crunch's newest location will be conveniently sited on the corner of Douglas Blvd and Sierra College Blvd in Granite Bay in the Sierra Oaks Plaza Center 4130 Douglas Blvd Granite Bay, CA 95746. The shopping center has plenty of parking and borders the town of Roseville...

JumpBunch Offers An Innovative Approach To Ownership »

April 16, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) April 16, 2015 - JumpBunch, Inc. is pleased to announce a new and innovative 3-tiered approach to franchise ownership. Owning a JumpBunch franchise has just become a more affordable opportunity with 3 unique investment choices.
For many people, working with children is simply a passion; for others JumpBunch represents an opportunity build a profitable business in an ever growing child services category.
The JumpBunch Executive Team recognized that there was room in their system for a variety of people in different financial situations. The common goal though is the dream of owning your own business. The new approach starts with a lower cost investment option with less long-term risk for those with limited capital...

Athletic Republic Celebrates Training One Million Athletes »

April 14, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Athletic Republic

Performance sports training leader helps athletes of all ages achieve their goals.
Park City, Utah (PRWEB) April 14, 2015 - For the past 25 years, Athletic Republic has propelled athletes from the bench to the field, from freshman to varsity squads, from high school to college, from college to the pros, and from the back of the pack to the podium. This month, the Athletic Republic network of advanced sports training centers is celebrating its one-millionth athlete trained.
It all began in the 1980s when exercise physiologist, John Frappier, was chosen to accompany the U.S. Gymnastics delegation to the Soviet Union for the 1986 Goodwill Games. The experience provided Frappier the opportunity to study the Soviet system of developing world-class athletes, a system with which it had achieved remarkable success...

Craig Shaw Named Georgia Area Developer For Sitters Etc. »

April 10, 2015 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Sitters Etc.

Shaw to Award up to 20 Sitters Etc. Franchisees throughout 27 Territories
April 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Sitters Etc., the senior home care provider founded on a mission to provide better, more compassionate care for seniors, has named Craig Shaw as area developer for Georgia franchising. Shaw will introduce Sitters Etc. to Georgia, continuing the senior home care provider’s aggressive franchise expansion plans. Sitters Etc. aims to add an additional 10 - 15 locations by 2016.
With 28 years of sales and marketing experience in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, Shaw recognized in Sitters Etc. an opportunity to bring better care to a population that is often underrepresented.
“When the opportunity to provide a valuable service to Georgian seniors and their families presented itself, I knew I would jump at the chance,” said Shaw...

Kinderdance® Missouri Expands To An Area Developer »

April 08, 2015 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education to Young Children Worldwide
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children announces Missouri expansion. Molly Ameis business owner of Kinderdance St Louis and St Charles Counties Missouri upgrades to a Kinderdance Area Developer. As a Kinderdance Area Developer, Kinderdance Missouri is serving children in St Louis City and the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Warren and Lincoln in the state of Missouri.
Ms. Ameis purchased her franchise in 2010, before becoming a Kinderdance franchise owner Molly taught Kinderdance programs for five years...

Bach To Rock Music School Franchise Expands To Boston Suburbs »

April 08, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Franchise Recently Featured on NBC's The Voice Fills Much Needed Demand for Music Education
BOSTON, MA - (Marketwired - Feb 3, 2015) - Bach to Rock, the nation's leading music school franchise, is expanding to suburban Boston and has plans to expand further in the Boston region. Don Kennel, owner of Syncopated Holdings LLC, has purchased the franchise rights and will be opening the first Boston location.
Bach to Rock recently received national attention when one of its instructors, Matt McAndrew, placed No. 2 on NBC's "The Voice" television show. Bach to Rock has been expanding nationally since its founding in 2007, addressing a rapidly increasing demand for music education as schools cut music programs.
"We are excited to expand in Boston," said Brian Gross, CEO of Bach to Rock...

Rebounderz Signs Its First International Arenas »

April 08, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Rebounderz Franchise and Development

Indoor Family Fun and Fitness Center Continues Rapid Growth with Multi-Unit Deal
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANFORD, Fla. – Rebounderz Franchise and Development, the franchisors of Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena, inked a multi-unit international deal for Rebounderz arenas in Panama with Trampoline Unitedos.
Trampoline Unitedos will open Panama’s first Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena – and the first Rebounderz arena outside the U.S. – in late fall 2015 at the Sortis Hotel Spa and Casino at Calle 56 y 57, Obarrio in Panama City. This is the first trampoline arena of its kind in the area and will create 40-60 local full- and part-time jobs.
Rebounderz representatives expect the new indoor trampoline arena to quickly become a popular entertainment venue for Sortis Hotel guests as well as local residents as it is an exceptional choice for fun and intense individual and group exercise...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 728th Franchise Awarded »

April 07, 2015 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - April 07, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCQX:CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce it awarded its 728th franchise, located in Bozeman, MT (Bricks 4 Kidz franchise). This benchmark includes the international subfranchises that have been awarded by the Company’s master franchisees. Of the now 728 franchises awarded, 697 are active and operating.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, “We continue our strong performance in marketing Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island franchises and are proud of our low attrition rate...

Xtend Barre® Announces New Studio Openings In London And Los Angeles »

April 03, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: Xtend Barre

And the first Corporate Flagship Studio in Boca Raton
International Barre Workout Rapidly Expands with New Studios in the U.S. and U.K.
April 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // New York, NY – Xtend Barre®, the revolutionary international fitness method that uses a traditional ballet barre to provide a full-body workout, announces the expansion of the company to include new franchises in London and Los Angeles, and a corporate flagship studio in Boca Raton, Florida, the home of Xtend Barre Founder and Creator Andrea Rogers.
The corporate flagship, Xtend Barre® Boca Raton, will open in May 2015, along with Xtend Barre® West Hollywood and Xtend Barre® Pasadena, with Xtend Barre® London’s opening following closely behind in June 2015...

Popular Fitness Franchise, Club Pilates Las Vegas, Opens For Business »

April 02, 2015 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Club Pilates

The highly anticipated fitness franchise, Club Pilates Las Vegas, just recently opened. This has marked the 35th location for the Pilates brand, the first Club Pilates location to open in the Las Vegas area and the first to open in the state of Nevada, with more locations scheduled to open later this year.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 02, 2015 - Club Pilates Las Vegas, is the 35th location to open for the Club Pilates fitness franchise. First time franchisees, Emil and Victoria Rechester, are proud to bring pilates to the Las Vegas market and make it more affordable to practice the exercise on the Pilates reformer. They plan to open at least three more locations in the next five years. Their goal is to make Club Pilates a household name for all ages and financial backgrounds...

Flip Flop Shops Steps Into Hanover »

April 02, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Flip Flop Shops

The authentic retailer dedicated exclusively to flip flops and casual footwear brings the Free Your Toes® attitude to first Hanover location at Arundel Mills.
April 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // Hanover, Md. – Flip Flop Shops is moving in to Hanover to help residents expose their toes year round, with the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear always at the ready. The only global lifestyle retail franchise to capture the flip flop connoisseur way of life, Flip Flop Shops will open its doors at the newest location in Arundel Mills (7000 Arundel Mills Cir.) on Thursday, April 2.
The new shop is the first location in Hanover and the second location for owners Chis Kirley (size 10), Fran Kirley (size 11), and Dave Brindza (size 8)...

Welcyon, Fitness After 50, Unveils New Club Design And Décor Concept »

April 01, 2015 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Welcyon, Fitness After 50

April 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // EDINA, Minn. – Continuing to anchor itself as the premier fitness destination for adults 50 or older, Welcyon, Fitness After 50, has unveiled an all-new interior décor package that features a more spa-like ambiance designed to inspire and motivate members and make them feel at home.
Partnering with nationally renowned health club designer Bruce Carter – who has designed clubs for most of the major chains including Fitness Evolution, Planet Fitness and Gold’s Gym, as well as hotel chains like the Sheraton, Hilton and Westin – Welcyon melded natural elements, soft lighting and sleek technology to create a relaxing, spa-like ambiance. The result is sophisticated and upscale, yet wonderfully warm and welcoming...

9Round Opens First Gym In Australia »

March 27, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: 9Round

Plans More Than 100 Additional Locations Over Next Five Years
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, SC – Add 9Round to the list of world-class fitness chains looking to capitalize on Australia’s booming fitness sector. The world’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise recently opened its first club Down Under.
Located in Forest Lake, Queensland, the new club is the first of more than 100 that 9Round plans to open throughout Australia – including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast Region – over the next five years. A second location is slated to open in Brisbane sometime in June.
“The fitness industry in Australia has expanded significantly over the past few years, with several fitness chains securing a key market foothold across the country,” said 9Round co-founder and CEO Shannon Hudson, who is also the reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World...

TGA Premier Youth Tennis Ranked Among Top New Franchises »

March 26, 2015 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Youth sports business model in partnership with the USTA off to a fast start.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - Entrepreneur Magazine has recognized TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) among its Top New Franchises in 2015.
Entrepreneur's 2015 Top New Franchises list, which appears in the March 2015 issue, recognizes the top 75 new franchise companies. Editors compiled the list from the publications 2015 Franchise 500 selections by analyzing companies that have been franchising for the last five years (since 2010).
“TGA’s tennis business has been our fastest growing youth sports franchise model over its first three years. To be recognized by Entrepreneur and listed among the top 75 new franchises is a testament to our partnership with the USTA, and our school based youth sports infrastructure,” Joshua Jacobs, CEO of TGA said...



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