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CREAM Answers The Call For Ice Cream Sandwiches »

November 21, 2014 at 9:36AM PST | Source: CREAM

NPD Names Ice Cream Sandwiches the Number 8 Food of the Decade
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Millbrae, CA – The past decade has seen sweeping changes in American food trends and a nostalgic treat is making a serious comeback, with the help of CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections.
The consumer market research group, NPD, recently revealed its top 10 foods of the decade with the ice cream sandwich coming in at number 8. The dessert treat saw a 6.2 percent increase in consumers eating them at least once every two weeks. The list included other staples like pizza, Mexican food and yogurt.
CREAM, which is an acronym for "Cookies Rule Everything round Me," offers a menu of 20 ice cream flavors and 20 cookie flavors and as many as 24 toppings that customers can mix and match, as well as vegan and gluten-free options...

Sears Outlet Stores Offer Black Friday Pricing Nov. 21-26 »

November 21, 2014 at 7:32AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Discount Retailer Offers Black Friday Deals Prior to Thanksgiving on Its Website; Price Matches Black Friday Ads for Items Purchased on Its Website
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Nov. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Shop with confidence before November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," by taking advantage of low holiday pricing all week and enjoying a Price Match Guarantee on the Sears Outlet Stores website - www.searsoutlet.com.
The national discount retailer will be selling products on its website - www.searsoutlet.com - at its advertised Black Friday pricing from November 21 through November 26 and will also honor local competitors' Black Friday ads as well as its own Black Friday deals during this time period.
If a customer purchases an item on www...

Gap Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

November 21, 2014 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Gap Inc


Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Up 11 Percent to $0.80, Including $0.06 Tax Benefit
Net Sales were $3.97 Billion in the Third Quarter; Up 1 Percent on a Constant Currency Basis
Distributed More Than $1.3 Billion Year-To-Date through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported third quarter fiscal year 2014 net income was $351 million, or $0.80 per share on a diluted basis, representing an 11 percent increase over last year.
"As we move into the holiday season, our teams are focused on delivering unique customer experiences which will differentiate our portfolio of brands in the marketplace," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

Wireless Zone® Expands In New York »

November 21, 2014 at 5:24AM PST | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer to open at least 10 all-new stores in the next 13 months.
(PRWEB) November 21, 2014 - Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has announced plans to expand throughout New York with 10 all-new stores planned before 2016. The development will begin with four all-new locations slated to be fully operational in New York City by December of this year.
"Wireless Zone® has more than 400 stores nationwide, and we are excited to expand and add new locations throughout New York," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®. "Currently, we have more than 30 locations throughout the state but with help from franchise owner John Russell, we expect to see that number expand greatly in the next coming months...

Gap Inc. Elevates Two Proven Executives To Guide Gap And Banana Republic Brands Into The Next Decade »

November 21, 2014 at 4:32AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Global Brand Presidents Named: Andi Owen to Lead Banana Republic and Jeff Kirwan to Take Over Gap
SAN FRANCISCO - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With an eye towards 2015, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced the promotion of two successful current executives, with 35 years of combined company experience between them, to become global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic.
The moves were orchestrated by Art Peck as he prepares to take on the role of chief executive officer of Gap Inc. in February, with the full support of current chairman and chief executive officer Glenn Murphy.
"We'll start 2015 with a management team comprised of both established executives and the next generation of brand leaders ready for the next generation of customers," said Peck...

Cartridge World Ranks As One Of Top Franchises For Veterans »

November 20, 2014 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Cartridge World

Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes International Franchisor on Annual List
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This month, one of the world's leading retailers of printing services and supplies was recognized for more than helping customers save money. Cartridge World was just named to Entrepreneur Magazine's list of America's Top Franchises for Veterans in 2014. The local home and office printing experts were listed at No. 59 in the country.
Franchises ranked in the November issue were evaluated and listed based on their incentives for veterans. Cartridge World has been well-known for offering numerous benefits and discounts for current and retired members of the military ranging from customers to franchisees...

Totally Nutz Launches New Franchise Recruitment Website »

November 20, 2014 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Totally Nutz

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. GEORGE, Utah – Totally Nutz – the snack-based quick-serve concept known for its delectable flavors and varieties of cinnamon glazed almonds, pecans and cashews – has unveiled a new franchising website at www.totallynutzfranchise.com that features in-depth details about its unique business model and franchise opportunity.
Tailored to educate people who are considering franchise opportunities, the site is condensed into a one-page format that allows would-be franchisees to quickly navigate to various portals that feature everything from video interviews with founders Matt and Yvette Barker to an explanation of the concept’s core values, earning potential and franchise application process...

Toys"R"Us® Announces 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend Doorbusters  »

November 19, 2014 at 8:14AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Provides Its Nearly 19 Million Loyal Customers With Early Access to Hot Black Friday Deals
Rewards"R"Us® Members Receive Exclusive Opportunity to Beat the Crowds and Shop 100-Plus Items at Black Friday Prices at Toys"R"Us Stores and Toysrus.com Beginning Sunday, November 23
November 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced its Thanksgiving Weekend plans to serve up hundreds of hot deals and doorbusters on the season's most sought-after playthings, totaling more than $8,000 in potential toy savings for holiday shoppers. As Toys"R"Us stores nationwide open at 5pm on Thursday, November 27*, deal-seeking customers can snap up great gifts from top brands, including Disney Frozen, Barbie®, Skylanders, Crayola®, Minecraft and more...

Pump It Up "Rounds Up" Teddy Bears For Frederick City Police Department »

November 19, 2014 at 4:33AM PST | Source: Pump It Up
Pump It Up Opportunities Available

Children and Families of Frederick Jump into the holiday season with the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Round Up at Pump It Up
Frederick, Maryland (PRWEB) November 19, 2014 - Pump It Up of Frederick, part of the nation's largest chain of kids' indoor, inflatable entertainment venues, will host its 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Round Up to benefit the Frederick City Police Department.
Pump It Up invites parents and children to jump, slide and bounce on the facility's huge, colorful inflatable structures on November 30th from 12pm - 5pm, encouraging families to jump for free with a Teddy Bear donation for each participating child. All Teddy Bears will be donated to the Frederick City Police Department.
The donated bears will be used by City Police Officers to comfort children exposed to traumatic situations, and to let the children know that the police are only there to help...

Gap Inc. Makes It Easy To Gift And Get Exactly What You Want This Holiday »

November 19, 2014 at 4:25AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Share, Reserve and Easily Order your Must-Have Items for Stress-Free Holiday Shopping
SAN FRANCISCO - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year, Gap Inc. is making it easy for you to gift and get all your favorite fashions – regardless of whether you prefer to shop online, in stores or on your mobile device. Here's a list that you should check twice before beginning your holiday shopping so you never have to go home empty handed:
Make a Wish List
Gifting and getting the perfect item for everyone on your list makes the holidays all the more magical. That's why the company is launching Wish List, an online tool that allows you and your loved ones to create a list of most-wanted items from across five of the company's brands: Gap, Banana Republic & Banana Republic Factory Store, Old Navy, Athleta and Piperlime...

Art Van Furniture Appoints David Van Elslander Senior Vice President And President Of Art Van PureSleep »

November 19, 2014 at 4:17AM PST | Source: Art Van Furniture

WARREN, Mich. - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Art Van Furniture has promoted David Van Elslander to the newly created position of senior vice president, Art Van Furniture and president, Art Van PureSleep. The announcement was made by Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture.
In his new position, Van Elslander will be responsible for the overall guidance and growth of Art Van PureSleep. He will oversee new product, manufacturing, marketing and sales initiatives for Art Van PureSleep in freestanding stores, in-store galleries and franchise locations.
Over the past seven years during Van Elslander's tenure as vice president of merchandising for Art Van PureSleep, Art's Backyard, and the Art Van Furniture Clearance Center, the retailer's clearance center has experienced 80% growth...

Grand Opening For New Kid To Kid Store In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania »

November 18, 2014 at 10:08AM PST | Source: Kid to Kid

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Local residents and mother and daughter team, Whitney and Mary Jo Hayes, are excited to announce the grand opening of their first Kid to Kid store, on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Located at 7440 McKnight Rd. in Pittsburgh, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children’s apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing.
For several weeks, the store has been open to the public to purchase customers’ gently used items. After the grand opening, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s apparel and gear up to 70 percent less than retail prices. The Kid to Kid store will continue to pay for second hand items by offering customers cash on the spot or up to 25 percent more in store credit...

New Caring Transitions Business Brings Senior Relocation Services To North Atlanta »

November 18, 2014 at 9:53AM PST | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Bret Rachlin knows what it's like to relocate a senior. When his mom and 90-year-old father moved from Fort Myers to Atlanta four years ago, the stress was overwhelming. That experience, combined with his desire to serve his community as a small business owner, is why Rachlin has launched Caring Transitions of North Metro Atlanta.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of North Metro Atlanta serves Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Doraville...

7-Eleven® Rolls Out High-Quality 7-Select™ Private-Label OTC Drugs »

November 18, 2014 at 7:37AM PST | Source: 7-Eleven

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – When shoppers visit a 7-Eleven® store, they are typically on a mission – a snack if they're hungry, a drink if they're thirsty, fuel if their gas tank's empty, a lottery ticket if they're feeling lucky. But for those suffering from a headache, allergies, indigestion or the like, what they want most of all is relief.
7-Eleven, which has long offered single-dose blister packs of the most popular, national brand over-the-counter (OTC) medications for years, has entered the private-label drug business with its own 7-Select™-branded, non-prescription medicines, at a savings of up to 85 percent per pill or ounce for equal to or better quality. Participating stores carry 7-Select OTC remedies in five major categories:

Pain relief
Cold-flu-allergy
Gastro-intestinal upset
Cough/throat
Sleep aids

"With recent changes in healthcare, an aging population and the transition from prescription to the OTC status of some popular medicines, more people are looking for ways to self-treat minor ailments," said Rebecca Frechette, 7-Eleven senior vice president of merchandising...

Medifast Launches New Healthy Living Program And Product Lines »

November 18, 2014 at 5:22AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

Leading Weight-Management Company Tackles Long-Term Wellness with Thrive by Medifast™ and Optimal Health by Take Shape For Life™ Launches
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, is proud to announce the launch of a new Healthy Living program and line of products.
The product lineup includes the new Dark Chocolate Dream Bar, Salted Caramel Nut Bar, Strawberry Yogurt Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake, Cookies & Cream Shake, Pina Colada Smoothie, and Strawberry Banana Smoothie. These seven new maintenance products are being launched under two new sub-brands: Thrive by Medifast™ and Optimal Health by Take Shape For Life™...

Cartridge World Attracts Former Retail Managers »

November 18, 2014 at 4:50AM PST | Source: Cartridge World

Big Box Store Closings Create Job Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As major office supply retailers such as Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax announce the closing of hundreds of stores around the nation, former managers of these locations are finding new, greener pastures in the office product industry. Cartridge World, the world's leading retailer of eco-friendly printer cartridges and printing solutions, is providing office supply professionals an opportunity to stay in the industry - and become their own boss.
The international franchisor, with 1,200 global stores in 50 countries, has seen a surge in interest from those looking to operate their own Cartridge World business...

ZIPS Dry Cleaning Continues To Set The Standard For Environmentally Responsible Business »

November 17, 2014 at 12:29PM PST | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – In an industry that often coincides with negative sentiments in regards to eco-friendliness, ZIPS Dry Cleaning strives to become a leader with sustained efforts to minimize harm on the environment through technology and strict standards. Beginning as eight dry cleaners in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, ZIPS has grown to nearly 40 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
ZIPS uses a variety of technological techniques to insure that their dry cleaning locations venture away from harmful chemicals like Perchloroethylene or Tetrachloroethylene. Locations use a filter system to avoid the need to cook solvents, and use approximately 75 percent less solvent than other dry cleaning companies...

Build-A-Bear Workshop Celebrates The Holidays By Transforming Into Santa's Workshop »

November 17, 2014 at 10:11AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

With Eight Merry Reindeer and Holiday App
ST. LOUIS - Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that it has transformed its stores into Santa's Workshops to provide toys for all the children on the "nice list" with the help of Santa's reindeer team. The Company is introducing eight lovable reindeer and extending play beyond plush with the launch of an exclusive holiday app, Santa's Merry Mission. Guests are encouraged to visit buildabear.com/teamsanta to download the app and learn about each of Santa's merry reindeer.
On the Team Santa site, children can take a personality quiz to determine which of the eight reindeer is their favorite, and then follow the steps to create their very own plush toy...

Ace Hardware Named A Top Workplace By Chicago Tribune »

November 17, 2014 at 7:32AM PST | Source: Ace Hardware

Employee Feedback Ranks Ace Hardware Among Top Companies to Work for in Chicagoland
Oak Brook, Ill., Nov. 14, 2014 – Ace Hardware is pleased to announce that the Chicago Tribune selected Ace as one of Chicago's Top Workplaces for 2014. Ace Hardware ranked No. 29 in the midsize category on the best places to work list, after being named a National Standard Workplace in 2012 and 2013.
Top Workplace rankings are based exclusively on feedback from a survey that polled more than 800 employees based at Ace Hardware's worldwide headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The Top Workplaces survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 40 major publishing partners and recognizes a National list of Top Workplaces...

Three Million Reasons To Celebrate: The UPS Store And Toys For Tots Encourage Reading Through Annual Literacy Program »

November 17, 2014 at 5:49AM PST | Source: UPS Store, The

The UPS Store announces $3 million donated since launching the program in 2008 and continued efforts to provide gift of reading this holiday season,
November 5, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO - In an effort to help deliver the gift of reading to underprivileged children in the U.S., The UPS Store® has launched its annual holiday donation drive for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
Participating The UPS Store locations across the U.S. will sell donation cards to benefit Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. One hundred percent of each dollar donated helps purchase books for less fortunate children in local communities throughout the U.S.
Since working with Toys for Tots to launch the Literacy Program in 2008, UPS and The UPS Store network have raised more than $3 million dollars to purchase books for children who need the resources most...



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