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The Casual Pint Plans To Expand Nationwide »

October 30, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: The Casual Pint

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - The Casual Pint, a craft beer market based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is proud to highlight the franchising opportunities now available nationwide. By offering unparalleled franchise support and training, entrepreneurs can enjoy The Casual Pint mission of sharing the craft beer experience in neighborhoods one pint, one growler and one person at a time. This supportive nature has allowed the namesake to grow to five fully operational stores today with several additional planned openings this quarter.
"The Casual Pint has really grown since our first store opened in 2011 and we're looking forward to sharing our vision throughout the country," said Nathan Robinette, co-owner of The Casual Pint. "Within the first nine months of franchising, we secured nearly a dozen new owners to become the fastest growing franchise in the craft beer industry...

Giant Tiger In Angus, ON Unveils New Modern Look »

October 30, 2014 at 9:51AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - The renovations are nearing completion and it's down to the finishing touches. This Saturday, November 1, Giant Tiger unveils a fully renovated store located at 3 Massey Street, Unit 4, Angus, Ontario.
The store has been redesigned to greatly improve the shopping experience for our customers. They will find even more of the same outstanding values, great deals and friendly customer service they've come to expect from Giant Tiger for their fashion, food and home needs - plus a lot more space to shop and a fun new Giant Tiger look!
Store manager Gerry Crowe and his entire team are excited about their newly improved store and invite you to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, November 1, beginning at 9:00 am...

Cindy Crawford Officially Kicks Off Role As 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Ambassador »

October 30, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Crawford, International Supermodel, Businesswoman and Philanthropist, announces retailer's new $1 million charitable initiative at star studded event in Chicago October 29.
WARREN, Mich. - Oct. ­­­­­30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - A beautiful partnership! Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist, have deepened their decade long retail relationship by collaborating on a major Midwest philanthropic initiative. On Wednesday, October 29, Crawford launched her new, high visibility role as 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Ambassador, officially announcing that $1 million in charitable grants will be awarded next year to nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio...

The Great Big Christmas Book From Toys"R"Us® Is Here »

October 29, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Unfolding A Playful Story Of The Toys Kids Wish For This Holiday Season
Toys"R"Us Welcomes Families to Build Christmas Wish Lists and Experience the Hottest Toys of 2014 at "Ultimate Wish Saturday" Events in November; The World's Greatest Toy Store™ Makes it Easy to Give the Gift of Play this Holiday Season with Price Match Guarantee, Free In-Store Pickup, Better-Than-Ever Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program and Free Shipping Offers
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced that The Great Big Christmas Book, the company's annual resource for wishers and wish-granters, has begun arriving in homes and will appear in newspapers nationwide on Saturday, November 1. This week, more than 8 million Toys"R"Us customers will receive a special edition of The Great Big Christmas Book, which features a unique cover that children can unwrap – just like a gift – to reveal the highly anticipated catalog, as well as a poster highlighting characters from the all-new and hugely popular Skylanders Trap Team™ game...

Bach To Rock Music Franchise Introduces Cutting-Edge Communication Technology For Students, Parents And Teachers »

October 29, 2014 at 9:43AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Proprietary Digital System Offers Live Streaming of Songs, Near-Instant Access to Homework, Teachers' Notes and Curriculum
BETHESDA, MD - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - The Bach to Rock music franchise is taking its transformative approach to music education to the next level in 2015 with the introduction of a proprietary digital communication system that empowers students, parents and teachers.
The interactive tool supports Bach to Rock's face-to-face music education methods with the ease and efficiency of touch-screen tablet technology. It brings the Bach to Rock curriculum to life in a way a parent can quickly understand, almost instantly showing them what their child has mastered - whether it's knowledge of a quarter note, the treble clef or key signatures...

ZIPS Dry Cleaners Named On "Next 300" List By Franchise Times »

October 29, 2014 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaners, an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model, was recently recognized as one of this year’s "Next 300" chains, ranked by Franchise Times. The "Next 300" is a companion of the Franchise Times Top 200, an annual ranking of the largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales.
ZIPS Dry Cleaners made its ranking debut at #383.
"Our franchise growth has picked up serious momentum over the past couple of years and this recognition is a true testament to our continued focus on further establishing our category leading, highly profitable franchise opportunity," said ZIPS CEO Reid Bechtle...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisee Revenue Grows 42.6% In Two Years »

October 29, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Average Revenue for College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisees Grew Quickly From 2011 to 2013, Continues Climb
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Offering the "evergreen" service of moving and/or junk removal at reasonable prices is why College Hunks Hauling Junk continues to be one of America's most successful franchise operations, announcing revenue growth of 42.6% between 2011 and 2013.
In addition to being a valued service, College Hunks Hauling Junk also succeeds by being much more affordable in terms of start-up costs. Most College Hunks Hauling Junk franchises are up and running for between $95,000 and $207,950, and they are very easy to scale, in addition to having very turnkey startup financing options. Average revenue for franchise locations was $442,504 in 2013, which illustrates a great return on investment...

CD One Price Cleaners To Help Children Through Its "Coats For Kids" Campaign Benefiting The Infant Welfare Society »

October 28, 2014 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Chicagoland's Leading Dry Cleaning Company Gives Back to Community Via Annual Coat Drive from Nov. 1 - 20
WESTCHESTER, Ill. - Oct. 22, 2013 – Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners (cdonepricecleaners.com), a leader and franchisor in the $9 billion dry cleaning industry, is giving back to the communities it serves with its 3rd Annual Coat Drive benefitting needy families through the Infant Welfare Society.
Each of its 31 franchise and company-owned CD One Price Cleaners locations in the Chicago area will ask their customers to donate children's coats from Saturday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 20. Each store will then clean the coats for free, readying them for those children in need to keep them warm throughout Chicago's notoriously frigid winters...

Build-A-Bear Workshop Opens New York City Pop-Up Store In Times Square In Advance Of Holiday Season »

October 28, 2014 at 10:46AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 28, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop® today announced the opening of a new store location in Times Square in New York City. This seasonal pop-up shop will be located at 1619 Broadway, in the historic Brill Building. The Times Square Build-A-Bear Workshop store will encourage families to share in a new holiday tradition by selecting and customizing a furry friend from a unique assortment of proprietary products, the latest licensed properties and New York City-themed merchandise.
Sharon John, Build-A-Bear Workshop’s chief executive officer, commented, "Our new Times Square pop-up location provides a great opportunity for us to increase our brand reach, allowing a broad range of consumers to engage in the Build-A-Bear experience and create special memories this holiday season...

Medifast Launches New Digital Dashboards To Help Customers Track Success »

October 28, 2014 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, announced today the launch of customized digital dashboards, which allow Medifast customers to track nutrition, exercise, meals, weight, sleep, well-being and more, and enable Medifast to provide additional tools to help with long-term weight management and overall wellness.
Each dashboard was created with unique features for every Medifast sales channel. The MyWellness Dashboard and Community serves Medifast Direct customers; the MyPlan Tracker is an online dashboard customized for Medifast Weight Control Center members; and the Habits of Health Dashboard and Community was developed for Take Shape For Life Clients and Health Coaches, offering a Healthy Mind component, which tracks well-being and mindfulness...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2014 »

October 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, will announce financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after market close. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details. Participants from the Company will be Michael C. MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, and Margaret Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on November 5, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Timing Of Third Quarter 2014 Conference Call And Webcast »

October 24, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, will hold a conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Friday, November 7, 2014. A Press Release will be issued after the market closes on Thursday, November 6, 2014.



Date:
Friday, November 7, 2014


Time:
11:00am EST


Dial-in:
416-695-7806


Toll-free:
888-789-9572


Passcode:
7688692 please dial in the passcode, followed by # to enter the call


Webcast:
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Aaron's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

October 24, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Total Revenues of $707.6 Million
Net Earnings of $9.3 Million; Diluted EPS of $.13
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.39 Excluding Special Charges
Progressive Continues to Exceed Expectations
Executing on Strategic Cost Initiatives

ATLANTA - Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced revenues and earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
For the third quarter of 2014, revenues increased 32% to $707.6 million compared to $537.2 million for the same period in 2013. Net earnings were $9.3 million versus $21.1 million a year ago...

Flip Flop Shops® Adds Authentic Birkenstock Brand »

October 24, 2014 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Flip Flop Shops

Rapidly rising retail chain devoted exclusively to flip flops and casual footwear steps up product selection with Birkenstock styles.
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Flip Flop Shops®, one of the fastest growing global retail chains, continues to make strides as a casual footwear industry leader with the introduction of Birkenstock to its retail brand selection. As an approved retailer for Birkenstock USA, LP, shoppers will soon be able to pick up Birkenstock's iconic slides and sandals at select Flip Flop Shops' domestic locations.
Being selected as a Birkenstock retail partner marks a major step for Flip Flop Shops, which has become a predominant sales force in the casual footwear industry over the last decade...

LED Source Selected To Host Florida Governor Rick Scott »

October 23, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: LED Source

Over 30 elected officials, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and 200 VIP's to attend Gov. Scott's final speech on Green Tech, Job Creation and Getting Florida Back To Work.
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // WELLINGTON, FL – LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in commercial LED lighting applications, is pleased to announce it has been selected to host incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott's final stop on the campaign trail prior to the 2014 gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014. (www.rickscottforflorida.com).
More than 200 VIP's and 30 elected officials, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, will attend the last and largest scheduled 'Get out the Early Vote Bus Tour' with Governor Rick Scott on Monday, October 27th at 7:30am...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increased Sales And Earnings For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

October 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop


Consolidated comparable store sales increase 0.8% following a 6.4% increase in the 2013 third quarter
Retail gross margin expands 360 basis points to 43.7% from 40.1% in the 2013 third quarter
Net income of $1.8 million compares to a net loss of $1.4 million in the 2013 third quarter, an increase of $3.2 million
Earnings per diluted share improve to $0.10, or $0.15 excluding $0.05 per diluted share in management transition and store closing expenses

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter and first thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2014...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Partners With Macy's, Inc. To Open Shop-in-Shop Locations For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Five Interactive Shop-in-Shop Locations to be Added Within Leading Macy's Stores
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced a strategic partnership with Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets in anticipation of the 2014 holiday season. Build-A-Bear Workshop® will bring its emotional, interactive retail experience to Macy's rich heritage and storied holiday tradition with the opening of five locations within leading Macy's retail stores including Herald Square in New York City. Build-A-Bear will also be showcased in Macy's famed Santaland® at select stores and will again feature a themed float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®...

Massage Heights Introduces 90-Minute Facials »

October 23, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Massage Heights
Massage Heights Opportunities Available

Company launches extended services to help Guests elevate skin care and take a bigger step to whole body health.
San Antonio, TX - October 23, 2014 - (PR.com) - Your face says a lot about you, where you’ve been, how you are feeling, your age and most importantly it shares your whole body’s health. The old saying really is true, "it’s written all over your face." And being that your face is one of the first things people notice, what will that first impression tell them? Regular facials offer a variety of health benefits such as increasing circulation, reversing the signs of aging and hydrating and removing environmental impurities. Committed to providing Members and Guests with the best overall health and well-being, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, will begin offering 90-minute facials on November 3, 2014...

VOM FASS Named To Inc. Magazine's List Of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies »

October 23, 2014 at 3:50AM PDT | Source: VOM FASS

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, Wis. - Inc. magazine announced today the ranking of VOM FASS USA on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent entrepreneurs.
"To be included among such successful companies is a great honor," said Justin Gibson, the CEO of Madison-based VOM FASS USA. "It's a testament to the hard work of our team this year and the incredible growth of our franchise movement – by the end of 2014, we'll have 25 stores in 15 different states."
The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc...

Pinot's Palette To Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting The National Breast Cancer Foundation »

October 22, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).
During the evening event, all Pinot's Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot's Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.
Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its "Painting It Forward" program.
"When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be," said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot's Palette...



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