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Build-A-Bear Debuts Customizable Minions Collection »

May 22, 2015 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Exclusive, Make-Your-Own Plush Based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, in Theaters July 10, 2015
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 22, 2015 - Build-A-Bear (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, announced today that the company will produce a line of exclusive, make-your-own plush based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, in theaters July 10, 2015. The collection will feature Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob and will be added to Build-A-Bear’s summer season lineup, available in stores nationwide on May 22, 2015.
The Build-A-Bear Minions collection, available online and in stores, will include a variety of costume options, including the Minions’ signature denim overalls and rubber boots, along with three era costumes as featured in the film...

Same-Day, One-Price Dry Cleaning Now In Woodbridge »

May 21, 2015 at 11:49AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

ZIPS Dry Cleaning opens new location, offering $1.99 cleaning.
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaning, a staple name in affordable and convenient dry cleaning on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard for years, has opened its newest location in Woodbridge, VA at 13584 Minnieville Rd.
Owner Krishna Gondi, a current pharmacist at CVS hopes to open additional ZIPS locations in the future near and around Richmond. An immigrant from India, Gondi was inspired by the business model of ZIPS.
“I discovered the opportunity to become an owner after a long history as a customer at ZIPS,” said Gondi. “I was always impressed by the efficient and affordable service the brand provided and thought it was the perfect avenue to explore entrepreneurship...

Gap Inc. Announces Second Quarter Dividend »

May 21, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - May 20, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share payable on or after July 29, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 8, 2015.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Announces Spring Make-A- Wish® Donation Campaign »

May 20, 2015 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Continues Support of Make-A-Wish to Help Grant Wishes for Children With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - May 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish®, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms nationwide will participate in a charitable program this spring.
From May 21 to June 4, Sears Hometown & Outlet customers who donate $5 or more to Make-A-Wish in-store will receive a 10 percent-off shopping pass for the weekend of June 5 and 6. Customers who have not made a donation in advance may also receive 10 percent-off their purchases on June 5 and 6 with a donation of $10 or more...

America's Music School Takes The Stage For Battle Of The Bands XV »

May 20, 2015 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock announces Semi-Annual Student Music Showcase 
BETHESDA, Md. - May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Back by popular demand, Bach to Rock (B2R), America's music school for students of all ages, announced today that Battle of the Bands XV will electrify audiences in the D.C. metro area next month with performances by over 350 local students. An annual tradition for elementary, middle and high school kids enrolled in Bach to Rock's Jam Band program, Battle of the Bands will take place on June 7, 14, and 16 at The Fillmore Silver Spring and on June 13 at AMP by Strathmore in North Bethesda.
"It is with pride and excitement that we share this annual tradition with the community, which gives our band students the opportunity to express their creativity and incredible talent," said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock...

Fifteen Mid Michigan Nonprofits Launch Fundraising Efforts For Chance To Win Up To $75,000  »

May 20, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

In Art Van Furniture’s Seventh Annual “Art Van Charity Challenge”
120 deserving Midwest charities in race to raise the most money through June 22 for share of $375,000 in grants during spirited competition
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // WARREN, MI – Fundraising efforts kicked off in earnest yesterday for 15 Mid-­Michigan charities vying for grant dollars among 120 Midwest nonprofits focused on children, health care and human services in Art Van Furniture’s seventh annual “Art Van Charity Challenge.” Supporters from far and wide are being encouraged to make a difference and a donation during the spirited five week competition which runs from May 18 through June 22. Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman, and philanthropist, is serving as the official 2015 “Art Van Charity Challenge” ambassador...

More Space Place Opens Retail Store In North Palm Beach »

May 20, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: More Space Place

New Store offers Murphy beds, custom closets and other custom space-saving solutions.
North Palm Beach. Florida (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 - More Space Place, a retail store offering Murphy beds, custom closets and other custom space-saving furniture solutions for residential and commercial customers, has opened a new location in North Palm Beach. Owners Mitch and Susie Fuchs, who will operate the franchise for the Florida-based brand, said the store opened on May 18, 2015.
“People today are looking for ways to downsize their space without downsizing their lifestyles. We’re pleased to bring a showroom with exceptional space-saving solutions to North Palm Beach,” says Mitch Fuchs, More Space Place franchise co-owner...

MAACO Honored At Inaugural Disney World Procurement Awards »

May 20, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Owners of 19 MAACO Centers In Florida and California Recognized by Disney World as Outstanding Suppliers
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, NC – MAACO Orlando, owned by Matt and Caroline Peach, was acknowledged as an outstanding supplier in the Parks and Resorts category of Disney World’s inaugural Sourcing and Procurement awards. MAACO Orlando received this honor for their work in effectively painting and refurbishing the amusement park’s trashcans.
“Twenty-four years ago I was cleaning these same trashcans as a member of the custodial team,” explained Matt Peach, co-owner of MAACO Orlando. “Today, I’m restoring them as an award-winning supplier to Disney World. I am very proud and thankful to Disney World’s procurement team for this honor...

Bach To Rock Signs Six-School Franchise Agreement To Expand Across The Mid-Atlantic »

May 19, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

America's Music School to Bring Quality Music Education to Virginia and North Carolina
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // BETHESDA, Md. - Bach to Rock (B2R), America's music school for students of all ages, announced today it signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with new franchise group, Game 7 Ventures, LLC, to develop six schools in Virginia and North Carolina. The group is targeting locations in Richmond, Fairfax and Charlottesville, Va., as well as Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. Their first school is planned to open in early 2016.
"We've had tremendous success in Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and California and look forward to continuing our expansion across the Mid-Atlantic, into states such as North Carolina, which Forbes recently ranked as the third best state for businesses," said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock...

DirectBuy Rolls Out My Rewards Loyalty Program »

May 19, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: DirectBuy

May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – DirectBuy, the buying club that provides its members with exclusive access to outstanding savings, service, and selection on over 1 million products from hundreds of popular brands, announces today the launch of its My Rewards loyalty program.
The program allows DirectBuy members to earn My Rewards Points by purchasing products from select brands who otherwise would not be able to offer merchandise through DirectBuy because of their Minimum Resale Pricing (MRP) policies. The My Rewards program also enables DirectBuy to expand the already vast amount of brands and products they offer.
My Rewards also gives DirectBuy the ability to honor price restrictions on premium brands, while still fulfilling its promise to provide the most competitive shopping experience for members...

Cartridge World Re-Opens At One World Trade Center »

May 19, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Cartridge World

Global Printing Solutions Company is First Pre-9/11 Business Tenant to Return to Manhattan Landmark
MCHENRY, Ill. - May 19, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Cartridge World, the world’s leading franchisor in the office supply industry, once again is operating business out of One World Trade Center. On May 1, Greg Carafello, Master Franchisee for the global retailer and 9/11 survivor, became the first 9/11 business tenant to reopen his office in one of the most celebrated buildings in the country.
“The office superstores sell printing products. Cartridge World is one-stop-shop to help businesses find the right printing solutions. This includes everything from installing and maintaining printers to delivering cartridges and supplies...

7-Eleven, Inc. Continues Fast-Paced U.S. Growth With Acquisition Of Massachusetts-Based Tedeschi Food Shops »

May 19, 2015 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOSTON - 7-Eleven, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.'s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits in perfectly with 7-Eleven's growth strategy," said Stan Reynolds, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc. "This move was made possible by 7-Eleven reinvesting the return from previous successful acquisitions to continue the company's growth as the world's largest convenience retailer...

Signarama Announces Addition Of Jay Kahn As VP Of Operations »

May 19, 2015 at 4:08AM PDT | Source: Signarama

May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Signarama, the number one sign franchise, approaching more than 900 locations worldwide, has announced the addition of Jay Kahn to the corporate team. Serving as the VP of Operations, Kahn will lead operations for the brand including corporate and vendor support. Helping with the overall growth and performance of both individual franchisee locations and the Signarama brand at large, Kahn brings decades of experience encompassing both Fortune 1000 companies and small business alike.
Working alongside Signarama President ‘JT’ Jim Tatem, Kahn will also work with Signarama’s vendor relations, tech support, training and other teams. The positive impact this will have, said Tatem, will be seen at both the corporate and franchisee level...

CREAM To Continue Southern California Expansion »

May 19, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: CREAM

Ice Cream Sandwich Brand will Open Three Stores in the San Fernando Valley
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Berkeley, Cali. – CREAM, the San Francisco Bay-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections, will open three stores in the San Fernando Valley over the next 1-2 years, with the first store opening this summer in Northridge at 9000 Reseda Blvd.
“This latest agreement underscores the strength of our business model and overall growth strategy as CREAM continues to build its footprint throughout California," said company president Jim Ryan. "Since the opening of our first store in Berkeley five years ago, we've immersed ourselves into the goal of spreading throughout California...

LED Source To IPO In 2016-17 »

May 19, 2015 at 3:38AM PDT | Source: LED Source

As Part of the Corporate Expansion LED Source® Has Declared Its Intention to Become a Publicly Traded Company
WELLINGTON, Fla. - May 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Founded in 2005, LED Source® was North America's first franchisor of LED lighting. Along with supporting a growing franchise system, the company supplies top quality LED lighting products to a variety of markets and specializes in design, support, development, project management and financing through its Retrofit, Architectural, Entertainment and National Accounts divisions.
In 2012, LED Source® launched LouMan Money®, a private-labeled finance program that affords companies an LED lighting upgrade utilizing only the savings, and without tying up capital or using existing lines of credit...

Military Family Opens San Antonio’s Only Caring Transitions Business »

May 18, 2015 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 18, 2015 - The Bleichwehl family has always been committed to service, so when Scott retired from the Army after more than 30 years, he knew he wanted to find a career that would allow him to continue to serve others. That’s why he decided to put down roots in San Antonio with his wife Mary Lou and open the area’s only Caring Transitions business with his son Benjamin and daughter-in-law Leilani.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Is An Eco-Friendly Franchise Opportunity »

May 18, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

In Addition to Moving and Junk Removal Services, Franchise Owners Also Give Customers the Satisfaction of a 'Green' Solution to Decluttering
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - May 18, 2015) - Home and business owners who want to do the right thing environmentally will routinely recycle. An old sofa or room full of PCs is a far cry from plastic bottles and aluminum cans, however, so those larger items often head for the landfill.
All that changes, though, when they partner with a College Hunks Hauling Junk moving and junk removal franchise. That office full of no-longer-needed furniture, or the working refrigerator that is being replaced, can be handled responsibly with a single phone call.
"Everyone knows that recycling is far better for the environment than just dumping everything and sending it to the landfill, but people don't have the resources to repurpose that old sofa or television," said Jason Killough, Director of Franchise Development...

Gap Inc. To Webcast Annual Meeting Of Shareholders On May 19, 2015 »

May 18, 2015 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - May 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will provide a live audio webcast of the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 19, 2015. To register for the webcast on May 19, please visit www.gapinc.com (follow the Investors, Financial News and Events, Webcasts links). A replay of the presentation will be available through www.gapinc.com.
The webcast will provide the audio portion of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders only and does not constitute attendance. In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, shareholders must either authorize a valid proxy or attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands...

EmbroidMe Promotes National (Get Ready) For Kindergarten Month In August »

May 15, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: EmbroidMe

August is around the corner and now is the time for businesses and organizations to plan their Back-to-School promotional campaign. Promotional marketing experts at EmbroidMe offer suggestions on how to participate in this month long event.
West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 15, 2015 - August not only marks the time when all students return to school after summer vacation, it also marks the beginning of school for a new class of students - kindergartners. August is National Kindergarten month. This is an exciting time for nearly two million children, as well as their parents, filled with lots of firsts: first backpack, first lunch box, first school supplies and more.
Be a part of the excitement of National Kindergarten Month by planning activities to help new kindergarten students prepare for the first day of school...

Primp And Blow, Renowned Blow Dry And Pamper Bar, Continues National Franchise Expansion In Omaha »

May 14, 2015 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar
Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar Opportunities Available

Brings the ultimate pampering experience to The Shops of Legacy, including professional blowouts, makeup, hair and eyelash extensions, and more.
OMAHA, Neb. - May 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Primp and Blow, a leading nationwide blow dry and pamper bar, today announced that it is continuing its nationwide franchise expansion with the opening of its newest location at The Shops of Legacy in Omaha, Neb., on May 22 from 4-6 p.m. CDT.
“Primp and Blow allows clients to enjoy exclusive, but affordable luxury without compromising on quality and service. The idea that women can get their hair, eyelashes, makeup and more done all in one place, sets it apart from other blow dry bars.”
The Omaha location is the newest addition to the Primp and Blow family with five locations in the greater Phoenix area and a franchise location in Overland Park, Kan...



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