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College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchise Satisfaction Scores Outpace Competition And Franchise Industry Benchmarks »

July 02, 2015 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Service, Training, Marketing and Company Culture Are Just a Few of the Areas Where Franchise Owners Said They Were Well Supported
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Jul 2, 2015) - Franchise Business Review has given College Hunks Hauling Junk top marks in its annual third-party franchise owner satisfaction survey.
FBR is the industry standard for measuring franchisee satisfaction. FBR reaches out to franchise owners in multiple business sectors every year, asking more than 40 questions about how they feel about the training and support they're getting from the home office. Respondents' thoughts on leadership and core values also are assessed, as well as the franchise system overall, the franchise community, the financial opportunity and their own performance and overall satisfaction...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores, Inc. Announces New CEO »

July 02, 2015 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

July 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHOS) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected William (Will) A. Powell as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, effective immediately. Mr. Powell succeeds W. Bruce Johnson, who as previously announced is stepping down as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President. The Board of Directors also has elected Mr. Powell as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Powell has been Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since its separation from Sears Holdings Corporation in October 2012. Prior to his employment with the Company he served as Sears Holdings’ Senior Vice President and President, Hometown Stores (at that time a division of Sears Holdings), positions he held from November 2008 to October 2012...

Shopping With 7-Eleven Just Got A Lot More Convenient »

July 01, 2015 at 9:31AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Retailer Teams with Postmates for On Demand Delivery in San Francisco
DALLAS - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven, Inc. takes its mantra of "what customers want, when and where they want it" a giant step further as it begins to offer delivery to customers with San Francisco-based technology company Postmates.
Select stores in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., now offer on-demand delivery through Postmates iOS, Android or web app. An assortment of 7-Eleven's products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items is just a few taps away and will be delivered by Postmates to customers in an hour or less.
"7-Eleven's founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7-Eleven's mission was to 'give customers what they want, when and where they want it'," said Raja Doddala, 7-Eleven's vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy...

General Wireless Acquires The RadioShack Brand »

July 01, 2015 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: RadioShack

FORT WORTH, Texas and NEW YORK - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - General Wireless Operations Inc., doing business as RadioShack, announced today that it has closed on a $26.2 million purchase of the RadioShack brand, giving the company the ability to operate the retailer under the RadioShack brand name.
"We are excited to be moving forward as a new and reinvigorated company under one of the most recognized consumer brand names of all time," said Ron Garriques, Chief Executive Officer of RadioShack. "Our stores serve over 1,200 communities, providing high-quality, high-value consumer electronics and accessories from globally recognized manufacturers and increasingly, with this acquisition, from exclusive brands that our customers know and trust such as Realistic®, AUVIO®, ENERCELL® Optimus® and more...

Steve Glucksman Rejoins Art Van Furniture As Vice President, Real Estate, Franchising And New Business Development »

June 30, 2015 at 10:42AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

WARREN, Mich. - June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Retail industry executive Steve Glucksman returns to Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer, on July 1 as vice president, real estate, franchising and new business development. The announcement was made by Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture.
Glucksman, who has over 25 years of industry experience, previously served as senior vice president of strategic business development and store operations at Art Van Furniture from December 2009 to January 2014. In his new role, Glucksman will focus his attention on new store and franchise growth opportunities. He left Art Van Furniture in January 2014 to join Ashley Furniture as executive vice president of stores and licensed operations under its Ashley Furniture HomeStores division...

Woodcraft Blog Features Upcycling Makeover Of A Gossip Bench »

June 30, 2015 at 8:01AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Woodcraft offers a blog series on how to update a vintage telephone table, an example of a project that saves money and adds charm and value to a piece of furniture from the past.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) June 30, 2015 - Today’s DIY home decorators have myriad options to suit their pocketbooks and tastes, thanks to upcycling – partial or total makeovers for out-of-date or aging furniture like the Gossip Bench project featured in “Woodworking Adventures,” the Woodcraft blog.
“Woodcraft wants to help customers with their furniture makeover projects,” Vince Grlovich, vice president for sales and marketing said. “We offer a wide range of tools and products to support them, from General Finishes Milk Paint and the new Pearl Effects to the Fortiflex Heavy Duty Flex Shaft Tool and the Fein MultiMaster...

7-Eleven® And Sour Patch Kids Partner On New Slurpee Flavor »

June 30, 2015 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

New Sour Patch® Watermelon flavored Slurpee® debuts July 1
DALLAS - June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire - Pucker up America, the Sour Patch® Watermelon flavored Slurpee® is the newest flavor to hit the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine this summer. This new flavor, inspired by chatter on social media from fans already asking for and enjoying these products together, will be exclusively available at participating 7-Eleven stores throughout its 100 Days of Summer, beginning July 1.
This summer, the world's largest convenience store retailer has teamed up with #1 Sour Candy brand, Mondel?z International's Sour Patch Kids, to make summer more delicious with the introduction of the newest Slurpee flavor, Sour Patch Watermelon, also with support from 7-Eleven's long-time beverage partner, Fanta...

New Sears Hometown Store Comes To Bethany Area »

June 30, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price Offered by Local Retailer
BETHANY, Okla. - June 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) will open its newest Oklahoma Sears Hometown Store on June 30th at 8014 NW 39th Expressway in Bethany.
The Bethany location marks the 17th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 25th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"By bringing the Sears Hometown Store format to Bethany, we're able to offer the community a new kind of hardware retail they haven't had before," stated Steve Allen, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Bethany...

Sears Hometown Opens New West Virginia Store In Hurricane »

June 29, 2015 at 12:02PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
HURRICANE, W.Va. - June 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) will open its newest West Virginia Sears Hometown Store on June 30th at 8 Putnam Village Drive in Hurricane.
The Hurricane location marks the 18th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 26th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"By providing customers with great products, exceptional customer service and a wonderful store experience, we're filling a void in the Hurricane market," said Mark Hagar, the owner of Sears Hometown in Hurricane...

Art Van Furniture To Grand Open Chicago's Biggest Furniture Store At Showstopping Gala  »

June 29, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

With Chicago's Biggest Star, Jennifer Hudson, On July 30!
Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author to headline retailer's star-studded VIP event in Downers Grove
WARREN, Mich. - June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - "Dreamgirl to dazzle Downers Grove!" Chicago's own Jennifer Hudson, who has earned worldwide acclaim as a Grammy Award-winning recording artist and an Academy Award-winning actress, will perform live for 1,000 VIP guests at Art Van Furniture's grand opening gala in Downers Grove on July 30. The exclusive, invitation-only event will be held at the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer's spectacular, two-story, 112,000 square foot showroom, located at 1021 Butterfield Road...

Aaron's And "The Wendy Williams Show" Wow "Win A Room In June" Winner With Two Kids' Rooms Makeovers »

June 26, 2015 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc., (NYSE: AAN), a leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for furniture, electronics and appliances, in partnership with "The Wendy Williams Show," wowed Latasha Lee, a certified nursing assistant, with new furniture for her children as a part of the second annual "Win a Room in June" contest.
Aaron's and The Wendy Williams Show make over two children's bedrooms complete with furniture and electronics for Louisiana resident and Hurricane Isaac survivor Latasha Lee and her family as a part of the 'Win a Room in June' contest.
Lee, a single mother who previously lived in New Orleans with her three children, relocated to Slidell, Louisiana after her home was destroyed during Hurricane Isaac in 2012...

Toys"R"Us® Unveils Its Lineup Of Exclusive 2015 Comic Convention Toys »

June 26, 2015 at 5:38AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

In Celebration of Highly Anticipated Con, Company Introduces "Collector Vector," a New Destination Dedicated to Products for the Mature Collector Community, in All Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com.
June 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Wayne, NJ – Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys"R"Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego next month. Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including Batman™, My Little Pony, Power Rangers™, Star Wars™, Transformers and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Official Guinness World Record Attempt In Support Of "Habitat For Humanity" »

June 26, 2015 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: easyhome

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - June 25, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), is excited to announce the launch of a unique fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity - Headstands for Humanity. The event taking place on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 10:00am in Rosedale's Ramsden Park, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people holding a headstand in one location. The Guinness World Record attempt is being organized to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity.
In order to beat the current Guinness World Record, which was set in Switzerland with 265 people, all participants will be required to hold the headstand at the same time for 15 seconds. To help document the World Record attempt, Toronto's Strong Eye Studios will be providing drones to capture aerial footage of everyone doing a headstand...

Giant Tiger Announces New Burlington Store »

June 26, 2015 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - June 25, 2015) - Giant Tiger Stores Limited is excited to announce the opening of its newest location in Burlington, Ontario. This location, which will be the first Giant Tiger in the city of Burlington, is scheduled to open on November 7, 2015.
The store will be located at 2025 Guelph Line and will occupy approximately 25,000 square feet of selling space.
"Giant Tiger is excited to bring our unique brand and shopping experience to the vibrant city of Burlington," said Thomas Haig, President of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "Our new stores offer the same outstanding value and friendly service our customers have come to expect, but with an updated look and feel."
Giant Tiger is proud to be connected and committed to the communities it calls home...

7-Eleven® Sets Private Brand Bar Higher »

June 25, 2015 at 10:36AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Launching 7-Select GO!Yum and GO!Smart Premium Lines
DALLAS - June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - When 7-Eleven® entered the private-brand game, they set the bar high for their 7-Select™ brand … and have now raised it, with two premium lines, 7-Select GO!Yum™ and 7-Select GO!Smart™ inspired by customer feedback. The company has embarked on a store-wide effort to ensure the quality of its 7-Select line exceeds that of national brands. The new line extensions, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart satisfy consumer requests for variety in both indulgent and better-for-you products. The variety in these two premium lines brings on-trend flavors and premium ingredients to a line-up of foods that are only available at 7-Eleven stores...

Cellairis Mobile Device Repair Services Now Offered Inside West Valley City Walmart »

June 24, 2015 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: Cellairis Mobile Repairs

The Walmart at 3180 S 5600 W in West Valley City, Utah 84120 will soon offer customers convenient access to mobile device and computer repair services inside the store. Services will be available starting July 1, 2015 from Cellairis, a leading device repair franchise that is known for delivering fast, affordable and warrantied repairs on the latest iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy models.
West Valley City, Utah (PRWEB) June 24, 2015 - Cellairis holds a solid reputation across the nation for providing a fast turnaround with the best prices in the industry on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy devices as well as Mac and PC computers. Their certified technicians are equipped to resolve cell phone problems such as cracked screens, water damage, weak batteries and more...

The Next “Pig” Idea In Franchising »

June 24, 2015 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: PigOut Catering

PigOut Catering Puts Plans in Motion to “Sow” Targeted U.S. Territories with Mobile Specialty Catering Units
Full-Service Canadian Catering Brand Forecasts Opening in 10 U.S. Markets by the End of the Year; Debuting at the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace June 28-29
June 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. CATHARINES, Ont. ­­– A catering business with five-star restaurant class, yet no need for a full kitchen, warehouse and a bloated volume of overhead expenses? Maybe “when pigs fly.”
Well, take a look above, because hog heaven is here!
PigOut Catering, renowned for popularizing mobile catering in southeastern Ontario (Canada) with its striking pig roaster as a central focal point, announced today its U...

2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Winners Announced In Record-Breaking Competition That Raised $2.2 Million For Midwest Charities »

June 23, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Top 10 Michigan and Illinois nonprofit organizations to share $375,000 in charitable grants.
WARREN, Mich. - June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - A race to the finish! The spirited, five week competition among 120 Midwest nonprofits vying to win a portion of $375,000 in grants the 7th Annual Art Van Charity Challenge concluded on Monday, June 22 after shattering last year's fundraising tallies and garnering a staggering $2,222,483 in donations and grants. The first place winner of a $75,000 grant is Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Michigan, an organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted, which raised $188,858 during the competition. The participating charities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio competed to raise the most money for their organizations between May 18 and June 22...

J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To New Jersey »

June 23, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

June 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Old Bridge-area residents have another option for purchasing used cars now that a new J.D. Byrider dealership is open at 1225 Route 9 North. The new location is the first J.D. Byrider dealership in New Jersey, and it is the first dealership for new franchisee Jay Brichke.
“I look forward to bringing J.D. Byrider to Old Bridge and to the great state of New Jersey,” said Brichke. “My staff and I are dedicated to helping customers with less-than-perfect credit find a dependable vehicle, complete with affordable financing and quality service.”
The 11,000 square-foot location will offer used car sales, nine service bays, affordable pricing on parts and labor and a 24–month/24,000-mile service agreement on all cars purchased...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid »

June 23, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - June 23, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, today announced the acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") of easyhome's Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "NCIB").
Pursuant to the NCIB, easyhome proposes to purchase, from time to time, if it is considered advisable, up to an aggregate of 670,000 Common Shares, being approximately 4.98% of easyhome's issued and outstanding Common Shares as of June 12, 2015. As at June 12, 2015, easyhome had 13,453,606 Common Shares issued and outstanding and the average daily trading volume for the 6 months prior to May 31, 2015 was 38,566...



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