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Kid To Kid Resale Franchise Expands Into Nation’s Top Cities For Working Parents »

September 30, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 - Kid to Kid, a resale franchise that buys and sells children's clothing, toys, and baby gear, is a growing company with locations found in many of the nation's top 25 cities for working parents. Kid to Kid store owners appreciate the ability to work around their children's schedules, while making money and helping the community. The support and training received from the franchise office helps first-time business owners overcome some of the challenges common to owning a business, increasing their chances of success.
NerdWallet.com recently released a list of the top 25 cities for working parents based upon cost of living, child care costs, the quality of schools and ratio of households with children...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Among The Top Franchises For Veterans In Annual Ranking »

September 30, 2014 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
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Military Times Recognizes the Company's Commitment to Recruiting Veterans for Franchise Opportunities
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hartland, Wis. – Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise, has been named one of the top franchise choices for veterans by Military Times. The Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 ranking is targeted to current and former service members interested in owning their own business and recognizes Batteries Plus Bulbs as a leader in supporting veteran franchisees.
Through the announcement of this ranking, Batteries Plus Bulbs hopes that more veterans will become aware of the incentives that the franchise has been providing to our nation's heroes...

Woodcraft Opens First Tool Box By Woodcraft Store In Chattanooga »

September 30, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Woodcraft unveils new, smaller retail model – Tool Box by Woodcraft – in Chattanooga.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 - Leading woodworking tool retailer Woodcraft has opened its first Tool Box by Woodcraft store in Chattanooga, a smaller version of the more than 70 Woodcraft retail stores located in larger metropolitan areas. Grand opening ceremonies are planned for the weekend of Oct. 3-4.
"Woodcraft is opening Tool Box by Woodcraft stores to bring Woodcraft’s best-selling woodworking tools, accessories, and supplies to areas not served by our larger stores," Woodcraft president Jody Garrett said. "Woodcraft wants to make its quality line of products available in more areas of the country, as well as closer to loyal Woodcraft customers...

Maaco Gets A Digital #MAACOVER »

September 30, 2014 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Maaco, North America's Bodyshop, is pleased to announce the re-launch of Maaco.com and Maaco.ca. In partnership with Yodle for Brand Networks, Maaco's Digital Agency of Record, both sites have received a comprehensive facelift.
The new features include a simplified site navigation and built-in geo-targeting tools, making it convenient for anyone to find information for any of the 460+ locations across the US & Canada. The new site is responsive in design and mobile-optimized to provide customers with the best experience across all devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
They also offer an easy inquiry form, local offers & promotions, comprehensive educational content on all of Maaco's services, before and after picture gallery, and consumer reviews...

Toys"R"Us Continues To Serve As The Destination For Portal Masters Worldwide With The Launch Of Skylanders Trap Team™ »

September 30, 2014 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Soon-to-Be Trap Masters Can Capture and Play as Villains for the First Time Ever and Collect All-New Figures, Including the Legendary Series of Toys Available Only at Toys"R"Us; Toys"R"Us, U.S. Stores to Open Early on Sunday, October 5 for Fans Excited to be Among the First to Play the New Game*
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® stores worldwide and Toysrus.com are set to "capture" gamers' imaginations across the globe with the highly anticipated launch of Skylanders Trap Team™, the latest extension in Activision Publishing, Inc.'s acclaimed Skylanders® franchise launching this Sunday, October 5. Named as one of the "Fabulous 15" on the company's 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, this new video game reverses the magic of the Toys-To-Life™ play pattern by introducing an innovation that, for the first time ever, lets players take a digital character and bring it to life in the physical world...

Build-A-Bear Workshop Launches Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Edition »

September 30, 2014 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that the Company is adding a Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary edition to its popular Hello Kitty collection. Forty years ago, the Hello Kitty brand was created to inspire happiness, friendship, and sharing across the world. Since her first appearance on a coin purse in 1974, she has since become a global phenomenon.
Our 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty wears a signature party dress to celebrate the occasion, as well as a party-inspired rainbow confetti fur pattern.
Build-A-Bear Workshop® originally introduced its Hello Kitty line in 2005. The 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty wears a signature party dress to celebrate the occasion, as well as a party-inspired rainbow confetti fur pattern...

All Aboard! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Celebrates National Coffee Day At Union Station »

September 29, 2014 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Southern California's iconic specialty coffee and tea retailer and Metrolink surprise local commuters by taking over Los Angeles' busiest transit hub on Sept. 29
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES; CA - Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is celebrating National Coffee Day with up to 15,000 commuters at Southern California's most heavily traveled transit hub, Union Station. Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, the specialty coffee and tea retailer teamed with Metrolink to take over Union Station with mystery offers for travelers, the first-ever The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® train car, and seven decorated platforms.
"Coffee is synonymous with commuting - especially on Monday mornings - so we thought bringing a happy surprise to 15,000 Southland commuters would be the ideal way to celebrate National Coffee Day," says Diane Kuyoomjian, vice president of marketing at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®...

IPhone 6 Teardown Repair Video By Phone Doctors »

September 29, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Phone Doctors

Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) September 29, 2014 - With the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release just days in the past, the professionals at Phone Doctors took a crack at the device, opening it up and taking a look inside. The comprehensive teardown video, one of the first of its kind, gives consumers an in-depth look at what makes their new Apple iPhone 6 tick, and gives repair personnel an inside look at what they will eventually be fixing.
While the iPhone 6 teardown is the newest video released by Phone Doctors, it is not the first they have done. In recent years, the company has focused on creating videos that educate and inform the public. Teardown and repair videos are now a regular part of the company's web presence. Phone Doctors® parts and ScrewMat® branded tool sets are also made available to both do-it-yourself and professional repair technicians at PhoneDoctors...

Metal Supermarkets Franchisees Get Switched On At 2014 Conference »

September 26, 2014 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Metal Supermarkets

September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Metal Supermarkets, the world’s largest supplier of small-quantity metals, held its annual franchisee conference in Toronto, Ontario from September 18 to 20, 2014.
The conference was attended by over 75 Metal Supermarkets franchisees and corporate staff from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Attendees celebrated franchisee success, reviewed new directions and developments and established a plan forward for Metal Supermarkets’ continued growth.
"This year’s conference was our largest to date, and definitely a success" said Stephen Schober, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate success, inform franchisees of new programs, and share best practices...

5 Years After 'Shark Tank': College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchise Growing Strong »

September 25, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

The Moving Franchise and Junk Hauling Franchise Has Tripled in Size Since Appearing on the Debut Episode of ABC's Hit Show 'Shark Tank'
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Sep 25, 2014) - When the ABC hit show Shark Tank debuted five years ago, the very first episode featured an exciting young company called College Hunks Hauling Junk. The junk removal business had already turned co-founders Omar Soliman and Nick Friedman into millionaires, and the company had been franchising for just two years.
On the show, Soliman and Friedman pitched their idea for a professional packing and organizing business, College Foxes Packing Boxes. The idea drew a fair bit of skepticism from the venture capitalist "sharks," but they ultimately offered funding in exchange for a percentage of College Hunks Hauling Junk ownership...

Giant Tiger In Alliston Continues To Grow! »

September 25, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2014) - Here we grow again! Giant Tiger is excited to announce the opening of our new store in Alliston, Ontario.
The new Giant Tiger will be located at 130 Young Street in the Alliston Mills Shopping Centre. This new location will occupy approximately 22,000 square feet, a huge increase from the current 9,277 square feet of selling space in our existing location.
"We are thrilled to be building a brand new store in Alliston," says Greg Farrell, President and COO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "Giant Tiger is investing in Alliston by more than doubling our footprint and offering our existing and new customers the Giant Tiger New Store Experience. Customers can look forward to our bright and fun décor, increased merchandise selection and, of course, the friendly customer service that Giant Tiger is known for...

Bring The Fun & Flavor Of Northwest-Favorite Candy Store To Your Town With A Schwietert's Cones & Candy Franchise »

September 24, 2014 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Schwietert's Cones & Candy

Huge, Delectable Variety of Treats; Exciting, Interactive Store Environment; Complete Business Startup & Success Package Make Schwietert's an Ideal Small Biz Opportunity in Recession-resistant Industry
September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Schwietert's Cones & Candy, the family-owned candy store with more, is now offering turnkey franchise opportunities in 23 states, giving entrepreneurs around the country the chance to launch a proven-successful, destination sweet shop in their community.
A family-owned and operated business, Schwietert's has been a Pacific Northwest candy shop favorite since 1985 with three locations in and around Cannon Beach, Oregon. Specializing in salt-water taffy, homemade fudge, ice cream and a wide selection of premium coffees, retro sodas and gummy candies, Schwietert's is also the destination for old-fashioned and hard-to-find candies and treats...

Wheel Fun Rentals Opens New Bike Rental Location At Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier »

September 24, 2014 at 5:15AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Santa Monica, CA - September 24, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals has opened a new location at Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, located within half a mile of the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing classic men’s and women’s beach cruiser bikes for people of all skill levels to enjoy. Doors are now officially open at this brand new location.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today’s fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Easyhome Ltd. Introduces New Masterbrand - Goeasy »

September 23, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Sept. 23, 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, announced a new master brand: goeasy. The Company's new goeasy master brand will provide a corporate umbrella that unites and supports its sub-brands of easyhome and easyfinancial and allow it to more effectively reach its targeted demographic - the cash and credit constrained consumer - with all its lines of business, including lease-to-own furniture, appliances, electronics and computers, loans from $500 up to $10,000 and mortgages.
"The values of the new goeasy master brand are Access, Relief and Respect," said David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer...

Rent-A-Center Donates To The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Of St. Albans »

September 22, 2014 at 12:26PM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

ST. ALBANS, W. Va. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sept. 19, 2014 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today announced a donation of computer equipment and software, including nine Lenovo all-in-one computers and a high-tech multimedia computer, to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of St. Albans, one of four clubs across the nation sharing a total of $100,000 worth of Rent-A-Center funding. The funding is earmarked for the development of "Tech Centers" aimed at providing youth the latest in available technology.
"Rent-A-Center's computer donation will allow us to provide increased access to computers and the internet to the children and teens we serve who may not otherwise have access to these resources," said Jessica Hudson, St. Albans Boys & Girls Club Director...

Nothing Bundt Cakes Celebrates 100th Bakery Amid Steady Growth »

September 22, 2014 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bakery Leader Seeks to Open 30-40 New Bakeries each year through 2019
LAS VEGAS - Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Nothing Bundt Cakes today celebrates its 100th bakery in the United States with the grand opening of its San Marcos, California, location and announces plans for continued national expansion over the next five years.
The company, which was founded in Las Vegas in 1997 and now has locations in 22 states from coast to coast, says it will target 30-40 new bakery openings annually through 2019 in existing and new markets.
"Today marks an important milestone in the Nothing Bundt Cakes story," said Nothing Bundt Cakes co-founder Dena Tripp. "We could have never imagined that what began in our own home kitchens would lead to a thriving national business...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Host 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch At Veterans Memorial Park In Richfield »

September 22, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Richfield, MN - September 20, 2014 - (PR.com) - Bring the whole family out to Wheel Fun Rentals' 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch, open every Saturday and Sunday, from September 20th to October 26th, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, located at Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees in Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy carnival-style games and activities, included in the cost of admission, and a full food and drink menu available for purchase. Weave through the Pumpkin Patch on one of Wheel Fun Rentals' iconic four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat the whole family.
Activities include mini golf, inflatable obstacle courses, a bounce house, hay rides, and other various carnival-style games and contests. Sort through farm-grown pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to find the perfect jack-o'-lantern...

Cellairis To Offer Shout! Custom Cases On-Site At AT&T Michigan Avenue Location For IPhone 6 And IPhone 6 Plus Launch »

September 19, 2014 at 10:41AM PDT | Source: Cellairis

Leading Wireless Accessory Partners with AT&T to Offer In-Store Custom Case Builder Experience
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, GA – Cellairis (Cellairis.com), one of the world's largest wireless accessory retailers, today announces partnership with AT&T to provide the Shout! one-of-a-kind custom case builder on-site at AT&T's flagship location on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. In conjunction with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in-store launch, Cellairis offers customers the opportunity to customize cases with images, text, monograms and more. Cases will be available to purchase and print on-site.
Shout! is an easy-to-use tool for creating personalized cell phone cases that allows individuals to upload a favorite picture, image or pattern and customize case templates with varying fonts, designs, monograms and colors...

Dominate Trade Shows With EmbroidMe »

September 19, 2014 at 8:45AM PDT | Source: EmbroidMe

September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // West Palm Beach, FL - Steal the spotlight at your next trade show with customized promotional products, apparel and displays. Build a brand customers will trust and competitors will envy with EmbroidMe.
It’s too easy to get lost in a sea of tradeshow booths. Stand out with custom banners, tablecloths, backdrops and other unique displays. Catch the eye of new clients, while reassuring already satisfied customers that yours is the best in the biz. Not only will your booth look great, your team will look sharp in customized apparel and visual branding, from professional polos to colorful name tags.
Leave lasting impressions with creative promotional giveaways. Show clients and competition you’re confident in your business with custom glassware, tote bags, office supplies or tech accessories featuring your company name and logo...

"Make A Difference" By Supporting The Shriners Hospital For Children In Galveston, Texas »

September 19, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Amazing Spaces

September 8, 2014 - Houston, Spring, and The Woodlands, TX – Amazing Spaces® Storage Centers asks Houston, Spring, and The Woodlands communities to join together and show how easily an individual can "Make a Difference" by supngporti the Shriners Hospital For Children. The Texas Self Storage Association launched the "Starfish: Make a Difference" state-wide campaign to emphasize the contributions made by self storage owners in their communities and to highlight the partnership with Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. Amazing Spaces Storage Centers and the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) have supported the work of the Shriners Children’s Hospital for the past eight years. Donations to the hospital from the Starfish Campaign have surpassed the $500,000 mark...



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