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Rent-A-Center Donates To Boys & Girls Clubs Of Hawaii »

August 29, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

HONOLULU - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 23, 2014 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today donated computer equipment and software, including nine Lenovo all-in-one computers and a high-tech multimedia computer, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii (BGCH). The Charles C. Spalding Clubhouse is one of four across the nation sharing a total of $100,000 worth of Rent-A-Center funding for the development of "Tech Centers," aimed at providing Club youth the latest in available technology.
"The Rent-A-Center Tech Center at the Spalding Clubhouse will tremendously elevate the quality of our teen programs," said Natalie Pawluk, Clubhouse director. "Additionally, our staff will have an increased ability to monitor the use of the computers and ensure the safety of all teens as media consumers at the Club...

GAP Launches Bold New Films, Directed By David Fincher, As Part Of Its Global 'Dress Normal' Campaign »

August 29, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Dress Normal celebrates individuality and authenticity of personal style.
NEW YORK, August 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, revealed a series of films that will air on TV, in cinema, in stores and online, created by Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club and the much anticipated Gone Girl). The four new commercials - Kiss, Drive, Golf and Stairs - mark Gap's return to television.
Fincher's inspiration and cinematic touch is clearly apparent, with a creative treatment that sets them apart from Gap's previous TV campaigns. The four films were created with Wieden+Kennedy New York as part of Gap's new campaign, Dress Normal.
"We want these films to get people talking...

101 Mobility Of Virginia Beach Names New Branch Manager »

August 29, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: 101 Mobility

August 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Mike McGrath is the new branch manager of 101 Mobility of Virginia Beach.
101 Mobility of Virginia Beach is a local retailer, installer, and maintenance service provider for mobility and accessibility products such as wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, patient lifts, auto lifts, and more, according to a news release. The new fully rounded team is busy ramping up a fresh sales strategy to better serve the Virginia Beach area and surrounding neighborhoods.
McGrath brings several decades of experience in the elevator industry. He has worked in Massachusetts, South Africa and most recently he has been working in the Chesapeake.
He has already hit the ground running with a recent project he worked on for the Caudill family of Yorktown...

New Sears Home Appliance Showroom Store Opens In Marlton »

August 28, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Sears Home Appliance Showroom

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliance Merchandise at Guaranteed Lowest Price
MARLTON, N.J. - Aug. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest New Jersey Sears Home Appliance Showroom on August 28, 2014 at 237 Route 73 South in Marlton. The new location will provide customers access to a full suite of top brand name home appliance merchandise at the lowest prices, by the Company's price-match policy.
The Marlton location marks the sixth opening of a new Sears Home Appliance Showroom Store this year and the 22nd opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Home Appliance Showrooms combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community...

FASTSIGNS® Celebrates Achievements At Fourth Annual Outside Sales Summit »

August 26, 2014 at 9:41AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

August 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - On Aug. 21-24, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. held its fourth annual Outside Sales Summit in Frisco, Texas with 213 attendees from FASTSIGNS centers across the U.S. and Canada. Twenty-seven Outside Sales Professionals were honored as the first group to earn FASTSIGNS Sales Professional Certification, and 32 Outside Sales Professionals from different FASTSIGNS locations were recognized for personal sales achievements exceeding half a million dollars in annual sales, including eight who achieved more than $1 million in sales.
"Our FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Professionals are committed to helping their customers build their brand, generate more revenue and create a positive and motivating experience for their customer’s customer," said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc...

Junk Hauling Franchise Hits 33rd Straight Month Of Same-Unit Sales Growth »

August 26, 2014 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

The Fast-Growing College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving Franchise Has Seen a Steady Increase in Average Franchise Revenue
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is on a hot streak, with 33 straight months of average same-unit sales growth. The sales growth continues a long trend for the junk removal franchise, which saw its average franchise revenue climb 42.6% from 2011 to 2013.
"Tens of millions of Americans move every year, and when they move, they often need junk hauling, too. Since we offer junk hauling and moving, our franchisees have a lot of opportunities to serve customers," said co-founder and President Nick Friedman. "Our franchise has been able to grow rapidly by grabbing market share...

Cherry Blow Dry Bar Blows Away The Competition With Winter Park Location »

August 25, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Cherry Blow Dry Bar

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) August 23, 2014 - To meet the high demand for beauty-on-the-go services that are luxurious yet affordable, Cherry Blow Dry Bar will open its Winter Park location on August 23, 2014.
Cherry Blow Dry Bar will be opening its Winter Park location in the Trader Joe’s Plaza at 119 North Orlando Avenue, Suite C-2. Residents, college students, and tourists alike will be able to look picture perfect for only $15.00 on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Regardless of whether women want to feel fresh and revitalized before a big meeting at the office, are getting ready for a girls’ night out, or simply want to spend an afternoon getting pampered, Cherry Blow Dry Bar offers a variety of hairstyles to choose from...

Gap Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results »

August 22, 2014 at 9:24AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc


Second Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.75, Including $0.05 Gain on Asset Sale
Increased Full-Year Earnings Per Share Guidance Range to $2.95 to $3.00, to Reflect Gain on Asset Sale
Net Sales Grew 3 Percent in the Second Quarter
Comparable Sales Flat for the Second Quarter Versus a 5 Percent Increase Last Year
Distributed $474 Million through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2014 earnings per share increased 17 percent over last year to $0.75 on a diluted basis. The company increased net sales by 3 percent for the quarter to $3.98 billion.
"Building on last year's strong performance, we are pleased to have grown our sales three percent and delivered solid improvement in earnings per share," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc...

Giant Tiger In La Ronge Saskatchewan, Celebrates Grand Opening This Saturday! »

August 22, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2014) - On Saturday, August 23 2014, Giant Tiger will celebrate the official opening of its new store in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. after a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches by some local dignitaries and the Store Manager, Denis Delaire. Giant Tiger is proud to be connected and committed to the communities we serve. There will be a charity BBQ benefitting the Children of the North - get a hot dog and a drink for $1.It will be a fun-filled day with plenty of free activities for customers of all ages, including gift card giveaways to the first 50 customers in store, promo giveaways, free face painting and temporary tattoos, performances from New Dawn Singers and English River First Nation Singer and of course visits from Friendly, the Giant Tiger!
For more information please visit our store's Facebook page at: https://www...

Smashing Success Cherry Blow Dry Bar Continues To Expand With Its Fifth Store Opening In The United States »

August 22, 2014 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Cherry Blow Dry Bar

Local consumers and beauty addicts alike will be able to enjoy $20.00 blowouts from August 22nd to August 29th.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Cherry Blow Dry Bar will be officially opening its fifth location nationwide at 3571 Sacramento Street in San Francisco CA, on September 10th at 10AM.
Unlike traditional hair salons, Cherry Blow Dry Bar only offers its customers the latest fabulous styles through blowouts and hair extensions – no harsh chemical coloring or all-day haircuts allowed! Finally, there will be a place where local women can relax and be pampered - all for $35.00. For a limited time, consumers will be able to enjoy the Cherry Blow Dry Bar experience with $20.00 blowouts from August 22nd to August 29th...

Woodcraft Adds Quality Woodturning Tools From Young Seattle Company »

August 22, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 - Woodcraft has added a new line of quality woodturning tools from Carter and Son Toolworks that reflects a young woodturner’s quest for a tool that requires less sharpening.
"They put a lot of engineering in these tools," Woodcraft product manager Ben Bice said. "The quality of the steel for one thing – the sharpness of the grind is amazing and the edge retention is phenomenal. And three inches of the tool fits into the handle, reducing much of the normal vibration."
Paul Carter, the "son" in Carter and Son, learned to turn wood at 10 and became passionate about woodturning – but not the amount of sharpening required to maintain his tools. When his father, David Carter, a metallurgist with many years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, explained that Paul’s turning tools were soft metal, the young turner began to envision a tool made from a more durable material...

Gap Inc. Announces Plans To Extend International Presence To India Through Franchise Agreement »

August 22, 2014 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

First Stores to Open in Mumbai and Delhi in 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – August 21, 2014 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced plans to enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India's largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India's two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap's Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India.
"India is an emerging, vibrant market and an important next step in our global expansion strategy," said Steve Sunnucks, Global President of Gap. "Gap is loved around the world for our American casual style and enduring value and quality, and we are so pleased to bring our brand and products to life for customers in India...

Bach To Rock Franchise Releases Details On Revenue Growth »

August 22, 2014 at 5:36AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock Opportunities Available

Franchise Disclosure Document Shows How Average Schools Performed as They Matured Over Five-Year Period
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bach to Rock, the nation's leading music franchise, has released a detailed 2014 Franchise Disclosure Document that offers radical transparency to potential franchisees, providing the tools needed to build an informed projection for the business. Included in the document are figures that span five years of sales at Bach to Rock schools.
The FDD shows a pattern of sustained revenue growth in Bach to Rock affiliate-owned schools from 2009 to 2013. The average revenue of existing schools was: $345,787 at the end of year one, $522,761 at year two, $578,041 at year three, $662,460 at year four and $699,711 at year five...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Norwich »

August 21, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
NORWICH, N.Y. - Aug. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opens its newest New York Sears Hometown Store today, August 21, 2014 within the Curtis Lumber location at 48 Hale Street in Norwich.
The Norwich location marks the ninth opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 21st 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 they are independently owned and operated.
"Working with builders and homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist customers with their projects...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Continues Proactive Growth Strategies To Build On Momentum »

August 21, 2014 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Fast-Growing Retail Franchise Announces Multi-Unit Franchise Operator Development Initiative
HARTLAND, Wis. - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With 25 consecutive years of system and same store sales growth and an average of about one new store opening per week, Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's first, largest and fastest-growing battery and light bulb franchise, is launching a new Multi-Unit Franchise Operator Development Initiative designed to keep the 25-year-old leading brand on the fast track for growth.
Through the Multi-Unit Franchise Operator Development Initiative, Batteries Plus Bulbs is offering extraordinary support, including discounted fees, to assist qualified multi-unit franchisees from other non-competing brands in the development of two or more Batteries Plus Bulbs stores...

Aaron's, Inc. Appoints Gilbert L. Danielson Interim CEO »

August 21, 2014 at 5:50AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Gilbert L. Danielson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as interim Chief Executive Officer, effective following the retirement of Ronald W. Allen as the Company's Chief Executive Officer on August 31, 2014, which was previously announced.
Steve Michaels, President, will continue to implement the previously announced plan to improve Aaron's core business. This plan focuses on same store revenue growth, enhancing Aaron's online platform, driving cost efficiencies, moderating new store growth, and strengthening the franchise network...

Snap-on Franchisee Conference Introduces Latest Innovations, Equips Franchisees For Success »

August 20, 2014 at 10:54AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Snap-on Tools Franchisee Conference (SFC), held in Orlando, Florida, played host to more than 8,000 registered attendees this past weekend; including principals representing more than 3,000 North American routes as well as their families and guests. The three-day business conference showcased industry-leading products, informative business seminars and new programs and promotions to help Snap-on franchisees succeed; as well as celebrating the Snap-on Tools network and the achievements of individual franchisees.
"The annual SFC has set attendance records for the past five years, one indication of the exceptional health of our network," said Tom Kassouf, president, Snap-on Tools Group. "Investing in the success of our franchisees has remained the focus of Snap-on Tools; and the SFC, our largest event of the year, highlighted the positive results of that strategy...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Resale Franchises Continue National Expansion »

August 20, 2014 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, resale stores and trademark brands of BaseCamp Franchising, continue their growth with announced stores opening soon in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Idaho.
Currently, Uptown Cheapskate has 42 stores and Kid to Kid has 105 locations throughout the United States and Portugal, with an additional 15 franchise units planned to open by the end of 2014.
"It's an exciting time here at BaseCamp as we continue to experience rapid growth for both our upscale resale brands," said Scott Sloan, co-founder of Uptown Cheapskate. "We attribute some of this success to a gradual change in the way people view resale as more of a mainstream alternative to the mall...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores, Inc. Recognized For Commitment To Excellence And Employee Enrichment »

August 19, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Association for Business Resources Names Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. as One of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Aug. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Ranked among the elite in the National Association for Business Resources' list of companies that outshine the rest in human resources practices and employee relations and enrichment, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (SHOS) has been named one of "Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForTM."
The organizations recognized by the National Association for Business Resources uphold and represent best practices in human resources in categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more...

Albert Pujols "Pinch Hits" To Support 20th Anniversary Of The Toys"R"Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids® »

August 19, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

The World's Greatest Toy Store® Teams Up with Baseball World Champion and Proud Father to Continue Special Needs Advocacy Efforts and Backing #ToysforAll
August 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. Now in its second decade of annual publication, the complimentary shopping guide is a go-to for families, friends and caregivers involved in the special needs community, and is available in Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled in both English and Spanish...



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