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Caribou Coffee Expands Beverage & Breakfast Offerings Just In Time For Fall »

August 03, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Caribou Coffee

Almond Milk and New Ham & Swiss English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich Added to Menu
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - (Marketwired - Aug 3, 2015) - Whether you're embarking on an apple picking outing or spending the day raking leaves, Caribou Coffee is helping families fuel their adventures this fall with two new offerings. Beginning today, Caribou Coffee is permanently introducing almond milk to its menus and unveiling a new Ham & Swiss English Muffin, which will be available for a limited time at stores nationwide.
Caribou Coffee's addition of almond milk to menus nationwide provides guests a new dairy-free option to compliment their favorite drinks. For an additional $0.80, almond milk can be substituted for milk in any hot or cold beverage...

Cellairis Mobile Device Repair Center Welcomed As New Permanent Guest Of North Phoenix Walmart »

August 03, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Cellairis Mobile Repairs

August 7, 2015 is a special day for North Phoenix residents as Cellairis, the worldwide mobile device and computer repair franchise, takes up residence in the local Walmart located at 6145 North 35th Avenue.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - Offering the best in mobile device and computer repair throughout the world, Cellairis announces the opening of its newest store inside the North Phoenix area Walmart. Local residents will have the opportunity to experience the world class repair service of the franchise for themselves. Consumers owning iPads,iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and tablets will now have convenient access to the speedy, reliable repair service for which Cellairis is known. The company is also an up and coming front runner for PC and Mac computer repair, including virus removal and data transfers...

Resale Clothing Chain Turns Donated Clothes Into Cash For Building Schools »

August 03, 2015 at 4:41AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate resale franchises throughout the U.S. raised money from a charity sale to help build the first of three schools in Africa. The sale raised $51,613 funding the construction of a new school in Bromba, Mali.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate resale stores pay cash for like-new, gently-worn clothing, but this April, stores went a step further by collecting clothing and shoes to hold a nation-wide charity event. The Fill-A-Bag Sale raised $51,613 in a single day, and those funds immediately went to building a new school in Bromba, Mali. The community of Bromba officially began construction on July 2 and anticipate the school’s completion by early fall...

All Treats, No Tricks! Businesses Prepare For Halloween With Custom Promotional Items From EmbroidMe »

July 31, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: EmbroidMe

Lead times vary, but businesses need to plan their promotional marketing campaign at least two months ahead to order in time for Halloween promotional trick-or-treat bag.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (PRWEB) July 31, 2015 - Halloween evokes traditional images of children in costume going door to door in their neighborhoods collecting candy on October 31st. These days, however, Halloween has emerged as a community holiday, with schools, churches, nonprofits and businesses planning now to participate in Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October. Local organizations can organize or take part in such events at local malls, community centers, festivals, carnivals and pumpkin patches.
Safety First
Halloween now offers businesses, churches and other organizations the perfect opportunity to solidify their reputations as good community citizens...

7-Eleven's August FREEkends Offer More Free Stuff »

July 31, 2015 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

FREE + Weekend = FREEkend
DALLAS - July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven®, the one who brought America free Slurpee® drinks on 7-ELEVEN Day, followed by several days of free snacks and drinks during 7Rewards™ Week, is launching a new offer in August – FREEkends™. That's short for FREE Weekends, and the offer is just that. Added bonus, August has five weekends this year.
7-Eleven will launch its FREEkend offers Aug. 1 for 7Rewards members using the 7-Eleven mobile app. That weekend's free offer will appear in the "Scan and Save" section of the app at noon Central Daylight Time (CDT) every Saturday and Sunday in August. To redeem, customers present the featured item along with their 7-Eleven app to be scanned at the register...

Sears Outlet Opens New Store In Phoenix »

July 31, 2015 at 3:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
PHOENIX - July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) will open its newest Arizona Sears Outlet Store on July 30, 2015 at 16809 N. 9th Street in Phoenix.
The Phoenix location marks the 9th opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 27th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Outlet Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"The new Sears Outlet Store in Phoenix will provide the community with a place to get the products they need and want at a great value," said Keith Edquist, owner of the Sears Outlet Store in Phoenix...

ASP Diving In To New Swimming Pool Cleaning Service Franchise In Florida »

July 30, 2015 at 8:49AM PDT | Source: ASP-America's Swimming Pool Company

Franchise Owner David Smiley Speaks Up About Starting a Swimming Pool Service Business
MACON, GEORGIA (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced the opening of a new pool cleaning franchise in Indialantic, Florida. The location will service pools residing in Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, Patrick Air Force Base, and Cape Canaveral. Franchise owner David Smiley is excited to dive in to the pool industry in Florida.
“I knew franchising was something I wanted to do, and I wanted to keep it simple,” reported Smiley. “I was ready for a new challenge, but I knew that by starting my own company I would lack the knowledge and support given through an established franchise...

ASP Makes A Splash In Texas With New Swimming Pool Service Franchise »

July 30, 2015 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: ASP-America's Swimming Pool Company

Georgetown Swimming Pool Cleaning Service Franchise Location Opened July 1
MACON, GEORGIA (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company announced the opening of a new swimming pool service location in Georgetown, Texas on July 1. The swimming pool franchise will service the greater Williamson County area. The owners, Brett & Adrienne Boydston, plan on diving into the business offering the same exceptional customer service that is associated with the brand name.
“We are delighted to have Brett & Adrienne join the ASP family,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & CEO of ASP. “We wouldn’t be able to continue building our brand without driven and motivated franchisees like the Boydstons...

Easyhome Ltd. Reports Results For The Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015 »

July 30, 2015 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: easyhome

Total Revenue Growth of 15%, Same Store Sales Growth of 16.8%, Operating Income Growth of 36%
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 29, 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 its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
Q2 2015 Results
Revenue for the second quarter of 2015 increased to $72.9 million, an increase of 15.2% from $63.2 million in the second quarter of 2014. The growth was driven by the expansion of easyfinancial and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Total same store sales growth in the quarter was 16.8%. Operating income for the quarter was $10...

Brownsburg Area Welcomes New Sears Hometown Store »

July 30, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer to Provide Customers With Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment and More All at Guaranteed Lowest Price
BROWNSBURG, Ind. - July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) opened its newest Indiana Sears Hometown Store today within the Ace Hardware Store at 800 East Main Street in Brownsburg.
The Brownsburg location marks the 28th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 19th 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.
"Through our direct work with local homeowners, we saw a need for a larger assortment of products and services to complement their projects," stated Skylar Stevenson, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Brownsburg...

7-Eleven, Inc. Signs Master Franchise Agreement With Seven System Vietnam Co. Ltd. To Operate 7-Eleven® Stores In Vietnam »

July 30, 2015 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

July 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – 7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 56,400 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven System Vietnam Co. Ltd. to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in Vietnam. The expansion marks the company’s first stake in the Pacific Rim since 7-Eleven entered Indonesia in 2009.
7-Eleven’s entry into the country aims to enhance the convenience-shopping experience for Vietnamese customers and contribute to modernizing small retailers in the world’s 13th most populous country.
The new master franchisee plans to construct 7-Eleven stores, convert existing locations to the 7-Eleven brand supported by enhanced infrastructure, and eventually franchise operations to local businesspeople...

Easyhome Partners With Leon's Furniture To Offer New Consumer Financing Program »

July 29, 2015 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 28, 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 launch of a partnership with Leon's Furniture Limited ("Leon's") to provide customers of Leon's that do not qualify for traditional prime credit with a new point-of-sale financing alternative through its easyfinancial division.
With over 300 locations Leon's, through brands such as Leon's Furniture, The Brick and United Furniture Warehouse, is the largest retailer of home furnishings, electronics and appliances across Canada. Customers of Leon's often choose credit products arranged through these retail brands in order to finance their purchases...

Fuchsia Spa To Franchise Results-Driven Skin Care Concept Nationwide »

July 28, 2015 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Fuchsia Spa

Ariz.-based day spa with focus on providing routine skin care services set to begin franchising.
July 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // MESA, Ariz. – Mesa, Ariz.-based Fuchsia Spa announced today it is offering franchise opportunities for its full-service day spa concept that is making the “spa lifestyle” attainable through its unique monthly membership model.
After leaving corporate America, moms Lisa Vukonich and Erin Owens opened Fuchsia in November 2006 with a single location. The duo is now looking to expand its brand presence nationally.
“The Fuchsia franchise model offers a unique and approachable opportunity for everyday moms like us and entrepreneurial-minded individuals to take the next step in their careers by becoming business owners,” said co-owner Lisa Vukonich...

Say Cheese! Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac N’ Cheez! Launches National Expansion Plans »

July 28, 2015 at 9:39AM PDT | Source: Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez!

July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – No matter what kind of day you’ve had, you can always count on a bowl of macaroni and cheese to cheer you up. Soon, thanks to a recently launched franchise expansion initiative, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! will be feeding America’s growing appetite for the classic comfort food with its variety of mouth-watering, cheezy pick-me-ups.
With four locations currently open and operating throughout Michigan, the new chef-driven, fast-causal dining concept plans to open 10 new restaurants by the end of 2016 and have as many as 100 nationwide in the next five years.
Commitments have already been signed for the company’s fifth location in Michigan, as well as one each in Illinois and Ohio...

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 28, 2015 at 7:31AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Grows Consolidated Same Store Sales by 7.5 Percent and Achieves 1.4% Positive Same Store Sales in the Core U.S. Segment
PLANO, Texas - (BUSINESS WIRE) - JulY 27, 2015 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.
Highlights on the quarter include the following:

On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased to $0.43 in the second quarter compared to $0.33 for the second quarter of the prior year, up 10 cents or 30.3 percent
Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased to $0.50 compared to $0.38 for the second quarter of the prior year, up 12 cents or 31.6 percent (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
Consolidated total revenues increased 6...

Minuteman Press In Oxford Helps Two Time World Boxing Champion Amir Khan Deliver A Knockout Punch To Combat Homelessness  »

July 28, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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And Support Underprivileged Children in The Gambia
Minuteman Press franchise owner Amad Hassan donates £250 to the Amir Khan Foundation, who has teamed up with Penny Appeal to raise funds and build homes that will support 100 orphaned children in The Gambia, West Africa
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // OXFORD, England - Minuteman Press in Oxford recently attended a charity fundraising dinner in support of the Amir Khan Foundation, who has teamed up with Penny Appeal to raise funds to build a complex in The Gambia, West Africa, which will offer housing and support 100 orphaned children. Once built, the complex will not only offer housing but include a community center, school and clinic as well. In addition, a dedicated foster mother will live in each home, which will accommodate 10 children and allow them to live together in as natural of an environment as possible...

Arthur Banks Launches Caring Transitions Of Middle Georgia »

July 24, 2015 at 5:36AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource for managing senior relocations as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. Caring Transitions of Middle Georgia serves Bibb, Monroe, Houston, Peach, Crawford, Jones, Spaulding, Lamar, Butts and Henry counties as well as the surrounding areas.
Macon, GA (PRWEB) July 24, 2015 - After a life in education, Art Banks is looking forward to starting his next career as a small business owner. Banks just launched Caring Transitions of Middle Georgia.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource for managing senior relocations as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to organizing, packing, decluttering, moving and resettling, Caring Transitions can handle estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market...

Aaron's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 24, 2015 at 4:30AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Total Revenues of $769.0 Million, up 16%
GAAP Diluted EPS of $.56
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.61
Raises 2015 Guidance

ATLANTA, July 24, 2015 /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 six months ended June 30, 2015.
For the second quarter of 2015, revenues increased 16.1% to $769.0 million compared with $662.5 million for the second quarter of 2014. Net earnings increased to $40.5 million compared with $8.5 million in the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share were $.56 compared with $.12 for the same quarter last year...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results Release Date, Webcast And Conference Call »

July 23, 2015 at 6:09AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 23, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 4, 2015 on August 6, 2015 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.
The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.
Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone...

Snap-on Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results »

July 23, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools


Organic sales up 8.4%;
Operating earnings before financial services of 17.7% of sales improves 100 basis points;
Diluted EPS of $2.03 increases 12.8%

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 23, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the second quarter of 2015.

Sales of $851.8 million increased $25.3 million, or 3.1%, from 2014 levels; excluding $43.4 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation and $2.8 million of acquisition-related sales, organic sales increased $65.9 million or 8...



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