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Newly Remodeled Sears Hometown Store Opens In Helena »

April 18, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Refreshed Look Allows Local Retailer to Expand Product and Service Offerings to Better Suit the Community's Needs
HELENA, Mont. - April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is pleased to announce that the Sears Hometown Store located at 3120 Dredge Drive in Helena, Mont. has recently undergone a remodel to better serve its customers.
Locally owned and operated by Sharon Kangas, the store now has a fresh look, coupled with the continued high-level service and products customers expect at the Helena Sears Hometown Store.
"The Helena community has been so great to us for the past 20 years, so we wanted to reinvest in our business to make it even better for local residents," said Kangas, whose store is known in the community for its pink tractor raffle in support of the St...

Big Rapids Sears Appliance & Hardware Receives Best Small Business Award »

April 18, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Retailer Recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center for Outstanding Performance and Job Creation
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - While some retailers are depleting their staffs and struggling to make profits, a Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Michigan has done the opposite and is being honored by a local organization for its outstanding growth. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring the Big Rapids store, located at 14305 Northland Drive, with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for successfully creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy.
The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.62 increases 15.7%;Operating earnings before financial services of 15.5% of sales improves 100 basis points;First quarter sales up 6.2%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 17, 2014 - 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 first quarter of 2014.

Sales of $787.5 million increased $45.8 million, or 6.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $15.2 million of acquisition-related sales and $5.9 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 5...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,057,500 (or $.78 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2013.
Earnings growth during the first quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio as well as increased royalties in the franchising business. John Morgan, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We experienced solid growth in our lease portfolio during the quarter, and when coupled with the continued growth in new signed franchise agreements positions us well for long-term success."
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business...

FASTSIGNS® Receives High Honors For Franchisee Satisfaction In Canada »

April 18, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Canadian Franchise Association Recognizes the Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise for Its Dedication to Superior Franchisee Relations, Team Work and Communication
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Constantly receiving top ratings by U.S. organizations for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. - the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers - has been recognized by an industry organization for reflecting that same commitment to its Canadian franchise partners.
The franchisor was a Silver finalist in the "Traditional - Mature Franchises" category of the 2014 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence in Franchising, and was also named a Franchisee Choice designee for the third consecutive year...

Slice Of Life: 7-Eleven® Launches 'Pizza For Life' Sweepstakes »

April 17, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

DALLAS - April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Here's a slice of life. Actually, make that the whole pizza pie. 7-Eleven, Inc. will give some lucky pizza-lover a lifetime of hot, cheesy pizza in the first-ever Pizza for Life Sweepstakes. The contest runs through Friday, May 16, which happens to be National Pizza Party Day.
Pizza for Life Sweepstakes entry forms are available on the 7-Eleven® smartphone app. The app is available for download via the App Store or Google Play. To enter, click on the "What's in Store" calendar tab, then the 'gimmepizza' icon and fill in name and email address on the pop-up entry form. Entrants must be at least 18 years old to participate and can enter once a day.
After the entry is completed, an option appears on screen to share the sweeps information on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #GIMMEPIZZA4LIFE...

New Owner Of Lenexa Sears Outlet Store »

April 17, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17th Through the 20th With Discounts and Special Giveaways
LENEXA, Kansas - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 8540 Maurer Rd. in Lenexa, KS has a new owner, Tony Lutfi. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Lenexa welcomes the local community to stop by April 17th through the 20th and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Lenexa location is one of ten Sears Outlet Stores Lutfi and his team own and operate, in addition to 17 Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and three Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results Release Date, Webcast And Conference Call »

April 17, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 29, 2014, on May 1, 2014 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...

New Owner Of Winter Park Sears Outlet Store »

April 17, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
WINTER PARK, Fla., April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 3825 Forsyth Rd. in Winter Park, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Winter Park welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Winter Park location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"The Winter Park community has welcomed us warmly as a part of their local family, and we look forward to hosting this celebration as a thank you for their continued support," El-Hawary said...

Gap Inc. Outlining Advances In Omni-Channel Retailing, Global Growth And Supply Chain »

April 17, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Brand Presidents Highlighting Strategies to Drive Product Innovation and Strengthen Brand Value Propositions
SAN FRANCISCO - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As part of its annual investor meeting, Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today is providing an overview of its strategic initiatives designed to achieve long-term, profitable growth across its portfolio of brands. The company also will highlight its use of technology, innovation and scale as competitive advantages as it makes progress toward bridging the growing digital world with its physical stores to create world-class shopping experiences for its customers.
"We have the world's best collection of American brands coupled with a strong economic model and runway for global growth," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

CD One Price Cleaners Extends Market Reach With Opening Of 3 New Franchise Locations In Chicagoland Area »

April 16, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Industry Leading, One Price, Same Day Service Expands to Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview
WESTCHESTER, Ill. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Suburban Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners, an industry leader and franchisor in the $9 billion dry cleaning industry, is bringing its successful, value-driven, one price concept to three new markets in the Chicago area. Franchise agreements and store leases have been signed for Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview, Illinois.
The largest dry cleaning and laundry operator in Chicago, CD One Price Cleaners has 30 franchise and company-operated "superstore" locations in the Chicago area. Since opening its first store in Lincolnwood, Ill. in 2001, the company has offered consumers a deeply discounted, one-price policy for all men’s and women’s garments and a same-day service policy (in by 10 a...

New Owner Of Minuteman Press Urges Others To Explore Self-Employment »

April 16, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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Finds Solace in Franchising after 16 Years in the Technology Industry
Redmond, Wash. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - JD Klein always knew he wanted to transition from a career in corporate sales and marketing to being a small business owner. He needed to find the right kind of business and a way to fund it. As a new Franchisee of Minuteman Press, made possible by the financial services of Guidant Financial, he’s rapidly growing his own company while preserving the flexibility to enjoy life outside of work with his family.
"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur," said Klein. "The timing was right to make a move given the economy and our life situation."
In his search for the perfect franchise, he visited a business broker website, which is where he found Guidant Financial...

Chicken Dippers Rise As Newest Star Of 7-Eleven Hot Foods Menu »

April 16, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Retailer Adds 100% White Meat Pieces to Address Growing Snack Market
DALLAS - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As meals and snacks continue to morph to interchangeable eating occasions, 7-Eleven, Inc. adds another small-snack, big-value item to its hot foods line-up.
Chicken Dippers are pieces of 100-percent, high-quality white-meat chicken with no fillers that are lightly breaded in a tasty coating and served with a choice of Ancho Chipotle, Ranch or Honey Mustard dipping sauce. A cup-holder in the specially designed Dippers packaging helps keeps the sauce from spilling. Six "dippers" and sauce are value-priced at $1.99 at participating 7-Eleven® stores.
"Since we launched hot foods nationally five years ago, our chicken breast tenders and wings have been top-sellers, so we know our customers love chicken," said Kelly Buckley, 7-Eleven vice president of Fresh Food Innovation...

New Owner Of Jacksonville Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located in the Riverplace Shopping Center at 11111 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Jacksonville welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Jacksonville location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"The Jacksonville community has welcomed our store and product lines warmly, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for embracing us as a part of their community," El-Hawary said...

Salons By JC Names Retired Air Force Major And Former Fantastic Sams Region Director Drew Johnston As VP Of Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Salons By JC

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Salons By JC, the nation's fastest-growing salon suite franchise concept, announces the appointment of Drew Johnston as Vice President of Operations.
In his new role, Johnston will be responsible for maintaining, creating, and promoting the operational procedures within the corporate salons, while fusing those procedures and the Salons By JC culture into programs that will benefit the salon franchises. In addition, he will assist company co-founder Jack Griffey with the real estate piece of the company's franchise development efforts.
"Drew is a multi-talented and respected leader with highly regarded strengths in organizational leadership, administration and management," said Griffey...

New Owner Of Jacksonville Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located in the Riverplace Shopping Center at 11111 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Jacksonville welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Jacksonville location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"The Jacksonville community has welcomed our store and product lines warmly, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for embracing us as a part of their community," El-Hawary said...

Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise Opens New Store In Galveston, Texas »

April 16, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Seymour, TN (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise has opened a new store in Galveston, Texas. The new outlet is located at 2309 Strand, Unit 100 in the heart of the historic Strand District. The rich history of Galveston Island and an impressive variety of destination venues support burgeoning tourism and an active retail trade. "Galveston is a unique American history story. We have everything from buccaneer festivals to a modern flight museum," according to new store owner Clint Hall.
Paul Lyons, Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise COO, is confident that the new Galveston location will be a great success. "The Galveston Strand Historic District is a great tourist venue with a concentration of retail, dining and many points of interest...

Pet Supplies Plus Appoints Alex Roberts As Vice President Of Franchising »

April 16, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Livonia, Mich. – Pet Supplies Plus announced today that Alex Roberts has been named Vice President of Franchising. Pet Supplies Plus, a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital, is the third largest pet specialty retailer in the United States.
Prior to Pet Supplies Plus, Roberts was most recently the president of Mr. Handyman International, where he was responsible for overall brand performance of the 200+-unit franchise system, which operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Previous to that, he held roles with ProTect Painters International and Service Brands International.
Roberts is a veteran franchise executive who will bring an impressive set of skills and experiences to Pet Supplies Plus...

New Owner Of Clearwater Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
CLEARWATER, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 5251 110th Avenue North in Clearwater, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Clearwater welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Clearwater location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"We look forward to becoming more involved in the Clearwater community...

Aaron's, Inc. Receives Strong Support From Franchisees »

April 16, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has received strong support from its franchisees in connection with the Company's acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), and Aaron's new strategic plan.
In connection with these announcements, Aaron's held a conference call and meetings with its franchisees where it outlined the significant benefits the Progressive acquisition will have for franchisees and reiterated the Company's commitment to supporting the franchisee community as it works to grow and develop the Aaron's brand. Franchisees made the following comments:
Dave Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEI and Aaron's Franchisee Board Member (106 stores)

"The Progressive acquisition moves Aaron's quantum leaps forward...



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