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Newly Opened Cherry Blow Dry Bar Tennessee Branch Recently Featured On Local TV »

September 17, 2014 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Cherry Blow Dry Bar

The new Cherry Blow Dry Bar in Nashville offers luxurious hair blowouts and hair extensions with a champagne bar for socializing with others.
Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 - After beginning franchise operations in the US in 2013, Cherry Blow Dry Bar has grown into 6 stores with one of the latest blow dry bar Nashville branches opening on July 16th and was recently featured on Channel 2 on August 14th. The express salon concept has a standard $35 service charge for all blow-dries regardless of hair length and thickness. The Nashville location, just like all branches, also comes with a built-in champagne bar for socializing and provides Nashville with a new destination for weekly hair blowouts. The franchise is targeting to open more stores across United States before the year-end...

101 Mobility Of Long Island Appearing On NBC's George To The Rescue This Saturday! »

September 17, 2014 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: 101 Mobility

Be sure to catch 101 Mobility of Long Island on latest episode of NBC’s George to the Rescue.
Floral Park, NY (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 - This past June, John Michiellini, owner of 101 Mobility of Long Island, and a handful of Nassau County business leaders teamed up with George Oliphant of NBC’s George to the Rescue. Their mission: to help a local wheelchair-bound woman independently access her garden and driveway. On Saturday evening, all involved parties will finally get the chance to see their hard work come to life!
NBC’s George to the Rescue, 101 Mobility of Long Island, Old World Quality Corporation, Bruno Independent Living Aids, and Ireland-Gannon Associates will all be featured in Saturday’s episode which documents the renovation and big reveal of the Klein family project...

Toys"R"Us® Unveils The 2014 #Truhottoylist »

September 16, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Charm-azing Bracelets, Stretchy Heroes in a Half Shell, Little Chirping Love Birds, a Virtual Construction Set and 200 Pound-Towing Truck Are Among the Top Toys Named to the Company's Annual and Industry-Leading Gift List
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys"R"Us® today revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List. The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys"R"Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of brand new toys, games and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids' wish lists this year. For the full list, visit Toysrus.com/HotToys or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Voin Todorovic Chief Financial Officer »

September 16, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 15, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced the appointment of Voin Todorovic as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 15, 2014. As Chief Financial Officer, Todorovic will be responsible for global finance, accounting, tax, capital management and investor relations. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc., Sharon John."Voin has a solid background in linking financial goals and business objectives. I am excited to have him join the team as we continue to evolve our business model to leverage the strength of the Build-A-Bear brand to drive toward the Company’s stated objectives of sustainable, profitable growth,” said John...

Iconic Retailer, Art Van Furniture, Coming To Mishawka, Indiana »

September 15, 2014 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Family-owned Sofa Select to Become First Art Van Furniture Franchise Store in the State
WARREN, Mich. - Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Art Van Furniture is a company on the move, and its next stop will be Mishawaka, Indiana! The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer has signed a franchising agreement with Sofa Select to become its first franchise store in the Hoosier state. Sofa Select (5946 North Grape Road near the University Park Mall) is owned by Tom and Rose Eslinger. The store will be renamed Art Van Furniture at its current location and continue to serve northern Indiana as well as lower southwest Michigan.
"Tom and Rose Eslinger are woven into the fabric of this community, playing an integral role in helping families furnish their homes affordably for almost 35 years," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture...

Bill Colvin Establishes New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchise »

September 15, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Competitive Athlete Hopes to Give Back to Community with Nutritional Supplement Store
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bill Colvin loves a good challenge. From participating in sports competitions to conquering his fitness goals, he's always taken pride in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. Now, he's applying that same mindset to his new business — Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
"I take pride in ownership," he said. "I want to follow my passion for health and fitness, plus be able to control my destiny and create my own work-life balance."
Max Muscle is a retail store selling nutritional supplements and services to help people from varying walks of life meet their health goals. The supplements are made with premium ingredients, and employees knowledgeable in nutrition can assist customers in finding the right blend of products to further their fitness efforts...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Expand Shoreline Village Location In Long Beach »

September 15, 2014 at 4:33AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals Will Move Into All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall and Offer Stand up Paddleboards and Segway Tours, in Addition to Specialty Bike Rentals and Bike Tours
Long Beach, CA - September 13, 2014 - PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals will be expanding its existing location at Shoreline Village in Long Beach. The building formerly known as the All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall will soon be home to Wheel Fun Rentals' unique Surreys and specialty cycles. In addition to a large variety of bikes, stand ­up paddleboards and Segway tours will also be offered in the near future. Doors officially open at this new location on September 15th, 2014.
"We've been renting specialty cycles in Shoreline Village for over 14 years, but today we are very excited to announce our expansion, allowing us to offer even more recreational vehicles to Long Beach locals and visitors," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals...

FASTSIGNS® Eyes Southeast Asia For Next Global Market »

September 12, 2014 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise Seeks Master Franchise Partners and Area Developers for Significant Expansion throughout the Region
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – With its recent master franchise agreements for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and North Africa as well as other international deals in the works, FASTSIGNS International Inc. is now focusing its global expansion efforts on Southeast Asia.
The worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries is specifically targeting Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos for master franchise partners and area developers...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Sidney »

September 12, 2014 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances at Guaranteed Lowest Price
SIDNEY, Mont. - Sept. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opens its newest Montana Sears Hometown Store today, September 12, 2014 within the Trifecta Home Center location at 1051 S. Central Ave. in Sidney.
The Sidney location marks the 11th 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 they are independently owned and operated.
"The addition of the new Sears Hometown Store inside our existing business will provide great value to the community," stated Becky Benson, who co-owns the new Sears Hometown Store in Sidney with her sister Teresa Benson...

Snap-on Honored With Three Tool Innovation Awards »

September 11, 2014 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Snap-on was recently honored with three prestigious awards that recognize the company as providing unique productivity solutions that address the needs of the vehicle repair industry.
Snap-on received two Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) Innovation Awards for the Semi-Deep Flip Socket (S6810) in the hand tools category and the Digital Video Borescope (BK6500) in the inspection tools/lab scope category. Snap-on also received a MOTOR Magazine Top 20 Tools Award for the Two-Piece, 3/8-inch Drive Impact Swivel Extension Set (202IPFX).
"We are pleased to be recognized again this year for our efforts to understand our customers' work and develop innovative tools that help service technicians repair vehicles faster and more effectively," said Tom Kassouf, president – Snap-on Tools Group...

Toys"R"Us® Lifts The Curtain On 2014 Holiday Season »

September 10, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

During a Special Preview Event, Hank Mullany, President, Toys"R"Us, U.S., Shares the Significant Steps Taken to Prepare for the Months Ahead; Company Announces Launch of New Rewards"R"Us Loyalty Program, Introduces Free Online Layaway, Plus "Here's What's Hot" and "Gift Express" Shops; The World's Leading Dedicated Toy Retailer Focused on Making Gifting Easy for Shoppers, While Demonstrating Its Toy Category Leadership through Ownership of Hot and Exclusive Products, Breadth of Selection, Imaginative Marketing and Expert Employees
September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ - Toys"R"Us® today lifted the curtain on its plans for the 2014 holiday season at a special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City...

Leading National Battery & Light Bulb Franchise Launches "Smarter Power California" Campaign »

September 10, 2014 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Batteries Plus Bulbs Unveils Energy Efficiency Education Program for State Consumers, Businesses
LOS ANGELES - September 10, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans could save 10 to 30 percent on their energy bills by taking advantage of energy-efficient products and services. While the state of California has already demonstrated exceptional efforts to help save energy, the nation’s fastest-growing battery and light bulb retail chain is stepping forward to ramp up educational efforts by expanding its franchise presence throughout the state.
Batteries Plus Bulbs, with more than 30 stores throughout California and over 625 nationwide, is launching a statewide campaign called "Smarter Power California" to help residents reduce energy demands, save on energy costs and ultimately push California back to the top of the list as the country’s most energy-efficient state...

Cellairis Introduces New Product Lineup For IPhone 6 And IPhone 6 Plus »

September 10, 2014 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: Cellairis

Leading Wireless Accessory Company Unveils a Range of Innovative and Stylish Cases and Accessories
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/  - Cellairis, an industry leader in providing cutting-edge tech accessories, today announces new case models and wireless accessories for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Committed to providing stylish and protective accessories for the latest in mobile technology, Cellairis' new offerings introduce innovative designs and utility features to help make the most of the devices.
"We are extremely proud of the quality and diversity mix Cellairis is set to introduce for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," said Joseph Brown, co-founder and president at Cellairis. "As devices improve and evolve, it is important that we create innovative solutions to maximize their features through self-expression...

Edible Arrangements Joins Society For Nutrition Education And Behavior »

September 10, 2014 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

And Announces Healthy School Celebration Products in Effort to Keep Students' Sugary Sweets to a Minimum
WALLINGFORD, CT - (Marketwired - Sep 10, 2014) - Edible Arrangements, originator and category leader in fresh fruit arrangements, has joined the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), the leading organization of nutrition educators in the US and worldwide. This coincides with the announcement of Edible Arrangement's healthy, all-fruit alternatives to cakes and cookies for in-school celebrations. The company's 1,200 U.S. franchisees will also be offering discounted products to schools.
"Research published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior observed that during classroom celebrations young children consumed 20% to 35% of their estimated total daily energy requirements from low-nutrient items such as cake," reports SNEB President Kendra Kattelmann...

Decor&You Shares 4 Simple, Stress-Free Steps To Reclaim Your Space »

September 10, 2014 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: Decor&You

National Interior Decorators Share Tips on Designing a Room From Scratch - and Enjoying It
SOUTHBURY, CT - (Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - Some life events, like purchasing a new home, having a child move out or simply being ready for a change, can leave homeowners facing a bare and empty room - and a decorating challenge.
Decor&You, one of America's leading, full-service, interior decorating franchises, understands how overwhelming this process can feel. To begin the transformation, the design experts at Decor&You encourage homeowners to take a step back and visualize their empty space as a blank canvas where they have the opportunity to create a masterpiece.
"Finding yourself in a position to completely design a room is a rare occasion and can be exciting," stated Karen Powell, founder and CEO of Decor&You...

North County Mall Gets New "Street Corner" To Cater To Shoppers, Mall Employees »

September 10, 2014 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: Street Corner

September 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // ESCONDIDO, Calif. – North County Mall has just become a little more convenient for shoppers and mall employees.
Aug. 27, 2014, marked the opening of a new Street Corner franchise at the mall. Street Corner, which exploits small and underused spaces in shopping malls, universities and other environments, sells many of the items not usually found in the mall – everything from cough drops to aspirin to bags of chips – all the things needed to sustain shoppers on an outing, or help mall workers get through their shifts.
"Mall employees are virtually a captive audience, so the goal is to bring them the convenience of a street-side shop without the need to leave the premises, while serving the needs of mallgoers too," said franchise owner Adrian Aybar of Escondido...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

September 09, 2014 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. ("SHO") (NASDAQ: SHOS) today reported results for its quarter ended August 2, 2014.
Results for the second quarter included:

Operating income decreased 62.4% to $5.8 million
EPS decreased 62.5% to $0.15
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 55.0% to $7.9 million
Comparable store sales decreased 6.3%

Year-to-date results through the second quarter included:

Operating income decreased 69.8% to $12.1 million
EPS decreased 70.2% to $0.31
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 63.0% to $16.5 million
Comparable store sales decreased 6.2%

Bruce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, "During the second quarter we observed a highly promotional environment for large appliances...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Champaign »

September 09, 2014 at 6:54AM 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
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sept. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Illinois Sears Hometown Store today, September 9, 2014 in the Marketview Shopping Center at 11 E. Marketview Drive in Champaign.
The Champaign location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 23rd 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...

Wireless Zone® Announces National Discovery Day »

September 09, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

Nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer invites potential business owners to Connecticut headquarters to learn about owning a Wireless Zone® store.
September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middletown, CT - Wireless Zone,® the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is inviting entrepreneurs to a Discovery Day event at its headquarters in Middletown, Connecticut, on Monday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will give potential new business owners an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the company and lay the foundation for store ownership.
"Wireless Zone continues to expand and grow throughout the U.S.," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone. "With the all advancements in the technology and wireless industries, this is an exciting time to get involved...

J.D. Byrider Adds Three To Franchising Team »

September 08, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. - J.D. Byrider, the nation's leading used car and finance company, is pleased to announce three individuals have been added to the franchising team at J.D. Byrider's Carmel, Indiana, headquarters. Kirby Durham was hired as director of franchise financing, Maureen Glunt joins the team as director of franchise sales, and Jennifer Kier was named a senior franchise analyst.
"J.D. Byrider's franchising growth demanded that we allocate additional resources to help our franchisees continue to source exceptional funding opportunities for their businesses, as well as provide the horsepower to provide them best-in-class financial analytics and support,” said Tom Welter, vice president of franchising...



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