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Plato's Closet And Once Upon A Child Rated Top Retail Franchises By Entrepreneur Magazine »

January 29, 2015 at 9:01AM PST | Source: Plato's Closet

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Both Resale Stores Rank in the Top 150 on the Magazine's Reputable 36th Annual Franchise 500® List
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – With the economy slowly recovering, consumers are gradually becoming more comfortable spending money. However, even with the economy starting to bounce back, one retail category that has proven it's here to stay through thick and thin is resale stores. With celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, Julia Roberts and Lorde publicly discussing how much they enjoy shopping at resale stores, along with parents constantly on the lookout for more cost effective ways to shop for their children, the demand for resale stores continues to climb.
A strong indication of this trend is the continual success and growth of niche resale stores such as Plato's Closet® and Once Upon A Child®, which are franchised by Winmark Corporation...

Regis Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results »

January 29, 2015 at 4:27AM PST | Source: Regis Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), a leader in the haircare industry, whose primary business is owning, operating and franchising hair salons, today reported results for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2014 versus the prior year as noted below.
As a result of the Company's valuation allowance against most of its deferred tax assets, associated reported and, as adjusted, after-tax results of operations are not comparable to prior periods.

Sales of $455.9 million, a decline of ($12.5) million. Same-store sales decreased 0.3%.

Same-store service and product sales decreased 0.2% and 0.6%, respectively.


GAAP net loss of ($19...

Young Entrepreneur Wins Kid To Kid Store Of The Month Award »

January 29, 2015 at 4:22AM PST | Source: Kid to Kid

Grapevine, TX (PRWEB) January 29, 2015 - The Kid to Kid franchise proudly awarded its December Store of the Month award to Brittany Tucker, owner of the Kid to Kid located at 2100 W. Northwest Hwy., Suite #218 in Grapevine, TX for outstanding increase in sales, as well as improvements to store systems.
The Grapevine location was selected from more than 100 Kid to Kid children's resale stores across the U.S. and Portugal because of an impressive 46 percent increase in sales and 44 percent increase in invoices over the previous year.
"The store's terrific improvements over the past couple months are a result of implementing significant operational changes," said the store's corporate support representative, Jeff Kinsel. Brittany placed a stronger focus on turning product more quickly by consistently checking pricing, and keeping the racks full...

Decor&You Shares 4 Ways To Keep Clutter From Overtaking Your Life »

January 29, 2015 at 4:16AM PST | Source: Decor&You

National Interior Decorator Offers Effective Strategies for the Silent Majority Who Experience Clutter
SOUTHBURY, CT - (Marketwired - Jan 28, 2015) - Have you ever heard the expression "too much of a good thing?" While the expression often refers to overwhelming feelings from eating too much of a delectable dessert or having close family stay at your home one day too long, it's also appropriate in a variety of other contexts - especially aspects of the décor process. For example, homeowners may find themselves idealizing the idea of storage space and seizing any opportunity for more without considering whether more storage space is really necessary.
Decor&You, one of America's leading, full-service interior decorating franchises, challenges homeowners to take a step back and evaluate the items overcrowding their storage...

Sears Hometown Stores Continue National Expansion With Newest Location In Louisiana »

January 29, 2015 at 3:45AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

New Covington Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
COVINGTON, La. - Jan. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Louisiana Sears Hometown Store on January 29, 2015 at 1200 Business Hwy, 190 Ste. 3 in Covington.
The Covington location marks the sixth opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year as well as the sixth 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...

Cartridge World Named A Top-100 Franchise »

January 28, 2015 at 5:00AM PST | Source: Cartridge World

MCHENRY, Ill. - January 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Earlier this month, Entrepreneur magazine announced their annual Franchise 500® list and named Cartridge World among the exclusive Top 100 franchises, joining the ranks of Subway, McDonalds, Supercuts and other global brands.
Opening its first store in the United States 12 years ago, Cartridge World has nearly 500 stores in North America today. The retailer provides ink and toner cartridges, printers, service and supplies for thousands of home and business customers. Unlike a superstore that sells a wide range of office supplies, Cartridge World carved a niche in the market by delivering innovative printing solutions.
"Every office prints dozens to hundreds of documents every day," said Tom McLaughlin, Cartridge World's Marketing Director...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Ranks No. 12 On List Of Top 100 Franchises For 2015 »

January 28, 2015 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Franchise Gator Recognizes Leading National Retail Franchise for Financial Stability, Growth, Transparency, Engagement, Continuity and Sustainability
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - January 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) ranks No. 12 on Franchise Gator's list of Top 100 Franchises for 2015.
The franchise site studied hundreds of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD) to narrow down the list of top franchise opportunities for the New Year, and rated Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores high for outstanding financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. The Company franchises three store formats that focus on selling home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and more – Sears Home Appliance Showrooms, Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores and Sears Outlet Stores...

Pinot's Palette-Alamo Heights Holds 2nd Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting And Reception »

January 27, 2015 at 9:28AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Senator Leticia Van de Putte officiates the unveiling of the commemorative painting "Starry Night Over San Antone"
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Pinot's Palette-Alamo Heights is pleased to announce their momentous celebration, the 2nd Anniversary Ribbon Cutting hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 4th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at their studio located in The Collection Shopping Center, 7959 Broadway Ste. 402, San Antonio, 78209. Honored guest, Senator, Leticia Van de Putte, will inaugurate the reception with an official unveiling of the commemorative painting, "Starry Night Over San Antone" created by local Artist, Bianca Alvarez.
Proprietors Cristina Canales and Terry Narazaki are very pleased about cutting the ribbon to mark their second year in business...

FASTSIGNS® Secures $15 Million In Franchise Expansion Funding With Benetrends »

January 26, 2015 at 11:06AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Extends Partnership with Benetrends; FASTSIGNS Now has $21 Million in Funds Available for New and Existing Franchisees
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – Due to continued high growth and increased demand in franchise opportunities, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has expanded its relationship with Benetrends to provide up to $15 million in funds to start-up and expanding franchisees for new center development. Benetrends has long partnered with FASTSIGNS® as a provider of 401(k) rollover funding, or its Rainmaker Plan.
"We are proud to partner with Benetrends to provide new and existing FASTSIGNS franchisees with access to millions in capital, with an expedited SBA loan approval process and attractive terms," stated Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS...

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Aligns With Make-A-Wish® To "Share Your Heart" For Valentine's Day »

January 26, 2015 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Contributions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland will help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
ST. LOUIS - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the second year in a row in the U.S., and for the first time internationally, Build-A-Bear Workshop® (NYSE: BBW) will commemorate Valentine's Day by offering the opportunity to "Share Your Heart" by making a donation to help Make-A-Wish® grant life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Make-A-Wish® are teaming up for the second year in a row in the U.S. and for the first time internationally with their joint "Share Your Heart" donation campaign. Huggable Hearts Puppy and Huggable Hearts Kitty are two furry friends available this Valentine's season in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online, where guests in the U...

Edible Arrangements Names Havas Worldwide New York Creative Agency Of Record »

January 23, 2015 at 7:41AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

NEW YORK - Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Edible Arrangements has named Havas Worldwide as Integrated Agency of Record.
Havas Worldwide will produce traditional and digital campaigns and work on brand strategy for the fresh-fruit gift company, including a new campaign for 2015.
"Havas Worldwide combines the keen consumer insights, creative imagination, and digital savvy necessary to support our growing global brand," said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. "Most of all, they are genuinely passionate about our business and the success of our talented franchisees."
About Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements is the leading online retailer and franchisor of stores offering hand crafted fruit arrangements, chocolate covered fruit and fresh fruit smoothies...

Gigi's Cupcakes Goes Gluten Free In 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 4:19AM PST | Source: Gigi's Cupcakes

Gourmet Gluten-Free Cupcakes Now Available Daily from America's Largest Cupcake Franchise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - January 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gigi's Cupcakes has kicked off the new year with the introduction of gluten-free versions of its award-winning gourmet cupcakes. Now, guests who prefer to follow a gluten-free diet can enjoy mouthwatering cupcakes in their favorite flavors every day of the week.
Each Gigi's Cupcakes bakery is now offering at least three different flavors of gourmet gluten-free cupcakes daily. The weekly gluten-free cupcake menu can be found at GigisCupcakesUSA.com/gluten-free-cupcakes and features customer favorites such as Wedding Cake and Midnight Magic Chocolate Chip. Many locations will also bake up gluten-free specials unique to their neighborhoods and special orders are available on request...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter And Year End 2014 Earnings Call And Webcast »

January 23, 2015 at 3:54AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - Jan. 22, 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, announced it will host a conference call on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 10:00 am Eastern Time to discuss its fourth quarter and year end 2014 financial results scheduled for release prior to the market opening on February 6, 2015. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by webcast accessible through the Company's website, investor.aarons.com in the "Investor Relations" section. The webcast will be archived for playback at that same site.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarons-inc-announces-fourth-quarter-and-year-end-2014-earnings-call-and-webcast-300024396...

Petland Recognized As Top-Ranked Franchise By Entrepreneur Magazine »

January 22, 2015 at 6:49AM PST | Source: Petland

Climbs 29 spots this year on Franchise 500 list.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland is honored to once again be ranked among top-ranked franchises in the United States.
Petland climbed 29 spots this year, ranking 442 overall in the Entrepreneur® Magazine's 36th Annual Franchise 500®. According to Entrepreneur.com, there are more than 3,000 active franchisors in North America.
"It is an honor to once again be recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 500 franchise concepts in the United States," said Petland, Inc. President and CEO Joe Watson. "This recognition is a testament to the relevance of the Petland brand and our proprietary operating model."
Petland, Inc.'s Director of Communication Elizabeth Kunzelman added, "The strength of the Petland franchise system lies within the dedication of our Petland franchisees located around the world...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results Conference Call »

January 22, 2015 at 6:06AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // KENOSHA, Wis. - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will release 2014 fourth quarter and full year results prior to the market open on Thursday, February 5, 2015. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00am ET on that day. The conference call, with accompanying slides, will be webcast live via the Internet.
To access the call, visit http://www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. The quarterly release and the slides which will accompany the call can be accessed under the Downloads tab in the webcast viewer, as well as on the Snap-on website under the tabs Investor Information / Investor Events / Company Presentations. An archived replay will be available on the Snap-on website for at least one week following the call...

FASTSIGNS® Shares 7 Visual Tips To Help Companies Make The Most Of Events »

January 22, 2015 at 5:35AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

CARROLLTON, Texas - Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As businesses and organizations move forward in the new year, planning for upcoming events is often a priority. Whether hosting a fundraising gala, a regional sales meeting, a national convention or a sporting event, a consistent visual experience before, during and after an event is critical to its success.
"The average adult attention span is shrinking, making well-planned and consistent event visual graphics even more crucial," explains Drue Townsend, Senior VP of Marketing for FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "Utilizing distinct and attention-getting signs and graphics to create a seamless brand experience as you inform, direct and/or sell helps the audience learn about the event, get where they are going, stay safe and be engaged...

Medifast Named SmartCEO Future 50 Award Winner For 4th Consecutive Year »

January 22, 2015 at 4:59AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Medifast Recognized as a Leading Large Company in the Baltimore Region
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss and healthy living products and programs is proud to be recognized by SmartCEO magazine as a 2015 Future 50 Blue Chip company for the fourth consecutive year.
The prestigious annual Future 50 award honors a range of growing businesses in the Baltimore region including 50 fast-growth mid-sized companies, five small Emerging Growth companies and five large Blue Chip companies. As a Blue Chip winner, Medifast was identified as one of Baltimore's leading businesses with strong foundational leadership and an innate drive for success...

Beef Jerky Outlet Franchises Now Available In Illinois And Maryland »

January 22, 2015 at 4:48AM PST | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Seymour, Tennessee (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 - Beef Jerky Outlet Franchises are now available for sale in Illinois and Maryland. Beef Jerky Outlet is anEntrepreneur Top 500 Franchise featuring hundreds of varieties of jerky and specialty snack foods at locations in 16 states. Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise currently has 34 operating stores with over 40 more slated to open in the near future.
Paul Lyons, Beef Jerky Outlet COO, is pleased with the prospects for franchise sales in both Illinois and Maryland. "Our research indicates many prime locations in these states that meet all of our requirements for success. We prefer busy destination venues adjacent to high traffic retail shopping areas. Proximity to big box outdoor retailers is a real plus, given our customer demographics," said Lyons...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. To Host 10th "Great Trade-in" Event »

January 21, 2015 at 7:30AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Highly Anticipated Event Returns to Babies"R"Us® and Toys"R"Us® Stores Nationwide from Friday, January 23 through Saturday, February 21 to Provide Shoppers the Opportunity to Remove Recalled or Outdated Baby Products from Homes; More Than 1.1 Million Used and Potentially Unsafe Products Removed from the Marketplace Since the Program's Inception
January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® today announced its 10th "Great Trade-In" event, issuing its latest call to action for customers to rid their homes of potentially unsafe, old and second-hand cribs, high chairs, car seats, strollers and more, in exchange for savings on a new item. Since 2009, the company's Great Trade-In event has resulted in the removal of more than 1...

Progressive Promotions Include Blake Wakefield To President And Chief Revenue Officer »

January 20, 2015 at 8:17AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Todd Jeffcoat to Chief Financial Officer and Ryan Ray to Chief Operations Officer
ATLANTA - Jan. 20, 2015 /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 Ryan Woodley, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of subsidiary Progressive Leasing, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing effective January 15. In addition, Blake Wakefield, currently Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, was promoted to Progressive's President and Chief Revenue Officer; Todd Jeffcoat, Senior Vice President of Finance, was named Progressive's Chief Financial Officer; and Ryan Ray, Vice President of Operations, was named Progressive's Chief Operations Officer...



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