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Interstate Batteries' Ron Kneifl Stars In Company's National Television Commercial »

December 18, 2014 at 9:29AM PST | Source: Interstate All Battery Center

Whistling While He Works Brings Fame To Sioux City Route Truck Driver
December 18, 2014 // // DALLAS -- A typical day for Interstate Batteries route sales manager Ron Kneifl involves delivering batteries to mechanic shops and retail stores along his Sioux City, Iowa, route. Lately, however, his stops have been taking a little longer as his clients want to talk about more than just batteries - they want to talk about Ron Kneifl, the emerging television commercial star.
Kneifl, who earned an Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager of the Year award in May, appears in one of the company's national television commercials that began airing in November. The advertisement promotes Interstate's commitment to keeping America beautiful through the company's recycling program and features Kneifl whistling the tune of "America The Beautiful" while steering his route truck along a spectacularly scenic road...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Seaford »

December 15, 2014 at 2:42PM PST | 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
SEAFORD, Del., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Delaware Sears Hometown Store at 23392 Sussex Highway in Seaford.
The Seaford location marks the 13th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 30th 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.
"We look forward to providing the Seaford community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn & garden equipment at the lowest possible price," stated Daniel White, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store of Seaford...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fresno »

December 15, 2014 at 2:40PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest California Sears Outlet Store at 4150 Shaw Avenue in Fresno.
The Fresno location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 29th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"We offer an extensive selection of entry-level priced to high-end merchandise that is constantly changing," said Airrick Contreras, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fresno. "Our goal is to simplify the Outlet shopping experience with a highly-skilled team that's ready to help customers find exactly what they need and want...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fayetteville »

December 15, 2014 at 2:36PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Sears Outlet Store in North Carolina on December 11, 2014 at 1240 Ireland Drive in Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville location marks the ninth opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 28th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"With the holidays approaching, customers will appreciate the tremendous value and savings at the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville," said Ken Whitlock, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville...

Pinot's Palette Partners With Constellation Brands To Feature The Dreaming Tree Wine In Locations Nationwide »

December 10, 2014 at 9:11AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

December 10, 2014 // // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, is partnering with international wine supplier Constellation Brands to feature The Dreaming Tree wines in all studios with bar and retail sections, making it the first paint and sip chain to implement a nationwide beverage program.
Initially, the featured wines will include The Dreaming Tree's 2012 Crush Red Blend, 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Everyday White Wine.
Based in Victor, N.Y., and with more than 40 facilities around the world, Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with more than 100 brands in its portfolio and operations in the U...

Salons By JC Opens In Saint Cloud, Minnesota »

December 10, 2014 at 7:30AM PST | Source: Salons By JC

Brings Together Collection of Beauty Professionals in One Luxurious Location
December 10, 2014 // // SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Salons By JC, the nation’s fastest-growing salon suite franchise concept, has opened its newest location at 132 Division Street in Waite Park, Minnesota.
The latest concept in the more than $75 billion salon industry services sector, Salons By JC leases private suites to beauty and wellness professionals – including hair stylists, nail technicians, facialists and massage therapists – who run their own businesses.
"One of the best things about Salons By JC is that we bring together a collection of independent beauty professionals in one luxurious location," said owner Andrew Horton, a 15-year veteran of the franchise industry who, along with his father, is committed to opening three more locations throughout Northern Minnesota over the next few years...

Fantastic Sams Salon Franchise Targets Top 15 Growth Markets »

December 10, 2014 at 6:50AM PST | Source: Fantastic Sams
Fantastic Sams Opportunities Available

Iconic 40-Year-Old Salon Franchise Is Expanding in Large and Small Markets Nationwide
BOSTON, MA - (Marketwired - Dec 10, 2014) - Fantastic Sams, the country's leading network of full-service salon franchises, today announced its Top 15 target growth markets for 2015.
Included in the roster are the Midwest states of Michigan and Illinois, Southeastern states of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and the Eastern Seaboard states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rounding off the list are Northern California, New Mexico and Texas.
Fantastic Sams is aggressively expanding in the wake of its acquisition in 2012 by Dessange International, a premium, luxury, multinational European beauty salon chain...

DirectBuy Launches New Discount Travel Program »

December 10, 2014 at 5:41AM PST | Source: DirectBuy

December 10, 2014 // // Merrillville, IN – DirectBuy is proud to announce DirectBuy Travel – the latest in offerings intended to raise the quality of life for consumers throughout the United States and Canada. DirectBuy Travel is an evolution of the company's products that will allow new members to add excitement, adventure and travel to their lives through access to savings on everything from cruises and resorts, to hotel and city stays, spa and golf packages and much more.
The DirectBuy Travel program is part of DirectBuy's evolving mission to focus on inspiring members with further additions to the company's lifestyle-enhancing benefits – a mantra set forth by DirectBuy's new CEO Mike Bornhorst, whose customer-focused background makes him uniquely qualified to lead DirectBuy in this new direction...

Medifast Launches New Energy Drops & Flavor Infusers™ »

December 10, 2014 at 4:40AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Leading Weight-Management Company Expands Product Line
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 9, 2014 /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 announce the launch of their newest Energy Drops and Flavor Infusers™.
Medifast's Flavor Infusers™ line will expand with five new products including Lemonade Energy Drops, Pineapple Mango Energy Drops, Wild Strawberry Energy Drops, Mandarin Orange Energy Infusers, and Unsweetened Lemon Energy Infusers. The Energy Infusers are single-serve packets of powder while the Energy Drops come in liquid form. Both are perfect on-the-go additions to your water bottle...

J.D. Byrider Adds Franchise-industry Veteran Greg Tanner To Its Team »

December 09, 2014 at 9:09AM PST | Source: J.D. Byrider

December 09, 2014 // // Carmel, Ind. - J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc., is pleased to announce Greg Tanner, co-founder of the Tanner Franchise Group, Inc., has joined the company as an advisor. Tanner, who recently retired after nearly 13 years as the national director-franchising for Aaron's, Inc., will work closely with J.D. Byrider's executive leadership to strengthen its brand and to elevate the company to the next level in the franchise industry.
"Greg's experience serving in multiple roles in the franchise industry over the past four decades will help us enhance various initiatives, including identifying new franchisees for the company," said Jack Humbert, vice president franchise sales - finance. "We have implemented several new marketing strategies and initiatives to help not only our brand grow, but also our franchisees...

Planet Beach To Change The Way Brazil Rejuvenates »

December 09, 2014 at 7:57AM PST | Source: Planet Beach

Planet Beach is excited for Brazil to be joining our extensive international family.
New Orleans, Louisiana (PRWEB) December 09, 2014 - Planet Beach, the leader in automated spa services, is proud to announce that the Federative Republic of Brazil will be joining us in our mission to change the way the world rejuvenates.
Joseph Mann, a business professional from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Fabio Messer, a former founding partner at M10 Investments, will be leading what is now Planet Beach's 10th international expansion.
"I recently travelled to the US where I had a wonderful experience with the Aqua-Massage service. As soon as I came back to Rio de Janeiro, I started searching for more information about the equipment. That's when I came across Planet Beach," explained Mann...

VOM FASS Celebrates 20th Anniversary At 2014 Annual Conference In Germany »

December 08, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: VOM FASS

Franchise Partners, Product Suppliers and Corporate Leadership Teams From Around the Globe Collaborate to Continue Company's Success
December 08, 2014 // // MADISON, Wis. – VOM FASS, the international retail franchise that offers a unique 'from the cask' customer experience, turns 20. The renowned company is known for serving hand-selected oils, vinegars, spices, spirits and gourmet foods. In celebration of their anniversary, franchise partners and producers from around the globe attended the annual conference at the VOM FASS home base in Waldburg, Germany. Franchise partners came together to hear the latest marketing success stories and share some of the best practices discovered during the year. In addition to a strong educational component, the gathering also served as an opportunity to showcase new and exclusive VOM FASS products as well as present a new show kitchen at VOM FASS corporate Headquarters...

Medifast Implements Next Phase Of Weight Control Center Strategy »

December 08, 2014 at 3:59AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Company to Close 34 Corporate Centers, Transition 17 Locations to Franchise Owners
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, announced today the plan by a subsidiary to close 34 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers by December 31, 2014. Medifast also expects its subsidiary to sell the assets of 17 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers to existing business partners, which would then be transitioned to the franchise model.
"Exiting the corporate Center model is consistent with our long-term strategy and will allow us to focus on optimizing the performance of our franchise partners," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medifast...

Planet Beach Expands Into The World Of E-Commerce! »

December 05, 2014 at 11:38AM PST | Source: Planet Beach

Planet Beach, the creator of automated spa services, is expanding into the world of e-commerce and bringing "awesomeness in a box" to the masses.
New Orleans, Louisiana (PRWEB) December 05, 2014 - Planet Beach's new online store is now open for business at! Planet Beach's exclusive line of beauty, skincare, wellness and relaxation products can now be purchased from the comfort of your own home in a matter of a few clicks.
The research has been conducted, the development has been completed and now it's official! Planet Beach has entered the world of eCommerce. The place where our customers are already shopping and will be able to get products delivered right to their door in what is being coined as "awesomeness in a box!" Great products that Planet Beach members have enjoyed for the past 19+ years are now available to the masses...

Giant Tiger In Shelburne, ON Unveils New Modern Look! »

December 05, 2014 at 11:35AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2014) - The renovations are nearing completion and it's down to the finishing touches. This Saturday, December 6, Giant Tiger unveils a fully renovated store located at 226 First Avenue, Unit 1, Ontario.
The store has been redesigned to greatly improve the shopping experience for our customers. They will find even more of the same outstanding values, great deals and friendly customer service they've come to expect from Giant Tiger for their fashion, food and home needs - plus a lot more space to shop and a fun new Giant Tiger look!
Store owner Andrew Lewis and his entire team are excited about their newly improved store and invite you to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 6, beginning at 8:00 am...

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

December 05, 2014 at 4:11AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. ("SHO") (NASDAQ: SHOS) today reported results for its quarter ended November 1, 2014. We operate through two segments--our Sears Hometown and Hardware segment ("Hometown") and our Sears Outlet segment ("Outlet").
Results for the third quarter included:

Comparable store sales declined 2.3%, an improvement in trend from recent quarters
Hometown comparable store sales decreased 6.2% and Outlet comparable store sales increased 9.3%
One-time, non-cash charge for impairment of goodwill of $167.0 million
Establishment of a reserve for potential losses on franchisee receivables of $11.5 million
Adjusted EBITDA loss of $4...

Michael Begley Brings Caring Transitions To Spokane Area »

December 04, 2014 at 4:48AM PST | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

This locally owned and operated franchise serves Greater Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Hill, Millwood, Veradale, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas.
Spokane, WA (PRWEB) December 03, 2014 - Michael Begley knows a few things about managing the estates of loved ones when they downsize or pass away, including how overwhelmingly stressful it can be – he helped with the estates of both his parents and his grandmother. That's why, when he decided to open his own business, Caring Transitions was a natural fit.
Begley just opened Caring Transitions of Spokane. This local franchise serves Greater Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Hill, Millwood, Veradale, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations...

Massage Heights Expands Canadian Reach »

December 04, 2014 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Massage Heights
Massage Heights Opportunities Available

Company continues to grow creating an additional 125 new jobs over the next two years.
December 04, 2014 // // San Antonio, Texas – Massage Heights continues the aggressive growth of its franchise system with the announcement of its newest Retreat openings in Canada and plans to develop an additional six Retreats within the next two years. "We are extremely pleased with the performance of the Massage Heights Canada Retreats, month over month. The five Calgary locations are within our Top 10 performing locations system wide. We are excited about the new additions in Edmonton and the ability to provide an elevated massage experience," said Shane Evans, Co-Founder and President of Massage Heights.
Doug McNabb and Ken Carter joined Massage Heights in 2009 as a Master Franchisee for the Canadian market...

Giant Tiger Continues To Grow »

December 03, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2014) - Here we grow again! Giant Tiger is excited to announce the move to our new store in Prescott, Ontario.
The new Giant Tiger will be located at 936 Edward Street North. This new location will offer approximately 11,700 square feet of selling space, a huge increase from the current 8,395 square feet.
Giant Tiger has been a proud member of the Prescott community since 1977.
"We are thrilled to be building a brand new store in Prescott," says Greg Farrell, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "Giant Tiger is investing in Prescott by increasing the selling space and offering our existing and new customers the Giant Tiger New Store Experience."
Store owner Brad Parks is excited about the upcoming move...

MAACO® Makes A Difference To An American Hero »

December 03, 2014 at 7:43AM PST | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Marine Veteran and Mother-to-Be Receives a Vehicle Through National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides™
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Dec 2, 2014) - MAACO®, part of Driven Brands family of automotive companies, teamed up with the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides™ program to make a difference in the life of an American hero. In partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ and Axalta, the MAACO® Fleet Solutions team donated a restored vehicle to expecting mother and Marine veteran, Sherika Fayson.
"The thought of having a reliable car brings tears to my eyes," said Sherika. "It's overwhelming to think what a difference it will make in my life."
"This would not have been possible without the help of Robert Fish, MAACO® Fleet Solutions National Account Manager, and our incredible partners," said Frank Petrane, MAACO® Vice President of Fleet Sales...

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