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New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Weight Loss Product Said To Shed Pounds For Customers And Increase Sales For Franchisees »

July 29, 2014 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

(PRWEB) July 29, 2014 - For over 20 years, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition (MMSN) has developed a wide variety of private label nutritional supplements that cater to a myriad of consumers. These consumers range from triathletes to yogis, young adults to grandparents; and their repeat business is based off personal success from the use of MMSN products. The efficiency of each product is attributed to the formulation process, which is driven by science. Each ingredient has a purpose and effectively helps the consumer achieve their personal goals.
Over the years, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition has gained an outstanding reputation for their protein powders. These powders have successfully helped customers increase the efficiency of their workout efforts by gaining the muscle or loosing the fat they have always wanted...

Cartridge World Offers A Lesson In Printing 101 »

July 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Cartridge World

Local Retailer Beats Big Boxes with Back-to-School Savings for Students
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Cartridge World, the world’s leading retailer of eco-friendly ink and toner printer cartridges, is making sure students get a passing grade when it comes to selecting the right printing supplies. In addition to buying college essentials such as text books and computers, a reliable printer and budget-friendly ink or toner are necessary when heading back to school.
"Students are so busy getting ready for college, they don’t have time to research printers," said Tom McLaughlin, marketing director at Cartridge World North America. "They can save a small fortune if they visit Cartridge World before stopping at a Big Box store...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces New $200 Million Credit Facility And Increases Loan Book And Sales Growth Targets »

July 28, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - 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 that it has entered into a new $200 million credit facility, replacing the Company's current debt facilities and providing $115 million of additional capital to support the growth of easyhome's consumer finance business, easyfinancial.
"Being able to access additional capital allows us to fund and accelerate our growth plans for easyfinancial," said David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We expect to achieve the metrics we set for our total loan book reaching $250 million a year earlier than anticipated - by the end of 2015...

Back-to-School Shoppers Save On Gently Used Fashions At Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate »

July 28, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, resellers of gently used clothing and accessories, help parents save money when shopping for back-to-school.
According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics for back to school. This figure would represent a 5 percent increase from last year's spending average of $634.78 per family. With the rising cost of back-to-school shopping, families can save money by shopping for gently used clothes at Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate.
Kid to Kid is a national children's resale franchise that specializes in stylish, screened for quality fashions for kids up to size 14...

Pak Mail Announces Lawrenceville, Georgia Pak Mail Under New Management »

July 28, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Pak Mail

Lawrenceville, GA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 - Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announced the Pak Mail Center located at 1032 Old Peachtree Road, Lawrenceville, GA at Huntcrest is under new ownership. Long-time residents Mr. and Mrs. Virgil and Lori Snow purchased the packaging and shipping franchise in June of this year.
The Pak Mail Center in Lawrenceville opened in August of 2003 and has been servicing residents’ packing, shipping, and crating needs for over a decade. The Snows are excited to continue to serve their community as the new owners of the local Pak Mail Center.
"We are excited to be taking over the Pak Mail store at Huntcrest in Lawrenceville, GA." Lori said. "Virgil and I have been living in the community for 30 years and are pleased to have our son, Nicholas Snow join us as our Store Manager...

Giant Tiger Roars Into The Halifax International Busker Festival! »

July 28, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - As a proud community partner, Giant Tiger Stores Limited is pleased to present the Giant Tiger Fun Zone this year the Halifax International Busker Festival!
The Giant Tiger Fun Zone will be a free unique and friendly area offering free product sampling and coupons, the Tiger Taste Challenge, the interactive Giant tiger photo booth, a sandcastle station, a bubble station and lots of fun décor for the whole family! Giant Tiger will also be providing a cool down area with a free refillable water station.
Take part in this roaring good time from Wednesday, July 30th until Monday, August 4th!
Be sure to follow Giant Tiger on Twitter @gtboutique for updates during the Halifax Busker Festival...

Aaron's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results »

July 25, 2014 at 7:41AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

- Acquired Progressive Finance, Leading Virtual Lease-To-Own Company
- Total Revenues of $672.5 Million
- Net Earnings of $8.5 Million; Diluted EPS of $.12
- Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.37
- $50 Million in Potential Annual Cost Savings Identified
- Progressive Continues to Exceed Expectations
ATLANTA - July 25, 2014 /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 second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014.
For the second quarter of 2014, revenues increased 22% to $672.5 million compared to $550.5 million for the second quarter of 2013...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Dave Buck, COO, Retiring »

July 25, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Tristan Montanero and Michael P. Ryan to Lead Operations; Scott Harvey Named VP of Franchising
ATLANTA - July 24, 2014 /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 Dave Buck, age 64, plans to retire as Chief Operations Officer after a 25-year career at Aaron's. Effective August 1, Senior Vice President of Operations Tristan Montanero and Michael P. Ryan will be co-leaders of Operations at Aaron's, with Ryan being promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations from Vice President of Franchising. Aaron's named Scott Harvey, former Vice President of Operational Support, to succeed Michael P...

Wireless Zone® Announces Discovery Day For Entrepreneurs »

July 25, 2014 at 4:25AM 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
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middletown, CT – Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is inviting potential business owners to a Discovery Day at its headquarters in Middletown, Connecticut, on Monday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the company and lay the foundation for store ownership.
"Wireless Zone® is expanding rapidly throughout the country, and we've got a lot of entrepreneurs excited to start their own wireless business," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®...

Win $5000 With The Uh Oh! Better Help MAACO Video Contest »

July 24, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Jul 24, 2014) - Maaco, North America's Largest Automotive Paint and Bodyshop, announces the launch of the "Uh Oh! Better Help Maaco!" video contest that offers contestants the chance to win $5,000 cash prize and have their commercial featured in one of Maaco's national campaigns.
Contestants are challenged to help take the Maaco brand to the next level by developing a 60 second commercial that will drives sales and build brand awareness. The end goal is to develop a positive commercial that tells the Maaco story. Contest rules and eligibility can be found at http://www.maaco.com/video_contest.html.
"We've helped more than 20 million people turn the car they drive back into the car they love. It's time to hear their story, embrace the unique and fresh experiences that people share with their car and share it with the world," says Artemio Garza, CMO of MAACO...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Operating Improvement With Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results »

July 24, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

First six months pre-tax income of $1.3 million, a $7.3 million improvement from a pre-tax loss of $6.0 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013Company ends the second quarter with $41.8 million in cash and no debt
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 24, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the 2014 second quarter and twenty-six weeks ended June 28, 2014.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights (13 weeks ended June 28, 2014):

Consolidated net retail sales were $75.4 million while operating 10 fewer stores at quarter’s end compared to $80.4 million in the fiscal 2013 second quarter, a decrease of 7.7%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
Consolidated comparable store sales decreased 4...

Battery Giant To Open Retail Location In The City Of Detroit »

July 23, 2014 at 11:23AM PDT | Source: Battery Giant

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - Retail battery store, Battery Giant, has announced that they have a franchise agreement in place for a store to be opened in the city of Detroit. The Detroit store joins 5 other Michigan Battery Giant locations and is scheduled to open in late 2014. The franchise owned store is part of a growing network of 25 locations throughout the United States, Panama and Mexico for the Michigan-based retail franchise.
Battery Giant is a specialty store that sells and distributes batteries of all sizes, powering devices from hearing aids to forklifts. Their customers range from retail walk-in customers, to large commercial accounts. “In a world of electronic devices which take all different types of batteries, consumers need a place to turn to and be confident that they are getting what they need,” stated store owner Chaundra Haynes...

New Orleans-Based Company Opens In Cairo, Egypt »

July 23, 2014 at 11:18AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
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July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Planet Beach is excited to announce the opening of the first Planet Beach automated spa in Cairo, Egypt. Planet Beach Cairo has strategically partnered with Gold's Gym to ensure a strong and consistent member base.
The unique partnership between Planet Beach and Gold's Gym is seen to serve both customer bases well. After a strong workout, members can walk over to Planet Beach to get a quick hydration or massage session in before heading out to enjoy their day.
While the spa industry in Egypt is booming, most spas are located in four- or five-star hotels, which makes it very expensive. Planet Beach offers affordable luxury to those wanting to relax and achieve a healthy glow or rejuvenate their skin...

Minuteman Press Home Office Featured In Small Business Opportunities! »

July 23, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Farmingdale, NY – Small Business Opportunities Magazine recently profiled Minuteman Press International Inc. in an article that tells of the history of the company, as well as what makes Minuteman stand out from its competition!
Nick Titus, Minuteman's Chief Marketing Officer, had this to say about the company, "We've always taken the approach of never saying no to a customer. Even if a particular store hasn't done what a customer wants, with almost a thousand franchises in the system, there's always somebody somewhere who has done what you are looking to do."
The article goes on to explain the secret of Minuteman Press's long time success. "A Minuteman Press owner today doesn't just print...

Bach To Rock Music Education Franchise Targets Growth Markets On The Atlantic Seaboard »

July 23, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Music Education Franchise Grew 61% from 2009 to 2013
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bach to Rock, the nation's leading music education franchise, today announced 11 metropolitan hubs as targets for expansion in 2014-15. The target areas run alongside the Interstate 95 corridor on the Atlantic Seaboard and include Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Northern New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Richmond, Virginia; and Savannah, Georgia. Four cities in Florida - Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami - are also target cities on I-95.
For a music education franchise, Bach to Rock has a unique - and remarkably effective - approach to learning music. Students are encouraged to have fun while they explore and learn the kinds of music they love, whether it's rhythm and blues, jazz, classical, punk or pop...

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition's Recently Announced Expansion Plans To Help People Fight The Obesity Battle »

July 23, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition's MaxFormation weight loss challenge incorporates customized meal planning and nutritional supplements, bringing success to its 700 participants last year alone.
(PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - Obesity is on the rise and officially has earned a spot as one of the leading health risks in our country. Joining risks such as "smoking, alcohol consumption, and high blood pressure" (Wallstreet Journal, 2014), obesity has attacked our nation's health by facilitating the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. According to CDC and Prevention from 2009-2010, "more than one-third of adults, or about 78 million people, were obese". What are we as a country doing to stop this?
PricewaterhouseCoopers found, "As much as $493 billion of health-care spending may be attributable to so-called manageable behaviors, including about $200 billion to deal with obesity and weight control…" The vast majority of these expenditures are for the treatment versus prevention of illnesses...

Mainstream Boutique Fuels Frisco's Undying Demand For Affordable Style »

July 23, 2014 at 5:14AM PDT | Source: Mainstream Boutique

New Boutique Offers Ultimate Customer Experience with Unique Products, Personalized Service
Frisco, TX (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - Mainstream Boutique, a multi-generational unique and affordable clothing and accessories boutique, is providing Frisco women an unparalleled shopping experience with its first boutique opening in the area. From up-to-date fashions to the incredible service and personalized touch, this affordable, on trend boutique is Frisco's newest go-to destination where women leave looking and feeling their best.
With the buying power of large department stores, but the individuality of an independent boutique, Mainstream Boutique fills the space between the two, creating the best of both worlds for both shop owners and customers...

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 22, 2014 at 10:58AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

Total Revenues Increased 1.7%; Revenue Increased Over 32% in Acceptance Now and Over 56% in Mexico; Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.33, Including a Restructuring Charge of Approximately $0.05 per Diluted Share Related to Store Consolidation Plan
PLANO, Texas - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.
Second Quarter 2014 Results
Total revenues were $773.2 million, an increase of $12.7 million from total revenues of $760.5 million for the same period in the prior year. This 1.7% increase in total revenues was primarily due to increases of approximately $38.3 million in the Acceptance Now segment and approximately $6...

Father & Son Entrepreneurs Expand Pearle Vision Business In Texas »

July 22, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Pearle Vision

Local Family Assumes Ownership of Former Corporate Location in Lewisville
July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MASON, Ohio - Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, is proud to announce it has signed an agreement with Simon Safir and his father Boris to assume ownership of the location in Lewisville, Texas. This is Simon Safir's first center, which is located at 2403 S. Stemmons Fwy. in the Vista Grove Shopping Center. His father Boris currently owns and operates seven Pearle Vision eye care centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has served thousands of patients since 1984.
"I am excited to open my first Pearle Vision location, adding to our family's portfolio," said Simon Safir...

Dollar Hot Dog Day At 7-Eleven® »

July 22, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Retailer Offers $1 Big Bite® Hot Dogs to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day
DALLAS - July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven, Inc. is on a roll this July. Kicking off the month was the launch of Doritos Loaded™ cheese snacks, followed by 7-Eleven Day (July 11) with free Slurpee® drinks and a birthday celebration that runs through Thursday, July 24. And now … National Hot Dog Day.
Participating 7-Eleven® stores will usher in the unofficial holiday tomorrow, July 23, with $1 Quarter-Pound Big Bite® all-beef hot dogs. The dollar dogs are available all day at participating stores while supplies last.
Because 7-Eleven is still celebrating its birthday with 7-Eleven Week offers, guests can wash down their Big Bite hot dog with a free Big Gulp® soft drink, which is the day's free item featured on 7-Eleven's smartphone app...



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