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Edible Arrangements® Creates Exclusive Fruit Arrangement For Taste Of Home »

November 26, 2014 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wallingford, CT - Edible Arrangements® announced today it has created a fruit arrangement exclusively for Taste of Home, the world’s largest food and entertaining magazine.
"As the originator and industry leader of delicious, healthy and creatively designed fruit arrangements, we are thrilled to provide an exclusive arrangement at a special price for the Taste of Home audience," said Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements.
Offered at $10 savings, the exclusive Taste of Home arrangement is a sumptuous fruit bouquet overflowing with gourmet chocolate dipped pineapple daisies, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew, along with apple bits dipped in decadent semisweet chocolate with white swizzle...

Build-A-Bear Celebrates Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’s 50th Anniversary On Television In Golden Style »

November 26, 2014 at 7:55AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 26, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that the Company is launching a signature line of products commemorating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his 50th Anniversary on television. First airing in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lit up the world with his magical glow and fearless heart. Build-A-Bear Workshop® is celebrating that spirit with its Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer golden anniversary collection.
"There is no other reindeer as iconic as the little guy with the big heart, glowing nose, and bright future," said Gina Collins, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief marketing officer. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Clarice have been cherished additions to our assortment of Build-A-Bear Workshop friends for years...

Medifast's New Parking Spots Encourage Healthier Choices »

November 26, 2014 at 6:25AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

New #BestSpot Fitness Initiative Challenges the Community to Be More Active During Winter Holidays
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, announces the launch of its #BestSpot in the Lot health and wellness initiative. The #BestSpot fitness campaign will inspire the community to become more active by rethinking the common view that the closest parking spaces are the best.
As a part of the campaign, Medifast has redesigned parking spaces farthest away from storefronts at local shopping centers throughout Maryland. This will encourage shoppers and employees to squeeze in extra exercise by walking the longer distance from their car to the store...

Wheel Fun Rentals Headquarters Acquires Nine Florida Locations »

November 26, 2014 at 5:20AM PST | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clearwater, FL - Wheel Fun Rentals' corporate headquarters is excited to announce the acquisition of nine locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, formerly owned by local Wheel Fun Rentals' franchisees. In conjunction with the procurement of these locations, Wheel Fun Rentals will be enhancing all aspects of the customer experience, which includes bringing in an updated fleet of new and improved rental products and the addition of bike and kayak tours. Doors will reopen at these locations on Saturday, November 29th.
The acquisition includes the purchase of seven Wheel Fun Rentals locations that are open to the public, located at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Lake Seminole Park in Seminole, Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn in Dunedin, and Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor...

101 Mobility Of Columbus Welcomes Melissa Groom To The 'All Things Health' Conversation »

November 26, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: 101 Mobility

Sunday's 'All Things Health' radio show features Jeff Franklin of 101 Mobility Columbus and Melissa Groom, office manager for 101 Mobility of Columbus.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 26, 2014
What: Tune in this Sunday to hear the discussion between Jeff Franklin, owner of 101 Mobility Columbus, and Melissa Groom, office manager for all of Jeff Franklin's 101 Mobility franchise locations. This month's segment of 98.9 The Answer's All Things Health will focus on Melissa's experience working with the customers and addressing their unique needs and concerns. Being the first point of contact with a client is incredibly important because it allows Melissa to fully understand their situation so she can direct them to the right person for assistance...

Wireless Zone® Expands In New York »

November 25, 2014 at 7:43AM PST | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer to open at least 10 all-new stores in the next 13 months.
November 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middletown, CT - Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has announced plans to expand throughout New York with 10 all-new stores planned before 2016. The development will begin with four all-new locations slated to be fully operational in New York City by December of this year.
"Wireless Zone® has more than 400 stores nationwide, and we are excited to expand and add new locations throughout New York," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®. "Currently, we have more than 30 locations throughout the state but with help from franchise owner John Russell, we expect to see that number expand greatly in the next coming months...

Battery Giant Graduates New Franchisees »

November 25, 2014 at 6:47AM PST | Source: Battery Giant

November 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // Battery Giant is proud to announce the graduation of four new store owners from their Battery Giant University Franchisee Training program. The commencement ceremony, held on November 14, 2014, included Freddy Fernandez from Orlando, FL, Jim Treitman from Denver, CO and TJ Pomierski and Todd Kainrath from Naperville, IL.
"We have found that finding the right partners to represent our growing brand is the key to long term success," states Battery Giant President Greg Danziger. "Jim Treitman and Freddy Fernandez bring their strong entrepreneurial experience to Battery Giant, and will be the first franchisees to break ground in their respective Colorado and Florida areas."
Battery Giant's fifth location in the Western Chicagoland region will be unveiled with a store location in the key Midwestern hub of Naperville, IL...

Gap Inc. Gives Shoppers A Jump Start On Black Friday Deals »

November 25, 2014 at 4:40AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Media Invited to Film Inside Gap Inc. Stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday
SAN FRANCISCO - November 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Continuing its tradition of giving customers early access to Black Friday shopping deals, Gap Inc. today announced that over 1,700 U.S. stores will open on Thanksgiving Day. Across Gap Inc.’s portfolio of brands, customers can find great deals for everyone on their holiday shopping list.
In addition, media outlets are invited to film inside Gap Inc. stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Simply email press@gap.com or call your local store to coordinate filming or photographing in a store.
Following is a first look at store openings and amazing Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions from across the entire Gap Inc...

Rockaway Townsquare Gets New "Street Corner" To Cater To Shoppers, Mall Employees »

November 24, 2014 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Street Corner

November 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // TOPEKA, Kan. – Rockaway Townsquare just got a little more convenient for shoppers and mall employees.
Nov. 12, 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 Sameer Joshi of Nutley, N...

Snap-on Holiday Gift Guide Offers Something For Everyone »

November 24, 2014 at 9:57AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The 2014 Snap-on Holiday Gift Guide, the toy catalog for techs, is now available. Chockfull of innovative Snap-on® tools and equipment, including the latest power tools, hand tools, tool storage and diagnostic equipment, the 16-page Holiday Gift Guide also features stocking stuffer ideas, like Snap-on clothing accessories.
"Our annual holiday guide offers a wide selection of gift ideas, from screwdrivers and wrenches to cordless impacts and ratchets to diagnostic equipment and tool storage solutions," said Rick Secor, director, PR and communications for Snap-on. "Or, a Snap-on gift card might be the answer."
The Snap-on Holiday Gift Guide also includes special holiday pricing on a multitude of items in the guide such as hand tool sets and unique items like Snap-on Micro Top Chests, calendars, lunch cooler bags, carbide knife sharpener and work lights...

Gigi's Cupcakes Signs 100-Unit Franchise Agreement In South Korea »

November 24, 2014 at 7:20AM PST | Source: Gigi's Cupcakes

Franchise's First International Deal Highlights Global Demand for Cupcakes
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE – Gigi's Cupcakes, America's largest cupcake and specialty baked goods franchise, has signed a master franchise agreement to develop 100 locations in South Korea in coming years. The deal marks the brand's first international expansion and highlights the global demand for cupcakes.
Master franchisee Sung Shin-je will develop the specialty bakeries throughout the country, the first of which is projected to open in Seoul in early 2015. Shin-je, an experienced restaurateur, previously was the master franchisee for Pizza Hut in South Korea and opened more than 50 locations for the American pizza chain throughout the country...

Big Savings On Black Friday Deals Start Early At RadioShack »

November 24, 2014 at 4:59AM PST | Source: RadioShack

Deals Start Online at 10 p.m. CST Nov. 26 and in Stores at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day
Pay Your Way for Top Brands at Great Prices in Sound, Toys and Tech Accessories
FORT WORTH, Texas - Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - RadioShack invites tech-savvy shoppers to check out a preview of its Black Friday deals now and then shop at their neighborhood RadioShack starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to make sure they Gift Smart this holiday season.
Top Black Friday Deals
Some of RadioShack's best deals are featured on the cover of its Black Friday circular.

One of the hottest deals is $100 off Beats Solo® HD Drenched in Color headphones, priced at $69.99after instant savings and mail-in rebate.
For those looking to upgrade to one of the hottest phones on the market, get a Samsung Galaxy S5 for $0 down and low monthly payments with carrier financing or FREE with qualifying two-year plan...

Gap And Zalando Announce Pan-European Partnership »

November 24, 2014 at 4:43AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

New Ecommerce Channel will Help Reach New Audiences and Support Gap's Global Growth Strategy
NEW YORK & BERLIN - November 24, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap brand and Zalando, Europe's largest online fashion web site, have today announced a partnership that will see Gap open its own dedicated online shop within Zalando. The American retailer will offer a broad assortment of clothing and accessories for Gap Women, Gap Men, GapKids and babyGap, bringing the brand to a broader European customer base beginning Summer 2015.
"This partnership represents Gap's first foray into multi-brand retailing in Europe. Also for the first time, Gap's collections will be styled alongside other brands available on Zalando, providing customers with new looks to combine American and European casual style," said Stefan Laban, SVP International for Gap...

Beef Jerky Outlet Visits Fox & Friends Weekend »

November 24, 2014 at 4:11AM PST | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Co-founder Paul Lyons visited Fox & Friends Weekend to show off the meat snack products that have made the Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise an Entrepreneur Top 500 franchise for 2014.
November 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Beef Jerky Outlet co-founder Paul Lyons visited Fox & Friends Weekend to show off the meat snack products that have made the new Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise an Entrepreneur Top 500 franchise for 2014. Paul had the opportunity to show off a selection of unique Beef Jerky Outlet snacks to Fox & Friends co-hosts Tucker Carlson and Rick Reichmuth. The show was broadcast live on Fox & Friends Weekend, November 8, 2014.
"Beef Jerky Outlet is famous for just that, a huge variety of beef jerky flavors. Beef Jerky makes up the vast majority of our retail sales, but everyone wants to sample our more exotic offerings like ostrich, kangaroo and alligator," said Paul...

CREAM Answers The Call For Ice Cream Sandwiches »

November 21, 2014 at 9:36AM PST | Source: CREAM

NPD Names Ice Cream Sandwiches the Number 8 Food of the Decade
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Millbrae, CA – The past decade has seen sweeping changes in American food trends and a nostalgic treat is making a serious comeback, with the help of CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections.
The consumer market research group, NPD, recently revealed its top 10 foods of the decade with the ice cream sandwich coming in at number 8. The dessert treat saw a 6.2 percent increase in consumers eating them at least once every two weeks. The list included other staples like pizza, Mexican food and yogurt.
CREAM, which is an acronym for "Cookies Rule Everything round Me," offers a menu of 20 ice cream flavors and 20 cookie flavors and as many as 24 toppings that customers can mix and match, as well as vegan and gluten-free options...

Sears Outlet Stores Offer Black Friday Pricing Nov. 21-26 »

November 21, 2014 at 7:32AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Discount Retailer Offers Black Friday Deals Prior to Thanksgiving on Its Website; Price Matches Black Friday Ads for Items Purchased on Its Website
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Nov. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Shop with confidence before November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," by taking advantage of low holiday pricing all week and enjoying a Price Match Guarantee on the Sears Outlet Stores website - www.searsoutlet.com.
The national discount retailer will be selling products on its website - www.searsoutlet.com - at its advertised Black Friday pricing from November 21 through November 26 and will also honor local competitors' Black Friday ads as well as its own Black Friday deals during this time period.
If a customer purchases an item on www...

Gap Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

November 21, 2014 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Gap Inc


Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Up 11 Percent to $0.80, Including $0.06 Tax Benefit
Net Sales were $3.97 Billion in the Third Quarter; Up 1 Percent on a Constant Currency Basis
Distributed More Than $1.3 Billion Year-To-Date through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported third quarter fiscal year 2014 net income was $351 million, or $0.80 per share on a diluted basis, representing an 11 percent increase over last year.
"As we move into the holiday season, our teams are focused on delivering unique customer experiences which will differentiate our portfolio of brands in the marketplace," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

Gap Inc. Elevates Two Proven Executives To Guide Gap And Banana Republic Brands Into The Next Decade »

November 21, 2014 at 4:32AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Global Brand Presidents Named: Andi Owen to Lead Banana Republic and Jeff Kirwan to Take Over Gap
SAN FRANCISCO - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With an eye towards 2015, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced the promotion of two successful current executives, with 35 years of combined company experience between them, to become global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic.
The moves were orchestrated by Art Peck as he prepares to take on the role of chief executive officer of Gap Inc. in February, with the full support of current chairman and chief executive officer Glenn Murphy.
"We'll start 2015 with a management team comprised of both established executives and the next generation of brand leaders ready for the next generation of customers," said Peck...

Cartridge World Ranks As One Of Top Franchises For Veterans »

November 20, 2014 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Cartridge World

Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes International Franchisor on Annual List
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This month, one of the world's leading retailers of printing services and supplies was recognized for more than helping customers save money. Cartridge World was just named to Entrepreneur Magazine's list of America's Top Franchises for Veterans in 2014. The local home and office printing experts were listed at No. 59 in the country.
Franchises ranked in the November issue were evaluated and listed based on their incentives for veterans. Cartridge World has been well-known for offering numerous benefits and discounts for current and retired members of the military ranging from customers to franchisees...

Totally Nutz Launches New Franchise Recruitment Website »

November 20, 2014 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Totally Nutz

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. GEORGE, Utah – Totally Nutz – the snack-based quick-serve concept known for its delectable flavors and varieties of cinnamon glazed almonds, pecans and cashews – has unveiled a new franchising website at www.totallynutzfranchise.com that features in-depth details about its unique business model and franchise opportunity.
Tailored to educate people who are considering franchise opportunities, the site is condensed into a one-page format that allows would-be franchisees to quickly navigate to various portals that feature everything from video interviews with founders Matt and Yvette Barker to an explanation of the concept’s core values, earning potential and franchise application process...



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