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New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Viroqua »

March 05, 2015 at 8:51AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
VIROQUA, Wis. - March 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opened its newest Wisconsin Sears Hometown Store today within the Nuzum Building Supply and Design Center at 1220 N. Main Street in Viroqua.
The Viroqua location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 12th 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're proud to be able to offer a great Sears customer service team to assist the community in finding the nation's top appliance brands at the lowest possible price by adding Sears Hometown to our existing business," said Jon Zahm, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store...

Build-A-Bear® Named To FORTUNE 100 Best Companies To Work For® List For Seventh Consecutive Year »

March 05, 2015 at 5:56AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Dedication to exceptional workplace and employee trust land company on renowned list.
ST. LOUIS - March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the seventh consecutive year, Build-A-Bear® (NYSE: BBW) has earned a spot on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For ® list. This long-standing achievement highlights the company's dedication to creating an outstanding environment for both its guests and associates.
Build-A-Bear was selected among hundreds of companies vying for a place on the list this year. Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie...

Flip Flop Shops® Partners With OluKai To Offer Shoppers The Opportunity To Win A First Class Hawaiian Airlines Vacation »

March 05, 2015 at 4:21AM PST | Source: Flip Flop Shops

OluKai's "Anywhere Aloha" sweepstakes celebrates the spirit of Hawaii far and wide; visit Flip Flop Shops throughout the month of March and enter to win island trip for two.
ATLANTA - March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Shoppers dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway can let their feet do the talking by heading to Flip Flop Shops® across the U.S and slipping on a pair of OluKai sandals for a chance to win! Throughout the month of March, OluKai has teamed up with Flip Flop Shops to present the "Anywhere Aloha" in-shop sweepstakes, in which one lucky winner will receive a first class trip for two to any Hawaiian island of their choice with the help of Hawaiian Airlines.
To enter, shoppers simply need to visit any Flip Flop Shops retail location throughout the nation now through March 31, 2015, and try on any pair of OluKai footwear to earn a spot in the sweepstakes...

Leading Franchise Of Backyard Bird Feeding And Nature Specialty Stores Recognized As A Top Franchise In 2015 By Franchise Business Review »

March 05, 2015 at 4:01AM PST | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited Ranks Best of the Best in the Retail Category, Earns Hall of Fame Honor
March 05, 2015 // // Carmel, Ind. – For a second consecutive year, Wild Birds Unlimited, the largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, has been recognized as the Best of the Best, No. 1 in the Retail Category, in Franchise Business Review’s annual list of the top franchise opportunities.
The burgeoning retail franchise also ranked No. 7 in Large Class for franchise concepts with more than 250 units, and was honored in the ranking’s inaugural Hall of Fame, which features companies that have appeared on the list for 10 consecutive years.
Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, annually recognizes franchisors based on its survey of franchisees...

Former Massage Envy Exec Joins Fitwall To Lead Franchise Development »

March 03, 2015 at 10:56AM PST | Source: Fitwall

Fitness Company Welcomes Lori Merrall In Response To Significant Interest In Franchise Platform 
IRVINE, Calif. – February 23, 2015 – Fitwall, one of the world's most innovative fitness companies, announces the addition of Lori Merrall as its Vice President of Franchise Sales.
Fitwall recently launched a franchise platform with plans to sign deals for 200 studios in the next 24 months.
"After receiving an overwhelming amount of unsolicited inquiries from around the world to bring Fitwall to more consumers, we're excited and energized to have a franchise expert like Lori in this new role," said Michael Webb, Fitwall's President. "Lori understands better than anyone how to run a world-class franchise platform with her proven success with leading brands...

Woodstock Walmart Customers Now Have Access To Cell Phone And Computer Repair Services From Cellairis »

March 03, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: Cellairis Mobile Repairs
Cellairis Mobile Repairs Opportunities Available

Cellairis location in Walmart at 6435 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock, GA 30189 gives customers the opportunity to have their mobile device or computer repaired while they shop. Cellairis technicians provide a fast turnaround and affordable repairs on iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or other devices.
Woodstock, GA (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 - Cellairis is a mobile device and computer repair franchise with locations throughout the country. They are known for offering on-the-go, reliable and affordable repairs on both Apple and Samsung devices, including the latest iPhone, iPad, cell phone and Samsung Galaxy devices. Cellairis technicians are certified and extensively trained to perform a wide variety of mobile device repairs, including cracked screen repair (front glass and LCD replacement), water damage repair services and battery replacement...

Lynn Vanderburg Opens Local Caring Transitions Business »

March 03, 2015 at 4:23AM PST | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

In an effort to ease the burden placed on seniors and their families in making tough decisions concerning relocation choices, de-cluttering a residence, downsizing a home, preserving family heirlooms and organizing estate sales or online auctions, Granbury entrepreneur Lynn Vanderburg has launched Caring Transitions of Granbury.
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) March 02, 2015 - Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, especially when it involves seniors transitioning to a smaller home or residential facility. Regardless of if it is planned, or unexpected due to the loss of a loved one or because of illness, relocating or downsizing can be challenging.
In an effort to ease the burden placed on seniors and their families in making tough decisions concerning relocation choices, de-cluttering a residence, downsizing a home, preserving family heirlooms and organizing estate sales or online auctions, Granbury entrepreneur Lynn Vanderburg has launched Caring Transitions of Granbury, a business designed to help Tarrant, Hood, Parker, Johnson and Somervell counties as well as surrounding area families through the senior relocation process...

Woof Gang Bakery Brings The Very Best In Pet Care To Savannah »

March 03, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Woof Gang Bakery

Opening First Three Savannah Stores
March 03, 2015 // // Orlando, Fla. – Woof Gang Bakery is opening three new stores in Savannah, Georgia within the next three months. The Savannah stores will be the company’s first corporate-owned stores, which is an indicator of the company’s confidence in the market and the commitment to the Savannah community.
The first Woof Gang Bakery Savannah store will open on March 10, in the historic downtown City Market. The store, located at 202 W. Saint Julian Street, will feature treats, chews and pet accessories.
"Savannah is such a dynamic place and we are excited to be a part of the community and culture of this vibrant and hospitable city." said Paul Allen, CEO of Woof Gang Bakery...

FASTSIGNS® Leadership On Panel To Address Critical Issue In Franchising: NLRB's Joint-Employment Standard »

March 03, 2015 at 4:00AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

CEO Catherine Monson Advocates for Franchise Industry at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Event in Washington, D.C.
March 03, 2015 // // CARROLLTON, Texas – Taking a stand in support of the franchise industry, Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., will be a panelist at the March 5th U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, "The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Joint-Employer Standard: New Interpretations, New Liabilities and the Impact on Other Statutes."
Monson is highly regarded for her tireless efforts to protect, promote and enhance the franchise industry and was recently awarded as the International Franchise Association's (IFA) FAN (Franchise Action Network) of the Year at the industry's annual convention in February...

CD One Price Cleaners And The Cara Program Partner To Break The Cycle Of Homelessness And Poverty With Donated Interview Attire »

March 02, 2015 at 8:34AM PST | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Westchester, IL (PRWEB) March 02, 2015 - Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners is partnering for the first time this year with The Cara Program to collect donated interview attire that will help give motivated individuals that have been affected by homelessness and poverty the chance to succeed.
All 33 Chicago-land CD One Price Cleaners began accepting donated, gently-used interview attire on February 7th and will continue receiving donations until March 24th. Skirt and pant suits, dress pants, blouses and shirts, and blazers and jackets are all being accepted. CD One Price Cleaners will then clean the items for free and prepare them for transfer to The Cara Program. These donated items will be used by individuals in The Cara Program when interviewing for jobs...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Gears Up For Franchise Growth »

March 02, 2015 at 8:00AM PST | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Junk Removal Franchise and Moving Franchise Expects to Triple Locations and Quadruple Revenue in Next Three Years
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - The "reality-TV-famous" company College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving franchise, has celebrated its 10th anniversary in business and is gearing up to triple its number of franchise locations and quadruple system-wide revenues over the next three years.
The franchise system started by two college friends in 2005 in Washington D.C. has grown from its humble beginnings in a beat-up cargo van into a respected national franchise brand with more than 1,000 employees throughout the country. Its growth is picking up significant momentum. In the first two months of 2015, the brand has added more new franchise owners than it did in the entire year of 2014, and it is expecting to have a record year as an organization...

Petland Hires Former Walmart VP »

March 02, 2015 at 7:17AM PST | Source: Petland

Tony Samples to serve as Vice President of Corporate Stores
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Petland, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Tony Samples as Vice President of Corporate Stores. Samples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandising and marketing efforts.
"Tony brings extensive retail experience to Petland at a time when Petland is expanding its retail footprint," said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson.
Samples, a native of Cedartown, Georgia, has more than 30 years of retail experience. As Vice President in Retail Operations at Wal-Mart, he had a proven record of producing bottom-line results, operational process improvement, and rapidly growing market share...

Aaron's Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Action-Packed 2015 »

February 27, 2015 at 9:21AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Tribute to 1955 Founding Kicks Off With March 1 NASCAR Race
ATLANTA - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - A yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of 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, gets off to a fast start at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine driven by rising star Brett Moffitt at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1 features the Aaron's 60th Anniversary paint scheme.
One of NASCAR's rising stars, Brett Moffitt, will drive the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota that has been specially decorated for the 60th anniversary. For the March 1 race, the car will sport its usual No...

Giant Tiger Announces New Sioux Lookout Location »

February 27, 2015 at 7:48AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - Giant Tiger is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
The store will be located at 12 Fifth Avenue South, and will occupy 16,635 square feet of selling space.
Giant Tiger Sioux Lookout is scheduled to open on October 10, 2015.
Under a master franchise agreement with Giant Tiger Stores Limited, The North West Company operates Giant Tiger stores in Western Canada, including its newest location in Sioux Lookout.
Be sure to follow the new store's Facebook page at for information on all of the exciting opening day events, or sign up for the Giant Tiger email club at to have all the latest GT news delivered right to your inbox!
About Giant Tiger
In 1961, Giant Tiger Stores Limited opened its first store in Ottawa...

Sears Hometown Stores Donates More Than $90,000 To Volunteer First Responders Through "Salute To Local Heroes" Campaign »

February 27, 2015 at 7:14AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Concludes 2014 Campaign in Partnership With National Fire Volunteer Council; Supports Volunteer Fire and EMS Departments Across the Nation
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Feb. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - With the completion of its charitable holiday campaign in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Sears Hometown Stores is donating $92,762 to first responders throughout its stores' local communities. The goal of the "Salute to Local Heroes" campaign was to provide firehouses across the nation with critical funds to improve resources for training, equipment and financial support where fire and EMS departments need it most.
During the campaign, which ran from November 2 to December 31, 2014, Sears Hometown Stores customers and company employees had the opportunity to donate toward their local fire department while making a purchase...

Giant Tiger Announces New Hanover Store »

February 27, 2015 at 6:26AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - Giant Tiger is proud to announce the opening of its newest location, in Hanover, Ontario.
The store will be located at 880 10th Street, and will occupy approximately 21,750 square feet in the former Zellers location.
"Giant Tiger is excited to open a location in Hanover," said Greg Farrell, President and COO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "The residents of Hanover have been asking for a Giant Tiger store for a long time and we are thrilled to finally be announcing our arrival to this great community."
Giant Tiger Hanover is scheduled to open October 10, 2015.
Be sure to follow the new store's Facebook page at for information on all of the exciting opening day events, or sign up for the Giant Tiger email club http://www...

Gap Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Results »

February 27, 2015 at 5:28AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Per Share Grew 10 Percent; Up 20 Percent Excluding Foreign Exchange Impact
Fiscal Year 2014 Earnings Per Share Increased 5 Percent; Up 10 Percent Excluding Foreign Exchange Impact
Full Year 2014 Net Sales Grew 2 Percent to $16.44 Billion; Up 3 Percent on a Constant Currency Basis
Distributed $1.6 Billion to Shareholders in Fiscal Year 2014 through Share Repurchases and Dividends

SAN FRANCISCO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 results and provided guidance for fiscal year 2015. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, the company’s diluted earnings per share increased 10 percent to $0...

Rent-A-Center Names Ralph Hodges Divisonal Vice President »

February 27, 2015 at 4:26AM PST | Source: Rent-A-Center

PLANO, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, today announced the appointment of Ralph Hodges to divisional vice president.
Reporting to Jeff White, executive vice president, Hodges is charged with overseeing 500 locations in the Company’s midwest division.
With over 17 years of operations leadership experience within the financial-services and retail industries, Hodges most recently served as divisional vice president at Axcess Financial, the affiliates of which include Check n’ Go, Allied Cash Advance, Cheque Centre and Cash Generator. While with the company, he directly led 400 stores and over 1200 team members.
"We are delighted to have Ralph join our leadership team at RAC," said White...

Gap Inc. Approves $1 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization »

February 27, 2015 at 4:18AM PST | Source: Gap Inc

Company Also Increases Annual Dividend for Sixth Consecutive Year
SAN FRANCISCO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization for the company's common stock and plans to increase its annual dividend, reinforcing the company's commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
The new $1 billion repurchase authorization for Gap Inc.'s stock follows the company's previous $500 million share repurchase authorization, which the company announced on October 16, 2014. Since the beginning of 2010, Gap Inc. has repurchased over $7.25 billion or about 297 million shares at an average price of $24.42.
Additionally, the company announced that its Board of Directors intends to increase the company's annual dividend to $0...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014 »

February 27, 2015 at 4:13AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, will announce financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 on Thursday, March 12, 2015, after market close. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details. Participants from the Company will be Michael C. MacDonald, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, and Margaret Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on March 12, 2015. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

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