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Retail Refresh: Eight Nebraska Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 2:40PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
KEARNEY, Neb., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of eight Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Nebraska culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Beatrice, Bellevue, Columbus, Fremont, Hastings, Kearney, McCook and North Platte. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nebraska...

Three Sears Hometown Stores In Missouri Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MARYVILLE, Mo. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of three Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Missouri culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Brookfield, Cameron and Maryville. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Missouri stores have a renewed dedication to customer service and offer their local communities a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Missouri...

Retail Refresh: Two Kansas Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
ATCHISON, Kan. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of two Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Kansas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Atchison and Colby. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Kansas...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Lenders And Note Investors Conference Call »

April 24, 2015 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

For Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. is pleased to announce that its fourth quarter 2014 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call to discuss the financial results of Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Participation in this call is limited to lenders under Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc.’s term loan credit agreement dated August 24, 2010 (as amended or supplemented, including by the joinder agreements dated May 25, 2011, April 10, 2012, and October 24, 2014), and to investors and prospective investors in Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC’s 8...

Clarinda Sears Hometown Store Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLARINDA, Iowa - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Clarinda culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1000 S. 8th Street. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Clarinda store has a renewed dedication to customer service and offers its local community a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of the Sears Hometown Stores in Iowa...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015 »

April 24, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - April 23, 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Thursday, May 7, 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 May 7, 2015. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Aaron's, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 24, 2015 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

- Total Revenues of $821.8 Million
- Net Earnings of $49.2 Million; Diluted EPS of $.68
- Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.73
- Raises 2015 Guidance on Strength of Progressive Business
ATLANTA - April 24, 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, today announced revenues and earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2015.
For the first quarter of 2015, revenues increased 40.4% to $821.8 million compared with $585.4 million for the first quarter of 2014. Net earnings increased 28.4% to $49.2 million compared with $38.3 million in the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share were $...

13 Sears Hometown Stores In Texas Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLEBURNE, Texas - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of 13 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Texas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Azle, Cleburne, Corsicana, Early, Gatesville, Granbury, Mexia, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Temple, Waxahachie and Weatherford. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our local communities will love the new shopping experience at Sears Hometown Stores," said Dan Wishard, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Texas...

Sears Hometown Store In Silver City Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
SILVER CITY, N.M., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Silver City culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1310 Silver Heights Blvd. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in New Mexico...

Sears Hometown Store In Mesquite Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MESQUITE, Nev. - April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Mesquite, Nevada culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1085 Pioneer Blvd. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nevada...

Pagosa Springs Sears Hometown Store Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. - April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Pagosa Springs, Colorado culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 2800 Cornerstone Drive. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Colorado...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 23, 2015 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Organic sales up 9.9%;Operating earnings before financial services of 16.7% of sales improves 120 basis points;Diluted EPS of $1.87 increases 15.4%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 23, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the first quarter of 2015.

Sales of $827.8 million increased $40.3 million, or 5.1%, from 2014 levels; excluding $38.5 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation and $4.9 million of acquisition-related sales, organic sales increased 9...

Metal Supermarkets Prospers In Greater Boston Market »

April 23, 2015 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Metal Supermarkets

New Greater Boston area metal service center Celebrates 1st Anniversary
WOBURN, Mass. - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Metal Supermarkets®, the world's largest supplier of small quantity metals, on March 31st celebrated the first anniversary of its Boston North location in Woburn, MA.
"We've enjoyed bringing the metal micro distributor experience to the Boston area market. Our unique combination of great customer service, high quality materials, custom cut and processing services, no minimum order, and onsite delivery has resulted in success for over 1,200 customers during our first year," notes local entrepreneur Gary Ainsworth, who opened the Woburn location in March 2014. "We look forward to many more customer successes in the years to come...

Pinot's Palette's Franchisees Are Among The Most Satisfied In The Nation According To National Research Firm, Franchise Business Review »

April 23, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The endless customers filling Pinot's Palette studios from coast to coast aren't the only ones having a good time. Franchise owners at the fastest-growing paint-and-sip network in the country are the most satisfied in the industry too.
That's according to data from Franchise Business Review, an independent research firm that conducts one of the most respected national surveys on franchise owner satisfaction every year.
Based on the results of the survey, Franchise Business Review's research ranked Pinot's Palette, a national franchise that's part art studio and part wine bar, as the highest rated franchise in the paint and sip category.
"Everything we do is designed with the franchisee's continued success," said Pinot's Palette co-founder Charles Willis...

Seven Sears Hometown Stores In Arizona Get Refreshed Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of seven Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Arizona culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Casa Grande, Cotton Wood, Fountain Hills, Green Valley, Kingman, Payson and Show Low. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Arizona...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores, Inc. Announces CEO To Step Down »

April 22, 2015 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHOS) today announced that, by mutual agreement with the Company’s Board of Directors, W. Bruce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and President, will leave the Company on August 1, 2015, the end of the Company’s second fiscal quarter. In that connection Mr. Johnson, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 27, 2015. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors until that time.
The Company also announced that the Board of Directors has commenced a search for a new Chief Executive Officer and has retained Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search firm, to assist the Board in identifying and evaluating external and internal candidates...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Paid Customers Over $20 Million For Recycling Gently Used Items »

April 22, 2015 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, announced that in 2014 they paid over $20 million to their customers to recycle their gently used clothes and accessories.
According to the 2014 Annual Sales Report, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores recycled more than 10 million used items from customers throughout the United States, paying cash or offering in-store credit. Items not purchased are given back to the customers or donated to local and national charities including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Kiva, Make-A-Wish Foundation and buildOn.
“This is recycling at its best,” said Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid. “With the exception of bottle recycling in a few states, there are very few programs where consumers are actually paid to recycle...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Timing Of First Quarter 2015 Conference Call And Webcast »

April 21, 2015 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - April 21, 2015: easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, will hold a conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. A Press Release will be issued after the market closes on Monday, May 4, 2015.



Date:
Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Time:
11:00am EST


Dial-in:
local/toll-free (Canada/U.S.): 416-695-7806 local & international 866-696-5910


Passcode:
9330969 please dial in the passcode, followed by # to enter the call...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results Release Date, Webcast And Conference Call »

April 21, 2015 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 21, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 4, 2015 on May 5, 2015 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.
The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.
Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone...

FASTSIGNS® Recognized For Top Rated Franchisee Experience In Canada »

April 21, 2015 at 3:45AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

Canadian Franchise Association Distinguishes FASTSIGNS as Top Franchisor with High Performance in Franchisee Relations, Support and Training
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – In addition to receiving several U.S. awards for superior franchisee support, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is experiencing the same success in Canada, and has been recognized with a bronze Award of Excellence from the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) for achieving high levels of franchisee satisfaction.
Given to franchise systems that display the strongest mutually-beneficial relationships with their franchisees, FASTSIGNS® received the CFA Award of Excellence in franchising in the Traditional – Mature Category. In addition, the franchisor received the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the fourth consecutive year...



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