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New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Longview »

March 27, 2015 at 11:09AM PDT | 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
LONGVIEW, Wash. - March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Washington Sears Hometown Store on March 30, 2015 at 1116 15th Avenue in Longview.
The Longview location marks the 11th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 13th 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.
"There is high consumer demand for top-of-the-line home appliances at a reasonable price, and often times it is very challenging to find a retailer who provides the value," said Glenn Oberdorfer, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Longview...

RadioShack Statement Regarding Stock Price And Trading Volume »

March 27, 2015 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: RadioShack

FORT WORTH, Texas - March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the trading volume in its common stock at prices in excess of $0.20 per share, RadioShack Corporation today reiterated its belief that there will be no recovery for any equity holder in its pending Chapter 11 proceedings.
Equity holders of a company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy generally receive value only if all claims of a company's secured and unsecured creditors are fully satisfied. RadioShack said it believes that the claims of its secured and unsecured creditors will not be fully satisfied, leading to the conclusion that RadioShack common stock has no value.
Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, as referenced in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995...

Wild Birds Unlimited Presents Live Streaming Barred Owl Cam With Intimate Glimpse Into Nesting Season »

March 26, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

National Backyard Bird Feeder Asks, ‘Hoo’s the Next Viral Sensation?’
CARMEL, Ind. - March 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, is partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to re-launch its live Barred Owl Nest Cam to help bird enthusiasts connect with nature and learn more about spring nesting season.
“Our annual Barred Owl Nest Cam is a great opportunity for children, teachers and nature lovers to learn about and witness the nesting process of these amazing birds,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We encourage families to make this a learning opportunity, and try to spot specific behaviors they may see on the cam from mom, dad and the owlets...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar Now Open At The University Of Arizona »

March 26, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Smoothie Factory

Made-to-order smoothie & fresh cold-squeezed juice chain to serve healthy eating options featuring Red Mango® Frozen Yogurt
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, a leading retailer of real fruit smoothies, fresh cold-squeezed juices, and nutritional products, is now open near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. This new location is part of a 7-store multi-unit development agreement with franchisee John Wilfert, of JW Health and Fitness LLC.
The store at 1031 N. Park Ave., Suite C, debuts an elevated store design for the chain, featuring more space and an expanded menu. This Smoothie Factory will serve the chain’s signature healthful smoothies and nutritional supplements in addition to a popular line of fresh cold-squeezed juices, light flatbread sandwiches and salads, and award-winning Red Mango® frozen yogurt in a variety of rotating flavors with a toppings bar...

Kona Ice Invites Nation To "Chill" With Free Shaved Ice »

March 26, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Kona Ice
Kona Ice Opportunities Available

No Taxation Without Relaxation: Tropical Shaved Ice Business; Encourages the Nation to "Chill" on "National Chill Out Day"
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com //
What: To ease the pain of tax filing, Kona Ice is serving up a delicious cup of tax day relief for tense taxpayers in all corners of the country.
Kona Ice will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers and businesses in all corners of the country to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.
Why: April 15th is America’s least favorite holiday. Between sifting through the mail for the correct paperwork, filling out form after form with painstaking detail and paying a hefty sum of money to Uncle Sam, tax day can be a real drag...

Medifast General Counsel Jason L. Groves Named Top Baltimore Executive By SmartCEO »

March 26, 2015 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Jason L. Groves, Esq. Receives Executive Management Award For Building Value at Medifast
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - March 24, 2015 /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 that its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jason L. Groves, Esq., has received SmartCEO's Executive Management Award.
SmartCEO's Executive Management Awards honor Baltimore area executives who have a proven record of working creatively and collaboratively to support their organization's mission. Groves was one of just three General Counsel executives named to the list.
"Jason's leadership skills have been critical to our company's success," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Medifast...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

March 25, 2015 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Launches Major Campaign with Sears Hometown Stores; Locations to Undergo New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The appliance market landscape in America is changing, with customer research showing that brand name, quality and appearance are increasing in importance. Evolving to meet changing customer needs and to embrace its branding as “America’s Appliance Experts,” Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) announced today the reinvention of its appliance retail strategy at its store formats, starting with Sears Hometown Stores.
Beginning in March 2015, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc...

FASTSIGNS® Recognized For 10 Years Of Outstanding Franchisee Satisfaction »

March 25, 2015 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

Franchise Business Review Welcomes Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor to Inaugural, Elite List of Hall of Fame Inductees
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Demonstrating reliable performance through 10 consistent years of annual placement in Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) Top Franchises list, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has been named one of the inaugural inductees to FBR’s Hall Of Fame.
The worldwide franchisor of more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries was one of 10 franchisors to be the first members in this elite category. To be considered in FBR’s lists, franchisors must participate in its free benchmark franchisee satisfaction survey...

Art Van Furniture In Kalamazoo And Portage Hosting Free, In-store Career Information Sessions »

March 25, 2015 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Information Sessions Every Wednesday At 6 P.m. Through April
Individuals interested in embarking on a new career encouraged to attend
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Warren, MI – Art Van Furniture is a great place to shop as well as a great place to build a successful, satisfying career. Individuals eager to increase their earning potential and grow their career are invited to attend free, in-store information sessions Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Art Van Furniture, 550 Ring Road, in Portage. The Midwest’s No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer is looking to hire more than ten full time and part time home furnishing consultant positions at its Portage store as well as at its Art Van PureSleep location at 338 North Drake Road in Kalamazoo...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Provides "Tru Transformation" Strategic Update »

March 25, 2015 at 6:00AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Leadership Team Outlines Next Phase of Company’s Strategic Plan, Focusing on Further Transforming the Customer Experience, Optimizing e-Commerce, Growing Internationally and Leveraging Its Global Scale to Drive Category Leadership and Differentiation; Company Plans to Take an Aggressive Approach to Right-Sizing the Cost Structure of the Business and Designing a More Streamlined, Efficient Organization
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – At presentations today for investors, industry analysts and the media, Toys"R"Us, Inc. provided an update on its strategy to improve the company’s operational performance, as it continues its work to position the business for long-term profitable growth. Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc...

Three Business Partners Open Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro »

March 24, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Three long-time friends are looking forward to making a positive impact on their community while making their entrepreneurial dreams come true through their new business, Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

Cellairis Mobile Device Repair Opens Inside Woodstock Walmart Store »

March 24, 2015 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Cellairis Mobile Repairs
Cellairis Mobile Repairs Opportunities Available

The Walmart location at 12182 Highway 92 in Woodstock, GA 30188 now offers mobile device and computer repair services through Cellairis. This recent update allows customers the convenience of getting their iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or other devices repaired at an affordable price while they shop.
Woodstock, GA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Cellairis is a worldwide mobile device and computer repair franchise recognized for providing affordable, reliable and fast repairs on iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy devices with premium parts and accessories. By locating inside leading retail stores such as Walmart, consumers gain a significant advantage in gaining access to certified repair technicians from Cellairis who can perform top quality repairs while they shop...

Grand Opening For New Kid To Kid Store In Dunwoody, Georgia »

March 24, 2015 at 5:32AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Local business owner is proud to announce the grand opening of her second children’s clothing resale store, Kid to Kid, on April 9 in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Dunwoody, GA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Local resident Mary Campbell, is excited to announce the grand opening of her second Kid to Kid store, on Thursday, April 9 at 4 pm. The grand opening will feature a special visit from Anna and Elsa from Disney’s hit movie "Frozen" along with face painting, balloon animals, and door prizes. The first 100 shoppers will also receive a coupon for 10 percent off all purchases made throughout 2015.
Located at 4498 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. in Dunwoody, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children’s apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing...

Joe Johnson Named New President Of Wireless Zone® »

March 24, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation’s largest Verizon Wireless franchisor strengthens management team with promotion.
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wireless Zone®, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has named Joe Johnson the company’s president and chief operating officer. Promoted in late 2014, Johnson now oversees all teams and departments of the franchisor paying close attention to the store level and the operational support offered to Wireless Zone® franchise owners for continued business growth.
“I am truly grateful to be a part of such a dynamic brand and it invigorates me to think about where we are going as a franchise company,” said Johnson at Wireless Zone®’s recent annual franchise convention in Orlando, Florida...

ZIPS Dry Cleaners’ Shahid Hashmi Profiled In Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine’s Mega 99 »

March 23, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – Shahid Hashmi, owner of the ZIPS Dry Cleaners in Essex, Maryland, was recently profiled in Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine’s "Mega 99" issue, an annual list of the biggest players in franchising – the ones with dozens, even hundreds, of units, and plans for many more.
According to Hashmi’s profile, he wishes he’d gotten into franchising earlier, but according to reporter Helen Bond, who interviewed Hashmi for the piece, "he’s doing a heck of a job making up for lost time in a big way."
Armed with two MBAs and 20 years of financial experience in the telecom industry, Hashmi considered his initial foray into franchising an investment when he opened a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen store in Washington, D...

DirectBuy Appoints New Vice President Of Sales »

March 23, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: DirectBuy

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – DirectBuy, the membership-based buying club that allows consumers to purchase lifestyle products from manufacturers and suppliers without hidden retail markup, announces today that Curt Fisher has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. As an accomplished sales management professional, he brings more than 20 years of leadership experience and achievement in customer relationship management in Fortune 500 companies.
As DirectBuy’s Vice President of Sales, Fisher will oversee the direction and management of internal sales development, the building of new sales channels, and the expansion of the company’s marketplace reach.
For the past three years, Fisher served as the Chicago-area General Manager of Goodman Manufacturing, the largest residential HVAC manufacturer in the United States...

Art Van Furniture To Host Career Fair In Auburn Hills March 31 »

March 23, 2015 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Applicants can apply online or in person at company-sponsored career event.
WARREN, Mich. - March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - "You're hired!" Art Van Furniture will host a career fair on Tuesday, March 31 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at its Great Lakes Crossing Outlets store, located at 4612 Baldwin Road in Auburn Hills. The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer is looking to fill over 20 full time and part time sales and other store positions in Auburn Hills as well as at its Drayton Plains store, located at 5053 Dixie Highway. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend.
Known for stylish, affordable name brand home furnishings, Art Van Furniture offers one of the highest paid commission structures in the furniture industry...

Wrightsville Beach Marathon: Riding 26 Miles For 26 Years »

March 23, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: 101 Mobility

101 Mobility helps Amy Neubauer outfit her power chair for Sunday’s Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon
Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) March 20, 2015 - On Sunday, March 22nd, local racer Amy Neubauer will take to the road to complete a marathon in her newly equipped power chair. The staff at local mobility company 101 Mobility was elated and excited when they were presented with opportunity to outfit Neubaer’s power chair for racing capability.
“It’s so great that she has the drive to complete the 26 miles to mark 26 years since her accident; she definitely has a lot of ambition and spirit,” said Mitch Gower, Product and Technical Support Representative from 101 Mobility.
Neubauer certainly has endured quite a lot over the past 26 years...

Ace Hardware Honors Its 2014 Vendors Of The Year At 2015 Spring Convention & Exhibits In Las Vegas »

March 20, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Ace Hardware

March 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corp. celebrated seven outstanding vendors for their superior commitment and service to the world’s largest hardware cooperative, its retailers and customers at the 2015 Spring Convention and Exhibits held March 18-20 in Las Vegas. The following Vendor of the Year award winners represent various industries but all share a dedication to providing the best possible service, products and support to Ace Hardware.

Amerock, a premier supplier of decorative hardware and functional hardware solutions, based in Mooresville, N.C.
Briggs & Stratton, the Ace Hardware International Vendor of the Year is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment; headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc...



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