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Merry Maids Recognizes Outstanding Franchise Owners »

December 17, 2014 at 11:13AM PST | Source: Merry Maids

Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel Receive Highest Honor: Founder's Award
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn. - Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning company and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, announced the recognition of several outstanding franchise owners at its annual seminar held in Orlando, Fla. The highest honor of the year, the Founder's Award, was given to franchisees Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel, of Mobile, Ala., Pinellas Park and Jacksonville, Fla.
Merry Maids has more than 35 years of experience helping families clean up messes, creating home cleaning plans customized for each household's needs, and providing expert tips to keep living spaces clean and organized - ultimately giving them time back to spend with their families...

Dental Fix RX Expands Dental Repair Service To North Dallas »

December 17, 2014 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

National mobile dental repair company, Dental Fix RX, launches all-new business in Dallas with mobile repair center.
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, Texas. - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, recently signed an all-new franchise to service Dallas area dentists. Owned and operated by Scott Welch, the business features a fully equipped mobile repair center that will supply dentist offices with prompt, on-site equipment service, repair, and replacements. This is the second location in Dallas, and Welch's franchise will service areas from University Park to cities as far north as Frisco.
"Dental Fix offers a paradigm shifting alternative to the services currently provided to most dentists," said Scott Welch, Dental Fix franchise owner...

Marilyn Monroe(TM) Spas Launches Worldwide Franchise Opportunities »

December 16, 2014 at 2:56PM PST | Source: Marilyn Monroe Spas
Marilyn Monroe Spas Opportunities Available

Former Disney Executive Brings Iconic Spa Brand to Life Across the Country, Now Offering Opportunities to Franchise Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Lounge & Glamour Room Concepts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, a national brand with eight locations currently open and several more opening soon, announced today that it will begin franchising its popular Nail Lounge and Glamour Room concepts.
Both concepts offer a contemporary take on the traditional day spa and leverage the universal appeal, sophistication and intrigue of the Marilyn Monroe™ brand persona. Led by spa industry veteran Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO, and former Disney executive Allen "Al" R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas was granted an exclusive global licensing agreement in 2012 with Authentic Brands Group, a leading international intellectual property corporation that owns the estate of Marilyn Monroe, to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories using the Marilyn Monroe name...

Dental Fix Awards 15th Franchise In The State Of Texas »

December 15, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 71st franchise of 2014, in Sugarland, Texas, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Houston market, will be the 15th van to launch in the State of Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 121 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Brings The Power Of The 'Ohana Together During 2014 International Franchise Conference »

December 12, 2014 at 11:12AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Global Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothie Franchise Honors Top Performing Franchisees, Shares Best Practices and Discusses Outlook of Brand
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 -- Breakout sessions on controlling costs, maximizing catering, leveraging social media, boosting the bottom line and learning best practices all kept Maui Wowi Hawaiian franchisees inspired and motivated during the company's recent conference at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colo.
For three days, top-performing franchisees and company leaders from the "Mainland" home office led informative breakout sessions, one-on-one training and panel discussions that educated franchise owners on successful business strategies to expand their business, increase speed of operations, attract more customers and boost sales...

Massage Envy Spa Expands In Houston & Dallas/Fort Worth »

December 11, 2014 at 12:42PM PST | Source: Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa  Opportunities Available

Nation's Largest Massage Therapy Franchise Signs Franchise Agreements for Five New Clinics; Opens Four Additional Clinics in Texas Markets
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today significant growth in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth markets with the recent signing of franchise agreements for five new clinics to open next year. In addition, four new Massage Envy Spa locations recently opened their doors in the Houston and DFW areas. On the heels of this rapid growth, the brand is eager to keep the momentum going and is targeting additional areas in the state for expansion including: Burleson, College Station, Granbury, Killeen, Midland, Odessa, Temple, Texarkana, Victoria and Weatherford...

Dental Fix Awards 14th Franchise In The State Of Texas »

December 11, 2014 at 10:21AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

December 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 70th franchise of 2014, in Houston, Texas, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Houston market, will be the 14th van to launch in the State of Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 121 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Pinot's Palette Partners With Constellation Brands To Feature The Dreaming Tree Wine In Locations Nationwide »

December 10, 2014 at 9:11AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, is partnering with international wine supplier Constellation Brands to feature The Dreaming Tree wines in all studios with bar and retail sections, making it the first paint and sip chain to implement a nationwide beverage program.
Initially, the featured wines will include The Dreaming Tree's 2012 Crush Red Blend, 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Everyday White Wine.
Based in Victor, N.Y., and with more than 40 facilities around the world, Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with more than 100 brands in its portfolio and operations in the U...

Window World® Celebrates Fifth Annual 'Window World Day' With Patients Of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® »

December 10, 2014 at 7:18AM PST | Source: Window World
Window World Opportunities Available

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, celebrated the fifth annual "Window World Day" Thursday, Dec. 4, along with patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
The "Jingle Bell Jamboree" themed party was a celebration to honor the patients of St. Jude and their families. The Window World team, comprised of representatives from locations nationwide, hosted various activities, including arts and crafts, a toy giveaway, lunch, a photo booth and live country music.
Window World's philanthropic efforts are spearheaded by its charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, which provides year-round support for St. Jude...

Dental Fix Awards 16th Franchise In The State Of California »

December 10, 2014 at 6:05AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 69th franchise of 2014, in Santee, California to Steven Moore, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the San Diego market, will be the 16th van to launch in the State of California, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 121 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Medifast Launches New Energy Drops & Flavor Infusers™ »

December 10, 2014 at 4:40AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Leading Weight-Management Company Expands Product Line
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 9, 2014 /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 the launch of their newest Energy Drops and Flavor Infusers™.
Medifast's Flavor Infusers™ line will expand with five new products including Lemonade Energy Drops, Pineapple Mango Energy Drops, Wild Strawberry Energy Drops, Mandarin Orange Energy Infusers, and Unsweetened Lemon Energy Infusers. The Energy Infusers are single-serve packets of powder while the Energy Drops come in liquid form. Both are perfect on-the-go additions to your water bottle...

New DQ® Restaurant Opens In North Richland Hills »

December 09, 2014 at 9:42AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // North Richland Hills, Texas – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Texas DQ® restaurant located at 5441 Rufe Snow Drive. The 2,600 square-foot restaurant can seat 74 guests inside and offers a convenient drive-thru window. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which according to the National Restaurant Association are projected to increase by 4.7 percent this year.
"We are excited to open our first DQ restaurant in North Richland Hills and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of Texas Country Foods®, cool treats and Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies, Light Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks," said area manager Dan Powers...

DQ® Treat Store Opens In Cocoa »

December 09, 2014 at 9:02AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Cocoa, Fla. — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Cocoa DQ® Treat store located at 2700 Clear Lake Road inside of the Walmart. This location is the newest Dairy Queen location in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 410 square foot restaurant employs a staff of 16.
The DQ Treat store in Cocoa features DQ favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats, DQ Cakes and a wide variety of other soft-serve items, as well as the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages...

Shakeaway Warms Up Guests With Hot Winter Menu »

December 08, 2014 at 6:13AM PST | Source: ShakeAway
ShakeAway Opportunities Available

The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™ Serves Up New Seasonal Shakes
BOURNEMOUTH, England - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This season, guests can treat themselves with new holiday milkshake creations from Shakeaway, The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™. Throughout the month of December, Shakeaway locations in California, Georgia and around the world will offer these new shakes, served hot using a secret method, perfect for melting away the stress caused by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
New holiday shakes available on the U.S. menu include:

Pullover Pam – a fun mixture of Nutella and peanut butter topped with marshmallows
Melting Mike – a blend of Rolos & Biscoff cookies topped with sea salt and caramel
Earmuff Eddie – a mix of Heath Bar and malt topped with a crumbled Cadbury flake
Fireside Fred – a crackling combo of Honey Buns and butterscotch topped with whipped cream
Hot Helen – a blend of Oreos and chocolate topped with Whoppers
Cozy Kim – a comfortable combo of Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream and marshmallows topped with whipped cream

"Our hot milkshake options are a creative way to offer guests our delicious shakes during the cold weather – think hot chocolate with a Shakeaway twist!" said Peter Dickson, Shakeaway's chief executive officer...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Initiates Rollout Of New Fresh Micro Market In Office Break Rooms »

December 08, 2014 at 5:04AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Recently installed in 15 San Diego locations, the new micro market software provides a simple, streamlined solution for operators to process mobile payments, drive loyalty, and manage all aspects of their locations via smartphone.
San Diego, California (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 – Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, announces the completion of 15 installations for its new fresh micro market, which debuted last month. The Company plans additional installations throughout the remainder of the month and into next year, with a goal of 250 installations by the end of 2015.
The rollout is being funded in part by a $1.5 million financing completed in September 2014...

Liberty Tax Service Reports Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter Results »

December 08, 2014 at 4:20AM PST | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Dec 8, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX)

Revenue increased 5.7%, to $7.7 million
Seasonal pretax loss increased to $18.8 million
Adjusted Non-GAAP pretax loss increased to $15.6 million
Adjusted Non-GAAP net loss per share increased to $0.74
Non-recurring costs in the quarter of $3.3 million

Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) (the "Company"), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, today reported a net loss for the second fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2014 of $11.3 million, or $0.89 per share, compared to a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.66 per share, in the prior year period. On an adjusted basis, the Company reported an adjusted non-GAAP net loss of $0...

Outdoor Living Brands Welcomes Victoria Brox To Their World Class Franchise Development Team »

December 08, 2014 at 4:07AM PST | Source: Renew Crew
Renew Crew Opportunities Available

Outdoor Living Brands expands their franchise development team by hiring seasoned franchise professional Victoria Brox.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) December 06, 2014 - Outdoor Living Brands, home to award winning franchise opportunities, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Mosquito Squad and Renew Crew, announced Monday, December 1st that they have welcomed Victoria Brox to their franchise development team.
"Victoria is a seasoned franchise development professional with an impressive track record in the franchising industry. We are excited to see her assist our efforts to grow and develop the Renew Crew brand with our franchise development team in the coming year," stated Scott Zide, Chief Operating Officer at Outdoor Living Brands...

Medifast Implements Next Phase Of Weight Control Center Strategy »

December 08, 2014 at 3:59AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Company to Close 34 Corporate Centers, Transition 17 Locations to Franchise Owners
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, announced today the plan by a subsidiary to close 34 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers by December 31, 2014. Medifast also expects its subsidiary to sell the assets of 17 corporate-owned Medifast Weight Control Centers to existing business partners, which would then be transitioned to the franchise model.
"Exiting the corporate Center model is consistent with our long-term strategy and will allow us to focus on optimizing the performance of our franchise partners," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medifast...

Canada Starts The Holiday Season With A Stable Jobs Report »

December 05, 2014 at 9:01AM PST | Source: Express Employment Professionals

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2014) - Bob Funk, the CEO of the North America's largest franchised staffing company, today issued the following statement in response to the latest Statistic Canada Labour Force Survey which showed the Canadian economy held steady in November with an unemployment rate at 6.6 per cent (up slightly from 6.5 per cent in October). The labour force participation rate remained unchanged at 66 per cent:
"As we start the holidays, Canadians got a treat, a solid, stable jobs number. The jobs scene at the end of 2014 remains positive and something we should all be thankful for," Funk said. "That said, we need to remember many Canadians remain out of the workforce, with a labour force participation rate of 66 per cent, we need to focus on new measures to get people back into the workforce...

Screenmobile Services One Millionth Customer »

December 04, 2014 at 12:10PM PST | Source: Screenmobile

December 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // THOUSAND PALMS, CA – Screenmobile, one of the nation's largest screen repair companies, continues to capitalize on the growing demand for residential screen repairs, having recently serviced its one millionth customer.
"We've been so busy, we didn't even see this milestone coming. After realizing it, I sat back and was so proud of the company and our franchisees," said CEO and co-founder Scott Walker. "Screenmobile exists in the acquisition and retention of very satisfied and loyal customers, who return frequently to our products and services and recommend us to their family and friends. We are excited for the next million."
One of the main reasons for reaching such a milestone so quickly is Screenmobile's unique process...



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