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Dental Fix Van Number 200 Hits The Road »

August 28, 2015 at 11:04AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

August 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, Fla. – Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, has officially launched mobile repair van number 200. The fully-equipped van is owned and operated by Roman LaRue, who will provide dental practices in the northwest Houston, Texas area timely, on-site equipment service, repair and replacements.
“Our mobile repair centers are the focal point of Dental Fix’s business and this milestone is a true testament to the demand our owner/operators are meeting for the dental customers they serve across North America,” said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix RX. “When we sell a territory, our new owners are eager to get behind the wheel to begin meeting that need, and Roman is no different...

Sky Zone Charlotte To Host Charity Event To Benefit The Isabella Santos Foundation »

August 28, 2015 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Raises Funds For Neuroblastoma Research
August 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sky Zone Charlotte is hosting a charity event to benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the research and treatment of Neuroblastoma and other rare childhood cancers. Sky Zone Charlotte invites guests to have fun soaring across the multiple interlocking trampolines playing courts while supporting a worthy cause.
In conjunction with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the world’s first all-walled trampoline park is hosting “Jump 4 Ibby” night on August 30th to raise awareness and funds for life-threatening pediatric cancers. From 12 p...

National Dog Day ‘Begs’ For A Spotlight On Pet Parent Spending »

August 27, 2015 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus Determined to Answer Demand, Adds 15 New Franchise Partners to System
LIVONIA, Mich. - August 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Approximately 60 percent of every dollar in the $58 billion pet industry is spent on man’s best friend. With 54.4 million households claiming a dog as part of their family, annual spending is continuing to rise to colossal heights and pet retailers are expanding at an unprecedented rate to cater to the constantly growing needs of pet parents.
As the nation’s largest pet retail franchise, Pet Supplies Plus continues to expand its presence by partnering with qualified franchisees eager to enter the pet industry. So far this year, the retailer has welcomed 15 new franchisees to the system for a total of 19 new locations in the pipeline...

Marco’s Pizza Takes A Slice Out Of The Global Pizza Market »

August 27, 2015 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Nation’s Fastest-Growing Pizza Franchise Steps Up International Expansion with World Franchise Associates Partnership
TOLEDO, Ohio - August 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - After years of exponential growth in the United States, the rest of the world is catching Marco’s Pizza fever. The nation’s fastest growing pizza franchise is taking its biggest step yet in international expansion by partnering with World Franchise Associates to build the brand’s global portfolio.
Marco’s Pizza recently signed an agreement with World Franchise Associates, an international franchise development firm that supports qualified candidates in acquiring area-development, multi-unit, master and multi-country agreements, that will bring the “Ah!thentic” Italian pizza franchise to many of the fastest growing franchise countries, including assisting with a deal in progress for the GCC/Gulf States and North Africa...

TITLE Boxing Club Knocks Out Competition; Ranks As Top Fitness Brand On Inc. 5000 List »

August 27, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: TITLE Boxing Club

Int’l Boxing/Fitness Franchise Nets 1,775 Percent 3-Year Growth; Makes List for Second Year in a Row
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - August 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - There is no shortage of thriving companies in the fitness/health industry but one brand continues to put the rest on the ropes. For the second year in row, TITLE Boxing Club, the nation’s largest boxing fitness franchise, announced its impressive rankings on Inc. magazine’s 5000 List. With a remarkable three-year growth rate of 1,775 percent, Inc. recognized TITLE Boxing Club as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States. Not only did the boxing/fitness franchise rank at No. 250, but the brand was the top fitness franchise on the list...

Planet Beach Retires “Automated Spa” Tagline »

August 26, 2015 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach

Planet Beach retires “Automated Spa” sub-appellation in favor of the more progressively accurate title “Planet Beach Spray & Spa”.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - It has been almost twenty years since the original “Planet Beach Tanning” opened its doors in New Orleans, LA. The first of its kind, Planet Beach transcended the rudimentary, run-of-the-mill fitness centers by yielding spa results at a price the general population could afford. Like most innovative ideas, Planet Beach has seen many alterations and progressive changes over the last two decades in favor of having a clear appellation and a focused niche in the marketplace.
Initially “Planet Beach Tanning” was exactly that...

Pet Supplies Plus Determined To Answer Demand, Adds 15 New Franchise Partners To System  »

August 26, 2015 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus

National Dog Day ‘Begs’ for a Spotlight on Pet Parent Spending
August 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LIVONIA, Mich. – Approximately 60 percent of every dollar in the $58 billion pet industry is spent on man’s best friend. With 54.4 million households claiming a dog as part of their family, annual spending is continuing to rise to colossal heights and pet retailers are expanding at an unprecedented rate to cater to the constantly growing needs of pet parents.
As the nation’s largest pet retail franchise, Pet Supplies Plus continues to expand its presence by partnering with qualified franchisees eager to enter the pet industry. So far this year, the retailer has welcomed 15 new franchisees to the system for a total of 19 new locations in the pipeline...

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Adds Extensive Video Library To OutdoorLights.com »

August 25, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opportunities Available

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives recently announced the addition of an extensive video library on OutdoorLights.com, the company’s national website as part of their ongoing commitment to educating consumers and differentiating the brand.
RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) August 25, 2015 - Jody Wetherill, Brand Marketing Manager for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives recently announced the addition of an extensive video library on OutdoorLights.com as part of their ongoing commitment to educating consumers and differentiating the brand.
“Video plays a huge role in a client’s selection process when choosing a professional outdoor lighting company. By producing a collection of high quality professional video assets, we’re not only able to position our company and franchisees as the leaders in the industry, but provide helpful tips and resources to consumers interested in or considering working with a professional outdoor lighting company,” explained Jody Wetherill, Brand Marketing Manager for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives...

Marco’s Pizza Reveals Aggressive Development Plan For The Southeast »

August 25, 2015 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Nation’s Fastest Growing Pizza Franchise Looks to Introduce 35 New Locations by Year’s End
TOLEDO, Ohio - August 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, is targeting the Southeast for growth. With hundreds of franchise locations already open and operating in the region, the company has announced plans to open more than 300 additional locations through strategic franchise partnerships in the coming years. The new franchise locations would create approximately 6,000 new jobs.
“As the Area Representatives that oversee some of Marco’s busiest locations, our team has a proven track record of success. I am confident in the team’s ability to grow the Marco’s Pizza brand, expanding our footprint throughout key markets across the Southeast...

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas Receives $20 Million Investment To Grow National Spa Chain »

August 25, 2015 at 3:44AM PDT | Source: Marilyn Monroe Spas

Latest round of capital infusion into national spa and beauty company will accomplish domestic and global expansion plans & will help launch Marilyn Monroe™ Spa and Glamour Institute
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, a national brand with 10 locations currently open in four states serving 70,000 customers, announced that it has received a $20 million investment in its latest round of capital infusion for the high-growth brand. Including this $20 million investment, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas has raised more than $36 million capital to date.
The $20 million investment will help accomplish domestic and global expansion plans, including the franchising of the brand’s Nail Lounges and Glamour Rooms...

FASTSIGNS® Announces Record Growth And Celebrates Landmark Success At Sales Summit »

August 24, 2015 at 11:51AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
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August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of more than 590 FASTSIGNS® locations worldwide, held its annual Outside Sales Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, where 34 Outside Sales Professionals from different FASTSIGNS locations were recognized for sales achievements exceeding half a million dollars in annual sales, including 10 who achieved more than $1 million in sales.
“Our FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Professionals lead the industry in providing comprehensive solutions to solve communications challenges for customers,” explained Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We recently achieved a new milestone of $400 million in system-wide sales for the first time in our 30-year history...

Outdoor Living Brands To Join Stonework Franchising On Live Franchise Talk Show, Veterans Helping Veterans »

August 24, 2015 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Outdoor Living Brands

Outdoor Living Brands and Stonework Franchising join forces to host two-part live Franchise Talk Show specifically for the veteran community.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (PRWEB) August 24, 2015 - Outdoor Living Brands is thrilled to announce the brand’s first LIVE Franchise Talk Show appearance scheduled for Monday, August 24th at 3:30 PM EST.
Hosted and produced by Stonework Franchising, a veteran owned and operated franchise consultant firm that specializes in assisting transitioning and retired military veterans as the explore and evaluate franchise opportunities to launch and ultimately operate as their own.
“The Live Franchise Talk Show was created in order to create a valuable resource for vets. There is a famous saying in the military…You don’t know what you don’t know...

Burger 21 Scouting Houston For Franchise Development »

August 24, 2015 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: Burger 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Seeks Single- and Multi-Unit-Franchisees to Expand Brand Presence
TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, is targeting Houston for future restaurant sites and prospective franchisees. The Tampa, Fla.-based company currently has 16 locations open and more than 25 franchised units in development across the country with further plans for continued expansion.
As Burger 21 gears up to open its first Texas restaurants in Frisco and McAllen later this year, Houston is also one of several additional markets in The Lone Star State that represents an opportunity for its future development. The brand aims to develop additional locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas...

Red MangoAnnounces Expansion Into K-12 Food Service »

August 24, 2015 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

Red Mango Debuts at Three North Texas High Schools
August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – A longtime favorite at college campuses around the U.S., Red Mango® has announced it is officially expanding into K-12 Food Service Programs in partnership with global food service leader Aramark, beginning with self-serve yogurt machines and toppings bars recently installed at three high schools in the Northwest Independent School District (NISD) in North Texas.
At the start of this semester Red Mango frozen yogurt will be available to students at the following high schools: Northwest High School in Justin, Texas; Bryon Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas; and V.R. Eaton High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Each school will have two frozen yogurt machines that will serve popular Red Mango yogurt flavors and be customizable at the toppings bar, which will offer a wide variety of delicious additions...

Demand Remains Strong For FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand And Conversion Programs »

August 21, 2015 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Leading Global Sign, Graphics and Visual Communication Franchisor Exhibits at NBM Philadelphia to Share Continued Success Partnering with Independent Owners through Franchise Programs; New FASTSIGNS eBook Offers Advice for Prospective Owners and Insight on its Franchise Offerings
August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // PHILADELPHIA – The FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand and Conversion programs continue to be top growth drivers for the global franchise, which has more than 590 sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries.
In particular, demand from independent print and photofinishing operators across the United States is high; FASTSIGNS has signed 12 Co-Brand franchise agreements in the past eight months alone...

FASTSIGNS® Sees Record Global Sales, Strong Franchise Growth At Mid-Year »

August 21, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Visual Communications Solutions Provider Reaches $400M Revenue, Signs 24 Franchise Deals
August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is having a banner year on all fronts. In the past six months alone, the worldwide franchisor for more than 590 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers has reached global revenues of $400 million – an all-time high for the company, along with inking 24 new franchise agreements and opening its first location in Dubai. The company expects to sign an additional 33 franchise agreements by year’s end and is finalizing master franchise agreements in two new countries.
FASTSIGNS executives attribute the robust mid-year revenue achievement in large part to the company’s expanded products and services—which aligns with its “More Than” brand positioning—as well as the formation of an outside sales force that has now grown to more than 360 sales professionals...

Valpak® Announces Expansion Plans In New Orleans »

August 20, 2015 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Leader in Local Print and Digital Coupons Plans Return to Market After Decade-Long Absence 
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today it is seeking to make a return to New Orleans, La., since its departure following Hurricane Katrina. As next week marks the 10-year anniversary of the storm's landfall, New Orleans is continuing its steady rise back to a thriving economic state. According to the Greater N.O. Community Data Center, the rate of entrepreneurship in the New Orleans metro has increased 129 percent since Hurricane Katrina and has recovered all its recession-era losses and reached 1 percent above its 2008 employment level.
On the heels of this economic rebound, Valpak is looking to re-enter the New Orleans territory and is currently scouting entrepreneurs to invest in new franchise territories in the market...

Sky Zone To Hire 75 Exuberant People In Brighton »

August 20, 2015 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Brighton Brings High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Mich. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 75 team members for its new park in Brighton, MI. Set to open in September, Sky Zone will elevate to greater heights with its newest park, offering Livingston County residents and visitors the ultimate gravity-defying experience.
The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimum excitement with high-flying activities such as Open Jump, for unique off-the-wall thrills, Ultimate Dodgeball, offering an interesting twist on a classic game, Sky Slam, which gives everyone the opportunity to showcase their best basketball dunks and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Sky Zone To Hire 70 Enthusiastic People In Manassas »

August 19, 2015 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Manassas To Bring High-Flying Fun to the Community
August 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // MANASSAS, Virg. – Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 70 employees for its new park in Manassas, VA. Set to open in September, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Manassas residents and visitors the ultimate thrill.
Sky Zone will soar to new heights with its newest park providing local residents and visitors the perfect gravity defying experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for maximum high-flying fun with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood game, and Sky Slam, which offers a new and innovative way to dunk a basketball...

ServiceMaster Makes It A "Lovely Day" For Communities Nationwide »

August 19, 2015 at 7:44AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

"We Serve Day" Celebrates Legacy of Service in Communities Across the U.S.
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - August 19, 2015) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, will send a sea of blue across 10 U.S. cities this Friday, August 21. As part of the company's annual We Serve Day, employees will participate in volunteer efforts from Miami to Phoenix, all with a goal of giving back to the communities in which they live and work.
"Service is the heart of our business -- to our customers and the communities we serve," said Rob Gillette, ServiceMaster's chief executive officer. "It's all about giving back to organizations that help strengthen the communities where we live and work...



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