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Sky Zone Peoria Partners With Hopekids To Host Charity Event For Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses »

May 22, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Gives Kids Hope with a Morning Full of Fun
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // PEORIA, Ariz. - Sky Zone Peoria is hosting a charity event that will give children suffering from severe illnesses a chance to defy gravity and have some fun. The world’s first trampoline park will plan the fun-filled morning with help from HopeKids, an organization whose goal is to restore hope and transform the lives of children with serious medical conditions.
Sky Zone Peoria will open its doors to 150 children from HopeKids on Saturday May 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Children attending the event will be able to fly high and jump for free before the park’s doors open to the public. The kids will have full access to the facility and will be able to bounce on the Open Jump Court, play on the Ultimate Dodgeball courts, and flip into the giant Foam Pit that’s filled with 10,000 foam cubes...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Welcomes Gaithersburg Residents To The Ultimate 3-D Play Experience »

May 22, 2015 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Trampoline Park Opens Its New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park has opened in Gaithersburg to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world’s first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone Gaithersburg to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls!
Sky Zone’s all-walled trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition...

Announcing The Happy Tax Memorial Day Sale »

May 22, 2015 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Happy Tax

Free and discounted franchise fees for veterans!
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - May 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - This Memorial Day, we’re talking about a revolution! Because that’s exactly what created this great country.
But we at Happy Tax think it’s time for another revolution. A Tax Revolution! And we’re starting it!
What does it take to start a revolution? Bold thinkers. New ideas. Happy Tax has them. Our innovative franchise system is the only one of its kind in the tax industry. But like any revolution, we need people to join us. If you’re ready to change your life for the better, WE WANT YOU to become a Happy Tax franchisee.
And this Memorial Day, Happy Tax is showing America’s soldiers, sailors and airmen just how much we appreciate their service...

Same-Day, One-Price Dry Cleaning Now In Woodbridge »

May 21, 2015 at 11:49AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

ZIPS Dry Cleaning opens new location, offering $1.99 cleaning.
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaning, a staple name in affordable and convenient dry cleaning on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard for years, has opened its newest location in Woodbridge, VA at 13584 Minnieville Rd.
Owner Krishna Gondi, a current pharmacist at CVS hopes to open additional ZIPS locations in the future near and around Richmond. An immigrant from India, Gondi was inspired by the business model of ZIPS.
“I discovered the opportunity to become an owner after a long history as a customer at ZIPS,” said Gondi. “I was always impressed by the efficient and affordable service the brand provided and thought it was the perfect avenue to explore entrepreneurship...

Three ServiceMaster Companies Earn Women's Choice Awards: American Home Shield, Merry Maids And Terminix »

May 21, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

The Women's Choice Award is a symbol of excellence in customer experience awarded by the collective voice of women. When you see the Seal, know that women in your community and across the nation have rated that business as a business they trust to give you the kind of respect, customer service, assistance and buying experience you expect and deserve.
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), today announced that three of its companies -- American Home Shield, Merry Maids and Terminix -- were selected to receive the prestigious Women's Choice Award for 2015.
The Women's Choice Award is based on the collective opinion and judgment of female consumers according to research conducted nationally among 250,000 women...

McAlister’s Deli Continues Expansion Into Dinner Segment With New Big Bold Entrée - Turkey Hot Brown »

May 21, 2015 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Gives Guests the Chance to Win a Trip to Louisville, Ky., with “Hot Brown Throw Down” Sweepstakes -
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, announced today the launch of its new Big Bold Entrée, the Turkey Hot Brown, which will be available in restaurants nationwide.
The Turkey Hot Brown features Butterball™ smoked turkey, crisp applewood smoked bacon, freshly sliced tomatoes and green onions, served with creamy Kentucky Hot Brown Gravy on toasted country white bread.
“We’re excited to announce our new Kentucky-inspired entrée, The Turkey Hot Brown as we continue to expand our dinner options with hearty, full-flavored entrees,” said McAlister’s Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson...

Watermill Express Provides Water For The Bayou Bash Relay »

May 21, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

HOUSTON, Texas – May 9th, 2015 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, provided water for the Bayou Bash Relay.
Over 75 gallons of pure drinking water were handed out to approximately 272 participants.
The Bayou Bash Relay is hosted by the Bayou City Road Runners running club (BRCC) to support the BRCC’s Young Runner Scholarship Fund. The BRCC is a social club for runners and non-runners in the Houston area who often support local charities.
“Watermill Express was a tremendous help to the success of our event,” said Bayou Bash Relay Race Director Lara Allen. “They provided wonderful drinking water to the runners, volunteers and spectators...

Valpak Begins 2015 With Strong Q1 Franchise Growth »

May 21, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Valpak
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Leader in Local Print and Digital Coupons Signs Seven New Franchise Agreements in 2015 on the Heels of Signing 14 Agreements in 2014 with New and Existing Franchisees
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Following a successful 2014, Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that the brand is off to a strong start in 2015, signing seven new franchise agreements with new and existing franchisees. Valpak continues to grow its footprint across the United States with new franchisees this year in Central Alabama, Kansas City, North Orange County, Calif., Maryland and Virginia.
Valpak's new franchisees this year and last year join the company with diverse backgrounds in sales, marketing and strategic development, including a former Google employee, restaurant owner and publisher...

Burger 21 Introduces New And Enhanced Menu Items Nationwide »

May 20, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Burger 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Focuses on Brand Development with Latest Menu Enhancements
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, announced today it has rolled out several new and enhanced menu items in order to appeal to the changing taste preferences of its guests. In addition, the brand has added a smaller milkshake option to the menu and its 10 Certified Angus Beef® burger options will now be prepared in a third-pound size.
"Menu innovation is at the heart of our brand and with the rollout of these latest menu items, we're providing our guests with more variety than ever before," said Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21...

Experienced Entrepreneurs Purchase Valpak Of North Orange County »

May 19, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Valpak
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Franchisee Team Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in the Region 
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today Mike Paul and Larry Delaney have assumed ownership of Valpak’s North Orange County, Calif., territory, formerly part of the larger Orange County territory. Under new ownership, the Valpak signature blue envelope started mailing to nearly 300,000 households in North Orange County earlier this year.
"I've been an advocate of Valpak's business model for the past 20 years because of the constant support and corporate accessibility given to franchisees," said Mike Paul, Valpak of North Orange County franchisee. "I saw the opportunity to grow Valpak’s presence in the northern part of the region, and after purchasing a region of the existing Orange Country territory, my business partner Larry Delaney and I now own this new territory...

Study Shows Waxing Habits Change Direction With Age »

May 19, 2015 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Waxing The City
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Waxing the City Franchise Finds Above-the-Belt Services Sprout over the Years
HASTINGS, Minn. - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - While most young waxers start off smoothing their lower regions and chests, later in life they are compelled to head north to groom more visible features, according to research conducted by a national waxing studio franchise.
Overall, the study found that waxing is prevalent in the general population and most common among women. While 90 percent of today's waxers are women, the number of men waxing their chests, backs, ears, nose and areas south of the equator is also steadily increasing. Apparently – a smooth and hairless lower region is a high priority for a majority of consumers – the research shows about 1 in 10 are doing a bikini or Brazilian wax...

Military Family Opens San Antonio’s Only Caring Transitions Business »

May 18, 2015 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 18, 2015 - The Bleichwehl family has always been committed to service, so when Scott retired from the Army after more than 30 years, he knew he wanted to find a career that would allow him to continue to serve others. That’s why he decided to put down roots in San Antonio with his wife Mary Lou and open the area’s only Caring Transitions business with his son Benjamin and daughter-in-law Leilani.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

Sky Zone To Hire 120 Energetic People In Tampa »

May 18, 2015 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Tampa Set To Open Trampoline Park in the Neighborhood
TAMPA, Fla. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 120 employees for its new park in Tampa, FL. Set to open in late June, Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Tampa residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience.
The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time 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 pastime, Sky Slam, which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Snap Fitness Unveils New Paint Scheme For Coca-Cola 600 »

May 18, 2015 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: Snap Fitness
Snap Fitness Opportunities Available

Design Features Thousands of Snap Nation’s Faces
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - As America’s Fitness Brand, Snap Fitness will pay homage to Memorial Day in a special way: by featuring thousands of club owners, personal trainers, and members on Landon Cassill’s No. 40 car for the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, May 24.
“For the first time ever, thousands of people will be riding with Landon as he speeds around the race track,” Steele Smiley, Chief Officer responsible for brand strategy, said. “Snap Nation will be supporting him on all sides.”
Snap Fitness is also giving back in a big way this summer. Memorial Day marks the beginning of its “Snap Serves” summer campaign, which honors those who have served in the military and encourages people around the country to start their fitness journey...

The Habit Restaurants To Present At Spring Conferences »

May 18, 2015 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: The Habit Burger Grill

IRVINE, Calif. - May 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:HABT) ("The Habit"), today announced that it will be presenting at the following investor conferences:

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, The Habit will be presenting at the Baird 2015 Growth Stock Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL. The presentation will begin at 9:35 a.m. Eastern Time.
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, The Habit will be presenting at the Stephens Spring Investment Conference at the New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY. The presentation will begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, The Habit will be presenting at the Piper Jaffray 35th Annual Consumer Conference at the New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY...

McAlister's Deli Signs Three Development Agreements In Georgia And Florida »

May 18, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
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Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Plans to Open Its First Restaurants in Orlando and Southwest Florida 
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. - McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual chain, announced today it has signed three development agreements with new and existing franchisees to open restaurants in Southern Georgia and North, Central and Southwest Florida.
Existing franchisee DMAC 81, LLC, based in Summerville, S.C., plan to open several new restaurants between southern Georgia and North Florida. The franchise group currently operates several McAlister's locations across South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. McAlister's also signed development agreements with two new franchise groups to open restaurants on the west coast of Florida between Naples and Sarasota, as well as in Orlando...

Firehouse Subs® Heats Up Chicago With $190,000 Worth Of Life-Saving Tools »

May 18, 2015 at 6:09AM PDT | Source: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs Opportunities Available

May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Local Firehouse Subs® franchisees have big plans for Chicago with a development plan for more than 75 new Firehouse Subs restaurants in the Chicago area. But long before the first restaurant opens in downtown Chicago this summer, their non-profit organization, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®, is ensuring Chicago first responders are better equipped to protect and save lives throughout their communities.
Continuing its mission of supporting local heroes, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding $190,000 worth of equipment to nine Chicago public safety organizations during a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The press conference takes place at the Robert J...

Watermill Express Donates Water For The 10th Annual Bike To Work Day »

May 15, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

PHOENIX, Arizona – April 23rd, 2015 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, donated water for the 10th Annual Bike to Work Day hosted by Maricopa County and the City of Phoenix.
Over 75 gallons of pure drinking water were handed out to an estimated 275 event participants.
The purpose of the Annual Bike to Work Day is to raise awareness about:

bicycling as a pollution-free form of transportation
bicycling as a healthy and productive form of exercise that burns calories instead of fuel
bicycling safety and accident prevention

“The County and City appreciate the support of the community, especially Watermill Express, who will be providing water to the event participants,” said Maricopa County’s Commuter Transportation Program Manager Pat Soria...

Authentic Italian Pizza To Take Over The Big Apple On National Pizza Party Day »

May 15, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Marco’s Pizza to Celebrate with Free Pizza in Times Square on May 15, 2015
NEW YORK - May 14, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, is taking over New York City to celebrate National Pizza Party Day. On May 15, Marco’s Pizza will be rolling into town, situating its food truck on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets. Local New Yorkers and tourists alike can head to the heart of Times Square for the ultimate pizza party celebration as Marco’s Pizza serves up its Ah!thentic Italian pizza pies.
Complete with the brand’s mascot Chef Marco, dough tossing performers and free pizza, the event will be sure to satisfy the taste buds of New York City party-goers...

Shoney's® Offers Free All-American Burger™ To All Veterans And Troops On Memorial Day »

May 14, 2015 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Shoney’s
Shoney’s Opportunities Available

CEO David Davoudpour Wants to Say 'Thank You' to Those Who Fought for America's Freedom by Offering Shoney's Signature Favorite All-American Cheeseburger to All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Monday, May 25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Shoney's®, America's Dinner Table for 68 years, will honor America's fallen military members this Memorial Day (Monday, May 25, 2015) by serving a free All-American Burger™ and fries to all veterans and active duty military members.
"It's our way of remembering, honoring and saying 'Thank You!' to the heroes who fought for our freedom while treating our veterans and troops to a delicious All-American Burger and fries on Memorial Day," said David Davoudpour, Chairman and CEO of Shoney's...



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