Texas-based Sekots Too LLC Awarded Newk’s Eatery’s Franchisee of the Year

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May 06, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // JACKSON, Miss. – Cassandra Stokes has been a Newk’s Eatery franchisee for just two and a half years, and she is already making restaurant history with the 101-unit chain. Stokes’ “Sekots Too LLC” franchise was chosen as Newk’s Eatery’s Franchisee of the Year from among more than 30 owner-operators due to high performance in a variety of operational categories, including zero leadership turnover and the highest overall guest response in the chain’s 12-year history. Stokes was presented the award during the Newk’s Eatery Convention this past April.

Following a 26-year career in the military – which included serving as the E-9 senior enlisted leader for the Center for Naval Leadership in the reserve southern region – Stokes redirected her education and training in hospitality management to franchise ownership. After investing in a successful Wingstop franchise in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2007, Stokes stumbled upon the Newk’s Eatery brand years later while on a family trip in Longview, Texas, sparking a desire to bring Newk’s to her hometown. In 2013, she opened Nacogdoches’ first Newk’s Eatery and is now planning to open a second unit in Lufkin, Texas before year’s end.

“At Newk’s, we are in a period of rapid growth and more focused than ever on equipping investors and operators with the tools they need to ensure their success in both pioneer and established markets,” said Keith Moody, Vice President of Franchise Operations. “Cassandra and her team are a prime example of how an unwavering commitment to hospitality and high operational standards can build business and earn lasting customer loyalty.”

Franchisee of the Year contenders were judged across seven categories: restaurant operations, food safety evaluations, guest survey results, ticket count trends, as well as sales trends at the counter, in catering and in Newk’s Grab-N-Go section. Stokes ranked among the top five of all franchisees in five of the award’s seven categories and among the top 10 in the remaining two categories.

“Our mission is to delight all our guests all the time,” said Stokes. “Although I am passionate about what I do, this award is about my people – the leadership at the management and hourly partner levels. Our ultimate goal is to deliver happiness – both through great food and a great attitude that floods out into the community.”

Stokes also attributes much of her restaurant’s success to the advice received by Newk’s seasoned team of franchise business consultants. She cited their help specifically in meeting operational standards, lowering cost of goods by minimizing waste and enforcing portion control, as well as keeping labor investments below industry benchmarks. However, Stokes still places a high priority on labor investment, recognizing that a positive, hospitable team is key to establishing an equally warm and welcoming restaurant environment.

“Because you can’t teach employees to be happy, you must ‘hire hospitality’ and take care of your leaders – that’s the magic,” said Stokes.

Last month, more than 30 Newk’s Eatery franchisees converged with operators and vendors at the Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida for a three-day bi-annual convention. This year’s conference featured hospitality experts from the Disney Institute, operation and marketing best practices workshops and franchise networking events. The Franchisee of the Year was announced at the closing reception.

Newk’s Eatery currently has 101 locations in 13 states and plans to expand to more than 200 units by 2019. For more information about Newk’s, visit Newks.com or follow Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Keep up with Cassandra Stokes’ Newk’s Eatery location in Nacogdoches by following the restaurant on Facebook.

About Newk’s Eatery

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk’s Eatery is leading the next generation of fast-casual with its culinary-driven menu prepared in Newk’s open-view kitchens, featuring made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 101 units in 13 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. The company’s newest restaurants feature a “Generation 2” design, presenting a fresh, on-trend look for the brand while maintaining Newk’s signature warmth and open-view kitchen. FastCasual.com has named Newk’s one of its top 20 “Movers and Shakers,” while Franchise Times magazine ranked Newk’s among its top Fast and Serious franchise brands and Technomic listed Newk’s among its top 50 U.S. fast-casual chains. The brand was also recently named among “The Next 20” by Nation’s Restaurant News and one of QSR magazine’s “Best Franchise Deals.” For more information, visit Newks.com, join the Roundtable Club or fol

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Cowboy Chicken Celebrates Opening of Newest Location in Wylie, TX

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Wylie, TX (FranchisePOD.com) May 06, 2016 – The wait is OVER! Diners seeking the authentic flavor of wood fired rotisserie chicken and homemade sides: look no further. Cowboy Chicken is officially celebrating the opening of its newest location in Wylie, TX. The fast-casual restaurant, which offers hormone-free chicken and fresh sides, opens today May 6, 2016 at 3360 W. FM 54 #950 Wylie, TX 75098. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. For more information and to see the menu, visit www.cowboychicken.com.

For over 35 years, Cowboy Chicken has been cooking all-natural chicken over a wood-burning fire. Guests will enjoy the same wood fire rotisserie chicken along with signature sour-cream-tomatillo enchiladas and abundant home-style sides. With a ‘cowboy cool’ culture and dedication to guests and communities, Cowboy Chicken aims to exceed the expectations of guests each and every time they visit. The warmth and comfort of that culture are at the heart of everything at Cowboy Chicken. The same respect and passion are experienced in the bold flavors of all-natural wood fire rotisserie chicken, the selection of wholesome ingredients and the handcrafted preparations of meals. It’s called honest food, and it’s what keeps friends and family coming back for more.

About Cowboy Chicken

Founded in Dallas, Texas in 1981, Cowboy Chicken is a fast casual restaurant chain specializing in real wood fire rotisserie chicken. Cowboy Chicken ranked in Fastcasual.com’s Top Fast Casual Movers & Shakers, a prestigious restaurant industry award. They were chosen number one “Hot Restaurant Chain to Buy into Now”, in 2012 by Forbes magazine. Cowboy Chicken is continuing to grow through franchise opportunities and planned corporate development. For more information, please visit us at www.cowboychicken.com or contact Kathy Davidson for franchising information at kdavidson@cowboychicken.com, (678) 485-8413.

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Women are Favoring Franchise Opportunities for Good Reason – Here’s Why…

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May 06, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – As more people come to realize that the corporate climate today still is afflicted with downsizing and the accompanying threat of being laid off, franchising becomes even more appealing to entrepreneurs. Additionally, savvy female entrepreneurs are discovering that there are no “glass ceilings” when you are the boss of your own enterprise. A solid franchise opportunity provides the chance at the kind of financial security and lifestyle flexibility that is often elusive to the corporate employee. For these reasons and more, an increasing number of women are taking time to review new or existing franchise opportunities and wisely investing in the best among them.

Ruthann DiLauri, owner of Minuteman Press in Orlando, Florida, successfully climbed to a respected leadership position in the corporate world, and then made the decision to strike out as an entrepreneur. She confirms the link between franchise ownership and increased flexibility beyond what corporate employment provides. She knows that women who are willing to put the great energy into their businesses can achieve the kind of stability they desire through a partnership with a leading franchisor.

Ruthann explains, “Fifteen years ago when I was a corporate sales executive, I was looking for an opportunity to own a business. I wanted to set my own goals and control my own destiny. I think this is the reason why many people buy a franchise. Franchises are particularly appealing to many businesswomen because a franchise provides not only the opportunity to control your direction but also the flexibility to manage all aspects of your life at same time. In the corporate world, that flexibility is difficult to find. Franchising is very appealing to women who are looking for financial stability and flexibility (in exchange for a lot of hard work!)”.

There is some data to confirm that the number of women taking command as owners of their own franchises is rising at a steady pace. Evidence that women are taking the franchise model and using it to create a fantastically healthy personal and professional life comes from organizations such as the Small Business Association which has been monitoring the rising activity of women in franchising for at least 4 decades. Other studies confirm that business women from all over the world are assuming command of their careers through new and existing franchise opportunities.

  • SBA revealed that 10% of “all companies established between 1975 and 2000 were women-owned franchises,” according to one study by SBA.
  • Around 5 years ago, the International Franchise Association determined the percentage of female franchise owners was around 25% NOT including another 17% operating within the franchise world with partners who are men.

It is safe to say that the number at which women are starting their own businesses has been steadily rising since the 1970s and more intrepid businesswomen are electing to sign franchise agreements and are increasingly happy they did so.

Achieving Franchise Success as a Business Owner, Wife and Mother in South Africa

Magda Barnard, multi-unit franchise owner of Minuteman Press in Nelspruit, South Africa acknowledges that the franchise ownership takes sacrifice and concentrated effort, but that it is worth it for women who wish to strike a balance between raising children and tending to a growing business. She explains, “I have been in a Minuteman Press franchise for nearly 18 years. We had 3 boys (aging 9, 7 and 2 years) when we started the business in 1998 and I was pregnant with our fourth son. For a start this was a difficult situation to be in. We also relocated in order to open our Minuteman Press franchise. Yet, I have never regretted our decision to become part of the Minuteman Press family.”

Magda adds, “Being a woman, my first responsibility is my family, and being part of the Minuteman Press franchise made me feel part of a bigger family. Although I am not a single owner as I run our 3 locations with my husband, I had to learn to operate in an environment that traditionally has been a “man’s world”.

Magda further reflects on her entrepreneurial journey, relishing all of her well-earned accomplishments and success in business:

“Looking back over these years I can honestly say that being a woman in this franchise allowed me to make a difference in ensuring that we could grow the business successfully and ultimately be part of the Minuteman Press International President’s Club for top performers. As do many other women, I have the strong ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task. A further benefit is my attention to detail, which I believe is an important characteristic to have when buying and managing a Minuteman Press franchise. I also believe any women who have the ability to make a quick decision and who can improvise and adapt when necessary will find that Minuteman Press is the franchise where they can grow to their full potential. Women normally are known for having good communication skills and therefore can coordinate well with other people and get a better understanding of the customer’s needs. I feel only a woman can quickly pacify an irate customer and still ensure that they place another order. I had to learn not to take no for an answer and to find alternative ways to solve a problem efficiently.”

She concludes, “Minuteman Press has offered me the opportunity to reach our dreams for our business, knowing that my role as a woman has been a cornerstone in this business.”

Some might consider the differences between the sexes to be a delicate topic, but there is some truth to the fact that characteristics inherent to women offer some advantages as franchisees. For instance, many women are naturally collaborative and invest themselves into the process of nurturing relationships that are mutually beneficial, a major plus when it comes to getting the most out of ties with both …read more

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Shipley Do-Nuts Announces Store Opening in Tyler, TX

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HOUSTON, May 6, 2016 /FranchisePOD.com/ – Shipley Do-Nuts recently celebrated the opening of its second Tyler location at 5119 S. Troup Hwy, Tyler, Texas 75707. The Houston based chain now has 215 stores in the state of Texas.

“I’m excited to introduce our wonderful donuts and kolaches to a new group of potential customers,” says franchise owner, Dara Dam. “Our hot glazed donuts are irresistibly delicious!” The S. Troup location is open Sunday through Saturday from 5am to 5pm, with drive thru service.

Since 1936, the Shipley family donut recipe has withstood the test of time. With more than 60 varieties of delicious donuts, pastries, and kolaches made fresh daily and served hot, it’s this same simple concept that has continued to bring back multiple generations of loyal customers. Shipley Do-Nuts originated in Houston, Texas where it still maintains its offices and production facility. Today, Shipley Do-Nuts is under the leadership of Lawrence Shipley III with over 300 franchise locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The company has plans to reach 400 stores by 2020.

For more information, please visit www.shipleydonuts.com or follow the company at www.facebook.com/ShipleyDonuts or www.twitter.com/ShipleyDo_Nuts.

Contact Information:

Stacey Michel
713.869.4636
marketing@shipleydonuts.com

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KURE Corp. Weighs In On FDA Vaping Regulations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2016 /FranchisePOD.com/ – KURE Corp., one of the nation’s fastest growing retail brands in the vaping industry, responded today to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deeming of electronic cigarettes and vape products as “tobacco” products. KURE Corp.’s Chairman of the Board, Martin A. Sumichrast said in a statement today:

“KURE Corp. anticipated this outcome and we have been building our business the right way in anticipation of these events. The FDA regulations, such as ID verification and childproof safety caps have always been a standard business practice at KURE. We are confident that our products will stand up to regulatory and legal scrutiny and have every intention of working with FDA, as well as the federal legislative and judicial branches, to maintain our products on the market in compliance with federal and state law. We feel confident that we can meet the technical aspects of the regulations, including the good manufacturing requirements, to which we will be subject. We expect that most of our hardware and other products will fall outside the jurisdiction under which FDA regulates tobacco products.”

“With respect to our products not excluded from the FDA’s jurisdiction, we expect the FDA to lay out a pathway toward implementation which will give companies like KURE an opportunity to work on the steps needed to maintain compliance with the FDA’s new rules. We believe for the FDA to fully establish their regulatory framework, especially on the paperwork and clinical data requirements, it will take significantly more than the two year grace period…maybe even as long as a decade. During this period, we expect to continue to work with FDA, and continue to sell well-manufactured products that comply with other reasonable state and federal guidelines.”

“Ultimately, we believe that a transparent and predictable set of regulatory rules is going to improve the consistency, quality and safety of the products sold to our consumers and will enhance our business model.”

“We are confident that both the judiciary and legislature will ultimately weigh in on these regulations that have been named the ‘Cigarette Protection Act’. We remain in discussions with experts in Washington who will be assisting us with this FDA process so that we stay ready to engage the FDA at the appropriate time to continue to advance our business.”

About KURE Franchise, LLC and KURE Corp. (KUREsociety.com and KUREfranchise.com)
KURE Franchise, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of KURE Corp. (“KURE”). KURE is a private company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that specializes in the distribution of vaporizing pens, e-Juices, and related accessories. KURE’s primary products are its distinct line of custom blended high end flavored e-Juices, premium KURE brand vaporizers, as well as one of the largest selections of the most recognized third party hardware and eLiquid brands. KURE Vaporium™, KURE Society™, Kuriousity™, Kurators™ are all respective trademarks of KURE Corp. Its e-Juices can be purchased pre-bottled or freshly mixed by its staff of “Kurators”, well-trained and experienced mixologists who can “blend” approximately 1 Billion unique flavors from the KURE Juice On Tap™ bar. These KURE e-Juices are skillfully blended and served while customers shop, lounge and enjoy a selection of beverages, and snacks or simply vape and mingle with other like-minded enthusiasts.

KURE franchises are currently available on a nationwide basis. For more information on franchise opportunities, please contact Lisa DeGeare, KURE Franchise Communications Department, at 980-444-3875.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Any statements contained herein which do not describe historical facts, including but not limited to, statements regarding: (i) our business; (ii) expectations about our business and future of its market; (iii) expectations regarding future intentions we plan on undertaking as part of our business plan; (vi) beliefs about the consumer adoption of our industry and our goal of bringing new innovative products to consumers, are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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Scooter’s Coffee Expands Nebraska Presence

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May 03, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // Omaha, NE – Scooter’s Coffee, the Midwest-based coffee franchise that has experienced tremendous growth over the past year, announced a new franchise agreement for the Scottsbluff, NE market.

“It’s thrilling to see the Scooter’s brand continue to grow and thrive in our home state of Nebraska,” said Don Eckles, co-founder and Chairman of Scooter’s Coffee.

Scooter’s Coffee signed the agreement with Gary Rimington. “I’m thrilled to join the Scooter’s family,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to franchise with a coffee concept.” Rimington went on to add that he believes Scottsbluff is ripe for the picking for Scooter’s Coffee.

“As we’ve seen Nebraskans welcome and embrace their home-grown brand of Scooter’s Coffee, we’re excited to expand into another community of our great state,” said Eckles. “I’m very confident Gary will see tremendous success in this new market.”

This new franchise agreement marks the latest move in the company’s extraordinary growth. With more than 135 stores in soon-to-be 15 states, Scooter’s recently signed a large Area Representative Agreement in Phoenix, along with several other Multi-Unit Agreements in Florida, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In late 2015, the company opened its first location in Roswell, Georgia (Atlanta metro) and plans to build several more stores in the Atlanta area. At the same time, Scooter’s will continue to build locations in the Midwest region, with several stores slated to be opened in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri.

The company also added depth to its product profile in 2015, with the release of its toasted gouda cheese ciabatta and bagel breakfast sandwiches, along with the Southwest Breakfast Burrito. Scooter’s, which hand-crafts its pastries and roasts its own 100% shade-grown coffee (sourced through the Arbor Day Foundation), at their Omaha headquarters, will add several innovative items to the menu in 2016, including a comprehensive iced tea program and more breakfast options.

About Scooter’s Coffee

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee roasts only the finest coffee beans in the world at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Scooter’s success over 18 years of history is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company core values. The Scooter’s mantra, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks…Amazingly Fast!” It represents the company’s business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal customers.

For more information, visit scooterscoffee.com or Facebook.com/ScootersCoffee.

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Realty ONE Group Charts Course for International Expansion

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IRVINE, Calif. (FranchisePOD.com) May 05, 2016 – Realty ONE Group, a full-service lifestyle real estate brokerage, has announced several initiatives previously presented at the company’s ONE Summit conference, held in Las Vegas April 29-May 1. The annual conference, which brings together a stellar field of accomplished executives in real estate and related services, addresses trend-forward topics in residential real estate in an engaging, highly interactive forum for the brokerage’s invited brokers, managers, franchise owners, and selected agents. This year’s ONE Summit was especially noteworthy, as senior executives, led by CEO Kuba Jewgieniew, launched a new era and “next gen” vision for Realty ONE Group, as the company expands from a leading regional brokerage to an established national and international real estate brand.

A key headline from this year’s ONE Summit was the announcement of three new division presidents, with each expected to provide visionary leadership as the firm continues its remarkable growth. Joining Realty ONE Group as President of Franchise Operations is Lou Gonzalez, who recently served as Sr. Vice President of National Sales at HSF Affiliates, parent company to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate, and Real Living Real Estate. Pat Kelly is promoted to President of Brokerage Operations, capping a successful seven years with the company, during which he developed a proven model of successful growth within the brokerage division as its Vice President. Tara Johnson is named President of Core Services Group, and brings her years of creativity in business development to the company’s future growth.

The new trio of division presidents comes as Realty ONE Group celebrates unprecedented growth in the residential real estate industry, where it has risen to become the 5th largest independent brokerage in the nation. A leading regional firm in the U.S., Realty ONE Group continues to record impressive quarterly transaction increases that put the brokerage on pace to hit its target of $14 billion in the U.S. market by year-end. As the firm expands nationally and internationally, it attributes its consistent growth to the widespread adoption of the company’s ‘ONE family’ brand and core values, which play a critical role in attracting top performers to join the affiliate program. Its success is also a result of a culture that stems from Realty ONE Group’s 6C’s for success: Coolture, Care, Coaching, Connect, Community, and Commissions.

About Realty ONE Group

Founded in 2005, Realty ONE Group is a full-service residential real estate brokerage that has experienced tremendous, yet sustainable growth while being 100% debt-free. Their dynamic lifestyle brand is built on the principle ‘agent first, client first.’ This focus has ignited change in the industry while their culture has created raving fans. Realty ONE Group thrives on its belief that everyONE and everything matters, with a philosophy that everyONE has a voice – waking up to win and making a difference together as ONE. This philosophy has landed them in Inc.’s 500 for seven consecutive years and fueled their expansion into 68 offices in 16 states with over 8,000 agents. www.RealtyONEGroup.com. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Realty ONE Group
+1 949.596.4300
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The Joint Chiropractic Opens In Mint Hill, NC

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May 06, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // Mint Hill, N.C. – The Joint® Chiropractic is now open in Mint Hill at 6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Ste 202. The clinic officially opened on May 2, 2016.

The Joint® offers an innovative, patient-friendly approach that allows people to get affordable, quality chiropractic care on their terms. Appointments are not necessary, the clinic has extended hours, and insurance is not needed as The Joint’s membership plans and packages mean visits are often less costly than most insurance copays.

The full-time doctor at The Joint in Mint Hill is Marcia Chafins, D.C. Dr. Chafins obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Life University College of Chiropractic in Atlanta in 2014. Originally from Kentucky, she is passionate about helping people of all ages through holistic chiropractic care.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help treat and prevent the aches and pains which result from the repetitive activities of everyday life. These symptoms include back pain, headaches, and “text neck” resulting from mobile device use. Consumers who take 15 minutes out of their week for a regular adjustment are able to more fully participate in the activities they enjoy and lead an active, healthier life.

The Joint Chiropractic – Mint Hill is open six days a week: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please call (980) 229-2528 or visit the new clinic at 6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Ste 202, Mint Hill, NC 28227. [Directions].

About The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT)

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Joint is reinventing chiropractic by making quality care convenient and affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Our no-appointment policy and convenient hours and locations make care more accessible, and our affordable membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance. With 330+ clinics nationwide and more than 3 million patient visits annually, The Joint is an emerging growth company and key leader in the chiropractic profession. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com, follow us on Twitter@thejointchiro and find us on Facebook, You Tube and LinkedIn.

Business Structure
Dr. Eric Nocera is principal owner of North Carolina Chiropractic PC and is the Chiropractic Medical Director responsible for the chiropractors for Joint locations across North Carolina. The Joint Chiropractic is the business management company for all of North Carolina Chiropractic PC’s chiropractic practices in North Carolina.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Beefs Up the Celebration for National Barbecue Month

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May 06, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // Dallas, TX – May is National Barbecue Month, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has many delicious slow-smoked options to celebrate! As the school year comes to a close and graduation parties and family celebrations are planned, Dickey’s offers an array of catering and online ordering options to add to the festivities.

In celebration of National Barbecue Month, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer giveaways to one lucky guest every week! Every Friday in May, Dickey’s will announce its prize winner via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Guests can enter to win by engaging with Dickey’s Facebook page, following Dickey’s on Twitter or Instagram or enrolling in Dickey’s Big Yellow Cup Club.

May 6 and May 20: One guest will win free barbecue for a year!
May 13 and May 27: One guest will win a Dickey’s barbecue pack, including Mr. Dickey’s signature cookbook, rib rub, Dickey’s original barbecue sauce, a gift card and more!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit turns 75 this year, and still slow smokes all their meats in every store daily, delivering that authentic Texas-style flavor for which the barbecue brand is known nationwide. Dickey’s is now offering 24-count catering platters consisting of either Pulled Pork Sliders, Pulled Pork Street Tacos or an assortment of Dickey’s signature desserts, and also offers various Family Pack sizes for gatherings from two to eight people.

Dickey’s has made several exciting changes in the past year, including the implementation of a new store model nationwide, which offers a more sustainable footprint, as well as a remodeled guest loyalty program that rewards repeat guests with free barbecue. Dickey’s has also launched new high-quality menu items such as Asiago Cheese Creamed Spinach and delicious desserts including the blondie brownie, chocolate chunk cookie and pecan pie.

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has stayed consistent and authentic throughout our 75 years by serving delicious high-quality barbecue that we are truly passionate about,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “As National Barbecue Month arrives, we encourage our guests nationwide to stop in to their local Dickey’s to celebrate.”

To learn more about franchising with Dickeys, visit www.dickeys.com/franchise or call 866-340-6188.

To find the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit nearest you, click here. Find Dickey’s on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to 550 locations in 43 states. Dickey’s was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

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Media Contact:

Brittany Taylor
Public Relations Specialist
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Heats Up Nassau Bay with New Location

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NASSAU BAY, TEXAS (FranchisePOD.com) May 06, 2016 – 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, is coming to the Nassau Bay Town Square with the opening of its Nassau Bay location on Thursday, May 12. The new restaurant is located at 18032 Saturn Lane off I-45, directly across the main gates of the Johnson Space Center.

To celebrate the new restaurant, the first 10 guests through the doors on Thursday, May 12 at 11 a.m. will win free pizza for a year. In addition, all guests who visit the grand opening between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and like 1000 Degrees on Facebook, follow on Instagram or Twitter, will receive a free 10” pizza of their choice.

1000 Degrees serves beer and wine in addition to personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan “00” flour and available in both a personal 10” and shareable 14” sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

The Nassau Bay 1000 Degrees is the third location to open in Texas, owned by Chris and Alice Chandler and operated by Nelson Hernandez. Chris and Alice have a second location in development in Deer Park set to open this summer.

“We saw the Houston area as a relatively untapped market for this type of concept serving fast-casual, authentic Neapolitan-style pizza,” said Chris. “We’re looking forward to opening our doors and sharing our love for pizza with the community.”

Customizing a 1000 Degrees pizza is truly a unique experience, as guests can choose to top theirs with any of the more than 50 high quality cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create a pizza that is totally unique to them.

Outside of the build your own option, there are more than 12 varieties of specialty pizzas including favorites like The Smokey Pollo, also known as Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses, and The Philly, which is a cheese steak pizza topped with thinly sliced rib-eye, caramelized Spanish onions, balsamic glaze, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Pizzas are then fired to perfection at 1000 degrees in a custom, handmade, revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.

“1000 Degrees is on fire and we’re certainly heating up Nassau Bay with the opening of our third location in Texas,” said 1000 Degrees CEO and Founder Brian Petruzzi. “I’m confident that we serve the best hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza in the area and provide an unparalleled customer experience that will keep people coming back for more.”

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan style pizza.

1000 Degrees pizza captures American appeal and old world Neapolitan flavor. The company currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open and one international location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1000 Degrees is growing at a rapid pace, estimating it will open more than 80 units by the end of 2016, and projecting an additional 170 units by 2017.

1000 Degrees in Nassau Bay is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza or to be part of its daily free pizza contests, please visit http://www.facebook.com/1000-Degrees-Neapolitan-Pizzeria-of-Nassau-Bay-1720226748199258/?ref=py_c or call (281) 532-6877.

About 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza brings guests the finest hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza. Founded in 2014, the international franchise has experienced unparalleled growth and is on target to have more than 80 units open by the end of 2016, and projects more than 170 units by 2017. For more information on the 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website athttp://www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

SOURCE 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

Contact:

Bre Whalen
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza
+1 8479451300

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