Cap-it – America’s Truck Accessory Stores Opening in Dallas, Texas

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DALLAS, TEXAS ( June 26, 2016 – Cap-it is now opening franchise locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area under the trade name “Cap-it America’s Truck Accessory Stores™”

LEER, a member of The Truck Accessories Group (TAG), has partnered with the Cap-it Truck Accessory Stores franchise to open exclusive Cap-it/LEER truck accessory stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Cap-it has a 26-year relationship with LEER, exclusively selling LEER products. Since 1990, the Cap-it truck accessory brand, now with 30 locations, has established itself as an upscale retailer/installer of quality truck accessories and adventure products.

LEER retail stores are now available under the Cap-it brand as franchise businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth. Cap-it is now awarding franchises with exclusive territories to qualified applicants.

Andrew Funk, Cap-it president says, “Whether you’re an auto dealership, an existing truck cap store or an individual that wants to operate your own business, you’ll find Cap-it fun, profitable and an exciting opportunity to dominate in your town”.

LEER, founded in the late 1960s, is a member of the Truck Accessories Group, LLC, a collection of companies that make it North America’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass and aluminum truck caps and tonneaus. LEER truck caps and tonneaus are American-made in Woodland, California, Elkhart, Indiana and Milton, Pennsylvania. LEER corporate headquarters, including its engineering, design and mold-making resources are located in Elkhart.

LEER products are offered through hundreds of independent distributors located in every U.S. state and most Canadian provinces that sell to individuals, small businesses, new car and truck dealerships, and fleet operators. LEER is known across the truck accessories industry for its outstanding warranties, product design and quality, and reliable customer service.

Since 1990, Cap-it Genuine Truckware has established itself as an upscale retailer of quality truck accessories and recreational adventure products. With their 28 stores spread across Canada from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland they provide their customers lifestyle solutions for their vehicles for work and recreation. In early 2016, Cap-it USA Inc. established a corporate office in Irving Texas to support the planned expansion in Texas.

Visit for more information and to register for the next Cap-it Franchise webinar.

USA Corporate Office
Cap-it® USA, Inc.
Suite 1650 222 West Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75039

Canada Corporate Office
Cap-it International Inc.
Suite 700 – 4954 275th Street
Langley, BC V4W 0A3

For more information Call Mike Mutsaerts at: 1-888-456-1965.


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Au Bon Pain Appoints Ray Blanchette as President and CEO

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BOSTON, MA ( June 24, 2016 -Au Bon Pain, a recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category, announced today that Ray Blanchette has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 5, 2016. Mr. Blanchette succeeds Susan Morelli, who will become Senior Advisor to the Company.

Mr. Blanchette is a food industry veteran and talented leader with more than 25 years of restaurant operations experience and a proven track record. Most recently, from 2007-2015, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., parent of the Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tap & Tavern brands, and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. During his tenure, Mr. Blanchette led a resurgence of the Joe’s Crab Shack business, developed the Brick House Tap & Tavern concept, oversaw the re-branding of the company from Joe’s Crab Shack to the multi-platform Ignite Restaurant Group, introduced new strategies to substantially increase revenue and productivity and grow the business, and led the company through a successful initial public offering in 2012.

Henry Nasella, a member of Au Bon Pain’s Board of Directors, commented, “We thank Sue for her leadership and accomplishments over the years as Au Bon Pain has become a recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category, and we are pleased that she will continue as Senior Advisor to the Company. Au Bon Pain is well-positioned for the future, and we look forward to its continued growth and innovation under Ray’s dynamic leadership. With his background, Ray is ideally suited to build on Au Bon Pain’s popular bakery-café concept and strong foundation of more than 300 locations in the U.S. and internationally. We welcome him to the team.”

Ms. Morelli added, “It has been a privilege to be with Au Bon Pain for the past 28 years and to serve as President and CEO for the last 10. I’m incredibly proud of our team as we have continued to expand and evolve our concept to deliver on our promise of delicious, healthful food and exceed our consumers’ expectations. With Au Bon Pain poised for continued growth, the timing is right for me to pass the baton after nearly three decades with the Company. I look forward to working with Ray, a talented and proven food industry leader, to assure a smooth transition.”

“I am extremely excited about the opportunities at Au Bon Pain and look forward to building on its legacy as a leader and innovator in the fast casual segment,” said Mr. Blanchette. “Sue has built a talented team that continues to find new ways to win in a very dynamic segment. I am confident that we can continue to build upon the Au Bon Pain brand heritage of serving the highest quality food that is both healthful and tastes great, which, in turn, will enhance the value we deliver to our customers, associates, and business partners.”

Additional Background on Mr. Blanchette
Prior to joining Ignite, Mr. Blanchette served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Asian restaurant operator Pick Up Stix, Inc., and he spent 18 years with Carlson Restaurants, parent of TGI Friday’s, where he held various roles including Vice President of USA Franchise Operations, Vice President of Operations for its East Division, and Executive Director of its International Division serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During his career, Mr. Blanchette has received many awards, including twice being nominated for the prestigious Carlson Fellows Award and Division of the Year for T.G.I. Friday’s on multiple occasions. At Ignite Restaurant Group, he received the Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award and was named its Operator of the Year in 2013. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

About Au Bon Pain
Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain (“the place of good bread”) has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain’s signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods that include low-sodium, low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Calorie counts are clearly posted on menus and full nutritional information is provided in each café which has helped the brand earn Health magazine’s designation as one of America’s Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains over the past three years and one of America’s Healthiest Restaurant Chains by Grellin.

Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at


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Johnny Rockets to Host Grand Reopening Event at Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover, MD

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Lake Forest, CA ( June 24, 2016 – The grand reopening of the newly designed Johnny Rockets at Arundel Mills Mall will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. This celebration marks the debut of a brand refresh that includes a new logo, new design and a whole new experience at the new Johnny Rockets. In addition, the restaurant is now under new ownership and management.

“We are proud to welcome our new franchise partners, Waqar Nazir and Ilyas Mohammad, to Johnny Rockets family of great restaurant owners and operators,” said James Walker, President of Operations and Development. “Waqar and Ilyas have great passion and a keen focus on providing all their restaurant guests with unparalleled service along with Johnny Rockets great food.”

The redesigned restaurant in the Arundel Mills Mall features brick veneer, warm beige tones and splashes of red and includes high top tables, counter and booth seating and industrial style lighting. The walls are adorned with a chef mural and freshness cues, such as never frozen, 100% domestic farm-raised beef, potatoes from America’s best farms, hand-spun shakes. All are designed to showcase the hand-crafted top quality of the brand’s menu.

Waqar Nazir commented on his new restaurant, “I and my team take great pride in welcoming the community to our beautiful new restaurant. We are committed to putting smiles on the faces of each and every guest from the moment they enter our restaurant to the time they leave. Our food, friendly service and the overall experience at Johnny Rockets will ensure that our guests keep coming back again and again – and always with smiles.”

Official Grand Reopening Event Festivities – Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

In celebration of the grand reopening of Johnny Rockets at the Arundel Mills Mall, Waqar and his team will be giving away free meals to the first 25 people in line for the event. The event will be hosted by DJ Kruz from Baltimore’s radio station WZFT, Z104.3. Kruz will be distributing giveaways and guests can enter to win tickets to a Mike Posner concert.

Entertainment will include a ketchup artist who will be creating art out of the most popular condiment used on Johnny Rockets burgers and fries and a balloon twister that will entertain adults and kids alike. The team at Johnny Rockets will also be distributing special 4th of July giveaways to all, while supplies last.

Johnny Rockets will donate 20 percent of sales from its grand reopening day event to the Maryland Food Bank. “Giving back to the community in which we serve makes this grand reopening even more special,” added Nazir. “The Maryland Food Bank works tirelessly to end hunger throughout the state and I’m proud to help support their efforts.”

About Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise that offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, never frozen 100% beef cooked-to-order hamburgers, Veggie Boca® burger, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries and rich, delicious hand-spun shakes and malts. This dynamic lifestyle brand offers friendly service and upbeat music contributing to the chain’s signature atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets operates more than 350 franchise and corporate locations in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About the Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day – more than 44 million meals annually – the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit

Bonnie Warschauer
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New Local Company Delivers Fresh, High Quality Pet Food

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TOWSON, MD ( June 23, 2016 – Devin and Lauren Miller has always loved animals. Now they’re looking forward to having the opportunity to positively impact the lives of more pets and families thanks to their new business, Pet Wants of Baltimore County.

Pet Wants’ carefully developed proprietary pet food is slow-cooked with fresh, all-natural ingredients. The company’s distributor makes the dog and cat food in small batches once per month so every kibble is guaranteed to be fresh and packed with nutrition. Pet Wants of Baltimore County is a franchise of the Pet Wants Franchising Systems and the mobile service delivers to North and Northwest Baltimore County, including Hunt Valley, Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Timonium, Towson, Pikesville and the surrounding areas.

“Pet Wants is different because it’s high-quality, fresh and delivered. I know what’s in Pet Wants and I know what’s in other top brand foods and you’d be shocked at what some companies are feeding your pets. I trust the Pet Wants product and I’m proud to put my name behind it,” Devin said. “Pet Wants is not about bringing you a bag of food. It’s about building a relationship and being available whenever you have a question or concern. With Pet Wants, you’re working with me, not just a brand at a pet food store or the grocery.”

In addition to being made fresh monthly, Pet Wants only sources the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice and other ingredients available. There’s no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products. And, since Pet Wants never uses corn, wheat, soy or dyes, the food is a great fit for pets with allergies.

Prior to opening Pet Wants, Devin spent a decade in the construction, environmental and recycling industries. Lauren works for the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she’s involved in clinical research trials for medicine and medical procedures. The couple also just celebrated the arrival of their first child – Hannah Maeve Miller.

“I always wanted to open my own business, but I never saw anything that really spoke to me. Pet Wants allows me to work with local families and their pets while supporting my family.”

Devin and Lauren have always been passionate about pets. Devin grew up with a mutt named Mugsy, who his mom found in a trash can, as well as a variety of rescue cats. While they were dating in college, Lauren adopted a Pomeranian – Gizmo – who they smuggled in and out of the dorm to take on walks and then the two got a Boston terrior/pug mix named Bugsy to keep Gizmo company. When Gizmo passed away in 2012, they adopted a sad little Red Nose Pitbull named Grace, but after a life on the streets, a broken leg and a skin condition that wouldn’t heal, Grace only lived for six weeks after they brought her home.

“After that, we decided to adopt an 8-week-old pitbull mix from an organization that rescues dogs from high kill shelters. Boone is a blond, smaller than usual pit mix who we later learned is mainly Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog mixed with Rat Terrier and Pit. He’s a little much for our middle-aged pug, so we’ve taken to fostering other pitbulls while they wait for their forever homes,” Devin said.

“We went through a lot after the passing of two dogs in two months – we had one for 12 years and one for only six weeks and we wouldn’t take it back for a second. We love animals and wish we could help every single one. Since we can’t rescue them all, we are hoping, with Pet Wants, we can help in a different way,” Devin added.

Pet Wants originally launched in Cincinnati in 2010. Owned by Michele Hobbs, the business was built to provide proprietary crafted, fresh, slow-cooked, all-natural pet food delivered to customers through a retail store and a convenient home-delivery service. Hobbs, now the company founder, turned the business into a franchise in 2015 with the help of Franchise Funding Group, an investment and franchise-development company designed to help entrepreneurs scale their companies nationally as franchise systems.

To order Pet Wants food for your favorite companion or to learn about the company, call (443)564-8986, email DMiller(at)PetWants(dot)com or visit

About Pet Wants: Pet Wants was started by Michele Hobbs out of love for her pets and frustration. Veterinarians were unable to help relieve her dog’s painful skin allergies. After doing much research, Michele discovered the national dog food brand she trusted was not fresh, not all natural, and lacked sufficient nutrition…and when pet food sits in warehouses and store shelves for months and months… it loses even more nutritional value. She was committed to developing a better solution for all dogs and cats. Their food is exclusively crafted… fresh, healthy, slow-cooked and all natural with no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products. They source only the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice, and other ingredients. Fresh ingredients make for better food… and better health for pets. And since they never use corn, wheat, soy or dyes, the common pet health problems associated with these ingredients are no longer worries. Their fresh food is conveniently delivered to the customer within weeks of production, not months. Roughly half of Pet Wants products are sold through their store and half through their convenient, home-delivery program. You can learn more at


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MaidPro Fort Lauderdale Brings Sparkle to Florida’s Gold Coast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL ( June 24, 2016 – Attention Fort Lauderdale families and professionals: help has arrived. Thanks to MaidPro home cleaning, Broward County is ready to shine!

“MaidPro stands apart from competitors due to its commitment to satisfying clients. The cleaners go through hours of training in order to clean to MaidPro standards. Quality inspections are routine to ensure that those standards are met during each and every clean,” says franchise owner Michael Clay.

According to Clay, “MaidPro’s commitment to its employees is just as important. Providing a respectful, nurturing working environment is one reason why MaidPro is able to provide consistent quality service to customers.”

All MaidPro employees are bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained at MaidPro University on MaidPro’s 49-Point Checklist™. This checklist details everything that will be cleaned in a client’s home, with a specific focus on kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and dusting. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and one-time services are available, as are move-in and move-out cleans.

Clay, an Oklahoma native who recently moved to the Fort Lauderdale area, looks forward to meeting and surpassing client expectations. “When I moved from Oklahoma I looked for a business whose cornerstone was providing the best service possible – every time,” says Clay. “MaidPro’s standard of excellence is exactly what I was seeking. It truly is the best home cleaning service available.”

MaidPro Fort Lauderdale services homes in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach. To get a complimentary estimate for housecleaning services from MaidPro, please call (954) 606-6311 or visit

About MaidPro

MaidPro is a Boston-based franchisor of house cleaning services with over 200 offices across the United States and Canada. The company, which began franchising in 1997, takes pride in its strong owner community, cutting-edge technology and creative marketing. It has been honored with the Franchise Business Review’s Four-Star Rating for franchisee satisfaction and was named #2 Best Franchise to Start Under $150K by Forbes. MaidPro is also a proud member of the International Franchise Association. The company can be found online at



Yael Mazor-Garfinkle
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Taja Indian Signs First Multiple Location Franchise Deal in Houston

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Denver, CO ( June 22, 2016 – Taja Indian, a Denver based fast-casual Indian restaurant concept has signed a three-franchise location agreement in Houston, Texas. These are the first franchises awarded by the company.

Parazon, Inc. has signed a franchise agreement to open three new locations in the Houston metro area. The first store will open in late July in Pearland, Texas. All stores are planned to open within the next three years.

Parazon, Inc. owner Rashid Alam will operate the new stores. “I am excited to partner with Taja Indian and be part of a unique and groundbreaking concept,” Alam says. “After many years of competitive research, I knew immediately that Taja Indian was the best investment for my company. I was searching for a simple turnkey operation with a modern look and feel yet a low upfront investment. Taja Indian stood out compared to Indian and other food concepts available in the market. I really believe in what the brand has to offer.”

Taja Indian is a fast-casual restaurant that serves premium quality fresh to order Indian food. Colorful authentic entrees are made from scratch using clean ingredients and pure proteins such as hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, hormone and antibiotic-free grass-fed lamb, certified organic non-GMO tofu, and non-GMO basmati rice. All menu items are crafted for under $10 and in less than 10 minutes.

“We are thrilled to launch our franchise program in the Houston market and congratulate Parazon, Inc. on this new venture,” says Amar Singh, President and CEO of Taja Indian Franchising, LLC. “At Taja Indian we make authentic fresh to order Indian food with a farm to table approach and use only clean and wholesome ingredients. We offer a very unique and modern concept and are ready to expand across the nation.”

All of the entrees were created by Singh, but inspired from family recipes that have been passed down from generations in India.

To learn more about Taja Indian, or for franchise information, interested parties can visit, or call 303.564.7022.

About Taja Indian
Taja /TAJ-AH/

: Fresh
: Pure
: Refreshing

Taja means fresh in Hindi. “Fresh” is the foundation and key philosophy of Taja Indian. The belief at Taja is that all food we eat should be pure and made fresh from quality ingredients.

Taja is an Indian fine-casual restaurant that serves premium quality fresh to order food with a sit-down experience. Colorful authentic dishes are plated and garnished with the technique of a sit-down restaurant, but without the prices and wait time. Guests are always welcomed with a warm smile and leave with a happy tummy.

Key facts about Taja food:

  • Pure protein & premium quality ingredients: Hormone & antibiotic-free chicken, hormone & antibiotic-free grass-fed lamb, certified organic and non-GMO tofu, non-GMO rice, and simple wholesome ingredients.
  • Taja food is made from scratch and fresh to order for under $10 and in less than 10 minutes.

Autumn Singh


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Tint World® Opens Fifth Store in California

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BOCA RATON, Fla. ( June 24, 2016 – Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has opened a new location in Santa Clara, California. Owned and operated by Abdul Afaghani, the new store is the fifth Tint World® location in California and will provide residents with a variety of services, including vehicle customization, residential and commercial window film, and marine upgrades and styling.

“The San Jose area has a lot of opportunity for success,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World®. “Even though Tint World® started in Florida, the West Coast has been a great and welcoming area for our franchisees. We have a lot of great products and services that fit well in California, and Abdul has a great opportunity to meet a high demand in Santa Clara while establishing his store as the go-to location for tinting and automotive accessories.”

Afaghani, a hardware designer and electronic engineer for nearly 30 years, is excited to start this new chapter in his life.

“I’ve always liked cars and everything that has to do with them,” said Afaghani. “I researched a lot of different franchises but Tint World® had the package I was looking for and one that I thought could be successful in Santa Clara. I went to one of the Tint World® franchise discovery days and really liked the team and the energy I saw there. Plus, they don’t have any franchise legal issues or litigation with franchisees – which told me they are focused on building their business and serving their franchisees. This first store is just the beginning, and my hope is that we can build on it and expand.”

The all-new Tint World® Santa Clara store is located at 3570 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051 and is open Monday through Saturday. For those interested in employment opportunities, specifically those with tinting experience, applications are being accepted now. To find out more, call (408) 610-3810.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, custom wheels and tire packages, detailing services, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of Residential, Commercial and Marine Computerized Window Tinting and Security Film Services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

About Tint World®

Founded in 1982, Tint World® has grown to become an award-winning franchised provider of automotive, residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security film services. With Automotive Styling Centers™ in the U.S. and abroad, each franchise location houses approximately 20 profit centers, ranging from in-store accessory installations, to off-site sales and installation of residential, commercial and marine window tinting and security films. To find out more, please visit and

Tint World® Contact:
Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO
(800) 767-8468

Heather Ripley
Ripley PR

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Caring Transitions in New Orleans Receives National Nod

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NEW ORLEANS, LA ( June 23, 2016 – When Chris Armond opened Caring Transitions of Southeast Louisiana in 2014, he had a goal – to provide a service to his community which helped alleviate the stress of a late-life relocation. His ongoing commitment to that goal has earned his franchise the company’s national recognition as a Rookie Team of the Year.

“There is just such a tremendous need in our community. Moving is never pleasant, but for the elderly, it can be especially stressful. I also know from seeing what some of my friends went through when they lost a parent, clearing out a home can be overwhelming,” Armond said. “Caring Transitions was founded to make both of these processes easier and we’re honored to be recognized for our efforts here in Southeast Louisiana.”

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource for managing senior relocations and downsizing. In addition to organizing, packing, decluttering, moving and resettling, Caring Transitions can handle online estate sales, traditional estate sales, de-cluttering and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of Southeast Louisiana serves New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

“Chris Armond truly represents the spirit of the Caring Transitions system. His utilization of the Caring Transitions processes, combined with his genuine passion for helping people has led to Chris’s success now and his continued success in the future,” Caring Transitions’ national Director of Operations Joe Lewandowski said.

Now, in 2016, he has a new goal – expand awareness about the business and the positive impact it can make on local families. Whether your situation is planned or unexpected, Caring Transitions’ services are perfect for seniors moving in with family or into a safer living situation, busy families, and people clearing out the home of a loved one who has passed.

“We’ve worked really hard to get the word out about what we do – but we need to continue that mission. When you have a great service like those we offer at Caring Transitions, the most important thing you can do is inform folks that the service is available,” Armond said.

Armond is also a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist, a designation bestowed by an independent organization that evaluates providers of senior relocation services. Caring Transitions of Southeast Louisiana is bonded and insured and all employees are background-checked.

For more information about Caring Transitions of Southeast Louisiana, call 985-231-0777, email or visit

About Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions, founded in 2006, is the first national franchising concept specializing in senior relocation and transition services. With more than 160 locations throughout the United States all owned and operated by Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists, Caring Transitions provides clients with supportive moves, auctions, rightsizing and transitions. This includes expert advice plus a well-executed transition plan beginning with the initial sorting of personal belongings through packing, shipping and selling of items to the final clearing and cleaning of the property. For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook.

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Caring Transitions
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces Expansion in El Paso, TX

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EL PASO, Texas ( June 23, 2016 – El Paso will soon get three new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations, according to a development agreement recently executed between the nation’s largest barbecue chain and franchisees Hilario and Hugo Gonzalez. The first location is slated to open by Fall 2016, with the other two stores to follow in the next consecutive years.

An El Paso native, 24-year-old Hugo Gonzalez entered into this business venture with his father Hilario. Having worked in his father’s trucking business, Hugo became interested in business ownership and foodservice. He researched 10 different restaurant franchise concepts, but chose Dickey’s for the great support and low startup cost. “We only have two barbecue restaurants in El Paso, and I wanted to open a fast casual location where guests can get great barbecue without the time it takes to visit a full service restaurant,” Hugo says. “We look forward to serving lunch and dinner at our Dickey’s locations, as well as catering events in our community.”

“Dickey’s is proud to expand our presence in our home state,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We currently do not have a Dickey’s location in El Paso, and we congratulate Hugo and Hilario Gonzalez on bringing the brand to West Texas.”

To learn more about franchising with Dickeys, visit 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 more than 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 or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

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Sport Clips Haircuts ranked by Forbes as a “Best Franchise to Buy” for third consecutive year

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GEORGETOWN, Texas ( June 23, 2016 – Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s leading men’s and boys’ hair care provider, is ranked by Forbes as a top 10 “Best Franchise to Buy” for the third consecutive year. The June issue features the third annual “best” and “worst” franchises in America rankings separated into investment level categories.

Based on research conducted by FRANdata, a franchise-focused research and advisory firm, Forbes ranked Sport Clips number six in the $150K-$500K investment category, a jump up from last year’s seventh place ranking. FRANdata assessed each of the franchises ranked according to its five-year growth and continuity rates, a measure of how often an individual franchise has changed hands, in addition to its cost of entry.

“We recognize careful consideration goes into making a franchise investment, and the success of a brand should be top of mind in that decision,” says Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of Sport Clips. “With more 1,500 stores open, and only five store closings since 2010, Sport Clips is proud to be recognized again by Forbes as a top ‘Franchise to Buy.’ We are committed to providing the highest level of support and service to the franchisees who invest in our brand and the consistently growing number of clients who make Sport Clips their hair care provider of choice.”

The complete list of rankings can be found in the current issue of Forbes and online at For more information on Sport Clips franchising opportunities visit

About Sport Clips Haircuts
Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 20 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,500 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “haircuts with heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has given almost $4 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit

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