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PLAINVIEW, NY (FranchisePOD.com) July 29, 2016 – For GYMGUYZ, the number one mobile fitness concept in the United States, outpacing development goals is par for the course. And the first half of 2016 has set a record for the brand – setting the company up to open in five to seven new states and in 30 new territories by the end of the year. This expansion plan was made possible because the brand placed a major focus on establishing a strong national presence through bringing on motivated franchise partners that believe in the results made possible by offering their communities a convenient, customized and creative workout program. GYMGUYZ – which currently operates in more than 70 territories across the country – added franchisees to service five new states during the second quarter. The brand's certified coaches are now bringing the fitness industry's best personal home training programs to residents in St. Louis, Missouri; Boca Raton, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Hartford, Connecticut; McLean, Virginia; and Powell, Ohio. “Our presence is quickly growing across the United States, and more importantly, we're entering markets where GYMGUYZ will be a brand new concept in the area. With these six new openings in the second quarter, we're [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 29, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) SAN ANTONIO – Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, announced today it will open its fourth location in Austin, Texas, at 2009 Main Street, Suite 110, in Lakeway on Aug.10. Located in the Oaks at Lakeway shopping center, the Retreat is owned and operated by local franchisee Charles Schaefer of AT2, LLC. The new franchise group plans to develop seven additional Retreats in the market over the next two years. With the brand's recent accelerated growth, Massage Heights is currently pursuing qualified massage therapists committed to providing the best therapeutic massage experiences. Immediate full- and part-time opportunities are available for the new Lakeway location opening Aug.10 and for future locations throughout Austin. Candidates must currently hold a Texas license to practice massage therapy and have the capability to perform or learn deep tissue, Swedish and maternity massage treatments. “Texas has been our home for over 10 years and we are thrilled Charles has joined Massage Heights to help grow the brand in Austin,” said Shane Evans, co-founder and president of Massage Heights. “With our active growth in the market, we are excited to expand our Massage Heights family by providing [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 28, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) NORTHRIDGE, CA – CREAM Northridge is celebrating a successful first year. The store is part of the San Francisco Bay-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches using fresh-baked cookies and other treats. In honor of the anniversary, the Northridge store, which is located at 9000 Reseda Blvd., will be giving away free mini ice cream sandwiches to all customers from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. In addition to mini chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, customers will receive the chance to win CREAM t-shirts, hats, and more. “We are excited to celebrate our first year in Northridge,” said co-owner David Zeichick. “The community has welcomed us, and our sandwiches, with open arms so to give back, we wanted to host a celebration with the community while we all enjoy nostalgic ice cream sandwiches.” “We look forward to many more years in Northridge,” added co-owner Mario Ramirez. CREAM, which is an acronym for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me,” offers a menu of 22 ice cream flavors and 17 cookie flavors and as many as 19 toppings that customers can mix and match, including vegan and gluten-free options. While the ice cream sandwiches are the main draw, CREAM [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 28, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) CANTON, MA and HANOVER, MA – Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, opened a full-service, environmentally friendly dry cleaning store at 95 Washington Street, Canton, on July 23. “Lapels of Canton is a satellite store to Lapels Dry Cleaning of Stoughton, which we opened in April. We're just as excited to bring a sustainable, non-toxic way of dry cleaning clothes to the people of Canton,” said Tom Wong, one of the owners of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Canton and Stoughton. “When we opened our doors on July 23, Lapels Dry Cleaning became the only dry cleaner in Canton using a 100 percent environmentally non-toxic cleaning solution.” Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience over the past dozen years. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry cleaning industry's only non-toxic cleaning alternative for its newer locations like Lapels Dry Cleaning of Canton and Stoughton. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process. Their environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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OMAHA, Neb. (FranchisePOD.com) July 28, 2016 – As a former U.S. Army Ranger who worked in the Middle East, Mike Daly is no stranger to putting others' safety before his own. When he returned to civilian life after eight years in the military, Daly knew he wanted to start his own business. Launching a security company seemed like a logical next step given his background, and it gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion on his own home turf – and that's to promote a greater peace of mind within his community. That's when he turned to Signal 88, the nation's leading security franchise. Countless other people within the Signal 88 system share a story similar to Daly's. And today, after the launch of its franchise opportunity in 2008, Signal 88 has grown into a nationwide entity. To date, there are more than 170 franchise owners throughout the country and counting – resulting in a vast network of more than 3,000 employees who are dedicated to keeping their local communities safe. But one thing that hasn't changed over the years is Signal 88's vision. Since its founding, the brand was built on a promise to provide a full suite of [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 28, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Anago Cleaning Systems (Anago), a leading commercial cleaning franchise with more than 2,400 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally, has been recognized as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top Low Cost Franchises for 2016. The Fort Lauderdale-based company was awarded the No. 5 ranking by the prestigious publication. The magazine developed their Top Low Cost Franchise list by evaluating franchise opportunities which can be started for under $60,000 and which were also included in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2016. “We're honored to be ranked a top low cost franchise opportunity,” Adam Povlitz, President of Anago said. “We work hard to provide a low cost of entry to start a business, and we're looking forward to continued growth as more people recognize the value of our Master Franchise and Unit Franchise opportunities.” The company has grown to 37 Master Franchise locations, with over 2,400 Unit Franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. As further verification of its success over the past year, Anago was ranked 39th on Entrepreneur Magazine's 2016 Franchise 500 list, up over 40 spots from their previous ranking. Anago is seeking Master Franchise Owners with sales and marketing experience to join its recession-resistant concept [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 28, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Columbia, SC. – The Casual Pint, the nation's fastest growing craft beer market franchise, celebrated the opening of its new location in Columbia with a grand opening event on Friday. The beer market, based in Columbia's Vista area, will be the first of six locations slated for South Carolina. One more location is set to open in Columbia's Lexington area, one in Mount Pleasant and three locations in Greenville. “With this expansion, we are pleased to bring our distinctive craft beer experience to South Carolina,” said Nathan Robinette, president and CEO of The Casual Pint. “The craft beer industry is growing tremendously and we're looking forward to connecting and building relationships with Columbia's local community.” Owner, operator and local entrepreneur Doug Harmon began the process of opening the newest Casual Pint franchise in late September of 2015. He is also planning on opening two more locations: one in Columbia's Lexington area and one in Mount Pleasant, slated to open within 12 months and 18 months respectively. “Being local, I realized the city deserves a unique place where beer lovers can enjoy excellent craft beer in a relaxed coffee-shop atmosphere,” said Harmon. “We serve artisan brews by the pint, bottle [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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CINCINNATI, OH (FranchisePOD.com) July 27, 2016 – Neighbors say they'll keep an eye on the house, family plans to drop by a couple times over the winter and some of the utilities are off, but leaving home for an extended period of time is still stressful. What if a pipe breaks? Or the roof starts leaking? To ease that stress, TruBlue Total House Care has developed a new Home Watch program. As part of Home Watch, clients can have a TruBlue technician conduct a weekly or bi-weekly interior and exterior check-up of the property. “You can stop your mail and ask your neighbor to keep an eye on your house, but that doesn't mean your home is safe. Getting an emergency house call while you're on vacation or when you're staying at a summer or winter home is terrible, but coming home to a serious home disaster is much worse. You want to know your house is in good hands and that you'll come home to a place that's clean, comfortable and in great shape. That's why we created the Home Watch program,” TruBlue President Greg Platz said. With Home Watch, a TruBlue technician will bring in any newspapers or mail left out, [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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WESTLAKE, OH and SHARON, PA (FranchisePOD.com) July 27, 2016 – The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces, announced today a special promotion in celebration of National Chicken Wing Day on July 29. Participating locations nationwide will be giving away tickets to the 15th Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival September 3rd and 4th in Buffalo, NY to Guests who visit The Lube on National Chicken Wing Day. Quaker Steak & Lube is a three time National Buffalo Wing Festival Favorite winner and winner of many sauce category titles at this event. The brand is also the sponsor of the Amateur Chicken Wing Eating Contest and the Triple Atomic Hot Wing Eating Contest at the festival. Fans can also find more chances to win National Buffalo Wing Festival tickets and other prizes on Quaker Steak & Lube's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more fun on Wing Day, guests who visit The Lube can take wing selfies to snap and share their excitement with a National Chicken Wing Day geofilter available when visiting each Quaker Steak & Lube location on July 29th. Since its inception, Quaker Steak & Lube® has sold more than one [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (FranchisePOD.com) July 27, 2106 – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) (“Krispy Kreme” or the “Company”) and JAB Beech Inc. (“JAB Beech”), an indirect controlled subsidiary of JAB Holding Company (“JAB”), today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Krispy Kreme by JAB Beech. The acquisition was announced on May 9, 2016, and the transaction closed and became effective today following the vote by shareholders of the Company to approve the deal at a special shareholder meeting earlier in the day. Under the terms of the transaction, Company shareholders will receive $21 per share in cash for each share they own. As a result of the completion of the acquisition, Krispy Kreme's common stock will cease trading as of today on the New York Stock Exchange. About Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is a leading branded specialty retailer and wholesaler of premium quality sweet treats and complementary products, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, the Company has offered the highest quality doughnuts and great tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Today, there are over 1,100 Krispy Kreme shops in more than 26 countries around the world. Connect with the Krispy Kreme brand at www.krispykreme.com. About JAB JAB [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
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July 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) CARROLLTON, Texas – Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., will be inducted into Idealliance's Soderstrom Society at the annual Soderstrom Awards Dinner on September 24 in Orlando, Florida, on the eve of the GRAPH EXPO 16. The Soderstrom Society is an honors association that recognizes the outstanding contributions of professionals whose careers have advanced the printing and graphic communications industry. Monson is one of twelve industry leaders who will be inducted into the Soderstrom Society Class of 2016. “I am honored to be selected as an inductee into this respected group of professionals,” said Monson. “This recognition is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the graphic communications industry and how we work together to continue advancing it for the future.” A 30-year veteran of the print and visual communications industry, Monson is an accomplished executive and leader. Since joining FASTSIGNS in 2009, she has advanced the brand to be “more than” and helped it evolve into a leading visual ideas and comprehensive graphic communications solutions provider. Monson exercises that same commitment to the future of the graphic communications industry as a whole. Under Monson's leadership FASTSIGNS' has continued to grow through the company's Co-Brand program. Launched in 2012, [...]
Fri, Jul 29, 2016
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July 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) RALEIGH, N.C. – Grabbagreen®, the Arizona-based fast-casual restaurant concept known for their fresh and healthy alternative to fast food will make its Raleigh debut this September under Heather and Jeff Phillips of Phillips Investment Ventures, LLC. The Phillips' leased their first location in Midtown Raleigh at 4421 Six Forks Road, Suite 103B inside North Hills; an innovative, multifaceted district where guests live, work, shop, dine and play. Phillips Investment Ventures will be opening a second location in Cary, NC in 2017. Grabbagreen is fully committed to leading the charge in making fast food, healthy and promotes an “Eat Clean, Grabbagreen” philosophy. It is the first fast-food concept of its kind serving organic food items, antibiotic and hormone-free beef, poultry, whole food, fresh juice and smoothies in the country. In addition customers are able to choose from high-quality food at reasonable prices, quick service, gluten-free, whole fruits and vegetables and select organic items. The modern decor and energetic ambiance appeals to everyone from children to adults. “We are excited to offer a tasty, quick and healthy food dining option to consumers in the Triangle,” states Heather Phillips. “When you eat good, you feel good and there is a growing [...]
Fri, Jul 29, 2016
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