August 24, 2019
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LemonShark Poke

LemonShark Poké’s New Sandy Springs Location Installs Self-Pour Beer Wall with iPourIt Technology

iPourIt increases its lead in the market with the installation of a 6-tap self-serve tap system using its technology at the tenth LemonShark Poké location in Sandy Springs.

True REST Float Spa

5 Holistic Ways for College Students to Improve Their Mental Health

True REST Float Spa advocates for floatation therapy as a viable option for rejuvenating the mind and body in an all-natural approach to health and wellness.

Wag N’ Wash Signs Agreement to Open New Location in Dallas

Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, announced its signed agreement with local entrepreneur Tom Dang for the Northeast Dallas area. The forthcoming location is expected to open...

Scooter's Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee Opens Second Location in Garland

Scooter’s Coffee, best known for its convenient drive-thru specialty coffee and baked-from-scratch pastries, added a new location to the state of Texas with the company’s second store in Garland.

Planet Fitness Named to Fortune's 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List

Planet Fitness, Inc. announced it has been named to Fortune magazine's 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list, ranking 58 among the world's top three-year performers in revenues, profits, and stock returns.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter Ended July 14, 2019

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) (“Red Robin” or the “Company”) reported financial results for the quarter ended July 14, 2019.

Experience the Flavors of the World During Pie Five’s Pizza Passport Sweepstakes

Pie Five Pizza is taking guests on a journey around the world with its Pizza Passport Sweepstakes.

I Heart Mac & Cheese Signs Two Store Texas Development Agreement With MJM Real Estate & Investments

I Heart Mac & Cheese today announced it signed a two store development agreement to open restaurant locations in Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen Coming to Houston

Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, a Pan Asian restaurant that transports its guests to a street side café in Asia, complete with hawker style cuisine and atmosphere, will open the first of five restaurants in Houston this year.

H&R Block Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 26 cents per share, payable October 1, 2019, to shareholders of record as of September 13, 2019.

Tony Roma’s® Continues String of Impressive Growth with its 37th Store in Spain

Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s® – the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs – announced today another new restaurant opening in Madrid, Spain.

Fortune and Great Place to Work® Name Senior Helpers to 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services List

Today, Fortune Magazine named Senior Helpers®, the nation's premier provider of in-home senior care, one of the Best Places to Work in the country in the Aging Services category.

Suite Management Franchising Ranks in the Top 20 Percent on 2019 Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine today revealed that Suite Management Franchising is in the top 20 percent on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Park Inn By Radisson Opens New Hotel In Vallenar, Chile

Park Inn by Radisson, the upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food, and upbeat environments, is proud to announce the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos de Vallenar.

Dunkin'

Dunkin’ Launches New Burrito Bowls to Help Guests Power Through Fall

With autumn on the way, Dunkin’ is giving guests new innovative menu choices and returning fall favorites – perfect for powering through the change in season.

Noodles & Company To Address Childhood Hunger And Match Fundraiser Donations

Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS), known for serving noodle and zoodle dishes from around the world, today announced it will once again team up with No Kid Hungry to help address childhood hunger in America.

Slim Chickens Gears Up for August 22 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Owasso, OK

Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants will celebrate the recently opened store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8712 N Garnett Road, 74055 in Owasso on August 22.

Mighty Welcomes New Franchise Partner in Birmingham: Flynn Distributing

Mighty Distributing System is pleased to announce that Birmingham, Alabama-based Flynn Distributing has added a Mighty Auto Parts franchise.

MOOYAH to Open in Middleburg Heights with Plans to Add Four Locations to the Cleveland Area

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is ready to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Teriyaki Madness Goes Global: Fast-Casual Teriyaki Shop Concept Announces International Franchise Opportunities

On its continued quest for world domination-er, global expansion, rather-Teriyaki Madness is seeking qualified franchise partners to help introduce the brand to new and hungry audiences around the world.

Hard Rock International Appoints David Pellow To Senior Vice President Of Company Cafe Operations

Hard Rock International today announced the appointment of David Pellow to Senior Vice President of Company Cafe Operations.

Any Lab Test Now Secures New Spot on Prestigious Inc. 5000 List

Any Lab Test Now® is thrilled to announce that for the second time in three years it is listed on the prestigious Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Cruise Planners Sweep to Victory as the Franchise Partner of the Year at World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative wins the most awards at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards taking home four Franchise Agency Network Excellence Awards.

Saladworks Announces Hiring of Kelly Roddy as Chief Executive Officer

Saladworks announced today the appointment chief executive officer Kelly Roddy effective August 1, 2019.

9Round Named to Inc. 5000 List for the Fifth Consecutive Year

9Round Franchising, LCC, ranked number 2,202 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

RLH Corporation Announces Collaboration With National Safe Place Network to Provide for Youth in Need of Immediate Help and Safety

RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today a collaboration with National Safe Place Network (NSPN) to designate Americas Best Value Inn properties as Safe Place® TXT 4 HELP sites.

Metal Supermarkets Opens Newest Store in Birmingham, Alabama

Metal Supermarkets, the world’s largest supplier of small-quantity metals, will open its newest store at 4550 Fifth Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, August 26.

Valvoline to Acquire Assets of Minit Lube in Alberta, Canada

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain business assets of Minit Lube in Alberta, Canada.

Xponential Fitness' Anthony Geisler Named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award Winner in Orange County

Xponential Fitness, the largest curator of boutique fitness brands in the world, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Anthony Geisler received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in Orange County.

Hand and Stone Upgrades to Zenoti Software to Leverage the Cloud

Zenoti Software announced it has been selected by Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas as their new technology partner for POS, digital marketing and analytics.

Pollo Campero Announces Opening of New Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland

Pollo Campero is growing in Maryland! The flavorful chicken chain today announced it is opening a new restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.

The Joint Corp.

The Joint Chiropractic is the Official Chiropractor for Georgia Tech Athletics

The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation’s leading chiropractic franchise, is proud to announce it is the official chiropractor for Georgia Tech Athletics for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Tianjin, China’s Historic Cultural City

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Conrad Tianjin, a new 10-story, 375-room, state-of-the-art hotel in Nankai District.

Six Senses Appoints Michael Gaehler As General Manager Of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gaehler as the general manager of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali.

Valpak® and United Way's "United to Strengthen Our Local Communities" Campaign Launches

Valpak, North America's trusted direct marketing company, and United Way Worldwide, the world's largest privately funded charity announced the launch of their "United to Strengthen Our Local Communities" campaign.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. Reports Strong Results Driven By Accelerated Revenue Growth For Its Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter And Full Year

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS), a leading provider of gifts designed to help customers express, connect and celebrate, today reported results for its Fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2019.

Deka Lash Growth Continues with Studio Opening in Boston

Deka Lash, leading innovator in eyelash extensions, announced today the opening of their newest studio in the Boston area. The studio is located in Burlington and is owned and operated by Ms. Vivian Lin.

Ziebart of Morgantown, West Virginia Celebrates with a Successful Weekend-Long Grand Opening

Brothers Nick and Mark Lambie had a successful weekend opening their first Ziebart store in Morgantown, WV.

Corner Bakery Announces National Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Corner Bakery is proud to announce a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that works alongside families to build and improve affordable places they can call home.

Alliance Franchise Brands, Marketing & Print Division Announces New Franchise Member in Mississauga

KKP, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print and graphics services, today announced a new franchise member in the Mississauga-Meyerside market.

Senior Helpers® Opens New Doors in Richmond-West

Senior Helpers®, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, recently announced the opening of its new Richmond West location.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills Opens

Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills.

Del Taco

Tulare Del Taco Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Fundraising Event

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant* (MQSR), is proud to announce the 20th anniversary of its Tulare restaurant, located at 1415 Hillman Street.

Fatburger Opens 21st Location In British Columbia, Canada

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, is pleased to share the opening of its newest restaurant in Sumas.

Pinkberry Signs New Franchise Agreement in The Sunshine State

Pinkberry®, a quick service frozen yogurt franchise offering any delicious flavor and topping imaginable under the scorching Florida sun, announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Sohel Rana to open one location in Ft. Lauderdale.

City Wide Franchise Named to 2019 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Second Consecutive Year

Inc. magazine revealed today that City Wide Franchise is on its 38th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for the second year in a row.

Massage Heights Announces Launch of Hemp-Infused Massage Service at Select Retreats Nationwide

Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, announced today that it is now offering a Hemp-Infused Massage service at select Retreats nationwide.

All pooches welcome: Celebrate International Dog Day in Australia with IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) is extending its hospitality to four-legged guests at select bars & restaurants across Australia from today until the end of September.

Park Inn By Radisson And MV Werften Open Unique Ship-Inspired Hotel In Germany´s Historic City Of Wismar

is proud to announce the opening of a 98-room hotel in Wismar, Northern Germany, with MV Werften.

Cambria Adds Third Wisconsin Hotel With Milwaukee Opening

Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), debuts in Milwaukee today, marking the brand's first location in the city and the third in the Badger State.


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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight – Hiring, Firing, Training, & Retaining Employees

Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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