August 24, 2019
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

True REST Float Spa

Experienced Franchisees and Area Developers Invited to Join True REST Float Spa Webinar

True REST’s CEO, Jim Rowe, will speak to experienced franchisees and area developers during a free online webinar.

Planet Fitness to open "Judgement Free" Club in Mesa

Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, today announced it will open its third location in Mesa, AZ next to Kohl's at 5833 E. McKellips Rd...

Brightway Insurance Celebrates 11 Years Of Making Futures Brighter Together

When brothers David and Michael Miller founded Brightway Insurance in 2008, they set a lofty goal of growing into a $10 million business (measured in annualized written premium) within 10 years.

GYMGUYZ Recruits Seasoned Fitness Industry Expert as Chief Growth Officer

GYMGUYZ LLC has taken a big step forward in its plans for expansion with the hiring of business development veteran Ed Ruane as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Now Optics, a Leading Eye Health Provider, Announces New Franchise Team

Now Optics today announced, its new franchise business team: Mike Wootton, Joe Malmuth, and William Reno selected to lead My Eyelab’s business opportunity growth, nationally.

Fit Body Boot Camp Recognized on Inc. Magazine's List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies for Fourth Consecutive Year

Fit Body Boot Camp announced today that it has been recognized for the fourth year-in-a-row on Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list, the most respected ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Gold's Gym Finalizes Master Agreement for Australia and New Zealand

Gold's Gym, the world's trusted fitness authority, recently entered into a new master franchise agreement for brand development in Australia and New Zealand with Australian investment group Colour Capital.

Vitality Bowls Named in Top Half of Inc. Magazine’s 2019 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine today revealed that Vitality Bowls, known as America’s number one superfood café, is No. 1777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Brightway Insurance opens four new stores in Florida, South Carolina and Colorado

More consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy a better way to shop for insurance as Brightway Insurance continues to expand across the country.

As The New School Year Begins, Club Pilates® Collaborates With Elements Massage® To Reinforce Self-Care

Club Pilates®, the nation's largest Pilates franchise, announces a collaboration with Elements Massage®, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage franchises in the country.

Elements Massage

In Celebration of National Relaxation Day, Elements Massage® is Giving Away the Gift of “Calm” With a Free AromaRitual® Aromatherapy Enhancement

The Elements Massage® brand, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage franchises in the nation, is once again encouraging the public to take time for themselves, in celebration of National Relaxation Day.

Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe Invest in iCRYO Cryotherapy

iCRYO Cryotherapy, the leading Cryotherapy franchise in the United States, announced today that Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe will be joining the company as equity partners.

New Personal Fitness Concept Expands U.S. Franchise Program

fit20USA Franchising, LLC, the Master Franchisee for fit20 in the U.S., a new concept to increase personal fitness and improve vitality in just 20 minutes per week, announced today the official launch of its national franchise program.

YogaSix Reaches 250 Signed Franchise Agreements in Less than Nine Months

In less than nine months after announcing its franchise opportunity in January 2019, YogaSix, a modern boutique yoga concept, has signed over 250 franchise agreements.

Senior Helpers® Sponsors Rock Steady Boxing Coaches to Attend National Conference

Senior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care, today announced its support of six local Wilmington Rock Steady Boxing coaches to attend the organization’s national conference from September 4 – 6, 2019.

Interim HealthCare Inc. Offers 4 Tips to Handle the Transition from Child to Caregiver

To help make the transition from a child to a parent’s caregiver smoother, Interim HealthCare Inc., a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing, offers four ways to deal with the role reversal.

MADabolic Flexes Robust Franchise Development Strategy

MADabolic is bulking up its program presence nationwide with the announcement of a new franchise development initiative.

MADabolic Flexes Transformative Strength-Focused Fitness in D.C. with New Gym Opening

MADabolic is redefining fitness in Washington D.C. with a new gym opening on July 29, located at 701 2nd St NE, near Giant and the Beer Cellar.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Signs 10-Unit Franchise Deal in Northern California

As a part of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness’ country-wide franchise expansion, the brand announced the signing of a 10-unit franchise deal in Sacramento, California, with the first location expected to open in Roseville in early 2020.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe® Donates More Than $1M To Camp Sunshine In 2019

Tropical Smoothie Cafe®, a national fast-casual cafe concept inspiring healthier lifestyles, announced today that they raised more than $1.14 million for Camp Sunshine in their 12th year of partnership, the most in their annual eight-week fundraising.

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Today, Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Brightway Insurance Named A Top Franchise For Women And A Top Service Franchise

Franchise Business Review named Brightway Insurance as among the best on two of its lists in which it ranks top franchise opportunities in the United States.

The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

The Little Gym International is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

My Eyelab, a Leading Eye Health Provider, Opens First Store in Laredo Today

My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, which is a leading eye health provider offering accessible and affordable eye care and eyewear, announced its first retail store in Laredo, Texas opening today.

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans in New York - Targets Rochester & Buffalo

Anytime Fitness, the world's fastest-growing fitness franchise, recently announced plans to introduce over 25 new gyms in targeted areas throughout New York with a specific focus in Rochester and Buffalo.

Senior Helpers® Opens Doors in Desoto

Senior Helpers®, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, today announced the official opening of its Desoto location, to be managed and operated by Dr. Lilian Kawa Monie.

Amazing Athletes Partners with Spartan Race, Inc.

“We are very excited to offer Amazing Athletes Training Camps Powered by Spartan,” said John Erlandson, President of Amazing Athletes

Brightway Insurance welcomes three new Independent Agents in July

More consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy a better way to shop for insurance as three insurance sales professionals are now on the path to the American dream of business ownership through the Brightway Insurance Independent Agent program.

Gold’s Gym to Open New Location in Oxnard, California

Gold’s Gym, the world’s trusted fitness authority, continues to expand throughout Southern California as it prepares to open its newest franchise location in Oxnard in winter of 2020.

True REST Float Spa

Clinical Research: Floatation Therapy as a Treatment for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression

Since 2015, True REST Float Spa has given away almost 3,000 complimentary floats to U.S. active-duty military and veterans.

Aroche Janitorial Service, LLC Wins Coverall Franchise Owner of the Year Award

Coverall North America, Inc., a leading franchisor in the commercial cleaning industry, announced today that Aroche Janitorial Service, LLC is the recipient of the 2018 Coverall Franchised Business Owner of the Year Award.

Backing Students Going Back to School

HealthSource, the nation's largest group of chiropractic and wellness clinics, is on a mission to help students select the right backpack as well as give backpacks to students in need.

The Joint Corp.

The Joint Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic Announce Endowment to Palmer Center for Business Development

he Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation's leading chiropractic franchise, committed to gifting a $150,000 donation through an endowment for the Palmer Center for Business Development at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Topeka, KS

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $3 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Topeka, Kansas.

Brightway Insurance opens new store in Texas and announces new Franchise Owners in Florida

The company just opened a new store in Texas and announced the new owners of one of its Florida locations.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Champaign, IL

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $6 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Champaign, Illinois.

BrightStar Care Eyes Tennessee Expansion as Aging in Place Demand Continues to Rise

BrightStar Care, a national franchise specializing in providing A Higher Standard of Care in medical and non-medical in-home care services, has announced targeted development plans throughout Tennessee.


Retro Fitness Names Former Starbucks Exec CEO

Retro Fitness, a leader in the high value, low price fitness space is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Alfano as CEO.

Nékter Juice Bar Named “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine

Nékter Juice Bar, America’s leading modern and authentic juice bar experience, has been recognized as one of “9 Best Franchise Deals for 2019” by QSR Magazine.

Senior Helpers® Opens Doors in Cameron Park

Senior Helpers®, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, today announced the official opening of its Cameron Park location, to be owned and operated by Desiree and Nick Trunzo.

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans in Kentucky

Anytime Fitness, the world's fastest-growing fitness franchise, recently announced plans to introduce 40 new gyms in targeted areas throughout Kentucky with a specific focus in Lexington and the southern region of the state.

My Eyelab, a Leading Eye Health Provider, Expands in Dallas/Ft. Worth with Eight New Stores, Growth Brings Approximately 50 Jobs to Area

My Eyelab announced, an expanded retail presence in eight Dallas/Ft. Worth market locations: Irving, McKinney, Ft. Worth, Hurst, Denton, Plano, Garland, and Rockwall with opening dates between Aug. 5 and Oct. 28.

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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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