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.

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.


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.

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.

Home Instead, Inc. Celebrates World Entrepreneur’s Day by Offering Strategies for Franchise Success

With 25 years in the home care industry, Home Instead Senior Care joins the Alliance of International Business Associations (AIBA) and businesses around the globe in celebrating August 21st as World Entrepreneur’s Day (WED).


The Winner’s Cup: Dunkin’s “Sip. Peel. Win.” Promotion Returns with Chance to Win $20 Million Worth of Prizes

America runs on Dunkin’, and once again America will be winning with Dunkin’ as well. Dunkin’s popular “Sip. Peel. Win.” nationwide on-cup peel-and-win promotion is back beginning tomorrow, August 21.

Just in Time for National Waffle Day, Hampton by Hilton Cooks Up Expansive New Breakfast Menu

Just in time for National Waffle Day on August 24, Hampton by Hilton introduced a new breakfast experience featuring fresh, healthful and delicious offerings for guests.

ERA Real Estate Provides Agents Strategic Client Outreach Program Powered by MooveGuru

ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader, today announced the launch of ERA® Moves, an automated program powered by MooveGuru.

Jet's Pizza Celebrates 41st Anniversary

Jet's Pizza is celebrating 41 years of business this August. To show their appreciation and thank all of their loyal customers, Jet's will be offering a 41% off discount on August 26, the day the first Jet's Pizza opened back in 1978.

Little Caesars® Launches One Pizza with Four Great Tastes

One pizza that pleases everyone? The new Quattro pizza, Little Caesars latest innovation, serves up four different flavor options on one pizza.

Del Taco

Del Taco Expands Morning Offerings With New Breakfast Toasted Wrap

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO) today announced the introduction of its newest breakfast item, the Breakfast Toasted Wrap, now available at the company’s more than 580 restaurants nationwide.

Smoothie King Launches New Keto Champ™ Smoothies to Help Carb-Conscious Guests Rule the Day™

Smoothie King is the first smoothie chain to answer the need of carb-conscious guests who are seeking a keto-friendly blend with the launch of new Keto Champ™ smoothies

IHG® Hotels & Resorts Serves Up One-of-a-Kind Experiences at 2019 US Open

The 2019 US Open will be unlike any before, teeming with an unforgettable and sensational set of events created by hotel and hotel loyalty sponsor IHG® Hotels & Resorts, a leader in luxury travel.

Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Offers Significant New Incentives For Investors And Entrepreneurs

Meineke Car Care Centers has just announced brand new limited-time incentives for entrepreneurs looking to become a Meineke franchise owner and current franchisees looking to open additional centers.


Refresh and Rehydrate with 7-Select Replenish™

In the midst of record-breaking high temperatures this summer, participating 7-Eleven® stores are introducing a new way to stay cool, refreshed and rehydrated.

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage Now Offering Delivery

Meals at home never tasted so good, because now you can enjoy your favorite Pop’s menu items without leaving the house.

Neighborly® Announces Women in the Trades Scholarship Fall 2019 Recipients

Neighborly®, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has announced the Fall 2019 semester recipients of the company’s Women in the Trades (“WITT”) Scholarship.

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.

New Pirtek Gloves Provide Sound Grip, Bump Protection, Dexterity

Pirtek USA is making available two kinds of high-quality work gloves from its Mobile Service Vehicles and Service & Supply Centers across the United States.

Smashburger® Celebrates 12th Anniversary with 12 Cent Burgers for All

Smashburger invites burger lovers across America to take part in their upcoming birthday bash. On Friday, August 16, 2019, Smashburger will mark its 12th year in business by offering the signature double Smashburger for just $.12.

InterContinental® Ambassador Launches Extensions Program for When Life's Adventures Call

InterContinental® Ambassador, the exclusive member benefits program of InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, is encouraging its members to embrace life’s exceptional and unexpected adventures by offering a new benefit that will provide...


The wait is over. Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at 7-Eleven® stores

As kids head back to school and temperatures begin to drop (fingers crossed), it's time to think about everyone's fall favorites - colorful leaves, cooler temperatures, football games, boots, candy corn and … PUMPKIN SPICE.

10 Ways to Fix Education to Make Students Job Ready

Express Employment Professionals released 10 recommendations today to help schools better train students for the demands of the modern workforce.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar

Applebee's Nationwide Delivery Has Arrived

Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar just made dining at home or on-the-go easier, more convenient and more flavorful with Applebee’s Delivery available at participating restaurants nationwide.

Tips for Finding Your Zen On the Go with Curio Collection by Hilton

As we hit the peak of summer travel season, we’re reminded that traveling can be stressful, particularly for those who find themselves in hotels more than their own homes.

Enjoy Sizzlin’ Specials on National Fajita (Pete’s) Day

Fajita Pete’s is best known for its fresh, made-from-scratch fajitas, so it comes as no surprise that the Houston-based delivery chain is celebrating National Fajita Day in a big way.


Taste for Fall Fulfilled: Dunkin’s Pumpkin Menu Arrives August 21

The calendar and climate still say summer, but for pumpkin lovers across the country, the excitement and demand for the favorite flavor of fall is already here.

RNR Tire Express Gives Away 3,000 Backpacks, Helps Get Families in Need Ready to 'Roll' into New School Year

As summer comes to a close and parents and children across the nation gear up for back-to-school season, RNR Tire Express (RNR) nows just how important it is to start off the school year on the right foot.

Pretzel Bites Return to Culver's®

Culver's guests looking for a salty snack or side option are in for a treat. The restaurant chain is bringing back Pretzel Bites for a limited time.

Spending Time With Pets Provides Benefits for Older Adults

A new survey1 of adults age 65 and older by Home Instead, Inc. found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce these feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Domino's® Launches National E-Bike Program for Pedal-Powered Delivery

Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, knows a thing or two about pizza delivery, including the fact that cars aren't always the most efficient way to get hot, delicious pizzas to hungry customers.

The One Where Central Perk Pops Up At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® announced today that it will launch a limited-time pop-up on August 16 to celebrate the hit television show Friends and its 25th anniversary.

Taco Bueno Celebrating 52 Years by Reinvesting in Quality Tex-Mex Flavor

This Summer, Taco Bueno, the popular quick-service Tex-Mex chain, will celebrate 52 years of serving up delicious, quality Mexican-inspired classics by doubling down on quality and made-by-hand preparation.

Days Inns Canada Launches Last Drop of Summer Contest

Days Inns Canada is marking the occasion with the “Last Drop of Summer Giveaway”! From now through August 16, social media fans and followers can enter for the chance to win one of five prizes.

TCBY Celebrates Brand’s 38th Year With BOGO Offer

The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY), the world’s original frozen yogurt brand, is celebrating 38 years of business on Tuesday, August 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. by offering its fans Buy One, Get One for only 38 cents*.

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.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar

Applebee's Masters The Art Of The Handcrafted Burger

pplebee’s® has mastered the art of crafting craveable burgers with its Handcrafted Burgers, which are made to order with premium toppings stacked high.

2 Million Likes, 2 Million Nuggets: Wendy's Gives Away 2 Million Spicy Chicken Nuggets to Celebrate Return

Wendy’s commemorates the 2 million Twitter likes that brought back Spicy Chicken Nuggets by giving away 2 million spicy nuggets with DoorDash from August 12 through 19.

Head To Hooters For All You Can Eat Wings Every Day Through September 9

Hooters is switching things up by making its weekly All You Can Eat Wings for $15.99 offer into an Everyday occasion, starting now through Monday, September 9!

Chick-fil-A Adds A Cheesy Classic to Menu Nationwide

Mac & Cheese is now available nationwide as a side option with any lunch, dinner, Kid's Meal or catering order at Chick-fil-A. Participating restaurants across the country will also begin offering Frosted Caramel Coffee, a new seasonal, sweet treat.

Sport Clips Haircuts' “Head Of The Class” Promotion Brings Style And Prizes To The Back-to-School Season

To kick off a stylish and successful school year, Sport Clips Haircuts is kicking off its annual “Head of the Class” promotion.

Radisson Expands In Thailand With The Signing Of Radisson Phuket Mai Khao Beach

Radisson Hotel Group today announced the signing of a new upscale Radisson property in Thailand, located on Phuket’s sunset coast, in partnership with Thai-Chinese Property Holdings.

Nearly Half of Working Caregivers Suffer Career Setbacks

More than half of working caregivers feel they have to compromise within their careers to care for aging parents, according to a new survey by Home Instead. Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network.

Fully Promoted

Fully Promoted Gets Schools in Gear for the Start of a New School Year

The beginning of a new school year is right around the corner, and Fully Promoted offers a complete line of promotional products and customized apparel that will elevate school spirit and have students cheering!

Chipotle Tests New Queso Blanco In Three Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today that it's testing a new Queso Blanco in 52 restaurants across Dallas, Detroit and San Diego for a limited time.

La Madeleine Evolves Menu, Catering To Client Requests

La Madeleine French Bakery & Café introduces catering menu with new breakfast, snack and salade recipes.

Penn Station East Coast Subs To Give Away Lemonade On Aug. 20

Penn Station East Coast Subs will celebrate National Lemonade Day Tuesday, Aug. 20 by giving away the brand’s signature hand-squeezed lemonade with any sub purchase.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar

All You Can Eat Wings - Bone-in And Boneless - Are Back At Select Texas Applebee’s!

The revived All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Wings (Bone-in and Boneless) offer at Applebee’s in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Waco and East Texas, is also Better … and Endless!

Wing Zone® Introduces Thigh Wings Systemwide

Wing Zone is introducing Flavorholics to its latest innovative way to enjoy chicken: Thigh Wings. The new menu item launches systemwide on August 8.

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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.

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

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