August 24, 2019
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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.

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.

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.

"Monumental" Snap-on Franchisee Conference

Legions of Snap-on franchisees were equipped for future success at the company's annual conference in the nation's capital.

Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered to bring national optical retail centers to naval bases in Virginia Beach, Va., San Diego, Calif., and Groton, Conn.

Minuteman Press International

Peter Castorena Joins Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle for Top Franchise Performers

When Peter Castorena left his previous career behind as a retail buyer for Macy’s 13 years ago, he decided it was time to bet on himself and become his own boss.

1-800-Flowers.com® Expands

The Plant Shop at 1-800-Flowers.com® has expanded its offerings, introducing some of the most sought-after plants for home décor enthusiasts, gift-givers and plant lovers alike.

Camp Run-A-Mutt Announces Opening of Wilmington, North Carolina Location

Camp Run-A-Mutt Entrepreneurial Resources is excited to announce the opening of the first North Carolina location of Camp Run-A-Mutt cage-free doggie day care and boarding at 2541 Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.

UBreakiFix

uBreakiFix Expands Asheville Footprint With Arden Store

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opens its newest location, uBreakiFix South Asheville, on August 14 at 200 Julian Shoals Dr #50. This is the brand’s first location in Arden, North Carolina.

7-Eleven

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.

Amazing Lash Studio

WellBiz Brands, Inc., Amazing Lash Studio® and Elements Massage® Ranked by Inc. Magazine Amongst America’s Fastest-growing Private Companies-the Inc. 5000

WellBiz Brands, Inc. and two of its distinct brands, Amazing Lash Studio® and Elements Massage®, were recognized by Inc. magazine on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

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.

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.

Inc. Magazine Names Conserva Irrigation as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

Conserva Irrigation, the only national outdoor irrigation company founded on the concept of water conservation, announced today it has made Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest growing companies in America.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Completes Its Purchase Of The Shari’s Berries® Brand

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: FLWS), a leading provider of gifts designed to help customers express, connect and celebrate, today announced that it has completed its purchase of the Shari’s Berries brand.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results Release Date, Webcast and Conference Call

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), today announced that the Company will report results for its second quarter fiscal year 2019 ended August 3, 2019, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Gap Inc. Announces Third Quarter Dividend

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced its board of directors authorized a third quarter fiscal year 2019 dividend of $0.2425 per share, payable on or after October 30, 2019 to shareholders of record.

7-Eleven

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.

Pet Industry Leader Woof Gang Bakery Achieves Business Milestone, Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Central Florida

Woof Gang Bakery, the nation’s leader in specialty pet retail and grooming, marks a significant business milestone this month with the company’s 10th anniversary in central Florida.

Petland on Top-Ranked International Franchise List

Petland is honored to once again be ranked among top-ranked franchises around the world.

The Spice & Tea Exchange Expands as Customer Demand for Experiential Retail, Millennial's Focus on Wellness Grows

The Spice & Tea Exchange is on a roll – it spent 2018 perfecting its customer offerings through the addition of a tea bar, partnering with a Chopped Junior champion, expanding its footprint across the country.

Gap Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2019 Results on August 22

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will report its second quarter 2019 earnings results by press release on August 22, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

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.

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa Named a Top 50 Franchise for Women by Franchise Business Review

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 Top Franchises for Women Report.

Minuteman Press International

Second-Generation Minuteman Press Printing Franchise Celebrates 30 Years in Seekonk, MA

Minuteman Press International is proud to commemorate 30 years in business for the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Gap Inc. Signs Renewable Energy Agreement With Enel Green Power to Achieve 2020 Emissions-Reduction Goal, Sets Course for 100% Clean Energy By 2030

Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that it has signed a 90 Megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America.

Snap-on Incorporated Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) board of directors declared today a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.95 per share payable September 10, 2019 to shareholders of record on August 20, 2019.

Aaron's, Inc. Directors Declare Dividend

Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.035 per share.

goeasy Ltd. Reports Record Results for the Second Quarter

goeasy Ltd. (TSX: GSY), (“goeasy” or the “Company”), a leading full-service provider of goods and alternative financial services, announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Rent-A-Center

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company" or "Rent-A-Center") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Snap-on Acquires Cognitran Limited

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA today announced that it has acquired Cognitran Limited (“Cognitran”) for approximately $31 million in cash.

Fastest-Growing Pet Franchise Launches National Initiative to Hire Adults with Autism

Dogtopia, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing pet franchises, has just released a system-wide Autism Employment Manual to equip the company's 100+ franchise locations with the tools needed to hire employees with autism.

ProSource Wholesale Announces Expansion With Grand Opening Of Shreveport, LA Location

ProSource Wholesale®, the premier partner and supplier to the trade for home and commercial remodeling projects, is pleased to welcome ProSource of Shreveport as a new ProSource showroom.

Minuteman Press International

Jeff Sirota Joins Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle for Top Franchise Performers

Jeff Sirota, owner of the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Carlsbad, California, is the newest member of the Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle.

Davidson Wine Co. Now Open In Main Street District Attracting Wine Enthusiasts To Bustling Downtown

Davidson Wine Co. is opening its first North Carolina location, bringing the city’s highly anticipated and first-ever winery to the vibrant Main Street business community.

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa Partners With Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowdy Gaines, To Launch “Be The Splash” Charitable Giving Initiative

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail, service, and repair franchise, announced that is has teamed up with three-time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, to launch its nationwide charitable giving initiative.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. To Acquire Shari’s Berries® Brand

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. reported that it was the successful bidder at the auction held on July 31, 2019 for certain assets of the gourmet food business of the FTD Companies, Inc. (“FTD”), including the Shari’s Berries brand.

Art Van Furniture Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Art Van Furniture has announced key changes to its leadership team which includes the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Boire.

UBreakiFix

uBreakiFix Brings Electronics Repair to Ontario’s Niagara Region With New St. Catharines Store

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opened its new location, uBreakiFix St. Catharines, on July 29 at 295 Fourth Ave, Unit C3.

Waters Edge Wineries® Signs New Franchise Agreement Introducing Wine Concept To The Bluegrass State

Waters Edge Wineries® today announced it has signed a new franchise agreement that will introduce its concept, Waters Edge Winery & Bistro, to an ideal high-traffic retail center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Petland, Inc. Presents Impact Award to Chicago Franchisee

Petland recently honored Chicago-area franchisees Carl and Carol Swanson with the 2019 Petland Impact Award.

Gap Launches "It's Our Denim Now"

Gap, the cultural American clothing brand, today launches "It's Our Denim Now" Fall campaign focused on denim through a modern lens, with styles and fits for every dimension of today's generation.

Wireless Zone’s 3rd Annual Backpack Giveaway Donates 70,000 Backpacks to Kids

For the last three summers, something magical has happened in the communities where Wireless Zone franchises operate.

Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press International Shows Life Without Print in New Video

What does life without print look like? That is the question answered in a new video released by Minuteman Press International, the world's leading design, marketing, and printing franchise.

Kona Ice

Kona Ice Drives Through Another Milestone Midway Through 2019

Where rubber meets the road, there is no other franchise in America that compares to Kona Ice.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. To Release Results For Its Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter And Full Year On Thursday, August 22, 2019

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS) today announced that the Company will release financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year (ended 6/30/19) on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names George Carrara and David Kanen to Board of Directors

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that George Carrara and David Kanen have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

UBreakiFix

uBreakiFix Brings Electronics Repair to Hays County With New Kyle Location

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opens its newest location, uBreakiFix Kyle, on August 5 at 5401 FM 1626, Suite 185.

Massage Heights Announces Rollout of Dry Brushing Therapy in Retreats Nationwide

Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, announced that it is now offering Dry Brushing services in all Retreats nationwide.


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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

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