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.

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.

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.

Saladworks Announces Hiring of Kelly Roddy as Chief Executive Officer

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

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.

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.


FASTSIGNS® Franchisees and Vendors Give Back to St. Louis Schools During FASTSIGNS Annual Outside Sales Summit

Attendees at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in St. Louis, Missouri partnered with the Little Bit Foundation to assemble and donate 2,000 Back-to-School bags as part of a “FASTSIGNS Community Giveback.”

Venture X

Venture X Prepares to Open in Rochester

As expansion continues, Venture X, a premium membership-based workspace community for entrepreneurs and businesses, has announced that a new 10,000-square-foot shared office space will be opening in Rochester.

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.

LeTip Creates LeTip World Franchise as New Business Opportunity

LeTip, the world's largest family-owned professional business leads organization, has launched LeTip World Franchise as a new business franchise opportunity.

Special Olympics Athletes Unite To Inspire and Design 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Logo

Earlier this month on August 8, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee unveiled its logo for the 2022 USA Games during a celebration ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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.

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans Breaks into Alabama Market with First Signed Agreement

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans recently signed a multi-unit deal to bring three new locations to Mobile and Baldwin counties.® Expands

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

Window World Marks Milestone Sale of 17 Millionth Window

Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, is proud to announce it recently sold its 17 millionth window.

Venture X

Venture X Honored as One of South Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Venture X was officially ranked as one of South Florida’s 2019 fastest-growing private companies at the South Florida Business Journal Fast 50 awards presentation last Thursday.


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.

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.


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Ninth Annual Outside Sales Summit

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world’s leading sign and visual graphics franchisor with more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, hosted its ninth annual Outside Sales Summit August 8-10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

El Pollo Loco Names Jason Weintraub as New Chief Legal Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the appointment of Jason Weintraub as Chief Legal Officer, effective August 29.

Office Evolution Goes A Mile Higher With Denver Expansion

Office Evolution is further expanding its footprint in Colorado by signing a development deal that will add to the current 13 open locations in Colorado and now two others in development - one by a different franchisee - in the Centennial State.

Window World Remains Leader in J.D. Power’s Customer Satisfaction Study

Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, received the J.D. Power Award for ranking highest in the Retail segment of the 2019 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study.

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.

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.

The Lost Cajun Brings Authentic Cajun Flavor to Charlotte Area

The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on authentic Cajun food served with Southern hospitality, is set to expand its North Carolina footprint even further.

theCoderSchool Continues to Expand its New York Footprint

theCoderSchool - whose motto is “Learn to code. Change the world.” - is expanding into New York City.

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.

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.

BirthdayPak Welcomes New Franchisee

Jody is a BirthdayPak recipient and has an abundance of skills that will prove to be beneficial as she launches her new business.

Restoration 1® Named to Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the 2019 Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today revealed that Waco-based Restoration 1 is No. 1415 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies

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.

Freshii Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Fast-growing, health and wellness brand Freshii Inc. (TSX: FRII) (the “Company”) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 (“Q2 2019”).

Intero Agent Efi Luzon Leverages Vast Experience and Knowledge With the Launch and Management of Intero Capital Markets

Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., is proud to announce that top Intero agent, Efi Luzon, will launch and manage a new division for the company called Intero Capital Markets.

Coolgreens Names Champion Public Relations Agency of Record

Coolgreens, the healthy lifestyle eatery, today announced the engagement of Champion Management as the brand’s Public Relations Agency of Record.

Venture X

Venture X Fast Tracks Development with Continued Expansion in North Carolina

As Venture X continues its expansion into North Carolina, construction is underway for a new 21,773-square-foot facility in Durham’s Frontier Research Triangle Park (RTP) located at 600 Park Offices Drive.

European Wax Center Relocates Headquarters To Greater Dallas Area

European Wax Center (EWC), a leading beauty lifestyle brand franchise, announced today it has selected Plano, Texas, for its new corporate headquarters, bringing more than 100 jobs to the greater Dallas area.

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.

JDog Foundation Launches the Baugher Initiative to Honor Post-9/11 Heroes

The JDog Foundation has kicked off its first national awareness campaign with the Baugher Initiative, which was inspired by Marine Corps Veteran and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchise owner, Rob Baugher.

Scooter's Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee Opens First Location In Garden City

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 Kansas with the company’s debut store in Garden City on East Mary St. and Campus Drive.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens Location in Reno-Lake Tahoe

America’s leader in low voltage landscape and architectural lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP), is pleased to announce the opening of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Reno-Lake Tahoe.

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.

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.

Window World Launches Initiative to Help Veterans Establish New Careers

Window World, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, welcomes veterans interested in starting a career at a Window World franchise location.

The Human Bean

The Human Bean Opens New Location in Carrollton, TX

The Human Bean plans to open a new location in Carrollton, TX in August of 2019. This will be the 2nd Human Bean location in the state of Texas!

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.

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Anaheim Location

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Anaheim on July 31.

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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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