Tutor Doctor Earns No. 1 Ranking in the Tutoring Category

Tutor Doctor Earns No. 1 Ranking in the Tutoring Category

TORONTO, ON, May 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of the owner’s home. Of these home-based businesses, Tutor Doctor, a personalized one-on-one, in-home tutoring service franchise, was ranked as the no. 1 tutoring franchise in the home-based business category on the Top 100 Global Franchises list conducted by Franchise Direct, one of the world’s leading portals for franchise and business opportunities. Overall, the tutoring franchise was ranked no. 73.The Top 100 Global Franchises were selected among thousands of franchises that have invested in international expansion strategies. They were ranked using the following objective and measurable criteria. – System size based on numbers of units – Sales revenue for the system – Stability and growth – Number of years in operation – Market expansionThe ranking was also based on the implementation of best practices regarding franchisee support and training, environmental policy and social responsibility. “Our franchise system has experienced tremendous growth internationally over the years, and the Franchise Direct ranking is a testament to the strength of our brand,” said Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor. “Our aggressive expansion coincides with the growth of the private tutoring sector which is expected to exceed 100 billion by 2017. Private tutoring was also recently listed as one of the top 16 industries worldwide for starting a new business with the growth rate increasing by 7 percent last year; needless to say, our business is not slowing down any time soon.” Given the present economy, consideration was also given to the availability of financing to franchisees, and whether franchisees...
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Makes Its Debut In Australia

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Makes Its Debut In Australia

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court, has officially announced the grand opening of Sky Zone Sydney. This is the indoor trampoline park’s first venture in Australia, expanding the brand’s footprint to a total of four countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Sky Zone currently has 58 opened locations, 90 additional parks under development and 30 which are projected to open by the end of 2014. Sky Zone Sydney’s wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a high-flying dodgeball competition. Additionally, fitness fiends in Sydney can feel the burn at Sky Zone’s original SkyFit fitness class, which combines advanced calisthenics with a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program. The brand new park is the ideal venue for groups seeking unforgettable events such as birthday parties, corporate team building, field trips and much more. “This new expansion is a significant milestone for the Sky Zone brand and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to spread our presence into Australia,” said Jeff Platt, President of Sky Zone Franchise Group, LLC. “We look forward to offering this WoW experience to a new fan base and have plans to introduce our innovative concept to an additional region in Australia within the year.” The trampoline park franchise has locations in more than 20 states and continues to increase its presence...
New Menchie’s Store in Downers Park Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening with Week of Fun Festivities

New Menchie’s Store in Downers Park Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening with Week of Fun Festivities

DOWNERS GROVE, IL, April 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Downers Park Plaza located at 7339 Lemont Rd. Downers Grove, IL 60516. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Downers Grove favorite!To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, May 3 to Friday, May 9, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt. “My sister and partner, Soheela Malik, and I felt the Menchie’s brand really matched our own personal values of focusing on the community and family,” said franchisee, Mike Malik. “The company is very active in giving back by forging partnerships with local schools and charities and we look forward to sharing the Menchie’s experience with the residents of Downers Grove.”The new self-serve store offers an unparalleled experience that is welcoming, fun and interactive, with arts and crafts for kids, enjoyable music and indoor/outdoor seating areas where friends and family gather. Guests can choose from a variety of rotating yogurt flavors and delicious toppings for unlimited combinations, ensuring happiness in every cup.Menchie’s is also committed to giving back to each community it serves. Stores partner with local schools in fundraising activities and education incentive programs. Each Menchie’s store donates thousands of dollars in cash and products annually to local schools to support student programs. The company is a world leader in ensuring best-in-class products, and considers itself the ambassador of frozen yogurt quality worldwide. Menchie’s...
Hilton Garden Inn Columbia SC Northeast Receives Prestigious Success Award

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia SC Northeast Receives Prestigious Success Award

Our local management team and hotel staff consistently strive to deliver first class quality and service to our guests in Columbia, South Carolina. COLUMBIA, SC, April 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Columbia SC (Northeast) is honored to receive the prestigious 2013 Hotel Success Award by Hilton Worldwide. The award is given annually to the top 5% of Hilton Garden Inn brand properties in the US and Canada. The selections are based on quality scores in a number of strategic categories and overall guest service. “We are pleased that our Hilton Garden Inn Columbia has been honored with the 2013 Hotel Success Award,” explains Neel Shah, President of Hotel Evolution, the property’s owner and management company. “Our local management team and hotel staff consistently strive to deliver first class quality and service to our guests in Columbia, South Carolina,” continues Shah. Ashish Desai is the onsite General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Northeast.A leading choice among hotels in Columbia SC, the Hilton Garden Inn is an affordable lodging choice for both business and leisure travelers. Guest rooms and suites feature a 42-inch flat screen TV with HD, microwave, refrigerator and a clock radio with MP3 connection. Guests will enjoy complimentary high speed Internet access and a spacious and comfortable work space. The large indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center offer a place to relax and unwind. The Garden Grill and Bar is a convenient choice for breakfast or dinner. This Columbia Hotel property is just 11 minutes from downtown Columbia and close to area attractions including Colonial Life Arena, the University of...
Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro Alabama Receives Prestigious Lighthouse Award

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro Alabama Receives Prestigious Lighthouse Award

We are pleased that our Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Scottsboro has again been honored with the Lighthouse Award, the top accolade for the Hampton brand. SCOTTSBORO, SC, April 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro AL Hotel is honored to receive the prestigious Lighthouse Award for 2013. This is the second consecutive year the hotel has won. The award is given annually to the top 5% of all Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites properties in North America, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. The selections are based on quality scores from more than 1,800 of Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton brands. The Scottsboro property is the #1 Hampton Inn & Suites in Alabama. “We are pleased that our Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Scottsboro has again been honored with the Lighthouse Award, the top accolade for the Hampton brand,” explains Neel Shah, President of Hotel Evolution, the property’s owner/management company. “Our management team and staff consistently strive to deliver first class quality and service to our guests in Scottsboro, Alabama,” continues Mr. Shah. Nova Sisk is the onsite General Manager at the Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro.This hotel near downtown Scottsboro features comfortable, non-smoking guest rooms and King Studio Suites. Guests will enjoy the Hampton Clean and Fresh bed, free high-speed Internet, and a 37-inch flat panel LCD TV in all rooms. The complimentary breakfast offers a rotating menu of hot items, pastries, and fresh fruit. Guests can enjoy fresh-baked cookies every evening in the spacious lobby. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour business center, fitness center, and seasonal outdoor pool. The Hampton...
Derek Kirk Joins Hurricane Grill & Wings Executive Team

Derek Kirk Joins Hurricane Grill & Wings Executive Team

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 19, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Franchise restaurant Hurricane Grill & Wing, announced today that Derek Kirk has joined the brand’s executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. As Hurricane Grill & Wings continues to rapidly expand, Kirk will craft a unique and compelling brand position and marketing strategy for the tropical full-service brand known for its more than 35 flavors of sauces and rubs. With more than 15 years of marketing experience in the restaurant industry, Kirk began his career with Darden Restaurants working in various roles on the Olive Garden and Smokey Bones brands. Most recently, he served as President of Bella Marketing Consulting and prior to that, interim Vice President of Marketing for Smokey Bones and Vice President of Marketing for Chevys Fresh Mex. As Chief Marketing Officer, Kirk will work collaboratively with Hurricane Grill & Wings’ franchise community and executive team to produce compelling and effective national programs and campaigns as well as provide support and direction for interactive, loyalty and local marketing. “I am excited for the opportunity to nurture and mold this unique brand in partnership with our executive team, franchise community and our agency Doner,” said Derek Kirk, Hurricane Grill & Wings Chief Marketing Officer. “Derek is an important addition to the Hurricane Grill & Wings leadership team, helping to increase brand presence as we continue our national expansion,” said Martin O’Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “It’s a pleasure to have such a skilled professional leading this fundamental aspect of our business, bringing a fresh prospective and driving innovation into our brand.For more information about Hurricane Grill &...
New Menchie’s Store in Sterling Celebrates Grand Opening with Week of Fun Festivities

New Menchie’s Store in Sterling Celebrates Grand Opening with Week of Fun Festivities

STERLING, VA, April 19, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Sterling located at 45591 Dulles Eastern Plaza, Suite 194 Sterling, VA 20166. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Sterling favorite!To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 26 to Friday, May 2, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt. “I knew the moment I visited a Menchie’s location with my family that I wanted to open a unit in Sterling,” said franchisee Danita Moore. “Menchie’s is the embodiment of my core values of family, community, health, fun and happiness. We are overjoyed to bring these values to the residents of Loudoun County and we are confident that we will make them smile.” The new self-serve store offers an unparalleled experience that is welcoming, fun and interactive, with arts and crafts for kids, enjoyable music and indoor/outdoor seating areas where friends and family gather. Guests can choose from a variety of rotating yogurt flavors and delicious toppings for unlimited combinations, ensuring happiness in every cup.Menchie’s is also committed to giving back to each community it serves. Stores partner with local schools in fundraising activities and education incentive programs. Each Menchie’s store donates thousands of dollars in cash and products annually to local schools to support student programs. The company is a world leader in ensuring best-in-class products, and considers itself the ambassador of frozen yogurt quality...

FRANdata Announces Promotion of Edith Wiseman to President

    ARLINGTON, VA, April 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Edith Wiseman is a 15 year veteran of FRANdata. She has spent the last 5 years as the Executive Vice President and has played a pivotal leadership role in the strategic growth of FRANdata’s Capital Access and Franchise Business Intelligence suite of solutions. “In many ways FRANdata has become a reflection of Edith’s talents and abilities. Not only does she have an encyclopedic knowledge of franchising, Edith’s passion and infectious attitude raises the level of performance of all the people around her.” says Darrell Johnson, CEO of FRANdata. “Her entire professional career has been focused on building FRANdata to what it is today and I’m both pleased and proud to reward her with this promotion.” In her new role as President, Wiseman will be responsible for sales, product development, and market strategy. She will also lead FRANdata’s diversification into international and other vertical markets. “FRANdata is a result-oriented, thoughtful, and visionary company.” Says Wiseman, “Our proprietary databases, braintrust, and best-in-class client base continue to raise the level of sophistication in franchising. Through my time at FRANdata, I have seen our clients continuously challenge the way they do business, stay open to new ideas and welcome game-changing thinking. This is an exciting time in the industry and at FRANdata, I am honored to lead the company at a time when customer demand for business intelligence and capital access services is expanding at a rapid rate.””Edith’s promotion underscores FRANdata’s commitment to franchise finance and we congratulate her in this accomplishment.” Says Scott Perry, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Sportclips.”Edith’s understanding of the nuances...

Property Management Company All County Residential Opens Philadelphia Location

    PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — All County Residential is now open in Philadelphia offering property management solutions for both owners and renters in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks counties. The company’s mission is to ensure that every property owner has an honest and competent professional to manage their most valuable asset.Michael Thompson owns the new location and brings 17 years of corporate finance experience. He also spent years in franchise training. After hitting a crossroads in his life, Thompson decided on a career change and looked into business ownership. The new franchisee felt comfortable and confident with the All County system and truly saw potential for growth.”I really believe the Philadelphia area would greatly benefit from the experience the All County brand has to offer,” said Thompson. “I see a need for property management that is growing. The goal is to be the premier residential rental company in the area.” The All County mantra is to take the stress and hassle out of the day to day management of rental properties and make them more profitable. The company specializes in working with owners of single family homes, condominiums, duplexes and apartments.”Michael ultimately wanted to be more responsible for his own success,” said Scott McPherson, co-founder of All County Property Management. “And now, there’s no limit to what he can accomplish. That’s the kind of security we can provide.”All County Residential Property Management provides marketing, tenant screening, lease execution, maintenance and inspection services. Owners also have the ability to view statements and invoices online as well as the capability to make contributions. Renters can see available properties online, submit...

Pancheros Expands Presence in New Jersey

    CORALVILLE, IA, April 17, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Pancheros Mexican Grill (www.pancheros.com), a fast casual Mexican restaurant famous for its creation of Bob the Tool, opens its newest New Jersey location in Bridgewater. In honor of the grand-opening, the location will be offering a $1 burrito promotion on April 22nd from 4-6pm.From quesadillas to burrito bowls and salads, Pancheros’ delicious options are all made with fresh vegetables and grilled meat. Committed to bringing the best taste to each guest, Pancheros enlists the help of a special friend, “Bob the Tool” a special plastic spatula used to mix ingredients to perfection. This special way of mixing mouthwatering ingredients ensures a delightful, uniform flavor in each and every bite. Fans can also spice up their favorite Pancheros selection with Pancheros’ proprietary hot sauces, Flavocano or Greenade. “We look forward to bringing burritos better built and superior service to hungry guests in New Jersey,” said Rodney Anderson, President of Pancheros Mexican Grill. “We are sure fans in Bridgewater will be hooked with just one bite!” The new Pancheros location is located at 715 Promenade Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. The store will be open from 10:30am-10:00pm daily. To reach the Bridgewater Pancheros, please call (732) 560-5500.About Pancheros Mexican Grill Founded in 1992 by Rodney L. Anderson, Coralville, Iowa-based Pancheros Mexican Grill is a quick-serve, fresh-Mexican franchise that serves its signature fresh-pressed tortillas filled with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Burritos are customized and mixed with “Bob the Tool” to get every ingredient in each bite. Along with their tasty burritos, the menu also includes quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Pancheros currently has 65 locations...