What’s New! Franchise News for January 2013


Franchise News: Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Sack of Donuts, LLC, for 10 restaurants in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013 and the remainder by 2018.

During July 2012, Sack of Donuts, LLC, led by brothers Mike and Andy Knapick, signed its first multi-unit store development for eight new restaurants between Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana. The first of these stores opened in Kalamazoo earlier this fall with the first two South Bend stores planned to open in late November and early 2013.

Franchise opportunities are still available in Michigan including in Oceana, Newaygo and Montcalm counties. Additional development areas available in Michigan include Traverse City, Flint and Alpena as well as areas in Lansing and Detroit. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout these communities and towns is part of the Company’s goal to double the number of Dunkin’ restaurants in the U.S. over the next 20 years.

Contact: www.dunkinfranchising.com.


New VPs and director further pizza buffet leader’s long-term plans CiCi’s Pizza, home of the custom pizza buffet, continues implementing its 10-year “Build the Brand” growth strategy with key executive changes, including a new vice president of national brand excellence and a vice president of franchise development.

Geoff Goodman, a nearly five-year veteran at CiCi’s, steps into the role of vice president of national brand excellence. Previously, he served as director of brand excellence, with responsibility for supporting franchisees with strategies that enable strong operations. Former CiCi’s franchisee Quinn Newhall takes over Goodman’s position as director of brand excellence, marking his return to CiCi’s corporate operations and building upon his more than 20-year career in restaurant management.

Tom McCord joins the company as vice president of franchise development. McCord, a seasoned franchising and real estate executive, brings nearly 14 years’ experience with top industry brands including Carlson Restaurants and Yum! Brands. He’ll work to grow the company by recruiting the best franchisees and securing top restaurant sites.

“2012 has been a pivotal year in CiCi’s growth, and the changes we’re announcing today are key to our continued success,” said Mike Shumsky, CEO. “Geoff and Quinn are the perfect complement, fostering strong franchisee relationships and ensuring the CiCi’s brand continues to offer the best quality and value to our guests. Tom brings a high level of expertise to help us not only bring new franchisees into the system but prepare them for long-term success.”

Contact: www.cicispizza.com.


Record Revenue, Number of Moves Advances Geographic Growth For Leading Moving Company
Double-digit growth for a record 36 months, new milestones for number of moves and franchise locations, and record revenue figures are responsible for increased franchise development activity for leading moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. New stores in San Diego, Calif. and Westchester, N.Y., in particular, reflect a growing interest in coastal markets. As a result, the company plans further expansion in Southern California and the Mid-Atlantic states in the next 12 months.

“We learned many valuable lessons during our first few years of franchising,” says TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO Brig Sorber. “Namely, in order to be successful, our geographic growth had to build on the success of existing stores in the region. As a result, we’ve been very deliberate in our approach to new markets. Today, we have a level of store density that allows us to successfully expand in key markets that present tremendous opportunity for our brand, and we’re encouraged by the early success of our new stores.”

The company currently has more than 230 locations providing local and long-distance moving services to 34 U.S. states and three additional countries: Canada, England and Ireland.

“A quick scan of our map of locations shows great store concentration right down the middle of the country and, to a lesser degree, west towards Phoenix and east to New York,” says Kelly Rogers, director of franchise development for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “We see great opportunity for growth in the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country.”

Contact: www.twomenandatruckfranchising.com.


Allegra Network recently announced it has received a Platinum Award, two Gold Awards and an Honorable Mention from the 2012 MarCom Awards international competition for its creative achievement in marketing and communications. The international franchisor was chosen among 6,000-plus entries from the United States, Canada and several other countries.

Allegra Network received the Platinum Award in the Magazine/Corporate category for its Marketing Insider magazine. Receiving a Platinum Award signifies the entry’s excellence in quality, creativity and resourcefulness. Allegra Network received the Gold Award in the E-Communication/E-Newsletter category for its eVantage e-newsletter, as well as in the Website/Business to Business category for its corporate website. Entries receiving a Gold Award are considered to have exceeded the high standards of the industry and serve as a benchmark for the marketing industry. Winners were selected from over 200 categories. About 18 percent of the entries won the Platinum Award. Judges also gave an honorable mention to Allegra Network’s mobile website.

The MarCom Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, which is comprised of several thousand creative professionals. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms and design shops ranging in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

Contact: www.allegranetwork.com.

Zounds Hearing Voted “2012 Favorite Hearing Aid Store”

Zounds hearing, a Phoenix-based hearing aid company, has been awarded the “Lovin’ Life After 50” Reader’s Choice Award for 2012 in the category of Favorite Hearing Aid Store. The poll asked readers to nominate and vote for businesses who provide, “superior quality and service to the after-50 community.”

“We were really pleased to find out that we had been chosen favorite hearing center, since it was decided by Lovin’ Life’s readers,” said Sam Thamasson, Founder and CEO of the Phoenix-based company. “We love our customers and value each and every one of them. It is there individual stories that inspire our efforts to keep improving hearing technology.”

This award reflects not only the superior technology for which the company is famous, but was also won by its efforts to provide exemplary customer service. Zounds Hearing prides itself on the care customers receive after the sale is complete. Customers often stop by just to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee. They are also treated to fre hearing tests and hearing aid adjustments, whenever needed.

In addition to its corporate stores, Zounds began franchising earlier this year, which has also contributed to its explosive growth. “We had a number of requests from interested parties who enjoy working with seniors and saw this as a great opportunity to own their own business. In addition to our 20 corporate stores, we now have 23 franchise locations under contract, and the number is growing every day. We know we have our customers to thank for this,” said Thomasson.

Contact: www.zoundshearing.com

Primrose Schools Partnership Has Million Dollar Impact

Seven years of schools’ support help change childhood literacy outcomes. With its 2012 donation of $200,000, Primrose Schools has donated a total of $1,155, 754 since the inception of its seven-year partnership with Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit organization that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

“I want to extend a huge thank you to all the Primrose families and staff who have worked tirelessly over the years to raise money for Reach Out and Read,” says Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read. “Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of millions of young children who are now starting school with a better chance for success.”

Every year, the 250-plus Primrose schools across the country host Spring Fling events to raise money for the Primrose Children’s Foundation, which supports Reach Out and Read and other local and national charitable organizations.

Celebrating 30 years of service in 2012, Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier educational child care experience in more than 250 schools in 17 states. Primrose partners with parents to help children build the right foundations for future learning and life, and offers and environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts.

Contact: www.primroseschools.com


Wellness Leader Now Operating More than 800 Locations Across 46 States with First Hawaii Clinic. Massage Envy has a new island paradise to now call home. Today, residents of Oahu can de-stress and relax with a visit to the newest Massage Envy Spa now open in Pearl City at 1000 Kamehameha Highway in the Pearl Highlands Center. The new clinic offers a variety of therapeutic massage treatments and Murad® Healthy Skin facials to keep its members and guests on the path to wellness.

“We are thrilled to open Massage Envy’s first clinic in Hawaii and excited to help residents of Oahu discover the many health and wellness benefits of massage therapy,” said Nate McFarland, franchisee and regional developer of Hawaii. “We look forward to serving the local community with our quality, affordable massage and facial treatments and monthly memberships.”

“With our very first clinic opening in Hawaii and just last month performing our 50 millionth massage experience – this has been such a tremendous growth year for our Massage Envy franchise partners,” said Dave Crisalli, president and CEO of Massage Envy. “It is abundantly clear that more Americans all over the country are realizing the priority that wellness plays in relieving everyday stress and pain.

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has over 800 locations in 46 states.

Contact: www.MassageEnvy.com.


Iconic Brand’s New Attitude Is Reshaping Casual Dining. Bennigan’s Franchising Company is capping off a year of phenomenal growth and success by launching new domestic and international locations, a new building prototype, new food and beverage menus, new franchise partners and a whole new focus that puts the Legendary brand on the cutting edge of shaping a new casual dining paradigm.

“The past year is only the beginning of our Legendary comeback,” said Paul Mangiamele, Bennigan’s President & CEO. “Our return to relevance demonstrates the passion we collectively feel for Bennigan’s. That intense passion has us “Bleeding Green 25/8″ and constantly focused on both our guests and our franchise partners in all of our restaurants around the world. Our Corporate Support Team is the best in the restaurant industry, and none of this would be possible without all of us working together to accomplish our mission.”

The 82-unit company saw explosive growth in 2012, with new restaurant openings throughout Texas, as well as internationally in Dubai, El Salvador and Korea. Bennigan’s ends the year with not only four openings in the fourth quarter alone, but also with agreements to develop over 30 new restaurants in 2013 in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Arkansas, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan, and international openings slated for Mexico, Cyprus and Korea. The company currently has 34 domestic and 48 international locations.

Contact: www.bennigans.com.

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