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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Inks Four-Store Development Agreement To Mark 100th Location in California

(Indio, CA) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is proud to announce plans to open its 10th California location. The nation’s largest barbecue chain already boasts over 530 locations in 43 states and is one of the fastest growing franchise concepts nationwide. After Texas, the state of California has the most Dickey’s locations with new stores opening every week across the state.

Owner/Operators Michael and Margarita Tucker currently own the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location in La Quinta and have signed a development agreement to open three more stores in Indio, Moreno Valley and Redlands in 2016. An award- winning entrepreneur, Michael Tucker also owns several franchises with Dallas- based convenience store 7-Eleven. He won the prestigious Retailer Initiative award for three consecutive years with the convenience store franchise. “I have been a business owner for most of my life, but the support I receive from Dickey’s makes all the difference,” Tucker says. “Dickey’s is not only a fun and happy place to work, it has systems and processes in place to support franchisees and is committed to our success.”

“Dickey’s experienced rapid growth from 2015 to 2016 and much of that growth took place throughout the West Coast,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are proud to announce our 100th store in California and plan to continue our expansion nationwide and abroad in the future.”

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About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to over 530 locations in 43 states. Dickey’s was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest- growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS ANNOUNCES FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING HOME REMODELING SPACE

MIAMI, FL (March 10, 2016) – Granite Transformations, a global full-service residential and commercial remodeling franchise known for their revolutionary, proprietary resurfacing process, is pleased to announce that franchise opportunities are now available throughout North America. With more than 20 years of franchising experience, the company offers a unique and thriving business model that has made its presence known in eight countries on four continents across the globe, with more than 150 franchise locations worldwide, including 74 North American locations.The home improvement business has seen continued growth and success over the past several years, and with a moderate entry-level investment, the opportunity proves to be an enticing venture for prospective franchise owners with a significant potential for profit and future growth.The Granite Transformations story is a rich, centuries-old Italian heritage turned global entrepreneurial dream. The company presents time-challenged and quality-conscious homeowners a premium surface design solution without the demolition hassle of traditional kitchen and bath remodeling. Using an exclusive selection of the highest-quality granite, recycled glass and quartz counter tops and mosaic tiles – all offering a lifetime warranty – its "over-the-top"installation process virtually eliminates the need for demolition, shortening a project timeline and easing the stress and mess of typical home renovations. The product’s versatility allows for a wide range of uses and brings added value and growth potential, appealing to both homeowners and commercial businesses alike looking to renovate or build new.“Granite Transformations offers one of the most dynamic and fulfilling franchise opportunities in the rapidly expanding home remodeling space,” says Andrea Di Giuseppe, International Chief Executive Officer. “Customers are looking to spend wisely and make a smart investment – they want the most attractive, quality, sustainable product, which is exactly what we offer coupled with the fastest install process available to immediately increase home value.”With renovations continually on the rise, franchise owners enjoy minimal risk and consistent demand no matter the state of the economy. Homeowners are choosing to renovate the key areas of their homes – kitchens and bathrooms– rather than build or buy new, and their recognition of the value of this important, long-term investment is an undeniable owner benefit.Di Giuseppe continues, “From the very beginning, Granite Transformations has stayed true to its artistic tradition,respect for natural resources and commitment to innovation, and the company is committed to the continuing expansion, growth and success of our franchise system.”

WAYBACK BURGERS TO OPEN THIRD OHIO LOCATION

Wayback Burgers offers delicious burgers, cooked to order, available as a single, classic double, triple and triple triple (nine) patty, and rich, thick milkshakes, served in an environment that hearkens back to a simpler place and time – when “customer service” meant something and everyone felt the warmth of the community. Going “way” beyond the burger, Wayback Burgers offers crispy and grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, fresh salads and delicious sides, including fries, onion rings and House-Made Chips.

Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® Announces Expansion Plans for Florida

Folded into an overall growth vision for the brand, the new Florida locations are key to Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ goal to reach the 500 location milestone in North America over the next five years. Florida’s expansion is building off of the success and efforts of local franchisees like Jennifer and Kevin White in Imperial Point. Expedia CruiseShipCenters is working towards its five year growth plan by targeting areas with thriving travel industries to develop its strong network of franchise owners. The brand’s target expansion plans include five locations in the Miami metropolitan area, three locations in the greater Orlando area and three in the Tampa Bay area, in addition to an opening in Boca Raton later this year.