Retail and Franchise News

Retail and Franchise News – including franchise openings, licensees, retail business, and related business news, as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


Inflation-proof Investments Made Possible with Luxury Diamonds

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 20, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Last month, Rosenberg Diamonds & Co of Boca Raton, Florida, whose primary focus is high-end diamond and jewels, announced record-breaking sales for the second year in a row – despite the ongoing pandemic. And they aren’t the only ones. One study showed that from January through May 2021, overall U.S. jewelry sales surged a very impressive 41% from the same period, two years earlier.

Kiosk and Digital Signage News from Industry Group and Kiosk Association (KMA) for Jan. 2022

​DENVER, Colo., Jan 12, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — January news from the Industry Group and the Kiosk Association: NRF is coming up this weekend and we are hopeful our retail facial payment finalist takes home the “Best Payment Innovation” award. The transactions and enrollment numbers certainly justify it.

BUG-A-SALT Pursues Canadian Retailer Selling Knock-Off Product

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and ALBERTA, Canada, Dec. 9, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Skell, Inc. (dba Bug-A-Salt) filed a lawsuit on Sept. 13, 2021, against Uncle Weiner’s Wholesale, a chain of stores in Canada operated by Indigo Wholesale, Inc., according to Bug-A-Salt’s attorney, Liat Cohen, Esq. The claim is for relief against the defendants who have, according to Cohen, interfered with Bug-A-Salt’s intellectual property rights

Kiosk News from Industry Group and Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) for Nov. 2021

​DENVER, Colo., Nov. 23, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — November news from the Industry Group and Kiosk Association. Events and Features This Month: First Responder Lockers and Kiosk; Bill Payment Kiosk Review; and McDonalds Deploys Accessibility to self-order kiosks.

AJ’s Grayton Beach Hosts Fourth Annual S’mores with Santa

GRAYTON BEACH, Fla., Nov. 19, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mr. Claus comes early this year at AJ’s Grayton Beach Fourth Annual “S’mores with Santa” event. This free family activity is set to kick off on Wednesday, November 24 from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. and is the ideal way to get into the holiday spirit.

AJ’s Feeds the Community this Thanksgiving 2021

DESTIN, Fla., Nov. 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the sixth year, AJ’s on the Bayou, will host a free Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. Last year, the waterfront restaurant served close to 1,000 meals. “We open up our doors to everyone, to ensure that no one is alone or hungry for the holiday,” says Keith Waters, Director of Operations for AJ’s.

Holiday Shoppers Tired of 2021 Supply Chain Shortages Bargain Hunt from Consignment Stores Searching NWT

TYSONS, Va., Nov. 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Aravenda announced today that resale and online consignment is outpacing traditional retail at an 11x growth rate. Resale doesn’t always mean buying used. Carolyn Thompson, CEO of Aravenda Consignment Software states, “Our clients are selling all kinds of new, unused items in their resale shops internationally. Items that are in high demand this holiday season include high-end luxury goods, sporting goods, collectibles, sneakers and streetwear, many of which are NWT (new with tags) or NIB (new in box).”

Whiteflash Named 2021 BBB Pinnacle Award Winner

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 27, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the second year in a row, and for an unprecedented 5 out of the last 10 years, Whiteflash Ideal Diamonds and Fine Jewelry has been named winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau 2021 Pinnacle Award – the BBB’s top honor for excellence in quality control, customer care, and social responsibility.

System4 Territory Expansion into Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Oct. 27, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — System4 Facility Services Management, an industry leader in facility management solutions that specializes in customized commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance services announced a territory expansion into Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Vallejo Wash N Dry’s Wash For A Cause Wednesday Supports Vallejo’s Cooper Elementary School – Fundraising For Student Reading Materials

VALLEJO, Calif., Oct. 20, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Vallejo Wash N Dry, a local leading laundromat, is hosting Wash For A Cause Wednesday to raise funds for Cooper Elementary School in Vallejo. The event will be held on October 27, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the laundromat.

System4 Franchise Partner Territory Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 27, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — System4 Facility Services Management, an industry leader in facility management solutions that specializes in creating customized commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance solutions announced a territory expansion.

Downtown Florence’s Cottonwood to offer same products as Whole Foods

FLORENCE, Ala., Sept. 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Shoals’ favorite farm-to-table grocery store, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery, now partners with United Natural Foods (UNFI) to offer all of your niche organic and natural favorites – right around the corner.

Kiosk Industry Event News from Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA)

​DENVER, Colo., Sept. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — September news for the Kiosk Association. InfoComm (AVIXA) is the biggest digital signage AV show in the U.S. KMA is an official media partner. See a list of exhibitors and information. We have rated this as a “green light” for safety given the safety protocols exceed the recommended CDC guidelines.

New Yiftee White Paper ‘Coming Back Stronger’ Illustrates Communities Banding Together to Support Local Business

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 30, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today Yiftee published a new white paper based on its experience with more than 300 Community eGift Card programs across the country, 90% of which were started during the pandemic. The paper uses 16 short case studies to describe different chamber of commerce, main street, downtown and city programs all centered around simple digital gift cards.

Kiosk Manufacturer Association August Updates: Vaccine Kiosks, Tradeshows and ADA News

DENVER, Colo., Aug. 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — August news for the Kiosk Association. KMA Kiosk Association is pleased to announce new Co-Chairmen of ADA Committee along with trade show info and vaccine passport kiosk information.

Retailu Partners with One Voice One Team to Champion Youth Employment In Retail

MONTREAL, Quebec, July 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The current state of retail vacancies is alarming – the industry at large is facing a massive gap in part-time workers. “We have never seen this many openings for part-time workers,” said April Sabral from retailu. “Even more alarming is the pool of candidates that want to work in retail post COVID. Usually, we would have students applying for their summer jobs, but unfortunately, this has not happened in 2021.”

Kiosk Association Exhibiting at Major Retail and Restaurant Events: NRF Retail Converge and NRN CREATE

DENVER, Colo., June 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Unattended Self-Service and Kiosk Association is participating in two major upcoming events for Retail and Restaurants in the next week – NRF Retail Converge and CREATE by Nations Restaurant News. Learn from speakers such as CVS, Walgreens, Macys, Alibaba and others at Retail Converge.

System4 Opens Fourth Location in Texas Serving Tarrant County

FT. WORTH, Texas, June 8, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — System4 Facility Services Management, an industry leader in facility management solutions that specializes in commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance services recently opened its fourth location in Texas serving Tarrant County.

Activist and Ganjapreneur Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Promotes ‘Puff & Paint’ Cannabis Creativity at The Joint of Miami

MIAMI, Fla., May 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Legendary marijuana activist and ganjapreneur Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion is continuing his legacy of promoting ‘puff and paint’ cannabis creativity. The opening of his new marijuana lounge in Miami, The Joint of Miami in the Wynwood Art District, will be an extension of his legacy in support of ‘pot art.’

Olea Kiosks®, Inc. Adds Industry Veteran James Walker to Sales Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 12, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Olea Kiosks®, Inc., a visionary provider of innovative self-service kiosk solutions, today announced the growth of its sales team by adding veteran healthcare sales executive James Walker.

Shoplifting and Dishonest Employee Average Case Values Increased in 2020, According to Jack L. Hayes International’s 33rd Annual Retail Theft Survey!

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla., May 11, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. released today the results of their 33rd Annual Retail Theft Survey which reports on over 184,000 shoplifters and dishonest employee apprehensions in 2020 by just 22 large retailers, who recovered over $81 million from these thieves.

Long Island Sound Views: 13,990 SF Office Space Sublease at 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT Represented by Choyce Peterson

NORWALK, Conn., April 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm, announced they are exclusively representing a 13,990 square foot office suite available for sublease in the MerrittView building at 383 Main Avenue in Norwalk, CT.

Estate Diamond Jewelry launches a comprehensive article on 85 marriage proposal ideas

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Estate Diamond Jewelry, a leading vintage jewelry company, today announced the launch of its marriage proposal article.

Two Yiftee Communities Win Award at the Main Street Now Conference

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 29, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NESWSWIRE) — On April 12, 2021, the Main Street Now Conference awarded six U.S. communities with the Main Street Forward Award, Yiftee, Inc. announced today. The award celebrates “forward-thinking Main Street recovery and resilience efforts at this unique and challenging moment.” The winners were selected by a national jury of economic development experts.

Kiosk Association Restaurant Kiosks and Menu Boards

DENVER, Colo., April 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — National Restaurant Association has launched Show To Go and the Kiosk Association is a participant. The online show runs thru August 2021. We have eight showcases online: QSR Self-Order, Touchless Controls, Outdoor Menu Boards, ClearConnect full suite solution, Restaurant Kiosks, gigantic digital signage (LVCC), large digital signs and touchscreens.

Ganja Pioneer Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Commemorates 4/20 with New Jersey Celebration and Miami Expansion

TRENTON, N.J., April 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — While “Weed Day” 4/20/21 marks a luminous occasion for longtime marijuana activist and entrepreneur, Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion, in his home state of New Jersey, per the recent legalization of cannabis, the victory is somewhat bittersweet for him.

Kelly Toyota & Kelly Hyundai are Open and Ready to serve Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania

HAMBURG, Pa., April 6, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Kelly Automotive Group is pleased to announce the acquisition and addition of two new dealerships. Kelly Toyota and Kelly Hyundai are setting up shop in the former Freedom Toyota and Freedom Hyundai locations of Hamburg, Pa. The new stores will not miss a beat and will be up and running immediately.

Choyce Peterson To Represent Three Retail Spaces In The SoNo Collection

NORWALK, Conn., March 25, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm, announced that Brookfield Properties has appointed Choyce Peterson as the exclusive listing agent representing three separate spaces at The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water Street in Norwalk, CT.

Registered Nurse and Ganga Mompreneur Debi Madaio Celebrates the Legacy of NJWeedman’s Joint Eatery During Women’s History Month

TRENTON, N.J., March 19, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If the longtime marijuana activist Ed Forchion is the NJWeedman, then his business partner, Debi Madaio, is easily Trenton New Jersey’s “First Lady of Weed.” As the majority owner of NJWeedman’s Joint, the popular marijuana-themed eatery located in the state’s capital city, Madaio is defiantly acknowledging her legacy as a heroic ganga mompreneur during Women’s History Month.

Newly-Passed Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Restaurant Tax Relief Strategies by Ace Plus Tax Resolution

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — James Cha, a CPA and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, underlines the newly enacted restaurant revitalization fund, recent tax challenges the restaurant industry is facing, and tax relief strategies.

Kiosk Manufacturer Association announces 2021 Interactive Kiosk Market Research Report

DENVER, Colo., March 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Kiosk Association announces the release “U.S. Self-Service Kiosks” market research report. 134 pages and 34 graphics covering Market Drivers for the unattended self-service kiosk market.

New York City Takes ‘Closed’ Signs Down, Businesses Open Safer, Stronger

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., March 11, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Hospitality businesses including dining establishments, the event industry, and the rest of New York City’s businesses are not only poised for a strong comeback, it’s already underway. The Academy for Hospitality Arts (AHA) will be presenting on COVID-19 safety at a free virtual conference next week as a part of this mission.

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Announces its Spring Fling Cobia Tournament Dates

DESTIN, Fla., March 8, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s time to break out that fishing gear. AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is hosting its Spring Fling Cobia Tournament from April 2-3, 2021. And, this year’s event benefits two of its favorite non-profits, the Destin Fishing Museum and Kids on the Coast Foundation. Proceeds from the tournament will be split between the two.

Ori’Zaba’s Scratch Mexican Grill Gives Parents the Break They Deserve with Family Friendly Sundays

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 17, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ori’Zaba’s Scratch Mexican Grill has created a new, welcoming atmosphere for families every Sunday. The upgraded Sunday dining experience, gives busy parents a much-needed break from daily meal prep, giving kids a yummy dine-in experience where they can be themselves; pajamas and comfy attire are encouraged!

R I S E, home of CrossFit Mount Pleasant & Total Body Wellness, Announces Its Grand Opening on March 6

CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — RISE CrossFit Mount Pleasant – the city’s first high-end CrossFit box to offer comprehensive, Montessori style childcare, and amenities specifically for women – announces its Grand Opening in the Belle Hall shopping center of Mt. Pleasant on March 6, 2021.

Las Vegas Latin Ghost Kitchen, Melita’s Table, Defies Odds And Expands Offering Dine-In Restaurant Experience In 2021

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 16, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Melita’s Table, a popular ghost kitchen serving authentic and original Latin meals, has expanded from delivery-only, to now offer a restaurant dining experience.

Kiosk Industry Association (KMA) Announces New ADA Accessibility and EMV Initiatives

DENVER, Colo., Feb 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Kiosk Association announces initiatives for Kiosk EMV and Kiosk ADA. EMV Initiative – As a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC, KMA encourages deployment of EMV devices (PCI certified) for CATs (Cardholder Activated Terminals).

Olea Kiosks®, Inc. Expands Leadership Team to Include Sales and Strategic Focus

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 2, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Olea Kiosks, Inc., a visionary provider of innovative self-service kiosk solutions, today announced the growth of its leadership team to include sales management and strategic business development. The company has expanded the role of Rusty Gaynes to Director of Sales, Alliances and Strategic Partnerships and promoted Daniel Olea to Director of Strategy and Business Development.

Yiftee Surpasses 200 Community eGift Card Programs

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 26, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Yiftee, Inc., a leader since 2012 in local business eGift Cards, celebrates having implemented over 200 Community eGift Card Programs across the United States. Consumers, corporations, schools, hospitals and other organizations showed their heartfelt support of small business by buying millions of dollars’ worth of cards that can only be spent in their local communities.

Mom and Pop Baby Business Goes Nationwide

NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2021, (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ANB Baby, a one-stop-shopping resource for first-time parents, recently gave its brand a fresh new look and feel. While a new website and logo gives the brand a contemporary edge, the most talked about change is the company’s newfound ability to connect with parents on a variety of levels.