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4 01, 2019

Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Club in Mount Pleasant

By |2019-01-04T20:34:03+00:00January 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New location to offer non-intimidating Judgement Free Zone®, extremely low prices, free fitness training included in all monthly memberships, and more

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, today announced it will open its first location in Mount Pleasant, at 123 Crossroads Rd in the fall of 2019.

The 10,000 square foot Mount Pleasant Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers*, massage chairs*, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth*, and more.

“We’re excited to bring a Judgement Free experience to Mount Pleasant, where residents can break a sweat for just $10 a month,” said Sharon Lomasney, Franchise Partner of United PF Partners, a leading Planet Fitness Franchisee Group that currently operates 115 locations across ten states.

Planet Fitness prides itself on providing a high-quality experience at an exceptional value and being home of the Judgement Free Zone®, where members experience a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment, for only $10 a month. Membership includes a variety of other benefits, including free small group fitness instruction by a certified trainer through the PE @ PF® program. In addition, as a member appreciation gesture, Planet Fitness provides free pizza on the first Monday of every month, and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month while supplies last, as a reminder that it’s okay to treat yourself.

“This new club will provide the Mount Pleasant community a comfortable environment with top-notch, brand-name cardio and strength equipment, where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built,” added David Lomasney, Franchise Partner of United PF Partners.

The PF Black Card® membership, which is $21.99 a month, includes additional amenities such as the ability to bring a guest every day at no additional charge, access to all 1,600+ Planet Fitness locations, as well as access to massage beds and chairs and tanning, among other benefits*.

*PF Black Card® amenities may vary by location but are included in Mount Pleasant.

About United PF Partners

United PF Partners is the largest Planet Fitness franchise group with over 115 clubs across Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.  United PF has development rights to build new clubs across the Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest regions.

About Planet Fitness

Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of September 30, 2018, Planet Fitness had more than 12.2 million members and 1,646 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

2 01, 2019

Massage Envy And Cortiva Institute Forge National Partnership

By |2019-01-02T18:38:54+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Strengthens career pathways for students

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Massage Envy, the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skin care services, has entered into a partnership with Cortiva Institute, the country’s largest group of dedicated massage therapy and skin care schools, with 29 campuses in 12 states.

This partnership paves the way for broad collaboration between Massage Envy franchisees and their local Cortiva Institute campuses to both enrich the student experience and support strong employment outcomes. Creating opportunities for students to interview for positions in Massage Envy’s 1,150+ franchised locations in 49 states—including Stretch Service Provider positions after students have completed 300 hours of their program (where allowable by state law)–is just one way this partnership creates more employment opportunities for students before and after graduation.

“Our growth is fueled by talented, caring therapists and estheticians, and this national partnership gives Massage Envy franchised locations access to graduates who have received an outstanding education,” said Joe Magnacca, Massage Envy CEO. “We’re dedicated to helping professional service providers build rewarding, long-term careers in the industry, and we look forward to working with Cortiva Institute to provide students with more support to do just that.”

In addition, Cortiva Institute will promote Massage Envy’s commitment to self-care as part of their curriculum, introducing students to the importance of self-care early on. “For years, Cortiva has provided our students with the highest level of training and the best career opportunities, so partnering with Massage Envy franchisees who are collectively the industry’s largest employer makes perfect sense,” said Steve Salzinger, President of Cortiva Institute. “With an alumni network over 100,000 strong, Cortiva Institute prepares more Licensed Massage Therapists and Estheticians than any other school.  Our commitment to excellence helps ensure that students are confident and ready to meet Massage Envy’s standards for quality and professionalism.”

In the coming year, Massage Envy franchised locations are expected to hire more than 3,500 professional massage therapists and estheticians.

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,150 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook www.facebook.com/MassageEnvy.

About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is among the largest health and wellness schools in the country with a focus on graduating licensed massage therapy and skin care professionals for placement into the $3 trillion healthcare industry. Cortiva Institute is a subsidiary of Steiner Leisure – a portfolio company of L Catterton, one of the largest consumer-focused private equity firms in the world, with over $15 billion under management. For more information please visit http://www.cortiva.edu/ or follow us on Instagram at #CortivaInstitute.

31 12, 2018

Your Neighborhood Breakfast Place Introduces new Iced Coffee and decadent S’mores Hot Chocolate

By |2018-12-31T18:18:41+00:00December 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jimmy’s Egg® LLC, launched its new Toasted Marshmallow iced coffee and decadent S’mores Hot Chocolate this season at participating locations. The Toasted Marshmallow Iced Coffee is part of the new iced coffee lineup introduced this past summer that includes three additional flavors to choose from including Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Fudge and Original.

We continue to evolve our menu and offer a variety of unique and traditional breakfast items and beverages like the iced coffees and flavored hot chocolate. “We are excited to continue expanding our menu and focus on items we know our customers want,” says Kevin Burke, President of Jimmy’s Egg®.

Jimmy’s Egg partners with suppliers dedicated to providing quality products to create delicious menu items for the brand.  Iced Coffees created with Monin® Gourmet Flavored Syrups, Tropicana® Pure Premium Orange Juice and S&D Gourmet Coffee are just a few examples of products used to create a beverage category to satisfy everyone.

About Jimmy’s Egg®:

The first Jimmy’s Egg® was founded by Loc Le and opened its doors for business in Oklahoma City in 1980.  Mr. Le grew Jimmy’s Egg® from a single restaurant to the 60 unit chain it is today and remains involved as Chairman of the Board. The restaurant chain has won Best Breakfast awards countless times in multiple markets and recently made headlines in the 2016 Restaurant Business Magazine’s Future 50 as one of the fastest-growing small chains in the U.S.

Jimmy’s Egg® began actively franchising in 2008 and is rapidly expanding to new markets opening both company and franchise restaurants. Jimmy’s Egg expects to open 5-8 new restaurants over the next 12 months in Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. For additional information about Jimmy’s Egg franchises visit www.jimmysegg.com. Jimmy’s Egg® is based in Oklahoma City and is privately owned and operated.

27 12, 2018

Right at Home Franchises Recognized With Caring.com’s “Caring Stars of 2019” Award

By |2018-12-27T17:31:07+00:00December 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Right at Home Leads Nation for Most Winning Listings

OMAHA, Neb. — Caring.com, a trusted resource for families to find in-home care for their senior loved ones, released its annual “Caring Stars of 2019” list, a reliable industry source of information that showcases the best senior care around the country every year. The list is based on consumer ratings and reviews and features the top in-home care agencies in the United States.

This year, Caring.com is also highlighting those organizations that made the “Caring Super Stars of 2019” list. These are businesses that received the Caring Stars award in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Right at Home, one of the nation’s leading providers of home care for seniors and adults with disabilities, is thrilled to announce that of the 446 in-home care agencies that received the Caring Stars of 2019 award, 141 of them are Right at Home agencies. Also, 50 in-home care agencies received the Caring Super Stars of 2019 award, and of those, 22 are Right at Home agencies, more than any other company. This makes Right at Home No. 1 in the nation.

“This year, we more than doubled our presence on this list of the nation’s top-rated in-home care agencies,” said Right at Home President and CEO Brian Petranick. “To go from 61 locations being recognized by Caring.com in 2018 to 141 locations in 2019 proves our dedication to providing the best quality and personalized care that’s possible.”

In-home care agencies that made the 2019 Caring Stars list had to meet exceptional criteria. They must have had 10 or more consumer reviews on their Caring.com listing by the qualification deadline of Oct. 15, 2018, and must have had an overall average rating of 4.5 stars or higher on a scale of 1 to 5. Old reviews were not allowed to be part of the qualifying criteria. The in-home care agencies had to have three or more reviews on their Caring.com listing dated between Oct. 15, 2017, and Oct. 15, 2018. At least one of those reviews needed to have a five-star rating, and at least one of those reviews had to have been posted in 2018.

Significantly, in order to qualify, brands also had to respond to all negative reviews on their listing. Negative reviews counted as those that only had one or two stars.

“Congratulations to these in-home care agencies for earning such high praise from their clients and clients’ family members,” said Jim Rosenthal, Caring.com CEO. “Achieving the Caring Stars award or Caring Super Stars award is a distinction worthy of significant celebration and promotion — as it speaks volumes about the difference these home care agencies are making in serving older adults. We applaud their accomplishment!”

The remarkable impact Right at Home makes is provided through its proprietary care delivery system, called RightCare. RightCare is “the Right People doing the Right Things the Right Way for the Right Reason.” Right at Home is committed to providing an individualized RightCare experience for every client to improve their quality of life, and accolades like these give credence to the exceptional work Right at Home franchisees and their staffs and caregivers are doing every day to serve the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities.

The recent Caring Stars awards top off a significant year in 2018 for the Right at Home brand. Right at Home opened a conversion program for independent home care businesses. The brand also launched its inaugural Professional Caregivers Week in November to showcase their appreciation for caregivers and bring attention to the profession. With more than 500 locations in over 40 states and eight countries, Right at Home is positioned to continue dominating the in-home senior care market in 2019.

ABOUT RIGHT AT HOME

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and adults with a disability who want to continue to live independently. Local Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff, each of whom is thoroughly screened, trained, and bonded/insured prior to entering a client’s home. Right at Home’s global office is based in Omaha, Nebraska, with more than 500 franchise locations in the U.S. and seven other countries. Right at Home is the highest-ranked senior care franchise opportunity on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 List in 2018, coming in at No. 49 overall. In 2018, Forbes Magazine ranked Right at Home the No. 1 franchise to own under $150,000.

ABOUT CARING.COM

With three million unique visitors to its website monthly, Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Caring.com provides helpful caregiving content, online support groups, and a comprehensive Senior Care Directory for the United States, with more than 150,000 consumer ratings and reviews and a toll-free senior living referral line at (800) 325-8591. Connect with Caring.com on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and/or YouTube.

21 12, 2018

Cartridge World Offers Top Tips to Reduce Spending

By |2018-12-21T18:45:16+00:00December 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Global Printing Experts ‘Gifts’ Advice for Shredding Printing Cost This Holiday Season

MCHENRY, Ill. — As the year comes to a close, businesses nationwide are looking for ways to trim down spending –deciphering how to decrease overhead expenses and increase the bottom line to prepare for 2019.  In hopes of helping small businesses efficiently cut costs, Cartridge World, a global franchise network and recognized leader in printers, printer services and cartridges, is offering their top insights on simple ways companies can invest in the right products for their business and reduce wasteful spending. 

Whether it be investing in a multi-functional printer or implementing a printing policy, Cartridge World’s network of more than 300 stores, recognized as the local experts, are here to help. By taking the time to understand each customer’s specific needs, Cartridge World strives to help consumers save money while investing in dependable products that won’t hike spending in the long run.

  • Invest in a Multi-Function Printer – Most small businesses are doing more than just printing. Scanning, copying and faxing are also crucial aspects of running a business and there is no need to have three different machines to handle each of these tasks. Invest in a multi-function printer to increase efficiency while decreasing the cost of maintenance for multiple devices.
  • Explore Money-Saving Options – Small businesses can further explore budget-saving printer options such as Cartridge World’s “Why Buy A Printer?” program to ensure quality equipment while not breaking the bank. This program allows for companies to receive a business class printer(s) and multi-function devices with all printer maintenance and on-site service included at no additional cost in exchange for the purchasing of toner cartridges at Cartridge World.
  • Understand Your Printing Needs – Matching the right printer to a business’s needs is also essential in reducing print-related expenses. Inkjet printers are best for low-volume and color printing. However, laser printers are generally less expensive to operate – as much as 70 percent less – and can print at higher volumes.
  • Create an Office Print Policy – Office print policies can help employees become more aware of their printing habits. The best print policies will create user guidelines to print less and spend less where possible. This can include anything from encouraging double-sided printing to promoting digital copies over paper copies.
  • Don’t Overpay for Delivery – Often what may appear to be a lower-priced printer cartridge can end up being more expensive after inflated delivery fees. Make sure you aren’t overpaying for delivery and that cartridges will still be reasonably-priced even after delivery.

“At Cartridge World, we understand that with the chaotic nature of running a business, it can be easy to miss what may seem like ‘small expenses.’ Yet, these small changes can make a significant difference on your business’s bottom line,” said Mark Pinner, CEO of Cartridge World North America. “With the new year right around the corner, our goal is to help small businesses optimize their printing to help them save money and start 2019 off with a little extra change in their pockets.”

In 2003, Cartridge World opened its first store in the United States and now has over 300 stores in North America and over 600 worldwide in 30 countries. With its sights set on adding nearly 3,000 stores to its system by 2019, Cartridge World is looking to expand its presence and clearly define itself as the global leader in ink and toner cartridge sales, printers, printing supplies, and printer maintenance for home and office customers.

About Cartridge World

Cartridge World is the global leader in high-quality cartridges, printers, printer services and advice for both the home and office customer. Stores offer customers a tremendous cost-saving alternative to printing, offering a 30-percent discount over full-priced OEM cartridges and a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. Cartridge World has more than 600 franchised retail locations in over 30 countries. Cartridge World was recently ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2016 Franchise 500 list and No. 78 on Franchise Direct’s list of the Top 100 Global Franchises and listed by the Silicon Review as one of the ’50 Most Admired Companies’ of 2016.

19 12, 2018

FirstLight Home Care Coming to Santa Clarita, California in 2019

By |2018-12-19T18:06:31+00:00December 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

National non-medical home care provider expanding California presence

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — FirstLight Home Care, an award-winning provider of non-medical home care, announced today it will open a new location in Santa Clarita, California in 2019.

FirstLight serves seniors, adults with disabilities, new mothers, veterans, those recovering from surgery and other adults in need of assistance. Their caregivers help with many needs – from personal hygiene and household duties such as cooking, cleaning and running errands to mobility assistance and dementia care.

“This will be our first office in the Santa Clarita area, and it’s coming at a great time,” said Jeff Bevis, FirstLight Home Care co-founder and CEO. “As we age, there are many decisions that have to be made, and one of them is how we want to spend our senior years. FirstLight offers an option and a level of caring that is unsurpassed for those who want to remain in their homes.”

Since opening its first franchise location in 2010, FirstLight Home Care has experienced steady growth and is now operating more than 250 locations in 34 states throughout the U.S.

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides more than 100,000 hours per week in care for more than 4,800 clients in over 34 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Their 4,700 caregivers provide companion and personal care services at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes and group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, and individuals recovering from surgery, veterans, adults with disabilities and anyone 18 and over who might just need a little extra care or assistance.

18 12, 2018

Assisted Living Locators Named One of ‘Franchise Dictionary Magazine’s’ Top 100 Game-Changer Franchises of 2018

By |2018-12-18T21:37:30+00:00December 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Senior Placement and Referral Franchisor Recognized for Creating Opportunity

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Assisted Living Locators, a leading senior placement and referral franchise, announced today it was named one of the top 100 Game-Changer Franchises of 2018 by Franchise Directory Magazine. Franchise Dictionary Magazine is the guidebook for those interested in learning more about franchise opportunities across the country.

Franchise Dictionary Magazine loves to recognize franchises that create opportunities in exciting and lucrative ways and our ‘100 Game-Changer’ issue did just that. We recognized brands in several categories and Assisted Living Locators received a Game-Changer Award in the category of ‘Creating Opportunity.’  The elder-care market requires a ‘high touch’ business model and promises to grow. This free placement service assesses the needs of your elderly loved ones and then helps you find the community or home where they can get it. For franchisees, the company offers financial stability, consistent growth and brand power,” said Alesia Visconti, Publisher & CEO, Franchise Dictionary Magazine.

In 2018, Assisted Living Locators exceeded its 100th franchise mark. The company broke into the triple digits after a decade of consecutive growth, including an unprecedented franchise recruitment rate over the past two years.  As the first senior placement and referral franchise business in the U.S., the company has pioneered its way to a national presence with 105 franchisees in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

“We have a proven business model and are committed to expanding into new markets across the U.S.,” said Angela Olea, RN, CEO of Assisted Living Locators.  “The growth rate in the elder care market is unprecedented.  Revenues are currently at $12-15 billion per year and are expected to increase. Our aim is to recruit business-minded franchisees who have a passion for helping this growing senior population.”

About Assisted Living Locators

Assisted Living Locators was ranked in Entrepreneur’s “Franchise500®” 2017 and 2018 issues and Franchise Business Review’s “2017 Top Franchises Report.”  The company offers a NO COST service for seniors and their families providing expert advice on short and long-term care options, including in-home care, independent living, assisted living and memory care, and retirement apartments.  Assisted Living Locators has been matching seniors with caring providers for more than a decade. It generates revenue from the referral fees paid by the communities.

17 12, 2018

FirstLight Home Care Expanding to Hudsonville

By |2018-12-19T18:07:39+00:00December 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

National non-medical home care provider to open Hudsonville location

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — FirstLight Home Care, an award-winning provider of non-medical home care, announced today it will open a new location in the Hudsonville area in early 2019. The offices will be owned and operated by brothers, Jeremy and John Fellows, and Jeffrey Lamborne.

The Fellows and Lamborne currently own and operate the FirstLight Home Care location in Grand Rapids. Their business success has allowed them to expand operations and open a second office to better serve Western Michigan.

“Jeremy, John and Jeffrey have done an excellent job of providing top-notch home care in Grand Rapids,” said Jeff Bevis, FirstLight Home Care co-founder and CEO. “All across the country, the need for home care is growing. We are eager to extend FirstLight’s culture of care to meet this growing need and help improve the well-being of members of the Hudsonville community.”

The new FirstLight Home Care will serve the greater Hudsonville area, including Hudsonville, Jamestown, Georgetown, and Grandville. Qualified caregivers — home health aides and CNAs — interested in FirstLight career opportunities are encouraged to email jfellows@firstlighthomecare.com.

FirstLight serves seniors, adults with disabilities, new mothers, veterans, those recovering from surgery and other adults in need of assistance. Their caregivers help with many needs – from personal hygiene and household duties such as cooking, cleaning and running errands to mobility assistance and dementia care.

Since opening its first franchise location in 2010, FirstLight Home Care has experienced steady growth and is now operating more than 250 locations in 34 states throughout the U.S.

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides more than 100,000 hours per week in care for more than 4,800 clients in over 34 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Their 4,700 caregivers provide companion and personal care services at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes and group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, and individuals recovering from surgery, veterans, adults with disabilities and anyone 18 and over who might just need a little extra care or assistance.

17 12, 2018

Huntington Learning Center Adds Franchising Leader Anderson Chand as Senior Vice President of Franchise Development

By |2018-12-17T16:26:38+00:00December 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Company Creates New Leadership Position to Reach Their Goal of Doubling Centers

ORADELL, N.J. — Huntington Learning Center, the nation’s leading K-12 tutoring and test prep provider with more than 300 locations nationwide, announced today that Anderson Chand has been named senior vice president of franchise development. Chand has spent the past 20 years in both franchisor and franchisee roles and will use his wealth of expertise to help the company to double the number of centers over the next few years.

“I was immediately attracted to Huntington Learning Center because of their mission to provide every student the best education possible,” said Anderson Chand. “As the spouse of a special education teacher and father of a special needs child, I have always believed education is one of the greatest assets to a community. I look forward to expanding our services to more areas and helping even more children succeed.”

Most recently, he was the chief operating officer for Popbar, a frozen dessert franchisor that has locations in the U.S., Canada, Panama, Portugal, Singapore and Russia. He has also been responsible for nearly 1,200 franchise units as senior director of operations for Edible Arrangements International for the U.S. and Canada. Chand started his career on the franchisee side with food and beverage providers in airports including Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut.

“Anderson’s illustrious career will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Eileen Huntington, CEO and co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “He has been deeply ingrained in many facets of the franchising industry and we are excited to learn from him and grow our presence across the country.”

Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center began franchising in 1985 and today has 300 locations nationwide. Huntington Learning Center offers competitive initial franchise fees and total upfront investing, as well as franchise financing options, flexibility through part-time startup and comprehensive training and support for franchisors.

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center is the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.

14 12, 2018

Alliance Franchise Brands LLC Acquires RSVP Publications

By |2018-12-14T20:35:16+00:00December 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Agreement expands the franchise network’s offerings and brings them to more than 650 locations

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in marketing, print and graphic communications, announced the acquisition of RSVP Publications by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Allegra Holdings LLC.

RSVP Publications is a direct mail advertising company reaching over seven million homes in more than 70 U.S. metro markets.

RSVP Publications, based in Tampa, Fla., joins the Alliance Franchise Brands network of brands that include marketing and print providers Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Insty-Prints, KKP and American Speedy Printing, and sign and graphics providers Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now.

For over 30 years, RSVP Publications has delivered on their proven concept of “Direct Mail to the Upscale” through luxury card packages. RSVP franchise members target higher-end businesses with residential advertising opportunities.

“We were delighted to find a business model that fits so well with our other brands,” said Mike Marcantonio, CEO of Alliance Franchise Brands. “We think that there will be great synergies among our organizations.”

Family-owned and operated, RSVP Publications was founded by Dave Tropf in 1985. “This is the right time and path for taking our franchise forward,” said Tropf. “Being part of the Alliance Franchise Brands network opens up new avenues of support and growth for our franchise members, making them even stronger advertising partners in their markets.”

About Alliance Franchise Brands LLC (Parent company of Allegra Holdings LLC)

Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in marketing and visual communications, has grown to become a holding company for nine franchise concepts, linking more than 650 locations in North America.

Independently-owned and operated franchises provide national, regional and local businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced and strategically sound solutions for their graphics communications needs under the Allegra Marketing Print Mail, American Speedy Printing, Image360, Insty-Prints, KKP, Signs By Tomorrow, Signs Now and Zippy Print brands. RSVP Publications is one of the largest direct mail advertising companies in the United States. Franchise locations deliver on the proven concept of “Direct Mail to the Upscale” through luxury card packages.