TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees on the East Coast to bring its interactive dining experience to Portland, Maine, naming the city as a target for future franchise development.
The brand plans to enter Portland for the first time with the development of a new location. Portland is one of a number of select markets throughout the U.S. where the company is looking to recruit qualified new franchisees. Additional markets targeted for expansion include Anchorage, Alaska; Hartford, Conn.; Charleston, S.C.; New York City; Houston, Texas and Little Rock, Ark., as well as Vancouver and Calgary, Canada.
"The Melting Pot concept is backed by more than 30 years of experience in franchising and nearly 40 years of brand recognition, making this an ideal business opportunity for entrepreneurs," said Dan Stone, vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands. "We look forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind, polished casual dining experience to the Portland market for the very first time. We're confident that The Melting Pot will be a welcomed addition to the community."
The Melting Pot operates more than 130 restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and has more than 20 locations in development internationally. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of à la carte selections, highlighting customizable options that invite guests to enjoy one, two, three or more courses as they select any combination of individually-priced cheese fondues, salads, entrées and chocolate fondues.
To further fuel its national expansion, the company is actively seeking qualified franchisees and will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. (EST). To register, please visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/773318234.
The Melting Pot is seeking entrepreneurs with business backgrounds and/or preferably restaurant experience who are passionate about the brand and want to be their own bosses. Franchisee candidates should have a credit score of 650 or higher, a minimum net worth of $750,000 and liquid assets of at least $325,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment for one restaurant to be approximately $977,000 to $1,436,000. Single-unit and multi-unit franchise opportunities are available with an initial franchise fee of $45,000 per unit.
To learn more about ownership opportunities with The Melting Pot, contact Ashley Pollard, franchise development manager for The Melting Pot, at 800-783-0867 ext. 152 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.meltingpotfranchise.com.
To learn about fondue history and facts, check out The Melting Pot's fondue infographic.
About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. With more than 130 restaurants in North America, existing locations across 35 states, Canada and Mexico and more than 20 locations currently in development, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant franchise and a leading polished casual dining franchise. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a memorable dining experience for nearly 40 years. Guests enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with dipping sauces. The menu also includes cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.meltingpot.com.
About Front Burner BrandsFront Burner Brands is a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. It is affiliated with the corporate owners of and its management services extended to The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975 with more than 130 restaurants in North America and more than 20 locations currently in development, Burger 21 with 14 locations open in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, and more than 20 in development in seven states, and GrillSmith with five locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.com.
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PHOENIX, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Total Transit, parent company of Discount Cab, has introduced Arizona's first and only fully-insured legal RideShare service accessible through the Total Transit App.
Available only through the app, RideShare vehicles are personally owned and operated, fully commercially insured and legal, with experienced drivers who have passed verified background checks, as well as drug and alcohol screenings. This program allows drivers to utilize their personal vehicles to provide legal RideShare.
"Our new RideShare service supports the sharing economy while adhering to Arizona's regulation in for-hire transportation," said Mike Pinckard, Total Transit president. "We have figured out a way to offer RideShare the right way—by making it fully insured, legal and compliant with state law—and look to other rideshare providers to do the same."
The company is currently recruiting RideShare drivers and will hold a recruitment event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Embassy Suites at 2630 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Company officials will be on hand to administer drug screenings, as well as background checks and vehicle pre-inspections. In addition, officials with the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures will be on hand to complete the vehicle inspection process and certify new drivers for commercial insurance coverage.
"We have always said we try to make it easy for companies to do business here in Arizona, as long as they align with the public and passenger safety requirements that are in place," said Shawn Marquez, acting director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. "Total Transit is doing just that, and we are happy to support them in their new legal RideShare offering. We would do the same for any company that complies with the law. Public safety is paramount and cannot be compromised, and we support any ridesharing effort as long as it does not put the drivers, passengers and the general public at risk."
Users of the Total Transit App will also be able to choose from a variety of additional vehicle options: Discount Cab, black car and SUV; vans and wheelchair-accessible vans will be available in the coming weeks as well. "We've listened to our customers and have added more vehicle options to our fleet in order to meet their needs," Pinckard said.
The Total Transit App provides a convenient, safe and secure way to request a ride. Features include real-time location of available vehicles, a list of vehicle categories and prices, and current estimated wait times for each category. Passengers can enter a destination for a fare estimate prior to pick-up.
Passengers can also see vehicle movement as they wait for the driver, along with the driver's photo, name and vehicle description. They also have the ability to call their driver through a safety measure that keeps both the customer and driver phone numbers hidden.
Customers can store one or more credit cards in the system and choose a card for payment at the time of booking. When the ride is over, payment is automatic. For fares with passenger-determined tip, the customer has up to an hour to change the amount of the tip from the default amount.
The app is available for free download in the iTunes Store and Google Play. Those who currently have the Discount Cab app can simply update it in their Settings; current app users will be prompted to create a new account and add additional personal information to make their account current.
Total Transit App users can receive 25 percent off their first ride by entering the promo code ARIZONA.
The app has been in development since Total Transit acquired San Diego-based GoFastCab in September 2013, leading to the creation of a high-tech best-of-breed mobile app suite and platform called 2PointB. The new app is powered by 2PointB's technology. Josh Komenda, co-founder of GoFastCab, is principal and CEO of 2PointB and is leveraging his extensive experience in software development, wireless technology and ground transportation.
About Total Transit
Total Transit, Inc., a privately owned Arizona based corporation, was founded in 1984, and offers comprehensive transportation management, private and public transportation services. Headquartered in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona, Total Transit has grown into one of the premier transportation companies in the country, with operations throughout Arizona and in several other states. For the last 30 years, Total Transit has delivered outstanding service levels and has developed innovative and unique transportation solutions, such as mobility/wheelchair-accommodating and eco-friendly transportation for its clientele.
Total Transit is also locally known in Arizona as the parent company of Discount Cab, one of the largest cab companies in the United States, operating a fleet of more than 1,100 cabs, including the largest fleet of hybrid Toyota Prius cabs in North America. In fact, more than 85% of the Discount Cab fleet is made up of these highly fuel-efficient hybrids.
For more information on Total Transit, visit www.TotalTransit.com.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Great Western Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: GWB) announced today that it has completed its initial public offering of 18,400,000 shares, or 31.8%, of its common stock, which includes the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 2,400,000 shares. GWB’s common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2014, under the ticker symbol “GWB”. The shares were offered by an affiliate of National Australia Bank.
Deutsche Bank Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch acted as joint book-running managers and underwriters for the offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, RBC Capital Markets, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., Macquarie Capital and Sterne Agee were co-managers for the offering.
GWB is the holding company for Great Western Bank, a full-service regional bank focused on relationship-based business and agribusiness banking. The bank services its customers through 162 branches in seven states: South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Missouri.
The prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from: Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-2836, via telephone: (800) 503-4611 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and BofA Merrill Lynch, Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, via email: email@example.com.
A registration statement relating to these securities was filed with and has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FANGORIA Magazine has officially unveiled its 2014 List of Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions. Those recognized by the publication represent the most frightening, elaborate, detail-oriented and technologically advanced haunted attractions in the country.
FANGORIA, the first in fright since 1979, tapped its own marketing manager and noted haunted attraction enthusiast Rebekah McKendry to make the 2014 selections.
"When I was a kid, I pleaded with my parents until they took me to every haunted house within a 100 mile radius of our home," says McKendry. "These days, I pride myself on traveling the states to visit as many haunts as I can and finding the best in the country."
McKendry noted that the owners and operators of all of the attractions on FANGORIA'S list are pioneers in their field.
"The haunts we've singled out are very detail and technology-oriented. They never stand still," added McKendry. "Production crews, set designers and creatives are working all year - conceptualizing new themes, designing sets and learning new technology. They have established high standards for their attractions and have to 'Wow' audiences like it's the first time every year. I can say these attractions have certainly delivered."
FANGORIA's 2014 List of Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions along with key highlights that assisted McKendry in making selections for FANGORIA'S 2014 list are as follows:
- 13th Floor Haunted House (Denver) — Every hair on your neck will be standing straight up. The 13th Floor in Denver leverages cutting-edge technology among its fear-inducing tactics. Giant animated figures powered by Integrated Microsoft Kinect technology are able to detect, interact with and react to individual fright-seekers, providing both big and small blood-curdling scares around every corner.
- The Beast (Kansas City, Mo.) — The Beast forces patrons to face their deepest, darkest fears. A pioneer in developing the open format haunt where visitors don't follow a fixed route, patrons find themselves in close quarters with a live 8-ft. alligator, navigate their way in complete darkness through the forest and a seriously spine chilling swamp, conjuring up wild isolation and abandonment fears. To get out alive, visitors must also brave a two-story leap and grapple with a death-defying four-story slide.
- Cutting Edge (Fort Worth, Texas) — A two-time Guinness World Record holder for World's Largest Haunted House and built inside a former meat processing plant, Cutting Edge gets scarier and scarier with every step. From the moment of arrival, patrons are met with chainsaw-wielding fiends and forced to fight to avoid a grisly demise in the plant's still functional processing equipment.
- Bennett's Curse (Jessup, Md.) — Bennett's Curse attacks the senses by bringing together great film quality props with stellar sound, intricately designed sets and characters, unique and a massive gang of giant monsters that will keep you up nights. Its' 3D Inferno attraction within Bennett's Curse invites visitors to experience the levels of hell and gives visitors a run for their life to make it out alive.
- Headless Horseman (Ulster Park, NY) — Not just a hayride, but a terrifying trip through the land of worst nightmares, visitors explore an intensely detailed, original town set constructed by attraction staff, including car contents that match those of hotel's rooms occupants. Patrons then struggle to keep their wits about them during a trip through an evil corn maze and explore themed-haunted houses that envelop visitors with their own tales of fright.
- House of Torment (Austin, Texas) — The apocalypse has arrived in Texas. Not for the faint of heart, House of Torment elevates set design to the next level. Realistic looking destroyed city set and detailed illusions take center stage and being chased by Zombies will get hearts racing for sure. If not, one of the gruesome, bloodied corpses dangling about is sure to deliver a terrifying chill.
- 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, La.) — For those who have never crawled through a crematory door, this haunt is a must visit. The intricate detail and technology found in the sets of the 13th Gate in Baton Rouge alone makes what lies behind the gates of Hollywood seem almost elementary. Visitors travel through 13 uniquely themed zones ranging from the fog-filled streets of London to the lost underwater city of Atlantis.
- Erebus (Pontiac, Mich.) — Visitors to Erebus will want to tell their friends about the experience, if they get out alive. Masters of interaction, Erebus' creators pack patrons into a vault in an attempt to bury them alive, throw them from a seemingly rotating bridge and feed them to a starving dinosaur who has a taste for people. No cookie-cutter sets or props here. All are designed by the haunt owners themselves.
- Bates Motel (Glen Mills, Pa.) — The screams from Bates Motel are so loud that visitors' ears ring for days. A classic haunted house, the attraction also has bragging rights to a very haunted corn maze and iconic hayride that takes passengers through a giant slaughterhouse. From floorboards that come alive to pictures that seem to follow you and levitating spirits, guests are treated to custom animatronics and jaw-dropping special effects.
- Nightmare on 13th (Salt Lake City) — Nightmare on 13th in Salt Lake is where real life and horror films collide this year, placing patrons front and center in their own horror movie. As part of its Haunted Hollywood feature, visitors are transported to amazingly life-like movie scenes from chilling favorites such as "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Non-movie fans can enjoy wading through the Swamp and trying to avoid the Voodoo Queen.
Honorable Mentions also were awarded to The Haunted Hotel (San Diego), home to the creepiest doll island on the planet and crazed subway rides with demented clowns, and Netherworld (Atlanta). Netherworld is the portal for otherworldly beings to access this one and boasts more than 200 animated creatures and 100 live actors in 40,000 square feet.
"The best haunted attractions are already deep in planning for the 2015 season and each Halloween the bar gets set just a little higher," said FANGORIA and GOREZONE magazine editor-in-chief Chris Alexander. "If you want to see what other haunts will be doing five-years from now, look at what these 10 attractions are doing today," It'll be amazing to see what's next."
ABOUT FANGORIA MAGAZINEFounded in 1979, FANGORIA Magazine is edited for devoted fans of the horror genre in film, television and fiction. Articles go behind the scenes and on the sets of upcoming horror movies and TV shows to examine the costumes, make-up and technology that create the gruesomeness on the screen. For more information, visit FANGORIA.com.
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Lexington, Kentucky (PRWEB) October 20, 2014
Shriners Hospitals for Children® and UK HealthCare have signed an agreement that will change the current location of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Lexington from 1900 Richmond Road to South Limestone across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center, owned and operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children, and designed to better meet the orthopaedic needs of children and their families well into the future.
"The quality care children and families have experienced at our facility since 1926 will continue" said Tony Lewgood, administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Lexington. "Relocating to the UK HealthCare campus will bring together the pediatric orthopaedic expertise Shriners is known for with the top-rated specialty and subspecialty pediatric care at Kentucky Children's Hospital – a benefit to children with complex conditions. Close proximity to a first-rate medical center will also enhance the education and research aspects of our mission."
Achievements and advances in orthopaedic care for children have changed since the current Shriners Hospitals for Children – Lexington was built in 1988. Fewer children require inpatient care while the number of children receiving outpatient care has increased significantly. This year 78 percent of the hospital's surgical cases have been performed without the child requiring an overnight stay.
The pediatric orthopaedic physician practice, which uses the current Shriners facility, is treating an increasing number of children. Since 1988 the number of children cared for has more than doubled. In 2014, there are over 10,800 children from Kentucky and the surrounding states who come to the Lexington Shriners Hospital to see their physician specialist and receive related services. The new facility will expand capacity to over 13,000 children.
The pediatric orthopaedic surgeons currently on staff at the Lexington Shriners Hospital are also on staff at Kentucky Children's Hospital. Children who require inpatient hospital care will be admitted to Kentucky Children's Hospital and cared for by the same physicians they are familiar with and trust.
"The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Shriners Hospital have long traditions of excellence and commitment when it comes to providing the best in specialty and subspecialty pediatric care," said Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. "It only makes sense in this environment, where health reform and the economy are pushing us to maximize efficiency and quality that we partner with Shriners Hospitals for Children to enhance the care we provide."
The estimated cost of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children® Medical Center – Lexington is $47 million. The top two floors of the five-story building will be leased to the University of Kentucky for ophthalmology services. Construction is slated to begin in early 2015 with anticipated build time of two years. Funding sources for the new facility are a capital campaign slated to kick off Oct. 23, proceeds from the sale of the current facility, and Shriners Hospitals for Children Endowment.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Lexington is launching an $8 million capital campaign to help build the new medical center. The campaign kickoff will be held at the Hyatt Regency ballroom in downtown Lexington from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Thursday, October 23rd. There will be presentations covering the work of Shriners Hospital and plans for the new facility, including remarks by Mayor Jim Gray. The public is invited to attend this complimentary luncheon by calling 859-268-5768 or by emailing dwallenius(at)shrinenet(dot)org.
"Campaign co-chair Allen Grimes, President of Dupree & Co., Inc., noted, "Shriners Hospital Lexington has been quietly helping children overcome physical challenges for almost 90 years. Today they treat nearly 11,000 children annually in a 5-state area with 1,000 of those patients coming from right here in Lexington. Their new facility will be state-of-the art and will allow Shriners to treat an additional 2,000 children. We are very fortunate to have such a well-respected institution as part of our local community."
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