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Friday Franchising News - November 11

Franchises Celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day honors the men and women that have bravely served our country past and present. After coming home, veterans often continue to lead and leverage their learned skills through franchising and play an integral role in the franchising sector. To mark this special holiday, let’s take a look at how franchises are celebrating in this edition of Friday Franchising News!

UFC Gym Offers VIP Military Access

UFC Gym is supporting veterans by offering active duty and veteran military personnel as well as their families VIP status at locations across the United States from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13. During this celebratory weekend, VIP attendees will receive total gym access, including a special ‘Bootcamp’ themed Daily Ultimate Training class on Saturday, November 12. The 50-minute class is designed to challenge participants of all fitness levels and will include a variation of exercises often used in military training. 

Pet Supplies Plus Unites Veterans and New Best Friends

The pet retail franchise has announced a partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods to donate up to $50,000 for Pets for Vets during their Veterans Day event. This initiative aims to benefit and recognize the powerful bond military vets find with the comfort of a companion dog. Pet Supplies Plus and Natural Balance will make a donation for each in-store Natural Balance purchase made at any of the pet retailer’s nationwide locations from Nov. 28-Dec. 28. The donations will go directly to the Pets for Vets organization, whose mission is to pair the thousands of U.S. soldiers suffering from PTSD who are not eligible for a service dog with thousands of shelter cats and dogs.

Buffalo Wild Wings Dishes Out Wings for Heroes

To show appreciation for our military, Buffalo Wild Wings is bringing back its special Veterans Day promotion, "Wings for Heroes," with a new twist. All day long on Friday, November 11, 2016, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the US will provide a complimentary order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active duty military to thank them for their dedication and service. Eligible guests visiting their local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant during regular business hours will receive a free small order of 10-12 traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries for free.

Wayback Burgers Recognizes Service Members

The hometown burger franchise is offering a free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger with the purchase of any drink and side  to all active and former military personnel in honor of Veterans Day. Wayback Burgers proudly supports servicemen and women throughout the year and Veterans Day is a prime opportunity to show appreciation. As an added bonus – and just in time for the holidays – guests who purchase a gift card will receive a Scratch & Win card from November 1 through December 31. Each card is a winner, with prizes varying from free milkshakes to gift cards, while supplies last.

Applebee’s Honors Heroes for Ninth Consecutive Year

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar will honor veterans and active military members by offering a free meal for Veterans Day. This marks the ninth year the fast-casual franchise continues the tradition of recognizing our military. Since 2008, Applebee’s have served almost 8 million free meals on Veterans Day. This year all current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon redeemable between November 12 and November 27, 2016. The restaurant will offer seven of its signature menu items on its Veterans Day menu.

sweetFrog Treats Service Members

In addition to a free 12oz cup frozen yogurt, the sweetFrog frozen yogurt franchise has launched a massive month-long campaign to salute the troops. This initiative entails slashing startup costs to help vets launch their own business. sweetFrog will double its standard VetFran discount, offering 50% off the initial franchise fee ($15,000 value) for any qualified active or retired military members who complete the online franchise application on or before November 30, 2016. Additionally, sweetFrog has announced they are launching a veteran awareness program to assist all transitioning and retired service men and women as they begin exploring franchise opportunities.
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