Our Newest Yogurt Store Has The Locals Talking

Aug. 28, 2014, 3:02 p.m.

Eagleville couple opens YOGO Blast in Oaks

By Gary Puleo, The Times Herald

UPPER PROVIDENCE — An Eagleville couple has brought a little culture to Oaks.

No, it’s not a highbrow art gallery or a Shakespearean playhouse, but the kind of culture that thrives in a self-serve ice-cold treat that’s hot once again — frozen yogurt.

With their independent “fro-yo” startup YOGO Blast, which is nicely situated across from Lowe’s and next to Puttin’ on the Dog in the Marketplace at Oaks, husband and wife partners Boguslaw “Dan” Gorczyca and Lisa Gorczyca are savoring some sweet success with an updated take on the frozen yogurt craze of the ’80s and ’90s.

“We’re dessert people, and when frozen yogurt started coming back we realized it’s a healthier way for people to get their frozen treats,” said Lisa, who added that the low-fat and nonfat YOGO Blast flavors top out at around ...

Franchise Perils: A Look at the Impending Quiznos Bankruptcy

April 14, 2014, 11:53 a.m.

As a sandwich franchise, Quiznos was once a true competitor for Subway. But since their 2006 peak of more than 5000 stores, they are now sitting at just over 2000, embroiled in several lawsuits from former franchisees, and heading for a bankruptcy restructuring. The downward spiral of the once proud franchise should serve as a warning to investors looking toward franchises as a safe place to put their money.

Failing Franchisees

One of the first signs of franchisee failure was an internal memorandum revealed in a 2003 lawsuit stating that “40 percent of Quiznos units are not breaking even”. Potential franchisees were not privy to this statistic, nor did they know that, according to the Small Business Association, more than 23% of Quiznos franchises with SBA loans failed, compared to 4.8% of Subway stores. Another lawsuit alleges that Quiznos claimed to have sold 234 “trade areas” in New Jersey to ...

How to Find the Best Retail Employees

March 5, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

An important, but under-appreciated, aspect of running a small business is finding (and keeping) the right employees. In retail, your employees are a representation of your store and as such they need to be personable, motivated, and well-trained. Turnover can be expensive, as hiring new employees can cost you between 30-150% of their yearly salary, and any disruption in service caused by short staffing can put a bad taste in the mouth of customers, costing repeat business. Since many small business owners are new to the hiring process, even some basic tips and tools can dramatically improve the quality of candidates they find.

Keep a List

For starters, don’t wait until you absolutely need a new person, or someone quits on you, to find someone else. Running small searches all the time and parsing out the best candidates to keep on file is essential. You may need a new employee ...

Dollar Stores Are Taking On Wal-Mart And Winning

Feb. 20, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Dollar stores are competing with major discount retailers like Wal-Mart. The surprising thing is that dollar stores are winning. Investors are cooling on the retail giant and the sluggish economy is making dollar stores an attractive destination. Dollar stores are stealing Wal-Mart shoppers and forcing Wal-Mart into the uncomfortable position of trying to innovate. What’s changed since their brilliant ascendancy to the top of the retail food chain?

The Budget Landscape is Shifting

One of the major factors is price and shifting demographics. As the recession has moved more former upscale shoppers into the budget bracket, they are foregoing Wal-Mart’s in favor of dollar stores. They prefer the product mix and atmosphere. Now that dollar stores are offering more national brands and consumables, customers can barely spot the difference. In fact, informal studies have found lower prices than Wal-Mart, long the discount king. If they can’t win the price wars, ...

The Essentials For Opening A Retail Business

Feb. 18, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

Opening up any retail business, even a small one, takes a lot of time and expertise. A large amount of research has to be done before it can be decided if the idea merits more research and planning. The following are just a few of the steps any entrepreneur looking to start their own small retail business will have to complete before they can open the doors.

Research is Key

Initial market research is the first step. Can the area support your store? Are there competitors nearby? If so, are they doing well? These questions need to be answered early in the process. When finding an actual retail space, there are several factors to keep in mind. Foot and car traffic in the area is important. So is the composition of the area businesses. Most small retailers need to be in a location anchored by a major business of some ...

Frozen Yogurt: A Cool Franchise Trend

Feb. 13, 2014, 4:12 p.m.

A Healthy Trend of Growth

While consumers around the world have become more health conscious in recent years, they are unlikely to ever lose their sweet tooth. The exploding popularity of frozen yogurt franchises brings this dichotomy into sharp focus. Yogurt fits into the ice cream market while providing a trendier and healthier alternative. The non-fat, low calorie treat has been gaining popularity while ice cream shops are on the wane. The decline of stores like TCBY in the late 90s appears over, and many new franchises are stepping in to tap the market which saw annual revenue growth of 21% over the past five years. The yogurt is tastier, offering unique new flavors and toppings to their growing customer base, and this trend is turning into a boon for investors looking for high-margin products.

Happy Owners and Happy Customers

The International Franchise Association reported that franchise establishments in general ...

Opening your own independent Dollar Store rather than a Franchise

Nov. 14, 2013, 9 a.m.

This Dollar Watch focuses on two new dollar store owners who illustrate not only the comprehensive services that the company offers, but the transformation and personal empowerment that is possible through business ownership.

Woodrow and Sylvia Wills went through Dollar Store Services' development and training program and emerged business owners who are looking to now open two additional stores. See what business ownership has done for them and their family.

Rescue Mission Gift Bag Event

Nov. 14, 2013, 8:37 a.m.

Discount Retail Store Services, a national retail store development company headquartered in Las Vegas, is gearing up to give back to the Las Vegas community during this holiday season.

Helping our Community

DRSS has identified and contacted key groups to partner with in this effort, such as Safe Nest, Shade Tree Shelter, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, and "Tent City." The company will be preparing over 880 gift bags that will be distributed to those in need served by these organizations.

The various charities have provided their clients' needs by gender and age. The company's staff will be gathering this Thursday, December 16th, at 4 pm to assemble the gift bags with the requested items for those in need.

Something for Everyone

Special care is being taken to make sure that every recipient gets items most needed. "We have selected items specifically ...

Christmas Rescue Mission Event

Oct. 24, 2013, 11:03 a.m.

by Lynnette Curtis


It's feast or famine at local charities this holiday season, with some enjoying increased donations and others making do with less.

While charitable giving has rebounded somewhat nationally as the economy slowly improves, Southern Nevada's charities are still reporting a mixed bag at the time of year they go through immense quantities of food and other goods to make the holidays cheerier for the valley's neediest residents.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission is among the more fortunate

“We are ahead in canned goods and food donations by almost 25 percent over last year at this time,” said Bob Brunner, executive director of the organization that offers shelter and recovery for homeless people, among other services.

More needy families and senior citizens received free food from the mission this year thanks to the stepped-up ...

Discount Retail Store Services Announces the Opening of Sarah's Dollar Store in West Valley

June 24, 2013, 11:49 a.m.

Newly-opened Sarah's Dollar Store now offers a wide assortment of everything from essentials to accessories at 3515 W 3500 S in West Valley. Sarah's Dollar Store is locally owned and operated by Sarah and Wesley Parry and offers traditional dollar store items plus a selection of unique merchandise, including baby items, balloons, batteries, candles, cleaning supplies, crafts, food items, frames, hardware, hair accessories, health and beauty products, housewares, jewelry, paper products, party supplies, pet care items, toys for all ages, office supplies, and much more.

"Everything is a dollar - or Less"

Sarah Parry, enthusiastically reminds that “Everything is a dollar – or less.” Due to an expansive wholesale supply network, the Parry's are able to offer merchandise of a higher quality than would normally be available for only a dollar. They are open daily from 9am till 8pm.

Working with the Pros

The Parry's contracted with Dollar Store Services ...

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