Virginia-based Franchise Group Inc. – parent company of Buddy’s Home Furnishings – has refranchised 47 Buddy’s locations to Bebe Stores Inc., a publicly traded San Francisco-based retailer that sells women’s apparel and accessories worldwide. The $35-million agreement also includes a planned development schedule for Bebe to open 20 new Buddy’s locations in the southeastern, Read More

The Premier Companies, following over a year of preparation and production, is set to debut a new and improved online training system: The revamped Premier University is a video-based, interactive learning management system, designed to streamline training for franchisees’ whole staffs, including sales, technology, delivery and other operations associates. “Premier University was first created, Read More

Bowing to the pandemic, Nationwide Marketing Group held its 57th PrimeTime as a virtual event, drawing more than 3,200 attendees to engage over 51,000 times during its three-day gathering. Held October 27-29, Virtual PrimeTime left almost 1,300 Nationwide member companies more prepared than ever for the upcoming holiday season and the months beyond. “Our, Read More

October 27, 2020, Carmel, Indiana – APRO associate member Byrider Franchising, LLC once again earned a top spot on Franchise Times’ list of “Top Franchises” in the U.S. based on its strong results in 2019. The automotive sales and financing company was recently ranked 109th among the country’s top 200 franchises. “Byrider consistently ranks, Read More

Name: Heather DeLucia Years in RTO: I have been in RTO for four years. They have been the best years of my life.  What’s your current role/title? Administrative Support Manager at Jaguar Holdings LLC, dba Eagle Rental-Purchase What did you do before RTO? I worked as an Administrative Assistant at Phantom Fireworks and a, Read More

Nationwide Marketing Group and Nationwide RentDirect announced that it will convert PrimeTime into an all-digital experience. The online event, to be held October 27-29, 2020, will be free for all Nationwide members and guest attendees. Tom Hickman, Nationwide President, ultimately decided to transform the face-to-face event into an online convention for everyone’s health and, Read More

According to the accounting professionals at Tampa, Florida-based Rivero, Gordimer & Company PA [RG & Co] – an APRO member – there is no better way to kick off the busy tax season than a rousing intra-office kickball match.  And they should know. This is the sixth consecutive year the company’s tax team and, Read More

As any member of APRO would know, access to some of the most common household items can affect the quality of life for a customer and potentially impact their future. A computer for school homework for a student, a mattress for that single mother of two or a working refrigerator for a family, are becoming more, Read More

For more than a decade, APRO’s Education Foundation has annually provided scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families. APRO members have contributed generously to the association’s Scholarship Fund – awarding 357 scholarships totaling $830,750 to date – to help students connected with RTO pursue their college degrees. Amarah Howard, a first-year student attending Kent, Read More

APRO member RNR Tire Express shifted into overdrive at their annual conference and expo last week in Tampa, Florida.  The company hosted more than 250 attendees, which included corporate staff, franchisees, spouses and vendors. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the business, and to celebrate such a milestone RNR had a full schedule, Read More