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Golden Corral Restaurants Salute America’s Heroes with 14th Annual Free Dinner on Military Appreciation Monday, Nov 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dolly Mercer   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:56

Gary Sinise and Collective Soul Help Salute Our Nation’s Heroes

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct, 2014) – On Monday, Nov. 17, Golden Corral will thank thousands of active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started 13 years ago to celebrate our nation’s heroes, Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday has served more than 4 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $8.8 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.

“Our 45,000 employees in 500 restaurants nationwide are very passionate about supporting our military service men and women on Military Appreciation Monday,” said Ted Fowler, president and chief executive officer of Golden Corral. “While the current economy is challenging, we remain committed to recognizing the military through this program. We hope this year we will reach a new grand total of 5 million meals served since we began the program 13 years ago. We also hope to raise our contributions to the DAV to a grand total of more than $10 million dollars.”

Golden Corral has enlisted Gary Sinise, celebrated actor/director, and Collective Soul, the platinum award-winning band, to record public service announcements for Military Appreciation Monday. Sinise and Collective Soul are all actively involved in supporting active duty and retired military personnel through a variety of organizations and initiatives including tours to military installations overseas.

“This is the 10th year I’ve had the pleasure to partner with Golden Corral in supporting our troops, past and present, through Military Appreciation Monday,” said Sinise. “The number of meals given away and amount of money donated in the past 13 years really distinguishes Golden Corral’s commitment to the military. I’m proud and happy to help raise awareness for Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday.”

Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17 to any person who is or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves – identification is not required. State and local DAV representatives will be on-site at all Golden Corral locations coordinating the collection of donations from customers. While only current and former military qualify for the free meal, everyone is encouraged to come out and show support for our veterans. For more information on Military Appreciation Monday, please visit

About Golden Corral Corporation:

Founded in 1973, privately held Golden Corral Corp. is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. Theodore M. Fowler Jr. serves as its president and chief executive officer.  Golden Corral currently has 500 restaurants in 41 states.  The company’s vision is to be the leader in the family restaurant segment by making pleasurable dining affordable for every guest, at every restaurant, every day.  Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Golden Corral helped raise more than $1.40 million dollars for the DAV in 2013 as part of its annual “Military Appreciation Monday" initiative. Golden Corral is the major sponsor of Camp Corral, a free “week of a lifetime” summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military families ( ).  For more information on Golden Corral, visit

Great Clips Makes it Easy to Thank a Veteran! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Behan   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:54

Great Clips customers get a free haircut card on Veterans Day to give to a veteran as a gesture of thanks

(October, 2014) – When we see men and women in uniform we may salute or shake their hand—an important gesture of respect.  Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, encourages Americans to thank veterans in a tangible way too, by awarding them a free haircut.  It’s part of Great Clips’ “Thank a Veteran” promotion, and it’s one small gesture with a powerful message of appreciation.  Customers who come in for a service on Veterans Day, (Nov. 11) get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The free haircut cards are redeemable all the way through the end of 2014. In 2013, the first year of the promotion, Great Clips salons nationwide provided more than 130,000 free haircuts to veterans, and this year, they expect to give away even more.

March into Great Clips

On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of military service, through Dec. 31, 2014. This is not a one day freebie. The free haircut cards are good for 51 days–giving this promotion more longevity than most honoring our veterans.

“Most of us know at least one veteran we would like to thank on that day,” says Great Clips CEO, Rhoda Olsen, who is married to a Vietnam veteran. “We invite everyone to come into a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to purchase a service and pick up a free haircut card. To help show appreciation for those who have served or are serving our country, give the card to veterans in your family, or neighborhood or just someone you notice is a veteran. It’s a simple, yet meaningful way for all Americans to say thank you to veterans with the help of Great Clips.”

How It Works:

• Customers come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
• Limit one card per customer (while supplies last).
• The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Great Clips fromNov. 11–Dec. 31, 2014, with proof of military service.

• Veterans who visit Great Clips in the U.S. on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to redeem by Dec. 31. After Nov. 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free haircut. 

“Many of our franchise owners, corporate staff and Great Clips stylists have served in the military, or have family members or customers who have served, so we are all excited to be a part of this nationwide ‘thank you’ to our men and women in uniform,” says Terri Miller, Great Clips’ sr. vice president of marketing and communications. “To make sure as many veterans as possible have the opportunity to get their free haircut, we made the free haircut cards good through the end of the year. We want to give these great people more time to visit a Great Clips salon and redeem this thank you card for a free haircut in honor of their service.”


About Great Clips, Inc.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,600 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer service system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit

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Written by Hollie Dugan   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 16:04

Hometown Plumbing & Heating, 13606 - 118th Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, received a prestigious construction award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa during the association’s annual Excellence in Construction Gala held recently in Altoona.

Hometown Plumbing & Heating was recognized with a 2014 Award of Excellence in the Plumbing - Commercial & Industrial $250,000 - $1 Million Category. The award was presented based on the company’s work on Heart of America Group – Elmore Marketplace Site Utilities – Davenport, Iowa. McClure Engineering Associates, Inc. was the architect/engineer for this project. Criteria for the award included complexity of the project, attractiveness, unusual challenges, innovation, safety, and budget compliance.

“This project is an example of the innovation and commitment to outstanding craftsmanship that embody merit shop construction. The superior workmanship illustrates the high level of quality produced by merit shop contractors,” said ABC of Iowa President and CEO Greg Spenner.


West Music Announces Closing of Ottumwa Store Location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:14

Ottumwa, IA - November 4, 2014 - West Music Company announced that it will close its Ottumwa, Iowa store location effective December 31, 2014. West Music began its presence in Ottumwa in 1995. The music store, located at 404 West Main Street, had previously been owned by Milo Sorden and then Harry Carter.

West Music's commitment to the area school music programs and local musicians remains extremely important to all parties. Through weekly visits by West Music's Educational Sales Representatives, West Music will continue to provide quality instruments, products, and services to the Ottumwa community. As an additional convenience for musicians in the community, West Music is in the process of searching for local partners to establish satellite locations that will stock every day musical accessories such as reeds, lubricants, and popular method books. For more information, please contact Robin Walenta, President of West Music, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 319-351-2000.

"After 20 years of servicing the Ottumwa community and continuing the tradition of Sorden's Music, we are sad to close our doors in Ottumwa. This is a decision we did not take likely - with the shrinking economy in southern Iowa, it became necessary for us to make this decision.  The school music business remains strong and our commitment to those accounts remains strong as our Educational Sales Representative will continue the great work he is doing in servicing the southern Iowa communities." said Robin Walenta, President of West Music.

Beginning November 1 through December 31, 2014, West Music Ottumwa will host a Store Closing Store with drastically reduced prices on musical instruments and accessories. Southeast Iowa continues to have a strong music tradition and West Music encourages the community to come to West Music Ottumwa during the Store Closing Sale to take advantage of incredible deals and celebrate the impact that West Music Ottumwa has had on the community. The deals won't last long, stop in early for the best selection.

West Music remains committed to servicing southeast Iowa and encourages customers to shop online at or visit other West Music stores - located in Cedar Falls, Coralville, Decorah, Dubuque, Marion, Moline, Illinois, or the piano gallery in Urbandale, Iowa.

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music continues to fulfill its mission of creating musical communities by providing knowledge, products, and services people need to experience the power of making music! West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has seven retail locations in Iowa and western Illinois including two new locations with their recent acquisition of Kephart’s Music Center. For more information, visit West Music’s website at or call 1-800-373-2000.

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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:43
New Energy and New Look for Moline’s Favorite Shopping Center

MOLINE, Ill ― October 31, 2014 ― SouthPark Mall is ready for its big reveal. For the past 12 months, the center has seen significant enhancements and today, in partnership with the community, retailers and shoppers, the new SouthPark will be unveiled.

At 10am on November 13th, SouthPark will officially reveal the new shopping experience. Officials from the City of Moline, the Chamber and a special guest, Santa will attend. “Rediscover SouthPark” festivities will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a free family concert with The Blenders, the 44th annual Mr. Thanksgiving’s press conference, the opening of the newly designed Children’s Play Area, and a multitude of local performers including Rockridge Show Choir, CASI New Horizon Band and Black Hawk College Choir.

“For over 40 years, SouthPark Mall has been an anchor in the community,” said Kathy Jurgens, Property Manager for SouthPark Mall. “We are committed to bringing in the best brands and elevating the experience. We invite everyone to help us celebrate this major milestone as we share the new SouthPark Mall.”

In total, thirteen national retailers have reinvested new prototypes into the center including Journeys, Shoe Dept. Encore and Bath & Body Works. Improvements to the interior and exterior aesthetics are making the mall a completely new shopping experience. The new lighting, brighter colors and soft seating amenities are transforming the center. The newly designed Children’s Play Area will be revealed on November 13th as well. Located next to Express and DEB, the new area will feature a tribute to our farming community.

More excitement is set for the center as DICK’S Sporting Goods is now under construction. Known for an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories to serve the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of the Moline community, DICK’S will be a great complement to the shopping center. The store will open in summer 2015.

“The City of Moline is very pleased and grateful for the substantial reinvestment made by Macerich into SouthPark Mall symbolizing their commitment to the Moline and Illinois Quad Cities community,” said Mayor Scott Raes. “SouthPark Mall has been the community’s commercial anchor for many years and this revitalized shopping center, with new prototype stores from national retailers and the addition of DICK’S Sporting Goods, creates an entirely new shopping experience for all citizens in the Quad Cities. The city is appreciative of its partnership with Macerich to make this goal a reality.”

For more information on free, fun events, visit or follow us on Twitter @SouthParkMallIL and like us on Facebook at

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust or REIT, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 57 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 53 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country's most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in California, Arizona, Chicago and the Greater New York Metro area. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company's website at


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