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APT Index: August Restaurant Same-Store Sales Highest in 2014 at 3.3%

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) today announced that the APT Index of U.S. same-store restaurant sales increased [+3.3%] in August, as check size, or sales per transaction, increased [+3.2%].

The [+3.3%] increase in the APT Index of restaurant sales for August is the highest reported this year after a disappointing first two quarters. While restaurants continued to struggle to drive more transactions, the APT Index showed that restaurant transactions increased [+0.2%] year-over-year, which could be a sign that restaurants are headed in the right direction.

The APT Restaurant Index enables restaurant executives to understand their “true comps.” Instead of simply looking at year-over-year changes, restaurant organizations can now compare each of their location’s sales to restaurant sales in the surrounding area to understand performance adjusted for local market factors outside of the control of decision-makers. The APT Restaurant Index captures sales data from tens of thousands of sales registers, making it the most definitive and accurate source for restaurant sales available. Further, the APT Restaurant Index integrates thousands of other data points, including temperature, precipitation, and demographics, to allow executives to understand how various factors impact performance.

August Restaurant Sales – by APT Index Numbers:

The big picture

    Overall nationwide sales: [+3.3%]
    Number of transactions: [+0.2%]
    Sales per transaction: [+3.2%]

The APT Index also shows where sales performance was highest in August, including areas where unemployment decreased year-over-year and where median income was less than $ 50K.

Impact of unemployment change on restaurant sales

    In areas where unemployment decreased year-over-year, the APT Index of sales increased [+3.6%]
    In areas where unemployment increased year-over-year, the APT Index of sales increased [+2.8%]

Impact of median income on restaurant sales

    In areas with median income less than $ 50K, the APT Index of sales increased [+4.3%]
    In areas with median income $ 50K or greater, the APT Index of sales increased [+2.8%]

Restaurant sales also varied among the Top 25 metro areas in August. The metro areas where the APT Index showed restaurants performing the best were: Boston, MA with a [+5.3%] increase in sales; Denver, CO [+4.8%]; and Houston, TX [+4.7%]. The areas where the APT Index showed restaurants performing the worst were: New York, NY [-0.5%], Philadelphia, PA [-0.1%], and Baltimore, MD [+1.3%].

[All figures are a year-over-year, same-location comparison from August 2014 to August 2013, adjusted for consistent weekdays.]

Anthony Bruce, CEO of APT, said, “The APT Index allows us to understand both how the economy and local markets, including states and very specific geographic areas, are performing. The APT Index reported that August same-store sales were the highest comps for restaurants this year at 3.3%. In fact, all states saw positive sales comps in August except for New Jersey, which was down 0.2%.”

Bruce added, “In addition to providing sales comps at a national level, the APT Index can provide restaurant executives with comps for each of their locations based on restaurants in the nearby area. This data enables them to answer very specific questions about their business, including: What should any given restaurant’s performance be, based on how nearby restaurants are doing? How can we determine if some restaurants are really over- or under-performing, or if their performance is due to what’s happening in their local area? How do we perform compared to surrounding restaurants when we run a national ad campaign? We are seeing a lot of excitement among restaurant executives in using the APT Index to answer these and other mission critical questions.”

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About APT

APT is the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company. APT’s Test & Learn software is revolutionizing the way Global 2000 companies harness their Big Data to accurately measure the profit impact of pricing, marketing, merchandising, menu, operations, and capital initiatives, tailoring investments in these areas to maximize ROI. APT’s client portfolio includes Walmart, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Panera, Subway, Lowe’s, SunTrust, Hilton Hotels, and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Taipei, and Tokyo. Visit to learn more.

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Visit ReBath of Albany at the Your Life, You Health Expo at the Sportsplex of Halfmoon

Clifton Park, NY (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

ReBath of Albany will have a display at the ‘Your Life, You Health’ Expo at the Sportsplex of Halfmoon September 26 and 27.

ReBath of Albany’s display will be a great example of how they can transform anyone’s bathroom into a safer and more beautiful room. They will have both a walk-in shower and a walk-in tub on display, as well as their various colors and styles.

ReBath of Albany’s walk-in showers have a low-barrier threshold, making it easier and safer to step in and out. Their walk-in showers have extra safety options too. Grab bars, handheld sprayers and their unique built-in seat can all be added.

Walk-in tubs are a fabulous idea for anyone who benefits from hydrotherapy but struggles to get in and out of their tub. ReBath of Albany’s walk-in tubs feature an out swing door, ideal for safe entry and exit. A walk-in tub will be on display at the expo, so make sure to stop by and try it out.

Admission and parking for the expo are free. The event will offer health screenings, cooking seminars, fitness demonstrations, family activities and more.

Hours for the Expo are: Friday September 26, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday September 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About ReBath of Albany

ReBath of Albany is a franchise of ReBath®, which sells patented DuraBath SSP™ acrylic products. ReBath of Albany is a bathroom remodeling company that specializes in the tub and shower area, installing acrylic tub and shower replacements, bathtub liners, tub to shower conversions, barrier-free showers, low-threshold shower bases and walk-in tubs in as little as one day. ReBath of Albany can also remodel the rest of the bathroom in as little as two days. Their service areas are located throughout New York including the cities and towns of Albany, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Fulton, Troy and many more. For more information about the services ReBath of Albany offers, visit

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Air Liquide Commissions Two Facilities in the Bayport Industrial District in Texas

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

Air Liquide hosted a grand opening event this week for two packaged gas facilities in the Bayport Industrial District, southeast of Houston, Texas.

The facilities, a cylinder filling center located on the grounds of Air Liquide’s industrial gas production complex in La Porte and a facility in Pasadena that produces specialty gas mixtures, were recently redesigned and rebuilt with industry-leading technologies that enhance safety and optimize productivity, efficiency and reliability.

The La Porte cylinder filling center features an innovative automated system that blends and packages pure industrial gases produced on-site such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases, incorporating state of the art technology to fill cylinders with enhanced precision and accuracy. The facility in Pasadena features Air Liquide’s in-house mixing technology as well as some of the most modern safety and gas detection equipment available, enabling Air Liquide to expand its blending and analytical capabilities.

The facilities will serve customers in a range of industries. Industrial and specialty gases are used for many applications, including research, analysis, process control, manufacturing, and many others.

John Buckley, CEO of Air Liquide USA LLC, commented, “These state of the art specialty gas facilities embody Air Liquide’s mission to serve customers with operational excellence, incorporating best-in-class technologies to optimize productivity, reliability, and most importantly, safety, in our cylinder operations. These facilities are vital assets of Air Liquide, and we are proud of their important role in the strength and growth of industry and this region.”

Air Liquide’s history in the Bayport Industrial District dates back to the mid-1960s, and today employs nearly 300 people at multiple facilities in La Porte and Pasadena.

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Construction Underway on Kane Realty Corporation’s $78 Million Student Housing Community at NC State University

Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) September 22, 2014

A new upscale, off-campus student housing community is coming to North Carolina State University and will open in Summer 2015. Kane Realty Corporation, a Raleigh-based development and management company focused on mixed-use properties, began construction on the $ 78 million project this past spring. Stanhope will continue the revitalization of Hillsborough Street with 822 beds and 25,000 square feet of retail space.

Located just steps from NC State University and less than one mile from Meredith College, Stanhope is situated at 3001 Hillsborough Street. Named to honor the historic Stanhope neighborhood, the mixed-use community will offer students a wide range of amenities, including an oasis saltwater pool with splash deck, outdoor courtyards with televisions, fire pits, grills and open green space, integral parking deck, hi-tech cyber lounge, study lounges on each floor, art studio, two-story game room, fitness center with cardio mezzanine and two tanning rooms, ground level retail, restaurants and services and more.

Uniquely, the community is heavily focused on green living, offering electronic car charging stations, recycling rooms on every floor, a bicycle storage room, energy efficient windows, sustainable landscaping design with organic fertilizer and LED lighting used throughout the grounds and more.

“We identified an opportunity to create a truly unmatched type of student living that focused on not only amazing amenities and convenience, but also the importance of being environmentally-friendly,” said John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty Corporation. “We are confident that Stanhope will be a one-of-a-kind living destination for University students.”

Residents will be able to choose from a variety of spacious floor plans including studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom options. The individual apartments will come fully furnished and will include televisions with cable and HBO, Energy Star appliances, granite countertops, wood plank style flooring, smart key unit entry system, washer and dryer and more. The entire property is also equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, and will employ an on-site maintenance and management staff.

Kane Realty Corporation has hired Asset Campus Housing(ACH), the largest management and privately held student housing company in the U.S., to manage the residential community.

“We are very excited to partner with Kane Realty Corporation to manage the successful lease-up of Stanhope,” said Joe Goodwin, senior vice president of marketing for Asset Campus Housing. “We look forward to helping bring this community to life in Raleigh and to foster a fun and interactive environment that promotes success for every resident.”

Kane Realty Corporation will lease and manage the retail space. The project team also includes Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Clancy & Theys General Contractors. Financing is provided by Wells Fargo Bank and Federal Capital Partners.

Stanhope student apartments will open for students Summer 2015. For more information, please visit or in-person at the residential leasing office, located at 2408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Retail inquiries can be directed to Kane Realty Corporation, 919.833.7755.

About Kane Realty Corporation

Focused on the development and management of retail and mixed-use properties of the highest quality, Kane Realty Corporation is dedicated to the goal of creating irresistible places where people will naturally want to gather. Through concern for smart growth and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the property from design to management, Kane’s mission is to build places that improve the quality of life of their businesses, their employees, residents and visitors. For more information, please visit

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Greenville, SC (PRWEB) September 23, 2014

AssetPoint, a leading provider of Computerized Maintenance Management Software / Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS / EAM) solutions, announced House of Raeford Farms has selected TabWare CMMS / EAM for their poultry processing facility in Teachey, NC.

House of Raeford Farms is one of the nation’s Top 10 chicken producers with processing facilities located throughout the southeastern United States. The family-owned company expanded into chicken production in 1959 and has a unique combination of operations that cover every aspect of the industry: specialized breeding; the production of raw, processed chicken; and fully cooked chicken and turkey products for retail and foodservice customers. House of Raeford is committed to personalized service and customer satisfaction and insists on “no-compromise” quality in every product they offer.

When selecting a maintenance management solution, maintaining a safe, accident-free and healthy work environment was a primary concern for House of Raeford, and a CMMS / EAM solution which enabled them to fully comply with their health and safety program was imperative. They also required an easy-to-use solution that would help maintain their Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification and streamline the audit process. In addition to Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and compliance support, TabWare CMMS / EAM was selected based on its robust spare parts inventory, equipment history tracking and advanced Analytics capabilities.

House of Raeford chose the Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment option so they could get up and running quickly and with minimal IT demands. AssetPoint passes an annual SSAE 16 Type II audit for system and data security year after year and maintains a formal disaster recovery process to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. TabWare has an annual overall uptime rate of over 99.97%, so customers can rest assured that their data is safe and secure at all times.

AssetPoint has been a leader in CMMS / EAM solutions for over 30 years, and TabWare, a Best-in-Class CMMS / EAM solution designed by maintenance professionals for maintenance professionals, is utilized by organizations of all sizes and in many industries, such as Oil & Gas, Discrete and Process Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Chemicals and Mining & Metals. TabWare maximizes asset performance and improves maintenance efficiencies, resulting in reduced operating costs and higher profit margins. TabWare is easy to learn and easy to use, so organizations are able to get up and running in days. AssetPoint offers three flexible deployment options: Software as a Service (SaaS), Online (hosted) and On-site for organizations who want TabWare on their own servers. TabWare is the leading CMMS / EAM solution for organizations that want full functionality without the expense, resources and time other solutions demand.

“We needed a solution provider that could help us maintain our SQF certification and were introduced to TabWare through a recommendation from Amick Farms. TabWare meets all of our functional requirements, including a SaaS deployment option, and with TabWare Analytics’ advanced reporting capabilities, we are able to easily manage and track our equipment history and make sure our assets are operating at optimum efficiency.” Cowan Johnson, House of Raeford Plant Manager, said.

Mike Levine, AssetPoint CEO, said, “AssetPoint is very pleased that House of Raeford has selected TabWare for their poultry processing plant’s maintenance and asset management requirements. A recommendation by Amick Farms is a tremendous complement to our Best-in-Class solution, TabWare, and we are looking forward supporting House of Raeford as they continue to grow and deliver the highest quality poultry products.”

About House of Raeford Farms:

House of Raeford Farms, Inc. is one of the nation’s top ten largest chicken processors, providing ready-to-cook chicken and further processed chicken and turkey products to the foodservice, retail, and export markets. The company is family-owned and operated and based out of Rose Hill, North Carolina with additional facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The organization is committed to employing the best people, maintaining and operating state-of-the-art facilities, producing the highest quality products, and providing the utmost in customer service and satisfaction. For more information visit

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Kennett Square, PA (PRWEB) September 22, 2014

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) will present its fourth annual family health and fitness fair ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® This event promotes Hispanic family physical activity and good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of all ages and all sizes. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Anson B. Nixon Park, 100 Waterworks Drive, in Kennett Square, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

“This is a wonderful event each year and it is growing in attendance,” said Margarita Queralt Mirkil, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Comunidad Hispana (LCH). “You can’t beat free family fun that promotes healthy living.”

¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® demonstrates the power of culture, family, and community to promote better health for all. The Kennett Square event will feature free flu shots and health screenings. The family activities will include live music and dance performances, pony rides and bounce houses, sports clinics, a health walk, and juggling and Zumba sessions. There will also be community and health education tables, healthy snacks and the second annual fresh salsa tasting contest. Raffle prizes include complimentary annual YMCA memberships, tickets to the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, gift certificates to local restaurants, retail, and entertainment such as Boomers Family Fun Center and Oasis.

“The support we receive from Newman’s Own Foundation and the Healthy Americas Foundation allows us to serve 25,000 people at community family health events this year, like the one this weekend in Kennett Square,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group, and author of The Latina Guide to Health and the Buena Salud® Guide book series.

“We are proud to support the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in providing community-based health and nutrition outreach,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is the support of nonprofits whose focus is on nutrition, and ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® works to address a broad range of needs on the local level.”

All participants of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Kennett Square will be eligible to register for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Buena Salud® Club. This free membership club is designed to promote healthy lifestyles by providing year-round reliable and confidential health information and provider referrals.


About La Comunidad Hispana (LCH)

Established in 1973, La Comunidad Hispana is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to to help low-income residents of southern Chester County to stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive lives by providing high-quality, culturally welcoming services. LCH is located at 731 W. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. For more information on LCH and its programs, visit or call (610) 444-7550.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

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In its eighth year, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the premier national family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event series in the nation. These family-oriented events are organized by leading Hispanic community-based organizations and are tailored to the interests and cultures of each community. In 2014, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events are being held in Albuquerque, NM; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Kennett Square, PA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Brownsville, TX; and, San Diego, CA. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Healthy Americas Foundation present the series, along with its national supporter, Newman’s Own Foundation, national media partner, Univision Communication’s Salud es vida, and national partners, the Embassy of Mexico, and the United States Tennis Association. For more information call 1-866-783-2645, and visit or the event’s Facebook page at

Western Texas College Begins Fall Sports Season

Snyder, TX (PRWEB) September 21, 2014

The Western Texas College Westerners fall sports teams are on the pitch, on the course and on the court.

Cross Country- Coach James Williams is leading the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams. Upcoming regional meets at the end of October will determine what student athletes will qualify for nationals. On the WTC women’s team Camira Haughton from Jamaica and Corena Harrington from Hawkens, Texas have high hopes of reaching the national meet while Antonio Davila of Laredo, Texas and Rajay Hamilton from Jamaica will be striving to be national qualifiers.

Volleyball – The WTC volleyball team is competing against top ranked and high caliber teams. A young team in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, WTC has two players among the nations leaders. Lupita Quintanilla of Plainview, Texas is currently 6th in the nation in hits and kills. Vanessa Salazaar of Edinburgh, Texas is 8th in the nation in digs.

Soccer – The WTC women’s soccer team has a new coach. Fanta Cooper came from the New Mexico Military Institute. This exciting young team is led by Sarah Cenary from Turks/Cacos and Marta Orta of El Paso, TX.

On the men’s side, Coach Shawn Uhlenhake’s team is led by Gafar Dauda of Houston, TX, Kayode George from Houston, TX and Jerome Bland of London, England.

WTC Athletic Director Tammy Davis is proud of the success WTC student athletes have enjoyed. “Our coaches do a great job of working to get kids graduated. We’ve been able to graduate over 65% of our students and our placement of graduating sophomores at 4-year schools has been excellent.”

“We are 11th in the nation among Division 1 Junior Colleges in overall athletic team success. Based on National appearances in games, meets and individual events.”

“Winners win across the board. If you’re taking care of business in your competition arena you’re also more likely to be taking care of business in your personal life and in the classroom. We want to be a program that attracts the best but is also able to find the right fit for that student at the next level.”

WTC Athletic Director Tammy Davis can be reached at:

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