SOURCE: Learning Express

Learning Express

March 02, 2011 11:07 ET

Toy Store Franchise Receives Two Awards

Learning Express Is Recognized by the Franchise Business Review

DEVENS, MA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Each year, the Franchise Business Review surveys thousands of franchise owners and names the Top Franchise Opportunities of the year. Learning Express, the nation's leading educational toy retailer, was honored with a place in the 2011 top ten list of all midsize franchise systems (http://www.fbr50.com/). Learning Express also earned a place as the #1 Retail Franchise (http://fbr50.com/category/Retail). According to Founder and CEO Sharon DiMinico, these honors hold particular meaning for her.

"The Franchise Business Review rankings and awards are based on the feedback of the people whose opinion matters the most -- the franchisees," she said. "That really means something to me and to this company. Every day we measure our success within the toy industry, but once a year we have the unique opportunity to see ourselves within the context of the entire franchise community. We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence."

Learning Express opened fourteen new locations in 2010, bringing its total store count to 150 -- an important milestone in the history of the franchise. The company plans to open an additional 15-20 stores in the coming year.

For more information, please contact Ariel Faulkner at (978) 889-1087 or ariel@learningexpress.com.

About Learning Express
Learning Express is the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 150 locations across the country. Each store is proud to be counted amongst the family of homegrown local businesses in its community. Learning Express storeowners go to work each day to provide their neighbors with a warm, friendly environment in which to shop, meet, and learn. Whether shopping for a birthday gift on the go, that extra-special cherish-forever Christmas present, or the latest must-have collectible, Learning Express will always have the perfect toy. The Learning Express product mix is the creme de la creme of the industry, carefully evaluated for safety, child-tested for fun, and guaranteed to help parents raise smart, healthy kids. Perks such as expert advice, a "Birthday Box" for making birthday wishes, free gift-wrapping, free personalization, civic fundraising, and customer VIP programs set the Learning Express toy shops apart from other retailers. To learn more about Learning Express, franchise opportunities, or a store near you, visit www.learningexpress.com.

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