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Goodwill of Southern Nevada growing, adding jobs

Goodwill of Southern Nevada has broken ground on three new locations for Goodwill retail stores and drive-thru donation centers.

Two of the 16,000-square-foot buildings are new locations for the growing nonprofit and the third store was moved to provide more space. Each new building has approximately 12,000 square feet of selling space for donated goods.

The expansions will create more than 100 new, full-time jobs when the stores and drive-thru donation centers open in the spring.

“Opening three new stores in one quarter is a first for us,” Goodwill of Southern Nevada President and CEO Steve Chartrand said. “But by increasing our retail operations, we can help more people in our community find jobs. It’s that simple.”

When Chartrand took his post in 1996, Goodwill of Southern Nevada had two retail stores and 30 employees. When the new stores open, Goodwill of Southern Nevada will operate 16 retail locations and employ more than 800 people.

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Brothers grab franchise

Brothers Gregg and Brad Carlson, brothers, two longtime Las Vegans, acquired 10 locations of the Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchise throughout Nevada including Carson City, Reno, Henderson and Las Vegas.

“Five Guys is a family-held company, there really are ‘five guys’ and their culture and way of doing business is very much how my brother Brad and I have run our past businesses,” Five Guys Burgers and Fries co-owner Gregg Carlson said. “We’ve lived in the Las Vegas Valley for more than 20 years and look forward to bringing more Five Guys, along with the commitment to quality and customer service, to the community.”

Five Guys Burgers and Fries offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers, hot dogs and fries.

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Cyc Fitness expanding

Cyc Fitness, the indoor cycling method, announced plans for a broad national expansion with 10 new studios set to open by the end of 2015, including Las Vegas.

“Cyc’s ‘shop-in-shop’ concept works within an existing facility’s infrastructure, allowing for quick build-outs, highly competitive rates to riders, and the added benefit of existing high-end rider amenities which are often not available in traditional independent boutique fitness studios,” Cyc Fitness founder and CEO Stephen Nitkin said. “It’s a huge win for everyone involved and one of the primary reasons why Cyc is on pace to become one of the top three national boutique cycling studios by year-end 2015.”

The Cyc method, designed by trainer and fitness expert Keoni Hudoba and led by Cyc’s world-class team of “Cycologists,” combines cardio and strength training for a 45-minute ride that activates the whole body, the whole time.

Cyc’s multistudio expansion deal with DavidBartonGym includes locations in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas. Studio-specific details and additional studios will be announced throughout 2015.

“Our partnership with Cyc has been a tremendous success, increasing our member satisfaction and leading to invaluable crossover and conversion between our and Cyc’s loyal members. All elements of Cyc’s branding and aesthetic fit seamlessly within our unique environment. Cyc’s riders rave about our facilities and the DavidBartonGym members love the convenience of having our entire gym and a boutique studio experience all under one roof,” DavidBartonGym CEO Howard Brodsky said. “We’re excited to help Cyc further expand their ‘shop-in-shop’ concept and look forward to rolling out more studios within our world-class facilities nationwide.”

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Maverick goes Hawaiian

Maverick Helicopters, a division of Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded beyond Nevada and Arizona by unveiling its latest helicopter operation in Maui, Hawaii. The new helicopter expeditions will take flight starting in spring 2015.

“We take guests over the Grand Canyon and the famous Las Vegas Strip, two of the U.S.’ most adored vacation spots, so Hawaii is an absolute natural fit for us,” Maverick Aviation Group CEO Greg Rochna said. “I’m thrilled to see the company expand, and even more excited to become part of the Hawaiian tourism community.”

Maui, Hawaii, will become Maverick Helicopters’ fifth permanent location and will offer helicopter experiences overlooking “The Valley Isle,” Maui. The island boasts breathtaking landscapes, mountains, countless waterfalls, lush rainforests, volcanoes and even occasional marine life sightings.

During the flight, the helicopter pilot narrates through voice-activated headsets as the group explores the Hawaiian scenery.

Maverick Helicopters operates the largest and youngest fleet of over 40 ECO-Star helicopters in the world featuring quiet technology.

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