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McDonald's CEO Don Thompson leaving after tumultuous run.
reuters.com - McDonald's Corp, fresh off one of its worst financial years in decades, on Wednesday said Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson would leave at the end of February and be succeeded by Chief Brand Officer... [more] 29 Jan, 2015
Coconut's Fish Cafe Opens First Franchise Store in Dallas.
qsrmagazine.com - Coconut’s Fish Cafe has given Dallas residents a strong dose of Hawaiian culture. At its first franchise opening held recently at Dallas’s attractive Pavilion on Lovers Lane shopping center, guests... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
A Right Place for Seniors Franchise Opportunity.
prweb.com - With the increasing need for quality home care and assisted living facilities, CEO and President of People’s Care, Michael Kaiser RN has announced a new opportunity for individuals to... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Rita's Italian Ice Grows in Middle East and U.S. Stadiums.
qsrmagazine.com - Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 stores, opens 2015 with growth both at home and abroad as it awards its fourth international master franchise agreement... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
FASTSIGNS Secures $15M in Franchise Expansion Funding with Benetrends.
businesswire.com - FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has expanded its relationship with Benetrends to provide up to $15 million in funds to start-up and expanding franchisees for new center development. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2015
The Melting Pot Announces Year-End Achievements to Fuel Development.
prnewswire.com - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announced today key achievements in its strategic growth plan to build on its strong fondue foundation and position the brand for future franchise development... [more] 26 Jan, 2015

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Target’s exit leaves suppliers and pharmacists with debts and doubt.
theglobeandmail.com - When Target Corp. this month announced its decision to exit Canada, the shocking news reverberated across the country. Among the first to feel the pinch were Target’s franchised pharmacists... [more] 23 Jan, 2015

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Morris makes its mark on franchise programme.
bdaily.co.uk - One of the UK’s leading oil blenders has appointed a new franchise dealership manager with two decades of experience in the industry. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Personalised print franchise launches with “no catch no cost” opportunities.
startups.co.uk - ASK Print giving franchisees chance to operate their own online personalised print shop as it looks to become internet’s “leading” online photo book and print system. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Dermot Desmond’s sons to bring Five Guys to Ireland.
irishtimes.com - The quickest growing fast casual dining restaurant business in the US is seeking 10 locations in Ireland north and south in which to start trading. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Oven Rescue Group celebrates success of franchisees new and old.
startups.co.uk - Oven Rescue Group, a domestic and commercial oven cleaning chain, has announced a discounted franchise package of £10,000 for new franchisees following the success of its existing members. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2015
Hairspray aiming for up to €6m investment to open 30 UK outlets.
independent.ie - Irish hair products chain Hairspray is hoping that success in its new Manchester outlet will help it net an investment of as much as €6m. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2015

EUROPE


Ikea’s growth in China and Europe boosts staff bonuses.
theguardian.com - Ikea paid out hundreds of millions of euros in bonuses to its staff last year after growth in China and recovery in its European markets boosted sales. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Popular Ocean Basket franchise to open in Malta.
maltatoday.com.mt - Malta is set to net its first Ocean Basket restaurant in the coming weeks, with the opening of this popular franchise in the north of the island in spring 2015. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015


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AUSTRALIA


Wasabi Warriors take on Hong Kong.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Aussie sushi franchise Wasabi Warriors has launched its first overseas store, introducing its free range and locally sourced menu to the Hong Kong market. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2015

NEW ZEALAND


Quantum shift for McDonalds NZ - What would you like with that?
franchise.co.nz - McDonald’s New Zealand has launched its first Customer Learning Lab’ which offers a touch-screen-operated ‘Build your own burger’ facility and table service. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2015
Kiwi wins Young Entrepreneurs trip to US franchise conference.
franchise.co.nz - A young Mt Maunganui woman has been recognised as one of the next generation leaders in the franchise industry worldwide. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2015

ASIA / PACIFIC


Buffalo Wild Wings Expands to the Philippines.
qsrmagazine.com - Buffalo Wild Wings announced the opening of its first restaurant in the Philippines on January 29. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Cold Stone Creamery China Opens First Sub-Franchised Location In Hangzhou.
prnewswire.com - Cold Stone Creamery Master Franchisee for China, Shanghai Cold Stone Ice Cream Corporation (SCSICC), achieved an important milestone recently by opening the first sub-franchised location. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2015
Apple plans 500 iOS stores in India; may take franchise route.
indianretailer.com - US based electronics major Apple plans to open 500 'iOS' stores in India and the expansion will also mark its entry into smaller towns and cities. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2015

MIDDLE EAST


Reem Al Bawadi to offer franchise opportunities at Gulfood.
tradearabia.com - Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant and Café, a themed family restaurant that is renowned for its authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, is set to offer franchising opportunities at the upcoming Gulfood 2015. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
JAN-PRO starts its operations in Saudi Arabia.
arabnews.com - JAN-PRO International, a leading commercial cleaning franchise starts its services in Saudi Arabia with its country master franchisee Makarem Group of Companies under the leadership of Makarem S. Batterjee. ... [more] 27 Jan, 2015
Tony Roma’s Expands in the Middle East with New Dubai Restaurant.
prweb.com - Tony Roma’s announces the grand opening of its newest restaurant, located in the United Arab Emirates' largest city of Dubai. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2015
Carrefour Franchisee to Pursue Egypt Growth as Retail Recovers.
bloomberg.com - The owner of Carrefour SA’s (CA) franchise for the Middle East will pursue expansion in Egypt after business at a shopping mall in Cairo’s suburbs recovered from looting during the 2011 revolt that ended... [more] 24 Jan, 2015

ELSEWHERE


Another fast-food chain closes in Costa Rica.
ticotimes.net - Last Saturday, the restaurant chain Bagelmen’s closed all of its locations in Costa Rica, laying off 110 employees. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2015

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