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Bruster's Ice Cream plans 25 new locations in '15.
qsrweb.com - Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Mighty adds 4 tire dealer franchisees.
tirebusiness.com - Tire distributors from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia are among the companies that became Mighty Auto Parts franchised distributors in the past year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
First New CEO Announced in Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies 30 Year History.
franchising.com - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
Restaurant sector drags down UNH Franchising Index.
seacoastonline.com - The University of New Hampshire Rosenberg Franchise 50 Index lost 1 percent in the third quarter of 2014, weighed down by the poor performance of its restaurant franchisors. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
The Go To Crew Announces Bold New Master Franchise Offering.
prweb.com - Under agreement with Master Franchise Specialist (MFS), a franchise brokerage firm, The Go To Crew (TGTC) announces a Master Franchise offering geared to savvy investors. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
The Top 10 Franchises of 2015.
entrepreneur.com - The results of Entrepreneur's 36th annual Franchise 500 reveal that franchises of all stripes are continuing to rapidly expand, with these top 10 franchises leading the pack. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
Senior care company to hire up to 200 next year.
bizjournals.com - Sacramento - A home-care franchise plans to hire between 180 and 200 caregivers next year to meet growing demand for services in the region. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

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CANADA


tag franchise wins Country Style.
cfa.ca - Country Style, the 50 year old Canadian coffee chain, has hired leading franchise marketing agency, tag franchise, formerly the adlib group, to lead its branding initiative. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Meet the UK Franchisee of the Year 2014: Tina Young.
thebfa.org - Winning, work/life balance and turning her passion into a business: hear from the Barking Mad businesswoman and mother-of-two who triumphed over global brands to be named bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Property franchise MartinCo set for renewed growth after purchase of competitor franchise chain.
startups.co.uk - AIM-listed property franchise MartinCo plc has expanded its franchise network with the purchase of the entire property franchise arm of Legal & General – Xperience... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
My experience taking the QFP: Simon Hanna.
thebfa.org - The QFP is the national qualification for franchising professionals. Here Simon Hanna details how taking his has helped him practically in his day-to-day role. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
bfa membership elects new board of directors.
thebfa.org - New franchisors elected to become directors of the Association, alongside new forum chairs and committee chairs as the bfa's governance structure for 2015 is announced. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Pam Bader OBE and Brian Lewis receive bfa Companionships.
thebfa.org - CEO of Molly Maid and founder of Cash Generator are awarded the highest honour bestowed by the bfa for their dedication and long-term commitment to ethical franchising. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Memorandum of understanding signed between bfa and Abu Dhabi Chamber.
thebfa.org - Simon Bartholomew signs cooperative agreement between the bfa and the Chamber, with the Middle East proving to be fertile ground for UK brands expanding overseas. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014

EUROPE


Schlotzsky’s Opens First Russian Location.
businesswire.com - Schlotzsky’s has debuted its first location in Russia, part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
McDonalds fast food chain making big changes to boost sales.
radio.cz - When the McDonald fast food chain arrived in the Czech Republic twenty-two years ago it was a huge hit. But in recent years business has been slowing down and profits have been stagnating. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
IKEA concentrates ownership of shopping centres.
reuters.com - World no.1 furniture retailer IKEA is consolidating the ownership structure of its shopping malls as it aims to grow the operation more efficiently, it said on Wednesday. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Potbelly plans major European expansion.
chicagobusiness.com - Chicago-based sandwich chain Potbelly has signed a “big deal” with a franchisee to expand into a “large European capital” by the early part of 2015, the company's chief executive said today. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

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AUSTRALIA


La Porchetta confirms it is out of RFG deal.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Italian casual dining franchise La Porchetta has withdrawn from negotiations with Retail Food Group (RFG) regarding the purchase of its business. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Cash Converters buys six Victorian stores.
finnewsnetwork.com.au - Cash Converters International Limited says it has finalised the acquisition of six franchised stores in Victoria for $10.8 million. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Quest's new partnership targets global mobility.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Quest Serviced Apartments has become the Australian strategic partner with The Apartment Service, a global agent of serviced apartments, which offers a network of over 700 international locations... [more] 18 Dec, 2014

NEW ZEALAND


McDonald's aims to beef up its burger image.
stuff.co.nz - McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the New Zealand beef that goes into its hamburgers really is. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Franchisee fed up as assurances fall flat.
stuff.co.nz - Former Pak 'n Save grocery assistant Sani Thomas, 31, fears he has lost $19,500 in an attempt to get ahead with a Mr Green cleaning franchise in Christchurch. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014


ASIA / PACIFIC


Retailing, franchising and licensing industy in Thailand goes international with "ReatailEX ASEAN and FranchisEX ASEAN 2015”.
thaipr.net - The Thai Retailers Association announces the inaugural RetailEX ASEAN 2015 & FranchisEX ASEAN 2015- RFA 2015 (2 Co-located Events) scheduled to take place from 17 – 19 September 2015... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Barista Coffee on overdrive, plans 550 new outlets in 5 years.
indiatimes.com - The new owner of Barista Coffee plans to open 550 outlets of the coffee chain in the next five years with sales target of $50 million (about Rs 310 crore) for the fifth year. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Jollibee investing $180m in China.
manilastandardtoday.com - Jollibee Foods Corp. said Friday it formed a joint venture with Asian investment fund Jasmine Asset Holdings Inc. to own and operate Dunkin’ Donuts in China. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Carl's Jr. signs agreement to enter Japan.
qsrweb.com - Carl’s Jr. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer in Japan. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2014
Australia's Gloria Jean's Coffee ends India franchise with Landmark group.
dnaindia.com - Australian coffee cafe brand Gloria Jean's Coffees has ended its master franchise agreement in India with Citymax Hospitality, the hospitality division of the Dubai-based retail giant Landmark Group. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
Cold Rock set for Vietnam.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Cold Rock Ice Creamery will be opening its stores in Vietnam as part of its mission to take the desserts brand to an international market. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
CADD Centre's DreamZone To Open 200 Centres.
franchiseindia.com - DreamZone, an initiative of CADD Centre, has set a target of opening 200 centres by the end of this financial year. The brand is presently running 60 centres in the country and several others are... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

MIDDLE EAST


Dur, IHG in accord for franchise of Holiday Inn.
zawya.com - DUR Hospitality Company has signed a master development agreement on Sunday with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for the franchise of a number of Holiday Inn & Suites across Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

ELSEWHERE


Costa Rica's franchise sector grows by nearly 13 percent in 2014.
ticotimes.net - Despite reports of slow growth in Costa Rica’s business sector, those operating under the franchising regime grew by 12.7 percent in 2014, according to the National Franchise Center (CENAF). ... [more] 18 Dec, 2014
Red Roof Inn Expands Internationally with First Hotel Scheduled to Open in Brazil in 2015.
businesswire.com - U.S. economy lodging leader, Red Roof Inn®, meeting high demand for its brand, is expanding, expected to open its first international destination in Brazil. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
RE/MAX Sells Two International Master Franchises.
prnewswire.com - Global real estate franchisor RE/MAX, LLC divided and sold their Caribbean and Central America (CCA) region today. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2014
Franchises operating in Peru total 362.
andina.com.pe - The number of franchises operating in Peru totals 362. 150 are Peruvian, while the remaining 212 are foreign, declared Luis Kiser, President of Front Consulting. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

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