ASIA / PACIFIC
FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
Franchising forecasted for the future of local businesses.
mmtimes.com - Knowledge of franchising is still at the earliest stages, hindering development of what could be a high-growth part of the economy, according to local and international experts. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2015
Domino's Pizza expands into Azerbaijan and Cambodia.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's Pizza announced its entry into two new markets, Azerbaijan and Cambodia. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2015
Hooters Takes Flight in Asia with 30-Location Development Agreement.
businesswire.com - Hooters of America, LLC, today announced an extensive development agreement to open 30 Hooters locations throughout Southeast Asia over the next six years. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2015
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
Burger King to enter Fijian market.
fijilive.com - Fastest growing burger chain - Burger King will soon enter the Fijian market. This has been made possible through an agreement between Motibhai Group and BURGER KING® Asia Pacific. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Quiznos opens Southeast Asian units.
nrn.com - Quiznos’ U.S. unit count continues to decline, but the fast-casual sandwich chain is pushing into Asia in a big way over the next few years. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2014
Domino's Pizza aims to double Asia-Pacific footprint.
nationmultimedia.com - Domino's Pizza International has set a strategic growth plan to double the size of its business in the Asia-Pacific region within seven to eight years. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2014
Krispy Kreme plans Bangladesh entry.
qsrweb.com - Krispy Kreme has signed a development agreement with its newest international franchisee, Orion Group, for 20 new stores throughout Bangladesh throughout the next five years. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Accor opens 600th hotel in Asia-Pacific.
franchisebusiness.com.au - The Park Lane hotel in Hong Kong has been rebranded to Accor's upscale accomodation offering, Pullman – bringing its total number of hotels in the Asia-Pacific to 600. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2014
Over 300 brands at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2014.
asiaone.com - Entrepreneurs and prospective franchisees met face to face with representatives of international brand concepts for 3 days during the 9th annual Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia). ... [more] 20 Oct 2014
Singapore's Yoma gets KFC franchise for Myanmar.
channelnewsasia.com - Yoma Strategic Holdings has clinched the franchise to open the first KFC fast-food restaurant in Myanmar. ... [more] 13 Oct 2014
Berjaya Food strengthens position with Starbucks.
theborneopost.com - Berjaya Food Bhd has further strengthened its position as a food and beverage player with the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent stake in Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2014
Ascott secures its first two franchise agreements.
franchise.net.au - The Ascott Limited, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has entered into franchise agreements with two companies to operate sites in Indonesia and Laos. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2014
IHOP Restaurants to Expand Asia Pacific Presence.
businesswire.com - DineEquity, Inc. today announced that International House of Pancakes LLC has signed an agreement with Pacific Pancakes, LLC, to open three IHOP restaurants on Guam by 2018. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2014
A taste for franchises in Brunei Darussalam.
theborneopost.com - Brunei Darussalam has proven to be fertile ground for international food chains entering the domestic market, with an increasing number using franchising as a way to extend their roots and reach out... [more] 31 May, 2014
Cheesecake Factory to expand to Asia.
nrn.com - The Cheesecake Factory Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Maxim’s Caterers Ltd. to develop at least 14 restaurants over the next 10 years in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China. ... [more] 20 May, 2014
TCBY Yogurt, Mrs. Fields Cookies Expands Internationally in Asia-Pacific Region.
yahoo.com - Famous Brands International, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies today announced that it is rapidly expanding its footprint in the Asia-Pacific Region. ... [more] 19 May, 2014
RadioShack Sets Asian Expansion Plans
twice.com - RadioShack plans to open at least 15 new stores in Asia over the next year. The CE chain said it will continue to work with its Malaysian franchisee Berjaya RadioShack on the rollout. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Australian franchises keen to operate in PNG.
solomonstarnews.com - Several franchises in Australia have indicated interest in partnering with National Development Bank (NDB) to bring in businesses to support locals in setting up businesses... [more] 20 Mar, 2014
CAMBODIA - Burger King chain to expand.
phnompenhpost.com - Burger King will launch another three restaurants in Cambodia by the end of the year, according to a company official, in a move that will bolster the fast food chain’s share of a market dominated by... [more] 20 Mar, 2014
CAMBODIA - BreadTalk chain set to open up in the capital.
phnompenhpost.com - The 15th Taipei International Chain and Franchise Spring Exhibition opened at the Taipei World Trade Center Friday, with over 100 chain business operators participating. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
BRUNEI - Burger King restaurant opens in Brunei.
yahoo.com - Burger King Worldwide, Inc. is proud to announce the opening on Tuesday February 25, 2014 of one Burger King restaurant in Brunei Darussalam by the brand's new franchisee, Sinofood Express. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Company to Open 180 Stores in Asia.
prweb.com - Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, based out of Provo, UT, has signed a contract with representatives in Asia to open 180 stores in the next ten years. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2014
BRUNEI - Starbucks debuts in Brunei.
fastcasual.com - Starbucks Coffee Company today announced two milestones in Southeast Asia, opening its first store in Brunei — the company's 64th global market — and its 100th store in Singapore. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2014
SRI LANKA - Burger King Debuts in Sri Lanka.
yahoo.com - Softlogic Restaurants (Pvt) Ltd, a franchisee of Burger King Worldwide, Inc., has recently unveiled three restaurants in Sri Lanka.. ... [more] 1 Jan, 2014
EAST TIMOR - Burger King opens in East Timor.
qsrweb.com - Burger King Worldwide this week announced that its first international burger restaurant in Timor-Leste is now open at Timor Plaza. ... [more] 27 Dec, 2013
Quiznos looks to Asia for growth.
nrn.com - Quiznos is making a big push into Asia with its first agreement in Indonesia and expanded plans in South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2013
BRUNEI - International franchises open new doors in Brunei.
asianewsnet.net - Brunei has recently been seeing a shift in the franchising landscape, with international brands coming in droves over the past several months. ... [more] 18 Oct, 2013
NEPAL - Franchise and Business Expo concludes.
myrepublica.com - The first Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo Nepal 2013 concluded in Kathmandu on Sunday. ... [more] 22 Sep, 2013
MONGOLIA - Round Table Pizza marks its debut in Mongolia.
pizzamarketplace.com - Round Table Pizza opened its first unit in Mongolia last month. The new restaurant is located on one of Ulaanbaatar's busiest commercial streets, according to the company. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2013
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Eagle Boys takes on PNG.
franchise.net.au - Eagle Boys has partnered with Port Moresby based retail company CPL Group to bring the brand to Papua New Guinea. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
Brunei to get first pretzel store in Nov.
asianewsnet.net - International franchise Auntie Anne's Pretzels is will open its doors in Batu Satu by November this year. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
FJ Benjamin signs deal for Raoul franchise in Sri Lanka.
businesstimes.com.sg - FJ Benjamin has inked a franchise agreement to open the first standalone Raoul store in Colombo, Sri Lanka, this December, just two months after it sealed a similar deal in China. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Auntie Anne’s to franchise 109 units overseas.
nrn.com - Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has signed franchise agreements in India, the Bahamas and Brunei, marking the snack brand’s first extension into the countries. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
Yum Plans to Open 15 KFC Restaurants in Mongolia Within 5 Years.
businessweek.com - Yum! Brands Inc. plans to open a total of 15 KFC restaurants within five years in Mongolia, where mutton has long been the local staple and chicken was considered a rare treat until recently. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
In isolated Myanmar, sanctions breed bogus US franchises.
globalpost.com - Two decades worth of embargoes have created a American franchising vacuum. In this void Myanmar’s entrepreneurs have been free to brand their own shops with the names and logos of America’s top... [more] 14 May, 2013
Franchising as an SME business strategy in East Africa.
thecitizen.co.tz - In East Africa, locally developed franchises are very rare and the franchising sector is dominated by a handful of foreign franchises which have over time developed to dominate their individual market segments... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
Remove Barriers To Franchise Sector To Boost Asian Growth.
scoop.co.nz - The University of Sydney Business School has launched a two year research project to identify the structural, regulatory, commercial and legal barriers to franchising in South East Asia and develop a strategy to... [more] 7 Feb, 2013
Marrybrown expands in Myanmar.
btimes.com.my - Local fast food franchise Marrybrown Sdn Bhd plans to open 20 restaurants in Myanmar in the next five years. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
Yum’s KFC to Open First Outlet in Mongolia.
bloomberg.com - Yum! Brands Inc. will open its first KFC restaurant in Mongolia, Asia’s fastest-growing economy, this year with conglomerate Tavan Bogd Group, the Ulan Bator-based company said. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2013
Aptech signs a master franchisee in Nepal.
indiatimes.com - Aptech has announced its strategic partnership in Nepal through a master franchisee to provide IT career courses offered by its retail brands - Aptech Computer Education and Arena Multimedia. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
Franchisers urged to look at Myanmar.
philstar.com - Franchisers are advised to consider setting up businesses in Myanmar to grow, as that country moves to attract more investments. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2012
RadioShack Eyes Asian Expansion.
yahoo.com - In a bid to tap the growing Asian market, RadioShack Corp. recently entered into an agreement with Asian retailer Cybermart to open small retail outlets in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2012
RE/MAX selects DC Micronesia as franchisor.
guampdn.com - The selection of DC Micronesia as the master franchisor for Micronesia and the Philippines was announced at the RE/MAX International convention in Las Vegas on March 5. ... [more] 17 Mar, 2012
Asia Delivers for McDonald's.
wsj.com - McDonald's Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa division, which accounts for more than a fifth of the company's revenue and showed same-store sales growth of 8.1% in November. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2011
SRI LANKA - Domino's Pizza enters Sri Lankan market.
indiagazette.com - Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, which operates Pizza major Domino's in India, Friday said that it has taken its operations to Sri Lanka with the opening of its first Domino's pizza store in Colombo. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Donut King expands into PNG.
franchise.net.au - Australian retail food brand manager and franchisor Retail Food Group this week opened its first Donut King store in Papua New Guinea, in conjunction with Donut King PNG master license partner... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
FIJI - KFC quits Fiji to keep Colonel's secret safe.
nzherald.co.nz - A battle of the colonels is brewing in Fiji over KFC's famous secret blend of herbs and spices in its fried chicken. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2011
FIJI - KFC announces temporary closure of Fiji outlets.
radiofiji.com.fj - The world's most famous chicken restaurant chain - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has been forced to temporary close its three outlets in Fiji after they were unable to import key ingredients... [more] 2 Aug, 2011
BANGLADESH - KFC Bangladesh wins 2 awards at Yum! International.
thefinancialexpress-bd.com - KFC Bangladesh received 2 awards from the world-renowned restaurant group Yum! Restaurants International. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
LAOS - The Pizza Company Enters Laos's Market.
bernama.com - Lao and Thai business people opened this week a franchise outlet of the Pizza Company and Swensen's with their joint-venture investment of over 6 billion kip (US$500,000). ... [more] 25 Mar, 2010
MALAYSIA / CAMBODIA - QSR expanding in Cambodia.
thestar.com.my - QSR Brands Bhd will open five new Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlets and its first Pizza Hut restaurant in Cambodia this year. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2010
NEPAL - After PizzaHut and KFC, Domino's Pizza eyes Nepal.
myrepublica.com - Jubilant FoodWorks, which runs the popular pizza chain Domino´s Pizza in India and Sri Lanka, is evaluating setting up shop in Nepal and Bangladesh. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2009
BANGLADESH - Pizza Inn Opens in Bangladesh.
qsrmagazine.com - Pizza Inn Inc. announced the opening of its first location in Bangladesh with a new store in the capital city of Dhaka. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2009
NEPAL - Pizza Hut and KFC foray into Nepal.
thehimalayantimes.com - Devyani International, under the umbrella of Ravi Kant Jaipuria’s RJ Corp, here today announced the arrival of Pizza Hut & KFC restaurants here, marking the first multinational chain of restaurants... [more] 22 Nov, 2009
MK chain puts expansion to Vietnam on its menu.
bangkokpost.com - MK Restaurants Co, the operator of the MK suki restaurant chain, will focus on expanding its franchise business in Southeast Asia after franchising 16 outlets in Japan. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2009
Jamie Oliver brings Italy to Asia.
news.com.au - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is planning to launch 30 Italian restaurants in Asia, with the first one set to open its doors in Hong Kong early next year. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2009
CAMBODIA - Swatch to expand in Cambodia. Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group said its franchisee will open two more branded stores in Cambodia. Its first store opened in April. .... [more]
13 Jul, 2009
CAMBODIA - QSR to expand KFC outlets in Cambodia. Johor Corp (JCorp), via QSR Brands Bhd, will invest about RM7 million to expand its Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast-food outlets in Cambodia. .... [more]
14 Nov, 2008
Hat Trick Beverages secures new master franchiser for Australasia. Hat Trick Beverages has secured interest from a single master franchisee for the exclusive distribution area of Australasia. .... [more]
29 Oct, 2008
BRUNEI - Gloria Jean's Coffees sets eyes on Brunei market. Top gourmet coffee retailer Gloria Jean's Coffees has shifted gears to capture the speciality coffee market with immediate plans to open more stores in the region, including Brunei Darussalam. .... [more]
16 Aug, 2008
Colin’s plans 70 stores in S-E Asia. Turkey-based Colin’s & Loft, a specialist in jeans and casual wear, intends to set up 70 retail stores in South-East Asia within three years. .... [more]
21 May, 2008
BANGLADESH - Pizza Inn Expanding Into Southern ASIA. Pizza Inn, Inc. today announced the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to open up to 35 new units starting in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. .... [more]
2 May, 2008
CAMBODIA - QSR plans 4 KFC stores in Phnom Penh annually. QSR Brands Bhd hopes to set up four Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlets a year in Phnom Penh. .... [more]
29 Apr, 2008
Burger King chases rivals in Asia's Whopper market. Burger King, now making up for years of soggy growth and a decaying global business, is plotting an expansion into Asia in the coming half-decade to narrow the gap with arch-foe McDonald's. .... [more]
20 Dec, 2007
FIJI - Hard Rock to open outlet in Fiji. Global brand, Hard Rock International, known for dining, music, memorabilia and entertainment, will next month open its first outlet in Fiji, the Hard Rock Cafe Fiji. .... [more]
25 Oct, 2007
IHG Lines Up Large Asia/Pac Expansion. InterContinental Hotels Group today announced record company growth in the Asia/Pacific region this year, with 80 hotels signed in the past 12 months and brands entering several markets in which they previously had no presence. .... [more]
11 Oct, 2007
India's VLCC sets up shop in Nepal. Indian wellness guru Vandana Luthra's clinic VLCC has arrived in Nepal as the growing demand for trendy clothes, cosmetics and fitness centres creates an attractive market for Indian companies. .... [more]
3 Aug, 2007
Burger King May Add 250 Asia Stores Within Five Years. Burger King Holdings Inc., the second- largest U.S. hamburger chain, plans to add as many as 250 new stores in Asia in the next five years. .... [more]
6 Jun, 2007
M&S looks to open stores in Asia. Marks & Spencer has drawn up ambitious international expansion plans which could see the group open stores in India and China as early as next year. .... [more]
23 May, 2007
Auntie Anne's aims to double Asia outlets. The US-based pretzel maker Auntie Anne's Inc plans to double the number
of its outlets in Asia Pacific over the next three years. .... [more]
10 Apr, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts plans Asian expansion. Dunkin' Donuts announced Wednesday plans to expand in Asia, and will kick off the expansion with a store opening in Taipei City, Taiwan, today. .... [more]
17 Jan, 2007
Roasters Asia Pacific plans more outlets in region. Roasters Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (RAP) plans to expand its market in Asia Pacific by opening more Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurants in five years. .... [more]
8 Jan, 2007
Indian coffee chain blends into Pakistan. Cafe Coffee Day, India's largest coffee chain, has opened a cafe in Karachi, the first of 30 planned in Pakistan, its Pakistani franchise partner said on Friday. .... [more]
5 Jan, 2007
Cafe Coffee Day plans to open 30-50 outlets in Pakistan. Cafe Coffee Day, the first Indian coffee chain to open a branch in Pakistan, is set to come up with two more outlets in the next few months and 30-50 more in the next three to five years. .... [more]
17 Dec, 2006
Franchising Industry in Asia rising. The franchising industry in Asia is taking off, with the annual revenue growing by more than 50 billion U.S. dollars annually, a Singaporean senior official said here Wednesday. .... [more]
1 Nov, 2006
Coffee with kung fu: US co eyes Asian deal with Jackie Chan. A US company is hoping to put some kick in Jackie Chan’s coffee. Hometown Coffee of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, is partnering with Chan to open a chain of cafes, carts and kiosks bearing the martial artist’s name across Asia. .... [more]
3 Oct, 2006
FIJI - Fast food operator brings in Pizza Hut. International
fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken has started up the worldwide
Pizza Hut franchise in Fiji, five years after KFC opened its doors
here. .... [more]
3 Jul, 2006
MALAYSIA / SRI LANKA - Chicken King confident of growth in Sri
Lanka. Homegrown western-themed fast-food chain Chicken King
(CK) is confident of achieving significant growth for its business
in Sri Lanka. .... [more]
16 Sep, 2005
Hog's Breath set for entry into Asia. An Australian-owned
and developed American-themed steakhouse chain is about to let loose
on Asian diners. .... [more]
27 May, 2005
MONGOLIA - bd's mongolian barbeque Expands to Mongolia.
Billy 'bd' Downs, owner and founder of bd's mongolian barbeque, announced
today's opening of his 28th location - a non-profit restaurant in
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. .... [more]
20 May, 2005
BRUNEI - Fratini's Opens First Overseas Franchise In Miri.
Brunei's first food franchise eatery this week made history by venturing
beyond the Sultanate in putting down its stakes outside the country
for the first time teaching the Sarawakians the know how in fine cuisine.
9 May, 2005
BANGLADESH - Pizza Hut may go public. Pizza Hut will
soon serve world famous KFC fast food items in Dhaka. It may even
go public if the present surge in business continues. .... [more]
1 Apr, 2005
BRUNEI - SMEs have potential of turning into franchises.
Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday said
successful small and medium businesses (SMEs) in Sarawak can be expanded
and turned into franchises. .... [more]
30 Mar, 2005
FIJI - Aussie franchise owner looks at Fiji. Brumby's
managing director Michael Sherlock will be in Suva today to meet local
suppliers and potential franchisees. .... [more]
18 Mar, 2005
BRUNEI - Brunei royals lose $153m case to UK businessman.
A British businessman has won a £50 million legal ruling against
members of the Brunei royal family for breaching an investment agreement
to launch The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain in the United Kingdom.
8 Feb, 2005
Sixt eyes expansion in the Asia Pacific region. Germany's
car rental company Sixt AG has recently opened its Asia Pacific support
head office in Singapore. Announcing its expansion in the Asia Pacific
region, the company said it is on look out for recruiting franchise
partners. .... [more]
3 Feb, 2005
BRUNEI - Developing franchise-based tourism-related products.
Sabah has vast potential for further development of businesses including
franchising based on tourism-related products. .... [more]
29 Dec, 2004
BANGLADESH - A&W Restaurant launched. A&W Restaurant,
a popular US fast food chain yesterday formally opened an outlet to
cater for the taste buds of food connoisseurs in the city's posh Gulshan
area. .... [more]
16 Dec, 2004
FIJI - Fijians get a pizza the action. Ham and coconut
is nowhere on the menu but Fijians have gone ga-ga nonetheless for
the Pacific nation's first pizza chain, Eagle Boys. .... [more]
10 Dec, 2004
Aussie bakery house looking to expand into Asian countries.
Brumbys Bakeries Holdings Ltd has set its sights on Malaysia
and other countries in Asia. .... [more]
1 Dec, 2004
BRUNEI - Easy Way opens in Tutong. Tutong town is now
growing into a busy township with new modern commercial buildings
rising over the existing old shop-houses and various businesses opening
up. .... [more]
16 Oct, 2004
Best franchises are 'close to daily life'.
Franchise businesses that play a close role in people's daily lives
are among the most popular businesses in the Asia region, a Singapore
exhibition organiser says. .... [more]
22 Jun, 2004
MALAYSIA / BRUNEI - Rhythm opens first overseas books
and stationery store. Rhythm Consolidated Bhd has opened
its first overseas franchised books and stationery store in Brunei.
16 Jun, 2004
BANGLADESH - Gold's Gym Bashundhara opens in city. Bashundhara
has set up a gymnasium, dubbed "Gold's Gym Bashundhara,"
at Bashundhara City, Panthapath in the capital. .... [more]
15 Jun, 2004
BRUNEI - Pizza Hut reaches new dining height. Olive
Tree Corp, the franchisee for Pizza Hut in Brunei, has reached a new
milestone with its all-new pizza dining experience, Pizza Hut Primo.
25 May, 2004
MALAYSIA / BANGLADESH - SugarBun enters Bangladesh.
Home-grown fast-food chain SugarBun Corp Bhd has signed a franchise agreement
with Well Foods Ltd of Bangladesh in a first step towards expanding internationally.
2 Apr, 2004
ASIA - Kentucky Fried Fish? The bird flu rampaging
across Asia, killing chickens and humans alike, is starting to take the C out
of KFC. .... [more]
28 Jan, 2004
ASIA - Retailer has eye on Asia in global store blitz.
Ikea, the world's largest home-furnishing retailer, was counting on record store
openings worldwide to drive sales growth of about 10 per cent next year because
demand in Europe may not recover until the end of 2004. .... [more]
23 Aug, 2003
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