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Krispy Kreme executive, handling Canadian bankruptcy protection, resigns. The chief restructuring officer of Krispy Kreme's Canadian operations has resigned, the court monitor overseeing the doughnut company's bankruptcy protection in Canada said in court documents. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2005
Country Style-Mr. Sub deal collapses. A deal worth about $20-million by Country Style Food Services Inc. to purchase Canadian sandwich chain Mr. Submarine fell apart at the last minute this week. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2005
Canadian Krispy Kreme franchisee begin asset sales. The court-appointed monitor of a Canadian Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc franchisee has begun selling off its property and assets, according to a court document. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2005
Tim Hortons scores winning goal as a brand. Tim Hortons is Canada's best-managed brand, according to a new survey that suggests customer service is the most important attribute in brand management. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2005
Subway latest eatery to adopt e-loyalty card. Electronic cards capable of storing customer data are poised to replace the paper loyalty cards that fast-food outlets have used for decades to reward frequent eaters. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2005
Pizza Pizza may head out West. In a preliminary prospectus filed with regulators, the parent of the pizza chain said it expects to begin market research into the Western Canadian market. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2005
People flock to retailer’s P.E.I. debut. The Brick furniture and appliance store has arrived in Charlottetown and close to 400 people lined up Thursday in the rain to try and catch an opening-day deal. .... [more] 27 May, 2005
Graffiti-busting elevated to an art form. Since the mid-1990s, when hip-hop graffiti made its way north from the United States, it has grown in popularity and sophistication. Enter Goodbye Graffiti Inc., a company specializing exclusively in graffiti removal. .... [more] 26 May, 2005
Four Seasons may expand in China, Latin America, says CEO Isadore Sharp. Four Seasons Hotels Inc. is looking to expand its chain of luxury hotels in China and Latin America, although the Toronto-based company is not focusing on any specific region. .... [more] 25 May, 2005
U.S. fast-food chain aims for bite of burger market. "The $7.59 Burger" doesn't quite roll off the tongue but that's not stopping American fast-food chain Carl's Jr. - famous for its mammoth Six Dollar Burger in the United States - from entering the Canadian market. .... [more] 23 May, 2005
Go ahead, quit your day job - franchise. If you've ever dreamed of quitting your day job and starting a business that's got a better-than-even chance of succeeding, then buying a franchise might be the way to go. .... [more] 14 May, 2005
Canadian Tire stock dips as first-quarter profit drops. Canadian Tire Corp. shares skidded Thursday after the retail giant posted a 14 per cent drop in first-quarter profit. .... [more] 12 May, 2005
Domino's Pizza of Canada Announces 250 New Stores. In response to over-whelming demand, Domino's Pizza has initiated an aggressive 250 store expansion that will see their store count double to more than 500 nationwide by 2007. .... [more] 10 May, 2005
One pizza IPO to go, hold the anchovies. Seems every restaurant wants a slice of the piping-hot income trust market. Pizza Pizza Ltd. is expected to announce plans for a $150-million trust initial public offering later this week. .... [more] 10 May, 2005
Mail Boxes Etc. to offer hotspots to customers. A Canadian franchise of business centres is hoping the availability of Wi-Fi Internet access will boost demand of its printing, mail forwarding and courier services. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
Circuit City Vows Fight to Use RadioShack's Name. Circuit City Stores Inc. said on Friday it will fight to keep its right to use RadioShack Corp.'s name in Canada after RadioShack unveiled plans to open its first electronics stores there this year. .... [more] 6 May, 2005
RadioShack forming Canadian subsidiary. RadioShack Corp. says it is forming a Canadian subsidiary to oversee the expansion of its chain of consumer electronics stores in Canada as part of the company's planned North American expansion strategy. .... [more] 6 May, 2005
Fast-food chain Priszm Canadian fund swings to Q1 loss. Fast-food restaurant operator Priszm Canadian Income Fund says its loss widened to $557,000 in the first quarter as sales fell 1.6 per cent. .... [more] 4 May, 2005
KFC's Bitove plays chicken with Pamela Anderson over ethics. Toronto businessman John Bitove Jr. would like to take actress and pinup girl Pamela Anderson to lunch - even if she won't eat his chicken. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
RadioShack stores to get new name, broader selection. RadioShack stores in Canada will soon have a new name: The Source By Circuit City. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2005
KFC gathers its Canadian call centres under its wings in Montreal. Everyone in Canada calling for an order of Kentucky Fried Chicken will soon find themselves talking to someone in Montreal. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2005
Pizza Pizza to open new chain, ready to go cluck, cluck. Almost 40 years after opening its first pizzeria in downtown Toronto, Ontario market leader Pizza Pizza Ltd. is launching a new chain, Chicken Chicken. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2005

'Soup Nazi' coming to Canada. Al Yeganeh, the New York soup man made famous in a Seinfeld episode for his grumpy brand of customer service, has struck a deal with Ottawa lawyer Brian McAsey to open 100 restaurants in Canada under the "Original SoupMan" banner. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Canadian operation in the hole: CCAA shelter granted. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Friday that it had filed in court to reorganize one of its two Canadian joint ventures. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005
Two local Denny's close their doors. Two of Ottawa's four Denny's restaurants have closed, citing waning business. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2005
A match made in fast-food heaven? Coffee shop operator Country Style Food Services Inc. has held discussions with Mr. Sub about forming a strategic alliance, reigniting industry speculation that the Canadian sandwich maker is back on the auction block. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2005
Body Shop looking to spruce up image. Body Shop Canada is launching a new store design, a slew of new products and a new tagline as the pioneer of socially conscious retailing tries to freshen its image as well as its financial results. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005
Leader in quick service restaurants expands to 481 convenient locations. Priszm Canadian Income Fund Finalizes Acquisition of 10 Restaurants; Reopens Popular KFC in Downtown Toronto. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2005
Canada's first eBay drop-off store franchise opening in Calgary. Imagine This Sold, Canada's First eBay drop-off store franchise will open for business in Calgary this summer. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2005
Couche-Tard U.S. invasion keeps rollin'. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s latest acquisition is modest - 10 convenience stores in the U.S. Midwest - but it's just the latest move in a blistering expansion that is leaving rivals in the dust. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2005
Canadian Tire says new five-year plan includes 285 new and replacement stores. Pushing growth and a "customer for life" goal, Canadian Tire Corp. unveiled an ambitious five-year plan Wednesday aimed at boosting overall sales by building or replacing 285 mega-retail stores across its entire chain. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005
Who you callin' chicken? McDonald's plucks A&W's feathers in legal food fight. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. has won at least the first round of a real game of chicken with rival A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2005
Markets 'are all hungry to deal' with Priszm, fast-food CEO says. Its first year as a publicly traded concern in the books, year No. 2 for Priszm Canadian Income Fund will see the fast-food concern focus on building its popular multibranding strategy and raising cash in the debt market. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2005
Loblaws to close six warehouses in Ontario and Quebec. Canada's largest grocery store chain, Loblaw Companies Ltd., is closing six warehouses in Ontario and Quebec, a move that affects 1,400 jobs. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2005
Priszm acquires fast-food outlets from Yum Brands. Toronto's Priszm Canadian Income Fund said it will pay Yum Brands Canada Management LP $2.4-million for 10 Ontario Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's outlets, as well as the real estate for five KFC restaurants. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2005
Same-store sales at Canada's Tim Hortons up as much as 6.6% in Feb. Same-store sales at Canada's beloved Tim Horton's coffee shops grew between 6.2 per cent and 6.6 per cent last month, the hot beverage vendor's U.S. parent company Wendy's International Inc. said Wednesday. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
The Body Shop Canada Selects SonicWALL to Secure Its Nationwide Retail Operation. The Body Shop Canada has selected SonicWALL, Inc. to provide secure, reliable and affordable connectivity to its company-owned and franchise stores throughout the country. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005
Couche-Tard profit up; stock split OK'd. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the big Quebec-based convenience-store chain, says its third-quarter profit increased more than five-fold to $46.3 million as sales jumped 65 per cent after U.S. expansion. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2005
Prizes in bidding war for Toys "R" Us chain are prime retail sites. RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust is the Canadian partner in one of the final groups bidding for Toys "R" Us Inc., in a deal that would see the REIT acquire 23 sites owned by the toy retailer in Canada. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2005

Canadian Tire hopes Q stands for profit. Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has launched its first two eye-catching and spacious convenience stores, called Q, as it races to bolster razor-thin profit margins at the gas pump. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2005

Skimpy sales prompts La Senza to pull out of U.S. market. Women's undergarment retailer La Senza Corp. is closing its five U.S. stores, ending an 18-month test of the American lingerie market. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005

Planet Organic to Acquire 17 Store Chain. Planet Organic Health, which owns large natural food supermarkets and a chain of supplement and market stores across Canada, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Newfound Health. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2005

Wi-Fi `hotspots' coming to a coffee shop near you. Rogers Wireless Inc. is planning to announce next Tuesday that it has partnered with Second Cup to roll out Wi-Fi wireless "hotspot" locations across Canada, beginning with coffee shops in Toronto. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2005

RONA welcomes 13 new affiliate members. RONA Inc. is starting 2005 off with a bang by recruiting thirteen new affiliate dealers in Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2005

Coolbrands, Weight Watchers chill out in court battle. The bitter spat between CoolBrands International Inc. and Weight Watchers International Inc. is over. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2005

Imagine This Sold - Ontario Franchise Roll-Out Plan. Imagine This Sold, the first Canadian franchising firm developing the eBay drop-off store category is proud to announce the signing of both. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005

Fast-food chains opt for standard labels. Canada's fast-food restaurants say they're stepping up to the plate with better information about the amount of fat, salt, sugar and calories in the food they're selling. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2005

Domino's Pizza Canada organizing tsunami relief efforts. Domino's Pizza Team Canada is launching its own tsunami fundraising relief program called Domino's Valentine for South Asia. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2005

M&M Meat Shops receives CIBC 'Spirit of Leadership' community award. M&M Meat Shops, Canada's largest specialty frozen food franchise retailer has received the CIBC 'Spirit of Leadership' Community Award. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2005
Blockbuster Canada confirms end of late fees effective Saturday. Blockbuster Canada is confirming that it is eliminating late fees effective Saturday - but if you don't return the DVD, game or tape, you've bought it. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2005
Subway Opens 2,000th Canadian Outlet. The Subway restaurant chain has opened its 2,000th Canadian location. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2005
Short-term cash lender sets up shop in Toronto. To celebrate the 200th store opening of his money lending franchise Rentcash, Gordon Reykdal opened some champagne. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2005
Drugstore chain Jean Coutu swings to US$4M loss from US$32.5M profit. Jean Coutu Group has swung sharply to a second-quarter loss of $4 million US despite higher revenue. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Pizza chains seek bigger piece of pie. Rising commodity prices, increased competition, improved quality of frozen product and overhauled eating habits have triggered unprecedented change within Canada's pizza industry. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Awards Canadian Master Franchise Rights. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has awarded the Canadian master franchise rights to the Toronto-based franchise management company Heron Capital Corp., effective immediately. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
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