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New protection coming for franchisees. With the Franchises Act coming into full effect on Prince Edward Island on Jan. 1, franchisees will be getting better protection from the provincial government. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2006
RONA Recruits 19 New Affiliate Stores in Canadawide Network. RONA Inc., the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, is proud to welcome 19 new affiliate stores to the RONA network, adding nearly $102 million to overall annual retail sales. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2006
Pet grooming on a roll. There's nothing certain in life except death and taxes - and that people's dogs and cats will always need to be bathed and groomed. That's what Arnaldo Vieira, master franchisor for Canada for Aussie Pet Mobile, is counting on. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2006
Head of Sports Retailer Forzani to Retire. Former pro football player John Forzani is retiring as full-time executive chairman of sporting goods retailer Forzani Group Ltd. at the end of January. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2006
Forzani profit soars to record $11.9M. Sporting goods retailer Forzani Group Ltd. says its third-quarter profit soared 83 per cent to a record $11.9 million. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2006
Premium Brands to buy Creekside express chain. Meat processor and specialty food provider Premium Brands Income Fund has agreed to pay $4-million for Creekside Custom Foods Inc., owned by Spectra Group of Great Restaurants Inc. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2006
The Utility Company Accepted Into the Canadian Franchise Association. The Utility Company, the leader in Technology-as-a-Service, received approval by the Canadian Franchise Association's Board of Directors for immediate membership to the CFA. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2006
Cold Stone Creamery Announces Expansion Plans for Mainland China and Taiwan. Cold Stone Creamery has reached an agreement with the President Chain Store Corp. (PCSC) to open 105 stores in Mainland China and 60 stores in Taiwan over the next seven years. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2006
Loblaw to close 43 stores. Canada’s largest supermarket chain said today that it will close 43 stores as it moves to "simplify, innovate and grow" after a period of "uncharacteristically poor" performance. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2006
Baskin-Robbins targets a melting market share. Baskin-Robbins, a long-time synonym for takeout ice cream, has watched its U.S. market share melt as a generation picked up a taste for café lattes. Now, the company is retooling itself to win a younger generation. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
$3.7B bid for Four Seasons. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is joining a Saudi prince and the founder of Four Seasons Hotels Inc. in a bid to take the luxury hotel chain private. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Couche-Tard loses 315 Texas Circle K stores. The Laval, Que., convenience store king is experiencing a rare setback these days: A loss of about 315 Circle K stores in the U.S. after a Texas licensee decided not to renew its agreement. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Tim Hortons in Kandahar pricey. It will cost Canadian taxpayers close to $4 million to set up a Tim Hortons franchise for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and maintain it for a year. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Ikea adds upmarket option to cheap chic. It's the retailer Canadians love to hate, and Kerry Molinaro, president of Ikea Canada, is determined to cash in on that love-hate relationship. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
IHOP lines up Ontario franchisee. IHOP Corp., the operator of the International House of Pancakes restaurant chain, is spreading into Eastern Canada with the announcement of an Ontario franchisee. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
Little Caesars Pizza plans growth in Canada. Little Caesar of Canada Inc. announced plans to substantially increase its franchisee base and expand into untapped markets across Canada. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2006
Forzani picks up more Nevada Bob's Golf stores. The Forzani Group Ltd., a major sporting goods retailer whose banners include Nevada Bob's Golf, is buying the operating assets of JKL Golf Corp. Inc. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
Canadian Tire widens banking. Playing with Canadian Tire money takes on a whole new meaning today as the country's fifth largest national retailer takes on the Big Banks. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
Curves International Hits 10,000 Location Milestone. Curves International Inc. announced today that a new Curves in Toronto is the Curves franchise in Canada to elevate Curves to 10,000 franchises open in 44 countries. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
Couche-Tard buys 236 U.S. Shell stores. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s deal to buy 236 retail outlets from Shell Oil Products U.S. secures a beachhead in the fast-growing Denver market, with the convenience store giant showing no signs of slowing down its aggressive growth-by-acquisition strategy. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2006
Coffee Time's Parent Company has Purchased Robin's Donuts, 241 Pizza, Mrs. Powell's Cinnamon Buns. Coffee Time's parent company Chairman's Brand Corporation is pleased to announce its purchase of the assets of Afton Food Group. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2006

Extreme Pita plans opening in Manhattan. It has taken The Extreme Pita nearly 10 years to get from Mississauga to Manhattan, but the Canadian fast-food chain says it's poised for a breakthrough. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
Ice cream franchisees serve up a lawsuit. Two Montreal businessmen are suing one of the country's largest fast-food franchisors for nearly $2.5 million over an ice cream and frozen yogurt shop the partners say they were misled into buying. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2006
Blenz Coffee Acquires Former Seattle's Best Locations. Vancouver based Blenz Coffee has acquired four former Seattle's Best Coffee locations, all located in Downtown Vancouver. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Wendy's proceeding with Tims spinoff. U.S. burger giant Wendy's International Inc. was given the green light to proceed with its spinoff of Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. on Friday. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
Tim Hortons joins S&P/TSX index roster. Tim Hortons Inc. is being added to Canada's benchmark stock-market indicator, the S&P/TSX composite index. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
Sangster's Health Centres Opens First International Franchise. Sangster's Health Centres, Canada's longest running health and nutrition franchise, announced today that it has opened its first international franchise in Africa. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2006
1- Minute Internet Franchise Finder Launched by Kenilworth Media. The 1-Minute Franchise Finder is a new Internet-based, searchable database which allows prospective buyers to locate a franchise in an industry they choose, in a location of their choice and at a price they can afford, all in less than one minute. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2006
Couche Tard seeks continued expansion in U.S. Alimentation Couche Tard plans to continue to open between 100 and 130 stores a year in Canada and the United States .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006
Forzani returns to profitability. Sporting goods store operator Forzani Group Ltd. reported Friday a second-quarter profit of $1.9-million compared to a loss in the same period a year earlier. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
Wendy's deals out Tims stake. The board of directors of fast-food chain Wendy's International Inc. has approved a plan to distribute the company's remaining stake in iconic doughnut shop Tim Hortons Inc. to shareholders by the end of September. .... [more] 1 Sep, 2006
Coffee retailer entering Ontario. Coffee retailer Van Houtte Inc. announced that its coffees will become available across Ontario in the next few months in stores of A&P Canada Co. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2006
Handymen get out of fix. Two local businessmen who were left holding the bag in a handyman franchise scam two years ago have survived the setback to build their own renovation and installation company by joining forces. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2006
Sobeys to convert IGA stores to Sobeys brands. Sobeys Inc. is planning a major shakeup of its IGA stores in Ontario that will see most of them re-emerging under the Sobeys, Foodland or Price Chopper banners. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006
Couche-Tard bucks trend with U.S. success. For the past few years, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has been busily putting a strategy together of building up clusters of convenience stores in regional U.S. markets. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
INTEREST - Booster Juice Sets New World Record for the Largest Smoothie. After 7 blenders, 3.5 hours of blending and over 195 gallons of smoothie, a Booster Juice store in Kitchener, Canada broke the current record for the World's Largest Smoothie. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Coutu in talks with Rite Aid: Report. Jean Coutu Group Inc. is close to a deal with Rite Aid Corp. to sell its American drugstores in a cash-and-stock transaction worth $3.4 billion (U.S.), The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on its website. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
RONA acquires Mountain Building Centres to strengthen its presence in BC. RONA Inc. acquires 100% of the operating assets of British Columbia-based Mountain Building Centres Limited. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2006
Couche-Tard buys 24 Florida convenience stores. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is acquiring 24 convenience stores in west-central Florida from Sparky's Oil Co. for an undisclosed price. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
Quiznos Sub sells 100th franchise in Quebec. Quiznos Sub announced today that it has just awarded the 100th franchise for development in Quebec. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2006
The juice with a boost. When people think about fast food, their minds often wander to a fatty hamburger with a side of greasy french fries. But one Waterloo smoothie store is showing that fast food doesn't necessarily have to be bad for consumers. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2006
Saved by the brand. Robert Kriewald's no-name sub shop was doomed. Then he gave Subway a call. Now he runs the top franchise in Toronto. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
Toronto firm buys Handyman Connection. Executives of home improvement company Handyman Connection are looking to build up the business by selling it to Toronto-based FirstService Corp. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2006
Tim Hortons declares first dividend. Coffee and food retailer Tim Hortons Inc. has posted a 25 per cent improvement in second-quarter profits to $76.3 million and served up its first-ever quarterly dividend. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2006
1-800 Radiator Opens Warehouse in Vancouver. United States based 1-800 Radiator opens their first international franchise located near Vancouver, Canada. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2006
RELATED - Ontario government launches small business web site. The Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship officially launched its website Thursday, creating a new resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2006
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