FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
|Why Baby Boomers are making franchises a part of their retirement plans.
financialpost.com - Baby Boomers are increasingly buying up franchises or considering buying some type of business to shore up their financial plans for retirement. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2012
Papa Murphy's cooks up financing for franchises.
columbian.com - Vancouver-based take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy's International has secured a $7.5 million financing program to help its new and existing franchisees with startup costs. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2012
Tim Hortons Gives Out Random Cups of Kindness.
theepochtimes.com - Tim Hortons is warming up the holiday season with a special surprise for its customers. Throughout the 3,000 participating locations in Canada and in 300 Tim Hortons stores in the U.S.... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
National Assembly recognizes Franchise Entrepreneurship Week.
thesuburban.com - Last Wednesday the National Assembly unanomously approved a motion that, "...recognizes Franchise Entrepreneuship Week and honors the franchise industry for its important role in the economy"... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
Chipotle coming to Vancouver.
fastcasual.com - Chipotle Mexican Grill opens its first restaurant Dec. 13 in Vancouver B.C. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2012
Rita's Ice Goes North with Master Franchisee in Canada.
qsrmagazine.com - Rita’s Italian Ice, the United States’ largest Italian Ice concept with more than 625 outlets, has awarded a master franchise agreement for all of Canada to Canada Water Ice Company Ltd. of Calgary. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2012
Nurse Next Door contest looks to get a senior home for holidays.
thenownewspaper.com - To help bring some Christmas spirit to those often forgotten in hospitals or extended care facilities, Nurse Next Door is bringing a senior home for the holidays this year through its... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
When is a new franchise location too close?
financialpost.com - Not every franchise agreement affords a protected territory. However, a franchisee who is negatively affected by a new location is not without remedy. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
City A&W restaurants top B.C. fundraisers.
kamloopsthisweek.com - Two Kamloops A&W restaurants have been honoured for placing first and second in B.C. in fundraising totals during this year’s Cruisin’ for a Cause Day. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2012
The loneliness of a fast-food franchise.
macleans.ca - Despite big investments to spruce up stores and expand menus, once-thriving restaurant chains are suddenly struggling to get ahead. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2012
Global Pet Food Stores plans expansion in Calgary market.
edmontonjournal.com - Global Pet Food Stores Inc., which has a chain of stores across Canada and into the United States, is planning an aggressive expansion in the Western Canadian market, including Calgary. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2012
Tim Hortons’ numbers disappoint investors.
thestar.com - Tim Hortons Inc. has reported a slight increase in earnings in the third quarter as the coffee, doughnut and fast food chain saw a 10.3 per cent increase in total revenue. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Tim Hortons opens first fly-in-only location in northern Manitoba.
ctvnews.ca - Residents of a remote community in northern Manitoba will no longer have to go without their double-double and maple-glazed doughnut after Tim Hortons opened its first-ever "fly-in" franchise. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2012
McDonald's Corp. beefs up Canadian expansion plans.
windsorstar.com - McDonald's Corp. has stepped up its expansion in Canada again after holding back for more than five years - and the fast-food chain's Canadian chief sees the potential for a much-larger footprint... [more] 26 Oct, 2012
Tim Hortons goes touchless with debit.
thestar.com - Thousands of Canadians can soon cut down on the stretch of their morning coffee break spent waiting in the Tim Hortons line. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2012
Junior kindergarten franchise business expands to Calgary.
edmontonjournal.com - A Vancouver-based company that operates early childhood centres has expanded into the Calgary market with aggressive plans to open many more new facilities here and in Edmonton in the next 2 years. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2012
Pharmacy chain Jean Coutu getting ready for Target by stocking shelves.
canadianbusiness.com - The Jean Coutu Group is preparing for next year's arrival in Quebec of American retail giant Target by focusing on stocking the pharmacy chain's shelves with products at competitive prices. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2012
A look at franchise trends in Toronto.
zuza.com - Franchising has been growing rapidly across Canada, and Toronto is no exception. Children’s education, pets and space renovation for seniors are just some of the franchise sectors that are on an upward trend... [more] 27 Sep, 2012
Frozen yogurt's next heat wave comes north.
theglobeandmail.com - The boom in low-fat soft serve frozen yogurt joints exploded in popularity first in California, and spread across the U.S. over the past seven years. It has now ventured north. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2012
Lowe’s withdraws bid to buy Canada’s Rona but leaves door open.
thestar.com - U.S.-based Lowe’s may not have ended its cross-border courtship for Rona Inc. despite abandoning its $1.8-billion bid for the Canadian home improvement chain, industry experts believe. ... [more] 17 Sep, 2012
Franchise Services to Buy Advantage Rent-A-Car.
bluemaumau.org - Hertz Global Holdings has agreed to sell off their no-frills Advantage Rent-A-Car brand to Calgary-based Franchise Services of North America, Inc. ... [more] 30 Aug, 2012
Moving boxes entrepreneur eyes cross-country expansion.
obj.ca - As a 10-year veteran of the moving industry, Jamie Kingsbury realized how difficult it was becoming to find moving boxes. ... [more] 27 Aug, 2012
Rona franchisees rip Lowe’s takeover bid.
thestar.com - Dozens of independent merchants who operate 164 Rona stores across Canada have written to the head of Lowe’s Companies, saying they are opposed to the U.S. retail giant’s $1.76-billion hostile takeover... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
Sport Clips Haircuts Announces Expansion into Canada.
prnewswire.com - Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation's leading men's and boys' hair care franchise, announced today its expansion into Canada. With more than 930 locations in the United States, Sport Clips plans to expand... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
No ‘get out of jail free’ card for over-reaching franchisees.
financialpost.com - Just because there’s a general bias in our courts in favour of franchisees it doesn’t mean they win every time when it comes to disclosure cases. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2012
Tim Hortons reports 13% increase in second-quarter profits.
vancouversun.com - Tim Hortons Inc. has reported a 13.1 per cent increase in second-quarter earnings, crediting higher system-wide sales, royalties and franchise fees among other things. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2012
Famous Dave's Debuts in Canada.
yahoo.com - Consistent with its strategy of enhancing its North American presence, Famous Dave's of America Inc. announced the opening of its first restaurant in Canada. The new restaurant in Winnipeg debuted on July 16. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2012
Tim Hortons double-double growth stalling? Goldman Sachs downgrades to sell.
thestar.com - Is Canada’s coffee-and-doughnut juggernaut running out of steam? Tim Hortons has carved out a practically patriotic place in the Canadian retail landscape, with eight out of every 10 coffees sold in Canada... [more] 16 Jul, 2012
Great Canadian Dollar suing ex-franchisee.
thechronicleherald.ca - A national discount retailer is suing a former Eastern Passage franchisee for alleged breach of contract for opening a similar dollar store nearby this spring. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2012
Franchising Executive, Gary Prenevost, Joins the iFranchise Group.
businesswire.com - The iFranchise Group announced today that franchising executive Gary Prenevost has joined the firm in a senior advisor role and will head the iFranchise Group’s Toronto office. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2012
Jean Coutu Q1 earnings soar to $397.4M on the strength of unusual gains.
yahoo.com - Drug store chain franchisor the Jean Coutu Group says unusual gains on its Rite Aid holdings as well as improved revenue helped earnings soar eightfold in the company's fiscal 2013 first quarter. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2012
Second Cup Coffee Moves South with First U.S. Store.
qsrmagazine.com - The Second Cup Coffee Company continues to build its global presence with its recently announced plans to open additional cafes south of the Canadian border. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2012
Court rules in favour of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.
theglobeandmail.com - A Quebec judge has slammed Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., siding with a group of 21 former franchisees who sued the U.S. food service giant, saying it failed to heed their warnings more than 15 years... [more] 25 Jun, 2012
McDonald's marketing tries a transparent approach.
theglobeandmail.com - McDonald's Canada’s latest marketing campaign claims to pull back the curtain on the fast food chain's operations–and now that includes its advertising as well. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2012
Tim Hortons Celebrates Opening of 500th Restaurant in Quebec.
newswire.ca - Tim Hortons celebrates its fastest growing region with the opening of its 500th restaurant in Quebec. Located in St. Adele, in the Laurentians, it is the first Tim Hortons franchise to open in this town. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2012
Who’s the fairest franchise party of all?
financialpost.com - Even when a franchise agreement appears to clearly afford a franchisor the right to take a franchisee to court for some default or to enforce a termination, this doesn’t mean the franchisor should... [more] 18 Jun, 2012
Ontario’s franchise law is creaky and out of touch.
financialpost.com - Franchise law is due for an upgrade. When advising franchise clients, franchise lawyers frequently lament the relative infancy of the industry’s legislation in Ontario. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2012
Downsizing Diva opens new franchises in Mississauga.
mississauga.com - Carol Southcombe is the latest Downsizing Diva franchisee in Mississauga. After 38 years in the corporate world of pharmaceuticals, she opened the new franchise in January and celebrated its official opening... [more] 5 Jun, 2012
‘Buying’ a franchise really means ‘renting’.
theglobeandmail.com - There is a common misconception among prospective franchisees that they're “buying” a franchised business when, in the majority of cases, they're really only “renting” it. ... [more] 4 Jun, 2012
Yum! Restaurants Canada Expanding KFC in Atlantic Canada.
marketwire.com - Yum! Restaurants Canada is aggressively scouting new restaurant locations in Newfoundland as part of its Atlantic Canada growth strategy - and for the first time in 20 years, the company is... [more] 1 Jun, 2012
Further expansion into the West for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Canada.
yahoo.com - Canada's premier lifestyle real estate brokerage continues its remarkable growth across Canada with its 15th office opening in seven months. ... [more] 24 May, 2012
Tim Hortons: Who will lead the coffee and doughnut empire next?
thestar.com - Paul House does not have an MBA. But he has the touch. From selling peaches and cherries from Stoney Creek, Ont., House has built one of the biggest, most recognizable brands in Canada. ... [more] 11 May, 2012
Buying a franchise? Seven things to consider.
theglobeandmail.com - You can only make money by reducing expenses, so here’s how to get ahead of the game. ... [more] 8 May, 2012
Edmonton ramp franchise gains traction.
edmontonjournal.com - Lorne Wensel began looking for a wheelchair ramp for his daughter to use when she was planning to move into her own home.They liked the one he found so much that he became the first Canadian... [more] 7 May, 2012
Tim Hortons puts more eggs in animal welfare basket.
thestar.com - Canada’s largest fast food chain has toughened its stance on animal welfare issues amid growing pressure from advocacy groups and consumers. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
What you need to know before you buy a franchise.
financialpost.com - About 25 years ago, Deborah and Charles Takacs were looking for a way to exit tobacco farming. The solution presented itself in the form of a franchise in a new fast food offering, New York Fries. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2012
DirectBuy franchise files for bankruptcy.
obj.ca - The parent company of Ottawa's DirectBuy franchise is looking to re-open the location – at least for the short term – after its owners filed for bankruptcy, according to a bankruptcy trustee. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2012
MTY Food Group Inc. reports first quarter results.
yahoo.com - MTY Food Group Inc., franchisor and operator of 2,232 quick service restaurants, reports today the operating results for the first three months of its 2012 fiscal year. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2012
Negotiating with franchisors: Pick your issues wisely.
theglobeandmail.com - In my last column, I wrote that the negotiation of royalties and initial franchise fees by prospective franchisees trying to get a better deal in their franchise agreements was not something that franchisors. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2012
Pizza Hut is Serving up Success in Quebec.
yahoo.com - For the first time in more than 5 years, Pizza Hut is opening its doors to Quebec entrepreneurs with a big appetite for success and a passion for pizza. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2012
Not all franchise agreements are iron clad.
theglobeandmail.com - Many franchisors tend to consider their franchise agreements as contracts that are never negotiated with prospective franchisees. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Pizza Nova Wins Grand Prize in Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising.
marketwire.com - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce that Pizza Nova is the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising and Gold Winner in the Category of... [more] 9 Apr, 2012
Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners.
bluemaumau.org - A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Hortons may be a cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to... [more] 5 Apr, 2012
McDonald’s vs Tim Hortons: Giants face off in battle of the smoothie.
thestar.com - John Betts, CEO of McDonald’s Canada, sips on a blueberry-pomegranate smoothie, one of three flavours being launched across Canada today as part of a long rebranding process... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Pizza Hut plans Canadian expansion.
thestar.com - Pizza Hut is looking for franchisees across Canada to open 100 new locations in the next five years, driven by Yum! Brands’ stated goal of dominating the world’s quick-service food market. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Women embracing franchising.
financialpost.com - Lucie Shaw’s story is becoming an increasingly common one — a sign women are slowly making strides in entrepreneurship, especially in franchising. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2012
Baskin-Robbins Targets Expansion in Major Cities Across Canada.
yahoo.com - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is expanding its franchise locations across Canada with an initial focus on Toronto , Ottawa , Calgary , Edmonton and Vancouver. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2012
Tim Hortons looks to grow with 700 more Canadian stores and new food items.
thestar.com - There’s room in the market for 700 more Tim Hortons locations in Canada and increased sales at existing stores with new menu items like Panini sandwiches, the chain’s CEO told investors on Tuesday. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2012
$2B Tim Hortons franchisee lawsuit deemed half-baked.
cbc.ca - A judge has rejected a $2-billion class action suit mounted by Tim Hortons franchise owners that accuses the chain of gouging them under the company's new way of making doughnuts. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
easyhome Ltd. Announces the Grand Opening of a New Franchise Store in Etobicoke, Ontario.
marketwire.com - easyhome Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of a new easyhome franchise store in Etobicoke, Ontario on Saturday, February 18th at 10am. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2012
Canadian Tire sales jump 21%.
theglobeandmail.com - Canadian Tire Corp. revenues jumped 21 per cent in its fourth quarter, boosted by strong retail sales in the holiday shopping season despite unseasonably warm weather. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2012
Canadian Tire backing away from food.
theglobeandmail.com - After more than three years of selling milk and frozen pizzas alongside power drills and patio sets, Canadian Tire Corp. is retreating from its experiment with food. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2012
Liquid Nutrition Announces Major Franchise Deal in Quebec.
businesswire.com - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. announced today a major franchise deal in Quebec which will more than double the number of Liquid Nutrition stores in the Province. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK - CANADA first to carry defibrillators on trucks.
tmcnet.com - All TWO MEN AND A TRUCK - CANADA moving trucks are now equipped with a MIKEY defibrillator as part of the 'MIKEY-ON-BOARD' program, an initiative of The Mikey Network. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2012
Target eyes pharmacy business in Canada.
torontosun.com - Target Corp will look for franchise owners to operate pharmacies in as many of its Canadian stores as possible, the U.S. discount retailer said on Monday. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2012
N.B. burger chain to open franchise in Halifax.
thechronicleherald.ca - A gourmet burger chain based in New Brunswick wants to bring the “burger experience” to Nova Scotia. Relish Gourmet Burgers of Fredericton plans to have one of its franchises up and running in Halifax... [more] 27 Jan, 2012
Manitoba to become newest province to regulate franchising.
theglobeandmail.com - With the new year effectively beginning this week, those of us in Canada’s franchise community will likely see the addition of one more province that regulates the Canadian franchise industry. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2012
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