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Landscaping franchise The Grounds Guys use licence agreement to expand in U.S. - Peter van Stralen is used to people being gob-smacked when he talks about the origins of The Grounds Guys franchise. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2013
Customized sushi set to roll out in Edmonton. - Sherif Moawad has signed a deal with a Texas-based franchise — How Do You Roll? — to open 30 locations in Western Canada in the next decade. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2013
Elements Massage Expands Franchise Opportunity in Canada. - After growing to more than 150 studios in the U.S. – with one new location opening each week on average – Elements Massage announced today the launch of a franchise expansion strategy for Canada. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2013
Cora's formula for success. - Many business success stories start from humble beginnings, but few as humble as Cora Tsouflidou, a single mother with three teenage children who opened her first restaurant in the 1980s... [more] 6 Dec, 2013
Thomas Franchise Solutions Opens Canada Office. - Thomas Franchise Solutions, the leading coaching and investment firm for franchisors, has announced that Jim Gormley of The Franchise X-Perts will lead its Canadian office. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Home Instead Senior Care Opens 1,000th Franchise Location. - Home Instead Senior Care has reached a milestone in its 19-year history with the opening of its 1,000th franchise location - in Niagara Falls, Canada. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2013
KFC Canada to launch new Select restaurant concept to woo younger crowd. - Colonel Sanders may evoke visions of deep fried chicken in a bucket, but KFC is hoping his brand clout will help woo a younger, burrito-loving crowd to an entirely new restaurant concept from KFC Canada. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Leading Franchise Directory Launches Ultimate Guide to Buying a Franchise in Canada. - Canadian franchise directory and knowledge resource,, has partnered with the country's leading franchise experts to publish a free e-book guide to buying a franchise in Canada. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2013

Tim Hortons sets its sights on global expansion. - First North America, then the world — at least that’s how Tim Hortons Inc. hopes to conquer the coffee market. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2013 Gains Membership with the International Franchise Association. - Canadian franchise portal is proud to announce it has attained membership with the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2013

Cara Operations announces plan to acquire Fairfax’s restaurant holdings. - Two major Canadian restaurant companies operating under banners such as East Side Mario’s, Casey’s, Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will merge under the same ownership in a deal announced Thursday. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2013

Yum! Canada Moves HQ. - Yum! Canada, the owner and marketer of the Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell brands in Canada, has a new home. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2013

Subway Canada Hits Milestone with 3,000th Store. - The SUBWAY restaurant chain, now one of the world’s largest restaurant chains, has reached the milestone of 3,000 open and operating locations throughout Canada. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013

Franchise family rides to the rescue of Irish pub owner. - March 17 is a good day to own an Irish pub. You hook up the Guinness, open the doors and reap the profits as a sea of green humanity converges on your watering hole. If only the other 364 days... [more] 23 Oct, 2013

InXpress Opens First Canadian Franchise Location in Ontario. - InXpress USA opened its first Canadian franchise location in Ontario, Canada this month. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2013

MAACO® Franchising Acquires MAACO® Canada's Master Franchisor. - MAACO®, part of the Driven Brands family of automotive companies, today announced the acquisition of its Canadian Master Franchisor rights from Gary Dohring. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2013

Lou Dawg's B-B-Q owner offers recipe for brand building. - Daryl D’Souza is the co-founder of Lou Dawg's B-B-Q, a restaurant in Toronto featuring smoked Southern BBQ and live music. At a Toronto Region Board of Trade event, Mr. D'Souza offered six key... [more] 25 Sep, 2013
Print Three Rebrands as the Printing Company of Choice for Business Owners. - In the four decades since Print Three was founded, the franchise has continually evolved to better serve its customers. The latest transformation has seen Print Three redefine their image to better target... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
Second Cup announces appointment of new Chief Financial Officer. - The Second Cup Ltd. today announced that it has appointed Steve Boyack, CPA, CA as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. ... [more] 11 Sep, 2013
First Dryer Vent Wizard Franchise Opens in Canada. - Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) announced the opening of the company's first Canadian franchise this month. DVW also added three new U.S. franchises during the second and third quarter of 2013. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2013
Master franchisor model speeds up Canadian rollout for Two Men and a Truck. - Gary Prenevost, president of FranNet of Southern Ontario in Mississauga, a franchise matchmaking service, said master franchising is a common way for U.S. companies to come up to Canada. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2013
Canada’s first family of freeze buys Cold Stone. - U.S. ice cream company Cold Stone Creamery has been acquired by a group of Canadian entrepreneurs with ambitious plans to double the number of locations with partner Tim Hortons Inc. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Are franchisors liable for their franchisees’ wrongs? - Often, the public does not distinguish between franchisor and franchisee when something goes wrong at a franchise. And that could leave franchisors facing a lawsuit for alleged wrongful acts by... [more] 20 Aug, 2013
Former franchisees suing Jugo Juice. - Three former smoothie franchisees who set up shop along the Canada Line are accusing Jugo Juice of misrepresentation. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
Second Cup brews up a new concept store. - Second Cup, working with Perennial Design, has redesigned one of its downtown Toronto locations, creating a concept café where it will test the impact of new features such as... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
Hortons' new CEO to face investors. - Tim Hortons’ new CEO Marc Caira holds first conference call with analysts amid pressure to boost share price, slow US growth. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2013
How Tim Hortons captured the flavour of new media. - The smartest marketers have recognized that in order to survive and build brand love in the age of Twitter and Facebook, they have to embrace a buying public that has become accustomed to... [more] 2 Aug, 2013
Canadian Tire makes play for urban shoppers with Express outlet. - Canadian Tire Corp. will unveil a scaled-down version of itself as the retailer enters the competition for urban shoppers looking for convenience. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Food trucks and franchising go hand-in-hand, but is Toronto on board? - Food trucks are back in the news, as recent reports suggest that the City of Toronto is prepared to again consider the issue of permitting these vendors on public property. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
Pizza Pizza plans Montreal expansion. - Canada's Pizza Pizza plans to open six new restaurants in the Greater Montreal Area all scheduled to be open by the end of summer. The expansion is part of a campaign for sustained growth in... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
Vancouverites revitalize U.S. taco chain. - Four Vancouver brothers are expanding the 35-location, California-based Chronic Tacos, which they bought for more than $1 million last year. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2013
The Little Gym International Announces New Master Franchisee for Québec. - The Little Gym International today announced it has awarded Master Franchisee rights for the province of Québec to a West-Island couple who currently operate two The Little Gym (Le Petit Gym) locations. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2013
Jean Coutu profit drops, revenue flat. - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. has reported a large drop in net income in its fiscal 2014 first quarter, mainly due to much smaller gains from the sale of shares in U.S. pharmacy chain Rite Aid... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
Couche-Tard fourth-quarter results miss expectations, shares drop. - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.) in its latest quarter, up sharply from a year ago, however the results fell well short of analysts’ expectations. ... [more] 9 Jul, 2013
Sears faces class-action lawsuit from franchise owners. - Sears Canada Inc. and its American counterpart are facing a class-action lawsuit by owners of its Hometown franchises, who allege the retailer has deprived them of the opportunity to make a reasonable... [more] 6 Jul, 2013

Franchisee says Yeh! to yogurt, cafe chain. - Robert Taylor, founder of Taylor Flooring Ltd. in Halifax, is getting into the yogurt business. He has a deal with the Montreal-based Yeh! Yogurt and Cafe chain to open at least five locations in Nova Scotia. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
Second Cup Announces Resignation of CFO and Appointment of Interim CFO. - The Second Cup Ltd. today announced that it has accepted the resignation of Robert Masson, the Company's Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. ... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
Yeh! Yogurt and Café Aggressive Expansion Continues. - Staying true to their December 14, 2012 statement when they became sole owners of Yeh!, twins Jon and Marvin Gurman announced today two more franchise initiatives. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2013
Subway thrives in Canada while avoiding beverage wars. - Subway Restaurants keeps growing steadily in Canada even though the fast-food sandwich purveyor has not followed rivals McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in appealing to coffee-loving Canadians. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Redberry Investments Inc. Acquires 32 Additional Burger King® Restaurants in Canada. - Burger King master franchisee in Canada expands footprint to 126 company-owned Burger King restaurant locations across the country. ... [more] 18 Jun, 2013
Has the time for franchise legislation in B.C. finally arrived? - If you’re familiar with the evolution of franchise laws in Canada, you might recall that politically conservative, business-friendly Alberta was the first province to introduce legislation, in the early 1970s... [more] 17 Jun, 2013
Nestle dessert cafe chain setting up shop in three Halifax sites. - Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip, one of North America’s most prominent dessert cafe franchises, is coming to Halifax. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Painter turns to franchise expert to sell his concept. - The founder and director of operations of Vancouver-based Wow 1Day Painting achieved great success running his business, but when he decided to turn it into a franchise the challenge became... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Sbarro expanding Canadian footprint with 20-unit agreement. - Sbarro has announced plans to open 20 eateries in Ontario, Canada. This the latest in a series of franchise agreements that have recently expanded Sbarro's international presence across... [more] 29 May, 2013
Wheels on wheels. - Ed Hardy doesn’t often watch “Dragon’s Den,” but a chance viewing recently has launched a new business career for him in Newfoundland and Labrador. ... [more] 27 May, 2013
How COBS bread sliced into Canada with its growing franchise. - Emily Mirsky loves going to work each day. Of course, it helps that the work is the COBS Bread franchise she and her husband Craig Cochrane own and operate. ... [more] 27 May, 2013
Brinker Builds Up in Canada. - Brinker International Inc. is set to buy 11 of its franchised Chili's restaurants based in Alberta, Canada from Speedy Creek Ltd., which has long been one of its franchisees. ... [more] 23 May, 2013
Famous Famiglia Pizzeria expanding in Canada. - Fresh & Healthy Brands, a franchisor of frozen yogurt stores and other restaurant concepts, has formed a partnership with Famous Famiglia Pizzeria to franchise the chain in Canada and other select... [more] 16 May, 2013
Tim Hortons names industry veteran Marc Caira as new chief. - Tim Hortons Inc. has named the former head of a global supplier to the food services industry as its new chief executive officer. ... [more] 10 May, 2013
Fatburger chain expanding in Calgary market. - Frank Di Benedetto, the Fatburger franchisor for Canada, and CEO of Frankie’s Burger Enterprises and the Ricky’s All Day Grill chain, said new locations are expected to open in the... [more] 10 May, 2013
Home Instead Senior Care wins national award of excellence. - Home Instead Senior Care – which has offices based in Kanata and the Glebe, around the country and the world – received a gold medal of excellence in franchising at the 22nd annual Canadian... [more] 7 May, 2013
Valpak Expands in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Greg Woodsit to bring The Blue Envelope to residents in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. ... [more] 1 May, 2013
MTY buys Ottawa sushi chain for $1M. - Restaurant franchisor MTY Food Group Inc. said Tuesday it has signed a deal to buy the SushiGo chain of fast food restaurants for $1.05 million in cash. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
The Cleaning Authority Selects Canadian Franchise Opportunities. - The Cleaning Authority Joins Canadian Franchise Opportunities for its Innovative, High-Quality Approach to Franchise Development. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Why Menchie’s frozen yogurt chain is expanding rapidly in Canada. - Menchie’s is a high-growth franchise, and the speed with which it’s spreading across Canada is hard to ignore. ... [more] 29 Apr, 2013
Canadian Mexican Brand Plans to Hit 300 Units in 5 Years. - Tom O’Neill, president of Quesada Franchising of Canada Corp., announced that Quesada Burritos and Tacos plans to significantly expand the chain after signing three additional Area Developer contracts. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Burger King sells part of Canadian unit to Quebec-based firm. - Burger King Worldwide said Wednesday it has sold part of its Canadian subsidiary, including 94 company-owned restaurants, to Redberry Investments. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
Home Instead Senior Care Wins Grand Prize in 2013 CFA Awards. - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce that Home Instead Senior Care is the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising and Gold Winner in the... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Boomerang Kids goes big with franchise network. - Ottawa children’s consignment chain Boomerang Kids has plans to rapidly expand to become a national retail franchise. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Acclaimed Canadian Entrepreneur Peter Thomas Featured in April’s FranchisingUSA. - Thomas Franchise Solutions, a leading private equity investor in growth-oriented franchises, has announced that its founder and Chairman, Peter Thomas, is featured in this month’s cover story of... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Ottawa's Entrepreneur Businesswoman of the Year. - The Women's Business Network of Ottawa has named nine of the city's top female industry leaders as finalists ahead of its awards gala on April 17. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
McDonald's Canada Wants To Hire 6,000 People On National Hiring Day. - Canada lost 55,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 per cent, but don’t panic -- McDonald’s is here to save the day. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2013
Restaurant owner hungry for success. - Welland Boston Pizza franchise owner Deb Zahra began her career in the service industry when she was 16 and she says it's a not a job but something she loves to do. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2013
Canadian Franchise Association Announces Finalists for the 2013 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising. - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2013 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
Sixt Announces its First US Franchise Location and Canada Franchise Initiative. - Sixt AG and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA LLC) announce the opening of their first U.S. franchise location. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
Top Bosses of Canada's Leading Franchise Companies to Convene at the 2013 CFA National Convention. - Over 500 franchise professionals are expected to attend the Canadian Franchise Association's National Convention, the premier franchise education event in Canada, from April 7-9 in Montreal, Quebec. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
Franchise takes aim at not-so-nice lice. - It is a lousy job, but someone has to do it. Dartmouth sisters Gracia Miousse and Mary Dort are the first Lice Squad Canada franchisees in Nova Scotia. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
How a side operation can win over franchisees to accept change. - Sometimes franchising a concept makes sense. Other times, having an independent operation on the side can bring some good synergies to the franchise mix. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2013
A&W Celebrates Opening of 100th Restaurant in Québec. - It is with great pride that A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. announces the official opening of its 100th restaurant in Québec: its fourth urban location in downtown Montréal. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2013
U.S. burger barons look to Canada for fresh opportunities. - Popular American restaurant chains such as Carl’s and Famous Dave’s now making forays into Canada can expect to find themselves bumping heads with sturdy local competitors who’ve also... [more] 19 Mar, 2013
Tim Hortons looks to the U.S. for new growth. - As it closes in on 4,000 restaurants across Canada, Tim Hortons is looking to the U.S. to support new growth for the chain, CEO Paul House told a meeting of Wall Street analysts and retailers in New York City... [more] 13 Mar, 2013
Qdoba Expands Its Reach in Canada. - Canadians can now enjoy the taste of Qdoba Mexican Grill’s wide variety of handcrafted Mexican cuisine, as the brand announced its newest location in London, Ontario. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2013
The Franchise Show Comes to Toronto February 23 & 24, 2013. - As Canada's premier franchise tradeshow, The Franchise Show provides prospective franchisees with unique opportunities to meet face-to-face with some of the most successful franchise brands, attend... [more] 14 Feb, 2013
easyhome Ltd. Announces the Launch of the Ultimate Franchise Opportunity. - easyhome Ltd., Canada's largest merchandise leasing company and a growing provider of financial services, is pleased to announce the launch of the Ultimate Franchise Opportunity "Be A Contender IV". ... [more] 13 Feb, 2013 Fitness Franchise Now in Canada. -, the fitness kickboxing franchise that has opened 70 locations in its first 8 months of franchising, is pleased to announce its expansion into Canada. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
Popular Edmonton pizza chain gets boost from Yogen Früz founders. - Since friends Justin Lussier, Christian Bullock and Jason Allard opened their first Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria in Edmonton in 2007, the chain has grown to 15 restaurants in... [more] 11 Feb, 2013
Canada home to newest Fatburger units. - Fatburger has chosen Canada as the spot for its 30th and 31st locations. They are now open in Camrose and Edmonton, Alberta. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Lorraine McLachlan talks franchising on the eve of The Franchise Show. - At the heart of the CFA is Lorraine McLachlan, President and CEO. Toronto Business Times had the opportunity to sit down with her and chat about the significance of franchising in Toronto. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2013
Couche-Tard turns to franchisees as organized labour steps up efforts to unionize Quebec stores. - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is quietly moving to franchise an unknown number of its owl-logoed convenience stores in Quebec as it stares down an effort by organized labour to unionize its network in... [more] 31 Jan, 2013
Master Franchisor for Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Canada Sells Canadian Rights. - Yogurtworld Franchising Corp, Master Franchisor of Menchie's in Canada, today announced that Yogurtworld has sold its rights to develop and operate Menchie's in Canada. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2013
Papa John's outlines Canadian expansion plan. - Papa John's has launched its 2013 Canadian Development Incentive Program, which offers Canadian franchisees opportunities to expand their footprints. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2013
McDonald's Canada named Marketer of the Year for transparency campaign. - McDonald's Canada was recognized as the 2012 Marketer of the Year by Marketing magazine at a gala event held earlier this week. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2013
MTY expands its overseas network of franchises. - MTY Food Group Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc., has signed two area master development agreements with a solid and well respected master franchisee to develop... [more] 22 Jan, 2013
GoTire mobile tire shop piques interest of dragons. - Though its deal with the dragons is on hold, since August GoTire has launched eight franchises across the country. Another seven or eight agreements will likely close in the next month or two. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Canada welcomes new Director of Franchise Sales. - Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Canada announced today that Tiago Antonio Pereira has joined the company in the newly created role, Director of Franchise Sales. ... [more] 8 Jan, 2013
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