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: : Jan-Jun 2000

Struggle for franchise law ends in compromise. It forces those who sell franchises in Ontario to disclose basic information to new franchisees at least two weeks before the agreement is signed or money changes hands. It prohibits franchisors from punishing members of their systems who participate in franchisee associations. .... 27 Jun, 2000
Back to work for coffee shop owner beaten by robbers.
Forced to open safe: Female proprietor and employee pistol-whipped. .... 20 Jun, 2000
Denninghouse Inc. reports continuing strong growth. Denninghouse Inc., Canada's leading dollar store operator of 253 Buck Or Two stores, today announced results for first quarter ended April 30, 2000. .... 8 Jun, 2000
Canada's largest manufacturer of gourmet cinnamon rolls inks multi-store Cinnzeo franchise deal in Philippines.
.... 6 Jun, 2000
Forzani Group to launch discount sports chain.
Forzani Group Ltd. plans to roll out a discount chain next year to help bolster its No. 1 standing in the country's sporting goods retail sector. .... 6 Jun, 2000
Hard Rock Cafe revokes franchises.
Hard Rock Cafe International USA Inc. has revoked the franchises for its five locations in Western Canada citing unpaid royalty bills. .... 6 Jun, 2000
Founder of franchising in U.S. - a Canadian?
Who invented franchising, an industry set to surpass $1-trillion (U.S.) in sales in the United States this year? .... 31 May, 2000
Growth Goals On Target At AFM Hospitality Corp.
Growth and expansion goals are on target as AFM Hospitality Corp., Canada's largest multi-brand lodging franchisor, forecasts strong results for the balance of fiscal 2000. .... 29 May, 2000
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts prepare to roll into Canada.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., an American chain that has become a cult favourite for its hot doughnuts and retro appeal, plans to set up shop in Canada. .... 28 May, 2000
Nevada Bob's merging with Net firm. Deal with Birdie Holdings includes $10M cash infusion. .... 19 May, 2000
Re-branding the Bay. Zellers alumnus Neil Fedun has returned to Canada to revitalize the chain's image and marketing strategy. .... 1 May, 2000
Second Cup to focus on nationwide expansion. Second Cup Ltd. said yesterday it will focus on expanding its core operations instead of selling the Toronto-based coffee chain as industry analysts suggested the retailer could not find a buyer to pay the price shareholders wanted. .... 27 Apr, 2000
Body Shop facelift pays off. Body Shop in Canada is styling a makeover of its stores in a bid to freshen its tired image and fight off a rising barrage of competitors in the beauty products business. .... 10 Apr, 2000

Franchise bill strikes the right balance. Ontario legislation offers measure of industry regulation without reams of red tape. .... 4 Apr, 2000
Travel outlets walk on-line tightrope. Franchisors marketing over the Internet to grab a share of the fast-growing market segment risk competing with their own shops. .... 31 Mar, 2000
Fraud can't repay victims, court finds. Jeffrey Wuckert, 52, is serving a six-year prison term. During his trial last year, court heard how he sold non-existent accounting franchises across the country between 1989 and 1995. .... 29 Mar, 2000
'I've got a get-rich-quick scheme of my own that's a perfect fit with the Zeitgeist of jittery markets.' The headquarters will be in Silicon Valley, but the franchising opportunities are staggering. .... 21 Mar, 2000
Franchise legislation might get more teeth. Four days of public hearings into Ontario's pending franchise legislation last week turned the spotlight on some dubious business practices among retail and restaurant operators in Canada. .... 17 Mar, 2000

Forzani changes 57 stores to Intersports. Sporting goods retailer Forzani Group Ltd. announced yesterday it is changing all its Podium Sports stores and certain Sports Experts stores in Ontario, the Atlantic provinces and British Columbia - 57 in all - to Intersport outlets. .... 14 Mar, 2000
Debt forces Hard Rock sale in west. Debt troubles have forced HR Cafe Ltd., the owner of the five Hard Rock Cafe restaurants in Western Canada, to sign a letter of intent to sell its restaurants to investors from Toronto. .... 10 Mar, 2000
Travel agents worry they won't pass go in new monopoly. That is the fear of industry organizations and business travel managers who want the government to give them more clout at the bargaining table when they negotiate commissions with Air Canada. .... 9 Mar, 2000
Entrepreneurs welcome surprise budget change Entrepreneurs are giving a warm reception to a federal budget provision that provides a $100,000 jump in the threshold at which full corporate tax rates kick in. .... 1 Mar, 2000
Franchise peddles sweet dreams. With an appetite for expansion, Death by Chocolate dessert shops are going fork-to-fork with both mom-and-pop pastry shops and specialty coffee chains. .... 11 Feb, 2000
Nevada Bob's takes on Las Vegas strip. Specialty golf retailer: Opens U.S. flagship, new format store .... 28 Jan, 2000
CHIP REIT announces renovation of Quebec Radisson Hotel. Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CHIP REIT) today announced it is undertaking a $5.2 million renovation of its 377-room Radisson Gouverneur Hotel in Quebec City - an attractive internal investment and part of CHIP REIT's comprehensive portfolio review. .... 13 Jan, 2000
Pharmacy giant settles over drug mix-up. Shoppers Drug Mart, the nationwide pharmacy retail outlet, yesterday reached an out-of-court settlement with a family over the death of an elderly woman who received the wrong medication. .... 6 Jan, 2000
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