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Over 24,000 Visitors Explore International and Domestic Franchise Opportunities at Franchising China Exhibition. Global Sources' 10th Annual Franchising China Conference & Exhibition wrapped up its tour of China recently, attracting 24,274 potential franchisees to its exhibitions in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing -- up 12 percent from 2006. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2007
TAIWAN - Nation's franchisees get younger. Food and beverage chain stores are appealing to young generations of Taiwanese who wish to open up their own businesses, a chain store fair exhibitor said yesterday. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2007
Franchise business to grow in China. Enterprises in an increasing number of sectors, such as hotels and education, are tapping the franchise market in China, said experts. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2007 Sells Two Master Franchise Licenses. Telecom Communications, Inc. announced today that its Online Social Vocational Education and Culture Business Group,, has sold the exclusive license to two master franchisees. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
Ice cream market ready for licking. International Dairy Queen Inc, a US ice cream chain, will boost its outlets in China by adding 500 stores in the next five years, banking on the potential growth in ice cream consumption by an increasingly affluent population. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2007
Subway, Athlete's Foot and Super 8 Among Companies to Exhibit at 10th Annual Franchising China Conference & Exhibition. Global Sources' 10th Annual Franchising China Conference & Exhibition is scheduled to run in three cities across China with nearly 100 international and local franchisors and 20,000 entrepreneurs expected to participate. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
INDIA / CHINA - Lilliput to dress up kids in Dragon land. In probably a first for India Inc in the retail business, Lilliput Kidswear is all set to become the first Indian company to establish base in the land of dragons. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2007
Super 8 Responds To Franchisee Departure In China. Super 8 Hotels in China has responded to claims made by a former franchisee that the global hotel chain owned by Wyndham Worldwide had broken agreements. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2007
Yum Brands, McDonald's Compete for China. After watching Yum gobble up much of China's emerging middle class, McDonald's, which has 800 restaurants in operation in China, is ramping up development in the country. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2007
Ajisen eyes the franchise way to expand. Ajisen (China) Holdings Ltd said yesterday it would offer sub-franchising for the first time in China to accelerate expansion after net profit surged 90 percent in the first half of this year. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2007
The sweet smell of success in China. Bolstered by the rising affluence of the country's young professionals, Fruits & Passion is racking up profit faster than anyone expected. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
McDonald's to 'up Chinese wages'. McDonald's is to raise wages in China, after claims that it and other foreign fast-food chains have underpaid their staff. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2007
Mothercare goes to China. Mothercare, babycare and toy retailer, has announced plans to move into China. The retailer has signed a joint venture agreement with Goodbaby, a manufacturer of childcare products, to open three stores in Beijing and Shanghai next year. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2007
Taiwan's Great Wall, Illy plan China coffee JV. Taiwan's Great Wall Enterprises Corp and one of Italy's top coffee roasters, Illycaffe, plan to establish a chain of coffee stores in Greater China. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2007
Fatburger eyes China market. Fast casual chain Fatburger has plans to expand into China within the next year. Expansion plans for the California-based chain involve the launch of 25 units in China and adjacent territories by 2010. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007

California Pizza Kitchen Opens Fourth Location in Hong Kong. California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups and desserts, opened its fourth location in Hong Kong, China today. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2007
Two largest hot-pot restaurant chain eye IPO. China's two largest hot-pot restaurant chain operators are planning to go public as soon as next year to raise about HK$3 billion between them, extending their competition from the dining tables to equity markets. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2007
M&S looks to open stores in Asia. Marks & Spencer has drawn up ambitious international expansion plans which could see the group open stores in India and China as early as next year. .... [more] 23 May, 2007
Cold Stone Creamery Pays Homage to the Origins of Ice Cream with Stores in Mainland China and Taiwan. Cold Stone Creamery, the concept known for revolutionizing the way people think about ice cream in the United States, is now operating two stores in the land thought to have invented the frozen treat around the 4th Century BC. .... [more] 16 May, 2007
Regulation to bring order into franchise industry. China's chaotic franchise industry is expected to reorder itself and flourish as a new regulation takes effect in May. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
BOCOG to expand its retail network. The network of Olympic franchise outlets is to nearly triple throughout China this year as BOCOG recruits more distributors to sell Olympic licensed products. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
InterContinental to franchise Holiday Inn Express in China. InterContinental Hotels Group said it will offer a hotel franchising program for the Holiday Inn Express brand in China. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2007
Unions for McDonald's China staff. Employees in McDonalds and KFC China outlets will be unionised this year. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2007
Mothercare in Chinese partnership talks. Mothercare is in talks with China's biggest manufacturer of childcare products about an alliance that would involve the British retailer taking its first steps on Chinese soil. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2007
Chinese Electronics Retailers Quickly Expand. The China Chain Store and Franchise Association says that the total sales of China's top 100 chain stores and franchisers reached RMB855.2 billion in 2006, an increase of 25% over that of the previous year, and electronics retailers were tops. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2007
Chinese flooring firm eyes $150 mln US IPO. Chinese solid wood flooring maker Shanghai Anxin Flooring plans to raise about US$150 million in an initial public offering in New York in the third quarter at the earliest. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2007
St. Regis to Raise Its Flag in Tibet on the "Roof of the World". Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced an agreement with Lhasa Yungao International Hotel Company, Ltd to manage the St. Regis Resort, Lhasa, located in the Tibet Autonomous Region. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
McDonald's expansion to feature drive-thrus. Fast food giant McDonald's says it will open about 300 new outlets over the next three years in China and more than half will have drive-thru services. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
Chain and Franchise show opens Saturday. People looking to open their own business in the Year of the Pig should visit the 8th Taipei International Chain and Franchise Exhibition, where more than 150 exhibitors will share their successful experiences with would be entrepreneurs. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
China franchise for spa firm. Thai Privilege Spa Co, the local luxury spa chain, has signed its first franchise agreement to manage a new luxury boutique resort and spa that is due to open in Suzhou, China in June. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Papa John's Opens 50th Restaurant in China. Papa John's International continued its aggressive development in Asia by recently opening its 50th restaurant in China. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2007
Beijing Olympics organisers see tenfold increase in franchise stores. Organizers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games plan to increase the number of Olympic franchise stores almost tenfold to 5,000 across China by the end of this year. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2007
McDonald's goes slow in China franchising. McDonald's, which will grant four franchisee licenses in China this year, said it does not expect to issue more such permits in the world's fastest-growing major economy "in the near future." .... [more] 7 Feb, 2007
Burger King to fan the flame. Burger King Holdings Inc plans a double-digit increase in fast-food outlets in China this year following a restructuring program the company hopes will get it back on track. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2007
McDonald's to expand drive-thru network in China. Mcdonald's Corp and a Chinese oil company opened the first of a planned series of two dozen drive-through restaurants today, launching an effort to tap China's growing taste for cars and Western fast food. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2007
M&S bid to enter Taiwanese market. Marks & Spencer is to launch a joint venture with one of Taiwan's leading retailers, as the UK firm continues to reassert its presence overseas. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Dunkin' Donuts plans Asian expansion. Dunkin' Donuts announced Wednesday plans to expand in Asia, and will kick off the expansion with a store opening in Taipei City, Taiwan, today. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Blockbuster completes sale of Taiwan operation. Blockbuster has completed the sale of its Taiwan unit to Webs-TV Digital International for an undisclosed amount. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
B&Q stores to host KFC drive-throughs. Fried chicken empire KFC yesterday announced it had signed a deal with B&Q China to set up drive-through restaurants at selected stores. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2007
Shanghai coffee company fined for infringing Starbucks trademark. A Shanghai coffee company has been fined 500,000 yuan for infringing on the trademark of coffeehouse chain Starbucks. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
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