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Krispy Kreme Franchisee Opens First Store in Shanghai, China. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation today announced that its long-time franchise partner, KKD Lotte Holdings Company, Ltd., has opened the first Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Shanghai, China. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2009
Jollibee drops Taiwanese brand in mainland operation. - Jollibee Foods Corp. is dropping the Chun Shui Tang Tea House brand from its China fastfood portfolio, three years after it was introduced citing the difficulty of breaking into the mainland Chinese market. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Unit No. 12,000 Opens for Burger King. - Burger King Corp. reached a significant milestone with the grand opening of the brand's 12,000th restaurant, located in Beijing, China's Joy City. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2009
Taiwan Salt Ind. to Set Up 1st Franchisee in Kunshan of China. - Taiwan Salt Industrial Corporation (TaiYen), Taiwan`s state-run maker of salt and related products, will set up its first franchised store in Kunshan, Jiangsu province. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
S'pore brothers drive US chain's success in China. - All-American hotel chain Days Inn is making it big in China, thanks to three brothers from Singapore. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2009
Rebranding of coffee chain improves its look, performance. - As China's star continues to shine, one of the more recent beneficiaries of the country's economic boom is the early childhood development sector. Take GymChina, for instance, the master franchisee for... [more] 13 Oct, 2009
China Expansion to Boom for Dairy Queen. - Dairy Queen opened its 200th location in China and expects to open 500 more in the next five years. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts Opens First Stores in Guangdong Region of China. - As part of its greater China expansion strategy, Dunkin' Donuts, the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, recently opened its first two shops in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
World class Spar Hongtu wins major award. - Spar has won the NACS sponsored Convenience Retailer of the Year 2009 competition in London. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Carl's Jr. Opens First Restaurant in Shanghai, China. - CKE Restaurants, Inc. today announced the opening of its first Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Shanghai, China. This marks the first of more than 100 Carl’s Jr. units planned in the municipalities of... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Jamie Oliver brings Italy to Asia. - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is planning to launch 30 Italian restaurants in Asia, with the first one set to open its doors in Hong Kong early next year. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2009
Canadian Franchise concept moves to expand into China, Russia. - Specialty hair care salon franchise Beaners Fun Cuts is pleased to announce today its affiliation with International Franchising Group, LLC to expand its concept all over the world. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Neo suki to open china franchise. Neo Suki Thai Restaurants has returned to the Chinese market with a plan to have three franchises up and running in Guangzhou next year. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2009
Edible Arrangements Signs Master Franchisee Agreements in Rome & Hong Kong. Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh fruit arrangements, announced today the signing of two Master Franchisee agreements in Rome, Italy and Hong Kong. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2009
Macau Franchise Expo – promoting new opportunities. The first Macao Franchise Expo (MFE) will be held from July 3 to 4 at the Macao Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre. MFE aims to promote franchising, chain store operations and brand agency through a series of activities that include product exhibition, business matching sessions and forums. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2009
Johnny Rockets Seeking Franchise Partner in Taiwan. Following the demise of a franchise agreement with Aiting (Vicky) Shih and Sirius International Food and Beverage Group, announced earlier this year, Johnny Rockets Group, Inc. today announced the availability of Taiwan as an available franchising territory. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2009
Brazil’s Habib’s plans to open 500 outlets in China. The biggest Brazilian fast food franchise, Habib’s, plans to enter the Chinese market and over the next five years open 500 outlets, said the brand’s Operations director, João Augusto Ribeiro Penna. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2009
Open Group Launches New Franchise in China. The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, announced that it has signed a Franchise Agreement with Kingdee. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
TPS plans luxury spa in China. Thai Privilege Spa Co (TPS), the local luxury spa chain owned by Surangrath Chirathivat, will enter a joint venture with Regalia Resort & Spa to operate a destination spa in China this year. .... [more] 4 May, 2009
7-Eleven opens Shanghai stores. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc and Taiwan's President Chain Store Corp plan to open as many as 300 stores in Shanghai over the next five years. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Ice cream chains find country hot. International ice cream chains such as Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins and Haagen-Dazs are aggressively expanding their networks in the country, despite a global economic downturn. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2009
HONG KONG - Cafe chain spin-off may bring in HK$900m. Gourmet Master, the operator of coffee and bakeshop chain 85 Degree Bakery Cafe in Taiwan, plans to spin off its mainland and Hong Kong businesses through an initial public offering on the Hong Kong market next year that could raise at least HK$900 million. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2009
TAIWAN - Franchises may help curb rising unemployment. During these times of economic uncertainty, people are looking for new ways to make ends meet. In view of the record number of participants to the 10th Taipei International Chain and Franchise Exhibition, joining a franchise seems to have become a popular option. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2009
Petland China Opens 2 New Stores. Petland, Inc. is pleased to announce that Petland China recently opened two additional Petland locations in Shanghai. The second location, on Xingmei Road in Shanghai, opened December 24, 2008 and the third location, on Changning Road in Shanghai, opened February 10. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2009
Papa Bello Enterprises Opens First International Restaurant in Shanghai, China. Papa Bello Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the company's first international franchised unit in Shanghai, China. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2009
Taiwan chain sees 7-11 stores in Shanghai soon. Taiwan-based President Chain Store Corp said it plans to open four to six 7-Eleven stores in Shanghai at the end of next month or the beginning of April. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2009
Baskin-Robbins expands presence in China. Baskin-Robbins, a chain of ice cream specialty shops, has opened its first two locations in Shanghai, China. A third Baskin-Robbins shop will open in late February in Shanghai, bringing the total number of shops in the country to 47. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2009
Boost squeezes into China. When Boost Juice Bars was looking at taking its brand to China, its first stop was Sunnybank, a multicultural area in Brisbane's southern suburbs. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2009
Head of M&S's first Chinese store leaves job. The head of Marks & Spencer's first store in China, which has been beset with problems since opening in October, has left the company. The store in Shanghai — its biggest in Asia and its first in mainland China — has had a far from smooth start. .... [more] 18 Jan, 2009
Papa Bello Moves to China. Papa Bello isn't exactly a household name in the United States. But that's not going to stop the 20-unit quick-service pizza chain from making its mark abroad in the world's fastest growing economy. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2009

Shaolin gongfu skills franchised to four temples. In the near future, gongfu pilgrims will no longer have to journey to the famed Shaolin Temple in China?s central Henan Province to study its renowned martial art. Instead, the training is to be franchised and introduced in new locations in Yunnan Province, in the south of China, reported Xinhua. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts opens first shop in mainland China. Dunkin' Donuts has opened its first shop in mainland China, one of 150 expected in the next decade. The Canton, Mass.-based seller of coffee and baked goods said in a news release Friday it opened the shop in Shanghai on Thursday. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2008
Papa Bello Sells Area Development Rights for Shanghai, China. Papa Bello Enterprises is pleased to announce the sale of area development rights for the city of Shanghai in the Peoples Republic of China to partners Mr. Zhiqing Ma and Mrs. Hsiao (Cathy) Endy. Under the terms of the agreement, a minimum growth of 60 units is contracted for the region. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2008
Aloft Hotels Makes Landmark Debut in China. aloha! Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its highly anticipated new lifestyle brand, AloftSM hotels announce the opening of Aloft Beijing, Haidian. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
HONG KONG - Krispy Kreme's Hong Kong franchisee in liquidation. The Hong Kong franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the second-largest US doughnut chain, is going into liquidation two years after starting business. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2008
Burger King Brand Positioned for Growth in Taiwan. BK Asiapac, Pte. Ltd. (BKAP), the wholly owned subsidiary of Burger King Corp. and DaChan Great Wall Group (DCG) announced today an agreement for BKAP to take an equity position in Home Chain Foods Ltd., DCG's subsidiary. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2008
Krispy Kreme Awards Franchise Development Rights for Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, China. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with KKD Lotte Holdings Company, Ltd. for the development of approximately 35 Krispy Kreme retail locations over the next four to five years in the metropolitan areas of Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, China. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2008
Subway to rapid growth. United States-based sandwich chain Subway plans to open new stores aggressively and expand its franchise business in the fast-growing Chinese mainland market despite facing intense competition from McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2008
Baskin-Robbins expanding in China. Baksin-Robbins, part of Dunkin’ Brands Inc. based in Canton, Mass., said Thursday it plans to open a total of 100 new stores over the next 10 years in the Eastern and Northwestern regions of Mainland China. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2008
D.Phone Launches Franchise Model. Chinese mobile phone retailer the D.Phone has launched a franchising business, and plans to fully develop this area by the end of the year. In the next five years D.Phone is planning to expand from its present 1,200 outlets to 5,000 outlets through franchises and the direct sales model. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2008
U.B.C. Coffee Sues Franchisee for Tort. Shanghai Shangdao Food Chain Management is taking Shanghai Cailin Food Management and Shanghai Lifeng Food Company to court for illegally trading under the U.B.C Coffee trademark. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2008
CKE to open 100 Carl's Jr. restaurants in China. CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of St. Louis-based Hardee's Food Systems Inc., said Wednesday it plans to open a minimum of 100 Carl's Jr. restaurants over the next eight years in China. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2008
HONG KONG - Happy outcome for smokers. I Quit Smoking, a franchising network that has developed a therapy to help smokers give up their fatal embrace of nicotine is pitching its idea to smokers in Hong Kong. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2008
Seven-Eleven Japan to set up franchise network in Shanghai. Convenience store chain operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co will open franchise outlets in Shanghai and Beijing this autumn. .... [more] 30 May, 2008
Yum Brands donates $2.3 million to China earthquake relief efforts. Yum Brands Foundation, the charitable arm of Louisville-based restaurant company Yum Brands Inc., has joined with the company's China Division to donate $2.3 million to disaster relief efforts in China in the wake of the massive May 12 earthquake that killed thousands of people there. .... [more] 20 May, 2008
Overview of the Chinese Franchise Market. Research and Markets has announced the addition of "China: Franchising Industry" to their offering. The objective of the report is to provide an overview of the Chinese franchise market with focus on four sectors: food & beverage, apparel, education, and fitness, beyond the already established cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. .... [more] 20 May, 2008
Boulder firm set to franchise in China. Mark Mallen, owner of the Boulder-based Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato company, recently signed a deal with Shanghai-based Barony Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which plans to franchise the local scoop shop throughout China. .... [more] 6 May, 2008
China may be KFC's salvation as U.S. faces recession. With a possible U.S. recession looming, Colonel Sanders is turning to China to fill the breach, offering a menu of fried dough and preserved egg porridge alongside the chicken that turned KFC into an American icon. .... [more] 5 May, 2008
Ikea plans $60m for Tianjin store. Ikea plans to pour in around $60 million to set up a retail outlet in Tianjin, aiming to cash in on the fast development of the coastal municipality. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
Papa John's to add 500 stores in China over 5 yrs. Pizza delivery chain Papa John's plans to add 500 restaurants in China in the next five years, making the country its biggest market outside the United States. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Korean Beef Franchise To Open First Restaurant In China. A Korean beef franchise said Tuesday it would open its first store in the Chinese capital of Beijing to expand its overseas business. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2008 Sells Three Master Franchise Licenses., Inc. announced today that its Online Social Vocational Education and Culture Business Group,, has sold the exclusive license to three master franchisees in China in March. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2008
Harcourts entering world’s largest market - China. Harcourts is entering the People’s Republic of China, the world’s most populous country, following an agreement between Harcourts International Limited (HIL) and a group of Chinese businessmen, HIL Executive Director Paul Wright announced today. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2008
Helen Doron Shanghai Has Big Plans to Expand This World Renowned English Learning Method for Children Across China. The Chinese term for 'franchise' is known as 'texu-jing-ying', and it's the buzzword on the lips of many successful Chinese entrepreneurs these days, like Helen Doron Master Franchise for Shanghai, Nick Shiah. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
KidzArt Announces International Expansion to China. KidzArt, a children's art education franchise company, today announced the sale of its first international and sole regional developer in Shanghai, China. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2008
Western hotels invade China. The appetite for new hotels in China is in keeping with the country’s rapid economic development and urbanisation. IHG, the British company behind InterContinental and Holiday Inn, expects to open a new hotel there every week this year, for example, and the country has become a key battleground for all its main rivals. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2008
Franchise Opportunities Await Malaysian Firms At Taiwan Show. To help local retailers and franchisors in finding new opportunities, the Malaysian Retailer-Chains Association (MRCA) is organising a group visit the Ninth Taipei International Chain and Franchise Exhibition from Feb 21 to 26 in Taiwan. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2008
IHG to Franchise Hotels in China. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC will begin franchising its Holiday Inn Express hotels in China for the first time as it seeks to accelerate its already rapid growth in the country. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2008
McDonald's says to open 150 outlets in China in '09. McDonald's Corp, the world's largest fast-food chain, plans to open 150 outlets in China in 2009, the company's top China executive said on Tuesday, as competition heats up in the rapidly expanding market. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts coming to mainland China. Dunkin' Donuts said Friday it plans to open 100 franchise locations in Shanghai over the next 10 years, the first of the chain's restaurants in mainland China. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2008
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