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Osim To Add Stores With Franchise Expansion Into Russia, Turkey.
malaysiandigest.com - Osim International Ltd. (OSIM), Asia’s largest maker of massage chairs, said it’s in talks to expand its international franchise with stores in Turkey and Russia. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2014
VIP launches Bin Cleaning into two new countries.
thefranchisemagazine.net - VIP Bin Cleaning is proud to have launched its business in two new countries, Poland and Botswana, during the month of May. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Announces Opening of 600th International Restaurant.
businesswire.com - CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. has reached a significant milestone with the opening of its 600th international restaurant location in Astana, Kazakhstan. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2014
Over 500 companies that have opened up franchises in Romania.
balkans.com - There are over 500 companies that have opened up franchises in Romania until now, pulling in over EUR 1,4 billion every year. The most successful businesses are in the fields of fast-food and services... [more] 11 Jun, 2014
Francorp ME Enters Bulgaria Franchise Market for Its ‘Franchise Your Business’ Seminar.
pr.com - Francorp Middle East enters Bulgaria Franchising market for its signature ‘Franchise Your Business’ Seminar & Workshop at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria from 16-17 May, 2014... [more] 30 Apr, 2014
Burger King Expands Into Crimea After McDonald's Exit.
themoscowtimes.com - U.S. fast food giant Burger King plans to expand its chain into Crimea, filling the vacuum left when McDonald's pulled out of the peninsula last Friday, citing unspecified supply issues. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
McDonald's quits Crimea as fears of trade clash grow.
reuters.com - McDonald's announced on Friday it had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all the U.S. fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2014
Rosinter founder maintains optimism despite Crimea crisis.
nrn.com - The Russian franchise operator can resume growth once tensions ease, according to founder Rostislav Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Blanco. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2014
ROMANIA - Vodafone expands franchise stores network at national level.
nineoclock.ro - According to a press release, Vodafone currently has 19 stores opened on the basis of the franchise system, and two of these are already aligned to the Vodafone Group’s new identity and new global design. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2014
Vodafone Romania launches store franchise program.
balkans.com - Telecom operator Vodafone Romania has announced the start of its store franchise program, for entrepreneurs who are considering entering the mobile communications business. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2013
Cinnabon expanding in Eurasia with Georgia agreement.
qsrweb.com - Cinnabon Inc. has signed a master franchise deal to develop several bakeries in Georgia, marking the brand's entry into the Eurasian country. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2013
Enterprise Heads Further Into Europe with Franchisee Agreements in Poland and Czech Republic.
prnewswire.co.uk - As part of its ongoing European expansion strategy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has selected new franchise partners in Poland and the Czech Republic. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2013
Schlotzsky's plans 55 new units in former Soviet countries.
fastcasual.com - Schlotzsky's recently signed a franchise agreement to open 55 restaurants in seven countires formerly part of the U.S.S.R., including Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2013
Despite depressed economy, international franchisers expand on Czech market.
radio.cz - The Czech franchise market registered a massive growth last year, with more international brands looking to expand in the region in the coming months. ... [more] 22 May, 2013
Kazakhstan in talks with McDonald's.
tengrinews.kz - McDonald’s may enter the Kazakhstan market soon, President of the Eurasian Franchising Association Beknur Kissikov told Tengrinews .kz. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2013
US chain Church's Chicken to join Ukraine's flock.
kyivpost.com - Texas Chicken, the international brand of Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken, will open two outlets in Kyiv starting in March, real estate company DTZ Ukraine announced on Feb. 21. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2013
Aussie café chain makes another try in Czech market.
praguepost.com - After its recently failed debut in the Czech Republic, the Australian-owned global franchise Gloria Jean's Coffees is attempting a comeback. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
McDonald’s to Expand in Baltic Growth Region, Verslo Zinios Says.
bloomberg.com - McDonald’s Corp. is expanding its fast-food chain in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, whose economies are growing at the fastest pace in the European Union, Verslo Zinios reported. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2012
Papa John's debuts in Azerbaijan.
pizzamarketplace.com - Papa John's International today announced the opening of its first restaurant in Azerbaijan, serving the more than 2 million residents of Baku. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2012
Insolvent Bam Boo launches EUR 65,000 franchise.
business-review.ro - Romanian interior decorations retailer Bam Boo hopes to double its store network to 30 outlets by the end of next year after launching the Bam Boo franchise. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2012
M&S opens store in Kazakhstan.
telegraph.co.uk - Marks & Spencer has brought a small slice of the British high-street to Central Asia by opening a store in Almaty, the financial centre of Kazakhstan. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2012
Franchising Business Booming in Bulgaria, Survey Finds.
novinite.com - Franchising has been growing by more than 20% annually for five years in a row, according to a survey by Franchising.bg, a consultancy. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2012
Burger King closes down restaurants in Romania after entering insolvency.
romania-insider.com - Atlantic Restaurant System, which runs the Burger King franchise in Romania, will close down the last two remaining restaurants in Romania this week. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2012
Subway opens first Bucharest unit, targets over 40 outlets in Romania in four years.
romania-insider.com - Restaurant chain Subway wants over 40 units in Romania in the next four years. The operator recently opened its first outlet in Bucharest, in Victoriei Square. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Wendy's signs deal to expand in Eastern Europe.
qsrweb.com - The Wendy's Company has announced an agreement with The Wissol Group to develop 25 restaurants in Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan throughout the next 10 years. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2012
KFC coming soon to Kyiv.
kyivpost.com - The Colonel’s chicken is coming to Ukraine. That is, the world’s third largest fast-food restaurant chain known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, or now simply KFC, an iconic brand for decades in America. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
Subway's first Romanian unit to open in April.
qsrweb.com - Subway will debut in the Romanian market in April, opening its first unit in Iasi, located in the northeastern part of the country. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2012
KFC opens Bucharest restaurant with coffee shop space.
business-review.ro - Restaurants chain KFC has opened in Bucharest the first outlet with a dedicated coffee shop space. Located in the Dorobanti area of the capital city, the new location has a 374 sqm surface. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2011
Bosnia gets first taste of McDonald's.
yahoo.com - It took four years, a lot of red tape and a little local jealousy but the Big Mac is the new hero on Marshal Tito street in downtown Sarajevo and, for many, a milestone in Bosnia's post-war recovery. ... [more] 31 Jul, 2011
Domino’s Pizza aims for bigger slice of hungry Kyiv market.
kyivpost.com - Domino’s Pizza has tripled the number of restaurants it has in Kyiv and expanded its coverage for delivery just less than eight months after it first broke onto the market. ... [more] 15 Jul, 2011
Bulgaria's 1st IKEA Store to Hire 130 Part-Time Workers.
novinite.com - Several months before the opening of the first IKEA store in Bulgaria expected in the fall of 2011, the Fourlis Group, IKEA's franchisee for Bulgaria, announced the opening of 130 part-time jobs. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2011
Domino's Pizza Opens First New Store in Poland.
yahoo.com - Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, has opened its first store in Poland, with the promise of hot, delicious pizza for the residents of Warsaw. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2011
Domino's Pizza Opens First New Store in Bulgaria.
yahoo.com - Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, has opened its first store in Bulgaria, with the promise of hot, delicious pizza for the residents of Sofia. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2011
Domino's spreads into Bulgaria.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's Pizza plans to open three restaurants in Bulgaria by the end of 2011. According to the Sofia Echo, the company's first restaurant opened in Sofia on Jan. 7. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
Tesco’s Acquires 128 Czech Convenience Stores for $52.8 Million.
bloomberg.com - Tesco Plc, the U.K.’s largest retailer, bought 128 Zabka and Koruna convenience stores in the Czech Republic for 1.02 billion koruna ($52.8 million) to cement its position in the eastern... [more] 23 Dec, 2010
Orange Romania completes store franchise programme.
telecompaper.com - Orange Romania announced the completion of its store franchise programme. The new business model was launched in April 2009 and was backed by a total investment of EUR 4 million. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
International Franchise Expo opened in Belgrade.
emg.rs - The First International Franchising Expo was organised by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Serbian Association for Development of Franchising and the Commercial Section of the US Embassy. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2010
PM: Franchising good chance for Serbia.
b92.net - PM Mirko Cvetković stated on Friday that franchising is a good opportunity for Serbia as the country is emerging from the economic crisis. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2010
Domino's pizzeria chain opens first establishment in Ukraine.
kyivpost.com - The Domino's pizza chain, established in the United States, on Oct. 15, 2010 opened a Domino’s Pizza pizzeria for 34 seats in Kyiv, which became the first pizzeria of the chain in Ukraine. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2010
Doubletree by Hilton Continues Expansion into Romania.
businesswire.com - Hilton Worldwide has today announced the signing of a franchise license agreement with VIS 7 Import Export SRL, to open a Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Bucharest, Romania. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2010
Starbucks ´indefinitely´ postpones its arrival in Croatia.
croatiantimes.com - The American coffee chain Starbucks has "indefinitely" postponed the opening of a franchise in Croatia after having planned its arrival in the Croatian market this October. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2010
Domino’s Pizza will come to Ukraine.
kyivpost.com - U.S.-based Domino’s Pizza, the world’s leading pizza delivery company, announced this week that it has inked franchise agreements to spread its business into Ukraine. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2010
First Romanian Domino's Open in Bucharest.
qsrmagazine.com - Domino's Pizza opened its first store in Bucharest, Romania—and plans to grow rapidly in the nation's capital city and beyond in the years to come. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2010
Dominos' Polish master franchisee DP Poland to debut on AIM.
reuters.com - DP Poland Plc, the Polish master franchisee for U.S-based Domino's Pizza Inc, plans to list on London's junior market, and roll out at least 27 stores in Warsaw by end-2012. ... [more] 14 Jul, 2010
Oldest Hooters Opens in the Czech Republic.
finance.yahoo.com - On June 4th Hooters will open the first location in the Czech Republic, the 29th country where you can now find Hooters nearly world famous wings! ... [more] 3 Jun, 2010
Sweden-Based IKEA Postpones Plan To Build Supermarkets In Ukraine.
un.ua - The IKEA furniture company (Sweden) has postponed a plan to build supermarkets in Ukraine. ... [more] 6 May, 2010
Choice Hotels expands into Poland.
bizjournals.com - Silver Spring-based hotel franchisor Choice Hotels announced its first foray into Poland Monday, with plans to franchise six hotels in the country. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2010
Century 21 Continues European Expansion with Launch of Master Franchise in Slovakia.
rismedia.com - Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, has announced its expansion in Europe with the signing of a master franchise agreement... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
Pizza Hut opens fourth delivery unit in Bucharest.
wall-street.ro - Pizza Hut restaurant chain said it would open in mid November a new PHD outlet (Pizza Hut Delivery) in Auchan Titan, which represents a €150,000 investment. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2009
Freshii Ready to Jump the Pond.
qsrmagazine.com - Andreas Kotal, owner of Salad Room - Vienna, Austria's first fast-casual salad concept - entered into an agreement with Freshii to convert his restaurant and expand the brand throughout Eastern Europe. ... [more] 22 Oct, 2009
New KFC restaurant in Bucharest.
wall-street.ro - Kentucky Fried Chicken opened this week its fourteenth restaurant in Bucharest, following an investment of around €700,000, the fast food company said. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Stratus Building Solutions Expands Franchising to Europe.
finance.yahoo.com - Stratus Building Solutions has established a footprint for growth in Europe by awarding a new Master Franchise in Kaunas, Lithuania, that nation’s second-largest city. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2009
IKEA furniture of Sweden to open its first stores in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia by 2012. Sweden's IKEA furniture and home furnishings plans to make its retail debut in several Balkan countries, opening two stores in Croatia, two in Serbia and one in Slovenia between 2010 and 2012. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009
Starbucks to open first store in Poland. Starbucks Coffee International Inc. and American Restaurants Sp. z o.o., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AmRest Holdings N.V., will celebrate the opening of the first Starbucks coffeehouse in Poland on April 8 in Warsaw. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
POLAND - CEE attractive for retail. According to research by Jones Lang LaSalle, Poland was the third most popular destination in Europe for retailers expanding internationally in 2007 and 2008 after Turkey and Russia. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2009
First Doubletree by Hilton in Eastern Europe Opens in Koice, Slovakia. Hilton Hotels Corporation is proud to announce the opening of the Doubletree by Hilton Kosice, the first Doubletree by Hilton branded hotel in Eastern Europe. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2009
Gloria Jean’s hits Czech Republic. The coffee business is said to be recession proof, and franchise Gloria Jean’s is attempting to prove just that by opening its first store in the Czech Republic. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2009
IKEA Romania’s sales pass the 100-million euro mark. IKEA home product retailer reported total sales of 104.7 million euros throughout the year 2008, and over 3 million visitors last year. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2009
New book on franchising for entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan. Within the frames of the project of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the UN Development Programme on the "Business Forum of Uzbekistan" a new manual titled "A guide to franchising for entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan" has been published for the business entities of the country. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2008
MathRiders Maths Tutoring Franchise Chosen by Educational Entrepreneurs in Poland. MathRiders, the outstanding maths tutoring program developed by the Helen Doron Educational Group, is taking a solid foothold in Europe -- with Learning Centres now scheduled to open in Poland. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2008
Carl's Jr. Expands to Far Reaches of the Earth. CKE Restaurants Inc., franchisor and operator of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants, and Americana Group S.A.K. will build 12 Carl's Jr. restaurants in Kazakhstan over the next five years. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2008
First Czech Burger King to Open. urger King Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of Burger King Corporation, announced today the opening of the first Burger King restaurant in the Czech Republic. This new market entry is an important step to accomplish the European expansion strategy. .... [more] 26 Nov, 2008
TUI will franchise new hotel brand. Germany's biggest package holiday company, TUI, said yesterday that it would establish a new hotel brand, Sensimar, and franchise the first three hotels in the chain in Greece and Turkey. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2008
McDonalds opens fifth restaurant in Azerbaijan. McDonalds, an international fast food franchising restaurant network, is expanding its activity in Azerbaijan. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2008
Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental to Open in Poland. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that its successful value brands -- Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental -- are opening locations in Poland for the first time this month. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
McDonald’s to make Kosovo land of peace and happiness, US officials believe. The competition to obtain the franchise for the opening of the first McDonald’s restaurant will take place in Kosovo soon. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2008
Foros launches franchising project. Varna-based Foros real estate company, with about 15 years of experience on Bulgarian property market, announced the start of its franchise project at a news conference held on April 3. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
M&S aims for European expansion. Marks & Spencer (M&S) has bought a majority stake in its eastern European franchise owner, as it aims to increase its number of stores in the region. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2008
POLAND - Somethings cooking in the restaurant franchise sector. The number of franchise chains in the restaurant sector shot up by almost 50% last year to 70, and the total number of franchise outlets jumped by 33% to about 2,000, according to a new report by ARSS, a franchise consultancy. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2008
M&S strikes deal to expand in eastern Europe. Marks and Spencer has bought a half share in a franchise operation in eastern Europe as part of its drive to expand abroad. .... [more] 29 Feb, 2008
Polish franchiser bring fast food to Ukraine. AmRest Holdings, a Polish franchise operator of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Burger King in Central and Eastern Europe, is set to purchase a 30 percent stake in Russian fast food chain Kroshka Kartoshka by the end of the month. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2008
Costa Coffee Steps Up Bulgarian Presence. Facing increased competition next year, when the world's biggest coffeehouse chain Starbucks will enter Bulgaria, British rival Costa Coffee has announced on Tuesday plans to boost its presence in the country by opening ten new coffeehouses this year. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2008
Church’s Chicken chain unveils Ukraine plans. American fast-food chain Church’s Chicken plans to cluck its way into Ukraine next year through its Russian franchisee European Active Corporation, which owns franchising rights in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2007
Cafe Aroma to launch European chain. Sources inform ''Globes'' that Aroma Espresso Bar Ltd. is launching a chain of cafes in Europe, to be called Marrone Rosso. The first cafe will be inaugurated soon in the Romanian Black Sea resort of Constanta, at an investment of $2 million. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Carrefour to launch convenience stores in Poland using franchises. French food retailer Carrefour is to launch a franchised convenience store format in Poland, country manager Alain Souillard told a press conference. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2007
Papa John’s pizza chain coming to Poland. Papa John’s, originating from the US and the world’s third largest pizza chain, is set to enter Poland. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2007
T.G.I. Friday's Opens 300th International Restaurant. With recent T.G.I. Friday's restaurant openings in Amman, Jordan, Tallinn, Estonia and its recent opening in Barbados, T.G.I. Friday's announced it has opened its 300th international restaurant. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Leap of faith required for Czech franchising. The franchising business is still fighting for position on the Czech market, but its potential for growth is exceptional, says Ivo Lamich, president of the Czech Franchise Association (ČAF). .... [more] 27 Aug, 2007
Czechs set for next wave in fast food invasion. Hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and pizzas have already become a part of the Czech diet. But the changing lifestyle, growing economy and rising generation are promising an even brighter future for the already booming fast food sectors. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2007
GNC Celebrates Opening of 1,000th International Franchise Store. Today GNC celebrates the opening of its 1,000th international franchise store in Sofia, Bulgaria - marking yet another milestone for the company's international franchising division this year. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2007
Poland's Pizza Hut swallowed the Russian One. The operator of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in Poland, AmRest Holdings has announced the takeover of Pizza Hut franchisee in Russia – Pizza Nord. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Coffee Republic steps up European expansion. Coffee Republic, the beleaguered coffee chain, is stepping up its efforts to expand into Eastern Europe, with plans to open a franchise in Romania. .... [more] 18 May, 2007
First Burger King restaurant in Poland. AmRest, a franchisee of the KFC and Pizza Hut fast food chains, has announced that on 3 May it opened Poland’s first Burger King restaurant in Warsaw. .... [more] 7 May, 2007
Franchising a big opportunity for Serbia's quicker economic development. Serbian Minister of International Economic Relations Milan Parivodic said today that franchising is not sufficiently developed in Serbia, although local entrepreneurs can obtain franchises and make great profits. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2007
First Starbucks' location: Plaza Romania. Starbucks, the biggest global coffee chain has chosen as its first location in Romania, the Plaza Romania shopping centre on Timisoara Boulevard, Bucharest. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2007

IKEA concept, officially presented in Romania. IKEA, one of the world’s leading furniture chains, officially inaugurated a unit yesterday, in the Baneasa Shopping Centre. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
Burger King to Open Its First Restaurant in Poland. Burger King Corp.'s European subsidiary will open its first restaurant in Poland in the second quarter, the company said on Monday. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
First Ikea store in Romania to be opened on March 21. The first Romanian store of the Swedish furniture retailer Ikea, located in the retail area of the Baneasa real estate project, will be opened on March 21. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2007
POLAND - Carrefour eying petrol stations? Carrefour, which in Poland owns hypermarket as well as supermarket chains, is conducting negotiations with petrol station operators with regard to managing shops on petrol station forecourts. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2007
Century 21 System Expands in Southeastern Europe. Century 21, the global real estate franchisor, recently established a master franchise agreement in Romania to create Century 21 Romania and opened its first offices affiliated with Century 21 Bulgaria. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2006
Number of franchises on Romanian market doubled in 2006. The number of franchises on the Romanian market rose by 50% in 2006. There are currently some 300 retail and services franchised brands in Romania and their number is expected to grow even more after January 1, 2007. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
Ikea to spend €10 mln adding first Romanian store by april. Ikea, the world's biggest home- furnishing franchise, will spend €10 million ($12.7 million) to open its first store in Romania by early April. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
Costa Coffee to enter Bulgaria. Coffee chain Costa Coffee has announced that it intends to enter the Bulgarian market by the end of 2006, as it joins its rivals in the growing Eastern European coffee shop market. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
ROMANIA - Franchise market may reach EUR 3 bln in 2010. The franchise market, put at approx. EUR 1 bln in 2006, may reach close to EUR 3 bln by 2010, given that many foreign companies are waiting for Romania to join the European Union before the expand operations in the region, according to the Romanian Franchise Association. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
UKRAINE - Fast-food operations dominating restaurant groups market. As Ukraine’s restaurant business increasingly consolidates, fast-food joints are taking the lead, with demand from Ukrainian consumers looking for a quick meal continuing to rise over the last several years. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
CZECH REPUBLIC - Thriving in a competitive market. After biding its time, ERA Reality launches franchising campaign in the Czech Republic. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
Tesco expands European operation. Supermarket giant Tesco bolstered its international portfolio with a deal to buy Poland’s Leader Price for £72m (€104.6m) today. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
BULGARIA - McDonald's Corporation announces new structure in Bulgaria. McDonald's Corporation today announced that McDonald's Bulgaria has transferred to a Developmental Licensee (DL) structure. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2006
ROMANIA - IKEA's acquisitions from domestic market up 10% Hendrik Notmeijer, trading area manager with IKEA Trading, says that in the first half of the year the company's acquisitions in Romania were 10% higher against the similar period of last year. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2006
ROMANIA - City Grill to expand outside Bucharest through franchises only. The chain of City Grill restaurants and City Cafe coffee shops is going to expand this year outside the capital city in a franchise system. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
ROMANIA - Franchise Mkt to Reach €3bn by 2010. The Romanian franchise market will reach 3 billion euros by 2010; over 400 brands will have presence through this system. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2006
CZECH REPUBLIC - Licensing and intellectual property. Licensing as a way to enter the Czech market has all but disappeared since 1997, although franchising remains a healthy alternative. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2006
CZECH REPUBLIC - More pub franchises brewing. The battle to develop national chains out of branded pubs could be given a jumpstart by two separate events. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2005
ROMANIA - Volksbank starts franchised network. Volksbank Romania opened its first branch under franchise on Monday, as the bank's plans include the creation of 50 such partnerships until the end of 2006. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2005
RE/MAX Adds Estonia, Latvia And Lithuania. Announcing three new countries at once, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, RE/MAX International has now expanded its real estate franchising to a total of 61 countries. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
RE/MAX Bulgaria Purchased. RE/MAX Bulgaria has been purchased by George Petrov and Ilyan Nikolov, and becomes the 58th country for franchising of the global real estate network. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2005
CZECH REPUBLIC - Franchising: businesses branch out. While global brands are often looked upon as faceless corporations, a lot of them are in fact run by local entrepreneurs. In the Czech Republic, franchising has boomed in recent years, helping smaller businesspeople to excel. It's time to put a face to a name. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2005
POLAND - Prochnik Unveils Expansion Plans. Garment producer Prochnik SA says it will grow its chain of outlets from two to 12 by the end of next year. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2005
First Subway Restaurant Opens in Uzbekistan. The Subway restaurant chain, the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, announced today that it has opened its first location in Republic of Uzbekistan. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
CZECH REPUBLIC - Building on a global success story. Local RE/MAX office taps expertise, resources of growing international franchise. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
ROMANIA - Franchise market to increase this year by 35% The franchise market in Romania will register a 35% increase this year against last year, due to an increase in the number of franchise networks and the expansion of existent ones. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2005
POLAND - Brewing up strong business. Although the number of coffee bars is growing by an impressive 30 percent a year, the industry must find the right recipe before the little brown bean brews up a pot of gold. .... [more] 30 May, 2005
Castro opens franchises in Thailand, Latvia and Ukraine. Under Castro's overseas expansion plan, and following the three franchise agreements, 12 Castro and Castro Men pairs of stores will be opened in Thailand, Latvia, and Ukraine. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2005

Pizza Hut franchisee in Poland, Czech Republic, set for IPO. American Restaurants, or AmRest, which operates the Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in Poland and the Czech Republic, is planning an initial public offering of existing and new shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the first half of 2005. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2005

KAZAKHSTAN - Kazakhstani franchising problems discussed in Almaty. The USAID funded entrepreneurship development project and Kazakhstani franchising association held a seminar 4 March which aimed at promotion and popularization of franchising in Kazakhstan. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2005

SWEDEN / ESTONIA - Fashion retailer Rnb to enter Estonia and Latvia. Swedish fashion company Retail And Brands AB is taking its childrenswear and maternity brand Polarn O. Pyret to Estonia and Latvia, as part of a wider plan to expand the brand internationally. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2004
ROMANIA - Golden Tulip Expands With Second Hotel In Bucharest, Romania. Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns and Resorts is proud to announce the signing of its second franchise agreement in Romania's capital Bucharest. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2004
CROATIA - Fish snack, a challenge to the Big Mac? Croatia’s Adriatic coast may be hard to beat for natural beauty but tourists often complain it lacks a proper culinary identity, offering little other than expensive fish or cheap grilled meat. The Srdela (Sardine) Snack project hopes to change this. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2004
KAZAKHSTAN - Ever first business services EXPO. On May 13-15 in Almaty, the 1st Kazakhstani EXPO devoted to consulting and business services, Consult EXPO-2004, will take place. .... [more] 6 May, 2004
POLAND - Jukos to develop gas station network through franchises. Janusz Szum, the head of the domestic division of Russian oil giant Jukos, has announced he is to prepare a business plan by the middle of this year that will lead to the further development of the company's network of Polish gas stations. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2004
CZECH REPUBLIC - Subway launches latest salvo in fast food wars. The U.S. fast food giant Subway opened its first Czech store last Friday in Mala Strana. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2003
POLAND / GERMANY - Atlantic turns to Germany. Warsaw-based underwear producer and distributor Atlantic is looking to take its first crack at the German market later this year. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
CZECH REPUBLIC - McDonald's takes arch rival to court. A pioneering fast-food marketing campaign that took a bite out of a fast-food restaurant's sales looks likely to end up in court and create a precedent. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2003
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