WESTERN & SOUTHERN EUROPE FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
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Unions, charity accuse McDonald's of avoiding $1.1 billion in tax.
reuters.com - Labor unions and a charity accused fast food chain McDonald's of avoiding around 1 billion euros in tax by routing revenues through a Luxembourg unit and called on the European Commission to investigate. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015

BURGER KING Brand in Austria on an Expansion Course With a New Structure.
yahoo.com - BURGER KING Brand in Austria on an expansion course with a new structure. Strong master franchisee seeks to accelerate the growth of BURGER KING restaurants and create 1,000 new jobs by 2020. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015

Benetton adds three new members to its top management team.
fibre2fashion.com - United Colors of Benetton Group, a global fashion brand based in Italy, has added three new top managers to its management team for expanding its key brands and retail growth. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2015

Popular Ocean Basket franchise to open in Malta.
maltatoday.com.mt - Malta is set to net its first Ocean Basket restaurant in the coming weeks, with the opening of this popular franchise in the north of the island in spring 2015. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015

Potbelly plans major European expansion.
chicagobusiness.com - Chicago-based sandwich chain Potbelly has signed a “big deal” with a franchisee to expand into a “large European capital” by the early part of 2015, the company's chief executive said today. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014

Burger King in joint venture to help expand in Italy, Poland, Greece and Romania.
foxbusiness.com - Burger King Worldwide Inc. has entered into a joint venture to help expand its business in Italy, Poland, Greece and Romania. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2014

Top 10: Fast Food Chains in Europe.
businessrevieweurope.eu - Despite being dominated by brands emerging out of the United States, Europe is home to many of its own fast food chains that can compete with the global giants on the affordability and quality of their... [more] 9 Oct, 2014

Nine Paradis stores closing down.
cphpost.dk - The ice cream chain Paradis has closed nine of its locations since Friday due to the bankruptcy of one of the chain's largest franchisees, RC Retail. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2014
Dunkin' Donuts plans Austrian debut.
qsrweb.com - Dunkin' Donuts has signed a master franchise agreement with M&D Restaurant Development GmbH to begin developing restaurants across Austria. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2014

North to have New Zealand coffee chain franchise.
cyprus-mail.com - New Zealand’s popular coffee chain, Esquires Coffee Houses, is to open a branch in the north in November going head to head with Australian chain Gloria Jeans. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014

Bakker Bart sued by over 50 franchise owners.
nltimes.nl - The class action lawsuit brought by franchisees against Bakker Bart headquarters continued in a court in Arnhem, where the popular sandwich chain is facing accusations of excessive greed by more then 50 of... [more] 18 Aug, 2014

McDonald's Maltese Food Truck.
huffingtonpost.com - The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is one of McDonald's Corp.'s smallest markets. Its franchisee operates only 10 stores in the country... [more] 23 Jun, 2014

Starbucks finally perks up in Europe.
seattletimes.com - Starbucks is steaming ahead in Europe and the Middle East after years of struggle. ... [more] 3 May, 2014

Vodafone in legal battle over cancelled franchise.
independent.ie - Vodafone's Greek unit has been sued by Mobile Trade Stores (MTS) for €1.37bn for damages the company said it suffered when Vodafone cancelled franchise agreements. ... [more] 22 Apr, 2014

CaliBurger entering Europe.
fastcasual.com - Pursuant to a Master Franchise Agreement spanning Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe & Russia, Westwood Group Inc. will initially develop company-owned stores in London and will grant... [more] 3 Jan, 2014

Starbucks opens in Monaco.
fastcasual.com - Starbucks celebrated the opening of its first store last week in Monaco in partnership with Tar.Ca. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2013

Starbucks Tries to Caffeinate Europe With Franchising.
wallstcheatsheet.com - Franchising: Starbucks didn’t want to go there, but it finally did - in Europe. After struggling for many years across the pond, Starbucks announced recently that it is ready to expand... [more] 2 Dec, 2013

Century 21 Real Estate Signs Four New International Master Franchise Agreements.
marketwired.com - Century 21 Real Estate LLC today announced it has signed four new international master franchise agreements to license the CENTURY 21® brand to operate in Austria, Croatia, Kosovo, and Slovenia. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013

Franchisingmanager.net Launches New Franchising Web Portal.
prweb.com - Franchisingmanager.net is about to launch a significant new information Web portal about successful franchise business training and options for entrepreneurs in Italy. The website goes live on Sep 17 2013. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2013

Subway aims to aid 1,000 restaurants in Europe next year.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Subway, the sandwich restaurant chain with more outlets than McDonald’s plans to pick up the pace of openings in Europe by adding as many as 1,000 new locations in 2014. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2013

New Franchising Online Resource Centre Opens in Italy.
sbwire.com - franchisingmanager.net is a new online resource for those interested in information about every aspect of franchising in Italy. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2013

Dippin' Dots brand enters Greek market.
qsrweb.com - Dippin' Dots LLC has announced its expansion into Greece as part of the company's initiative to grow in Europe and Asia, among other international markets. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Announces Expansion Of Its Brands In Europe.
prnewswire.com - Since February 2013, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. has opened 114 corporate locations in France, Spain and Luxembourg with 22 more scheduled to open in Spain in the coming weeks. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2013

Marriott And IKEA Joining In European Budget Hotel Chain.
ibtimes.com - Marriott Tuesday is unveiling its designs for Moxy, a European budget hotel brand it is developing with a subsidiary of Inter IKEA Group, the parent company of the IKEA furniture stores. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2013

Enterprise franchises brand in Portugal.
stltoday.com - Enterprise Holdings is franchising its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand for the first time with an expansion into Portugal, part of a broader push to grow internationally. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2012

McDonald's sues Milan over eviction from Galleria.
reuters.com - McDonald's has sued the city of Milan for 24 million euros in damages over being kicked out of a tourist-packed shopping arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, after the U.S. fastfood chain had... [more] 16 Oct, 2012

Hertz Franchises Swiss Business to Emil Frey Group.
prnewswire.com - The Hertz Corporation and Emil Frey Group have signed an agreement for Emil Frey Group to join Hertz's global franchising network and purchase the Hertz car rental business in Switzerland... [more] 3 Oct, 2012

Domino's Pizza buys Swiss business in internet push.
yahoo.com - Domino's Pizza has announced plans to expand in Europe by buying the franchise in Switzerland and the option to acquire stores in Austria. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2012

Entrepreneurs catch on to attraction of franchising.
ekathimerini.com - Having lost their jobs or seen their incomes plummet, an increasing number of Greeks are looking for a way out of the professional deadlock by exploring options that don’t require too much start-up capital... [more] 7 May, 2012

McDonald's growth plans for Russia and Europe.
msn.com - The company will use half of its 2012 capital expenditure for renovating its restaurants around the world. ... [more] 7 May, 2012

Phl Embassy in Rome Conducts Franchising Lecture.
dfa.gov.ph - In line with its economic diplomacy initiatives, the Philippine Embassy in Rome brought the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) Franchise Roadshow in the country on February 26. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2012

Edible Arrangements Announces Italy Expansion Plans.
reuters.com - Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements, announced today that Dr. Fausto Petruzziello, MD, has secured the rights to develop stores throughout Italy. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2012

McDonald's European president leaving post.
yahoo.com - McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that the president of its European division is leaving to join privately held Gondola Group. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2011

Dunkin' Brands eyes expansion in Europe.
usatoday.com - Dunkin' Brands said it plans to rejuvenate the struggling Baskin-Robbins brand in the U.S. and expand its Dunkin' Donuts chain in Europe. ... [more] 3 Aug, 2011

McDonald's Europe expects kiosks to increase jobs.
qsrweb.com - McDonald's Europe has no plans of cutting employees despite recent media reports predicting that its wide deployment of self-ordering kiosks would replace human jobs. ... [more] 24 May, 2011

YO! Sushi have opened their first franchise in Portugal.
franchiseek.com - YO! Sushi have opened their first franchise in Portugal in the Forum Sintra Shopping Mall. The franchisee Rui Sanches plans to open at least three more YO! Sushi restaurants in Portugal this year. ... [more] 5 May, 2011

Singapore, Greece, Brazil Signed Up for Cold Stone.
qsrmagazine.com - Cold Stone Creamery kicked off 2011 with an aggressive international growth plan, signing three new partners in three new countries. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2011

Clarks Malta franchise rewarded in Amsterdam.
timesofmalta.com - Dorkins Ltd, the Malta franchise for footwear brand Clarks, was presented with the Clarks International Franchise Store 2010 award at the company’s international conference in Amsterdam... [more] 20 Feb, 2011

It’s Electric! Dutch McDonald’s offering vehicle charging stations.
qsrweb.com - One McDonald’s franchisee in The Netherlands is really thinking ahead. Panky Nefkens, who operates McDonald’s in Lelystad and Almere, is now offering his customers the chance to charge their electric... [more] 24 Nov, 2010

McDonald's Elects New President of Europe Division.
qsrmagazine.com - The McDonald's Corporation Board of Directors today elected Steve Easterbrook, currently McDonald's Executive Vice President and Global Chief Brand Officer, as President of McDonald's Europe... [more] 5 Nov, 2010

Marks & Spencer plans to re-enter European markets.
guardian.co.uk - Nearly a decade after Marks & Spencer shut up shop in mainland Europe, the retailer is poised to return to the continent by buying back the stores it sold at the time. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2010

MALTA - Support for companies to export and franchise.
timesofmalta.com - Gateway to Export, a €1 million programme to support and train companies to fulfil their internationalisation ambitions, was launched by Malta Enterprise and the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and... [more] 26 Oct, 2010

Warnaco Acquires Italian Franchise Operations.
finance.yahoo.com - The Warnaco Group, Inc. today announced that it acquired twenty-two Calvin Klein Jeans retail stores and related assets from its largest Italian franchise partner, L’Innominato S.p.A. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2010

MALTA - Chamber seeks government funds for franchising sector.
timesofmalta.com - The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry wants the government to provide it with funds to help it develop Malta's franchise sector. ... [more] 23 Sep, 2010

Freshii debuts European locations.
fastcasual.com - Freshii has announced it is set to debut four Vienna locations, in Innere Stadt, SCS, Mariahilfer Strasse (Gerngross), and Galleria. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2010

Domino's Pizzas makes it 300 stores in Europe.
franchise.net.au - Australian owned and operated pizza franchise Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DPE) has opened its 300th European store. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2010

Coldwell Banker Announces New Master Franchisor in France.
rismedia.com - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announced the signing of a master franchise agreement with Demeure S.A. to expand the Coldwell Banker brand in France and into Monaco. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2010

Yogen Früz is coming to Greece.
greecepost.com - When the economy fizzled to the point where it was making lemons for developer George Traikos, he decided to sell, well, not lemonade, but yogurt. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2010

Accor Plans the Sale of 450 hotels.
carrentals.co.uk - Accor Hotels, the French hotel group, has announced that they are remaking themselves as a major franchiser and operator of hotels, rather than a hotel owner. ... [more] 20 May, 2010

Iceland's Pizza Huts (mostly) to go.
theglobeandmail.com - Pizza Hut is shutting down all but one of its restaurants in Iceland because of an economic crisis that has killed demand for its fast food, the firm said on Friday, just months after McDonald's left the island. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2010

Blockbuster files for bankruptcy in Portugal, blames internet piracy.
engadget.com - Don't start lining up the global dominos just yet but Blockbuster is filing for bankruptcy in Portugal. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2010

Want Free Wi-Fi? Get It In European Burger Kings.
qsrmagazine.com - Burger King Corp. announced an agreement with Anacapa Holdings Ltd., through which Anacapa will provide its "free-hotspot.com" brand of free Wi-Fi in 2,200 Burger King restaurants in 12 countries... [more] 2 Feb, 2010

Accor opens its 400th Etap hotel in Europe.
caterersearch.com - Etap Hotel, the budget brand from Accor, has opened its 400th hotel in Europe, in Verdun, France. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009

Thousands queue for last Big Mac in Iceland.
reuters.com - Thousands of Icelanders lined up at McDonald's restaurants to order their last Big Macs before the U.S. fast-food chain abandons the crisis-hit island at midnight Saturday due to soaring costs. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2009

McDonald's to shut business in Iceland.
reuters.com - McDonald's said on Monday it would shutter its business in Iceland in the wake of the country's financial crisis, saying the economy and other challenges made doing business there financially impossible. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2009

Orkin Establishes International Franchise in Cyprus.
finance.yahoo.com - Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company, announced today that the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Cyprus. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2009

McDonald's McCafé Takes Aim at Starbucks in Europe.
businessweek.com - The Left Bank café is furnished with sleek wood paneling and leather armchairs. Patrons sip espresso from china cups and nibble on croissants and pastries. So what are those golden arches doing on the... [more] 24 Sep, 2009

McDonald's to move European head office to Switzerland. McDonald's is shifting its European headquarters to Geneva, in a snub to the European Union, to benefit from Switzerland's advantageous intellectual property tax laws. .... [more] 13 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
World franchising trade fair opens in Athens. A world franchising exhibition opened in Athens with around 18,000 qualified investors from 30 countries expected to visit the event’s 200 exhibitors – 60 of whom have traveled from 17 countries to display their services. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2009
Franchise Direct Introduces the Top 500 Franchise Opportunities in Europe. Franchise Direct, one of the world's leading portals for franchise and business opportunities, has introduced its exclusive list of the Top 500 Franchise Opportunities in Europe. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2008
Home Instead Senior Care Expands into Finland, South Korea and Austria. Home Instead Senior Care, the world's largest provider of home care services for seniors, has expanded into Finland, South Korea and Austria. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2008
FFW bags Eversheds franchising team; relaunches construction team. Field Fisher Waterhouse has snared a three-lawyer franchising team from Eversheds in a bid to create Europe's largest dedicated franchising practice and is also relaunching its construction practice. .... [more] 2 May, 2008
Europcar commences first direct operations outside of Europe. Europcar has entered into an agreement to acquire the Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries of ECA Car Rental, which operates its "Master Franchise" within the Asia-Pacific region. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2008
First Choice Business Brokers Allocates Master Franchises in Europe. First Choice Business Brokers' (FCBB) plans to transfer its efficient franchise model containing business brokerage services to the European market now become concrete. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2008
Regis Completes Merger of European Franchise Salon Operations. Regis Corporation, the global leader in the $170 billion hair care industry, today announced the completion of the merger of its continental European franchise salon operations with the Franck Provost Salon Group. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
First Choice Business Brokers Breaks Into European Niche Market. Las Vegas franchise company plans offices in Germany and the UK to enlarge its network and make it attractive for European business owners and potential franchisees .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Future is branding and franchising for hotels. The growth of the hotel market in Europe will be driven by branding and franchising, according to leading industry figures. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2007
Auntie Anne's Moves into Honduras and Greece. Auntie Anne's Pretzels announced today that it is continuing its global expansion with the addition of stores in two new countries, Honduras and Greece. This development brings the chain's worldwide presence to 935 locations in 14 countries. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
Aussie Domino's eyes bigger slice of Europe market. Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd, the Australian franchise of the US pizza chain, will add at least 35 stores in Europe each year until it hits a target of 1000 stores, betting on rising demand for home delivered food. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2007
Regis to merge Euro. salons with Franck Provost. Hair salon operator Regis Corp said on Monday it agreed to sell a majority stake in its European hair salon franchise to Franck Provost Salon Group for an undisclosed sum, creating Europe's largest salon company. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2007
Italy’s Aeffe to step up presence overseas. Fashion holding company Aeffe, which made its market debut in July, forecasts a 10 per cent rise in 2007 revenue and double-digit growth in core profit as it increases its brands and licences. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2007
McDonald's aims for bigger bit of Europe. McDonald’s, the world's biggest fast-food chain, is planning a year of major investment in Europe as part of a renewed focus on the continent. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
Poor franchising can cost millions. Millions of pounds of income could be lost by hospitality and leisure companies, due to the failure to adequately monitor franchising agreements. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2007
Glohex plans 300 halal stores in Europe. Glohex Consulting Group Sdn Bhd, which developed the Halmart concept, is looking to open 300 Halmart stores in Europe over the next five years. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2007
First ever easyHotel franchisee to open second hotel. In what is being seen as a major vote of confidence, super-budget hotel operator easyHotel.com has revealed plans by their first ever franchisee to open his second easyHotel, in Zurich, in October this year. .... [more] 24 May, 2007
Quiznos Names Overseas President. Sandwich chain Quiznos said Friday it named Andrew G. Skehan as president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2007
MALTA - Appointed Debenhams’ franchisee. Debenhams, one of the UK’s leading department stores groups, has appointed United Group its franchisees for Malta. United Department Stores, a fully owned subsidiary of United Group, will operate the franchise. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2007
ITALY - Konopizza Makes Franchising Master Licenses Available Internationally. Konopizza, an international pizza brand, is now looking for master franchise partners worldwide. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2007
EU to make offer of fast food restaurant-style 'franchised airline' offer to USA. Europe and the USA could be about to give the go ahead to McDonalds-style flying franchises in a bid to break the current deadlock in the stalled Open Skies negotiations. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2007
Growth on the menu at McDonald's. McDonald's is celebrating its best sales performance in Europe for 15 years after consumers got a taste for new products like chicken snack wraps. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
Kangnai Group to open franchise stores in France. Kangnai Group, one of the largest shoe manufactures in China, owns more than 200 shops including franchises overseas. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2006
Lee Cooper announces global retail plans. Concept Marketing, a franchiser of popular denim company Lee Cooper, has announced its intention to expand its business, hoping to operate 100 stores in Eastern Europe by the end of 2007. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2006
Choice gains franchises in Europe. Choice Hotels International has signed an agreement to purchase CHE Hotel Group's franchise covering Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and parts of Switzerland. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
Century 21 real estate franchise comes to Cyprus. Century 21, the US-based franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales network has come to Cyprus and aims to set up 21 shops with 100 associates. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006
Benetton favours joint-ventures, franchising for expansion. The Benetton family, which controls the clothing company Benetton Group SpA, aims to develop the group through joint-ventures and franchising agreements, the daily La Repubblica said without giving a source. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
No-frills EasyGroup eyes Cyprus hotels sector. EasyGroup, which owns low-cost airline easyJet, plans to branch out on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus with its easyHotels franchise. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Marriott targets massive growth in Europe, Mideast. Marriott International, a leading international hotel group, has announced plans to increase the number of its hotel rooms outside of North America by more than 30 per cent by the end of 2009. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006
GREECE - Engel & Völkers offers Greece franchise opportunities. Engel & Völkers, the leading real estate agency specialised in the sale of high-class residential and commercial properties, is offering Cypriot investors the unique opportunity to secure one of the 80 partnership licenses that are being offered for Greece. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
McDonald's Europe launches McPassport. McDonald's Europe launched the McPassport, an initiative to support the movement of McDonald’s restaurant employees throughout the European Union. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2006
ITALY - Franchising & Trade from October 20 to 23. The trade fair held at Fieramilano from October 20 to 23 will host the top franchising brands: everything from bookstores and cafés to services, travel and tourism, beauty centers and children’s clothing. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2006
Burger King Names New Europe Head. Burger King Corp. on Thursday named Peter Robinson, previously president of Pillsbury USA and senior vice president of General Mills Inc., as president of its Europe, the Middle East and Africa business. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2006
SPAIN - Bar-B-Cutie puts final touches on Spain franchise deal. Bar-B-Cutie has finalized an international master franchise agreement for locations in Spain. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2006
McDonald's profits from World Cup. Hamburger chain McDonald's has seen quarterly profits rise 57% as the football World Cup in Germany helped lift European sales to 10-year highs. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2006
Domino's pizza Europe. Europeans will see a lot more of the box with the dots after Domino's Pizza Australia New Zealand yesterday finalised buying 155 stores there. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2006
EU clears L'Oreal purchase of Body Shop. EU competition authorities have cleared the purchase of beauty products chain Body Shop International by France's L'Oreal SA. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2006
MALTA - Re/Max Malta opens St Paul's Bay franchise. Regional director of Re/Max Malta Kevin Buttigieg recently announced the opening of a new franchise office in the St Paul's Bay area - Re/Max Park Estates. .... [more] 7 May, 2006
ITALY - Italian clothing franchises. Mondo Italia Gallery, which is made up of a group of Italian clothes producers, is currently working on the establishment of a strong sales network in CEE. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2006
Galway man to assist in growth of major franchise group in Europe. A Galway-based businessman has taken on a new role as European Operations Director charged with the growth of the Computer Troubleshooters franchise into continental Europe. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
IKEA billionaire founder proud to be frugal at 80. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class, in part to inspire his 90,000 employees worldwide to see the virtue of frugality. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
Research Indicates EU Is Hot Spot For Expansion Of Franchising. The European Union represents a single market of more than 450 million consumers in 25 nations. New research indicates franchisors worldwide are poised to take advantage of this dynamic market. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Gov't Supports SME's Franchising Growth in Greece and SEE. The prospects of franchising growth are on an upward trend in the Greek and Southeastern European markets as there are opportunities and potential for entrepreneurship expansion. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
ITALY - McDonald's Rolls Out Nutritional Packaging. In a public relations move with Supersize irony, McDonald's rolled out its much-hyped "packaging with nutritional information" on Tuesday at - of all places - the Winter Games. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2006
InterContinental to sell 36 European hotels. InterContinental Hotels Group said on Tuesday it was putting 36 European hotels worth 600 million pounds up for sale in the final round of its sell-off, to leave it with just 20 owned hotels. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2006
H&M misses expectations after decline in sales. Hennes & Mauritz, Europe's largest fashion retailer, on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net profit far below market expectations, but considered its gross margin of 60 per cent "very satisfactory". .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
GREECE - Mothercare to Launch 20 Stores Abroad in '06. Greek Kloukinas Lappas, a franchisee of British maternity, baby and children's clothes store chain Mothercare for Greece and southeastern Europe, aims to raise up to 20 its Mothercare stores abroad in 2006. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2006
CYPRUS - The Mama of all pizza wars. A new pizza is about to hit the Cyprus market, triggering off yet another sector skirmish in the various ongoing trade wars on the island. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2006
Hope for the small garage. Former Liverpool tyre fitter Mike Welch is plotting European domination for his Blackcircles.com business with the launch of a franchise model which he says will help revitalise small, independent garages facing stiff competition from large national tyre chains. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2005
Feelgoods International Ltd. to Open Second Franchise Location. Feelgoods International Ltd., a Company that offers a complete food/supplement in-store franchise to European Pharmacies, announces it has entered into a binding agreement for the opening of its second franchise location. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2005
Announcing Europe’s Top 500 Franchises in 2005. The top 500 franchises in Europe have just been announced by Franchise Europe which compiled the list from over 5,000 franchises operating across the continent that support 300,000 outlets with an estimated total turnover of $200 billion. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2005
Minotel Launches International Franchising System. The Minotel hotel chain is going into franchising with a view to raising its profile by expanding its network outside Europe. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Accor chief out as policy shifts. Accor, the world's fourth-largest hotelier, has ousted chief executive Jean-Marc Espalioux in what analysts at Morgan Stanley said might signal the sale of some holdings, which include Sofitel hotels and Red Roof Inns. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Franchisors to market to foreign buyers. Organisers of the International Government Franchise Initiative have announced they will travel to Brussels next month in its quest to alter the way franchisees look to grow their business overseas. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2005
SWITZERLAND - Swiss retailer prepares to swallow rival. Top Swiss discount chain Denner is to take over its German-owned competitor Pick Pay, according to newspaper reports on Sunday. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2005
AUSTRIA - Starbucks Is Expanding in Vienna. Expanding its presence in this coffee-crazy city known for introducing java to the West, Starbucks said Monday it will open yet another shop in Vienna, its eighth in or around the Austrian capital. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2005
Head of McDonald's Europe resigns. McDonald's announced the resignation Tuesday of Russ Smyth as chief of European operations and promoted the longtime head of its business in France to succeed him. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2005
MALTA - Bubbly response to Body Shop campaign. A total of 640 gifts, consisting entirely of soaps, were donated by the four branches of The Body Shop in Malta and Gozo to Suret il-Bniedem, the foundation that manages two refuge shelters for men and women in need. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
Carrefour exits Japan, Mexico, expands in Italy. French supermarket giant Carrefour said on Thursday that it had sold its eight hypermarkets in Japan to Japanese group Aeon and 29 hypermarkets in Mexico to Mexican group Cherdraui, while expanding in Italy. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005

ITALY - Ex-Gucci CEO Santucci Joins D&G. Italian Fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has named Giacomo Santucci, formerly chief executive of rival Gucci, as its commercial and retail director. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2005

New European Franchising Magazine Launch. European Franchising magazine, dedicated to promoting new opportunities and famous brands to European franchise investors, is launching at the European Franchise Expo in Belgium on March 13. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2005
CYPRUS - McDonald’s: visit to the north was not sanctioned. Fast-food giant McDonald’s did not sanction a visit to the north last week by its Turkish franchisee, the company’s Cyprus operation said yesterday. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2005

McDonald's turns over a new leaf with salad sales boost. McDonald's showed signs yesterday that the world's largest restaurant chain was back in favour in Europe, thanks to a massive campaign to distribute discount coupons and to promote the nutritional content of its fast food. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2005
Europcar signs master franchise contract. Europe's leading car rental company, Europcar, has signed a master franchise contract with a management-led consortium, which has purchased the Europcar franchise in Australia and secured the Asia-Pacific franchise rights. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2005
EU 'to target junk food adverts'. The European Union wants companies to stop advertising junk food to children and improve the labelling of products. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2005
SPAIN / MIDDLE EAST - Gocco to open franchise stores in Middle East. The new management of Spanish childrenswear company Gocco, led by Chief Executive Officer Felipe Oriol, will enter the franchise business starting in the Middle East. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2004
SWITZERLAND - Pizza Hut Switzerland runs out of dough. Pizza Hut Switzerland is closing its six remaining restaurants with the loss of around 100 jobs, after it failed to attract new investors and was declared bankrupt. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2004
Scandic Moves Into Italy Through Franchising. The end of November will see the opening of Scandic's first franchise hotel outside the Nordic region, Scandic Bari in southern Italy. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2004
ITALY - Hilton International Announces its First Franchising in Italy. Just a few months after the launch of its franchising program, Hilton International announces the first contract in Italy. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2004
BELGIUM - Belgian fast-food chain ‘looking for new owners’. Quick Restaurants SA, the Berchem-based fast-food chain, may soon be under new ownership just two years after getting new majority shareholders. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2004
PORTUGAL - Century 21 Real Estate Corporation Announces Signing of Master Franchise Agreement in Portugal. Cendant Global Services, Inc. announced today an agreement that names abnsouza, S.A., the master franchise holder for the Century 21 System in Portugal. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2004
NETHERLANDS - Kieser continues European rollout. Kieser Training has continued the European rollout of its medical and preventative strength training concept by opening it first site in The Netherlands. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2004
LUXEMBOURG - Subway opens first outlet in Luxembourg. US fastfood chain Subway has announced the opening of its first location in Luxembourg, a move that the company described as "another important step in the international development" of the Subway chain. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2003
GREECE - Greek Protesters Torch McDonald's in Anti-EU Rally. Police fired volleys of teargas in Greece's second largest city on Saturday to disperse about 200 self-styled anarchists who smashed shop windows and set fire to buildings including a McDonald's. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2003
EUROPE - Ashley sells 10 stores for £1.40. Laura Ashley has sold its 10 stores in Switzerland, Austria and Italy for just two euros (£1.40). .... [more] 19 Jun, 2003
CYPRUS - Burger King opens restaurant in Cyprus. Miami-based Burger King International said it opened its first restaurant in the Republic of Cyprus Wednesday morning. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
NETHERLANDS - Ahold Sells Unit, No Comment on U.S. Firm. Embattled Dutch retailer Ahold said on Wednesday it was selling its Dutch candy store chain Jamin in a management buy-out as it steps up a restructuring drive to focus on core activities. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
ITALY - McDonald's sues food critic. McDonald's has sued one of Italy's top food critics for raking its restaurants over the coals, but the critic says he has no intention of going back on saying its burgers taste of rubber and its fries of cardboard. .... [more] 30 May, 2003
EUROPE - May Day marked across Europe. Major demonstrations are being held in many European countries to mark international labour day. .... [more] 1 May, 2003
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