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Benetton to open more stores in India. Benetton India, the Indian subsidiary of the Italy-based Benetton group, plans to open more than 20 exclusive stores in the country by the end of 2006. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2005
Lepakshi plans 10 more showrooms. Lepakshi, the state-owned handicrafts corporation, plans to expand its marketing network by opening more outlets. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2005
Sona on diversification drive. The Sona group has embarked on its first major diversification drive by providing car rentals, leasing and fleet management services under a new banner, Sona Mobility Services. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2005
Big Mac comes a-calling. KFC is a craze and Subway is sold out, so the table is now set for Big Mac to bite into the Calcutta food mart. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2005
Archies plan new retail chain. Greetings and gift products company, Archies Ltd on Tuesday said it would launch a new chain of retail stores, Stupid Cupid, for fashion accessories and premium gifts. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2005
Neva plans to have 10 franchisees by 2006-07. Neva Garment Ltd, the flagship company of the Rs 125 crore Duke Group, is gearing up to open its franchisee outlets under the Neva brand all over the country. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2005
Cookie Man to step up presence. Australian cookie retail chain Cookie Man plans to increase its presence in India from the existing 14 stores to 350 over the next five years. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2005
OSIM India joins hands with Godrej Lifespace. Godrej & Boyce entered into a strategic partnership with OSIM India to showcase OSIM health products across the country. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2005
Mothercare to set up outlets in India. Mothercare, the specialist children’s products retailer and possibly the UK’s most-exported brand, is set to make a formal entry into the Indian market. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2005
Carlson WagonLit looking to franchise. Business travel major Carlson Wagonlit is now looking to build a network of franchisees to tap the Indian hinterland citing a catchment of SMEs keen to manage their travel costs. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2005
Niche foreign retailers have big plans for India. Despite the FDI policy pertaining to retail being unclear, over 10 foreign niche segment retailers have recently set up or announced their intention to set up shop in India using the franchisee route. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2005
Domino's Pizza eyes network expansion. Domino's Pizza India plans to increase its number of outlets from 105, to over 300 in 3-4 years, including about 40 franchise stores, according to Ajay Kaul, CEO of the company, Indian continent. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2005
UPS Store targets small, medium Indian businesses. United Parcel Service Inc. is counting on robust economic growth and rising trade between countries in Asia to boost its presence in India. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2005
50 new KFC, Pizza Hut restaurants in India. Yum! Restaurants International on Thursday said it would open as many as 50 new restaurants in the country to expand India operations. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2005
Sresta Natural to expand through franchisees. Sresta Natural Bioproducts, which operates organic superstore ‘24 Lettered Mantra’ in the country, plans to expand footprints through franchisee route. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2005
Music World plans more stores. Music World Entertainment Limited is set to open stores in Orissa and Jamshedpur, with plans to increase the number of pan Indian stores from 266 to more than 300 by the end of the current fiscal. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2005
KFC opens outlet in Hyd. Hyderabadis will now get to taste a different kebab, the Colonel Sander’s secret chicken recipe made with a blend of 11 herbs and spices, more popularly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). .... [more] 19 Nov, 2005
Next opens 100th store. Emart India, a multi-brand consumer electronics and IT products retailer with a brand name 'Next', will on Tuesday throw open its 100th store in the country. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
Pre-school franchises, a growing trend. Kids - adorable, delightful, and at times annoying... but a source of revenue? Well, apparently so, because the trend of pre-school franchises seems to be growing in India. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2005
The Bombay Store comes to Hyd. The Bombay Store, a contemporary lifestyle store for Indian collections, on Thursday launched its outlet at Hyderabad, the fifth in the country. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2005
US dollar store outlets in India soon. US Dollar Store, the Florida-based multi-million dollar company and the pioneers of the single price stores, today announced its tie-up with a New Delhi-based company to set up a retail chain in the country. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2005
Marriage portal opens offline outlet. An on-line marriage portal launched its first ever offline business venture in Kolkata today. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2005

Benetton plans sourcing from India for global market. Italian fashion major Benetton Group is looking at doubling its retail presence in India by adding 50 more stores across India in three years. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2005
Yum! to cook new Pizza plan for India. The $28-billion Yum! Restaurants International, which owns the Pizza Hut and KFC brands, is revisiting its operating strategy for India, to keep pace with the fast growing food retail industry. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2005
Barista plans rural brew. Barista Coffee Company is now looking at smaller towns after establishing itself as one of the country's leading players in the coffee retail market. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2005
Timex to open 130 showrooms by 2007. With a focus on consolidating its retail presence, Timex Watches Ltd on Tuesday said it will introduce international brands FCUK and Opex in the Indian market in first quarter next year and would open 130 showrooms by the end of 2007. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2005
Ma Foi sets up office in Aurangabad. Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd, India’s largest HR Services provider, commenced its business partner operations in Aurangabad. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Barnie Coffee first outlet by year-end. Barnie’s Coffee and Tea Company, the US specialty coffee chain, will open its first outlet in India before this year-end, Ravish Mehra, director, Victoria Impex, the master franchisee for Barnie’s in India, said. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2005
Food majors set up shop via franchise route. The government’s see-sawing stand on allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail does not seem to be dissuading retail companies from setting up shop here. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2005
India's Shoppers Stop Signs Franchise Deal With Mothercare of UK. The K Raheja Group-promoted Shoppers Stop Ltd has entered into an exclusive franchise agreement with UK-based retail giant Mothercare PLC to open Mothercare stores in India. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2005
Dotty about Dotz. The world’s coldest ice cream is hot business. From just three outlets in Pune in 2004, Space Dots has built a network of outlets and kiosks that covers Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2005
The UPS Store Global Expansion Begins with India and Canada. UPS subsidiary Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. is expanding The UPS Store brand internationally. Today, the company announced the debut of The UPS Store concept in India. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
Bollywood fashion goes global. On October 3, Dubai got an unusual fashion store. The style lounge, aptly named Crossover-Bollywood Se, retails Bollywood inspired fashion apparel and is promoted by film star Suniel Shetty in collaboration with film producer Prakash Khubchandani. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
JWT, Mumbai, wins Baskin Robbins ice-cream business. Following a multi-agency
pitch held in July, JWT, Mumbai, has bagged the creative duties for the premium ice-cream brand, Baskin Robbins. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2005
The Franchising Summit 2005: Franchising can drive growth in many new sectors. According to Rony Kurien, faculty, Indian Business Academy, “The franchise business model has the potential to drive growth in several other sectors such as healthcare, food and beverages, fitness clinics, education and courier services.” .... [more] 29 Sep, 2005
Apollo to set up clinics in Andhra. Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited on Friday announced plans to set up its franchised day-to-day healthcare centre – The Apollo Clinic – in Andhra Pradesh. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2005
Planet Sports to enter India. The $5.1 billion Next Plc, UK's high-street fashion retailing major, is in talks with lifestyle retailing chain Planet Sports for a foray in the Indian market. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2005
Growth spurt: A franchise every 8 mins. Globally, a new franchise opens every eight minutes, say industry experts. Although the franchise industry is a huge market worldwide with close to 17 per cent of world business being conducted through franchising; in India, it is less than 3 per cent. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Essar oil asks franchisees to close bunks. With the mounting mismatch between domestic and international prices of diesel and petrol in the retail market, Essar Oil Ltd has asked its franchisees to close their bunks till March 2006 or accept considerably reduced supplies. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2005
Planet Sports plans expansion. Planet Sports plans separate branded stores for lingerie, cosmetics, healthcare and toiletries once it has acquired the franchise rights for the respective brands. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2005
Ma Foi mulls 100 academies by year-end. Chennai-based HR service provider, Ma Foi Management Consultants Limited, is looking at having 100 Ma Foi Academies in the country by the end of this year. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2005
Costa Coffee opens shop in India. Costa Coffee - UK’s No. 1 coffee chain - today set foot in India with its first coffee outlet in Delhi. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2005
Subway plans 12 stores. Subway will set up 12 new food outlets in Kolkata over the next two years to achieve the critical mass necessary to launch its vendor development programme locally and source its raw materials. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2005
Indo Rama scraps retail foray plan. Indo Rama’s plan to enter the retail industry appears to have suffered a jolt with group company, Indo Rama Retail Holding, withdrawing its application to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for approval of its proposed tie-up with Office 1 Superstore. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
Coffee chain targets tea-loving India. Leisure group Whitbread Plc plans to open more than 300 outlets of its Costa coffee chain in India, traditionally a tea-drinking country, a senior manager said in an interview on Wednesday. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2005
Big deal over a humble food. On Tuesday Jumbo King vada pav blows out the candles on four years of successfully granting respectability to an unsanitary but popular street food. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2005
Fairfest Media to host three-day event on franchising. Fairfest Media Limited is hosting a seminar on the opportunities of franchising in India, in association with the Franchising Association of India. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2005
'My Dollarstore' to open in New Delhi. New Delhi will have its first 'My Dollarstore' next month where consumers can buy over 10,000 imported items at an attractive price of Rs 99 per item. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2005
Viceroy Hotels eyes metros. The Hyderabad-based Viceroy Hotels is planning to set up five-star hotels across major metros. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
Gold Gym eyes fitness market. Gold's Gym, the largest gymnasium chain in the world, is planning to enter the north India in a big way. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2005
Vanshi to expand franchisee network. Branded jewellery maker, Vanshi Diamond Jewellery, will expand its reach in Kolkata through the franchise route. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2005
Franchise services under service tax net. The Finance Ministry has expanded the scope of levy of service tax on franchise services. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2005
Franchise biz yet to sprout in India. Franchising has been recognised as a powerful way of retailing goods the world over, but in the absence of a regulatory framework and laws to govern the trade in India, it is yet to become as widespread as the local grocer. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Barnie's signs master franchise agreement in India. Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co. will open its first store in India, part of the privately held retailer's worldwide expansion effort. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Giordano off to 'rapidly accelerating' India. Giordano, one of Asia's largest clothing retailers, recently said it planned to open 10-20 stores next year in India, which is expected to become the group's third largest market by 2010. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2005
Yum! Moves Into Mega Expansion Mode. Nine years after setting up shop in India, Yum! Restaurants International, plans to add 25 Pizza Hut outlets and seven Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants by the end of this year. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2005
Starbucks set to finalise India JV. Starbucks Coffee Company, the world's biggest coffee retailing chain, is close to naming a joint venture partner to stage an entry into the Indian market. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Branded coffee houses a rage in India. Go to any of the mushrooming coffee bars and what do you find? The menu displays not just a range of coffees, but an ever increasing list of soft drink concoctions and other beverages mingling with snacks and mini-meals. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2005
Café Coffee Day opens 50th outlet in Bangalore. Café Coffee Day launched its 50th café in Brigade Road, Bangalore. The new café was inaugurated by popular Karnataka film personality Spandana. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2005
Ma Foi expands in Bengal. Ma Foi Management Consultants, India’s largest HR services provider, has set up an office in Siliguri, the financial hub of north Bengal often described as the gateway town to north-eastern India. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2005
Debenhams to open 10 stores in India. Debenhams, the department stores group whose private equity backers have taken out £1billion since buying it 18 months ago, is to expand into India. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2005
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