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: : Jan - Jun 2006

VSNL sets up railway station cyber cafe at Bangalore. Videsh Sanchar Nigam (VSNL) has kicked off setting up of cyber cafés at major railway stations across the country, with the first one coming up at Bangalore railway station today. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2006
Papa John's to open 500 pizza outlets in India. Setting its sights on India's burgeoning middle class, Papa John's International Inc. plans to open 500 pizza outlets across India over the next 10 years. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2006
McDonald`s plans 40-50 restaurants in south. After focussing on the western region in its first ten years in the country, McDonalds is now planning a full scale roll out in the southern region. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2006
Cookie Man bakes its way to Gujarat. Cookie Man, an Australian brand, plans to open 14 outlets and 40 Express counters across the country in a period of one year. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2006
La Opala has designs on you. La Opala, India's leading glass tableware manufacturer, plans to up sales with exclusive outlets and aggressive advertising. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2006
Restaurant chain TGI Friday's plans expansion. Restaurant chain TGI Friday's has picked up a 25.1 per cent stake in its Indian master franchisee firm, Bistro Hospitality (P) Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 31 May, 2006
SQL Star to open 10 centres in two-tier cities. With shortfall of quality hands in the IT sector, Hyderabad-based IT training company, SQL Star is expanding its knowledge centres in 10 more tier-two cities. .... [more] 30 May, 2006
TGI Friday buys 25% in Bistro Hospitality. Global restaurants chain TGI Friday has bought 25.1 per cent stake in its Indian franchisee, Bistro Hospitality (P) Ltd, for an undisclosed amount and plans to open 25 restaurants in next 3-4 years. .... [more] 29 May, 2006
Coffee beans and more! Cashing in on the 'big-bang' retail boom, bolstered by a specially customised menu to suit the Indian palate, seems to be the mantra that cafe major Costa Coffee is betting on. .... [more] 25 May, 2006
Franchising is still the better way to learn market realities. Estimates of the Franchising Association of India, reveal that nearly 800 franchise systems already operating in India and new franchise development is worth Rs 500 crore annually. .... [more] 5 May, 2006
Khadim's to open 90 more outlets in 2006. Kolkata-based footwear manufacturer Khadim's is planning to add 90 outlets to its existing 225 showrooms by this year-end to strengthen its distribution network across the country. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2006
Gloria Jeans plans first outlet in Delhi by July. Gloria Jeans Coffee's, one of the largest coffee chains in the world, will be opening its first outlet in Delhi by July this year. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2006
There's a franchise link to balloons, water tanks. Retail isn't the only business riding the franchise bandwagon. A host of businesses, ranging from making portals to cleaning water tanks and selling balloons, are also taking the franchise route to grow aggressively. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
On hypermart aisles, franchisee in tow. When the big retailers come, expect most of them to walk down the hypermarket aisle on a franchisee's arm. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
Costa Coffee plans to expand in India. Bullish on India, Britain's Costa Coffee said on Wednesday that it plans to open 290 outlets in the next four years in the country at an investment of Rs 150 crore. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
McDonald plans expansion via franchisee network. Fast food major McDonald's on Wednesday said it is looking at the franchisee model to grow its presence in India and will invest about Rs 400 crore to set up more outlets across the country in the next three years. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
VIP to open 12 more stores in the north. VIP Industries Ltd, the luggage manufacturer, will add about 12 exclusive stores in the northern region by the end of 2006-07. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
Talking breads. Crustum Products brings its Asian bakery chain Bread Talk to India in an attempt to break the traditional mould. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2006
Postal dept to play passing the parcel, opts for franchisee model. The largest postal network in the world, with over 1.55 lakh post offices, will soon reinvent itself if the Department of Posts has its way. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2006
Archies to open 120 stores. Gift and greetings major Archies Ltd is on an aggressive expansion mode with plans to open 120 company-owned stores across the country in the next two years. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2006
Sheraton plans solo foray in India. US hotel major Starwood Hotels & Resorts will now go solo and expand its Sheraton brand independently in India. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006

Medicine Shoppe to set up 700 outlets in India. Medicine Shoppe, the world’s largest retail pharmacy chain, has identified India as its fastest growing market outside the US and is looking to double its retail outlets in the country to 200 by 2006 end. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
BrainOBrain expanding franchisee network. Maths for five-year-olds. A money-spinner? BrainOBrain Kids Academy, a company that manages 250 franchisees in 18 States in the country, and a couple in Sharjah and Dubai, has proved that it is possible. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2006
Bikanervala aims global expansion. The Delhi-based Rs 100 crore company, Bikanervala Foods, is in the process of major expansion in India and abroad. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
Planet Retail plans 10 Debenhams stores. Planet Retail Holdings Pvt Ltd has said it plans to set up ten 'Debenhams' stores across major cities in India by 2010. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2006
McDonald`s to open 20 more outlets in north. With an eye on expansion in the northern region, McDonald’s is set to open at least 20 more outlets, mostly on the national highways. .... [more] 23 Mar, 2006
Build-A-Bear adds franchisee in India. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. said Wednesday it added its 14th international franchisee, The Murjani Group in India. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Osim plans HDFC Bank tie-up for consumer loans. Paramount Surgimed Ltd, the master franchisee for the Osim brand of lifestyle products, is planning to tie up with HDFC Bank to offer loans to its consumers. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2006
Tata Coffee launches coffee junction in Kochi. Tata Coffee Limited, the largest coffee plantation company in Asia, has launched Tata Mr. Bean Coffee Junction in Kochi. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2006
Popular Car World to open 200 franchisees. Mumbai based Popular Car World, a major dealer of used cars, with the objective of organising the used car market, is expanding by opening more than 200 franchise centres across the country. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2006
Body Shop firms up India foray with Planet Sports. The Body Shop, the world’s leading high-end personal care retailer, is foraying into the country partnering with Planet Sports. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2006
Benetton India plans large format stores. Benetton India, the 100% subsidiary of Italian clothing giant Benetton, is planning to open large format stores across the country - either franchisee stores or exclusive company stores. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006
IDBI Capital plans 350 franchisees for its portal. IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), is planning to build a team of franchises to support its investment portal. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2006
KFC launches maiden restaurant in Delhi. KFC, the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain, in an exclusive media preview announced that it will be launching it’s maiden restaurant in Delhi soon. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
Amul aims at 1mn-mark for pizza biz. Amul, a household name in milk and milk products across the country, is now planning to give multinational majors in the pizza business a run for their money. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2006
Marks & Spencer, Guess to open outlets in Pune. With the retail scenario in Pune booming, big retail brands like Marks & Spencer and Guess are planning to open exclusive outlets in the city. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2006
Reid & Taylor to add 150 outlets. Reid & Taylor, the speciality suitings division of S Kumar’s, is in the process of rolling out an aggressive plan to enlarge its retail presence this year. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
Franchise plans more food courts. Franchise India's Holdings Ltd has many plans for its food-court management division ‘Club City's Hospitality’. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
The Athlete's Foot' enters India. Internationally reputed footwear speciality store, 'The Athlete's Foot,' has forayed into the Indian market by opening its first store in the country at Bangalore today. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2006
Pizza Hut making inroads into small towns. After spreading fast in India's metro market, global fast food chain Pizza Hut has begun its foray into smaller cities and towns where the "Indianised" pizza culture is spreading fast despite the country's rich culinary tradition. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2006
McDonalds to open in Chennai. Fast food chain McDonalds India is planning to widen its presence in smaller north Indian cities and will be opening an outlet in South India. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2006
Hooters set to cheer India. The All-American Hooter girls will be in India, finally. A recent Delhi High Court ruling allowing women to work as bartenders in pubs and bars has got the Hooters of America excited. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2006
Retail franchises may turn into joint ventures. The government's decision to allow 51 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retailing has been largely welcomed by the industry. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2006
Tommy Hilfiger plans to open four stores in four months. Tommy Hilfiger, retailer of apparels, expects to open one store each in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Bangalore in the next four months. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2006
Hard Rock Cafe Opens Its Doors in Mumbai. India's financial capital is rockin' with the opening of Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2006
Kwality to hit fast food lane with 15 new outlets. The restaurant group Kwality, which manages over 36 outlets across India and abroad, is planning to expand into fast food across Delhi, Mumbai and Goa with an investment of Rs 15-20 crore over the next two years. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2006
Gitanjali Gems plans Rs 300 crore IPO. Gitanjali Gems, owner of jewellery brands D’damas, Asmi, Nakshatra and Gili, plans to enter the capital market to raise Rs 300 crore to increase its retail presence. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2006
City discount store plans 25 new outlets by mid-2006. Multi-brand discount store ‘The Loot’ is planning to open around 25 stores in cities such as Surat, Nashik and Baroda by mid-2006. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2006
Water tank cleaning is now a branded service. Tanclean Pvt Ltd has got into organised water tank cleaning services for commercial establishments and households and operates only through franchisees. .... [more] 1 Jan, 2006
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