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: : Jul - Dec 2006

Pizza Hut enters Limca Book of Records. Pizza Hut has entered the Limca Book with a record-breaking pizza delivery of 1100 pizzas to a single location in October. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2006
Koutons to launch shoes, women`s wear brands. Koutons India Retails Ltd will expand its productline and launch its own brand of shoes by 2008. The company is also planning to enhance its current store size to 5,000-6,000 sft after launching the three products. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2006
Cafe Coffee Day plans to open 30-50 outlets in Pakistan. Cafe Coffee Day, the first Indian coffee chain to open a branch in Pakistan, is set to come up with two more outlets in the next few months and 30-50 more in the next three to five years. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2006
S. Korea's Lotte Shopping eyes India entry. Lotte Shopping Co. , South Korea's top retailer, is planning to enter India, the Economic Times daily reported on Tuesday. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2006
At least two more big deals are in the offing. Wal-Mart’s surprise entry into India through the franchisee route may be followed by at least two more big deals, comprising of Tesco and Carrefour, early next year. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2006
Cafe Coffee Day warms up to Pak. India’s biggest coffee-cafe chain Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) opened its first cafe in Pakistan’s commercial capital of Karachi on Wednesday. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
Mothercare plans to expand in India. The Indian arm of the UK-based retailer for expecting mothers and kidscare Mothercare Plc is on an expansion mode in India. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2006
200 Yo China outlets in India soon. Moods Hospitality Ltd, which runs the Chinese fast food chain Yo China, plans to invest Rs 50 crore (Rs 500 million) by 2010-11 to open 200 more outlets across the country. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2006
Timex Watches ticking fast, to open 120 franchise stores. Managing Director at Timex Watches, Kapil Kapoor informs that the company will launch 120 stores based on a franchise model. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
Wal-Mart to open stores in India. U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has tied up with an Indian company to set up hundreds of stores across the country in a move that promises to transform the country's vast retail market. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
Abbasi plans Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in India. UAE-based Abbasi Group will open three outlets of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Mumbai early next year, marking the group's entry into the Indian market. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2006
The Body Shop will increase its store presence. In the next five years, The Body Shop will increase its store presence in India from the existing five to about 100 outlets. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2006
Cox & Kings to adopt franchisee model. Close on the heels of travel firm Thomas Cook (India) announcing major expansion plans, it is now the turn of another travel major Cox & Kings to line up an extensive strategy for growth. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2006
Taking the franchise route. As tourism in India takes centrestage, international hospitality brands making a beeline for the hotel and restaurant circuit are looking to franchising as their main strategy. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2006
After KFC & Pizza Hut, here comes Taco Bell. The $24 billion US-based Yum! Restaurants International, owners of KFC and Pizza Hut brands, is now planning to launch Taco Bell chain of restaurants in India. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2006
Woodland plans 60 new stores in India by 2008. With international shoe brands betting big on India, homegrown footwear label Woodland has embarked upon a major expansion plan that envisages doubling production capacity and setting up 60 to 70 new retail stores in the next two years. .... [more] 6 Nov, 2006
FedEx buys out local franchisee for $30 mn. After 22 years of operating in India through a franchisee, FedEx Corporation, the world’s largest express transportation company, has decided to acquire Prakash Air Freight Pvt Ltd, its sole franchisee in the country. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
UK hotel chain to check in. UK-based hotel company easyGroup, in partnership with UAE’s Istithmar Hotels, is planning to start eight hotels in India by 2009. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2006
Cafe Ritazza launched at airports. Food services company, RKHS (formerly Radha Krishna Hospitality Services) has tied up with European company Select Service Partner (SSP) to enter the travel concessionaires business (setting up eateries at airports or railway stations) in India. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2006
Babywear retailer aims for global growth. Mothercare has accelerated its expansion in India, as the maternity and babywear retailer races to meet demand from a burgeoning middle class. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Gyms for ladies. Contours Express, the US-based supplier of the all-women cardio-fit circuit training gym, has started its India operations through the appointment of a master franchiser. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2006

Starbucks brews India story with Biyani. The world's largest coffee chain, Starbucks, is finally here. The Seattle-based iconic brand is learnt to have signed up with Kishore Biyani's Planet Retail Holdings (formerly Planet Sports) to enter India. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2006
US court fines Indian yoga guru. A Los Angeles court has fined high-profile Indian yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for violating building safety norms at one of his studios. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
VLCC Health Care to sign 55 franchise agreements. VLCC Health Care Ltd has decided to roll out the franchise model to reach out the potential customers in the suburbs of India. The company is contemplating signing 55 franchise agreements across the country. Those will be operational in 2007. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2006
Disney to set up 150 stores in India. Walt Disney on Wednesday announced plans to set up a chain of exclusive stores in India to sell its branded stationary products and craft products in partnership with a local company. .... [more] 12 Oct, 2006
Nahar plans to launch 60 new outlets. Director Kamal Oswal informed that NIEL plans addition of 60 special franchise stores of Cotton County in coming three months to its current 110 stores. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
Yes, it will accelerate growth of the franchising business. Since the opening of the Indian economy in June 1991 and liberalisation of the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, many multinational companies (MNCs) have entered India through the franchising route. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2006
VLCC adopts franchising channel for expansion. VLCC healthcare Limited, India’s largest slimming, fitness and beauty brand, today announced plans to adopt the franchising route to open 200 centers by the end of 2008-2009. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2006
Taking on franchise business. With the entry of several multinationals, the Indian retail sector is swiftly embracing the concept of franchising as a way of doing business. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2006
Microsoft, Hughes to Develop 5000 Broadband-enabled ICT Kiosks in India. Microsoft India has entered into a partnership with Hughes to create a self-sustaining IT infrastructure in rural areas by deploying broadband enabled ICT kiosks in about 200 towns and villages across the country. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Bharti takes franchisee route for retail foray. Bharti Enterprises today made it clear that its retail foray will be a franchise agreement with a global retailer. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
Starbucks to marry RPG. The world’s largest chain of coffee shops, $6.4-billion Starbucks Corp, has chosen the dark horse in the race - the RPG group - to be its Indian partner and master franchisee. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2006
Benetton looking to paint the town red. United Colours of Benetton plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary by opening more exclusive stores across the country. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2006
Call a coffee chain and it is desperate for India. As coffee culture gets bigger in India, a traditional tea drinking nation, domestic and international chains are lining up big expansion plans to the tune of nearly Rs 325 crore in the next 3-5 years. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2006
Mobile Magic in expansion mode. Mobile Magic, India’s first and largest retail chain of Mobile Supermarkets, today announced the launch of its four showrooms in Pune, India. .... [more] 22 Sep, 2006
McDonald's to build supply chain for south. After tasting success in the Bangalore market and after setting up an effective supply chain McDonald’s is now looking at other south Indian cities this year. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2006
Domino`s opens store in Jaipur. Domino's Pizza India Ltd, Pizza "Delivery Experts", on Thursday announced the opening of its first store in Jaipur. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2006
Hamleys in search of ally for local debut. Hamleys, leading toy retailers from the United Kingdom, will shortly appoint a master franchisee for its foray into India. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Bharti may run Tesco franchise. Bharti’s foray into the retail space is taking shape in partnership with Tesco, the UK-based global retail giant. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2006
Wraps&rolls unwraps global rollout plan. In a market place where international fast-food and restaurant chains are making a beeline for the burgeoning Indian food and beverage segment, a Mumbai-based snack food chain is doing just the reverse. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Costa Coffee to invest Rs 150 crore to open 300 outlets. UK-based coffee shop chain Costa Coffee is embarking on an expansion drive in India, which will see its master franchise Ravi Jaipuria Group company Devyani International Ltd invest Rs 150 crore to set up 300 outlets in the next five years. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Sbarro to open 100 pizza restaurants in India. Sbarro Inc., the nation's largest chain of fast-food Italian restaurants, plans to bring pizza and pasta to India, marking its latest international expansion. .... [more] 7 Sep, 2006
E&Y to pave way for Hamleys entry. Following in the footsteps of top global retailers such as Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Tesco, and Starbucks, Hamleys, a leading toy retailer, is looking to enter India. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2006
McDonald’s grew by catering to Indian tastes. Global fast food major McDonald’s says it survived and expanded in India by developing innovative menus to cater to the Indian taste bud, something it has not done anywhere else in the world. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2006
Crossword launches 5th store in Ahmedabad. Bookstore crossword has launched its fifth store in Ahmedabad. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Choice Hotels to add 100 more hotels in next 5 years. Choice Hotels is planning to add 100 more hotels in India in next five years through the management and franchise route. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2006
Come one, come all. Brandhouse Retail - an outfit owned by S Kumar Nationwide - has decided that it is going to play franchisee for not one but a host of international brands. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2006
Coffee chain Barnie's in India; 300 stores on cards. US-based coffee store chain Barnie's today entered the Indian market with plans to invest close to Rs 75 crore to open 300 stores across the country in the next five years. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
My Dollarstore open its outlet in Jalandhar. Keeping in mind the large NRI population in Jalandhar, American’s famous chain of stores, My Dollarstore, has opened its branch in posh Model Town. .... [more] 15 Aug, 2006
Oxford adopts franchise model in growth push. Oxford Bookstore is in expansion mode and is adopting the franchise model for growth. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2006
India franchise for Index malls. Index Living Mall Co, the home-furnishings retail chain, has signed an agreement with an Indian partner to open a franchise in India next year. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
McDonald's gears up for home run. After making its way to your hearts through your stomachs, fastfood major McDonald's is now planning another strategy to build its brand across India. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2006
Tanishq to ramp up outlets. Tanishq plans to increase the number of its showrooms to 100 by 2008 from the current 84, which is spread across 61 cities. .... [more] 25 Jul, 2006
Office 1 gets a master franchisee. Office 1 Superstore, which claims to be a dominant office-products’ player in most of the markets it operates in, has used the master franchisee route for entering the burgeoning Indian market. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2006
GFA plans to set up 100 outlets across India. Global Franchisee Architects, the parent company of Pizza Corner India Pvt Ltd, is planning to set up around 100 outlets throughout the country by the end of March 2007. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2006
Tumble Tots launched in India. Tumble Tots, England's leading physical play programme for children, today announced the launch of its India operations. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2006
Gujaratis turn to books with passion. Bookstores such as Crossword have changed the reading habits of the Amdavadis, who were not known for their reading habits. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2006
Secret Recipe expands to NZ, India. Secret Recipe Cakes & Cafe Sdn Bhd, which already has 120 outlets in South-East Asia, is reaching out to New Zealand and India through franchising. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2006
ICICI plans franchisees for rural expansion. ICICI Bank Ltd has decided to adopt the franchise model to step up rural financing, according to Nachiket Mor, deputy managing director. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2006
Behind Cookie Man, there’s women power. Of the eight Cookie Man franchisees in India, 80% are women. It is a sheer coincidence and it is working very well for Cookie Man’s Indian joint venture partner. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2006
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