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Franchisees to run Bata’s new stores. Bata India Ltd, which began revamping its stores into a four-layer model four years ago, has decided to get franchisees to run its new stores. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2007
No logic in stopping franchisees. Is the government going out of its way to appease the Left? What else is one to make of the idea that the government should impose curbs on foreign retailers operating through franchisees because that can be used to circumvent FDI restrictions? .... [more] 26 Jun, 2007
Thomas Cook eyes 35 franchisees by year-end. Thomas Cook India (TCIL), one of the largest travel players in the country, is planning to open 35 franchisee outlets across the country by December 2007. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007
Govt plans to tweak FDI norms to check franchisee pacts. The government is formulating a new policy on franchisee arrangements between Indian companies and overseas partners with the aim of plugging ‘loopholes’ in the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) regime. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2007
Jumbo King plans 100 stores beyond Mumbai. Jumbo King, the country's first and perhaps the only branded 'vada paav' kiosk chain which has offered the delectable yet quick snack to thousands of suburban Mumbaikars for the last six years, is set to traverse beyond India's financial capital. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
New Zealand Natural plans 100 ice cream outlets by 2009. Global ice cream parlour chain New Zealand Natural is embarking on an expansion plan to open 100 outlets by 2009 across India as it aims to take on international brand like Baskin and Robbins. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2007
Delicious dollops from New Zealand. New Zealand Natural, a parlour ice cream brand from the land of Kiwis, is set to enter India. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2007
500 overseas brands plan to enter via franchising. More than 500 brands, including 300 from the US, are waiting to venture into the Indian market through franchising, while more than 800 foreign brands are actively into it. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2007
Bharti Wal-Mart set to debut next year. The Bharti-Wal-Mart retail combine is looking at opening its first clutch of retail stores - around half a dozen - sometime early next year. Legal issues such as brand agreement, franchise arrangement may take some time to be sorted out. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2007
Kolkata hosts Asia's largest franchise and retail expo. To benefit the retail and service sectors like education, consultancy and travel, Asia's biggest show on franchise and retail expo-'' Franchise and Retail Opportunities 2007'' got underway here today. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2007
Tata Coffee to expand Mr Bean Coffee Junction. Tata Coffee is planning to expand its retailing and vending format, Mr Bean Coffee Junction, this year. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2007
Fortis pharmacy takes franchisee route to growth. Fortis Healthworld, the pharmacy chain of Fortis Healthcare, is taking the franchisee route to expansion. .... [more] 30 May, 2007
Hamleys to open a toy store in India by next year. Hamleys, the landmark London toy store owned by the Icelandic investor Baugur, plans to open its first store in India as early as next year. .... [more] 27 May, 2007
M&S looks to open stores in Asia. Marks & Spencer has drawn up ambitious international expansion plans which could see the group open stores in India and China as early as next year. .... [more] 23 May, 2007
Mydollarstore to tap more outlets across India. California's 'Mydollarstore' Inc will be rolling out 25 new stores across India by March 2008. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
VLCC lines up local, overseas expansion. Delhi-Based fitness, health and beauty firm VLCC has chalked out a slew of initiatives to ramp up its Indian and overseas operations. .... [more] 22 May, 2007
Of flowers and franchises. Ferns 'N Petals has evolved from a simple florist's shop to a well-known franchise brand, and is even diversifying into food retail. .... [more] 10 May, 2007
Costa Coffee to expand presence in India. In line with its plans to have a pan-India presence, Devyani International Ltd, the master franchisee in India for Britain's coffee chain Costa Coffee, will invest close to Rs 25 crore to set up 50 outlets across the country this year, besides foraying in the office space. .... [more] 9 May, 2007
HCL to open 100 career development centres. HCL Infosystems Limited, an information enabling company, plans to set up 100 career development centres across the country in the next 12 to 15 months. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Starbucks reassures govt on fair play. In what is seen as an attempt by Starbucks to quell the notion that it’s flouting FDI guidelines on single-brand retail in India; the world’s largest coffee chain has intimated the government that its merchandise sale under the Starbucks brand will not be more than 2.5% of its gross revenue for the first five years. .... [more] 8 May, 2007
Kingfisher's B&Q unit plans India retail foray. Home improvement retailer Kingfisher PLC's B&Q business is considering an initial investment of 250 mln usd to establish a foothold in India's 12 bln usd organised retail market. .... [more] 7 May, 2007

Fortis plans 250 retail outlets by year-end. Pharmacy chain Fortis Healthworld today said it will open 250 outlets by the end of this year as part of its Rs 800 crore pan India expansion plan. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Starbucks eyes India through franchise - report. Starbucks Corp., the world's largest coffee shop chain, will take a franchise route to India rather than a planned joint venture, the Mint. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2007
Reliance plans 400 small format durables outlets. Reliance Retail is looking at opening 400 small format consumer durables stores under the ‘Reliance Digital’ brand in the rural and semi-urban markets. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2007
Catch Announces Launch of Franchise Business Directory in India. Online publishing specialists Catch, in association with the Franchise Association of India (FAI), has launched, providing potential franchisees with the most comprehensive online directory of India's franchise systems on the web. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2007
Red Tape in expansion mode. Red Tape, a premium footwear brand in the country, is in expansion mode, with plans to have 300 showrooms across the country within the next two to three years. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2007
Fast food retailers to spice up sales co-branding. Fast food retailing giants in India are stepping up their marketing activities for April and May this year to meet the growing demand. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2007
Shoppers’ Stop to Build-A-Bear in their stores. K Raheja Group-promoted retail chain Shoppers' Stop is launching US-based interactive kids brand, Build-A-Bear in their stores soon through the shop-in-shop format. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
7-Eleven may open first store in Delhi. Japanese retail conglomerate Seven & I Holdings Company - which owns the world’s largest chain of convenience stores, 7-Eleven, across 18 countries - and compatriot Seibu Department Stores are believed to be keen on having a presence in India. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
NIIT bags the Indian Franchisor of the Year Awar. NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, has been conferred the coveted Indian Franchisor of the Year Award by the Franchising Association of India (FAI). .... [more] 19 Mar, 2007
Aptech bags 3 awards at Indian Franchising Awards 2007. Aptech Ltd, which got nominated in 7 categories, won the awards for Indian Global Franchisor of the Year for attaining excellence in overseas franchising operations & Win-win Franchising Partnership of the Year. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
Franchise body seeks removal of 5% cap on fees. The Franchise Association of India (FAI) has demanded removal of the 5 per cent cap on franchise fees. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2007
Cookieman eyes Rs 300 cr revenue, to double stores by 2008. Australian Foods India Ltd(AFIL), owners of the Cookieman brand of biscuits, plans to double the number of franchise outlets to 40 by 2008 .... [more] 11 Mar, 2007
McDonalds to set up base in Bengal. McDonald’s India, one of the leading food service retailers, is looking at setting up a food processing plant in West Bengal as it expands its business in eastern India. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2007
Starbucks steams over Starstruck Indians. Coffee giant Starbucks Corp is bitter about Indian entrepreneur Shanhaz Husain's plans to start a chain of coffee cafes called Starstrucks in India. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2007
Cafe Day mulls cluster model for expansion. Cafe Coffee Day, coffee cafe chain promoted by Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company, after tasting success through cluster model in India, is now planning to roll out cafe stores. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2007
Franchising is the buzzword. Experts believe, franchising is the buzz word in the food world and offers huge untapped opportunities in India. They say, in spite of Indian food being popular in the global market, it fails to match world standards when it comes to projecting it as a brand. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2007
McDonald's to adopt franchise models in North India. With a view to penetrate deeper into India's growing food and beverages segment, fast food chain McDonald's is considering adopting franchise model in its North India operations by 2008. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2007
VLCC opens its first franchise. VLCC Healthcare Limited, India’s largest slimming, fitness and beauty brand, today opened its first franchise outlet at Yamunanagar. This is the first time that VLCC has chosen the franchise route for expansion. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2007
Top retailers eye India, dollars products in the fray. India’s retail revolution is set to open new vistas as several global dollar products business leaders have begun to eye the country’s market, scouting for master franchises here. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2007
Bangalore cousin shocks RadioShack. Even as it readies its India entry plans, American consumer electronics retailer RadioShack has found it has to contend with a namesake in the country. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2007
Aussie realty consultant to enter India. Australian real estate consultancy major LJ Hooker, with significant presence in South East Asia through 700 odd franchisees, is foraying into India’s red hot realty market. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
Nominations open for Indian Franchising Awards 2007. Franchise Association of India (FAI) and Franchise Plus magazine Tuesday announced the opening of nominations for 'Indian Franchising Awards, 2007,' one of the most prestigious awards in this industry. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
A dollar store's rich allure in India. Since opening its first store in Mumbai in 2004, India's My Dollarstore franchise has been a testing ground for what works - and what doesn't. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2007
Cubit to foray into tech accessories. Cubit Computers has made the move into lifestyle accessories following its entry into direct retailing with ‘Cubit Alleys’, which is a chain of exclusive laptop galleries. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Titan to open 80 jewellery outlets by 2011. The jewellery division of Titan Industries Limited plans to open more branches across the country. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2007
Technocraft to tie up with retail majors. Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd will tie up with retail majors like Wal-Mart, Brand Factory and Reliance to market its garment brand - Haute Chilli. The company also plans to attract at least 100 franchisees for the brand by the year-end. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2007
Starbucks picks its CEO. The hunt for the man to head India operations of the world's largest coffee chain, Starbucks is finally over. Anoop Sequeira, CEO, Global Franchise Architects (GFA) is tipped to take over as the CEO of Starbucks India. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2007
Burger King, Pantaloon in JV talks. Retail major Pantaloon is in talks with Miami-based Burger King for the latter’s India foray. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2007
Oswal to go for major expansion of Monte Carlo brand outlets. Oswal Woollen Mills Ltd has chalked out plans to expand its retail presence through 'Monte Carlo' brand outlets for woollen hoisery and cotton garments. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2007
Indian coffee chain blends into Pakistan. Cafe Coffee Day, India's largest coffee chain, has opened a cafe in Karachi, the first of 30 planned in Pakistan, its Pakistani franchise partner said on Friday. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
Burger King likely to adopt franchisee model in India. Industry sources feel that even though McDonald’s is firmly established in metros like Delhi and Mumbai, Burger King’s entry is likely to start a burger war of sorts. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2007
Marks & Spencer to open shop in Kolkata soon. Marks & Spencer, the UK retail major, is making its debut in Kolkata within the next 15 days at a 30,000 sq ft property being developed by the Avani group. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2007
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