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Pramod Khera is VP, Franchising Association of India. Pramod Khera, CEO & MD, Aptech, the global training solutions giant, has been appointed as National Vice President of Franchising Association of India (FAI). .... [more] 27 Dec, 2007
Yum! to breathe new life into local operations. Yum!, the local subsidiary of the Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum! Brands, is planning to synergise its operations. The move comes in the wake of a series of troubles, including the top team quitting over allegations of misreporting, franchisee-related problems and continued losses. .... [more] 25 Dec, 2007
Franchising booms under retail umbrella. Beneath the umbrella of big brand growth in the country's retail industry, small businesses are throwing up new opportunities for first-time entrepreneurs. For those jumping from the world of jobs to business, franchising could be the best option. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2007
OneRoof Service to expand cyber café chain. Rural cyber café chain operator OneRoof Service Private Limited, a subsidiary of a US-based firm, has decided to expand its network in rural areas of south India through the franchisee model. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2007
Franchise India Holding Gives Awards To Top Retailers. Franchise India Holding Pvt Ltd, an integrated solution provider to retail companies, gave away awards for 2007 to the country's top retailers. .... [more] 13 Dec, 2007
Gloria Jean's brews India coffee story. Australian coffee chain Gloria Jean's has entered into a master franchisee agreement with Citymax India, a part of the $2-billion, Dubai-based retail giant Landmark Group, to set up 500 coffee outlets in India in the next 10 years. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2007
100 international brands to enter retail market. Franchise India Holding Ltd (FIHL), an integrated franchise solution company, has introduced 100 new international brands in the domestic retail market. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2007
Ma Foi plans to foray into HR outsourcing space. Ma Foi Management Consultants, a Rs 450-crore human resource services firm, is evaluating the option to foray into big-ticket human resources outsourcing space. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2007
Wizard Home Loans plans expansion. Wizard Home Loans, a joint venture of GE Money and the Australia-based non-banking firm Wizard is planning to expand its operations to six major cities by the middle of 2008. .... [more] 7 Dec, 2007
India Franchise and Retail Summit, Mumbai a GREAT SUCCESS. The burgeoning franchise and retail industry in India was brought under the scanner at the Indian Franchising and Retailing Summit. Organised jointly by the Franchising Association of India and Franchise Plus, the Summit was held in Mumbai on November 30 and December 1, 2007. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
M&S seen to shortlist Indian partners. Marks & Spencer Plc has shortlisted at least three potential venture partners for India and will finalise its plans within a month, the Economic Times reported on Tuesday. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
Welspun to open 300 stores in two years. Welspun Retail, part of the Rs 4,000 crore Welspun Group, wants to get onto the big retail bandwagon. The company plans to open 300 new stores in the next one and a half year. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2007
Domino's Pizza India to spend 2.5 bln rupees on expansion. Domino's Pizza India, a franchisee of U.S.-based Domino's Pizza Inc, plans to invest 2.5 billion rupees over the next 3 years to open new outlets. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2007
Alta Moda to launch 14 Italian apparel brands. Alta Moda Garments, a Hyderabad-based start-up focussed on retail fashion, is set to bring 14 top line Italian brands to India soon and is planning to open 50 multi-brand stores in the first year. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2007
Burger King, Wendy's in talks with DLF for JV. Will DLF orchestrate the burger war in India? US’ two leading quick service restaurant (QSR) chains Burger King and Wendy’s have held talks with the real estate major for an entry into the Indian market. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2007
Carrefour to enter India's retail sector - report. France's Carrefour SA, the world's second largest retailer, plans to enter India's fast-growing retail market by 2009, according to reports in the Indian press. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2007
Marks & Spencer to set up India joint venture. Marks & Spencer Plc, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, plans to set up a joint venture in India, the Economic Times said on Monday. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2007
Planet Hollywood to open five to six restaurants in India. The Las Vegas Strip-based mega resort, Planet Hollywood has announced plans to open between five to six restaurants in select Indian cities. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2007
Lilliput Enters The Middle East Market Opens an exclusive store in Bahrain. Lilliput, a dominant player in the Indian kidswear industry today announced its foray into the international market by opening an exclusive store in Bahrain. It is a first for an Indian kidswear brand to go out of the country and establish presence in the international arena. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Pantaloon spins off sports retail division. Pantaloon Retail India Ltd has spun off its sports retail business into a new company under the name of Planet Sports Retail. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Yatra ties up with retail chains. Online travel company Yatra has plans to develop an offline travel business targeted at holiday goers. The company plans to set up 50 stand-alone stores - or lounges - across 20 cities. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Fake franchisees take a bite out of pizza boom. As the global and Indian food chains continue expansion through franchisee route, a lot of them are having a tough time fighting bogus franchisee outlets. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2007

US Pizza in talks to set up express outlets. With the aim of widening its footprints across the country, US Pizza Pvt Ltd has initiated talks with leading multiplexes like Pyramid Saimira Theatre Ltd (PSTL), PVR Ltd and Adlabs Cinemas for setting up its franchisee outlets of which PSTL will itself be opening 200 such outlets. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2007
RPG opens its first store in Delhi. RPG Cellucom, India’s leading cellphone and laptop retail chain, opened its flagship store in New Delhi recently. The new store also marks the completion of 100 stores for the group nationally. .... [more] 5 Nov, 2007
Titan Eye+ planning 250 stores. Titan Eye+, the eyewear business of Titan Industries, launched early this year, plans to set up about 250 stores across India over the next year. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2007
Barter the Aussie way. Bartercard, the Australian trade exchange that claims to be the leading exchange in the world, will start retail barter operations in India through an Indian subsidiary in February 2008. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Reliance woos mom & pops with franchisee plan. Sporadic protests against retail biggies in recent months have driven Reliance Retail to tweak its business model a little, to ensure the enterprise isn't derailed before it has really taken off. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
100th store in Patna & still counting… Tanishq. Tanishq reached the century mark as it unveiled its 100th store in Patna at Hathwa Market. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2007
Lilliput to dress up kids in Dragon land. In probably a first for India Inc in the retail business, Lilliput Kidswear is all set to become the first Indian company to establish base in the land of dragons. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2007
Lenovo strengthens its service network in India. Lenovo has announced the opening of exclusive service centres across India, as part of its strategy to strengthen customer support and offer consistent and high-quality service. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2007
GFA to invest $12 m in India. Geneva-based Global Franchise Architects (GFA), which has brands like Pizza Corner and Coffee World, is all set to carve a bigger slice of the Indian speciality food pie. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2007
Animaster to set up 7 academies in Kerala. Bangalore-based animation training academy, Animaster, is planning to set up animation academies across Kerala. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2007
Southern India poses new challenges for Cotton County. Having made its presence felt primarily in Tier II & Tier III cities, Cotton County, the ready-to-wear fashion brand of the Rs. 100 crore Nahar Retail Ltd will now foray into the major metros and the wardrobes of the fashionably inclined in South India. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Cafe Coffee plans overseas expansion. Coffee restaurants chain Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) is aiming to expand its overseas presence by establishing outlets in the European continent and Pakistan. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2007
Bombay Dyeing to set up shop in the UAE. Bombay Dyeing is set to introduce its popular home textile brand in the overseas markets. The company has tied up with Rivoli, one of the UAE’s leading luxury retail chains, to enter the West Asian market. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Future Group to bring UK's Debenhams to India. Kishore Biyani's Future Group is all set launch leading UK department store giant, Debenhams, by rolling out two stores in Delhi this year. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Reliance Retail in talks with Gap for franchise. Reliance Retail is in talks with the US-based Gap Inc, the world’s largest speciality retail chain, for a franchisee arrangement for Reliance Retail’s apparel business. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2007
Essar Steel to add more retail outlets. Essar Steel, the country’s second-largest private maker of the metal, is almost doubling its retail network to 140 outlets, to boost margins, a senior executive said recently. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2007
NEXT plans 3,500 consumers electronics, IT products stores. Aiming to touch a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore in the next three years, consumer electronics chain NEXT Retail India plans to open 3,500 new outlets by 2010, including exclusive stores for IT products. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2007
Pantaloon in talks with My Dollarstore franchisee for stake. Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd is in talks with Sankalp Retail Value Stores, the India franchisee for the US-based My Dollarstore Inc., to buy a stake in the venture ahead of Sankalp’s plan to roll out several stores in the country in the coming years. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2007
The Franchise Connection. It’s big, it’s bursting and when it does, it will throw up bags full of money. If you’re among those who avoid the churn of the factory, but still want your own little world on the high street or at the mall, try becoming a franchisee of a large brand, or company, and sell anything from haute couture to a bodycare line, hot wheels and hamburgers. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2007
Biyani warms up to tie-up with US chain Coffee Bean. After an aborted partnership plan with premium coffee retailer Starbucks, Pantaloon Retail is brewing a fresh alliance with California-based coffee retail chain The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2007
Barbeque Nation plans 100 pan-India outlets. Speciality restaurant chain Barbeque Nation will set up 100 restaurants, which will entail an investment of Rs 355 crore, across the country in the next three years. It also plans to take the brand overseas through the franchisee route. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2007
Kabab Factory’s flavours going places. RHW Hotel Management Services-promoted The Great Kabab Factory (TGKF) is expanding to new destinations within and outside India. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Bhs to open stores in India. Billionaire retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green is to launch his Bhs department store chain in India. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2007
7 Eleven to foray into Indian mkts? Round the clock shopping could be just around the corner! The world's largest 24-hour convenience retailer - 7 Eleven is set to make its Indian foray reports CNBC-TV18. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2007
Australian Foods to expand Cookie Man chain. With its cookies baking into hard cash, the Chennai-based Australian Foods that owns the Cookie Man retail chain has chalked out a major expansion plan that will see its outlets spread to 33 cities in the country. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
GHCL to open 100 specialty textile stores. Gujarat Heavy Chemicals (GHCL), a company into home textiles and soda ash, today announced its plan to enter the retail arena. The company is expected to open 100 franchisee retail stores in three years. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
MobileNXT to grow via the franchise route. MobileNXT, the mobile retail chain, has introduced a franchisee programme in Tier II and Tier III cities across India. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
UK's Costa Cofee opens first outlet in Amritsar. UK’s largest Coffee chain of global brand ‘Costa Coffee’ opened its first outlet in the holy city of Amritsar. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2007
Fast food chains show appetite for expansion. Fast food chains such as Domino’s Pizza, Nirula’s, Pizza Hut and KFC have drawn up expansion plans. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2007
India's VLCC sets up shop in Nepal. Indian wellness guru Vandana Luthra's clinic VLCC has arrived in Nepal as the growing demand for trendy clothes, cosmetics and fitness centres creates an attractive market for Indian companies. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2007
MobileNXT kick starts franchisee program. MobileNXT has taken telecom retail one step ahead by launching their franchisee program in Tier II and Tier III cities across the country. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2007
Planet Hollywood to anchor off Mumbai's coastline. Planet Hollywood, the US-based theme restaurant, is planning its debut in India by setting up a floating restaurant around the Mumbai harbour. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2007
Medicine Shoppe plans to add 500 drug stores. Medicine Shoppe India, the Indian arm of the largest pharmacy chain Medicine Shoppe International, owned by the US-based drug trading major Cardinal Health, is planning to add about 500 medical stores in India within two to three years. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2007
Costa Coffee to open 300 outlets in four years. Britain's coffee chain Costa Coffee, which entered India in September 2005 through a master franchisee tie-up with Devyani International, has long-term plans to open 300 outlets in the next three to four years. .... [more] 24 Jul, 2007
Unsure Starbucks defers India entry. US coffee retailer Starbucks on Friday joined Tesco and Carrefour in postponing its plans to enter India - the world’s so-called most preferred retail destination, thanks to the Indian government’s flip-flop policy on FDI in retail. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2007
Foot Locker keen to set foot in India. New York-based $5.75-billion Foot Locker, the world’s leading retailer of athletic footwear and apparel, is firming up its India entry plans. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2007
Restaurant chain to open Doha outlet. Aryaas, one of India’s oldest and vegetarian restaurant chains, is set to open early next month first of its five franchisee outlets in Doha. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2007
Victorinox plans to open more franchisee showrooms. Victorinox have 7 authorized franchisee showrooms and several shop in shops in all the major metros. Plans are on the way to open 6-7 more franchisee showrooms by mid 2008 and continue the shop in shop concept. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2007
S V Divvaakar: Restricting franchising is self-defeating. The recent news of the government’s intent (not yet formulated as a regulation) to restrict foreign brands from entering India through the franchise model is shocking, as it violates the trade policy and trade covenants of India. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2007
Foreign franchisers may be asked to invest in JVs. An international company hoping to introduce its brand into India, directly or through the franchise route, may soon have to first invest in the country. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2007
Franchise deals not bound by FDI norms: FinMin officials. Finance ministry officials are of the view that current restrictions that prohibit FDI in multi-brand retail cannot be extended to franchise agreements between an Indian company and an overseas partner. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
McDonalds to invest Rs 500 cr by 2008. Fast food giant McDonalds on Friday said it plans to invest Rs 500 crore by next year as it aims at expanding its network to 220 outlets. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
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