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Cartridge World plans 250 stores by 2012 in India. - Cartridge World, an eco-friendly retailer of printer cartridge recharging services, is planning to expand its franchise network to 250 stores by 2012 in India. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Fastrack to plan 50 more franchise stores. - A fashion accessories brand from Titan Industries Ltd, Fastrack is mulling to take the number of its exclusive stores to 50 across the country by April 2010, from 13 at present. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2009
US bakery chain Au Bon Pain enters India. - The Boston-based bakery chain plans to open 10 cafes in Bangalore itself and another 40 across the Southern cities with an investment of around Rs 30 crore by 2012, the company said. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Focus to open 150 learning centres. - Focus Group has forayed into the booming educational services market with the launch of Focus Edu Care. The institution will offer vocational as well as competitive exam coaching. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
s.Oliver to set up exclusive stores in Delhi, Pune soon. - European clothing label s.Oliver plans to open exclusive stores in Pune and Delhi by early next year. The brand also plans to open shop-in-shop stores via retailers in north and west India. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Häagen-Dasz opens cafe in New Delhi. - The world’s favourite premium ice cream brand, Häagen-Dasz, has opened its first café in Delhi. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2009
Best Western chain plans 100 hotels in India. - Best Western, which is one of the world’s largest chain of hotels and currently has 11 operational hotels in the country, is aiming to expand its network to 100 hotels over the next seven years. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2009
Essar’s telco retail arm acquires X-Cite. - Diversified Essar group has entered into the Rs 80,000-crore consumer durables and IT products business through the acquisition of X-Cite, the chain of large format electronics stores of Impact Retail... [more] 9 Dec, 2009
Gucci can open single-brand stores in India. - The government has cleared the proposal to allow Gucci Group NV, Netherlands, for foreign equity participation of 51% stake in its Indian franchisee, Luxury Goods Retail Private Ltd. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2009
Cleaning franchise expands business in India. - New Zealand cleaning franchise Crest Commercial Cleaning is expanding its services in India after striking a deal that will see it employ 3,000 people in around a dozen cities. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2009
Haagen-dazs' first cafe coming up in Delhi. - If you have money to burn, here’s your scoop: Haagen-Dazs, a super premium global ice cream brand, will open its first branded cafe in India in the capital next month. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2009
Spencer's Retail to open 70 Beverly Hills brand stores. - Spencer's Retail, a subsidiary of RPG Enterprises, today said it will open 70 stores of the premium brand Beverly Hills Polo Club across India during the next fiscal. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2009
Ray White to expand to India. - Property group Ray White has formed a partnership with Indian real estate business Gulshan Properties to expand its business in the country. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Franchise India expects Rs 140 cr deals at 2009 summit. - Brand licensing firm Franchise India expects deals worth Rs 140 crore to be finalised at the two-day summit starting November 26 on the back of higher participation across diverse segments. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2009
India offsets M&S' strong growth. - Marks & Spencers, the British retail group, today said a strong 21 per cent growth in operating profits in its international operations were offset by tough market conditions and start-up losses in... [more] 5 Nov, 2009
IHC acquires Pizza Hut franchise in central India. - India Hospitality Corp, which has made significant investments in hospitality and air catering businesses in India, has acquired the franchise for Pizza Hut brand for central India from its current owner for... [more] 4 Nov, 2009
Reva to rope in franchises for production abroad. - Electric car manufacturer Reva is planning manufacturing facilities abroad under a franchise model to penetrate those markets. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2009
TIME scouts for acquisitions. - In a bid to expand its footprint in India and abroad, Hyderabad-based Triumphant Institute of Management Education (TIME) is currently evaluating proposals from... [more] 26 Oct, 2009
In Kashmir, pizza culture smokes out family meals. - The joys of homely Kashmiri food spread over a 'dastar khwan', cloth on the floor, and eaten with the entire family are fast disappearing here. It's the call of pizzas, pastas, French fries and burgers in the valley... [more] 25 Oct, 2009
Mothercare to step-up expansion in India. - British mother and baby products retailer Mothercare is accelerating its expansion in India with plans for 200 stores, double its original target. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2009
Raymond plans 300 franchisee stores in towns. - Apparel and textile major Raymond today said it would open 300 franchisee-operated stores in Tier-IV and Tier-V towns in the next 18 months, to tap the retail opportunity in the country’s hinterland. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Monginis to open 600 stores by 2010-end. - Mumbai-based leading cake, pastry and bakery chain, Monginis is all set to extend its offering to the consumers by opening 600 stores by the end of 2010. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
KFCH moving into India. - KFC Holdings (M) Bhd (KFCH) will open its first two KFC outlets in India – one each in Mumbai and Pune – by year’s end. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Domino's Indian franchisee eyeing IPO - report. - The Indian franchisee of Domino's Pizza is considering an IPO to enable JPMorgan cash in its 33 percent private equity investment, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday. ... [more] 30 Sep, 2009
Bangalore to host Franchise and Retail show. - The 23rd edition of Franchise and Retail Opportunities (FRO) 2009, a major multi-city franchise and retail show in the country, would be held here from September 19. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
GFA to roll out 250 outlets worldwide; 100 in India by March 2010. - Geneva-based food service chain Global Franchise Architects (GFA) aims to open 250 stores around the world by March 2010, of which 100 will be in India. ... [more] 3 Sep, 2009
Accor to Expand in India. - French hospitality group Accor SA said Wednesday it plans to expand its network in India to 50 hotels by 2012, from five at present. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
Sehwag in legal row over restaurant franchise. - A local court has registered a case against cricketer Virender Sehwag and his business partner following a complaint from a college teacher in Allahabad that the star batsman failed to grant him... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
US foodchains seek footprint in Bengal. - American food brands have begun to look eastwards in search of franchisees. Six US food brands have evinced interest to form partnerships in Bengal to expand their presence in... [more] 31 Aug, 2009
US fast food chains eye Calcutta pie. - After McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut, Calcutta will soon welcome Papa John’s, the “third largest pizza company in the world”, which wants to set up 10 to 15 outlets in the state. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
RE/MAX India in expansion mode. - RE/MAX India, the master regional franchisee of RE/MAX International, has expanded its areas of operations in seven more regions. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2009

Coffee N U to launch 50 outlets across India. - Domestic retail coffee chain 'Coffee N U' is planning to launch 50 outlets across India by March 2010 coupled with computer gaming zone 'Oovaa'. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
California Pizza Kitchen Signs Franchise Deal to Expand into India. - California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. announced an agreement today with new franchise partners JSM Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and Daud Arabian Trading to expand into India. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2009
Slowdown-hit DollarStore shuts 41 stores. US-based deep discount retailer MyDollarStore Inc., founded by an American of Indian origin, is the latest casualty of the economic slowdown in India that has forced organized retailers to apply the brakes on ambitious expansion plans. .... [more] 22 Jul, 2009
Retailers take franchise route to expand footprint. The economic slowdown has hit the retail industry hard and players are increasingly turning to franchising to expand their footprint. Industry estimates put the franchising industry at Rs 650 crore, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25-30%. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2009
McDonald's to open outlets in J&K. Multinational fast food chain McDonald's will open outlets in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its expansion plans, a top company official said today. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2009
Franchise industry in India expects boom by 2014. There will be at least 50,000 franchises in Indian market by 2014, said said executive director of Indian Franchise Association (IFA) Colonel (Retd) Upendra Sachdev. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009
McDonald's to invest Rupees 120 crore for 40 new outlets in FY10. Global fast food chain McDonald's is planning to open 40 new outlets across the country in FY10 with an investment of Rupees 120 crore, to add to its existing chain of 160 outlets. .... [more] 26 May, 2009
Capt Gopinath plans to use franchisee model to revolutionise air cargo industry. Captain Gorur Ramaswamy Gopinath, who founded India's first low cost carrier Air Deccan, is all set to revolutionise air cargo industry using the franchisee model. .... [more] 25 May, 2009
ToonKidz plans expansion in India, Gulf region. Kids apparel and accessories player ToonKidz plans to ramp up its retail operations both in India and overseas. The company is aiming to have a total of 150 exclusive brand outlets in India by the end of 2009-10. .... [more] 24 May, 2009
Harcourts looking at entering India. Harcourts International is exploring various international growth opportunities in India having received strong interest from there, according to Harcourts International Franchise Development Manager Aaron Hodson. .... [more] 22 May, 2009
US firm REMAX forays into India. US-based realty brokerage firm REMAX has forayed into India aiming to tap potential offered by middle-class families in the country, with its business in America hit by the ongoing slump in the property market. .... [more] 21 May, 2009
Reebok to pair up with Franchise India for franchising expansion. Reebok the top amongst international footwear companies in India joined hands with the largest integrated franchise and retail solution provider Franchise India Holdings Limited (FIHL) for expanding their franchising network. .... [more] 15 May, 2009
Calculus launches Booster Juice in India. Brand Calculus, a new age Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), Thursday announced the launch of ‘Booster Juice’ brand in India. .... [more] 7 May, 2009
Retailers in slump, but franchisees on hiring binge. With the franchise format of stores gaining popularity among retailers, owing to low capital requirement, franchise outlets are on a hiring spree. .... [more] 2 May, 2009
HotSpot to sport Spice brand soon. India’s second-largest mobile phone retail chain Spice Group’s HotSpot will soon go for a brand change. Sources close to the company said that HotSpot will soon sport the Spice brand. .... [more] 2 May, 2009
MALAYSIA / INDIA - KFC To Open 12 Outlets In India By 2010. KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd is venturing into India and plans to open 10 new outlets in Mumbai and another two in Pune, involving a total investment of US$6 million, by end-2010. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2009
Nafed plans retail expansion through franchisees. Cooperative major National Agricultural and Cooperative Marketing Federation (Nafed) has drawn up plans to set up retail grocery outlets under a franchisee model. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Cartridge World to expand. Australia-based Cartridge World, one of the fastest growing speciality cartridge refilling and retail chains in the world, is looking at an aggressive expansion through the franchisee route in India. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2009
Destination Maternity Expands International Reach With Franchise Agreement For India. Destination Maternity Corporation, the world's leading maternity apparel retailer, today announced its planned expansion into India through an international franchise agreement with Mahindra Retail. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2009
Indian franchise business to touch $20 bn by 2013: Ficci. The Indian franchising sector is growing at a rate of 38% with a market size of $7.2 billion and is expected to reach $20 billion by 2013. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2009
TIME to expand footprint in India. Hyderabad-based entrance exam coaching institute, Triumphant Institute of Management Education (TIME) is expanding its footprint in India by setting up more pre-schools, two Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE schools and more coaching institutes, to achieve this target. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2009
Issue of shares against ‘franchisee rights’ not allowed. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has clarified that issue of shares cannot be allowed against ‘rights’, particularly if it is an intangible asset such as ‘franchisee rights’. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2009
Orra to expand via franchise route. Orra, the diamond jewellery retail chain, plans to open 10 new retail outlets in the financial year 2009-10. These would be franchise-based in Tier-two towns, said S Raja, regional manager (North). .... [more] 3 Apr, 2009
DLF's retail arm plans 500 luxury lifestyle stores. DLF Brands, the retail management subsidiary of DLF, the country’s biggest developer, plans to open 500 stores selling luxury lifestyle labels in the next five years, entailing an investment of over Rs 1,000 crore, a top group official said. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2009
DKNY enters India through DLF Brands. Global fashion design house Donna Karan International, part of the world’s leading luxury goods group LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton, is set to enter India. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2009
Ferns 'N' Petals to open 30 outlets. Delhi-based chain of floral boutiques Ferns ‘N’ Petals will add 30 more outlets in the next financial year to its existing 92 stores. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2009
Sweet World plans 100 stores; to launch online retail. Sweet World, popular European concept of pick-n-mix candy shop that sells products including traditional candies, novelty candies and lollipops across India, plans to open 50 new outlets in the country in order to achieve 100 stores mark by the end of 2009. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2009
JSW Steel to cut down global exposure, focus on rural mkts. JSW Steel Ltd, one of the main players in the steel industry, has cut down its exposure to the international market and has started focussing on rural India. The company is opening retail outlets through franchisee route to get deeper into the rural market. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
Aussie coffee-chain Aromas betting big on Indian market. Australian coffee-chain major Aromas plans to enter the Indian market by end-March and has tied up with Ideal Hospitality Private Ltd, which would own the brand in the country and south-east Asia. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2009
Aditya Birla Financial Services Group enters retail broking. Aditya Birla Nuvo, a part of the Aditya Birla Group, announced the closure of the deal with Chennai-based Apollo Sindhoori Capital Investment, (ASCIL), having acquired 76% stake in the retail broking company. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2009
Titan to add 40 more stores by Mar 2010. Tata group company, Titan Industries, plans to augment its store network pan-India by adding nearly 40 Titan stores by March 2010, a top company official said. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2009
Sify plans one-PC cafes, 2,000 more iWays. As part of its plan to expand in the Indian internet service retail business, net service provider Sify is planning to venture into single-PC internet kiosk business, besides opening 2,000 additional outlets of its iWay internet cafe chain. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2009
Suvidha plans to open 1 lakh stores within next three years. Suvidha Infoserve plans to expand its pan-India footprint by setting up nearly one lakh franchisee stores within the next three years, a top company official said. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2009
Foodland in nowhere zone. Foodland Fresh, a chain of retail outlets promoted by Raju Shete, is closing down all its unprofitable stores across Mumbai and its suburbs as a pilot venture found the stores falling short of expectations on many key parameters. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2009
UK retail major Argos to pull out of India. Catalogue retail major Argos is winding up its two-year trial operations in India that include five stores in Mumbai and a telephone and internet ordering service. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2009
RE/MAX Expands Global Network with Addition of India. At a special signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, RE/MAX International welcomed India as the 73rd country in its global real estate network. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
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