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Coffee World opens first outlet in Bangalore. Launched by the promoters of Pizza Corner, international coffee chain Coffee World has opened its first outlet in Bangalore in India. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2004
Tommy Hilfiger to open store in Hyd. Hyderabad is now set for a style makeover. The city seems to have become an attractive destination for international and domestic clothing brands to set shop. .... [more] 27 Dec, 2004
Cookie Man plans to open 20 more stores by March '06. Australian cookie chain Cookie Man plans to open 20 more stores in the country by March 2006. .... [more] 26 Dec, 2004
McDonald's reported to be planning many more outlets in India. U.S. fast food chain McDonald's is planning to add about two dozen outlets to its network of 65 restaurants in India. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2004
Yo! China plans 20 more restaurants. Moods Hospitality Pvt Ltd, promoter of the Yo! China chain of restaurants, is on an expansion spree with plans to add about 20 more outlets across the country by 2006. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2004
Domino’s growth menu to include franchisees. After eight years of operations in the country through company-owned outlets, Domino’s Pizza India Limited (DPIL) is knocking at franchisees’ doors to push its pizza business further. .... [more] 11 Dec, 2004
Mumbai to groove to Hard Rock beats. One of the world’s iconic restaurant chains, Hard Rock Cafe, is set to open its doors in India. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
Country Club plans to take franchise road for expansion. Country Club India Ltd has firmed up plans to take the franchise route for expansion into various primary and satellite cities of India. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2004
Pizza Corner plans foray into export markets. In the next financial year, Pizza Corner is planning to set foot in export markets such as Sri Lanka, China and Dubai. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2004
Benetton plans string of megastores. Benetton is planning to spearhead a string of visible high street megastores across the country, almost 20 of them by the end of 2007, through the franchisee route. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2004
Domino’s eyes franchisee model to expand in India. Nearly nine years after it set foot in the country, Domino’s Pizza India Ltd is finally, kicking off its franchising strategy. .... [more] 2 Nov, 2004
UK's Costa to serve coffee thru cafes in India. Leading British cafe chain Costa Coffee plans to set up 300 outlets in India over the next six years with the first 20 coffee stops coming up in the national capital and its adjoining areas. .... [more] 29 Oct, 2004
Franchise India 2004 Awards announced. Integrated franchise solution company Franchise India Holdings Limited has announced the Franchise India 2004 Awards in New Delhi today. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2004
Dixy chicken soon for desi palates. British fast food company Dixy Chicken has firmed up plans to set up shop in the country. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2004
Live-In to shut down own stores; plans to run on franchisees. Microtex India Ltd is discontinuing the company-owned stores of its apparel brand, Live-In. The company is rejigging Live-In's retail plans and would focus on franchisee run stores. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2004
Cookieman bakes fresh expansion strategy. It’s good news for cookie lovers. Cookieman India Pvt Ltd is planning to set up 50 franchisee-operated ‘Cookieman’ mother and satellite stores in 10 major cities within five years. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2004
A café a day... keeps Sify ahead in the fray. Its chain of cyber cafes or iWays is brewing success not only in the major cities but also smaller towns. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2004
Intl. franchise show Franchise India returns to India. Asian integrated franchise solution major Franchise India Holdings Limited is organising its second international exhibition on 26 and 27 October in New Delhi. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2004
Barista to invest Rs 50-60 cr, looks at overseas pastures. Coffee retailing major, Barista, is planning to enter other Asian markets like Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal. .... [more] 7 Oct, 2004
Pizza Hut plans 25 new India units. Pizza Hut plans to increase the number of its restaurants in India to 100 from 75 by the end of this year. .... [more] 1 Oct, 2004
Windshield to open 108 outlets. Shield Autoglass, car glass repair and replacement firm, is opening 108 specialised outlets under Windshield Experts brand with an investment of 21 crore for a pan India presence. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2004
Topping Up: Pizza Corner Plans Major Overseas Push. Homegrown quick service retail chain Pizza Corner is now eyeing a slice of the overseas food retail market. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
Ma Foi makes its Vijayawada foray. The Rs 84-crore Ma Foi Management Consultants Limited, India’s largest HR service provider, commenced its operations in Vijayawada. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2004
KFC To Open Outlets In Pune. After lying low in the country, KFC is all set to tickle taste buds with its winged offerings. KFC is opening two outlets in Pune and is also coming to Mumbai. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2004
Pizza Corner parent set to launch coffee chain. Global Franchise Architects, the parent company of Pizza Corner India (P) Ltd, which has just emerged from a major restructuring exercise, is all set to launch its second retail fast food chain - Coffee World - in India. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2004
McDonald's yet to break even in India. Nine years after the Big Mac first set up in India, the burger giant has yet to make a rupee as net profit. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2004
Medicine Shoppe’s India network now 3rd largest in the world outside US. The Medicine Shoppe India, the largest retail pharmacy chain of India and the Indian arm of The Medicine Shoppe International, is implementing a Rs 50 crore expansion programme to make it a 500-outlet retail chain by 2009. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2004

Franchise India joins forces with Franchiseek International. Franchise India Holdings Ltd has agreed to a joint association with International franchise recruitment and opportunities website for the promotion of franchising and franchise opportunities in India. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2004
A World Of Coffee After A Corner Of Pizza. Even as Starbucks waits in the wings to enter the Indian food retail market, competitor Coffee World has found its way into the country. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2004
Companies to adopt franchisee model. After the information technology sector and food retailers, it is the turn of the construction sector to learn and implement the famed McDonald's franchisee model of expansion. .... [more] 26 Aug, 2004
Barista on an expansion binge. India's answer to Starbucks Coffee Chain - Barista Coffee company is on an expansion binge. The retail coffee pub chain is set to add another 60 odd stores during this fiscal. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
karROX plans to expand franchise network. karROX Technologies, engaged in providing high-end training in software, is introducing a new concept of an IT training mall across the counrty. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2004
Castrol branches out into services biz. Charting out a new growth strategy, Castrol India Limited today entered the services business to enhance the brand loyalty and market-share, unveiling plans to launch branded motorcycle servicing workshops. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2004
Dialforhealth to expand franchisee network to 1000 plus pharmacy stores. The Ahmedabad-based Dialforhealth India Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zydus Cadila, is working on a plan to have a chain of 1000 plus franchisee network soon. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2004
New helpline for Pune's motorists. Carhelpliine has launched a 24-hour car break-down service on roads for customers in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The service company is a franchisee of Top Gear, the car helpline in Mumbai. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2004
Are you ready for (oom)f. Bars & Lounges? FTV India is in talks with potential franchisees for a series of 'f. Bars & Lounges' - plush places for the fashion conscious. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2004
Coffee Day Plans To Introduce Vending Machines For Households. The southern coffee business major, Coffee Day, is looking at a new market for its hot beverages - small vending machines for the household segment. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2004
New Horizons to expand operations in south India. New Horizons India Ltd., a computer training provider, said Wednesday it had decided to expand its operations significantly in south India with a view to corner a larger slice of the IT education market. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2004
Coffee Day Xpress installs 150 kiosks in record time. Coffee Day Xpress has further strengthened its position in the market by reaching the prestigious milestone of 150 Kiosk installations in the 7 top metros within record time. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2004
Restaurant chain with Krishna consciousness. Jashomatinandana Das is convinced it is the Lord’s will that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness should be setting up a chain of eateries in India. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
It's destination India for global retailers. India is fast emerging as a major destination for global retail giants to meet the needs of a growing breed of middle-class Indians with more disposable income to spend on consumer goods. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2004
Style Spa Furniture plans expansion. Zuari Investments Ltd of the KK Birla Group has infused additional equity into Style Spa Furniture Ltd to fund the furniture chain's expansion plans and pay off debts. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2004
Golds Gym enters into strategic alliance with precor. Gold’s Gym and Gympac have entered into a strategic business Alliance, recently, for management of Indian Corporate Gyms. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2004
McDonald’s Plans More Eateries, Franchise Model. McDonald’s India - represented by two joint ventures - has now begun exploring the option of developing a franchisee model. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2004
Tatas launch no-frills hotel in Bangalore. First, it was the aviation sector that launched the “no-frills” concept. Now, it’s the turn of the Indian Hotels Company Ltd, a division of the Tata Group, to usher in the same concept, albeit in the hospitality sector. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2004
Rearranging Home Store. In a bid to become a leaner organisation, Home Stores (India) Ltd has shut down four of its own stores and five franchisee outlets. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2004
Nod to franchisees by Punjab Vigilance. Granting relief, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today allowed the franchisees of Hot Millions in Phase III B2 to continue functioning. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Maxima Quartz to set up 100 franchisee outlets. Watch company Maxima Quartz would set up about 100 franchisee outlets across the country and add about 800 new models even as it was exploring possibility to introduce two new brands. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2004
McDonald's to expand in India, export local recipes. US-based global fast food giant McDonald's will expand its operations in India "very aggressively" in response to a growing fast food culture in its cities and towns. .... [more] 30 May, 2004
Pizza Majors To Deliver On New Value Propositions. Even as Domino’s Pizza India Ltd is in the process of recruiting an additional 400 employees, Yum! Restaurants International is planning to penetrate deeper into smaller cities. .... [more] 17 May, 2004
Marks & Spencer gets ready for sourcing base in Bangalore. Marks & Spencer, the UK-based retailer with over 540 stores in 30 countries, is setting up a sourcing centre in India for direct and increased operations from the country. .... [more] 10 May, 2004
Ice-cream companies taste success. Ice-cream companies in Gujarat are registering an upswing in business, thanks to the rising temperature. .... [more] 3 May, 2004
Salons to spruce up Lakme growth. Lakme Lever, which saw a 32 per cent growth in 2003-04, plans to concentrate on growing the salon business through its Lakme Beauty Salons. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2004
Sterling buys Barista Coffee for Rs30cr. Sterling Group is believed to have paid Rs 30 crore for acquiring the entire 65.45 per cent stake of Turner Morrison in Barista Coffee outlet chain. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2004
Bollywood bigwigs join hands to set up eyewear, optical products retail venture. The Bollywood brigade have joined hands to set up Shades, a retail venture that will bring under one roof latest eyewear and optical products from over 150 international brands. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2004
Maya Academy plans overseas foray. The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), plans to expand its operations both in the domestic market as well as beyond Indian shores this year. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2004
Baskin Robbins turns around after 11 years. Baskin Robbins, for the first time in its 11-year history, has managed a turnaround. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2004
Cookieman Whips Up New Growth Recipe. The Chennai headquartered Cookieman India Ltd, a joint venture of the Australia-based store CookieMan, is on a major expansion spree. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2004
Agrani plans to open 60 more tech stores. Agrani Convergence Ltd, which runs the 'Agrani Switch' chain of telecom and entertainment retail stores, plans to increase the number of outlets. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2004
New magazine launched for franchise biz. Publishing House exchange4media today launched their latest initiative 'Franchise Plus', a business opportunity magazine. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Reliance WebWorld Express Set To Enter Small Towns. Reliance Infocomm has drawn up its plan for the “WebWorld Express” retail project which is expected to increase visibility and penetration for its Reliance IndiaMobile (RIM) service. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2004
Franchising: Birth of a new salesman. Essentially a business model, the franchising industry in the country is estimated to be around Rs 10,000 crore per annum and growing at the rate of 25 per cent annually. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2004
Music World plans network expansion. RPG Group company Music World Entertainment Limited, is planning to expand its network through franchisee model, expecting at least 25 per cent growth in revenue during the next financial year. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2004
Gujarat Gas to open 25 CNG stations in state. Gujarat Gas Company, India’s largest gas distribution firm, is on a major expansion drive. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2004
Finally, Baskin Robbins Likely To Clock Profit This Fiscal. Baskin Robbins, the global ice-cream chain that failed to cut much ice in the Indian marketplace in its 11-year stay in the country, has finally managed to cream up some profits in the financial year 2003-04. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2004
Titan plans luxury umbrella brand. The Rs 800 crore Titan Industries is all set to launch its third major umbrella brand - after Titan and Sonata - during the first half of the next financial year. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2004
Fashioning a fresh course. Buddy Davis fashionwear is extending its brand to lingerie, deodorants and accessories and is set to expand its operations in India and overseas. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2004
Muktesh Pant’s Yogic Pose Begins. Barely four weeks after the formal announcement of US-based Reebok International chief marketing officer Muktesh Pant stepping down to start a global yoga training venture, he has already got off the ground. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Coffee major mulls flotation. Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Limited), a Rs 250-crore, closely-held company, is mulling an initial public offer. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2004
Out of the shade. Kapoor Lamp Shades eyes hotel lighting contracts abroad and plans to open shops in Colombo, Bahrain and Johannesburg. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2004
Ready-to-eat, Chinese style. Moods Hospitality Ltd, which runs the quick-service Chinese restaurant chain Yo! China, is in a diversifying, well, mood. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2004
Valvoline plans auto care chain. With the number of vehicles on the roads rising by the day, and most vehicle owners left with little time to take their car or bike for servicing, here’s some good news. Get ready for a dose of quick servicing chains akin to the west. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2004
Targeting New Market Segment With Coffee Day Xpress. Buoyed by the instant response received from the market, Coffee Day Xpress has embarked on a major expansion drive. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Barista brews buyouts. Barista Coffee Company may follow the Starbucks model of buying out coffee chains to become the second largest chain after Starbucks in the next 10 years. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2004
Leading a one-stop solution shop. From being a part-time consultant in 1994 to the seat of the managing director of Vivace Solutions, Vishal Sethi has travelled a long way. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2004
Stuck in the deep freeze. After nine years in India, Baskin Robbins still isn’t selling enough scoops of ice cream. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2004
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