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Eros plans 65 more showrooms. Eros Jewellery plans to go in for an expansion in a big way. The company plans to open 65 more showrooms in the country within a year. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2005
UPS' retail franchise plans face roadblock. The US-based $30-billion United Parcel Services (UPS), which plans to set up a network of retail franchise shops in the country under the brand name UPS Stores, may find the going tough. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2005
International fast food chain reaction. Eastern India’s maiden KFC outlet was unveiled with fanfare at City Centre in Calcutta on Wednesday, with the promise of more mouth-watering fare in the offing. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2005
Zee to take Kidzee overseas. Zee Interactive Learning Systems (ZILS) is planning to take its ‘Kidzee’ brand of play group, nursery and activity center abroad. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2005
Apollo Health plans 8 clinics in Gujarat. Apollo Health and Lifestyle has announced plans to set up eight more franchise clinics in Gujarat. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2005
Pizza Corner to set up first foreign outlet. Pizza Corner India expects to go international by setting up its first outlet in Bangkok next month with an investment of Rs 3 million. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2005
Franchise careers picking up in India. The franchise business is unorganised in India, but recent statistics from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) show that the Industry has grown by two percent. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2005
CDX plans 19 more kiosks in Hyderabad. Coffee Day Xpress (CDX), a retail chain of food and beverage kiosks, plans to increase the allotment of kiosks in Hyderabad from the present 31 to 50 by the end of March 2006. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2005
BreadTalk Group ties up with Crustums. Singapore-listed baker chain, BreadTalk Group Ltd, has signed a franchisee agreement with Hyderabad-based Crustums Products to open its outlets in Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi next year. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2005
Pizza Hut to focus on smaller towns. Pizza Hut plans to increase the number of outlets to 135 from the current 98, and expand its presence in smaller towns, Pankaj Batra, Director (Marketing), Yum! Restaurants International, said. .... [more] 31 May, 2005
GFA to invest $3m in Coffee World expansion. Global Franchise Architects (GFA) is planning to invest $3 million in expanding the premium coffee lounge bar, Coffee World, in India. .... [more] 29 May, 2005
Planet Hollywood meets Bollywood. A company from India has become the largest franchiser of Planet Hollywood restaurants in the world with the successful development of a master franchise agreement between Arch Millennium Corp. and Planet Hollywood International Inc. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
Apollo Health to open 35 clinics. Apollo Health and Lifestyle, a fully owned subsidiary of the Apollo Hospital Group, on Tuesday said it would open 35 clinics this fiscal in non-metro towns as part of its strategy to focus beyond metros. .... [more] 24 May, 2005
Planet Sports to bring in Athlete`s Foot store to city. Planet Sports, sports lifestyle retailing company, plans to open its first The Athlete’s Foot store in Bangalore in July, followed by a second store in Mumbai later in the year. .... [more] 20 May, 2005
Hasbro to add 10 more stores in South. Hasbro, a 35 crore menswear company, expects to add 10 more stores in south India during the current financial year on the heels of growing demand for readymades in the domestic market. .... [more] 19 May, 2005
Essar Oil to set up 5,000 fuel outlets by 2008. Essar Oil Ltd, part of the multi-diversified Essar Group that has forayed into petroleum retailing a year back, is now targeting to open 5,000 petrol pumps by 2008. .... [more] 18 May, 2005
US pizza chain Papa John’s moves into India. US pizza chain Papa John’s has announced plans to move into India, initially with outlets in the north of the country. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
RIM to go slow on casting its WebWorld wide. Reliance Infocomm has decided to go slow on setting up Reliance WebWorld, a chain of retail stores for digital entertainment and communication and a one-stop-shop for its products and services. .... [more] 6 May, 2005
Yum! on expansion spree. YUM! Restaurants International is on an expansion drive. Nine years after setting foot in India, Yum! plans to add 36 outlets this year. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2005
Reebok Plans 60 New Stores. Major sports brand Reebok says it plans to open another 60 stores in the Indian market and push its revenue there up to INR3.75 billion. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2005

Yo! China plans to set up 100 outlets. Moods Hospitality, the company behind quick service Chinese food chain, Yo! China, plans to expand its footprint across major markets. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2005

TCL India plans 100 brand showrooms thru franchisee route. TCL Holdings India, a subsidiary of Chinese major TCL Corporation, is the crouching tiger of consumer electronics business. .... [more] 15 Apr, 2005

Hard Rock Cafe to enter India. Even as American coffee retail chain Starbucks continues to drag its feet over its India plans, another global cafecum-entertainment giant - the USD 426-million Hard Rock International - has made the move to enter India. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2005

KFC enters Pune, more outlets planned. The entry of KFC into Pune is a significant milestone in KFC's plans to extend its presence across the country. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2005

No longer kids’ play. Barbie Clothing for Girls, a company that is in India since last year, is now set to open seven more exclusive Barbie outlets and to retail from over 100 multi brand outlets in various parts of the country. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2005

World’s largest chain of gyms opening doors here in May. Gold’s Gym, which is now the “world’s largest chain of gyms”, is coming to Calcutta, after Mumbai and Chennai. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2005

Pizza Corner plans expansion. Pizza Corner is expanding to the Western and Eastern regions of the country, and is also considering celebrity endorsements for Pizza Corner and Coffee World. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2005

Post offices may be franchised. The government on Wednesday ruled out privatisation of postal services but said franchising post office facilities was an option that the department will pursue in future to expand the postal network. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2005

SBI term-loan to franchisees. State Bank of India is offering term loans to franchisees of Apollo Hospitals to set up the clinic model across the country. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2005

Lakme Salon having a bad hair day. Hindustan Lever Ltd’s Lakme Beauty Salons business is still to turnaround almost four years after it was promoted aggressively through the franchisee model in 2001. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2005

LG Stresses on Retail, to Unveil 100 Cyber Shops. To offer more mileage to its IT business in upcountry markets, LG has planned on opening of 100 exclusive cyber shops during this fiscal. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005

BSNL dials franchisees to market its products. Often considered a public behemoth without marketing skills, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all set to appoint a network of franchisees for the first time to aggressively push its range of telecom services. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2005

Clara Int eyes India's beauty industry. Now that Indians are taking more interest in how they look, many foreign companies that sell beauty products are turning to this new demographic. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2005

Tata Coffee plans to launch new variants of Mr Bean. Tata Coffee Ltd is working on strengthening its umbrella brand Mr Bean, by introducing more coffee variants and retail formats under the brand. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2005

t’s Hello Hard Rock Cafe, Goodbye F Bar. In the city of Delhi where restaurants seem to close as often as they open, optimists will find it heartening that Hard Rock Cafe with its near-legendary status in the global restaurant business, is planning to open a branch here. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2005

Coffee World Docks In India. Global Franchise Architects, promoters of Pizza Corner, will launch the second outlet of Bangkok-based Coffee World in New Delhi shortly. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2005

Holiday Inn Express brand heads to India. The budget hotel business in India is set to get a kick-start with the entry of a global chain into the sector. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2005

Mocha Coffees to open first shop in Ahmedabad. Mocha Coffees and Conversations, a chain of coffee-joints by Impresario Entertainment and Hospitality Private Ltd, is all set to open its first coffee shop in Ahmedabad on Sunday. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2005

Citizen in retail outlet expansion mode. Citizen opened it's 16th exclusive franchisee outlet at Coimbatore this week. The company also plans to take the tally up to 100 across the country within the next five years. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2005

Pantaloon to buy 49% of Planet Sports. In a strategic joint venture agreement, Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd will pick up a 49 per cent stake in Planet Sports for over Rs 14 crore. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2005

Reliance plans 2,000 retail outlets by '06. Reliance Industries Ltd would set up about 2,000 outlets across the country by 2006. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2005

Organised retail mkt to touch Rs160000cr. The organised retail market in the country is expected to post over 300 per cent growth in the next three years to touch Rs 1,60,000-crore from the present level of Rs 5,000 crore. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2005
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