FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
|Dermot Desmond’s sons to bring Five Guys to Ireland.
irishtimes.com - The quickest growing fast casual dining restaurant business in the US is seeking 10 locations in Ireland north and south in which to start trading. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2015
Hairspray aiming for up to €6m investment to open 30 UK outlets.
independent.ie - Irish hair products chain Hairspray is hoping that success in its new Manchester outlet will help it net an investment of as much as €6m. ... [more] 25 Jan, 2015
Tax settlement hits KFC franchisee’s profits.
irishexaminer.com - A €2.48m tax settlement with the revenue authorities in the UK last year hit profits at Michael Herbert’s KFC franchise business there. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2015
Irish Car Rentals Opens 14th Location.
autorentalnews.com - Irish Car Rentals, a franchisee of Europcar, has opened its 14th location in Portlaoise to offer its corporate business services and customers more choices for renting a vehicle in Ireland. ... [more] 24 Dec, 2014
Domino's Pizza franchisee sizzling with €4.2m profits.
independent.ie - The country's largest Domino's Pizza franchise operator served up a €4.2m pre-tax profit last year as turnover hit €33m and consumers started spending on little luxuries again. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2014
UK's 'thebestof' expands to Ireland.
businessworld.ie - UK based business promotion franchise, thebestof, has announced its expansion into Ireland, with the first franchise operating in North Kildare. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2014
Spar says 50 new Irish franchise shops will add 1,000 jobs by 2016.
finfacts.ie - Spar Ireland said today that 50 new Irish franchise shops will add 1,000 jobs by 2016 - 20 jobs per store. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2014
Nom Nom opens new store.
independent.ie - Irish food-to-go franchise Nom Nom subs has opened a new store at Texaco in Lucan. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2014
Camile Thai opens two delivery restaurants in Dublin.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Thai delivery restaurant Camile, has opened two new branches in Dublin as part its growing network. ... [more] 26 Aug, 2014
SUBWAY announces appointment of Area Development Manager for UK and Ireland.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Greg Madigan – who officially started in the role this week – has over a decade of experience with the SUBWAY brand, and takes over the responsibility of developing the brand in the UK and Ireland... [more] 9 Aug, 2014
French-style bakery looking for slice of the franchising action.
irishtimes.com - Franco-Irish couple Cathal and Claire O’Connor set up Amandine, a French-style bakery in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, in 2003. Now they are planning to expand nationwide and are looking at franchising opp... [more] 28 May, 2014
Domino's slice gets bigger as sales rise 6pc.
independent.ie - Sales at Domino's Pizza outlets in Ireland jumped 6pc last year and were "significantly ahead of expectations", according to the UK group that controls the franchise here. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
Tasty profits for Domino's main franchisee.
independent.ie - Extra toppings and pepperoni passion have all helped to deliver mouthwatering results at Dublin's main Domino's Pizza franchise operator. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2014
Europcar Ireland franchise expanding.
businessandleadership.com - Europcar Ireland has announced details of two new franchises openings this month in Waterford and Cavan as part of the group’s growing franchise programme. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2014
New Irish franchise creates 60 jobs.
businessworld.ie - A new food franchise, Nom Nom Subs, is to create 60 new jobs in a major expansion programme. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2014
Domino's Pizza flips four-year slump into 6pc sales jump in 2013.
independent.ie - Waistlines could be set to expand as the economy improves, with Domino's Pizza reporting that its sales in Ireland jumped 6pc to €46.8m last year. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2014
Subway to create 400 jobs in Ireland as 40 shop openings planned.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Subway is planning on investing €5m in Ireland and creating 40 new outlets in 2014. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2014
FDS Expands into Scotland and Ireland.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Franchise Development Services, based in Norwich, has announced appointments for the Ireland Master Franchise Owner and Managing Director for FDS Scotland. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
'Do you want profits with that?' McDonald's enjoys 12.3pc rise.
independent.ie - McDonald's said the dozen fast-food restaurants it owns in Ireland saw pre-tax profits rise 12.3pc last year. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2013
Eddie Rocket's franchise dispute settled saving 140 jobs.
independent.ie - More than 140 jobs have been saved after the settlement of a dispute between 1950s-style US diner franchise Eddie Rocket's and its largest franchisee. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
Sásta founder wins 2013 Irish Franchising Woman of The Year Award.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Fiona Egan, founder of the phenonemnally successful fitness franchise sásta, has been recognised at the 2013 Irish Franchise Awards with her inaugural Franchising Woman of The Year Award. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2013
Domino's Pizza continues to see growth in Irish operations.
rte.ie - Domino's Pizza said that sales in Ireland rose by 3.7% to €11.5m in the 13 weeks to the end of September. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Franchisee forced to rebrand Eddie Rocket’s in Limerick.
limerickleader.ie - The Eddie Rocket’s diner chain is no longer operating in Limerick after the franchise holder was forced to put a new business in its place. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2013
LloydsPharmacy to invest E13m in Ireland.
businessworld.ie - LloydsPharmacy is to invest E13m in the business, which is already Ireland's largest network of dispensing pharmacies. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Fitness franchise plans to expand.
independent.ie - Leitrim-based fitness franchise Sasta Fitness will open 20 new outlets in Ireland over the next 18 months, creating 105 jobs. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2013
IKEA buys wind farm to power Irish stores.
rte.ie - Flat-pack giant IKEA is buying a wind farm to power its stores in Belfast and Dublin. The retailer said four large turbines in Carrickeeny, in northwest Leitrim, will go into operation next year. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2013
Marks & Spencer to close four Irish shops, 180 jobs to go.
rte.ie - Retail chain Marks & Spencer is to close four stores around the country. Stores in Mullingar Co Westmeath, Naas in Co Kildare, Tallaght and Dun Laoghaire in Dublin are to close with the total loss of 180 jobs. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2013
'Franchise king' rises from ashes to aim for new heights.
independent.ie - Brody Sweeney got burned when O'Brien's found itself in difficulty but that failure has inspired him to succeed with his new venture. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
Athlone to host franchising seminar.
advertiser.ie - In an effort to meet a growing demand for information about franchising, the Westmeath County Enterprise Board has organised a seminar on the subject for Tuesday June 18, in Athlone. ... [more] 14 Jun, 2013
KFC franchise holder back in profit after two years.
independent.ie - The company that operates the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise across Ireland has returned to profit. ... [more] 16 May, 2013
"Snap" printers seek injunction against franchisee.
independent.ie - Multi-national printing business "Snap" claims its top Irish franchisee in 2012 has set up a competing outlet. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2013
Domino's Pizza shakes off snow to post sales rise.
rte.ie - Domino's Pizza shook off a slow, snow-hit start to the year as new offerings and promotions helped it to post a strong first quarter sales rise. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
Profits at IKEA's Dublin outlet take a hammering despite sales of €102m.
independent.ie - Profits at the Dublin outlet of Swedish furniture giant Ikea have slumped even though shoppers are still forking out nearly €2m a week on everything from wardrobes to fish and chips. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2013
Domino's Irish pizza sales down 31pc.
independent.ie - Domino's Pizza said yesterday that its sales here had slumped by 31pc since 2007, even though just one of its outlets in Ireland has ever closed. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2013
O'Brien's sandwich bar founder sues his former partner.
independent.ie - The founder of O'Brien's Sandwich bars, Brody Sweeney, has initiated legal action against entrepreneur Jay Bourke. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
McDonalds 'performing strongly' in tough market.
independent.ie - Profits at the Irish business of McDonald's rose marginally last year as the fast food giant bucked the economic downturn here. ... [more] 25 Oct, 2012
Domino's shares fall despite sales jump.
Independent.ie - Shares in UK-listed Domino's Pizza have crashed as much as 6pc even after the chain said like-for-like sales in its core British market rose 3.7pc in the 13 weeks to September 23. ... [more] 26 Sep, 2012
Sixt acquires powerful franchise partner in Ireland.
breakingtravelnews.com - Sixt, Germany’s largest vehicle rental company and one of the world’s leading providers of high-quality mobility services, has joined forces with a strong vehicle rental partner on the Emerald Isle. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2012
Harvey Norman's Irish division trims loss to €22m as sales rise.
independent.ie - Australian retailer Harvey Norman made a €22.3m loss in the 12 months to the end of June at its 14 Irish stores -- narrower than the €24.5m loss it made a year earlier. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2012
Smooth start for Hawaiian chain.
irishtimes.com - Coffee and smoothies retail chain Maui Wowi Hawaiian said aloha to Ireland yesterday as it opened its first outlet here at the Ilac Centre in Dublin. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2012
Domino’s enjoys 3% increase in first-half sales.
irishexaminer.com - Domino’s, the leading pizza delivery company, registered a near 3% annualised increase in sales in Ireland in the first half of this year. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2012
Proposed winding up of franchise shop is a 'ruse', court hears.
independent.ie - A proposal to wind up a shop business was simply "a ruse" to get out of a five-year franchise agreement with Londis, a court heard yesterday. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2012
Harvey Norman announces business reorganisation in Ireland.
independent.ie - Up to 85 jobs at furniture company Harvey Norman could be affected north and south of the border as part of a business reshuffle. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2012
Limerick franchise centre’s first anniversary.
limerickleader.ie - A unique business centre in the heart of the city, which trains entrepreneurs in the skills needed to run a franchise, is well on the way to delivering on its goal of 500 jobs over five years. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2012
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Opens First European Location in Dublin, Ireland.
prweb.com - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies has opened their first kiosk location inside the Ilac Center, an iconic shopping destination in the heart of Dublin, Ireland, marking the franchise company’s entry into... [more] 14 Jun, 2012
KFC Ireland franchise firm posts €2m loss.
irishtimes.com - The company that operates the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise across Ireland fell further into the red in 2010 to record pre-tax losses of €2 million, new figures show. ... [more] 28 May, 2012
Irish jobs safe amid franchise closures.
irishexaminer.com - The 350 jobs in Mothercare Ireland will not be impacted in anyway by Mothercare UK’s decision to close 111 branches in Britain. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2012
Domino's Pizza reports higher Irish sales.
rte.ie - Pizza delivery firm Domino's Pizza has reported a rise in first quarter sales, helped by a ecovery in Irish sales. ... [more] 28 Mar, 2012
Irish La Senza workers stage sit-in.
rte.ie - Staff from the lingerie shop La Senza, who lost their jobs yesterday, are staging a sit-in at its Liffey Valley store in a dispute over unpaid overtime. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2012
Ireland's Domino's sales fall flat despite UK boost.
independent.ie - Sales at the Irish outlets of Domino's Pizza have continued to be eroded as a result of economic difficulties here, new figures have revealed. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2012
Losses mount at Spar franchiser.
sbpost.ie - The company that acts as franchiser for more than 100 Spar shops nationwide has reported continuing losses as a result of impairment charges on its properties. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2011
Franchise firm secures orders against Pizza Hut.
irishtimes.com - The holders of the master franchise for Pizza Hut’s delivery services throughout Ireland have secured High Court orders preventing Pizza Hut’s US-based parent terminating the franchise agreement. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2011
Hertz to expand Irish branch.
irishexaminer.com - The main Irish-based unit of car-hire giant Hertz has stated it is committed to further job creation here as it confirmed that operating profits last year increased by 7% to €6.3 million. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2011
McDonald's creates 70 new jobs.
independent.ie - McDonald's is to create 70 jobs in west Dublin at its new 24-hour drive-thru restaurant at the Liffey Valley retail park and says it is on track to create 300 new jobs in Ireland this year. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2011
Ikea enjoys bumper year with €11.4m profit.
independent.ie - Ikea, the Scandinavian home furnishings giant, had a bumper first year in Ireland, recording sales of more than €2m a week at its Ballymun outlet and an €11.4m profit. ... [more] 8 Jun, 2011
Limerick franchise-development centre plans support for 500 new jobs.
irishexaminer.com - Five hundred jobs are expected to be supported by Europe's first third-level centre of excellence for franchise development, in Limerick. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2011
Harvey Norman 'remaining committed to Ireland' despite losses of €31m.
independent.ie - The Irish unit of Australian retailer Harvey Norman has again stated that it "is committed to Ireland for the long term" in spite of recording pre-tax losses of €31.3m last year. ... [more] 31 May, 2011
Domino's hit by sales slump in Ireland.
yahoo.com - The country's biggest pizza delivery firm Domino's Pizza UK & IRL Plc reported a slowdown in sales growth, hit by a slump in trade in Ireland. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2011
Wagamama sold for €244m.
breakingnews.ie - Noodle chain Wagamama is to step up its restaurant opening programme after being snapped up by a private equity firm in a £215m (€244m) deal today. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2011
Fast food body begins legal challenge on pay.
rte.ie - A group representing fast food outlets has started a constitutional challenge to the way pay and conditions are set for workers in the catering sector. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2011
McDonald's beefs up Irish exports to €110m.
independent.ie - McDonald's, which employs nearly 4,000 people in Ireland, has announced it grew its exports of Irish beef to €110m last year, up from €80m just three years ago. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2011
Domino's forced to bail out struggling franchisees.
independent.ie - Domino's Pizza has been forced to give financial support to its Irish franchisees because of the difficult economic conditions here, the company revealed yesterday. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2011
Harvey Norman blames poor results on 'yell-and-sell' policy.
independent.ie - The head of the loss-making Irish arm of Australian retailer Harvey Norman has conceded that the company marginalised itself here when it entered the market by defining its operations as... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Franchise awards highlights sector’s benefit to economy.
irishexaminer.com - The Irish Franchise Awards attracted a larger than usual entry this year across its five main categories. Due to be unveiled at a ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin, on February 25, the five main winners will... [more] 3 Feb, 2011
Irish Franchise Awards 2011 open for entries.
advertiser.ie - The Irish Franchise Awards, sponsored by Ulster Bank, recognise excellence in franchising and are now open for entries until January 14, 2011. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2011
M&S sales move ahead but Irish arm lagging.
independent.ie - Consumers who snapped up turkeys and champagne helped to boost sales at Marks & Spencer in the run-up to Christmas, but the retailer's Irish arm continues to weigh on the group's international division. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2011
35 jobs to go at Toni & Guy.
irishtimes.com - Hairdressing group Toni & Guy is to close four of its salons in Ireland with the loss of 35 jobs, it has confirmed. ... [more] 5 Jan, 2011
KFC franchise posts after-tax losses of €469,722.
irishtimes.com - The company that operates the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise across Ireland went into the red last year, sustaining after-tax losses of €469,722. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2010
Franchise turnover spirals to €2.4bn.
irishexaminer.com - Turnover in the franchise sector has jumped 15% to €2.4 billion since 2006. The industry delivered 4,086 operating units on the island of Ireland this year and has generated 42,927 full-time jobs... [more] 17 Nov, 2010
Irish arm of McDonald's paid €12m dividend to parent firm.
independent.ie - The Irish arm of fast-food chain McDonald's paid a dividend of €12m to its US parent company during 2009, even as turnover at the subsidiary fell more than 8pc to €85.2m during the year. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2010
Ikea seeks early expansion in Dublin after 'excellent trading'.
independent.ie - Swedish retail giant Ikea is seeking permission to expand the size of its Dublin outlet in Ballymun by 10pc due to what it says is the "excellent public response and trading patterns"... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Toni & Guy cuts losses with a €170,000 profit.
independent.ie - The Irish arm of hairdressers Toni & Guy recorded a profit of €170,000 in its last financial year even as the recession hit the high street and consumers curtailed spending. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2010
O'Brien's outlets in UK to be wound up.
irishtimes.com - Two O’Brien's sandwich bar companies in Britain are set to be wound up after a year-long administration process that resulted in a £71,000 sterling payment to a secured creditor, Bank of Ireland. ... [more] 29 Jun, 2010
Franchise sector here is valued at £400m.
belfasttelegraph.co.uk - Northern Ireland's franchise market is now valued at £400m and could offer the best opportunity for growth and employment through the recession, a local business development agency believes. ... [more] 25 May, 2010
Monsoon profits take dive to €1.7m.
independent.ie - Monsoon Accessorize, the UK-based high-street clothing retailer that operates 20 stores here, posted a 72pc slump in operating profits to €1.7m in Ireland in the 12 months to the end of last August. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2010
McDonald's to create 250 new jobs nationwide.
rte.ie - Fast food chain McDonald's is to create 250 jobs in four new restaurants by the end of the year. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2010
Harvey Norman won't go despite losses.
rte.ie - Australian electrical and furniture retailer Harvey Norman has said it is committed to Ireland in the long-term despite continuing losses at its stores here. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2010
Orkin expanding to Ireland.
bizjournals.com - Orkin Inc., is continuing its international push, with plans to open its first franchise in Ireland in spring. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2010
Franchise awards shortlist announced.
sbpost.ie - The shortlist has been announced for the upcoming Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards, which take place in Croke Park next month. ... [more] 31 Jan, 2010
McDonald's aims to beef up sales with new menu.
independent.ie - Hamburger giant McDonald's is expecting to return its Irish operations to revenue growth this year after holding local sales steady at the €200m mark during the 2009 recession. ... [more] 2 Jan, 2010
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