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NEW ZEALAND FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE

 
: : Jul-Dec 2004

Chain stores eye up Ashburton. Several major retail chains are vying to open stores in Ashburton but are struggling to find suitable retail space. .... [more] 30 Dec, 2004
Hotter than Hell is the way pizza wars are shaping. A battle in the market for gourmet pizzas looks set to heat up as Pizza Hut goes upscale with fancy pizzas to meet competition from independent operators such as Hell Pizza. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2004
Private Property Shop closes doors. Masterton no-commission real estate company Private Property Shop has closed its Queen Street doors but owner Peter Hammond says the business will be open again under a new name in about six months. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2004
VTL goes to Boston to build US vending franchises. Vending machine company VTL Group has conditionally bought an interest in a Boston vending company in return for licensing its franchise system and proprietary vending technology. .... [more] 20 Dec, 2004
Kiwis first to tap into ironing franchise. A south Wales-based ironing service venture has flexed its geographical reach with a new franchise deal Down Under. .... [more] 16 Dec, 2004
Healthy battle in fast-foods. Salads, smoothies and healthier fries have helped McDonald's achieve strong sales in its New Zealand outlets this year. But when it comes to a healthy diet, rival Subway may be winning the race to lure customers. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2004
Kiwibank faces 'quickcash' lawsuit. Kiwibank has run foul of a Blenheim finance company which is seeking a court injunction against the state-owned bank branding its cash dispensers "quickcash". .... [more] 14 Dec, 2004
Restaurant Brands opens 100th Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut franchisee Restaurant Brands opened its 100th Pizza Hut unit on Dec. 7. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
Red Rooster promises fast fowl in 'healthier' form. The Red Rooster will take on the Colonel in the New Zealand fast food market, claiming its chicken is healthier than its competitor. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
KFC starts to bring home the chicken. Restaurant Brands’ troublesome fried-chicken chain, KFC, is showing signs of a turnaround after struggling with flagging sales for most of the year. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2004
Aust, NZ franchisers hit US. A 20-year veteran of the US franchise sector says he's seeing a growing number of Australasian companies taking their ideas into the American franchise market. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Post work lifts Kiwibank. Kiwibank's latest quarterly disclosure statement shows the state-owned bank's revenue and expenses are being inflated by business traditionally the domain of its parent, New Zealand Post. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2004
Harvey World Travel restructures NZ operations. Harvey World Travel said today it would restructure its New Zealand operations through a master franchisee agreement with wholesale travel operator Pacific International Holdings. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2004
Brumby's On The Rise. Bakery franchise operator Brumby's has opened its 21st store in New Zealand at Blenheim as the company maintains its ambitious roll-out of stores across the country. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
VTL goes on American snack attack. Vending machine operator VTL Group hopes a doubling of revenue and expansion in the United States and Europe will lift profits and its stagnant share price. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2004
Beauty Direct confirms Life Pharmacy plans. Listed beauty products internet retailer Beauty Direct today confirmed plans to establish New Zealand's first listed pharmacy group. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2004
Greenpeace calls on KFC to use non GE-fed chickens. Greenpeace is calling on fried chicken fast-food chain KFC to commit to using chickens that are not fed on genetically engineered (GE) soy. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2004
Franchise's $10m boost. ANZ Private Equity has invested $10 million and taken a 43% stake in franchised home-help group Green Acres. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2004
PM Presents Franchise Awards. Commercial cleaning company Cleantastic has impressed judges at this year's franchise awards, winning not only the Westpac supreme award, but also franchise system of the year and franchise exporter titles. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2004
NZ's icecream queen forges on. Diane Foreman masterminded the combination of Movenpick and NZ Natural. She also aims to expand the fortune built with her husband. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2004
Fad for gadgets hits Rebel Sports. Retailer Briscoe Group is putting disappointing sales at its Rebel Sports stores down to competition from cheap consumer electronics but says it remains committed to its Rebel expansion plans. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2004
Briscoe same store sales slip in third quarter. The Briscoe Group today announced a 2.67 per cent fall in same-store third quarter sales compared to the same period last year, led down by sports franchise Rebel Sport. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2004

NZ Natural Comes Home. One of New Zealand's best-recognised franchised brands is at last owned by a kiwi company. .... [more] 3 Nov, 2004
Briscoe set to become Sterling Sports franchisor. Briscoe Group is pushing to become the franchisor for the 38 store Sterling Sports chain sports goods retail chain. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2004
Sky in rental pact with Blockbuster. Sky TV has formed a pact with video rental chain Blockbuster that is likely to smooth Sky's debut in the online DVD rental business. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2004
Emerald to control NZ Natural. Auckland-based Emerald Group has announced its purchase of a controlling interest in Sydney-based ice cream company New Zealand Natural. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2004
Franchise Award Entrants Impress. Organisers of this year's franchise awards are impressed with the high standard of entries. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2004
Mike Pero talks of aviation 'dream' as book launched. Mike Pero, who has just launched his first book and autobiography, has big ambitions for New Zealand's airline industry. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2004
E-Marketing boosts Holiday Shoppe brand. In the highly price-competitive travel industry, Holiday Shoppe decided that instead of a strategy based entirely on competing on costs, their brand was likely to benefit more by adding value and personalising each customer’s experience. .... [more] 21 Oct, 2004
RELATED - Newcomer ramps up net travel rivalry. The battle of the online travel booking websites has begun, with the arrival of global internet site Zuji in New Zealand. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2004
Healthy profits from growing exercise industry. Phillip Mills, who has clearly never been a slacker on the exercise front, is a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award, to be announced on Wednesday. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2004
The Rebels are coming... Briscoe Group plans a franchise of mini Rebel Sport stores throughout the country to extend its market beyond the cities. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2004
Healthy returns from fast food. Restaurant Brands shares rose 7 per cent yesterday after the operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks chains reported a 27.5 per cent rise in first-half earnings. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2004
Franchising's big boom. Franchising is a favourite New Zealand get-rich-quick scheme. Kristina Greene asks what success is made of. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2004
RetailX shares plummet, Retail Services to be wound up. RetailX's shares plummeted 80 per cent today on the back of news the company plans to wind up its management arm, Retail Services. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2004
Prices plunge in pizza war. The battle for pizza supremacy in the lower North Island has intensified, with Pizza Hut dropping prices through the floor, a move rival Domino's says is driven by lost market share. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2004
Buying a slice of a brand. Franchises can be prosperous businesses. Yet the dream of self-employment can become a nightmare. In the first of a two-part series, Kristina Greene looks at what to consider before signing on. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2004
Locking horns with dad's old firm - touch wood. A former boss of Lockwood Homes is adding a new brand to the building market. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2004
More troubles for RetailX. Christchurch businessman Mark Taylor is offering to resign as two companies he directs ceased to trade and receivers questioned company accounts. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2004
Dunedin McDonald's employment practices protested. A protest outside McDonald's in George St, Dunedin, yesterday followed the lodging of three grievance claims about management practices at the restaurant. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2004
That's not Mr Whippy. He sounded like Mr Whippy. He looked like Mr Whippy. But Mr Whippy he was not. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2004
KFC slows fast-food fortunes. Restaurant Brands' KFC chickens are yet to roost but the share price still bounced on news yesterday of a flat second quarter of sales. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2004
Doors slammed at The Building Depot. New Zealand's "father of franchising", Colin Taylor, says he expects to lose a large amount of money after the collapse of his son's business, The Building Depot. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2004
INTEREST - NZ easiest place to do business, says World Bank. New Zealand tops a list of world economies in terms of ease of doing business, a report from the World Bank says. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2004
McDonald's bemused at Greens attack over food campaign. Fast food chain McDonald's is bemused at the Green Party attacking it for helping to kick start a healthy eating campaign. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2004
Kiwibank spreading its wings. Kiwibank has revealed it will make its long-expected foray into the small business banking market next year. But it says it will start cautiously. .... [more] 3 Sep, 2004
Kiwibank posts improved year loss of $490,000. State-owned Kiwibank today turned in a much reduced June year net loss of $490,000, from last year's loss of $8.03 million, and forecast a positive first half for 2004/05. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2004
Computerland takeover well-received. Telecom's acquisition of Computerland for $26 million has been greeted with a mix of relief and excitement by staff and franchisees. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2004
Telecom acquires Computerland. In a long-anticipated move, Telecom today announced that it will acquire technology solutions provider Computerland NZ Ltd in deal expected to go final by month's end. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
Surprise payout for mortgage investors. Mike Pero Mortgages investors will receive a surprise first dividend after the company beat prospectus forecasts. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2004
Getting the best on travel deals. Corporate New Zealand is beginning to sit up and take notice of the small business sector. The latest to focus on the needs of small-business owners is the House of Travel franchise group. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2004
Franchise Awards Up For Grabs. From small beginnings 10 years ago, the New Zealand Franchise Awards have become a major celebration of a $10 billion plus industry. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2004
The rare breed of real estate. Grahame Cooke of LJ Hooker International talks frankly of the industry’s past, present and future. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2004
Hellaby buys BBQ Factory. Hellaby Holdings said today it planned to buy all of the BBQ Factory Ltd for an undisclosed sum. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2004
Family firm must pay over $4m for Dymocks litigation. A company that provided funding for a series of appeals by a New Zealand couple has been ordered by the Privy Council to pay more than $4 million to Australian bookseller Dymocks after the couple failed to meet their legal costs. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
Pizza 'boy' takes on a big slice of the action. Pizza company Domino's is selling five of its nine corporate stores to franchisees to help fund expansion into the South Island next year. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2004
INTEREST - Text messaging brings home the pizza. Auckland company DataSquirt is on its way to securing a multimillion-dollar business in the fast food market, as it moves into other countries with its system for using mobile phones to order from Pizza Hut. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2004
Franchise Meeting For NZ. The next annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation will take place in New Zealand in June 2005. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2004
Greener acres across the Ditch. New Zealand's biggest franchise, home and commercial services group Green Acres was in Melbourne this week, exploring opportunities to expand into the Australian market. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2004
Yummy Tummies puts mum on map. An Auckland mother who started a children's food business just 18 months ago has come runner-up in an international food competition. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2004
UDC faces big bill for bail-out. New Zealand's largest finance company is facing a hefty bill to buy its way out of a franchise scheme it wants to terminate. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2004
UDC risks cashflow shock as talent walks. Just weeks after the National Bank-ANZ merger, its subsidiary UDC, the country's biggest finance company, risks losing up to half its business as all but two of its 17 long-serving regional sales managers depart en masse. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2004
Small businesses show the way with 4.7pc annual growth. Another bumper three months for small businesses means the sector has now out-performed the wider economy for two years straight. .... [more] 9 Jul, 2004
Choice Hotels launches brands in NZ. New York-listed Choice Hotels International is looking to build three of its franchise brands in New Zealand. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2004
Life Pharmacy set for NZX with Beauty Direct. Life Pharmacy is set to become the country's first chemist shop chain listed on the stock exchange. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2004
lat whites from an All Black. His skills with a rugby ball are world-class but All Black Carlos Spencer admits his coffee-making leaves something to be desired. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2004
Rain clouds gather over StoreFund's BBQ plans. The NZX listing of retail investor StoreFund, which had plans to buy the BBQ Factory, has been delayed and now looks in doubt. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2004
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