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Hell Pizza spreads to Canada. - Hell Pizza has continued its global spread, opening its first Canadian store this month. The New Zealand-based company opened its store in Vancouver on December 16. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2009
Cookie Time to launch health bar. -Christchurch snack-food company Cookie Time will launch a new health bar in United States next year as part of its international expansion. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2009
Anger at Kiwibank closures. - Kiwibank – the brand that brought local banking back into fashion – is axing more than 20 of its branches, angering customers who bought into its patriotism-based advertising. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2009
Franchise advice for migrants to NZ. - What can new migrants expect when they buy a franchise – and what should they look out for? Philip Morrison offers some advice. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2009
Bagel franchise shuts its doors. - There is a noticeable hole in Palmerston North's lunchtime food scene as the Wholly Bagels franchise on The Square has gone into voluntary liquidation. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Restaurant Brands Q3 sales up 4.7pc. - Restaurant Brands New Zealand, the fast-food franchise holder whose stock has more than doubled this year, reported a 4.7 percent gain in third-quarter sales and reiterated its forecast for annual profit to... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Case study: Rodney Wayne Hairdressing. - Rodney Wayne is one of New Zealand’s pioneer franchisors. When he franchised his successful chain of hairdressing salons in the 1980s he was one of the first in the country to adopt the franchise model. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Burger Wisconsin Achieves First With Chip Cooking. - Burger Wisconsin is set to ring in the changes as it moves to become the first fast food chain in the country to adopt the Chip Group’s industry standards, as a way of providing healthier chips to... [more] 14 Dec, 2009
Clean Planet the New Face of Green-Washing. - Clean Planet, New Zealand’s first dedicated eco-friendly commercial cleaning company, is giving new meaning to the term green-washing and satisfying businesses’ appetite for environmentally sustainable... [more] 4 Dec, 2009
Georgie Pie fan bitten by big guys. - Mc Donald's lawyers have taken a bite out of a campaign to resurrect Kiwi restaurant Georgie Pie. Verboom Badges store owner Phil Callaghan received a letter from a lawyer acting for McDonald's... [more] 3 Dec, 2009
Takeaways bring healthy profit. - Shares in KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut operator Restaurant Brands closed at a seven-year high last night, after the company's announcement it would make a 50 per cent improvement in profits this year. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
NZ Mitre 10 responds to sale of Australian counterpart. - The Mitre 10 hardware chain in New Zealand has confirmed it is not up for sale, despite the Australian arm of the hardware chain seeking a new majority shareholder. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2009
Restaurant Brands ups profit guidance. - Franchise takeout food operator Restaurant Brands Ltd reports better trading conditions have allowed it to increase its profit guidance for the year to February 28 to $17.5 million. ... [more] 1 Dec, 2009
RFG to merge DCM, Donut King. - Retail Food Group (RFG) has moved to purchase the Donuts Coffee & Muffins (DCM) chain and plans to reacquire the Brumby’s Bakeries master franchise territories for North Queensland and NZ. ... [more] 30 Nov, 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
Specsavers to double NZ stores. - UK eyewear giant Specsavers aims to double its stores around the country in the next year on claims its cheap offers are revolutionary in New Zealand's highly priced optical market. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2009
Pharmacybrands/Life Pharmacy merger cost $3.5m. - While the underlying profits of its two businesses are steady the combined Life Pharmacy and Pharmacybrands entity has had to write off more than $3 million due to the merger. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2009
Hell comes a calling for Hanover boss. - Hell Pizza have taken aim at Hanover bosses Mark Hotchin and Eric Watson with craftily positioned billboards headlined 'Greed'. Hell Pizza is famous for its controversial shock advertising. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Pair combine to bring flight simulator company back from receivership. - Iain Pero, the brother of Mike Pero Mortgages founder Mike, has confirmed he is the new owner of flight simulator business Flight Experience. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2009
Franchise Awards 2009 - Full Results. - There are some brand new names and some familiar faces on the winners' list for this year's Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards, which were announced on Saturday 14th November. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2009
New Quest On The Wave Of Serviced Apartment Demand. - Quest Serviced Apartments announce the opening of Quest on Lambton. This latest edition to the Quest Serviced Apartment Group will be the 8th Wellington property and the 29th Quest operation in NZ. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2009
Backers unable to keep flight simulation firm in the air. - Iain Pero, the brother of Mike Pero Mortgages founder Mike, is in the running to pick up the assets of failed flight simulator business Flight Experience Group. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2009
Subway franchise named best in South Island. - A South Otago Subway franchise which was started less than two years ago has beaten more established stores to be named the best franchise in the mainland. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2009
US franchisor excited by NZ prospects. - Top US franchisor Dan Benton of NexCen was in New Zealand recently. We caught up with him in Christchurch where he was about to start a series of meetings with people and companies interested in master... [more] 29 Oct, 2009
Cleaning franchise throws down environmental gauntlet. - The success of the Clean Planet franchise has thrown down a gauntlet to companies sticking to cleaning products that contain potentially damaging chemicals. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Paper Plus franchisees reinvest in brand. - Paper Plus Group has announced a nationwide plan that will involve the refitting of the entire network of 106 Paper Plus stores over the next two years. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2009
Franchise prosecution welcomed. - The Commerce Commission has welcomed the conviction and sentencing today of Stewart John Brown and Robert Llewelyn Parr. Mr Brown and Mr Parr both pleaded guilty to Crimes Act charges of obtaining... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
Pizza Hut performs, but Starbucks sales slump. - Fast food giant Restaurant Brands is starting to see some returns from the slow turnaround of its Pizza Hut business, but coffee sales at its Starbucks stores have fallen over the past six months. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2009
Discovery Days help potential franchisees learn about opportunities. - Discovery Days, when groups of potential franchisees visit franchisors, are common practice overseas - but haven't taken off in New Zealand yet. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2009
Sushi-inspired ice-cream latest for Diane Foreman. - Sushi-inspired ice-cream, complete with chocolate 'soy' sauce is the latest for Diane Foreman's company, New Zealand Natural. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Coffee house brews up big franchise deal in China. - The Chinese will be drinking New Zealand-roasted coffee following a deal done by the Kiwi owners of the Esquires coffee house franchise. ... [more] 8 Oct, 2009
Playful protest: burlesque against McDonald's. - Residents of Auckland's Balmoral who oppose the introduction of a McDonald's to the area are fundraising to fight the fast food giant by holding a burlesque show. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2009
Training seminars for franchise managers. - Two new seminars in Auckland will help franchise managers and field staff improve business performance for franchisees and franchisors. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2009
Domino's expansion moves afoot. - Take-away business Domino's Pizza has committed to ramping up its franchise footprint across Australia and New Zealand over the next 12 months. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Fastway franchisees show way out of recession. - While the recession has hit many hard, the franchise arm of Fastway Couriers is experiencing a strong upwards shift with more franchisees and more business. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2009
Business owners put off selling, but who will buy? - The recession has caused business owners to put their selling plans back even further and many have no idea who the buyer will be, according to the latest ASB Succession Planning Monitor. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
Life Pharmacy appoints new chief executive. - Nation-wide chain Life Pharmacy has appointed the head of its recently-acquired Pharmacybrands operation, Alan Wham, as chief executive. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Harcourt's half-billion dollar man. - A Hamilton real estate agent has set a company record, having sold $500 million worth of property. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2009
Beefed-up burger wars. - Tired of listening to hungry customers beefing about their flat, flavourless burgers, the fastfood chains have opened a new front in the battle of the bulge. It is taste. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2009
KFC and Pizza Hut boost Restaurant Brands outlook. - Restaurant Brands is predicting an 87 per cent increase in half-year earnings, thanks to a strong turnaround for the Pizza Hut franchise and sustained sales growth for the KFC takeaway chicken business. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2009
Private equity in Burger King deal. - An Australian private equity firm has bought the New Zealand arm of fast food chain Burger King. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2009
Job uncertainty boosts franchises. - The franchise industry is reporting a rise in inquiries, as people facing job uncertainty look for new incomes or for a place to invest their redundancy cheque. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2009
Jumping Beans takes great leap. - Kiwi baby gym business Jumping Beans is making the leap to Beijing on a one-year trial in a bid to hook an investor to help it expand. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2009
NZ town bans students from McDonald's. - McDonald's might have made it to Gore but high school students will have to wait until outside of school hours for a feed - unless they a have a pass. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2009
Hell spawns budget outlets. - Hell Pizza co-founders Warren Powell, Stu McMullin and Callum Davies, along with Hell franchisee Glenn Collins, are opening a chain of budget-priced pizza outlets which will trade under the name Spawn. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2009
Fastway in strong position to tackle competitor. - Fastway Couriers believes it is in a strong position to tackle the recent announcement by Australian owned Toll/IPEC that they are about to enter the express parcel market in New Zealand. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2009
Pharmacy merger move backed. - Life Pharmacy shareholders have backed their company's plans to take over Pharmacybrands, creating the country's biggest chain of chemists. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
Behind the scenes at McDonald's. - If you bought 100 McDonald's shares in 1965 for $2250, today you would own 74,360 shares worth more than $4m. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2009
Harvey Norman says NZ co-owned stores increase market share. - Retailer Harvey Norman says its New Zealand company-owned stores increased market share in this country, but at the expense of product margins in the year to the end of June. ... [more] 28 Aug, 2009
McDonald's faces super scrap. - A fast food giant's plan to supersize its New Zealand presence is being fought by hundreds of would-be neighbours. McDonald's intends to build 30 new franchises by 2011, but is secretiveabout the locations... [more] 23 Aug, 2009
Domino's savours 30pc profit increase. - Domino's Pizza, which claims to be outselling its main rival Pizza Hut, will put even more heat on with lower prices later in the year, already undercutting both pizza and some fish and chip meals. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2009
Dick Smith calls in the Nerds. - Dick Smith Electronics will launch a technology home-help service today after teaming up with tech support franchise Need a Nerd. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2009
Kiwis buy into brand formulas. - As the recession has hit New Zealand's workforce, the number of people considering buying a franchise has soared. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2009
What to do with Georgie Pie? - Over the last year or so, there's been a lot of media interest in a Facebook campaign to bring back Georgie Pie. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009

Housing franchise's debt $1.3m so far. - The failure of the Otago franchise of Signature Homes appears set to leave more than 150 unsecured, mainly Otago business creditors out of pocket, with total debts to all creditors estimated at $1.3 million so far. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2009
Free Entry to Franchise Expo. - New Zealand's largest Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo takes place at the Auckland Showgrounds on 14-16 August from 10am-4pm each day. Entry is $15, but Franchise NZ readers can get in FREE. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2009
Aussie buyer tipped for Burger King. - Australian private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners is buying the Burger King master franchise and 42 outlet stores from Tasman Pacific Foods, according to well-placed sources. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2009
Signature Homes confident houses will be finished. - The parent company of the Signature Homes franchise in Dunedin, which has been placed in liquidation, is confident the 10 homes in Otago and Southland still under construction will be completed under guarantee. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2009
Lotto winner seeks job at Maccas. - A lottery winner has revealed his big plan now he's rich is to get a job at McDonald's. ... [more] 4 Aug, 2009
Life Pharmacy, Amcal and Unichem to merge. - Unichem, Amcal and Life Pharmacy are uniting in New Zealand in an agreed takeover to face growing competition from other retailers and grocery traders. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
Franchise builder rues client debt. - For the second time in four years, a franchisee of Signature Homes in Dunedin has been placed in voluntary liquidation. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2009
South Island Recession Hammered by Hubbies. South Island men looking for a way to hammer the recession can look no further than a Hire-A-Hubby franchise business. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2009
Can you still find funding? Despite the recession - or perhaps because of it - interest in franchising is increasing. Hits on the Franchise New Zealand website have been constantly increasing and demand for magazines has meant we have had to re-allocate stocks to meet demand. So it's all good news, right? .... [more] 18 Jul, 2009
Good Faith vs. Unconscionable Conduct. One of the topics covered at the 2009 Franchise Law Reform Symposium in Auckland was the possible introduction of the concepts of 'good faith' and 'unconscionable conduct' into New Zealand law. Here, Stewart Germann expands upon the commentary he gave at the seminar. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009
Banker joins FANZ Board. Franchise Association members have elected Westpac banker Daniel Cloete to the FANZ Board. Daniel Cloete has been Westpac's National Franchising Manager for nine years and is himself a former franchisee. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2009
Burger Wisconsin makes better choice for oceans. Nationwide gourmet burger chain Burger Wisconsin will switch to more sustainably harvested fish in its burgers to help restore the environmental health of our oceans. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
Symposium Debates Franchise Law Options. The symposium on Franchise Law Reform held at the University of Auckland brought together some of the top legal minds in franchising to debate the options for regulation of the sector. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2009
Real estate agency facing liquidation by franchisor. In the High Court at Auckland yesterday, Remax said that its franchisee One Tree Hill Realty was insolvent and should be liquidated. The struggling agency has outstanding bills to a number of creditors, including the New Zealand Herald and Empire Publishing. But its largest bill is $116,000 owed to franchisor Remax. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2009
Domino’s takes local pasta wars to next level. The world’s biggest pizza companies are increasingly looking to pasta products for growth, with Domino’s firing the next salvo in the local pasta wars with a new range of made to order pastas now being sold in its New Zealand stores. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2009
McDonald's to get up to $16,000 a beneficiary. McDonald's restaurants will receive up to $16,000 a year of taxpayers' money every time it recruits a beneficiary under a partnership with Work and Income. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2009
Golf Gym Driving For Success – Here And Abroad. An Auckland company has developed a unique, and highly-effective, golf practice and fitness facility – and is now taking the concept to the world with success already in China. Called The Golf Gym, it offers highly-advanced and accurate technology... [more] 1 Jul, 2009
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