FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
: : 2001/2002
|GNC franchise owners seek mainboard listing. In what
could be seen as a second attempt to list on the Singapore Exchange,
the owners of the General Nutrition Centre franchise in Singapore,
Malaysia and Brunei have received the SGX's nod to float their new
investment holding company. .... 28 Dec, 2002
Tough times for fast-food outlets as sales drop 5%.
It is the season to be jolly, but captains of the fast-food industry
are not exactly thrilled. Not about their sales figures anyway. ....
23 Dec, 2002
Management of KFC, Pizza Hut in buyout move. The management
of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut in Malaysia and Singapore
has staged a buyout in a bid to create a premier quick service restaurant
group. .... 21 Dec, 2002
The One.99 lesson in retailing. Retailer One.99 Shop,
the one-price budget chain, is expanding beyond shopping centres into
polytechnics, for a bigger slice of the youth market as well as to
help foster entrepreneurial skills among the students. .... 11 Dec, 2002
Delifrance rolls out $8.6m centre for expansion in Asia.
Rolling out new bread products. Testing new sandwich fillings. Delifrance
has set up a crack team of chefs to come up with the right recipes
to satisfy its appetite for growth in Asia. .... 3 Dec, 2002
Fast-food fight heats up. Giant fast-food chains, and
coffee joints too, are rushing to open new outlets to increase their
market share here. .... 2 Dec, 2002
Barang Barang back in the black, opens sixth outlet.
Resilient sales and cost restructuring have put furniture retailer
Barang Barang back in the black so far this year. .... 14 Nov, 2002
FairPrice aims to franchise 80% of Cheers stores. The
co-op's chairman, S Chandra Das, yesterday described the franchise
scheme as a 'golden opportunity' for struggling HDB provision shop
operators to switch to a Cheers store. .... 23 Oct, 2002
RELATED - Retailers looking to outsource IT functions.
Big retailers polled in a recent global survey expect to double IT
outsourcing budgets from 12% to 25% of their total IT spending over
the next few years, writes Raju Chellam ..... [more]
22 Oct, 2003
eWOS being revamped into China food play. Sporting goods
retailer eWorld of Sports.com, sidelined by investors since its listing
fiasco two years ago, is being revamped into a China food play. ....
8 Oct, 2002
Franchise aid plan to cover non-HDB centres. Singapore's
position as a regional franchise hub is once again affirmed as it
plays host to Global Franchising 2002, an annual franchising conference
and exhibition, which was launched yesterday and runs till tomorrow.
.... 19 Sep, 2002
KFC selected as Superbrands. The Superbrands organisation
has selected KFC and Pizza Hut as Superbrands in Singapore. .... [more]
10 Sep, 2002
Gravy trail leads to Katong... and Holland V. Two sisters-in-law
are franchising their Katong laksa businesses to stallowners eager
to cash in on the 'brand' name. .... 25 Aug, 2002
Fast-food route to Europe for Komala's. Komala's Restaurants
of Little India is taking on Britain's competitive Indian restaurant
market with plans to launch a holding company in London by year-end.
.... 19 Aug, 2002
Royal Clicks bags franchise for Spain's Zara fashion line.
Spanish fashion brand Zara is coming to Ngee Ann City in early October
when Royal Clicks opens the line's first store in this region. ....
15 Aug, 2002
McDonald's 'granny' dies of heart failure. Madam Yau
Chung Yii, whose face many remembered long after the 1992 ads for
the fast-food chain, died on Tuesday. .... 1 Aug, 2002
INTEREST - Retailers try again to delay hike in GST.
Retailers here are putting up a fight to hold back the increase in
the Goods and Services Tax (GST), even though the Government has already
passed the Bill to raise it in January. .... 24 May, 2002
Coffee Club's winning concept. Geraldine Lor finds out
how the homegrown firm has differentiated itself and how it is facing
up to the challenges of the business. .... 1 May, 2002
Franchisees sue Inno-Pac's Shakey's unit. The future
of loss-making Inno-Pacific Holdings' remaining core Shakey's pizza
business may be in doubt, as several lawsuits are looming in the US,
which is the only market where Inno-Pac still holds the Shakey's franchise.
.... 1 May, 2002
Denny's gone, but new chain takes its place. The people
behind family restaurant Denny's are back in the restaurant business,
having survived a roller-coaster ride of alleged mismanagement, franchise
disputes and near bankruptcy. .... 1 May, 2002
Franchise Support Network Established for Century 21(R) Affiliates
In Asia-Pacific. Century 21 Real Estate Corporation announced
today that it has established CENTURY 21 Asia-Pacific, a localized
franchise support network in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan.
The new network is expected to enhance delivery of support for already
existing master franchise agreements. .... 23 Apr, 2002
Haircuts in a snip. How much time do you have
for a haircut? And how long will you wait to get one? Half an hour?
Ten minutes? If those are your time limits, then the good news is
that they're possible now - two salons have just opened to offer speedy
haircuts to those who need a trim, but are hard-pressed for time.
.... 6 Apr, 2002
Car-rental firm stops ex-licensee from using name.
Budget Rent A Car International has gone to court to stop a former
licensee from using its name. .... 27 Mar, 2002
Planet Hollywood seeking new home. Five years
after setting up its props at Liat Towers, celebrity-themed Planet
Hollywood is looking for a new home. .... 23 Mar, 2002
Teens get spicy taste of journalism. Teenager
Clement Tan munched a spicy McDonald's Szechuan McChicken burger for
his first taste of reporting this week. .... 6 Dec, 2001
McDonald's lays off 39 executives. Fast-food
giant McDonald's retrenched 39 executive and managerial employees
out of a total staff strength of 5,885 yesterday. .... 13 Nov, 2001
Fast food now an option at hospital. McDonald's
latest outlet at KK Women's and Children's Hospital features a special
menu offering healthy alternatives .... 2 Oct, 2001
KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell chains up for sale here. Tricon
Restaurants International, the world's largest fast-food and family
restaurant operator, is to sell its Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza
Hut and Taco Bell fast-food chains in Singapore, in line with the
company's refranchising programme. .... 26 Sep, 2001
Cleaning the Smart way. A new gadget will allow
supervisors and building owners to track the movements of cleaners
and monitor their progress .... 12 Sep, 2001
Robinson less upbeat on sales at Raffles City stores.
Listed retailer Robinson & Co yesterday said it expects annual revenues
from its newly opened stores at Raffles City to be at the lower end
of its expectations. .... 1 Sep, 2001
Govt support saves SMEs' time and money. At the
National Day Rally two Sundays ago, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong gave
details on how Singapore enterprises would be groomed under a 'new
economic strategy'. .... 28 Aug, 2001
More small firms 'can be global successes'. Singapore
can produce more companies that can be global successes, said Senior
Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He singled out Informatics, which teaches technology
skills, as a good example. .... 18 Aug, 2001
Franchisee Health One eyes listing. Health-Care
services and product distribution firm Health One, which holds the
local and Malaysian franchise for American health product brand GNC,
has plans to go public, according to sources. .... 11 Aug, 2001
You don't have to turn to a lawyer for a will anymore.
Trust One, a will-writing business launched yesterday by IPP Financial
Services Holdings and Rockwills Corp, will prepare wills at competitive
prices via 200 franchisees. .... 9 Aug, 2001
...but not Killiney Kopitiam. While mid-sized
food courts are experiencing a slowdown, Killiney Kopitiam is going
places. .... 7 Aug, 2001
McDonald's adapts to older staff. McDonald's
plays a leading role in customising its layouts, equipment and training
methods to help older employees - known affectionately as aunties
and uncles - be more comfortable. .... 1 Aug, 2001
Three SMEs show the way to success. A humble
fabric trader, a fish-ball maker and a barbecue meat producer have
shown that being small is no barrier to success. .... 30 Jul, 2001
They are not afraid of the recession. Come boom
or recession, thousands of hopeful Singaporeans are taking the bold
step each year to set up their own businesses and companies. ....
30 Jul, 2001
Lessons from the McDonald's Aunties. There are
no financial constraints and the Government will do whatever it takes
to retrain workers and help ensure that they remain employable. Workers
and employers might take a leaf out of McDonald's book for an insight
into how jobs could be adapted to make it easier for older workers
to be employed .... 26 Jul, 2001
S'pore lawyers franchise name to Canadian firm.
JTJB hopes move will enable local law firms to create brand names
and put S'pore legal profession on world map. .... 9 Jul, 2001
O'Brien's dazzles with its sandwich variety.
Starting out as a modest sarnie joint in Dublin, O'Brien's has become
the Starbucks of sandwiches, with a global empire that includes 120
franchises in six countries. Now it's set its eyes on conquering Singapore.
.... 29 Jun, 2001
Independent is as independent does. Great Eastern
Life's new plan to offer a franchise scheme to its own top agents
and other independent financial advisers (IFAs) sounds like a clever
way to have your cake and eat it. .... 6 Jun, 2001
Ayamas plans 55 Seattle's Best Coffee outlets.
Ayamas Food Corp Bhd is venturing into the coffee business with the
opening of 55 Seattle's Best Coffee outlets in Malaysia, Brunei and
Singapore over the next six years. .... [more]
26 May, 2001
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