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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, 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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