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Export Promotion Department promotes franchise. Thailand's Export Promotion Department (DEP) sees the need to promote franchises of Thai businesses to other countries to ensure that it can provide a full range of services and penetrate overseas markets. .... [more] 12 Dec, 2006
Thai businesspersons urged to expand franchise business in India. There is much room for Thai businesspersons to expand a franchise business, particularly in restaurant, beauty and other services in India where there is growth potential of the business, according to the Export Promotion Department. .... [more] 8 Dec, 2006
Coffee World seeks good locations. Switzerland-based Global Franchise Architects (GFA), the specialty retail franchising operator of Coffee World and other brands, is pursuing the expansion of its retail outlets throughout the country. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2006
GFA launches local donut and pretzel franchisees. Local restaurant franchise GFA Corp (Thailand) has added two new brands to its stable - The Donut Baker and Golden Pretzel. .... [more] 30 Nov, 2006
Swensen's plans big overseas expansion. The local operator of the Swensen's ice-cream chain plans to open nearly 100 restaurants in 16 countries in an effort to broaden its horizons from the saturated Thai market. .... [more] 21 Nov, 2006
McDonald's looks to get big in Thailand. After taking over McDonald's Thailand operations recently, cinema entrepreneur Vicha Poolvaraluck and fried chicken guru Hester Chew have announced plans to super-size the fast-food chain. .... [more] 7 Nov, 2006
Subway projects dough to rise. Subway, the American fast-food chain, plans to expand in Thailand with a target to have 140 outlets nationwide within four years, and to raise total sales revenue to 2.7 billion baht per year. .... [more] 27 Oct, 2006
Black Canyon may add ice-cream. Canyon (Thailand) Co, the Thai cafe' and restaurant chain, plans to branch out into the home-made ice-cream business next year. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2006
Four Seasons looks strong in Thailand. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is strengthening its presence in Thailand's high-end hospitality industry with the renovation of its Bangkok hotel and the opening of a luxury resort on Koh Samui early next year. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2006
McDonald's rights purchased. Major Cineplex Group chairman Vicha Poolvaraluck and his partner Hester Chew, the former head of Yum Restaurants in Thailand and Singapore, now hold the rights to operate McDonald's fast-food restaurants in Thailand for 20 years. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2006
Dunkin Donuts looks to expand. Although more international bakery chains have entered the Thai market lately, the operator of Dunkin Donuts plans to forge ahead with expansion plans. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
The Pizza to expand through franchising. The Minor Food Group (MFG) plans to expand its food outlets through franchising rather than investing on its own to reduce its operating cost, according to its executives. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2006
The Pizza increases its focus on delivery. Minor Food Group (MFG), the operator of The Pizza Company, will speed up expansion of delivery outlets next year in response to a decline in dining out by budget-conscious consumers. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2006
Tesco, 7-Eleven and Watsons opt out of outlet freeze. Seven big retailing chains - notably not including Tesco Lotus, 7-Eleven and Watsons - agreed yesterday to freeze outlet expansion for 30 days to ease current tension between small local shopowners and large, mainly foreign chains. .... [more] 27 Sep, 2006
Castro to open 2 stores in Bangkok. Israeli fashion chain ventures into Far East market, launches two new branches in Thai capital's malls .... [more] 17 Sep, 2006
Copy claims spark food fight. The operator of Pizza Hut has accused its arch-rival The Pizza Company of copying its pizza franchise's business concepts and has lodged formal complaint with the company. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2006
Franchises retain appeal even in a slowing economy. While the current economic slowdown is hitting most industries hard, the franchise sector, which typically grows faster when times are bad, is healthier than ever. .... [more] 28 Aug, 2006

Four sets of winners ... and the eight C's. To be successful in any business, operators strive for a win-win result: for themselves and for consumers. But franchised businesses are obliged to go beyond the ordinary two-win situation. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
India franchise for Index malls. Index Living Mall Co, the home-furnishings retail chain, has signed an agreement with an Indian partner to open a franchise in India next year. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2006
The Pizza takes a larger slice. While most businesses have cut their sales targets this year, The Pizza Company expects a bigger slice of the action. .... [more] 4 Aug, 2006
Build-A-Bear Workshop opens. Central Department Store yesterday opened its first do-it-yourself teddy bear shop, a concept imported from the United States. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2006
Fair set to be biggest in Asia. The Thailand Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo is poised to become the largest franchise fair in Asia next year. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2006
7-Eleven reveals expansion plans. The retail chain C.P. Seven-Eleven Plc is speeding up the expansion of its Kudsan bakery, coffee shop and consumer-goods stores, as well as Book Smile outlets. .... [more] 19 Jul, 2006
Turning rubbish into gold. When people sign franchise contracts to start their own businesses, hardly anyone thinks of the business of selling waste. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2006
Papa John's targets Bangkok debut. Papa John's, one of the world's largest pizza companies, is looking to debut in Bangkok as part of a global expansion plan to double its outlet total to 6,000 over the next five years. .... [more] 29 May, 2006
Sizzler counts on salad to draw diners. SLRT Limited, the operator of 28 Sizzler restaurants, is expanding its customer base through take-away salad packs, with the expectation of increasing the number of first-time customers by up to 10% .... [more] 12 May, 2006
McThai speeds up outlet expansion. The local operator of McDonald's restaurants will speed up its expansion plans by opening around 50 more outlets over the next five years. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2006
One-stop service concept has high potential. "Bargain investment, sellable products, handsome revenue" _ so says the slogan that UPD Guarantee, a non-life insurance broker, is using to attract prospective franchisees. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2006
Distributor taps education. The local distributor of Learning Curve toys will expand aggressively this year to tap the growing trend among parents to mix learning with fun for their children. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
UK-based firm taps Thai exercise market. Fitness First, the UK-based fitness-club operator, will invest 360 million baht this year to expand Thai operations, with a plan to open three more clubs. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2006
Paragon Car available for franchise under Hertz brand. Paragon Car Rental Co, a subsidiary of Cathay Leaseplan Plc, has started franchising its car rental business under the Hertz brand. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2006
Plans laid to sharpen franchises. The Commerce Ministry is drafting legislation aimed at strengthening the ability of local franchises to compete with international brands both domestically and overseas. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2006
Bakeries battle for market share. As the fad for coffee and green tea fades, coffee-flavoured buns from Singapore and Malaysia are gaining in popularity. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2006
TFBO 2006 To Attract Some 30,000 Investors And Businessmen. The Thailand Franchise & Business Opportunities (TFBO) 2006, the country's second international franchise show, due to kick off on July 27 to 30, expects to attract some 30,000 businessmen as well as investors. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Car Care On A Roll. From accessories to full-scale car washes, Wizard operator has the market covered. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Sovente in franchise expansion. After 40 years in Thailand's coffee and tea business, Sovente, an operator of coffee and tea house chain, is branching out through a franchise system. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2006
Century 21 seeking master franchiser. The global real estate giant Century 21 plans to open its first office in Thailand late this year to provide quality brokerage services. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2006
Rotiboy proves a taste sensation. Days after entering the Thai market, Rotiboy, the Malaysia-based bakery chain has became a big hit with consumers by peddling its unique buns which have a coffee aroma. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2006
KFC shifts focus away from big-store spaces. With space at a premium in large retail stores, the operator of local KFC restaurants is shifting its outlet expansion strategy to untapped markets this year. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2006
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