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Family Mart seeks new investors. Siam Family Mart Co is looking at ways to salvage its troubled Family Mart convenience store chain, including the option of selling a stake in the Thai-Japanese joint venture firm. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2002
Black Canyon to add bakeries. Having helped to pioneer the coffee house-cum-restaurant chain locally, Black Canyon (Thailand) is branching out into the bakery business, competing against chains such as Gateaux House. .... [more] 21 Dec, 2002
AR4U Centre opens in Chiang Mai. Advanced Research (AR) Group recently opened its first up-country AR4U centre - a combined bookshop and cyber cafe in Chiang Mai. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2002
Yum Restaurants to invest B600m locally. Yum Restaurants, the US fast-food chain, plans to invest 600 million baht to open and renovate KFC and Pizza Hut outlets in Thailand next year. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2002
Oam Thong looks abroad. Establishing and managing a recognised Thai restaurant is a hard task at the best of times, but expanding outlets is even more onerous. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2002
'James' chicken rice brand coming to a store near you. Pop singer Ruangsak "James" Loychusak has entered the food business with the launch of his own James Chicken Rice brand, to be introduced in a franchise system with a sales target of 100 food carts within three months. .... [more] 4 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
MK set to open 108 new sukiyaki outlets. MK Restaurants Plc says it will add 108 new sukiyaki outlets to bring its chain to 250 over the next five years. .... [more] 27 Nov, 2002
Indian teahouse chain bucks trend toward drinking coffee. While Western-style cafes and coffee shops are expanding rapidly in Thailand, an Indian firm is opening up a new front in the beverage market by launching upmarket teahouses. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2002
Delifrance seeks to double outlet total. Delifrance plans to double the size of its French-style bakery cafe chain to 21 outlets in Thailand next year. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2002
Hair salon plans joint ventures. Chalachol Co is turning to joint ventures to expand its hair salon chain after franchising failed to produce good results. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2002
70 franchises aim to expand reach under new campaign. More than 70 Thai franchises are gearing up to expand licensing nationwide under the Franchise B2B Thailand project operated by Department of Business Development. .... [more] 8 Nov, 2002
Thai fried chicken firm takes on global rivals. It's crisp outside and moist inside, just like a piece of fried boneless chicken made by fast-food multinationals. The differences are that the price is lower and the chicken is produced by a Thai-owned franchise, Makan Fried Chicken. .... [more] 23 Oct, 2002
Coffee shops start to lose their 'cream'. The local premium coffee market is nearing saturation point with its growth rate expected to decline to 10% next year from almost 30% annually since 1997, says Oliver Janssens, the managing director of Coffee World Co Ltd. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2002
Thai congee chain to expand overseas. Thai congee is set to follow other local foods into the global market early next year because of an enterprising expert in marketing who lost his job during the financial crisis in 1997. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2002
Pizza Hut in B30m drive to lift awareness. Pizza Hut is spending 30 million baht in a new move to build brand awareness and improve quality in all its outlets in Thailand. .... [more] 2 Oct, 2002
Thai jeweller still keen on M'sia market. If Prida Tiasuwan, chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Co Ltd, were to look at a map of South-East Asia, he will see a "hole" right where Malaysia and Singapore are and it is a hole he dearly wants filled. .... [more] 30 Sep, 2002
CP Group preparing to take 7-Eleven stores abroad. The Charoen Pokphand Group is seeking additional franchising rights from 7-Eleven Inc that would allow it to set up 7-Eleven convenience stores in Cambodia and Vietnam. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2002
McDonald's set to serve Thai meals. In what is seen as a dramatic move onto the turf of local street food, McDonald's has begun to serve everyday local fare such as chicken congee and "fancy" omelettes with steamed rice. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2002
KFC goes wild with 'Jungle'. Yum Restaurants International (Thailand) Ltd plans to introduce at least seven themes of KFC restaurants in Thailand as part of its brand image lifting exercise. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2002
Komala's vegetarian fare a big hit. An Indian vegetarian fast-food chain with Singaporean origins is set to sprout all over Thailand after its first local outlet met with resounding success. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2002
Backers of small stores aiming at wrong target, say experts. Politicians, authorities and many small Thai retailers are missing the point by claiming that hypermarket chains are driving traditional family stores into extinction, according to marketing and distribution experts. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2002

Siam Future seals deal for Starbucks outlet. Siam Future Development Plc has signed a contract with Starbucks Coffee Thailand for an outlet at Siam Future's new neighbourhood shopping centre on Soi Thong Lo. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2002
Mango Chili promises Western speed. Exquisine System Co, the Bangkok-based owner of the Coca Suki chain, has developed a Western-style franchise for Thai food outlets, targetting consumers abroad. .... [more] 9 Sep, 2002
KFC seeks new image as dine-in restaurant. Yum Restaurants International Thailand is changing Kentucky Fried Chicken's image as a fast-food outlet to that of a dine-in restaurant after a 19-year presence in the country. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2002
People's Bank eyes franchising. The People's Bank, a micro-credit programme managed by the Government Savings Bank, is now targeting the local franchise business. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2002
2,000 to be picked to run model shops. Allied Retail Trade Co., the company established to help small shopkeepers survive against superstores, will select 2,000 applicants to operate prototype shops over the next three years. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2002
Mister Donut in expansion mode. Running rings around your competitors in the doughnut business is no easy task, and it's a sure bet that it involves considerable investment. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2002
Tommy aims for 400 US outlets. Tommy Tang, a Thai celebrity chef in the United States, has teamed up with an American partner with the goal of opening 400 Thai fast-food restaurants in the American market within five years. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2002
A&W aims for leadership in petrol station restaurants. A&W Restaurants (Thailand) Co, the franchisee of the A&W chain in Thailand, will shift its outlet expansion from shopping malls to service stations, a sector where it plans to become the leading seller of fast food. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2002
Loft set to strengthen sole outlet. The local franchisee of Japan's Loft specialty store has suspended plans to open a second outlet in Bangkok, citing economic uncertainty and difficulty finding an ideal location. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2002
Vietnamese cafes on way. Vietnam's largest retail coffee operator, Trung Nguyen Coffee Enterprise, has awarded an exclusive contract to Ban Me Thuot (BMT) Coffee Co to expand Vietnamese coffee sales in Thailand. .... [more] 30 May, 2002
Pizza Hut to offer pasta, new dishes. Tricon Restaurants (Thailand) is introducing new pasta offerings including lasagna at its Pizza Hut restaurants in an effort to attract consumers in the off-meal times. .... [more] 29 May, 2002
Insects Invade Thai Supermarkets. Tucked in a corner near the supermarket checkouts at Bangkok's teeming Central Plaza Shopping Mall, the food stand raises more than a few eyebrows. .... 26 May, 2002
Football Burger on menu. McThai Co has teamed up with Coca-Cola (Thailand) Ltd, Sony Music BEC Tero Entertainment Co and JVC Sales and Service (Thailand) Ltd to offer a series of World Cup promotions. .... [more] 22 May, 2002
Outback Steakhouse to open first local outlet. Outback Steakhouse, a Florida-based restaurant chain with an Australian theme, is opening its first concept restaurant in Bangkok in a trial that could lead to the opening of more outlets. .... [more] 21 May, 2002
Pizza brands vie for World Cup market. Two major pizza brands plan new strategies to tap the expected surge in orders during the World Cup. .... [more] 17 May, 2002
Fast-food firms seek Thai chicken. Global fast-food chains, particularly Tricon and McDonald's, are turning more to Thai processed chicken supplies, due to problems related to bird flu in other producing countries. .... [more] 16 May, 2002
Slimming specialist set to gain weight. Body Shape, a Thai-owned slimming company, plans to establish a chain of outlets offering spa treatment and massage services at major shopping centres in Thailand, later expanding to other cities in Asia. .... [more] 7 May, 2002
Ice Twister puts fruit juice market in a whirl. During hot summer days, the next best thing to going out to the beaches and spending time in air-conditioned rooms is quenching your thirst with a cool beverage. .... [more] 7 May, 2002
Pasta Charlie chain plans to take on the world. After successfully turning Anna's Cafe into an established local restaurant brand, Wichit Chananudech, better-known as Charlie, is making ambitious plans for a new restaurant chain that will operate both locally and overseas. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2002
Paint shops set for expansion. Its sights set on middle-income earners, Paint & Fix, a servicing centre specialising in automotive paint jobs, plan to capitalise on the upturn in vehicles sales and, inevitably, car prangs. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2002
Sausage chain to add more links. EZs, part of the Siam Steak group, is adopting a franchise arrangement to expand its sausage chain in Thailand. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2002
Regulations on way to counter fraud risk. As the franchise business is booming, the Commerce Ministry is drafting a law to ensure that both franchisers and franchisees are treated fairly. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2002
SME fund helps Black Canyon. Black Canyon Coffee, a coffee house-restaurant, expects its business to grow by almost 40% this year and expand overseas after forming a partnership with the SMEs Venture Capital Fund. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2002
Pump owners rebel. Many petrol station operators, accused by major oil companies of failing to abide by sales agreements and repay debts, claim that "foreign" suppliers are trying to force them out of business. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2002
PTT defers 7-Eleven deal. PTT Plc has indefinitely put off the signing of an accord scheduled today with CP Seven-Eleven Plc on the opening of 7-Eleven convenience stores at PTT service stations in face of the oil smuggling allegations against the oil industry giant. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2002
Raku Raku chain's expansion to triple its sales to B1.2bn Wireless devices and services, videos all boost turnover. Sales of the Raku Raku entertainment chain are expected to triple to 1.2 billion baht this year, due mainly to its rapid expansion since its establishment two years ago by the Soft Depot Group. .... 16 Feb, 2002
ERA expands franchises to housing services firms. With demand for pre-owned houses projected to recover by 20% this year, the property brokerage ERA Franchise Systems (Thailand) has shifted its focus to companies offering housing services a chance to become franchise members, according to president Cosintr Comain. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2002
7-Eleven lifts yearly target by 75 stores. CP Seven Eleven Plc plans to have 2,000 convenience stores by the end of this year, 75 more than projected earlier, as many family-run traditional grocery shops have applied to become franchisees. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2002
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