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Saha Group starts '108 Shop' venture. The consumer goods giant Saha Group is going to try its luck in the retail end of the business after being a manufacturer and wholesaler for over 60 years. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2003
Body Shape to franchise. Thai-owned Body Shape Co Ltd plans to franchise its new slimming centre concept aimed for the younger generation of women under the brand name Kristie France. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
US computer school ready to establish Thai foothold. California-based New Horizons, the world's largest computer training company, is hoping to establish a presence in Thailand by early next year through a franchise arrangement. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
Aromavera to open Abu Dhabi outlet. Aromavera, a Thai-owned spa treatment and aromatherapy franchise, plans to ride on the success of its first overseas venture in the Middle East by opening franchises in China and Singapore. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
McDonald's to revamp brand image. The familiar appearance of "Phi Ronald", seen for years at more than 100 McDonald's outlets in Thailand, will undergo a sweeping change in the coming months. .... [more] 23 Jun, 2003
US to offer loans to SMEs. The US government is now offering financial incentives for small Thai businesses looking to link up with American franchisors through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, according to the US Embassy in Bangkok. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2003
Star stylist takes aim at younger market. Celebrity hairstylist Somsak Chalachol has teamed up with Siam Motor executive Phornsan Kamlang-Ek to introduce a new brand of beauty salon for younger customers - Quick Cut. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2003
Shell to beef up non-oil business. Shell Thailand is looking to increase its non-oil retailing divisions to drive fuel sales by revamping and expanding its Select convenience store chain and food outlets at service stations following skyrocketing sales at the overhauled locations. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2003
'Mobile cafe' brewing up. A company owned partly by a daughter of BEC World managing director Pravit Maleenont is taking Thailand's highly competitive bakery cafe business to a new form - a mobile cafe which caters to parties or business-related events. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2003
QSRs report plunge in turnover, tourists due to Sars impact. Thailand's multi-billion-baht quick-service restaurant industry could see its first contraction in business in many years, with market leader Yum Restaurants, better known for its Pizza Hut and KFC outlets, blaming Sars for the plunge in revenues. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2003
RFG set to revitalise doughnut franchise. The new managing director of Royal Food Group (RFG) plans to reposition the 22-year-old Dunkin' Donuts brand and refresh the image of the bakery cafe chain Au Bon Pain in a very competitive Thai market. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2003
Black Canyon delays listing for as long as three years. The cafe-restaurant chain Black Canyon (Thailand) has decided to defer its listing, earlier planned for this year, for three years when the capital market environment is more favourable. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2003
Tsutaya Thailand buys rival. The local franchisee of the Japanese video-rental chain Tsutaya has taken over rival Raku Raku's operations, further boosting Tsutaya's dominance in the market. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2003
Thai entrepreneur takes on Pizza Hut and wins. A brash entrepreneur took on Pizza Hut in Thailand and won, grabbing more than half the market in a matter of months. Now he's planning his next moves against the world's biggest pizza purveyor. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2003
Black Canyon freezes plan. The coffee-restaurant chain Black Canyon (Thailand) says it has suspended plans to expand into China due to the expected negative impact from Sars on the economy. .... [more] 30 May, 2003
Franchise opportunity that's as cool as ice. Sangsuwan Cubeice Co Ltd yesterday unveiled the country's first ice cube vending machine. .... [more] 30 May, 2003
Herbal soup equals healthy finances. Two years ago, Pathompong Akkasri forked out Bt1 million to set up a herbal noodle restaurant in the belief that the pioneer of this potentially lucrative and highly competitive market would be the first to cash in on it. .... [more] 22 May, 2003
16 chains to sell Otop products. Sixteen retailers and operators of petrol stations yesterday signed an agreement to provide support for the One Tambon, One Product programme. .... [more] 21 May, 2003
L'Occitane to open five new outlets. L'Occitane SA, a French maker of natural personal-care products, is entering Thailand to challenge the long-established Body Shop chain from Britain. .... [more] 16 May, 2003
SB franchises Koncept brand. In the face of keen competition, SB Furniture Industry Co Ltd hopes to generate a 20-per-cent rise in sales this year by franchising its showrooms. .... [more] 16 May, 2003
SMEs get fast-track loans. New entrepreneurs can now qualify for loans of up to 500,000 baht within just seven days under a fast-track programme offered by the state-owned SME Development Bank. .... [more] 15 May, 2003

Talk show host to offer satay. Well-known orator Panom Peecharoen is stepping into the local food business, selling franchises for satay. .... [more] 9 May, 2003
KUB to close down A&W outlets in S'pore. KUB Malaysia Bhd will close down its five A&W outlets in Singapore this month due to their huge losses and is likely to look for new partners to operate its 29 outlets in Thailand. .... [more] 8 May, 2003
Jae Leng empire expands. Jae Leng has cultivated her reputation as a shrewd, straight-talking dealer in imported luxury goods, albeit not always lawfully, during the past three decades. Now she's ready to take her legitimate business to the next level. .... [more] 7 May, 2003
Overseas expansion there for the taking. Thai small and medium-sized franchises have huge opportunities to expand abroad but need to be flexible in adapting to different market conditions in each country, says a local expert. .... [more] 3 May, 2003
Central Food adds steak to its menu. After operating western branded fast food chains for 25 years, Central Food Group has adopted its own restaurant brand, Steak Hunter. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2003
Roll with the times. While Yum Restaurants International might be a major player in the fast-food restaurant business, Thailand's retail sector is undergoing an unprecedented sea of change affecting customers and operators alike. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2003
Specialty Beans plans more coffee outlets. Specialty Beans Holdings Sdn Bhd, the master franchisee for Gloria Jean's Coffees, expects to have a total of 8 to 10 sub-franchisee outlets per year in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2003
Pizzaman deliverth, again. William Heinecke, an occasional flier, past race-car driver and better known as the man who brought pizza to Thailand offers tips on life and work. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2003
Coffee a tonic for PTT retail sales. Monthly sales of oil products at PTT Plc's Pracha Chuen filling station surged more than 60% after a Cafe{AAC} Amazon outlet was opened on a trial basis three months ago. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2003
US goods to survive boycott intact. A call by anti-American Muslims in five southern provinces of Thailand to boycott US brands of goods and services will have only a slight, short-term effect on the brand owners and is not expected to tarnish their images. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2003
Help for Thai restaurants. The government will provide financial support to about 600 Thai restaurants that plan to open outlets overseas. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2003
US brand operators unperturbed. Owners of famous American brands including Pepsi, Pizza Hut, KFC and Avon do not fear a backlash against their businesses in Thailand due to possible anti-US sentiment arising from America's imminent military action against Iraq. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2003
Realty World aims to sell 30 franchises. Realty World Alliance Co Ltd will formally launch its property-brokering franchise business next month to serve the rising demand for housing in the secondary market. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2003
Chester's to launch 27 smaller outlets. The Charoen Pokphand Group, is seeking to expand its Chester's Grill fast-food chain by adopting small- and medium-sized outlet formats to attract consumers who normally patronise street food vendors. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2003
7-Eleven to focus on food. CP Seven Eleven Plc is transforming its 7-Eleven outlets into "convenience food stores" in a move toward a more profitable and less competitive business. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2003
Starbucks continues in expansion mode. Although Thailand's premium coffee market is considered at the saturation point, Starbucks thinks otherwise and says it will continue to open more outlets. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2003
Rising rivalry sees SB offer free franchise. SB Furniture Industry Co, one of the country's largest furniture makers and distributors, is responding to increased competition by adopting a "free franchise" strategy to expand its business. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2003
Muslims to boycott American products. Muslims in the southern provinces have launched a campaign to boycott American products, including KFC and McDonald's, to show their opposition to an American invasion of Iraq. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2003
Pizza Hut promotion signs up saucy spikers. It may be hard for most people to see a link between pizza and a transvestite volleyball team, but it's not such a big leap for executives of the Pizza Hut and the local film companies Hub Ho Hin Films and Tai Entertainment Co. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2003
Siam FamilyMart studies partnerships. Siam FamilyMart Co said yesterday there would be no change in its shareholding structure, dismissing earlier reports suggesting that it was looking for new investors to accelerate expansion. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2003
M Link to franchise handset retail chain. Mobile-phone distributor M Link Asia Corporation Plc will enter the handset retail market by launching M-shops, a franchised network, with the aim of having 200 outlets in place by December. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2003
Visuth plans restaurant chain. After a long managerial career, Visuth Vitayatanagorn, has revealed plans to step down as president of Thai Vegetable Oil Plc in three to five years and fulfill his dream of opening Thai restaurants at home and abroad. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Oishi eyes 200 outlets in five years. The Oishi group, a Thai-owned business that has built its reputation on Japanese-style buffet restaurants, is stepping up expansion plans by means of franchising and joint ventures. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2003
7-Eleven says no move on small rival. CP Seven Eleven co, the local operator of 7-Eleven outlets, yesterday denied speculation that it was going to acquire the rival Family Mart convenience store chain in Thailand. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2003
Furniture chain outlines big plans. Garant Mobel (Thailand) Co Ltd, a franchiser of retail furniture stores, plans to use Thailand as the base for a five-year push into the Asean market. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2003
Black Canyon franchise ready for debut in Indonesia. The local coffee-restaurant chain Black Canyon yesterday signed an agreement to open its first outlet in Indonesia. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2003
Coca launches Thai-style suki in US and China. While giving its local Thai-style suki chain a facelift, Coca Holding International will open restaurants in the United States and China under a plan to become a global business in three to five years. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2003
Loan terms eased for small firms. The SME Bank has eased lending terms for small businesses by allowing them to use inventories as collateral against borrowings. The bank would also allow franchise businesses to use individual financial or social status as guarantees against loans for expansion. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2003
Fresh Mart to boost outlets. Fresh Mart International Co, the Thai-owned convenience store chain Fresh Mart, has embarked on an aggressive strategy to have 500 outlets operating in two to three years, up from 117. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2003
TNT offers express services at 7-Eleven. TNT Express Worldwide (Thailand) is set to compete with the state postal operator with the launch of around-the-clock domestic and international express document delivery services at 7-Eleven convenience stores. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2003
Bally Total Fitness Builds on Global Expansion Efforts with New Franchised Clubs in Southeast Asia. Bally Total Fitness today announced that it will be expanding its current franchising efforts within Southeast Asia, launching new health clubs in Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2003
7-Eleven eyes stake in Family Mart. The operator of the local 7-Eleven convenience store chain has expressed an interest in acquiring a stake in the troubled Family Mart chain in order to secure its position in the face of intensifying competition. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2003
New rivals restrain McDonald's growth. Sales of McDonald's fast food in Thailand failed to grow last year because of mounting competition from other food sellers and the weak economy, according to McThai Co, the restaurant chain's local operator. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2003
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