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M.F.S. moves into IT retailing with franchised kiosks. M.F.S. Enterprise Company is making a push into IT retailing with a novel kiosk-based approach and hopes to have 250 of its The M@SK franchised outlets in operation by the end of this year. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2004
Thailand model impresses Auntie Anne's. The Pennsylvania-based pretzel chain Auntie Anne's plans to use the successful marketing strategies of its Thai franchisee, Central Restaurants Group, as a model for operations in its home country and in other international markets. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2004
FamilyMart to increase presence. A substantial capital injection by Tokyo-based FamilyMart and its Japanese allies into their Thai operation has given a boost to the expansion of the convenience store chain in Thailand. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2004
Food ventures attracting interest from entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs in search of new opportunities are looking more at food-related franchises in the view that food is a daily necessity that offers great business potential. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2004
Franchise fair: cheap start to riches. Most fairs and exhibitions use gimmicks and decorations to attract attention, but a simple food fair drew hundreds of visitors yesterday by simply providing popular products and franchise offers. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2004
Saha to launch speedy hairdressing service. The Saha Group hopes to change the way hair is cut in Thailand, with the introduction of self-contained kiosks providing fast and economical hairdressing services. .... [more] 9 Jun, 2004
Screens to go up at 7-Eleven stores. Global Estate POV, a digital media company, will invest 70 million baht to install liquid crystal display (LCD) screens at 600 branches of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, expecting to generate 200 million baht this year. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2004
Pizza yesterday, today. There are any number of possible roads to success, as unlimited as the possible combinations of pizza toppings are endless, says Supakit Rungrote, president and founder of Pizza Today Co, which operates 56 kiosks in department stores throughout Bangkok. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
Restaurant sees future in franchises. The owners of Brown Rice for Health restaurant plan to take their concept abroad by starting a fast-food franchise firm offering Thai cuisine. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2004
Italian food, without the fuss and cost. Since opening two years ago, the Pasta Charlie Italian restaurant chain is now planning two more outlets by next March and is also looking at franchising. .... [more] 29 May, 2004
Bank inks 7-Eleven deal. The Islamic Bank of Thailand will sign a contract with C.P. Seven-Eleven Plc within the next two months to reach more retail clients through the 7-Eleven convenience store network. .... [more] 27 May, 2004
Bartercard expects 40% growth this year. Bartercard (Thailand) Ltd has set an ambitious target this year to increase its income and transaction turnover by 40% through aggressive expansion of franchised offices upcountry and a larger member base. .... [more] 26 May, 2004
Big interest in retail, IT franchising. Retail, IT and digital and automotive businesses are expected to be the franchise stars this year, leading trade magazine has said. .... [more] 26 May, 2004
Political giants inspire cafe menus. The country’s newest coffee franchise will use the names of famous political figures on its menus to inspire discussion and comment from its customers. .... [more] 26 May, 2004
Video Ezy slashes franchise fee to attract more investors. Video rental operator Video Ezy (Thailand) plans to accelerate its franchise network by cutting the investment cost for the franchise to 2.5 million baht from three million baht to attract new franchisees. .... [more] 13 May, 2004
Radisson in talks for three Bangkok sites. Radisson Hotel Group could spread its wings here if it seals management contracts at three high-end properties in Bangkok, a hotel industry source said yesterday. .... [more] 12 May, 2004

KFC undeterred by threat of recurrence of avian flu. Yum Restaurants International (Thailand) Co, the company that runs the country's 308 KFC restaurants, believes that if another bird flu outbreak occurs, Thai consumers will not stop eating chicken as they did in late January. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2004
Auntie Anne's chain to expand. With sales of its Auntie Anne's pretzel chain jumping 50% last year, franchisee Central Restaurants Group plans to budget 85 million baht a year to expand to 100 outlets by 2006, up from 40 at present. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2004
Celebrities taking franchise plunge. More Thai celebrities, including singer/actor Supot "Lift" Janjaroen and actress Siraprapa "Amm" Sukdamrong are jumping on the franchising bandwagon by announcing plans to launch their own chains. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2004
Black Canyon to tap new locales. Black Canyon (Thailand) Co, a Thai-owned cafe and restaurant chain, is thinking small with regard to its expansion plans, especially upcountry, in order to dodge competition in the crowded Bangkok market and get quicker returns on investment. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2004
Coffee World seals deal in Middle East. Coffee World Corporation, one of country's leading coffee chains, yesterday sealed a franchising deal with its first master franchisee in Dubai, becoming the first Thai-owned coffee chain to venture abroad. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2004
Pizzas steal sales from chicken. Major pizza chains have earned a windfall from soaring sales since the outbreak of the avian flu, as consumers shied away from chicken dishes. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2004
MFG eyes China, Vietnam deals. Thailand's Minor Food Group (MFG) is looking at establishing outlets of The Pizza Company and Swensen's ice cream in China and Vietnam this year to tap growing business opportunities. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2004
Market test-run in assisted-living. Nutri Care Food Co, operator of the Doctor noodle restaurant chain and former owner of the Apex drugstore franchise, is diversifying into the real estate business. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2004
Lacoste set to push shoes. Lacoste, a French clothing and accessories line, will expand into footwear boutiques worldwide to give the brand a fresh and modern image, with the first outlet to be opened in Bangkok. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2004
KFC sticks with offering only chicken. The Thai unit of Yum Restaurants is staying true to Colonel Harlan Sanders by offering only chicken at its outlets despite the avian flu outbreak that has scared many consumers away from eating poultry. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2004
Coffee chain set to expand. Tom Team Food and Drink Co is targeting to open 50 of its coffee outlets by the end of the year, adding to the four it already runs at Q8 petrol stations. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2004
Cementhai to modernise its dealers. Cementhai Sales and Marketing Co, the retail subsidiary of Siam Cement Group, plans to transform its 500 dealerships nationwide into modern-trade shops next year to keep up with changes in consumer behaviour. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2004
Three-pronged strategy for boosting franchise growth. The Business Development Department will offer three options for Thai franchise owners joining the new Franchise Holding Co, a state company set up to support and upgrade local franchises. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2004
Originality a hallmark of SME success. In order to be a successful entrepreneur, a new operator should dare be different from existing ones. But any initiative must be viable, according to Saichon Payaonoi, founder of Ban Rie Coffee. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2004
KFC to restore confidence in its chicken by giving away 50,000 pieces. The KFC chain will give away 50,000 pieces of chicken, worth 1.5 million baht, over the next few days to the public as part of a confidence-boosting campaign. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2004
New company to push franchises overseas. The Commerce Ministry plans to set up a holding company with private companies to promote local franchises in the overseas market. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Mixing spice with business. Yum Saap is the first food chain to highlight spicy salads as the main menu. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2004
Kentucky Fried Fish? The bird flu rampaging across Asia, killing chickens and humans alike, is starting to take the C out of KFC. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2004
Bata prepares to franchise. Bata Shoe of Thailand Plc plans to aggressively expand its business through a franchise system, aiming to have 20 franchised shops by the end of this year. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2004
Fresh Mart plans franchises abroad. Fresh Mart International, a local convenience store operator, plans to expand its franchises to other countries in the region this year. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2004
Chester's Grill swears by safety of its chicken menus. Chester's Grill, the fast-food restaurant chain affiliated with the CP Group, insists that its chicken products are virus-free amid a 10% to 15% slump in sales over the past few days. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2004
Gold shop set to expand into franchise business. Tang Toh Kang, Thailand's oldest goldsmith shop founded during the reign of King Rama V 120 years ago, is preparing to capitalise on its goodwill by becoming the first Thai gold outlet to expand into the franchise business. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2004
Fast-food restaurants downplay effect on their sales. Fast-food restaurants yesterday played down the impact of the growing bird flu scare on chicken sales, saying that customers remained confident in the safety of their prepared foods. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2004
Tesco Express shops in major expansion. British retailer Tesco is expanding its mini supermarkets at filling stations in Thailand, with up to 40 Tesco Lotus Express outlets to be built over the next 18 months. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2004
C.P. Seven Eleven out of race. C.P. Seven Eleven Plc, part of the Charoen Pokphand conglomerate, is out of the race to open 7-Eleven convenience stores in China as Seven-Eleven Inc, the franchiser, has asked it to step aside. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2004
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