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Subway hit in $35 million 'blackmail bid'. - The US headquarters of Subway is being held to ransom by a Melbourne franchisee who has threatened to release the company's secret recipes on the internet if he is not paid $35 million. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2014
Mystery buyer of Urban Burger revealed, as remaining stores to rebrand. - The mystery surrounding the fate of burger chain Urban Burger has been solved, with fellow burger business Burger Urge announcing itself as the new owner of the chain this week. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2014
Cashies buys three Qld stores. - Cash Converters has finalised the $5 million acquisition of three franchised stores in Queensland. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2014
Wage audit on the menu at La Porchetta. - Italian restaurant chain La Porchetta has announced it will self-audit the wages and conditions in a number of its restaurants, after two of its franchises were recently found to have... [more] 26 Jun, 2014
New chief for Pie Face Aus/NZ. - Niche food business Pie Face has a new managing director. Former Brumby's chief Kevin Waite takes on the post this month, overseeing the Australian and New Zealand operations. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2014
Brisbane expo to showcase franchise opportunities. - You're interested in the idea of investing in a franchise but want to know more. Well the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo visits Brisbane from July 19 to 20. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2014
The Coffee Club launches shipping container stores. - The first franchised shipping container stores in Australia have been unveiled at Brisbane Airport. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2014
Narellan Pools dives into new waters with restructure. - Narellan Pools has restructured its management team to allow further overseas and domestic expansion, with Western Australia a new target for the pool building business. ... [more] 23 Jun, 2014
Baskin-Robbins to increase store network by 25 percent. - Baskin-Robbins has announced it will open 20 new stores in the next 12 months, three of which are scheduled to open by the end of the month. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2014
First Australian franchise registry launches. - A new Australian franchise registry has been launched to assist prospective franchisees in their search for a business, improve franchisor compliance and enhance the credibility of the sector. ... [more] 12 Jun, 2014
La Porchetta boss fined $334,000 for paying staff with pizza and soft drinks. - A cheating La Porchetta franchise owner who tried to save dough by paying staff in pizza and soft drink has been fined $334,000 for breaking employment laws. ... [more] 10 Jun, 2014
High levels of satisfaction among franchised hardware brands. - More than nine out of 10, or 92 percent of True Value Hardware customers are satisfied with the service they receive when they visit their local store, the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research have found. ... [more] 10 Jun, 2014
Want to own a fast-food franchise? - The new McDonald's operators in Tecoma have an idea about exactly what it takes to be a success. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2014
Wow Cow frozen yoghurt chain milked dry as only Bondi store left standing. - Australia’s first frozen yoghurt chain Wow Cow appears to be on its last legs, with just one outlet in Sydney still trading. ... [more] 4 Jun, 2014
Australian owners of Café del Mar embroiled in legal brawl. - The planned expansion of Café del Mar in Australia has come to a halt after a legal dispute over the control of the local arm of the business. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2014
Urban Burger business flipped to unknown buyer, some stores close while others rebrand. - The Urban Burger fast food chain has been sold to an unnamed burger franchise operator, as a number of Urban Burger stores close their doors. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2014
Bain Capital acquires Retail Zoo. - Bain Capital, a private equity firm based in the U.S, has acquired Retail Zoo, the parent company of Boost Juice, Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill, Cibo Espresso and Hatch Chicken Shop. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2014
Beaumont Tiles enters Tasmanian market. - Tile and bathroom ware retailer, Beaumont Tiles, has opened its first Tasmanian store in Hobart, and it plans to open another in Launceston over the coming months. ... [more] 2 Jun, 2014
Rich List family behind Australia’s 7-Eleven snaps up Starbucks. - The wealthy family behind Australia’s 7-Eleven convenience stores, the Withers, have scooped up the 24 struggling Australian Starbucks stores for an undisclosed sum. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
Pie Face signs 50 store deal. - Pie Face has entered into formal agreements to open a minimum of 50 stores in the next five years across Singapore and Malaysia. ... [more] 27 May, 2014
A restaurant franchise records major success with its Asian-style street food. - Queenslanders’ love of Asian food, a fall in the Aussie dollar and better consumer sentiment allowed franchise chain Noodle Box to sell more than 550 tonnes of noodles in the state in a year. ... [more] 23 May, 2014
Tradesman and Handyman Franchises in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld. - Industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Tradesman and Handyman Franchises industry in Australia to its growing industry report collection. ... [more] 23 May, 2014
More to the new Franchising Code than meets the eye. - A new Franchising Code of Conduct announced in April this year is the most significant regulatory change to the $132 billion Australian franchise sector since it was first regulated in 1998, and will come into... [more] 21 May, 2014
3D Printing Studios to rely on franchising to reach expansion goals. - By the end of this month, 3D Printing Studios will have three stores open dedicated to the technology, with plans to open up to 30 within two years if franchise partners can be found. ... [more] 19 May, 2014
Harvey Norman stores fined for misleading customers. - Four Harvey Norman franchisees have been penalised nearly $100,000 by the federal court for misleading customers about their rights, doubling the amount of penalties the retail giant has forked out... [more] 19 May, 2014
What does the budget mean for potential franchisees? - The Government is attempting to return the budget to surplus but its sense of urgency seems to be at the expense of long-needed broader reform to the tax system. ... [more] 14 May, 2014
Food retailers need to go mobile: survey. - According to a survey conducted by franchise point of sale (POS) provider Shift8, only 25 percent of quick service restaurant (QSR) operators said their business was equipped to facilitate sales via mobile devices. ... [more] 13 May, 2014
Aussie fast food workers won’t serve up a strike on day of international protest. - Fast food workers around the world are planning an international strike this Thursday to protest pay and conditions, but well-paid Aussie workers won’t be joining the picket line. ... [more] 13 May, 2014
Coffs Harbour based gift business to franchise. - After 10 years in business, the founders of Coffs Harbour based start-up Wicked Berries have decided to franchise their concept. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Pharmacy chain expands via two new acquisitions. - Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse has recently acquired two Oze Pharmacy stores, and there are plans to take on another two before the end of the year. ... [more] 8 May, 2014
Victorian franchisees take legal action against Bank of Queensland. - Bank of Queensland is being sued by two of its Victorian franchisees, who claim senior management forced them out of business by blocking loan requests, refusing customers and waging a campaign of... [more] 5 May, 2014
Flight Centre expands to Ireland with acquisition of Travelplan Corporate. - Flight Centre Travel Group managing director Graham Turner has flagged the potential to open a retail travel ­business in Ireland after his company agreed to acquire a Dublin-based ­corporate travel manager. ... [more] 2 May, 2014
Domino’s chief executive J Patrick Doyle under fire for huge salary. - The Domino’s Pizza chief executive’s lavish pay package — $43 million over the past three years — earned a sharp rebuke from the company’s shareholders on Tuesday. ... [more] 1 May, 2014
Bedshed shares findings on buying a franchise. - Should you buy a franchise? The retail franchise Bedshed has produced an independent guide designed to help prospective business owners choose whether to invest in a franchise or a... [more] 28 Apr, 2014
Queensland Government urges boycott of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. - Ben and Jerry's ice cream has been hauled over the coals by the Queensland Government for supporting WWF's “propaganda” save the Reef campaign. ... [more] 28 Apr, 2014
North QLD the focus of Zarraffa's expansion strategy. - Zarraffa’s Coffee has opened a new site in Townsville – a move that reflects its current expansion strategy, where the focus is on northern Queensland. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2014
WA a key growth area for Shingle Inn. - Brisbane-based café and bakery franchise, Shingle Inn has its sights firmly set on Western Australia following the opening of its first site at Belmont Forum, Perth in December last year. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
Fostering gratitude in franchising leads to greater franchisee satisfaction. - Gratitude in the franchise relationship can lead to greater satisfaction rates among franchisees. That's according to research from the Asia-Pacific Centre of Franchising Excellence at Griffith University. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
SensaSlim caught out for misleading or deceptive conduct. - In a Federal Court hearing on 8 April Justice Yates found weight loss franchise SensaSlim engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct on multiple counts. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2014
7-Eleven to enter WA, its first new market in 32 years. - Petrol and convenience store chain 7-Eleven has announced it will take on the West Australian market in 2014. It plans to open 11 WA stores within the next year, and 75 over the next five years. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
Young employees the focus of McDonald's agreement with Fair Work. - In a bid to improve workplace compliance at its restaurants across the country, McDonald’s Australia has signed its second Proactive Compliance Deed with the Fair Work Ombudsman since 2011. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
Hungry Jack's and Wangaratta franchisee Toni Collins reach settlement. - The legal battle between Hungry Jack's and a young woman thrown out of the fast-food chain's Wangaratta store she had been running for seven months has been settled. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2014
Pie Face in legal action, as former franchisee seeks $800,000 for misleading conduct. - Australian franchise Pie Face is embroiled in a legal battle with a former franchisee, who is alleging the pie chain was misleading and deceptive when communicating the expected returns for... [more] 8 Apr, 2014
Carl’s Jr ads talk of the town as burger chain enters Oz. - Carl’s Jr plans to bring its menu of American-style burgers and fries, as well as a series of controversial advertisements to Australia in the near future. ... [more] 7 Apr, 2014
Franchisors: beware potential new penalties. - There's a new Franchising Code of Conduct that potentially exposes those in breach to fines of up to $51,000. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2014
Govt seeks comment on franchise reforms. - The federal government wants to arm the consumer watchdog with new powers to deal with unethical behaviour in the franchising industry. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2014
Gloria Jean's franchisees allegedly underpaid staff more than $83,000. - The franchisees of a Gloria Jean's outlet in Melbourne are to face court after allegedly underpaying 22 employees, many of which were international students and one-third of them aged under 21... [more] 2 Apr, 2014
“Why I took on Wendys”: Franchisee tells why he’s going to keep fighting his $1 million claim. - Changes to franchising law announced by the government today are too late to help Peter Coventry, who is embroiled in a $1 million claim against the Wendys ice cream franchise. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2014
Wendys freezes MPs out of $1 million mediation with franchisee. - A mediation between Wendys and a former franchisee turned sour yesterday as the ice cream chain locked MPs out of the negotiations. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2014

Burger chain set up franchisee for failure, court told. - Hungry Jack's founder, Jack Cowin, asked fellow senior executives how the fast-food giant could let a "29-year-old single woman" run one of its franchises, a court has been told. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2014
Former Wendys franchisee claims $1 million at mediation after store lockout. - A former Wendys franchisee is in mediation today with the ice-cream chain over a claim of $1 million. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2014
Franchises trump company-managed businesses: Study. - Franchises generally outperform company-managed businesses, according to a study published yesterday by the Franchise Relationships Institute, confirming what the business sector... [more] 27 Mar, 2014
Mantra prepares for $500m IPO: what happens when a franchise lists? - Hotel franchise Mantra Group launched its initial bookbuild today ahead of a possible initial public offering announcement, which could occur within two days. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2014
NightOwl rolls out new store model. - NightOwl has devised a new ‘store of the future’ model for its network. It has been rolled out across two Queensland based stores and there are plans to eventually update all stores with the new look. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
UAE's Just Falafel opens first Aus restaurant. - UAE-based casual restaurant chain Just Falafel has opened its first outlet in Australia, the company announced on Monday. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
McDonald’s: Australia’s most popular fast food chain. - More than half, or 55 percent of the Australian population visited a fast food outlet at least once in an average four week period last year, and McDonald’s was the chain of choice. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2014
Chicken Treat franchise underpaid staff more than $35,000. - The West Australian chicken franchise, Chicken Treat, has back-paid more than $35,000 to about 450 employees after a Fair Work campaign uncovered the business was not following pay rates... [more] 17 Mar, 2014
Mortgage Choice recruitment drive to help franchisees. - Mortgage Choice is eyeing up a strong 2014 for its brokerage business and has launched a recruitment drive to increase total broker numbers by 20 percent. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2014
Ben & Jerry's franchise gets cold reception at Byron Bay. - Byron Bay fought KFC from opening up shop, now another multinational fast food franchise has its eyes on the town - and locals are restless. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2014
The five red flags in franchising. - There's an adage in franchising which often comes to light when matters come to a head: “Did I fail the model or did the model fail me?” ... [more] 11 Mar, 2014
The Cupcake Bakery franchise collapses, but some stores keep baking. - Dessert franchise The Cupcake Bakery has collapsed into administration amid news some former store locations are no longer trading under The Cupcake Bakery name. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2014
Pool industry on the up, PoolWerx reaps the rewards. - Pool and spa franchise PoolWerx reported a revenue increase of eight percent in the six months to 1 January, and has opened another six new stores, including one competitor acquisition, over the period. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Mix and Go FroYo is recruiting new franchisees. - A number of franchise opportunities have opened up at frozen yoghurt franchise Mix & Go FroYo, with locations across the country up for grabs. ... [more] 7 Mar, 2014
Mr Rental celebrates top achievers at 2014 Franchisee Awards. - Mr Rental has celebrated the network’s top achievers at the 2014 Mr Rental Franchisee Awards, capping off a successful three-day annual conference. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2014
Potential franchisees search by brand first. - According to statistics from FranchiseBusiness, potential franchisees are most interested in finding out all there is to know about specific franchised brands. ... [more] 5 Mar, 2014
Franchise brands among winners of Roy Morgan customer satisfaction awards. - A number of franchised networks have taken out the top slots in the third annual Customer Satisfaction Awards held by research group Roy Morgan. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2014
No more hard-line funding for franchises, sector pleads. - Franchisees and budding franchisors need better financial funding opportunities say franchise sector representatives who are supporting the Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson’s stance on... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Optus out to kill off franchises, says its own ex-marketing chief. - A former head of marketing for Optus claims the company is trying to run its own franchisees out of business by directly marketing to Optus customers, taking market share and avoiding commissions... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Stretching out: Why a physio created a franchise chain of physiotherapy centres. - When Jason Smith started out in physiotherapy he wanted to work in the developing world and help the underprivileged. Never in his wildest dreams did he expect that, years down the track, he’d be.... [more] 26 Feb, 2014
Australia Post ditches franchisee network. - Australia Post will abandon its long-failing plan to launch a 150-store franchise network, drawing the curtains on 29 independently owned franchisee stores created under the move. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
Incoming Croissant Express CEO to inject new life into brand. - A new menu, refreshed store model and expansion are all on the cards for West Australian based bakery-cafe franchise Croissant Express, following the appointment of its new CEO Neil Soares. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2014
BioGuard Poolside seeks to grow retail network by 37. - Pool and spa retailer BioGuard Poolside plans to open 37 new outlets across Australia and New Zealand over the next three years. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
Expansion a key focus for Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse. - Discount chemist franchise Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse has set itself an expansion target of 20 percent and aims to add six new stores to its network over the next 12 months. ... [more] 21 Feb, 2014
Signwave franchisees acquire master rights to Australia. - Two top local franchisees in the global sign and graphics franchise Signwave have acquired the master franchise rights in Australia with a corporate management consultant partner. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014
Gloria Jean’s to close or move 25 stores to franchise-only. - Coffee chain Gloria Jean’s is set to shift into a franchise-only business model, meaning up to 25 of its 400 Australian outlets could close or become franchise operations by the end of March. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014
Parisian inspired dessert and ice cream cafe launches franchise expansion. - A Parisian ice-cream bar on an island in the Seine river, Isle St-Louis, is the inspiration for a South Australian dessert cafe concept now looking for franchisees. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014
NSW Supreme Court dismisses franchisee claims against Bank of Queensland. - Bank of Queensland has scored a multimillion-dollar win over disgruntled former franchise-branch owners in NSW. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
Taiwanese food franchise to open in Sydney. - Hot Star, the international food franchise that specialises in Taiwanese style chicken will open its first Sydney store on 2 March. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2014
Eagle Boys express stores celebrate 10 years. - Pizza franchise Eagle Boys will this year celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its express store model, which is designed to complement the brand’s full-service stores. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2014
The Coffee Club aims high in 2014. - The Coffee Club franchise chain is targeting 56 new global stores this year as it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2014
Quest franchisees look set to “rebrand” after lawsuit. - Serviced apartment franchise Quest is facing a number of exits from its network following settlement negotiations in a class-action lawsuit. ... [more] 5 Feb, 2014
New accreditation for FC Business Solutions. - Franchise consultancy firm, FC Business Solutions has recently attained the ISO9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Accreditation, a globally recognised management system standard. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
HydroKleen lands in Tasmania. - Seasoned franchisee Craig McShane, who brought The Coffee Club to Tasmania in 2008, has recently introduced the HydroKleen brand to the state. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
Why Specsavers is franchisor of the year. - When eyewear chain Specsavers brought its retail operation to Australia in 2008, it did so with a bang, opening 100 stores in 100 days. Now, less than six years on, Specsavers has captured about 35% of... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
What's next for Domino's? - According to group CEO Don Meij, another 200 stores, technological developments and healthier, more adventurous product offerings are all on the cards for the pizza franchise. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
Michel’s Patisserie seeks new franchisees. - Coffee and cake franchise Michel’s Patisserie is currently recruiting a new batch of franchisees to invest in more than 50 sites, both new and existing, across the country. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2014
Franchise model draws women into mortgage industry. - A home loans franchise has seen a steady increase in women joining its network as they look for work-life balance and a flexible work environment. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2014
The Little Gym Continues Global Expansion with Openings in Australia and NZ. - The Little Gym International today announced a master franchisee agreement with entrepreneurs in Australia that will expand the brand down under.. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2014
Marks & Spencer reportedly gearing up for Australian opening. - British retail giant Marks & Spencer appears to be gearing up to open its first stores in Australia this year. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2014
Mentoring for franchisees at Lynn's Learning. - A brand new mentoring program has been introduced at Lynn's Learning to help incoming franchisees cope with the challenges of setting up and running a business. ... [more] 28 Jan, 2014
Rolld sets its sights on NSW. - Vietnamese food franchise Rolld is soon to enter its fourth Australian state, following the appointment of Quintin Mansell as its New South Wales state manager. ... [more] 24 Jan, 2014
Hungry Jack's franchise company proves a triple whopper. - Hungry Jack's founder Jack Cowin's takeaway franchise company, Competitive Foods, has reported a near tripling in annual profit to $21 million on revenues of more than $1 billion over the past... [more] 24 Jan, 2014
Which is the best 24-hour gym in Australia? - As demand for 24-hour gyms increases, entrepreneurs are locked in a fierce competition to meet the market need. Anytime Fitness and Jetts are among the top fitness chains capitalising on... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
MYO's new owner plans global expansion. - Local and worldwide expansion is set for Australian salad and sandwich bar MYO, bought in December 2013 by Pacific Investments Pty Ltd. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
Taste of Europe opens first franchise. - Sydney-based bakery business Taste of Europe officially opened its first franchise at Broadway shopping centre on 23 December. ... [more] 22 Jan, 2014
Bakers Delight seeks 100 candidates for Manage to Own program. - Bakers Delight is currently on the lookout for 100 candidates to take part in its Manage to Own training program, which equips participants with the skills they need to eventually run their own bakery. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2014
Singapore firm set to acquire Gloria Jeans. - Singapore-based Global Yellow Pages is to acquire the “Gloria Jean’s Coffees” and “It’s A Grind” intellectual property, the global supply chain operations, and the master franchisor business world-wide. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2014
Begin Bright takes on Victoria. - Early learning and education franchise, Begin Bright opened its first-ever Victorian centre in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster on 18 January. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2014
Pie Face signs 80 store deal with On the Run convenience stores in South Australia. - Australian pie restaurant group Pie Face Pty Ltd has signed an agreement to retail a range of hot pastry products in approximately 80 of the On the Run convenience stores in the South Australian market. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2014
New COO for Zambrero. - Mexican food franchise Zambrero has welcomed a new member to its management team, chief operations officer (COO) Gina Kim. ... [more] 16 Jan, 2014
Starberry: Australia's newest frozen yoghurt franchise. - The past month has seen frozen yoghurt brand Starberry open the doors of its first ever franchised outlets – the first being in Albury just before Christmas and the second in Port Macquarie... [more] 14 Jan, 2014
Snooze, Freedom concept store opens in Sydney. - Steinhoff International has opened a new store that combines two of its most well known brands - bedding franchise Snooze and homewares specialist Freedom. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2014
FCA supports government’s move to update franchising code. - The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce recommendations from last year’s Franchising Code of Conduct review in early 2014. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2014
Franchisees warn investors of 'disastrous' Australia Post sell-off. - Any privatisation of Australia Post could prove "disastrous" for would-be investors, warns a group of franchisees. The franchisees were burnt the last time the national carrier tried to go private. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
NightOwl opens new model store. - Recently opening its first new model store in the Homezone centre located in Windsor in Brisbane’s inner north area, NightOwl has introduced new store features and innovations that will shape the future of... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
The top franchise trends in Australia for 2014. - For people considering getting into business for themselves, especially in the New Year, franchising is one option many will likely investigate. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2014
Coalition review of Franchising Code could see penalties hit $50,000. - The federal government will pick up where the former Labor government left off when it comes to reviewing the franchise sector, with the potential for penalties of up to $50,000 for breaches of the... [more] 6 Jan, 2014
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