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Chickenburger officially opens Halifax airport location. - The Chickenburger, an iconic ’50s-inspired Bedford diner that launched in 1940, officially opened its first franchise on Friday, several weeks after it began operating at Halifax Stanfield Intn'l Airport. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2011
Entrepreneur’s new franchising idea: rent a rowboat. - The Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club, as the operation is called, is the first of many franchises Mr. Aune and his long-time partner Marie Hutchinson hope to launch across North America in the next three years. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2011
Freshslice Pizza fined $44,000 for illegal workers. - Two Freshslice Pizza companies and the owner of two franchise outlets have been fined $44,000 for employing illegal workers. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2011
Smashburger Sets its Sights on Canada. - Smashburger, the fast growing better burger concept in the U.S., announced it has signed its first two lease agreements in the Calgary market... [more] 1 Dec, 2011
Franchising in Quebec comes with translation obligations. - Quebec's Charter of French Language establishes French as the official language of Quebec and, accordingly, the rights of every person in Quebec to do business in French within that province. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2011
Leather chairs, soft lighting, Wi-Fi: Welcome to the new Tim Hortons. - Canadians may not associate espresso, arm chairs and soft lighting with Tim Hortons, but the upscale fixtures are part of the brand’s makeover. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2011
Budget Blinds Seeking Franchisees in Quebec. - “Budget Blinds is ready to start franchising in Quebec,” said Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2011
New Manitoba franchise laws coming soon. - Manitoba is on the verge of enacting legislation that would require franchisors to provide prospective franchisees in the province with a franchise disclosure document. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2011
McDonald's Canada launches McCafé brand nationwide. - McDonald's Canada is taking a major step in its beverage growth strategy with the national launch of the McCafé brand and the introduction of premium espresso-based beverages in the majority of... [more] 7 Nov, 2011
Manitoba's Franchise Regulations Released for Consultation. - On Tuesday the Government of the Province of Manitoba released its draft regulations under the Franchises Act for consultation. Comments are due by Thursday, December 15th. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2011
Tim Horton’s signs on as title sponsor of the NHL All-Star Game. - Tim Horton’s has signed on as the title sponsor for January’s NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2011
Canadian Tire gets back to its roots. - Canadian Tire CTC.A-T's auto store of the future, which launches in three cities within the next two weeks, is the iconic retailer's latest attempt to return to its roots by... [more] 19 Oct, 2011
How to make your franchise flourish. - Pitfalls await those who don't do their homework before buying a franchise business, experts warn. But rewards can quickly add up for those who are willing to invest the money, time and hard work... [more] 25 Sep, 2011
Tim Hortons sets up shop in Dubai in first true brand export. - Tim Hortons' new Dubai location represents "the first true export of the brand," CEO Paul House said Tuesday. ... [more] 20 Sep, 2011
Esprit clothing chain to exit U.S., Canada. - Clothing company Esprit Holdings Ltd. is planning a major overhaul of its business that includes exiting its money-losing U.S. and Canadian operations... [more] 15 Sep, 2011
McDonald's earmarks $1-billion for Canadian renovations. - McDonald's is spending $1-billion to renovate all its Canadian locations in an effort to look cozier as the fast food giant raises the stakes to grab more customers. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2011
Quebec food-serivce companies spread their wings through franchising. - Quebec isn’t exactly renowned as a hotbed of entrepreneurship. But there are exceptions, of course, and in this province, many can be found in the restaurant and food-service industry... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
Blockbuster to pull plug in Canada. - After more than two decades, Blockbuster Canada is about to roll its final credits and fade to black by the end of the year. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2011
Tim Hortons board boosts acting CEO pay. - For the past couple of months at Tim Hortons Inc., Paul House has been doing the CEO work previously done by Donald Schroeder. Now, the company’s board has decided... [more] 22 Aug, 2011
Fast-food company buys Mr. Sub for $23M cash. - MTY Food Group Inc. is extending its presence outside mall food courts and sinking its teeth into the popular fast-food sandwich market with the acquisition of Mr. Submarine Ltd. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2011
UK's cheap-chic Topshop fashion retailer to open in Vancouver. - UK's popular cheap-chic Topshop fashion retailer will open its second Canadian store in the Bay in Vancouver in mid-September. ... [more] 17 Aug, 2011
Tim Hortons doughnut debacle heats up. - An Ontario judge is hearing arguments by Tim Hortons and disgruntled franchisees this week in the so-called Always Fresh case. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2011
Second Cup Q2 profits drop on higher expenses. - Profits at coffee shop chain Second Cup Inc. tumbled during the second quarter on higher expenses, while the company funnelled through a price increase to counter the higher cost of its coffee beans. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2011
Tim Hortons delivers modest profit. - Tim Hortons pleased investors Thursday by reporting a 1.5 per cent increase in quarterly profits despite having to wrestle with rising commodity costs for its iconic coffee and doughnuts. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2011
Franchise entrepreneurs sell their soles. - Brian Curin wandered into a Flip Flop Shops store five years ago, loved the niche concept, partnered with the co-founders of the three-store chain and began franchising in 2008. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2011
Priszm selling some restaurants in the Maritimes for $2.5 million. - Insolvent Priszm Income Fund announced Tuesday that it plans to sell 38 of its restaurants in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for about $2.5 million. ... [more] 2 Aug, 2011
EmbroidMe Signs Master Franchise Agreement in Canada. - EmbroidMe, the world's largest embroidery franchise, announced today the signing of a Master Franchise agreement with Stuart Erskine for development in Canada over the next several years. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2011
Dealers or franchisees: how to choose. - When Steve Leggett wanted to expand his first business 20 years ago, the Lumbly, B.C.-based entrepreneur figured he was best off becoming a franchisor. But after two years, he ditched the franchise model... [more] 4 Jul, 2011
Ruffin's Pet Centre Inc. Announces New Franchisee In Leamington, Ontario. - Ruffin's Pet Centre Inc. is pleased to announce that Roger Elliott has purchased the Ruffin’s Pet Centre at 275 Erie St, Leamington, Ontario. ... [more] 26 Jun, 2011
Oh, Canada! Carl’s Jr. opens first restaurant north of the border. - CKE Restaurants Inc. has announced that Jove Franchise Development Corporation has opened the first Carl's Jr. in Canada. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2011
Couche-Tard to acquire up to 322 Mobil retail locations. - Convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is expanding its reach in the western United States by acquiring up to 322 additional retail sites from ExxonMobil. ... [more] 13 Jun, 2011
Ex-CEO to stay with Tim Hortons as coffee farming advisor. - Tim Hortons Inc. says it has come to an agreement with former president and CEO Don Schroeder that will have him stay with the company for at least the next two years. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Doughnut dollars hard to come by. - Young entrepreneur eyes earning a living off double-doubles and Timbits, but expert says road to franchise ownership isn't paved with icing sugar and coloured sprinkles. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2011
‘Key’ Blockbuster Canada executives could get big bonuses. - The trustee charged with selling Blockbuster Canada wants to pay more than $600,000 in retention bonuses to managers and executives who hang around through the video chain’s restructuring. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2011

Priszm receives court approval for the sale of 204 locations. - Priszm Income Fund reported today that it successfully obtained an Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approving the pending transaction with Soul Restaurants Canada Inc. to sell most of its outlets in... [more] 30 May, 2011
Tim Hortons seeks new CEO. - Tim Hortons Inc. is on the lookout for a chief executive after the abrupt departure of Don Schroeder from the helm of the coffee and baked goods giant. ... [more] 25 May, 2011
Panera Bread franchisee to build Canadian presence. - Covelli Enterprises, the franchise operator of 190 Panera Bread locations throughout Capital IQ, has plans to open up to three locations in Toronto. ... [more] 25 May, 2011
Blockbuster Canada to close 140 stores. - Some 1,400 Blockbuster Canada employees could lose their jobs if the movie and video game rental chain closes a third of its stores as part of a court-ordered receivership process. ... [more] 24 May, 2011
Jamba To Open 80 Stores In Canada. - Jamba Inc. said it has signed a master development agreement with Canada Juice Corp. to develop 80 stores across Canada over the next 10 years. ... [more] 23 May, 2011
Cold Stone opens 100th Canadian unit. - Cold Stone Creamery opened the doors to its 100th location in Canada this week, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The unit is cobranded with Tim Hortons. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
Blockbuster Canada’s creditors number more than 1,300. - A collection agency hired to persuade movie renters to pay their late fees is among the 1,309 unsecured creditors who are owed money by Blockbuster Canada. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
Second Cup revenue slips slightly in first quarter. - The Second Cup Ltd. reported slightly lower revenue in the first quarter as system-wide sales for the coffee and pastry chain remained relatively flat, partly as a result of a 2.3% decline in same-store sales. ... [more] 13 May, 2011
Tim Hortons blames Roll up the Rim. - That free coffee or muffin you won at Tim Hortons isn’t going down well with the company’s shareholders. ... [more] 12 May, 2011
Canadian Tire to buy Forzani for C$771 million. - Canadian Tire Corp will pay C$771 million ($798.5 million) to acquire Forzani Group Ltd, Canada's No.1 sporting goods retailer, in its biggest acquisition yet. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
Blockbuster Canada pushed into receivership. - Blockbuster Canada Co. has been pushed into receivership by the movie studios it depends on for its new releases, months after its U.S. parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection... [more] 5 May, 2011
Franchise a good fit for novice. - After a career in education, Magda Debney decided it was time to go back to school. She lost no time enrolling in the school of hard knocks and bought into a franchise... [more] 5 May, 2011
I Quit Smoking Franchise Continues Growth. - I Quit Smoking Canada ( is happy to announce that it has entered the Ontario market with its first location near Scarborough Town Centre. ... [more] 4 May, 2011
Flip Flop Shops Signs Master Franchisee Agreement in Canada - 30 Shop Deal. - North America's first retail chain exclusive to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and sandals, today announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement to open 30 shops throughout all of... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
Canadian Franchise Association Announces Winners of the 2011 CFA Recognition Awards. - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) announced the winners of the 2011 CFA Recognition Awards on April 4, 2011. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
CFA Announces Finalists for the 2011 CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising. - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2011 CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2011
Priszm files for CCAA restructuring. - Priszm Income Fund was granted court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Thursday as part of a plan to assist in the sale of its fast food restaurants. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2011
Massage Envy heads to Canada. - Massage Envy Spa, a Scottsdale company with 670 U.S. locations, is heading north with plans to expand in Canada. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2011
Bark Busters chooses franchisees carefully. - As a Bark Busters franchisee, the Baie d’Urfé resident said his new career has more than fulfilled both expectations. ... [more] 24 Mar, 2011
Ousted franchise owner claims Second Cup acted in bad faith. - Rimpi Simpson says she was proud of her Second Cup café at 99 Metcalfe St., loved “the brand,” and fussed over her customers. She says before she sold her first cup of coffee in 1999, she invested at least... [more] 22 Mar, 2011
Yum! Canada taps new media agency. - Yum! Restaurants Canada has assigned its $25 million traditional and digital media planning/buying duties to MediaCom Canada. ... [more] 21 Mar, 2011
Insider knowledge: Franchisees lean on each other. - Over the past five years, Magda Debney has felt pretty confident running the day-to-day operations of her Toronto-based company, a franchised outlet of Grade Learning. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2011
U.K.’s Topshop is coming to Canada. - U.K. fashion chain Topshop will open its first Canadian outlets in The Bay in fall, joining the growing number of foreign retailers entering Canada. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2011
Priszm fund delays sale of its KFC, Pizza Hut restaurants in Ontario, B.C. - Priszm Income Fund says it has delayed the sale of its restaurants in Ontario and British Columbia while certain conditions are met, and it also looking to sell the rest of its locations in other provinces. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2011
Canadian Tire to sell tires online. - Canadian Tire says it plans to resume selling products online this year, starting with tires. The national retailer withdrew from e-commerce two years ago saying customers were well served by its 489 stores... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
Tim Hortons to raise dividend as profits rise. - Tim Hortons says its fourth quarter profits soared, mainly on the sale of its stake in a bakery and the decision to close some underperforming U.S. locations. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2011
Franchise and Restaurant Industry Veteran Reaches Out To Canadian and European Franchise Concepts for US Expansion. - Lawrence Austin immodestly believes there is no entity better suited to introduce Canadian franchise companies to the United States market than his newly formed company Metrium Development Corp. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2011
Mobile pet grooming franchisor launches in Metro Vancouver. - Vancouverites’ love of dogs makes the region an ideal place for the world’s largest mobile pet grooming business to seek franchisees. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2011
Canadian Tire’s Q4 profits nearly double. - Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. nearly doubled its fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago, helped by improved margins and lower interest costs, despite a drop in same-store sales. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2011
SCC to rule on franchise class action. - On Thursday, February 3 at 9:45 AM, the Supreme Court of Canada will announce its decision on whether to grant leave in Quizno’s Canada Restaurant Corporation v. 2038724 Ontario Ltd. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
Priszm remains in discussions with senior debt lender and franchisor. - Priszm Income Fund reported today that the Company remains in active discussions with its senior debt lender regarding its forbearance and financing agreements that expired on January 31, 2011. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
Lessons from the Domino's Pizza YouTube prank. - What’s in a social media policy? ... [more] 25 Jan, 2011
Priszm Income Fund gets extension on senior debt payment, related interest. - The operator of most of Canada's KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants has been given until the end of the month to pay money owed to its main lender. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
M&M Meat Shops co-founder named Laurier’s outstanding business leader. - Mac Voisin, chairman and co-founder of M&M Meat Shops Ltd., has been named Laurier’s Outstanding Business Leader for 2010. ... [more] 19 Jan, 2011
Revolt of the franchisees. - Robert Rodger's class action suit against Pet Valu is the latest in a wave of high-profile litigation launched by aggrieved franchisees against their corporate parent. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2011
CanFranGlobal Consultants to Drive Sunny Street Café Canadian Expansion. - CanFranGlobal Consultants Inc. has been engaged to provide consultancy and franchise development services to leading Ohio-based breakfast and lunch franchise, Sunny Street Café. ... [more] 10 Jan, 2011
Priszm withholds royalty payment to Yum. - Priszm the once high-flying fast-food restaurant operator run by Toronto entrepreneur John Bitove, is facing a key deadline next week as it struggles to stay afloat in a sea of financial problems. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2011
Former Tim Hortons exec to enter B.C. Liberal leadership race. - A new contender will enter the race Tuesday become British Columbia’s next Liberal premier. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2011
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