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Topshop may enter India with Tata Group. British billionaire retailer Philip Green, owner of the Arcadia group, has finalised Tata Group as a franchise partner for its Topshop and Topman retail chains' foray into India. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2008
Triumph to set up 450 stores in India over next 5 years. Betting big on the organised retail boom in India, women's innerwear maker Triumph said it will invest up to Rs 200 crore in setting up 450 exclusive stores over the next five years. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2008
Benetton to open 20 stores in Tier II, III cities. Aiming deep market penetration, Italian apparel chain Benetton on Sunday said it plans to set up 20 new outlets in tier II and tier III cities across the country by the end of next year. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2008
Lifestyle to open more retail stores. Lifestyle, a part of Dubai-based Landmark Group, will invest Rs 500 crore in the country for setting up additional 38 exclusive stores in the next four years. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2008
OSIM plans 100 more exclusive outlets in India. Singapore-based $5 billion OSIM International Ltd is planning to set up another 100 exclusive brand outlets (EBO) in India as it is eyeing a six-fold increase in turnover for its Indian arm in the next four years. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2008
Bata to open 240 outlets in three years. Footwear major Bata India Ltd would open 240 new outlets across the country over a period of three years. The company would utilise the surplus cash for expansion and upgrade 60 to 80 existing outlets, Chairman of Bata India P M Sinha told reporters. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2008
NYLIM to pick 21.5% in KFC franchisee. Foreign private equity fund NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund is close to picking up 21.5% equity stake in Devyani International (DI), a Ravi Jaipuria-promoted company that owns Pizza Hut, KFC and Costa Coffee in India, for more than Rs 300 crore. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2008
Nace to open 200 centres. To meet the growing demand for knowledge professionals in the software and services industry, Nace Solutions will expand its operations to cover 200 centres by the end of 2008-09. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2008
GNC, Vitabiotics to tap domestic nutraceutical mart. Guardian Lifecare, the exclusive master franchisee for GNC in India, plans to open 150 new stores across India within a year, with an investment of over Rs 100 crore. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2008
Dolphin Mart to set up 19 stores in 2008-09. Premium home decorative firm Dolphin Mart is undertaking a major expansion of its d'mart Exclusif brand with plans of launching 19 new outlets by the end of current financial year. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2008
Adidas plans more stores. German sports goods maker,Adidas, is planning to have a total of 450 franchisee outlets in India, a fifth of which is going to be in the eastern region, said Andreas Gellner,Managing Director,Adidas India Marketing Private Limited. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2008
Vi-Ga eyes pan-India expansion. Footwear specialist Mahtani Fashion, which sells 'Vi-Ga' brand of shoes, is setting sight on a major expansion to have a pan-India presence as it plans to add 35 additional stores by 2009-10. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2008
Om Daily Needs plans 100 convenience stores. Delhi-based convenience store chain Om Daily Needs Retailing Pvt Ltd plans to open about 100 convenience stores, under the brand name Pratidin, across north India by the end of 2008. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2008
My Dollar will go franchise again. The US-based discount retail chain My Dollar Store (MDS), which started off in India rather “unsuccessfully” with a franchise model, may revert to the same, but with a twist in the gambit this time around. .... [more] 31 May, 2008
Trent adopts franchisee model. Real estate bottlenecks have led the Rs 637-crore Trent Ltd to explore the franchisee model as it expands its Westside stores to tier 2 and tier 3 cities. .... [more] 23 May, 2008
VF mulls new retail structure. Lifestyle apparel giant VF Corp is exploring options for direct foray into India’s retail market, including the possibility of foreign direct investment (FDI) in single brand retailing with maximum permissible 51% stake allowed under current regulations. .... [more] 22 May, 2008
M&S to open up to 50 stores in India. British retailer Marks and Spencer, which has joined hands with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail in India, today said it plans to open upto 50 new stores in the country over the next five years. .... [more] 20 May, 2008
Foreign stake in Archies on cards. Archies, India’s No. 1 greetings card and gift company, is exploring the possibility of an alliance with a foreign entity. .... [more] 20 May, 2008

M&S likely to break away with Planet Retail. UK-based clothing and food retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S), which recently inked a joint venture with Reliance Retail, is likely to terminate its existing franchise agreement with Planet Retail over a period of time, sources said. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2008
Hilton to franchise hotels in India. The hospitality major Hilton Hotels Corporation has entered into an agreement to franchise Hampton by Hilton brand to Marigold Hospitality Ltd in India. .... [more] 22 Apr, 2008
M&S says India more significant market than China. Marks and Spencer (M&S) aims to step up the pace in India with its new joint venture with Reliance Retail and says it expects the fast-growing market to be more significant than China. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2008
It's official, Reliance to partner M&S. Marks & Spencer (M&S) on Friday announced a 51:49 joint venture with Reliance Retail, part of the Reliance Industries Group, to set up a chain of Marks & Spencer stores in India. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2008
Thai Privilege Spa inks deals in India. Thai Privilege Spa Co (TPS) has sealed a business deal with two Indian conglomerates to open at least eight outlets on a franchise basis in India this year before expanding to Italy and Sweden. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
Century 21 to set up 1,000 offices in 5 years. Global realty brokerage firm Century 21 Real Estate LLC on Monday announced its foray into the Indian market with plans to open offices across the country, where it is eyeing a business of Rs 1,000 crore in five years. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2008
Papa John's to open 100 pizza outlets in India. Papa John's, the world's third largest pizza chain, plans to invest over $62.5 million (Rs 250 crore) over the next four years for their aggressive expansion projects in India. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
M&S, Reliance Retail likely to sign JV pact in May. Reliance Retail, the wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries, is close to finalise a joint venture with UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). .... [more] 10 Apr, 2008
ACI Real Estate enters Indian market through franchisee network. ACI Real Estate, an affiliate of Alternative Capital Invest GmbH, has today appointed Hyderabad-based Global Properties as a franchisee in India's booming southern regional market. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2008
Fazle Naqvi to launch Canadian juice brand. Lifestyle industry’s serial entrepreneur Fazle Naqvi is back with a start-up venture. His new entity - Brand Calculus - will bring in international brands operating in the fashion, food and wellness service sectors to India. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Cutter's passage to India. What does a franchisor do once he has nearly four decades in business and a network of almost 175 stores across Australia and New Zealand under his banner? Why, head to India, of course. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2008
Apollo Hospitals to franchise only primary clinics. Apollo Hospitals on Friday said that it has discontinued its franchise model for hospitals, and will restrict the model for primary health clinics only. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2008
Cartridge World to open new stores in Indian sub-continent. Global cartridge refilling company Cartridge World on Monday said it plans to roll out new stores in the Indian sub-continent to increase its presence in the region. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2008
Cookie Man to double stores in India. Australian Foods, owner of the Cookie Man brand, is on an expansion drive to double its number of stores across India in the next one year. The company has been following a unique model of retailing its cookies through own franchise stores. .... [more] 30 Mar, 2008
Luxury coffee brand illycaffe to enter India. Italian coffee brand illycaffe announced the arrival of its luxury cafe chain in India. The company has partnered with Narang Group, distributor of high end beverages, as master franchisee for the same. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2008
Cartridge World to expand in South. Cartridge World, a leading cartridge retailing chain based in Australia, is expanding its operations in South India by opening two retail stores in Chennai. .... [more] 28 Mar, 2008
Beauty chain Clara expands into India. Clara International, one of the country's biggest beauty chains, is expanding its time-tested franchise programme worldwide with its entry into India's beauty industry. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Cartridge Shoppe initiated franchisee chain. After successfully implementing its franchisee model, Big Cartridge Shoppe Pvt. Ltd. is on franchisee spree through out India. During last one month Company has added five more franchisees to its ever increasing chain. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
Aussie co eyes space in realty market. Australian real estate consultancy major LJ Hooker (LJH), which recently entered India with its real estate franchisee business, is now looking to tap the emerging demand for professional property management, particularly in the residential segment in the country. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2008
Watch IT! Opens First Franchises in India. Watch IT! Inc. recently entered into a master franchise agreement with the retail subsidiary, Solo Commodities Pvt. Ltd. to open ten new Watch IT! retail stores in locations thoughout India. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2008
Mr Bean Coffee Junction from Tata Coffee launched. The first stand alone outlet of Tata Coffee Ltd in India, combining roast and ground coffee sales with vending and retailing, all under one roof, was launched here on Thursday. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
KFC to expand presence in India. Chicken restaurant company KFC, which is owned by Yum! Brands, intends to reach a target of 100 outlets in India by 2010. Currently, KFC operates 34 restaurants across nine cities in the country. The company said that growth will primarily be franchise-driven. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
NZ Natural pemium ice cream outlet in Kolkata. New Zealand Natural, a premium ice cream franchise network under desserts producer Emerald Foods Ltd, opened its first standalone outlet in Kolkata on Wednesday. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2008
Aptech bags four Indian franchising awards. Global learning solutions firm Aptech has garnered four awards for franchising at the prestigious Indian Franchising Awards 2008 in New Delhi, the company said here Wednesday. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2008
Today`s Writing to open 500 retail outlets. Today’s Writing Products is planning to open 500 stores under the OFFIX brand in the next three years. The company has earmarked nearly Rs 160 crore for the venture and plans a mix of company-owned and franchises for the same. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2008
Tata Steel to expand retail chain. Tata Steel will expand its retail network in the next one year: The company plans to increase the number of its steeljunction stores to 50 from five by March next year. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2008
Retail franchising expects to grow two-fold in 5 years. The concept of franchising has picked up substantially in the retail industry, which is expected to witness two-fold growth annually over the next five years, a top brand expert said. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2008
Reliance Retail eyes franchisee route to ramp up business. In a bid to rapidly build up scale, Reliance Retail now plans to take the franchisee route. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2008
Rado plans more stores. Swiss watch brand Rado is planning to launch 14 stores in India and 30 more watches by the end of 2008. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2008
Walt Disney to open 135 stores in India. The Walt Disney Company, consumer product retailing arm of global animation giant, will soon add 135 new stores to its existing 15 in India over the next four years to strengthen its foothold in the rapidly growing market here. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2008
M&B plans to dilute 26% for expansion. M&B Footwear, master franchisee for global shoe brands like Lee Cooper and Geox, is planning to dilute 26% stake to fund its expansion plans, which entail investments of over Rs 100 crore in setting up 200 new retail outlets across the country by the end of 2009-10. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2008
Australia's iconic coffee brand to debut in India. Gloria Jean's Coffees, the Australian global brand, will soon be brewing its hand-blended coffee for Indian connoisseurs. The first store is scheduled to open in Bandra in Mumbai on March 15. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2008
Costa Coffee brews expansion plan in India. The UK-based international coffee chain, Costa Coffee, which entered India in September 2005 through an exclusive master franchisee tie-up with Devyani International, is brewing a major expansion strategy for the country. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2008
After 17 yrs, McDonald's expects to earn profits in India. Riding on the back of a major expansion spree, global fast food chain McDonald's on Monday said it expects the Indian operations to be profitable from the next fiscal, 17 years after it set up shop in the country. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Franchising: Opportunities and Challenges in India. To all of us as consumers, a McDonald's or a KFC or a Café Coffee Day for that matter in India, or abroad largely look the same. Yet beneath this layer of similarity reside two entirely different organizations. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Grow big with Franchising. Franchising in the 'modular kitchen' segment is relatively at a nascent stage. An industry that was till now, governed by carpenter made kitchens. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
No impact of bird flu on McDonald's sale. Global fast food restaurant chain MacDonald's, which has 126 outlets in India, on Friday said its sale of chicken products has not been impacted by the bird flu scare in the country. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2008
Bang Overseas IPO opens for subscription. Bang Overseas, a provider of fashion fabrics and ready-to-wear requirements in apparel, textile and retail segment, is opened for subscription with an initial public offering (IPO) of 3,500,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each for cash at a price to be decided through a 100% book-building process. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2008
Cartridge refilling promotes reuse. Cartridge World, an Australian speciality cartridge retailing chain, has emphasised the need to refill cartridges since the procedure promotes reuse and recycle. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2008
India's Hot Spot May Take Franchise Route To Boost Network. Hot Spot, the mobile phone retailing venture of B K Modi-led Spice Telecom, is evaluating a franchise model to expand its network in India and also plans to set up around 1,500 new company-owned stores in the next 18 months. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
Gloria Jeans to set up shop in India. The coffee wars in India have just got hotter. American coffee brand Gloria Jeans is setting up shop in India, in collaboration with the Dubai-based Landmark Group. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2008
Travel Tours to adopt the franchise route. In order to cater to the increasing travel needs of its customers, Travel Tours Pvt. Ltd., a Bangalore-based travel company, has decided to adopt the franchise route. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2008
Osim upbeat about India operations. Osim plans to open another 10 showrooms in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities and at least 10 shop-in-shop formats in 2008. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2008
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