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Malaysian firm gets Bateel franchise. Bateel Asia Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian company based in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday announced acquiring the exclusive right to Bateel franchise in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2001
Sugar Bun plans bigger franchise, more restaurants. Fast food chain operator Sugar Bun Services Corp Bhd is seeking new franchise holders to set up more restaurants in the peninsula of Malaysia. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2001
Five more Gloria Jean's outlets soon. Gloria Jean's Coffees will soon have five additional outlets in Malaysia to capture a larger share of the gourmet coffee market. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2001
PNS plans to invest RM25mil to develop 1,000 franchisees. Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS) plans to invest RM25mil to develop 1,000 franchisees in the next five years. .... [more] 25 Aug, 2001
7-Eleven to offer bill payment services soon. The 7-Eleven convenience store chain will start offering bill payment services in selected outlets within the next three months and plans to operate pick-up services for courier companies and Internet-based retailers in the future. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2001
PNS to turn Satay House into global chain. Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS) will invest RM5.1mil to turn Britain-based Satay House restaurant into a global chain. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2001
KFC plan to buy Permanis said to be a good move. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd's plan to buy Permanis Sdn Bhd is viewed as a "good fit"' for the KFC group since Permanis, which bottles, sells and distributes Pepsi, would complement the business of the fast food operator. .... [more] 20 Aug, 2001
CSM Franchisor targets 400 mini markets by 2005. CSM Franchisor Bhd is looking at setting up 400 Pasar CerMart mini-market outlets under its franchise development scheme by 2005. .... [more] 16 Aug, 2001
KFC's acquisition price of Permanis fair. KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd's 49 per cent acquisition of Permanis Sdn Bhd for RM33.32 million is considered fair by analysts as the target company's franchise is of a popular brandname. .... 14 Aug, 2001
New scheme to help bumi entrepreneurship. Semarak Alamiah Sdn Bhd has introduced a scheme to help budding bumiputra-owned businesses in fields such as retailing, franchising and building materials supply for the construction industry. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2001
Good steaks at the Outback. The much-touted opening of Outback Steakhouse Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur recently was keenly anticipated by MICHAEL D'OLIVEIRO. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2001
KFC, Ayamas buying 59% in Permanis. Fast food operator KFC Holdings (M) Bhd and its subsidiary, Ayamas Food Corp Bhd, are buying a combined 59% equity stake in Permanis Sdn Bhd - the bottler and distributor of Pepsi soft drinks - from Antah Holdings Bhd for RM40mil cash. .... [more] 11 Aug, 2001
Franchisors must gear for foreign competition. Home-grown franchisors need to prepare themselves for foreign competition with the opening market through the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) and World Trade Organisation (WTO), said Malaysian Franchise Association secretary-general Awalan Abdul Aziz. .... [more] 10 Aug, 2001
Speculative interest drives KFC's share price surge. Shares of fast food operator KFC Holdings Bhd saw a surge in its price starting last week, especially on Tuesday when it closed at a 54 sen or 12.16 per cent gain. .... 3 Aug, 2001
Giordano sees RM50mil in sales. Giordano (M) Sdn Bhd is set to register RM50mil sales this year, up from RM40mil previously, with the opening of additional outlets in the country. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2001
Pizza Hut: Latest launch to boost sales by 20% Pizza Hut Restaurants Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KFC Holdings (M) Bhd, is confident of a 15% to 20% increase in sales with the launch of the latest innovation of its stuffed crust pizzas, the Cheesy Crust Pizza. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2001
Swensen coming back with a bang. For those who have noticed the absence of Swensen's in the Malaysian food and beverage scene, be rest assured that the American premium ice cream chain is back in town in a big way, and is here to stay. .... [more] 23 Jul, 2001

Marrybrown plans 4 new overseas outlets next year. Johor-based Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd plans to open four new outlets next year under its international franchising system - in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2001
PNS hopes to increase bumi entrepreneur base in 5 years. Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS) hopes to increase its bumiputra entrepreneur base from 140 to 650 persons with investments amounting to RM769mil within the next five years. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2001
KFC to invest RM5mil in new outlets. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd will invest more than RM5mil to set up nine more outlets nationwide before the year-end. .... [more] 4 Jul, 2001
An i-Home near yours. Consumer electronics company I-Berhad plans to set up 100 "I-Home" stores nationwide to sell its "Smart Home" appliances, personal computers, consumer electronics and networking and communications devices under its Smart Home concept. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2001
KFC expects US slowdown to impact its performance. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd is cautiously optimistic of achieving satisfactory results for its financial year ending Dec 31, 2001. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2001
Sabang nasi padang restaurant chain in the offing. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd plans to expand its nasi padang restaurant Sabang into a chain of family restaurants nationwide as well as overseas. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2001
100 i-Home outlets in the offing. Electrical appliances and computer maker I-Bhd plans to set up 100 i-Home franchise outlets nationwide within the next six to nine months. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2001
Ayamas eyes Middle East market. Ayamas Food Corp Bhd, a subsidiary of KFC Holdings (M) Bhd, is targeting the Middle East next in continuing its expansion overseas. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2001
KFC ready for any economic slowdown. KFC Holdings (M) Bhd expects its sales for this financial year ending Dec 31, 2001, to be at least on par with last year's level. Its executive deputy chairman Datuk Abdullah Omar said the group was putting into place some strategies to ensure it would not be affected by any economic slowdown. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2001
Roondy makes a success on the international front. Perseverance, a willingness to learn and a stomach for rejection and humiliation. These were the qualities that Lew Fong Voon needed to successfully sell his homegrown shoes. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2001
Designer coffeeshops sprout in JB. "Designer kopi tiams" are brewing up an aroma in Johor Baru these days. With the Klang Valley becoming saturated, names like The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Starbucks Coffee are starting to make their presence felt here and showing the way for gourmet coffee lovers. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2001
Pat Liew succeeds in marrying creativity with entrepreneurship. In just six years, and a good part of it spent in an economic crisis, BritishIndia has grown to resemble a mini-empire with its founder Pat Liew as the empress of clothes. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2001
Promotion on Arcadia fashion brands in Malaysia. For Malaysians who have made London a part of their shopping agenda, here's some good news. Miss Selfridge and dorothy perkins brands, synonymous with London's high-street fashion, will be part of the Klang Valley's shopping scenario. .... [more] 28 May, 2001
Ayamas plans 55 Seattle's Best Coffee outlets. Ayamas Food Corp Bhd is venturing into the coffee business with the opening of 55 Seattle's Best Coffee outlets in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore over the next six years. .... [more] 26 May, 2001
PNS signs three franchise agreements in Washington. PERBADANAN Nasional Bhd (PNB) has signed agreements with three American franchise groups which would enable it to operate as master licensees in South-East Asia. .... [more] 22 May, 2001
Optical store aims to kick off franchise programme in Q3. Malaysia's second largest optical retail chain store Focus Point aims to kick off its franchise programme in the third quarter this year as part of its expansion plan, said its managing director C.L. Liaw. .... [more] 21 May, 2001
Two join travel franchise scheme. Malaysia's first travel franchise system is a step nearer to its dream of having 20 franchisees by March next year, having recruited two new franchisees within three months of its launch. .... 3 Apr, 2001
More franchise businesses from association. The Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) plans to convert more than half of the Malaysian Retailer Chains Association member companies into franchise businesses within the next five years. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2001
RM21.4m handed out under franchise assistance schemes. The Entrepreneur Development Ministry has approved RM21.41 million for 91 franchisors and franchisees under the Franchise Development Assistance Scheme and the Franchise Financing Scheme up to the end of last year. .... 27 Feb, 2001
KFC specialty food biz to make up half of profits. KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd, Malaysia's leading fast-food operator, expects its specialty restaurant business to make up half of its profits by 2005, in a move to broaden earnings base and prepare for greater competition in its home market due to the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) framework. .... 17 Nov, 2000
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