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7-Eleven to add 400 more outlets. CP Seven Eleven Plc is planning to expand its 7-Eleven convenience store chain by adding 400 more outlets and opening a one-billion-baht distribution centre next year. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2004
Black Canyon to add outlets and promote bakery business. Black Canyon (Thailand) Co has earmarked 80 million baht to open 15 additional domestic outlets and three more international franchises next year, and also plans focus more of its marketing on the My Bread bakery business. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2004
Pizza Hut sprucing up to draw dine-in trade. Pizza Hut is attempting to move away from the fast-food concept to a more upmarket segment it calls "casual dining", with more sophisticated offerings in order to differentiate itself from competitors. .... [more] 11 Nov, 2004
Mothercare sales to rise 200% Mothercare, a British mother-and-child specialty store chain, projects a 200% rise in sales this year thanks to the opening of its flagship outlet in Thailand and growing market demand. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2004
Full local control will help chain. Now that Baskin Robbins (Thailand) has complete control of the ice cream parlour chain, it stands to be more competitive. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2004
A&W holds the line in spite of rising fuel costs. A&W Restaurants (Thailand) Co has no plans to raise prices at its restaurants despite increased fuel costs. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2004
Swensen's targets younger clients. Swensen's (Thai) Co has invested 100 million baht to give its Swensen's ice-cream chain outlets a facelift with a new, trendy look intended to capture more younger consumers. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2004
US theme eatery to set up shop on Phuket's Patong Beach. Amid the tough competition among major restaurant chains in Thailand, newcomer Hooters is confident it can win over diners in Phuket with its famous chicken wings and hula-hooping waitresses in sexy outfits. .... [more] 21 Sep, 2004
Expanded M@sk outlets offer coffee corners. M.F.S. Enterprise, a mobile financial services provider, has added a new concept to its franchised kiosks in response to growing demand from young information technology consumers. .... [more] 8 Sep, 2004
Chicken rice franchiser taps trend. The local mania for green tea shows no sign of abating, with the beverage finding its way into a host of foods as well as non-food products. .... [more] 2 Sep, 2004
GMM Grammy’s Paiboon, friends eye global spa franchise. GMM Grammy chairman Paiboon Damrongchaitham has set off in another direction, partnering with established spa and skincare specialists to open a spa business with global aspirations. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2004
Au Bon Pain to spend B136m on facelift, self-service units. The Au Bon Pain chain plans to spend up to 136 million baht revamping the decor at its 34 bakery stores and introduce a new self-service concept at its two forthcoming outlets by the end of the year. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2004
CP 7-11 speeds up expansion. CP Seven Eleven Plc is speeding up the expansion of its 7-Eleven store chain in Thailand by aggressively securing strategic business locations ahead of its rivals, Family Mart and Tesco-Lotus, which are also actively scouting for more prime sites. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004
Four more foreign chains seek foothold. Four international restaurant chains - one from Ireland and three from Singapore - hope to gain a foothold in Thailand's competitive quick-service restaurant scene. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2004
A moveable feast for coffee-lovers. Ban Rie Coffee will soon launch its new concept coffee branch: Ban Rie Loy, a knockdown, moveable coffee shop. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2004
Local chains set to raise prices as costs increase. Local fast-food restaurants, including Pizza Hut and KFC, are poised to raise prices in response to higher production costs, including fuel. .... [more] 6 Aug, 2004
Small co-op shops set for big upgrade. More than 6,000 retail stores belonging to local cooperatives will be upgraded to compete with modern discount and convenience stores under a joint campaign between Phranakorn Co-op and Allied Retail Trade Co Ltd. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004

Local sign franchiser named. US-based Sign-A-Rama Inc, the world's biggest franchiser of advertising signs, yesterday named Bangkok-based Technology Supply Co its master franchiser for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2004
Pizza Company taps diners in quality drive. In a bid to boost standards at its pizza restaurants, The Minor Food Group Plc will ask customers beginning on Aug 5 to fill out forms evaluating the performance of their servers in exchange for a free pizza. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2004
Kodak launches photo kiosks. Kodak yesterday launched a new digital photo-printing franchise which requires start-up investment of only Bt299,000 and, it claims, a break-even return within less than a year. .... [more] 21 Jul, 2004
Mister Donut targets billion-baht market. Central Restaurants Group Co hopes to capture a 50% share in Thailand's doughnut market this year via its franchised Mister Donut chain, a plan to be backed up by a 360-million-baht investment to raise the number of its outlets to 154. .... [more] 1 Jul, 2004
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