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Why I would never invest in The First Group Real Estate Projects?

I recently came across an advertisement in an Indian business newspaper that mentioned about investing in Dubai, they had a website called DubaiProfits.com, intrigued by it, I gave them a call and then came a series of questions. The questions seemed to make you feel that this is an exclusive investment, but it is nowhere close to it. One thing that I noticed is that the group calls itself British, they have several British men working at their call centre. One of them named Mohammed happened to...

21st May 2015, By   |  Read More

The top five malls in Kolkata

Kolkata amongst all the other metros in India continues to be one of the not so rapid growing ones still has a thriving retail culture. Several industries in IT, ITes, BPO and services have established their headquarters in Kolkata bringing in several migrants from North East India, Bangladesh and other neighbouring states. This has led to a boom in construction activity as well as an increasing demand for shops, malls and other entertainment places leading to a surge in retailing and franchisin...

3rd July 2014, By   |  Read More

Restaurant Productivity: Why are we always left behind?

As that know me, would agree that I am a foodie and I love traveling all around the world trying various interesting delights. I was recently there at newly re-opened Pizza Express at Colaba, Mumbai, along with some of my friends over dinner. One of the trends that has caught on with the hospitality / QSR (quick service restaurants) industry has been that of an open kitchen, your customers want to see how food turns into delights, as far as what I can remember, it was McDonalds that started it i...

9th August 2013, By   |  Read More

Reviewing Apprentice Asia

Having been a fan of Donald Trump and Apprentice, I was delighted to read in the papers about Tony Fernandes in Apprentice Asia. Apprentice Asia seems to be similar to the original reality show, although it lacks the finesse and panache that Donald brings to the show. What worked for the original show is that Donald Trump has a very outspoken, charming and visible public profile. The show is an exact spin off of the original version of Apprentice, like an official version, that’s ...

4th June 2013, By   |  Read More

Subway to scale up its vegetarian offerings in India

The world’s largest submarine sandwich chain, Subway,a US-based model and operating on a wave of health conscious foodies ,currently is on the lookout to multiplying its vegetarian items to meet the requirements of the Indian flavor. Its agenda is to expand the number of outlets to 4 ,000 over a decade from the existing three hundred and fifty .This international eatery chai...

22nd May 2013, By   |  Read More

W Winkworth enters the Indian Residential Real Estate Market

W Winkworth announced a fresh venture into the worldwide residential real estate sector. With the entering into of a master franchising contract in India they are setting up a newly acquired office building in Bangalore. It is targeted to witness Winkworth's franchised units starting off across in almost all primary towns in India. The master franchise agree...

22nd May 2013, By   |  Read More

Burger King Qatar achieves highest growth in Middle East in 2012

Burger King Qatar achieved the highest annual comparative sales growth, making it the best performing Burger King franchisee in the Middle East in 2012.These results are exceptional considering that the brand operates in 10 country markets in the region, with over 300 restaurants, of which Qatar currently operates 18 and is still developing with plans to open more restaurant locations in 2013. For its performance, brand franchise partners in Qatar, Premier Food Services which is a pa...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

'We are targeting to open 100 Tutti Frutti outlets in Pakistan by the end of 2013'

Tutti Frutti, a specialty brand available in various world markets is in progress to open up outlets in countries like India, Bangladesh, Russia, Romania, Spain and various Middle Eastern countries. It is already available in USA, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, France, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. Global Chains of Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt are present in 36 countries and are looking to expand to 100 by the end of next year. “We have around 700 outlets across the w...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Vimal on expansion plans

Vimal, the textile brand owned by Reliance Industries plans to expand its franchise network with 1,500 new retailers expected to stock its fabrics and apparel. Vimal is a popular class brand that primarily caters to the middle class market.  At present, the brand has presence through 15 flagship stores with 400 plus franchise outlets. It also has a benefit of using the company’s retail formats like Reliance Trends and Reliance Marts.   Moreover, the brand may also start its e-comm...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

TVS Capital to Exit Papa John's India Operation

TVS Capital is planning to exit its investment in Indian operations of Papa John's Pizza, TOI stated.TVS Capital invested R50 Cr in Om Pizza & Eats Private Limited, which holds franchise rights in India for multiple brands such as Papa John’s Pizza, Chili’s Grill & Bar and The Great Kabab Factory through its TVS Shriram Growth Fund in 2010. Lodha Capital Markets is the advisor to the deal. Promoted by Bahrain-based Jawad Business Group, Om Pizza & Eats runs 4000 Papa John...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Presto increases its store count

Presto, the nation’s leading personalized gift retailer has rolled out three more stores in Kanpur, Ghaziabad and Pune. The new stores have been launched in Z- Square Mall in Kanpur, Mahagun Mall in Ghaziabad and Viman Nagar in Pune. Based in Kolkata, Presto Personalised Wonders has been pioneer in the field of personalized gift items. Dealing under the name of Mohan Impressions Pvt. Ltd, Presto began operations in 1996.   Presently, the store count for Prest...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Podar Jumbo Kids is planning to expand its model

Podar Jumbo Kids, a pre-school brand headquartered in Mumbai is planning to expand via franchise business model. The brand is known for its research based curriculum, play way techniques and parent partnership program. Currently, it has pan India presence through approximately 90 franchise centres and 60 management owned centres. Podar Jumbo Kids will continue to expand nationally to different parts of the country and are even looking at going international. Podar Jumbo Kids, a part of ...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Office Yes seeks expansion

Office Yes, India’s B2B website based in Gurgaon, Haryana is seeking investors and franchise partners for pan India expansion. The company follows e-commerce model to reach customers and offers all type of organisational products. It plans to reach all non- metro cities across India via franchising and other business models. Investment: A franchisee would needs to invest Rs three to four lakh and an area of 150 sq. ft to run this business. Specialty: The company offers paper p...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Goli Vada Pav to build up its Pan India franchise network

Mumbai headquartered Goli Vada Pav Pvt Ltd is a multinational food solutions company. It started operations in early 2004 with single quick service restaurant. Goli Vada Pav, plans to strengthen its pan India franchisee network. Presently, it has 150 stores in six states along with 40 cities.   The company is looking for franchise partners for opening more number of stores in tier I, tier II, tier III cities and small towns. The brand’s aspiring franchisee would require an i...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Gili Apparels planning to roll out 50 store

Gili Apparels that caters to women’s ethnic wear retail category is looking to expand its network. The brand that started its operations in June last year, is currently operating eight exclusive outlets via the franchise route in Delhi-NCR and Maharashtra. Gili is planning to strengthen its presence all over India by adding another 50 exclusive outlets (franchise) in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jaipur by the end of the next financial year. Rahul Vira, C...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Galadari Bros to Oversee Baskin- Robbins Expansion Plans in Australia

The world's most well-known and largest chain of ice cream specialty shop, Baskin-Robbins, has released a statement regarding its plans to open another 200 shops in Australia. The major expansion will be handled by a UAE corporation, Galadari Brothers.  GICC is the exclusive distributor of Baskin Robbins in Middle East and the world's largest distributor with more than 500 stores situated across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. Under the master franchise business ...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Franchise deal to bring Johnny Rockets to India

Red Zone Capital Management Co. LLC will bring its Americana-themed burger chain,Johnny Rockets, to India in a deal the company announced Tuesday. The franchise agreement with Prime Gourmet Private Limited calls for at least 20 Johnny Rockets restaurants in India over the next few years, with initial locations slated for New Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon in the National Capital region, the company said in a statement. The 330-unit Johnny Rockets, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., plans even...

30th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Domino's India aims to be largest franchise outside US in 2 years

Jubilant Foodworks, which operates Domino's Pizza chains in the country, has said it plans to become the largest franchise for the US brand outside its home market in the next two years. "We are already the fourth largest Domino's franchise outside the US now, but growing at the fastest rate in the past five years. In the next two years we will be the single largest outside of the US. "Currently Domino's India is 5 per cent of global s...

29th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Flormar seeks franchise partners in India

Flormar, Turkey-based cosmetic brand has ventured into Indian market. The brand plans to build its presence in the country via franchise route. The company is looking for franchisees on pan India basis. Investment :To partner with the brand, an interested investor will need an investment of Rs 6-20 lakh and an area of 80-150 sq. ft for opening its store. Flormar which began as a nail enamel brand over the years has developed multiple cosmetics product lines. It today offers a complete mak...

29th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Cold Stone Creamery Continues Expanding Footprint In Asia

The Cold Stone Creamery® brand continues to develop an expanding international footprint with upcoming locations in the Philippines and Bangladesh.  The brand is teaming up with a Master Partner in each market to expand America's most innovative ice cream concept throughout Asia. KahalaTM, the parent company of Cold Stone Creamery, has signed 10-year Master Franchise Agreements with Olive Tree Foods Ltd. inBangladesh, and with Arizona Ice Cream Corporation in the P...

28th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Diet Mantra plans expansion

Diet Mantra, a nationwide chain of diet and wellness clinics, will now be available at your doorsteps. Presently, the brand operates 17 clinics including company-owned and franchised clinics in India. Now, it is set to launch more clinics pan India and looking for potential partners. Investment: The aspirant franchisee looking to join the brand’s franchise network will need a minimum of 500 sq ft area and minimum investment of Rs 12 lakh. Speciality: Powered by renowned health and wellnes...

28th April 2013, By   |  Read More

CarTrade.com opens its 10th franchise store in Thane

CarTrade.com, one of India's leading auto websites that helps consumers to buy and sell, new and used cars announced the launch of its CarTrade.com Franchise Store in Thane lately. Commenting on the company’s initiative, Vinay Sanghi, Founder & CEO, CarTrade.com, says: “The CarTrade.com franchise store enhances our customer offerings. Not only do customers get  all the information and help they need on our website, but they can now also have a great experience at the dealer and int...

25th April 2013, By   |  Read More

CavinKare To Open 350 Limelite and Green Trends Franchise Salons Across India

India’s diversified FMCG conglomerate, CavinKare Pvt. Ltd. announced its plans to expand its beauty salon business, Trends In Vogue Pvt. Ltd. across India by opening 350 salons in metro’s & mini metros by 2015.Announcing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, C K Ranganathan, CMD of CavinKare, said that the beauty salon market was maturing in India and was booming ever since it became part of the organised sector. At present, the beauty salon business of the company includ...

25th April 2013, By   |  Read More

Clublaptop seeks to expand franchise network

Clublaptop, a Kolkata based laptop service brand is planning to strengthen its network. The company intends to open 300 ClubLaptop stores all over India by 2013. Presently, the company has its presence across 85 cities and 95 locations. For further expansion the company seeks franchisees from A, B, and C cities. For opening the company’s franchise outlets, the investment required by potential franchisee is Rs 5 to 6 lakh for A class cities and Rs 3 to 5 Lakh for B & C class c...

25th April 2013, By   |  Read More

7 Tips for Franchise Sales Teams

Most franchising companies in India have sales teams of 2 to 3 people, One senior person followed by one or two juniors in most cases. The common question that most franchise sales managers have is how should they groom their junior colleagues to setup effective franchise sales meetings, understand the intricacies of a franchise sale, handle all the paper work. Here are a few tips to share with your team members and to also read it yourself that will help you get the most out of your franchise s...

7th December 2012, By   |  Read More

Way2Franchise helps Aptech sign Nepal master franchisee

26th November 2012, Kolkata, India: Aptech has announced its strategic partnership in Nepal through a master franchisee to provide IT career courses offered by its retail brands - Aptech Computer Education and Arena Multimedia. Through the master franchisee, Aptech would offer graduate programmes in IT, software development and animation and multimedia that are in line with leading international courses. For professionals, Aptech has designed specialised IT courses providing 360 degree train...

28th November 2012, By   |  Read More

Financial Fitness for Franchisees

While taking up a franchise, can be exciting and exhilarating, many franchisees, those that are starting a business for the first time, dont pay attention to some core issues with regards to financial management of their franchised business. Often, first-time-franchisees / entrepreneurs dont have formal training in cashflow management, financial checks or any planning methodology. After signing the franchise agreement, franchisees generally get into the business side of the franchise busines...

23rd November 2012, By   |  Read More

Starbucks India Cafe Review

Fancy an Elaichi Mawa Crossiant and some ‘Chai Tea Latte’? Given the super saturation of Starbucks in the United States and playing second fiddle in Europe due to it’s well entrenched café culture, it was only a matter of time Starbucks made it’s foray in India to cater to it’s large aspirational middle class and ride on the India growth story. It has entered through a JV with the Tata Group. So I set out last Sunday to check out one of the most popular f...

22nd October 2012, By   |  Read More

FastSigns in Entrepreneur Magazines Top Global Franchise List to expand in India and Middle East

17th October, 2012 Texas, USA: With more than 25 years of experience in franchising domestically and in other countries, FastSigns International Inc. was recognized as one of the top global franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine. The worldwide franchisor of visual communications, signage and graphics centers, with 530 locations in eight countries, was listed by Entrepreneur Magazine among some of the franchise industry's biggest players, including Subway and Days Inn. FastSigns came in at ...

19th October 2012, By   |  Read More

Quiznos Appoints Accomplished Globalist To Lead Continued International Franchise Expansion

    3rd October 2012, Denver, Colorado: Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick service restaurant chains and the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Cutshaw as the Company’s new President of International.   Mr. Cutshaw most recently served as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Cajun Operating Company based in Atlanta where he was responsible for the global expansion of Church’s and Texas Chic...

3rd October 2012, By   |  Read More

Is Kishore Biyani KBs Fair Price format Indias answer to the neighbourhood 7 to 11 Franchise

  September 2012, New Delhi, New Delhi: Last week some 100 grocery shopkeepers gathered in the capital, not to demonstrate against FDI in retail, but in the hope of being selected as franchisees for Kishore Biyani's neighbourhood store format KB's Fair Price.   So what gets the average kiranawallah excited about joining the country's top retailer when opposition leaders in the streets saying the government's decision to allow foreign investment in multi-br...

25th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Franchising in Africa: Trends and Opportunities

Africa was previously known as the dark continent, thats what we learnt while we were in schools. Africa is the new unexplored marketplace for international franchise brands. Recent research has revealed that African nations make up seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies. The industries seeing the largest growth on the continent are wholesale and retail commerce, transportation, telecommunications, and manufacturing. According to this research, much of Africa will have at...

21st September 2012, By   |  Read More

Brain Key plans pan India franchise expansion

  21st September, 2012, Gujarat, India: Brain Key, a concept of Multiple Intelligence Testing, Genetic and Aptitude test, is planning to further grow its footprints across India. It brings internationally recognised Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test (DMIT) technology into India. Brain Key Dermatoglyphics Analysis Group is a team of Dermatoglyphics analysts who apply the latest in computer technology and biological science together to unlock full learning potential and hidden gi...

21st September 2012, By   |  Read More

Profiling Golden Tulip Hotels MENA a Hotel franchisee conglomerate

20th September 2012, Dubai, UAE: The Golden Tulip regional management team reveals the group’s strategy behind its aggressive MENA expansion, with a focus on boosting the brand’s reputation and the bottom line. Golden Tulip, part of Europe’s Louvre Hotel Group, has fast-tracked its expansion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over the past 23 years through franchise deals, but this strategy is set to change as it embarks on further growth and development of the br...

20th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Reliance Brands partners Stuart Weitzman Footwear Franchise to start in 2013

  20th September, 2012: An Indian brand for kidswear, Catmoss is planning aggressive roll out via franchise route. With its current presence across the country through various retail formats, the brand is now targeting western, eastern and southern parts of the country along with tier- II cities for further expansion.           Out of total 196 exclusive outlets 25 per cent of the Catmoss outlets are franchised while 75 percent are company owned. The comp...

20th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Kidswear Franchise Catmoss seeks rapid expansion

  20th September, 2012: An Indian brand for kidswear, Catmoss is planning aggressive roll out via franchise route. With its current presence across the country through various retail formats, the brand is now targeting western, eastern and southern parts of the country along with tier- II cities for further expansion.           Out of total 196 exclusive outlets 25 per cent of the Catmoss outlets are franchised while 75 percent are company owned. The comp...

20th September 2012, By   |  Read More

MEFranchising secures master franchise agreement for Arabica Coffee House and announces new location

19th September 2012, Kuwait City, Kuwait: MEFranchising, a franchise consultant with operations in London, Kuwait, Riyadh and Morocco, announced that Arabica Cafes International Inc. has selected MEFranchising as its strategic partner to launch in the Middle East. The first outcome is a signed Master Franchise agreement with Al Qamra Holding company, based in Qatar, where also the first location is open since March 2012. Under the agreement, MEFranchising will also provide brand consulti...

19th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Fashion brand Lipsy signs deal with BMI to enter India

  14th September 2012, Mumbai, India: Trendy young British fashion brand, Lipsy, announced that it has entered into an exclusive franchise agreement with Brand Marketing India (BMI) to market and distribute Lipsy branded products in India.   Lipsy, which was acquired by Next Plc in 2008, is one of the UK’s leading fashion brands. Known for it’s on trend clothing and massive celebrity following, Lipsy is already selling internationally through recently opened...

14th September 2012, By   |  Read More

What happened to Spa Siam Franchise in India

  13th September 2012, Mumbai, India: Four years ago in 2008, I came across several articles in several publications that Spa Siam franchise will setup 75 locations in India. There are various quotes from Mr. Gaurav Marya and Sonya Chowdhary Grower.   The credible news references help us infer that, Franchise India Brands will invest Rs. 20 to 25 crore (USD 3.5 to 4.25 Million) over the next five years to set up 75 to 120 locations. It also mentions that Franchise India has joi...

13th September 2012, By   |  Read More

CGD based Ace Tutorials seeks North India franchise expansion

12th September, 2012, Mumbai, India: Ace Tutorials, an ISO 9001:2008 certified coaching institute is planning to expand further its footprints throughout India.  The institute provides quality coaching for various competitive exams such as IIT, Engineering and Medical to aspiring students. Established in 1989 and founded by Dr. PV Gupta, the brand has grown from a single centre in Chandigarh to marked presence across Punjab and Haryana via mix of own and franchised centres. Now, it is...

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Papa Murphys Franchise to introduce take and bake Pizza in Middle East

  10th September, 2012 Vancouver, USA: - Papa Murphy's International today announced it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The first location is slated to open in Dubai, UAE before the end of 2012. As the fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S., this is Papa Murphy's first location outside of North America, where it currently operates 1,2...

10th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Sbarro Gears Up for Franchise Growth with Expanded Development Team

    3rd September 2012, Melville, NY:  Sbarro, the world’s largest Italian mall-focused restaurant franchise, announced today that it has appointed two industry leaders to spearhead continued franchise growth, both domestically and overseas.   In the midst of an aggressive revitalization effort that has gotten off the ground running, Sbarro, with more than 1,000 restaurants in 40 countries, announced the hiring of Eric Taylor to a newly created role of Vice Pr...

7th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Cold Stone Creamery Franchise expands in Nigeria

    Cold Stone Creamery is strengthening its international presence by accomplishing the significant milestone of entering its 20th country with a franchise agreement in Nigeria. This agreement also allows for the continued development of Cold Stone Creamery, America's most innovative ice cream concept, within the African continent. Kahala, Cold Stone Creamery's parent company, has signed a 10 year Master Franchise Agreement with Ivybridge Trading Ltd. to bring the Ultima...

7th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Subway rolls out the first vegetarian franchise unit in Punjab

    August 17th, 2012, Jalandhar, Punjab: Sandwich giant and world's biggest restaurant chain, with 37,000 outlets across the globe, Subway is now ready to roll out its first ever all-vegetarian outlet after a private state university in Jalandhar convinced the US-based foot-long franchisor on the benefits of vegetarianism.   Jalandhar-based Lovely Professional University (LPU), run by a strict Hindu Mittal family known for promotion of vegetarian meals on the campus...

6th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Reebok's Delhi franchisees cry foul over notice to close shop

    New Delhi, India 26 August 2012: Sportswear major Reebok India's franchisees from Delhi have accused the company of asking them to shut their shops by August 31 if they do not agree to the new business model. The franchisees have also alleged that the company, which had filed complaint against two former top executives for an alleged Rs 870 crore fraud, has refused to settle dues in violation of their franchise agreement. "As per our agreement with the company...

6th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Edible Arrangements franchise launches special promotions as number of Facebook fans tops 500000

    6th September 2012, Wallingford, Connecticut: Every day is a celebration at Edible Arrangements, but today was exceptionally sweet as the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements reached 500,000 Facebook "fans."                                        &...

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Ferns N Petals Launches its 5th Exquisite Boutique in Chennai

    06th September 2012, Chennai, India: The 5th exquisite floral boutique of Ferns N Petals (FNP), the largest retailer of flowers in India, was inaugurated in Chennai today.   Following the success of its existing four stores in the city, the new store situated on the 41, casa Major Road, Egmore, Chennai unanimous with company’s other stores across the country, will offer a complete range of floral and gifting solutions.   The company has established a n...

6th September 2012, By   |  Read More

Jumeirah Restaurants Franchise to Open in Kuwait Bahrain Oman and Turkey

  August 31st, 2012, Dubai, UAE: Jumeirah Restaurants LLC, the branded restaurant division of Jumeirah Group, has signed two franchise agreements that will see Urbano, its Italian restaurant concept that is at Souk Al Bahar in Dubai, open soon in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Turkey.   Jumeirah Restaurants signed a licensing agreement with a key Food & Beverage market leader in Bahrain to open Urbano restaurants in Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. The first Urbano in Bahrain will open...

5th September 2012, By   |  Read More

VITS offer franchise to stand-alone hotels in Andheri

    5th September 2012, Mumbai, India: Andheri East-based VITS hotels, a chain of business luxury hotels run by Kamat Hotels India Limited (KHIL), has come out with a franchise programme to revive stand-alone hotels, who sign up, eventually allowing VITS to expand their presence in the city's hospitality sector.   Under the business model, for a one-time fee of Rs 18 lakh, VITS would provide franchisees with a brand name, operational expertise and staff training. Ind...

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UKs Hummingbird Bakery Franchise reveals Middle East expansion plan

    5 September 2012, London UK: London-based The Hummingbird Bakery on Wednesday announced its first international franchise which will open 20 new outlets across the Middle East. The company said it has signed a master franchise partnership with Daud Arabian for new branches in Middle East and North Africa region, comprising of the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt.   The first Hummingbird Bakery under the partnership is due to ...

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Cheeseburger Pizzas Designer French Fries and a gourmet Cinnabons Fast Foods Booming Middle East

    4th September, 2012, Dubai UAE: When Pizza Hut decided to offer a deep pan pizza unbelievably ringed by mini cheeseburgers this past April, it didn't sell it anywhere in the U.S. Instead, the "Crown Crust Pizza" made its debut in Dubai. Americans took notice, and the caloric monstrosity became the butt of jokes on late night talk shows. One American flew in from New York just to have the pizza. (He couldn't finish it.) Others, though, wondered why such a fan...

4th September 2012, By   |  Read More

BLR Based Anu Solar to open 2,000 solar franchise stores

  Bengalooru, Karnataka, 15th July 2012: Solar powered electronic products will now be available at retail stores across the country. These stores will sell varied products ranging from solar water heaters to solar powered calculators, caps with fans that run on solar power, solar power storing batteries and inverters.   Bangalore-based Anu Solar Pvt Ltd, a leading manufacturer and seller of solar products, will open 2,000 stores across India on franchise basis. Anu Solar&rsquo...

3rd September 2012, By   |  Read More

Reebok India gears up for fresh start in 2013

    August 29th, 2012, Mumbai, India: Reebok India, whose operations were merged with German sports goods manufacturer Adidas last year, has said that the company looks forward to make a fresh start in 2013 through restructuring its India operations.   Earlier Way2Franchise had reported that Reebok India has strictly directed around 70 franchisees in Delhi-NCR to accept the new terms and conditions or close shops by August 31, 2012.   The company has announced a...

29th August 2012, By   |  Read More

Taiwanese Chatime Bubble Tea Franchise expands its master franchise in India

  25th August 2012, New Delhi, India: Chatime, a Taiwanese bubble tea shop, is scheduled to open its first Indian outlet in New Delhi tomorrow, tapping into the younger-generation market by offering the Taiwanese specialty beverage also known as pearl milk tea.Chatime has tied up with Alchemist Foods here in India to bring its homegrown concept of Bubble Tea to India through retail stores. Through a master-franchisee model, the stores will be launched in Delhi and Gurgaon, followed by C...

25th August 2012, By   |  Read More

IHOP opens its first franchise in the Middle East

August,08,2012, Dubai, Saudi Arabia: International house of pancakes owned by DineEquity Inc., makes its international presence felt with its first ever franchise store in Dubai’s Mall of The Emirates. This is the first of the 40 hangouts to be opened in the Middle East market, in collaboration with one of the world’s largest franchise operators, the M.H.Alshaya Company to tap the business opportunities in the region. It is a known fact that international restaurants aiming for ...

11th August 2012, By   |  Read More

Garret popcorn all set to open franchises in the Middle East

th August, 2012, Kuwait City, Kuwait: The old fashioned kettles will now be in fashion in Kuwait too!! Afterall, the fun is never complete without the company of popcorns. Popcorn somehow adds spice to the fun and makes it all the more memorable. With Kuwait becoming a land of franchising for many international brands opening many franchise opportunities, the next in pipeline is the America’s The Garret popcorn shop. Based out of Chicago in USA, Garret was established in 1949 and is pres...

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Cinnabon the first American franchise for Libya

August 02, 2012, Tripoli, Libya:  Yes, that’s true you have heard the name Libya, for different reasons in the past few months. But now we bring you good news from this land that just experienced a dramatic revolution. Cinnabon, a bakery based out of USA that supposedly makes the world’s best cinnamon rolls, is the first American brand to open its franchise in Libya. The 7,500 sq.foot store opened recently is the first of the 10 planned locations, projected to open in the next...

3rd August 2012, By   |  Read More

Indian apparel brand Crusoe to embark on franchise journey

31 July, 2012, Mumbai, India: Indian mens innerwear brand Crusoe is planning to expand its outlets in India by opening not only company owned stores but also by franchising its brand creating a number of franchise opportunities. The brand owned by Jagannath textiles based out of Coimbatore is planning to launch 100 exclusive outlets in India by the end of this fiscal year through a franchise route. The brand is working hard to achieve a revenue of two billion rupees by FY’ 16. The co...

2nd August 2012, By   |  Read More

Burger King franchise now in China

17 June, 2012, Shanghai, China Burger king, one of the largest hamburger outlets in the world, is on an expansion spree in China. Currently, there are 63 outlets of Burger King in China. The company plans to open 1000 outlets in the region within the next five to seven years. Considering the size of the of the nation, the number may be less but the number of outlets will catch up with the competitor McDonald, which has 1400 restaurants across the nation. Reports reveal that this is the biggest...

31st July 2012, By   |  Read More

Italian food franchise goes desi

June 12, 2012, Mumbai, India. Spaghetti kitchen, an Italian food franchise that has branches in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Kolkatta has gone desi. With a revamped strategy and menu, Spaghetti Kitchen will start using the ingredients produced in India. To accomplish this, the Spaghetti Kitchen has tied up with farmers across the country to obtain organic, fresh produce free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The franchise has signed contracts with farmers in Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and ...

31st July 2012, By   |  Read More

Smoothie Factory signs master franchise agreement in India

July 7,2012, Dallas Texas:Indians love food, they relish anything new, tasty and healthy. Pizzas, burgers and subs are a household name now. Considering the weather in our cities during summer, we would obviously welcome a beverage which is not only refreshing but also tasty and healthy. Smoothie factory, will probably capitalize on this business opportunity with its yet to open franchises in India. Smoothie factory, based out of Texas, a leader in juice bar industry, has signed a master f...

27th July 2012, By   |  Read More

The Business of Cars and its Dealerships

July 26, 2012, Mumbai, India: Purchasing Maruti Swift or the newly launched i20 can always be a good decision, considering all the reviews they have received. However, as a prospective franchisee / entrepreneur have you explored the business of selling cars? Yes, we are referring to car dealerships, the ones that are the local contact point for the Hondas, Skodas, Tatas, Maruti, General Motors, Toyota and so on. What is common among all these car manufacturers is that they all sell cars vi...

26th July 2012, By   |  Read More

Dos and Donts of Franchising in Pakistan

24th April 2012: The Indian Government has surprisingly shown a lot of enthusiasm in enhancing trade ties with our hostile neighbour, Pakistan. Recently a four day trade fair was organised by the Ministry of Commerce to boost Pakistan textile exports. I couldnt help but think about the vast potential of the explosive trade potential between India and Pakistan, for long trade between the two countries has been conducted via Dubai. Forbes magazine published a story on Pakistan, as the best count...

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Pakistan fashion fraternity eyes franchises in India

16th April 2012: New Delhi, April 16 Pakistan's fashion fraternity has welcomed India and Pakistan's decision to open more trade routes and hope to expand their reach by collaborating with Indian wholesalers, brands and opening retail outlets here. "We are the largest retail brand in Pakistan with almost 60 outlets all across the country. Our plan was not just to stand here and sell our stuff as a brand, rather we are looking at a larger picture here," Muhammad Iqbal, head...

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What does Indian Union Budget 2012 hold for franchising

Are you a franchisor or a franchisee? Exploring new business opportunities and not sure about what Budget 2012 holds for you, read more to know its impact on your franchise business. Some of the key highlights of this Union Budget: MSME Bonanza: SME and MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) have all been the buzz word for sometime now. Banks are showing a greater willingness to support and finance MSMEs, thanks to government initiated schemes like CGTMSE. The Union Budget 2012, has gi...

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Harsha V Agadi joins Quiznos as Executive Chairman

22nd February 2012: Denver based international quick service restaurant chain (QSR) Quiznos, which is planning to expand aggressively in the country has announced Harsha V. Agadi as Executive Chairman of its Board of Managers.   Originally from Mumbai, Agadi brings more than 25 years of experience with food service companies like Domino's Pizza, Pepsi, Kraft, General Foods, Little Caesars Enterprises, Church's Chicken, and most recently, Friendly's Ice Cream Company. Agadi ...

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The Top 5 Malls in Pune

The malls that you need to pay attention to, while expanding in Pune. Pune has come a long way from being a pensioner’s paradise to a flourishing metropolis. The IT techies, strong student community and other professionals and expatriates have led to a rise in real estate prices along with the rapid urbanisation has led to a proliferation of malls and modern retail. Previously, retailing in Pune was confined to a few markets, that were unorganised, chaotic and crowded has now g...

18th February 2012, By   |  Read More

Carnation Auto plans 160 additional company owned and franchise centres

6th February 2012: Carnation Auto, a multi-brand car solution and service providing chain is all set expand. The company plans to open 160 outlets across the country in the next three years via both company owned and franchise route. Presently, it has 25 centres spread across 16 cities, sprawling from Amritsar to Kochi. The 26th facility will be unveiled soon in Ludhiana. Carnation provides holistic automotive solutions for consumers, right from purchasing a used car or a new car, to purcha...

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Somany Ceramics to market Italian group tiles in India through its franchise network

New Delhi, Jan. 31 2012: Somany Ceramics Ltd has entered into a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Italy's IRIS GranitiFiandre Group. It will now market products from the group in India through its 65 exclusive franchise showrooms and select dealership. Mr Abhishek Somany, Joint Managing Director, Somany Ceramics said, “The Italian group has fixed a transfer pricing for us so there is no question of revenue sharing. They will do the below-the line activities and brand...

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Swedish retailer Hennes and Mauritz wary of entering India

30th January 2012: BANGALORE: The world's second-largest apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), which usually enters large markets on its own, is not so sure about opening shop in India despite finding the market "interesting". Earlier this month, India relaxed laws allowing foreign retailers to wholly own their businesses with the rider that they source 30% of their products from SMEs with revenues not exceeding Rs 5 crore. Until then, foreign investment was limited...

30th January 2012, By   |  Read More

Franchise Opportunities that you need to be careful about

  Valuable Insights for franchisors and prospective franchisees I recently received a lot of emails from several franchise brokers about some German toy company that is launching in India. (Infact, I even had a meeting with the would-be-master -franchisees.) I strongly suggest you think many times before signing up for these so-called-opportunities, WHY do we say so, here is some food for thought. Does the brand have any company owned stores? Is the German toy company or the mast...

17th December 2011, By   |  Read More

Naturals icecream Franchise to expand in Middle East and South East Asia

  Mumbai based Kamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams, known for its Natural Ice Cream franchise, has drawn up a Rs. 50-crore capex plan for expansion in the next four years and is planning to enter the UAE and Southeast Asian markets. “We are looking at an investment of Rs. 50 crore (USD 10 Million) in retail and logistics by FY15 besides entering the UAE and Southeast Asian markets,” Kamaths Ice Creams Director Srinivas R Kamath said here. The project will be financed through pro...

5th December 2011, By   |  Read More

3 Reasons why companies dont franchise

  There are several companies that dont franchise, or franchise in a limited manner. To name a few, McDonalds does not franchise single units in India. Its master franchisees own and operate single units. Starbucks owns all its stores in USA and it franchises its operations only internationally. We have several indian companies that dont franchise Read: Famous Indian companies that dont franchise The Top 3 Reason why companies dont franchise: Losing Control: A lot of compani...

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Shorty Capone Chicago Mens Casualwear brand opens at Infiniti 2 Mall Malad

Shorty Capone, an international mens casual wear brand opened up at Infiniti Mall, Malad on 30th September 2011. Shorty Capone provides boys to men premium casual clothing, accessories and footwear for today’s youth. Shorty Capone merchandise is moderately priced for an international brand, with pricing begining at Rs 1899 onwards for jeans, Rs. 1799 onwards for shoes and Rs. 699 onwards for TShirts. Shorty Capone has an international designer team from North America and Europe, attr...

3rd October 2011, By   |  Read More

Aussie Franchisor Boost signs Indian Master Franchisee

A $1.6 million (USD 1.54 Million / Rs. 7.57 Crore) deal to launch Boost in India will see five juice bars opening in 2012, with a total of 100 stores opening over a period of five years throughout India. Localisation will see Boost trade as Joost Juice Bars in India. Boost founder Janine Allis and executive team Scott Meneilly, general manager, and Olivia Elsley, general manager, international, have finalised the master franchise agreement with entrepreneurs Rivoli Sinha and Dev Agarwal, th...

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Indian Master Franchisee for Dominos Pizza to open 25 to 30 stores in Sri Lanka

  Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL), master franchise of Dominos Pizza for the Indian subcontinent has launched its first Dominos Pizza Store in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The other famous American pizza food franchise, Pizza Hut is already present in Sri Lanka. Dominos Pizza in Sri Lanka would focus on Pizza home delivery but would also offer all day dine-in option to consumers at the store, just like its very successful model in India. However, internationally Dominos heavily focusses on pi...

20th September 2011, By   |  Read More

Crisil Assigns Grade 2 on 5 to Jawed Habib IPO

CRISIL has assigned a grade ‘2/5’ to the proposed initial public offer (IPO) of Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty (JHHBL). This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the IPO are ‘below average’ relative to the other listed equity securities in India. However, this grade is not an opinion on whether the issue price is appropriate in relation to the issue fundamentals. The grade is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold the graded instrument, or a comment on the graded ...

7th September 2011, By   |  Read More

Quiznos Forays Deeper into India with Sub One Hospitality Services

  Quiznos’ International has signed a new master franchise agreement with New-Delhi based Sub One Hospitality Services. Denver-based Quiznos is one of America’s premier Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains, with around 4000 stores in over 35 countries. The 30-year old restaurant, often regarded as having pioneered the “toasted sandwich sub”, was ranked by CNN Money in 2010 as being the No. 2 most popular franchise of the past decade (after super-chain franchis...

6th September 2011, By   |  Read More

Kimaya Plans To Spread Out In Pan India and Globally

  Kimaya, a luxury fashion house is planning to open 40 to 50 stores pan India and as well as abroad within the next few years. The new stores will be launched through mix of ownership as well as franchise model. The brand is now also focusing on tier II cities like Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Pune, Lucknow, Nagpur, Kochi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc apart from metros. Also, the company is seeking to extend its footprint to international locations such as London, New York, South Afr...

3rd August 2011, By   |  Read More

Magnolia Bakery Hunting for Indian Franchisee

Magnolia Bakery is heading to India and their signature cupcakes would very soon be accessible here just like in New York. Magnolia Bakery famous for its fluffy pastries with creamy pastel-coloured frosting is looking for franchisees in the country. The New York-based chain’s owner and CEO Steve Abrams said that the entry into India will be part of a worldwide push by the mini-chain. It is currently present in New York, Los Angeles and Dubai. While the chain is open to making some conc...

28th July 2011, By   |  Read More

Juice Lounge Targets Middle-East for Expansion

Juice Lounge, post an overwhelming response of their new outlet in Doha, Qatar, the brand is looking to expand its business in Middle East region and is also mulling to venture in other Asian countries. Mr Manav Shital, Founder, Juice Lounge, said, “As there is a niche need in the society for healthy joints, Juice Lounge is the perfect fit as it offers pure juices and snacks as a great alternative to healthy lifestyle.”   The company is also eyeing pan-India presence with ...

22nd July 2011, By   |  Read More

Can a Master Franchisee Be Valued As Much As the Parent Company Itself

In most conventional cases where logic might prevail, the parent company will be valued a lot more than their franchisee partner. Merely because, the parent company owns the brand as well as the other intellectual property that is lent to the master franchisee. When it comes to India, convention is not convention anymore. Dominos Inc. Master Franchisee for the Indian Subcontinent (includes India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal) except Pakistan, Jubilant Food Works has been enjoying a consid...

6th July 2011, By   |  Read More

KidzArt Signs Franchise Agreements to Inflate into Saudi Arabia and Malta

  As part of its international growth strategy, KidzArt, the leading art franchise worldwide, announced its continued expansion with two new franchise partners signing on in Saudi Arabia and Malta. Responding to an increase in demand for children's creative educational services, KidzArt has added a dozen new franchises internationally in the past two years. "The KidzArt franchise business has expanded to all corners of the world to help develop children's creativity and e...

28th June 2011, By   |  Read More

Tommy Hilfiger exclusive store opens in Lucknow

The premium lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger launches its first outlet in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This brand was brought to India by Arvind Murjani Brands Pvt. Ltd. This franchised store is a part of the brand’s endeavour to expand and establish its reach into tier II cities in India. The company is looking to launch a total of another 25 more stores across India by mid 2012. The Tommy Hilfiger store in Lucknow is located in the centre of the city, in the Hazratganj area. ...

23rd June 2011, By   |  Read More

India to become biggest market for GFA by 2012

Global Franchise Architects (GFA), the specialty food division of Geneva-based Synergia One group, expects India to become its biggest market by 2012. The company, which owns brands like Pizza Corner, Donut Baker, Cream and Fudge Factory and Coffee World, will open 50 more outlets in the country, making it a bigger market than Thailand. GFA finds the growth potential in specialty foods higher than that in all the eight countries in South Asia and West Asia where it has a total of 225 outlets...

13th June 2011, By   |  Read More

Timbor Home IPO oversubscribed 5.78X

The Timbor Home Ltd, manufacturer and retailer of modular kitchen has plans to go for an IPO at a price band between Rs 54-63 to fund its expansion plan in India. The company is planning to raise around Rs 19 crore to Rs 23 crore through this IPO. These funds will be used for the purchase of machinery for capacity expansion, working capital and establishment of new stores across the country. An Initial Public Offering (IPO) is when a company (called the issuer, Timbor Home in this ...

3rd June 2011, By   |  Read More

Know all about Cartridge Refilling Business Opportunity

During the Current Slow down, you could help consumers save money and also at the same time, you can make some money. Past scenario: Whenever we ran out of ink for our printers, we had two options both with their respective pros and cons. Option 1: Local re-filler, who would do it a low cost, however along with low quality. Option 2: Expensive Original Cartridges, great quality, however quite expensive.   However in the current scenario, the consumer has a 3rd and a very viable ...

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