June 08, 2009

Madame eyes 200 outlets by 2012; seeking franchisees for expansion

Madame, the New Delhi-based leading women’s western wear brand, has announced plans to open 100 exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) by the end of 2010. In addition to this, the company has set an ambitious target to make 200 Madame EBOs operational across the country by 2012, which will be a mix of company-owned and franchised stores. Meanwhile, the company has recently opened a new store at Sahara Mall, Hazrat Ganj in Lucknow. More...

Russian firm to open Hamleys toy store in Mosco

A Russian company said on Friday that it would open a branch of British toy chain Hamleys in Moscow in the autumn. F D LAB Group has signed a franchise agreement to develop the Hamleys chain in Russia, Alexander Lopatin, the company’s president said on the sidelines of a fashion retail forum. More...

UK's New Look gains market share at home, heads east

British clothing retailer New Look is taking market share from rivals Marks & Spencer Group Plc and Next Plc as cash-strapped shoppers flock to its cheaper, fast-changing fashions. Meanwhile, the privately-owned group said it was on the verge of signing deals to expand in eastern Europe and hoped to enter China and India in coming years, agency reports. More...

Luxury Swiss watch brand eyes Middle East expansion

JEANRICHARD, the prestigious brand of luxury Swiss watches famous for their combination of aesthetics and functionality, is looking to expand its business in the Middle East region. More...

Al Fahim Holdings to open new shops, close others

Al Fahim Holdings, which employs 4,000 staff across its retail outlets in the Middle East, has announced changes to its portfolio of stores in UAE and Bahrain. While 16 new stores totalling 305,273 sq ft will open, seven underperforming shops are being closed and one is being renovated, the company said. More...

Biyani sees no Future with Italian Replay, to end licensing pact

India’s largest retailer Future Group is likely to end its licensing agreement with Italian fashion brand Replay and, in a separate move, scrap standalone retail outlets of Lee Cooper and books chain Depot moving them as shop-in-shop inside its large format stores such as Big Bazaar, Central and Pantaloon, reports Economic Times. More...

Danone gets FIPB nod to go it alone in food, biscuits segment

On the heels of resolving its two-year dispute with the Wadia Group over control of Britannia, Groupe Danone SA has received Government’s permission for a solo entry into food, beverage, biscuits, cereal, dairy and baby food product segment in India, reports Business Line. More...

Damas’ single brand retail among 23 FDI plans cleared

Damas LLC’s plans to establish a joint venture company with Gitanjali Lifestyle Ltd for retail trading of jewellery and related accessories is among 23 FDI (foreign direct investment) proposals worth Rs 564 crore cleared by the Government, reports Business Line. More...

Tanishq looks at double digit growth despite downturn

Tanishq, the largest branded jewellery retail chain, is looking at maintaining a double digit growth this fiscal riding on the back of high demand and greater contribution from the diamond segment. More...

Raymond shuts down loss-making Belgium, US units

Raymond Ltd has closed down two overseas units of its denim joint venture and said that it has provided for diminution of Rs 230.13 crore in the value of its investments in the joint venture, as an exceptional item for 2008-09. The company’s joint venture – Raymond UCO Denim Pvt Ltd – with UCO NV of Belgium, shut down its heavily loss-making subsidiaries in Belgium and the US in December, reports Business Line. More...

Wipro Consumer Care ups focus on furniture biz

Wipro Furniture Business, a part of Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting Group, is increasing its focus to address the high-end imported furniture market in India. This division, a part of the diversified $5 billion IT services exporter Wipro Limited, is lining up a series of initiatives to address this market by launching designer office furniture. More...

Vishal group inaugurates second hyper market in Jalandhar

Retail chain Vishal group has announced plans to open 50 stores across the country in the current financial year. Meanwhile, it opened its second hyper market in Jalandhar, Punjab. More...

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DotGlobal property consultant RE/MAX to expand network via franchising- 05 June.09
DotBird Academy to take franchise route to expand network- 04 June.09
DotHair Designer Jawed Habib Mulls Franchise Route To Open 100 Salons- 03 June.09
DotHealth Sanctuary plans 50 new franchise centres pan-India- 02 June.09
DotS K Educations eyes 150 new playschools via franchising- 01 June.09
DotKolkata restaurateur bets on franchisees to expand retail footprint in India and overseas- 29 May.09
DotEdelweiss to seek franchisees for retail broking business- 28 May.09
DotMcDonald's India plans to open 180-190 restaurants by 2015- 27 May.09
DotPan India Food To Focus On Expansion Of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Chain- 26 May.09
DotToonKidz Mulls Over Franchising Strategy For Retail Expansion- 25 May.09
DotSnap Fitness eyes expansion in south India via franchising- 23 May.09
DotING partners with Suvidhaa franchises for premium collection- 22 May.09
DotING partners with Suvidhaa franchises for premium collection- 21 May.09
DotCygnus Fine Jewellery Seeks Franchisees for expansion of retail operations- 20 May.09
DotKarROX in franchise expansion mode- 19 May.09
DotDalmia aims to create $200 billion retail chain in next five years- 18 May.09
DotGerman apparel brand Lerros eyes expansion in Indian market- 16 May.09
DotEdServ plans 2,000 franchise Job Booths pan-India- 15 May.09
DotEuroKids plans 200 pre-schools, five schools by March 2010- 14 May.09
DotAIBA plans 7,840 department stores pan-India via franchise model - 13 May.09
DotNilgiris to focus on small-format stores; invites franchisees for expansion- 12 May.09
DotUS-based Brinker International launches Chilli’s restaurant in India - 11May.09
DotNolte sets up fourth outlet in India; to open four more outlets in 2009 - 09 May.09
DotOriental Trimex plans 40 new franchise outlets by 2010-end- 08 May.09
DotFerns ‘N’ Petals opens maiden outlet in Kashmir via franchise route- 06 May.09
DotChai Garam to expand in Delhi-NCR through franchising- 05 May.09
DotHanung Toys & Textiles to open 150 outlets; eyes Rs 850 crore turnover by 2010- 04 May.09
Dot10 more KFC restaurants in Mumbai, 2 in Pune- 02 May.09
DotGFA targets 100 outlets in India by Aug ‘09- 01 May.09
DotNafed plans retail expansion through franchisees- 30 Apr.09
DotLifelong Finishing Academy eyes over 100 centres through franchise model- 29 Apr.09
DotOriental Cuisines’ Zara opens in Hyderabad; to roll out in Delhi, Mumbai soon - 28 Apr.09
DotBurg-Wachter to open 55 franchise outlets; eyes Euro 20 million sales by 2011 - 27 Apr.09
DotUK-based Dixy Chicken set to debut in India; plans 100 outlets in 3 years- 25 Apr.09
DotCartridge World to continue expansion via franchise model- 24 Apr.09
DotNitco Tiles to open 400 new franchise showrooms in 3 years- 23 Apr.09
DotVan Heusen to take franchise route for expansion- 22 Apr.09
DotUS-based Destination Maternity inks franchise pact with Mahindra Retail- 21 Apr.09
DotSpeciality Restaurants set to acquire two restaurant chains- 20 Apr.09
DotAmoha plans 1,000 new centres in 20 countries by 2011- 18 Apr.09
DotAptech plans to franchise centres globally- 17 Apr.09
DotSamsonite plans 50 more franchise outlets by year-end- 16 Apr.09
DotMadame earmarks Rs 23 crore to open 46 new outlets by 2010- 15 Apr.09
DotTIME to expand footprint in India via franchise route- 14 Apr.09
DotFuturebrands eyes franchise route to spread reach of private labels- 13 Apr.09
DotBlue Bird Leisure & Holidays to expand via franchise model- 11 Apr.09
DotKoutons Retail to go slow on expansion plan- 10 Apr.09
DotLoot India likely to shut unviable stores- 09 Apr.09
DotNirula's plans to open 10 ice cream kiosks by September 2009- 08 Apr.09
DotJerns ‘N’ Petals opens new franchise outlet in Kolkata- 07 Apr.09
DotJSW Steel eyes rural market; to open 600 outlets via franchise route by 2010-11
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DotBhosale's God’s Blessings to become tallest residential tower in Pune- 04 Apr.09
DotOrra to expand via franchise route; plans 10 new outlets in FY 2009-10 03 Apr.09
DotCookie Man earmarks Rs 25 crore for expansion; eyes 250 outlets by 2013-14 -
02 Apr.09

Trutek enters home appliances retailing; to expand via franchise model -01 Apr.09
Nirula's to open 30 new outlets in FY ‘10 -31 Mar.09
French home fashion brand aims to expand footprint in Delhi-NCR -30 Mar.09
Ventura to double the number of franchisees this year -28 Mar.09
Dandy Collections to open 100 outlets this fiscal -27 Mar.09
Ferns 'N' Petals to open 30 new outlets -26 Mar.09
EducationOne Promise ties up with three pre-schools; eyes 60 new franchisees in ‘09 -25 Mar.09
STG set to rebrand itself; plans 15 new franchise centres by April ‘09 -24 Mar.09
Body Shop cuts prices of 200 products; plans to open more stores -23 Mar.09
Shemrock to launch secondary school; seeks franchisees for expansion -21 Mar.09
IHT introduces Institute of Financial Management; to set up over 50 franchise centres -20 Mar.09
Aptech to open 50 new centres in 09’ -19 Mar.09
Bikanervala to open 6 new franchise outlets; eyes Sharjah, Australia foray -18 Mar.09
Roots Education to take MBAGuru pan-India via franchising -17 Mar.09
Akiko Callnet to open 50 new franchise centres by March 2010 -16 Mar.09
Wills Lifestyle to tap smaller towns via franchise route -14 Mar.09
Balloonman on expansion spree via franchise route; eyes 50 new kiosks by March 2010-end -13 Mar.09
G-Tec set to foray into north India via franchise route -12 Mar.09
Realty Plus, Franchise Plus expos a big draw; Toon Kidz bags Best Franchisor Award -10 Mar.09
JumboKing earmarks Rs 10 crore to open 60 new stores -09 Mar.09
Franchise Plus, Realty Plus expos open in New Delhi -07 Mar.09
Power Plate launches exclusive studio in New Delhi; to expand via franchising route -06 Mar.09
The Loot to expand via franchise model; plans 100 stores by 2009-end -5 Mar 09
H&R Johnson opens modular kitchen store; targets 50 franchise store in 12 months-04 Mar.09
Reebok India touches Rs 1,400 crore turnover mark; plans 900 new franchise stores in 2009 -03 Mar.09
Arzoo.com unveils franchise model -02 Mar.09
Dish Hospitality plans multi-brand restaurants -28 Feb.09
Sia Art Jewellery mulls franchise model to double outlets by 2010-11 -27 Feb.09
Cantabil to focus on franchise model; plans 280 new stores by 2010-end -26 Feb.09
Big Mo's launches Rolls & Wraps in New Delhi; seeks franchisees for expansion -25 Feb.09
Titan takes franchise route for 'Fastrack' expansion -24 Feb.09
Costa Coffee on expansion spree; eyes 300 outlets by 2012 -23 Feb.09
Vee India unveils new retail formats; to expand through franchise route -21 Feb.09
Papa John's opens new outlet in Mumbai; eyes 400 stores in four years -20 Feb.09
Hasbro Clothing plans EBOs across southern states -19 Feb.09
Victorinox plans expansion via franchise route -18 Feb.09
McDonald's eyes 40 restaurants by 2010; to take franchise route for expansion -17 Feb.09
Subway To Continue Expansion In India Via Franchise Model -16 Feb.09
GHCL Opens Rosebys Stores After Initial Delay; Seeking More Franchisees -14 Feb.09
Papa John's Opens Flagship Outlet In New Delhi; Mulls Rs 250 Crore For Expansion -13 Feb.09
HR Johnson enters modular kitchen biz; seeking franchisees for expansion -12 Feb.09
CNI to take franchise route to expand pan-India network-11 Feb.09
Krishna Group earmarks Rs 150 crore to take The Grab Store pan-India-10 Feb.09
Chhabra 555 to launch women's ready-to-wear garments; plans 10 new franchise stores-09 Feb.09
Xenos plans to open more auto boutiques; explores franchise model-07 Feb.09
TWB to take certification programme pan-India through franchisees-06 Feb.09
Cartridge World to launch 250 stores via franchise route by 2010-05 Feb.09
Koutons Retail to open 80 more outlets by March ’09; takes franchise route for expansion-04 Feb.09
Raha Poly earmarks Rs 50 crore for retail spread; plans 800 franchise outlets in 5 years-03 Feb.09
Peter England to set up stores in 1,000 towns; seeking franchisees for expansion - 02 Feb.09
JIP inks franchise pact with Quiznos to open outlets in India-31 Jan.09
Yash Birla Group acquires majority stake in Kerala Vaidyashala-30 Jan.09
The Great Kabab Factory looks for expansion in India, abroad via franchise mode-29 Jan.09
Madame unveils accessories brand; seeks franchisees for expansion-28 Jan.09
Coffee Day Xpress eyes 1,000 kiosks via franchise model-27 Jan.09
Titan has no plans to go slow on investments-24 Jan.09
Rosebys on expansion mode; plans 150 stores in six months-23 Jan.09
The Grab store explores franchise route to expand footprints; plans 25-30 stores by 2010-end-22 Jan.09
Titan to add 20 franchise stores pan-India by 2009-end-21 Jan.09
BIGFlix.com partners with Future Group; plans 200 stores by March-end-09Jan.09
HUL hives off Lakme, Ayush Therapy to new unit Lakme Lever -08 Jan. 09
Wardrobe set to expand through franchise model -07 Jan. 09
Raymond aims to take on Zodiac’s new format via franchise model -06 Jan. 09
Vishal Retail likely to miss revenue target on slowing sales -05 Jan. 09
Footwear brand Vi-Ga plans international foray via franchise model -03 Jan. 09
Cartridge World rolls out 10th store in Mumbai -02 Jan. 09
Vishal Retail takes franchise route to open fashion format in Punjab -31 Dec. 08
Broking firms explores franchise route to weather meltdown -30 Dec. 08
Creative Portico on expansion mode; plans 25 franchise stores by 2011-12 -29 Dec. 08
Rosebys seeks franchisees to roll out over 200 stores pan-India soon -28 Dec. 08
d'Mart on expansion spree via franchise model -26 Dec. 08
Da Milano explores franchise route for expansion -24 Dec. 08
Slice of Italy on expansion spree; seeks franchisees to widen footprint -23 Dec. 08
Senco Gold charts out expansion strategy via franchising  -22 Dec. 08
DLF eyes $1 billion from 15 high-end labels in 5 years -20 Dec. 08
Bisk Farm to roll out bakery retail chain; plans 100 franchise stores  -19 Dec. 08
Zee Learn to invest Rs 350 crore to open 300 schools pan-India -18 Dec. 08
American Snowberry enters India with $50 million investment plan -17 Dec. 08
Jotun Paints to expand retail network in India via franchise model -16 Dec. 08
Rosebys to set up pan-India network of franchisee stores soon -15 Dec. 08
Cornerstone takes franchise route to expand footprints -13 Dec. 08
Raymond mulling expansion in smaller cities via franchisees -12 Dec. 08
Bata India devising franchise model; plans 180 new stores in 3 years -11 Dec. 08
Cartridge Café plans 8 new franchises by March 2009 -10 Dec. 08
Italy's Loro Piana to enter India via JV with Bada Saab Design -09 Dec. 08
Bombay Dyeing Announces Change In Directorate -08 Dec. 08
Pre-school chain KidZee to slot in a newfangled identity soon -06 Dec. 08
Tru Frut Natural Ice Cream seeking franchisees to expand footprint -05 Dec. 08
Lava Electronics opts for franchise route to enter Indian market -04 Dec. 08
Swimwear brand Banana Moon to hit Indian shores through franchise route -03 Dec. 08
Kerala State Civil Supplies Corp plans franchisee outlets in Middle East -02 Dec. 08
Coffee Day Xpress plans 2,000 outlets in the next 2-3 years -01 Dec. 08
Vishal Retail mulls over franchising strategy; plans 200 stores by 2009-end  -28 Nov. 08
Famous Famiglia to take franchise route to enter India  -27 Nov. 08
Vishal Retail explores franchise route to open 11 stores in last fortnight  -26 Nov.

Orion CALLTECH to make maiden international foray soon  -25 Nov. 08
Cookie Man sets the pace for international expansion  -24 Nov. 08
Abbee plans retail brand for printing cartridge components  -22 Nov. 08
BridgeStreet seeks potential Indian partners to sign franchise pact  -21 Nov. 08
Koochie mulls franchise route to achieve pan-India footprint  -20 Nov. 08
Shahnaz Husain ties up with Tesco to retail herbal brands in UK  -19 Nov. 08
ACPSL eyes 1,500 AbbeeFill stores Pan-India  -18 Nov. 08
Domino’s Pizza targets Rs 1,000 crore from 500 outlets by 2011  -17 Nov. 08
Jotun Paints mulls 300 exclusive outlets in India  -15 Nov. 08
Refeel Catridge hums franchisee tune for stores expansion  -14 Nov. 08
Cartridge World opens three stores in Hyderabad  -13 Nov. 08
Nirula's looks franchise model, JV’s for international foray  -12 Nov. 08
Vishal Retail to drive growth through franchise Biz  -11 Nov. 08
Joy Alukkas seeks franchisees to flap golden wings wider  -10 Nov. 08
K Raheja Corp ties up with Servcorp  -08 Nov. 08
Moen to open flagship store in New Delhi  -07 Nov. 08
Farnell inks franchise pact with Altera for Asia Pacific  -06 Nov. 08
Brownie Cottage mulls franchise route to expand network  -05 Nov. 08
Pavers England to invest $10 million in Indian market  -04 Nov. 08
Triveni puts rural superstore chain on block  -03 Nov. 08
US Pizza drafts new model to help franchisees  -01 Nov. 08
Essar Oil To Re-activate Its Outlets  -27 Oct. 08
Dell Opens Exclusive Shops In India  -23 Oct. 08
Promart Chain To Prop Up Across India  -20 Oct. 08
Whirlpool Planning 80 More Outlets  -13 Oct. 08
Suvidhaa Infoserve Targeting 20,000 Franchise Outlets  -06 Oct. 08
Wardrobe To Set Up India's Largest Laundry Chain  -29 Sep. 08
Mehrasons For Franchising Diamond Retail Format  -15 Sep. 08
Khadim IPO In Mid-August  -1 Sep. 08
JM&S Reliance India To Take Over 14 Franchisees  -14 Aug. 08
Jumbo King Only For Multiple Franchise Owners  -4 Aug. 08
Rosebys To Open First Indian Outlet In August   -17 july 08
Westside Looking For Franchisees  -01 july 08
Eight New Talwalkars Health Centress  -05 May 08
Home Solutions Retail To Invest Rs 500 Crores  -1 April 08
SPAR International To Take In Large Indian Kirana Stores  -15 Jan 08
Starbucks Ties Up With PVR  -5 Jan 08
Trent To Set Up 100 Grocery Stores At Rs 400 mn  -18 Dec 07
Carrefour Stores In India By 2009  -7 Dec 07
Arvind Mills To Set Up Superstore Chain  -24 Nov 07
Reliance Retail In Jewellery Business  -1 Nov 07
Mahindra’s Bite In Retail Apple  -18 Oct 07
Vishal Retail Planning Quick Service Restaurants   -5 Oct 07
Welspun To Expand Retail Network   -18 Sep 07
ITC For Small Hypermarkets In Villages   -3 Sep 07
Medicine Shoppe’s Expansion Plan In India      -1Aug 07
Peter England’s Scheme For Family Stores      -18July 07
Ritu Wears To Target Smaller Cities      -3July 07
NIIT Opens Networking Learning Centre      -1June 07
NIIT Opens Networking Learning Centre      -15 May 07
Reliancedigital opens first store In Ghaziabadl      -1 May 07
Essar's Investment Plan For Retail      -24 Mar 07
Bharti unveils retail plan, to invest $2.5 bn     -21 Feb 07
Damas Looks To India, Plans Global Brands     -9 Feb 07
300 Mark Pi Restaurants Planned      -18 Jan 07
Hero group to embrace retailing     -18 Dec 06
Bharti In Retail Bandwagon With Wal-Mart As Partner     -4 Dec 06
RIL forays into retail with 11 stores in Hyderabad     -4 Nov 06
Office1 Superstore For Anything And Everything     -21 July 06
Raymond Plans 10 Zapp! Stores By Next March     -05 July 06
Louis Vuitton, Fendi At India’s Doorsteps     -17 June06
SQL Star To Go The Franchise Way     -02 June 06
85 Stores That Will Give Footmart A Bigger Footing      -16 May 06
German Shoemaker For Extended Retail In India      -03 May 06
Nicholas Piramal Plans 40 More Diagnostic Labs      -17 Apri l06
Alukkas Jewellery Decorates Hyderabad      -05 April06
Planet Retail Holdings Is Born      -17 March06
Century Plans Major Retail Expansion      -04 March06
Reliance Private Equity Bags 44% Stake In DTDC      -16 Feb06
McDonald's High On Highways      -04 Feb06
Sona Group Is SIXT’s Master Franchisee      -18 Jan06
Indage To Spread Nando's Chicken Chain      -03 Jan06
Carlson Wagonlit Seeking Indian Franchisees      -17 Dec05
Mumbai, Delhi To Have Its Landmarks      - 06 Dec 05
Nahar Planning More Retail Outlets For Its Garments      -04 Nov05
Mallz99 Dollar Store Appears In Delhi      -17 Oct 05
100 Coffee Day Xpress Outlets In Punjab, Haryana Planned      -04 Oct 05
Subway Sandwich Outlet In Kolkata, 12 More Planned      -20 Sept 05
HEIL To Open Retail Outlets, Lounges; Has Eyes On Fridge      -05 Sept 05
Avenue Montaigne plans 40 large format stores      -17Aug 05
Hidesign to set up outlets all over the globe      -03Aug 05
Café sub-brand a new feather in Barista's cap      -16July 05
Plugged out or not?      - 02July 05
K. K. Modi group in retail pathway      - 18 June 05
Athlete’s Foot stepping into India through Planet Sports      - 02 June 05
Tesco, Casino looking for JVs in Indian retail sector      - 14 May 05
Essar Oil targets 2,500 retail outlets      - 15 Apr 05
Adani extending retail base beyond Gujarat      - 08 Mar 05
Reliance on Franchise Path to Petro Retailing      - 01 Feb 05
Shoprite Hyper makes its debut in India      -17 Jan 05
Domino’s Pizza up on franchise path in India      -18 Dec 04
Zodiac's New plan for expansion and alliances      -16 Nov 04
Dubai-based distributor to tempt gourmets in India      -02 Nov 04
Shoppers' Stop on IPO path      -01 Sep 04
Bombay Dyeing plans to set up own retail stores     -04 Oct 04
Tanishq bags Indian Marketing Award, to go global     -16 Oct 04
Trent enters hypermarket territory      -16 Sep 04