AUGUST 31, 2009
 

GFA on expansion spree; eyes 100 outlets pan-India

Switzerland-based retail brand franchiser Global Franchise Architects (GFA), which owns quick service restaurant chains including Pizza Corner, Donut Baker, Coffee World and Cream & Fudge Factory, is planning to expand its network to 100 stores by the end of the fiscal, reports Business Standard. More...

Hope Floats

Notwithstanding a recent KPMG study that predicts slowdown in the retail sector to continue for another 12-18 months, there are encouraging signs of retail revival. The sector is now in correction mode, shedding some of its flab accumulated as a result of indiscriminate expansion. More...

Bata Malaysia to open 15 retail outlets within next two years

Bata (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a well-known shoe manufacturer, has plans to open 15 stores in the region within two years as a part of its expansion strategy, agency reports. More...

Marks & Spencer opens Food to Go in Hong Kong

UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer has opened Food to Go outlets in Hong Kong -- the first time that the chain has sold chilled foods outside the UK and Ireland in its 125-year history, agency reports. More...

Vishal Retail asks banks to reduce rates on its debts

Reeling under a debt burden of Rs 730 crore, New Delhi-based Vishal Retail is talking to its bankers to slash interest rates to half from the present 11.5 to 12 per cent being paid by the company, reports Financial Chronicle. More...

Godrej bets big on Africa for hair colour business

The Godrej group is looking at a major expansion across the African continent as it attempts to capitalise on the hair colours and hair accessories business across the continent, reports Financial Chronicle. More...

Formal wear brands think younger

Several formal wear brands are widening their category size in the ready-to-wear market by undergoing a makeover or launching sub-brands in other segments, reports Financial Chronicle. The age-old brands that have chosen to have a younger look include Allen Solly as well as Genesis and Basics, whereas Peter England, Van Heusen and Louis Phillippe have younger-looking and more fashionable sub-brands, the report added.  More...

Railways identify sites for commercial utilisation

Indian Railways has started working on commercial utilisation of the 112,000 acres in its land bank. It has identified 12 areas near existing stations across the states to set up multi-functional complexes. Some of places earmarked for such units include Katra, Haridwar, Alleppey in Kerala, New Jalpaiguri and New Alipore in West Bengal, reports Financial Chronicle. More...

DotGFA on expansion spree; eyes 100 outlets pan-India - 29 Aug.09
DotUS Food Chains Hunt For Franchise Scope In South India- 28 Aug.09
DotCrepe Connection Mulls Expansion Via Franchise Route- 27 Aug.09
DotUS-based Cinnabon Bakeries Opens Maiden Outlet In India - 26 Aug.09
DotDomino's To Tap Newly Launched Pasta Segment To Expand Range- 25 Aug.09
DotRE/MAX India Expands Footprint Via Franchising- 24 Aug.09
DotKFC Opens 50th Outlet In Chennai; Eyes 500 Outlets By 2015- 22 Aug.09
DotRPG To Invest Rs 100 Crore In Spencer's; Plans 10 New Stores- 21 Aug.09
DotCastrol BikeZone To Add 50-55 Franchise Outlets By March 2010- 20 Aug.09
DotToon Kidz Eyes 200 Stores: Seeks Franchisees For Expansion- 19 Aug.09
DotMadame Launches New Store At Ambala; Targets 100 Stores By 2010- 18 Aug.09
DotYum! Restaurants To Increase KFC Outlets In India- 17 Aug.09
DotLeonidas to open three new outlets by 2009-end- 13 Aug.09
DotYum! Restaurants Set To Launch Mexican Chain Taco Bell- 12 Aug.09
DotGFA Seeks Master Franchisees In North, West India- 11 Aug.09
DotMegamart Set To Expand Retail Network Via Franchising- 10 Aug.09
DotCalifornia Pizza Kitchen To Foray Into India Via Franchising- 07 Aug.09
DotUS Dollar Store Targets 100 Franchise Stores By This Year-end- 06 Aug.09
DotThe Loot Mulls Franchise Route To Expand Retail Footprint- 05 Aug.09
DotReid & Taylor To Open 250 Franchise Outlets- 04 Aug.09
DotCookie Man Plans 60 Outlets By 2009-End - 03 Aug.09
DotShoppers Stop To Double Number Of Mothercare Outlets- 01 Aug.09
DotJSW To Invest Rs 2.6 Crore To Roll Out 130 Retail Outlets- 31 July.09
DotBooster Juice Plans 100 Outlets In Five Years- 30 July.09
DotANTS Giving Animation Further Thrust, 25 More Schools Planned- 29 July.09
DotHealth Sanctuary unveils Slimming Studio in New Delhi- 28 July.09
DotIndian Terrain mulls franchise route in tier II, III cities- 27 July.09
DotGFA Mulls PE Route To Raise Funds For Expansion- 25 July.09
DotVishal Retail to shut 10 loss-making company-owned stores- 24 July.09
DotEssar Steel Seeks Franchisees To Expand Retail Footprint- 23 July.09
DotSiyaram To Set Up 200 Stores In India, West Asia In Three Years- 22 July.09
DotWelspun Retail Plans 400-500 Stores By 2013; Seeks Franchisees For Expansion- 21 July.09
DotPavers England Takes Franchise Route To Launch Maiden Outlet- 20 July.09
DotGFA Plans To Open 40 New Outlets By March 2010- 18 July.09
DotVeta targets 100 franchise centres in Sri Lanka- 17 July.09
DotKaati Zone seeks franchisees for retail expansion- 16 July.09
DotMan U Restaurant and Bar in Mumbai soon- 15 July.09
DotKFC, Pizza Hut's parent co Yum under ED's lens- 14 July.09
DotDixy Chicken debuts in India via franchising- 13 July.09
DotGrand Slam to set up 30 more franchise stores in tier II, III cities- 10 July.09
DotBest Western to unveil 15 new franchise properties in India- 09 July.09
DotAmara Raja Batteries to expand pan-India network via franchising- 08 July.09
DotH&R Johnson eyes Rs 3,000 crore turnover; seeks franchisees for expansion- 07 July.09
DotWay2Wealth seeking franchisees to expand pan-India footprint- 06 July.09
DotZedds mulls franchise route to expand footprint- 04 July.09
DotWadhawan Hospitality to bring Cinnabon brand to India- 03 July.09
DotCCD looks to expand global imprint- 02 July.09
DotYum Restaurants looks for 50% revenue from KFC- 01 July.09
DotMedPlus seeks franchisees to expand pan-India footprint- 30 June.09
DotItalian Coffee Brand Caffe Pascucci Forays Into India- 29 June.09
DotNilgiris to open 40-50 new stores via franchising - 27 June.09
DotKairali Group to expand overseas footprint via franchising- 26 June.09
DotZudaas France to take franchise route to expand India footprint- 25 June.09
DotIndus Fila enters domestic retail biz; seeks franchisees to expand footprint- 24 June.09
DotIndian handloom brand Cottage eyes China foray via franchise route- 23 June.09
DotUltraTech plans 71 building solutions outlets across Maharashtra- 22 June.09
DotBSNL mulls over franchise route to reduce costs- 20 June.09
DotBSNL mulls over franchise route to reduce costs- 19 June.09
DotKarrox to make south India foray; seeking franchisees for expansion- 18 June.09
DotTata's Trent, UK's Arcadia may sign franchise pact- 17 June.09
DotNumero Uno to open 50 new outlets via franchising- 16 June.09
DotMaishaa mulls franchise model to expand pan-India footprint- 15 June.09
DotAfter DLF, Rahejas want to surrender SEZ- 13 June.09
DotPizza Corner to open 100 stores pan-India this year- 12 June.09
DotFood King exploring franchise route to set up shop abroad- 11 June.09
DotSLCL plans 1,500 franchise stores pan-India by 2011- 10 June.09
DotRasna To Open 30 New Devil's Workshop Outlets Via Franchising- 09 June.09
DotMadame eyes 200 outlets by 2012; seeking franchisees for expansion- 08 June.09
DotHard Rock Cafe Opens Maiden Franchise Outlet In New Delhi- 06 June.09
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