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WILLS LIFESTYLE MULLS PAN INDIA EXPANSION VIA FRANCHISING

Wills Lifestyle, a leading apparel brand of ITC is on an expansion spree. The brand aims at widening its network across metros and tier II cities in particular. Presently, Wills Lifestyle has 95 stores in total and plans to open 60 stores in smaller cities, in the next three years to expand its retail footprint in India. Atul Chand, CEO, ITC Wills Lifestyle Retailing Division says:  “We have executed the plans to expand the retail footprint with the addition of 20 stores ...

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Raj Vakharia Named Vice President at America’s Best Franchising

America's Best Franchising has promoted Raj Vakharia, CHO to Vice President, Franchise Development with responsibility for both domestic and international sales. The Atlanta-based company operates more than 300 properties primarily in the United States under five brands: Jameson Inns & Suites; 3 Palms Resorts; Country Hearth Inns & Suites; America's Best Inns & Suites; and Budgetel Inns and Suites."As we revitalize and reposition our brands, Raj can help us reach our full potent...

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Canadian chain Pita Pit to open 50 stores in India

Canadian quick service restaurant chain Pita Pit will open over 50 outlets in India over next five years to expand footprint in the northern and eastern regions to being with. "We are looking at opening 50 plus Pita Pit outlets in the country in the five next years," Pita Pit India Chairman Pramod Dhawan told PTI.The company, which entered Indian market in November, operates three outlets in the Delhi NCR region through its master franchisee Mentor Ho...

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Atchayam Foodbox: Chennai co's ATM-like food machine

It could be a scene straight out of science fiction: a young lady and her daughter walk up to a machine, key in a few commands on the touch screen, swipe a card and lo, their food arrives on a conveyor belt. Only just that this did not take place in some megalopolis of the future, but in Chennai's Koyambedu bus stand, where the machine competes with several eateries at the terminus and roadside food vendors to win over the customer's palate.The makers of Atchayam Foodbox, as the m...

13th March 2014, By   |  Read More

Tete-A-Tete with Simran Mulchandani CEO at blueFROG

We are pleased to introduce, Mr. Simran Mulchandani, the founder of BlueFROG , is an investment banker turned entrepreneur who relocated to Mumbai to set up BlueFROG. In this interview we learn more about BlueFROG ’s franchise expansion plans and as an entrepreneur how you may benefit from it. What is the BlueFROG Franchise Concept all about? blueFROG is a revolutionary integrated music project in Mumbai and New Delhi, India. It consists of the country...

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Maternity Franchise Me n Moms to open franchise store in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh

July 12, 2013, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh: Me n Moms, one of the fastest growing retail chains of baby apparels, baby care products, toys and accessories has lately opened a new franchise store in Bhubaneswar. The brand also plans to launch its another franchise store in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh soon.Naresh Khatar, MD & Chairman, Me n Moms, said: “The store opening in Kurnool will have an area of 900 sq. ft and is scheduled to open soon in month of July. Both stores house the entire Mee Mee pr...

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Japanese restaurant franchise Inakaya to expand in India

16th July 2013, Mumbai, India: JSM, founded by Singh with Sanjay Mahtani, an amateur chef, in 2004, has brought international franchises such as Hard Rock Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Trader Vic's, Trader Vic's Mai Tai Lounge to India, apart from opening two restaurants, and Shiro. The group has also recently brought the largest American yogurt brand - Pinkberry - to India with the opening of yogurt bars, a new concept in the country. Pinkberry is a frozen yogurt chain with more than 300 loca...

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Morph Maternity seeks franchise partners across India

16th July, 2013, Bengaluru, Karnataka: Morph Maternity, a brand of Yashram Lifestyle that offers entire maternity and nursing needs of a woman at one stop shop, is now planning to expand its brand’s operations via franchise route. The brand is looking to partner with franchisees. Deepa A Kumar, Founder and Director, Morph Maternity, says: “Maternity wear is a largely untapped market in India with an estimated market size of over Rs 1,000 crore. Morph Maternity is the strongest in this space ...

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International Fitness Franchise Snap opens in Gurgaon

16 Jul 2013, Bengaluru, Karnataka: Health club chain Snap Fitness has opened its first franchised fitness center in Gurgaon, Haryana at DLF Qutub Plaza market. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vikram BM, Founder & CEO Snap Fitness India, said: “Our success in the southern part of the country inspired us to make this swift move to the North India. We plan to spread far and wide across the country and make fitness affordable and accessible to all. BE WELL is our motto.”Snap Fitness entered In...

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NIIT partners with ICT to expand its franchise in Nigeria

17th July 2013, Benin City, Nigeria: The Oseni Elamah Information Communication Technology (ICT) institute at the weekend entered into what was termed as franchise agreement with the Indian education major, National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT).The agreement is aimed at enhancing the institute’s vision of providing ICT educational knowledge for youths.NIIT is a leading global ICT corporation aimed at building skilled manpower pool for global industry. Speaking after the signing o...

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Sbarro plans 35 additional franchise locations in South India

Sbarro announced today that it has expanded its partnership agreement with White Planet Restaurants (WPR), led by Sriram Rajagopal and Gopal Rajagopalan, to significantly deepen the company's presence in South India. WPR, which currently operates five Sbarro eateries in India, was named the brand's South Indian master franchisee with plans to open 35 new eateries throughout the region. The first location under the new agreement opened in Chennai in May 2013, joining four existing Banga...

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Raymond Opens franchise store at Karachi

28th June 2013, Mumbai, India: India’s leading retail name Raymond became the first Indian outlet to open its doors to Pakistani customers in the posh locality of Clifton, Karachi. Najmus Saqib, Director, NexSource, which has got the right to run the Raymond outlet in Pakistan, said: “This store is the first step towards more Indian brands coming to the Pakistani market. The interest from our clientele has been very encouraging and it does not surprise us because Raymond is also known inter...

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Broaden your vision says F&B franchise expert

Whether franchised brands should expand into other areas was a key topic of discussion at the Franchising Workshop conference held on Wednesday  February 27, as part of Gulfood. Farhan Hassan, director of F&B, Al Homaizi Food Industries, responsible for the Al Rifai brand, explored the example of Starbucks, which is now expanding into carbonated soft drinks and cold coffees and supplying them to retail stores and supermarkets. “Between 1971 and 2011 Starbucks went from labelin...

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More local firms eye global markets

Are Mercury Drug and other local brands ready to go global? Yes, if they do it right, according to Singapore-based brand consultancy firm A.S. Louken. Samie Lim, chairman of Philippine Franchise Association, said Mercury Drug and Aristocrat Chicken are among 15 companies that A.S. Louken will meet soon to explore the possibility of going global, initially expanding to regional markets. “They’ve done so well I think the next logical step is to go out of the country,” Lim said at the...

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Ours is the least-cost franchise model

Jul 04, 2012Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has created Asia’s largest dairy products brand Amul, opening doors for hundreds and thousands of entrepreneurs with its highly successful franchising model. With the introduction of retail formats like Amul Preferred Outlets, Scooping Parlours and Cafe Amul and with a 6,400 strong network of exclusive retail outlets, GCMMF has truly ushered in retail revolution. It has one of the most successful franchised businesses not only ...

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Franchisees in India

Franchised operations in India are increasing by the day. Being geographically vast and culturally diverse, India offers the most favorable franchising environment. While companies benefit by having many profit making outlets in different parts of the country, franchisees in India benefit by being able to generate good returns with little investment and risk involved. Entrepreneurs are making the most of India’s franchising market and growing economy by becoming successful franchisees. I...

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Parcel your dreams to franchise success

The time has changed and so are the means for sending your letters, messages and parcels with in the country and outside the country. The Indian Logistic industry has under gone a drastic transformation. Read on to find out to who goes the credit for this revolution in logistics in India and how…Logistics industry in India is estimated at a value of $14 billion and is expected to grow annually at the rate of 15- 20 per cent. However, it has not achieved its much deserved recognition till date....

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Protect your brand against dilution

Every franchisor needs to protect the real essence of the brand. It can be possible only when he designs a right business model and also standardises the franchise agreement.rand is a constructive structure of any business thought which is made up of various elements like logo, graphics, tagline, shapes, colours etc. Basically, it is identified by a symbol which differentiates a company for its goods and services from others. It also plays a vital role to create a quick and emotional impact on c...

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Luxury at its best

An interesting trend emerging in the luxury retail market is in ‘the bridge to luxury’ segment. Many luxury brands are engaging consumers by offering products with pricing that bridge the super-premium to luxury price segment. FRETTE has successfully employed the strategy through its aspirational line EDMOND FRETTE. Read on to know about the brand’s success journey till now.Founded in 1860, Milan-based FRETTE is the leading international luxury bed, bath and home furnishing brand. World re...

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Brewing growth through franchising

The booming Indian café sector is drawing huge interest from both foreign and local brands. Franchising has helped a number of café brands to get a foothold in the India and several more are looking to build up their presence via franchise route.India is known to be a country of tea lovers however now more and more people have started consuming coffee, especially the people working in corporate sector and younger population. In western countries, cafeterias and coffee lounges are part of peopl...

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Trust holds key to profitable franchise biz

A successful franchise business stands on the pillars of trust between the company and its franchise partners. The franchisor entrusts a franchisee to grow and protect his brand while a franchisee hands over his livelihood to the brand owner. The success of a franchise depends upon franchisor-franchisee relationship. One of the most important factors for maintaining a successful relationship between them is ‘mutual trust’. A franchisor offers his brand’s reputation and business ...

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Rise of an ethnic QSR franchise

Lunched in 2004, Goli Vada Pav repackaged ‘Vada Pav’, a humble street-food popular in Mumbai, into a branded fast food concept. It follows franchise business model and today is uniquely positioned in Indian QSR segment. Read on to discover more about the brand’s success and growth journey.Origin and concept Goli Vada Pav, a quick serve food concept with authentic Indian touch originated in Mumbai in 2004. The brand’s founders Venkatesh Iyer and Shiv Menon realised the huge scope of ...

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Effective training ensures sustainable success

Attaining success in franchise business is not easy. An important ingredient for brand’s successful franchise operations is franchisor’s support to its franchisee partner in the form of an effective training programme.As we all know that people opt for franchise business opportunity because this business model is   a proven system of doing a business with low risk rate. They can associate with a well established brand and get to benefit from its reputation and product or service. M...

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Fulfilling your entrepreneurial dream

Owners of refill cartridges business not only earn profits but also they can draw satisfaction of operating a socially responsible business which helps in reducing the carbon-footprint.Increased usage of computers and printers for personal and professional printing needs has escalated the demand of printer cartridges as well. Cartridges are the printer accessory which contains ink that gets spread on a paper while printing. Once, the ink has been exhausted, they need to be replaced. People eithe...

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HOS Pressto to expand 100 company owned company operated dry cleaning centres

22nd March 2013, Mumbai, India: Spanish Dry cleaning franchise, Pressto has confirmed that they would not be franchising in India for now and would only consider it after setting up another 100 company owned and operated stores. Pressto is an international dry cleaning franchise chain that has 30 plus locations in India, operated via its master franchisee Press2 Dry Cleaning and Laundry. The only other international laundry franchise present in the country is the French company, 5aSec.

21st March 2013, By   |  Read More

Eagle Boys Pizza Franchise expands in West India

Eagle Boys has appointed Krsna Foods as a master franchisee in West India, just after one year of signing the master franchise with HBN Group in North India. The Eagle Boys pizza is now associated with a company that is said to have a proven record in retail and pizza.As said by Bruce Scott, managing director, Eagle Boys, this expansion is a huge achievement for the company. “It demonstrates that Eagle Boys is attractive to the foreign market. People believe in Eagle Boys and are willing...

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Being Human seeking expanion across India through Franchising

27th February 2013, India: Being Human clothing in addition to product are offered through five unique shops and 31 shop-in-shops. The business is managed by Mandhana Industries, a clothing exporter, that'll handle the retail business, creating, production and marketing for the manufacturer till March 2020.  Presently, the brand's target class is 15-40 year-olds. As the preliminary apparel point is for males only, the organization p...

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Italian Luxury Brands To Strengthen Their Presence In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Italy’s premium menswear brands Brioni and Canali are firming up plans to strengthen their presence in India. Brioni, which opened its first store in Mumbai last year in partnership with its franchisee Badasaab Designs, is all set to launch two new stores this year. Similarly, Canali, which currently has two franchise outlets with Genesis Colors, plans to have eight stores by 2010.“We will open our second store in Delhi shortly and the third one in Banga...

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Indian Jewelry Industry Forecasts Growth of 15 percent in 2012

3rd January 2012, New Delhi, India:  India’s organized jewelry retail trade is expected to account for 10 percent of the country's total jewelry retail market by 2016, up from the current 4 percent, according to CARE Research, a division of Credit Analysis & Research Ltd. The company noted that growth is being spurred by rising income levels across non-metro, large and small cities and increased consumer spending on branded and luxury goods in these areas.''Factors such as increased c...

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Indian Hand Bag Retail Franchise Company Lavie launches First Outlet

30th August 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Lavie, an Indian handbags retailer, has launched its first flagship store at Infinity Mall II, Malad, Mumbai. Spread over an area of 425 sq. ft., the outlet houses a wide variety of handbags.Sandeep Goenka, Business Head, Lavie said: “We are delighted to open our first exclusive franchise store at Infinity Mall II, Malad, Mumbai. After the tremendous response we received for our collections, Lavie is proud to make its presence within the city at In...

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INDIAN FRANCHISING SUMMIT

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The Indian Franchising Summit, organised as part of IFE 2007, revolved around the theme 'Franchising - The future of Retailing in India.' It was aimed at establishing a platform for the sharing and exchange of knowledge of best practices, thereby paving the way towards a blueprint for success through franchising. Delivering the welcome address, C Y Pal, President, Franchising Association of India, said, "The Indian economy is going through a rapid growth. It...

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Koutons To Venture into New Segments

17th December 2011, New Delhi, India: Apparel manufacturer and retailer Koutons Retail India has shut 150 more shops, mostly of its casual menswear brand Charlie Outlaw, as part of its ongoing re-organisation. The Delhi-based company, saddled with Rs 600-crore debt that carries an average interest cost of 14%, is striving to meet within three months the conditions of the corporate debt-restructuring package approved by the Reserve Bank in September."Charlie brand stores have been shut to cut los...

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Illy Cafe Joins Hands With Narang Group In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Continuing the expansion of its cafés in franchising, Illycaffè, the Italian coffee brand has chosen Narang group as its master franchisee for India. The Narang Family has been the pioneer in the airline catering industry in India and have been in the hospitality industry for over three decades with star category hotels, restaurants and fast food. “Illy is a natural choice for us” – said a spokesperson of Narang Group. “We at Narang Group see a phe...

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Hometown To Launch 6 New Stores

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Home Solutions Retail Ltd., an arm of the Future Group, is planning to set up six new 'Hometown' stores in the country by December 2007. About Rs 20 crores would be invested in setting up each store.The company has already bagged a Rs 150-crore order from the Prestige Group in Bangalore and is in talks with various players in Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Thane and Ahmedabad. Hometown stores would be offering consumer loans for customers in asso...

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HUL Aggressively Campaigns for Bru Brand

30th September 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  The 50-year-old coffee brand from HUL's stable has now entered the premium end of the Rs 950-crore organised coffee market hitherto dominated by imported brands. Even its nearest competitor Nestle has a single brand, Nescafe Gold, in the premium segment, and HUL sees this as an opportunity to tap into the trend to consume high-end coffee at home.“We have to create the premium coffee market and would be investing in market development in th...

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Shubh Jewellers Aims to be No 1 Jewelry Franchise In India

23rd December 2011, New Delhi, India: Rajesh Exports has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its retail chain ‘Shubh Jewellers’ with a goal to become the largest jewellery retailer in the country.The BSE-listed jewellery exporter which operates 73 stores in Karnataka is planning to increase it to 550 across the south Indian states in the next three years.It plans to invest about Rs6,600 crore for the expansion and expects revenues of Rs25,000 crore by 2014.Siddharth Mehta, chief strategist...

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Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn enters into retail sector

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Multi-product textile manufacturing company Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn Ltd will venture into retailing of its terry towels and bed linen under the brand name Shri Lakshmi. The first store will be launched in Delhi before Diwali, followed by stores in Chennai, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Kanpur among other cities. The company intends to use its existing dealer base and open stores on a franchisee basis with an investment of Rs 1 crore per outlet. It will not offer its e...

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Spencer launches seperate Chain For Electronics

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: RPG Group company Spencer’s Retail Ltd. is planning a separate chain of large-format stores for consumer electronics. To be named Spencer’s Electronics, the first outlet will open in Hyderabad. The company is planning five stores in the South initially. This will be followed by a national roll-out, said Ramesh Menon, Senior Vice-President (Operations), Spencer’s Retail Ltd. The stores will have a minimum floor space of 4,000 sq.ft. and will stock consu...

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Samsonite India Diversifies its product portfolio

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Samsonite, the luggage manufacturer and retailer is in the process of diversifying its product portfolio. The company may enter the eyewear, footwear and watch segments in the next two years. "The idea is to reposition Samsonite as a travel and lifestyle brand. Our aim is to include all the products which a consumer will use while traveling," said Subratha Datta, COO, Samsonite. In footwear, tthe products will be sold under the two brands -- Black Label and S...

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Ruby Tuesday Signs Accords With Five Franchisees

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Ruby Tuesday, a US-based restaurant chain, has signed development agreements with five of its franchisees. The agreement will allow the franchisees to develop a total of 25 restaurants over the next few years. The franchisees included are North Dakota Cuisine, RT St. Louis Franchise, RT Western Missouri Franchise, RT Omaha Franchise and RT Iowa Franchise. "Our franchisees are great operators and developers," says Mark Ingram, Ruby Tuesday's President of Fran...

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Riding The Slowdown

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The retail sales during the festive season have been decent but the global meltdown is for sure pinching the pockets of certain sectors like real estate, aviation, broking houses and business services. Though many retailers persists that they haven’t been affected by the slowdown, they are conscious of the environment and are taking steps to manage their resources effectively. Unreasonable high rentals, highly-paid underperforming staff and unprofitable st...

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Reliance Trends Takes The Franchise Route For Strategic Locations

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Reliance Trends, From Reliance Retail, has revealed that it has been testing the franchise model in Jabalpur and Bangalore, and is likely to roll out a full fledged franchise model, to expand the presence of its retail fashion outlets across India.While speaking to the Press at the East India Retail Summit, Mr Akhilesh Prasad, Senior Vice-President, Reliance Trends laid out the companies plan to have 100 stores by the end of this fiscal (2011-12), however no...

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Reliance To Re Launch Vimal

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The iconic textile brand of Reliance Industries Limited, Vimal is being re-launched with a new look, new logo and new offerings. The textile brand is back with contemporary products that will appeal to the consumers in a relevant, modern and contemporary manner.The new logo displays a new spirit of openness by breaking free from the oblong. The minimalistic letters and styling convey this new open spirit and also are in line with the new fashion thinking of c...

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Reliance Retail launches New Formats

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Reliance Retail Ltd. has recently launched two new formats called Reliance Super, which is a mini-mart and Reliance Autozone. The other formats already introduced by Reliance Retail Ltd. include Reliance Fresh, Reliance Mart, Reliance Digital, Reliance Trendz, Reliance I Store, Reliance Footprint, Reliance Wellness, Reliance Jewels and Reliance Timeout.Spread across 13,500 sq.ft. of shopping area, Reliance Super carries a range of 10,000 products, in every c...

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Reliance Plans To Take Dominos and McDonalds Franchise

17th December 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Reliance Industries Limited, the flagship company of Reliance Group will soon be entering the fast-food business and what more, with its own brand. Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries Limited is known for venturing new businesses for growth. It’s most recent and much awaited advent is the launch of 4G wireless services at affordable rates.Executives from Reliance affirmed the news and added that Reliance will develop Quick Service Restaurants...

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REBI Expands To Andhra Pradesh

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Real Estate Bank India (REBI), after commencing operations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has expanded to Andhra Pradesh with Orange Infraa as their first master franchisee. It also commenced its overseas operations in Sri Lanka and soon would like to go to countries like the UK, the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Australia. REBI envisions providing a single window services (brokerage services, financial services, database services and relocation ...

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Raymond To Expand its reach In Karnataka

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Raymond Ltd., the Rs 2,500-crore integrated textiles and apparel firm, is planning to double its retail presence in Karnataka by opening 50 stores over the next two years. The retail arm which brings in Rs 750 crores of sales is aiming to set up presence in tier-IV and tier-V cities for this expansion. At present, Raymond has more than 430 stores in India, West Asia and South Asia spread across 170 cities with approximately one million sq.ft. of dedicated re...

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Pizza Fusion To Work With CBRE

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Pizza Fusion, a US-based organic pizza restaurant and take away franchise, has partnered with CBRE as their exclusive site selector for their national expansion. Pizza Fusion, which is looking to expand across the US via franchising, will work with CBRE's Restaurant Specialty Practice Group to expand into new areas through comprehensive site selection. "Pizza Fusion is the ideal, cutting edge client which brings a level of excitement and growth to the evolvi...

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Pepsi Inks deal with Starbucks

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The world's largest coffee chain and PepsiCo have signed a deal to sell Starbucks ready-to-drink beverages in international markets, including those countries that do not have Starbucks outlets such as India.Starbucks coffee will be sold through the soft drink company's distribution channels, including grocery and convenience stores "as well as other locations". The two American companies already have a distribution alliance in the US. It is not known whether...

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Organic Haus Plans 100 Vegetarian Products Cosmetic and Food Franchise Outlets

3rd January 2012, New Delhi, India:  Even as it launches its first premium retail store of organic food and cosmetics in Ahmedabad, Organic Haus is now looking at adding more company owned stores to its kitty. Offering organic food, natural cosmetics, household cleaners and nutritional supplements, Organic Haus, the first premium retail store introducing European organic quality in the country, will be adding another 8-10 stores in next couple of years."We realised that there is a lot that ...

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Nilkamal To Scale Up Business

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Plastic-moulded furniture major Nilkamal Ltd., which entered the retail sector with its @home brand of lifestyle stores two years ago, expects Rs 70-crore turnover from its retail business by March 2008. Manish V. Parekh, Director, Nilkamal said that the company aims to have 38 stores operating by 2010. By March next, 16 stores would be open, he said, adding that the company had firmed up launches in Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Surat, Vadodara, Thane an...

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Never say die Franchise Heroine

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: After entering the franchising world at the age of 45, this plain and simple graduate is tasting the sweet fruits of success five years down the line. Anju Gambhir, a franchisee for CADD centre, recollects how it all began.Married at 20, she became a full-time housewife and for the next 25 years couldn’t anything else apart from looking after the family and rearing up the kids. As the children grew into adulthood, she decided to create her own identity, a ...

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Murugan Idli Success Story

8th November 2011, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India:  Within two years, Manoharan had opened two more branches in Madurai and in a span of 10 years, with an annual turnover of Rs 30 lakh, was looking beyond the temple city to Chennai. After two months of “market research”—which involved checking out the eateries across Chennai and sampling their menus—Manoharan opened the first city’s first Murugan Idli Kadai at T Nagar, a bustling shopping area. There was some initial doubt about the n...

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Motimahal to launch restaurant in Dubai

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Motimahal Delux, well known for its authentic tandoori and mughlai delicacies makes its maiden launch offshore with the launch of its restaurant in Dubai, this Diwali. Ashim Gujral, the MD says, "We plan to spread the aroma of Motimahal food by opening more restaurants in the UAE" The entire team of chefs is being sent from India to carefully craft the traditional kebabs and curries. Gujral is personally heading the team to carry forward the courteous hospita...

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Modicare To Forays in Southeast Asia

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Modicare, the direct selling arm of K.K. Modigroup, is ready to set up shop in Southeast Asia. It has already finalised plans to set up offices in Sri Lanka. The company though has abandoned plans to launch in Bangladesh due to the "law and order problems" there, said Hemant Singh, CEO, Modicare. He said the company may enter Malaysia in the next couple of years, Singapore is also on the radar.The aim is to garner at least 25% revenues from overseas business ...

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MediSpa Expanding Its Foot prints

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The Rs 3,000-crore Mayar Group launched a+MediSpa, supposedly India’s first medical spa. Spread over 18000 sq.ft. and located at Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, a+ MediSpa offers medical technology in combination with ancient Ayurvedic healing systems in a spa environment under close supervision of doctors. The company has plans to open 14 more such facilities in India over the next three years. Rs 400 crores will be invested over the next three years in setting ...

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Max Mind Plans International Franchise Expansion in 12 New Countries

3rd June 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India: The city-based education firm MaxMind EduTech Pvt. Ltd, has announced its plans to take franchise route to expand its operations overseas.The company is planning to open three new branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and as part of its international expansion plans, the company is mulling to set up franchisees in 12 new countries, this will take its overseas presence count to 25 countries in 2011.

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Mary Kay Enters Into India

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The US-based global direct selling cosmetic major Mary Kay Inc. has announced its entry into the Indian Market with an investment of $20 million in the next five years.The direct selling major will operate in India through its subsidiary Mary Kay Cosmetics India Pvt. Ltd., and will use the investment to set up centres, develop its product portfolio and train beauty consultants.Mary Kay has introduced around 60 products designed specifically for the Indian mar...

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Marks and Spencer Prefers JV In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The UK-based Marks & Spencer (M&S), which, under franchisee arrangement, operates 20 stores in India, has adopted a new strategy of direct entry through a single-brand FDI route by setting up a joint venture with a local Indian partner. Currently Planet Retail, owned by V.N. Sharma — a Starbucks franchisee in Indonesia and the ex-partner of Future Group owner Kishore Biyani — is M&S’ franchisee in India. M&S is now in talks with the lik...

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India Frozen Yogurt Franchise Market Expanding

3rd September 2011, New Delhi, India: The frozen yogurt fever is heating up as the tart treat tries to lure consumers as a healthier alternative to ice cream.The most recent one to jump onto the bandwagon is Korea-based Yogurberry, which will set up its first store in the next three months. Dubai-based Synergy holdings, which holds the master franchisee for Yogurberry in India has inked a deal with Raasha Leisure and Entertainment as the area franchisee for North and East India.Yogurberry is not...

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Murugan Idli Plans pan India expansion

8th November 2011, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India:  Within two years, Manoharan had opened two more branches in Madurai and in a span of 10 years, with an annual turnover of Rs 30 lakh, was looking beyond the temple city to Chennai. After two months of “market research”—which involved checking out the eateries across Chennai and sampling their menus—Manoharan opened the first city’s first Murugan Idli Kadai at T Nagar, a bustling shopping area. There was some initial doubt about the n...

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Soup and Salad To Roll Out 100 Franchise Outlets

26th June 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: café chain Soup & Salad has revealed plans to create a network of at least 100 outlets within the next few months, adding that it will move into new cities. The company currently operates just three outlets in Chennai, but said the popularity of the concept has encouraged it to launch the banner in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.The company also plans to expand two sister brands – Snack Jack and Grand Mathway Bread ...

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Start A Air conditioning Service Franchise From Blue Star

3rd September 2011, New Delhi, India: Air conditioning and commercial refrigeration major Blue Star plans to aggressively target the residential segment in Kerala with its wide range of room air conditioners.Speaking at a news conference here on Friday, Blue Star president (airconditioning & refrigeration products) B Thiagarajan said the company had been selling room airconditioners through its sales and service dealers mainly catering to the corporate and commercial segment such as offices,...

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Steve And Barry Ropes In Indian Partner

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The New York-based retailer Steve and Barry's, which deals in apparel and footwear, is planning to enter the Indian market through the FDI route by picking up a 51% stake in a new joint venture. A local partner, Avirat Sonpal, MD, Unisource Group and Vice-President, Steve and Barry's, would hold the balance stake."There would be some amount of local sourcing for apparel while for footwear, we would be resorting to the Chinese market. The business model for St...

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Subhiksha to IPO By March 2008

23rd November 2011, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Subhiksha, the Chennai-based, retail chain, having crossed the magic number of 1,000 stores, has now set its eyes on tripling the number of its stores to 3,000 in the next 30 months, or by early 2010. Meanwhile, Subhiksha wants the tally of its stores to go up to 1,500 by June, 2008. This would entail at an investment of Rs 300 crores.The magic number of 1,000 stores holds special significance for the retail chain’s promoters as they had decided ...

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Success Story of Yuvraj Singh

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: For this youngest franchisee of Tata Indicom, it is not only hard work, aggressiveness or luck that spells success, but the choice of the company as well.At his age when scions of the well-heeled are busy party-hopping or planning to join MNCs as interns and executives, this youngster decided to tread a path less traveled. All of 23, this handsome hunk after graduating and obtaining a business degree from London returned to Delhi, his hometown, to finally se...

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Swiss Junction opens 2nd store in the same mall

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Swiss Junction, a premium Swiss lifestyle brand has introduced its second exclusive retail outlet at The Great Indian Place in Noida. Spread across an area of 610 sq. feet, the store has products includes writing instruments, watches, baggage, garments, accessories, leather items, Swiss knives & toys. Aman Sawhney, CEO, Network Ltd. said, "This is our first retail chain in the country selling all kinds of products under one roof. At present there are 600 ...

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Talwalkars To Launch Premium Health Clubs

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Riding on the retail boom, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd, is planning indoor swimming pools at malls with intentions of bringing in a range of premium health club. Revealing new plans, Prashant Talwalkar, MD of Talwalkars, confirmed that the fitness major would be floating an equal joint venture with a European company.Having entered into a joint venture with the Future Group recently, Talwalkars currently has access to the malls owned by the retailer....

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Techkidz Opens Exclusive Stores

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Techkidz, the leading name in kids’ educational aids from Comp-Point systems (I) Pvt. Ltd., has introduced its exclusive outlet at the District Centre, Janak Puri in Delhi. The store has products like educational laptops, educational CDs, self-assembly kits, science models, robots, kids utility books and much more. The company has a network of 100 dealers and has tied up with more 1,000 public schools in leading Indian cities. It also plans to open the fra...

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Telecom Sector Surges Ahead

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: With India crossing the 100-million mobile subscriber mark and government setting an ambitious target of creating 250 million subscribers by the end of 2007, the telecom sector is all set to witness a phenomenal growth in the near future, expanding mainly through the franchising route It is party time for the Indian telecom industry. India has made its entry into the elite ‘100-million mobile club’ along with China, USA, Japan and Russia. “Indian mobil...

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The Shift Towards Multifunctional Machines

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The growth in office automation industry is largely attributed to the IT revolution which gained momentum few years back. The stunning technical leap has changed the way Indian offices functions today. These products have become so much a part of our every day office lives that in the absence or failure of these equipments one feels handicapped. Just a couple of years ago we could have imagined an office, a small one at least, functioning sans a photocopier,...

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Timberland Closing 40 Speciality Stores

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Timberland Co. (TBL), a designer and marketer of footwear, apparel and accessories, has said that following the review of its global retail portfolio, it decided to close about 40 stores, principally larger, speciality retail stores in the United States, Europe and Asia, in addition to several underperforming US outlet stores.The company said that the closure of stores, a majority of which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2008, is consistent with...

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Titan Eye Eyes For 250 Stores

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Titan Eye+, the eyewear business of Titan Industries that was launched last year, plans to set up about 20 stores across India over the next year. About 15 of these would be company-owned and the rest franchisee-owned, claimed S. Ravi Kant, COO (Eyewear Business), Titan Industries Ltd.Each showroom would stock over 1,000 frames from major brands including Christian Dior, Elle and Tommy Hilfiger besides Titan and Dash (children’s spectacle frames). Eye+ sho...

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UniverCell In Intense Discussions With Equity Players

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Mobile retailing company, Univercell Telecommunications (India) is in parleys to partly offload the company's equity to help propel its next phase of growth. The founder, Sathish Babu said, "We are in talks with several equity players and expect to close a deal very shortly." After launching five stores in Hyderabad.Babu said that this move would eventually lead to the company coming up with a public offer in 2009-10,offering exit route to private equity. He ...

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USV Enters Licensing Pact With Sebapharma

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Mumbai-based drug maker USV Ltd. has entered into a licensing agreement with Germany's Sebapharma GmbH & Co for the marketing of a range of 18 skin care products branded Sebamed.With this USV Ltd., better known for its anti-diabetic products portfolio, forays into the skincare category, estimated at around Rs 2,100 crores in India and growing at 16%. Sebapharma will supply the finished formulations to USV, which will in turn market the product in India. "...

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Vah Magna gears to launch Cash Carry Format

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Vah Magna has launched its cash and carry format at Vanasthalipuram in Hyderabad. With a minimum purchase value of Rs 999, this format targets the bulk shoppers spanning the retail, institutional and consumer segments.Spread out over 60,000 sq. ft. Vah Magna Cash & Carry offers a wide choice of men’s and women’s apparel, consumer durables, toys and apparel for children, grocery, fish and meat, fruits and vegetables, all under one roof. For this forma...

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Videocon Acquires Planet M

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Consumer durables major Videocon Industries has acquired Planet M, the music and entertainment retail arm of Bennett, Coleman & Co., for Rs 200 crores. The acquisition has been done by NEXT, Videocon’s retail chain for consumer electronics and home appliances.Videocon chairman V.N. Dhoot said Planet M, which has huge brand equity, fits in well with the group’s retail ambitions. Dhoot said the group plans an over six-fold increase in Planet M’s turn...

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Virgin inks deal with Tata to enter India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Virgin Mobile, the UK-based mobile virtual network operator has partnered with Tata Teleservices to launch new services in India. Virgin will not be a mobile virtual network operator as the status is not allowed in the country. Nevertheless, the company plans to extend its brand name in India.Richard Branson, chairman, Virgin Group, said, “India looks very promising as the market here is six times the size of the UK's population.: He added, “The plan is ...

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Yatra com Joins Hands With Sify

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd. has joined hands with Sify Technologies Ltd. to increase penetration of travel-related services, including air tickets, hotels and travel packages at retail level, through Sify’s 7,000 retail points across 220 cities in the country. The alliance will act as extended retail points to offer Yatra.com’s travel services with an integrated offline cash acceptance model of Sify. Customers who are more comfortable with an offline payment ...

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Baby in arms to expand into India

15th November 2012, Mysore, Andhra Pradesh, India: Baby in arms makes plan to extend its presence. It plans to enhance retail presence via franchise route. It is poised to make a strong presence in still nascent market. It is made especially for expecting moms and kids, where they gets a full-fledged range of apparels and accessories.It operates two company owned stores in Mysore. One franchised outlet is in Guntur, AP. Now, the company plans to extend network across all major Indian cities. It ...

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Birla Medspa To Open 55 Franchise Centres Across India\

16th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Healthcare services firm Birla Pacific Medspa today said it plans to open 55 Medspa centres under the ‘Evolve’ brand across India over the next three years at a cumulative investment of Rs 55 crore.“The company will invest Rs 55 crore in setting up new centres around the country. The company plans rapid expansion in the next three years to come,” Birla Wellness Group CEO and Managing Director, Mr N. Venkat, told PTI in a e-mailed response.The firm is l...

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Birla Medspa To Open 55 Franchise Centres Across India

16th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Healthcare services firm Birla Pacific Medspa today said it plans to open 55 Medspa centres under the ‘Evolve’ brand across India over the next three years at a cumulative investment of Rs 55 crore.“The company will invest Rs 55 crore in setting up new centres around the country. The company plans rapid expansion in the next three years to come,” Birla Wellness Group CEO and Managing Director, Mr N. Venkat, told PTI in a e-mailed response.The firm is l...

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Pet Store Franchise

16th August 2011, New Delhi, India:  For Delhi-based Sanjeev Kumar and his wife Preeti, their love for dogs goes beyond the usual fondling and a rub on the back. For not only do they have 10 dogs as pets, but the couple also runs a pet store—Pet Bytes.Set up in early 2005 at Hauz Khas, in south Delhi, the idea was sparked by a random thought in 2004. One day when Sanjeev went to buy packaged food for his pet mutt Angel (boxer), it occurred to him that opening a pet store could help combin...

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India Frozen Yogurt Franchise Market Expands

3rd September 2011, New Delhi, India: The frozen yogurt (fro-yo) fever is heating up as the tart treat tries to lure consumers as a healthier alternative to ice cream.The most recent one to jump onto the bandwagon is Korea-based Yogurberry, which will set up its first store in the next three months. Dubai-based Synergy holdings, which holds the master franchisee for Yogurberry in India has inked a deal with Raasha Leisure and Entertainment as the area franchisee for North and East India.Yogurber...

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Maxwell Plans 100 Lingerie Franchise Outlets In india

15th August 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Mumbai-based Maxwell Industries with block bluster innerwear brands like VIP Frenchie, Bonus and lingerie brand - Feelings is mulling opening exclusive brand stores (EBOs) in the next fiscal year. Beginning from the next fiscal year, it plans to open 100 lingerie outlets in tier I and II cities across West, North and South India.Maxwell Industries has always been driven by consumers. In the last 39 years of business, it has strived to service consume...

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Carnation and Carz To Expand Aggressively

30th August 2011, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Multi-brand car servicing stations seem to be growing, slowly and steadily. Today, only one-third of the cars that are sold by the dealerships go back to the dealerships, post-warranty. The rest is an opportunity for the after-market services networks.This is the opportunity that multi-brand car servicing station chains like Carnation Auto, promoted by Jagdish Khattar, the former chairman and managing director of Mauti Suzuki, and Carz, a...

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Lussoitalia Plans Franchising Across India

9th July 2011, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Lussoitalia, an Italian furniture studio, has launched its first store in Hyderabad. The company has tied up with Italy-based furniture manufacturing company, Lestro SRL for contract manufacturing. Lussoitalia will represent Italian design houses including Bonaldo, Mito 1964, Leatherline Divani and Grouppo Setten.Lussoitalia will also open franchises in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and other places in a year or two.Lussoitalia’s MD, Musharaff...

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Subway Franchise

24th December 2012, Delhi, India: The Story Of Subway And How Their Franchise Organisation Has Become One The Worlds Major Growing Franchises.The famous brand Subway is an international restaurant franchise that sells sandwiches and salads. The creators of this franchise were Fred De Luca and Peter Buck who formed the restaurant in 1965. Subway is not the commercial name of the franchise it is Doctor’s Associates Inc or DAI. The business is truly international and is the world’s quickest gro...

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Muffin Break Appoints North India Master Franchise

2th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Muffin Break the Australian Brand from the Foodco Group announced its North India Master Franchise License sign up with an aggressive plan of opening 40 outlets in five years. South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt Ltd, which already operates the franchises of Moti Mahal, Nirulas, Rajdhani, Wag Bakri Tea Lounge, Quiznos and Rita's has added this brand as part of its differentiated offering strategy through its group company South Asian Foods and Hospitality Serv...

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Yatra Plans Expansion In India

27th September 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  Mumbai-based OTA,Yatra Travels and Tours Ltd, is planning to set up brick and mortar franchise offices in Tier-II and Tier-III cities such as Pune, Chandigarh and Jalandhar in the next financial year. The franchisee offices will provide visa facilitation and foreign exchange services. The OTA is also planning to foray into the mobile market and is currently developing a website and application for mobile platforms.Yatra is also looking to ex...

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Bonus Building Care Expands Franchise

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The US-based commercial office cleaning franchise, Bonus Buiilding Care, has expanded into the US state of Atlanta. The franchise was launched through the opening of a unit in Georgia by the company's regional franchisee Anthony Harrison. "We are very excited about the potential of the Atlanta market. Harrison's vast experience in sales, business development and operations should help the Bonus System," says Perry White, Bonus Building Care President.

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Bistro QSR BeanGaru Launch Food Court Restaurant Franchise

2nd June 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Le Sutra Hospitality, creators of Mumbai-based Le Sutra Hotel, have launched Cafe Bean Garu a south-Indian bistro-styled quick service restaurant (QSR). Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra Hospitality informed that the company plans to take the restaurant pan- India in both food court and restaurant formats. She says, “Café Bean Garu is competitive to any product like a McDonald’s, Café Coffee Day and the like. We provide what they do in a more quirky...

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Birla Medspa To Open 55 Evolve Healthcare Franchise Centres Across India

16th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Healthcare services firm Birla Pacific Medspa today said it plans to open 55 Medspa centres under the ‘Evolve’ brand across India over the next three years at a cumulative investment of Rs 55 crore.“The company will invest Rs 55 crore in setting up new centres around the country. The company plans rapid expansion in the next three years to come,” Birla Wellness Group CEO and Managing Director, Mr N. Venkat, told PTI in a emailed response.

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Beauty Franchise Now Targets The Male Purse

23th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Ashwin may miss a date with his girl friend but never with his salon manager. The 25-year-old is a regular at Naturals beauty parlour and experiments with a variety of pedicure, spa services and facials which help him sport a new look every month. “When you are working with a bunch of young and beautiful women, I must certainly ensure to that stand out to impress them,” he justifies while paying for his `2000-odd bill amount. In fact, it is Ashwin and his ilk...

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Baskin Robbins Conducts India Franchisee Meet

3rd August 2011, New Delhi, India:  Baskin-Robbins India, the country's premium ice cream brand with possibly the largest network of franchisees in the cold food retail business organized an exclusive meet for all its Franchisees from the western region. This single day program was aimed at engaging their business partners in a participative dialogue that threw up not only issues and related problems but conclusive solutions as well. These discussions and engaging sessions were aimed at als...

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Bangalore Gets First Spar Hypermarket

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Max Hypermarkets launched its first Spar store in Bangalore recently. Viney Singh, MD, Max Hypermarkets, said the 75,000 sq.ft. hypermarket is aimed at making shopping a daily activity for its consumers. The Spar Hypermarkets in India is the result of a license agreement between the Landmark Group's Max Hypermarkets India and Spar International, a Netherlands-based brand, which is present in 24 countries. Max will have access to Spar's best practices and tech...

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Career Launcher will launch B schools

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Career Launcher, a premier test preparation institute, is all set to join the league of B-schools. Indus World School of Business (IWSB), as the B-school is christened, will induct its first batch next year.With an investment to the tune of Rs 50 crores, the B-school will come up in Greater Noida. It will accept scores of CAT, GMAT and XAT, for strength of 90 students in its first batch. The B-school will eventually look at seeking approval from the regulato...

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Arvind Mills Planning Superstore Chain

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Arvind Mills Ltd. plans to set up a chain of lifestyle superstores catering to different cross-sections of the retail business. Presently, Megamart stocks only Arvind Mill brands like Excalibur, Ruf&Tuf and Flying Machine, but the lifestyle superstore-format will be spread over 50,000-60,000 sq.ft. and stock products ranging from footwear, luggage, home furnishing, cosmetics, apparel and electronic products. In the coming months, the company will roll ou...

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Arvind mills gets licenses of Cherokee in India

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Cherokee Inc., a leading global licensor and brand management company, signed an exclusive international license agreement for its Cherokee brand with Arvind Mills Ltd. This multi-year agreement covers a wide range of categories including men's, women and children's apparel, footwear, accessories, home and other categories.Brands that Cherokee Inc. owns and represent generate over $3 billion in annual retail sales worldwide. The company's principal focus is g...

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Adidas Launches Outlets In India

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: With a focus on top four to six metro cities, German firm Adidas launched its lifestyle brand Originals in India. The brand plans to open half-a-dozen more such stores over the next one year."The new brand is a premium category range and apart from the existing sports performance products available in India, we are focusing on metros as it is not a mainstream range. Globally, Originals range contributes 30% to the company's total revenue, but in India we are ...

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6 New Business Ideas Whose Franchise You Can Take and earn money

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Walking into one big store that sells everything you need doesn’t seem like the cool thing to do anymore. And the increasing number of city stores that are dedicated to selling items associated with one specific theme only justifies that. One such store, the latest addition to this growing list, specialises in bouquets made from fresh fruits — some dipped in flavours like dark or white chocolate, coconut and butterscotch. “We coat the fruits with Belgi...

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Bonus Building Care Plans Expansion

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Mumbai-based drug maker USV Ltd. has entered into a licensing agreement with Germany's Sebapharma GmbH & Co for the marketing of a range of 18 skin care products branded Sebamed. With this USV Ltd., better known for its anti-diabetic products portfolio, forays into the skincare category, estimated at around Rs 2,100 crores in India and growing at 16%. Sebapharma will supply the finished formulations to USV, which will in turn market the product in India....

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A PRIDE OF PLACE FOR CHILDREN

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Early childhood care and education are the first among six "Education for All" universal goals. There are about 70 million children between the ages of two and six in India and despite marked rise in primary school enrolments, the quality of education for the most suffers due to lack of trained teachers, large-scale absenteeism, both among children and staff and woeful infrastructure. It is in this backdrop that private school chains, Mother’s Pride, have e...

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DLF Inks Deal With Armani

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Realty giant DLF is looking to sign a licensing deal with Italian luxury brand, Giorgio Armani. As per the deal, DLF will have the rights to retail and market the brand in the Indian sub-continent. The first store is likely to open in Delhi at DLF's luxury mall -- Emporio -- in the first quarter of 2008, sources said. Giorgio Armani started operations in the 1960s and has the credit of redefining corporate dressing in the Western world. Since then, the brand ...

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DIL To Increase No of Pizza Hut Stores

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Ravi Jaipuria-owned RJ Corp is consolidating all food, retail and franchise operations under group company Devyani International Ltd (DIL). Rolling out a five-year blueprint for DIL, RJ Corp chairman Ravi Jaipuria said that an investment of Rs 450 crores would be infused in DIL. DIL has adopted a strategy of de-risking its business model with a presence of brands across different product categories. The investment of Rs 450 crores will be infused mainly for ...

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De Beers To Open Retail Store In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: De Beers Diamond Jewellers (De Beers LV) has drawn up plans to open its first jewellery store in India's GUM shopping mall in November this year. According to GUM's Managing Director, Teimuraz Guguberidze, the management of the Indian store will be entrusted to De Beers' Indian partner. De Beers Diamond Jewellers, is the retail arm of De Beers and a 50:50 joint venture with LVMH.

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Dabur launchedsHealth Wellness Format Called New U

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: H&B stores Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dabur India Ltd. will open a specialty beauty, health and wellness retail business called ‘New-U’ by the end of January, 2008 in the NCR and then expands to other major cities.The New-U stores will offer comprehensive health and beauty solutions under one roof. The stores will also house beauty and health experts who will offer advice to consumers on particular products that suit their specific needs.H&am...

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Customer Experience Striking The Right Chord

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The attitude of employees who interact with customers can, to a large extent, enhance or mar a company’s reputation. Since such crucial workers frequently leave organizations, the year 2007 will be a successful year for companies that can bring in a sense of empowered stability to this changing frontline.A customer goes through so many varied experiences, some good, others embarrassing while shopping at a mall or on the web, availing services or purchasing...

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Cartoon Networks To Merchandise Ben 10 charaters

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Cartoon Network Enterprise (CNE) has launched what it expects to be another block-buster-merchandise based on Ben 10, a show on the Cartoon Network. Jiggy George, Executive Director, said that the merchandise included toys, apparels, activity books and bed linen. CNE will also promote the Ben10 characters on the packs of the Nutrine Super Mahalacto candy and Kissan jams.CNE India has firmed up arrangements with a company called Newboy to distribute the toys, ...

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Brandhouse Retails Plans Expansion

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: S Kumars has demerged its retail business into Brandhouse Retails Ltd. and looks to dot the country’s retail landscape with several formats and brands. It plans to set up large format multi-brand discount stores and launch a value-for-money private label. Brandhouse Retails is also looking to bring into India three to four international brands in the super premium and luxury segments in the fashion and accessories category. Also on the cards is an initiati...

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Deficit of trust

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The current slowdown in India's retail juggernaut brings out the harsh reality that 'smart' business people ultimately suffer if they take franchisees, vendors and customers for granted. I am talking about the phase that Koutons has been going through and other similar tales of disappointment that have gone unnoticed because Indians have such short memories. I still vividly remember what I used to say 5-6 years ago about Koutons brand and its stores - they a...

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Brand India A Happening Field

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The soil for the Indian retail tree to grow and branch out couldn’t have been more conducive at this moment. The market has seen rapid transformation, modern formats are being accepted, the buyers show unprecedented awareness and the customer base is youth-heavy. The consumer expenditure grew at about 10% over the 2003-2005 period, real growth averaged nearly 6.3% in 2004-05 and total private final consumption stood at 6% during the two years that has been...

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Brand Factory To Launch At Vaishali

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: To revolutionise shopping for the brand-loving but cost-discerning customer, Brand Factory, from the house of Future Group has launched the first of its kind store in North India at AEZ Carnival Country Mall, Sector 1, Vaishali, Ghaziabad. On offer is an array of brands across men's wear, women's wear, sportswear, kids' wear, footwear, mobiles, cosmetics, accessories and luggage at unbelievably low prices in a shopping environment that befits each of the bran...

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Franchise Of Dominos In India amongst the Best In The World

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: This is the highest number of store openings in such a short time span outside of the U.S. Jubilant FoodWorks Limited also has the unique distinction of being the fastest growing franchise of Domino’s Pizza globally.Domino’s Pizza the Pizza Delivery Expert and market leader in organized pizza home delivery segment (source: The Food Franchising Report 2009) announced crossing of 400 store milestone in India (in last quarter), with visit of  Patrick D...

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Franchise Companies in India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: India offers entrepreneurs numerous franchising options in many sectors. Franchising affords partnership of global companies or renowned brands that helps to build business. You can own your own business and be your own boss. Franchise companies in India offer you a wide choice across all industries - automotive, healthcare, IT, health and beauty care, retail, business services and many more. Successful franchise companies in India include names such as MRF,...

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Food Franchise Brands Leverage Their International Experiences

17th November 2011, New Delhi, India:  In an industry where domestic growth has been elusive, U.S.-based restaurant chains are attempting to evolve into truly global brands, reaching emerging markets where less industry saturation and competition exists. As chains seek to establish footholds in these untapped markets, they are challenged to strike a balance between maintaining their brand identities while tailoring menu items and service formats to local preferences."These brands can take a...

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Ferns N Petals Ties Up With Jet Airways

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Following its successful foray into lifestyle, weddings and home decor segments, Ferns N Petals (FNP) has partnered with Jet Airways. Jet privilege members based in India and abroad can earn JPMiles at Ferns N Petals for purchases through their website or get discounts at stores across 54 outlets in India. The company is spreading its visibility and availability by not just sticking to its own website but is present on most of the leading shopping websites i...

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Flourishing Franchise Business In Kolkata

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Kolkata's retail scenario is currently undergoing a paradigm shift from traditional forms to a more modern and organized system. And given that franchising, as a business model, is an integral part of such operations, the burgeoning spread in retail has prompted the major brands to follow the franchise route to cash in on the retail potential of Kolkata market. By Sohini Sarkar and Neha NagpalSUCCESS STORY: Education That Supplements School LearningSoma Goho...

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Ezeego1 Plans Expansion In Tier I II cities of India

27th September 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  Mumbai-based OTA, Ezeego1 Travels and Tours Ltd, is planning to set up brick and mortar franchise offices in Tier-II and Tier-III cities such as Pune, Chandigarh and Jalandhar in the next financial year. The franchisee offices will provide visa facilitation and foreign exchange services. The OTA is also planning to foray into the mobile market and is currently developing a website and application for mobile platforms. Ezeego1 is also looking...

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Explore A Travel Franchise Opportunity In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The growing Indian travel and tour industry is likely to spawn US $ 128 billion by 2016.Generally people consult the travel agency to plan the trip as they need advice regarding their tour. Many travel agents work for the travel agency. The travel agent has all knowledge of tours and destinations. The great way to make a fortune in travel industry is to own a Tour and Travel Franchise.As per estimates, the industry growing at rate of 8.1 percent per annum wi...

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Epincion The Designer House From Essel

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The Essel Group has launched its premium lifestyle-retail venture. Named Christened Epincion, it will house jewellery, artifacts and designer wear from Rohit Bal, Shaina NC and Neeta Lulla. Says Epincion founder and CEO Kaveeta Goel, “During our trips across the country, we found that many of the dying age-old crafts have been inspiring modern designs, and have a demand in the growing neo rich class in India and abroad. This endeavour also aims to provide ...

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Donear On Expansion Drive

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Donear Industries Ltd, manufacturers of the Donear brand of suiting and shirting, said it would set up a Greenfield unit for high-end cotton fabric as well as foray into retail through its new brand DCot, as a part of its expansion plan for the next three years."We are planning to set up a high-end cotton fabric manufacturing unit in Surat for our new brand Dcot as well as to supply other retail brands in the domestic and export markets," said Ajay Agarwal, E...

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Downside Of Digital Lifestyle

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Service and support for all customers should be at the prescribed level even when an influential customer walks in. All too often service levels for customers drop simply because an influential customer is being given more attention.You walk into a nice upmarket restaurant hoping to relax a bit and recharge your batteries for the work ahead. As you wait luxuriating in the great ambience, you notice a noisy group walk in. You are disturbed, so are others who l...

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Customer Experience

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The attitude of employees who interact with customers can, to a large extent, enhance or mar a company’s reputation. Since such crucial workers frequently leave organizations, the year 2007 will be a successful year for companies that can bring in a sense of empowered stability to this changing frontline.A customer goes through so many varied experiences, some good, others embarrassing while shopping at a mall or on the web, availing services or purchasing...

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Kohler Opens Store In Bangalore

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Kohler, a kitchen and bath design company, has opened its first exclusive store in the city and hopes to take the number of its stores to 70 across 33 cities by the end of this financial year.The company which already has 56 stores in India is setting up its manufacturing facility at Vadodara, Gujarat, with an investment of Rs 900 crore. Sharad Mathur, Vice-President and commercial Director, Kohler India, said that the real estate boom in the country has ushe...

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Kodak Contacts Retailers For Express Counters

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Kodak India is planning to set up its Kodak Express counters within the premises of big retailers such as Big Bazaar and Reliance Digital. Exploring various formats, the camera company is currently negotiating with retailers to launch its branded outlets within the stores. In addition to its 1,700 franchise-run stand-alone outlets, the Kodak is now tapping into big retail chains to expand its photo-finishing services across the country.Ravi Karamcheti, MD an...

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Italian Luxury Brands Plan To StrengthenTheir Presence In India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Italy’s premium menswear brands Brioni and Canali are firming up plans to strengthen their presence in India. Brioni, which opened its first store in Mumbai last year in partnership with its franchisee Badasaab Designs, is all set to launch two new stores this year. Similarly, Canali, which currently has two franchise outlets with Genesis Colors, plans to have eight stores by 2010.“We will open our second store in Delhi shortly and the third one in Banga...

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International Food Franchise Brands Plan India Entry

6th December 2011, New Delhi, India: At a time when India is looking to open up its retail sector to foreign investments further, lesser known international food brands such as  Italian Ci Gusta, Sarpino's Pizzeria, Bahrain-based Shawarma Xpress, BinHendi Enterprises of Dubai, American PizzaVito, Sri Lanka's Loon Tao and Singapore's Berrylite, which offer mouth watering pizzas, shawarmas, soups and frozen yogurt are set to announce their entry into the country to cash in on the opportunity....

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Interested In A Automotive Franchise

9th September 2011, New Delhi, India: Ever wondered how much water a conventional car-wash uses? Well, the answer is about 120 litres. A water-conscious entrepreneur in Singapore is looking to bring that number down to zero by introducing waterless car washes.After working in the aviation industry for 10 years, Firdaus Iqbal, the managing director of Griener Solutions, decided to make a switch to make a difference.Griener Solutions first venture is a waterless car-wash service, Grienwash, which ...

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Croma Store lauunches In Delhi

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Making its mark into the north Indian market, Infiniti Retail Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Sons, launched its first Croma electronic and consumer durables store at Vikas Surya Shopping Mall, Rohini, New Delhi. Croma, is a large-format, multi-brand consumer durable and electronic store that has on offer 6,000 products and 180 national and international brands, across eight product categories, the widest-ever range of electronic gizmos, namely, home ente...

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HUL Plunges Into The Premium Cafe Franchise Business

30th September 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  The 50-year-old coffee brand from HUL's stable has now entered the premium end of the Rs 950-crore organised coffee market hitherto dominated by imported brands. Even its nearest competitor Nestle has a single brand, Nescafe Gold, in the premium segment, and HUL sees this as an opportunity to tap into the trend to consume high-end coffee at home.“We have to create the premium coffee market and would be investing in market development in th...

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Hometown To Launch 6 New Stores

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Home Solutions Retail Ltd., an arm of the Future Group, is planning to set up six new 'Hometown' stores in the country by December 2007. About Rs 20 crores would be invested in setting up each store.The company has already bagged a Rs 150-crore order from the Prestige Group in Bangalore and is in talks with various players in Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Thane and Ahmedabad. Hometown stores would be offering consumer loans for customers in asso...

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Hindware Enters Into Home Interiors Retail

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries Limited (HSIL) has entered the organised retail sector with home interiors specialty chain of stores called Evok, with the first three stores opening in the NCR. The three different formats are living, kitchen and bath domains ranging between 8,000 sq.ft.-30,000 sq.ft. The company has plans to invest Rs 250 crores to establish 50 large-format company operated specialty destination stores in top 25 cities of India over th...

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Hewlett Packard Enters Service Retailing

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: In an effort to capture the potential of digital photography, mobile phone and digital camera market, Hewlett-Packard has decided to enter the retail photo printing market. The company launched its consumer online photo service in India.The HP Retail Photo Solutions (RPS) will offer end-to-end digital photography services and the HP Snapfish website could store and share unlimited number of photos free of cost.V. Krishnan, GM, Consumer Sales, Imaging & Pr...

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Hakoba Lifestyle Plans Expansion

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Hakoba Lifestyle, the retailing arm of the Surat-based Pioneer Embroideries, has finalised plans to foray into small, medium and large format retailing. In the next four years it will invest over Rs 250 crores to set up 400 small and 80 medium-format stores. Small stores will have an average size of 1,000 sq.ft. and house Hakoba’s own brands. In the second phase of expansion, Hakoba Lifestyle plans to set up 30 large-format stores of average 40,000 sq.ft. ...

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Hasbro Targets Tier 2 3 Cities

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: With the launch of two exclusive brand outlets (EBO) for its recently launched menswear brand Probase, Chennai-based Hasbro Clothing Pvt. Ltd. has set a revenue target of over Rs 100 crores in the next three years. Besides, the company plans to have around 130 exclusive Probase stores across the country by the same time.Priced affordably in the range of Rs 399-Rs 899, Probase offers casual, smart and formal lines in shirts and trousers. Probase stores operat...

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BTB launches Greg Norman Collection In India

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Greg Norman Collection, a subsidiary of MacGregor Golf Company, has entered the Indian retail market through a licensing and distribution agreement with Gurgaon-based franchisor -- Better ThanBefore (BTB). The brand recently made its debut in the Indian retail market through opening of an exclusive brand store in Gurgaon. Greg Norman Collection is a leader in golf-inspired apparel and accessories targeting active, sophisticated men and women. The brand sells ...

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Aptech wins Global Franchisor of The Year Award Franchise Growth Driver Award

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Aptech has created a hat-trick by winning three awards --- 'Indian Global Franchisor of the Year', 'Win-Win Franchising Partnership of the Year' and 'Franchise Growth Driver of the Year' award for Arena Multimedia at the IFE 2007. This leading IT education and training company has come up a long way since its inception in 1986 and its impact is being felt globally. At Aptech, experts and counsellors adapt programmes to the ever-changing needs of the IT indus...

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Geoffrey Beene Franchise Comes To India Via Megamart

15th June 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: One of America's largest-selling designer shirt brands, Geoffrey Beene, will partner Arvind Ltd's discount apparel chain Megamart. The licensing agreement comes less than six months after Megamart signed up with Nasdaq-listed Iconix Brand Group's youth brand Mossimo.

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Gelato Italiano to take franchise route for expansion

12th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Blue Food's leading gelato chain Gelato Italiano plans to expand its presence across India. It is looking at strengthening its presence in tier I cities, before venturing into tier II and III cities.“Our expansion plans are very aggressive this year. We have a very stable base with an excellent back end structure and are poised for growth in the cities where we are currently present. We still have many tier I cities not covered, so will be looking to hit them b...

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Future Group To Enter Marriage Services Sector

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The Future Group is planning to enter the largely unorganised marriage market with a retail service under the brand -- Vivah -- at its Big Bazaar stores. A pilot project is being initiated at a couple of its stores initially with a marriage service desk which would provide marriage related products and services.Rajan Malhotra, CEO, Big Bazaar said, "Being a mass retailer, it was an opportunity for us as marriage is estimated to be a Rs 20,000-crore industry. ...

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Future group joins hands with ITC Choupal

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The Future Group's Food Bazaar has tied up with ITC Choupal Fresh, which operates as wholesale-cum-retail stores to sell fruits and vegetables in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. "We plan to replicate the model in the other cities if the experiment is successful", said Food Bazaar CEO Sadashiv.Choupal Fresh is It is equipped with warehousing and cold chain facilities to stock fresh horticultural products that are directly sourced from farmers and leverages on the ...

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Fried Chicken Franchise KFC Cooks and Serves Separately For Vegetarians In Ahmedabad

17th November 2011, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: American multinational Kentucky Friend Chicken (KFC) will, for the first time, have its waiters wear different-coloured uniforms while serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian customers to placate protests in Ahmedabad, the Gujarat city it enters later this month.The steps for Ahmedabad include different coloured uniforms for staff members, separate counters for veg & non-veg orders, separate cooking areas indicated by markings on the wall, officia...

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Franchisor Speak Competitive Flavour Of Coffee Day Xpress

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Puttaraj A G, President, Coffee Day Xpress, talks to Priyanka Kapoor about his company’s success story and future growth plans.Q.Give a brief background on Coffee Day Xpress? How many franchised and company-owned outlets exist now?Coffee Day Xpress is the off-shoot of Café Coffee Day. It is a unique concept that feeds a world continuously in transit. CCD started in 1996 and Xpress in 2003. When CCD units were being set up, many corporates wanted to have t...

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Franchising in India

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Recent years have witnessed a sudden increase in franchising in India. More and more people and businesses are looking for places and locations where they can start their franchise shop or business. Latest survey revealed that there is almost 25% increase in the franchising in India and more developments are on the way.Big companies out stationed abroad are strategizing to start franchising business in India. The main sectors which are being targeted are foo...

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Franchising beyond metros

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Globally, franchising has been accepted as an excellent model by the entrepreneurs for scaling up their business operations. In India, franchising has essentially been a metropolitan phenomenon with franchisors confining their first round of expansion to the big cities. In quest of chasing the deep pockets of cosmopolitan customers, Indian franchisors had so far overlooked the huge potential of the small towns. But now brands are out to reap the benefits of ...

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Franchising As Vehicle Of Socio economic Change

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: DR. AUDESH PASWAN, an Associate Professor (Marketing) at the University of North Texas, has a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, USA, a B. Tech. from IIT Madras and a PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has published extensively on franchising, channels, and services marketing, and can be reached at paswana@unt.edu. While it is true that franchising is a commercial venture (witness McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Holiday Inn or Marriott for example) with its...

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Hakoba Lifestyle Plans Expansion

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Hakoba Lifestyle, the retailing arm of the Surat-based Pioneer Embroideries, has finalised plans to foray into small, medium and large format retailing. In the next four years it will invest over Rs 250 crores to set up 400 small and 80 medium-format stores. Small stores will have an average size of 1,000 sq.ft. and house Hakoba’s own brands. In the second phase of expansion, Hakoba Lifestyle plans to set up 30 large-format stores of average 40,000 sq.ft. ...

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Mallya To Enter In High End Retail

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Motivated by the high-end brands entering the country, the Vijay Mallya-led UB Group, the world’s third-largest maker of alcoholic spirits, has entered the business of high-end retail. The group will hold 55% stake in the Collection, a shopping mall that will exclusively retail luxury brands, coming up in Bangalore. The rest of the stake remains with the property developers Prestige Estates.Louis Vuitton, a French luxury brand, has been roped in as the anc...

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Mall Management Dynamics Among Stakeholders

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: A shopping mall, shopping centre or shopping arcade is a building or set of buildings that contain stores and have inter-connecting walkways that make it easy for people to move from store to store. The walkways might be enclosed.While this definition is as simple as the dynamics among stakeholders, most of us in India fail to understand it and tend to overlook the importance of all the stakeholders in a mall. The primary reason may be lack of experience of ...

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Mall In Seattle Airport

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Sea-Tac, Seattle airport in the US, is attempting to give passengers waiting for their flights or in-transit a shopping experience that's both distinctive and tempting. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the airports have had to improve security procedures and accommodate more travellers for longer periods of time. So, the opening of malls will save the travellers from boredom. Increase in footfalls will encourage retailers to set up shop and give the airport...

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Madame New Franchise Is EBO

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Madame, the trendy casual-wear brand, opened its exclusive store at V3S Mall, New Delhi. The 700 sqft. franchise outlet stocks all Madame merchandise. Madame is the brand of Jain Amar Clothing Pvt. Ltd. This opening is a part of Madame’s retail strategy, which includes plans to open 42 exclusive stores and shop-in-shops in all major fashion markets across the country in the coming months. According to Bipan Jain, Director, Jain Amar Hosiery Pvt. Ltd., excl...

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Madame launches new stores

25th August 2011, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: Madame, the leading brand in women’s western wear, has opened at Pune’s Market City Phoenix Mall. The store is spread over 800 sq. ft. The women’s wear retailer has also opened stores in Jabalpur’s Jagat Mall and a 700 sq. ft store in Bhatinda. These stores offer, in addition to the winter range, balloon fits, kaftan sleeves, diamante stripes, floral prints, portrait designs and elegant crystals. For college girls there are razo...

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Lifestyle Retailing Myths Challenges Promises

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: The veteran of the lifestyle retail market, who was instrumental in Titan's success in lifestyle retailing, talks about the growth in the category, the factors creating it, the myths surrounding it and the challenges it is battling.Bjou KurienPresident & CEO, Lifestyle & Luxury Business, Reliance RetailThe metamorphosis of our consumer has begun. For long, India was dismissed as a country beset by social problems, inhabited by the poverty-stricken an...

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Lenovo India plans to open 1000 Franchise Outlets in India By 2012

15th June 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka, India:  Personal computer maker Lenovo India, has announced its plans to increase its franchise presence in the country. The company is planning to add more 1,000 franchise outlets by the year 2012.Presently, the company owns 400 outlets across the country and is aiming to lead as the country's top vendor in its business segment.

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Lee Bets On Concept Stores

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Denim brand Lee is betting big on ‘concept’ stores to create brand loyalty. Lee recently opened a boutique store in Greater Kailash, Delhi. The store conveys an uppity attitude and “celebrates snobbery” — right from its diamond studded signage to store interiors with modern minimalist furniture, vanity mirrors, plasma screens and foot massagers. While the Lee store in Bangalore is all about the “vintage meets contemporary”, its Pune store addre...

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LeagueOne To Invest 55 Crores In Networked Retail Outlets

23rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Advertising company, League One Marketing Services said it plans to invest Rs 55 crores on setting up LCD screens in 4,870 retail outlets across the country to educate buyers about its products."The money will be spent on setting up LCD screens in traditional retail outlets, whereby the customers will be educated about the products when they are in the purchase mode," Managing Director Rajiv Gupta said. The company would be initially focusing on pharmaceutica...

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Lakme Plan To Enter in SAARC Countries

23rd November 2011, New Delhi, India: Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) is taking the Lakme brand across the Indian borders to neighbouring countries. After launching the brand in Bangladesh last year, Lakme is now poised to enter new markets in the SAARC region beginning with Sri Lanka. Anil Chopra, Vice-President, Home and Personal Care, HUL, said that studies have shown that Lakme enjoys equity wherever there is population of Indian origin. Besides, there is huge reach of Indian media in these ma...

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Koutons Turns To Cash and Carry Franchising

17th December 2011, New Delhi, India: Apparel manufacturer and retailer Koutons Retail India has shut 150 more shops, mostly of its casual menswear brand Charlie Outlaw, as part of its ongoing re-organisation. The Delhi-based company, saddled with Rs 600-crore debt that carries an average interest cost of 14%, is striving to meet within three months the conditions of the corporate debt-restructuring package approved by the Reserve Bank in September."Charlie brand stores have been shut to cut los...

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Koutons creates new milestone launches 1100th store

3rd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The Delhi-based apparel maker Koutons Retail India Limited, which has been on an overdrive of expansion, has already outsmarted the competition by building up a chain of about 1100 outlets across the country. It designs, manufactures and retails apparel under Koutons and Charlie Outlaw brands.D P S Kohli, Chairman of Koutons said: "As the retail sector is experiencing a boom in India, we are happy to be part of the success story and in the process strengthen o...

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Baskin Robbins In For A Makeover

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Ice cream retailer Baskin Robbins is set for extensive Middle Eastern expansion following a re-branding exercise and an extended commitment by its Gulf region Master Franchisee, Galadari Ice Cream Company (GICC). The company has announced it will open 60 new stores this year, with 28 openings planned in Saudi Arabia, 17 in the UAE and a further 15 in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.The roll-out will take the group's total network in the Gulf region to over 400...

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Cartridge World SBI Collaboration

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Cartridge World, printer cartridge refilling services brand, has tied up with SBI to fund prospective franchises to expand the company's operations in India. Currently, they have opened stores in three major cities of India which are receiving overwhelming response.The SBI tie-up franchisees can approach the bank for loans at convenient terms that can speed up the process of setting up the stores. The target is to have over 250 Cartridge World stores across t...

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Cartridge Cafe Open To Franchisees

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Seeing a huge market in cartridge refilling in India, Biz India Ventures Pvt. Ltd. recently launched kiosk/stores by the name of Cartridge Café. Tamper Proof Ink Cartridge Refilling machines are installed here for customers to refill their cartridges.Speaking on the aim behind introducing this retail brand, Raghavendran, Vice-President of Biz India Ventures Pvt Ltd. says, "People are becoming brand conscious and looking for quality. Our aim is ...

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Cartoon Networks Plans Ben 10 Merchandise

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Cartoon Network Enterprise (CNE) has launched what it expects to be another block-buster-merchandise based on Ben 10, a show on the Cartoon Network. Jiggy George, Executive Director, said that the merchandise included toys, apparels, activity books and bed linen. CNE will also promote the Ben10 characters on the packs of the Nutrine Super Mahalacto candy and Kissan jams.CNE India has firmed up arrangements with a company called Newboy to di...

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CapitaLand Partners Prestige Group Advance India Projects Ltd

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: CapitaLand Ltd. through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, CapitaLand Retail India Investments Pvt. Ltd. entered into two separate Joint Ventures (JVs) with Advance India Projects Ltd. (a Delhi-based developer) and the Prestige Group (a Bangalore-based real estate player) respectively to invest, develop and manage retail projects in India. Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Limited said the two partnerships, with an identified portfolio of 15 p...

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Business Opportunities in India

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Indian market offers plenty of opportunities for business – import business, Internet ventures, outsourcing, software development, real estate, services and others. Business opportunities in India attract both foreign and domestic investors. With Indian government policies becoming liberal, more and more entrepreneurs are foraying into business. India provides the right environment with an exemplary democratic governance, transparent legal and accounting sy...

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Build A Bear Coming To India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: US-based retail chain Build-A-Bear is all set to roll into India, with its first store coming up in Mumbai at the PVR Complex, Juhu, followed by an outlet at Inorbit mall in Malad. Currently the format will be a section on the kid's floor of Shoppers Strop stores, which plans to expand across the country in phases. The boutique stores will come up at a later stage.This debut opens a new niche in India retailing with its unique do-it-yourself format.. I...

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BSA GO Outlet In Thane

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: TI Cycles of India, part of the Rs.7300-crore conglomerate Murugappa Group, has announced the launch of their unique bicycle and fitness equipment store, BSA GO, at Thane. The 1,170 sq. ft. BSA GO store, licensed to Thanawalla Cycles Pvt. Ltd. and located at Eternity Mall, is the first of its kind in Mumbai. A one-stop premium store for all bicycling and fitness equipment requirements, BSA GO promotes cycling as a health and lifestyle option to discern...

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Boutique Thrust For Luxury Watches

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Beyond Luxary, which retails luxury watches, will invest Rs 50 crores to set up 10 multi-brand boutiques, particularly in the metros, by the end of 2008.The company plans to open multi-brand outlets in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore by the end of this year, which would be in addition to two already functioning in the national capital and Chennai.Beyond Luxury is negotiating with several financial institutions to raise funds for the expansion.

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Bigger Availability Of Big Apple

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Express Retail Services will increase the number of its retail outlets to 100 by August. The Rs 100-crore expansion plan of the company involves its convenience store chain selling its Big Apple brand in Delhi.Big Apple deals in consumer goods like groceries, foods and vegetables and fast moving consumer goods.The company also plans small format retail for fruits and vegetables under the Big Apple Fresh brand. Express Retail would look at funding from outside...

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Bangalore Gets First Spar Hypermarket

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Max Hypermarkets launched its first Spar store in Bangalore recently. Viney Singh, MD, Max Hypermarkets, said the 75,000 sq.ft. hypermarket is aimed at making shopping a daily activity for its consumers. The Spar Hypermarkets in India is the result of a license agreement between the Landmark Group's Max Hypermarkets India and Spar International, a Netherlands-based brand, which is present in 24 countries. Max will have access to Spar's best practice...

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Baskin Robbins rebrands itself

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Ice cream retailer Baskin Robbins is set for extensive Middle Eastern expansion following a re-branding exercise and an extended commitment by its Gulf region Master Franchisee, Galadari Ice Cream Company (GICC). The company has announced it will open 60 new stores this year, with 28 openings planned in Saudi Arabia, 17 in the UAE and a further 15 in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.The roll-out will take the group's total network in the Gulf region to over 400...

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Autosheen Business Management Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Autosheen, part of My home International PLC, is a multi-brand franchisor specialising in the provision of premium residential services, with its franchisee network of over 250 outlets. It is offering business people and entrepreneurs its brand new 'Business Management Franchise' package. The package involves the management of specialist professional valeting services for corporate customers all over the UK."With over 30 million cars currently on our r...

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Aussie Pet Mobile To Function In UK

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Aussie Pet Mobile, the world's largest mobile pet grooming franchise, is set to launch business in the UK. With a pet spending market worth £3.8 billion and still growing, Britain presents an economic environment ripe for the concept.According to Master Franchisee Paul Fagan, Aussie Pet Mobile is a proven business model and combined with a high demand for quality grooming services in a cash-rich, time-poor society, this is an ideal franchise opportuni...

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Aushadhi To Open 300 More Stores

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Aushadhi, a drug discount store chain, will open 300 more stores in addition to 100 at present by June in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, before venturing into north and west India. It will also open clinics and pathological labs at its existing as well as future stores.The clinics will be manned by general practitioners and gynaecologists. The company, which will change its name to MedPlus, will raise money for its expansion plan from venture capital funding.

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Artefacts Wants 25 Franchise Stores

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Artefacts, a premium home and corporate interior decoration firm, plans to open 25 stores on the franchisee model across all metros and many mini-metros in India, and global franchisees in Middle East, UK and USA in the next two years.The size of the high-end home décor market is about Rs 9,000 crores and it is growing at a rate of 80% per year. At present Artefacts has two boutique stores and it is planning to open one more. Gurseet Makkad, Director, has in...

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61 More Accor Hotels Planned For China8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Europe's biggest hotel company, Accor SA, has planned to more than double the number of its hotels in China in the coming three years. The company has opened its 44th hotel in that country and 61 more are scheduled to come up before 2010. It has about 300 hotels and plans to launch 95 new ones in the next two years, mainly in China and India.The Paris-based company operates hotels under the name Sofitel, Novotel an...

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6 New Stores By Hometown

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Home Solutions Retail Ltd., an arm of the Future Group, is planning to set up six new 'Hometown' stores in the country by December 2007. About Rs 20 crores would be invested in setting up each store.The company has already bagged a Rs 150-crore order from the Prestige Group in Bangalore and is in talks with various players in Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Thane and Ahmedabad. Hometown stores would be offering consumer loans for customers in asso...

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350th Outlet Of Raymonds Opened

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Raymonds Ltd., India's textile and apparel major, has launched its 350th store at the up-market Atria Mall in Worli, Mumbai. Having begun its retail voyage five decades ago, Raymonds is today the largest chain for fabric and garment retailing. As part of its aggressive retail expansion strategy, it hopes to have a network of over 950 stores in the country by 2010, each set up with an investment of approximately Rs50 lakhs. The exclusive stores will hou...

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2000 Spencer Retail Outlets Planned

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: RPG Retail plans to expand the number of Spencer's retail outlets across the country from the present 125 to 2,000 within the next two years. The company proposes to raise a portion of the funds required by way of an IPO, private placement or private equity.According to Sanjiv Goenka, Vice Chairman of the RPG group, Spencer's retail stores rollout would be spread across five formats ---Spencer's Hyper, Spencer's Super, Spencer's Daily, Spencer's Express and S...

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100 Stores From Nippon

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Japanese paint giant, Nippon Paint, is all set to expand its operations in South India. The company plans to open 100 exclusive Nippon Paint showrooms. Going through franchisee route the company has already opened three showrooms in Mangalore and will add more to its tally, by the end of this fiscal. The company witnessed a turnover of $3.8 billion last year. Nippon Paint (India) Pvt. Ltd. has a range of over a lakh of products catering to ...

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100 Store Strong Tech Kidz Thinks Of More

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Tech-Kidz, a brand in kids' educational aids from the house of Comp-Point Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd is all set to open franchise outlets at Haldwani and Lucknow in a shop-in-shop format. At present, it has 100 franchise outlets/dealers/stockists all over India.Tech-Kidz also provides all kinds of technical services like installation of various labs - Maths Lab, Robotics Lab, Language Learning Lab, Audio-Visual Lab and Computer Lab.

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Gitanjali Plans Lifestyle Malls

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Gitanjali Group, a leading diamond and jewellery manufacturer and retailer in India, will enter lifestyle retail and plans to set up its own malls with focus on luxury segment.The Rs 3,000-crore company is likely to set up a separate Gitanjali Lifestyle venture for non-jewellery retail in high-end apparel and accessories brands.The company will also launch malls to cater to the masses as well and is holding talks with real estate developers. It will initially ...

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Gitanjali Acquires Nakshatra

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Rs 3500 crore Gitanjali Gems Ltd., one of the largest integrated diamond and gold jewellery manufacturer and retailer acquired Nakshatra Diamonds, a brand previously owned by DTC and Lucera Jewellery, a premium silver jewellery brand from Renaissance Jewellery.Gitanjali aims to position Nakshatra as a known lifestyle brand worldwide by introducing accessories including designer bags, watches and belts and by acquiring Lucera the group aims to strengthen its po...

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Future Group Introduces HomeTown

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Home Solutions (India) Ltd., a part of the Future Group, has launched 'Home Town,' the first of its kind home improvement retail format in India, at Great India Place (Unitech Mall), Noida. The launch also marks the entry of Future Group into the services business.Spread across an area of about 125,000 sq.ft., HomeTown will provide consumers with various services that goes into building a house and everything to make it a home. The store is divided int...

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Future Opting For Cash and Carry

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Kishore Biyani's Future Group is opening up a cash-and-carry format. The first wholesale format store called Fair Price will open in Bangalore. The two-pronged strategy will envisage Fair Price catering as a wholesale centre for corporate buyers like five-star hotels, restaurants, hospitals and other retailers in metros as well as KB ('khub bachao') shops that peddle goods to the rural markets and tier-II and tier-III cities. Future Group plans to have pan In...

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Franchising Opportunities in India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: India offers numerous opportunities in the field of franchising. The vast geographical expanse, the multi cultural people, the strong economy and the growing middle class have all contributed to the growth of franchising in India. Many companies, both global and Indian, owe their success to franchising. Franchising offers a win-win situation for both the franchisor and franchisee. While the franchisor’s business expands multifold, the franchisee can ...

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Franchise in India

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Tired of commuting to work? Menaced by the boss constantly hovering over your head? Looking for a better income than what you presently bring home? If you nodded ‘yes’ to all those questions, what you are probably looking for is a franchise opportunity in India. Franchise businesses enable you to work conveniently from your home with flexible timings and great income. Hundreds of franchise opportunities exist in India, which encompasses every ca...

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Flamingo Duty forays in India

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Flamingo, the Dubai-headquartered retail chain, plans to set up 23 duty-free stores in India, mostly in the big cities, investing up to Rs. 150 crores this year. A dozen of them will be downtown shops in the metropolises and tourist hub Goa, where the customer can browse through, touch and feel the duty-free products, place an order and pick them up from an airport shop at the departure terminal.Four of them are going to be commissary stores, targeted at resi...

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Fortis Health Stores To Offer More

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Fortis group's pharmacy retail chain, Fortis Healthworld, is planning to introduce a host of value additions in its stores like tele-medicines facilities, presence of resident doctors and medical technicians, and pre-paid medical card facilities for NRIs. The idea is to integrate and provide a complete healthcare service by leveraging on its Fortis and Escorts hospital chain. These hospitals exist in Delhi, NCR, UP and J and K.The company is investing Rs. 800...

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Expansion Scheme Of Piaget

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Piaget, Dubai-based jewellery and watch enterprise, has planned to launch 30 retail outlets and over five boutiques in some of the Middle East countries, with one boutique in Qatar.Last year the company had rolled out its first Middle East boutique in Dubai. It will unveil the stand-alone boutique in Doha by 2009, with Pearl Qatar being a prospective location. The company has also planned to roll out flagship boutiques for Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

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Ethnic World For More Stores

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: After scoring a big success from its existing 68 outlets (65 franchise stores and three company-owned outlets), Ethnic World Retails Ltd. a Delhi-based company, which is hugely popular in north India, is planning to spread its wings to eastern, western and central regions. Ethnic World started its business with ethnic wear and then took up formal and casual western wear in 2004. From sherwanis to blazers, cargos to pyjamas and formal trousers t...

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Essar Investment Plan For Retail

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Essar Group will pump in Rs 1,125-Rs 1,350 crores in its telecom retail business to set up 2,500 mobile store outlets in the next three years. These outlets will sell new handsets and connections, mobile accessories, value added services and post-sale services along with bill payment facility. The company currently has 60 outlets in India, including 21 in Delhi alone, and expects a revenue of Rs 500 crores. It plans to open 4,000 'touch points' in the form of ...

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Espirit Madura Garments For A Spirited Rollout

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: In association with Madura Garments, its strategic partner in India, Espirit plans to boost its brand portfolio segments such as women's ready-to-wear, premium relaxed clothes and accessories. The venture has over 10 stores in India and the plan is to roll out close to 20 stores in the next two years, which will be a mix of stand-alone and shop-in-shop outlets within the departmental stores.The three Espirit lines (Casual, Collection and Sports) are currently...

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Donear On Expansion Spree

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Donear Industries Ltd, manufacturers of the Donear brand of suiting and shirting, said it would set up a Greenfield unit for high-end cotton fabric as well as foray into retail through its new brand DCot, as a part of its expansion plan for the next three years."We are planning to set up a high-end cotton fabric manufacturing unit in Surat for our new brand Dcot as well as to supply other retail brands in the domestic and export markets," said A...

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Dominos To Adopt Franchising Model

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Domino's Pizza India, the master franchisee of US-based Domino's Pizza, is for the first time adopting a franchise model in India to extend its presence. The chain will invest Rs. 80 crores in 2007-08 to set up new stores, as it eyes a 45% share of the organized pizza retail market in the country. The company has 132 stores and would be setting up 50 more company-owned outlets in the next one year. Stores are to be opened in places where it is not yet able t...

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DLF To Ink Deal With Armani

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Realty giant DLF is looking to sign a licensing deal with Italian luxury brand, Giorgio Armani. As per the deal, DLF will have the rights to retail and market the brand in the Indian sub-continent. The first store is likely to open in Delhi at DLF's luxury mall -- Emporio -- in the first quarter of 2008, sources said. Giorgio Armani started operations in the 1960s and has the credit of redefining corporate dressing in the Western world. Since t...

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Dixy Chicken plans expansion

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Dixy Chicken will offer a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food like salads, pizzas, ice creams and desserts at its proposed franchise outlets in addition to its brand product, fried chicken. These outlets would be owned by the franchisees but run by the franchisors on management and revenue sharingbasis.Dixy Chicken India has signed up with AB Resorts & Restaurants Pvt Ltd and restaurant chain Dhabba Express as master franchisees for the South.While...

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Disney Debut Via Devyani

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Devyani International Ltd (DIL), a subsidiary of RJ Corporation , is the master franchise group of Walt Disney in India. It opened the first Disney merchandise store called Disney Artist at the MGF Mega City mall, Gurgaon. With prices ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 900, the store has a wide range of products on offer.Through a licensing agreement with DIL, the global entertainment major plans to invest Rs150 crores for setting up 300 Disney Artist stores in the nex...

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DHL New Ad Campaign For India

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: DHL will soon come up with a new ad campaign for the Indian and Asia-Pacific rim countries. The three new TV spots of the international express and logistics company titled 'CEO', 'Patience' and 'Waiting' have been created by ad company Ogilvy and Mather's Singapore unit and aims to deliver three edges for the DHL brand: easy to deal with, knowing and rewarding DHL customers, and innovative products and services.The ad campaign will be carried out through the ...

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DELL Introduces Latitude Notebooks

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: In response to heavy customer demand for a better mobility experience, increased performance and excellent connectivity, DELL has launched Latitude™ D630, D830 and D531 notebook models. The new systems deliver energy efficiency with select Energy Star 4.0 compliant configurations.With features such as next-generation wireless technologies, extended capacity batteries and based on the latest Intel™ processors, the Latitude D630 and D830 help increase perfor...

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DCM Shriram For New Business Model

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Retails chains and 'mandis' in the country are booming and DCM Shriram Consolidated (DSCL) is planning to source fresh produce from farmers to supply these retail chains. For this purpose, they have appointed Rabobank for preparing a business model. The new business model would complement DSCL's rural retail venture, Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar.Networking will be done with the farmers through the Hariyali outlets. Through contract farming, it will place orders for...

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Dabur On Expansion Spree

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Dabur India Ltd will open 1,000 retail outlets in the next 10 years under the franchise format to cater to the growing demand for specialty stores and organized retail. These outlets will sell products ranging from personal care to general merchandise to pharmacy. These will stock both company brands like Dabur Amla hair oil and Dabur Chawanprash and rival brands. The retail foray of the company will be under its subsidiary, H&B Stores Ltd.

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Cold Stone Creamery Mid East Strategy

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: American ice cream retailer Cold Stone Creamery has appointed UAE-based Apparel Group as a Master Franchisee for the Middle East region, under which the group will open over 40 locations over the next five years. The agreement covers Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with the first store opening in Dubai in May and further developments for 2007 planned in Saudi Arabia."We are truly excited to partner with the Apparel Group...

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New Line Of Flying Machine Jeans

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Flying Machine, the jeans brand from Arvind Brands, plans to set up exclusive retail outlets, launch a media campaign and ramp up the product line to give a contemporary and international feel to the brand. Italian designer Chicco has designed the new line of Flying Machine jeans, priced at an average of Rs 1,000.Apart from men's jeans, the focus will also be on women's jeans, cargoes, knits and shirts. The company has roped in London-based design firm JHP to...

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Motimahal Goes Global

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Motimahal Delux, well known for its authentic tandoori and mughlai delicacies makes its maiden launch offshore with the launch of its restaurant in Dubai, this Diwali. Ashim Gujral, the MD says, "We plan to spread the aroma of Motimahal food by opening more restaurants in the UAE" The entire team of chefs is being sent from India to carefully craft the traditional kebabs and curries. Gujral is personally heading the team to carry forward the courteous...

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New CEO Of Inorbit Malls

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Inorbit Malls, the second largest mall in South Asia and twice recipient of Best Shopping Centre of the Year, has appointed Rajiv Bhatia as its new Chief Executive Officer.Bhatia had joined the merchant marine profession with a European shipping group as a sea-going engineer in the mid-1980s. In 1991, he joined the property/funds management industry in Australia and held a series of roles culminating in a senior executive position with Lend Lease. Thereafter h...

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New Brand New Target Of Siyaram Silk

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd. hopes to reap a turnover of Rs 500 crores this fiscal through its new brand Siyaram MSD (Monday to Sunday Dressing). In the next year and a half, the company plans to launch 150 exclusive outlets called F2F, where all the brands of the company, including Oxemberg, Mistair and J. Hampstead, will be available under one roof. In the words of Ramesh Poddar, Vice-Chairman and MD of Siyaram Silk, "we are looking at malls in tier-II cities su...

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Nature Essence To Enter Salon Business

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Nature’s Essence, one of the fast-growing personal-care brands in the country, will soon open exclusive Nature’s Essence salons. The first salon will be launched in Ludhiana, followed by another one in Amritsar. A flagship salon is expected to open at Select City Walk mall in New Delhi by July.The salon will use only Nature’s Essence brand for all services. It is also an effort to promote the herbal products, announced Saurav Nanda, Executive Director, N...

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Nahar Major Retail Expansion Programme

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Owner of 170 Cotton County stores in the country at present, Nahar Industrial Enterprises plans to take the number to 250 by March next year, a major expansion that Kamal Oswal, Managing Director, believes may increase the firm’s revenue from retail to Rs. 100 crores this fiscal.For growth the company has concentrated on smaller cities like Kanpur, Lucknow and Ludhiana. By 2010, the goal is to open 1,000 outlets. But it is also planning stores in ...

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Moti Mahal Hits South India

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: India's most famous restaurant and forerunner of tandoori cuisine, Moti Mahal Deluxe -The Tandoori Trail, has opened its first outlet in south India. This is placed at Sigma Mall in Cunningham Road, Bangalore. Monish Gujral, Managing Director, says, "The group presently has 37 restaurants with the main concentration in the northern belt of the country. Three outlets were open in Mumbai last year and now the group is going south with plans to open two food cour...

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More Showrooms For Citizen Watches

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Japan-based watchmaker Citizen plans to add 60 more exclusive showrooms over the next three years. The market for mid-segment watches is expanding in India.The company would invest over $4million for expanding its network. It sold over 2.5 lakh units of eco-driven watches in the last fiscal year and hopes to grow by 30% in the current year. The turnover stood at Rs 60 crores in the last fiscal, Hideaki Nakazaki, MD of Citizen Watches (India) Pvt. Ltd, has cla...

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Mary Kay Forays Into India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: The US-based global direct selling cosmetic major Mary Kay Inc. has announced its entry into the Indian Market with an investment of $20 million in the next five years.The direct selling major will operate in India through its subsidiary Mary Kay Cosmetics India Pvt. Ltd., and will use the investment to set up centres, develop its product portfolio and train beauty consultants.Mary Kay has introduced around 60 products designed specifically for the Ind...

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Mark Pi Restaurants Plans expansion to launch 300 restaurants

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Mark Pi, the US-based global restaurant chain, has decided to invest Rs. 80 crores for opening 300 eateries all over India in the next five years. These will cover not only metros and mini-metros but also towns with a population of at least one lakh.Mar Pi International has plans to open another 400 outlets in the Asia-Pacific region during the coming five years. In India, its products will have the brand name “Crazy Noodles,” to be sourced from Japan, Chi...

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Luxor To Open 100 Outlets

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Writing instruments maker Luxor will open 100 designer retail stores called Luxor Signature all over the country in the next four years at a total outlay of Rs100 crores. Each store will be spread across 1, 000 sq.ft of space and divided into premium and economy segments. They will offer customers a complete range of Luxor products.. Other than Luxor, brands such as Parker, Parker Premium, Waterman, Rotoring and Apple will also be available.

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LeagueOne To Invest Rs 55 Crore In Networked Retail Outlets

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Advertising company, League One Marketing Services said it plans to invest Rs 55 crores on setting up LCD screens in 4,870 retail outlets across the country to educate buyers about its products."The money will be spent on setting up LCD screens in traditional retail outlets, whereby the customers will be educated about the products when they are in the purchase mode," Managing Director Rajiv Gupta said. The company would be initially focusing on pharm...

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Kurl On Eyes 100 Cr

24th August 2010, New Delhi, India: After diversifying from sleep comfort to providing end-to-end home comfort solutions last year, Kurl-on Ltd will invest around Rs 150 crore in the next couple of years on setting up three mattresses manufacturing plants, one in Saudi Arabia and two more in India.In Saudi Arabia, the Karnataka-based company, part of the Rs 2,000-crore Manipal Group, is looking to invest around Rs 60 crore, and expects to initially sell nearly 12,000 high-end mattresses a month,...

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Koutons Forays Into Women And Kidswear

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Apparel retailer Koutons Retail India has forayed into the women’s and kidswear segment with brands Les Femme and Koutons Junior. The company has launched exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) for these brands in Delhi. Koutons plans to launch 100 Les Femme and Koutons Junior outlets, which will be a mix of company-owned and franchise stores. This number will double by 2010. Presently, the company has a network of 1,150 outlets including Koutons and Charlie Outlaw ...

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Kmart Keen To Enter Indian Retail Area

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Kmart, one of the leading discount retailers of the USA, is gearing up to enter India's $12-billion organized retail market in the form of cash-and-carry stores. The company is also planning to tie up with an Indian retail partner for franchise-based stores. Executives from Kmart are reportedly in talks with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion to discuss plans for entry to the Indian market. Currently, 100% FDI is allowed in the cash-and-...

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Jewellery Maker Targets 100 Countries

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Jewellery manufacturer Rajesh Exports is set to launch its own brand of diamond jewellery for the international market. Rajesh Mehta, Chairman, Rajesh Exports, has said that in five years, the company wants to be present in 100 countries and for this it is in talks with international retailers. He claims that this is perhaps the first time any Indian brand will be sold with a 'made in India' tag in the world market."The diamond jewellery will also be sold in ...

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Italian Luxury Brands Strengthening Their Presence In India

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Italy’s premium menswear brands Brioni and Canali are firming up plans to strengthen their presence in India. Brioni, which opened its first store in Mumbai last year in partnership with its franchisee Badasaab Designs, is all set to launch two new stores this year. Similarly, Canali, which currently has two franchise outlets with Genesis Colors, plans to have eight stores by 2010.“We will open our second store in Delhi shortly and the third one in Bangalo...

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Is FDI in retail actually happening

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: FDI in retail has been at the threshold of Indian economy for long. Its loud tap is not bothering the Indian retailers. In fact, they are too eager to welcome it. A talk with top-notch executives from varied background establishes that FDI in retail is a healthy prospect for the Indian retail market and the government is likely to allow it soon. Urmila Rao records their views.Karan Verma, CEO, Mark PiGagan Deep Sachdeva, CEO, Velocity Enterprises Pvt Ltd Shara...

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Ingram Micro India Is Netgear Distributor

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Netgear Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., a worldwide provider of technologically-advanced, branded networking and security products, has strengthened its distribution network in India by entering into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro India as its national distributor. Netgear will use Ingram Micro’s extensive reseller network to sell the full range of networking and security products across India.

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India First Oasis Centre By Landmark

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Landmark Group, a foremost retail conglomerate in the Middle East and India, launched the first Oasis Centre in the country at Bangalore recently. Combining four levels of international shopping experience under one roof, Oasis Centre provides an all-round family leisure and shopping experience. Spanning over an area of 2,00,000 sq.ft., Oasis Centre houses Lifestyle in the ground, first and second level, SPAR supermarket in the third level and Funcity enterta...

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Illy Cafe Partners With Narang Group In India

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Continuing the expansion of its cafés in franchising, Illycaffè, the Italian coffee brand has chosen Narang group as its master franchisee for India. The Narang Family has been the pioneer in the airline catering industry in India and have been in the hospitality industry for over three decades with star category hotels, restaurants and fast food. “Illy is a natural choice for us” – said a spokesperson of Narang Group. “We at Narang Group see a pheno...

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House Of Pearl To Take Up Retail

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: House of Pearl Fashion Ltd, suppliers of garments to Wal-Mart Stores Inc and JC Penny Co, plans to enter retail business and has earmarked Rs 50 crores to open 10 "pilot stores" in 2008 in different cities of north India.The Gurgaon-based company is holding talks with London-based high-street fashion chain New Look's owner Tom Singh for joint venture for these stores that will sell western outfits for women.The company said that the number of stores proposed ...

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Hero Motors enters Home decor retailing

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Hero Motors Group is partnering with Stalwart Homestyles, exporters of home décor items, to foray into retailing of high-end lifestyle and home decoration products in India with a new brand called Oma. Two stores have opened in New Delhi and another 12 are slated to come up by 2008. Hero Motors MD Pankaj Munjal said, "We build a range of top-end fitness equipment and we would like to bring them to India," he said.As for recreational vehicles, we a...

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Greg Norman Collection In India

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Greg Norman Collection, a subsidiary of MacGregor Golf Company, has entered the Indian retail market through a licensing and distribution agreement with Gurgaon-based franchisor -- Better ThanBefore (BTB). The brand recently made its debut in the Indian retail market through opening of an exclusive brand store in Gurgaon. Greg Norman Collection is a leader in golf-inspired apparel and accessories targeting active, sophisticated men and women. The br...

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Godrej Boyce Launches eMall

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Godrej and Boyce launched its e-commerce initiative e-mall, which would offer all its products online. The company will offer free shipment with product delivery time spanning from one week to four weeks, depending on the kind of item one wishes to purchase."According to the study we conducted, the e-commerce industry is growing at 300 percent and is currently estimated at Rs 2300 crores, " says Shyam Motwani, V-P and Business Head, Godrej Lifespace.The plan ...

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Gokaldas In Talks With Lingerie Firm

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Gokaldas Exports Limited, India's largest manufacturer of readymade fashion garments, is holding talks with an international lingerie brand for a joint venture in this country. It is also holding negotiations with Reliance Retail, Bharti, Metro and Aditya groups for bulk supplies to these retail chains.

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Expansion Scheme Of Piaget

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Piaget, Dubai-based jewellery and watch enterprise, has planned to launch 30 retail outlets and over five boutiques in some of the Middle East countries, with one boutique in Qatar.Last year the company had rolled out its first Middle East boutique in Dubai. It will unveil the stand-alone boutique in Doha by 2009, with Pearl Qatar being a prospective location. The company has also planned to roll out flagship boutiques for Dubai, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

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DELL Introduces Latitude Notebooks

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: In response to heavy customer demand for a better mobility experience, increased performance and excellent connectivity, DELL has launched Latitude™ D630, D830 and D531 notebook models. The new systems deliver energy efficiency with select Energy Star 4.0 compliant configurations.With features such as next-generation wireless technologies, extended capacity batteries and based on the latest Intel™ processors, the Latitude D630 and D830 help increase perfor...

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Build A Bear Comes To India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: US-based retail chain Build-A-Bear is all set to roll into India, with its first store coming up in Mumbai at the PVR Complex, Juhu, followed by an outlet at Inorbit mall in Malad. Currently the format will be a section on the kid's floor of Shoppers Strop stores, which plans to expand across the country in phases. The boutique stores will come up at a later stage.This debut opens a new niche in India retailing with its unique do-it-yourself format.. I...

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Dabur plans Grand Expansion

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Dabur India Ltd will open 1,000 retail outlets in the next 10 years under the franchise format to cater to the growing demand for specialty stores and organized retail.These outlets will sell products ranging from personal care to general merchandise to pharmacy. These will stock both company brands like Dabur Amla hair oil and Dabur Chawanprash and rival brands. The retail foray of the company will be under its subsidiary, H&B Stores Ltd.

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Zapak Eyes Fixed On Gaming Cafes

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: ADA Group's online gaming venture Zapak Digital Entertainment is planning to increase its offerings and open gaming cafes in the country. Rohit Sharma, COO, Zapak Digital Entertainment, has said that eight cafes will be set up covering all metros in the country by the end of April. By March 2008, 250 cafes may come up in 35 cities.ZDE has tied up with 20 studios in the USA, Europe and China for developing gaming content and is in talks with a few foreign part...

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William Penn Up For A Retail push

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: William Penn, the country's largest dedicated writing instrument retailer, is looking at expanding its retail reach to over 20 stores from the current 12 by close of current fiscal. Of the 12 outlets, the company has five stores and seven shop-in-shops across Mumbai and Bangalore.In the opinion of Nikhil Ranjan, president of the venture, there is a huge demand for pens priced above Rs 500. The market of premium writing instruments is above Rs100 crores...

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VLCC Now At Abu Dhabi

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: VLCC, India's leading chain of health, beauty and fitness centers, has opened its first VLCC Weight Management Clinic with specialized skin, hair and beauty services in Abu Dhabi. Humaid Al Qutami, UAE Minister of Health, inaugurated it at Khalidya, which is the fourth VLCC outlet in the UAE and is expected to herald a totally new weight management and health experience in the capital.The centre will offer VLCC's signature brand of customized slimming ...

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Vishal Plans To Make Kiranas Their Franchise Partners

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Vishal Retail is rolling out a mega plan to turn existing kirana stores into their franchisees. As per the plan, Vishal Retail will completely take over the supply chain of kirana stores and provide them with technology, new practices, visual merchandising skill and special promotional schemes on offer in the company’s hypermarket. The company will also offer a minimum guarantee to all their kirana franchisees and have their store name changed to Vishal...

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Virgin Media Essar Telecom Retail Tying Up

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Virgin Media, in which billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson is a major shareholder, is tying up with Essar Telecom Retail. The latter recently launched exclusive telecom product retail outlets branded "The Mobile Store". The Essar group is planning to roll out 2,500 outlets in the country at an estimated investment of Rs.1,500 crores. The first phase will have 800 stores in 33 cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Ludhiana.Essar Telecom...

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Valpak Tuffy Now Market Partners

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Valpak, North America's leading cooperative direct mail company, and Tuffy Auto Service Centers, a growing automotive service franchisor with over 250 locations, have formed a new marketing partnership. The partnership is designed to give Tuffy franchisees a competitive edge by making it faster and easier for Tuffy and Valpak franchisees to work together.For years, many Tuffy Auto Service Center locations have relied on their local Valpak franchise to ...

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USV Sebapharma Enters Licensing Pact

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Mumbai-based drug maker USV Ltd. has entered into a licensing agreement with Germany's Sebapharma GmbH & Co for the marketing of a range of 18 skin care products branded Sebamed. With this USV Ltd., better known for its anti-diabetic products portfolio, forays into the skincare category, estimated at around Rs 2,100 crores in India and growing at 16%. Sebapharma will supply the finished formulations to USV, which will in turn market the...

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The Donut Baker in India

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: Global Franchise Architects (GFA) a Geneva, Switzerland-based group that builds, operates, and franchises a portfolio of specialty food service brands like Pizza Corner and Coffee World has brought in yet another specialty food brand to India -- The Donut Baker. The Donut Baker serves a large range of innovative high quality donuts and other bakeries along with a menu of premium coffees and juices. The outlet in Bangalore is the first outlet of The ...

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Ruby Tuesday Plans 25 Restaurants In Middle East

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Ruby Tuesday Inc., casual dining restaurant chain, has unveiled its plan to open 25 restaurants in the Middle East over the next seven years. These restaurants would be located in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.The National Arabic Company would operate the Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the Middle East for Restaurant Management of Kuwait City. The chain has four restaurants in Kuwait City an...

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Reliance For 400 Small format Outlets

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Reliance Retail is looking at opening 400 small format consumer durables stores under the 'Reliance Digital' brand. They will be the first to tap the rural and semi-urban markets. The first major retailing initiative in the domestic market was by Tata group's Infiniti retail-owned Croma.

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Stella Travel Services to foray in Indian market

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Stella Travel Services an Australian based company will foray into the Indian travel market and will adopt the franchise route. The travel company is in talks with various Indian companies for getting franchisees under the brand names, Harvey World Travel and Travelscene. The company is open to give master franchise or franchise to multiple companies depending on the Indian partner. Harvey World Travel brand caters to first time travellers, whereas Travel...

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Spykar Opens Landmark Store In Delhi

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Spykar Jeans has opened its flagship store for north India in Delhi. Located in the prestigious E block of Connaught Place, the 2,640 sq.ft store, through its attractive visual merchandising, showcases the brand values in totality. The premium fashion brand has eight outlets in Delhi and the endeavor is to provide total casual dressing for the youth's complete fashion needs.Speaking to Franchise Plus, Sanjay Vakharia, Director (Marketing), Spykar Lifes...

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Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn entering retail sector

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Multi-product textile manufacturing company Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn Ltd will venture into retailing of its terry towels and bed linen under the brand name Shri Lakshmi. The first store will be launched in Delhi before Diwali, followed by stores in Chennai, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Kanpur among other cities. The company intends to use its existing dealer base and open stores on a franchisee basis with an investment of Rs 1 crore per outlet. It will not off...

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Samsonite India Diversifies

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Samsonite, the luggage manufacturer and retailer is in the process of diversifying its product portfolio. The company may enter the eyewear, footwear and watch segments in the next two years. "The idea is to reposition Samsonite as a travel and lifestyle brand. Our aim is to include all the products which a consumer will use while traveling," said Subratha Datta, COO, Samsonite. In footwear, tthe products will be sold under the two brands -- Bla...

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Ruby Tuesday Plans expansion to launch 25 Restaurants In Middle East

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Ruby Tuesday Inc., casual dining restaurant chain, has unveiled its plan to open 25 restaurants in the Middle East over the next seven years. These restaurants would be located in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.The National Arabic Company would operate the Ruby Tuesday restaurants in the Middle East for Restaurant Management of Kuwait City. The chain has four restaurants in Kuwait City an...

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Reliance Retail Talking To Global Luxury Brands

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Reliance Retail is negotiating with a large number of global luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Versace for tie-ups for its luxury retail venture as part of its retail initiative.Reliance will retail the luxury brand products through two formats - hypermarkets and speciality luxury stores. The first hypermarket expected to open in July this year. Initially, Reliance plans to open ar...

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Reliance to launch 400 Small format Outlets

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Reliance Retail is looking at opening 400 small format consumer durables stores under the 'Reliance Digital' brand. They will be the first to tap the rural and semi-urban markets. The first major retailing initiative in the domestic market was by Tata group's Infiniti retail-owned Croma.

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Positano from Zodiac

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Zodiac, the upmarket fashion and lifestyle brand, has unveiled Positano, its newest linen collection that's inspired by the Italian city bearing the same name. Perfectly suited for the Indian summer, linen coupled with Zodiac's immaculately finished designs and trademark mother-of-pearl Trinity buttons makes the Positano collection a pride possession for the season. Available in refreshing shades of cool blue, pink, mint, turquoise, tangerine, white an...

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Pepsi To Bring Starbucks To India

12th April  2010,  New Delhi, India: The world's largest coffee chain and PepsiCo have signed a deal to sell Starbucks ready-to-drink beverages in international markets, including those countries that do not have Starbucks outlets such as India.Starbucks coffee will be sold through the soft drink company's distribution channels, including grocery and convenience stores "as well as other locations". The two American companies already have a distribution alliance in the US. It is not kno...

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Parkson Retail Buying Golden Village Group

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Parkson Retail Group Ltd., owned by Malaysia's Lion Group, will buy Golden Village Group Ltd. for $66 million. The latter is a company that owns K&M, one of the biggest department stores in China's central province of Jiangxi.Golden Village's net income rose to 33 million yuan last year, from 283,000 yuan in 2005. The Chinese government supports

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Optival To Expand Pharmacy Chain

12th October 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Hyderabad-based Optival Health Solutions plans to nationally expand its pharmacy retail chain MedPlus by quadrupling the number of its stores to 400 by June and doubling again in six months with 800 stores by early 2008.At present Optival operates 70 stores in Hyderabad and 30 in Bangalore. By June 2007, the company plans to strengthen its presence in Hyderabad and Bangalore and move into Chennai as well as 20 major cities in north India...

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Omega Takes Up Jewellery

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Swiss watchmaker Omega is coming up with its jewellery range and will retail them along with the watches through five existing exclusive boutiques. Three more are opening in Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The jewellery range, comprising exquisite necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks and rings would be available in the price bracket of Rs. 24,000 and Rs 8 lakhs. The company has also signed up Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre as brand ambassador. It also pla...

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Office Depot Looking For Indian Franchise

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Swarovski- the leading brand for cut crystal has introduced its exclusive hair jewellery in India. The amazing creations include lovely tiara and stylish crystal hairpins. Swarovski's unique and innovative hair accessories have been designed to suit different hair type, length and texture. The hair jewellery collection is attractively priced between Rs.2295 and Rs.6445. According to Shivkumar, Country Manager, Swarovski, "Today, accessories are no longer an af...

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Aushadhi To Launch 300 Stores

12th August 2010, New Delhi, India: Aushadhi, a drug discount store chain, will open 300 more stores in addition to 100 at present by June in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, before venturing into north and west India. It will also open clinics and pathological labs at its existing as well as future stores.The clinics will be manned by general practitioners and gynaecologists. The company, which will change its name to MedPlus, will raise money for its expansion plan from venture capital funding.

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Tech Kidz plans expansion

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Tech-Kidz, a brand in kids' educational aids from the house of Comp-Point Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd is all set to open franchise outlets at Haldwani and Lucknow in a shop-in-shop format. At present, it has 100 franchise outlets/dealers/stockists all over India.Tech-Kidz also provides all kinds of technical services like installation of various labs - Maths Lab, Robotics Lab, Language Learning Lab, Audio-Visual Lab and Computer Lab.

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Lakme To Enter SAARC Countries

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) is taking the Lakme brand across the Indian borders to neighbouring countries. After launching the brand in Bangladesh last year, Lakme is now poised to enter new markets in the SAARC region beginning with Sri Lanka. Anil Chopra, Vice-President, Home and Personal Care, HUL, said that studies have shown that Lakme enjoys equity wherever there is population of Indian origin. Besides, there is huge reach of Indian media in these mark...

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Brandhouse Retails Plans New Formats

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: S Kumars has demerged its retail business into Brandhouse Retails Ltd. and looks to dot the country’s retail landscape with several formats and brands. It plans to set up large format multi-brand discount stores and launch a value-for-money private label. Brandhouse Retails is also looking to bring into India three to four international brands in the super premium and luxury segments in the fashion and accessories category. Also on the cards is an initiative...

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Virgin ties up with Tata to enter India

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Virgin Mobile, the UK-based mobile virtual network operator has partnered with Tata Teleservices to launch new services in India. Virgin will not be a mobile virtual network operator as the status is not allowed in the country. Nevertheless, the company plans to extend its brand name in India.Richard Branson, chairman, Virgin Group, said, “India looks very promising as the market here is six times the size of the UK's population.: He added, “The plan is to...

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TTK Prestige Launches Modular Kitchen Boutique

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: TTK Prestige Limited, a kitchen appliance company in an endeavour to provide end-to-end kitchen solutions, launched Prestige Kitchen Boutique — an exclusive retail initiative that showcases a gamut of designer modular kitchens in an appealing ambience and unique modular layout.The store is equipped with a full-fledged design studio that allows customers to get a look and feel of each kitchen exclusively. The Prestige Modular Kitchen range costs Rs 1 lakh onw...

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Raymond To Expand In Karnataka

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Raymond Ltd., the Rs 2,500-crore integrated textiles and apparel firm, is planning to double its retail presence in Karnataka by opening 50 stores over the next two years. The retail arm which brings in Rs 750 crores of sales is aiming to set up presence in tier-IV and tier-V cities for this expansion. At present, Raymond has more than 430 stores in India, West Asia and South Asia spread across 170 cities with approximately one million sq.ft. of dedicated reta...

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aMediSpa Expanding Its Reach

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: The Rs 3,000-crore Mayar Group launched a+MediSpa, supposedly India’s first medical spa. Spread over 18000 sq.ft. and located at Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, a+ MediSpa offers medical technology in combination with ancient Ayurvedic healing systems in a spa environment under close supervision of doctors. The company has plans to open 14 more such facilities in India over the next three years. Rs 400 crores will be invested over the next three years in setti...

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Vah Magna launches Cash Carry Format

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Vah Magna has launched its cash and carry format at Vanasthalipuram in Hyderabad. With a minimum purchase value of Rs 999, this format targets the bulk shoppers spanning the retail, institutional and consumer segments.Spread out over 60,000 sq. ft. Vah Magna Cash & Carry offers a wide choice of men’s and women’s apparel, consumer durables, toys and apparel for children, grocery, fish and meat, fruits and vegetables, all under one roof. For this format,...

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DIL To Increase Pizza Hut Stores

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Ravi Jaipuria-owned RJ Corp is consolidating all food, retail and franchise operations under group company Devyani International Ltd (DIL). Rolling out a five-year blueprint for DIL, RJ Corp chairman Ravi Jaipuria said that an investment of Rs 450 crores would be infused in DIL. DIL has adopted a strategy of de-risking its business model with a presence of brands across different product categories. The investment of Rs 450 crores will be infused mainly f...

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New Formats From Reliance Retail

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Reliance Retail Ltd. has recently launched two new formats called Reliance Super, which is a mini-mart and Reliance Autozone. The other formats already introduced by Reliance Retail Ltd. include Reliance Fresh, Reliance Mart, Reliance Digital, Reliance Trendz, Reliance I Store, Reliance Footprint, Reliance Wellness, Reliance Jewels and Reliance Timeout.Spread across 13,500 sq.ft. of shopping area, Reliance Super carries a range of 10,000 products, in every cat...

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REBI Expands To Andhra Pradesh

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Real Estate Bank India (REBI), after commencing operations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has expanded to Andhra Pradesh with Orange Infraa as their first master franchisee. It also commenced its overseas operations in Sri Lanka and soon would like to go to countries like the UK, the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Australia. REBI envisions providing a single window services (brokerage services, financial services, database services and relocation se...

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Videocon To Consolidate Retail Business

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Videocon Industries is entering the grocery and lifestyle retailing market through cash-and-carry format, and is planning to have all its retail formats under an umbrella brand called Videocon Retail, by mid-2008. The company’s retail brands include Next Retail, the recently-acquired Planet M, and the to-be-introduced cash-and-carry format. “We see the growth in the retail business, which is currently doubling for us each year, as a great value proposition...

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Hindware Forays Into Home Interiors Retail

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries Limited (HSIL) has entered the organised retail sector with home interiors specialty chain of stores called Evok, with the first three stores opening in the NCR. The three different formats are living, kitchen and bath domains ranging between 8,000 sq.ft.-30,000 sq.ft. The company has plans to invest Rs 250 crores to establish 50 large-format company operated specialty destination stores in top 25 cities of India over the ...

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Small Format Mobile Shops From Essar

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Essar Telecom Retail that runs The MobileStore, a chain of mobile phone outlets, is planning to open small-format shops. The company is expected to open 250 of these shops by March 2009 in residential apartments, offices complexes and malls. Spread across 50-150 sq.ft., the shops will be smaller as compared to the existing The Mobile Stores, and will sell popular handset models, accessories, connections and music services. The company is in talks with some rea...

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Infiniti Retail Launches Croma In Delhi

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Making its mark into the north Indian market, Infiniti Retail Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Sons, launched its first Croma electronic and consumer durables store at Vikas Surya Shopping Mall, Rohini, New Delhi. Croma, is a large-format, multi-brand consumer durable and electronic store that has on offer 6,000 products and 180 national and international brands, across eight product categories, the widest-ever range of electronic gizmos, namely, home entert...

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Bday Bang at Pizza Hut with Cartoon Network Characters

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Cartoon Network and Pizza Hut have entered a special licensing deal announcing its newest birthday initiative for children, the Birthday Bang theme parties.At select Pizza Hut stores across India, children can celebrate their birthdays with the two of their most popular and loved Cartoon Network characters, The Powerpuff Girls and the cool dude Johnny Bravo. The Birthday Bang theme party packages include a host of fun elements from branded invites, thematic de...

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FNP Ties Up With Jet Airways

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Following its successful foray into lifestyle, weddings and home decor segments, Ferns N Petals (FNP) has partnered with Jet Airways. Jet privilege members based in India and abroad can earn JPMiles at Ferns N Petals for purchases through their website or get discounts at stores across 54 outlets in India. The company is spreading its visibility and availability by not just sticking to its own website but is present on most of the leading shopping websites in ...

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Ebony Gautier Store Opens In Noida

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Ebony Retail, the retail arm of DS Construction has joined hands with Gautier, one of the best known furniture brand of France, to set up home adornment store. The first Ebony Gautier furniture speciality store is open at Noida. The five floor retail store is neatly themed to include living room spaces, bedroom spaces, junior bedroom spaces, home furnishing and home décor solutions. According to the strategic tie-up between the two companies, Ebony will buy G...

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Sarar launches its first store in India

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Sarar, a Turkish menswear brand launched its first exclusive brand outlet at Ambi Mall, Gurgaon. The store will retail the brand’s primary lines including Interview and CCS.The brand has been retailing in India through MBOs since last three years.“As the world is moving from wholesale to retail, we launch our first exclusive store in the biggest mall of the country, in association with Gopalsons Exports, our India partner. We plan to launch five more store...

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Ethnic World To Open More Stores

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: After scoring a big success from its existing 68 outlets (65 franchise stores and three company-owned outlets), Ethnic World Retails Ltd. a Delhi-based company, which is hugely popular in north India, is planning to spread its wings to eastern, western and central regions. Ethnic World started its business with ethnic wear and then took up formal and casual western wear in 2004. From sherwanis to blazers, cargos to pyjamas and formal trousers to accessories, t...

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Gokaldas to bring lingerie firm to india

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Gokaldas Exports Limited, India's largest manufacturer of readymade fashion garments, is holding talks with an international lingerie brand for a joint venture in this country. It is also holding negotiations with Reliance Retail, Bharti, Metro and Aditya groups for bulk supplies to these retail chains.

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Cartridge Cafe Appoints Master Franchisee For UP

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Cartridge Café has appointed HiLife Technologies, Kanpur as their master franchisee to identify and appoint unit franchisees in the entire Uttar Pradesh. They will also be the company’s regional distributor to promote re-manufactured toner cartridges in U.P.Nitin Agarwal of Hi Life Technologies has appointed the first unit franchisee, M/s. Ranial Technologies at Allahabad and is confident of having more than 20 units within next 3 months.

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Franchise Companies in India

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Businesses grows by contacts. The present atmosphere is highly conducive for business growth. Any business that is rooted at one corner of the world grows and spreads into branches in record time. Franchise companies in India offer a lot of potential for the growth and flourishing of businesses.You have seen the growth of established brands in India and abroad. Without buying a brand, you cannot partner with a growing brand. Franchise companies in India offer ...

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Cinemax India Ltd plans to have ten food courts and gaming zones by 09

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Cinema theatre chain, Cinemax has launched its new gaming zone called Giggles at Eternity Mall in Thane. At Giggles, games ranging from bungee jumping to computer and video games are available. Very soon the food court will be open along with the game zone to offer customers convenient service. "We will have six food courts and gaming zones in the next three month and will open another four by 2009," says Devang Sampat, Cinemax VP-marketing and programming. Gi...

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Amway Aims Higher Turnover

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Amway India, leader in direct selling industry, aims at registering Rs. 1,000 crores as sales turnover by the next financial year. With a turnover of Rs 738 crores in 2006, the company has announced expansion plans for Kerala, one of the top states for Amway India, on its ninth anniversary. The company also has plans to expand its operations in 175 towns and cities by the end of this year. Currently, it has 120 offices catering to over 3, 000 locations all ove...

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Reliance Brands floats JV with Sixty Group

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Reliance Brands, a subsidiary of Reliance Retail, has entered into a 49:51 joint venture (JV) with Italian fashion house Sixty Group to retail its brands Miss Sixty, Killah, Energie and Murphy&Nye in the country. In the next phase Sixty Group’s other brands like Sixty, Refrigwear, Richlu and Baracuta will join the wagon. Reliance Brands is learnt to have been exploring more JVs and distribution agreements with global fashion and luxury leaders to bring t...

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GAS Launches First Franchise Store in India

2nd October 2011, New Delhi, India: Raymond Ltd. and Grotto S.p.A together launched the first GAS franchise store, which is the seventh GAS store in the country in India at Nirmal Lifestyles, Mulund, Mumbai. Speaking on the launch, Zohair Officewalla, COO, GAS India said, “We are definitely looking at franchise business as an important component of our distribution strategy and expect to launch two more GAS franchise stores in Mumbai by the end of the current financial year. GAS will partner w...

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Titan Industries Ltd set to expand in retail in different segments

17th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Titan industries Ltd. is now looking forward to expand its reach in dynamic retail industry. Aspiring to twofold the amount of space in retail in india as well as international which includes Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and South Arabia.Besides having 827 retail outlets across 157 towns with a combined area of over one million sq. feet, Titan plans to open 225 watch and accessories stores, 55 jewellery stores and 45 eyewear stores this...

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Southeast Asian margin squeeze snags Singapore Inc

25th February 2013, New Delhi, India: The most widespread margin squeeze in at least a decade is pushing some Singapore companies out of the city state as rising costs and slow growth sap profitability. A Reuters study of 268 listed Singapore companies showed that 57 per cent reported a year-on-year drop in operating profit margin for the first three quarters of 2012. That was the biggest percentage for the nine-month period on record, according to Thomson Reuters data going back to 2002. Full-y...

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Ahmedabad No 1 among 100 cities for small business

18th August 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  Ahmedabad has been rated as the most favourable destination for small businesses in India followed by Bangalore and Mumbai, according to a joint report by consultancy firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) and retail solutions provider, Franchise India. The report gave Gujarat's diamond and textile hub — Surat — the seventh rank, bringing double pleasure to Gujarati businessmen.The report titled 'Top 100 cities for small business in India' i...

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Manchester United Cafes on expansion spree

4th August 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: There are three Manchester United Cafés and bars presently, operational in India — in Mulund and the Palladium Mall in Mumbai, and in Gurgaon. Following the rousing reception to the brand, the franchise plans to open 10 more cafes across the country, in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Pune and Chandigarh.“We’re also looking to branch out in the western suburbs, and are targeting Andheri Link Road and Juhu. There are also plans for a slightly sm...

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LOccitane enters Indian spa market

1st July 2010, New Delhi, India: L'Occitane, the natural skincare and beauty brand, is on an expansion mode. After recently becoming the first French company to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and being oversubscribed 160 times, it is now entering the Indian spa market in partnership with Devi Resorts.“India is now a priority for us. Our three stores in the country have been very successful. Our original plan was to open 20 stores in the next five years, but returns have been promising a...

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Liberty Shoes Franchise Network To Expand In South India

27th September 2010, New Delhi, India: As its major comeback plan, Liberty Shoes is formulating a new business model under which the company seeks to revamp its retail network, strengthen its presence in south India and launch products in lower and mid segments in a bid to become a strong national brand.“We are revamping our retail network. We are trying to close down small outlets and retain mid and larger stores. We are looking at a business turnover of at least Rs 1 crore a year from our st...

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Levoon seeking franchisees to expand company

19th February 2010, Delhi, India: Levoon brand is well-established manufacturing company in men’s clothing since 2011 under S.K Industries. It maintains multi-range of garments serving all the sections of society with utmost interest. Its strong hold lays in the quality it offers keeping it economical for the convenience of its customer. They believe in keeping universal identification to its brand which is also their strategy to conquer the trust. Be it an ethnic outfits, fancy wedding wears,...

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Koutons crosses 1100th milestone

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  The Delhi-based apparel maker Koutons Retail India Limited, which has been on an overdrive of expansion, has already outsmarted the competition by building up a chain of about 1100 outlets across the country. It designs, manufactures and retails apparel under Koutons and Charlie Outlaw brands.D P S Kohli, Chairman of Koutons said: "As the retail sector is experiencing a boom in India, we are happy to be part of the success story and in the process...

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Kohler Opens Store In Bangalore

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Kohler, a kitchen and bath design company, has opened its first exclusive store in the city and hopes to take the number of its stores to 70 across 33 cities by the end of this financial year. The company which already has 56 stores in India is setting up its manufacturing facility at Vadodara, Gujarat, with an investment of Rs 900 crore. Sharad Mathur, Vice-President and commercial Director, Kohler India, said that the real estate boom in the cou...

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Kent lounge at Lajpat Nagar

19th February 2010, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi, India:  The ever – so – popular Kent’s is located at the entrance of the elite Defence colony market .This 26 year old fast food company of serving the” best burger’s in town” and that too in 12 different varieties ! – ranging from the spicy chilly chicken burgers to kebab burgers and paneer burgers. Their finger licking grilled sandwiches with French fries and salad are worth the money. The pizzas come with healthy toppings and excelle...

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Kaati Zone India's First Kaati Rolls Franchise Outlet Opens at Hebbal Bangalore

9th June 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India:  Kaati Zone, the first Indian fast food chain in India specializing in Kaati rolls opened its first franchise outlet at Kempapura main road, Hebbal, Bangalore.The brand new outlet has a seating capacity of 40 and offers dine-in, takeaway and delivery service to the customers. The spacious 1,200 sq ft restaurant is situated behind the Esteem Mall, near Sindhi College, in Kempapura, Hebbal. The interiors and architecture has international standard a...

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IRCTC Warns Its Franchisees Against Taking Bribes

15th June 2010, New Delhi, India: Ensuring that all franchisees offer their services in line with the franchisers guidelines and code of conduct,Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) recently announced that it will cancel the franchise of the owners, if they book “tatkal” e-tickets online against payment of graft, said Mr Shishir Khare, zonal tourism officer of IRCTC of eastern zone. He said the IRCTC will reject the user identification number of the offender permanently.

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India Max Mind Plans International Franchise Expansion in 12 New Countries

3rd June 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India: The city-based education firm MaxMind EduTech Pvt. Ltd, has announced its plans to take franchise route to expand its operations overseas.The company is planning to open three new branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and as part of its international expansion plans, the company is mulling to set up franchisees in 12 new countries, this will take its overseas presence count to 25 countries in 2011.Currently, the company is functioning in 13 ...

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Adidas Launches Originals Outlets In India

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  With a focus on top four to six metro cities, German firm Adidas launched its lifestyle brand Originals in India. The brand plans to open half-a-dozen more such stores over the next one year."The new brand is a premium category range and apart from the existing sports performance products available in India, we are focusing on metros as it is not a mainstream range. Globally, Originals range contributes 30% to the company's total revenue, but in I...

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Future Brands Plans to Push Private Labels

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Future Brands, the fully owned subsidiary of the Pantaloon Group, is looking to develop its private store labels into strong brands. Future Brands has about 15 labels such as John Miller (apparel), Bare Jeans, Buffalo (denim brand), Tasty Treat, Dreamline (home segment) and Koryo (consumer durables), which contribute about 10-12% of the group's retail sales. The strategy will be to move these "brands" outside the company's own retail formats, said...

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India Max Mind Plans International Franchise plans Expansion

3rd June 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India: The city-based education firm MaxMind EduTech Pvt. Ltd, has announced its plans to take franchise route to expand its operations overseas.The company is planning to open three new branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and as part of its international expansion plans, the company is mulling to set up franchisees in 12 new countries, this will take its overseas presence count to 25 countries in 2011.Currently, the company is functioning in 13 ...

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Hewlett Packard Enters Service Retailing

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  In an effort to capture the potential of digital photography, mobile phone and digital camera market, Hewlett-Packard has decided to enter the retail photo printing market. The company launched its consumer online photo service in India.The HP Retail Photo Solutions (RPS) will offer end-to-end digital photography services and the HP Snapfish website could store and share unlimited number of photos free of cost.V. Krishnan, GM, Consumer Sales, Imag...

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Hafele To Expand Via Franchise Stores In India

18th August 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Hafele, a provider of comprehensive hardware technology solutions, including furniture fittings and architectural hardware, has launched its concept studio in Delhi. The company has decided to take the franchise route in India (JB Gupta is its franchise partner in Delhi) and plans to open up to 20 stores every year. Hafele already runs 17 such stores.Jurgen Wolf, MD, Hafele, says, “We plan to grow to a Rs.1,500-crore company in the next three year...

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Growth Of The India Fast Food Industry and The Opportunities it offers

20th May 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Ajay Kaul is hungry for time. The 45-year-old CEO of Jubilant FoodWorks, the master franchise for Domino's Pizza in India, looks constantly at his watch, the ticking minutes whetting his appetite. And it figures: Kaul's pizzas have to reach customers in 30 minutes and he wants to open more than 60 new outlets every year.As he launched Jubilant's 300th outlet in Delhi's Pitampura last month, Patrick Doyle, the global CEO of Domino's Pizza Inc, said, "Our...

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GridBots to open 85 retail franchise stores by this fiscal-end

10th July 2010, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: Robot manufacturer and consultant Gridbots today said it plans to open 85 retail franchise outlets pan-India by this fiscal-end for improving its brand visibility."We are looking to open another 85 retail franchise stores pan-India, besides the existing 15 such outlets to showcase our entire range of Robots," Founder Grid Bots Pulkit Gaur told PTI."The concept of Robot retail stores is new in India and is fast drawing attention from people, as we are us...

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Gili to open 50 EBOs by the end of 2010

15th June 2010, New Delhi, India: Having embarked on its shop-in-shop (SIS) format around 15 years ago, Gili – the diamond jewellery brand of Gitanjali Group – is set to open 50 exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) by the end of this year. The EBOs, known as Gili World, have two formats – COCO stores (company owned and company operated) and FOFO stores (franchisee owned and franchisee operated) – and will be launched in tier II cities across India."EBOs are a new territory and in the branded j...

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Future group ties up with ITC Choupal

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  The Future Group's Food Bazaar has tied up with ITC Choupal Fresh, which operates as wholesale-cum-retail stores to sell fruits and vegetables in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. "We plan to replicate the model in the other cities if the experiment is successful", said Food Bazaar CEO Sadashiv.Choupal Fresh is It is equipped with warehousing and cold chain facilities to stock fresh horticulture products that are directly sourced from farmers and levera...

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Future Group Entering Marriage Services Sector

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  The Future Group is planning to enter the largely unorganised marriage market with a retail service under the brand -- Vivah -- at its Big Bazaar stores. A pilot project is being initiated at a couple of its stores initially with a marriage service desk which would provide marriage related products and services.Rajan Malhotra, CEO, Big Bazaar said, "Being a mass retailer, it was an opportunity for us as marriage is estimated to be a Rs 20,000-cro...

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ZICA Expands it Animation Franchise Portfolio

27th September 2010, New Delhi, India: The company is all set to open 35 more franchises by the end of this year across the country. "Our assessment shows there is demand for nearly 300,000 animators in the country by 2013. Keeping this in mind, we are opening nearly 35 more franchises in the country," said Atul Sharma Regional Marketing Manager of the company.After opening its centres in major cities, ZICA, a classical and digital training institute in animation, is now expanding in tier-II cit...

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Vimal Being Relaunched

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  The iconic textile brand of Reliance Industries Limited, Vimal is being re-launched with a new look, new logo and new offerings. The textile brand is back with contemporary products that will appeal to the consumers in a relevant, modern and contemporary manner.The new logo displays a new spirit of openness by breaking free from the oblong. The minimalistic letters and styling convey this new open spirit and also are in line with the new fashion t...

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Vati Consulting To Expand Its HR Business Through The Franchise Route

29th September 2010, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Vati Consulting, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) service provider is eyeing pan-India expansion through franchise route.In the first phase, the company has opened centres in the Southern Region including in Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Mysore and Tumkur in Karnataka, Kozhikode, Thrissur in Kerala, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Guntur and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and Panaji in Goa...

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UniverCell In Talks With Equity Players

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Mobile retailing comp- any, Univercell Telecom- munications (India) is in parleys to partly offload the company's equity to help propel its next phase of growth. The founder, Sathish Babu said, "We are in talks with several equity players and expect to close a deal very shortly." After launching five stores in Hyderabad, Babu said that this move would eventually lead to the company coming up with a public offer in 2009-10,offering exit route to pr...

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Top Coffee Chains across the world makes beeline to India

11th June 2010, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: The UK's Coffee Republic, Malta's Cafe Jubilee and Australia's Coffee Club Group have given mandates to retail consultancies in India to scout for franchise partners."We have identified real growth opportunities in India as (the) cafe culture is taking hold," said Tariq Affara, chief executive, Coffee Republic Trading Ltd. "We have international experience, a very strong brand offer, and we are excited and confident about our prospects in the ...

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Timex Watch Franchise Outlets Set To Multiply Over The Next Year

25th September 2010, New Delhi, India:  Timex Group India has taken the initiative to open 90-95 time factory stores by March 2011 and 144 stores by March 2013. The firm has also decided to start expansion via franchise route.It will open nearly eight stores in Delhi/NCR, five in Bengaluru, and one each in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Jodhpur, Udaipur .Currently, Timex group India has 72 time factory stores across the country. This firm was found in 1954.

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The Kamaths Aspire To Take Ice Creams international

20th May 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The Kamath family hatched an ice cream business a quarter of a century ago in Mumbai. And, as the popularity shot, the store count went on increasing. Summer, the most demanding time of the year for this kind of a business has brought in with it scores of opportunities that the family is busy scooping! One of the finest frozen desserts available in the artisanal ice cream space—Natural ice creams has big expansion plans.

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Tanishq to add 15 Franchise Stores To Its Existing 115

4th June 2010, Kolkata, West Bengal, India: Tanishq, the jewellery brand of Titan Industries, does not see soaring gold prices as a major concern for its retail business, a top company official said today.“The gold price is no big concern for us,” Titan Managing Director, Mr Bhaskar Bhat said here on the price of the precious metal, which was hovering close to Rs 19,000 per ten grams.“We have registered volume growth of gold jewellery by 11 per cent in the previous year,” Bhat said, with...

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Tanishq on expansion spree

12th October 2010, Kolkata, West Bengal, India: Tanishq, the jewellery brand of Titan Industries, does not see soaring gold prices as a major concern for its retail business, a top company official said today.“The gold price is no big concern for us,” Titan Managing Director, Mr Bhaskar Bhat said here on the price of the precious metal, which was hovering close to Rs 19,000 per ten grams.“We have registered volume growth of gold jewellery by 11 per cent in the previous year,” Bhat said, ...

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Swiss Junction opens 2nd store in the same mall

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Swiss Junction, a premium Swiss lifestyle brand has introduced its second exclusive retail outlet at The Great Indian Place in Noida. Spread across an area of 610 sq. feet, the store has products includes writing instruments, watches, baggage, garments, accessories, leather items, Swiss knives & toys. Aman Sawhney, CEO, Network Ltd. said, "This is our first retail chain in the country selling all kinds of products under one roof. At pres...

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Swensens Ice Cream Franchise Opens Its First Outlet In India

10th June 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India:  American ice cream brand Swensen’s has opened its first outlet in Bangalore, India at what is purportedly the largest mall in India – The Mantri Square. The Swensen’s franchise for South India is held by the Ravi Jaipuria (RJ Group)-owned Devyani International Limited (DIL).On the anvil over the next few months are a Swensen’s outlet at the international airport in New Delhi, three more outlets in malls and one in a high street in Bangal...

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Swensens Ice Cream Franchise Opens outlets

10th June 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India:  American ice cream brand Swensen’s has opened its first outlet in Bangalore, India at what is purportedly the largest mall in India – The Mantri Square. The Swensen’s franchise for South India is held by the Ravi Jaipuria (RJ Group)-owned Devyani International Limited (DIL).On the anvil over the next few months are a Swensen’s outlet at the international airport in New Delhi, three more outlets in malls and one in a high street in Bangal...

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Steve And Barrys Ropes In Indian Partner

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India: The New York-based retailer Steve and Barry's, which deals in apparel and footwear, is planning to enter the Indian market through the FDI route by picking up a 51% stake in a new joint venture. A local partner, Avirat Sonpal, MD, Unisource Group and Vice-President, Steve and Barry's, would hold the balance stake."There would be some amount of local sourcing for apparel while for footwear, we would be resorting to the Chinese market. The business model ...

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Spa giant Red Door chooses India

17th August 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  American spa major Red Door Spa Holdings has bypassed China and zeroed in on India for starting its global operations, a senior company official said."India was our first choice over China because of many factors," said Todd Walter, CEO, Red Door Spa Holdings. "The rate at which the hospitality industry, specially the five-star hotels are growing, an increasing demand for tourism, thousands of years of culture of well-being (Ayurveda), right de...

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Salsa Wraps to expand via franchising

28th January 2013, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Mumbai based, Salsa Wraps is an Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain. It plans to utilize the franchise model. It desires to open stores at new locations.  Specialised in Americanised Mexican food, the brand will launch four to six restaurants by the year end. Franchisees will run all these planned stores. The chain will set up a new restaurant in South Mumbai by the end of March, 2013. Later, it plans to extend its reach to other parts of Indi...

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S Kumars Forays Into West Asia

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  S Kumars will launch its first overseas retail stores in West Asia within the next six months, Nitin S. Kasliwal, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of S Kumars said. The company recently tied up with the premium UK brand, Stephen Brothers, for licensing, marketing and manufacturing. The brand will be manufactured at the existing facility for Reid & Taylor at Mysore and will be available in stores by the end of this month. "We are also in tal...

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Rent A Electric Bike Franchise Outlets To Help Commuters Beat Petrol Prices

30th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Amid rising petrol prices burning a hole in pockets of consumers, urban commuters in India will soon have a chance to ride an electric two-wheeler without owning it. As part of its new initiative, Ahmedabad-based electric two-wheeler maker, Electrotherm India Limited, is all set to introduce a two-wheeler rental service in India called 'Switch'.The service has already been approved for operations in Pune by Maharashtra's state transport authority under the 'rent-...

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Reliance Retail Launches New Formats

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  After the recent opening of its hypermarket, Reliance Retail has launched two new formats, dedicated to apparel and wellness. The company will open 115 apparel stores in the next couple of months across the country. The apparel stores stocks products from over 90 brands, manufactured exclusively for the company. These will also stock lingerie and dry knits at competitive prices. The stores will have men, women and children's categories. The compan...

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ReFeel Cartridges raises funds from TLG Capital

10th July 2010, Kolkata, West Bengal, India: In 2008, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), publishers of ‘The Times of India’ and ‘The Economic Times’, had completed a private treaty deal with Refeel Cartridge. As part of the deal, BCCL has invested around Rs 15 crore in the company.Refeel Cartridge was floated in February 2007 but the first store was set up only in August 2007.The company claims refilling inkjet cartridges at their store will enable price saving of 75% than buying an O...

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Reebok India launches a new retail format named as Fit Hub

29th January 2013, New Delhi, India: The premier sportswear brand, Reebok’s  Indian unit is owned by Adidas AG. It plans to launch a new retail format that will encourage greater interaction with customers. It is looking forward to increase its presence in India, where it is under investigation for financial irregularities committed by its former brass.“Reebok plans to introduce a chain of products. It includes shoes and apparel, focused on individual fitness.” said Matt O’Toole, th...

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Planet Retail gives up franchise rights of three brands

19th February 2010, Delhi, India: Planet Retail has made its way out from the franchise agreements with three fashion brands as part of its business reformation exercise. The brands includes departmental store chain Debenhams and fashion brands Nautica and Next.The brands are not under the control the textile and apparel major Arvind Ltd’s wholly owned subsidiary Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd.

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Pizza Corner Coffee World Donut Baker Seek Regional Master Franchises In India

10th June 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: 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 A...

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Nahar Major Retail Expansion Programme

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Owner of 170 Cotton County stores in the country at present, Nahar Industrial Enterprises plans to take the number to 250 by March next year, a major expansion that Kamal Oswal, Managing Director, believes may increase the firm’s revenue from retail to Rs. 100 crores this fiscal.For growth the company has concentrated on smaller cities like Kanpur, Lucknow and Ludhiana. By 2010, the goal is to open 1,000 outlets. But it is also planning stores i...

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Nilkamal To Scale Up Business With home

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Plastic-moulded furniture major Nilkamal Ltd., which entered the retail sector with its @home brand of lifestyle stores two years ago, expects Rs 70-crore turnover from its retail business by March 2008. Manish V. Parekh, Director, Nilkamal said that the company aims to have 38 stores operating by 2010. By March next, 16 stores would be open, he said, adding that the company had firmed up launches in Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Surat, Vadoda...

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Nahar aims high plans Retail Expansion Programme

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Owner of 170 Cotton County stores in the country at present, Nahar Industrial Enterprises plans to take the number to 250 by March next year, a major expansion that Kamal Oswal, Managing Director, believes may increase the firm’s revenue from retail to Rs. 100 crores this fiscal.For growth the company has concentrated on smaller cities like Kanpur, Lucknow and Ludhiana. By 2010, the goal is to open 1,000 outlets. But it is also planning stores i...

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Modicare To Enter Southeast Asia

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Modicare, the direct selling arm of K.K. Modigroup, is ready to set up shop in Southeast Asia. It has already finalised plans to set up offices in Sri Lanka. The company though has abandoned plans to launch in Bangladesh due to the "law and order problems" there, said Hemant Singh, CEO, Modicare. He said the company may enter Malaysia in the next couple of years, Singapore is also on the radar.The aim is to garner at least 25% revenues from overse...

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Mobile Store Plans Expansion

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India: The Mobile Store promoted by Essar Telecom Retail Ltd. plans to increase the number of stores to 2,500 over the next three years across 500 cities from the current 270 stores in 25 cities to boost the turnover. "We want to have presence in all the cities with a population of one lakh or more. This business has a wafer-thin margin and depends on high turnover," said, Rajiv Aggarwal, CEO and Director, Essar Telecom retail. In next six months, the company ...

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Manchester United Cafes plans expansion

4th August 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: There are three Manchester United Cafés and bars presently, operational in India — in Mulund and the Palladium Mall in Mumbai, and in Gurgaon. Following the rousing reception to the brand, the franchise plans to open 10 more cafes across the country, in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Pune and Chandigarh.“We’re also looking to branch out in the western suburbs, and are targeting Andheri Link Road and Juhu. There are also plans for a slightly sm...

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Franchise Plus felicitates Indias top franchisors

27th September 2010, New Delhi, India: In an effort to facilitate India’s top franchisors, Franchise Plus, India’s leading business opportunity magazine organized its annual Franchise Plus Awards 2010 in New Delhi.The awards ceremony saw India’s best Business models being awarded across various categories and the chief guest on the occasion, Mr. Pradeep Jain, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Rural Development, along with Guests of Honour - Mr. Sanjay Dalmia (Chairman, Dalmia Group) and ...

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Fitness One Enters Equipment Retailing

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Chennai-based Fitness One, a health club that offers programmes ranging from gym, aerobics, yoga and meditation to dancercise and weight management packages, is all set to foray into fitness equipment retailing. The company will sell equipment from Precor of the US and its in-house brand 'Propel Fitness'. The company will outsource the manufacturing of Propel Fitness equipment to Taiwan and Korea. Recently, the company has also ventured into the "...

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Financial Services Brokerage Companies Looking at Franchise Expansions and Growth In Tier 2 3 C

4th June 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: An increased saturation in the larger metros and greater availability of disposable income coupled with changing attitudes towards equity markets in smaller towns have caused stock brokers to focus on the latter for their expansion plans.There are significant opportunities in the northern regions as well as pockets in the south and the east, according to industry experts. Brokerages are expanding not just to Tier-II and Tier-III cities and beyond.The bi...

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Fila India to Drive Its Expansion Through Franchise Stores

27th September 2010, New Delhi, India: Fila India, a sports lifestyle brand aims to open 60 to 70 outlets in the country in next three years, by making an investment of more than Rs 100 million. Intending to open stores mainly in metros and tier I cities, the brand has targeted revenues of between Rs 1.2 to Rs 1.5 billion by the end of 2013. Cravatex had bought the India brand license around a year ago.According to the Chief Executive Officer, Fila India Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, the first store wo...

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EduKart com Opened 25 Franchisee in whole India

25th January 2013, New Delhi, India: One of the country’s leading, premier online education portal, EduKart.com has opened twenty-five franchisees across India. It plans to launch many stores in the upcoming financial year.It offers various courses for undergraduates and postgraduate, UGC-DEC-AICTE recognized online degree courses like BBA, BCA, B.Sc.IT, MBA, MCA and M.Sc.IT. It offers the various industry endorsed certificate courses certified by respective industry agencies like courses in D...

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Dharmadev Infra Bags Franchise Of Chinese Hotel

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Ahmedabad-based Dharmadev Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. has bagged the franchise for the China-based Green Trees Hotels for setting up a budget hotel in Ahmedabad. The company would begin the construction work in the next six month. The project is likely to be complete in 1-1.5 years. Dharmadev Infrastructure, whose hospitality wing, the Neelkanth Group, which runs around 11 hotels in the city, has a slew of hotels and commercial projects coming up in ...

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Cyrobanks To Invest Rs 500 Crore On Stem Cell Banks

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Ravi Jaipuria-promoted Cyrobanks International India plans to invest Rs 500 crores to set up stem cell banks and collection centres in India and other Asian countries. Cyrobanks International India is a joint venture between RJ Corp and US-based Cyrobanks International, a global leader in stem cell banking. "By March next year, we plan to set up banking collection and counselling centres in over 100 cities, through franchisee route and company-own...

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Continent Hotels to Debut in South East Asia

17th August 2010, New Delhi, India:  With the agreement, PV HOTELS & RESORTS PVT LTD will become official licensor in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Company announced that according to agreement and plans, 25 hotels opening planned during first year of their license."All hotels represent perfect examples of what Continent Hotel, Continent Resort and Continent City Inn symbolize, international standards, blended with Turkish Hospitality," states Et...

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Cherokee licenses its brand in India to Arvind mills

12th October 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Cherokee Inc., a leading global licensor and brand management company, signed an exclusive international license agreement for its Cherokee brand with Arvind Mills Ltd. This multi-year agreement covers a wide range of categories including men's, women and children's apparel, footwear, accessories, home and other categories.Brands that Cherokee Inc. owns and represent generate over $3 billion in annual retail sales worldwide. The company's principa...

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Compucom Play School Signs Its First Franchise In Jaipur Rajasthan

21st June 2010, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India:  Compucom Software Ltd has signed its first franchise agreement to open a Pre-School under Compucom PlaySchool brand name in Jaipur Rajasthan. The company has ventured in Pre-School business seeing the huge market for such branded pre-schools in India. Some of the researches have estimated a market size of Rs 5,000 crore and is estimated to grow by 25% annually. On BSE, the company's shares were up 2.46% at Rs 18.75.

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Challenges Of Health Care Service Franchise In India

1st May 2010, New Delhi, India: I came across a piece co-authored by my former colleague Ratan Jalan in ‘Marketing Health Services’ (Eye on The Indian Market, Spring 2009 edition) of the prestigious journal of the American Marketing Association. I have known Mr. Jalan since he hired me to work for him at Apollo Health and Lifestyle Ltd., many years ago and hugely respect his scholarship and knowledge about the business of healthcare in India. However, I must confess that I do not quite agree...

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Cafe Bistro QSR BeanGaru Launch Food Court Restaurant Franchise

2nd June 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Le Sutra Hospitality, creators of Mumbai-based Le Sutra Hotel, have launched Cafe Bean Garu a south-Indian bistro-styled quick service restaurant (QSR). Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra Hospitality informed that the company plans to take the restaurant pan- India in both food court and restaurant formats. She says, “Café Bean Garu is competitive to any product like a McDonald’s, Café Coffee Day and the like. We provide what they do in a more quirky...

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Bata Plans to rebrand itself

2nd June 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: 80-year-old is going in for a facelift. Bata India, the name trusted by millions of consumers down the decades, is going to get glitzy so as to appeal to the young crowd. Gone are the staid styles and eternal unchanging colors. The shoe brand will introduce almost four designs every day, open 70 to 100 stores of at least 5,000 sq. ft. every year, and push its online sales. Faced by a run of losses, the company shut down all unviable stores. All outlets ...

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Bank Loans For Franchise Business In India

7th May 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Signwrite Retail and franchise solutions provider Franchise India is planning to tie-up with leading public and private sector banks to help provide easy finance to investors keen on setting-up small businesses, a top company official said.Franchise India is trying to bring-in a formal structure to franchise loans and act as a facilitator to provide easy loans for the benefit of small investors."We are working out on this (franchise loans) and are in tal...

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Another Franchise Brand Takes The IPO Route

15th September 2010, New Delhi, India: Mr. Vijay Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Cantabil Retail India Ltd, is the founder promoter of the Company. He graduated from Kurukshetra University and has an overall experience of 20 years in Garment and Garment Accessories business. In 1989, he promoted Kapish Products Private Limited and there after launched Cantabil brand in 2000. He has been instrumental in strategic planning and business development of our company including establishment of ...

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Amritsar is hotspot for retail franchise brands

30th May 2010, Amritsar, Punjab, India:  Archies opened another store in Amritsar today at The Celebration Mall. The company has got some special collections which will be displayed in this mall.The special gallery offers a wide range of Gifts, Toys, Cards, Disney Collection, Soft Toys, Helpage Products, Greeting Cards, Gift Packs, Calendars, Diaries, Business Organiser, Telephone Index, Perfumes, Perfumes and Deodorants, Exclusive Gifts, Showpieces, Pen Sets, Photo Frames, Toys & Hugga...

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Gateway to New Franchising Business

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Franchising business is a very specific way of selling or distributing a product or service. It has evolved from granting the right or privilege of selling a good in a sophisticated and an organized business format. It is a perfect business for an individual who has the means, the money but not the method, a perfect plan for starting the business. There is a new franchise business opportunity available for anyone & everyone who dreams of setting up...

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Franchising Opportunities in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: India offers numerous opportunities in the field of franchising. The vast geographical expanse, the multi cultural people, the strong economy and the growing middle class have all contributed to the growth of franchising in India. Many companies, both global and Indian, owe their success to franchising. Franchising offers a win-win situation for both the franchisor and franchisee. While the franchisor’s business expands multifold, the franchisee can ...

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Fun Cinemas Focuses On Tier II III Cities

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: E-City Ventures-promoted Fun Cinemas has re-emphasised its commitment of taking world-class cinema to smaller cities in India. Fun Cinemas has become India’s fastest growing multiplex chain and has seen growth of 176% in a year. Having grown from 17 screens to 47 and entered into new markets like Chandigarh, Panipat, Jaipur, Gulbarga, Agra and Lucknow, Fun Cinemas and its sub-brand Fun Junction have managed to occupy prominent and sought-after pro...

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Franchising retail roadmap

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: The year 2011 will be remembered as a landmark year for Indian retail and franchising, with government approving 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and 100 per cent in single brand retail. Though the electoral politics superseded economics, and the policy was put on hold for want of consensus among stakeholders, yet the retail sector holds out hope. Especially, as the government is expected to notify the rules for 100 FDI in single-brand retail afte...

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Franchisers Directories

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: A franchising business is a business where a businessman or a franchiser grants the right to sell or distribute his product or business to another businessman or franchisee in lieu of a fixed commission or percentage of the profit generated in the business. This percentage of profit could be on monthly or yearly basis. Way2Franchise is the Franchise directory India, which has information about the various franchise opportunities available to the Indian...

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Franchisees in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Franchised operations in India are increasing by the day. Being geographically vast and culturally diverse, India offers the most favorable franchising environment. While companies benefit by having many profit making outlets in different parts of the country, franchisees in India benefit by being able to generate good returns with little investment and risk involved. Entrepreneurs are making the most of India’s franchising market and growing economy...

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Franchise Services or Franchising Attracts Service Tax Including Franchise Fee Royalty and Technical

12th October 2012, Karachi, Pakistan: According to the provisions of Sindh Sales Tax on Services Act 2011, (hereinafter referred to as the Act), franchise services are chargeable to sales tax at the rate of 10%.These services include franchise fee, royalty and technical fee.A franchise means an authority given by a franchisor to a franchisee (under a contract) to produce, manufacture, sell or trade or to do any other business activity relating to goods or provide service or to undertake any proc...

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Franchise Pakistan To Propel Entrepreneurship With A Target Of Opening 10000 Franchises

Lahore, Pakistan: The Business Support Fund (BSF) is going to launch the ‘Franchise Pakistan’ project to exploit the potential of enterprising youngsters in the country.Chief Executive Office BSF, Syed Saquib Mohyuddin said this during a meeting with the Lahore Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) here on Monday. “This initiative would provide a chance to the youth to become entrepreneurs. BSF has a target of opening 10,000 franchises by June 2011. Following the success of this target, ...

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Franchise Opportunities in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: With the Indian economy showing unprecedented growth of more than 8%, many business houses in India and abroad are looking at expanding their business in the country. The economy growth has ensured that the common man has more funds to spend in coming years. As a result, the franchise opportunities in India are also increasing rapidly.Many individuals have funds to start their own ventures and are not ready to burn a hole in their pockets by investing ...

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Franchise Information in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: More and more people working in the corporate sectors are quitting their jobs to become entrepreneurs. Many become franchisees and earn both wealth and reputation. There have been many success stories and many are being written everyday. If you too have been toying with the idea for sometime, but wondering if the franchise information in India is limited, you are in for a pleasant surprise. With franchising boom in the country you can find information ...

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Essar Investment Plan For Retail

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Essar Group will pump in Rs 1,125-Rs 1,350 crores in its telecom retail business to set up 2,500 mobile store outlets in the next three years. These outlets will sell new handsets and connections, mobile accessories, value added services and post-sale services along with bill payment facility. The company currently has 60 outlets in India, including 21 in Delhi alone, and expects a revenue of Rs 500 crores. It plans to open 4,000 'touch points' in t...

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Epincion The Designer House From Essel

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The Essel Group has launched its premium lifestyle-retail venture. Named Christened Epincion, it will house jewellery, artifacts and designer wear from Rohit Bal, Shaina NC and Neeta Lulla. Says Epincion founder and CEO Kaveeta Goel, “During our trips across the country, we found that many of the dying age-old crafts have been inspiring modern designs, and have a demand in the growing neo rich class in India and abroad. This endeavour also ai...

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Domino Pizza In Expansion Mode

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Domino’s pizza chain expects to open 250 outlets by the end of the year, against the existing 185. the company will be spending Rs 70 crore to increase its presence in another 10 -15 new cities. The fast food chain is currently present in 34 cities. According to Dev Amritesh, Vice-President, Marketing, Domino’s Pizza, an additional Rs 15 crore will be spent in building capacity, commissaries and strengthening supply chain to support its expansion p...

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Donear aims high

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Finding potential in economy garments retailing, Donear Industries Ltd will soon introduce a brand for men's casual wear, formal wear and accessories. The company’s spokesperson says, “The new brand will be value for money, they will be competitively priced and sold under various offers and schemes in the introductory phase. We are focusing on tier I and II cities, and targeting 200 exclusive discount stores by end of 2008.”

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Dreamline For Home From Future Group

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Future Group has announced the launch of its first brand 'Dreamline' for the home category. As of now, a wide range of products in the categories of kitchenware and bed and bath linen is available. Furniture and home décor will be launched later in the market. Dreamline products are priced competitively and will be made available through various formats of Pantaloon Retail such as Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar etc. In the words of Kishore Biyani, MD, Future...

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DELL Introduces Latitude Notebooks

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: In response to heavy customer demand for a better mobility experience, increased performance and excellent connectivity, DELL has launched Latitude™ D630, D830 and D531 notebook models. The new systems deliver energy efficiency with select Energy Star 4.0 compliant configurations.With features such as next-generation wireless technologies, extended capacity batteries and based on the latest Intel™ processors, the Latitude D630 and D830 help incr...

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Debenhams Signs Pakistan Master Franchisee Opens In Dolmen Mall Alongside Mango Next and Hyperstar

12th October 2012, Karachi, Pakistan: When Pizza Hut opened its first franchise in Pakistan in 1993, few were familiar with the concept of franchising. Soon it became a household name, and was followed by other fast food franchises. Many observers viewed these import-oriented luxuries in an underdeveloped country like Pakistan, with scepticism and considered it a waste of our precious foreign exchange. However, the trend of foreign retail outlets continues to expand into other products, services...

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Dabur Health Wellness Format Called New U

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: H&B stores Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dabur India Ltd. will open a specialty beauty, health and wellness retail business called ‘New-U’ by the end of January, 2008 in the NCR and then expands to other major cities.The New-U stores will offer comprehensive health and beauty solutions under one roof. The stores will also house beauty and health experts who will offer advice to consumers on particular products that suit their specific n...

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Cogito Consulting To Launch Retail Practice

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Cogito Consulting, the independent brand consulting company from the Draftfcb-Ulka group will now offer specialist retail advice to aid marketers and retail companies maximise on the retail boom. Cogito Consulting and the shopper marketing division of Draftfcb will be bringing global tools and learnings to the Indian market. As part of this initiative Jim Lucas, Executive Vice-President and Director Shopper Marketing Division, is in India to share his ...

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Cinemax India Ltd plans to have ten food courts and gaming zones by 09

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Cinema theatre chain, Cinemax has launched its new gaming zone called Giggles at Eternity Mall in Thane. At Giggles, games ranging from bungee jumping to computer and video games are available. Very soon the food court will be open along with the game zone to offer customers convenient service. "We will have six food courts and gaming zones in the next three month and will open another four by 2009," says Devang Sampat, Cinemax VP-marketing and program...

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Cafe Coffee Day Goals At Home Abroad

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Cafe Coffee Day, the coffee bar chain, is increasing the number of stores both in the domestic market and overseas. "We will open at least five more CCDs in German-speaking areas of Europe and in Pakistan. At present, we have three in Vienna and two in Pakistan. In India, the number will grow from 412 outlets in 83 cities to 500 in 100 cities by September," says Simran Sablok, General Manager (Marketing).

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Business Opportunities in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: ‘India is calling’ was once the slogan used by many travel and tour operators worldwide. Now the phrase has been used by many foreign entrepreneurs as well. Business opportunities in India are soaring. Thanks to the educated population and the dedicated Indian workforce. India has stepped into the right track; now it is the best opportunity availed to every investor to put in his/her money in India. India promises great business opportunities in bo...

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Burger King Ties Up With DLF

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The world’s second-largest burger chain, the $2.3-billion Burger King of the US, is set to enter the Indian market. The company is tying up with the Delhi-based DLF, India’s largest real estate company by value, in a 51:49 joint venture as regulations allow only 51% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail.The fast-food chain, which has 11,100 restaurants across the globe, operates over 90% of its outlets as franchises. By entering into ...

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Barclays launches a revolutionary service in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Barclays takes consumer banking services to the next level of convenience by launching ‘Hello Money’, breaking away from the traditional method of mobile banking. Barclays customers can now perform account enquiries and financial transactions by simply dialling *598*1#. They can carry out secure banking transactions like fund transfers, bill payments, requests and other banking services without visiting a branch or ATMs after they enter the correct...

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B school Planned By Career Launcher

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Career Launcher, a premier test preparation institute, is all set to join the league of B-schools. Indus World School of Business (IWSB), as the B-school is christened, will induct its first batch next year.With an investment to the tune of Rs 50 crores, the B-school will come up in Greater Noida. It will accept scores of CAT, GMAT and XAT, for strength of 90 students in its first batch. The B-school will eventually look at seeking approval from the...

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Avalon Aviation Academy launched 28 centres in 2010

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Avalon Aviation Academy, the aviation-training wing of Aptech Limited launched new centres in South Extension, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar and Ghaziabad besides its already existing centre at Gurgaon and 28 centres across India. "Aviation has become one of the most sought after career options these days. To cater to the growing demand of the students, we are launching centres in convenient locations all over the city," informs Preeti Malik, Head - A...

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Arvind Mills Planning Superstore Chain

 12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Arvind Mills Ltd. plans to set up a chain of lifestyle superstores catering to different cross-sections of the retail business. Presently, Megamart stocks only Arvind Mill brands like Excalibur, Ruf&Tuf and Flying Machine, but the lifestyle superstore-format will be spread over 50,000-60,000 sq.ft. and stock products ranging from footwear, luggage, home furnishing, cosmetics, apparel and electronic products. In the coming months, the compa...

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Arcadia Group Scouts For India Partner

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: British billionaire Philip Green's Arcadia group is learnt to be in talks with India's largest real estate developer DLF and Tata group retail company Trent to set up its fashion store chain Topshop in India. Topshop, which sells high-fashion range of apparel and accessories for young women is present in over 30 countries, including the UK, the US, Russia and Dubai and operate with a mix of company-owned and franchise stores. It is not sure id the UK r...

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Amway Targets Higher Turnover

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Amway India, leader in direct selling industry, aims at registering Rs. 1,000 crores as sales turnover by the next financial year. With a turnover of Rs 738 crores in 2006, the company has announced expansion plans for Kerala, one of the top states for Amway India, on its ninth anniversary. The company also has plans to expand its operations in 175 towns and cities by the end of this year. Currently, it has 120 offices catering to over 3, 000 l...

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Alta Moda To Sell 14 Italian Brands

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Alta Moda, a Hyderabad-based company has announced tie-ups with 14 major brands from Italy. All major Italian apparel brands will be available under one roof, according to Manoj Kumar Saraogi, Chief Executive Officer,Alta Moda.The list includes La Sartoria, Federico Ghidhini, Gianmario Matera and Michelle W. “Unlike their peers, these companies would make products to suit the Indian conditions,” he claimed.The company would open 50 stores in the...

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6Ten On Expansion Spree

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Within a year of its operations, REI Agro, operators of 6Ten gorcery stores, is planning to expand its business in western and southern parts of the country. Speaking on the company’s retail business, Rasheed Khan, GM (Punjab), REI, said, “With an investment of around Rs 40 crore, we have planned to open 180 retail stores in Gujarat, Mumbai and some parts of southern India, in the next fiscal.” At present, there are around 355 6Ten stores in the ...

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100 Mark Pi Restaurants Planned

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Mark Pi, the US-based global restaurant chain, has decided to invest Rs. 80 crores for opening 300 eateries all over India in the next five years. These will cover not only metros and mini-metros but also towns with a population of at least one lakh. Mar Pi International has plans to open another 400 outlets in the Asia-Pacific region during the coming five years. In India, its products will have the brand name “Crazy Noodles,” to be sourced fro...

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Domino Pizza success story

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Domino’s pizza chain expects to open 250 outlets by the end of the year, against the existing 185. the company will be spending Rs 70 crore to increase its presence in another 10 -15 new cities. The fast food chain is currently present in 34 cities. According to Dev Amritesh, Vice-President, Marketing, Domino’s Pizza, an additional Rs 15 crore will be spent in building capacity, commissaries and strengthening supply chain to support its expansion p...

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Dreamline For Home From Future Group

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Future Group has announced the launch of its first brand 'Dreamline' for the home category. As of now, a wide range of products in the categories of kitchenware and bed and bath linen is available. Furniture and home décor will be launched later in the market. Dreamline products are priced competitively and will be made available through various formats of Pantaloon Retail such as Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar etc. In the words of Kishore Biyani, MD, Fut...

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Prateek Lifestyle the retail arm of Prateek has entered the burgeoning Indian retail market

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Its first venture, Coupon (a value lifestyle mall), was launched in Bangalore. Speaking on the occasion, Pradeep Agarwal, Managing Director, Prateek, said, “Through this venture, we will provide the best of national and international brands across categories at the best of prices. We have already tied up with all major apparel brands in India.” With plans of rolling out 12 outlets nationally by March 2008, Coupon will cater to men, women and ...

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Raymond Targets Women Wear

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Raymond Ltd. announced its entry into the Rs 800 crore women’s western wear market with the launch of ColorPlus Women. The collection will include daywear, business wear, sports wear, formal wear, accessories, shoes and leather handbags. ColorPlus Women’s range is targeted at the upper-middle and premium class. The company plans to open five exclusive ColorPlus Women stores as well as 12 lifestyle stores that will feature the new range by the en...

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Peacock Alley Enters Indian Retail

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: America’s famous luxury bed-linen brand Peacock Alley has entered into a licensing agreement with the Mumbai-based Alok Industries, one of the leading exporters of home textile and garments. As planned the products will be in the domestic home textiles stores by early 2008. Sunil Khandelwal, CFO, Alok Industries, informed, “We will launch the brand either through our own speciality stores or through retail chains such as Shoppers’ Stop.” The cl...

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Prateek Lifestyle has entered the burgeoning Indian retail market

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Its first venture, Coupon (a value lifestyle mall), was launched in Bangalore. Speaking on the occasion, Pradeep Agarwal, Managing Director, Prateek, said, “Through this venture, we will provide the best of national and international brands across categories at the best of prices. We have already tied up with all major apparel brands in India.” With plans of rolling out 12 outlets nationally by March 2008, Coupon will cater to men, women and ...

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Papa Johns To Open 100 outlets in 4 Years

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Papa Johns, the world’s third largest Pizza chain which entered India in 2006, has embarked upon an expansion programme with the opening of its 4th outlet in Mumbai in Powai, which will be the flagship store in western India. With this, Papa Johns has 9 outlets in India. Their investment in India is likely to exceed Rs 250 crores in the next 4 years. JIP Fashion and Restaurant India Pvt Ltd is their franchisee in India. Announcing this, Myles Felt, V...

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Pantaloon To Have A Separate Format For Private Labels

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Pantaloon private labels will now have their own exclusive shops or will be retailed through multi-brand outlets. To create a separate identity and create national brands of its private labels, Pantaloon Retail has transferred some of its private labels to Future Brands. Fashion brands like John Miller, Bare, DJ&C, Ajile, Rig and Umm; electronics labels Koryo and Sensei and home décor brand Greenline will be retailed outside company-owned sto...

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Pakistans Servis Shoe Franchise Company Seeking Aggressive Expansion In Kenya

 12th October 2010, Karachi, Pakistan: The Pakistani shoe company Servis has tapped local dealers to sell its products across the country, putting it in a head-to-head battle with Bata Shoe Company for control of the Kenyan market ahead of the festive season. The Servis Group, which is listed at the Karachi Stock Exchange, opened a single shop in Nairobi in October and has been scouting for partners as it races to get a presence in other urban centres before 2011. New outlets It has opened ...

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Pakistani Fashion Textile Companies Look To Franchise In India Plan A Franchise Model For Trade With

12th October 2010, Karachi, Pakistan: 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 of franchise ...

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Mobile Magic India is planning to aim high plans to set up 1000 stores

12th October 2010, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India: The Nagpur-based franchisee chain Mobile Magic India is planning to set up 1000 more stores by the year 2010 across India. Around 11 brands of handsets as well as accessories, applications, ring tones and games are sold at its 60 existing stores. They are planning to set up 250 stores in southern India with Bangalore as the hub for the operations setting Rs10,000 crores as a target in the region by 2009.The company has invested $1 million and is loo...

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Franchise business magazine in India

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: ‘India is calling’ was once the slogan used by many travel and tour operators worldwide. Now the phrase has been used by many foreign entrepreneurs as well. Business opportunities in India are soaring. Thanks to the educated population and the dedicated Indian workforce. India has stepped into the right track; now it is the best opportunity availed to every investor to put in his/her money in India. India promises great business opportunities in bo...

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MMTC Enters Retailing

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: MMTC Ltd., India’s leading international trading company under the Ministry of commerce and industry, is expanding its span of operation by stepping into the retail sector. This bulk trader, with interests in exports and imports of minerals, metals, precious metals etc. has entered into a joint venture with the Gitanjali group to open 50 outlets in the first year and 72 more in the following two years. An investment of 46 crores has gone into this pr...

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Medicine Shoppe plans aggregate expansion plans to open 35 stores

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Medicine Shoppe India, the Indian arm of US-based drug-trading company Cardinal Health, is planning to add about 500 medical stores in the country in the next two years. This year the company will add 100 retail shops to its current chain of 130 that are mainly located in Maharashtra and Goa.The expansion will be through franchising. Any traditional drug store can sign up with Medicine Shoppe for a fee and royalty on the sales, and the latter will h...

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Mark Pi Restaurants achieved remarkable feet launched 100th Restaurant

12th October 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:Mark Pi, the US-based global restaurant chain, has decided to invest Rs. 80 crores for opening 300 eateries all over India in the next five years. These will cover not only metros and mini-metros but also towns with a population of at least one lakh.Mar Pi International has plans to open another 400 outlets in the Asia-Pacific region during the coming five years. In India, its products will have the brand name “Crazy Noodles,” to be sourced from ...

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Manipal Cure Care Introduces Wellness Mpower Card

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Manipal Cure and Care (MCC), India’s first health and wellness retail chain, launched Wellness Mpower card in Ahmedabad. According to Somnath Das, COO, Manipal Cure and Care, for the first time in India bonus points are being awarded to people to stay healthy. Wellness Mpower card benefits include 24 free consultations, 20% saving on diagnostic services and lab investigations, 10% saving on health checks and MCC products and two loyalty points for ev...

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Mallya Eyes High End Retail

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Motivated by the high-end brands entering the country, the Vijay Mallya-led UB Group, the world’s third-largest maker of alcoholic spirits, has entered the business of high-end retail. The group will hold 55% stake in the Collection, a shopping mall that will exclusively retail luxury brands, coming up in Bangalore. The rest of the stake remains with the property developers Prestige Estates. Louis Vuitton, a French luxury brand, has been roped in ...

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Madame New Franchise Is EBO

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Madame, the trendy casual-wear brand, opened its exclusive store at V3S Mall, New Delhi. The 700 sq.ft. franchise outlet stocks all Madame merchandise. Madame is the brand of Jain Amar Clothing Pvt. Ltd. This opening is a part of Madame’s retail strategy, which includes plans to open 42 exclusive stores and shop-in-shops in all major fashion markets across the country in the coming months. According to Bipan Jain, Director, Jain Amar Hosiery Pvt. ...

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M S Prefers JV In India

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The UK-based Marks & Spencer (M&S), which, under franchisee arrangement, operates 20 stores in India, has adopted a new strategy of direct entry through a single-brand FDI route by setting up a joint venture with a local Indian partner. Currently Planet Retail, owned by V.N. Sharma — a Starbucks franchisee in Indonesia and the ex-partner of Future Group owner Kishore Biyani — is M&S’ franchisee in India. M&S is now in talks wit...

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Lee Bets Big On Concept Stores

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Denim brand Lee is betting big on ‘concept’ stores to create brand loyalty. Lee recently opened a boutique store in Greater Kailash, Delhi. The store conveys an uppity attitude and “celebrates snobbery” — right from its diamond studded signage to store interiors with modern minimalist furniture, vanity mirrors, plasma screens and foot massagers. While the Lee store in Bangalore is all about the “vintage meets contemporary”, its Pune st...

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Koutons plans expansion

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Apparel manufacturing and retail company Koutons Retail India Ltd entered the capital market on September 18, 2007 with a public issue of 3,524,439 equity shares of Rs 10 each, through 100 per cent book-building process. The issue consists of a fresh issue of 2,607,897 equity shares and an offer for sale of 916,542 equity shares by DPS Kohli, BS Sawhney and GS Sawhney. To close on September 21, 2007, the price band has been fixed at Rs 370 to Rs 415...

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Kodak Approaches Retailers For Express Counters

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Kodak India is planning to set up its Kodak Express counters within the premises of big retailers such as Big Bazaar and Reliance Digital. Exploring various formats, the camera company is currently negotiating with retailers to launch its branded outlets within the stores. In addition to its 1,700 franchise-run stand-alone outlets, the Kodak is now tapping into big retail chains to expand its photo-finishing services across the country.Ravi Karamche...

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Ingram Micro India Is Netgear India Distributor

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Netgear Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., a worldwide provider of technologically-advanced, branded networking and security products, has strengthened its distribution network in India by entering into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro India as its national distributor. Netgear will use Ingram Micro’s extensive reseller network to sell the full range of networking and security products across India.

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Infiniti Retail plans to expand

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Infiniti Retail, that operates the Croma brand of stores, is targeting tier-II cities where the rentals are lower and the margins better than the metros. After opening three stores in Mumbai, two in Ahmedabad and one in Navi Mumbai, the company is now looking at smaller destinations in Gujarat and Maharashtra where it plans to open multi-brand stores by the end of 2007.Infiniti Retail, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Sons, plans to add four more formats i...

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Ice Cream Franchise In Pakistan To Get A Run For Their Money From Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Franchi

12th October 2010, Karachi, Pakistan: Dr Naeem Niazi is the Director, International Business Development at Wellspring Industry Inc, USA. Headquartered in Fullerton, California, Wellspring Inc owns the renowned global chain of Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt. Tutti Frutti is a specialty brand available in various world markets, including the USA, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, France, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. Work is in progress to open up outlets in countries like Indi...

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HyperCity launched first Argos store and a shopping catalogue

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: K Raheja Group’s HyperCity Retail India launched its first HyperCity Argos, a catalogue shopping retail format, in Thane, Mumbai. According to a company official, the company will open around six pilot stores in Mumbai and seeing their performance will move on to other cities. “Shopping through a catalogue is a unique experience. Consumers can shop in three ways: place their orders over the phone, visit the stores or browse the entire range online ...

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Hobsons Ice Cream Franchise From Japan Plans Manufacturing In Pakistan

12th October 2010, Karachi, Pakistan: A world renowned Japanese ice cream manufacturing company plans to invest in Pakistan by starting its franchise business, an official said.The project was initiated by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Chief Executive Tariq Puri during his meeting with the authorities of Hobson’s Japan a few months back.To take further steps on investment opportunities, a delegation from Hobson’s Japan is visiting Pakistan in October to meet the possible business p...

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Hasbro Eyes Tier-II III Cities For Probase

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: With the launch of two exclusive brand outlets (EBO) for its recently launched menswear brand Probase, Chennai-based Hasbro Clothing Pvt. Ltd. has set a revenue target of over Rs 100 crores in the next three years. Besides, the company plans to have around 130 exclusive Probase stores across the country by the same time.Priced affordably in the range of Rs 399-Rs 899, Probase offers casual, smart and formal lines in shirts and trousers. Probase stor...

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Hakoba Plans 480 Stores In 4 Years

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Hakoba Lifestyle, the retailing arm of the Surat-based Pioneer Embroideries, has finalised plans to foray into small, medium and large format retailing. In the next four years it will invest over Rs 250 crores to set up 400 small and 80 medium-format stores. Small stores will have an average size of 1,000 sq.ft. and house Hakoba’s own brands. In the second phase of expansion, Hakoba Lifestyle plans to set up 30 large-format stores of average ...

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Hacker Kitchen To Open Franchisees

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Recently, Hacker Kitchen, a Germany-based high-end modular kitchen maker, opened an outlet in Coimbatore. The brand is available at Kanu Kitchen Kulture stores in Delhi and Mumbai. Kanu Kitchen Kulture is the India licensee of the brand and plans to set up franchisee showrooms in Kochi in June, Hyderabad and Ludhiana. Hacker Kitchen ranges are completely customised and promises to deliver to customers in 10-12 weeks from the time of finalising the orde...

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Guardian To Invest Rs 100 crores For Expansion

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Guardian Lifecare will invest Rs 100 crores for in its pan-India expansion. The brand is moving towards west to open 150 new stores by March 2009. they will open a mix of company-owned and franchise stores. Ashutosh Garg, Chairman and Managing director, Guardian Lifecare, said, “Major expansion plans are on the anvil, presently we are growing at the rate of almost two new stores every week. The Indian retail pharmacy market is growing at a rate of 10...

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GEECL IOC Join Hands To Retail CNG

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: India’s first commercial producer of Coal Bed Methane (CBM), Great Eastern Energy Corp. Ltd. (GEECL), signed an agreement with leading public sector oil company, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), for retailing compressed natural gas (CNG) from the state-run firm’s outlets in Durgapur. “We have signed a franchise agreement with IOC for selling CNG from IOC’s fuel outlets in Durgapur. Initially, five retail outlets have been identified and we have starte...

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Papa Johns To expand aggressively

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Papa Johns, the world’s third largest Pizza chain which entered India in 2006, has embarked upon an expansion programme with the opening of its 4th outlet in Mumbai in Powai, which will be the flagship store in western India. With this, Papa Johns has 9 outlets in India. Their investment in India is likely to exceed Rs 250 crores in the next 4 years. JIP Fashion and Restaurant India Pvt Ltd is their franchisee in India. Announcing this, Myles Felt, V...

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Yatra com Pairs Up With Sify

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd. has joined hands with Sify Technologies Ltd. to increase penetration of travel-related services, including air tickets, hotels and travel packages at retail level, through Sify’s 7,000 retail points across 220 cities in the country. The alliance will act as extended retail points to offer Yatra.com’s travel services with an integrated offline cash acceptance model of Sify. Customers who are more comfortable with an offline...

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Why Franchising surging

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India:  The benefit of franchising is that it's a quick way to expand nationally & internationally.As the tides of the economic crisis globally begin to fade, and we see consumer and investor confidence return, franchising continues to be one of the most viable options for those considering entering business for themselves or expanding their existing business.For some businesses franchising is the only way to turn a solid hometown business into a thr...

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VIP to open exclusive stores

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: The VIP Group’s brands will now be retailed through Green Room – Ultimate Comfort Zone, the upcoming chain of exclusive brand stores. The retail chain will operate under Maxwell Industries, a part of the VIP Group. This concept was successfully tested by the company in its Kolhapur store. Taking the franchise route, the company will open 250-300 exclusive stores in different formats across the country. The objective is to provide wider choice of pr...

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Videocon Snaps Up Planet M

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Consumer durables major Videocon Industries has acquired Planet M, the music and entertainment retail arm of Bennet, Coleman & Co., for Rs 200 crores. The acquisition has been done by NEXT, Videocon’s retail chain for consumer electronics and home appliances.Videocon chairman V.N. Dhoot said Planet M, which has huge brand equity, fits in well with the group’s retail ambitions. Dhoot said the group plans an over six-fold increase in Planet M...

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Titan Eye Prepares For 250 Stores

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Titan Eye+, the eyewear business of Titan Industries that was launched last year, plans to set up about 20 stores across India over the next year. About 15 of these would be company-owned and the rest franchisee-owned, claimed S. Ravi Kant, COO (Eyewear Business), Titan Industries Ltd.Each showroom would stock over 1,000 frames from major brands including Christian Dior, Elle and Tommy Hilfiger besides Titan and Dash (children’s spectacle frames)....

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Techkidz Open Exclusive Store

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Techkidz, the leading name in kids’ educational aids from Comp-Point systems (I) Pvt. Ltd., has introduced its exclusive outlet at the District Centre, Janak Puri in Delhi. The store has products like educational laptops, educational CDs, self-assembly kits, science models, robots, kids utility books and much more. The company has a network of 100 dealers and has tied up with more 1,000 public schools in leading Indian cities. It also plans t...

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Talwalkars Comes Up With Premium Health Clubs

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Riding on the retail boom, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd, is planning indoor swimming pools at malls with intentions of bringing in a range of premium health club. Revealing new plans, Prashant Talwalkar, MD of Talwalkars, confirmed that the fitness major would be floating an equal joint venture with a European company.Having entered into a joint venture with the Future Group recently, Talwalkars currently has access to the malls owned by the ...

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Tag Heuer To Launch Luxury Mobile Handsets

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Luxury brand Tag Heuer is all set to introduce its range of luxury mobile handsets priced upwards Rs 2,21,000 in India. The country has already witnessed luxury handsets being offered by premium brands with Nokia’s Vertu priced at Rs.3,15,997. In the country, the Tag Heuer mobile handsets will be available at Tag Heuer boutiques and select multi-brand retail outlets across New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

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Subhiksha IPO By March 2008

12th October 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Subhiksha, the Chennai-based, retail chain, having crossed the magic number of 1,000 stores, has now set its eyes on tripling the number of its stores to 3,000 in the next 30 months, or by early 2010. Meanwhile, Subhiksha wants the tally of its stores to go up to 1,500 by June, 2008. This would entail at an investment of Rs 300 crores.The magic number of 1,000 stores holds special significance for the retail chain’s promoters as they had decided t...

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Starbucks Prepares For Indian Foray

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: US coffee retail giant Starbucks plans to enter India this year through a joint venture and is focusing on Delhi and Mumbai in this regard. The company is already involved in a trademark row with beauty expert Shahnaz Hussain who wishes to launch 'Starstrucks' brand coffee chain with herbal theme in Hollywood-style ambience. Starbucks has already moved the trademark regulators in India over the issue.

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Spinach Outlays Rs 400 crore For Expansion

26th February 2010,  New Delhi, India: Wadhawan group’s retail arm is taking over a number of ailing retail outlets such as S-Mart in Bangalore, Mumbai’s home delivery service Sangam Direct, Maratha Co-operative Store, Delhi-based Home Market and Sabka Bazar. This acquisition had helped fresh food retailing brand of the group Spinach to grow to 165 stores. “We are expanding to 10 more cities this year, with a budget close to Rs 400 crores, said Spinach CEO Pushpamitra Das. He added, ...

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Separate Spencer Chain For Electronics

12th October 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: RPG Group company Spencer’s Retail Ltd. is planning a separate chain of large-format stores for consumer electronics. To be named Spencer’s Electronics, the first outlet will open in Hyderabad. The company is planning five stores in the South initially. This will be followed by a national roll-out, said Ramesh Menon, Senior Vice-President (Operations), Spencer’s Retail Ltd. The stores will have a minimum floor space of 4,000 sq.ft. and wi...

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Raymond to take franchisee route to open 100 stores

16th April 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The Rs 1,200-crore Raymond Ltd is planning to open 100 retail stores through its franchisee network in tier-IV and V cities like Bijapur, Mandya and Bellary in Karnataka, and Ahmednagar and Bhandara in Maharashtra, among others, in calendar year 2010. This is more than the 76 franchise stores the company opened in 2009-10 with an investment of around Rs 25 crore.The branded apparel and textile major currently has approximately 10 lakh sq ft of retail ...

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Hero Group Company Easy Bill To Franchise Across 200 Indian Cities

16th April 2010, New Delhi, India: Rahul Munjal, CEO & MD of Easy Bill talks to IndianExpress.com. A Hero Group company, Easy Bill, is in the field of Bill payment industry and is operational in approximately 50 cities.What prompted you to venture into the billing business?I saw the the exponential growth in telecom, insurance and credit cards business in India and realised that there was going to be a need for companies like ours which would serve the large customer base of these companies....

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Using China Business Strategy To Grow Business In India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: With the world globalizing and inter-country collobaration is on its highest ever there are learnings that are transfered from one region to the other.When multinational brands entered and tried to conquer market share in the Middle Kingdom 20 years ago, they encountered the same problems they face in India now – how does one market effectively to such a diverse market, where statistics are unreliable and tastes change often, yet sell in a value dri...

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Adopting Different Country Learnings

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: With the world globalizing and inter-country collobaration is on its highest ever there are learnings that are transfered from one region to the other.When multinational brands entered and tried to conquer market share in the Middle Kingdom 20 years ago, they encountered the same problems they face in India now – how does one market effectively to such a diverse market, where statistics are unreliable and tastes change often, yet sell in a val...

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Remax Seeking Aggressive Franchise Expansion In India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Remax scouting for franchisee partnersThe Denver (US)-based real estate brokerage firm Remax brings its franchisee model into India and is scouting for partners. The company, which has over 7,000 offices and presence in 80 countries, announced the launch of Remax operations in Andhra Pradesh through a franchisee partner with base in Hyderabad.The Chairman and Managing Director of Remax India, Mr Samir Chopra, said that the company through its partners...

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Woodlands Outline Growth Plans For The Coming Year

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Aero Club, the brand that owns the rough-and-tough brand, Woodland, says everything the company does has a green tag to it.“We are an outdoors brand and very much in tune with nature. Whatever we do, it will never be against the environment but rather in consonance with it,” he declares.Interestingly, when BrandLine meets up with him on a balmy afternoon, he has coordinated his dress with a deep green and yellow ...

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New Zealands Franchise Company Crest Commercial Cleaning India Franchisee Cleans NZ Aus Scottish Ac

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Kiwi company comes to the rescue in Games' village clean upAn eleventh hour rescue by a Kiwi cleaning company could save a possible threat of New Zealand's team's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.An eleventh hour rescue by a Kiwi cleaning company could save a possible threat of New Zealand's team's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Crest Commercial Cleaning's New Delhi - based operators immediately put in a large t...

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Sanjeev Kapoor Joins Hands With BVB For A 100 Cr Global Indian Franchise Restaurant Chain Indii Vent

20th September 2012,  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Rs. 100 crore joint venture to set-up 70 Indii outlets across continents in 12 monthsIndian food will never be the same again! India's most celebrated Master Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor has joined hands with corporate multi-brand entity, Better Value Brands (BVB) to launch the country's first global chain of Indian restaurants, called "Indii." This Rs. 100 crore joint venture plans to set up 70 Indii outlets across the country, and also aims to rea...

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Destination Maternity Opens 2 More Motherhood Maternity Stores In India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Destination Maternity Corporation (Nasdaq: DEST), the world's leading maternity apparel retailer, announced the opening of two more Motherhood Maternity® shop-in-shops in India. Motherhood's trendy, affordable maternity fashions are now available for the first time at the Mantri Mall in Bangalore, India and the Korum Mall in Thane, India. Motherhood Maternity shop-in-shops are found in Mom & Me® stores which are owned and operated by Mahindra Re...

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DC Arthur F Carmazzi Offers His Internationally acclaimed Corporate training franchise in India

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  DC INTERNATIONAL (ASIA) which is a Leading and World Class Provider of Organization Development Solutions and Corporate Training has now entered in INDIA and is conducting the DC- Directive Communication Psychology Trainer Certification Program (Train The Trainer-TTT program) for the first time in IndiaMr.  Tarun Ahuja, the Chief Mentor for DC INDIA speaking at Mumbai conference , quoted ”We are delighted to inform you that world class gl...

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Dabur Taking The Franchise Route For Their NEW Beauty Stores

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Consumer goods firm, Dabur India Ltd will start adopting the franchise route for its retail stores 'Newu' and explore smaller format stores in order to expedite expansion.The company's subsidiary, H&B Stores Ltd that currently operates 22 'Newu' stores primarily in North India, is also looking to open up to 150 new stores in 2011-12 and enter in the western region.It is also trying express or smaller formats that have quick turnaround time, ...

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Choice Hotels Looks at 50 Franchise Hotels Across 21 Locations In India

20th September 2012,  Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Choice Hotels India (CHI), a midsized chain of hotels, has signed up for opening 16 new hotels across the country under its different brands - Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn. The company is also hopeful of signing up ten new hotel properties in the country by the end of this fiscal, said Vilas Pawar, CEO, Choice Hotels India here today. "We are hoping that at least seven hotels will become operational this year while othe...

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Caressaa Day Spa Looks at Franchising Across India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Caressaa Day Spa to launch its first outlet in Juhu, MumbaiPlans to expand through franchise model in IndiaCaressaa Day Spa, a spa centre with six treatment rooms and one couple room will be launched in Juhu, Mumbai on April 15, 2010. The brand aims to expand its footprints across various cities of India through franchise model and is currently in talks with few potential franchisees. It is also open to tie up with five-star properties in India and to...

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Bradford looks to bring up to 5 licensed brands to India

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: US-based brand licencing agency Bradford today said it plans to extend its agreements with international clients to sell and market merchandise sporting global brand names in India.The company, which has international clients such as Pepsi, Beverly Hills, Mountain Dew, 7 Up and Hollywood star Denise Richards, said it is negotiations with some of them to sell their licenced merchandise in India.Under brand licencing, Bradford will enter into agreements...

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Boost Juice Australia Appoints India Master Franchise Another International Franchisor Hits India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Australia's Boost Juice is set to enter the Indian market with its first store opening next March in Delhi and four more by the end of 2012, adding to a growing list of Australian beverage companies catching the fancy of Indian juice and wine buffs.Five juice bars will be opening in 2012, and will see Boost trade as Joost Juice Bars in India.In a deal worth $1.6 million, the Boost Juice franchise is expanding to India, with five stores to open next ye...

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BigFlix Franchise Facing Pressure From Piracy and New Technology

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: BigFlix to wind up 24 standalone retail outletsReliance ADA Group-promoted online movie streaming and DVD rental service BigFlix is planning to shut 24 of its standalone retail outlets to reduce operational cost.Currently, BigFlix has 33 retail outlets across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Faridabad and Kolkata. Of these, nine are franchise outlets which will continue to be operational."Reliance Entertainment is not closing its BigFlix re...

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Arbor Brewing To Bring Its BrewPub Franchise Into India In 2011

16th April 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: When one speaks of “the international language,” most people think of love or music or mathematics. Some may think of English, and a few even of Esperanto. But how many think of … beer?It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. After all, good taste knows no borders, and as proof, soon there will be an Arbor Brewing Co. brewpub opening in Bangalore, India — perhaps as soon as mid-2011.How did that happen?“A former University of Michigan student...

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Another Franchise Brand Takes The IPO Route Cantabil Retail India Ltd

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Mr. Vijay Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Cantabil Retail India Ltd, is the founder promoter of the Company. He graduated from Kurukshetra University and has an overall experience of 20 years in Garment and Garment Accessories business. In 1989, he promoted Kapish Products Private Limited and there after launched Cantabil brand in 2000. He has been instrumental in strategic planning and business development of our company including estab...

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Anoo announces expansion plans in South India Set to open 23 centers in Andhra Pradesh Karnataka and

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Anoo’s, South India’s premier beauty care brand – today announced plans to add 23 more centers in South India by mid 2011. Anoo’s will take the franchise route for its expansion plans and is in talks with   franchising partners to expand its presence in South India.Various surveys indicate that beauty and wellness industry is slated to grow at 30-35% in the next 5 years, presenting a tremendous opportunity not only in tier-1 ci...

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A Perspective To Franchising In India

29th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:Introduction:The understanding of entrepreneurship seems to be very interesting because different people think, interpret and practice entrepreneurship in different manners. So the issue ‘what is entrepreneurship or who is an entrepreneur’ has become less relevant, rather ‘what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial’ become very purposeful to the entrepreneurship researchers. This issue is addressed by D. Sarasvathy in one of his Harvard Business ...

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Remax scouting for franchisee partners

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Denver (US)-based real estate brokerage firm Remax brings its franchisee model into India and is scouting for partners. The company, which has over 7,000 offices and presence in 80 countries, announced the launch of Remax operations in Andhra Pradesh through a franchisee partner with base in Hyderabad.The Chairman and Managing Director of Remax India, Mr Samir Chopra, said that the company through its partners and franchisees plans to play the rol...

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Kiwi company comes to the rescue in Games village clean up

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: An eleventh hour rescue by a Kiwi cleaning company could save a possible threat of New Zealand's team's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.An eleventh hour rescue by a Kiwi cleaning company could save a possible threat of New Zealand's team's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Crest Commercial Cleaning's New Delhi - based operators immediately put in a large team manpower to bring New Zealand's quarters up to scratch,...

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Sanjeev Kapoor to set up Rs 100 crore joint venture to set-up 70 Indii outlets across continents in

20th September 2012,  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Indian food will never be the same again! India's most celebrated Master Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor has joined hands with corporate multi-brand entity, Better Value Brands (BVB) to launch the country's first global chain of Indian restaurants, called "Indii." This Rs. 100 crore joint venture plans to set up 70 Indii outlets across the country, and also aims to reach out to the Indian diaspora in different continents in the next 12 months.Indii wil...

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Anoo Set to open 23 centers in Andhra Pradesh Karnataka and Tamil Nadu through franchise route

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Anoo’s, South India’s premier beauty care brand – today announced plans to add 23 more centers in South India by mid 2011. Anoo’s will take the franchise route for its expansion plans and is in talks with   franchising partners to expand its presence in South India.Various surveys indicate that beauty and wellness industry is slated to grow at 30-35% in the next 5 years, presenting a tremendous opportunity not only in tier-1 ci...

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Jetking aims to open 20 franchise institutes

16th April 2010,  New Delhi, India: Aiming to bring education to every doorstep, Jetking Infotrain Ltd is all set to open 20 new franchises in the country this year. The institute, that trains youth in computer hardware and networking, has over 135 training centers at present and claims to have placed about four lakh technical and non-technical students in various companies. ''The new centres will be primarily focused in eastern and southern part of the country. The locations will include T...

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India Top Franchise Business Companies

28th November, 2010,  New Delhi, India: In an effort to felicitate India’s top franchisors, Franchise Plus, India’s leading business opportunity magazine organized its annual Franchise Plus Awards 2010 in New Delhi.New Delhi, September 28, 2010:  In an effort to felicitate India’s top franchisors, Franchise Plus, India’s leading business opportunity magazine organized its annual Franchise Plus Awards 2010 today in New Delhi. The awards ceremony saw India’s best Business model...

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India All Set To Have The Franchise Of Evander Holyfield Gyms Fitness Sports Products and Concepts

20th September 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Legendary boxer Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, who is the only man ever to win the World Heavyweight Title Five Times (Muhammad Ali won it thrice) and the only man ever to defeat Mike Tyson twice, is set to ‘knock-out’ the Indian fitness industry by creating revolutionary, all-encompassing 360 degree fitness concepts and products in India.Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield.Holyfield’s concept will include a chain of high-performan...

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Hamleys UK Top Toy Retailer Opens To India In Mumbai Through Reliance Retail

20th September 2012,  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Hamleys, a 250 year-old toy retailer of the UK, on Thursday opened its first store in Mumbai in a franchise agreement with Reliance Retail, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reliance Industries. The tie-up is valid for 20 years. The company plans to invest Rs 150 crore in the next seven years to set up 20 more stores across the country, including tier-II cities.The size of the Mumbai store is around 21,000 square feet, while the one being ope...

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Haier Strengthening Its India Franchise Network Of Dealers and Service Franchise Aims 1000 Cr Biz

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Six years after it came to India, Haier is ready to spread its wingsHaier of China entered India in 2004. By then, Korean consumer electronics giants LG and Samsung had established themselves firmly in the country. As a result, the going was tough for Haier from day one. In 2009-10, it reported a turnover (net of excise) of Rs 350 crore. With the size of the consumer electronics market pegged at Rs 30,000 crore per annum, this translates into a ...

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Golds Gym Signs The Master Franchise Agreement

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: UAE national company signs master franchise agreement to open 26 gyms in major Arabian Peninsula markets; further expansion includes potential for additional 62 gyms.Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG), the holding arm of the leading multi-disciplined organization based in the United Arab Emirates with principal offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah (UAE), and Gold’s Gym International, the world’s leading authority on health and fitness, announced tod...

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Godrej Interio Plans To Treble Its to 3000 Cr Through Franchise Expansion

28th November, 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Furniture brand Godrej Interio is planning to treble its turnover to Rs 3,000 crore in three years due to growing demand. "We are planning to raise the turnover to Rs 3,000 crore from Rs 1,100 during 2009-10, in next three years," Godrej Interio Chief Operating Officer Anil S Mathur told PTI here. Godrej Interio is the business unit of Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing , part of the Godrej Group , and has 50 exclusive showrooms in 18 cities and 800 d...

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Forever 21 Opens Its First India Franchise Retail Store In Delhi

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: US-based fashion brand Forever 21 Saturday opened its first-ever store in India at Vasant Kunj’s Ambience Mall here with boxes full of vibrant clothes and accessories at affordable prices.Headquartered in Los Angeles, Forever 21 is a specialty retailer of women’s clothing and accessories. It has as many as 500 stores in 15 countries. The one in the capital is spread over 10,000 square feet.“We don’t cater only to the younger generation. We wan...

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Fila India to Drive Its Expansion In India Primarily Through Franchise Stores

16th April 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Fila India, a sports lifestyle brand aims to open 60 to 70 outlets in the country in next three years, by making an investment of more than Rs 100 million. Intending to open stores mainly in metros and tier I cities, the brand has targeted revenues of between Rs 1.2 to Rs 1.5 billion by the end of 2013. Cravatex had bought the India brand license around a year ago.According to the Chief Executive Officer, Fila India Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, the first st...

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Ekru India Organic Eco Friendly Garment Retailer Looks At Franchise Expansion

16th April 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: With the penchant for eco-friendly products increasing among the affluents, Kolkata-based Indian ethnic wear brand, Ekru plans to tap the segment by expanding its range of apparels made from chemical and pesticide free fibres."A major area of focus for us in future will be on organic garments, which are eco-friendly and also becoming popular among the conscious consumers in India," said Ekru Co- founder Ekta Jaipuria.Already organic garments are popul...

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EdServ unfolds expansion plans In India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Mr. S Giridharan, Chairman and CEO, EdServ, has over two decades experience in the IT industry, out of which 18 years have been in the Education & Training industry. He has been responsible for pioneering the job-oriented IT training in India. Giridharan played a significant role in co-promoting SSI in its early years as a leading IT Education brand (1992-97) in India. He then went on to promote Radiant Software (1997) as an education brand, that ...

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Dabur Adopting Combo Of Express COCO FOFO Stores

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Consumer goods firm, Dabur India Ltd will start adopting the franchise route for its retail stores 'Newu' and explore smaller format stores in order to expedite expansion.The company's subsidiary, H&B Stores Ltd that currently operates 22 'Newu' stores primarily in North India, is also looking to open up to 150 new stores in 2011-12 and enter in the western region.It is also trying express or smaller formats that have quick turnaround time, ...

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Caressaa Day Spa to launch its first outlet in Juhu Mumbai

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Caressaa Day Spa, a spa centre with six treatment rooms and one couple room will be launched in Juhu, Mumbai on April 15, 2010. The brand aims to expand its footprints across various cities of India through franchise model and is currently in talks with few potential franchisees. It is also open to tie up with five-star properties in India and to provide its spa services through management or franchise mode.Talking exclusively with Hospitality Bi...

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BigFlix to wind up 24 standalone retail outlets

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Reliance ADA Group-promoted online movie streaming and DVD rental service BigFlix is planning to shut 24 of its standalone retail outlets to reduce operational cost.Currently, BigFlix has 33 retail outlets across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Faridabad and Kolkata. Of these, nine are franchise outlets which will continue to be operational."Reliance Entertainment is not closing its BigFlix retail outlets. We have discontinued operations i...

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Haier is ready to spread its wings

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Haier of China entered India in 2004. By then, Korean consumer electronics giants LG and Samsung had established themselves firmly in the country. As a result, the going was tough for Haier from day one. In 2009-10, it reported a turnover (net of excise) of Rs 350 crore. With the size of the consumer electronics market pegged at Rs 30,000 crore per annum, this translates into a market share of 1.2 per cent — just a drop in the ocean. Pranay Dhabhai,...

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The Body Shop Franchise Expands Rapidly In India

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  After touching the 50-store-mark recently with its outlet at Gurgaon's Galleria Market, The Body Shop (TBS) has opened three new showrooms in the country. Two outlets opened in Bangalore at Forum Mall and 100 Feet Road, while another store opened at Phoenix United Mall, Lucknow. On its quest to expand rapidly, the brand plans to a shop-in-shop at Shoppers Stop at the upcoming Prozone Mall in Aurangabad. Quest Retail Pvt Ltd is the master franchi...

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The Aptech Franchise Continues to Expand Globally

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: IT training firm Aptech today said it plans to add 150 centres this fiscal in India and other markets.The company currently has more than 800 centres in India and 150 centres overseas across 40 countries. "We are looking to expand our footprint with about 150 new centres, of which about 30 would be in overseas markets," Aptech Managing Director and CEO Ninad Karpe said.Of the 30 overseas centres, around 10-12 would be in Africa and balance in other co...

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Start Up Challenges An Innovative E Learning Education Franchise Opportunity

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Interactive Internet Classroom Franchise OpportunityPast lifeRam Mohan had been running Devki Infonet, a software company, for about 12 years. The company makes e-learning software that links students living in the US and UK with teachers in India. He tried selling this in India but it didn’t work well because of the low penetration of computers.Eureka momentMohan, 42, decided to turn the challenge of selling e-learning in India into an opportunity....

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Start A Air Conditioning Service Franchise Network From Blue Star

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Airconditioning and commercial refrigeration major Blue Star plans to aggressively target the residential segment in Kerala with its wide range of room airconditioners.Speaking at a news conference here on Friday, Blue Star president (airconditioning & refrigeration products) B Thiagarajan said the company had been selling room airconditioners through its sales and service dealers mainly catering to the corporate and commercial segment such as off...

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Soup and Salad To Roll Out 100 Franchise Outlets

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: café chain Soup & Salad has revealed plans to create a network of at least 100 outlets within the next few months, adding that it will move into new cities. The company currently operates just three outlets in Chennai, but said the popularity of the concept has encouraged it to launch the banner in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.The company also plans to expand two sister brands – Snack Jack and Grand Mathway Bread...

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Pizza Hut Franchise Named The Most Trusted Food Service Brand by Economic Times India Brand Equity F

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  KFC India Receives Recognition in Top Food Service Brands Brand Equity Most Trusted Brands 2010 annual survey has named Pizza Hut the "Most Trusted Food Service Brand' in India for the sixth year, ahead of all other Indian and global food service brands. Pizza Hut is also the only restaurant company to place in the Top 20 Service Brands list. KFC India was recognized for the first time by the survey with a spot in the top five of trusted food se...

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Reliance Industries Ltd Invests In Franchise Driven Deccan 360

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Friday announced that the company would be investing an undisclosed amount in Capt. G.R. Gopinath-led Deccan 360.This investment is being made a wholly owned subsidiary of RIL. However, Capt. Gopinath, refused to divulge details of the shareholding pattern of the entity and the capital expenditure, while addressing a press conference here.Service providersThis investment would help Deccan 360 increase the air and surfa...

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McDonalds Of Fitness Curves Fitness Franchise Signs Master License

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Curves, one of the largest fitness centre franchise, announced that its master license for India, CFW International Inc (Curves India) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based supermarket Q-Mart Retail Ventures.“We want to bring our proven program of health and fitness to Indian women,” said David Ramadan, CEO, Curves India. "Now that Curves is the 'McDonald’s of fitness' in the USA and the world, with one Curves location ...

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M B Footwear goes the franchisee way

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: M&B Footwear, the footwear retail chain, with multiple footwear franchise brands is planning to expand its retail presence through the franchise route in metros, mini metros and smaller cities and towns. Vikas Bagga, VP, marketing and corporate affairs, M&B Footwear says that, most of the franchised stores will be in north, notably Punjab and adjoining belt, and east in the first phase. Some of the outlets will be operational before the end of...

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Liberty To Franchise Outside India

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Footwear firm Liberty Shoes plans to open 60 outlets, including 10 overseas stores, this fiscal. Liberty's outlets overseas would be on the franchise model, according to its top official."We plan to open 50 outlets pan-India, primarily in tier II destinations which will take our network-strength to 550 by end-this fiscal. Besides, we plan to open 10 outlets overseas as well," said Adesh Gupta, chief executive officer, Liberty Group.Within India, the c...

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KFC Franchise in India To Accelerate

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: The privatization of KFC Holdings (M) Bhd, with QSR Brands Bhd, who expand and operate the KFC restaurants across Asia, will allow for better funding and execution of its expansion plan within its franchise area India and also locally, analysts have said.KFCs a common sight in big Indian cities Yum Brands Inc. is now targeting second-tier markets as it looks to ring up $1 billion in system sales and 1,000 stores by 2015.Niren Chaudhary, president of Yu...

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Kerala Ayurveda to Expand Its Franchise Clinics Across India

20th September 2010, Kochi, Kerala, India:  Q: How big is the business now of your ayurveda hospitals and clinics?A: It is about Rs 50 crore worldwide and we have about half of that abroad. The main thrust of this business for me has been in terms of understanding the category over the last three years. We feel pretty good about the opportunities, going forward.Q: Is the thrust going to be in the Indian market or largely through a principally through the overseas subsidiaries, where d...

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Jumbo King Franchise Traditional Indian Vada Pav Food Chain Success Story

28th November, 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: It all started when he went to London to sell self-owned Indian sweets. Dheeraj Gupta, today the MD of Jumbo King, carefully observed Burger King's franchise business pattern and thought to apply a similar model here. "Vada Pav was the obvious food choice as Mumbaikars love it!" Gupta exclaimed. With an aim to serve Indian burger (Vada Pav) in hygienic and organised manner, Gupta started Jumbo King Pvt. Ltd - a dedicated Vada Pav chain company in ...

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Interactive Internet Classroom Franchise Opportunity

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Past lifeRam Mohan had been running Devki Infonet, a software company, for about 12 years. The company makes e-learning software that links students living in the US and UK with teachers in India. He tried selling this in India but it didn’t work well because of the low penetration of computers.Eureka momentMohan, 42, decided to turn the challenge of selling e-learning in India into an opportunity. “Providing this software in India to only student...

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Cream and Fudge Franchise Aims to invest 100 crores in India

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: A multi-brand builder, operator, and franchisor of specialty retail brands, Global Franchise Architects (GFA), has announced the launch of Cream and Fudge here under master franchisee agreement with Chennai Deserts.Cream and Fudge is an international smooth and creamy ice-cream brand, which offers a mix-in concept of hand folding ice creams on a frozen marble stone with a choice of sumptuous mix-ins.Mr Joseph Cherian, CEO, Global Franchise Architec...

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Kiosk Franchise Formats A Prefered Way of Expansions For Kaati Zone

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Kaati Zone, a venture capital backed brand of Indian quick service restaurants, is eyeing the kiosk format to drive rapid scaling up of its business. The format is expected to enable the six-year-old company to expand faster in high footfall locations. As QSR chains compete amongst themselves to get a stronger foothold in the estimated $500 million market, penetration, efficiency and low operating costs are the buzzwords.Led by CEO Kiran Nadkarni, ...

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Bajaj Group Of Hotels Chalks Expansion Plans For Le Sutra Hotel and Indian Art Cafe Restaurant Bus

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Bajaj Hotels to invest up to Rs 500 croreThe Bajaj Group of Hotels, branded under Le Sutra Hospitality, is planning to invest Rs 300-500 core to open hotels and restaurants across the country over the next 3-5 years.“We will invest around Rs 100 crore per hotel while the investment for the restaurants may differ from city to city,” Sandeep Reddy, group general manager, Bajaj Group of Hotels.The company would open its second hotel under Le Sutra...

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Vithal Kamath Expanding Their Highway Franchise Restaurant Chain

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Kamats Restaurants Pvt Ltd has opened its highway-side family restaurant Vithal Kamats at Cuttack in Orissa. The 1,000 sq.ft restaurant at Buxi Bazar can seat 50-60 people and offers dosas, idlis, dahi vada, vada pav and the usual South and North Indian delicacies. This is the second Vithal Kamat restaurant in Orissa; the first was opened sometime back at Fort Mahodadhi in Puri.Vithal Kamats restaurants located along national highways in six states...

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V Spot Cafe and Bar Franchise From Channel V To Engage With Youth

 26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Channel V, a part of the Star Group, today said it plans to open four new outlets of cafe-cum-bar ''V Spot Cafe and Bar'' in the next six months to expand its presence in the country. "We have always been at the forefront of introducing unique formats and discovering fresh avenues to engage the youth. V Spot, we believe, will help us in engaging with our target audience," Channel V Executive Vice President and General Manager Prem Kamath tol...

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Foreign Retail Brands Hotting Up For India Expansion

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The positive sentiment in the domestic retail market is driving foreign retailers to increase their focus on the Indian shores. After lying low for nearly two years, retailers are firming up plans to increase their presence in the sub-continent not just through retail expansion but also price cuts to find a foot here.Major retailers Walmart, The Body Shop and Artsana Inc. are putting expansions back on their strategies and are looking to expand bus...

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Bata To Franchise In Its New Avatar

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: An 80-year-old is going in for a facelift. Bata India, the name trusted by millions of consumers down the decades, is going to get glitzy so as to appeal to the young crowd. Gone are the staid styles and eternal unchanging colors. The shoe brand will introduce almost four designs every day, open 70 to 100 stores of at least 5,000 sq. ft. every year, and push its online sales. Faced by a run of losses, the company shut down all unviable stores. All ...

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Earth Hospital Offers Its Ayurveda Hospital Franchise Across India

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Earth Hospital, a chain of multi-speciality Ayurvedic hospitals opened its first facility in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad and has chalked plans for setting up a network of hospitals through the franchisee route. The ayurvedic treatment that the group is promoting is very useful in contemporary treatments and has the potential to eradicate diseases from its roots. Even today there is a section of society which is dependent on Ayurvedic treatments.The ...

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Franchise Agreement And Franchise Legalities In India

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Today, India is one of the biggest emerging markets for various goods and services, ranging from bare necessities to expensive luxuries. Until 1991 due to the archaic Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1973 (FERA), almost all sectors of goods and services relating to the consumer markets in India were secure from the grasp of foreign investors. After the repeal of FERA and the coming into force of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), for...

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US PIZZA Appoints Franchise For Delhi and NCR

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: US Pizza, owned by Bangalore-based United Restaurants Ltd, recently opened its first outlet in Gurgaon. The 300 sq.ft outlet at MGF Metropolitan Mall offers guests lip-smacking pizzas, along with imported sauces and toppings, with an array of side dishes such as garlic bread, pastas, soups, salads and desserts to serve wholesome meals. “New Delhi is a strategic market for us and we are proud to add Delhi-NCR to our repertoire,” said Siddharth S...

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Xtreme Sports Bar To Open 30 Outlets By 2012

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Xtreme Sports Bar (XSB) owned and operated by Hyderabad-based SuryaRay Elixirs Pvt Ltd is planning to operate 30 outlets (both owned and franchise) by end of 2012. Furthermore, the company aims to take the brand overseas in next two years in Europe, Australia and the US. Currently operating in Hyderabad (four outlets), Bengaluru (two outlets), Gurgaon (one outlet), it has recently opened its new outlet in Mumbai. There are plans to have around 10 more...

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Woodlands Outline Growth Plans For The Coming Year

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Aero Club, the brand that owns the rough-and-tough brand, Woodland, says everything the company does has a green tag to it.“We are an outdoors brand and very much in tune with nature. Whatever we do, it will never be against the environment but rather in consonance with it,” he declares.Interestingly, when BrandLine meets up with him on a balmy afternoon, he has coordinated his dress with a deep green and yellow ...

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US Based Toy Manufacturer Ty Inc Enters India

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Ty Inc, a US-based toy manufacturer has entered India through its licensee partner Ty India Pvt. Ltd. The company aims to cash in on the increasing expenditure on toys and has plans to expand the brand presence in India through franchising, confirmed Ramchandram Dhannaram, Publicist, Ty India Pvt. Ltd. The American toy company has entered India by launching its products in Hyderabad. The Ty Toys will be available only in specialty retail locatio...

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The Growth Story Of The Domino Pizza Franchise In India

16th April 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery operating a network of company owned and franchise owned stores in the United States and international markets. Domino’s Pizza’s vision illustrates a company of exceptional people, on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world. The company delivers on an average over 1 million pizzas a day, and operates more than 8,500 owned and franchise stores in...

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The Mobile Store To Penetrate India Tier 2 and 3 Cities With 600 Franchise Stores This Year

28th November, 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Essar Group-owned telecom retailer, The MobileStore, is planning to add 700 outlets in the next six months. The company already has 1,200 outlets across 200 cities and 45 per cent market share in organised telecom retail.“We will be scaling up our business by 50-60 per cent by the end of March. The time is right now because all the sentiments of economic downturn and problems with retail are over. People are spending and retail space is availabl...

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Thomas Cook Appoints Franchise In North East India at Dimapur Assam

29th September 2010, Dimapur, Assam, India: Thomas Cook, one of India’s leading travel agency launched its gold circle branch at Zhimomi automobiles building on Wednesday. The franchisee taken up by M/s KAZ enterprises will provide air, rail, cruise ticketing, visa and passport related services, travel insurance and foreign exchange facilities also. It may also be added that Dimapur is the only city after Guwahati in the entire NE to have a franchisee of TCIL. Addressing the gathering, KAZ ent...

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Timex to open 20 franchised stores in tier I and tier II cities

20th September 2010,  New Delhi, India:  Timex Group, an Indian based watch maker company is planning to launch 20 franchised stores across the nation in the next fiscal year in tier I and II cities like Guntur, Kakinada, Asansol, Hazaribagh and few more to expand its footprint. The company is also planning to expand its presence in cities like Delhi-NCR region, Pune, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. Presently, the company is operating 70 stores a...

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Caressaa Day Spa Plans to expand through franchise model in India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Caressaa Day Spa, a spa centre with six treatment rooms and one couple room will be launched in Juhu, Mumbai on April 15, 2010. The brand aims to expand its footprints across various cities of India through franchise model and is currently in talks with few potential franchisees. It is also open to tie up with five-star properties in India and to provide its spa services through management or franchise mode.Talking exclusively with Hospitality B...

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Indias Frozen Yogurt Franchise Market Expanding While Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives Push Hard For B

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: The frozen yogurt (fro-yo) fever is heating up as the tart treat tries to lure consumers as a healthier alternative to ice cream.The most recent one to jump onto thebandwagon is Korea-based Yogurberry, which will set up its first store in the next three months. Dubai-based Synergy holdings, which holds the master franchisee for Yogurberry in India has inked a deal with Raasha Leisure and Entertainment as the area franchisee for North and East India.Yo...

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Green Consumer Appliances Franchise Plan 100 Showrooms in 3 Years

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Green Consumer Appliances, promoted by Northfield Impex private ltd , was aiming to have a network of 100 showrooms in the state in three years time.This would be through own flagship counters , major takeovers and franchise outlets, company Managing Director M N Riyas and CEO K M Fajal told a joint press meet here.The company was also planning to launch its own brand with products ranging from air conditioners, washing machines and small appliances.T...

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Floriana India Largest Marble Retail Chain Opens Its 3rd International Outlet in Singapore

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Floriana, the largest marble retail chain in India, unveils its third international flagship store in Singapore. The brand is managed by the New Delhi based SVIL Mines Ltd. - a member of the 'Floriana Group'.Floriana, the largest marble retail chain in India, unveils its third international flagship store in Singapore. The brand is managed by the New Delhi based SVIL Mines Ltd. - a member of the 'Floriana Group'. The Floriana Group is a US$ 1 billion ...

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Amul Slows Down On Its Franchise Expansion Of Retail Outlets Over Last Fiscal

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Amul girl seems to have slowed down. The aggressive retail expansion drive launched by the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns and markets the Amul and Sagar brand of milk and milk products, has lost momentum.Amul could add only 700-800 retail parlours in fiscal 2009-10, which was a marked slowdown from the previous year’s addition of 2,000 outlets. As a result, the total number of operational Amul Preferred Outlet...

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The frozen yogurt (fro-yo) fever is heating up as the tart treat tries to lure consumers as a health

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India:  The most recent one to jump onto thebandwagon is Korea-based Yogurberry, which will set up its first store in the next three months. Dubai-based Synergy holdings, which holds the master franchisee for Yogurberry in India has inked a deal with Raasha Leisure and Entertainment as the area franchisee for North and East India.Yogurberry is not alone in chasing this ‘guilt-free’ indulgence category, which purveyors say is a hybrid of ice-cream (s...

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Dental Clinic Franchise Chain Dentistree To Expand Across India and Into Ethopia

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: VV Dentistree, a well known chain of dental hospitals based here, plans to expand pan-India, target the $1-billion dental tourism market from abroad and manage a four-chair specialised department in this area at a hospital in Ethiopia.‘We plan to add 12-18 centres to our chain in India each year. Bulk of it will be via the franchise route. Initially, we will look at converting existing dental clinics to our banner, and not greenfield units,’ said ...

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Foreign retailers increase India focus and look at India Expansion

26th February 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The positive sentiment in the domestic retail market is driving foreign retailers to increase their focus on the Indian shores. After lying low for nearly two years, retailers are firming up plans to increase their presence in the sub-continent not just through retail expansion but also price cuts to find a foot here.Major retailers Walmart, The Body Shop and Artsana Inc. are putting expansions back on their strategies and are looking to expand bus...

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Shubh Jewellers Aims to be The No 1 Jewelry Franchise In India

20th November 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Rajesh Exports has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its retail chain ‘Shubh Jewellers’ with a goal to become the largest jewellery retailer in the country.The BSE-listed jewellery exporter which operates 73 stores in Karnataka is planning to increase it to 550 across the south Indian states in the next three years.It plans to invest about Rs6,600 crore for the expansion and expects revenues of Rs25,000 crore by 2014.Siddharth Mehta, chief ...

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Virtuosity Education Franchise Offers Skills Enhancement Franchise

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Virtuosity is a complete knowledge management, education and training company, pioneering Technology-aided, Global Learning Solutions in the Indian Academia, ushering in a new era of globally contemporary, boundary less, anytime anywhere learning opportunities for learners across the country.Virtuosity offers suitable skills enhancement and measurement solutions for all job functions in IT, ITES & BFSI sectors, totaling to about 74% of hiring in t...

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Reliance Plans To Take On Dominos and McDonalds Franchise

25th August 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Reliance Industries Limited, the flagship company of Reliance Group will soon be entering the fast-food business and what more, with its own brand. Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries Limited is known for venturing new businesses for growth. It’s most recent and much awaited advent is the launch of 4G wireless services at affordable rates.Executives from Reliance affirmed the news and added that Reliance will develop Quick Service Restaurants (...

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Car Servicing Franchise Opportunity Prompts Carnation and Carz To Expand Aggressively

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Multi-brand car servicing stations seem to be growing, slowly and steadily. Today, only one-third of the cars that are sold by the dealerships go back to the dealerships, post-warranty. The rest is an opportunity for the after-market services networks.This is the opportunity that multi-brand car servicing station chains like Carnation Auto, promoted by Jagdish Khattar, the former chairman and managing director of Mauti Suzuki, and Carz, a Hyderabad-based start...

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Starbucks Opens Its First Franchise Store In Mumbai India

28th October 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: A welcome sign in six languages—Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, French and English—greets customers at the entrance to India’s first Starbucks store, which opened Friday at Horniman circle in south Bombay, offering a glimpse of the localization that the Tata group and Starbucks Corp. are attempting.The atmospherics are spot on. There’s the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee; the decor is identifiably Indian, thanks to the signature jali(lattic...

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Carz To Expand Aggressively

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Multi-brand car servicing stations seem to be growing, slowly and steadily. Today, only one-third of the cars that are sold by the dealerships go back to the dealerships, post-warranty. The rest is an opportunity for the after-market services networks.This is the opportunity that multi-brand car servicing station chains like Carnation Auto, promoted by Jagdish Khattar, the former chairman and managing director of Mauti Suzuki, and Carz, a Hyderabad-based start...

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Saks Signs India Master License

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: UK based Saks, The Hair and beauty salon franchise, is  all set to launch its first location in India through a Master Licence for India in which the licensee will open the first pilot outlet themselves.The Plan is to open 200 outlets totally beginning with 30 salons in the short term beginning with Mumbai in the next week and expanding across the country therafter.All these salons will be owned and operated by the owners of it Master Licence for India, w...

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Madame plans to open new stores in india

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Madame, the leading brand in women’s western wear, has opened at Pune’s Market City Phoenix Mall. The store is spread over 800 sq. ft. The women’s wear retailer has also opened stores in Jabalpur’s Jagat Mall and a 700 sq. ft store in Bhatinda. These stores offer, in addition to the winter range, balloon fits, kaftan sleeves, diamante stripes, floral prints, portrait designs and elegant crystals. For college girls there are razor backs, tank tops and n...

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Private Enterprise Franchises Will Play A Major Role In India's Education Sectors Growth

28th March 2011, New Delhi, India: With India needing 45,000 more colleges in the next 10 years to serve some 400 million students, education is not only attracting private enterprise but also emerging as a preferred investment destination."Education is now being considered one of most preferred sectors for investments," says Narayanan Ramaswamy, executive director with consultancy KPMG. "Sectors like technology, hospitality and financial services are particularly attractive," Ramaswamy told IAN...

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Carnation To Expand Aggressively

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Multi-brand car servicing stations seem to be growing, slowly and steadily. Today, only one-third of the cars that are sold by the dealerships go back to the dealerships, post-warranty. The rest is an opportunity for the after-market services networks.This is the opportunity that multi-brand car servicing station chains like Carnation Auto, promoted by Jagdish Khattar, the former chairman and managing director of Mauti Suzuki, and Carz, a Hyderabad-based start...

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Pet Store Franchise and Pet Grooming Franchise Merged Their Passions for Pets and Entrepreneurship

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: For Delhi-based Sanjeev Kumar and his wife Preeti, their love for dogs goes beyond the usual fondling and a rub on the back. For not only do they have 10 dogs as pets, but the couple also runs a pet store—Pet Bytes.Set up in early 2005 at Hauz Khas, in south Delhi, the idea was sparked by a random thought in 2004. One day when Sanjeev went to buy packaged food for his pet mutt Angel (boxer), it occurred to him that opening a pet store could help combine busi...

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Real Life Plastics Opens Franchise Outlet In Srinagar

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Real Life Plastics Pvt Ltd, manufacturers of quality plastic items, opened its first franchisee here today.  The franchisee located near Zum Zum Hotel at Ram Bagh, here was inaugurated by Aashiq Bukhari, SSP Srinagar. Franchisee owner Ghulam Hassan Beigh, Director, Real Life Plastics Pvt Ltd Rohit Mahajan along with a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The MD highlighted the salient features of the products of the company which includ...

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G Tec Computer Education Franchise Brand Looks At IPO

8th March 2011, New Delhi, India: G Tec Computer Education, the software training arm of Calicut-based Glosoft Technologies Private Ltd, plans to list itself in the stock exchange within next two years, said Mehroof I Manalody, chairman and managing director (CMD) of the institute.“We are planning to go for an IPO (Initial Public Offering) in next two years. G-Tec will set up its own university soon. For that we need more funds and hence the IPO,” Manalody told newsmen here.Currently the rev...

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Quiznos Franchise Debuts In Hyderabad India Marking The International QSR Maiden Foray Into India

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Arjun Valluri, Chairman Of Apollo Elixirs Pvt Ltd, has signed a master franchise with one of the world's largest Sub Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) chains, US-based Quiznos, that has 4,000 stores in over 35 countries,  for Southern India, Goa and Srilanka. Opening their first flagship outlet in India in Hyderabad on Friday, he mentioned that they will open another 10 sandwich restaurants in the next one year in Hyderabad alone. The menus in India will fe...

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Franchising in India Stay Ahead Of The Game

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Franchising In India is all set to explode. Conservative industry estimates point to 1500 organized franchise systems in place and that is certainly all set to grow geometrically. New Franchise Companies have been witnessing growth at an average of 35% while the set franchisers are clocking a health 5-15% growth.Hence In India, franchise opportunity has benchmarked itself as one of the leading sectors in growth and development. For small investors looking to s...

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Birla Medspa To Open 55 Evolve Healthcare Franchise Centres Across India

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: Healthcare services firm Birla Pacific Medspa today said it plans to open 55 Medspa centres under the ‘Evolve’ brand across India over the next three years at a cumulative investment of Rs 55 crore.“The company will invest Rs 55 crore in setting up new centres around the country. The company plans rapid expansion in the next three years to come,” Birla Wellness Group CEO and Managing Director, Mr N. Venkat, told PTI in a e-mailed response.The firm is l...

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Dentistree Plans 50 Outlets In India and Some More In Ethiopia Dubai Tanzania and Kenya

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: VV Dentistree Pvt Ltd, which runs the Dentistree chain of dental care, is planning to expand its operations with total of 50 centres in the next three years. The company expects a total investment of around Rs 25 crore to set up these centres both in India and overseas.“We are focusing on the franchise model for expansion, so there would not be much investment from our part. However, our expectations are that it would require around Rs 40 lakh investment for...

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Koutons Turns To Cash and Carry Franchising Shuts Charlie Outlaw As Part Of Corporate Debt Restructu

12th October 2010, New Delhi, India: Apparel manufacturer and retailer Koutons Retail India has shut 150 more shops, mostly of its casual menswear brand Charlie Outlaw, as part of its ongoing re-organisation. The Delhi-based company, saddled with Rs 600-crore debt that carries an average interest cost of 14%, is striving to meet within three months the conditions of the corporate debt-restructuring package approved by the Reserve Bank in September."Charlie brand stores have been shut to cut loss...

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Saks Signs India Master License Looks at 200 Hair and Beauty Salon Franchises Across India apart f

25th August 2011, New Delhi, India: UK based Saks, The Hair and beauty salon franchise, is  all set to launch its first location in India through a Master Licence for India in which the licensee will open the first pilot outlet themselves.The Plan is to open 200 outlets totally beginning with 30 salons in the short term beginning with Mumbai in the next week and expanding across the country therafter.All these salons will be owned and operated by the owners of it Master Licence for India, w...

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Reliance To Get Into Fast Food Business

25th August 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Reliance Industries Limited, the flagship company of Reliance Group will soon be entering the fast-food business and what more, with its own brand. Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries Limited is known for venturing new businesses for growth. It’s most recent and much awaited advent is the launch of 4G wireless services at affordable rates.Executives from Reliance affirmed the news and added that Reliance will develop Quick Service Restaurants (...

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International Fast Food Franchise Brands From Italy USA UAE Sri Lanka Singapore Plan India Entry

12th October 2010, New Delhi, India: At a time when India is looking to open up its retail sector to foreign investments further, lesser known international food brands such as  Italian Ci Gusta, Sarpino's Pizzeria, Bahrain-based Shawarma Xpress, BinHendi Enterprises of Dubai, American PizzaVito, Sri Lanka's Loon Tao and Singapore's Berrylite, which offer mouth watering pizzas, shawarmas, soups and frozen yogurt are set to announce their entry into the country to cash in on the opportunity....

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Private Enterprise Franchises Will Play A Major Role In India Education Sectors Growth

8th March 2011, New Delhi, India: With India needing 45,000 more colleges in the next 10 years to serve some 400 million students, education is not only attracting private enterprise but also emerging as a preferred investment destination."Education is now being considered one of most preferred sectors for investments," says Narayanan Ramaswamy, executive director with consultancy KPMG. "Sectors like technology, hospitality and financial services are particularly attractive," Ramaswamy told IANS...

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The Chocolate Franchise Stores Now Preferred Over The Coffee Franchisees

25th April 2011, New Delhi, India: Move over coffee, it is time that a healthier and tastier indulgence called chocolate grabs the limelight for its delicious appeal. With the chocolate confectionery and surrogate industries projected to post a 14 per cent growth according to a survey by Euromonitor International, many start-ups from Ahmedabad are grabbing the opportunity and making the most of it.For instance, 'The Chocolate Room' has become synonymous with products like chocolate-based shakes,...

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TT to expand to 50 franchise stores

6th February 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Knitwear and fabrics brand TT on Thursday said it will expand its exclusive retail chain and introduce new ranges in the premium segment for women and kids as part of its plan to achieve a turnover of Rs 200 crore from its garment business by next fiscal.“Our strategy is two-pronged with focus on both market expansion and product expansion. We are aiming to increase the turnover of our garment business to Rs 200 crore next fiscal,” TT Ltd Joint...

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Kiwi Kiss yogurt in India soon via franchising

26th February 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Kiwi Kiss, the Canadian frozen yogurt chain owned by AW Holdings — known for the fresh juice and sm­oothie brand Jus Booster Juice — will soon come to India. Brand Calculus, the master franchisee of Jus Bo­oster Juice in India, is bringing the yogurt brand too.India will be the first ov­erseas market for the brand to enter. AW Holdings had launched Kiwi Kiss in November 2008 in Canada.With Jus Booster Juice, last year Brand Calculus had ent...

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Steelbird Riderz Shop Franchise Outlets To Retail Helmets

20th September 2012, New Delhi, India: Delhi headquartered Helmet manufacturers, Steelbird is gearing up to set up 200 exclusive franchise outlets within this year to retail its entire range of Helmets and accessories under the 'Steelbird Riderz Shop' brand.The MD of Steelbird Rajeev Kapur said "We produce 39 kinds of helmets and a wide range of other products. Our retailers are not big so they are not able to showcase the entire range of helmets. So we have decided to come up with the franchise...

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Cookie Man Franchise Plans 50 Outlets This Year

6th February 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Since foraying into India through a single store in Chennai in 2000, Australian brand Cookie Man has understood that it has to adapt to the uniqueness of the market here. Pattabhi Rama Rao, President of Australian Foods India, which owns the Cookie Man brand license for the sub-continent, elaborates on these learnings in an interview with Sanjay Vijayakumar and Sangeetha Kandavel. Excerpts:What have you learnt from the Indian market so far?We launc...

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Ganesh Jewellery House To Expand Via Franchising Ties Up With Bharti Walmart To expand its retail fo

6th February 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Chairman of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House Nilesh Parikh says the strategic alliance is a shop-in-shop arrangement where the company will retail its jewellery.In an interview with CNBC-TV18, he is bullish on their first venture with Bharti. As the company focuses on its expansion plans, they intend to have approximately 150 franchises around India. “With the Bharti format we may have 25-30 stores,” he adds.Parikh says the company is also looking ...

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Baskin Robbins Franchise Undergoing A Makeover To Take On The Evolving Indian Ice Cream Market

7th February 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: The stores are going to get a happier look, but sustaining a business on parlours alone is a tough proposition in IndiaPremium ice-cream retailer Baskin-Robbins is giving its stores a face lift to increase footfalls. This is in line with the global repositioning exercise ‘We make people happy’ which will slowly trickle into India. Stores will now don a happier look where walls and display windows will be adorned with graphics and messages that ...

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The Four Fountains Spa Franchise Founders Kedia Garg and Rao Invite Women Entrepreneurs To Partner

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Offering people stress-relieving solutions could also be big business. Anurag Kedia, Saurabh Garg and Sunil Rao recognized this and over the past four years built a chain of health spas called The Four Fountains Spa. And they have done it differently—they have made the spa experience affordable.Kedia, who grew up in Bilaspur, met Garg, from Meerut, at IIT Bombay. They went on to be batchmates at IIM Ahmedabad . Garg and Rao, a Mumbai boy, were collea...

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The Aptech Franchise To Expand Into Africa Russia Eastern Europe

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: It plans to start IT courses in French and Spanish in 2-3 years and has been short-listed for india's unique identification programme's IT training contract, Ninad Karpe, chief executive officer, said in an interview.Indian IT training companies like Aptech and NIIT Technologies have been seeing higher demand globally for their services led by cheaper English medium courses by skilled professionals."We teach in Chinese, we have a JV there (in China) - Also...

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Talwalkars Begin Franchising HI Fi Gyms

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Talwalkars Better Value Fitness, a leading health club chain listed on BSE, plans to expand to small towns and cities by opening 300 ‘Hi-Fi’ (Healthy India Fit India) gyms in the next three years under its new Talwalkars Hi Fi division. “There is a great demand for gyms in small towns and cities which we are tapping through a franchise route under our new Talwalkars Hi Fi division,” said Madukar Talwalkar, chairman of Talwalkars Better Va...

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South Indian Food Franchise Cafe Bistro QSR BeanGaru Launch Food Court Restaurant Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Le Sutra Hospitality, creators of Mumbai-based Le Sutra Hotel, have launched Cafe Bean Garu a south-Indian bistro-styled quick service restaurant (QSR). Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra Hospitality informed that the company plans to take the restaurant pan- India in both food court and restaurant formats. She says, “Café Bean Garu is competitive to any product like a McDonald’s, Café Coffee Day and the like. We provide what they do in a more quirk...

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Restaurant Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Le Sutra Hospitality, creators of Mumbai-based Le Sutra Hotel, have launched Cafe Bean Garu a south-Indian bistro-styled quick service restaurant (QSR). Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra Hospitality informed that the company plans to take the restaurant pan- India in both food court and restaurant formats. She says, “Café Bean Garu is competitive to any product like a McDonald’s, Café Coffee Day and the like. We provide what they do in a more quirk...

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Soul Kitch Franchise brings World Cuisine In Pure Veg Restaurant Format

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Vegetarians can now get a taste of world cuisine under one roof. Soul Kitch, A Pure Vegetarian Franchise Restaurant Brand From The Little Italy Group Of Restaurants, is all set to bring Indian, Continental, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Lebanese, and Mongolian Food, under one roof, under one brand.Little Italy Group of Restaurants, a chain of Italian restaurant across 13 cities in India, which launched Soul Kitch brand of vegetarian restaurant, plans to set...

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Pure Home Living From DLF Brands To Invest 200 Cr To Open 30 Exclusive Home Furnishing Outlets

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: DLF Brands, part of real estate company DLF, is venturing into the home furnishing segment. It aims to launch 30 home solution stores under the brand name ‘Pure Home + Living’ in the next three years at an investment of Rs 200 crore. Pure Home+Living is the first in-house brand of DLF Brands. So far, most of the company’s retail operations have been either through franchisee or joint ventures.The brand is targeting customers coming from the middl...

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Pizza Corner Coffee World Donut Baker Parent Company Seek Regional Master Franchises In India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: 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 A...

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Pingu English Signs India Master Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Soon young children across India will be able to learn English through the Pingu's English language course as the company has sold its Master Franchise for the country.Early Learners Edu Services Pvt. Ltd has signed a deal with Pingu's English, which will see the company expand the English language programme in 12 different areas of Hyderabad and Secunderabad through its chain of pre-schools and day care centres. Early Learners Edu Services Pvt. Ltd is...

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Pick Your Top Franchises For 2013

4th January 2013, Kochi, Kerala, India: While the year 2012 has seen growth across franchising segments in India..(Compared to very slow or negative growth of franchising in the western markets) 2013 seems to throw a more promising picture. Analysts across segments have been optimistic of better results this year and seem to have a consensus of the worst being behind our backs from a global economy perspective. Growth forecasts for India's economy  has been downgraded by the finance ministr...

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Neeta Lulla Franchise Store For Bangalore

8th February, 2012, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: “I have been visiting Bangalore for a while now, be it during shows or otherwise. And over the years, I have seen a change in the fashion scene here. With a younger crowd evolving in this city, there seems to be a definite shift from traditional silk saris to more diffused fashion, in saris too. Bangalore has a strong IT sector that is essentially very young. So the fashion here has a lot of scope for growth,” Neeta comments.Neeta plans to beg...

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LG To Start Gaming Franchise

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: LG has taken the 3D business to the next level by announcing its foray into the Gaming Zone Business, to catapult its dominance in this space. It has collaborated with two different companies with different strengths for this. The first one has a CPU focus and the other with a graphic-card technology advantage.It plans to open these gaming zones through a franchise model, where the franchise will need 300 square feet of space with 8-10 gaming counters.This...

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Johnson Woodenza Plans Specialised Franchised Hub Network Across India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Johnson Woodenza, a division of Prism Cement Limited, which is the wooden flooring business of H&R Johnson (India), plans to expand its franchisee network to focus on high-volume markets.The network will recruit multiple retail counters to drive business volumes through specialised franchised hub network in markets like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi,Mumbai, Pune,  Kolkata and Ludhiana. Of the total business, tt is expected that th...

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Lenovo India plans to open 1000 Franchise Outlets in India By 2012

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Personal computer maker Lenovo India, has announced its plans to increase its franchise presence in the country. The company is planning to add more 1,000 franchise outlets by the year 2012.Presently, the company owns 400 outlets across the country and is aiming to lead as the country's top vendor in its business segment.Recently, it has launched its 'ThinkPad X1' in India, claiming it as the ultimate hub for business users. The new notebook launch w...

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Le Creuset Franchise In India To Get A Filip after Company Gets 100 FDI Approval

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: French cookware maker Le Creuset has proposed to start a fully owned single brand retail venture in India, becoming the fourth multinational retailer to do so after the country allowed 100% foreign ownership in single-brand retail in January.Le Creuset, best known for its coloured cast-iron casseroles and saucepans, has agreed to the 30% mandatory local sourcing conditions as it already sources from Indian suppliers, a person aware of the development s...

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Johnson Woodenza Plans Specialised Franchised Hub Network Across India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Johnson Woodenza, a division of Prism Cement Limited, which is the wooden flooring business of H&R Johnson (India), plans to expand its franchisee network to focus on high-volume markets.The network will recruit multiple retail counters to drive business volumes through specialised franchised hub network in markets like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi,Mumbai, Pune,  Kolkata and Ludhiana. Of the total business, tt is expected that th...

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Italys Frette Signs Elite Lifestyle as Their Indian Master Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Milan Based Frette, A Leading Italian luxury Linen Brand, Signs An exclusive Licensing Agreement For India with Elite Lifestyle. It is looking at a revenue of USD $ 20 Million in three years from this franchise partnership. The first store has opened its doors to customers in Mumbai.Frette Worldwide Sales Director, Home Division, Riccardo Ronconi, mentioned the companies plans to open eight to nine stores in the next three years with initial focus on t...

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Waterless Car Wash Franchise From Singapore Grienwash looking for partners in india

9th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: Ever wondered how much water a conventional car-wash uses? Well, the answer is about 120 litres. A water-conscious entrepreneur in Singapore is looking to bring that number down to zero by introducing waterless car washes.After working in the aviation industry for 10 years, Firdaus Iqbal, the managing director of Griener Solutions, decided to make a switch to make a difference.Griener Solutions first venture is a waterless car-wash service, Grienwash, which...

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innovation to drive growth in Indian education

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: In an interview with ET Now , Sumeet Mehta , MD, Zee Learn , talks about the education sector, pre-schooling and the company's plans in the sector. Excerpts:ET Now: Analysts clearly on the street are very bullish on the education sector as such especially the preschool segment. They are pegging addressable pre-school market at about $770 million currently and said that it could potentially go up to about almost $1 billion by 2015. Would you agree to that?S...

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Indias Max Mind Plans International Franchise Expansion in 12 New Countries

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: The city-based education firm MaxMind EduTech Pvt. Ltd, has announced its plans to take franchise route to expand its operations overseas.The company is planning to open three new branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and as part of its international expansion plans, the company is mulling to set up franchisees in 12 new countries, this will take its overseas presence count to 25 countries in 2011.Currently, the company is functioning in 13 countries...

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Indias Education Industry Looks at Tremendous Growth

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: In an interview with ET Now , Sumeet Mehta , MD, Zee Learn , talks about the education sector, pre-schooling and the company's plans in the sector. Excerpts:ET Now: Analysts clearly on the street are very bullish on the education sector as such especially the preschool segment. They are pegging addressable pre-school market at about $770 million currently and said that it could potentially go up to about almost $1 billion by 2015. Would you agree to that?S...

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India Food Business Goes Hi Tech

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  In this day and age where presence in the virtual world is an imperative, small restaurants and entrepreneurs too need to take benefit of it. Online food ordering websites present just the options.The difference between the organised and the unorganised sector in the Indian hospitality industry is huge. This does not just include hotels, but also the food service segment. Apart from the organised chain restaurants, most restaurants cater to local...

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HUL Plunges Into The Premium Cafe Franchise Business With Bru World Cafe

9th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: Within the cramped confines of South Mumbai's Suryodaya outlet opposite Churchgate station, customers have been surprised to see a mannequin holding a tray of Bru's Exotica coffees. Taking on the onus of building the premium coffee category, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) is pushing its latest range of international coffees from Brazil, Colombia and the Kilimanjaro region with prices that are nearly double that of Bru Instant. While modern trade will pl...

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Hasbro Clothing brand To Expand Across The Globe

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: Now that the slowdown is showing sign of withering away, many apparel retailers are mulling plans to increase their pan-India presence. Hasbro Clothing, a leading men’s garment and accessories producer too is keen to ramp up it store count by launching 25 more ‘Basics Life’ stores in the next fiscal year (2010-11).Hasbro offers men’s clothing under three main brands; ‘Basics 029’, ‘Genesis’ and ’Probase’ and currently operates 50 stores...

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Gridbots Robotics Franchise Will take on 85 Franchises For 2011 12

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: A young engineer with the vision of leveraging technology to improve the lives of people finds ways to make conventional robots more intelligent. In 2007 he founded Gridbots which develops robots with a solution-centric approach. They consume only a fifth of the power consumed by conventional robots, and weigh only a third of their weight. Audio- and video-based analytics technologies make them more intelligent than conventional ones. We bring you the ...

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Geoffrey Beene Franchise Comes To India Via a License To Megamart

8th February, 2012,  Bangalore, Karnataka, India:  One of America's largest-selling designer shirt brands, Geoffrey Beene, will partner Arvind Ltd's discount apparel chain Megamart. The licensing agreement comes less than six months after Megamart signed up with Nasdaq-listed Iconix Brand Group's youth brand Mossimo.Megamart is the Rs 400-crore retail subsidiary of textile firm Arvind Ltd. The maker of Arrow , US Polo and Energie lifestyle brands in India, operates around 200 Megamart ...

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Furniture Franchise Chain Timbor Home Plants Trees For Its Own Production

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Planning to emerge as a fully-integrated furniture manufacturer across value chain, Timbor Home Ltd will plant fast-growing hard wood, furniture-grade trees in Gujarat on 2,500 acres for in-house requirements to make itself independent of imports and also export wood to other countries.Timbor Home, which raised Rs 23 crore through an IPO earlier this year, had successfully run a pilot project of planting 30,000 saplings of biotech-generated timber wood...

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Franchise Industry Trends For India In 2013

3rd January 2013,  New Delhi, India: While the year 2012 has seen growth across franchising segments in India..(Compared to very slow or negative growth of franchising in the western markets) 2013 seems to throw a more promising picture. Analysts across segments have been optimistic of better results this year and seem to have a consensus of the worst being behind our backs from a global economy perspective. Growth forecasts for India's economy  has been downgraded by the finance minis...

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Forever Jewellery Group Plans to expand its reach in India

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: There is a deliberate move from wholesale business to retail operations which includes setting up 60 new stores for Forever. It presently retails through 9 forever outlets across NCR, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Nagpur.Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat will alone have 20 New Outlets. Besides, there will be 60 additional stores for Carbon and this would include two new stores in Delhi and Hyderabad airports. It is also looking at around 40 franchise outle...

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Everonn World Plans 1000 Test Preparation Franchise Centres

9th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: Education technology firm Everonn Education Ltd on Tuesday said it will enter India’s test preparation market and open about 1,000 centres, named Everonn World, in all districts in three years.“We will be investing around Rs. 400 crore, but much more investment will come from our franchise partners,” said P. Kishore, managing director of the Chennai-based company.While Everonn will provide the technology, faculty and content for the centres, the franc...

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Dunkin Donuts India Plan 500 Franchised Outlets

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Coffee and donuts giant Dunkin' Donuts is targeting continued global expansion this year and the company is banking on India to help fuel this growth. Earlier this year, the company signed its largest-ever international deal to open 500 stores in India over the next 15 years.The Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts, which is part of Dunkin' Brands Inc., is entering the Indian market through an agreement with Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd. Jubilant FoodWorks wil...

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Destination Maternity Opens 2 More Motherhood Maternity Stores In India

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: Destination Maternity Corporation (Nasdaq: DEST), the world's leading maternity apparel retailer, announced the opening of two more Motherhood Maternity® shop-in-shops in India. Motherhood's trendy, affordable maternity fashions are now available for the first time at the Mantri Mall in Bangalore, India and the Korum Mall in Thane, India. Motherhood Maternity shop-in-shops are found in Mom & Me® stores which are owned and operated by Mahindra Retail,...

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Cream and Fudge Franchise Aims 100 Outlets In 2011

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: A multi-brand builder, operator, and franchisor of specialty retail brands, Global Franchise Architects (GFA), has announced the launch of Cream and Fudge here under master franchisee agreement with Chennai Deserts.Cream and Fudge is an international smooth and creamy ice-cream brand, which offers a mix-in concept of hand folding ice creams on a frozen marble stone with a choice of sumptuous mix-ins.Mr Joseph Cherian, CEO, Global Franchise Architects, ...

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Baskin Robbins India engages with Business Partners

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Baskin-Robbins India, the country's premium ice cream brand with possibly the largest network of franchisees in the cold food retail business organized an exclusive meet for all its Franchisees from the western region. This single day program was aimed at engaging their business partners in a participative dialogue that threw up not only issues and related problems but conclusive solutions as well. These discussions and engaging sessions were aimed at ...

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Baskin Robbins Conducts India Franchisee Meet To Align Its Vision With Its Business Partners and Mov

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Baskin-Robbins India, the country's premium ice cream brand with possibly the largest network of franchisees in the cold food retail business organized an exclusive meet for all its Franchisees from the western region. This single day program was aimed at engaging their business partners in a participative dialogue that threw up not only issues and related problems but conclusive solutions as well. These discussions and engaging sessions were aimed at ...

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Arvind Megastore Franchise To Bring The Best of Arvind Brands Under One Roof

6th June 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Leading textiles conglomerate and apparel retailer Arvind Ltd plans to set up 70 more Arvind stores across the country during the current financial year and has set a target of Rs.400 crore revenue from this new format by 2013.The company Friday opened its first company-owned flagship store in Hyderabad and announced plans to ramp up the new format of the business.Arvind presently has 13 Arvind stores, 10 of them in Andhra Pradesh, and plans to open 1...

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Women Entrepreneurs Run Successful Franchises in India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Being a woman has neither been a privilege nor a hurdle for Anita Rao. Yet she has emerged as a successful woman entrepreneur who has received rightful recognition both at home and national level for her endeavour of successfully starting the Nagarjuna Ayuvedic Treatment Centre and also for taking it to newer height over the years.The only advantage she says she has had in bringing her small enterprise to the present position has been her management sk...

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Vithal Kamat Merges Kamat Restaurant Franchise and The Lotus Resorts into KHIL

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd To Merge Kamat Restaurants, Lotus Resort Goa And Murud To Become One Of The Largest Players In The Hospitality Industry.Promoters have taken a decisive major step towards consolidation of all business into Kamat Hotels India Ltd. by merging profitable hotel business and the highly profitable recession proof restaurant business owned by the promoters into KHIL. KHIL's Board has approved, the amalgamation Kamat Restaurants, Lotus...

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Vasavari Plans To Touch 1000 Crores

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: They have set a target of touching Rs 100 crores in 2011. And even though the brand is lagging behind a bit because of a slack in the market, Vasari, the ethnic wear brand for men and women, is confident, that by August ’11, it will manage to reach its goal. As Mahesh Chand Mohnani, Director, Vasari India says, “The marketing strategies adopted by us now have never been done before. These include: weekend schemes, happy hours on special days, road ...

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TTK Prestige Uses Franchising and Diversification For Robust Growth

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: India's largest kitchen appliance company TTK Prestige has had a very strong run on the bourses during the last three years, thanks to a super normal growth in its earnings.Increasing production capacity, entry into the segment of other electrical appliances and addition of franchisee stores are likely to lend support to its continuing growth.TTK Prestige's cooker business is growing at 20% CAGR above the industry growth rate of 10-15% as consumer pref...

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Travel Franchise Operator Ezeego 1 Plans Expansion In Tier I & II cities of India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Mumbai-based OTA, Ezeego1 Travels and Tours Ltd, is planning to set up brick and mortar franchisee offices in Tier-II and Tier-III cities such as Pune, Chandigarh and Jalandhar in the next financial year. The franchisee offices will provide visa facilitation and foreign exchange services. The OTA is also planning to foray into the mobile market and is currently developing a website and application for mobile platforms. Ezeego1 is also looking to expand...

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The Loot Franchise Focuses on Business Expansion Through New Franchise Stores Across India

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Loot, a multi-brand, multi-location discount chain offering a wide range of products in apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and kids with discounts ranging between 25 to 60 per cent throughout the year, is now looking at expanding its reach. It plans to open 40 new stores by July this year, taking up the number of The Loot stores to 200. The discount chain offers top national and international brands to meet the aspirations of the comm...

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The Four Fountains Spa Franchise Founders Kedia Garg and Rao Invite Women Entrepreneurs To Partner

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Offering people stress-relieving solutions could also be big business. Anurag Kedia, Saurabh Garg and Sunil Rao recognized this and over the past four years built a chain of health spas called The Four Fountains Spa. And they have done it differently—they have made the spa experience affordable.Kedia, who grew up in Bilaspur, met Garg, from Meerut, at IIT Bombay. They went on to be batchmates at IIM Ahmedabad . Garg and Rao, a Mumbai boy, were collea...

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The Aptech Franchise plans Expansion

29th June 2012,  New Delhi, India: It plans to start IT courses in French and Spanish in 2-3 years and has been short-listed for india's unique identification programme's IT training contract, Ninad Karpe, chief executive officer, said in an interview.Indian IT training companies like Aptech and NIIT Technologies have been seeing higher demand globally for their services led by cheaper English medium courses by skilled professionals."We teach in Chinese, we have a JV there (in China) - Also...

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Talwalkars Begin Franchising Gyms

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India:  Talwalkars Better Value Fitness, a leading health club chain listed on BSE, plans to expand to small towns and cities by opening 300 ‘Hi-Fi’ (Healthy India Fit India) gyms in the next three years under its new Talwalkars Hi Fi division. “There is a great demand for gyms in small towns and cities which we are tapping through a franchise route under our new Talwalkars Hi Fi division,” said Madukar Talwalkar, chairman of Talwalkars Better Va...

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South Indian Food Franchise Cafe Bistro QSR BeanGaru Launch Food Court Restaurant Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Le Sutra Hospitality, creators of Mumbai-based Le Sutra Hotel, have launched Cafe Bean Garu a south-Indian bistro-styled quick service restaurant (QSR). Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra Hospitality informed that the company plans to take the restaurant pan- India in both food court and restaurant formats. She says, “Café Bean Garu is competitive to any product like a McDonald’s, Café Coffee Day and the like. We provide what they do in a more quirk...

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Women Entrepreneurs Run Successful Franchises

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Being a woman has neither been a privilege nor a hurdle for Anita Rao. Yet she has emerged as a successful woman entrepreneur who has received rightful recognition both at home and national level for her endeavour of successfully starting the Nagarjuna Ayuvedic Treatment Centre and also for taking it to newer height over the years.The only advantage she says she has had in bringing her small enterprise to the present position has been her management sk...

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Vithal Kamat Merges Kamat Restaurant Franchise

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd To Merge Kamat Restaurants, Lotus Resort Goa And Murud To Become One Of The Largest Players In The Hospitality Industry.Promoters have taken a decisive major step towards consolidation of all business into Kamat Hotels India Ltd. by merging profitable hotel business and the highly profitable recession proof restaurant business owned by the promoters into KHIL. KHIL's Board has approved, the amalgamation Kamat Restaurants, Lotus...

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Vasavari Plans To Touch 1000 Crores

8th February, 2012,  New Delhi, India: They have set a target of touching Rs 100 crores in 2011. And even though the brand is lagging behind a bit because of a slack in the market, Vasari, the ethnic wear brand for men and women, is confident, that by August ’11, it will manage to reach its goal. As Mahesh Chand Mohnani, Director, Vasari India says, “The marketing strategies adopted by us now have never been done before. These include: weekend schemes, happy hours on special days, road ...

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VLCC Franchises Its Way To International Expansion

3rd June 2010,  New Delhi, India: Wellness and beauty company VLCC is bullish on expansion in all its verticals and is aiming to become up to Rs 1,400 crore firm in the next two years."We are planning to expand our global and domestic foot prints and also launch more new products. Looking at the present top-line growth, we expect to become Rs 1,000-1,400 crore wellness company in the next two years," VLCC, Healthcare, Managing Director Sandeep Ahuja told PTI.VLCC, which has 160 slimming and...

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Van Heusen To Ride On Franchisee Owned Outlets Expansion Strategy For Growth

3rd June 2010,  New Delhi, India: Madura Fashion & Lifestyle is targeting a turnover of Rs 1,100 crore from its premium apparel brand Van Heusen by FY13 on the back of retail expansion across India, including small cities and towns.The brand that is sold at 135 exclusive stores, is set for an aggressive expansion as the company plans to add up to 60 new outlets every year."We closed the year ended March 31, 2011, with a turnover of Rs 650 crore and expect to finish the current fiscal at...

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Crossword Owners Raheja May Exit The Bookstore Franchise

3rd June 2010,  New Delhi, India: Eleven years after buying Crossword Bookstores, the K Raheja Group — the promoter of Shoppers Stop — is reviewing the future of the book retailing chain.According to three people in the know, it is exploring various options, including alliances and joint ventures, and may even exit the business altogether. The group is being advised by investment bank Avendus.Formerly a division, Crossword Bookstores is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shoppers Stop, In...

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Pingu English Signs India Master Franchise

3rd June 2010,  New Delhi, India: Soon young children across India will be able to learn English through the Pingu's English language course as the company has sold its Master Franchise for the country.Early Learners Edu Services Pvt. Ltd has signed a deal with Pingu's English, which will see the company expand the English language programme in 12 different areas of Hyderabad and Secunderabad through its chain of pre-schools and day care centres. Early Learners Edu Services Pvt. Ltd is also...

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VLCC Plans Tripling Franchise Outlets

3rd June 2010,  New Delhi, India: Wellness and beauty company VLCC is bullish on expansion in all its verticals and is aiming to become up to Rs 1,400 crore firm in the next two years."We are planning to expand our global and domestic foot prints and also launch more new products. Looking at the present top-line growth, we expect to become Rs 1,000-1,400 crore wellness company in the next two years," VLCC, Healthcare, Managing Director Sandeep Ahuja told PTI.VLCC, which has 160 slimming and...

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Franchising Fuels Growth Of India As Ice Cream Market Industry

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: India’s ice cream market is valued at Rs 4,300 crore per annum of which the organised sector accounts for Rs 1700 crore. It has emerged as the fastest growing dairy favourite in the Asia Pacific region. The major players in India are: GCMMF’s Amul, NDDB’s Mother Dairy, Hindustan Lever’s Kwality Walls, Vadilal, Baskin Robbins, Dinshaw and Hatsun’s Arun. The rest of the State Cooperative Dairy Federations in the country are also manufacturing and mar...

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Probably Indias First Yoga Chain Franchise 136 1

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: While an estimated 15 Million People in the US alone practise Yoga in a $6 Billion Industry, it was but natural that we had a yoga chain in the birth place of Yoga, India. Over the years there have been several gurukul based yoga systems being passed on from teacher to disciple to so on and there have been several yogic guru's who have made it big on the international scene.Yoga is primarily practised freely in india, with the Baba Ramdev, morning  yoga...

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Kirana Franchise Stores From Future Group To Help Local Grocers Upgrade Plan 1000 Franchise Outlets

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Kishore Biyani's Future Group is planning to expand its KB's Fair Price corner store format across India after testing a pilot in New Delhi.It plans to open 1,000 KB's Fair Price franchised stores based on existing shops and help to revamp, refurnish and rebrand the outlets while providing back-end support in the coming 18 months."We believe this is the way of building inclusive retail with kirana [grocery] stores," said Damodar Mall, Future Group's director...

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Ddamas Franchise Flagship Store launched in Delhi

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Jewels, A D'damas Franchise Flagship Store Of The Gitanjali Group Launched In Delhi Jewels, the first ever flagship store of D’damas was officially inaugurated by Bollywood star Mugdha Godse in Greenpark, today. The new 1,000 sq ft showroom has been designed with artistic use of materials, store design and accent lighting to give the look and feel of a luxury retail showroom. It sets the standard for the look and feel for all future D’damas stores across...

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International Commercial Cleaning Franchise In India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: New Zealand's largest commercial cleaning franchise, Crest Commercial Cleaning, has struck up a deal in India which will see it operating in around a dozen cities and employing thousands of people in the next two years.Since securing the country licence agreement in 2008, Crest Commercial Cleaning (India) Pvt. has employed 300 people in India. It is now on track to expand that to 3000 employees in the next two years, as a growing number of companies in India...

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Reliance Signs Fashion Franchise SuperDry for India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: After signing Diesel, Hamleys, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kenneth Cole and Timberland Reliance has now signed the British Fashion brand Superdry. The company is on an expansion spree, aggressively signing new brands with plans to open 40 additional stores this year from its present tally of 53 stores. This year it signed six companies including Iconix Brand Group and Brooks Brothers. Since foreign brands prefer joint ventures or franchise agreement with Indian partn...

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Cafe Buddy Franchise Opens at University Of Delhi

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Cafe Buddy's, QSR format from the house of Zest Agro Pvt Ltd, is on expansion spree. Recently, the brand unveiled an outlet in Delhi at University of Delhi.Sudeep Gupta, director-business development, Zest Agro Pvt Ltd, informs, "To open one outlet, the investment ranges between Rs.4-5 lakhs and it takes around about 7-8 months for an outlet to break even. Around 400 - 500 customers visit per outlet per day and the average bill size ranges between Rs.15-20."...

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Rajesh Exports plans big retail biz expansion

2nd November 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Bangalore-based Rajesh Exports, with an annual turnover of Rs 22,000 crore, is the largest gold jewellery manufacturer in the country.It earns 95 per cent of its revenue from exports. But now the company has taken a strategic decision to become the largest retailer of gold jewellery in the country by increasing the revenue from domestic retail sales of jewellery to 50 per cent of total sales within the next three years.“Our plan is to sell Rs 20,...

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DDamas Franchise Looks At Penetrating 100 Towns In 2011

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Over the next six months, D’Damas, a major brand of the Gitanjali Group, will open 15 flagship stores for the first time. And, add 80 more franchise outlets by the end of 2011.Known for trendy and intricately designed diamond jewellery, D’Damas presently operates through three channels — franchises, distribution outlets and modern retail. It has 28 franchise stores and a network of 750 retailers across 325 towns. In modern retail, it has 122 touch poin...

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International Commercial Cleaning Franchise

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: New Zealand's largest commercial cleaning franchise, Crest Commercial Cleaning, has struck up a deal in India which will see it operating in around a dozen cities and employing thousands of people in the next two years.Since securing the country licence agreement in 2008, Crest Commercial Cleaning (India) Pvt. has employed 300 people in India. It is now on track to expand that to 3000 employees in the next two years, as a growing number of companies in India...

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Cafe Buddy Franchise plans expansion

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Cafe Buddy's, QSR format from the house of Zest Agro Pvt Ltd, is on expansion spree. Recently, the brand unveiled an outlet in Delhi at University of Delhi.Sudeep Gupta, director-business development, Zest Agro Pvt Ltd, informs, "To open one outlet, the investment ranges between Rs.4-5 lakhs and it takes around about 7-8 months for an outlet to break even. Around 400 - 500 customers visit per outlet per day and the average bill size ranges between Rs.15-20."...

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Canon To Open 6 Prozone outlets through franchise model in all major cities of India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Leading digital imaging company Canon India will open six outlets in various cities in the country over the next few months. According to the Canon India Senior Vice-President Alok Bhardwaj, these outlets name 'Prozone' will display its 160 products under one roof and would be set up on the franchise model in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad during the next few months.The company was witnessing tremendous growth in Tier-II cities on s...

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Uninor Franchise Express Outlets Launched Across Small Towns and Districts

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Uninor, today announced the launch of 9 Uninor Franchise Express outlets - across small towns and district headquarters of Andhra Pradesh. These branded stores will serve as a one stop service point for existing and prospective Uninor customers across towns with population of 50,000 to 1.5 lakhs. The launch is a reinforcement of Uninor’s commitment to extend its reach and services to both urban and rural regions in Andhra Pradesh.The 9 stores have been lau...

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Canon To Open outlets through franchise model

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Leading digital imaging company Canon India will open six outlets in various cities in the country over the next few months. According to the Canon India Senior Vice-President Alok Bhardwaj, these outlets name 'Prozone' will display its 160 products under one roof and would be set up on the franchise model in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad during the next few months.The company was witnessing tremendous growth in Tier-II cities on s...

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is expanding its presence in India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is further expanding its base in India by signing an agreement with Citymax Hotels. Citymax Hotels is entitled to develop 80 franchise retail shops for them in south and west regions of India over the next five years.Last Month, Krispy Kreme announced its first franchise agreement with Bedrock Food Company to develop 35 stores in six states of north India.Krispy Kreme is a 70 years old company which has constantly been automating and i...

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Catwalk Franchise Expansion Across India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Catwalk, a premium footwear brand is eyeing to expand across India through a mix of franchised and company owned outlets. The company is looking at launching around 35-40 new stores by next year. Catwalk is targeting tier I and II markets of the nation. At present, it is operating through 23 exclusive brand outlets in India and has plans to take its count to 30 outlets by March 2011.The Catwalk brand is known for its innovation, creativity, style, trend-sett...

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Koutons to Add 100 Stores This Year

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Retail apparel firm Koutons India, with an aim of expanding its presence in India, has mentioned that it will be coming up with 100 new stores across the nation. It also mentioned that it hopes that its revenue witnesses a growth of 35% during the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year."We are planning to open at least 100 more stores, taking our retail chain's strength to 1,500 stores’, said the Koutons Retail president Balvinder Singh while addressing the media on th...

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Education Franchise Opportunities In India

2nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: India is a land of contradictions and dichotomies and this extends to the area of education as well. We have the IITs and IIMs at one of the scale, and teacher-less schools at the other. After independence, India emphasized developing centers of higher learning. India also retained English as a medium of instruction; this has contributed greatly to its economic growth.India’s youth, comprising over 50 percent of its population, is referred to as its demogra...

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Mary Kay To Enhance It Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Across India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: US cosmetics major Mary Kay Inc is planning to invest $20 million over the next five years to tap market by ramping up its direct selling force in 200 cities, engage in contract manufacturing and launch specific products for India in the coming months.Headquartered at Dallas, Texas Mary Kay, Inc. is all set to woo the Indian women by ramping up its 4,000 independent beauty consultants who are its direct selling force.“We are planning to add about 100,000 i...

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Ping Pong Dim Sum Franchise From London To Debut In India

2nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: Ping Pong, a London-based restaurant franchised chain specializing in Dim Sums and Tea, will open its first franchise outlet in the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, through their India master franchisee the Mirah Group.Established in 2005 the Ping Pong group currently operates 13 restaurants across the globe in the cities of  London, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Washington DC. This marks their first entry in the Asian market. “We plan to open another 16 outlets a...

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Gitanjali Franchise Outlets To Support E commerce Sales

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: As part of an expansion programme, Gitanjali Gems, the integrated diamond and jewellery manufacturer and retailer, plans to enter the e-commerce business, with an investment of Rs 10 crore. It is the first such venture by a company in this sector in India.Gitanjali has targeted that a tenth of its estimated annual sales in 2015 would be through e-commerce. Its sales last year were Rs 2,700 crore.Work began last week on designing a website and it has planned ...

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Thomas Cook Franchises Its Centre Of Learning Initiative22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: The educational foray of Thomas Cook (India) Limited,Center of Learning, launched its inaugural franchisee at Delhi on the 12 June 2012. The Centre of Learning Franchise is located in the North Delhi Campus near the Delhi University - the education hub of NCR. The centre will be technology enabled via classrooms with multimedia support to empower learning through various media.The Center of Learning, De...

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Russia Cafe shokoladnitsa seeking franchisees in India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: One of the largest and well established coffee houses, “Shokoladnitsa” with base in Moscow, Russia is all set to launch the legendary café with an exquisite & comfortable interior design, warm and unique atmosphere at Asia’s major 8th International Franchise & Retail show, Franchise India 2010. Today, the coffee house “Shokoladnitsa” is a dynamically developing company from the F & B business in Moscow, regions of Russia and the CIS co...

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Russia Cafe shokoladnitsa seeks expansion in India

22nd November 2010, New Delhi, India: One of the largest and well established coffee houses, “Shokoladnitsa” with base in Moscow, Russia is all set to launch the legendary café with an exquisite & comfortable interior design, warm and unique atmosphere at Asia’s major 8th International Franchise & Retail show, Franchise India 2010. Today, the coffee house “Shokoladnitsa” is a dynamically developing company from the F & B business in Moscow, regions of Russia and the CIS co...

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Salon chain Naturals Beauty plans to open 450 outlets

10th September 2012, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Leading salon chain Naturals Beauty India is all set to have pan-India presence by 2013 by opening 450 outlets at an investment of Rs 50 crore, according to a top company official.“Our aim is to be the number one salon chain in India by 2013. To reach that target, we will grow by having 120 salons by 2012. We will take it up to 200 salons by December 2011 and to 450 outlets by 2013?, Naturals Beauty Salon India founder-director CK Kumarave...

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Vivanty Kitchen set to launch in India through Franchising

15th November 2010, New Delhi, India: Sarpino's International, one of the largest and well established pizzerias with location in 16 countries is gearing up to launch its brand new unique creation Vivanty’s Kitchen, a smart and attractive alternative to the typical fast food available today, at Asia’s largest 8th International Franchise & Retail show, Franchise India 2010. In 1972, Sarpino's founder Gerry Koutougos established his first full service restaurant in Victoria BC Canada. Afte...

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Marriott set to bring Fairfield brand to India

15th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: US-based hospitality major Marriott International on Thursday said it will set up 75 hotels under its Fairfield Inn & Suites business brand in India in the next 10 years. The company plans to get the brand into the country through the franchisee model and said it is looking at multiple hotels under the same brand in metros across the country. Meanwhile, the company said it is looking at 100 hotels in the Indian market by 2015.Indicating that th...

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Shubh Jewellers Aims at being The No 1 Jewelry Franchise In India

15th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Rajesh Exports has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its retail chain ‘Shubh Jewellers’ with a goal to become the largest jewellery retailer in the country.The BSE-listed jewellery exporter which operates 73 stores in Karnataka is planning to increase it to 550 across the south Indian states in the next three years.It plans to invest about Rs6,600 crore for the expansion and expects revenues of Rs25,000 crore by 2014.Siddharth Mehta, chief ...

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The Subways success Story

15th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The famous brand Subway is an international restaurant franchise that sells sandwiches and salads. The creators of this franchise were Fred De Luca and Peter Buck who formed the restaurant in 1965. Subway is not the commercial name of the franchise it is Doctor’s Associates Inc or DAI. The business is truly international and is the world’s quickest growing franchise, with Franchises now higher than 27,000 in 85 different countries. The 1st fran...

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Shubh Jewellers Aims at being The No 1 Jewelry Franchise In India

15th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Rajesh Exports has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its retail chain ‘Shubh Jewellers’ with a goal to become the largest jewellery retailer in the country.The BSE-listed jewellery exporter which operates 73 stores in Karnataka is planning to increase it to 550 across the south Indian states in the next three years.It plans to invest about Rs6,600 crore for the expansion and expects revenues of Rs25,000 crore by 2014.Siddharth Mehta, chief ...

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Pizza Hut Franchise Being Remodeled To Capture Market Demand

15th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: In a bid to capitalise on the growing trend of eating out, Pizza Hut, the flagship brand of US-based Yum! Restaurants, has switched to an affordable casual dining model from a quick-service format. In the process, its popular pizza express delivery, part of the quick-service format, has been hived off into a separate unitCalled Pizza Hut Delivery (PHD), the unit has some 40 stores at the moment. The gameplan, according to officials at Yum!, i...

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TCNS Clothing Company Plans 100 Stores Increasing Franchising Focus

15th November 2010,  New Delhi, India: Delhi-based TCNS Clothing Company that owns women's wear brand 'W' today said it is exploring opportunities to introduce the label in international markets, besides expanding domestic retail operations.As a part of India expansion, the company plans to set up 100 exclusive 'W' stores in the country including tier II and tier III cities by March 2012."By the end of financial year 2011-2012, the plan is to set up 100 exclusive stores. We are also studyin...

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Vivanty Kitchen set to enter in India

15th November 2010, New Delhi, India: Sarpino's International, one of the largest and well established pizzerias with location in 16 countries is gearing up to launch its brand new unique creation Vivanty’s Kitchen, a smart and attractive alternative to the typical fast food available today, at Asia’s largest 8th International Franchise & Retail show, Franchise India 2010. In 1972, Sarpino's founder Gerry Koutougos established his first full service restaurant in Victoria BC Canada. Afte...

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Gitanjali Outlets To Support E commerce Sales

24th November 2012,  New Delhi, India: As part of an expansion programme, Gitanjali Gems, the integrated diamond and jewellery manufacturer and retailer, plans to enter the e-commerce business, with an investment of Rs 10 crore. It is the first such venture by a company in this sector in India.Gitanjali has targeted that a tenth of its estimated annual sales in 2015 would be through e-commerce. Its sales last year were Rs 2,700 crore.Work began last week on designing a website and it has pl...

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Safal Franchise Outlets To Expand Across India

10th December 2010, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India:  Safal, the brand name of Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt Ltd, will expand through franchisee model and accordingly might set up outlets across India, depending upon the business proposals they receive. It also plans to launch 100 more fruit and vegetable outlets in the next 12 months.Safal was the first organised food and vegetable retail business, which started in 1988. Since then, Safal booths have been operated by ex-servicemen and civ...

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McDonalds Real Business Burgers or Real Estate

10th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Last time when I went to McDonald’s outlet in Delhi with my nephew (my sis’ elder son), I decided to irritate him a bit. I just love it when he is frustrated with my questions. He is all of 8, but just like any other kid, outspoken and naughty. I wanted to give him a tough time and as we entered McDonald’s outlet, I told him that I am not going to buy him a cold drink if he is not able to answer my answer which obviously was to irritate him and he wa...

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Sushmita Sens TEPL To Be India Franchisee For Miss Universe Pageant

10th December 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The multi-talented diva-esque Sushmita Sen has always believed in wearing many hats and excelling in all that she undertakes. Be it winning the first Miss Universe crown for India, becoming a top-notch Bollywood actor, adopting a baby girl at the age of 24 or establishing a business house way ahead of most of her contemporaries, Sushmita has been a forerunner of sorts.However, the Ex-Miss Universe’s heart was still pining to attain one particular...

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Titan Franchisee Model Grows Companies Presence and Profitability

10th December 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: On the back of its expansion plans and strong demand outlook, analysts expect Titan’s top line and net profit to witness a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26 per cent and 33 per cent over FY2010-12, respectively.The company is planning to double its share of the jewellery (three quarters of its sales) market over the next five years to 6 per cent and has recently announced a 108-store expansion. This will increase the store count across divisions ...

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Indian Traditional Food Restaurants Using The Franchise Route

10th December 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The foodies of the world are a fanatical lot. They won’t hesitate to raise a fork if tastes are compromised. They are perspicacious about palate, fixated on flavour and are actually taste tyrants. And they are hung up on heritage. Talk to any food lover worth his salt (and pepper, condiments and assorted seasonings) and they will have their age-old favourites pat down.Taste traditions appeal to them and they are almost territorial about them. Whe...

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TCNS Clothing Company Plans expansion

15th November 2010,  New Delhi, India: Delhi-based TCNS Clothing Company that owns women's wear brand 'W' today said it is exploring opportunities to introduce the label in international markets, besides expanding domestic retail operations.As a part of India expansion, the company plans to set up 100 exclusive 'W' stores in the country including tier II and tier III cities by March 2012."By the end of financial year 2011-2012, the plan is to set up 100 exclusive stores. We are also studyin...

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Di Bella Coffee Signs Joint Venture Will Expand Through Franchising In India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Close on heels of Starbucks JV with the Tata's, Australia’s Di Bella Coffee has formed a 70:30 joint venture (JV) company in which the Indian partner, Mr Sachin Sabharwal will have a majority stake.  Mr. Phillip Di Bella, Chairman, Di Bella Coffee, said, “Instead of the Indian company paying us a royalty, we took equity in the company, as we believe in being here for the long term. The brand will continue to be owned by the Australia-based pa...

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Event Management Franchise In India Offered By Rachnoutsav

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: The Rachnoutsav Events Academy, the first of its kind academy in South Asia, is preparing to offer an integrated full-time learning programme in event management and wedding planning in Lucknow.Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr Sanjay Kankaria, director of Rachnoutsav Events Academy, said that time had come for the youth to opt for unconventional career opportunities like event management and wedding planning.The academy is floated by H...

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Rajesh Exports Plans Big Franchise Expansion

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Bangalore-based Rajesh Exports, with an annual turnover of Rs 22,000 crore, is the largest gold jewellery manufacturer in the country.It earns 95 per cent of its revenue from exports. But now the company has taken a strategic decision to become the largest retailer of gold jewellery in the country by increasing the revenue from domestic retail sales of jewellery to 50 per cent of total sales within the next three years.“Our plan is to sell Rs 20,000...

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Event Management Franchise In India Offered By Rachnoutsav

20th September 2012, New Delhi, India: The Rachnoutsav Events Academy, the first of its kind academy in South Asia, is preparing to offer an integrated full-time learning programme in event management and wedding planning in Lucknow. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr Sanjay Kankaria, director of Rachnoutsav Events Academy, said that time had come for the youth to opt for unconventional career opportunities like event management and wedding planning. The academy is floated by Hy...

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Brazils Car Wash Franchise Company DryWash Appoints Its First India Franchise

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: DryWash, a Brazil-based eco-friendly car-washing and cleaning company, started its India operations with its first office in Hyderabad through franchise Nova Bossa, officials said on Wednesday.“We found the ideal partner in Hyderabad-Nova Bossa for a franchise DryWash, keen to offer the best quality of service, people development and care for the environment,” said Lito Rodrigez, Founder of DryWash.”The store will include the cleaning and car ca...

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Anytime Fitness Signs India Master Franchise Agreement With House of Fitness

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Anytime Fitness, a US-based fitness club chain has signed master franchise agreement with House of Fitness where House of Fitness will develop their own Anytime Fitness gyms, sell sub-franchises and provide on-going support to franchisees, and will promote and market the brand in India. Anytime Fitness will, in turn, provide exclusive rights to House of Fitness for use of the brand's trademarks, systems and intellectual property during the term of the...

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Indore Looking Up To Franchise Opportunities

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India:  In a bid to expand their business operations, namkeen and sweet manufacturers in the city are working on huge investment plans. They are considering franchise route to achieve the goal.A section of traders into business, however, feel they are finding introduction of Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) somewhat difficult to maintain. The Act requires a trader to ensure water being used for preparing the product is purified one and the stuff is ...

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Canadas Yogen Fruz Signs Master Franchise For South East India

20th September 2012,  New Delhi, India: Canada's Yogen Fruz, pioneers in the frozen dessert and snack business, has debuted in the Indian market by opening its first outlet in Kolkata.With Frozen Yogurt Franchise outlets in 1,400 locations in 30 countries across the globe it threw open its Kolkata outlet on Friday.Yogen Fruz vice-president Carlos Campo said "We are excited to be making our foray into the ever growing Indian market" at the launch of the first yogen fruz franchise outlet in I...

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meranaukar com franchise offers errand boys at your service and a innovative business idea

4th December 2013, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: How many times have you wished you had someone to pick up your groceries or deposit a cheque for you?How often have you longed to send flowers to someone special but simply couldn't make it to the florist?Well, fret no more because that cliche about it being only a click away is actually true. Capitalising on the scorching pace of living that leaves no time to do your chores are portals that take on the onus - at a price. Could it really...

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Chateau d Ax Italy Premium Furniture Franchise Chain Signs Indias Style Spa as Master Franchise

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: S K Poddar Group's furniture company, Style Spa today said it has signed an agreement with Italy's premium furniture maker Chateau d'Ax to set up its exclusive stores in the country."We have signed a deal with Chateau d'Ax to become master franchisee of the brand in India for a period of 15 years. The plan is to open nine exclusive 'Chateau d'Ax' stores in major cities in the next three years," Style Spa Managing Director Arun Mahajan told PTI.He said the dea...

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Car Repair Franchise My TVS Raises Private Equity Will Open Franchisee Workshops Across India

8th December 2010, New Delhi, India: TVS Automobile Solutions, promoter of MyTVS brand, has raised private equity capital of 78 Crores to expand 100 own workshops and 300 automobile franchise workshops. It is now looking at strengthening its presence in the eastern and western markets with an aim to have a pan-India presence by year-end.They will set up joint ventures to tap the local strengths after forming a JV with Kolkata- based Rajgarhia Group for expansion in the Eastern market with the fi...

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Canon Franchise Plans Of Rolling out 100 stores every year for the next 3 years

12th October 2012, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India: After testing the waters with three company-owned lounges to display its products, at Gurgaon , Mumbai and Bangalore , Canon India has chalked out a strategy to roll out exclusive showrooms across the country to tap the fast-growing digital imaging business."We are planning to roll out 100 stores each year for the next three years, and from January we will keep adding roughly eight new exclusive Canon stores in different cities each month. By...

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Canon forays in retail domain with Canon Image Square Plans 300 stores across 150 cities in 3 year

29th October 2010, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No. 1 Complete Digital Imaging Company today announced its foray into the retail space with the launch of its exclusive brand retail store called “Canon Image Square”. The first store in the country, located in The Great India Place Mall, Noida, NCR region of New Delhi was inaugurated by ace cricketer and Canon Brand Ambassador, Sachin Tendulkar. The retail store covers an area of approximately 1450 sq. ft. a...

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Bubble Tea Franchise From Taiwan Begins Its India Chatime Affair

29th October 2010, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 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, follo...

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Bottega Veneta Signs Media Star Private Ltd as Its India Franchise Opens A New Store

25th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Diwali has brought in good tidings for luxury brands in India.In fact,it has been the most illuminated season after two years of dry spell,thanks the economic downturn that started in 2008 and continued well into the end of 2009.This year the Indian economy is back on track and luxury retailers are seeing cash registers ring like never before.so bottega veneta opens a new store in india for shopper.The new store measures 136 square meters and offers women’...

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Bosch Express Bike Service Franchise Model Launched

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: After the success of the Bosch Car Service Franchise, the German automotive giant has set its eyes on the two wheeler servicing segment in india and will now roll out a Bosch Express Bike Service Franchise Model.10 Bosch Express Bike Service Outlets were opened as pilots in Coimbatore after the first one opened in Delhi.Bosch is very clear on its strategy and believes that it can do away with the disadvantages of a Castrol Bike Zone Franchise, that was rolle...

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Benetton uses Build Operate Own and Transfer The Stores To Franchisees In India

14th December 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Italian fashion retailer Benetton has offloaded about 100 directly-owned stores to its franchise network in recent months as the company looks to de-risk its profitable and rapidly expanding Indian operations. Benetton India Pvt Ltd's move to divest its direct retail interests—and to reinvent its local arm as a pure play wholesale trading entity— comes amid growing excitement on the possibility of the government relaxing foreign direct investme...

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Australian Food Brands In India

31st August 2012, New Delhi, India: Retail Food Group Limited, a leading Australian retail food brand manager and franchisor, has decided to enter Indian market next year. The company is aiming revenue of US$87 million from the country within five years from start of operations."We expect revenues of $87 million from our Indian operations within five years. In 20 years, we expect Indian operations to be bigger than the Australian business," Mr. Gavin Nixon, Sales and Leasing Manager, Retail Food...

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Australian Chocolatier Cafe Bar Franchise Theobroma Signs New Delhi Mumbai

1st August 2012, New Delhi, India: Wayne Wright, the companies franchise and operations manager clearly state that company was focusing on getting the right partners as it was very crucial for their international expansion. He said that they were lucky to have the ex gloria jeans franchisee in sydney who was returning home to UK as their UK master franchise and the same was the case with the Indian Master Franchisee who was in the salsa network.Theobroma was formed in 2006 and now has over 27 st...

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Anu Solar will open 2000 Solar Franchise Retail Stores Across India

25th December 2010, New Delhi, India: 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.Anu Solar pvt ltd, a bangalore based, manufacturer and seller of solar products, plans to open 2,000 exclusive solar franchisee stores across India.These pilot 'one-stop experience st...

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After Sagar Ratna Swagath Jayaram Banan Opens Shraman

14th July 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Cashing the vegetarian restaurant opportunity early in the south indian cuisine, Jayaram Banna, the founder of Sagar Ratna is now looking at foraying into the North Indian Cuisine through a restaurant chain named Shraman.Having offloaded majority stake in Sagar Ratna to Indian Equity Partners for 180 Cr last year, Mr Banan definitely knows the art of building food businesses. Sagar Ratna is also driving expansion this year with the Sagar Ratna Franchis...

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After Many Yoga Guru 1361 Probably India First Yoga Chain Franchise Which The West Can Get From Ea

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: While an estimated 15 Million People in the US alone practise Yoga in a $6 Billion Industry, it was but natural that we had a yoga chain in the birth place of Yoga, India. Over the years there have been several gurukul based yoga systems being passed on from teacher to disciple to so on and there have been several yogic guru's who have made it big on the international scene.Yoga is primarily practised freely in india, with the Baba Ramdev, morning &nbs...

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IACM to appoint 500 Franchisees

24th December 2010, New Delhi, India:  Delhi based computer hardware, networking and electronic security system training institute, IACM plans to appoint five hundred odd franchisees in tier two and tier three cities besides six major metros over next four years. When it’s accomplished, IACM will be one of the largest franchising brand in education in the country.Beginning this December, IACM, has launched an one of its kind road show titled ‘Show Me The Business’. It’ll be a nation...

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Green Dust Opens Their First Franchise Outlet In Bangalore

21st August 2012, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Deputy CM of Karnataka Mr R Ashok Kumar today inaugurated the first franchisee outlet of Green Dust in Bangalore in the presence of Guest of Honor, Mr. Sudeep, renowned Kannada film actor and Hitendra Chaturvedi – Founder and Managing Director of Reverse Logistics Company Pvt Ltd, the company that owns the Green Dust Brand, along with other GreenDust team members Mr.Hemant RSM, Mr. Krishna and Mr.Praveen. Ms Kashi Inc has taken up the franchise in...

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Franchise Business In India Pathway to Success and Wealth

28th December 2012, New Delhi, India: Rajat Mathur, 36,CookieMan Franchisee MumbaiI had always wanted to strike out on his own. So, when he left the i-flex Solutions office in Mumbai as its senior banking analyst for the last time, he did not regret it. An alumnus of the IIT-Mumbai and IIM-Lucknow, he had worked at Times Bank and ICICI Bank before i-flex.You would walk into Orbit Mall on the Malad-Goregaon Road in Mumbai to the aroma of freshly baked cookies. The bouquet will lead you past ...

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Forever 21 Franchise Opens Its first outlet in India at Delhi

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: US-based fashion brand Forever 21 Saturday opened its first-ever store in India at Vasant Kunj's Ambience Mall here with boxes full of vibrant clothes and accessories at affordable prices.Headquartered in Los Angeles, Forever 21 is a specialty retailer of women's clothing and accessories. It has as many as 500 stores in 15 countries. The one in the capital is spread over 10,000 square feet.Prior to the opening, the marketing team, aligned to the mindset of t...

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Florista And Flower Xpress To Be Merged

8th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Karuturi Global Limited will buy a 54% stake in Florista India Private Limited - a chain of floral designing boutique stores across India for an undisclosed amount. Karuturi plans to merge the Florista with its own flower retailing business ‘Flower Xpress’. Currently Florista has 15 stores, including franchisee outlets and an online shop providing world wide delivery in collaboration with other retailers. Flowers Xpress has 4 outlets in Bangalore and Hyde...

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Fitness Centers Gyms Women Only Gyms Franchise Business Opportunities

31st December 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: After all the New Year parties are over, it will be time to atone for excesses and make resolutions. And getting in shape is high on the list,especially for those who went overboard celebrating the economy’s rebound act. But whether these resolutions are kept or recycled for the next year, fitness chains are rejoicing because 2010 is expected to bring joyous tidings of healthy business.While there is no estimate of the number of fitness outlets ...

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First Kidville Location To Open In Mumbai In Spring 2011 will Open 100 Locations in India with Kwa

14th December 2010, New york, USA: Kidville named 'best of' by New York Magazine and given a five star "extraordinary" customer rating in The Lila Guide: New Parent Survival Guide- has announced it has entered into a 10 year development deal to open 100 locations in India with Kwakids Learning Private Limited. The first Indian Kidville location will open in Mumbai this spring.Kidville offers a wide range of developmental classes including Little Maestros, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Me...

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Eyeing India Chicken Franchise Business Opportunity

1st August 2012, New Delhi, India: The $3.6 billion Indian poultry industry, which is the fourth largest chicken meat in the world after US, China and Brazil, is all set for a major onslaught from domestic and international giants in this space. After the global giant Tyson JV with Godrej Foods for their Real Good Chicken Brand in 2006 There are unconfirmed reports of American Cobb, Japanese Mitsubishi and Thai CP foods setting up base for an india expansion while the largest domestic players ar...

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Expedia Franchise In India

1st August 2012, New Delhi, India: Taking a cue from success of the 23  Yatra Holiday Lounges from Yatra.com and 54 MakeMyTrip retail stores,  expedia wants to build its travel business quickly in India and knows how critical it is for it to build offline presence, in a country where internet and computer usage is not deeply penetrated and there are online payment concerns.On the other end, traditional travel companies like Thomas Cook & Cox & Kings are exploring online tools f...

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Court Orders Australian Franchise Chain Cookie Man Business To Be Sold

28th December 2012, New Delhi, India: The sale of Allied Brands' former franchise chain Cooke Man could be completed by the end of the week, although the liquidator of the group has denied Indian press reports that an Indian group has already purchased the company.Liquidator Peter Hillig of Sydney insolvency firm Smith Hancock says reports that an Indian group had purchased the company were incorrect, but the Indian company is one of several parties still jostling for the business.Hillig refused...

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Consumer Appliance Companies Franchise Their Way To Retail Expansion

8th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Favour any particular brand of consumer electronics? Chances are the company has an exclusive outlet in your very neighbourhood, stacking its entire range of television sets, refrigerators, washing machines and microwave ovens etc under one roof.Consumer electronics firms are increasingly waking up to the need for having exclusive outlets to help increase awareness about their products and enhance their brand value.Toshiba has one such store in Noida and plan...

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Chateau d Ax To Open 9 Stores In 3 Years

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: S K Poddar Group's furniture company, Style Spa today said it has signed an agreement with Italy's premium furniture maker Chateau d'Ax to set up its exclusive stores in the country."We have signed a deal with Chateau d'Ax to become master franchisee of the brand in India for a period of 15 years. The plan is to open nine exclusive 'Chateau d'Ax' stores in major cities in the next three years," Style Spa Managing Director Arun Mahajan told PTI.He said the dea...

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US Dollar Store Franchise Opens In Kochi

14th December 2010, Kochi, Kerala, India: It’s human nature to always looks out for a bargain. If one gets a deal and pays lesser than his neighbour, nothing makes him happier. He may not even need the item but the bargaining is like an addiction.During the holiday season this year, there is a fabulous new place to check out for a great bargain - The US Dollar Store, a franchise of the same in the USA, which has opened an outlet in Kochi.  Nestled between two giants from the auto industry...

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Universal Constructions Looks at Franchising Various Models Of Construction Equipment Retail Stores

1st August 2012, Pune, Maharashtra, India: Universal Construction Equipment and Machinery Ltd is entering the construction equipment retail business and is expanding its presence across the country and is looking at a presence at the high end to the rural end of the market using different formats.Ranjeet More, MD, Universal Construction, said, "We are forming a subsidiary, Universal Constore, for construction equipment retail. The `Constore` outlets will host all the leading brands apart from Un...

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The Body Shop Franchise Plans To Have India In Its Top Ten Markets

1st August 2012, New Delhi, India: The Body Shop, one of the largest cosmetic makers with more than euro1 billion annual revenues, hopes to increase its customer base in India ten-fold to 30 lakh by 2014 by penetrating into smaller cities and towns. The British natural cosmetics maker, which slashed prices of its products in the country early this year to make them affordable, wants to have India in its top 10 markets in the next couple of years, its chief executive for international markets Sop...

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Taking the franchise route is a smart way to get started

24th December 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: As a business model, franchising gives an entrepreneur a system to follow. You get the support of an experienced hand and your learning will be faster.Do you want to live the dream of being your own boss? Then, may be, you should buy the franchise of a good brand. Franchising is the smart way to get started as an entrepreneur, says Mr Gaurav Marya, President, Franchise India.Excerpts from the interview:Can you explain the concept of franchising an...

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Starwood Hotels Opens Up In Pune

24th December 2010, Pune, Maharashtra, India: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announces the opening of The Westin Pune Koregaon Park - the first of six new Westin Hotels to open in India over the next three years and the brand's 25th Hotel in Asia Pacific. The hotel is illustrative of Starwood's overall growth in India with 24 existing hotels and plans to grow its footprint by 60 percent by 2012."As home to the world's fastest growing population, India represents a significant oppo...

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Simba Dickie Group Germany Plans 25 Simba Toys Franchise Outlets and A Manufacturing Facility In Ind

18th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The Rs 1,700-crore Indian toy industry is attracting attention from global biggies. Germany’s Simba Dickie group plans to set up 25 Simba franchise stores across the country to garner a piece of this evolving chunk of the indian toy market. The company had signed a master franchise license for India with Exelixi Management Pvt Ltd in September 2009 and had after which opened 2 simba toy franchise outlets in Bangalore and Mumbai.“The Indian toy ma...

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Several International Coffee Franchise Brands Seek India Master Franchisee

21st August 2012, Pune, Maharashtra, India:UK based Coffee Republic, Malta’s Café Jubilee and Australia’s Coffee Club are on a lookout for franchise partners in India. Starbucks, an US based coffee retailer has recently tied up with Tata conglomerate to enter the Indian Market.Currently café industry is one of the fastest growing organized segments in India with estimated revenue of Rs.1000 crores. More than 1200 cafes have sprung up across India in the past decade.According to industry es...

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Sesame Street Schools Franchise To Popularise Gali Gali Sim Sim In India25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: Renowned for teaching kids the basics of reading and counting on TV, Sesame Street is moving to create actual schools in India -- where it has already brought the program to slum children who don't have television at home through a traveling road show.Known here as "Galli Galli Sim Sim," a close-enough translation of Sesame Street, the show's a huge success. And now, Sesame Workshop, the...

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Samsung Plans 1000 Retail Outlets In india whilst its Franchisees Help it Maintain Momentum

31st August 2012, New Delhi, India: Samsung plans a retail presence of over 1000 outlets to expand its reach for its IT products like laptops and printers as fifty percent of the 20,000 crore revenue that it registered last year came from its mobile and IT sales, while ensuring that it also maintained its leadership position in the monitor segment with over twenty seven percent market share in india. It is also keen at strengthening its existing relationship with all its vendors across categorie...

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Sachin Tendulkar ST all set to franchise Brand Sachin

25th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the God of Cricket and with a billion Indian fans and many more around the world, the ‘god’ now wants to go the FRANCHISE route to spread the gospel. Want more energy from a chocolate bar? Buy Sachin Tendulkar’s. Want more glucose from that good ol’ biscuit? Try ‘god’s own brand’.Want better running shoes that can make you perhaps even fly? Try Adidas’ God, err ST line. Want a better cover drive? Join one of his cri...

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Rosebys to Expand Using The Franchise Route

7th December 2009, New Delhi, India: The UK's largest specialist textiles, lifestyle and home décor retailer Rosebys plans to expand its stores in India and also re-enter the European market which it quit three years ago. However, it will stick to the franchise route rather than own the stores.Rosebys chief executive Aloke Banerjee told reporters on the sidelines of a textiles conference in New Delhi on Saturfay that the company is targeting a presence across India with stores evenly spread acr...

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Raymond Franchise Plans Of Opening 100 Stores across Smaller Cities Towns

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Raymond Ltd. is among the largest integrated manufacturers of worsted fabrics in the world. The company manufactures the world the finest fabrics - from wool to wool-blended worsted suiting to specialty ring denims as well as high value shirting.Raymond Ltd. Continues to operate one of the largest specialty retail networks in India in textile and apparel space with 637 retail stores covering over 1.33 million square feet of retail space.Raymond Ltd is plannin...

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Raymond Plans Of Opening 100 Stores across Smaller Cities Towns

12th October 2012, New Delhi, India: Raymond Ltd. is among the largest integrated manufacturers of worsted fabrics in the world. The company manufactures the world the finest fabrics - from wool to wool-blended worsted suiting to specialty ring denims as well as high value shirting.Raymond Ltd. Continues to operate one of the largest specialty retail networks in India in textile and apparel space with 637 retail stores covering over 1.33 million square feet of retail space.Raymond Ltd is plannin...

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Pollo Tropical Franchise Signs India

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: The search for a grilled chicken franchise chain ended for Manjit Singh Saini, CEO Paramount Cuisines Pvt Ltd who have signed the famous american chicken franchise chain Pollo Tropical for a 10 unit North India Master Franchise Development Agreement at the company's headquarters in Miami.This is the first franchise agreement that Pollo Tropical has signed outside the western hemisphere, expanding its reach beyond the caribbean and the latin americal geograph...

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Pavers England Reliance Footprints Forge Tie Up For India Expansion

28th December 2012, New Delhi, India: Foreseeing the buoyant demand in the footwear sector, Pavers England, the UK-based footwear retailer with the help of Reliance Footprint is hoping to make its mark in the retail segment across Tier I cities through exclusive franchisee route and in Tier II towns with the local stores.The $200-million turnover company, which set out its India presence through its network about two-and-a-half years ago, has invested $10 million thus far in the country, includi...

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Papa Johns Franchise Om Pizza and Eats Gets Funded By TVS Capital

24th December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: TVS Capital , which manages the TVS Shriram Growth Fund , has made its first investment in the booming food retail business in India.The Chennai-based fund has invested Rs 50 crore in Om Pizza And Eats that owns the local franchise rights for multiple brands like Papa John’s Pizza, Chili’s Grill & Bar and the Great Kabab Factory .“The funds would be used to finance the expansion plans of the company. The group is looking at tapping the Ti...

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Nirula launched first outlet in Indore

12th October 2012, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India: If you always wished your favourite burger had some Indian spice or your much loved Pizza could add a little masala, your prayers have been answered. The pioneer of the quick serve revolution in India has done it yet again. After its successful 75 years in the restaurant industry in Northern India, Nirula's has now opened in Indore. Nirula's has partnered with master franchisee South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. (SAHSPL) to set up its fir...

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Nilgiris Franchise Promoters Plan To Take Total Tally To 200 By 2011 End

1st August 2012, New Delhi, India: Actis, a global private equity major, is looking at consolidating the presence of Bangalore-based Nilgiris Dairy Farm Limited. Actis holds 65 per cent stake in the company, which operates a chain of retail stores through franchisees and has a stronghold in the southern region. The rest of the stake is held by the promoter's family of Nilgiris Dairy Farm. The company recently commissioned its 100th store in Chennai and is looking at touching the 200 store mark i...

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Success story of Nilgiris

14th December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Actis, a global private equity major, is looking at consolidating the presence of Bangalore-based Nilgiris Dairy Farm Limited. Actis holds 65 per cent stake in the company, which operates a chain of retail stores through franchisees and has a stronghold in the southern region. The rest of the stake is held by the promoter's family of Nilgiris Dairy Farm. The company recently commissioned its 100th store in Chennai and is looking at touching the 200...

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New Zealands Crest Commercial Cleaning Franchise Expands In India

14th December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: New Zealand cleaning franchise Crest Commercial Cleaning is expanding its services in India after striking a deal that will see it employ 3,000 people in around a dozen cities. The company, which has until now employed 300 people in India, will carry out its expansion over the next two years. Crest co-owner Grant McLauchlan says that as the Indian economy becomes more sophisticated, clients, particularly international companies, are demanding bette...

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Natuzzi targets Ahmedabad Pune and Goa markets for expansion

12th April  2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Natuzzi, an Italian furniture and upholstery brand opened its second flagship store in Mumbai recently. The company has 12 points of sales in major cities and is planning to open another 20 shop-in-shop outlets by 2012.Natuzzi designs, produces and markets sofas, armchairs and living room accessories. It is the largest Italian furniture company with a turnover of euro 518.6 million (2010). Their major markets; Europe and America, contribute 86% ...

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Nando Chicken comes to Bangalore

8th December 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: The world renowned brand ‘Nando’s Chicken’ unveiled its plush new restaurant, in Bangalore recently. The Barcelos Cockrel, the brand icon of Nando's, also makes its presence felt across the city. The Nando's tradition of good food and zest for life, celebrates a momentous addition to their restaurants with the launch of the newest addition. Known for it's deliciously and addictive dishes, the inedients in the “Peri – Peri sauce recipes”...

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Miraaya women wear brand franchises its business expansion in India

29th October 2010, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: Miraaya Apparel & Trading, an Indian ethnic women’s wear brand initially sold their products on internet before starting their own outlets in India. The brand is now looking to expand their business across Indian cities through the franchise model. Currently, they have about 40 stores in multi brand retail outlet and 15 exclusive showrooms throughout India.Miraaya is initially focussing on expanding their business in class B and class C citie...

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meranaukar com franchise offers errand boys at your service and a innovative business idea

25th November 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: How many times have you wished you had someone to pick up your groceries or deposit a cheque for you?How often have you longed to send flowers to someone special but simply couldn't make it to the florist?Well, fret no more because that cliche about it being only a click away is actually true. Capitalising on the scorching pace of living that leaves no time to do your chores are portals that take on the onus - at a price. Could it really be that e...

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Manchester United Cafe Bar Franchise Shuts Shop In Bangalore

31st July 2012, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: The Manchester United Restaurant Bar Franchise in Bangalore is shutting down on July 31. The 10,000 sq feet restaurant bar of the most popular English football club opened in 2010 and was the second Manchester United Restaurant Bar in the world, and the first in India. Stating the reasons for this sudden closure Mr Avinandan Banerjee, operating partner of the franchisee cited that the franchise license fees had been raised beyond viability. He a...

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Manipal Cure and Care Clinics Expanding

25th December 2010, New Delhi, India: Manipal Health Enterprises has announced its strategy to increase its foot print nationally through its Manipal Cure & Care Clinics (MCC). It is looking to invest between Rs.100 crore to Rs.150 crore to explore opportunities to expand in other Indian cities, through direct investment.The company plans to set up 30 MCC in the next 2 to 3 years. The move is in line with our growth strategy and we are looking to bring back the extinct concept of Family Phys...

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Maggie Gyllenhal and Peter Sarsgaard Open SOS Childrens Village Franchise In India

25th November 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: What do Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard have in common (besides two awkward “a’s” in their last name)? They both have a soft spot for children.The couple recently teamed up with Espirit to open an SOS Children’s Village in Alibaug, India.The project is one of many SOS Children’s Village franchises around the world, which are dedicated to providing family-based care for children who have lost their parents or can no longer li...

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Madame opens new stores

25th August 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Madame, the leading brand in women’s western wear, has opened at Pune’s Market City Phoenix Mall. The store is spread over 800 sq. ft. The women’s wear retailer has also opened stores in Jabalpur’s Jagat Mall and a 700 sq. ft store in Bhatinda. These stores offer, in addition to the winter range, balloon fits, kaftan sleeves, diamante stripes, floral prints, portrait designs and elegant crystals. For college girls there are razor backs, tank ...

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Limelite Green Trends Naturals Beauty Salons Merge As Brothers C K Ranganathan and C K Kumaravel J

14th December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Chennai-based entrepreneur brothers C K Ranganathan and C K Kumaravel have decided to integrate their beauty salon chains to cash-in on the growing vanity of Indians. Elder brother Ranganathan is the chairman and managing director of CavinKare, which offers hair and skin care at 55 beauty salons across India under its Limelite and Green Trends brands. The company clocked a Rs 890-crore turnover in 2009-10.Kumaravel is the co-founder and managing di...

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Kidville Announces Ten Year Development Deal to Open 100 Locations in India with Kwakids Learning

4th December 2010, New York, USA: Kidville named 'best of' by New York Magazine and given a five star "extraordinary" customer rating in The Lila Guide: New Parent Survival Guide- has announced it has entered into a 10 year development deal to open 100 locations in India with Kwakids Learning Private Limited. The first Indian Kidville location will open in Mumbai this spring.Kidville offers a wide range of developmental classes including Little Maestros, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Mes...

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KFC Franchise In India Starts Their 100th Outlet In Bangalore

25th November 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: KFC, on Thursday, opened its 100th restaurant in India, with the recent addition on Bangalore’s Cunningham Road. Spread across 2,700 sq ft, it boasts of contemporary youthful asset style serving all of KFC’s trademark products.KFC marketing director Unnat Varma said the company is looking to enhance its presence in India since India is KFC’s largest market with 105 outlets presently operating here.Varma said, “With this (Cunningham Road) o...

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Kent Ro franchise their way to setting up 200 exclusive stores kent shoppe within the next year

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: Water purifier maker Kent Ro today said it plans to strengthen its retail presence across the country by opening 200 exclusive stores in the next one year.The company, which recently opened its first exclusive store ''Kent Shoppe'' for selling its products here, said it has entered into the retail space through the franchisee route and will invest around Rs 14 crore on it."We needed exclusive stores where we can educate about our products as well. In the nex...

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Italian Baby Care Store Chicco To Expand Across India

14th December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Premium baby care brand, Chicco—a part of Italy based Artsana group—has plans to expand its retail footprint in the country. The company aims at opening 15 retail outlets by the end of current fiscal. The stores will come up at locations like Delhi, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad etc.  Vineeth Nair, managing director, Chicco, told FE “The retail outlets will come up under franchise model. We ...

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Ikea Franchise To Come To India

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: IKEA chief, Mikael Ohlsson, confirmed to Commerce Minister Anand Sharma at a luncheon meeting during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum last week that his company would invest euro 1.5 billion (Rs 10,500 crore) in India over the next 15-20 years. Besides 25 retail outlets, it plans to also set up restaurants, food mart, nursing home and publications under its brand name.The company would invest euro 600 million (approximately Rs 4,200 crore) in t...

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US Dollar Store Franchise story

14th December 2010, Kochi, Kerala, India: It’s human nature to always looks out for a bargain. If one gets a deal and pays lesser than his neighbour, nothing makes him happier. He may not even need the item but the bargaining is like an addiction.During the holiday season this year, there is a fabulous new place to check out for a great bargain - The US Dollar Store, a franchise of the same in the USA, which has opened an outlet in Kochi.  Nestled between two giants from the auto industry...

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Zapak to set up 300 gaming centres in India

24th December 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's gaming and entertainment arm, Zapak, expects to break this fiscal and plans to scale-up its gaming centres to 300 by June next, a top company official said."We are planning to set up 300 gaming cafes in across 50 cities in India. All the new cafes will be opened through the franchise route," Zapak's CFO Rohit Sharma told PTI.Zapak, the country's largest online gaming portal, has 75 live cafes and has signed another 120...

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Zee Franchises Its Way Into The Indian Education Diaspora

9th December 2010, New Delhi, India:  Group Brands Kidzee, ZICA, ZIMA, Mount Litera Schools Driving The Education Business Foray.Mr. Sumeet Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Zee Learn Ltd. has been associated with Zee’s Education business for over three years. He joined the group as Chief Operating Officer of Zee Interactive Learning Systems (ZILS) in 2007 and then took over as Chief Executive Officer in January 2008 prior to ETC Networks Ltd.’s merger with ZILS. Since then, he has been a...

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Universal Constructions Looks at Franchising Various Models Of Construction Equipment Retail Stores

1st August 2012, Pune, Maharashtra, India: Universal Construction Equipment and Machinery Ltd is entering the construction equipment retail business and is expanding its presence across the country and is looking at a presence at the high end to the rural end of the market using different formats.Ranjeet More, MD, Universal Construction, said, "We are forming a subsidiary, Universal Constore, for construction equipment retail. The `Constore` outlets will host all the leading brands apart from Un...

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Orient Ceramics Launch Their First Europa Tiles Franchise Showroom In Jaipur

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: The new store, the first in the region is in line with the rapid expansion of the company’s retail plans and is dedicated to providing consumers an unparalleled selection of a world-class product, focused on showcasing the beauty and value found in ceramic tiles.Orient Ceramics & Industries Ltd. (OCIL), the largest manufacturers of Non-Vitrified, Vitrified, Ultra Vitrified and 3rd Fired Decorative Tiles for walls, floors & facades and the pioneers ...

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Steel Makers Focus on Retail Expansion

25th November 2010, New Delhi, India: Who would have thought steel could be sold from retail shops as small as your roadside kirana? Well, not only has the model succeeded, but steel makers want to sell 30-40 per cent of their production through the retail route. Essar, JSW and Ispat Industries are among the major manufacturers who’re more than doubling their steel retail stores.In India, demand and growth for steel makers is coming from tier-2 and tier-3 cities, so most steel retail chains ar...

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Reliance brand became major franchise of footwear giant Dune

13th September 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Reliance industries Group is India’s 2nd largest group. Last month, it launched Dune in India. Dune is UK’s footwear and accessories group. It launched it through franchise route. Reliance Brands Limited is a part of the Reliance Industries Group.Dune is the owner of a wide portfolio of brands offering an expanding range of luxury fashion footwear and accessories.Ever since a great opening on London’s Kings Road in 1993, Dune store has been ...

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Ranson Lifestyles looks to open franchise stores in India

1st September 2012, New Delhi, India: In Indian culture gold has always been an auspicious ornament. Be it a wedding or any other special occasion, fascination for gifting something in gold is innate. It is also considered as a fortune. Moreover, it is seen as a symbol of love and affection by many. So that is the reason why Indians feel obliged to transfer their hard- earned money into a precious metal i.e. gold.So RANSON LIFE STYLE which is the unit of RANSON JEWELS PVT LTD, by understanding t...

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KidZee plans to launch 300 preschools in next 5 years

18th September 2012, New Delhi, India:   Kidzee is one of the recognized brands in pre-schools segment. Kidzee is operated by Zee Learn Ltd. It  is now opting for franchisee route. Earlier, company owned and operated centers.According to a senior company official, ZLL plans to set up 300 Kidzee centres in the next five years that would be owned and operated by it. These would be over and above the 300 centres it annually adds under the franchisee model.Navneet Anhal, chief operati...

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Kid fashion is a hot trend in market

8th February 2013,  New Delhi, India:  Kids wear brands are launching new product line, making indian kids more fashionable. Due to the double digit incomes of families in the capital, the kids’ clothing in the Indian market is booming up and touching new heights. According to the research and consultancy firm Technopak Advisor, the industry has touched the level of Rs. 37,300 Crore. Apart from that, as revealed by a study conducted by the apex chamber of commerce Assocham manifested...

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Lajpat Nagar gets Kent lounge

29th August 2012, New Delhi, India: The Kent’s restaurant is located at the entrance of the elite Defence colony market. It is very popular and surrounded with customers  constantly, as its burgers are considered as the best in town. That too in 12 different varieties! It ranges from the spicy chilly chicken burgers to kebab burgers and paneer burgers. Their finger licking grilled sandwiches with French fries and salad are worth the money. Their pizzas come with healthy toppings and...

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One Stop Shop will merge with Pay Point

13th September 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Pay Point India director Romil Meghani announced, that One Stop Shop (OSS) will merge with PayPoint, a leading retail payments company.  It offers services through their franchise network. Pay Point  is a travel ticketing company.Mr. Romil Meghani said that the unification will give rise to India’s largest organized distribution network. It will offer  complete offerings for essential services.The deal has successfully confirmed b...

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Gap Inc to enter into India

12th September 2012,  New Delhi, India:  As indian government gave nod to fdi in retail, discussions over the entry in India by Gap Inc, American fashion retailer, are on the way to take shape. While the final decisions by the company headquarters in San Francisco on investments and number of outlets is yet to be taken, the market research in India is still on progress, according to the reports. Moreover, the discussions are suggesting the entry by next year.After the government opened...

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BMI will launch UK fashion brand Lipsy in India

12th September 2012, New Delhi, India: Lipsy is popular for its unique style fashion and massive celebrity following. It has been launched internationally through recently opened franchise stores in the Middle East and CIS regions. It is UK’s well known fashion brand,Next Plc had been taken over Lipsy in 2008.Emma Dobson, Head of International Lipsy, said: “This is a crucial turning point in our international expansion and underscores the international appeal of our brand. We are delighted t...

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Asus India to increase footprints

9th February 2013, New Delhi, India: Asus India is known for quick, prompt computer services that it offers. It is an distinguished, celebrated, renowned computer manufacturer. It is gearing to enter into the tablets world by this month. It plans to launch tablet range which costs from Rs. 10, 000.The tabloid market is currently dominated by foreign, major brands such as Micromax, apple etc.The company said in statement that it will launch four tablet PCs in the near future which will be priced ...

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Taking the franchise route is a smart way to become entrapreneur

24th December 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: As a business model, franchising gives an entrepreneur a system to follow. You get the support of an experienced hand and your learning will be faster.Do you want to live the dream of being your own boss? Then, may be, you should buy the franchise of a good brand. Franchising is the smart way to get started as an entrepreneur, says Mr Gaurav Marya, President, Franchise India.Excerpts from the interview:Can you explain the concept of franchising an...

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Luxurious handbag brand Longchamp considering India as next destination

4th January 2013, New Delhi, India:   Longchamp is Paris-based luxury handbag brand. It has cultivated a devoted following. It is brand which is known for its designs. It create special collections. It is busy in making plans to enter in India this year. Currently, it is searching in full swing for a local retail partner to set up its operations in the country. It is ranked among the top five luxury brands in the world. Over $500-million group, it is looking forward to open at least on...

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Australian Food Brands to enter In India

29th December 2010, New Delhi, India:  Retail Food Group Limited, a leading Australian retail food brand manager and franchisor, has decided to enter Indian market next year. The company is aiming revenue of US$87 million from the country within five years from start of operations."We expect revenues of $87 million from our Indian operations within five years. In 20 years, we expect Indian operations to be bigger than the Australian business," Mr. Gavin Nixon, Sales and Leasing Manager, Ret...

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Zee Franchises To Enter Into The Indian Education

29th December 2010, New Delhi, India:  Group Brands Kidzee, ZICA, ZIMA, Mount Litera Schools Driving The Education Business Foray.Mr. Sumeet Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Zee Learn Ltd. has been associated with Zee’s Education business for over three years. He joined the group as Chief Operating Officer of Zee Interactive Learning Systems (ZILS) in 2007 and then took over as Chief Executive Officer in January 2008 prior to ETC Networks Ltd.’s merger with ZILS. Since then, he has been ...

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InterContinental Hotels Group IHG set to launch 150 hotels by 2020

20th September 2012, New Delhi, India:   InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) declared that it will launch 150 hotels by 2020. It is major expansion drive. The strategy is to bring in 150 hotels across India by 2020.“Our aim is to have 150 hotels open across India by 2020,” InterContinental Hotels Group India, Middle East and Africa Chief Operating Officer Pascal Gauvin told media.At present, the hospitality chain has 12 hotels in India.The company currently has three of its grand g...

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Yatra com to extend 100 franchisee outlets in a year

22nd October 2012, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India:   Currently, Yatra.com has 29 franchisee outlets.It plans to extend it to 1oo in one year, as said by an official. It succeeded in  developing a successful network over the north and central part of country. It is now targeting towards rest of country, that is southern and western India.Mr. Rakesh Bawa, head of franchise and distribution channel of Yatra Online Pvt Ltd., asserted this, after he launched Yatra franchisee outle...

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Yatra com to extend 100 franchisee outlets in a year

22nd October 2012, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India:   Currently, Yatra.com has 29 franchisee outlets.It plans to extend it to 1oo in one year, as said by an official. It succeeded in  developing a successful network over the north and central part of country. It is now targeting towards rest of country, that is southern and western India.Mr. Rakesh Bawa, head of franchise and distribution channel of Yatra Online Pvt Ltd., asserted this, after he launched Yatra franchisee outle...

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The Mobile Store seeking aspiring result oriented franchisees

8th September 2012, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India:  The Mobile Store is a one stop smart shop that offers services regarding mobile. Here, one gets every kind of, type of, available mobile in market. Every mobile service like mobile repairing, maintenance and every mobile related services are offered therein yet affordable price. In other words we have all your mobile requirements under one roof.it is India’s first and largest national chain of multi-brand & multi-service outlet...

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Ranson Lifestyles looks to open franchise stores in India

1st September 2012, New Delhi, India: In Indian culture gold has always been an auspicious ornament. Be it a wedding or any other special occasion, fascination for gifting something in gold is innate. It is also considered as a fortune. Moreover, it is seen as a symbol of love and affection by many. So that is the reason why Indians feel obliged to transfer their hard- earned money into a precious metal i.e. gold.So RANSON LIFE STYLE which is the unit of RANSON JEWELS PVT LTD, by understanding t...

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Reliance brand signed major franchise deal with Stuart Weitzman

22nd September 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Reliance industries Group is India’s 2nd largest group. Last month, it launched Dune in India. Dune is UK’s footwear and accessories group. It launched it through franchise route. Reliance brand has signed a long-term franchise agreement with Stuart Weitzman recently. It will soon launch its outlets in India. The Reliance Company is making progress in its fashion trend in connection with global brands. It will launch 100 stylish stores this fi...

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Yash Birla Group To Invest 13000 Cr In Education Wellness and Healthcare

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: The Yash Birla group has signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government for investing about Rs13,000 crore in three projects ranging from education to healthcare.Under the deal inked at the ongoing Partnership Summit 2012 in Hyderabad, the group plans to set up a sports university in the state and an Ayurvedic village near Hyderabad.It will also invest in polysilicon mining in the state as backward integration to its existing solar modules project.Birla E...

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Testa Rossa Caffe Signs India Master Franchise

15th January 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India: The luxury caffe chain Testa Rossa marked its presence in India by launching its outlet in Hyderabad at Road No 3 Banjara Hills. Testa Rossa brings to India its unique Italian lifestyle caffe exuberating ultimate luxury, exceptional quality products, impeccable service and elegant design. The café promises to offers an ultimate coffee experience combined with a picture perfect ambience to relax and chill out with your friends or family. The g...

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The Indian Grooming Industry Rides on the back of Franchising As Salons explode in Growth

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: The grooming industry is getting a makeover . A few years ago, if a man wanted a haircut, he went to the local barbershop, the kind with posters of film stars with gravity-defying hairdos on the walls. Women who wanted their tresses snipped or eyebrows threaded went to a nearby beauty parlour, usually for 'ladies only' and run by an enterprising neighbourhood woman. But the rise of unisex salon chains is changing all that.A typical example of the new salon client...

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Sugar Cane Juice Outlet Franchise Offers Profitable Low Cost Business Opportunities

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Tempted to have a glass of soothing, cool sugarcane juice on a hot summer afternoon, but repelled by the fare offered by the roadside vendor, who squeezes the last wee bit drop by passing the unclean cane through a crusher several times, filters the juice in an unwashed sieve and chills it with ice supplied on a bullock-cart.You have an option.Branded cane juice outlets are springing up in quick succession, cashing in on the growing health consciousness and abili...

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Salsa Wraps India Expanding Through Franchise Model

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: NVJ Foods, which offers Tex-Mex cuisine (Americanised Mexican Food) under the brand Salsa Wraps has decided to adopt the franchise model for expansion. Salsa Wraps, a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain, started its operations as a small take away joint from Wodehouse Road, Colaba six months back.Rakesh Damani, Promoter, NVJ Foods, said, “We have decided to take the franchise model and are looking to set up at least four to six such restaurants by the year end...

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Reliance Trends Takes The Franchise Route For Strategic Locations

`18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Reliance Trends, From Reliance Retail, has revealed that it has been testing the franchise model in Jabalpur and Bangalore, and is likely to roll out a full fledged franchise model, to expand the presence of its retail fashion outlets across India.While speaking to the Press at the East India Retail Summit, Mr Akhilesh Prasad, Senior Vice-President, Reliance Trends laid out the companies plan to have 100 stores by the end of this fiscal (2011-12), however not gi...

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Manyavar Franchise To Give Birth To Maanya Its Womens Ethnic Wear Franchise

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: It all started small – from a small shop in AC Market in Kolkata in 1990, to be precise. Today Manyavar brand of men’s ethnic wear has 221 stores and boasts of a turnover of more than Rs 300 crore. The brand is present in more than 90 Indian cities with 221 exclusive business outlets (EBOs) and more than 800 multi-business outlets.The company has aggressive growth plans for the future and plans to open 10 flagship stores every year in all metro cities and mak...

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KFC Franchise in India Has Big Plans to Expand Nationwide

12th February 2012, New Delhi, India: KFCs a common sight in big Indian cities Yum Brands Inc. is now targeting second-tier markets as it looks to ring up $1 billion in system sales and 1,000 stores by 2015.Niren Chaudhary, president of Yum’s India operations, said the company, whose other chains include Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is counting on a new wave of growth in India propelled by favorable demographics.“By 2030, India will be the largest consuming class in the world, ahead of the U.S. ...

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Interglobe Retail To bring in Swiss Hudson News Cafe Franchise

24th January 2012, New Delhi, India: InterGlobe Retail Pvt. Ltd, the retail arm of InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd, which runs low-cost airline Indigo, and Switzerland-based Dufry International AG, have signed an agreement to open retail stores at airports, and metro and train stations in India.The two will open 48 Hudson News Café in metro stations in Delhi in association with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).Dufry operates around 500 Hudson News shops in 10 countries around the world.A DMRC spo...

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Indian Jewelry Industry Forecasts Growth of 15 in 2012

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: India’s organized jewelry retail trade is expected to account for 10 percent of the country's total jewelry retail market by 2016, up from the current 4 percent, according to CARE Research, a division of Credit Analysis & Research Ltd. The company noted that growth is being spurred by rising income levels across non-metro, large and small cities and increased consumer spending on branded and luxury goods in these areas.''Factors such as increased competitio...

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Indian Jewelry Industry Forecasts Growth

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: India’s organized jewelry retail trade is expected to account for 10 percent of the country's total jewelry retail market by 2016, up from the current 4 percent, according to CARE Research, a division of Credit Analysis & Research Ltd. The company noted that growth is being spurred by rising income levels across non-metro, large and small cities and increased consumer spending on branded and luxury goods in these areas.''Factors such as increased competitio...

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Entrepreneurs Choose Franchise Ventures as Professions

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: "There is a lot of entrepreneurial appetite in the country and people have money to invest," says Rishikesha T Krishnan, professor of corporate strategy and policy at IIM-Bangalore. Franchising, where an entrepreneur replicates a brand's per-unit business model by giving a fee and a share in the revenue, is also favored by companies across sectors.Even the Future Group, which does not offer the franchise model for its larger formats like Big Bazaar, launched KB's...

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Country Chicken The Australian Fast Food Chain Open Their First Outlet In Coimbatore

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Country Chicken, A Popular Australian fast-food chain, launched their first outlet in Coimbatore, In India, Tamil Nadu expecting it to be completely operational by mid march 2012. Mr Ramakrishna, India CEO for Country Chicken elaborated the companies plan to have more than 300 outlets across India by 2015 focussing primarily on the Tier II and III cities of India. He further elaborated on the back end supply chain and mentioned the ongoing work for the processing...

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BoConcept Franchise From Denmark Now In India. Premium Furniture Brand Plans 50 Outlets

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: BoConcept , the premium urban furniture brand from Denmark has signed International Corp Solutions Pvt Ltd as their India Master Franchise and will launch their first pilot store at Gurgaon.The store will have a wide variety of home furniture and accessories priced from 4 lakhs and going down to as low as Rs 300. Targeting the corporate professionals and urbanites and focussing on the need for customised designing based on the spaces they were living in, will be ...

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Growth story of The Indian Grooming Industry

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: The grooming industry is getting a makeover . A few years ago, if a man wanted a haircut, he went to the local barbershop, the kind with posters of film stars with gravity-defying hairdos on the walls. Women who wanted their tresses snipped or eyebrows threaded went to a nearby beauty parlour, usually for 'ladies only' and run by an enterprising neighbourhood woman. But the rise of unisex salon chains is changing all that.A typical example of the new salon client...

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Ritas Italian Ice Signs India Master Franchise South Asian Food and Hospitality Pvt Ltd

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Rita's Italian Ice®, the United States largest Italian Ice concept with more than 550 stores, will introduce their famous Italian Ice to India. A Master Licensee development agreement has been awarded to South Asian Food & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary company of South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. based in New Delhi, India. The new Master Licensee announced its aggressive development plan for India to open 50 Rita's Italian Ice stores over the ...

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Reid and Taylor launches new showroom in Mumbai

10th April 2012, New Delhi, India: Reid and Taylor, India’s leading menswear and suitings brand, announced the launch of its exclusive showroom at Haiko Mall – Powai, Mumbai.The spacious showroom will offer customers a wide range of fabric ready-to-wear garments, accessories and custom tailoring.Reid and Taylor is India’s only premium brand that brings fabric and ready-to-wear garments under one label.The ready to wear line encompasses formal clothing for work, casual and leisure clothing,...

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Reebok Revamp Its Franchise Model

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Accounting irregularities of upto 125 M Euros has forced the German Sportswear Maker, Adidas to look at Closing several Reebok Franchisee Stores In India. The company presently has a 1000 Reebok Outlets.Speaking to investors CEO Herbert Hainer said the company will "accelerate and and more aggressively restructure our business activities in India, including significant changes to our commercial business practices" The idea being to improve this under-performing p...

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RE MAX to use Canadian technology in India

24th April 2010, New Delhi, India:  RE/MAX – a leading Real Estate network, is going to deploy one of the world’s most advanced Integrated Real Estate Management platforms for its Indian Operations. This technology would be sourced from Canadian Firm -GryphTech – a leading provider of enterprise software applications, solutions and services.According to the company, RE/MAX India will implement the multi-lingual, multi-site solution across the entire network over the next two months.Sa...

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Pind Balluchi to expand with more outlet

24th May 2010, New Delhi, India: Delhi based J S Hospitality will expand its restaurant chain ‘Pind Balluchi’ by opening up to seven new outlets this fiscal.The company will open up to seven new restaurants this fiscal and enter new cities like Patna and Pune, besides scouting for locations in places like Bangalore and Hyderabad for future growth as company’s aim is to strengthen presence in North India while also rolling out big-time in other places, a senior company official said.Most of...

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Pavers England to come up with more franchise stores

11th May 2010, New Delhi, India: British footwear brand, Pavers England has decided to expand its footprint in India by planning 19 more franchise stores by the end of this fiscal, said a top company official.The company presently has six exclusive franchisee stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. The footwear retailer would be opening six exclusive franchisee stores in the next six weeks in the existing cities and one in Bangalore, he said.The company, which started its operations in I...

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Oven Magick to enter in Surat

31st May 2010, Surat, Gujarat, India: The one and only premium bakery of Gujarat “Oven Magick” the arm of Surys Bakery & Confectionery Pvt. Ltd. has announced its foray in Surat on 10th June. Opening at ground floor, Hotel Everyday Inn, Opp. New Court Building it will a Company outlet of Oven Magick.Having outlets in Baroda and Ahmedabad, Oven Magick is now ready to win hearts of food loving Surtis. Oven Magick brings to Surat a whole new world of delicious authentic taste. On offer is t...

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Nirulas to expand its presence

20th May 2010, New Delhi, India:   Nirula’s, one of India’s oldest restaurant chains with over 75 outlets across North India, plans to expand its footprint by entering 7-10 more cities, a top company official said.“We plan to start operations in 7-10 more cities in India,” Nirula’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Samir Kuckreja said in Mumbai.“We already have operations in seven cities. By end-this fiscal, we will have our footprint in 15-20 cities across the ...

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Murjani Group Tommy Hilfiger India Franchisee to Open 500 Stores

7th July 2010, New Delhi, India:  Murjani Group, the Indian franchisee for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, will set up 500 Hilfiger accessories stores in the next five years as rising incomes allow people to spend more on watches, clothes and belts.Murjani, which opened the first Hilfiger store in 2004, will also double the number of places it sells the brand’s apparel to 2,000 in five years, Chairman Mohan Murjani said by phone from Mumbai. The accessories stores will sell watches, belt...

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Monginis Franchise Growth Story

14th May 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: You can’t miss the Monginis headquarters even in the hustle and bustle of Andheri, a western Mumbai suburb: the sprawling, multistoreyed building is painted in similar shades of pink and blue as the company’s logo. Even if you overlooked that, the delicious smells of baking wafting all the way from the factory to the main road will have you turning towards it. Those smells of vanilla and sugar are well-known to most Mumbaikars — for generations, t...

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Krispy Kreme Signs North India Master Franchise

7th July 2010, New Delhi, India: Bedrock Food Company who signed the franchise license for India, is slated to open the initial outlets in Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow and then across India. It plans to open as many as 35 outlets in the next five years according to the development schedule. Bedrock Food Company Pvt Ltd, a leading company specializing in restaurant operations, has considerable local market knowledge. The company also has the development right for Subway and is spreading the brand in...

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Malabar Gold Group Seeks International Franchise Brands For India

7th July 2010,  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: As a business de-risking and diversification strategy, the Kerala-based $2.4 billion Malabar group with interests in jewellery retailing and real estate development has decided to venture into retailing of lifestyle items like apparels, perfumes, watches and focus on real estate development."We will be getting into retailing of premium watches like Rado and Tissot next month. We are also thinking of having multi-brand watch outlets and getting int...

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Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle Restaurant To Franchise In India After Tasting Success In The Middle

14th May 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Fine Dining Restaurant Chain Asha's for lovers of Indian Food and Indian Music, is all set to open 15 Franchises in India over the next couple of years. A well known restaurant in the middle east and UK, Asha Bhosle, herself takes active interest in the restaurants palate, by choosing the spices and ensuring that it is in sync with what her brand should embody.After a successful stint in the UK and Middle East over the last decade, the legendary singers...

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KFC opens store in Kolkata

3rd July 2010, Kolkata, West Bengal, India: Kentucky Fried Chicken has unveiled plans for an all-India rollout with opening a new outlet in Kolkata. Apart from this KFC has five outlets in Bangalore and one each in Pune and Chandigarh. One more outlet is to open in Kolkata soon.As per the senior company official, KFC outlets would be opened in cities such as Ludhiana and Hyderabad. Plans have also been firmed up to open one more outlet in Pune. The company is also seeking a presence in Mumbai an...

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Kashmir Lounge enters in Surat

2nd  May 2010, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India: Kashmir Lounge – the mini cultural embassy of Jammu & Kashmir has now opened its gate to the food lovers of Surat as it has been officially inaugurated on Saturday 1st May, 2010.Located at Iscon Mall the Surat outlet of Kashmir Lounge is all ready to woo the Surtis with special Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Wazwan, authentic Kashmiri Cuisine.Kashmir Lounge is spread across a lavish space of 8000 sq feet with 280 seat lounging capaci...

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Kabab Factory looking to Southeast Asia for expansion

24th May 2010, New Delhi, India: The Great Kabab Factory has said it is scouting for partners in British and Southeast Asian markets to accelerate its overseas expansion.The chain, which currently operates six restaurants in West Asia, besides 12 others in the country, said it plans another 10-12 outlets in international markets by 2012 and is exploring the franchise and joint venture routes for this.The company is in talks with a couple of local players in those markets for starting operations ...

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JSM Corporation To Bring American Frozen Yogurt Franchise PinkBerry To India

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: JSM Corporation Pvt Ltd, Master Franchises Of California Pizza Kitchen, Trader Vic's, & Hard Rock Cafe have signed PinkBerry for India. Howard Schultz, Starbucks Chairman and CEO, who co-founded Maveran LLC has a sizeable investment in PinkBerry (Invested 27.5 Million US$ In 2007). The company is looking at aggressive international expansion ever since it opened its first outlet in Kuwait in 2009 and has most of its outlets in the Middle East and Peru.PinkBer...

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International FB Franchises Are Waiting at India's Doorstep whilst A Few Like Buddha Bar and Boisda

18th May 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  The iconic Parisian cafe & restaurant chain Buddha Bar is the latest glamour brand to spice up India's resto bar business. George V Eatertainment, parent of Budha Bar, has just struck a deal with an Indian F&B start-up to open doors under a new brand, B-Bar, keeping in mind the local religious sentiments. UK's Boisdale Restaurant & Bar, which offers Scottish cuisine and has, arguably, the largest collection of malt whiskeys, is another...

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Indians Are Exercising More For Mobility and Balance Rather Than To Look Muscular Interview With Fit

14th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Being healthy is the in thing in India these days. It’s not just about looking good but about being fit. In conversation with Vikram Aditya Bhatia, Managing Director (India), Fitness First, Sreshtha Sen digs deeper into what makes more Indians hit the GYMHow advanced is India as compared to other countries in terms of health clubs?India is not at all advanced. It’s in a very stagnant stage. The number of people who actually participate in physical activities ...

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India Franchise Industry To Cap 14 Billion by 2013

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: The Indian franchise industry, currently pegged at $8 billion, is bound to reach $14 billion by 2013 on the back of emergence of low-cost franchises, according to Ritu Marya, director of Franchise India Holding Limited.“In the recent times, there has been an increasing acceptance of the franchise model as a key concept for growth in most of the industries and this trend will continue,” she told mediapersons here on Thursday, adding there are currently about 1...

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Impresario Hospitality to launch six Mocha cafes

14th June 2010, New Delhi, India:  Impresario Hospitality has plans to come up with 6 more ‘Mocha’ outlets in Tier-2 and Tier-2 cities. Impresario currently operates 20 Mocha outlets in major metros including Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai.By December-2010 company’s target is to venture into Tier-2 cities like Ludhiana and also the North Eastern states. The company is looking at tapping the upwardly mobile urban consumers in small cities who are on the loom out for brands in the esti...

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HEALTH SANCTUARY brings new line of Advanced Weight Management products into market

10th April 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: HEALTH SANCTUARY Personal Care launched a new line of Advanced Weight Management products encased in attractive Packaging nationwide. The Range of products include Items like the INSTA TRIM and the HS TRIM products that offer advanced solutions for day to day Weight Management needs of individuals relating to Obesity and associated consequential problems that people keep facing on a regular basis.The range of products is an addition to the existing Se...

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Godrej Interio adopts franchise route

10th April 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The leading home, office furniture and interior solutions company, Godrej Interio has launched its first franchise store in Chennai in association with Sarada Agencies. The store is located in Velachery.As per the Senior Company official Godrej Interio is expanding its presence constantly and the plan was to launch 70 stores by 2013. The company is developing products with embedded technology, especially in the furniture segment. There is huge potenti...

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Gillette Plans 2000 Neighborhood Men Salon Franchise Outlets By 2013

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Men’s salon business in India is getting organised. FMCG major Procter and Gamble is giving the much-needed facelift to the industry, which is still largely in the hands of neighbourhood barbershops, by extending its leading men’s grooming products brand Gillette to grooming services.Procter and Gamble will launch the first exclusive men’s salon chain under the brand Gillette in January with the collaboration of Chennai-based unisex salon chain Naturals. Th...

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FredDeLuca To Have 1000 Subway Franchises In India

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Opening a Subway Franchise In India, becomes simpler, as the company has aggressive plans to expanding to 1000 subway franchise in india in the next five years from the present 263 subway franchise restaurants that are operating.Rs 300 Cr would be required for this expansion.Fred De Luca, The companies Founder and CEO, mentioned their focus is on the smaller format outlets in the range of 600-800 sft, which makes it easier for the franchisees to have subway locat...

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Dunkin Donuts More Franchise In India will Focus On Coffee Sandwiches and Croissants

14th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Dunkin' Donuts officially launched in India on Tuesday in a bid to tap the country's growing café culture, a move that is set to pave the way for competition in the Indian market with Starbucks Corp.The Indian unit of the U.S. food retail chain, a joint venture between Dunkin' Brands Group Inc and India's Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd., opened a flagship store in the heart of New Delhi, at Connaught Place.This is one of 10 stores the company plans to open in India by M...

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Domino eyes small towns for expansion

26th April 2010, New Delhi, India: Domino’s Pizza will expand its product offering and focus on smaller towns for growth opportunities.The company also is also going ahead with an aggressive brand building exercise, including increased spending on marketing and special offers, as it seeks a bigger pie in the estimated Rs 1,000-crore Indian pizza market.The Indian pizza market is of around Rs 1,000 crore. The home delivery segment consists of around half of it and Domino’s claims a 65 per cen...

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Da Milano to launch womens footwear brand

24th May 2010, New Delhi, India: Delhi-based leather goods brand, Da Milano, known for its handbags, is set for a brand extension to introduce new products. The brand plans to introduce two sub-brands – Rosso Brunello, offering premium footwear for women, and Da Milano Home, offering leather interiors – by September,2010.The brand is also targeting key airports in the country to open exclusive stores. It has firmed up plans to open stores at the domestic and international terminals of IGI Ai...

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Curves India Franchisee Plans 250 centres in India

20th April 2010, New Delhi, India:  Curves International, a US-based fitness club for women plans to open 250 fitness centres in India through its Master Franchise – Curves India. These centres will be launched within a span of three years and will be franchisee operated centres.Curves India has also signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Q-Mart Retail Ventures Pvt. Ltd, a Hyderabad based food retailer. It will be an exclusive franchisee of Curves India for Andhra Pradesh and wil...

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Costa Coffee has opened its four outlets in Bangalore

14th June 2010, New Delhi, India: The largest coffee chain of UK Costa Coffee has opened its four outlets in Bangalore and said two more outlets will be opened till end of the May.The leading Coffee chain operates in 25 countries 1,600 stores including 1,069 in the UK and 531 overseas.As per the senior company official, the company will open 10 outlets in Bangalore by the year end and will add up to 15 more stores in the next year. Costa Coffee plans to expand to other cities in South India in 2...

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Costa Coffee success story

14th June 2010, New Delhi, India: The largest coffee chain of UK Costa Coffee has opened its four outlets in Bangalore and said two more outlets will be opened till end of the May.The leading Coffee chain operates in 25 countries 1,600 stores including 1,069 in the UK and 531 overseas.As per the senior company official, the company will open 10 outlets in Bangalore by the year end and will add up to 15 more stores in the next year. Costa Coffee plans to expand to other cities in South India in 2...

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Cocoberry on expansion drive

11th May 2010, New Delhi, India:  Cocoberry – the premium yogurt chain plans 50 retail outlets across India by the end of fiscal 2010-11.The company currently operates around 11 stores in Delhi/NCR and Mumbai, plans to expand its reach in cities such as Chandigarh,Bangalore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata, among other cities.The delhi based premium frozen yogurt chain is also expected to start selling pre-packaged products through supermarkets and hyperma...

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Cinnabon Bakery opens its second outlet in India

21st June 2010, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: The  famous American bakery chain Cinnabon has opened up its second outlet in India, in Bandra – Mumbai. The first ever Cinnabon Bakery opened in Delhi a year ago. A second Mumbai outlet will open in Juhu opposite the JW Marriott Hotel on June 29.Mumbai branch has opened its doors in Pali Naka. Apart from being a take-away, the bakery also has a small quick-service seating area.Dish Hospitality, which runs Aurus in Juhu, has the master franchise...

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Cafe Coffee Day to rebrand itself

1st July 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Cafe Coffee Day is all set to don a new look and logo as the retail coffee house chain goes for a re-branding. The company plans to invest Rs 1,300 crore this fiscal to open 180 outlets and revamp the existing ones with a new logo. Cafe Coffee Day, popularly known as CCD, will now have a logo representing a dialogue box instead of its earlier square box.As per the senior company official, “We are going for a complete makeover, right from the change i...

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Buy Subway Franchise In India. Interview with Founder Fred DeLuca

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: The man who started Subway 47 years ago and made its first sandwich himself is now targeting 1,000 outlets in India in five years and 5,000 in 10 years. There are 260 outlets now. Fred DeLuca, founder and CEO of restaurant chain Subway, started a sandwich shop 'Pete’s Super Submarine’ at Bridgeport (Connecticut) when he was 17. It was started with a $1,000 loan from family friend Peter Buck to pay his college fee. DeLuca sees high potential in the Asian marke...

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Brand Calculus launches Kiwi Kiss Frozen Yogurt in India

1st May 2010, New Delhi, India:  Brand Calculus, the master franchisee of Jus Booster Juice in India has launched its second outlet of Kiwi Kiss Frozen Yogurt, a Canadian chain of frozen yogurt, at Koramangala in Bangalore.The 1,550 sq feet store can accommodate 40 people. It will offer new genre of frozen dessert, a creamy cup of delicious and mouth watering frozen yogurt.

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Australian Food Chain Country Chicken Opens Its First Franchise Outlet In India In Coimbatore

14th May 2012, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India:  Australian food chain, Country Chicken today has over 400 outlets across the world, in places like Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Dubai.The success of the chain can be attributed to Peter Austin, founder and chairman of the Australian Food Brand.Peter, who was in Coimbatore recently to launch the very first branch of Country Chicken in India, opens up about his path to success and what his true love really is.Peter was considered to be the wor...

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Ritas Italian Ice Signs India Master Franchise South Asian Food and Hospitality Pvt Ltd

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Rita's Italian Ice®, the United States largest Italian Ice concept with more than 550 stores, will introduce their famous Italian Ice to India. A Master Licensee development agreement has been awarded to South Asian Food & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary company of South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. based in New Delhi, India. The new Master Licensee announced its aggressive development plan for India to open 50 Rita's Italian Ice stores over the ...

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Ritas Italian Ice Signs India Master Franchise

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: Rita's Italian Ice®, the United States largest Italian Ice concept with more than 550 stores, will introduce their famous Italian Ice to India. A Master Licensee development agreement has been awarded to South Asian Food & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary company of South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. based in New Delhi, India. The new Master Licensee announced its aggressive development plan for India to open 50 Rita's Italian Ice stores over the ...

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Sandys Cafe n Music Lounge is adopts franchise route to expand

10th April 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Sandy’s Cafe n Music Lounge – an original & most contemporary concept based Cafe with Live DJ Music is all set to expand its footprints in India and abroad with expertise of Franchise Mart India Pvt Ltd. Sandy’s Cafe n Music Lounge promotes three infectious offerings; Specialty Coffee drinks, Mouth-watering food and Live DJ Music.Based at Surat, Sandy’s Cafe n Music Lounge is a dream come true for an ambitious Lady Entrepreneur Sandhya Han...

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Sefam A Franchise From Pakistan Plans 50 Outlets In India

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: If you are floored by Pakistani cottons and laces, here is some good news. Lahore-based lifestyle company Sefam is tailoring plans to mark its presence on Indian soil.As India and Pakistan look to enhance bilateral ties, companies from across the border - especially in the apparel space - are hoping to make inroads into the Indian apparel market.Sefam is keen to roll out its popular brand Bareeze. “We want to be here like all other international brands. We are ...

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SKNL launches new apparel brand World Player

12th June 2010, New Delhi, India: India’s leading Textile and Apparel company S Kumars Nationwide Limited (SKNL), launched its new apparel brand ‘World Player’ in Kerala.Speaking to media persons, Johnny John, COO, World Player, said aimed at 18 to 35 years age group, World Player offered a wide, vibrant new range of stylish clothing and accessories at an affordable price.World Player apparels were priced at Rs 149 onwards and accessories at Rs 99 onwards, he said, adding World Player will...

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Tom Davies To Retail In India With Himalaya Opticals

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: London Based, Tom Davies who is known for designing eyewear for celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Matthew Bellamy and Shah Rukh Khan, has tied up with Kolkata Based retail chain Himalaya Optical.He will now design made to order collections for consumers across India through the Himalaya Stores.Himalaya Optical Director Sarat Binani mentioned that they aim to consolidate the niche category segment, where they presently garner around 10-15% of their sales. The India...

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Suguna Daily Fresh Retail To Have 500 Franchisee Owned Outlets Across South India

11th January 2012, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India: Coimbatore-based Suguna Poultry Farm Limited (SPFL), one of the largest producers of poultry broilers in the country, is planning to set up a ready-to-eat chicken products plant in Bangalore, according to K Ravindran, director (sales and marketing).“We have zeroed in on Bangalore as it is a logistically-ideal location. We will start work on the unit in two months from now and commence production in the next one-and-a-half to two years. The prop...

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The Ristorante Lounge launched in Jabalpur

7th June 2010, Jabalpur, Rajasthan, India: After spreading the culture of coffee in various cities of India – now it’s in Jabalpur. Coffee Culture – The Ristorante Lounge is being inaugurated in Jabalpur at sardar bazaar on 30th December 2010.Specially designed cafe lounge formats outlet with different kind of sitting arrangements. The Ristorante Lounge combines the style and luxury of a lounge with lively ambience and comfort of cafe. With exquisites’ interior and exotic menu and themat...

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Tom Davies To Retail In India With Himalaya Opticals

18th May 2012, New Delhi, India: London Based, Tom Davies who is known for designing eyewear for celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Matthew Bellamy and Shah Rukh Khan, has tied up with Kolkata Based retail chain Himalaya Optical.He will now design made to order collections for consumers across India through the Himalaya Stores.Himalaya Optical Director Sarat Binani mentioned that they aim to consolidate the niche category segment, where they presently garner around 10-15% of their sales. The India...

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KFC Franchise in India Has Big Plans to Expand Nationwide

3rd May 2010, New Delhi, India: KFCs a common sight in big Indian cities Yum Brands Inc. is now targeting second-tier markets as it looks to ring up $1 billion in system sales and 1,000 stores by 2015.Niren Chaudhary, president of Yum’s India operations, said the company, whose other chains include Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is counting on a new wave of growth in India propelled by favorable demographics.“By 2030, India will be the largest consuming class in the world, ahead of the U.S. and Ch...

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Victoria Secret announces Franchise Partnership with Alshaya

3rd May 2010, New Delhi, India: Specialty store operator Limited Brands, Inc. (La Senza, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret) announced that it is forming a franchise partnership with M.H. Alshaya, Co., the retail business of the Alshaya Group, to operate stores in the Middle East. Under the deal, the company initially plans to open Bath and Body Works stores later this year in the region.M.H. Alshaya is a leading international franchise operator for more than 55 retail brands, currently in...

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Vision Express comes to Bengaluru

6th May 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: The 12th store of Vision Express has opened in Bengaluru, taking its total count to 54 stores across India.The new store is located at R T Nagar, Bengaluru. Spread over 1,100 sq.ft area, the outlet offers a wide range of eyewear products and accessories matching contemporary style and fashion in a world-class ambience. Like its other stores, this store also offers ‘end-to-end’ optical solutions to its customers at low prices.Vision Express is a 50-5...

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Woodland brings new Summer Collection 2010 into market

14th June 2010, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: Woodland, the high quality international outdoor footwear and apparel brand has unheralded its all new Summer Collection 2010.The line is designed using natural materials like linen, organic cotton blends, prints produced with organic inks and treatments, contributing to Woodland’s strong commitment in curbing our ecological footprint.Cotton/Linen shirts, Bermuda shorts, woven and dyed checkered shirts, lots of denim and revamped seasonal es...

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Yum Brands creates separate division to drive expansion plans in India

30th November 2011, New Delhi, India:  US-based Yum Brands Inc, having brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is separating its Indian operations into its own standalone segment. This is a strong indication of the fast-food operator’s interest in expansion in the country as its only other major international market is China. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the group has named Mr. Niren Chaudhary as the President of the newly created Yum Restaurants India division a...

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VLCC launches Anti Obesity Campaign in UAE on November 26th

24th November 2011, Dubai, UAE:  VLCC offers scientific weight loss solutions and therapeutic approach to beauty treatments, making beauty, fitness and health accessible. VLCC is the Middle Easts premiere beauty, scientific slimming and preventive healthcare brand. It is urging the UAE residents to observe Anti Obesity Day on November 26th. To put up a united fight against the surge of obesity in UAE, the company has already embarked a month long Anti Obesity Drive which started on November...

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Tourism leaders of the Middle East reinforce confidence in the tourism sector

8th May 2012, Dubai, UAE: Ministers of Tourism and leading tourism companies from the Middle East and North Africa reiterated their confidence in the growth of tourism in the region during the first UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market Industry Forum.Entitled The Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Ensuring sustainable growth in challenging times, the forum debated short and long term prospects for tourism in the region, stressing the encouraging signs emerging from destinations...

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Titan Industries Ltd set to expand in retail in different segments

17th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Titan industries Ltd. is now looking forward to expand its reach in dynamic retail industry. Aspiring to twofold the amount of space in retail in india as well as international which includes Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and South Arabia.Besides having 827 retail outlets across 157 towns with a combined area of over one million sq. feet, Titan plans to open 225 watch and accessories stores, 55 jewellery stores and 45 eyewear stores thi...

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Thomas cook launched 26 new stores across India

17th August 2012, New Delhi, India:  By launching 26 more Foreign Exchange Branches and Gold Circle Partner (Franchisee) outlets across the country, Thomas cook India Limited is fastening its network in India. It is also seen as a reiteration of its target to flourish its allocation through presence in Tier II and III regional markets.Holding firmly its position of undoubted market king and its expedient ways of reaching to customers by ensuring the delivery of its diverse product-service p...

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Simba Toys to on expansion spree will launch 25 stores in India via franchising

17th August 2012, New Delhi, India: Currently the world is fighting against global economic slowdown, India is a ray of hope for companies which wants to earn profits. India’s toy industry has attracted a massive investment of over Rs. 1700 crore. Germany’s Simba Dickie group plans to set up 25 franchise stores across the country, according to a top company official.“The Indian toy market is evolving and we want to tap this huge potential. We plan to set up 25 franchise stores across the c...

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Shoppers Stop to launch 24 stores

17th August 2012, New Delhi, India:  Observing the exciting expansion in retail industry, K. Raheja Group-owned Shoppers Stop plans to set up 24 stores by FY14, as told by senior company official. “We are planning to launch our 24 new stores in the next three years. In starting, we would be opening 8 - 9 Shoppers Stop stores in the current fiscal.” Group Chief Financial Officer, Mr. C. B. Navalkar, told.Currently, the company owns 38 stores across the country, with a total retail space ...

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Sanjeev Kapoor to launch three restaurant brands in three different formats

2nd December 2011, New Delhi, India: Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor is the celebrity chef, entrepreneur and promoter of Khana Khazana India Pvt Ltd. He plans to launch three new brands of restaurants in different formats. A Chinese cuisine eating joint under the Pinyin Cafe brand will be first opened in Mumbai. Another fine dining restaurant branded Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor will be opened at a five-star hotel in Dubai within the next one month. A third one, Fure Vie, a lounge is also ready for its soft l...

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Planet Retail gives up franchise rights of three brands

27th September 2012, New Delhi, India: Today, Planet Retail sells the franchise agreements of three fashion brands as part of its business reformation exercise. These brands includes departmental store chain Debenhams and fashion brands Nautica and Next.The brands are not under the control the textile and apparel major Arvind Ltd’s wholly owned subsidiary Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd.Mr. Ramesh Tainwala, chairman, Planet Retail Holdings Pvt Ltd said, “I have just concluded the deal and have t...

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Natural Ice Creams to penetrate in North and Eastern India in FY 2012

13th December 2011, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Original Natural Ice Creams serves fruit ice creams since its inception in 1984. Launched in Mumbai, soon it spreads its business networks by opening branches in Pune, Bangalore, Nashik, Kolhapur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Shirdi. The premier ice-cream chain major has planned to launch stores in Northern India in NCR, Punjab and as well as in Eastern India, mainly Kolkata in FY 2012. According to Mr. Srinivas Kamath, Director, Natural Ice Creams, ...

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Law and Kenneth is the communications partner of Lavazza in India

6th December 2011,  New Delhi, India:  Lavazza, an Italian coffee brand, has selected Law & Kenneth as its communications partner in India.The total marketing budget is estimated to be over Rs. 35 crore, according to sources. The agency will handle the entire portfolio of Lavazza business, from coffee shops to vending services and other traditional businesses through its offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. In India, Lavazza operates with different brands – Fresh & Honest Ca...

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Killer spreads its footprints in Chennai

19th November 2011, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: The ruling denim brand of India, Killer, is expanding its empire far and wide. It has opened its 1st KILLER exclusive in Chennai at N. H. Fashions, No-35/20, Arcot Road, Kodambakkam Chennai. 600024. Ph. 43589683. .It is not just becoming the reigning brand of denim in India, but is also travelling across borders. One name that has taken over everyone’s mind when it comes to denim in India, is Killer.After a successful launch of K-LOUNGE near Abir...

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Indias First Domestic Fried Chicken Outlet BANGS opens in Panchkula

23rd August 2012,  Panchkula, Chandigarh, India: The country’s First Domestic Fried Chicken chain BANGS! launched its food outlet in Panchkula. The store’s complete address is DSS 262, Sector - 20,  Panchkula, Haryana. The store was inaugurated at an auspicious moment on 24th August, 2012 at 11.30am. Bangs Fried Chicken is Chennai based QSR chain. Currently, it is operating 35 outlets, in which  22 outlets are franchise owned. It is offering a wide range menu with fair price. ...

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How Reebok is winning the faith of Adidas

6th February 2013, New Delhi, India:  'Live with Fire' a brand mantra of sorts for Reebok has picked up some rather ominous connotations what with declining sales and a multi crore scam in India. However its global chief marketing officer Matthew O'Toole is kitted up with a back-to-basics 'fitness' core that he claims has the power to Reorient his business and Re-energise the faith of group holding company Adidas.Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in June with the weather playing hooky is somethin...

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Hindustan Motors Reports Rs 18 crore Profits in the Last Quarter of FY 2011 12

7th May 2012, New Delhi, India:  The Indian auto marque, Hindustan Motors has registered a profit of Rs. 18.01 crore in the last quarter of the fiscal year 2011-12, but this profit also couldn’t do wonders for the company when the whole financial year’s profits were considered. Despite this huge profit, the company recorded a stand-alone loss of Rs. 29.96 crore in the FY 2011-12.The company registered a profit of Rs. 75 lakh in the financial year 2010-11. When the consolidated figures w...

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Helios to roll out more retail stores by 2013

17th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  Helios, the multi-brand watch retail store is planning to mushroom 38 more of its stores by April 2013 across india. It will be an add to the existing 27 stores it has all over india.The retailer asserts that it is in search of more franchisees for its expanded outlets that will be based on franchise model. It is also due to pay particular attention to the watch market and hopes to expand the number of watch brands it works with.Currently, the ...

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New Delhi celebrates as Fiat launches Cafe brand store in New Delhi

23rd August 2012, New Delhi, India:    Fiat India Automobiles has announced the launch of Fiat Caffe- an initiative to showcase the distinctive Italian automotive lifestyle experience for Fiat owners and enthusiasts. The Cafe opening at Tolstoy Marg in New Delhi is the first Fiat Caffe in the country. The second Caffe will be launched in Pune which makes India the only country in the world to proudly house two Fiat Cafes.At the Caffe, customers can go through the latest Fiat India...

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Battle between Adidas and Reeboks former managing director escalated

5th May 2012, New Delhi, India:  The premier sportswear brand, Reebok’s Indian unit is owned by Adidas AG. The battle between German sportswear giant Adidas AG and it’s baby product, Reebok’s former managing director in India Mr. Subhinder Singh Prem reached new heights in Thursday after he sent a legal notice to the company and its CEO Mr. Herbert Hainer. Prem challenged the legality of the appointment of the new India head and his own termination.Prem was given a termination notice ...

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Bata India reports profits for 1st Quarter of 2012

17th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:  One of the India’s leading footwear retailer and manufacturer, Bata India Limited, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2012. Net Profit of the Company grew by 41%, Rs. 3600 lakhs in Q1 of 2012 over the corresponding period last year, without considering Gains of Rs. 8377 lakhs  from Surplus Property Development. The Turnover of the Company grew by 31%, Rs. 40,548 lakhs in Q1 of 2012 as compared to...

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Australia coffee major Di Bella Coffee to enter into India

2nd December 2011, New Delhi, India: Australia's premium coffee company Di Bella Coffee is queuing up to enter India's USD 441 million  cafe chain business that has established retailers like Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee and Barista Lavazza. Di Bella is likely to open as many as six outlets in Mumbai by January 2012, which will be followed by expansion in Delhi and Hyderabad.Founded in 2002 in Brisbane, the company runs over 1,242 wholesale and retail outlets in Australia, New Zealand and ...

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Antal International gets laurels Wins Top Industry Award

17th August 2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Antal International, a recruitment specialist for specialists and executives, has made it to the top in the category "Best International Recruitment Agency, 2012" – the leading awards program in the recruitment sector.Antal continued in the competition for the award from the face of competition. The award is in recognition of the company, the holistic, international recruitment solutions for many of the world's most inspiring and most demanding com...

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Spotless and TCS announce SAP Go Live

17th May 2012, Bangalore, Karnataka, India: Tata Consultancy Services is a leading IT services, consulting, and business solutions firm. It announces that the Spotless Group, an international services company specializing in outsourced facility management, has gone live with the first phase of its SAP transformation program.Spotless selected SAP business management software to assist with its business and IT platform transformation program. To date, the projects scope of work has covered SAP Fin...

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Chatkaara dilli ka now in Kandivali

17th August 2012, New Delhi, India:  “There is no love sincerer than the love of food”, great people admit this fact and so do we at our restaurants of Dream Foods India Private Limited (DFIPL).We crave for the best quality at every food outlet that we open. Chatkaara dilli ka…is one of the most enjoyed brands of DFIPL that offers the delectable delight of the street food with operational excellence in an exciting and fun atmosphere, said the Managing Director, DFIPL, Mr. Prawal Choud...

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Lussoitalia Opens First Store In Hyderabad Plans pan India expansion

17th August 2012, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,  India: Lussoitalia, an Italian furniture studio, has launched its first store in Hyderabad. The company has tied up with Italy-based furniture manufacturing company, Lestro SRL for contract manufacturing. Lussoitalia will represent Italian design houses including Bonaldo, Mito 1964, Leatherline Divani and Gruppo Setten. Lussoitalia will also open franchises in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and other places in a year or two.Lussoitalia MD, Musharraf ...

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Auchan Group enters India by signing franchise deal with Max Hypermarkets

17th August 2012, New Delhi, India: French retailer Auchan Group has planned to enter the country by signing a pact of franchise with Max Hypermarket on Monday, according to the companies.The announcement came in after Max Hypermarket had discontinued its business with Dutch retailer Spar International in May this year. The company is run by Dubai-based Landmark group and has 13 existing stores in India.But now these stores would be rebranded as ‘Auchan’ in the fourth quarter of 2012 and sha...

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Middle East welcomes new entrants 1000 new stores

17th August 2012, Dubai, UAE: Majid Al Futtaim, Emaar Properties, LuLu Group and Al-Futtaim are building super malls in the region as international brands are looking forward to widen stores. What’s more, Virgin Megastore, H&M and Calvin Klein to name few are some reputed international brands opening stores in the extension of Al Wahda Mall.The mall is to extend its length and breath by welcoming more shops and food and beverage outlets, not forgetting the cinema and fitness centers to mak...

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Kent lounge launched at Lajpat Nagar

29th August 2012, New Delhi, India: The Kent’s restaurant is located at the entrance of the elite Defence colony market. It is very popular and surrounded with customers  constantly, as its burgers are considered as the best in town. That too in 12 different varieties! It ranges from the spicy chilly chicken burgers to kebab burgers and paneer burgers. Their finger licking grilled sandwiches with French fries and salad are worth the money. Their pizzas come with healthy toppings and extra...

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Promart India to wear new look

11th February 2013, New Delhi, India: Promart is a revolutionary value format lifestyle concept in India. Its expansion strategy revolves around  smaller towns across India as it has limited access to fashion. Its the segment that company targets. It is a value format retail chain of stores offering discounts schemes from 25% - 60% throughout the year. It was launched by Provogue India. Later, the chain is taken over by Apple Group of Companies and VEMB Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd. where the two gro...

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Keys Hotels goes to franchise model for expansion

22nd January 2013, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: Keys Hotels is the flagship hotel brand of Berggruen Hotels. Currently, it is looking at the franchise model to expand its footprints. This strategy will enable it to grow and fuel its expansion plans. It plans to run 52 hotels in India and abroad by 2015 - 16.Mr. Sanjay Sethi is the MD and CEO of Berggruen Hotels. He said, “We have a strong portfolio of 31 owned and managed hotels across India. We have a highly skilled and experienced core manage...

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Levoon seeking franchisees to expand company

23rd August 2012, New Delhi, India: Levoon  a name that epitomizes the persona of style an