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Franchising In France

October 3, 2006 by Cris | 0 Comments

Aspects and topics about franchising development.

Franchising france.jpgin France has been representing, since the earliest years of the XX century, a great opportunity of business for people interested in investing or working on their own accounts; moreover, this system is seen by the State as a potential source of development and employment.

The 1st French franchising network was born in 1911, even if there wasn’t yet any terminology to fix this commercial system. History tells about Jean Prouvost (1885 – 1978), owner of a wool mill in the Roubaix, who has charged 1 of his young employers to create a chain of wool shops. The youth created a sort of partnership between the wool mill owner and many traders, with an agreement to warrant them the patent of the brand. The brand was the famous Laines du Pingouin (Penguin wools)! France and United States of America compete for the primacy of ‘franchising mother-country’, because of this event. More.

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Franchising Seen To Boost Economic Activity

October 3, 2006 by Cris | 0 Comments


There is a bright future in franchising. This, in gist, is what the resource persons in the Iloilo Franchise Conference organized by Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc (TSKI) wanted to impart among the participants.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) Chairman Ma. Alegria Limjoco said buying a franchise is a sure success in the field of business. She said there is a 90% success in the franchise business as compared to putting up a new one.

A team from the PFA is now in the city for the two-day Iloilo Franchise Conference being held at the Cinema 3 of SM City Iloilo. There is also a Franchise Exposition at the 3rd level of the mall. The activity highlights the 20th Anniversary Celebration of TSKI.

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October 2, 2006 by Mark | 0 Comments

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pgs.gif, Canada’s leading private sale franchise system, announced today the launch of a new comprehensive website,, designed to help the company fulfill overwhelming demand for its franchises. After nine years in business, has sold over 80 franchise licenses. To compare, in the same time frame, Tim Horton’s and Subway had fewer franchise units established – combined.

“This launch couldn’t have happened at a better time,? says company President Ken LeBlanc. “We’ve been inundated by franchise requests from all over the country, so once again we have leveraged technology to help us keep up. Surplus demand is a great problem to have and we’re proud that we’ve come up with a streamlined and efficient solution to handle it.?

The company’s investment towards easier transfer of information with potential franchisees is a key element to reaching its goal of 150 Canadian franchise units by the end of 2008. This new system is focused on “education? and “transparency? giving interested parties immediate answers to their questions so they can determine whether the opportunity is right for them. The platform moves potential franchisees through logical steps towards a Request for Consideration.

The new site can be found at, appropriately named as its launch coincides with the company’s recent investment towards a new 4,000 square foot, state of the art corporate training facility opened in Moncton, NB. University, or PGU, demonstrates the company’s strong commitment towards quality franchise training.

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KFC’s Col. Sanders Steps Onto Advertising Walk Of Fame

October 2, 2006 by Mark | 1 Comment



Colonel Harland Sanders may have laid the groundwork for his legendary chicken empire almost a century ago, but he’s still going places today! This morning, Col. Sanders was announced as one of America’s two Favorite Icons in advertising for 2006, the first real person ever to receive this designation, at a ceremony and parade held in conjunction with Advertising Week 2006 in New York City.

“Colonel Sanders holds a special place in the hearts and memories of so many Americans, and this honor is certainly an indication of his far-reaching and enduring appeal to food-lovers of all ages,” said James O’Reilly, interim chief marketing officer for KFC. “The fact that the Colonel is the only real person ever to be inducted into Madison Avenue’s Advertising Walk of Fame only adds to this distinction, and is certainly something of which he would be proud today.”

Tens of thousands of voters selected the Colonel from among 26 famous advertising icons to be inducted into Madison Avenue’s Advertising Walk of Fame.

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Build-A-Bear Signs Franchisee For Germany

October 2, 2006 by Mark | 0 Comments

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. said late Friday that it signed Choose Germany A/S as a new international franchisee.Choose Germany A/S is a subsidiary of Choose Holding A/S of Denmark, which also holds the franchise rights to Build-A-Bear Workshop in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The group, led by John Kristensen and Soren Nielsen, currently has five stores in Denmark, one in Sweden and is scheduled to open the first store in Norway late next month, according to a release.

Build-A-Bear Workshop’s chairman and CEO, Maxine Clark, said in a statement, “Germany is a large and exciting market for Build-A-Bear Workshop and we are fortunate to be working with our highly experienced and successful franchisee partners.” Company officials said in the release that Choose Germany A/S plans to open two stores in Hamburg, Germany, later this year — in the Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum shopping center and the Europa Passage arcade.

St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) is a retailer where customers can create their own customized stuffed animals. It currently operates more than 255 stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, with additional franchise stores in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Canadian Company Continues To Expand In Face Of Intense International Competition

October 2, 2006 by Mark | 0 Comments

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Vancouver based Blenz Coffee has acquired four former Seattle’s Best Coffee locations, all located in Downtown Vancouver.

The acquisitions further solidify Blenz Coffee’s position as a leading
player in the B.C. regional retail coffee market.
The locations were previously operated by Vancouver-based Whitefish
Group, the franchisee and licensed distributor for Seattle’s Best Coffee in
“The locations are well positioned and are complementary to our existing
network of stores,” said Mark West, President of Blenz Coffee. “Customers will
continue to enjoy great coffee and will now have access to Blenz Coffee’s
innovative beverage menu, which includes Blenz’ unique specialties and a wider
assortment of non-coffee drinks, for which Blenz is becoming increasingly well
known. Through this acquisition, we will be able to introduce our lines of
super-premium Matcha green tea and other high quality loose teas and
non-coffee beverages to a wider audience.”
“We expect that as the industry continues to mature, there will be
further consolidation in the retail coffee market,” says West. “We continue to
actively pursue growth opportunities, including additional acquisitions and
territorial development, locally and in new markets inside and outside of
Canada. We have come a long way from our first store on Robson Street in
Vancouver nearly 15 years ago, and we are proud to be a Canadian success story
in the face of intense international competition. The quality and innovation
of our products continues to fuel strong sales growth and we believe will
contribute to significant future expansion.

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BFA To Name UK’s Top Franchisee

October 2, 2006 by Mark | 0 Comments

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The counry’s top-performing franchisees will learn next week whether they have won top prize at this year’s Franchisee of the Year Awards.

Ten national finalists will travel to Birmingham on 5 October to compete for the £5,000 Gold Winner’s cheque, while runners up will receive cheques for £3,000 and £2,000.

Among this year’s 10 national finalists are two husband and wife teams, a 63-year-old ex-military policewoman, a former paediatric nurse and a 27-year-old who started out as a pizza delivery boy, all of whom are franchisees from Action International, Belvoir Property, Care @, Chemex, Chem-Dry, Domino’s Pizza, Jo Jingles, Pitman Training, Prontaprint and Riverford Organic.

“[Our 10 winners’] success stories are not only representative of hard work and commitment, but also testament to the support provided by a successful franchising business model,? said Cathryn Hayes, head of franchising for HSBC Bank.

“HSBC also recognises the valuable contribution franchisees such as these make to the UK economy by creating local businesses, wealth and jobs.

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Jacksonville Chocolatier Hopes To Expand Shops Across Country

October 2, 2006 by Cris | 0 Comments


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The sweet-smelling footprint of Peterbrooke Chocolatier will soon be tip-toeing across Florida – and if all goes as the company hopes, across the country within 5 years.

The Jacksonville-based chocolatier has sold 14 freshly baked franchises in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa since it began marketing them in November, surpassing even the company’s own initial expectations. The 1st franchise store, located in Julington Creek, had its grand opening last week, and the company says that it’s entertaining offers from potential franchisees in Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, Tenn. and Birmingham, Ala. The 2nd franchise, located at the St. Johns Town Center, will open Oct. 9.

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24Seven Franchising Seeks Caribbean Immigrant Franchisees

October 2, 2006 by Cris | 0 Comments


24Seven Vending, the 4th largest independent vending company in the US, is seeking Caribbean nationals and other minority franchisees in 14 territories across the U.S.

The move is part of 24Seven’s diversity outreach initiative and franchisees are sought in New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Georgia, and Washington, DC. among other states.

Hard Beat Communications, the minority-certified parent company of the Caribbean World News Network and CaribPR, has signed on as an official broker for the Caribbean American marketplace.

24Seven is revolutionizing the vending industry by offering franchisees company owned territories with pre-sited snack & soda vending machines with known sales histories. It also provides franchisees with proprietary wireless technology and software system that reports their vending sales, restocking requirements, profitability, and machine operating diagnostics. Other advantages.

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New Cafe Melts In Paradise Valley

September 29, 2006 by Mark | 0 Comments

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Melt gelato & crepe café has taken its first franchise order out of its home state of California, setting up shop at Paradise Valley Mall, and plans more than 20 Arizona locations over the next three years.

The Laguna Hills company said the Phoenix cafe is the first step in an expansion across the U.S. Additional store openings in 2006 will include San Francisco, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Toledo, Philadelphia, Connecticut and New Jersey, Florida. Three more Arizona stores are planned before year end, one in Superstitution Springs, and two in Tucson — at Tucson Mall and Park Place, said Clive Barwin, Melt Inc. president and chief executive officer. “We hope to have in excess of 20 within 36 months,” he said.

“As an entrepreneur and someone who has always wanted to own my own business, I wanted to sell something fresh, fun and different,” said local franchisee Angela Chung. Melt gelato & crepe café is a quick-service restaurant offering Italian gelato and sorbetto, crepes and smoothies made from crushed fruit.

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