White Spot expands in Asia

Vancouver's White Spot Restaurants is forging ahead with its Asian growth plans, opening a franchised Triple O's-branded eatery in the Philippines in September. Triple O's, a subsidiary of White . . .

Carl's Jr. bites into B.C.'s Lower Mainland

Multinational burger giant Carl's Jr. opened its first Lower Mainland store in mid-January and plans to open another five outlets in Metro Vancouver in each of the next five years, the company's head. . .

Chipotle opens in Vancouver

Health-conscious Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first Vancouver restaurant December 13 at Robson Square, a popular downtown plaza and shopping district - but don't expect to buy into the franchise. . .

Rita's picks Calgary franchisor

Rita's Italian Ice, largest Italian-ice concept in the U.S. with more than 625 outlets, has awarded a master franchise agreement for all of Canada to Canada Water Ice Co. Ltd. of Calgary. Rita's . . .

Retiring boomers eye franchises

A recent TD Canada Trust survey found 54 per cent of baby boomers have or are considering starting a business, everything from consulting firms to buying a franchise. An earlier CIBC survey found a. . .

Iconic Tim Hortons named "brand of the year"

Fast-expanding Tim Hortons has received the 2012 Harris/Decima EquiTrend Brand of the Year award, ranked highest on the measure of equity in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) category. The equity . . .

Sotheby's inks deal with 360 Vox

Montreal-based 360 Vox Corp. is the new parent company of Vancouver-based Sotheby's International Realty Canada and Blueprint Global Marketing Ltd. The deal is a landmark for the two companies, which. . .

Wendy's sees revenue increase

The Wendy's Company, owner of the Wendy's restaurant franchise chain, has reported consolidate revenue of $626.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 4.1 per cent from the preceeding. . .

Global Pet begins western expansion

Global Pet Foods Inc., based in Brantford, Ontario, is proceeding with a major expansion in Western Canada. The company, which specializes in natural, organic pet foods, has 155 franchises across . . .

McDonald's takes aim at Starbucks and Tims

As part of an aggressive effort to grab market share from rivals Starbucks Corp. and Tim Hortons Inc., food giant McDonald's Corp. has stepped up a java-fuelled Canadian expansion. "This year we're . . .

Hotelman joins The Maids

A former Vancouver hotel maintenance manager has purchased The Maids franchise for Richmond. U.S-based The Maids is a residential cleaning franchise that specializes in "cleaning for health." New . . .

Kindgarten franchise targets Alberta

Fast-growing British Columbia franchisor Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) has expanded outside the province for the first time - to Calgary. The junior kindergarten franchisor now has 11 schools and. . .

RTown dials into franchise route

How do you take a small idea and turn it into the next big thing in digital marketing? Ask Don McQuaid, owner of RTown Communications, and he'll tell you it's all about thinking big. RTown has been . . .

Cora chain links into Saskatoon, eyes Regina

The Quebec-based Cora breakfast and lunch restaurant chain is coming to Saskatchewan, with its first location opening later this month (November) in Saskatoon as it expands westward. The Cora outlet . . .

Executive Hotels jump to Prairies

Vancouver's Executive Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has opened two new franchised hotels, one in Lloydminster and the other in Regina. There are 17 hotels managed or licensed by the company. . .

Milestones moves into Winnipeg

Ontario-based Cara Operations is bringing a Milestones Grill and Bar restaurant to Manitoba. The casual-dining concept, with nearly 50 restaurants in Canada, will be introduced to the province in . . .

Dark Table diners eat in the dark

Dark Table has opened in Vancouver's Kitsilano area as the third dining spot from Moe Alameddine and his company, O Noir, where people eat in a totally blacked-out room. The 75-seat establishment has. . .

Foreign food workers recruited to Alberta

Alberta will allow more semi-skilled foreign foodservice workers in the province than originally planned under a pilot project aimed to give newcomers a better chance of becoming landed immigrants. . . .

GeoWash rolling into Toronto, looking west

Europe-based GeoWash, a franchise in the ecological car-wash business, is expanding rapidly with business in over 30 countries. Now, Canadian franchisee Ali Dohaini has opened the very first GeoWash . . .

GE Capital backs Temple REIT

GE Capital Franchise Finance has provided Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (Temple REIT) with $20 million toward its purchase of the Aquire Hotel in West Edmonton. The six-storey, 160-room hotel . . .

Smashburger expanding again

U.S.-based Smashburger recently opened its second Canadian location in Calgary's Royal Oak neighbourhood after the successful opening of its first Canadian restaurant in the northeast part of that . . .

McDonald's opening vegetarian outlet

McDonald's may be known around the world for its Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets, but we all know that it's not above shaking up its menu for different regions. For example, diners in Asia can feast . . .

Smoke's Poutinerie expands to Vancouver

Vancouver poutine lovers will soon have another establishment to satisfy their cravings. Smoke's Poutinerie is opening two of its three announced franchise locations on Robson Street and Granville . . .

Baskin-Robbins plans expansion

Baskin-Robbins has announced plans to push western expansion of its iconic confectionary franchise in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, according to Bob Tipple, director and general manager for . . .

China "wild west" for franchises

B.C.-based White Spot Restaurants opened its first Triple O's location in Mainland China July 28 and plans to open another 15 restaurants in the country within the next four years. The move is part . . .

Famous Dave's links with natives

U.S.-based Famous Dave's has inked a deal with a Canadian franchisee, Tribal Council Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd. (TCIG) for a new store opening in Winnipeg. Seven First Nations tribal councils . . .

Mucho Burrito targets Oman

Canadian franchise chain Mucho Burrito is bringing a new wave of Mexican options to the Muscat Grand Mall in Muscat, Oman. The franchise entered into a master franchisee agreement with the Double . . .

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