Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Kare Design GmbH (Germany) Opens Franchise Store in Major

Furniture, lighting and accessory wholesaler, retailer and franchisor Kare Design GmbH has opened a 10,000-plus-square-foot franchise store in Majorca. The company now has more than 100 franchise stores worldwide and an equal number of shop-in-shops.

With the Majorca store, Rafa Iboléon, director and owner of the new Kare outlet, is targeting both international and Spanish residents on the island and communications on all channels are in presented in three languages.

"This island's appetite for style and elegance is the perfect match for our brand universe,” said Kare CEO Peter Schonhofen. “In addition, Mallorca has a wide range of villas and apartments which provide the ideal potential for our creative furniture brand and the KARE wow effect."

"We offer a strong appeal to shoppers with a product range that is unique in Mallorca, is attractively showcased and available to go,” Iboleon said. “On an island, in particular, immediate availability is a big advantage over having to wait a long time for something to be delivered from the mainland.” 

Since it was founded in 1981, Kare Design GmbH has grown to include its own shops in Munich, Regensburg and Vienna. The company also has 100 franchise shop partners in more than 40 countries, as well as shop-in-shop sales areas, an online store and its Stierblut fashion subsidiary.

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Icons Coffee Couture (Germany) Expansion Continuous all Over the Emirates

ICONS Coffee Couture, famous for their sugar-free, healthy eating concept, opened its first store in Abu Dhabi at the Deerfields Mall and continuous with opening the doors on 23th June at its Branch in Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road and 5th of July in Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah with exciting new additions to its menu 

The sweet treats include an all-new healthy ice-cream bar, smoothies, healthy salads, Fruity Cream Frappes and their newly launched natural FrozTeas 
The new recipes are crafted and tested by their in-house Executive Chef Lara Allegra Lange 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26th June, 2016: ICONS Coffee Couture, a fashion and lifestyle coffee shop offering healthy options for delectable desserts, continuous it’s expansion around the Emirates with new branches at DWTC, Al Hamrah Mall and Deerfields Mall, which will be followed with outlets at Sahara Mall in Sharjah in August and a branch at Haza Stadium in September. The coffee shop provides a flawless blend of fashion and food for those seeking healthier alternatives to their favorite foods. To welcome the summer, ICONS has also introduced a fresh new menu, including their patented FrozTeas© for that perfect balance of sweet and stylish without any harmful additives. 

The revamped menu visualized by Lara Allegra Lange, the German Executive Chef of ICONS, is set to include not only a new assortment of smoothies, salads and Fruity Cream Frappes, but also the much-awaited Healthy Ice-Cream bar and FrozTeas. 

Elena Weber, Founder, ICONS Coffee Couture, said, “I have always had a bit of a sweet-tooth, and have sometimes had to forego some of my likings as they clashed with my goals as a professional model. But, with ICONS, we have made it possible for men and women such as myself to enjoy everything in its natural state. Our healthy ice-cream bar introduces the concept of healthy ice-creams that you can top over your favorite frappe or dessert, with no regrets. Enjoy an iced tea with our range of FrozTeas© - these are full of flavor, not refined sugars!” 

Lara Allegra, the German Executive Chef, ICONS Coffee Couture, said, “It’s exciting to have introduced our Healthy Ice-Cream Bar to Deerfields, Abu Dhabi – our recipes include a hint of Stevia, a natural plan extract and sweetener, and includes froyos and ice-creams we all love. 

The founder of ICONS Coffee Couture, Elena Weber, who practices organic and green living as part of her daily routine, has worked together with Lara to give life to the new menu. A former model and fan of sugar-free German Apple Crumble, Elena originally decided to create ICONS as a way to bring balance to a fit lifestyle through healthy indulgences. 

About ICONS Coffee Couture: 

ICONS Coffee Couture is a Fashionable Coffee Franchise Concept, created by German Model Elena Weber accompanied by a team of fashion lovers and motivated professionals. The concept borrows heavily from the latest trends in the fashion industry and strives to promote a healthy, but joyful lifestyle amongst its clientele with sugar-free and naturally sweetened products for guilt-free joy. 

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Franchising in South Africa Expected to Thrive in 2016

Despite global and domestic markets putting pressure on consumer spending, the franchising industry is still making headway with continued investment from international brands into Africa as new players enter the emerging market.

According to Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank 2016 will show increased activity within the franchise sector.

“Particularly the fast food franchises, as international brands which announced their entry into the market this year look to establish operations around the country in the New Year,” said Nyembe.

He adds: “One only has to look at major shopping centres to see that competition in the quick service restaurant subsector is gearing up. There is a concerted effort by new entrants to establish outlets close to those of existing competitors.”

This only works in favour of the consumer as it allows for more choice as competition increases.

“There is no doubt that 2016 will be a year in which consumers will be spoilt for choice in a market where competitors will be doing all they can to offer quality products and services, whilst keeping prices in check as much as they can,” said Nyembe.

These already established American household names are penetrating the South African market at a fast pace with names such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Burger King and other fast food products and according to Nyembe within the next 12 months these brands will be adopted just as well by locals.

“The fact that they may be new to South Africans will not deter franchisors moving aggressively to establish presence in local business centres,” he said.

The most positive aspect of this international investment in our country will be the economic multiplier effects that will result. New franchises featuring new products will attract a new breed of businesspeople to the franchising sector.

“Sustained business interest in South Africa could be expected to continue despite present pressures on the local retail sector.”

Rationale for entrance into Africa’s most advanced economy for these international brands will be to leverage onto the opportunity to find an entry point onto the rest of the continent to better expand their establishments.

“Locally, they would rely on the fact that historically, retail growth over the last decade has averaged between three and five percent - attractive when international growth rates are considered,” said Nyembe.

Aside from the potential of a younger market compared to aging populations around the globe, Nyembe suggests that entering the market now makes sense considering the rand/dollar rate.

“Investing now means having a head start and being rewarded for being an ‘early initiator’ rather than a ‘late adopter’.”

These international brands also find reassurance from retailers that have recently entered the country and shown success, for example Woolworths introducing Australia’s David Jones and Spain’s Zara - as they look towards South Africa as a “brand conscious” market.

“The possible exception in growth prospects is in some rural areas that, prior to the economic downturn, were hubs for regional growth. The decline in the overall prices of commodities has impacted negatively on the financial health of many rural communities where mining formed the backbone of local economies,” said Nyembe.

Mainly the challenge Nyembe states for franchisers entering the market this year will be pressures on disposable household income.

Stating however that, “These pressures will be compensated for to an extent by the need for franchises-particularly those in the food sector- to remain competitive.”

As well as offering more variety to the consumer, an added benefit would be the creation of more job opportunities in the country.
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Monday, 28 December 2015

Antal International (UK) Opens Five Franchise Offices

Executive recruiter Antal International has announced the opening of five new franchise offices this month. 

In France, Philippe Tarassoff has operations in Paris and Montpellier to cover FMCG [fast-moving consumer goods] and luxury brands recruitment, while Arnaud Sportouch and Jane Deng have a Paris office to focus on the chemical, engineering, energy and manufacturing industries.

In Germany, Peter Schumann has become a franchisee in Cologne after more than 35 years in the plastics industry.

In the UK, Imo Etuk, with experience in domestic and international banking, has opened an Antal franchise in Croydon. 

The fifth office is in Casablanca, Morocco, where Latifa El Batal has become a franchisee. She has 20 years’ experience in technology and is tasked with expanding Antal’s brand across Northern Africa.


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Denny's (US) to Open Two New Restaurant Locations in Dubai

Denny's Corporation, one of the largest family dining chains across the globe, today announced the opening of two new restaurant locations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On Wednesday, December 9 America's Diner launched a flagship location on Al Manara Street (off Sheikh Zayed Road), which follows the recent opening of the country's first Denny's at Al Ghurair Centre in September. Both restaurants introduce the brand's new Heritage design elements to the region, featuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere pronounced by a unique balance of natural wood tones, earthy textures, modern colors and metal accents.

The two new Dubai locations are the first of 30 franchise restaurants planned for the area by regional franchise partner Advance Investment, L.L.C., the master franchisee of Denny's for the Gulf Region. The partnership encompasses an exclusive agreement to develop Denny's restaurants in nine countries within the Middle East over the next 10 years.

"Our Dubai openings mark a significant milestone for Denny's as we continue to make progress expanding America's Diner internationally," commented John Miller, Denny's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have built a brand that has garnered a loyal following well beyond the United States, and are pleased to open our new restaurants in Dubai which demonstrate the global demand for what Denny's offers: classic American comfort food served in a welcoming environment at an everyday value."

Ghassan Kassabji, Executive Director, Food Quest, providing management support to Advance Investment, LLC commented, "We are proud to be the first to bring Denny's to the United Arab Emirates and introduce local families to the diner favorites that have resonated with guests around the world. We believe the concept is a great fit for the region."

Denny's Senior Vice President of Global Development, Steve Dunn, added, "Denny's is one of the largest family dining chains across the globe, and we are excited to add Dubai to the list of international destinations offering our unique diner experience. It has been a true pleasure working with Advance Investment, L.L.C. and we look forward to finding more qualified partners like Ghassan and his team to further expand Denny's international footprint." 

About Denny's 

Denny's is the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. Denny's currently has over 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.7 billion including 112 international restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

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Fuddruckers (US) Opens Second Fast Casual Location in Mexico

Fuddruckers, a Texas heritage brand, debuted its second fast casual restaurant in Mexico on November 30. Regional franchisee Fuddruckers Merida unveiled an approximately 5,400-square-foot location, ideally situated in the upscale Plaza Altabrisa fashion mall off Calle 7. The 160-seat eatery with patio features a design that references Fuddruckers' classic, Americana origins. Fuddruckers' initial entry in the Mexican market was nearly two years ago in Villahermosa, Tabasco.

According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to be expanding in Mexico and couldn't ask for a better site to introduce a home of the 'World's Greatest Hamburgers' in Merida."

About Fuddruckers 

Since 1980, Fuddruckers has been obsessed with making the world happier, one great hamburger at a time, and Merida diners will be the first to experience specialty BBQ as well as bourbon burger offerings. Customers will also enjoy signature standards that have earned the brand acclaim – all grilled-to-order featuring always fresh and never frozen local beef plus delicious, sesame-topped buns baked from scratch on-site throughout the day to achieve the perfect combination of crisp crust and melt-in-your-mouth texture.

In addition to burgers, the engaging menu offers a variety for many tastes with an array of sandwiches and salads. No matter what they choose, customers can customize their meal with a trip to the legendary Build Your Own produce bar, which features fantastic fixings like locally grown sun-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, sliced onions, dill pickles, and pico de gallo.

About Luby's, Inc.

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division. The company-operated restaurants include 94 Luby's Cafeterias, 76 Fuddruckers restaurants, eight Cheeseburger in Paradise full service restaurants and bars and one Bob Luby's Seafood Grill. Its Luby's Cafeterias are located primarily in Texas. 

In addition to the company-operated Fuddruckers locations, Luby's is the franchisor for 106 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico, Panama, Italy, Poland, Chile and the Dominican Republic. Luby's Culinary Services provides food service management to 21 sites consisting of healthcare, higher education and corporate dining locations.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Leading in-home senior care franchises Right at Home (US) continues international expansion

Right at Home, a leading in-home senior care franchise with more than 450 locations on five continents, continues to take its innovative, recession-resistant and economy-boosting model to growing international markets. The brand has seen an explosion of growth outside the U.S., concluding 2014 with 55 international operating offices in nine countries with an additional three offices pending, including the January opening in The Netherlands. With ongoing success in the U.S. and abroad, Right at Home aims to cultivate health innovation as the global need for in-home senior care continues to grow.

The U.N. predicts that by 2050, the number of elderly people in the world will exceed the number of young for the first time in history. Estimates also show that by then, more than two billion people will be age 60 or older.

At the close of 2014, Right at Home International reported a 95 percent growth in sales. This overwhelming success contributed to the Right at Home organization as a whole crossing over the cumulative $1 billion in sales mark, 120,000 clients served, 300,000 caregivers and 3 million total care hours over the course of the company’s tenure in the United States, U.K., Brazil, China, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Australia.

“Right at Home International results this past year, including successes in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, all validate the need for a strong in-home care presence,” said Right at Home executive chair and founder Allen Hager. “Our expansion moving forward will help us access more market capabilities, and our customers and franchisees will reap the benefits of having attentive and dedicated in-home caregivers who understand the unique needs of the area.” 

In January, Right at Home launched Right at Home Netherlands, servicing the Alphen area through the addition of Master Franchisee Peter van de Burgt. The office opened amidst the growing care needs of the rising elderly and in-need-of care population, which is expected to represent 24.8 percent of the country’s population by 2025.

2014 was also a phenomenal year for Right at Home U.K. The system was named the BFA Emerging Franchisor of the Year and placed second for the Smith & Henderson Best Franchise, both prestigious accolades in the industry. For Right at Home U.K. franchisee Joe Guishard, there was also an added layer of victory after he became the top selling franchisee in the Right at Home U.K. system based on having the most cumulative care hours. At the young age of 34, Guishard has achieved great accomplishments in the business of caring for the elderly.

“We believe the best way for us to expand and continue helping a growing elderly population is by selecting great partners like Peter in The Netherlands and Joe in the United Kingdom, who have outstanding operations, local market knowledge and a steadfast commitment to delivering Right at Home’s quality in-home care with excellence across the globe,” said Blake Martin, Chief Operating Officer of Right at Home International. “Our success will bolster the lives of more seniors while inciting job growth and care advocacy globally.” 

Right at Home has also been successful with growth in Canada. Joined by Ken Deary in the U.K., Master Franchisee Michael Martino continues to expand at a healthy pace, opening nine new units in 2014.

It’s this type of success that is proudly recognized within the Right at Home system. The Right at Home Systemwide Growth Award recognizes the International Master Franchisee that has achieved proportional national yearly growth in their franchise system from the previous calendar year. In 2014, four Right at Home countries exceeded this number by 40 percent, including Right at Home China and Right at Home Ireland, while Right at Home U.K and Right at Home Canada overwhelmingly exceeded this growth number by more than 100 percent.

“We are on the forefront of a quickly expanding demographic and actively filling a service gap that continues to grow. Our Master Franchisees have done a ceremonious job of leveraging market momentum and helping individuals to deliver another year of wins,” said Hager. “Our rapid growth has positioned us to assist an even greater demographic in 2015.” 

Contributing to Right at Home’s presence in the U.K., Brazil, China, Canada and Ireland, the brand is prepared to add up to 3 countries and dozens of units to its growing portfolio in the next year, with plans to provide nearly 1,000 jobs in its international markets. The success the in-home senior care franchise has seen in the United States will help bolster its growth, as franchise owners who have been in business for longer than 12 months average $1 million annually in turnover.

While the in-home care industry is still in its infancy on a global front, and government regulations vary from country to country, the fact remains that the general public is ageing, living longer and wanting to spend their last years in the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, people are not just growing older - they are living longer due to an increased commitment to health and wellness, as well as the advancement of medicine.


Right at Home International is a global franchise organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, licensed by its affiliate, Right at Home, Inc., to offer master franchises worldwide. Since its founding in 1995, Right at Home has grown to more than 450 locations on five continents, and is the first U.S. in-home senior care franchise to enter Brazil and China. 

Right at Home franchises, which are independently owned and operated, offer in-home care and assistance to the elderly and disabled adults who want to continue living independently. Caregiving staff are thoroughly screened and trained prior to entering a client’s home.

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