Hamleys plans to double its stores in India

hamleys-logoHamleys is already the largest toy retailer in India with 26 stores across 14 cities since its entry six years ago. It now intends doubling its number of stores within the next two years.

Reliance Brands, the master franchise for Hamleys India, is already on the job of launching six new stores this fiscal in tier 2 cities like Bhopal, Coimbatore and Guwahati under different formats including its smaller express stores. Continue reading

FirstCry expands its presence acquires BabyOye

first-cry-logoOne of the largest Online baby products retailer FirstCry has agreed to acquire Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd’s baby-care business BabyOye in a cash-and-stock deal that will help it consolidate its presence in the growing segment through an omni-channel strategy. Continue reading

Scotch & Soda inks exclusive franchise Partnership with Reliance Brands

Scotch_and_Soda_logoDutch apparel brand Scotch & Soda has struck a long-term partnership with Reliance Brands to open its stores in India, which was being sold exclusively on Myntra.com.

Reliance Brands, which runs stores of 19 international brands in India, including the likes of Muji, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Diesel and Brooks Brothers, will start off by opening two stores next year for the Euro 600 million brand.  Continue reading

Domino’s Pizza Launches BurgerPizza in India

Domino’s Pizza BurgerPizzaLooks like a Burger Tastes like a Pizza it’s BurgerPizza, Domino’s the world’s largest pizza brand launches its first hybrid, the Burger-Pizza. And so takes the fight for the Indian QSR space to the burger kingdom.

“It only looks like a burger, but has all the goodness of a pizza inside,” says Dev Amritesh, president and chief business officer of Domino’s Pizza India. Perhaps, that’s the reason why the pizza maker is not calling it a burger but a BurgerPizza — a cross between the two. The BurgerPizza will come in two vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants, with a starting price tag of `89. Unlike most burgers, it doesn’t have a patty, is loaded with herbs, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese — ingredients that are central to pizzas — and is oven baked. Continue reading

McDonald’s enters Goa; 240th outlet in west, south India

McDonalds 2Westlife Development Ltd, owner of the master franchise of McDonald’s restaurants in west & south India through its subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Private Ltd (HRPL), officially announces its entry in the state of Goa with the inauguration of its first restaurant. The new outlet marks its entry into the 10th state and opens its 240th restaurant in west & south India. Continue reading

German hotel chain to enter India with MBD

Steigenberger imageGerman luxury hospitality company Steigenberger has partnered with MBD Group to enter the Indian market. The two have formed a joint venture company that will operate, manage and franchise hotels in India under the MBD Steigenberger brand. Steigenberger, which operates 95 hotels across many countries, will be the first German hotel company to enter India. Continue reading

Treebo Hotels set to grow its India footprint across 40 cities by year end

Treebo Hotels logoTreebo Hotels, a franchise budget hotel chain, after tasting initial success with 85 hotels in 17 cities in India, is looking at growing their footprint to 200 hotels in 40 cities by year end. The hotel company which just completed a year of operations has been able to carve a space of its own in the budget hospitality space.  Talking to TravelBiz Monitor, Siddharth Gupta, Co-Founder, Treebo Hotels, said that they have been able to exceed their growth expectations in the first year and able to gain trust and confidence of hotel owners.   Continue reading

Essar Oil plans to roll out 5000 pumps in next 18 months

Essar Oil logoEssar Oil, India’s second largest private oil refiner, plans to nearly double its petrol pumps to 4,300 in next 18 months, a senior company executive  said.

“We have 2,225 petrol pumps now which we will increase to 4,300 in next 18 months,” Essar Oil’s chief executive officer (CEO) retail Madhur Taneja said. Continue reading

Vegetarian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan to open hotels

saravana bhavan logoChennai based vegetarian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan is planning to open hotels chain in India.

The group is soon launching a hotel in Chennai followed by many other openings.

The South Indian Restaurant chain which has entered 20 countries with over 63 outlets in these countries and about 37 in India will be focusing on hotel part of the business for coming fiscal. Continue reading

Keys Hotels to grow via the franchise model, management deals

Keys Hotels logoKeys Hotels is staying away from building its own hotels and has decided to expand through franchises and management contracts to shield itself in a slow market. Having invested in seven hotels, the chain has now set its sights on smart cities such as Visakhapatnam, Calicut and Jaipur to grow through franchises and management contracts with almost 70 new hotels planned in the next 12 months. Continue reading

Lacoste to expand in non-metros; aims 10% sales from online channels

Lacoste logoThe Indian unit of French clothing firm Lacoste hopes as much as 10% of its sales to come through ecommerce channels, including its own recently launched portal, in the next 18-24 months.

The company, which currently doesn’t sell its products on any third-party online platforms in India, is also in talks with ecommerce firms as part of its strategy to tap the online opportunity, Lacoste India Chief Executive Rajesh Jain said.
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French luxury label Longchamp to debut in India

Longchamp logoFrench luxury leather goods brand Longchamp has announced its India entry and will open its first store in New Delhi this week. DOIT Retail Brands has bagged the master franchise rights for Longchamp in India.

Leather goods major Longchamp was founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain and is still owned and run by the Cassegrain family. “We wanted to partner with a global fashion brand and were looking for synergies. Continue reading