Flight Shop opened its retail store in Surat

Flight Shop logoFlight Shop, the leisure brand of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia, in India, opened its first retail store in Surat and second franchise outlet, after Hyderabad.  Spread over 1100 sq. ft., the Flight Shop outlet in Surat aims at catering to the needs of up market urban consumers – families, business travellers, honeymoon couples and groups of travellers. The new retail outlet will offer travellers Flight Shop’s range of products and services – Domestic and International Flights, Customized and Group Holidays, Hotels, Car Transfers, Visa, Cruise holidays, Honeymoon holidays, Adventure holidays and more. Continue reading

Asics eyes local production for FDI

AsicsJapanese sportswear brand Asics is planning local sourcing in India so that it can apply for FDI and benefit from lower duties. Considering its competitors like Nike and Puma have already got FDI clearance to start their own stores, Asics has to wait till it completes the 30 per cent local sourcing norm before it can get away from the franchise model. Continue reading

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

US based EagleRider set to launch in India

eagleriderUS-based motorcycling experience provider EagleRider Inc  announced opening of its first franchise outlet in India here at the Capital.

The company said domestic and international travellers will now be able to hire luxury motorcycles on self-drive and pre-determined guided tours or tailor-made adventure holidays within India and neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar. Continue reading

The Great Khali eyes gym chain

the-great-khaliThe professional wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known by his ring name The Great Khali, to flex his muscles at the gym, is planning to set up 50 gyms in India in a year and then look abroad. The USP being a combination of gym with fitness and wrestling.

‘’The theme of the gyms would look like a wrestling ring. As members enter the gym, Khali will greet them with an automated voice message. There will be a Khali gallery, which will display and sell merchandise like clothes and boots,’’ says Ankur Makan, Khali’s man handling the project. 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

Bata India to grow via franchise model

Bata logoShoemaker Bata India Ltd will slow down expansion of its own store network and hand out more franchises to tap into rural and semi-urban markets, a top company official said.

“This is something we have never done before,” said Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, managing director and chief executive officer of Bata, referring to the plan. “Currently, all our stores are company-owned.” He was talking on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of the company. 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