Retail Trends 2018

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Kevin Hedderwick resigns as nonexecutive director of Famous Brands

Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as a nonexecutive director of Famous Brands with immediate effect, the owner of Steers, Wimpy and other fast food franchises said in a statement...

17 Jan 2018

Plan B Dessertery opens in Joburg
Plan B Dessertery opens in Joburg

Plan B Dessertery, a KwaZulu-Natal brand introduced by the founders of Wakaberry, has opened its doors in The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg...

15 Jan 2018

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NRD Capital acquires Mike's Kitchen restaurant chain

NRD Capital, a US-based private equity firm that specialises in franchise investments, has cemented its entry into the African market with its acquisition of Mike's Kitchen...

10 Jan 2018

Franchising model breeds success for Col'Cacchio pizzerias
Franchising model breeds success for Col'Cacchio pizzerias

In 2013, Greg Mommsen left the IT industry to set up one of the first Col'Cacchio pizzeria franchises in Bryanston...

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

#BestofBiz 2017: Retail
#BestofBiz 2017: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2017 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

15 Dec 2017

Burger King wishes McDonald's a flame-grilled festive season
Burger King wishes McDonald's a flame-grilled festive season

Burger Kings across the world settled into the festive spirit by 'gifting' its main competitor, McDonald's, with gas braais to flame-grill their burgers...

14 Dec 2017

Burger King target 'doable'
Burger King target 'doable'

Empowerment company Grand Parade Investments, which is trading at close to a 12-month low, says it is confident of reaching the 75-store target for fast-food business Burger King...

By Marc Hasenfuss 12 Dec 2017

Gareth Ackerman on Pick n Pay's growth story
Gareth Ackerman on Pick n Pay's growth story

On the most recently aired episode of CNN Marketplace Africa, Gareth Ackerman, chairman of Pick n Pay Stores Ltd, shared his experiences with the company and what's in store for the brand in the future...

21 Nov 2017

Gold Brands to take Chesanyama division to UK despite slump in local sales
Gold Brands to take Chesanyama division to UK despite slump in local sales

Small fast-food and restaurant franchise company Gold Brands is expanding its Chesanyama division to the UK, while local branches will get facelifts...

By Michelle Gumede 20 Nov 2017

Ruling on special tax provision spells good news for franchise operators
Ruling on special tax provision spells good news for franchise operators

In a recent landmark case, the Tax Court upheld that a very special, and mostly under-utilised tax deduction allowed by section 24C of the Income Tax Act, No. 58 of 1962, may be applied to franchisee costs...

By Natasha Wilkinson 16 Nov 2017

Fewer diners give Famous Brands food for thought
Fewer diners give Famous Brands food for thought

Not even Tashas regulars have been immune to SA's economic crunch. Releasing interim results on Monday, Famous Brands's research showed that customers visited casual dining...

By Giulietta Talevi 2 Nov 2017

New look for Zebro's
New look for Zebro's

South African chicken franchise Zebro's has refreshed its corporate identity with a new logo and store look...

31 Oct 2017

Wimpy's managing executive, Molla Bonnet.
Reminiscing about Wimpy's sizzling campaigns

Wimpy is celebrating its 50th birthday and managing executive Molla Bonnet reminisces by talking us through some of her favourite Wimpy campaigns to date...

By Juanita Pienaar 24 Oct 2017

Taste, Famous Brands issue dire trading updates
Taste, Famous Brands issue dire trading updates

Finding an analyst who sees any compelling reason to buy any of SA's fast-food stocks these days is as rare as spotting a Naspers naysayer...

23 Oct 2017

FASA survey measures franchisee success and satisfaction
FASA survey measures franchisee success and satisfaction

The Franchise Association of South Africa has surveyed franchisees to find out how they are faring and what their challenges are...

20 Oct 2017

Ninety9cents awarded Spur Steak Ranches
Ninety9cents awarded Spur Steak Ranches

Ninety9cents (99c) has been appointed lead creative and digital agency for Spur Steak Ranches after a four-way pitch...

Issued by Ninety9cents 18 Oct 2017

Moody Cow: Joburg's gelato, coffee and candy retail hybrid
Moody Cow: Joburg's gelato, coffee and candy retail hybrid

For Jose dos Passos, a self-confessed coffee addict with a sweet tooth, it makes sense that his latest venture is a gelato and coffee company called Moody Cow...

18 Oct 2017

Franchising no longer just a man's game
Franchising no longer just a man's game

Secondhand giant Cash Crusaders is a highly sought-after business opportunity for potential franchise owners who range from entrepreneurs and retirees to couples and families. More than 13 franchisees are women...

Issued by Cash Crusaders 17 Oct 2017

What's at the heart of franchise sector growth?
What's at the heart of franchise sector growth?

Over the past four years, the franchising sector has displayed resilience, consistently growing its contribution to the country's GDP from 9.7% in 2014 to 13.3%...

16 Oct 2017

Spur celebrates 50 years of a taste for life
Spur celebrates 50 years of a taste for life

Founder and Executive Chairman Allen Ambor opened the first Spur in Newlands Cape Town in 1967, and today 330 Spur Steak Ranches serve customers all over the world...

Issued by Spur Group 11 Oct 2017

Famous Brands feels the squeeze of low consumer spending
Famous Brands feels the squeeze of low consumer spending

Famous Brands shares fell as much as 14% as markets reacted to a restaurant chain's trading update indicating a decline in first-half earnings...

By Andries Maghlangu 11 Oct 2017

Deacons East Africa to negotiate sale of Mr Price to SA retailer
Deacons East Africa to negotiate sale of Mr Price to SA retailer

Deacons East Africa Plc has received board approval to enter into negotiations for the sale of the Mr Price franchise in Kenya...

10 Oct 2017

Marlene Robson and Bruce Anderson
Energetics SA launches Cups for Life

Energetics SA recently launched Cups for Life, a not-for profit empowerment programme that aims to identify, train and empower potential entrepreneurs who can't find work or struggle to get into the job market...

9 Oct 2017

South Africa must create an environment conducive to entrepreneurship
South Africa must create an environment conducive to entrepreneurship

According to Nhlanlha Nene, jobs are not created through government announcements, but by people using their resources to start and build businesses...

28 Sep 2017

How SA's retailers can overcome stunted growth forecasts
How SA's retailers can overcome stunted growth forecasts

Retail businesses that are not meeting their customers' needs as and when they require, can quickly find themselves sidelined...

By Rod Salmon 27 Sep 2017

Sixth Franchise Leadership Summit takes place in November
Sixth Franchise Leadership Summit takes place in November

The sixth annual FNB Franchise Leadership Summit takes place at Indaba Hotel Fourways on Thursday 16 November 2017, under the theme, “Exponential growth through entrepreneurship.”

19 Sep 2017

Driving business profitability through benchmarking
Driving business profitability through benchmarking

Benchmarking is a vital component in your management tool box. It is about a lot more than just collecting numbers for the sake of some vague historical record...

By Richard Mukheibir 14 Sep 2017

Ripple effects of a recession on the franchise market
Ripple effects of a recession on the franchise market

The recent South African recession caused a recurrent cycle between franchise stakeholders, namely the franchisor, the franchisees and suppliers...

By Sasha-Lee de Bod 13 Sep 2017

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