By Joseph Y. Adler When prospective franchisees start seeking advice about purchasing a franchise, they are often in a state of euphoria about what they perceive to be the most exciting business opportunity in the world. Not much could dissuade them from pursuing it.
Canadian Business Franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As a leading distributor of Canadian franchise news, we’ve been looking back at how the industry has changed and remembering the major events that have happened along the way.
By Peter Saunders Canadian Business Franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The past two decades have witnessed many major changes and developments in the Canadian franchising sector—and all along the way, Canadian Business Franchise has been tracking them.
By Molly Doyle Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters first opened its doors in 1969 at Avalon Mall in Newfoundland. Thirty-four years later, Greg Roberts became a franchisee, buying a Mary Brown’s store in the province, followed by two additional restaurants. By 2007, he had bought the entire company and today celebrates the opening of its 100th restaurant in Barrie, Ont.
By Sandy McKnight and Jenny Xiong We came to Canada from Northern Ireland and China where we worked in engineering and computers. We met through a friend in 2003 and had no idea we would get into the dry-cleaning business. After retirement, we both wanted to stay busy and own something together.
By Ester Sinai When I opened my first UPS Store postal and business services franchise in Montreal, customers who already recognized the United Parcel Service (UPS) name and ‘shield’ logo would come in for shipping services, yet our other offerings lacked broad awareness. Today, not only have we gotten the word out successfully, but I am also managing the launch of another high-profile store within the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel.