By Sarah Manning
Mohamad Fakih didn’t plan on a career in the food industry—he studied gemmology, then spent a large part of his time working in the jewellery business—but when opportunity knocked, he opened the door. By the end of 2016, he had actually opened 51 doors, to Paramount Fine Foods locations.
By Peter Saunders Steve Robinson, chief operating officer (COO) for Paul Davis Systems (PDS) Canada, considers his franchise system—which specializes in water and fire damage restoration for residential and commercial properties—something of a family business.
By Peter Saunders Jim Bodden, who has 22 years’ experience in house painting, and Brian Scudamore, who founded the popular 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise system, have combined their respective areas of expertise with a new brand, 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting. Started in late 2010, the franchise system focuses equally on quality and convenience, so customers are not put out when they need to have their homes made over.
By Peter Saunders When Mark Shannon was growing up in Sudbury, Ont., he expressed an early enthusiasm for working on cars. His first part-time, after-school job was at a Texaco service station, where his duties included changing tires. As a young driver, he also built a reputation that would foreshadow his future career with Fine Details, a car-cleaning franchise system.
By Peter Saunders Canada is a crowded, highly competitive market for coffee shops and cafés, but Aroma Espresso Bar has found success recently with an international twist. Over the past four years, this franchise system—based on a popular chain in Israel that specializes in European and Mediterranean fare—has been embraced throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
By Peter Saunders When Patrick Dyer joined Practicar Systems at the end of 2007, the company was at a crossroads in its development. It had long supported the Rent-A-Wreck car rental, leasing and sales business, which began in 1976 in Prince George, B.C., moved into franchising in 1978 and grew into a cross-Canada chain.
By Peter Saunders Two years ago, John Verdon was hired as vice-president (VP) of marketing for East Side Mario’s, Prime Restaurants’ biggest franchise. His mandate was to help a new operational management team turn the nearly 25-year-old brand’s fortunes around, returning it to health and growth, as the recent recession and increased competition had left it in a tough financial situation.