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Hotelman joins The Maids

A former Vancouver hotel maintenance manager has purchased The Maids franchise for Richmond. U.S-based The Maids is a residential cleaning franchise that specializes in "cleaning for health.

Kindgarten franchise targets Alberta

Fast-growing British Columbia franchisor Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) has expanded outside the province for the first time - to Calgary. The junior kindergarten franchisor now has 11 schools and signed franchise agreements for 14 more B.C.

RTown dials into franchise route

How do you take a small idea and turn it into the next big thing in digital marketing? Ask Don McQuaid, owner of RTown Communications, and he'll tell you it's all about thinking big.

Cora chain links into Saskatoon, eyes Regina

The Quebec-based Cora breakfast and lunch restaurant chain is coming to Saskatchewan, with its first location opening later this month (November) in Saskatoon as it expands westward.

Executive Hotels jump to Prairies

Vancouver's Executive Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has opened two new franchised hotels, one in Lloydminster and the other in Regina.

Milestones moves into Winnipeg

Ontario-based Cara Operations is bringing a Milestones Grill and Bar restaurant to Manitoba. The casual-dining concept, with nearly 50 restaurants in Canada, will be introduced to the province in downtown Winnipeg.

Dark Table diners eat in the dark

Dark Table has opened in Vancouver's Kitsilano area as the third dining spot from Moe Alameddine and his company, O Noir, where people eat in a totally blacked-out room.

Foreign food workers recruited to Alberta

Alberta will allow more semi-skilled foreign foodservice workers in the province than originally planned under a pilot project aimed to give newcomers a better chance of becoming landed immigrants.

GeoWash rolling into Toronto, looking west

Europe-based GeoWash, a franchise in the ecological car-wash business, is expanding rapidly with business in over 30 countries. Now, Canadian franchisee Ali Dohaini has opened the very first GeoWash franchise in Toronto.

GE Capital backs Temple REIT

GE Capital Franchise Finance has provided Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (Temple REIT) with $20 million toward its purchase of the Aquire Hotel in West Edmonton.