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Smashburger expanding again

U.S.-based Smashburger recently opened its second Canadian location in Calgary's Royal Oak neighbourhood after the successful opening of its first Canadian restaurant in the northeast part of that city in May.

McDonald's opening vegetarian outlet

McDonald's may be known around the world for its Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets, but we all know that it's not above shaking up its menu for different regions.

Smoke's Poutinerie expands to Vancouver

Vancouver poutine lovers will soon have another establishment to satisfy their cravings. Smoke's Poutinerie is opening two of its three announced franchise locations on Robson Street and Granville Street this month (September).

Baskin-Robbins plans expansion

Baskin-Robbins has announced plans to push western expansion of its iconic confectionary franchise in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, according to Bob Tipple, director and general manager for Baskin-Robbins Canada.

China "wild west" for franchises

B.C.-based White Spot Restaurants opened its first Triple O's location in Mainland China July 28 and plans to open another 15 restaurants in the country within the next four years.

Famous Dave's links with natives

U.S.-based Famous Dave's has inked a deal with a Canadian franchisee, Tribal Council Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd. (TCIG) for a new store opening in Winnipeg. Seven First Nations tribal councils of Manitoba own TCIG.

Mucho Burrito targets Oman

Canadian franchise chain Mucho Burrito is bringing a new wave of Mexican options to the Muscat Grand Mall in Muscat, Oman. The franchise entered into a master franchisee agreement with the Double Crown Group.

Franchise news

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Signmaker busy branding across Metro Vancouver

Signarama, a worldwide franchise system numbering over 900 locations, was opened in 2007 and has become one of the top sign locations in Canada. The company plans to open its latest, and largest, B.C. location in Richmond on August 1.

Fast food trumped by quick service

Quick-service restaurant (QSR) outlets will likely see the greatest sales gains in the years ahead even as full-service restaurants (FSRs) become less popular, according to the first annual Canadian Chain Restaurant Industry Review, an extensive rese