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B.C. lawyers urge Franchise Act

Province would be sixth in Canada to enact such an act

Carl's Jr. bites into B.C.'s Lower Mainland

Multinational burger giant Carl's Jr. opened its first Lower Mainland store in mid-January and plans to open another five outlets in Metro Vancouver in each of the next five years, the company's head of Canadian operations told Business in Vancouver.

Chipotle opens in Vancouver

Health-conscious Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first Vancouver restaurant December 13 at Robson Square, a popular downtown plaza and shopping district - but don't expect to buy into the franchise. Building on its presence in the U.S.

Rita's picks Calgary franchisor

Rita's Italian Ice, largest Italian-ice concept in the U.S. with more than 625 outlets, has awarded a master franchise agreement for all of Canada to Canada Water Ice Co. Ltd. of Calgary. Rita's sells ice-mixed treats, such as milkshakes and custard.

Retiring boomers eye franchises

A recent TD Canada Trust survey found 54 per cent of baby boomers have or are considering starting a business, everything from consulting firms to buying a franchise.

Iconic Tim Hortons named "brand of the year"

Fast-expanding Tim Hortons has received the 2012 Harris/Decima EquiTrend Brand of the Year award, ranked highest on the measure of equity in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) category.

Sotheby's inks deal with 360 Vox

Montreal-based 360 Vox Corp. is the new parent company of Vancouver-based Sotheby's International Realty Canada and Blueprint Global Marketing Ltd.

Wendy's sees revenue increase

The Wendy's Company, owner of the Wendy's restaurant franchise chain, has reported consolidate revenue of $626.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 4.1 per cent from the preceeding quarter.

Global Pet begins western expansion

Global Pet Foods Inc., based in Brantford, Ontario, is proceeding with a major expansion in Western Canada.

McDonald's takes aim at Starbucks and Tims

As part of an aggressive effort to grab market share from rivals Starbucks Corp. and Tim Hortons Inc., food giant McDonald's Corp. has stepped up a java-fuelled Canadian expansion.