Buffalo’s Cafe (US) Signs Franchise Agreement for Pakistan

January 10, 2014 Buffalo’s Cafe, a neighborhood restaurant with classic American-inspired cuisine, has signed a franchise agreement with Bil Foods (Operator of FatBurger Pakistan) to open five locations throughout Pakistan over a five-year period. Bil Foods, a food and beverage distributor based in Pakistan, currently operates two Fatburger locations, the sister brand of Buffalo’s Cafe, in Karachi and Lahore. One of the five units slated to open will be above Fatburger’s Lahore location, the largest location to date for the burger brand.

Buffalo’s Cafe continues to look for opportunities to expand the brand overseas. In the coming years, the wing brand plans to open approximately 30 to 40 Buffalo’s Cafe locations in the Middle East and Africa. The restaurant offers a diverse assortment of wing flavors such as Asian Sesame, Honey Garlic, Sweet Bourbon BBQ, and Coconut Jerk. Buffalo’s Cafe prides itself on its fresh, never-frozen chicken wings that come in both the traditional bone-in style and the boneless, hand-breaded option.

“Bil Foods has been a tremendous partner to work with for our sister brand Fatburger and we anticipate the same level of success with Buffalo’s Cafe in Pakistan,” says Andy Wiederhorn, Buffalo’s Café CEO. “With many locations in the pipeline in the Middle East, we are excited to expand our brand’s reach into new and unexplored territories in the region.”

10 Important Things to Consider When Buying A Franchise

1- How much capital is required?

The purchase price of a franchise can vary widely, but also make sure you are clear on whether this figure also covers other capital expenses, such as real estate, vehicle purchase and shop fit-out. Sometimes the initial fee only covers buying the right to trade under the brand – with everything else an added cost.

2- What are the financing options?

Many banks offer attractive franchise lending packages worth up to 70% or more of the franchise cost, easing pressure to finance against home equity and other personal assets. However, you should make sure you closely evaluate all options as the wrong decision could cost you dearly.

3- Is there market demand

Is there strong consumer demand for the franchise product or service, and is that demand set to continue? As part of this, you should also evaluate competitors, and measure the quality of their product against that of the franchise you are interested in.

4- What’s the franchise’s track record?

A little digging online can tell you a lot about the franchise’s reputation and business record. It can also reveal whether there are any past or present legal judgments against them. Also, speak with an existing franchisee if possible.

5- What legal agreements are required?

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you’ve run the agreement by a legal professional with franchise experience. And you shouldn’t feel pressured to sign – if that’s the case, you should probably walk the other way.

6- Does the franchisor have a good marketing program?

See if you can take a close look at the methods the franchisor uses to research new and existing markets. As a franchisee, will you be privy to marketing information, and get training that is specific both to the industry and your business.

7- What support do they offer beyond initial training?

A good franchisor won’t abandon you after the initial week of orientation. They should be genuinely interested in your ongoing success, and help you develop a business plan.

8- What is their selection criteria?

Do they have a selection criteria, and how stringent are they really? What are the education and/or training requirements, and is there an “ideal” franchisee they have in mind?

9- What’s the success rate?

In other words, how many of the franchisees are still in business – and importantly, still happy – after the first two years?

10- How are conflicts resolved?

If a procedure or policy rubs you the wrong way, what guidelines and mediation processes do they have? Is there any room for original ideas or innovation? Conclusion. With commitment, a franchise can be the road to a great lifestyle and a very comfortable living. Just make sure you ask the right questions first. You’ll be very glad you did!

World Franchise Convention Dubai Successfully Brings New Brands to Middle East

November 15, 2013World Franchise Associates (WFA) and the Middle East & North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) have wrapped up their World Franchise Convention in Dubai where they connected dozens of franchise brands looking to expand internationally with hundreds of qualified franchise partners. The conference was attended by His Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Kahled bin Muhammad Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Secretary General of the Federation of GCC Chambers His Excellency Abdul Rahim Hassan Naqi. The World Franchise Convention yielded an estimated $12 million worth of franchising deals and big brand buzz in these Middle Eastern markets.

Founded by Paul Cairnie in 1998 and headquartered in London and Chicago, WFA enables franchisors to enter new international markets by assisting them in identifying qualified candidates wishing to invest in a franchise system as an area developer, master franchisee, or multi-unit or multi-country franchisee. WFA regularly hosts one or two day events in different countries, bringing together American franchisors seeking partners and qualified candidates seeking investment opportunities. At the events, franchisors have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective franchise partners and participate in panels and presentations on the future of their company’s international development.

“The convention was a great success, with positive feedback from franchisors and delegates alike,” said Martin Hancock, North American COO of WFA. “We were delighted that His Highness was able to attend and meet the various franchisors and businessmen at the conference.”

Clients for WFA consist of companies in most franchising sectors, and include brands such as Conde Nast, Earl of Sandwich, Joe’s Crab Shack and Smoothie King.

According to recent reports, the global franchise industry will be worth $5 trillion by 2020 and 50 percent of the top 200 franchised brands’ units will be overseas within a decade. The struggling economy in the United States coupled with increasingly saturated markets has caused brands to look elsewhere for revenue and growth opportunities.

“There is very high demand for U.S. brands in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East overall,” said Hancock, “We are very happy we were able to bring together so many of them with potential franchisees.”

WFA has six events planned for 2014, including four in partnership with the MENAFA. For more information, visit www.worldfranchiseassociates.com.

CaliBurger (USA) Signs Franchise Agreement for Bahrain

CaliBurgerrecently signed a major master franchise deal for all of the Middle East, including a 5-unit sub deal for Bahrain. CaliBurger has signed 2013 franchise deals in for Iraq, Kuwait, China and the Philippines

The Bahrain franchisee is the CEO of Noor Enterprises, which is the sister company to a multi-concept operator in Bahrain.

” We were attracted to the brand because it is a fresh and fun concept, and we knew we wanted the opportunity to bring the California experience to the region,” a spokesperson for Noor Enterprises said. “We were sold fully after trying the food-the burgers are fantastic.”

“The company has secured a location for the first store, estimated opening Q1 2014, and is confident that it is a high-traffic site that will bring great exposure to the brand.”

“For information about CaliBurger franchise opportunities in Pakistan email us atinfo@augmentfranchise.com or visit CaliBurger info page on www.augmentfranchise.com”

The Popular Burger King Announced Plans For Pakistan Expansion

Burger King Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“BKW”) announced the establishment of Franchisee Agreement in Pakistan focused on aggressively expanding the BURGER KING® brand’s presence in the high-growth market. BKW has entered into an agreement with members of the MCR Pakistan with a plan is to open one-Hundred BK® restaurants in Pakistan over the next seven to ten years. This deal represents the largest multi-unit development agreement in the Pakistan brand’s history and will make the MCR family the system’s largest franchisee, locally, though BK and MCR didn’t disclose the details of the agreement, sources familiar with the matter said.

By capitalizing on the MCR family’s strong operational experience and leveraging MCR Group’s significant financial resources, the expansion plan in Pakistan positions the BURGER KING® brand for rapid expansion in the country. The MCR family, currently the Pizza Hut® system’s franchisee under their operational leadership, would grow the BURGER KING® brand in Country from just one restaurant to more than 100.

“We are very excited to expand our relationship with BURGER KING® and further establish the brand’s presence in an exciting, active market with a vibrant economy and substantial growth potential,” Social Media news suspended.

The rumors were circling the social media since the last months but bidding took place in Dubai a few weeks ago. One news story on ET website claims; three parties, including a Dubai-based investor, participated in the bidding, which went in favour of the MCR Group.

Today, the advertisement in Dawn Newspaper finally clarified it official. Now Burger King will be soon launching their restaurants in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. BK’s first outlet will be opened in Karachi most likely in mid-2014.

ABOUT THE BURGER KING CORPORATION

The BURGER KING® system operates approximately 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and in 73 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Burger King, often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in Florida, USA. Every day, more than 11 million guests visit BURGER KING® restaurants around the world. And they do so because our restaurants are known for serving high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food. Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, our commitment to premium ingredients, signature recipes, and family-friendly dining experiences is what has defined our brand for more than 50 successful years. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America’s 1,000 largest corporations and Ad Week named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades and it was recently recognized by Inter brand on its top 100 Best Global Brands list.

“For information about Burger King franchise opportunities in Pakistan email us at info@augmentfranchise.com or Visit on www.augmentfranchise.com”

Second Cup-Canada’s largest Coffee Chain opened in Centaurus Mall-Islamabad

In his comments, High Commissioner Giokas said, “Second Cup is one of the finest brands of Canada and has reached 22 countries in the world. I am delighted to be part of the opening in the 23rd country, Pakistan and to celebrate this piece of Canada in the beautiful city of Islambad at the new Centaurus mall. This opening represents an investment in future business opportunities between Canada and Pakistan. Second Cup is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and thismodern, competitive and efficient operation is providing employment and ongoing training to their team to achieve the highest standards of client service and quality ” Mr. Asim Majeed, Managing Director Pakistan and Mr. Jim Ragas, President, The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc hosted the gala event and spoke about the future opportunities for Second Cup and Pakistan . Second Cup started in retailing in speciality coffee in Toronto, Canada in 1975 and since then has grown their offerings to better serve international café guests.

“For information about Second Cup franchise opportunities in Pakistan email us at info@augmentfranchise.com or visit Second Cup info page on www.augmentfranchise.com”

All American johnny rockets opening First Restaurant in Karachi-Pakistan

After rocking all over the world, Johnny Rockets is all set to open its doors to the residents of Karachi, with its first outlet at Dolmen City Mall, Sea View Clifton. Mr. Abdul Wahab, Chairman of Bandhani Group, signed the franchise agreement between his Company, Hamdan International and Johnny Rockets International. Keeping Lahore and Islamabad as his next strategic choice, Mr. Wahab feels that “Johnny Rockets is a brand that has massive potential in Pakistan, due to its nostalgic dining experience and unmatched quality of food.”

The Classic-American menu of flavorful food, twirled straws in rich shakes and decade spanning music relaxes and uplifts mood with dancing servers offering table service that fashions an ambiance which would be hard to forget. President of Johnny Rockets International also anticipates the success of Hamdan International in Pakistan, paving way for a strong foothold of the Franchise in South Asia.

“For information about johnny rockets franchise opportunities in Pakistan email us at info@augmentfranchise.com or visit johnny rockets info page on www.augmentfranchise.com”

World’s Largest Fatburger store continues its success in Lahore

Fatburger has officially opened its newest and largest location in Lahore, Pakistan. BIL Foods, a food and beverage distributor based in Pakistan, is behind the The 20,000-square-foot restaurant that features a drive-thru, delivery services and seats more than 200 diners.

The outlet was launched through an exclusive preview which featured a theatrical performance by renowned kathak choreographer Adnan Jahangir and his troupe of performers and was attended by designers, socialites and media personalities. Fatburger Lahore was received by an overwhelming response from burger lovers as ever growing queues in the store were seen all the time.

With more than 60 years of burger experience and restaurants in 27 countries, Fatburger continues to bring the All-American staple to an international audience. The newest Lahore location is part of the company’s global initiative which includes plans to develop more than 300 new units in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, according to a company press release. Most recently, the fast casual burger chain opened a restaurant in Amman, Jordan. Fatburger currently operates more than half of its locations in overseas markets, highlighting its focus on building its international presence.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring Pakistan another location. It has been a tremendous time of international growth for Fatburger,” said CEO Andy Wiederhorn. “Our first location in Karachi has been received with enthusiasm and we expect the same for our latest restaurant in Lahore.”

“For information about FatBurger franchise opportunities in Pakistan email us at info@augmentfranchise.com or visit FatBurger info page on www.augmentfranchise.com”

Fatburger (Pakistan) all set to open its flagship store in Lahore

Fatburger, a California based burger chain is expected to open the doors of its flagship store in Lahore. The beautifully designed store in a vintage Hollywood theme will be serving made-to-order American burgers, hand-made onion rings and sandwiches that can be stacked with three patties to make ‘XXXL burgers’. The eagerly awaitedFatburger store in Lahore was designed in Hong Kong and will be one of the most beautiful restaurants in Pakistan.

Fatburger is set to open its second Pakistani location in Lahore, and a third is planned to open in Islamabad later this year, CEO Sami Mohabbat told. The burger chain also has new restaurants planned for Jordan, Egypt, Libya and Morocco. “We have had tremendous international expansion and that really tells our success story,” Mohabbat said.

Since 2006, Fatburger has doubled the number of its franchised locations from 75 to 150 in total, with nearly all the new stores opening in foreign countries. Inspired by overwhelming response in Pakistan, Fatburger has officially announced its plans to enter the Indian market, the fast-casual chain has agreed to a 25-unit deal with VAZZ Foods Private Limited.

“Offering the Fatburger experience in international markets has always been a top priority for our brand, and we look forward to serving the Indian market with the same superior-quality burgers that our fans at home have always enjoyed,” saysAndy Wiederhorn, CEO of FatburgerInternational. “We anticipate great success in India and strive to further build upon our international presence in the coming years.”

Sarpino’s Pizzeria (Canada) growing fast in America

In 2001, Gerry opened the first Sarpino’s restaurant in Victoria, British Columbia. The first overseas location opened in Singapore in 2002, and in 2003, Phoenix, Arizona became home to the first Sarpino’s restaurant in the United States..

During 2003-2004, Sarpino’s Canada opened close to 20 stores in the United States. The products were instant hit with the customers.

In May 2005 Sarpino’s USA took over the franchising in the USA from the Canadian company and became the Franchisor for Sarpino’s Restaurant Franchises and Area Franchises in the United States. The first couple years were spent fine-tuning the business model, improving the in-store technology as well as and developing a field support operations. Most of the original stores are now taking a full advantage of new developments and all new stores are being built using the state of the art design, technology and know-how. The new developments were very successful and wholeheartedly accepted by the franchise community.

After creating the solid foundation at the store level, Sarpino’s USA is now embarking on an aggressive expansion program.

Sarpino’s continue to provide current stores with support, while also focusing its attention towards expanding into new markets. Sarpino’s team is committed to opening 100 restaurants by the end of 2014, and with almost 50 restaurants in 5 different states already successful today, it is easy to see what Sarpino’s trying to achieve.

If you want to learn how you can participate in Sarpino’s Pizzeria franchise opportunity in Pakistan, please email us at info@augmentfranchise.com.