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Franchise Focus - October 2019

Here are the news articles that have caught our eye in October:

UK not going to 'Eat Mor Chikin' - October saw the opening of US-giant Chick-fil-A's first outlet in the UK. However, the Outlet in Reading is due to close in six months time due to protests by the LGBT community. The Guardian has the story here. What may have gone unnoticed is that the brand's second outlet in Aviemore (the adventure sports capital of Scotland) is 'thriving' according to a report in Business Insider.

Mothercare to embrace domestic franchising - Franchising has been a key feature of Mothercare's international growth for a number of years. Now, a report in The Times suggests that they may be looking to adopt the model in the UK, allowing the retailer to focus on branding and product supply.

Domino's UK to focus on UK and Ireland - In news that brought some much needed cheer to its shareholders, Domino's UK announced that it would be withdrawing from its international operations in Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. For the full story, visit Reuters.

Marky-Mark backed business comes to Glasgow - F45 Fitness, the high intensity fitness business backed by actor Mark Wahlberg is due to open a studio in Glasgow this month. Read more in The Scotsman.

Wendy's coming to the UK...again! - Bosses at American fast-food brand Wendy's will be hoping that it's third time lucky as they try to recruit new franchisees in the UK. Read more in This Is Money.

What to expect in International Franchising in 2020 - published an interesting article (in two parts) asking franchise experts around the globe what their expectations are for franchising in 2020. Here are the links: Part 1 and Part 2.

And Finally, in Legal-ish News... The Times of India reports that school officials at Bhagat Pre-University College in the Indian State of Karnataka are under investigation...for making pupils wear cardboard boxes on their heads while sitting a chemistry exam. The boxes (which had eye-holes cut into them) were designed to stop students cheating by copying their class-mates!

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