Cue the Tears Summer is Over: Reflecting on a Sizzling Summer of Franchising in Canada

It’s that time of year again … the time when Canadians collectively get together and cry. Yes, summer is nearly over and that means beautiful fall landscapes, chillier weather, pumpkin everything and pleas to Mother Nature that winter isn’t too harsh this year.

Let’s take a look back at the 2018 summer in franchising and see what happened throughout the Great White North.

Canadian Coffee Goes to China

Canada’s most famous coffee and doughnut shop recently announced it will try to get into the Chinese market by opening 1,500 new stores in China over the next decade. Restaurant Brands, which owns Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Burger King, said the growing Chinese market was ripe for expansion.

“We have two main priorities at Tim Hortons: building and strengthening our brand in Canada and expanding our iconic Canadian brand to the rest of the world,’ said Alex Macedo, president of Tim Hortons.

“China’s population and vibrant economy represent an excellent growth opportunity for Tim Hortons in the coming years. We have already seen Canada’s Chinese community embrace Tim Hortons, and we now have the opportunity to bring the best of our Canadian brand to China with established partners who have expertise in the industry and the country.”

US Chicken Heads North

Chick-fil-A announced recently that it will open a location in Toronto in 2019. This will mark the first time the franchise will have a location outside the United States. It plans to open 15 stores over the next five years in Toronto.

Oil Change Brand Changes Hands

Valvoline completed its acquisition of Great Canadian Oil Change Franchising Ltd., expanding Valvoline’s existing quick-lube network to more than 1,200 company-owned and franchised locations in North America.

Founded in 1978 in Saskatoon and currently based in Chilliwack, BC, Great Canadian Oil Change has 73 franchised stores in five provinces.

Wendy’s Opts for Greenhouse Grown

Burger franchise Wendy’s announced in June that it has committed to sourcing vine-ripened tomatoes from greenhouses and hydroponic farms throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico in 2019 and beyond. The move is meant to support local agricultural workforces while giving customers fresh produce.

A&W Says No to Plastic

A&W Canada has vowed to phase out plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year. The announcement fittingly came on June 8, which was World Oceans Day. Instead of plastic straws, the restaurant will give out biodegradable paper straws.

‘Reducing waste from landfills is a top priority for A&W and this is one big way that we can make a difference,’ A&W CEO Susan Senecal, said in a press release.

Vegan Fast Food Restaurant Set to Expand

Ontario-based Globally Locally, a 24-hour vegan drive through restaurant, announced plans to expand via franchising. The restaurant says anyone, regardless of whether they are vegan or not, is welcome to become a franchisee as long as they uphold the franchise’s core value of serving only vegan food.

Lots of expansion and growth happened throughout this summer and there is bound to be a lot more, as people continue to realize the amazing opportunities that franchising offers. If you’re sad about seeing the summer go, just remember that autumn can be pretty great, too, and even winter has its high points and summer will roll around once again.

Why not join a franchise this fall? Let us get you connected with the right franchisor for you with a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today.


Aug 24, 2018