One of Italy's largest food supermarkets, Punto SMA, opened in 1917. It wasn't until it became part of the SMA Group however that it began to franchise. Today there are 1,565 franchised outlets throughout Italy.
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Franchise Direct has identified the Top 500 biggest franchise opportunities operating across Europe. This year's list is based on the number of units the franchise currently operates in Europe. To arrive at this figure we referred to several European Franchise Association Web sites as well as numerous franchise directories. We verified the figure by referring to the franchise's own Web... Read more.
Franchising in Europe in on track for continuing positive growth. The 27 nations that comprise the European Union represent a single market of more than 450 million consumers. Read more.
Although franchising is mistakenly thought to be twentieth century innovation, the concept has its first beginnings in the European feudal systems of the middle ages. Read more.
The European Franchise Federation (www.eff-franchise.com) is a non-profit international organisation that represents, promotes and defends the interests and development of franchising in Europe. The EFF was founded in 1972, and its headquarters are in Brussels. Read more.
The franchise industry in the European Union has tremendous growth possibilities. With 450 million consumers in 27 nations, many franchisor companies worldwide, especially U.S. businesses, are eager to expand franchise units into Europe. Read more.