International franchising: Au Bon Pain bakery chain to launch in India
Au Bon Pain, the bakery and cake shop chain, is planning to set up 100 locations in India over the next two years. According to a report on the Internet portal cafefuture.net, the Boston-based company has signed a master franchise agreement with Spencer's Retail Limited to achieve this goal.
Spencer's is, according to cafefuture.net, the retail arm of RPG Enterprises and already runs 400 stores in India. Au Bon Pain currently operates a network of 200 bakery cafés in North America as well as in other countries around the world. The franchise outlets in India will serve food that has been specially adapted to local tastes. (kbp)