According to data released by the Fair Trade Commission on March 19, the closure rate of franchise business in Korea reached 12.0 percent in 2015, up 1.1 percentage points from 10.9 percent in 2014. This figure is the highest in history.
In contrast, the opening rate of franchise business dipped by 4.7 percentage points from 25.6 percent in 2014 to 20.9 percent.
During this period, the number of franchise restaurants that were closed totaled 13,241, up 18.7 percent from 11,158 in 2014. In other words, as many as 36 franchise restaurants shut their doors per day during the period.
By business type, Korean restaurants came on top with 2,805, followed by fried chicken places with 2,793, bars with 1,657, noodle stalls with 1,375, coffee shops with 1,082, and fast food restaurants with 567.
Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge Group closed the acquisition of a newly-built office building in Seoul for S$124.3 million ($92.3 million) this week, in what appears to be an opportunistic investment. Ascendas sees long-term potential in the 19,578-square-meter ICON Yeoksam tower, built in&hellip
The Military Mutual Aid Association, the Employment Insurance Fund and an unidentified South Korean institutional investor have committed a total of $110 million to LaSalle Investment Management’s 804 million-pound ($1 billion) debt fund focusing on the UK and western Europe.&hellip
Private equity firm KKR & Co. and the Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA) have put two commercial buildings in South Korea up for sale separately, in transactions expected to fetch a combined $1 billion and in what would be KKR’s&hellip