Qdoba franchisees are the latest group to see the wisdom in the old adage that there is strength in numbers. Franchise owners of the casual Mexican food restaurant have created their own franchisee association to protect their interests, especially in the face of some of the challenges the chain has recently faced and some potential changes that may lie ahead. Leaders of the Qdoba Franchisee Association spoke specifically to the fact that the franchisee association was not born out of conflict with the brand, rather out of a desire to continue on the same path, but with the divergent interests of all being protected. On the other hand, conflict was very much a factor in the creation of the Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) by franchise owners of Tim Horton’s in Canada. In fact, we read with much interest this article in which the association’s attorney explained the franchisees were hopeful of working out their issues and that the pending conflict and lawsuit did not have to happen. You may find it an interesting read as well . . .