Franchisee Associations: Important and Necessary

When Qdoba franchise owners learned that Jack in the Box, owner of their fast-casual restaurant chain for the past 14 years, was thinking of selling, they banded together. “There’d been talk of forming an association for quite some time, and this was just the last motivator,” says Ron Stokes, chairman of the newly formed Qdoba…

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BEWARE OF…FRANCHISOR DISCLAIMERS

Editor’s Note: Last fall, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, of which DDIFO is a founding member, requested its counsel, Dady & Gardner, P.A., prepare an amicus brief to support a franchise owner in his appeal of a lawsuit against his franchisor. The case, Avon Hardware Company v. Ace Hardware Corporation, questioned the validity of disclaimers franchisors…

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Getting To The Meat (House) Of The Issue

As the aforementioned NH Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs was voting against protecting the small business investments of franchise owners within the Granite State, The Meat House, a nationally-franchised meat company and butcher shop headquartered in Hampton, NH was shutting all of its company operated stores and leaving it’s franchise owners in New York…

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Ontario Far More Stringent On Franchisors

The various iterations of fair franchising legislation pending in several legislatures in the United States could be considered quite mild when compared to legislation on the books just north of the border in Canada and how the courts have ruled in some cases.  Here is an article that lays out some of the extreme steps…

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Aloha To More Fair Franchising Initiatives

Yes, you read that correctly, Hawaii is considering entering the fair franchising debate soon through the work of Attorney Thomas Bush.  Currently, Hawaii has one of the best franchise bodies of law on its books, but franchisors avoid them completely through a loophole that allows franchisors in the franchise agreement to define the rule of…

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Maine Franchise Owners Host Meet & Greet

The Maine Franchise Owners, a new franchisee organization spearheaded by a couple of Dunkin’ franchisees, will host a Franchise Business Day and Legislator Meet & Greet for franchisees of all brands operating in the state of Maine on January 29, 2014.  The event will be held at the Senator Inn in Augusta beginning at 1…

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Balancing act: How to create a harmonious franchise system

Interesting article from Fast Casual about franchisor – franchisee communication. Steve Combs writes: Franchisee lawsuits are among the best known restaurant industry battles, disagreements that in the case several, spurred protracted legal face-offs and staggering unit closures. But such outcomes needn’t occur. When franchisees and franchisors communicate clearly, consistently and work toward goals that benefit both, disagreements are manageable and sometimes meaningful.

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Is Guaranteed Financing Possible?

QSR reports that an innovative lending model that leverages the assets of a franchisor might be the answer to operators’ woes in this post-recession climate.

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