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Cocky Franchisor Goes to Jail, Emerges with Altered Outlook

Pat Swisher founded Swisher Hygiene back in 1983, a company that specialized in hygiene for commercial restrooms. The franchise chain thrived, as did Swisher's self-described big ego. But he was in for a fall, brought about by running afoul of the IRS. In 2002 he was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year stretch in prison.

A&W Experiencing Unit Growth in U.S. for First Time in Years

A&W units have been sliding in numbers in the U.S. since the recession, but this year marks a welcome turnaround. The chain has been franchisee-run since 2011.

McDonald's Offers to Pay Most of Franchisees' Extensive Remodeling Costs

McDonald's is determined to regain customers it has lost to rivals by banking on extensive changes, including expensive restaurant upgrades. To get its U.S. franchisees on board the costly program, it is sweetening the deal by telling them, in writing, it will pay most of the expenses.

Multiple-Unit Franchisees Who Also Run Multiple Brands

Running a successful franchise business takes persistent diligence, running multi-units adds to responsibilities, and adding multiple brands on top of that complicates matters even further. Who are some of these hard-working people and what are the brands that they have under their wings?

It Costs Next to Nothing to Become a Chick-fil-A Franchisee

While $10,000 is hardly nothing, it's next to nothing compared to what it costs to open a franchise restaurant in other chains, successful or unsuccessful. But down the road Chick-fil-A's fees and other franchisee expenses, such as rent, are higher than at most other chains, and franchise owners are generally restricted to operating just one unit.

McDonald's Franchisees Grouse about Corporate Relationship

Nomura-Instinet analyst Mark Kalinowski, based on a recent survey of 31 McDonald's U.S. franchisees with 243 stores, expects a 0.8 percent year-over-year sales increase, the most optimistic among sell-side analysts, who on average expect a decline of 1.1 percent. Their accuracy will be put to the test on Tuesday, when McDonald's will announce its first quarter results.

Griswold Home Care Recognized as the AAFD’s 2017 Franchisor of the Year

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) announced Griswold Home Care (GHC) as AAFD’s Franchisor of the Year for 2017.  Griswold Home Care, a company that provides non-

NY Dept of Labor Investigating Terminated Poughkeepsie Golden Corral

The Golden Corral franchisee in Poughkeepsie, New York, which was terminated by corporate less than two months after its opening on January 27, is under investigation by the state Department of Labor. A local news journal reports that employees are complaining that they haven't been paid what they are owed in wages.

Franchisees Who Have Established Their Own Brands

Owning franchised restaurants and independent ones may seem mutually exclusive, but that's not necessarily true. Franchisees can use the experience and earnings from years with an established franchisor to conceive and establish independent brands. 

Franchisees Best for Spreading the Franchisee Story

Many legislators and members of the public aren't clear about what a franchisee is and its relationship to its franchisor and its employees.