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Interview with Griswold's CEO Matt Murphy: ‘Collaboration with Franchisees Is the Key’

Griswold CEO Matt Murphy speaks to franchisors and franchisees at the 25th Anniversary of AAFD
Matt Murphy speaks at AAFD Conference

Early this month Griswold Home Care, a 35-year-old chain of some 200 senior care locations, was recognized by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) as having the best franchise contract, one that protects its franchise owners to a degree that stands out among all other American franchisors.

Griswold Home Care and GHCFA Jointly Announce Groundbreaking Franchise Agreements

Griswold Home Care (GHC), a company that provides non-medical at-home care services, and its independent franchisee association, the GHCFA, a chapter of the American Association of Franchisees and

In Franchising Some Things Never Change

 In my first book Franchising from The Inside Out, I presented The 10 Commandments of Franchising. Now twelve years later, I believe these remain as true today as they did then. I’ve edited them to highlight the most important ones.

What Happens if a Franchisor Revokes a Franchise Agreement?

Can franchise owners take assurance in their franchise agreement? Such agreements, or multi-page contracts, govern the relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee. However, the franchisee may lack options to defend against unanticipated actions, such as the franchisor’s revocation of the agreement.

Adhesion Contract

A "take it or leave it" standard form contract in which one party is able to dictate almost all the terms of the agreement to the other party.

Buying a Franchise: What Is Your Exit Strategy?

Perhaps without exception, all franchise agreements contain a non-compete covenant. The covenants may vary. The covenants may prohibit you from operating a competing business or any business when you are a franchisee.

Plain Language is Important

In H&R Block Tax Services v. Franklin, (pdf) the Court of Appeals concluded (over a strong dissent) that H&R Block had the right to terminate two franchise agreements where those agreements expressly stated that Franklin could terminate at any time but only allowed H&R Block to terminate for cause.

Ten Things Every Hotel Borrower Should Know

Buying hotels usually means obtaining financing. Jeffrey Steiner, a hotel attorney, says there are ten things that a hotel buyer may not know about loans.

When Is a New Franchise Too Close?

Not every franchise agreement affords a protected territory.

Roark Capital Buys Massage Envy, Ass'n Shut Out

Massage Envy store in Denver area
A Massage Envy store in Centennial, Colo, photo: sparks

ATLANTA — While the regional franchisee developers association hoped to play an integral role in finding a new buyer for Massage Envy, one with whom they could form a long-term relationship alliance, that prospect has now diminished.