It’s daily business to hear of smaller Vancouver franchises milking their Franchisees’ profits and doing funny business, but it has been rare if not non-existent to hear negative stories like this one about McDonald’s from a business perspective.
We are often asked, at the VCSFA, “Are there any good franchises out there?” to which we always reply “Yes, there are a few good ones out there and not all hope is lost. The model remains a win-win model, in theory providing there is a leadership who cares.”
But sometimes leadership doesn’t care.
It seems that more often than not, the Franchisor views their Franchisees as slaves in their revenue-stream producing retirement plan. Any noisy ones are quickly silenced by their pricy lawyers and no media seems to exist to expose the wickedness of their ways.
The wide webs of the world have made it possible for the little guy to raise his or her voice.
Obviously things are not well at McDonald’s these days and we hope that the Franchisees will continue to stay noisy about it which will help prevent new stores from opening so fast and force leadership to start caring about the financial well-being of their number one partner – their Franchisees.