The Year of the Franchisee
The Great Recession left clear winners and losers in the chain restaurant game. Fast-food places? Burger King wasn’t the only one that could wear a crown. The fast-casual sector fared even better. But old-line family or casual concepts? Stick a fork in ’em.
Strangely, the players most deserving of a superhero’s cape pulled a Clark Kent on the business, dodging recognition despite a show of considerable might. Regardless of the segment, franchisees now stand even taller and firmer after the wobble of the economic downturn....
What the new breed of franchisees looks like
The Super Zees
Characteristics: Well-financed; multiple brands; sophisticated infrastructure; often specialize in nontraditional locations; likely to develop proprietary brands in addition to being major franchisees; often have franchise interests beyond restaurants.
Poster Child: HMSHost, Bethesda, Maryland...