Coalition of Franchisee Associations

January 26, 2024

Rescuing the Padres

It was this week that Ray Kroc saved baseball for San Diego

Everybody Wants to be A "Growth Company"

Jack-in-the-Box may, in fact, be one. CEO says they have "tremendous white space across the USA."

Industry veterans will remember that Jack tries to push east every 15-20 years. It doesn't work out, and they retrench back west, saying, "Never mind."

January 23, 2024

Another Review of CosMc's

I recently spoke with a McDonald' Owner/Operator who says it makes her skin crawl when she sees this picture or pictures like it showing both brands literally sharing the same parking lot. She knows what that means for the future of the McDonald's franchise.

       "...beverage heavy ... compete with Starbucks?" - AOL news

First Ever In-N-Out Store Closure

Crime forces Oakland CA store to close in March

January 18, 2024

Can We Agree, This EV Thing is About Over?


The key to surviving a harsh winter is having a dependable vehicle. Why would people switch to an even less dependable technology?

EV owners confront a harsh foe: Cold Weather

What happened to EVs? - Business Insider

January 16, 2024

When You Get Really Big, Who's Your Buyer?

Your franchisor, of course - RBI (BK), to buy Carrol Group's 1,000 BK stores

"Burger King ultimately plans to refranchise the restaurants to “smaller franchise operators who live in their local communities.” 

January 10, 2024

Government Relations is a Dirty Business

The promotion of Sam Tatevosyan and the hiring of Melissa Walsh in McDonald’s government relations means that McDonald’s Corp’s political activities will follow the same old political direction. While it’s good to know that Tatevoyan once worked for a Republican Senator, he also spent eight years at an extremely left-wing D.C. lobbying firm. How does one swim in that liberal swamp and come out truly believing in free enterprise and entrepreneurship?

Melissa Walsh has spent much of her time working on government affairs, but it appears that her career focus has been on philanthropy and fundraising. In other words, liberals employing liberals to give money to other liberals. She and her wife should have no trouble fitting into the Woke McDonald’s corporate culture.

Both of these folks have had exciting careers, but that’s just the point. Our National politics have changed dramatically in the past few years. Just because someone was in government affairs or lobbying ten years ago doesn’t mean they understand what’s going on today.

Who knew, just a few years ago, that we would have powerful politicians working to defund the police, purposefully turning major cities into homeless encampments, erasing our international borders, and siding with the terrorists during international conflicts? And on and on. Who has the skills to work with people like that? If these trends continue, Government Relations will be nothing but bribery and influence peddling. None of it will be for the good of the country.

While McDonald’s Corp employs people who claim they can work in these spaces, McDonald’s Owner/Operators should admit to themselves that they don’t really understand today's politics. That might be why, if I understand the reports, about 40% of Owner/Operator contributions and expenditures go to the liberal left and their party.

That might have worked at the turn of the century, but today, it’s feeding the anti-American beast.  

Boston Market - This Isn't Really Franchising

If McDonald's opens too many new stores in the wrong places this might be the solution.

Just give them away.

Boston Market, anybody can own one anywhere