Well, you have read everything written about franchising, sought the advice of a franchise expert, spoken to your accountant and lawyer, discussed the matter with the bank manager and consulted your brother-in-law (who has eaten in hundreds of franchised restaurants over the years) and you all agree that your own particular business is franchisable. Are you ready to start preparing a franchise program? Absolutely not!
Quick service and family casual restaurants have a broad appeal and are able to expand to multiple locations within a particular market and beyond. An expansion will often take the restaurateur across a border, whether country, state or provincial. The restaurateur will encounter some or all of: differing laws, costs for labour, construction and equipment, market demands, cultures and languages. All of which can exist in an expansion across even a provincial border, i.e. the Ontario/Quebec border.
On March 3, 2011, the Ontario Divisional Court issued its reasons in Hanna v. Ontario (Attorney General), denying an application for judicial review of the province’s mandated minimum setback requirement of 550 metres for wind turbines.