Maybe yes. Maybe no.
Peter Bell is an original.
In 1998, from the franchisor’s unusual point of view, Nutri-Lawn had 24 successful Ontario territories (ie. open, paying royalties).
From the franchisee investor another picture emerges. From 1990 to 1997 of the 24 territories:
- there were 17 franchisee ownership changes,
- 3 were on their 3rd franchisee, and
- 11 were on their second.
In 8 years in Canada’s most prosperous province.
Zero bankruptcies because everyone else sold their pig of a business to the next mark. I defied their stupid, hard-to-enforce non-compete clause and took my customers into another company while I fought them in Court. Mine (I think) was the only legal challenge and subsequent, rather high-profile bankruptcy. Summary
Peter and I both got hung out to dry, but God, we had a few laughs.
Churning: the rapid selling, failure, retaking and re-selling of franchises. Can be intentional or unintentional but the outcome is the same for the investor. Useful to change the logo (old on top).
Lipstick on a pig.
A hallmark of even the bluest of “blue chip” systems.