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Location, Location, Location

Posted on October 27, 2018 Tom Scarda, Certified Franchise Executive

I was the area developer for Maui Wowi Smoothies in the greater New York market several years ago. I was responsible for helping new franchises in my jurisdiction find their locations and help with getting set up and execute a grand opening. My support would continue after they opened offering best practices. People looking to buy into the franchise would call me and say, “If I can get Yankee Stadium as a location, I’ll buy the franchise.” I would share that I know the people who run the food concessions at Yankee Stadium and once you’re a franchisee, I will introduce you. Many would go around my back and call Yankee Stadium to talk with the food and beverage manager, Jamie, at the time. Jaime, who had been working at the stadium for 40 years, would chew them up and spit them out. I would never hear from the prospect again. One day in 2002, a prospective buyer of Maui Wowi, named of Mitch, heeded my advice and bought the franchise first. The week after he signed his agreement we got a meeting with Jamie and Mitch got a location near gate 4 at Yankee Stadium and killed it! My point is, the franchise has the resources, the clout and the know-how regarding real estate. They don’t want you to open in a sub-par location and fail. That is not good for anyone. There has to be a level of trust between the new prospective franchisee and the franchise company.

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