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If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be?

I know, this sounds like another one of Chewies weird poll/trolls. But let's play along for a minute.  if you suddenly came into your Lottery winnings and decided to buy a Franchise (or several), be it Fast Food, or restaurant-chain, What would it be and what reasons would you use to justify the purchase. I would prefer to limit the selection to food-related business's, and be the last stop in the food chain, rather than a distributor or wholesaler.
   For me, I have two choices ready and waiting for the arrival of the money... First would be a Doe's Eat Place. I would like to be the silent Owner of the Louisville Metro Area "Doe's". I don't pretend to know the operational details of a business like "Does", but I think i can find (with help) a good Manager and team to run the place when I get the Franchise.  "My Doe's" would have a Butcher Shop as an integral part of the restaurant, and diners would select their cuts of entree meat or fish from the freshly cut offerings in the Butcher area.  I might consider a 'grill  it yourself' area for those who want to do it themselves, but that would be only an option.
   My second choice would be a Sonic or Two, located at Interstate Interchanges on the Indiana side of the River on I-64 and I-65. Recently the two Sonics on our side of the river have failed. Not sure why, but crappy location was a factor in the loss of one. Both relied on local trade, where Sonic does well with the traveling public also.
 
Anyway, If I were to get into the business as an investment, those would be my first choices.   How about you?
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    Tony Bad
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/09 23:44:34 (permalink)
    Electrolux or Fuller Brush. 
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/09 23:55:40 (permalink)
    You like walking door to door, Tony?
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 00:00:27 (permalink)
    I don't think I'd pay someone else to run their kind of business if I had that kind of money.
     
    How is that rice pudding shop doing in New York?  Maybe Los Angeles needs a few.
     
     
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 00:06:35 (permalink)
    Noodles & Co.
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 00:44:43 (permalink)
    Sheesch Tony,  How about a mobile knife sharpener cart?
       I think of you as a Mama Grisani's, Papa John's, Pegleg Tony's Seafood and Bagel shop, kind of guy.
    Maybe a Mary kay route on the side...
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 00:46:14 (permalink)
    JRPfeff
    Noodles & Co.

    You're really hung up on that Noodle fixation, aren't you???
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 00:50:29 (permalink)
    According to Forbes.com, there are 10 food franchises in the TOP 20 Franchises to own.
    Domino's is not only the current best food franchise to own--- it's #1 in the Top 20.
    I didn't say best pizza--Just the best to own. Average investment per unit - $250,00.00
    Here's the rest:
    #2 - 7-11
    #4 - McDonalds
    #5 - Papa Murphy's
    #9 - Edible Arrangements
    #10 - Jimmy Johns
    #12 - Papa John's
    #14 - Panera
    #17 - Booger King
    #18 - Dunkin Donuts
    http://www.forbes.com/2011/01/18/best-franchises-for-the-buck-entrepreneurs-finance-franchise_slide.html
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/10 01:07:51
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 01:03:38 (permalink)
    fooodbmeat - Papa John's is quoted at $150K per franchise annually for health insurance.  Does that apply to Domino's (rotten pizza) $250K start-up cost, too?
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 01:10:10 (permalink)
    JRPfeff
    fooodbmeat - Papa John's is quoted at $150K per franchise annually for health insurance.  Does that apply to Domino's (rotten pizza) $250K start-up cost, too?

    Is that health insurance for Employees or Customers???????
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 01:16:01 (permalink)
    I must admit that my choices were not based on sound marketing surveys like the Forbes list or others.
     
    But Moving an  In'N'Out  to Louisville, sounds interesting, and maybe it is time to consider Jack in the Box and Boston Market in this area (again)....  But DOE'S would still be my first choice.  I would really enjoy hosting Glee Club reunions at "My Doe's" !
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 01:28:34 (permalink)
    mar52
    You like walking door to door, Tony?

    Hey! Don't knock The Fuller Brush man!
    They've been around over 100 years and those boys can make a good living!
    My Dad was a Fuller Brush Man back in the 40's when he came home from WWII.
    Probably spent more time in some customers homes than he should have, if you know what I mean???
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 03:37:10 (permalink)
    There is no doubt in my mind what I would buy.................In/Out Burger.
     
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 03:46:41 (permalink)
    iluvcfood
    There is no doubt in my mind what I would buy.................In/Out Burger.

    Sorry Guys, In-n-Out is a family owned, private corp. and does not franchise.
    They refuse, (Up to now) to do it.
    I'm sure some lazy, money grabbing heir will do it some day but for now, no dice!
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 03:49:45 (permalink)
    Hey Mayor!
    Here's one that has some promise! Don't have any in IN!
    http://www.freddysusa.com/Franchise/Availability/default.aspx
    Their burgers are pretty good and their Frozen Custard is very good! 
    P.S. I like Freddy's Philosophies!
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/10 03:55:34
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 07:44:23 (permalink)
    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 08:14:05 (permalink)
    Pick me, pick me, Al! I would move down there in a heartbeat to help you run Doe's!!
    I would pick a full service restaurant to buy into that had a limited menu-not a zillion items. Like Does, or a bbq/chicken place.
    post edited by ann peeples - 2012/08/10 08:16:53
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 09:22:11 (permalink)
    My family is Mc Lovin' it enough with 2 (going on 3) Mc Donald's.
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 09:49:59 (permalink)
    Hooters!
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 10:13:16 (permalink)
    Interesting idea but I can't really come up with an answer.  I would imagine some franchise are more tightly controlled by the corporate office while some might have a little more leeway to pick up some local flavor (with corporate's approval, of course), so to speak.
     
    I think that a White Castle near the UW-Madison campus might be a good idea but WC doesn't franchise.
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 10:25:30 (permalink)
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    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.

    A good Chain & good food! We have them out here. The first one opened about 1-1/2 years ago. They're now up to 10 locations.
    Some lottery winner must have bought a master franchise!!
    We get a lot of Midwest Snowbirds who flock there.
    From Nov to April the places are packed. It's wall-to-wall Blue Hairs and Silver Eagles with their canes & walkers pushing us locals out of the way!!!
    Kinda like watching Betty White's "Off Their Rockers" TV Show.
    Watch the 00:30 Sec to 01:20 segment!!! 
    http://www.nbc.com/betty-whites-off-their-rockers/video/blowup-blonde/1400760
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 12:19:09 (permalink)
    You want one GIANT headache?  Get into the food business.  Do not go there, Mr. Mayor!! 
     
     
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 12:22:58 (permalink)
    Tony Bad
    Electrolux or Fuller Brush. 

     
    I think you would really clean up with either of those businesses.
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 12:27:01 (permalink)
    mayor al

    I know, this sounds like another one of Chewies weird poll/trolls. But let's play along for a minute.  if you suddenly came into your Lottery winnings and decided to buy a Franchise (or several), be it Fast Food, or restaurant-chain, What would it be and what reasons would you use to justify the purchase. I would prefer to limit the selection to food-related business's, and be the last stop in the food chain, rather than a distributor or wholesaler.
      For me, I have two choices ready and waiting for the arrival of the money... First would be a Doe's Eat Place. I would like to be the silent Owner of the Louisville Metro Area "Doe's". I don't pretend to know the operational details of a business like "Does", but I think i can find (with help) a good Manager and team to run the place when I get the Franchise.  "My Doe's" would have a Butcher Shop as an integral part of the restaurant, and diners would select their cuts of entree meat or fish from the freshly cut offerings in the Butcher area.  I might consider a 'grill  it yourself' area for those who want to do it themselves, but that would be only an option.
      My second choice would be a Sonic or Two, located at Interstate Interchanges on the Indiana side of the River on I-64 and I-65. Recently the two Sonics on our side of the river have failed. Not sure why, but crappy location was a factor in the loss of one. Both relied on local trade, where Sonic does well with the traveling public also.

    Anyway, If I were to get into the business as an investment, those would be my first choices.   How about you?

    Hey, I resemble that!! Al, now that I've got you, you'll be sitting around dreaming the topics up!
    If I bought a franchise, it would be Pollo Loco, in east coast cities with large Spanish populations...darn good product, last time I had it!

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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 12:33:13 (permalink)
    Chewey,
    Do not encourage him!!
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 13:02:28 (permalink)
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    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.

    A good Chain & good food! We have them out here. The first one opened about 1-1/2 years ago. They're now up to 10 locations.  

    Foodbme, you can have your chance at a Culver's, they are having a franchise workshop coming up in Phoenix!
     
    http://www.culvers.com/inside-culvers/franchises/
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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 13:11:55 (permalink)
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    mayor al
    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.

    A good Chain & good food! We have them out here. The first one opened about 1-1/2 years ago. They're now up to 10 locations.  

    Foodbme, you can have your chance at a Culver's, they are having a franchise workshop coming up in Phoenix!

    http://www.culvers.com/inside-culvers/franchises/

    I can't afford to buy yesterday's newspaper, even if I could find one!" />
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    mayor al
    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.

    A good Chain & good food! We have them out here. The first one opened about 1-1/2 years ago. They're now up to 10 locations.  

    Foodbme, you can have your chance at a Culver's, they are having a franchise workshop coming up in Phoenix!

    http://www.culvers.com/inside-culvers/franchises/

    I can't afford to buy yesterday's newspaper, even if I could find one!" />


    Same boat!!!! I just looked it up out of curiousity because when we got the first Culver's outside of Wisconsin here years back, they were all still owned by the Culver family. They have had an amazing growth since 1985 or so.  
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    mayor al
    Foodie,
    I think if I were to aim at a 'Full Service' FF Burger Place it would be a "CULVERS" stand.  There is a small chain in SoCal that I like a lot, but the distances involved in putting one here might be an issue...FARMER BOYS has always been my burger of choice when visiting the old home ground.

    A good Chain & good food! We have them out here. The first one opened about 1-1/2 years ago. They're now up to 10 locations.  

    Foodbme, you can have your chance at a Culver's, they are having a franchise workshop coming up in Phoenix!
    http://www.culvers.com/inside-culvers/franchises/

    I can't afford to buy yesterday's newspaper, even if I could find one!" />

    Same boat!!!! I just looked it up out of curiousity because when we got the first Culver's outside of Wisconsin here years back, they were all still owned by the Culver family. They have had an amazing growth since 1985 or so.  

    Even if I had the money, I wouldn't go into the business for this reason:
    "Employee Theft - Each year, there is an estimate of over $52 billion loss in the restaurant business because of this reason."
    I'd go crazy trying to watch everyone!


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    Re:If you were to buy a Franchise, Which would it be? 2012/08/10 15:40:21 (permalink)
    Remember friends this is "Fantasy Franchising" real money or lack of it, is not part of the picture (or game)
     
     
    Farmer Boys original stand is now gone. It was on the right of way when they built the new freeway (the 215) thru the MARCH AFB area near Moreno Valley, back in the late 1980's.  It was a rambling old ranch house restaurant...the new versons are compacted into the normal FF stands where ever they spread. The menu is still pretty good. I love their big thick Onion Slices in their Onion Rings, and also the Zucchini spears fried are great too.
       Yeah, Culvers has been spreading out following the emmigration trails of former Badgers...but I have heard that the franchises don't come cheap !!  Let me know if the AZ Culvers sells Walleye sandwiches?? 

      Could I run a  "Doe's Eat Place", NO WAY !!!  But if I had my $250 million Powerball check in hand, I might consider "renting" one for a couple of years !!!
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