Real Estate

Finding the best real estate for your franchise is challenging and competitive, whether building anew or remodelling an existing location. Site selection is complicated and “A” locations are both hard to come by and expensive. Using a real estate broker to help find the optimal sites and negotiate the best contract is common practice. Seek legal advice to ensure you’re receiving the optimum tenant improvements and landlord benefits.


Johnny Collins is a man of faith and endurance. He knows what kind of hard work and dedication it takes to run a marathon, serve as a firefighter, and work as a security officer.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,678
We have made progress digging our way out of the pit of economic meltdown we tumbled into in 2007, but we certainly have a long way to go before we experience the vibrant economy we enjoyed in much of the 1990s and the early to mid-2000s.
  • Dean Zuccarello
  • 3,710
After earning a degree in computer science from the University of Delaware, Craig Colby set up his own consulting and programming business for the first decade of his career.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,964
When Chirag Patel left India 15 years ago, he had mixed feelings about leaving his home and his parents.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,258
It's fitting that Johnny Collins runs marathons. The persistence and long-term training needed to finish a 26.1-mile race is mirrored in Collins' long, difficult quest to start his own business.
  • Tracy Staton
  • 3,898
Robert Branca, Jr., is part of the Dunkin' Donuts family...seriously. Branca and his family own 60 Dunkin' Donuts in New England.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,513
In business, a lot changes in three years, especially in a down economy. And while his business has taken a turn for the worse, Tom Barnett's values and commitments remain strong as ever.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,875
Tommy Haddock has added 10 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits restaurants since we profiled him six years ago.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,068
After 10 years at Union Carbide, Ottawa-born chemical engineer Roger Mongeon wanted to spend less time traveling and more time with his family.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,552
Each month, Niche Media highlights a standout niche magazine. February's pick is Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine because it is the only magazine dedicated exclusively to serving the hottest and fastest-growing niche in franchising: multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees.
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Zane Tankel is not waiting on any government job programs to help his business.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,020
Open a All American Steakhouse and Sports Theater Franchise
The All American concept is not only what the consumer is looking for, it’s what they are craving—great quality food with signature steaks in a sports-themed restaurant; good, old-fashioned, friendly service; and a fun and energetic atmosphere.
Ray Harrigill believes in diversification. His Sunray Companies has restaurants (Bumpers Drive-In), tanning salons (Palm Beach Tan), fitness centers (Koko FitClub), and hotel properties (Hampton Inn), to name a few.
  • Tracy Staton
  • 3,700
Business owners across the country have been dealing with one of the longest and most difficult recessions in US history.
  • 3,507
Robert Branca, Jr., and his family of Dunkin' Donuts multi-unit franchisees offer the kind of advertisement for franchise success that money can't buy.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 15,778
When Sunita Sagar was a teenager working as a part-time cashier at a Jack in the Box in California, she dreamed of the day she would become a doctor.
  • John Carroll
  • 3,887
Given that 400- to 500-point swings in the Dow have nearly become the norm rather than the exception, this is ringing even truer today than it did a quarter or two ago.
  • Carol Clark
  • 2,535
Lenders establish frameworks for various types of lending: housing, personal, small business, and more.
  • Darrell Johnson
  • 3,216
Robert Branca, Jr., and his family of Dunkin' Donuts multi-unit franchisees offer the kind of advertisement for franchise success that money can't buy.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,029
There's no arguing that banks, potential investors, and creditors look heavily to a company's financial statements to determine its value.
  • Mike Handelsman
  • 4,250
Access to capital has been a bane to franchise growth for nearly three years. Much of the blame has been placed on lenders, who have been notoriously gun-shy since the September 2008 financial debacle.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,693
For years, Jeff Orlando has read with fascination the articles in franchise and business magazines about super-successful entrepreneurs. "It's amazing to read about these guys who have 87 Burger Kings and 92 Wendy's units and these unbelievable homes and lifestyles," says the Killeen, Tex., resident. However, he adds, it's also nice to read about "regular guys like me," who choose to define their success in a different way.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,205
Open a Minuteman Press International Franchise
Minuteman Press is the world's largest & number 1 rated printing & marketing franchise. Our business model features multiple revenue streams, a high repeat business factor, normal hours of operation, a royalty cap and much more!
Andy Lanz got started in franchising right out of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. With the help of his parents, the newly minted economics graduate purchased a Cousins Subs franchise in nearby Verona. Then he added a Figaro's Italian Pizza franchise as well as a Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream operation, and put them all together inside his first 2,500-square-foot store.
  • John Carroll
  • 4,581
One of my greatest concerns is agents who are supposedly working for the tenant while accepting a commission from the landlord. I have hesitated writing this article for months lest it be considered an attack on real estate salespeople or agents. Nothing could be further from the truth. If it weren't for real estate agents and brokers, landlords would have half-empty buildings. My purpose here is to enlighten franchise tenants, open some eyes, and let you decide for yourself about this important issue.
  • Dale Willerton
  • 3,989
Glenn Miller's first look at the franchising business came in the early 1990s, when the British Chartered Accountant's brother, an attorney, wound up with six Arby's in Central Illinois. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see some of the problems that needed fixing.
  • John Carroll
  • 4,179
While franchisors typically supply name brand recognition, a proven business concept, and extensive franchisee training and ongoing support, most will not sufficiently help you with your site selection or commercial lease. Deciphering the lease agreement document (often 50 to 60 pages in length) and negotiating the best deal is often left up to you. And negotiating this against an experienced landlord or the landlord's broker can be a challenge. Knowledgeable real estate agents and brokers are specialized sales people.
  • Dale Willerton
  • 8,049
Subodh Patel got his start in franchising during the great Texas downturn of the 1980s. By the late 1980s, the savings-and-loan debacle had spawned the federal Resolution Trust Corporation, which in turn became an overnight bazaar for cut-rate, distressed properties that had to be sold fast.
  • John Carroll
  • 8,384
There's nothing more American than fast food restaurants - and some of them even serve apple pie! Fast food franchises have been meeting the growing needs of the country's on-the-go car culture and diverse life styles, complete with late-night hours and 24-hour service. For decades, hamburgers, tacos, chicken, pizza, and subs were the mainstay of the fast food sector. In recent years, as customers began seeking healthier options, these standbys have been joined by wraps, smoothies, salads, frozen yogurt, and more. In 2010, one franchisor began offering vending machines containing fresh fruits and vegetables, protein drinks, and other health-oriented snacks.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,344
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and its international affiliate, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), are currently reviewing proposed new lease accounting rules that, if approved, will significantly affect the retail and restaurant industries.
  • Dwayne Shackelford
  • 9,546
Tom Kazbour doesn't believe the secret to success lies in studying the ABCs of business. He believes new franchisees can whiz on past most of the alphabet and focus on the letter "V."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 9,381
Pierre Panos, a South African native of Greek descent, leaves little to chance. When the violence in his country became too dangerous in the early 1990s, Panos--a former Coopers & Lybrand accountant who'd followed his father into the restaurant and real estate industries--wanted to emigrate to a country where he and his family could be safe and settle for good.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,986
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