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Independent Franchisee Associations

baby punditBusinessWeek documented Bhupinder “Bob” Baber founding of the Quiznos Subs Franchise Assn and its litigation soap opera.  The independent franchisee associations of Diary Queen, Subway, and few others are also mentioned along with their individual legal battles with the franchisors.  For example, Dairy Queen franchisees litigated over the new DQ Grill ‘n’ Chill concept, and Subway franchisees litigated over a potential loss of influence over an advertising fund.   Toasted Subs Franchisee Assn members pay $50 per store per year for membership – well worth it in my opinion.

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  1. Is that baby a picture of Bob? He sure is young (but mean looking)!

  2. Ryan,

    The value of an independent franchisee association cannot be doubted.

    But the difficulty with this story is that if focusses only litigation.

    The author is completely unaware of the AAFD and those franchisors who have committed to collective negotiation with an independent franchisee association.

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