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Another Reason to Read the Franchise Agreement

Three Burger King franchisees in Florida found that every word counts in the franchise agreement.Burger King’s franchise agreements mandate operating hours “at a minimum of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, unless otherwise authorized or directed by BKC or unless prohibited by applicable law.”The franchisees argued that the language only gave Burger King the authority to exempt franchisees from those minimum hours, but not to mandate extended hours.  The franchisor argued the language clearly gives them the right to require additional hours.I agree with the franchisor that the language “unless otherwise…directred by BKC” clearly gives BKC the authority to change the hours of operations.

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