A franchisor empowered with the discretion to purge poor performing or non-compliant franchisees is critical to the brand. For example, most everyone by now has heard of the KFC that had rats. The same franchisee with the rats also owned other Yum Brand franchises (they own 350 in total). Yum promptly shut down a few others temporarily, most likely for violations of the franchise agreement. What would the impact have been to innocent franchisees if the franchisee with rats continued to tarnish the brand? The franchisor needs this type of discretion.