Most franchisors stay the course when it comes to searching for new franchisees, and even new franchise locations. They open new franchises in, or at least close to, major population centers. Personally, I’ve received inquiries from people who live in small tows, and even rural areas, who’ve wanted to explore franchise ownership ideas with me. (Not a lot of inquiries, but a few)
When I’ve asked franchisors to take a look at those small areas, the answer I get, nine out of ten times is something like, “Joel, there’s just not enough population to support a franchise location in Blue Ridge Manor, Kentucky, but thank you for thinking of us.”
That always makes my day. Not really.
Will More Franchise Businesses Start To Open In Small Town USA?
Recently, I was reading an article that I had asked Becky McCray to write for Small Business Trends. (Disclosure; I’m the Community promotions Director there) In the article, she pointed out the fact that ” Baby boomers are migrating. The USDA is predicting more Baby Boomers will retire to small towns than previous generations. This is going to mean an increase in the active 50-75 age group in some small towns. Get your business ready to welcome these new residents.”
This made me start wondering if we’ll start seeing an increase in franchise chains in smaller, even rural areas. Franchisors, You’ve been looking for ways to grow your footprint for the last few years. Can you start taking advantage of this growing trend? More importantly, do you want to?
Becky shared several more “Rural Small Business Trends For 2010” that smart franchisors may be able to leverage to their advantage. I don’t suggest waiting to long to do so….
If you’re a franchisor-and you’ve been thinking about targeting small town USA, now’s the time to think harder.
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"I was pretty focused on a particular franchise opportunity when I reached out to Joel Libava. In the course of a 1-hour conversation, Joel was able to ask questions and provide direct advice to help clarify the process for me and help guide me through the next steps in my vetting process. He even put me in contact with other professionals who were able to help educate me further in my particular industry. The time and money were well spent."
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