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It is difficult to imagine that there will not be at least some demand for commercial franchise interests within the Community Developments. Whether it is a 7-11 convenience store or a fast food restaurant, it is certainly inevitable that such ventures will be present. As such, it should be noted that some investigation needs to be completed to ensure compliance with the franchise laws and the local regulations, but it is presumed as of present, that these investments will be made by the foundation(s). In this way, the proceeds from the Franchise business interests can be returned to the community in the same fashion as other corporate interests are.

 

It is possible, and hopefully likely ... that some individuals will agree to these terms as a condition of funding and ownership can then be made available to selected individual citizens of the community developments as well, though such opportunities may be best served if they are restricted to the franchise opportunities established by the foundation and the parent incorporation. Under such a configuration, the foundation would purchase the franchise, “granting” it to a voluntary associate of the community for operations. The operator would complete all of the requisite requirements for ownership, and would retain partial ownership of the franchise in exchange for its continued successful operations.

 

As was previously noted, the food production within the community developments will be such that additional markets will have to be both discovered and created in order to maintain local and domestic market stability and to prevent from bankrupting smaller growers across the host nation. Most of the local restaurants and stores will sell primarily locally produced goods, though there may be some exceptions wherein foods and goods must be imported by necessityi. Still, the excess levels of production are such that it is necessary to be very creative when marketing and selling this surplus.

 

One of the more common suggestions was the creation of a new, foundation owned, “brand-name” franchiseii. Though the brand will have to work to be properly branded and marketed in order to attain a sense of commonality and quality to the potential customers. These franchise opportunities will be used as paid training grounds for those receiving training in related industries, in addition to providing long-term, entry-level job positions for the local residents.

 

Those among the local population, most notably among those who were formerly part of the underclass citizenry, though others as well, who have shown a keen ability to manage and operate such business constructs, will have the opportunity to earn ownership (in whole or in part) of these franchise restaurants as well. Early stages of ownership will see the potential owners operating and managing smaller food carts. These food carts will be for the more common street vendors, though if the owners show a creative streak and the ability to manage the smaller operations, larger operations should be made available to them as well, as they become available at future dates.

 

Tow-Trailer based franchise “kitchens” will be the next step up, or perhaps allowed as a means to supplement the food carts as these trailer-based operations will have more limited use, being restricted to fewer locations. Some locations such as malls, government offices and others, do maintain a regular presence of food carts and trailer-based food vendors, so the potential for permanent placement of such operations does exist, though likely only within the community development within the early phases of operations. Further efforts to expand territories will also be reviewed as these operations are brought on line.

 

The next step up will be akin to the much aligned “Roach Coach” and “Taco Trucks” that have the freedom to travel and prepare foods at numerous locations. Like the tow-trailer operations and the street vendor carts, it is possible that many of these may be more generic in nature so as to allow for the sales and distribution of more products, though some may also be created that allow for the distribution of recognized franchise names as well.

 

After this stage will come the smaller stands that dot virtually every shopping mall, in addition to small and even full-scale restaurants. Again, these will generally be franchises wherever possible, so as to allow for assurances that the owners are purchasing their products from the community development and that the proceeds, or at least a portion of them, can be guaranteed to go back into the funding for the continued growth and expansion of the community development and its residents.

 

 

i Inland, land locked community developments may have to import seafood, some of the brand-name franchises will likely require the purchase of goods produced outside of the local area, and there will be other exceptions as the community developments grow into periods of fuller maturity.

 

ii There are still a great many details wherein all of the legal ramifications and other issues of legal concern have not been fully inspected. This is in large part due to the uncertainty of knowing where the community developments will be built. All of the proposals here nonetheless, are made with the understanding that some details may have to be changed depending on the final locations, and in accordance with the domestic franchise laws in the host nation(s).

 

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