Amazing franchising facts [Infographic]

Did you know these amazing franchise facts?

The franchise industry has plenty of interesting nuggets of information that many people simply aren’t aware of. Here at FranchiseInfo, we’ve taken the time to collect some of the most surprising facts about franchises from around the world for you to discover. We’re sure that some of them will come as a surprise to even the most experienced franchise industry fanatics.

Amazing franchise facts

Here comes the facts..!

  • Dunkin’ Donuts serves over five million customers every day. That’s more than 60 cups of coffee served each second!
  • In Sedona, Arizona, McDonald’s trademark arches are turquoise because city officials thought that the traditional yellow would clash with the red rocks the area is famous for.
  • It will come as no surprise that the United States has the largest number of franchise brands operating within its borders than anywhere else in the world – around 2,500 to date.
  • You wouldn’t normally associate royalty with the golden arches but Queen Elizabeth II of England owns a drive-through McDonald’s close to Buckingham Palace. It’s part of a retail park that Her Majesty bought in 2008.
  • James Monaghan bought DomiNick’s – now known as Domino’s – with his brother Tom in 1960 for just $500 but traded his half of the business a year later for a Volkswagen Beetle.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, the founder of Jimmy John’s – John Liataud – once spent $42,500 for a private tour of U2 guitarist Dave “The Edge” Evans’ guitar collection.
  • McDonald’s once experimented with bubblegum-flavoured brocolli for its Happy Meals to encourage kids to eat their veg. If that doesn’t sound appetising, you’d be right – kids were confused by the odd flavour combination and the experiment was ditched.
  • In Japan, Burger King sells something a bit different from your standard Big Mac in October – a pumpkin burger. It contains two slices of kabocha pumpkin, bacon, lettuce, a beef patty and a creamy nut sauce, all in a pumpkin-shaped bun.
  • The hidden 31 in the middle of the Baskin-Robbins logo originally stood for the number of flavours the franchise offered. As the brand now has over 1,200 flavours to choose from, it represents a “different ice cream flavour for each day of the month” instead.
  • John Galardi, found of the hot dog franchise Wienerschnitzel, got the name for his brand from Taco Bell founder Glen Bell’s wife, Martha. Galardi recalls saying to his wife that “nobody in their right mind would call a company wienerschnitzel. Three days later, I said, “Hell, it’s better than John’s Hot Dogs”
  • The secret KFC fried chicken recipe was created by Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of the fast food chain, at a motel and restaurant that he ran in Asheville, North Carolina, before he decided to sell it on and return to Kentucky. In a twist of fate, he had moved to North Carolina because his original location had been destroyed by a fire.
  • It’s one of the most famous brands in the world but Pizza Hut could have been something entirely different if the Carney brothers were given more space to work with. When Dan and Frank Carney found their business in 1958, they could only afford a sign with space for nine characters, including spaces, which is how the name ‘Pizza Hut’ came to be.

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