While franchises are generally viewed as heartless overlords in the hospitality and retail sector, there's no denying that they can be useful at times. Some call it McDonaldisation; I choose to call it reliability.
But not all franchises are built the same. There are several that I wouldn't enter if my life depended on it; then, there are those that offer good products and good service, and seem to maintain the passion and ethics they had when they began business. After all, every franchise was originally a ma and pa shop.
Debra Lidster rates Zarraffa's Coffee which, she says, provides a good selection of drinks and delicious treats in the cake cabinet. SeveralWeekendNotesreviewers have sung the praises of Grill'd – sure, a single burger there costs the same as a large Big Mac meal from the Golden Arches, but you'll feel a lot better once you're finished.
As for me, I'll walk past a million boutique health and beauty stores to get to The Body Shop. Their products don't contain too many unpronounceable words and I was pleased when I learned that my can't-live-without, all time favourite product, the mango body butter, contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter. Fair Trade is just one of a number of worthy causes the Body Shop supports.
So c'mon, fess up – which franchises do you love, and why?
The Caffissimo coffee franchise is great. They roast in WA and are only in WA.
The good part is that the francisese actually hold the lease, unlike with some others. The franchise in West Perth , Colin street, roast their coffee on site, and it is the first franchise.
Starbucks - friendly and fast. No fuss either; if I want one teabag in a huge mug of hot water, they charge me for the one bag only. Not so at others, which make you pay the "large" price (2 tea bags) in such a case.
My husband is a coffee drinker and says their coffee is good, not as poisonously strong as in most other outlets. Their tea is also of a very high quality (especially the green tea).
Plus free Wifi, good music, nice accessories to buy if you want.
Subway any day, or even every day!!
You can't have foods from most other franchised fast food restaurants every day, but try Subway, you'll find you can have a guiltfree, tasty feed from a wide range atleast 4 times a week and actually feel good every time.