Donut shops sudden closing result of moves made by parent company

“It’s part of a business plan,” said the president of the Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operations, Les Stewart. According to Stewart, who represents and protects franchisees, Country Style Donuts’ corporate head office plans to close between 75 to 100 of its franchise operations by January.

The Alliston Herald
December 14, 2001

Donut shops sudden closing result of moves made by parent company
Tatjana Sulker and Jason Ballantyne

There’s a large hole in Alliston’s coffee and donut scene this week after two Country Style stores closed their doors with little warning to employees, customers or the franchise owner.

The stores – one on Yonge Street in the west end of Alliston and the other on Victoria Street East – had their windows papered over and a work crew took down the signs last Friday afternoon.

“It’s part of a business plan,” said the president of the Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operations, Les Stewart.

According to Stewart, who represents and protects franchisees, Country Style Donuts’ corporate head office plans to close between 75 to 100 of its franchise operations by January.

He said the franchisees being shut down by Country Style Donuts are being given just 15 days’ notice to close up shop and turn in their keys.

Country Style Donuts has 450 retail stores across Canada – 100 self-serve kiosks and 350 stand-alone or mall-based outlets.

Keith Breedon, who owned the two Alliston locations, is not the only franchisee to have their doors closed in the past couple of weeks.

The Angus store at 193 Mill St. and a Barrie store on Yonge Street are among the total of 30 shops north of Toronto to be closed. The owners of the Angus store recently sunk more than $250,000 into the operation for a new drive through and additional land.

Stewart said Breedon and other franchisees can consider legal action against the parent company. Calls to the corporate head office by The Herald were not returned.

See next Wednesday’s edition of The Herald for the complete story.


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