Franchise ANPR Hotline
April 30, 1997
This is Greg Gaither, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Telephone number (918) 687-4786.
I'm also a member of the AFA and hope to be at the White House Conference on Small Businesses.
Right now, I have a concern concerning encroachment. I'm with General Nutrition Center. It has impacted our business severely. I also feel that there's not an accountability of the franchisor to the franchisee. I also feel that I do not have a voice in D.C. because as the GAO has stated that enforcement of the Franchise Rule cited is less than 6% of all the complaints brought to the FTC are acted upon.
Being a broker, a stock broker, I feel that when we bought the business that there should have been in the prospectus that the encroachment is a possibility or a probability and that it would severely possibly effect my business, much as an investor has to have that information when they make an investment in a mutual fund. That is not done and needs to be done. Article 5 dealing with unfair and deceptive acts and practices perpetuated upon us has been one which it has severely effected our business.
I also feel that GNC definitely needs to be looked into as well as other franchisors. So I would appreciate your comments, especially I would appreciate any support as a tax payer, as an individual who has done everything required, but has not had any support whatsoever. I feel my hands are totally tied. I feel as an indentured servant. So any of your support would be greatly appreciated.