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Spur suspends franchise fees amid Covid-19 closures

To help lessen the financial impact of lockdown on its franchise chains.
The pandemic ‘necessitates that we all walk this journey together’. Image: Moneyweb

JSE-listed restaurant franchise giant Spur Corporation is not charging its more than 600 franchisees across South Africa any franchise fees currently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on business.

The move was confirmed by the group’s chief operations officer, Mark Farrelly, this week.

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It comes as all restaurants, takeaways and coffee shops have been forced to close, together with thousands of other “non-essential” services, as part of a government-declared national lockdown meant to curtail the spread of the virus.

“Following our President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to isolate and close all non-essential business, Spur Corporation closed over 600 restaurants on March 25 in support of the national lockdown,” the group noted in a statement.

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“When the president initially announced the coronavirus as a national disaster on March 15, we understood the impact this would have on our 600-plus franchisees and as exco we immediately zero-rated franchisee and marketing fees for the second half of March and the entire month of April,” said Farrelly.

“We have tried to set a national example by providing our franchisees with significant financial relief because our people are our primary concern,” he added.

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Spur Corporation’s eight restaurant brands include Spur Steak Ranches, Spur Grill & Go, Panarottis Pizza Pasta, RocoMamas, The Hussar Grill, Casa Bella, Nikos Coalgrill Greek, and John Dory’s Fish, Grill, Sushi.

Farrelly said the group is “entirely supportive of the national drive to flatten the curve” of the pandemic.

“Although tragic in many circumstances, the sentiment is also strongly supported by our franchisee body,” he noted. “We have also encouraged our franchisees to look after their staff by making use of available disaster relief resources at their disposal. We also know that the franchisees are in negotiations with their landlords on the challenges of meeting rental obligations.

“This is a humanitarian disaster that necessitates that we all walk this journey together in order to survive,” he said.

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That is the spirit Spur!!!!
After the lock down I am going to eat something at my nearest Spur, I promise.

Yes,

Dealings with Spur HQ can be as bad a a typical landlord.

So imagine if Spur franchisees had to come up first and say “we aren’t paying’..

Would the Brand owners have come up and said how dare they?? Brand owner have dept to repay?

If something good came from corona one can hope the superiority complex with property developers and landlords will be tainted at least..

…and eat 3 week old stale burger patties? 😉

Yes, I think a lot of people will queue up at their favorite restaurant after the lock-down passes. But wonder if they’ll have fresh produce/stock after the 1st day of operation? (…as I assume supply chains needs time to restock?)

They’ll possibly open (for customers) a day or three after lock-down ends. If there’s long queues, DO NOT expect any “specials”.

Who on this forum is in the restaurant industry, that can enligthen us?

Each franchise is different. What is wrong with you!

Good point. Or they’ll get their house in order prior to opening day…. food is still essential goods and can be delivered to restaurants.

It’s A Miracle. You have can actually sound like a decent person! Be Pro Your Country! God has placed you on this land for a reason. Be an Asset, not a liability that makes others unhappy!

Be Better!

5% of Nothing is Nothing..? So what exactly are Spur giving to Franchisees..?

5% of Revenue..? When there is no revenue..?

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