Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Disgruntled U.S. Tim Hortons Franchisees Follow Canadian Example, Form Alliance

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Disgruntled U.S. Tim Hortons Franchisees Follow Canadian Example, Form Alliance

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Tim Hortons franchisee group expands south

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TORONTO - A group representing Tim Hortons franchisees who are unhappy with the management of the coffee-and-doughnut chain says it now has a U.S. chapter, a development that could put further pressure on the parent company.

The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) said in a statement that the U.S. chapter was created to give a united voice to franchisees concerned about the management of Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). It said the membership of the new chapter includes nearly half of all U.S.-based franchisees.

The Canadian chapter formed in March, with members complaining the parent company was using its power to extract more profit from franchisees. Last week one member sought a class-action lawsuit against RBI, alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund. …

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