7 Apr 2020

Thousands of jobs at risk in the franchise sector

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 7 April 2020

Business has dried up for the 35 thousand different franchise units nationwide. This includes retail shops, home services operators, tradies and fast food outlets.The sector employs more than 120 thousand people, and 74,000 are permanent full time workers. Kathryn talks about the situation with Callum Floyd, chair of the Franchise Association, Brad Jacobs, who owns and operates The Coffee Club in New Zealand and franchisee Joe Southon, who owns and operates two Carpet Court stores and the Floor Store in Thorndon.

Empty streets across New Zealand (clockwise, from top left) in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Photo: RNZ