fran·chi·see | \ˌfran-ˌchī-ˈzē, -chə-\

Definition of franchisee 

: one granted a franchise

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Under agreements with Washington State announced on Thursday, the companies — Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cinnabon are the others — have pledged to remove so-called no-poach clauses from their contracts with franchisees. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Under agreements with Washington State announced on Thursday, the companies pledged to remove so-called no-poach clauses from their contracts with franchisees. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers," 12 July 2018 All Cousins restaurants will be included in the makeover, with franchisees required to update their restaurants in order to renew their franchise agreements. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls Cousins Subs celebrates July 11 reopening after redesign," 12 July 2018 In addition, Cauldron has signed deals with franchisees to open 24 more stores. Hang Nguyen,, "Cauldron, home to the viral 'puffle cone' ice cream, opens first San Diego shop," 8 June 2018 That's compared to other fast-food chains where franchisees can invest hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars to open a restaurant, industry experts said. Rachel Siegel, ajc, "Why it’s harder to get a Chick-Fil-A franchise than it is to get in to Harvard," 7 June 2018 Converting any existing Second Cup cafe to a recreational pot dispensary hinges on obtaining a retail license from provincial regulators, along with approval from Second Cup’s franchisee and landlord., "Second Cup Is Getting Into the Marijuana Business," 12 Apr. 2018 In an email message to U.S. employees, suppliers and franchisees this week, McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said the company is restructuring regional offices around the country. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 8 June 2018 But the complaints name both McDonald’s Corp. and the franchisee — part of Fight for $15’s effort to hold the company responsible for wage and employment issues at franchised locations. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: McDonald’s workers file sex harassment claims," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of franchisee

1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of franchisee

: someone who has been given the right to sell a company's goods or services in a particular area : a person who has been granted a franchise


fran·chi·see | \ˌfran-ˌchī-ˈzē \

Legal Definition of franchisee 

: one granted a franchise

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