fran·​chi·​see | \ ˌfran-ˌchī-ˈzē How to pronounce franchisee (audio) , -chə- \

Definition of franchisee

: one granted a franchise

Examples of franchisee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her goal is to orchestrate the legal maneuvers needed to grow the hotel's North and South American franchisee network and to introduce more business owners of color to opportunities for hotel ownership. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "New general counsel at Radisson talks about returning to hospitality amid COVID," 28 Mar. 2021 For example, following the success of a Mobile location, that particular franchisee could also operate a location in Baldwin County, or in Pensacola. Tandra Smith |, al, "Noodles and Company pasta franchise looks to expand across Alabama," 5 Mar. 2021 Under terms of that deal, Ruby’s franchisee Steven L. Craig agreed to invest in the locations through a structured debt agreement. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ruby’s Diner on Oceanside Pier announces permanent closure," 3 Mar. 2021 So when Gil Walker found out from the restaurant’s franchisee, Matt Cobo, that the 14 employees were getting their hours cut because of the pandemic, Walker brought a $20 bill for each of them – $280 total – on his next visit. James Leggate, Fox News, "'Grandpa' forms bond with California Dunkin' staff: 'So wonderful'," 12 Dec. 2020 More than 50 years and 50 locations later, a franchisee group with a business background in another sweet treat is scooping up locations throughout North Texas. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "This growing ice cream brand is scooping up locations across North Texas," 3 Dec. 2020 Hipes, who is also a franchisee of the food court’s Mooyah Burgers, said one reason for that was the lack of new blockbusters. Austin Fuller,, "Movie theater shutdowns may bring long-term pain to Oviedo Mall, other retail centers," 21 Oct. 2020 Other provisions include: requiring the franchisee support the city’s new $5 million-per-year Climate Equity Fund that will build parks, plant trees and improve public transit in lower income areas of San Diego. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gloria releases new bidding proposal for San Diego’s electric and gas franchises," 19 Mar. 2021 But often managers live outside the community, along with the franchisee if there is one. Dileep Rao, Forbes, "3 Insights To Help Starbucks Make A Real Impact In Minority Communities," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of franchisee

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of franchisee was in 1954

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16 Apr 2021

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“Franchisee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce franchisee (audio) \

Legal Definition of franchisee

: one granted a franchise

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