Financing Programs Aim to Help Franchisees
(WSJ.com) — Despite good credit and a strong track record, the longtime franchise owners weren’t able to secure traditional bank financing, as they had for past expansions. Instead, Mr. Romanov and Ms. Salgan used a lease-to-buy program offered by Edible Arrangements International Inc.’s year-and-half-old financing arm, Farid Capital.
As bank lending continues to be sparse, a number of corporate franchisers are providing financing arrangements and other aid to potential franchisees. Though business owners say they’re grateful for the assistance, many of the programs do come with strict terms.