What is a 'Franchisee'

A franchisee is the party in a franchising agreement that is purchasing the right to use a business's trademarks, associated brands and other proprietary knowledge in order to open a branch. In addition to paying an annual franchising fee to the underlying company, the franchisee must also pay a portion of its profits to the franchisor.

BREAKING DOWN 'Franchisee'

One of the benefits of being a franchisee is that the franchisor provides all the information that is needed for running the business (such as, training and suppliers). Furthermore, a franchisee is also usually given an exclusive area, where no other franchises belong to the same underlying business can set up shop in order to prevent internal competition.

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