Dis-Chem A Heartwarming Story of Love and Franchise
Clicks-baiting mega-chemist Dis-Chem, having gone all Pty last year, and expanded all over the place has pulled another one out of the proverbial hat: franchise! Three franchise stores – in Nelspruit, PE and East London – have been added to the 37 company-owned stores. According to the Saltzmanns, who founded Dis-Chem in 1978, the only limit to Dis-Chem’s growth has been the shortage of skilled and committed managers – hence the move to franchise, where entrepreneurs grow on trees. Touchingly, the first of Dis-Chem’s eleven approved franchisees are a couple who met while working the graveyard shift in the aisles at Dis-Chem. Dis-Chem’s recent move into centralised distribution now makes that much more sense.
Comment: Although the new Consumer Protection Act is going to make life tricky for franchisors, defining franchisees as customers, which gives them the freedom to shop wherever they want.