History of Franchises

Franchises, as we all know them, aren't that old. The success in franchising did not happen until after the end of World War II. Still, the basics of modem franchising initiated to the times when the church made franchise-like contracts with tax collectors, who held a percentage of the cash they collected and turned the remainder over to the church. This practice quite ended.

One of the primary successful American franchising operations was began by an enterprising druggist penned as John S. Pemberton. In the late 1800’s, he came up with a beverage which is a mixture of sugar, molasses, spices, and cocaine which is no longer an ingredient. Pemberton had some people licensed to bottle and sell the drink, which is now called Coca-Cola. His was one in every one of the earliest, and quite frankly, the most successful in terms of franchising operations in the United States.

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