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As The Economy Stalls, Franchises Expand

Wall Street firms may be enjoying strong profits at the moment, but financial experts continue to fear a dreaded 'double-dip' recession. As anxiety about the economy grows, it's informative to get a look at how franchises are faring in the real economy.

Buffalo, New York is about real as America gets. It's  a blue-collar town looking for ways to emerge out of America's industrial past. According to the Buffalo News, the local economy around the Niagara region may be stuttering, but franchises continue to invest in the area.

Among the expanding companies is AAMCO, which plans to open four additional auto service centers in the area in the next three to five years. Snap Fitness wants to grow from its six area locations to about 20. Pump It Up, which hosts children's parties and other events, wants to open its first area location, and Cartridge World plans to add several more stores.

What a fascinating development. As the story acknowledges, Buffalo's traditional means of economic growth is slow but steady. The franchise expansion bucks this trend completely.

The story also offers an introduction to the franchise industry, which would be helpful for people to the trade. For those of us who follow franchising closely, we can assume that similar growth is taking place in towns and small cities across America.

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