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  •  Is it a family business? (3+ / 0-)
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    wasatch, wishingwell, TrueBlueDem

    Just wondering if it's a "next generation" effect. I have sometimes detected a distinct downgrade when a family business passes from the founder to the next generation. I wonder if that has happened to Big O Tires yet, something seems to have made it a different company from what it was a few years back.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:22:22 AM PST

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    •  It's from Wiki... (1+ / 0-)
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      billmosby

      but it's true. Darden was once a family business but has been corporatized for a long time:

      "What would come to be known as Darden Restaurants began when William (Bill) Darden founded the Red Lobster Inns of America and opened the first Red Lobster restaurant in Lakeland, Florida in 1968.[5] Darden chose Lakeland because he wished to see how the concept would fare in a non-coastal region, and Lakeland was the innermost city in Florida. The initial Red Lobster franchise was applauded by diners and critics alike. The store became successful and by 1970 had expanded to three locations in the state with two more under construction. While the locations were profitable, the company lacked the resources to expand further, so Darden sold the company to food giant General Mills that year. General Mills said that he would not upgrade the chain to a more casual dining/family fare oriented format, opened a new corporate headquarters in Orlando, Florida and installed Darden as company president. In 1975, when Darden was promoted to the position of Vice President of operations for the restaurant unit, Joseph (Joe) R. Lee, the company's first restaurant manager, was made President of Red Lobster.[6]

      Under General Mills, Red Lobster grew into a chain of almost 400 locations by 1985. The company underwent several restructurings and transformed itself from an inexpensive fast-food seller into a chain of casual dining seafood restaurants by 1988.[6]"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      "And I'm talkin' in the fan, Orange Crush is in my hand, with the Star Telegram."--The Reivers

      by malibu1964 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:23:16 AM PST

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