McDonald's, Dollar General, and Family Dollar

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kleen Kutz, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Kleen Kutz

    Kleen Kutz LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ama,La
    Posts: 1,604

    Hey guys, I'm wondering if anyone one here do business with McDonald's, Dollar General, or Family Dollar stores? If so, what's your take on it and how do they pay?

    I've heard that Dollar General and Family Dollar store already have set prices. Also, they pay 45 days from the date of the invoice.
     
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    It sounds awful complicated at first but it's really not that bad once you understand how it works, unfortunately this understanding is fairly required in order to proceed along the lines of what you speak of, I will explain as best I can what follows.

    What you speak of refers to the maintenance of the property on which such a store sits, hence you most likely won't be dealing with the folks who own or manage a specific shop because those stores rarely sit on their own lot, most often they are located in a strip mall along with other shops... Then the stores usually fall under an umbrella corporation such as an LLC who in turn owns the shop(s) but you simply are referring to the anchor, or the main business in that strip mall, it is important at this stage to remember that neither the folks who work there nor the umbrella corporation own the lot itself and thus they are not responsible for it.

    The strip mall is usually owned by a realty company, the businesses such as the one you speak of lease the space their store occupies from said company, and that company usually sub-contracts the maintenance to a property maintenance company who in turn contracts Lco's to take care of things.

    So you'll need to get in touch with the property maintenance company that has been hired to sub-contract out said maintenance to guys like yourself by the realtor company who owns the lot itself, in conclusion the people who would hire and in turn pay you would be the property maintenance guys, in some cases a phone call to the realty company may be helpful.
     
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  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    For example (all factual information such as business names and address I made up):

    A McDonald's sits at the address 12,050 Farnly Road.
    But they do not own that lot, the parking lot, the grass, probably not even the building.

    The McD's itself is owned by Nutritional Flappers LLC, that is who likely leases the building, the equipment, is responsible for paying the employees and so on.
    However, the lot the building sits on is owned by WeRentThisToYou Realtors
    Who may even own the building itself, they then lease the lot and the building to Nutritional Flappers LLC

    And WeRentThisToYou in turn subcontracts the maintenance out...
    But not directly to you, they don't want to do nothing involving much actual work, they just want to pay someone to take care of everything and I mean everything!
    So they have some guys by the name of Whatever Property maintenance company.
    Those guys don't do any of the actual work either.
    But they hire it out to folks such as us, they pay us, they agree to the terms, and so on.

    It is a bit strange, a lot of crap rolls down hill and it starts at the top and hits several tiers before it even filters its way to the bottom, corporately speaking, it involves three or four tiers and you need to speak to the proper person on the tier that is responsible.

    Hope that made some kind of sense.
     
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  4. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    when i did commercial work i made the comm client pay @ the 1st of the month of the month. i started that after 2 comm's started paying 90 days late.
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    We did another fast food chain. One year we grossed a little over $500 from them. We'd have them scheduled on a Thurs. and they would call Wed. afternoon to say it was all set this week. Nothing but a headache from what we dealt with, we tried bidding on other restaurants and found they were the same, wanted to pay 1k per year for FULL service. I'm sure it depends on the franchise owner as well.
     
  6. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do two subways and one dollar general. On the dollar general I deal with the local owner and he pays on time every time. The subways are owned by someone out of state and I have to deal with there region manager. They always pay but they run 30 days behind. I've never had any problems with either one.
     
  7. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    I did HVAC preventive maintenance for 31 Dollar G stores for 15 yrs. They pay directly out of the DG corp office. I always got my money, but it would always be 45-60 days, and sometimes 90 days. Good money, but you had to wait for it.

    By the way, all of the DG stores are leased to them but they (DG) are responsible for day to day maintenance, and I would think that would include grounds maintenance....but I'm not sure.

    I lost their business when they went with a national (HVAC routine maint) company that contracted all 6600 stores in the country. This was done to prevent DG having to write 6600 checks every month (just for this one service)...or so I was told.
     
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  8. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,063

    I do 1 DG store and the property owner pays me every 30 days. I have 7 Burger Kings owned by the same franchise owner, they pay every 30 days.
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  9. Kleen Kutz

    Kleen Kutz LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ama,La
    Posts: 1,604

    Oh okay I feel a lil better about the DG's now.
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  10. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,063

    The property owner leases the building to DG so I have no experience with DG directly. Some stores are owned by DG.size=1]Posted via Mobile Device[/size]
     

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