Multi-Location Grounds Maintenance

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AGG Lawn Maintenance, Jul 26, 2000.

  1. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Posts: 422

    A friend of mine does alot of multi grounds maintenance on Banks, Office site,Estates, Condominiuns,Apartment complexs and Corporate parks. I dare not to ask him any advice. I was thinking about tring to get a multi grounds contract with a company like Mcdonalds but since its a franchise I don't know if it's possible. Is anyone doing work for multi-location franchises if so how is it? We have tons of Mcdonalds restaurants it this area. I looked up on the Mcdonalds web site for locations within a 20 mile radius of my house it gave me more then 50. I need some feed back!!! I,ve been in the mostly residential market for 13 years now.<br>Thanks in advance Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: AGG Lawn Maintenance
     
  2. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    In my area the McDonalds are all individually owned, but there is one guy who has maybe a half-dozen franchises in the area. I would speak to a manager (during the slow time, not lunch hour!) and offer your services. Same with banks etc. Worse that could happen, they tell you its not their decision and refer you to someone who has the authority.<p>Bill
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    Most of our commercial work is multi-site locations. No retail, though. Mostly office complexes and industrial sites.
     
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I've got a contract with a developer. I cut all of their model homes. The only down side is that you know you wont have the same model hone more than a year or two. I've also got 3 Bob Evans restaurants. Each one is independent from the other.
     
  5. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 555

    I DO SOME WALGREEN DRUG STORES NOW(5) AND DID A FLEET OF TACO BELL STORES FOR A FEW YEARS WHAT I SEE MORE OF IS THAT MANY OF THESE MORE NATIONAL CHAINS WILL HAVE A GROUP OF 30 OR 40 SITES PUT TOGETHER OVER A WIDE AREA AND WILL HAVE ONE COMPANY DO THEM ALL I DONT WANT TO DRIVE THAT MUCH AND THEY ALWAYS GO TO THE LOWEST BIDDER ANY WAY AND THEN MANY TIMES DO A DIRTBALL JOB, VERY FEW OF THESE IN MY AREA WANT TO SPEND MONEY TO HAVE GOOD LOOKING GROUNDS
     
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
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    Bill's right, same around here. Just make sure you keep a good mix, residential and commercial. Most fast food restaurants around here change with the low bid or when a new manager comes in and the contract expires. A friend of mine mowed the Charlotte-Monroe area Arby's, lost them all at one time, almost put him out of business trying to recover! Good luck.<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: KirbysLawn
     
  7. richard2

    richard2 Banned
    Posts: 101

    meet a property manager and you'll have new places all the time...turnover is high but the volume is where it's at.
     
  8. SLC1

    SLC1 Guest
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    We just started doing work for Dent Co. Enterprises they are a nationwide management company and so far we have had a lot of luck with them. They manage all the CVS drug stores, Rite-Aid drug stores and a few other chains around the entire country. We do five CVS stores for them and they wanted us to do triple that amount but since we never delt with them before we wanted to get our feet wet before we started doing a lot of work for them, but so far they pay fairly quickly and do not seem to be to picky about little things. The company is out of Lansing MI. I could get the phone number for you if you want let me know. <p>----------<br>JasonSchmidt<br>
     
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's been our experience that doing fast fod places are a pain. All I've ever heard is that thay are slow on pay, especially Arby's and they always want ALL their stores done on a particular day. By the time you drive to, drop a trailer and drive away, you've earned about enough to go in and grab a burger. I would be interested in the Rite Aid thing though since there are probably about a dozen right around here (Flint, Mich.) Then we could lookat Arbor drugs too since there's always one of those right across the street. All of these locations all need help with workmanship, that's why we've been considering the issue.<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Runner
     
  10. Rufur

    Rufur LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 143

    all the mcdonalds around here always look very well tended Micky-d's has a focus on image as they are constantly cleaning the lots sweeping tables and floors in my opinion it is the cleanest of all the fast food guys I can only guess that they treat thir contractors well too some retail stores are leased from a real estate co sometimes billing can get held up retail and especially people who advertise alot on tv and want to maintain a good image are gold mines for add-ons repair the fence powerwash paint spills parking lot striping remove grafitti litter sweeps dead shrubs tow abandoned cars repair roof leaks alot of management
     

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