Operators test out potential franchisees with hands-on internships

Chicago homebuilder Andrew “Drew” Ferris traded in his tool belt for an apron to become a franchisee of Moe’s Southwest Grill, but before signing a deal, he invested a little sweat equity in the brand.

Ferris completed a four-week, unpaid internship at one of the Atlanta stores of the fast-casual burrito chain. He swept floors, bussed tables, restocked the salsa bar and learned food prep. He worked six days a week, eight hours a day. And when it was over, he remained

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