Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel : Planet Money There's a secret war going on inside every franchise. At KFC, it all goes back to a guy with a white beard and a black string tie: Colonel Harland Sanders.
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Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

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Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

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Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC.
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We think of franchises as corporate behemoths: Tons of identical stores all selling the same thing. But actually, each store is run kind of like a small business--and the franchise owners don't always get along with corporate headquarters. In this episode, we look at the secret war going on inside every franchise. It all goes back to a guy with a white beard and a black string tie: Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken.


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