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California fast-food franchisees worried they’ll lose customers to Chili’s, Applebee’s because of $20 minimum wage

Posted on AllSides April 15th, 2024
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Fast-food franchisees are worried that customers will defect to fast-casual options like Chili’s and Applebee’s as the state’s minimum-wage law forces basic burger joints to jack up menu prices to offset soaring labor costs. The higher-priced chains aren’t subjected to the new wage requirements, which took effect April 1 and only apply to workers at limited-service restaurant chains — or eateries with at least 60 outposts nationwide where diners pay before eating and there is either no or limited table service. As a result, the price disparity between fast-food and...

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