Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time For Restaurant Building Permit: 60 Days In Texas: 285 Days In California

Posted by Milton Recht:

From The Wall Street Journal, "Andy Puzder: Of Burgers, Bikinis and ObamaCare: Andy Puzder, the man who revived Carl's Jr., explains why he's not expanding in California and how the Affordable Care Act is hurting employment. Expect to order with an iPad." by Allysia Finley:
These days, California is one of the few states where the company [Carl's Jr] isn't looking to expand. "Like many businesses, we love California and would love to build more restaurants," he says. But "California is not interested in having businesses grow," even though many multinational companies, including CKE [Parent company of Carl's Jr], have headquarters there.

Consider how long it takes for one of his restaurants to get a building permit after signing a lease. It takes 60 days in Texas, 63 in Shanghai, and 125 in Novosibirsk, Russia. In Los Angeles, it's 285. "I can open up a restaurant faster on Karl Marx Prospect in Siberia than on Carl Karcher Boulevard in California," he says.

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