Smaller restaurant chains worry about ACA costs

05/15/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Smaller restaurant franchises are being cautious about expanding until they can assess the full costs of implementing changes related to the Affordable Care Act. The CEO of East Coast Wings & Grill owner ECW Enterprises, Sam Ballas, has imposed a three- to five-unit limit on the number of eateries franchisees can own until the 26-unit chain sees how much the changes will cost. "There is no question that the Affordable Care Act has thrown a wet blanket on franchise development," IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said.

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