TORONTO ─ Canadian-owned Mexican restaurant chain, Quesada Burritos & Tacos, is waiving royalties to support its franchisees in the wake of COVID-19. The move comes as foodservice establishments have had to either limit business to takeout or close entirely in an effort by federal and provincial governments to stop the spread of the virus.
“We’re doing what we can as a company to support our franchisees during these challenging times,” says Steve Gill, founder & CEO, Quesada Burritos & Tacos. “Our franchisees are among the hardest-working people out there and while it’s truly inspiring to see their efforts to remain positive, COVID-19 will have a significant effect on them and their families. I’m hopeful there will be more support to come from the government and key stakeholders for an industry that plays such a vital role in communities across Canada.”
Quesada will waive royalties for the two-week period from March 11 to 24. Its decision to waive fees rather than postponing them makes the company among the first in Canada to do so since the COVID-19 outbreak. Following that period, Quesada will defer royalties from March 25 to April 6 until later notice.
With nearly 140 locations across the country, Quesada takes the health and safety of its guests, employees and partners seriously and has implemented a work-from-home policy for staff members whose presence is non-essential. It’s also introduced more stringent sanitary measures at all its restaurants.
Furthermore, Quesada franchisees remain committed to following future public-health recommendations and for the time being, are still serving Canadians Mexican-inspired burritos and tacos.