KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT CORPORATION
THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into on this ___day of ___, 20___, by andbetween Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, a North Carolina corporation, with its principalbusiness address at P.O. Box 83, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27102 (Company) and_____, a _____, whoseprincipal business address is _____(Franchisee).
Company has developed a system for the operation of store facilities called Krispy Kreme Storesthat offer and serve a variety of fresh doughnuts and certain other quality food products under thetrademark and service mark KRISPY KREME.
Company grants to certain persons who meet its qualifications and who are willing to undertake theinvestment and effort, the right to develop and operate Krispy Kreme Stores within a definedgeographic area offering the Products and other approved products and services and utilizing theKrispy Kreme System.
Pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, Company grants Franchisee the right to develop and operateKrispy Kreme Stores within the Development Area. The operation of each Krispy Kreme Storedeveloped hereunder will be governed by separate Franchise Agreements.
THE PARTIES AGREE:
Affiliate means any person that directly or indirectly owns or controls, that is directly orindirectly owned or controlled by, or that is under common ownership or control with, Company orFranchisee.
Agreement Term means the period commencing upon the execution of this Agreement and ending upon thelater of the expiration of the last Development Period or the expiration of any extension grantedpursuant to Section 12, unless terminated earlier in accordance with the provisions of Section 10hereof.
Approvals means all approvals, authorizations, consents, permits, exemptions, licenses and anyother actions required by law or by any person, company or governmental authority in order forFranchisee to be able to develop and operate Krispy Kreme Stores within the Development Area.
Competitive Business means a business or enterprise, other than a Krispy Kreme Store, that: (i)sells yeast raised doughnuts, cake doughnuts, or any other types of doughnuts, miniature doughnutsor doughnut holes in any distribution channels to any customer for consumption or resale and suchsales constitute ten percent (10%) or more of such business revenues; (ii) sells coffee in anydistribution channels to any customer for consumption or resale and such sales
constitute twenty percent (20%) or more of such business revenues; or (iii) grants or has grantedfranchises or licenses, or establishes or has established joint ventures, for the developmentand/or operation of a business that offers the food products referred to in (i) and (ii) in anysuch channel of distribution.
Development Area means the geographic area described in Exhibit A attached hereto.
Development Fee means the non-refundable development fee that Franchisee agrees to pay Company asset forth in Subsection 2.4 of this Agreement. The aggregate amount of such Development Fee is setforth in Schedule A.
Development Period means each period of time defined as a Development Period in Exhibit B attachedhereto.
Development Quota means the minimum number of Krispy Kreme Stores Franchisee agrees to have openand in operation at the end of each Development Period. The Development Quota with respect to eachDevelopment Period is set forth in Exhibit B attached hereto.
Development Rights means the rights granted to Franchisee pursuant to this Agreement with regard toFranchisees rights to develop Krispy Kreme Stores within the Development Area specified in ExhibitA attached hereto.
Expansion Criteria means Companys expansion criteria as described in Section 4 of this Agreementand set forth in Schedule B.
Franchise means the right to operate a Krispy Kreme Store at a specific location within theDevelopment Area and the right to use the Krispy Kreme System in the operation thereof.
Franchise Agreement means an agreement used by Company in the offer and sale of Franchises for theoperation of a Krispy Kreme Store at a specific location, the current form of which (including allexhibits, schedules, riders and other agreements used in connection therewith) is attached heretoas Exhibit C.
Franchise Documents means the Franchise Agreement together with any other documents required byCompany to be executed in connection with the development of Krispy Kreme Stores by Franchiseepursuant to this Agreement.
Franchise Term means the period during which Franchisee is authorized to operate a Krispy KremeStore pursuant to a Franchise unless terminated earlier in accordance with Section 10 of thisAgreement.
Good Standing means that Franchisee is current with all payments due to Company, its Affiliates andsuppliers; has met its obligations under the Development Quota and is not in default of any of itsobligations under this Agreement or any other agreement between the parties.
Krispy Kreme System means the distinctive business formats, methods, procedures, designs, lay-outs,equipment, mixes, standards and specifications designated by Company for use in
Krispy Kreme Stores, all of which Company may modify from time to time, along with the Marks.
Managing Director means the managing director of Franchisees business designated pursuant toSubsection 3.3 of this Agreement. The initial Managing Director will be identified in Exhibit D ofthis Agreement.
Manuals means such materials (including, without limitation, if applicable, audiotapes, videotapes,magnetic media, computer software and written materials) that Company generally furnishes todevelopers and franchisees from time to time for use in operating Krispy Kreme Stores.
Marks means the trademarks, service marks and other commercial symbols used in the operation ofKrispy Kreme Stores, including, without limitation, the trade and service marks KRISPY KREME andassociated logos, as same may be changed, enhanced or supplemented from time to time.
New Concept means concepts, products or stores not contemplated by this Agreement that Company may,from time to time, notify Franchisee of its intention to promote. New Concepts may include,without limitation, non-producing stores that only sell the Products, Non-Core Products, and suchother items as Company may approve in advance in writing and that are produced by Franchisee at theSTORES.
Non-Core Products means any product identified by the Marks other than the Products, such as, forexample, ice cream, clothing, hats, cups and other logoed items, etc.
Plans means the final plans, drawings and specifications for the Site and building in respect of aproposed STORE, including signage, fixtures, furniture, equipment and décor, all to the standardsspecified by Company.
Products means a variety of fresh doughnuts (including among others, yeast raised doughnuts, cakedoughnuts, miniature doughnuts and doughnut holes, some of which have various types and flavors offillings, glazes or other coatings) as well as certain other food products and beverages(specifically including, but not limited to, coffee) and food services as identified by Companyfrom time to time and which are customarily sold in Krispy Kreme Stores.
Site means a physical location that Company has approved as meeting its minimum criteria for thedevelopment and operation of a STORE.
STORE means a Krispy Kreme Store developed and operating within the Development Area pursuant tothis Agreement.
Transfer means with respect to a Franchise, a STORE, this Agreement or the ownership of Franchisee,any of the following, without limitation, whether voluntary or involuntary, direct or indirect:(i) an assignment, sale, gift or pledge; (ii) the grant of a mortgage, lien, security interest,charge, or any encumbrance whatsoever including, without limitation, the grant of a collateralassignment; and (iii) a transfer that occurs as a result of Franchisees insolvency or dissolutionor other transfer by operation of law. The term Transfer will not be deemed to
include (i) the grant of a lien or security interest to secure financing for the acquisition ofequipment, fixtures and supplies for a STORE; (ii) an assignment of a leasehold interest in a Sitein accordance with the terms of this Agreement; or (iii) the relocation of a STORE from one Site toanother Site.
|2.||TERM/ FEES /DEVELOPMENT QUOTA|
|2.1||Company grants Franchisee the right to develop (as long as Franchisee remains in GoodStanding and meets the Expansion Criteria), and Franchisee accepts the obligation to develop,Krispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area during the Agreement Term and in compliance withthe Development Quota attached as Exhibit B hereto.|
|2.2||Subject to the right to extend the Agreement Term contained in Section 12 and the DevelopmentRights granted herein, Companys obligation to grant Franchises to Franchisee to operateKrispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area, will expire upon the expiration of the AgreementTerm.|
|2.3||Franchisee agrees that during the Agreement Term, it will strictly and diligently perform itsobligations hereunder and will continuously exert its best efforts to promote and enhance thedevelopment and operation of Krispy Kreme Stores within the Development Area. Withoutlimiting the foregoing obligations, Franchisee agrees to meet the Development Quota withrespect to each Development Period, as set forth in Exhibit B attached hereto.|
|2.4||Franchisee will pay to Company the Development Fee as set forth in Schedule A. TheDevelopment Fee will be fully earned by Company upon execution of this Agreement.|
|2.5||For each Franchise granted to Franchisee pursuant to this Agreement during the AgreementTerm: (1) the Initial Franchise Fee (defined in the Franchise Agreement) will be as set forthin Schedule A; and (2) royalties (defined in the Franchise Agreement) and other fees will beas set forth in the Franchise Agreement.|
|3.||BUSINESS PLAN/ APPROVALS/ HUMAN RESOURCES/ NEW CONCEPTS|
|3.1||Prior to execution of this Agreement, and on an annual basis thereafter, Franchisee willsubmit for review and approval by Company, a written business plan for the development andfinancing of Krispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area in accordance with the DevelopmentQuota.|
|3.2||Franchisee will secure and maintain in force in its name all required licenses, permits andcertificates relating to the conduct of its business pursuant to this Agreement. Franchiseewill at all times remain in Good Standing. Franchisee will comply with all applicable laws,ordinances and regulations. Franchisee will refrain from any business or advertising practicethat may be injurious to the business or reputation of Company or Franchisee and the goodwillassociated with the Marks and Krispy Kreme Stores.|
|3.3||Concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, Franchisee will designate a ManagingDirector of its business pursuant to this Agreement. The initial Managing|
|Director is identified in Exhibit D attached hereto. Franchisee and the Managing Directorwill use their full-time efforts to fulfill Franchisees obligations under this Agreementand will not directly or indirectly engage in any other business or activity that requiresany significant management responsibility or time commitments, or that otherwise conflictwith Franchisees obligations under this Agreement. If the Managing Director is terminatedin that role, or if the Managing Director does not carry out his or her responsibilities orotherwise perform in accordance with this Agreement, Franchisee will promptly designate areplacement.|
|4.1||Franchisee must comply with the Expansion Criteria each year during the Agreement Term.Company will review Franchisees compliance with the Expansion Criteria on an annual basis.|
|4.2||If Company determines after its annual review that Franchisee is not in compliance with theExpansion Criteria, Company will notify Franchisee of its non-compliance and Franchisee willhave forty-five (45) days from the receipt of such notice to remedy such non-compliance.|
|4.3||At the end of the forty-five (45) day period, Company will undertake a further review, atFranchisees cost, to determine whether Franchisee has remedied its non-compliance toCompanys satisfaction.|
|4.4||Franchisees ongoing development rights under this Agreement will be suspended and Franchiseewill not be entitled to enter into any new commitments in respect of any proposed sites untilCompany has undertaken the further review pursuant to Section 4.3 and has notified Franchiseein writing that Company is satisfied that Franchisee is in compliance with the ExpansionCriteria.|
|4.5||Franchisee acknowledges that the forty-five (45) day cure period provided for under thisSection applies only for the purposes of determining Franchisees compliance with theExpansion Criteria and will not limit Companys rights or ability to act in respect of anybreach of any other provision of this Agreement or of any provision of any Franchise Agreementbetween the parties.|
|5.||STORE DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURE|
|5.1||Provided that Franchisee (a) is then in full compliance with all of the terms and conditionsof this Agreement and is otherwise in Good Standing with Company and (b) has obtained writtenconfirmation of Companys approval of sites for the STORES, Company agrees to offer Franchiseeone (1) or more Franchises to develop and operate one (1) or more STORES subject to theobligations set forth in this Agreement, and Company agrees to offer to Franchisee the rightto use the Krispy Kreme System in the operation thereof. Franchisee will not take any stepstoward developing a STORE without first obtaining Companys written approval of the site forthe proposed STORE. The following approval procedure will apply:|
|(a)||Franchisee will submit a written site evaluation to Company, including the sitelocation, dimensions, building type and placement, proposed layout and other relevantdocuments and information relating to the site as may be required by Company.|
|(b)||Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the site evaluation, Company willcomplete its evaluation of the proposed site and notify Franchisee of its approval orrejection of the proposed site and, if approved, any conditions applying to theapproval.|
|(c)||Within thirty (30) days of receipt of Companys notice of approval of anyproposed site, Franchisee will:|
|(i)||confirm to Company that it has the necessary rights to the siteto enable it to develop and operate the STORE, and in the case of a leaseholdinterest, on terms and conditions approved by Company; and|
|(ii)||submit to Company two (2) copies of the proposed Plans.|
|(d)||Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the proposed Plans, Company will notifyFranchisee of any modifications to the Plans required by Company. Franchisee mustresubmit the modified Plans to Company within ten (10) days of receipt of Companysnotice of the modifications. Within ten (10) days of receipt of the modified Plans,Company will notify Franchisee whether or not the Plans have been given final approval.|
|(e)||Franchisee will be responsible for ensuring that all necessary Approvals havebeen obtained in respect of the Plans.|
|5.2||Prior to the commencement of construction of the relevant STORE, Franchisee will execute anddeliver to Company the Franchise Documents.|
|5.3||Within six (6) months of receipt of Companys notice and approval of a Site, Franchisee willcomplete the construction of the STORE so that it is ready for opening and will notify Companyof its intention to open the STORE for business. Franchisee will not open any STORE forbusiness without first obtaining Companys written approval to open.|
|5.4||If Company fails to notify Franchisee of any approval, disapproval or required modificationswithin the time periods applying to Company in this Section 5, Companys approval will bedeemed to have been given.|
|5.5||All costs associated with the development by Franchisee of any STORE pursuant to thisAgreement will be borne by Franchisee.|
|5.6||Company may withdraw, without liability, its offer to grant a Franchise for a STORE and maywithdraw its approval of a Site if Franchisee is in default under this Agreement or any otheragreement between the parties.|
|6.1||This Agreement is fully transferable by Company and will inure to the benefit of any assigneeor other legal successor to Companys interests. Franchisee agrees that Company will have theright, from time to time, to delegate the performance of any portion of or all of itsobligations and duties under this Agreement to designees, whether the same are Companysagents or independent contractors with which Company has contracted to provide these services.|
|6.2||Franchisee understands and acknowledges (and hereby represents and warrants that its ownersunderstand and acknowledge) that the rights and duties created by this Agreement are personalto Franchisee and its owners and that Company has entered into this Agreement in reliance uponthe character, skill, attitude, business ability, and financial capacity of Franchisee and itsowners. Therefore, neither this Agreement, a Franchise, a STORE, any ownership interest inFranchisee, nor the lease for or ownership of a Site of a STORE, will be transferred withoutCompanys prior written approval. Subject to the other provisions of this Section:|
|(a)||a Transfer of ownership, possession or control of a STORE will be made only inconjunction with a Transfer of the Franchise related to that STORE. This rule alsoapplies where the Transfer is one of a series of Transfers which in the aggregateconstitute the Transfer of a STORE;|
|(b)||a Transfer of a Franchise will be made only in conjunction with a Transfer,approved by Company, of this Agreement and all Franchises granted under this Agreement.This rule also applies where the Transfer is one of a series of Transfers which in theaggregate constitute the Transfer of a Franchise; and|
|(c)||a Transfer of this Agreement will be made only in conjunction with a Transferof all Franchises for STORES located in the Development Area. This rule also applieswhere the Transfer is one of a series of Transfers which in the aggregate constitutethe Transfer of this Agreement.|
|7.||RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL|
|7.1||If Franchisee determines to sell, assign or transfer an interest in this Agreement or theDevelopment Rights granted hereunder or a controlling ownership interest in Franchisee, inaccordance with Section 6 of this Agreement, Franchisee will obtain (a) a bona fide, armslength, executed written offer and (b) an earnest money deposit (in the amount of five percent(5%) or more of the offering price) from a qualified, responsible, bona fide and fullydisclosed purchaser. Franchisee will immediately submit to Company a true and complete copyof such offer (conditioned on Companys first refusal rights) and any proposed ancillaryagreements, which include details of the payment terms of the proposed sale and the sourcesand terms of any financing for the proposed purchase price.|
|7.2||Company will have the right, exercisable by written notice delivered to Franchisee withinthirty (30) days from the date of delivery to Company of an exact copy of such offer (and anyancillary agreements), a complete executed application for Companys approval of|
|the Transfer and all other information Company requests, to purchase such interest for theprice and on the terms and conditions contained in such offer, provided that Company maysubstitute cash for any form of payment proposed in such offer; Companys credit will bedeemed equal to the credit of any proposed purchaser and Company will have at least ninety(90) days after giving notice to prepare for closing.|
|7.3||Whether or not contained in the offer documents, Company will be entitled to purchase suchinterest in reliance on, and Franchisee shall give, in writing, all representations andwarranties customarily given by the seller of a business including, without limitation,representations and warranties as to (a) ownership, condition and title to stock and/orassets, (b) liens and encumbrances relating to the stock and/or assets, and (c) validity ofcontracts and liabilities, contingent or otherwise, of the business being purchased.|
|7.4||If Company does not exercise its right of first refusal, Franchisee may complete the sale tosuch purchaser pursuant to and on the exact terms of such offer, subject to Subsection 6.2 ofthis Agreement, provided that if the sale to such purchaser is not completed within onehundred twenty (120) days after delivery of such offer to Company, or if there is any changein the terms of the sale (which Franchisee agrees promptly to communicate to Company), Companywill again have an additional right of first refusal for thirty (30) days on the same termsand conditions as are applicable to the initial right of first refusal.|
|8.||COMPANYS RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS/EXCLUSIVITY|
|8.1||Except as hereinafter provided, and provided that Franchisee is in Good Standing, neitherCompany nor its Affiliates will, during the Agreement Term, own or operate, or grantfranchises for the ownership or operation of Krispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area.Upon the termination or expiration of the Agreement Term and subject, in the case ofexpiration, to Companys right of first refusal, Company and its Affiliates will have theright to own and operate, and to grant others development rights and franchises to own andoperate, Krispy Kreme Stores within the Development Area. Except as specifically providedherein, Company grants no other territorial or other rights to Franchisee.|
|8.2||Except as expressly limited by Subsection 8.1 above, Company (on behalf of itself and itsAffiliates) retains all rights with respect to Krispy Kreme Stores, the Marks and the sale ofProducts and services, anywhere in the world, including, without limitation the right to:|
|(a)||operate or grant others the right to operate Krispy Kreme Stores at anylocation and on such terms and conditions Company deems appropriate;|
|(b)||acquire and operate, or be acquired by, a business operating one or morebusinesses located or operating within the Development Area which compete with theSTORES;|
|(c)||develop, manufacture, distribute and/or sell, and license others to develop,market, distribute and/or sell, Products to customers located within the|
|Development Area through any channel of distribution other than through retailstores physically located within the Development Area; and|
|(d)||develop, manufacture, distribute and/or sell, and license others to develop,market, distribute and/or sell Non-Core Products to customers located within theDevelopment Area through any channel of distribution including through any retailstores physically located within the Development Area.|
|8.3||Franchisee acknowledges that Company has granted Development Rights to Franchisee inconsideration of and reliance upon Franchisees agreement that it and its owners will dealexclusively with Company. Franchisee therefore agrees that, during the Agreement Term,neither Franchisee, nor any of its owners will, anywhere in the world: (a) have any direct orindirect ownership interest in any Competitive Business (this restriction is not applicable tothe ownership of shares of a class of securities listed on a stock exchange or traded on apublic stock market that represent less than three percent (3%) of the number of shares ofthat class of securities issued and outstanding); (b) perform services as a director, officer,manager, employee, consultant, representative, agent or otherwise for any CompetitiveBusiness; or (c) recruit or hire any person who is Companys employee or the employee of anyKrispy Kreme franchisee or who has been Companys employee or the employee of any Krispy Kremefranchisee within the past six (6) months without obtaining prior written permission fromCompany or that persons employer. Franchisee acknowledges and agrees that the failure of anyperson or entity restricted by this Section to comply with this Section will constitute abreach of this Agreement by Franchisee.|
|9.||MARKS / COPYRIGHTED WORKS / CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION|
|9.1||Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein, it is understood and agreedthat this Agreement does not grant Franchisee any right to use the Marks or any of Companysconfidential information (as further defined in the Franchise Agreement). Further, it isunderstood and agreed that this Agreement does not grant Franchisee and Franchisee does nothave any right to any copyrighted work (as further defined in the Franchise Agreement) orpatent which Company now own or may hereinafter own. Rights to the Marks, confidentialinformation or copyrighted works are granted only under the Franchise Agreements to beexecuted by Company and Franchisee.|
|10.||TERMINATION AND EXPIRATION OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS|
|10.1||Company will have the right to terminate the Development Rights, effective upon delivery ofnotice of termination to Franchisee, if:|
|(a)||Franchisee or any of its owners are convicted by a court, plead guilty to or donot contest any charge, of any crime or offense that may adversely affect thereputation of Krispy Kreme Stores or the goodwill associated with the Marks;|
|(b)||any person makes an unauthorized Transfer of this Agreement, a Franchise or anownership interest in Franchisee or the STORE;|
|(c)||Franchisee (or any of its owners) fails on two (2) or more separate occasionswithin any period of twelve (12) consecutive months to comply with this Agreement,whether or not such failures to comply are corrected after written notice thereof isdelivered to Franchisee;|
|(d)||Franchisee is unable to pay its debts as and when they become due or makes anassignment for the benefit of creditors or admits in writing its insolvency orinability to pay its debts generally as they become due; Franchisee consents to theappointment of a receiver, trustee or liquidator of all or the substantial part of itsproperty; a STORE is attached, seized, subjected to a writ or distress warrant orlevied upon, unless such attachment, seizure, writ, warrant or levy is vacated withinthirty (30) days; or any order appointing a receiver, trustee or liquidator ofFranchisee or a STORE is not vacated within thirty (30) days following the entry ofsuch order; or|
|(e)||Company notifies Franchisee that Franchisee has breached any term or conditionof this Agreement and Franchisee does not fully cure the breach within the cure periodwhich is specified by Company in the notice.|
|10.2||Company will have the right to terminate the Development Rights if Franchisee fails to complywith its obligations hereunder and does not correct such failure within thirty (30) days afterwritten notice of such failure is delivered to Franchisee, in particular if:|
|(a)||Franchisee or any of its owners, violate the restrictions on holding interestsin or performing services for Competitive Businesses, or owners who have access toCompanys confidential information violate the covenants concerning competition andconfidentiality contained in a form of confidentiality and non-competition agreementprescribed by Company from time to time;|
|(b)||Franchisee fails to satisfy its cumulative development obligations as set forthin Exhibit B attached hereto, unless such failure is (i) the direct result of Companysnon-performance under this Agreement or (ii) force majeure;|
|(c)||Company determines that Franchisee is not in compliance with the ExpansionCriteria as set forth in Schedule B; or|
|(d)||Company has delivered a notice of termination of any Franchise in accordancewith the terms and conditions of any Franchise Agreement; provided, however, that, uponthe request of Franchisee, the period for correcting such failure may be extended, inCompanys sole discretion, for one or more thirty (30) day periods, provided thatFranchisee is at the time of such request making good faith efforts to correct suchfailure.|
|10.3||Companys exercise of any of its rights under this Section 10 will be in addition to and notin limitation of any other rights and remedies it may have in the event of any breach ordefault by Franchisee.|
|11.||CONSEQUENCES OF TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION|
|11.1||Upon the termination of the Development Rights or the last Franchise, whichever is later:|
|(a)||Franchisee will not directly or indirectly at any time or in any manner (exceptwith respect to other Krispy Kreme Stores Franchisee lawfully owns and operates)identify itself or its business as a current or former Krispy Kreme Store; use anyMark, any colorable imitation thereof or other indicia of a Krispy Kreme Store in anymanner or for any purpose, or utilize for any purpose any trade name, trade or servicemark, other commercial symbol or trade dress that suggests or indicates a connection orassociation with Company including, but not limited to, by use of a website; and|
|(b)||Franchisee will take such action as may be required to cancel or, at Companysrequest, transfer to Company or its designee all fictitious, assumed name or equivalentregistrations relating to its use of any Mark.|
|11.2||Upon termination or expiration of the Development Rights or the last Franchise, whichever islater, Franchisee, its owners and its employees will immediately cease to use and willmaintain the absolute confidentiality of any confidential information disclosed to orotherwise learned or acquired by Franchisee or its owners or employees, will refrain fromusing such confidential information in any business or otherwise and will return to Companyall copies of the Manuals and any other confidential materials which have been loaned or madeavailable to Franchisee by Company pursuant to this Agreement or any Franchise.|
|11.3||Upon expiration of the Agreement Term or upon Companys termination of the Development Rightsin accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement or Franchisees termination ofthe Development Rights without cause, neither Franchisee nor any of its owners will for aperiod of two (2) years commencing on the effective date of such termination or expiration, orthe date on which Franchisee ceases to conduct its activities hereunder, whichever is later,directly or indirectly:|
|(a)||have any direct or indirect interest as a legal or beneficial owner of, orperform services as a director, officer, manager, employee, consultant, representative,agent, or otherwise for any Competitive Business located or operating within the Siteof any STORE, the Development Area, or eight (8) kilometers of any other Krispy KremeStore in operation or under construction on the effective date of the termination orexpiration of this Agreement;|
|(b)||own or hold the right to vote any record or beneficial ownership interest of aCompetitive Business located or operating within the Site of any STORE, the DevelopmentArea, or eight (8) kilometers of any other Krispy Kreme Store in operation or underconstruction on the effective date of the termination or expiration of this Agreement;or|
|(c)||employ or seek to employ, any person who is employed (as an employee orindependent contractor) by Company, its Affiliates or by any other developer or|
|franchisee of Krispy Kreme Stores, nor induce nor attempt to induce any such personto leave said employment without the prior written consent of such personsemployer.|
|12.||EXTENSION OF AGREEMENT TERM|
|12.1||If Franchisee is in Good Standing and meets the Expansion Criteria as set forth in ScheduleB, then, no earlier than twelve (12) months before the expiration of the Agreement Term,Company will forward to Franchisee a written proposal for the grant to Franchisee of rights todevelop additional Krispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area. Such written proposal, whichwill be consistent with Companys then current fees and operating practices, will indicate thenumber and general location of the additional Krispy Kreme Stores to be opened and the orderand time frame in which they are to be opened. Franchisee will be given a right of firstrefusal to execute Companys written proposal. Franchisee must exercise its right of firstrefusal by providing written notice to Company within sixty (60) days of the date of receiptof Companys written proposal. If Franchisee accepts Companys written proposal, the partieswill enter into good faith negotiations to finalize the remaining details of the successordevelopment agreement. If Franchisee fails to accept Companys written proposal as requiredherein, Company will have the right to develop, or grant rights to another to develop,additional Krispy Kreme Stores in the Development Area.|
|13.1||If any part of this Agreement is held to be void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, Companymay elect either to modify the void, invalid or unenforceable part to the extent necessary torender it legal, valid and enforceable or to sever the void, invalid or unenforceable part, inwhich event the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.|
|13.2||If any applicable and binding law or rule of any jurisdiction requires greater prior noticethan is required hereunder for the termination of any rights under this Agreement or thetaking of some other action not required hereunder, the prior notice and/or other actionrequired by such law or rule will be substituted for the comparable provisions hereof.|
|13.3||Company and Franchisee acknowledge that certain disputes may arise that they are unable toresolve, but may be resolved through mediation. To facilitate such resolution, Company andFranchisee agree that either of them has the right, prior to commencement of an arbitrationproceeding by a party as provided herein, to require that a dispute first be submitted fornon-binding mediation at a mutually agreeable location (if the parties cannot agree on alocation, the mediation will be conducted in Winston-Salem, North Carolina). Such mediationwill be conducted pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Theparties agree that statements made by any party in such mediation proceeding will not beadmissible for any purpose in a subsequent arbitration or other legal proceeding.|
|13.4||Subject to Subsection 13.3, and except for controversies, disputes or claims related to orbased on Franchisees use of the Marks after the expiration or termination of the DevelopmentRights or any Franchise, all controversies, disputes or claims arising between Company, itsAffiliates and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees and agents (intheir representative capacity) and Franchisee (and its owners and the guarantors of thisAgreement) arising out of or related to the relationship of the parties hereto, this Agreementor any other agreement between the parties or any provision of such agreement and the validitythereof, will be submitted for binding arbitration to the AAA on demand of either party.|
|13.5||Such arbitration proceedings will be conducted in New York, New York, and, except asotherwise provided herein, will be heard before a panel of three (3) arbitrators and conductedin accordance with the then current commercial arbitration rules of the AAA for internationalarbitrations. All matters relating to arbitration will be governed by the United StatesFederal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.) and not by any state or foreignarbitration law.|
|13.6||Company and Franchisee will each appoint one (1) arbitrator and the two (2) arbitrators soappointed will appoint a third arbitrator to act as chairman of the tribunal. If a partyfails to nominate an arbitrator within thirty (30) days from the date when a partys requestfor arbitration has been communicated to the other party, such appointment will be made by theAAA. The two (2) arbitrators thus appointed will attempt to agree upon the third arbitratorto act as chairman. If said two (2) arbitrators fail to nominate the chairman within thirty(30) days from the date of appointment of the second arbitrator to be appointed, the chairmanwill be appointed by the AAA.|
|13.7||The arbitrators will have the right to award or include in their award any relief which theydeem proper in the circumstances, including, without limitation, money damages (with intereston unpaid amounts from date due), specific performance, injunctive relief and attorneys feesand costs, provided that the arbitrators will not have the right to declare any Mark genericor otherwise invalid or, except as otherwise provided herein, to award exemplary,consequential, special or punitive damages. The award and decision of the arbitrators will beconclusive and binding upon all parties hereto and judgment upon the award may be entered inany court of competent jurisdiction, and Franchisee and Company waive any right to contest thevalidity or enforceability of such award.|
|13.8||The parties further agree to be bound by the provisions of any applicable limitation on theperiod of time in which claims must be brought under applicable law or this Agreement,whichever is less. The parties further agree that in connection with any such arbitrationproceeding each will submit or file all claims which it has against the other party within thesame proceeding as the claim to which it relates. Any such claim which is not submitted orfiled as described above will forever be barred. The parties further agree that arbitrationwill be conducted on an individual, not a class-wide basis, and that any arbitrationproceeding between Company and Franchisee will not be consolidated with any other arbitrationproceeding involving Company and any other person.|
|13.9||Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 13, each party has theright, in a proper case, to obtain temporary restraining orders and temporary or preliminaryinjunctive relief from a court of competent jurisdiction, provided, however, that the partiesto the dispute agree to submit their dispute for contemporaneous, non-binding mediation asprovided in Subsection 13.3 and, if such dispute cannot be resolved through such mediation andis subject to arbitration pursuant to the terms of this Section, for arbitration as providedin this Section. The arbitration provision contained herein will continue in full force andeffect subsequent to and notwithstanding expiration or termination of this Agreement.|
|14.1||Company will not be deemed, by any delay, action or inaction, to have waived or impaired anyright, power or option reserved by this Agreement.|
|14.2||Neither Company nor Franchisee will be liable for loss or damage or deemed to be in breach ofthis Agreement if its failure to perform its obligations results from: (a) transportationshortages, inadequate supply or equipment, products, supplies, labor, material or energy orthe voluntary foregoing of the right to acquire or use any of the foregoing in order toaccommodate or comply with any law, ruling, order, regulation, requirement, or instruction ofany government or any department or agency thereof; (b) acts of God; or (c) fires, strikes,embargoes, war or riot. Any delay resulting from any of said causes will extend performanceaccordingly or excuse performance, in whole or in part, as may be reasonable, except that saidcauses will not excuse payment of amounts owed to Company or designated suppliers. In theevent that such causes or occurrences continue for a period of twelve (12) months or more,Company, at its sole and exclusive option, may terminate this Agreement, effective upondelivery of notice thereof to Franchisee.|
|14.3||Except with respect to (a) each partys obligation to indemnify the other in accordance withprovisions herein and (b) claims Company brings against Franchisee for its unauthorized use ofthe Marks or unauthorized use or disclosure of Companys confidential information, Company andFranchisee hereby waive to the fullest extent permitted by law, any right to or claim for anypunitive or exemplary damages against the other and agree that in the event of a disputebetween them, each will be limited to the recovery of equitable relief and to recovery of anyactual damages it sustains. Company and Franchisee irrevocably waive trial by jury in anyaction, proceeding or counterclaim, whether at law or in equity, brought by either of them.|
|14.4||Any and all claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the relationship ofFranchisee and Company will be barred unless a judicial proceeding, or a mediation orarbitration proceeding in accordance with this Agreement, is commenced within one (1) yearfrom the date Company or Franchisee knew or should have known of the facts giving rise to suchclaims, whichever occurs first.|
|14.5||If Company incurs expenses in connection with Franchisees failure to pay when due amountsowed to Company, to submit when due any reports, information or supporting|
|records or otherwise to comply with this Agreement, Franchisee will reimburse Company forcosts and expenses Company incurs, including, without limitation, reasonable accounting,attorneys, arbitrators and related fees.|
|14.6||Franchisee and Company agree that, except to the extent governed by the United States FederalArbitration Act (9 U.S.C. §1 et seq.), the United States Trademark Act of 1946(Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051 et seq.), or other United States federal law,this Agreement and all claims arising from the relationship between the parties will begoverned by the internal laws of the State of New York and the parties agree to submit to thejurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Notwithstandingthe foregoing, any party may bring an action to obtain a restraining order or temporary orpreliminary injunction, or to enforce an arbitration award, in any court of generaljurisdiction in the state or country in which Franchisee resides or in which the DevelopmentArea is located.|
|14.7||This Agreement is binding upon the parties hereto and their respective executors,administrators, heirs, beneficiaries, assigns and successors in interest, and will not bemodified except by written agreement signed by both parties.|
|14.8||This Agreement (including, without limitation, the preambles and Exhibits hereto) togetherwith the Manuals and Companys other written policies, constitutes the entire agreement of theparties, except as provided below, and there are no other oral or written understandings,representations, warranties or agreements between the parties relating to the subject matterof this Agreement.|
|14.9||This Agreement is executed in English, and any translation of any of the foregoing into anyother language will not be an official version thereof. In the event of any conflict ininterpretation between the English version of this Agreement or any deed, document or noticerelating to this Agreement and a translation thereof, the English version will control.|
|15.||GUARANTEE / NOTICES|
|15.1||Upon Companys request, Franchisee will procure the execution by guarantors approved byCompany of a guarantee of Franchisees obligations and liabilities under this Agreement andall Franchise Agreements entered into pursuant to this Agreement, in the form required byCompany.|
|15.2||All written notices and reports permitted or required to be delivered by the provisions ofthis Agreement or the Manuals will be deemed so delivered: (a) at the time delivered by hand;(b) one (1) business day after transmission by telegraph, facsimile or other electronic system(evidenced by machine generated receipt); or (c) one (1) business day after being placed inthe hands of an international commercial courier service for next business day delivery.|
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed and delivered this Agreement in multipleoriginals on the day and year first above written.
|KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT CORPORATION||[FRANCHISEE]|
FORM FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION, OWNERS,
AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
DEEMED POSTAL RECEIPT DATE:
INITIAL FRANCHISE FEE: $________
DEVELOPMENT FEE: $_________
AGREEMENT TERM: Commencing upon the execution of this Agreement and ending on the later of theexpiration of the last Development Period or the expiration of any Extension Period grantedpursuant to Section 12 , unless terminated sooner in accordance with the provisions of Section 10hereof.