Interesting

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.

From the CEO of CKE….Carl Karcher Enterprises, the people who own Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s.

9 comments on “Interesting

  1. I suspect if he is not willing to grease palms, the delay in Russia is indefinite.

    Whether it is better to have 125 days + bribes or 285 days without is an interesting question, though.

  2. This would go at least part-way towards explaining the preponderance of chain restaurants in the US.

  3. Is there seriously a shortage of chain fast-food junk in LA?

    I know the chitty thing, but there probably comes a density where it is no longer the limiting factor but the fact that there isn’t actually space left. Particularly in the west, where the expectation is that a shop or restaurant will be at street level.

  4. But this is just another manifestation of Socialism killing the economy.

    California despite all its advantages eg Silicon Valley, will be the first US state to go bust because its been run by Democrats since the year dot and their public sector entitlements are ruinous..

  5. “Bloke in Germany
    August 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
    Is there seriously a shortage of chain fast-food junk in LA?
    I know the chitty thing, but there probably comes a density where it is no longer the limiting factor but the fact that there isn’t actually space left. Particularly in the west, where the expectation is that a shop or restaurant will be at street level.”

    There is neither a shortage of fast food restaurants (of any quality) nor is there a shortage of *space*.

    That’s not what the permits are for anyway. Here in the US local governments don’t get to decide if there’s ‘enough’, ‘too much’, or ‘too little’ competition/demand, except (for some reason) when it comes to taxis.

  6. It’s not just businesses. Something as simple as putting in an in-ground swimming pool is likely to cost you $100,000+ in permits, inspections and other sundry fees before you even break ground. If it were not for the beautiful climate, there would be no reason to live in California whatever. I am so looking forward to the Steinian collision between the parasitical public sector and reality.

  7. Of the places listed, I’ve only been to Novosibirsk. It has a couple of really good Irish pubs. I remember ordering chicken wings to start and leaving about half of them for fear I’d not eat my main.

  8. I’ve been to none of the places listed, but have been to Ningbo, which is almost Shanghai. I’d be surprised if anyone there has a permit for anything, not that that stops them.

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