Therese Evans was a franchisee of the ice-cream retailer Wendy’s for six years. Evans and her husband built the business to a point they were known locally in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton as “the pink people”.
Last Wednesday night Wendy’s ended a six-year relationship and locked the couple out of their premises for a debt Evans puts at $7000.
The move by Wendy’s has been personally mortifying and financially devastating. She and her husband have been left with a $200,000 debt on their home and a $300,000 debt on her mother’s home – both had been used to fund their forays into the Singleton franchise and another in nearby Cessnock. More.