Sacramento Business Journal:
When Justin Prillwitz signed an agreement with Doctors Express to open an urgent-care franchise in Fair Oaks, franchise documents estimated startup costs at $466,000 to $602,000.
The clinic opened in December 2010 — but startup costs have exceeded $1 million, Prillwitz alleges in a lawsuit filed May 4 in Sacramento County Superior Court.
Higher-than expected expenses depleted his pre-opening reserve fund. His inability to pay affiliates prompted Doctors Express to declare Prillwitz in default and to terminate the franchise agreement, according to court documents.