Franchising: A Last Meal for D'Lites?

A Last Meal for D'Lites?

The D'Lites chain of fast-food restaurants seemed like a surefire formula for success in the health-conscious '80s. Its menu was designed for the slender set, featuring such fare as vegetarian pita-bread sandwiches, diet cheeseburgers, frozen yogurt and light beer. The chain grew from one Atlanta outlet in 1981 to about 100 restaurants in 19 states last year. But now D'Lites may be down to its final few bites. Company President Jefferson McMahon, a former Arby's executive who was hired only last November to tighten up D'Lites' management, abruptly quit the top job last week. The chain acknowledged that it may soon...

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