Started this thread on the FREE FOR ALL, but wanted to see the responses here too, since food is a major part. In England, every kind of American franchise, fast food business, TV channel, song, clothing fashion, and even slang language exists in English culture. You can't go in any English city without seeing McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Footlocker, Taco Bell, Burger King, Ben and Jerrys, Powerade, etc... Even every pub will sell that horrible Bud and Miller stuff. While in the US, with the exception of some Florida towns, Santa Monica in CA and a couple of places in NY, there is not a single decent English pub, chippy with a proper kebab and chips or steak and kidney pie, or even an English supermarket chain. I mean, come on folks. You budding entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, if you have ever been to England, you know that the quality of our products in Tescos, Sainsburys, Boots, WH Smiths, and Marks & Spencers is second to none. We offer more variety and goods that appeal to every level of income. Just our candy, chocolate, ice cream, milk and bread alone is better than anything in the US. Every American I meet in London loves Boots chemists and our pubs. So why are there no English franchises in the US??? Thankfully, you can tour a US city on a typical English double decker bus, have a London cab come and pick you up as a limo service, and buy Cadburys chocolate in Safeway. Sometimes even get Lucozade to drink. I have even gone as far as see Strongbow cider in Fresh Fields...yayyy!!! But rather than a few products being imported, or bought on the internet, why don't we see English franchises here? Who is stopping them? Surely if we allow US products in the UK, then British products should sell here too, right? I'm just curious as to why this is not the case. Thanks in advance for any knowledgeable responses.