MAC TOOLS FDD Franchise Disclosure Document (see downloadable FDD below) states that the division of Stanley Black & Decker has discontinued its tool distributorship program and is now offering the Mac Tools franchise opportunity instead.
This is notable, as a number of lawsuits have alleged that the Mac Tools distributorship was, in essence, technically a franchise all along, and that Mac Tools was violating state and federal laws by selling it as a distributorship.
According to the 2011 Mac Tools FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document):
“Mac Tools has manufactured products and offered distributorships for the mobile distribution of professional hand tools and equipment to professional mechanics for over 70 years. Until March 2007, Mac Tools offered its traditional tool distributorship in all states. The traditional Mac Tools distributorship is not a franchise, in that no franchise fee is required to be paid to Mac Tools. In March 2007, Mac Tools began offering franchises for Mac Tools Businesses within Kentucky, while continuing to offer its traditional distributorship in other states. In November 2011, Mac Tools began offering franchises for its Mac Tool Businesses in all states and ceased offering new non-franchised traditional distributorships. While Mac Tools no longer offers its traditional tool distributorship, niany existing distributors continue in operation.”
Mac Tools FDD (pdf format):
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