By now, most business people are coming to realize that Texas courts regularly enforce non-compete agreements.

Assuming the non-compete has reasonable limits, such as to time and scope, it will likely pass muster.  That being said, as a business owner, it should be considered whether the non-compete is worth it.  A little over a year ago, restaurant chain Jimmy John’s came under scrutiny for requiring all employees, even entry-level sandwich makers, sign non-compete agreements.  Moreover, it was reported these multi-year non-competes prohibited Jimmy John’s employees from working for any business which made 10% or more of its revenue off sandwich sales within three miles of any Jimmy John’s location.

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This set off a fire storm and made national headlines – it even drew boycotts of the chain and a congressional investigation.  A question to ask is: what was Jimmy John’s seeking to protect with these non-competes?

Was this just a misguided blanket inclusion in their hiring process…

With executives and other workers that are exposed to protected business information, the need for a non-compete is easy to see.  For entry level workers far removed – not so much.  Even if the restriction could ultimately be enforced in court, the lesson here is to use caution when placing such restrictions on all your workers – does it protect a legitimate interest of your business, and is it worth it?

#5BMile, Frisco, CRE, Developers,A new development called Frisco Crossing is planned for north Frisco. It will feature a cluster of restaurants with outdoor patios and a food truck park. Apartments and single-family homes would also border green space, while several retail stores would go up nearby and a dozen more eateries would border the edges of the 83.8 acres at the southwest corner of FM 423 and US 380.

This article from Frisco Enterprise gave a great introduction to the Frisco Crossing development, and its recent presentation to the City of Frisco.

Frisco Crossing is from The Rudman Partnership, the same developers bringing Frisco Station to the $5 Billion Mile along the North Dallas Tollway in Frisco.

The preliminary plans for Frisco Crossing also show a Texas Hill County style design.  As a native of the Texas Hill Country area, and with all the large scale corporate developments and re-locations coming to Frisco, it’s nice to see something a bit different.