USA Today Names Captain D's Top Franchise for Minorities

Seafood Quick Serve Chain named Among the Best Franchise Opportunities by National Minority Franchise Initiative for Second Year

NASHVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the second year in a row, the National Minority Franchising Initiative has named Captain D's Seafood Kitchen among the Top 50 franchises for minorities.

"Captain D's is among those outstanding franchisors that have demonstrated an exceptional focus on recruiting and supporting minority franchisees," said Rob Bond, a co-founder of NMFI, which was formed in 1999 to connect franchising opportunities to the minority community.

Selection to the Top 50 is based on many factors, Wallace said, including historical performance, brand identification, market dynamics, franchisee satisfaction, the level of initial training, on-going support and financial stability.

"It is rewarding to see how many companies not only talk the talk, but more importantly walk the walk. There are a number of companies that actually have a majority of minority franchisees within their system. This list is a great honor for Captain D's to be selected. The analysis was rigorous and entirely objective. We are unaware of any other study that has published a similarly rigorous analysis," said Rob Bond.

David Head, president and COO of Nashville-based Captain D's, said the Top 50 designation is an honor for everyone who works at the company. "We're extremely proud of our record with minority franchisees. It's great to be recognized by the NMFI and for Captain D's to be included among such an impressive list of highly regarded companies."

Other companies named to the Top 50 include McDonald's Corp., Choice Hotels, Fantastic Sam's Hair Salons, Papa John's and Focus Brands.

About Captain D's

Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Captain D's owns, operates and franchises more than 540 restaurants in 26 of the states and the Caribbean, plus military bases around the world. Captain D's Seafood Kitchen offers customers great seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment. The restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, delectable pasta dishes and fried fish. The restaurants also offer premium quality grilled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, an expanded selection of home-style side dishes, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite. Visit www.captainds.com.

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