Zoup! Looking to Continue Soup Growth in Cleveland

Leading Fast-Casual Soup Chain Offers Guidance for Promising Franchise Opportunity; Spotlights FranNet's 'Meet the Franchisor' Workshop July 19th

July 13, 2011 // Franchising.com // SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Looking to feed the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Cleveland, Zoup! Fresh Soup Company, the leading soup restaurant concept in the fast-casual industry, will be educating entrepreneurs through the FranNet of Northern Ohio "Meet the Franchisor" workshop on July 19, 2011.

Held at the Zoup! Promenade at Crocker Park in Westlake, located at 30187 Detroit Road, the workshop will be hosted by FranNet broker Tracy Rickman, with the goal of presenting entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn what has made Zoup! a leader in its industry.

"Zoup! presents Cleveland area entrepreneurs a fantastic opportunity to invest in a company that is revolutionizing the fast-casual sector of the restaurant industry," said Rickman. "The company has spent the past 13 years building a business model with solid growth and a proven record of success."

With four locations currently operating in the local market, the company has announced plans to open over ten locations throughout Cleveland over the next few years.

For the workshop, Zoup! will host a soup tasting at 4:00 p.m., offering samples of its award-winning soups, followed by a presentation and Q&A session with Zoup! founder and managing partner, Eric Ersher and franchisee, Colleen Hopkins.

"The growth of the restaurant industry and in particular, the fast-casual sector, has presented us with an opportunity to actively expand our brand in the Cleveland market," said Eric Ersher, founder and managing partner of Zoup! Fresh Soup Company. "Opening a Zoup! store is a great chance for a restaurateur to provide an experience to their customers that is filled with quality, satisfaction and convenience."

"We hope that those attending our workshops will see the strength of our business model and feel the unique culture we bring to the franchise community," added Ersher.

Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free, low-points and gluten-free options. According to Ersher, "We created Zoup! after discovering that really good soup is hard to find. Also, in talking to people, it became clear that there's something special about soup and the way it elicits thoughts of family, well-being and comfort for many people. We strive to offer authentic, hand-crafted soups that are as good - and as "feel-good" - as the homemade soups our mothers and grandmothers used to cook up."

All those interested in attending the workshop must register online at www.frannet.com/events or call Tracy Rickman directly at (419) 872-7451. For more information about Zoup!, visit www.zoup.com.

About Zoup!

Founded in 1998, Zoup! is the leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant that is defining the category with its premium and proprietary soups and other recipes. A dining experience that features 12 always-rotating soup varieties each day in an environment that focuses on comfort, satisfaction and convenience, Zoup! has grown its network of franchises to over 30 restaurants throughout the District of Columbia, Colorado, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and Canada. For more information, visit www.zoup.com or www.zoupfranchise.com.

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