October 25, 2012 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN – Schlotzsky’s®, the home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with the Patel family, which includes Harry, Jay, Dharmesh, Chase and Hemal, to open the six Schlotzsky’s locations in Florida, including four locations in Pensacola and two locations in Tallahassee.
The new restaurants will feature the brand’s Lotz Better® look, which includes a newly designed restaurant, a co-branding deal with Cinnabon® and Carvel®, and a new service model where crew members hand-deliver food to the tables.
The first of the six locations is expected open in Tallahassee at 1814 W. Tennessee St. on Nov. 8. As part of the celebration, Schlotzsky’s will reward the first 100 customers who purchase a CinnaPack™ of six Cinnabon Classic rolls at the new Tallahassee location, with free Schlotzsky’s for a year, which includes one free The Original (small) sandwich a week for a year. In addition, fans will have the chance win prizes such as an Apple iPad, $100 Schlotzsky’s Gift Card, and $50 Schlotzsky’s gift card when they sign up for the Bun & Fun eClub during opening week.
The family plans to open the second location in Mary Esther in early 2013.
“As a family that enjoys going into business together, we always knew that a family-fun restaurant like Schlotzsky’s was the perfect business opportunity for us,” Chase said, adding that there is a huge demand throughout Florida for its delicious menu. “We look forward to fulfilling local cravings for Schlotzsky’s high-quality, fresh sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups and Cinnabon and Carvel desserts.”
As a family, the Patels have extensive management experience, accumulating a portfolio of 15 hotels and building more than 40,000 sq. ft. of medical office buildings in the past 10 years.
“The Patels are the perfect addition to the Schlotzsky’s family,” Schlotzsky’s President Kelly Roddy said, adding that the family encompasses key criteria the company looks for when selecting franchise partners. “We are confident they will do a wonderful job upholding our brand standards and reputation and look forward to watching their continued growth with our brand.”
The Patels are among several multi-unit franchise deals signed by Schlotzsky’s in the past nine months, collectively totaling 128 tri-branded locations throughout Arizona, Florida, Minneapolis, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Texas, and Orange County, Calif.
With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s continues its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets in Texas and untapped markets around the country for multi-unit developers. These markets include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, St. Louis and Tampa. Roddy added that, ideally, Schlotzsky’s plans to have upwards of 700 locations by 2015.
For more information regarding the Schlotzsky’s franchise opportunity, visit http://www.schlotzskysfranchising.com/.
Since 1971, Schlotzsky's® has been the home of The Original® toasted sandwich. The menu has evolved with customers' tastes to include the highest quality sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and soups available today. With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky's is the fast-casual choice for a quick, healthful, and fresh dining experience. Schlotzsky’s is enjoyed around the world, with restaurants in Azerbaijan, Turkey, China, South Africa and Kuwait. Schlotzsky’s is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc.®, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Auntie Anne’s® locations and Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in international markets. For more information, visit www.Schlotzskys.com.
Ashley L. Moses
Fishman Public Relations