March 01, 2013 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Florida - Cousins Subs® will open its first restaurant in Orlando, Florida later this year under Venezuelan-born franchisee, Jack Evola. Evola’s interest in owning a Cousins Subs restaurant started years ago while visiting family in Wisconsin.
“We made many trips to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit family that lived there,” Evola said. “ This is when I had my first exposure to Cousins Subs. Every time we came back, we made it a priority to eat at Cousins Subs. They quickly became our favorite sub sandwiches!”
Evola recently signed a lease at 45 W. Crystal Lake St. Suite 179 in Orlando. The restaurant is approximately 1,593 square feet and will seat about 32 guests.
The store opening is part of the revitalization of SODO Orlando, an area of Downtown Orlando southward. SODO is transforming an industrial block into a thriving, urban activity center. SODO integrates marquee retailers, alongside luxury residential, office space, and restaurants. Located in one of the fastest growing US cities, this 22-acre, mixed-use development is located between S. Orange Ave. and Grant St.
“After running a successful business in Venezuela, my wife and I decided to move our family to the United States and invest in a business here. My cousin in Milwaukee suggested we open a Cousins Subs franchise in Orlando,” Evola continued. “We love the subs. Everything about the company is high quality, and we were impressed with the business model that Cousins Subs has in place for new franchises. Their team has been very supportive throughout the process.”
The opening of Evola’s store in the Florida market will mark the sixth state for Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs restaurants.
“Jack’s story was so moving from the very beginning,” Joe Ferguson, vice president of development from Cousins Subs stated. “To have someone from a different country be inspired by our product to the point of wanting to open his own restaurant is phenomenal. We’re confident his store will be successful.”
Evola plans to establish more Cousins Subs stores in the Orlando-area in the future.
Cousins Subs was established in 1972, when Bill Specht and his cousin opened their first shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to curb a hankering for their favorite East Coast subs. Their handcrafted, deli-style subs eventually stirred a hungry fan base who especially loved Cousins’ secret recipe for freshly baked bread with the perfect amount of crunch in the crust. This bread eventually became the cornerstone for their Better Bread. Better Subs. positioning. Celebrating its 40th anniversary as a family-owned business in 2012, Cousins Subs and its franchisees currently have locations in six states and are embarking on an expansion plan. For more information, visit www.cousinssubs.com. You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.
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