May 08, 2013 // Franchising.com // LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three new franchisees have agreed to develop Fazoli’s restaurants in travel centers, while two existing operators also have new travel center units under construction.
Fazoli’s reached agreements with three new franchisees for six travel center units in East Texas, Dubuque, Iowa and Glenwood Springs, Colo. Three are expected to open by the end of 2013. The deals put Fazoli’s on a strong growth track.
According to president and CEO Carl T. Howard, Fazoli’s has hit an important turnaround milestone. “For the first time in a decade, our total unit count is growing,” he said. “With new and current franchisees opening restaurants, Fazoli’s has turned the corner in its growth efforts.”
Franchisee Chintu Patel, who heads CCreations of New Whiteland, Inc. with his wife Jigna, is opening his second Fazoli’s this summer in a travel center he owns in Franklin, Ind. He also has agreed to develop a new travel center next year near Indianapolis that will include his third Fazoli’s.
Patel is a multi-unit franchisee of Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Orange Leaf and several hotels. His company also owns and manages six travel centers in the Southeast and Midwest.
Long-time Fazoli’s franchisee Odus Mundy, who operates three stand-alone Fazoli’s near Chattanooga, Tenn. and Oglethorpe, Ga., is building his fourth unit in a travel center he owns in Lafollette, near Knoxville. He expects to open the restaurant early this summer.
“Over the years we have had many requests from the public to open a Fazoli’s there,” Mundy said. The space previously housed a Burger King.
Like Fazoli’s two existing travel center units, the new ones will offer dine-in, carryout and drive-thru service for lunch and dinner. The units will carry Fazoli’s full menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, oven-baked sandwiches and salads.
An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli’s is a leading, next generation QSR franchise opportunity. With a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, oven-baked sandwiches, and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design, Fazoli’s is well positioned for growth. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding in markets throughout the country. Sun Capital Partners has owned Fazoli’s since 2006.
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