March 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., franchisor of the iconic quick-service sandwich chain with more than 3,400 Arby's restaurants worldwide, announced the sale of 14 company-operated restaurants in Tampa, FL to an active and growing restaurant developer committed to investing in and growing the Arby's brand.
Mosiac Investments, Inc. (Mosiac), a fully integrated investment firm based in Atlanta, purchased 14 restaurants from Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. that currently employs more than 250 employees. In addition to remodeling existing locations slated to commence at the end of 2014, Mosaic has committed to build 13 new Arby's restaurants in the Tampa area over the next nine years. Mosaic's and its investment partners' portfolio includes multi-unit operations for Moe's Southwest Grill, Sprint PCS, Metro PCS, and Exxon Mobil across the Southeast and Texas.
A new franchisee to join the Arby's family, Murad Karimi is the Managing Partner of Mosaic Investments. Named 2011 New Franchise Partner of the Year for his management of multiple Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants in the greater Atlanta area, Karimi developed "Franchising 2.0," a profitable, new approach that has increased sales 50 percent since taking over in 2010 through operational improvements, facility rehabilitation and marketing innovations.
"We are thrilled to join the Arby's brand and family of restaurants," said Murad Karimi, Managing Partner, Mosiac Investments, Inc. "We look forward to bringing Mosaic's successful Franchising 2.0 strategy to Arby's greater Tampa market and building on our proven track record with Arby's strong sales performance, robust product pipeline and outstanding leadership."
"The future has never been brighter at Arby's. Arby's outperformed the QSR industry in same-store sales last year by 2.6 percent and we continue to see strong momentum with our franchisees," said Paul Brown, CEO of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. "Mr. Karimi brings tremendous food industry experience and the right development capabilities to help us usher in an exciting era of continued growth and development for the brand."
The law firm of Hill Ward Henderson represented Mosaic Investments in the transaction and financing is being provided by Ameris Bank.
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading international quick-service restaurant company operating and franchising more than 3,400 restaurants worldwide. Arby's was the first nationally franchised, coast-to-coast sandwich chain and has been serving fresh, craveable meals since it opened its doors in 1964. The Arby's brand strives to inspire smiles through delicious experiences. We are on a never-ending quest for the perfect sandwich, starting with the Classic Roast Beef and French Dip to the deli-style Market Fresh® line of sandwiches and salads. Visit Arbys.com for more information and to connect with Arby's on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram and other social media channels.
Mosaic Investments, Inc ("Mosaic") is a fully integrated investment firm that specializes in acquiring and managing operating businesses and real estate throughout the Southeast. Mosaic and its Partners have received multiple awards and acknowledgements from corporate partners for their ability to drive revenue through process & service-based management and innovative marketing strategies. Visit http://mosaic-inv.com for more information.
Murad Karimi is the Managing Partner of Mosaic Investments, with his brother, Malik, leading investments in the real estate group. Murad Karimi has studied under Klaas Baks and David Panton at the Center for Alternative Investments within Emory University's Goizueta Business School.
SOURCE Arby's Restaurant Group
Jason Rollins, APR
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.