AUSTIN, Texas - August 12, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -To jumpstart company plans to expand throughout Oklahoma, Schlotzsky's®, home of The Original® round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, has signed a development agreement with local Oklahoma City business owner, Shawn Islam.
This new deal with Islam signals the beginning of Schlotzsky's aggressive growth throughout Oklahoma. With a solid 14 existing locations in the state, Schlotzsky's has cultivated a loyal fan base and is looking to build on the already strong traction. The company aims to replicate the success in additional locations throughout Oklahoma with plans to add an additional 15 locations in Oklahoma City and 10 in Tulsa by the end of 2014.
With six existing convenience store franchises in the area, Islam joins the Schlotzsky's system as an experienced entrepreneur. His newest bakery cafe, which is expected to open by December, will be located in one of the top three residential growth areas in the city on 192nd and Danforth.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of Schlotzsky's growth in Oklahoma," said Islam. "The fun and quirky atmosphere of the restaurant, paired with the delicious food on the menu is what drew me to the franchise and is something I'm excited about sharing with more people in the area."
In addition to the development plans Schlotzsky's has with new franchise partners like Shawn Islam, the brand is still experiencing new growth with strong existing franchise partner relationships. Last month, Bryan Whitfiled, a Schlotzsky's franchise partner in Stillwater, Oklahoma signed a deal to develop two new markets in Edmond and Ponca City, Oklahoma for the restaurant.
"After the success I saw in Stillwater, I knew it was time to expand into other markets," said Whitfiled. "Customers love the variety of menu options beyond the sandwiches, like fresh tossed salads and gourmet pizzas."
Schlotzsky's locations in Oklahoma will feature the brand's "Lotz Better" restaurant design complete with vibrant colors, playful slogans, contemporary furniture and artwork, and co-branding opportunities with sister company, Cinnabon, offering franchise partners multiple streams of revenue under one roof.
"This is an exciting time for Schlotzsky's in Oklahoma," said David Wheeler, Vice President of Franchise Development at Schlotzsky's. "We couldn't have asked for a better franchise partner than Shawn to join the team of already successful franchisees in the state and kick off our expansion plans. We're excited to see this momentum continue in the near future."
Development plans in the state are a part of Schlotzsky's strategic growth initiatives across the nation. The fast casual chain will continue momentum by aggressively targeting qualified franchise partners in Oklahoma, in markets in their home state, Texas, and across the country.
For more information on franchise opportunities, visit 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 37 states along with locations in Azerbaijan, South Africa, and Turkey. Schlotzsky's is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc.®, the franchisor and operator of more than 4,000 Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne's® Pretzels, McAlister's Deli® locations and the franchisor of Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in international markets. For more information, visit www.Schlotzskys.com.