Farm Stores Launches National Franchise Program

Nation's Largest Drive-Thru Grocer to Capitalize on Families Constantly on the Move

February 9, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI, FLA. - Farm Stores®, the largest, most innovative drive-thru store chain in America, announced today that it will begin franchising for the first time. The brand is targeting qualified single-unit and multi-unit candidates, as well as area developers nationwide. Farm Stores has been operating stores across Florida since 1957.

The Farm Stores concept – a hybrid of your neighborhood grocery store, bakery and quick-service restaurant – is a drive-thru retail concept that provides busy families with a unique shopping experience where they can purchase fresh quality products without ever having to leave their car. From popular grocery brands and household items – including proprietary Farm Stores® products – to prepared foods and freshly baked goods, Farm Stores gives busy consumers the ability to save time by providing a fast and convenient way to buy groceries, snacks and household supplies.

"For more than 55 years, we've perfected the idea of convenience by taking the express lane of your neighborhood grocery store and bringing it to the window of your car," said Carlos Bared, chief executive officer of Farm Stores Corporation. "The Farm Stores concept defines its own category by offering an innovative, premium shopping experience for the family on the go without sacrificing quality or product offering."

To expand its footprint, Farm Stores has embarked on an aggressive growth strategy that includes initial development efforts focused on Florida and extending into select suburban markets across the country. In order to fuel franchise development, the company is seeking single- and multi-unit operators, and area developers with business management and/or retail experience. Franchisee candidates should have a passion for and commitment to leadership and exceptional customer service. Franchisees can expect the total cost of investment for one store to range from $200,000 – $500,000.

Franchisees will benefit from a wide range of real estate options including both new construction and acquisition of existing assets. As part of its innovation strategy, Farm Stores recently unveiled a brand new eco-friendly prefabricated building. In keeping with the company's commitment to provide even more convenience and effortless shopping, Farms Stores plans to launch its first order-ahead mobile app later this year.

"Farm Stores aims to serve the needs of today's busy families, and we're excited to introduce our unique shopping experience and a new level of convenience to communities across the country," said Maurice Bared, chief operating officer of Farm Stores Corporation. "We strive to be leaders in the industry, which is why we are continually investing in technology and innovation to enhance both the customer experience and franchise operations."

To learn more about ownership opportunities with Farm Stores, contact Robert Spuck, Farm Stores' director of franchise development at rspuck@farmstores.com or visit www.farmstores.com/franchise.

About Farm Stores

Headquartered in Miami, Fla. and founded in 1957, Farm Stores is America's largest, most innovative drive-thru store, offering popular grocery and household items along with a variety of fresh baked breads, snacks and prepared foods. For more information, visit www.farmstores.com/franchise.

SOURCE Farm Stores

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