September 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain, has announced that its smaller-footprint Heritage restaurant design, currently operating in El Paso, Texas, is now available for franchising. The new prototype has been engineered to lower investment and operational costs, while boosting profitability potential and expansion opportunities. Given Wienerschnitzel’s 19 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth, there has never been a better time to invest and partner with the brand.
The Heritage model ranges from 730 square feet to 1,400 square feet, depending on desire to add indoor seating. The layout, which features a walk-up window and drive-thru, can be built on as little as 15,000 square feet. The ability to capture small and irregular shaped parcels of land where many competitors will not go presents great opportunity. With more real estate options, the efficient design allows franchisees to expand at a faster rate in both existing and new markets.
“As times change, we understand that the demand for good real estate does not,” said Ted Milburn, Director of U.S. Franchise Development for Wienerschnitzel. “We’ve designed the Heritage to allow for increased flexibility without hindering key business functions or customer service, while removing some of the investment barriers that exist in today’s competitive real estate landscape.”
The Heritage model pays tribute to Wienerschnitzel’s signature 1960s A-Frame, recognizable for its red roof, unique design, and the drive-thru built smack dab in the center of the building. The new restaurants will feature retro design accents with a modern twist, and will serve the same classics as traditional locations including Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Chili Cheese Fries, Corn Dogs, and Tastee Freez soft serve treats.
The El Paso Heritage location, which debuted in October 2014, has performed beyond expectations and has prompted Galardi Group, Wienerschnitzel’s parent company, to move forward with nine additional locations, four of which are currently under lease. The freestanding El Paso restaurant is 744 square feet on a 20,000 square foot pad and features a patio with outdoor seating. The prior generation model had a typical layout of 1,500 square feet, while unit growth throughout the 80s occurred with larger restaurants that were closer to 2,500 square feet.
Investment levels for the Heritage restaurant can vary from $482,000 to $1.3 million. However, the Wienerschnitzel team is aiming to narrow costs between $600k and $800k all-in, from ground-up construction through grand opening on a 20-year lease. In addition to free-standing locations, Wienerschnitzel is aggressively exploring in-line, end-cap, and urban street properties where square footage might range from 400 to 1,200 square feet, and build-out could be up to 50 percent less.
Milburn continued, “The Heritage building is the rebirth of an icon and, with our heightened focus on franchise development, it’s the perfect time to introduce this new compact design.”
Wienerschnitzel Heritage model in El Paso, Texas
Founded by John Galardi in 1961 with a single hot dog stand in Wilmington, California, Wienerschnitzel (www.wienerschnitzel.com) is a bona fide pioneer of the limited-service food industry. Today, Wienerschnitzel is the world’s largest hot dog chain and home of America’s favorite Chili Dog. Based in Irvine, California, the parent company, Galardi Group, franchises restaurants throughout the U.S., including Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand, and Tastee Freez. An iconic American brand with a devoted following for over 50 years, Wienerschnitzel is poised for exponential growth, both domestically and internationally. With a refreshed marketing focus, Wienerschnitzel has received tremendous media attention and accolades including Franchise Times’ “20 to Watch” and voted Best Fast Food in Southern California by the readers of Los Angeles Daily News for five years and running. Additionally, the company recently introduced a unique next generation store design featuring a smaller footprint and a lower cost of entry; while the simple menu allows for easy execution and lower food costs. As a family owned and operated company, Wienerschnitzel is in a unique position to always put its franchise partners first and is actively recruiting passionate franchise candidates to grow with the brand during this very exciting time. For more information on owning a Wienerschnitzel, visit franchising.wienerschnitzel.com or contact Ted Milburn - Director, Franchise Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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