October 25, 2017 // Franchising.com // Houston, TX - Unless you’ve been to Texas to indulge in its best-kept secret, you may be asking the question, “What is a kolache?” Kolaches are homemade, handcrafted pastries stuffed with a variety of the finest ingredients, such as fruits, meats, and cheeses.
Centuries ago in the Czech Republic, the kolache was born. A young girl was experimenting with dough; she rolled it, added plums, and tossed it in the oven. Her father grabbed it for a snack, bit in, and was greeted unexpectedly by warm plum juice. Moments later, he realized the savory magic that his daughter had created - and the legend lives on.
Beginning in 1850, Czech settlers arrived in Texas seeking opportunity, bringing tasty secrets with them. By late 20th century, yearly celebrations were established, to honor their culture and - mainly - to indulge in flavorful treats (like the kolache) together.
John and Jerri Banks founded the Kolache Factory in 1982, with a bold vision to satisfy the public’s need for a nutritional, high-quality breakfast that could be eaten ‘on the run’. For 35 years running, Kolache Factory franchises have delivered authentic, handmade pastries, fresh and warm right from the oven every time.
On Tuesday, December 5th, the newest Kolache Factory location will be opening in Greenville, South Carolina, as the first in the state. The newest location is at 8 Mallard Court in the growing suburb of Powdersville, and is a spacious 1,700 square foot bakery-café, meeting customers’ needs for fresh products and quick service - with call-ahead and online ordering and a drive-thru. It also includes a full-service coffee bar featuring espresso’s, latte’s and iced coffee drinks, freshly made by baristas. The contact number for the new location is 864-605-7051. Soon, Kolache Factory will be Greenville’s premier go-to spot for breakfast/lunch lounging and get-togethers with friends, teams, and family.
Dean Lord is the proud owner of South Carolina’s very first Kolache Factory location, and bringing his ten-year dream of becoming a baker to life. Mr. Lord discovered kolaches when work brought him to Texas. “I have no doubt in my mind that folks will love our kolaches. There’s nothing like Kolache Factory available in Greenville right now and I’m excited to share unique and delicious pastries with our friends and neighbors,” said Lord. The bakery-café will be open Monday through Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This is the first of three stores Mr. Lord plans to open, to meet the needs of today’s fast-paced lifestyle and expanding economy up in upstate South Carolina. “Kolache Factory has a perfect business plan. On top of that, there’s no beating the taste of our fresh baked kolaches and pastries,” added Mr. Lord. Kolaches are self-contained and truly neat to eat, so they can be consumed anywhere - from the car, in the office, and on the sports field. The innovative, on-the-go kolache concept is perfect for anytime throughout the day, from breakfast to lunch to an afternoon snack, and it is a no-mess, nutritious, well-rounded meal.
Kolache Factory President, John Banks states, “We attribute our continuing growth to our unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality and freshest product at an affordable price. We’re looking forward to opening our next 50 locations across the country!” Franchise Times magazine recently named Kolache Factory one of the 300 biggest brands in franchising by worldwide sales in 2017. In addition, Entrepreneur magazine named it among the top 200 food-based franchises in 2017.
Across the nation, franchisees like Dean Lord are satisfying stomachs and providing people of all ages with a fulfilling start to the day. With Kolache Factory, breakfast or lunch are no longer a burden, but something to look forward to.
Each morning, Kolache Factory’s dedicated chefs bake all of our kolaches on-site, with a caring devotion to quality and freshness, serving up warm baked goods with a unique variety of nutritional, heart-warming ingredients. Along with kolaches, croissants, cinnamon rolls and strudel niks are offered at many locations.
Kolache Factory has been recognized across the country as one of the Top 5 Drive-thru’s in America by the Food Network, one of the fastest growing companies in Houston, and was recently named one of the top 50 food service bakeries in the United States by Modern Baking magazine. In addition, Franchise Times magazine listed Kolache Factory as one of the top 20 bakery-cafés to watch. We have also developed innovative partnerships with Major League sports franchises.Kolache Factory is privately owned and operated, and headquartered in Houston, Texas. There are currently 21 company-owned and 21 franchise stores primarily located in the Houston, TX area, with additional stores located in Beaumont, TX; Austin, TX; Plano, TX; McAllen, TX; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Overland Park, KS.Other stores will be opening soon in various cities around the country.
SOURCE Kolache Factory