I Heart Mac & Cheese Expands Into Its’ 14th State With New Franchisee Deal In Arizona
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I Heart Mac & Cheese Expands Into Its’ 14th State With New Franchisee Deal In Arizona

July 23, 2020 // Franchising.com // Boca Raton, Fla. - I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept specializing in made-to-order, fully customizable Build Your Own Macaroni & Cheese Bowls and Grilled Cheese sandwiches, announced the brand’s latest franchisee agreement to open a new location in Chandler area, Arizona. This is the second restaurant slotted to open in Arizona, and marks the 14th state to join the brand’s rapidly growing footprint, with plans to open its doors early next year.

This is also the first I Heart Mac & Cheese restaurant for franchisee Brian Lambert, who brings over 25 years of General Manager and Executive Chef experience to the I Heart Mac & Cheese brand. “I am thrilled to be able to bring my restaurant experience into this brand that is experiencing incredible growth. Bringing I Heart Mac & Cheese into the Phoenix community is a dream come true for me, and something I am so excited to build as part of my legacy for my two sons,” said Lambert. Lambert grew up in the restaurant world, and has always had a special place in his heart for Mac & Cheese – and is now realizing his dream of having his own restaurant that specializes in the dish.

In addition to this new location, a second I Heart Mac & Cheese is also slotted for the Phoenix area. Several other locations have also been announced, with upcoming openings in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

A unique franchise concept in the restaurant industry with no fryers, grease trap systems or hood systems, I Heart Mac & Cheese requires a low investment and can be opened in a small space, such as a mall kiosk or food court. Shopping malls, sports venues, areas close to colleges and universities, and high-traffic pedestrian areas are also ideal locations. With a home office in South Florida, I Heart Mac & Cheese offers franchise owner training, marketing support and ongoing development opportunities to ensure each location’s success.

“I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fun, attractive concept and an affordable franchise model that is easy to operate, with support systems in place to help our partners be successful,” said Stephen Giordanella, I Heart Mac & Cheese CEO and Chairman. “We are thrilled to continue growing our brand with partners that share our same beliefs and value our innovative concept, food quality and diverse menu.”

About I Heart Mac & Cheese

I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fast-casual concept specializing in made-to-order, Build Your Own Macaroni & Cheese Bowls and Grilled Cheese sandwiches that guests can customize using a wide variety of chef-inspired proteins, ingredients and sauces. Thinking outside the bowl, the brand takes timeless comfort food in exciting culinary directions, resulting in diverse, crave-able menu options for everyone to enjoy. Led by CEO Steve Giordanella, the brand launched its first location in 2016 and currently operates corporate locations in Pembroke Pines, Jupiter and Boca Raton, Florida. The company’s unique franchising program has fueled nationwide brand growth – with operating franchise locations in Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas – and additional locations are slated to open in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Texas. I Heart Mac & Cheese was recently named #6 “Best Fast Casual Restaurant” in the USA TODAY 10 Best 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards. The innovative company was also recently featured on QSR Magazine’s “40/40 list for 2020: America’s Hottest Startup Fast Casuals”, and was ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top new franchise opportunities.

SOURCE I Heart Mac & Cheese

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