Restaurant Industry Veteran Inks Three-Unit Deal to Bring Capriotti’s Sandwich Shops to Fresno
Fast-Casual Sandwich Franchise to Expand Footprint into Central Valley
February 24, 2021 // Franchising.com // FRESNO, Calif. - Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has announced a newly signed franchise agreement that will bring three new stores to Fresno. The first location located at 5058 N. Palm Avenue is slated to open early Spring 2021.
The three-store agreement is spearheaded by restaurant industry veteran and current multi-unit Checkers and Rally’s franchisee, Javier Gomez. With over 32 years of experience in the restaurant business and a proven track record of growing businesses in new markets, Gomez is well-acquainted with the food industry. He got his start in the restaurant business as a junior in high school, working at a KFC in Los Angeles. After graduation, Gomez went on to work at Checkers and Rally’s, where he became a shift manager at just 18 years old. With plans to move up in the company, he took a 5-week, all-expense-paid trip for management training and uprooted his life and traveled 300 miles north to work in Fresno, California. Gomez later became district manager, and by 2012, he became a franchise owner of Checkers and Rally’s. To date, he currently owns 11 locations throughout Central Valley.
“In 2018, I was looking for additional concepts to add to my portfolio and was introduced to Capriotti’s at a franchise convention in Las Vegas,” said Gomez. “I was offered a free sandwich and after my first bite of the famous Bobby sandwich, I was hooked. The loyal fanbase coupled with the incredible food made my choice to invest with this brand a no-brainer.”
In search of a flexible, smaller-footprint business opportunity, Gomez signed his three-unit franchise agreement with Capriotti’s in November 2019. The first location on Palm Avenue will be the brand’s debut into Central Valley. The demand for high-quality, hand-crafted sandwiches in Fresno and the surrounding area is high – making it a Capriotti’s a perfect addition to market’s the food scene.
“We could not be more excited to have Javier joining the Capriotti’s family, as his nearly three-decades of experience in the restaurant industry and a proven track record of growing businesses in new markets is unmatched,” said David Bloom, Capriotti’s Chief Development Officer. “The new Fresno locations will bring our award-winning sandwiches to Central Valley and we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction from our new lifelong fans.”
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