Bonchon on a Path To Be One of the Fastest-Growing Restaurant Brands in the Industry
Korean fried chicken brand Bonchon is coming off another record-setting year and headed into 2022 with bold strategic growth plans and full-steam-ahead momentum.
Bonchon took the fast-casual world by storm last year by entering several new markets, partnering with strategic multi-unit operators, posting positive sales figures, and capitalizing on a growing love of Korean fried chicken that allows fans to “Crunch Out Loud”. All told, the brand, which also features Asian fusion cuisine and other Korean specialties, opened 12 new locations in the US in 2021, and has plans to open 30 more in 2022.
“Bonchon achieved another year of high growth, record sales, and we’ve been honored with several industry accolades,” said Flynn Dekker, CEO of Bonchon. “Our brand would not be where it is today without the hard work and perseverance of our team and franchise partners.”
Beyond the strong unit growth the brand experienced in 2021, during a pandemic, Bonchon’s same store sales increased 15% over 2020. In fact, Bonchon has consistently outperformed all other segments and cuisines in its two year metrics (2021 vs. 2019) with positive 23% same store sales as of Dec. 25, 2021, according to research data from Black Box Intelligence.
One strategy that has helped make the brand a growing success and a performance powerhouse is the way it embraces technology and streamlines operations. For example, a focus on digital orders has led to it accounting for nearly half of Bonchon’s sales in 2021, a hefty increase from the 11.7% prior to 2020. Elsewhere, the brand is continuing to prioritize franchise support by integrating new experienced corporate team members and Field Business Consultants who provide guidance on best practices, customers service, food quality, and menu strategy.
“Our brand has rapidly evolved since arriving in the U.S. in 2006 and the dedication we have to upholding our unique cooking style has helped us become one of the fastest growing brands in the space,” said Dekker. “We want to keep building on our momentum with partners who want to grow and reach new highs alongside us.”
As its unwavering commitment to strategic expansion continues, the brand is looking to partner with qualified franchise operators, and has already signed new development agreements in Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Texas
“As we move ahead and look at the next five years, we’re making ongoing strategic shifts in operations, the supply chain, and technological innovation in order to remain on the current growth trajectory,” said Dekker. “2022 is going to be an exciting year for Bonchon for many reasons, but especially because we’ll also be celebrating our 20th anniversary.”
Bonchon is looking for franchise candidates with restaurant experience, a dedication to operational excellence, and a commitment to customer service and product quality. Visit https://bonchon.com/franchising/ for more information on how you can become a part of this unique brand.
Bonchon is an internationally recognized Korean Fried Chicken concept. Bonchon means “my hometown” in Korean, and represents our commitment to traditional cooking & ingredients. Learn More
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