Brand Also Expanding in St. Louis Market with New Franchisee
LEXINGTON, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fazoli’s, the nation’s largest fast casual Italian chain, today opened
its first new stand-alone prototype restaurant in Macon, Georgia. It
also announced that two St. Louis-area business partners will open the
popular brand’s tenth location in the region. It will be Fazoli’s first
franchised location in the St. Louis market.
The Macon restaurant, owned and operated by C&P Italian Company, LLC, is
the first of five Fazoli’s that the franchise company plans to open in
Georgia by 2021. C&P Italian Company, LLC brings partners Allen Peake
and Mike Chumbley back to the Fazoli’s chain, as they previously
operated 12 Fazoli’s in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. “We are
very excited to be part of the Fazoli’s family again,” said Peake.
The St. Louis-area location will be in the bedroom community of
Washington. Expected to open in October 2016, it is being developed by
Brad Swederska and local businessman and University of Missouri
professor Fred Travis. The two own an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop and
will both own the Fazoli’s location.
“Fazoli’s offers high-quality food, great prices, a family-friendly
atmosphere and more,” Swederska said. “It’s a perfect fit for
Washington.” The chain’s record-setting sales performance, investments
in menu development and a new building prototype, as well as its incentive
program for new franchisees also convinced Travis and Swederska to
open a Fazoli’s.
Like the Macon restaurant, the Washington site will use an all-new,
contemporary prototype design that is a key element in Fazoli’s growth
strategy. It incorporates a distinctive 35-foot tower that can be
modified to meet local zoning restrictions. The prototype includes
improved lighting to make the building more visible at night, prominent
placement of the recognizable Fazoli’s tomato logo and a versatile color
scheme that gives the brand a fresh, modern image. It was created to
appeal to both a new generation of diners and long-time customers, as
well as potential franchisees. Elements of it will be used in new
non-traditional, in-line and end-cap units.
Completely repositioned and successfully competing with fast-casual and
casual dining restaurants, Fazoli’s opened five franchised units in
2015. It has continued to outperform the restaurant industry as a whole
by achieving consecutive same-store sales increases during 67 of the
last 70 months.
Fazoli’s expects to open as many as 12 franchised restaurants in 2016.
With approximately 220 restaurants, Fazoli’s is America’s largest
Italian fast-casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos®
sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post’s five breakout
fast-casual restaurants and a Fast Casual.com Brand of the Year,
Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing record sales growth. Visit www.ownafazolis.com
for details on development opportunities, including new operator
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