Monthly Archives: October 2018

31 10, 2018

Emerging Brands versus Legacy Brands

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Female Business Owner

Emerging Brands versus Legacy Brands

What you need to know

By Paul Segreto

As franchising continues to strengthen, new concepts are entering the market in a variety of industries. If you’re looking to buy into a franchise business, you now have more options than ever before. Along with exploring opportunities in legacy brands—those household names like McDonald’s, The UPS Store, and Gold’s Gym—you can also consider emerging brands, which are relatively new like Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, The Toasted Yolk Café, and Hummus & Pita Co. But why would you want to get involved with an emerging brand? After all, isn’t it safer to invest in a recognized brand with a proven system as opposed to investing in something new and relatively unknown?

Legacy Brands
Typically, a legacy brand has been developed over many years—in some cases, 20 to 50 years or more. There’s a relative level of success as exemplified by the shear number of locations across a region or the country. The perception of success is even greater. And you’ll pay for that success—buying into a legacy brand tends to cost more than an emerging brand. But the brand name is well known from a multitude of geographic locations and a huge amount of advertising. Some legacy brands are equated to slogans or spokespersons—think KFC’s Colonel Sanders. For training and support, you’ll most likely find an impressive corporate office with various departments and possibly local field offices or training centers.

Obviously, this type of business is well established and offers lots of support from corporate. It may be best suited for a franchisee who has a lot of upfront capital and who wants to follow systems—not develop them—that are already in place. An entrepreneur who can afford to make a big investment can make huge rewards.

Emerging Brands
An emerging brand is one where the initial business, from which the franchise has been developed, is well known locally. The founder is also well known and may be a local hero, of sorts. Customers live in the founder’s neighborhood with some knowing him or her from way back when. The brand is viewed as the antithesis of a big-chain establishment, attracting customers like magnets.

An emerging brand lets you get in on the ground floor of something—there is the possibility of a big payoff, but there is also huge risk. This brand is in its infancy; it is not well known and its mass market appeal may still remain a mystery. For an entrepreneur who wants to help shape a brand and who is willing to take on more risk for more potential reward, an emerging brand might be for you.

Paul Segreto is a recognized entrepreneur, franchise and small business professional. His expertise includes startups and turnarounds, strategic planning, business and franchise development, branding, social media and digital marketing with primary focus on restaurants and service-driven businesses.

Segreto founded Franchise Today podcast in 2009 and Franchising & You podcast in 2018. He is CEO of the Franchise Foundry. Contact Segreto at Contact Segreto at paul@franchisefoundry.com.

30 10, 2018

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Announces 2018 Year-to-Date Success with Signing of 32 Franchise Agreements

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CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it has signed 32 franchise agreements so far in 2018 to develop new, co-branded, and conversion centers across the U.S. in cities such as Manhattan, Orlando, and Portland, Oregon. The company also signed agreements to develop centers internationally in Alberta, Canada, and the United Kingdom, in addition to a Master Franchise Agreement to expand the brand to Spain.

“To continue our leadership position as the top-ranked sign and graphics franchisor in the world, validation by franchisee signings at this pace is our greatest compliment,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “The brand continues to garner a strong image worldwide, contributing to our ability to grow in new and existing markets.”

To continue this momentum, FASTSIGNS will be attending and sponsoring Franchise Expo West Nov. 1-3, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center to recruit qualified franchisees. FASTSIGNS has experienced strong growth throughout Southern California and sees more opportunity for expansion. Entrepreneurs are invited to meet with the brand’s franchise development team at booth #306 to learn more about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity.

As part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program, FASTSIGNS offers veterans a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $23,750. FASTSIGNS is thrilled to be the only franchisor in its segment to offer a development incentive specifically to veterans and first responders.

FASTSIGNS is projected to open over 40 locations centers this year across the U.S. Internationally, FASTSIGNS is continuing to seek qualified candidates to grow its international footprint in target markets throughout the world, including New Zealand, Brazil, Quebec, North Africa, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, and Latin America.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 70 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and has been ranked by Franchise Business Review as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years. Additionally, FASTSIGNS also was named to Franchise Business Review’s “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017 and a “Best-in-Category” franchise by Franchise Business Review in 2018. The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) recently recognized FASTSIGNS International, Inc. with a special six-year Franchisees’ Choice designation for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of almost 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the U.S., Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Chile, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials.

29 10, 2018

Always Best Care of Burlington To Host Free Pet Adoption Event For Seniors, Nov. 2, 2018

2018-10-29T16:17:31+00:00October 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BURLINGTON, N.C. — In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Always Best Care of Burlington, in partnership with Brookdale Burlington and Jan’s Pet Rescue, will host a free pet adoption event for local seniors from 11am-4pm on Nov. 2, 2018, at Brookdale Burlington located at 3615 S. Mebane St. Burlington, NC 27215. The senior care agency plans to cover all qualifying adoption fees up to 10 adoptions for all pets adopted by seniors 65 and older during this time. Refreshments will be served during the event.

“In our local community there are so many shelter dogs and cats in need of loving homes, and we’ve found that the seniors we care for experience immeasurable benefits from pet ownership,” said Joanne Pizzuto, Always Best Care of Burlington franchisee. “Studies continue to prove that pet ownership helps lower stress levels, blood pressure and depression. By teaming up with Brookdale and Jan’s Pet Rescue, we plan to cover pet adoption fees in an effort to combat the ongoing issue of depression in Americans over the age of 65. We’re excited to help connect seniors and their loved ones with pets in need of a home.”

By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of Always Best Care include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.

About Always Best Care

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.

Always Best Care also offers an exclusive program called Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada.

26 10, 2018

Oasis Senior Advisors to Appear on Lifetime TV

2018-10-26T20:17:44+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.A national television audience will soon see what Oasis Senior Advisors is all about. The Bonita Springs, Florida-based franchisor will be featured on “Designing Spaces” airing on Lifetime at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The episode of the award-winning home improvement show follows Oasis Senior Advisor Beth Friesen as she guides a mother and daughter through the Oasis Process to find a senior living community that’s the right fit.

“We’re very grateful to ‘Designing Spaces’ and Lifetime for helping us share our story,” Oasis Senior Advisors CEO Tim Evankovich said. “Compassionate, personalized service to seniors and their families is at the heart of our business. We exist to help them find the right place and guide them every step of the way.”

“Designing Spaces” travels the country to remodel, redecorate and redesign the spaces we call home. Each episode is made up of segments that profile innovative decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step-by-step transformations.

The Nov. 9 episode will focus on seniors and the many options they have when it comes to safe, viable living options. For many seniors, staying at home is not a safe choice, but they are faced with overwhelming options when they need to transition outside their homes for care. Thousands of senior living communities across the country create an unwieldy maze of choices, but Oasis Senior Advisors are there to alleviate that confusion at no cost to seniors and their families.

The service has proven popular and effective as Oasis has grown rapidly since its inception in 2014. The company now has 75 franchises in 26 states, and GrowFL recently named Oasis Senior Advisors to its 2018 Florida Companies to Watch list. National TV producers are taking notice.

“Designing Spaces” cameras went with Friesen to the home of the mother and daughter for an initial consultation. The cameras observed them getting acquainted, talking about senior housing and discussing the best available options. Friesen was filmed setting up a community tour and joining the mother and daughter for an up-close look. Finally, “Designing Spaces” interviewed the mother and daughter to hear just how helpful the experience was for them.

“‘Designing Spaces’ did an excellent job documenting the Oasis process and showing how attentive and responsive our advisors are to every senior and family we meet,” Evankovich said. “I think watching this episode will give viewers an excellent idea of what sets Oasis apart.”

About Oasis Senior Advisors

Founded in 2014 by Tim Evankovich, Oasis Senior Advisors provides free, personalized help finding transitional housing solutions that best fit the needs of seniors and their families. This includes senior housing, hospital discharge, elder law, specialty care, and more. The company, based in Bonita Springs, Florida, operates a growing number of franchises across the U.S. Their personalized and caring approach to aid seniors and their families has helped many achieve satisfaction, comfort and peace of mind. Through client satisfaction and its strong partnerships with many top-rated senior living communities and services in the country, Oasis Senior Advisors is positioned for continued growth. Franchise opportunities are available nationwide.

26 10, 2018

Nine Alphagraphics Locations In The Phoenix Metro Area Were Ranked Among The 2018 Printing News Top 100 Quick And Small Commercial Printers List

2018-10-26T20:13:24+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PHOENIX — AlphaGraphics, Inc., a global leader in print, marketing, signage and technology solutions, is pleased to announce the ranking of nine Phoenix metropolitan area business centers among the 2018 Printing News’ Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers list. AlphaGraphics centers throughout the United States represented the largest percentage of any one franchise network nominated to the list of print communications leaders.

“I am thankful for the amazing team I have the opportunity to work with,” said AlphaGraphics Chandler Owner Brandon Bagley. “I’m also grateful for the clients that continually support our operations as we keep growing by putting their faith in our team to help solve their businesses’ printing and marketing challenges,” he added.

The Printing News Top 100 ranking criteria is based on the state of the industry and the overall sales performance and growth of the franchise in the preceding year. The publication also takes other factors into consideration, including financial stability and the extent to which the franchise has integrated emerging technologies into their operations.

“Having four owners representing nine AlphaGraphics Business Centers in the Phoenix metropolitan area recognized as industry leaders among the Top 100 print service operations across the United States is a testament to the expertise of the Phoenix area owners’ group, the strength of the region’s economy and the overall operational excellence of the AlphaGraphics system,” explained AlphaGraphics Mesa Owner Steve Adams.

AlphaGraphics has continually remained at the forefront of the industry’s latest high-performance equipment and software to strategically address the branding challenges of our customers. “It is with great honor that our team accepts this recognition in such a competitive environment,” said AlphaGraphics Phoenix Owner Larry Furlong. “Our customers’ success remains our number one priority as we continue to seek new ways of doing business profitably,” he added.

The following AlphaGraphics Phoenix metropolitan area business centers were ranked among the 2018 Printing News Top 100 Quick and Small Printers List:

#27 – AlphaGraphics Tempe
Contact: Mike Sparaco
Phone: (480) 968-7821 | Email: msparaco@alphagraphics.com
Address: 815 W. University Dr., Suite #101, Tempe, AZ 85281
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/tempe-arizona-us004.html

#54 – AlphaGraphics Phoenix
Contact: Larry Furlong
Phone: (602) 263-0122 | Email: lfurlong@alphagraphics.com
Address: 2120 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/phoenix-arizona-us011.html

#96 – AlphaGraphics Mesa
Contact: Steve Adams
Phone: (602) 234-2944 | Email: sadams@alphagraphics.com
This multi-center organization’s three operations are located at:
8027 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Suite A, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/phoenix-arizona-us106/contact-us.html 
535 W. Baseline Rd. Suite 104, Mesa, AZ 85210.
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/mesa-arizona-us291.html 
720 W. Elliot Road, Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85284.
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/tempe-arizona-us436.html

#97 – AlphaGraphics Chandler
Contact: Brandon Bagley
Phone: (480) 289-5480 | Email: bbagley@alphagraphics.com
This multi-center organization’s four operations are located at:
15455 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite #C13, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/scottsdale-arizona-us037.html 
4215 N Winfield Scott Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/scottsdale-arizona-us039.html1451 E. Williams Field Road, #102, Gilbert, AZ 85295
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/gilbert-arizona-us613.html 
2221 W. Pecos Rd. #10, Chandler, AZ 85224
Learn more at https://www.alphagraphics.com/centers/chandler-arizona-us714.html

ABOUT ALPHAGRAPHICS

AlphaGraphics, Inc. offers, through locally owned and operated business centers, a complete range of print, visual communications, and marketing products and solutions including: full‐service digital, offset, and large format printing; design services; mailing; one‐to‐one marketing solutions; promotional products; web to print solutions. AlphaGraphics is a subsidiary of an international holding company which operates one of the world’s largest networks of service centers offering shipping, logistics, printing, marketing and business support services to business and private customers through almost 2,600 locations in 44 countries. 

25 10, 2018

FirstLight Home Care Recognized as a Top 100 Franchise for Both Veterans and Innovation by Franchise Business Review

2018-10-25T14:50:10+00:00October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CINCINNATI — FirstLight Home Care, a leading national provider of non-medical home care, was listed by Franchise Business Review as one of the Top 100 Franchises for Veterans and one of the 100 Most Innovative Franchises for 2018.

The lists feature award-winning franchises whose franchisees have shown a high level of satisfaction with the business, considering factors such as training and support, leadership, and financial opportunity, both with veterans and with all franchisees.

“This recognition holds a special place in the franchise world because it is based on the direct feedback of the franchisees,” said Jeff Bevis, CEO of FirstLight Home Care. “We have always made it a priority within our system to equip our owners with the tools necessary to run a meaningful, service-focused business, and earning each of the Franchise Business Review accolades tells us that we’re truly setting our brand up for success and continued industry leadership.”

No stranger to Franchise Business Review’s Top 100 lists, this is the second consecutive year FirstLight has made the Top 100 Franchises for Veterans. The company offers a franchise fee discount of $12,500 for veterans. Additionally, FirstLight regularly attends and presents at regional and national events that are created to assist transitioning veterans to highlight both business ownership and employment opportunities that exist within the franchise industry for veterans and their spouses.

“We have long been a proponent of veteran leadership within our franchise,” Bevis, who is also the current committee chairman of the International Franchise Association (IFA) Education Foundation VetFran Committee, said. “Veterans have a strong sense of duty and service, and their leadership skills and ability to adapt to changing circumstances make them ideal owners for us. Making the Franchise Business Review’s Top 100 Franchises for Veterans list is an important accolade, as it says to other veterans: ‘FirstLight truly appreciates the service each of our military veterans gives to our country.’ In turn, when the veteran is transitioning out of their service, FirstLight is one of the top business ownership opportunities to consider.”

The recognition from Franchise Business Review adds to the recent awards FirstLight has been receiving lately. In recent months, the company has also made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing, privately held companies, as well as the Franchise Times Top 200+ of the 500 largest franchise companies for the fourth and sixth consecutive times, respectively.

Complete results of Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Veterans 2018 can be found at https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top/top-franchises-veterans/.

The full list of the Most Innovative Franchises can be seen at https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-innovative-franchises/.

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a leading provider of non-medical home care, helping individuals in more than 32 states achieve the quality of life they deserve. The company has set a new standard in home care by creating an unmatched Culture of Care that drives industry-leading client and employee satisfaction. FirstLight is a lifeline not only for seniors, but for people recovering from illness, injury or surgery; adults with disabilities; new and busy mothers; veterans; and anyone over the age of 18 who needs extra assistance. Care can be provided at private residences, as well as independent and assisted living communities.

24 10, 2018

BrightStar Care Strengthens Leadership Team; Appoints Industry Veteran as Vice President of Franchise Development

2018-10-24T20:43:49+00:00October 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO — BrightStar Care, the nation’s leading in-home care franchise, today announced a key addition to its senior leadership team. In an effort to continue to drive nationwide expansion, Pete First joins the BrightStar Care executive team as the new Vice President of Franchise Development.

With extensive experience in the franchise industry, coupled with his goal of expanding the brand to new, untapped markets across the country, First will be primarily responsible for the brand’s domestic franchise development. Prior to joining BrightStar Care, First spent 14 years at Winmark Corporation, the franchisor for brands such as Play It Again Sports, Once Upon A Child, Plato’s Closet, Style Encore and Music Go Round. During his tenure at Winmark, First awarded dozens of new franchise agreements annually and helped build the system to over 1,200 locations across North America. With his expertise in growing franchise brands, First plans to immediately step in and assist in achieving BrightStar Care’s goal to develop the brand through strategic and targeted growth.

“Pete has a rich history in franchising and he is a crucial addition to our Senior Leadership Team as he brings with him decades of experience and knowledge that will be pivotal in driving BrightStar Care’s expansion strategy in the years to come,” said Shelly Sun, CEO and Founder of BrightStar Care.

In his new position, First’s day-to-day responsibilities will include providing leadership, strategy and direction to the franchise sales team in addition to putting systems in place that will improve the overall franchise sales process. First’s growth goals include adding successful franchisees to the brand in an effort to rapidly expand to new and currently underserved markets.

“BrightStar Care franchisees and their caregivers make a difference in the lives of their clients every day,” said First. “I look forward to working with the BrightStar team to further expand the brand and provide an opportunity for our franchisees to serve new clients across the country.”

BrightStar Care offers both medical and non-medical private duty home care services, as well as medical staffing and each BrightStar Care location employs a Registered Nurse Director of Nursing who tailors unique, personalized plans of care for each client and oversees a professional care team of well-qualified, experienced caregivers. The company began franchising in 2005, and has since grown to a $400 million company with more than 330 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

About BrightStar Care

Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 300 locations which provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care franchise locations across the country employ over 2,500 registered nurses who play a unique role in overseeing the care for each individual client, a service that no other private duty home care provider offers. In addition, BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to receive The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award every year since the award’s inception. In 2017, the company ranked No. 69 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list and was included for the tenth consecutive year on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious Inc. 5000 list.

23 10, 2018

Five Star Painting Launches Contest to Unite Homeowners with Common #WallFails

2018-10-23T20:10:08+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WACO, Texas — Painting your home is harder than it looks, and keeping it looking nice is even harder! From the wear and tear of unruly kids and pets to the less-than-professional DIY attempts, if your walls could talk, they would definitely say you need some help. In hopes showing homeowners everywhere they are not alone in this struggle, Five Star Painting, a Neighborly company and North America’s leading residential and commercial painting franchise, is launching a #WallFails photo contest, to give North America’s homeowners a chance showcase their most ridiculous wall fails.

To enter the #WallFails Facebook contest, visit https://contest.app.do/wall-fails-story-and-photo-contest and submit a photo or detailed story of your best wall fail by Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Five Star Painting will reward five random winners with a $200 Sherwin Williams gift card.

“Although we don’t always think about it, the walls of our home are the silent observers of our daily lives. They endure everything we throw at them, hang on them and put in front of them,” said Five Star Painting President Mary Kay Liston. “We are so excited to debut our #WallFails contest to show homeowners across North America that they are not alone, and Five Star Paining is here to help!”

About Five Star Painting®:

Five Star Painting®, a Neighborly company, is North America’s premier interior and exterior painting franchise. Founded in 2004, Five Star Painting operates from over 150 locations worldwide. Acquired by Neighborly® in 2015, Five Star Painting is part of a community of home service experts, leveraging Neighborly’s nearly 3,500 professional home service experts across brands in the U.S. and Canada with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands include: Aire Serv®, Five Star Painting®, Glass Doctor®, Portland Glass®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Window Genie®, Mosquito Joe® and The Grounds Guys®.

23 10, 2018

Le Macaron French Pastries Debuts Mobile Kiosk Franchise Opportunity

2018-10-23T20:06:48+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SARASOTA, Fla. — Le Macaron French Pastries, an elegant French patisserie that offers guests the finest, authentic French macarons and pastries, has announced a new mobile kiosk franchise opportunity. Folded into its overall growth strategy, the brand looks to launch this new opportunity with strategic franchise partners who are seeking flexibility with their business and a lower cost investment.

The new franchise opportunity aims to lean into the growing quick-serve and snack brand trend of kiosks, mobile carts, and express locations. As consumers’ on-the-go lifestyle continues to accelerate, Le Macaron French Pastries seeks to capitalize on these captive audiences at malls, airports, sporting events, festivals and other gatherings.

“We wanted to create an opportunity that allows our franchise owners to work in nonconventional environments and offer guests a sweet treat when they are unable to access one of our locations,” said Rosalie Guillem, CEO and co-founder of Le Macaron French Pastries. “Our products can easily be eaten on the go, so a mobile kiosk aligns perfectly with our brand. This will only accelerate our growth as we welcome a new group of franchisees looking to enter the fast-casual industry.”

The mobile kiosk investment ranges between $91,000 to $127,000—making it an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs who are looking to enter the space at a lower investment with a simple business model and unlimited growth potential. Le Macaron French Pastries operates through a simple business model that requires zero on-site baking from franchisees. All products are made by French Chef Didier Saba in the kitchen headquarters, allowing café owners to focus on customer service.

Le Macaron French Pastries was founded by France National and mother-daughter team Rosalie Guillem and Audrey Saba. The brand now has more than 50 cafés open and operating with two mobile kiosks open in Sarasota, Florida and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most known for providing guests with a light dessert with lesser calories, the brand offers more than 20 flavors of macarons, as well as seasonal flavors, and the menu extends to include pastries, gelato, coffee, cakes, éclairs, and more.

“We opened a Le Macaron French Pastries mobile kiosk because of the simplistic business model, reduction in overhead costs and finding real estate for the cart is easier since it has a smaller footprint,” said Luke Freshwater, owner of Le Macaron French Pastries in Pittsburgh. “We are seeing incredible success because the French macarons are a high-quality product and we are able to connect with our customers since we have such a small and passionate staff.”

About Le Macaron French Pastries

Founded in 2009 by Rosalie Guillem and her daughter Audrey, Le Macaron French Pastries is an elegant French patisserie that offers guests the finest, authentic French macarons and pastries. Headquartered in Sarasota, Fl., the brand began franchising in 2012 and has since grown to more than 50 locations across the U.S. Le Macaron French Pastries is ranked on the 2016 Inc. 5,000 list as well as in the Top 100 Food and Beverage category by Entrepreneur and hold a #9 ranking in the baked goods category.

22 10, 2018

Teriyaki Madness Says Aloha in Newest and “Bowled-est” Move Yet

2018-10-22T23:28:46+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Teriyaki Madness (TMAD) is taking a deep dive into the Pacific Ocean. The franchising rights to develop the entire state of Hawaii are now under the ownership of entrepreneur Ohmar Villavicencio, as the island expansion becomes the first venture of its kind for the rapidly-growing, fresh-Asian fast casual. The growth efforts will begin on Oahu in Kapolei, and Villavicencio will go on to open TMADs throughout the Islands.

An ideal franchisee, Villavicencio comes to TMAD as both a fan of the brand and a successful entrepreneur. For the last 15 years, he and his wife Lizzel Villavicencio owned an international project management company with a client list featuring high-profile brands like PetSmart, Amazon and Kroger. His family split time between Hawaii and Las Vegas and it was in Las Vegas where Villavicencio became a regular customer at TMAD.

“When I’m in Las Vegas, I eat Teriyaki Madness weekly – it’s healthy, delicious, and filling every time. I am eager to introduce the Spicy Chicken Bowl to the Islands,” said Villavicencio. “More than falling in love with the food, Teriyaki Madness is the best business for my family because of the way CEO Michael Haith has built the brand. He and the experienced team have thought of everything, and I am confident that they have perfected the art of running a Teriyaki Madness. That TMAD trusted Lizzel and I as the only franchisees for all of Hawaii was just icing on the cake.”

All of Hawaii’s TMADs will truly be a family business. Ohmar and Lizzel are both fully committed to working in the locations, and as each of their three kids gets old enough, they too will work at the different TMAD locations. With a second home in Kapolei, the Villavicencio clan will plant permanent roots on the island. “Family is the most important thing to me, and I want this to be a family business for a lifetime,” said Villavicencio.

“We are thrilled to be expanding into Hawaii, and Ohmar is the perfect partner for our brand,” says Teriyaki Madness CEO Michael Haith. “He has an impressive resume, and he’ll be a valuable asset in helping us grow and develop throughout the state. Our excitement for this expansion has corporate employees fighting over who gets to go to Hawaii to train the franchisee! It’s a great time for our brand.”

The first TMAD location in Kapolei is set to open in 2019.

About Teriyaki Madness

Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual Asian restaurant concept featuring a Seattle Teriyaki menu, is committed to unconditionally satisfying guests by offering delicious, made-to-order Teriyaki dishes prepared with all natural, fresh ingredients that are served quickly, at a reasonable price in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The brand is dedicated to “Spreading the Madness” so that everyone can experience the best teriyaki on earth. The “Fresh, Fulfilling, and Fits your Life” concept was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Franchise 500 company and by Franchise Business Review for their Top 50 Franchise Satisfaction award. Teriyaki Madness was founded in 2003 and currently has franchise agreements for nearly 150 locations in the U.S. Teriyaki Madness offers franchising opportunities nationwide for their concept to qualified single and multi-unit candidates.