NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Captain D’s, the fast-casual seafood restaurant, says it is accelerating its franchise development efforts by signing agreements to expand the brand’s presence in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.
As part of the growth, a new franchisee plans to open restaurants in Collinsville and Granite City, the company said, at locations yet to be announced.
Three more restaurants will be coming to Texas; three in Virginia; five in North Carolina; and five in Kentucky over the next several years.
The surge in franchise development is tied to the restaurant chain’s success, with six consecutive years of same-store sales increases and four successive years of record high system-wide AUV (average unit volume).
“Year after year, Captain D’s has achieved compounding success by consistently investing in our people, products and processes, and our ongoing growth has caught the attention of franchisee prospects looking to partner with a strong fast casual concept,” said Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “The strength of our franchising pipeline will help drive Captain D’s presence nationwide over the next several years and accelerate our momentum even further as we continue to take the brand to new heights.”
First-time Captain D’s franchisee Bassam Ramadan will be spearheading the brand’s growth in Collinsville and Granite City, with his first restaurant opening by the end of this year and an additional location slated to open over the next several years. Ramadan has been in the restaurant industry since 2009 and chose to pursue franchising opportunities with Captain D’s due to its proven track record of success, the company said.
“When looking for potential franchisee candidates who may be a good fit for our network, it’s important to us that they share our commitment to guest-centric values and have a passion for the Captain D’s brand. Each of our new franchisees fit this mold, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the team,” said Arrowsmith.
Coupled with its menu diversification and expanded array of offerings, Captain D’s credits its new restaurant beach design with contributing to the brand’s compounding success. To date, nearly 60 percent of all restaurants have been reimaged to the brand’s new vibrant, coastal design, with another 50 locations to be remodeled by the end of this year. The company’s goal is to serve high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price.
With 514 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D’s is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume.
The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand’s rapid expansion. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.captaindsfranchising.com .
— From the Illinois Business Journal