Schlotzsky’s will take a bigger bite in Denver

By Mark Harden, News Director – Denver Business Journal

Schlotzsky’s, a sandwich chain with 10 Colorado locations, says it plans to add dozens more by the end of the year in metro Denver.

Austin, Texas-based Schlotzsky’s — a unit of Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. — says it has plans for 15 franchise deals in the city of Denver and another 30 deals in the Denver metro area by the end of 2014.

“The Denver market has already cultivated a loyal fan following and a strong brand reputation as consumers demand more convenient, fresh food options,” said David Wheeler, the chain’s vice president of franchise development. “We anticipate the same great success we’ve seen across Colorado in this targeted region of the state.”

Wheeler signaled that the company seeks “qualified franchise partners” in Denver.

The company said the new stores will offer franchisees “co-branding opportunities” with other Focus brands, Cinnabon and Carvel, “to offer franchise partners multiple streams of revenue under one roof.”

The move comes as homegrown sandwich chain Quiznos has faced challenges, shuttering thousands of stores in recent years and going through a pre-packaged Chapter 11 process.

Schlotzsky’s also is targeting markets in Texas as well as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis and Kansas City for further expansion.

The chain says it currently has 350 locations in 37 states and three other nations.

Source: Denver Business Journal

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon opens in Jonesboro, AR!

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There’s a new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon coming to Jonesboro, AR on Tuesday, November 19. Doors open at 10 a.m., and get there early, because the first 100 people to purchase a Cinnabon 6-Pack will get FREE Schlotzsky’s for a year. That’s one FREE small The Original sandwich each week for 52 weeks! We’ll have lots of fun games and other prizes to giveaway all day. Don’t miss it!

1605 Stadium Blvd., Jonesboro, AR

(870) 336-0660

*One small The Original sandwich per week at this location for 52 consecutive weeks commencing on November 19, 2013 and expiring on November 19, 2014. Only valid for persons 18 years or older. Offer valid only at the Jonesboro Schlotzsky’s.

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon opens in Corsicana, TX

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Don’t miss the grand opening of the new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon in Corsicana, TX on Thursday, June 27. Doors open at 10am and the first 100 people to purchase a Cinnabon 6-Pack will get free Schlotzsky’s for a year. We’ll have lots of fun games and prizes, so get there early!

3101 Mountain Drive

903-641-2867

*One small The Original sandwich per week at this location for 52 consecutive weeks commencing on June 27, 2013 and expiring on June 27, 2014. Only valid for persons 18 years or older. Offer valid only at the Corsicana Schlotzsky’s.

Schlotzsky’s Shatters Company Record With Agreement for 170 New Restaurants

Fast-Casual Chain Inks Game-Changing Partnership to Build Huge Presence in Southern California

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In a historic deal with far-reaching impact in the fast-casual segment, Schlotzsky’s®, the home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, announced today it has signed the brand’s largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years. Anchored by its new Lotz Better® model and consistent positive sales, the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky’s locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.

Each of the new restaurants will feature a new, contemporary design and an upgraded service model in which crew members hand-deliver food to the tables. In addition, as part of a co-branding deal with Cinnabon® and Carvel®, the locations will include counters offering signature treats from the iconic dessert brands.

“The magnitude of this franchise agreement is a testament to the growing strength of our brand in the marketplace,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “Between this agreement in California and multiple others we’ve signed in the past year alone, the momentum is incredible. On top of the obvious benefits the expansion is having on our brand, it’s also creating job growth in communities around the country,” noting that the new locations in Southern California will create nearly 7,000 jobs in the next five years.

After successfully completing its initiative to reimage its 350-plus unit franchise system, executives of Schlotzsky’s are focusing on growing in markets where there is a demand for a high-quality franchise brand. In this newest deal, Moe Vazin is responsible for opening the 170 locations throughout the market. Prior to joining the Schlotzsky’s family, Vazin experienced much success with his extensive management experience, accumulating a portfolio of supermarkets, manufacturing and distribution in the retail industry.

“Obviously, we look very carefully at brands before making a significant investment like this,” Vazin said. “We had many reasons for choosing Schlotzsky’s, but the key factors were its high-quality, fresh sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups, the fact that we can offer Cinnabon and Carvel under the same roof, and an incredible management team that shares our vision of the brand in Southern California.”

Roddy added that Vazin perfectly fits the profile for a Schlotzsky’s multi-unit franchisee. “He’s a top-notch operator, and we’re confident he will not only uphold our brand standards and reputation, but knock it out of the park by making us the top fast-casual destination in Southern California,” he said.

This partnership comes on the heels of Schlotzsky’s signing a multi-unit franchise agreement in May 2012 with regional developers John Fehmer and Anastasia Rusakov to open 25 new Schlotzsky’s locations throughout Orange County, Calif.

With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s continues its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets in Texas and untapped markets around the country for multi-unit developers. These markets include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Raleigh, St. Louis and Tampa, as well as other underdeveloped markets through the United States. Roddy added that, ideally, Schlotzsky’s plans to have upwards of 700 locations by 2016.

For more information regarding the Schlotzsky’s franchise opportunity, visit http://www.schlotzskysfranchising.com/or call 800-846-BUNS.

 

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon-Carvel opens in Tallahassee on November 8

 

Come celebrate the grand opening of our newest Schlotzsky’s Cinnabon-Carvel location in Tallahassee at 1814 W. Tennessee Street! As part of the celebration, Schlotzsky’s will reward the first 100 customers who purchase a CinnaPack™ of six Cinnabon Classic rolls at the new Tallahassee location, with free Schlotzsky’s for a year, which includes one free The Original (small) sandwich a week for a year. In addition, fans will have the chance win prizes such as an Apple iPad, $100 Schlotzsky’s Gift Card, and $50 Schlotzsky’s gift card when they sign up for the Bun & Fun eClub during opening week.

 

*One The Original (small) per week at this location for 52 consecutive weeks commencing on November 8, 2012 and expiring on November 8, 2013. Only valid for persons 18 years or older. Offer valid only at the Tallahassee Schlotzsky’s.

© 2012 Schlotzsky’s Franchise LLC. All rights reserved

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon opens in San Antonio May 19!

The new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon in San Antonio, Texas is scheduled to open at 8am on Saturday, May 19!

The first 100 customers to purchase a Cinnabon 6-Pack will receive free Schlotzsky’s each week for a year, so get there early to snag a spot in line.

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Address: 8311 Highway 151, San Antonio, TX

Phone Number: (210) 647-5099

Franchise Chatter Exclusive: Q&A Interview with Kelly Roddy, President of Schlotzsky’s

by AMBROSIO on FEBRUARY 5, 2012

Since 1971, Schlotzsky’s has been the home of The Original toasted sandwich. The menu has evolved with customers’ tastes to include other sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups. Schlotzsky’s has more than 350 locations worldwide, with restaurants in Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Jordan and Kuwait. Schlotzsky’s is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of over 3,300 Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Auntie Anne’s locations and Seattle’s Best Coffee on certain military bases and in international markets.

Kelly Roddy came to Schlotzsky’s in 2007 as president, having served as director of sales and marketing and later director of retail operations for H-E-B Grocery Company, a 106-year-old retailer with more than 315 locations throughout Texas and Mexico. Before his time with H-E-B, he was vice president and executive director of new business development for Scholastic Corporation and prior to that, he spent eight years with Walmart Stores, Inc. in a variety of positions. In 2011, Kelly received his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and is also a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Franchise Chatter (FC):  Can you share with us the story of how Schlotzsky’s got its start?

Kelly Roddy (KR):  In 1971, a small shop on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas was home to a single, one-of-a-kind sandwich. Don and Dolores Dissman opened the first Schlotzsky’s with only one product – an 8-inch muffaletta stuffed with three meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomato, olives and dressing, served on hot, freshly-made sourdough bread. Modeled after the muffalettas they discovered in an Italian grocery store in New Orleans’ French Quarter, The Original toasted sandwich was an instant hit.

FC:  For those unfamiliar, please tell us about your food? What is unique about your menu compared to other fast food franchises specializing in sandwiches? 

KR:  The main thing that sets us apart is our bread – our buns are round and are baked fresh-from-scratch in the stores every day. It differentiates us and it’s our signature shape. Our sandwiches are served warm and are made to order. In addition to our great-tasting sandwiches, we have fresh-tossed salads, soups and pizzas.

FC:  Can you describe the ideal franchisee for a Schlotzsky’s restaurant?

KR:  Our ideal franchise partner is a well-capitalized, savvy business professional. He or she is a passionate, high-energy individual with a true entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, they should have previous restaurant experience and are willing to be a multi-unit operator.

FC:  What is the ideal neighborhood and territory for a Schlotzsky’s restaurant?  In what regions of the country do you see the strongest demand for your restaurants?

KR:  We have a strong presence in middle America and appeal to a wide customer base. Our guests have a distinct appreciation for top-quality food and great customer service. Schlotzsky’s is in strong demand, with locations in 37 states across the U.S., but our highest concentration of restaurants is in the central and southern parts of the country. From there, we are growing out concentrically as our distribution system allows and have recently signed agreements for areas in the northeast.

FC:  What specific steps do your most successful franchisees take in order to build and grow their respective businesses?

KR:  The most important thing is to be an active owner willing to follow a proven system that works. Our most successful franchise partners are active in their restaurants, are involved with the brand and are quick to embrace and promote change and innovation.

FC:  What are some of the things you are doing to help your franchisees become profitable?

KR:  As of the end of 2011, our entire system has been reimaged, which reflects a circle-themed design and includes new colors, new graphics, new signage and new menuboards. We’ve also revamped our menu, adding fresh-tossed salads along with sandwich meals, which appeals to our current customers and brings in a new age group. In addition, 165 of our restaurants now have Cinnabon as part of their operations and 30 will have both Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream.

FC:  What are your goals for Schlotzsky’s in the next few years and how do you plan to grow your business?

KR:  Now that we’ve completed our rebranding, it’s time to focus on growth and continued improvement of our operations and our menu. Moving forward, most of our new restaurants will be tri-brand locations (Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon and Carvel). Growth is a big focus for us and we’re looking for franchise partners who are ready to come into our system and operate multiple units. Increasing pizza sales and different day parts are high potential opportunities. Our pizza is unique because we use our sourdough bread mix. Another major goal is to expand our catering services across our brand in order to provide cohesive, systemized catering to our guests.

FC:  What advice can you give prospective franchisees on how to evaluate the overwhelming number of franchise opportunities available to them?

KR: Do your research. Find a brand that is relevant and growing. Every brand has its own culture and distinctive characteristics, so find one you are passionate about and that you believe in. And definitely reach out to other franchise partners to learn from their experiences and find out what they like and don’t like about the brand.

FC:  What advice can you offer new franchisees on how to increase their chances for success in the restaurant business?

KR:  Your franchisor will present you with a business model to guide you to success. The best thing you can do as a franchisee is embrace the business model and make it work for you. That’s the advantage of being a part of a franchise system, because processes and products are tested and perfected before they are implemented in restaurants.

FC:  Is there anything else you wish to share about Schlotzsky’s?

KR:  After 40 years in the restaurant business, we’ve worked hard to develop strong, positive relationships with our franchise partners. We have a clear line of communication within our franchise system and include individual franchise partners in our decision making through our franchise advisory council. We’ve also used our time and experience to create a brand culture that is relevant, quirky and fun. With our sister companies, Cinnabon and Carvel, we offer the unique opportunity to operate three complementary brands under one roof.

Source: Franchise Chatter

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