Tending to Business: Schlotzsky’s

Ask most young children what they’d like for their birthday, and their responses will typically include the hottest toy, video game or fashion trend. Lea Dalleggio’s wish, however, was a little more complicated. She wanted a Schlotzsky’s.

The franchise, popular in the South, became a favorite destination of hers as a child, when she would dine there regularly while visiting her grandmother in Houston, Tex.

“I wanted to be able to eat my sandwich whenever I wanted,” she recalls. “I was obsessed with the brand.”

The business venture didn’t make sense for the Dalleggios after Lea graduated college, but her father sold his business while she was pursuing her MBA, and suddenly owning a Schlotzsky’s became a more realistic possibility for the family. Upon completion of her studies, her father bought the New Jersey franchise rights to Schlotzsky’s, and the first eatery recently opened its doors at 39 Nathaniel Pl. in Englewood. The family plans to open 16 additional New Jersey locations over the next five years.

“I wanted the best of everything,” said Dalleggio. “I did all the homework. Schlotzsky’s is famous down South, but I have to spread the word and educate people.”

The restaurant, which she describes as “brand new and sparkling,” seats 65 people and features a menu that includes pizzas, salads and sandwiches. All bread, Dalleggio said, is baked from scratch on a daily basis. Among the most popular sandwiches are The Original, which contains lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and dressing, and the Angus Roast Beef & Cheese, which earned celebrity status in Pain and Gain, a 2013 American crime film starring Mark Wahlberg.

Schlotzsky’s also has Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, Carvel ice cream and Jersey Roasters Coffee, and will soon offer yogurt and fruit salad breakfast selections. The soda machine, which contains 129 different flavors, has been an exciting addition to the restaurant, according to Dalleggio. “It’s always fun to see what flavors mix together,” she said.

Patrons can take advantage of the Monday “Bunday” deal, which includes any small sandwiches or pizza for $3.99 (after 3 p.m.), or try their luck at Bingo on Wednesday nights. Those who can finish a large sandwich in fewer than 10 minutes — the restaurant’s “Lotza Meat Challenge” — are rewarded with a free Cinnabon and their picture on the wall.

“Every day is a little bit better,” she said. “I already have people coming in four times per week. Those who come in and try it really love it.”

Located in the Englewood ShopRite Plaza, Schlotzsky’s is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 201-608-5422 or visit schlotzskys.com.

Source: NorthJersey.com

Schlotzsky’s Inks Franchise Agreement for 55 New Restaurants Throughout Seven Former Soviet Countries

Schlotzsky’s®, home of The Original® round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, recently signed a franchise agreement for 55 restaurants throughout seven of the former Soviet countries, including Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

The master franchise agreement was awarded to Moscow-based entrepreneur Mehmet Akpinar, who plans to open the first restaurant in Moscow. The remaining locations are expected to open over the next 10 years.

“This is a time-tested brand that has the ability to bring people together, from all walks, in their love for Schlotzsky’s sandwiches,” said Akpinar, who currently owns Pegas Touristik, a large tour operator which services Moscow and Antalya, as well as the newly formed Golden International Management Services Ltd. “After looking at the international success of Focus Brands’ restaurants and the available market share for a restaurant like Schlotzsky’s in these countries, it seemed like a natural fit for us. I’m thrilled to open the first location.”

Mike Shattuck, President of Focus Brands International, said this was one of the more significant deals the company has ever signed.

“This is a huge deal for us – we love expanding the Schlotzsky’s brand with entrepreneurs like Mehmet, who understand the complexities, challenges, and rewards of operating a company within their respective country,” he said.

As with domestic growth, further international expansion remains a focal point for Schlotzsky’s in 2013 and beyond. Company plans call for over 30 locations in the next five years.

International Schlotzsky’s franchise locations can currently be found in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and South Africa.

Schlotzsky’s offers more than 15 different sandwiches on its famous unique round freshly-baked buns, as well as gourmet pizzas made with Fresh-from-Scratch crusts, freshly made-to-order tossed salads, and a variety of soups.

Source: Restaurant News

Get Your Kicks with Route 66 Sandwiches

Route 66, also known as the Main Street of America, is the inspiration behind Schlotzsky’s latest menu additions. Running from Chicago to California, the historic stretch of highway winds its way through numerous states, incorporating a variety of different cultures, tastes, and flavors. From now until August 25, the home of The Original round-toasted sandwich will feature these flavors in three signature sandwiches.

After the initial leg in 2010, which was the most successful summer promotion in company history, Schlotzsky’s extended its journey down Route 66 to the fall season. Gearing up for another trip, which combines the flavors of the last two promotions, Schlotzsky’s has brought back the Windy City Pastrami & Swiss, California Chick, and Albuquerque Turkey.

“Back in 2010, our guests fell in love with the bold, regional flavors of the Route 66 promotion,” says Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “We could not be more excited to bring back these crowd-favorite sandwiches and celebrate this historic stretch of highway again this summer.”

The three signature sandwiches include:

· Windy City Pastrami & Swiss: sliced pastrami and melted Swiss cheese with Dijon mustard and our signature dressing on toasted Dark Rye bread.

· California Chick: thinly sliced, roasted chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and fat free spicy ranch dressing on toasted Jalapeño Cheese bread.

· Albuquerque Turkey: smoked turkey breast and crispy bacon with cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses layered with fire-roasted vegetables, chipotle mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, tomato and our signature dressing on toasted Jalapeño Cheese bread.

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.

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Schlotzsky’s® Unveils First-Ever Chipotle Honey Sandwiches

The new mouth-watering sandwich trio will be layered with the hot and sweet honey chipotle sauce

Schlotzsky’s® falls into autumn with the announcement of a completely new line of limited-time-only Chipotle Honey Sandwiches. From now until November 25, the home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich will feature three new, signature Chipotle Honey Sandwiches – the Turkey and Bacon Chipotle Honey, the Roast Beef and Bacon Chipotle Honey, and the Chicken and Bacon Chipotle Honey.

“We have been looking to bring something hot and sweet to our customers and this trio of delicious sandwiches is the perfect menu option,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “When the chipotle honey tops our high-quality meats and cheese, it creates an irresistible taste. We look forward to hearing our customers’ feedback.”

The three new, signature sandwiches include:

Turkey & Bacon Chipotle Honey 

Smoked turkey breast and crispy bacon with smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with chipotle mayonnaise and hot and sweet honey chipotle sauce on a toasted Sourdough bun;

Roast Beef & Bacon Chipotle Honey

Tender slices of Angus roast beef and crispy bacon with smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with chipotle mayonnaise and hot and sweet honey chipotle sauce on a toasted Sourdough bun; and

Chicken & Bacon Chipotle Honey

Tender, shaved chicken and crispy bacon with smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with chipotle mayonnaise and hot and sweet honey chipotle sauce on a toasted Sourdough bun.

Schlotzsky’s restaurants offer guests more than 15 different sandwiches on its famous, unique and round freshly-baked buns, as well as gourmet pizzas made with Fresh-from-Scratch® crusts, freshly made-to-order tossed salads, and a variety of soups and delectable desserts.

For more information or to find the nearest location, visit www.Schlotzskys.com.

Schlotzsky’s, sweets to come to island

By Laura Elder

The scoop: Officials with Schlotzsky’s corporate offices last week joined franchise owner Cynde Whitson on a tour of potential seawall sites for the popular sandwich shop concept. The island Schlotzsky’s will be a third for Whitson, who owns franchises in League City and Texas City.

Corporate officials must approve whichever building Whitson chooses to ensure it conforms with Schlotzsky’s standards and branding.

Whitson said Monday she wants to secure the site before divulging more details. But she did confirm she’s bringing three concepts under one roof to the island.

Along with a Schlotzsky’s, she’ll open a Cinnabon franchise, famous for oven-hot cinnamon rolls, and a Carvel Ice Cream shop.

There are 800 Cinnabon franchises worldwide. Carvel, a 75-year-old name in ice cream, operates 500 franchises and is best known for “Fudgie the Whale” and “Cookie Puss” cakes. Schlotzsky’s, of course, is known for its sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups. Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Carvel, Cinnabon and Schlotzsky’s. Want to talk about it? Visit Buzz Blog, galvnews.com.

Source: Galveston Daily News

Sac-N-Pac to open 3 Schlotzsky’s in Kyle-Buda

By WES FERGUSON

Rising like a sourdough bun, Schlotzsky’s has emerged from bankruptcy and is pairing with the San Marcos-based Sac-N-Pac chain of convenience stores for rapid expansion into Kyle, Buda and other markets.

Sac-N-Pac, a private company with nine locations in Kyle and Buda, has purchased eight franchise agreements from Schlotzsky’s, with the first eatery targeted to open March 16 at the corner of FM 967 and FM 1626 in Buda.

Two more restaurants will be coming soon to Kyle, said Raymond Cavazos, Sac-N-Pac’s director of food operations.

“Schlotzsky’s had their issues,” Cavazos said. “They regrouped, were purchased by Focus Brands and are up to about 240 stores. They’re up and coming.”

Nationwide, the deli chain has plans to open 50 to 60 stores this year alone, he noted. Sac-N-Pac expects to break ground next month on a combined gas station and Schlotzsky’s at the corner of Kohler’s Crossing and Interstate 35, with a planned opening in June or July.

For its second Schlotzsky’s restaurant in Kyle, Sac-N-Pac is considering its existing store at the southeastern corner of FM 150 and I-35, Cavazos said. Each restaurant will share a building with the fuel/convenience retail store and have its own entrance, a separate drive-thru and a connected pass-through in the building.

Cavazos said changing markets have driven Sac-N-Pac to look beyond fuel and traditional convenience-store products for revenue.

“Before, if you needed a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk, you would typically go to a convenience store,” he said. “Now you have so many options. You can buy milk or bread at CVS or Walgreens or a dollar store. The market share is shrinking, so the national trend for owners of convenience stores, everybody’s leaning toward restaurants as a draw.”

The company does not consider sales at the fuel pump a strong moneymaker, he said, so Sac-N-Pac has extra incentive to find new ways to lure customers into its 45 stores for inside sales on higher-margin products.

“If you have a restaurant at your store, somebody who might not typically go in might walk over into the store to buy something,” Cavazos said. “You consider that an incremental sale.”

Sac-N-Pac is also undergoing a rapid expansion in its own right. Earlier this month, the company opened a convenience store and Quiznos at FM 150 and Texas Highway 21 near Uhland. Company officials are also discussing plans for a store behind the CVS on FM 150 and I-35 in downtown Kyle.

“We’re talking about putting a store and restaurant there, but it’s probably a couple years out,” he said.

Schlotzsky’s, formerly based in Austin, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 and closed numerous delis in the process. Atlanta-based Focus Brands, the parent company of Carvel and Cinnabon, has owned Schlotzsky’s since 2006.

Source: Hays Free Press

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Settle in with Schlotzsky’s Premium Ribeye Steak Sandwiches

Schlotzsky’s brings back trio of mouth-watering, crowd-pleasing ribeye favorites

Schlotzsky’s® heads into the holiday season with the return of its popular premium ribeye steak sandwiches. From now until February 26, the home of The Original® round toasted sandwich will feature three new, limited-time-only signature sandwiches made with premium ribeye steak—the bacon & smoked cheddar ribeye, the mushrooms & grilled onions ribeye, and the guacamole & red peppers ribeye.

“Our guests fell in love with these tasty sensations last year, so we knew we had to bring them back for an encore,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s, expressing his enthusiasm for the company’s second For Goodness Steak winter promotion. “These premium sandwiches reflect our Lotz Better® brand promise. Plus, they are super hearty for the winter season and give our guests a steak-loving reason to return.”

The three new signature sandwiches include:

Bacon & Smoked Cheddar Ribeye: featuring strips of juicy ribeye steak, crispy bacon, red bell peppers and smoked cheddar cheese with chipotle mayonnaise, served on Schlotzsky’s signature, Fresh-from-Scratch® toasted sourdough bun.

 

 

 

 

Mushrooms & Grilled Onions Ribeye: made with strips of hearty ribeye steak, caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms, provolone and swiss cheese with garlic pesto and creamy horseradish dressing, served on Schlotzsky’s toasted sourdough bun.

 

 

 

Guacamole & Red Peppers Ribeye: thick strips of ribeye steak paired with fire-roasted vegetables, pepper jack cheese, guacamole and chipotle pesto, served on Schlotzsky’s toasted sourdough bun.

For more information or to find the nearest location, visit www.Schlotzskys.com.

Schlotzsky’s Makes Huge Entrance into Philly with Record-Breaking 30-Unit Deal

Local Multi-Unit Franchise Group Commits to Opening Iconic Fast Casual Sandwich Restaurants; Separate Agreements Call for Cinnabon and Carvel Concepts inside Each Location

Schlotzsky’s® announced today that it has signed a history-making franchise deal to bring 30 new restaurants throughout the Philadelphia metro area that would also house Cinnabon® and Carvel® franchises inside the buildings.

Schlotzsky’s, Carvel, and Cinnabon are all part of the parent company FOCUS Brands Inc.®. The three iconic food franchises began partnering early last year to open tri-branded locations and have seen robust sales due to this strategy. In total, the new tri-branded restaurants resulted in a total of 90 franchise agreements to be signed—the largest in Schlotzsky’s 40-year history.

Company executives said the first restaurant is set to open during the first quarter of 2012, with several scheduled to open throughout the remainder of the year. Signed with Philadelphia-based multi-unit franchise group Prayosha Philly, LLC, this major development agreement includes growth into Philadelphia, Bucks, Mercer, Montgomery, Chester, Burlington, Gloucester, Camden and Delaware counties. No stranger to the franchising industry, the Prayosha Philly group owns many hotel franchise concepts throughout the tri-state area, as well as several Dunkin Donuts® and Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations, which is also part of FOCUS Brands.

“This is by far the largest franchise deal in our company history,” said Schlotzsky’s President Kelly Roddy. “Demand for our brand has been growing in the Philadelphia area, and we’re thrilled to enter the market with such a talented group of business savvy entrepreneurs.”

The Philadelphia deal marks the third major development agreement for the company in the past five months alone. In June 2011, Schlotzsky’s announced it had struck deals to open 25 tri-branded locations throughout New Jersey and Texas.

Chirag K. Patel, principle of Prayosha Philly said, “With the success we were experiencing with Moe’s Southwest Grill, our team began researching its sister brands and ways we could expand our portfolio with tri-branded locations. Through conversations with Schlotzsky’s executives and franchisees, we felt their principles mirrored our own. Everything from their culture to their partnership approach with franchisees exceeded our expectations. This is an iconic brand that has clearly stood the test of time, and we look forward to introducing it to Philadelphians.”

To be situated in both traditional and non-traditional venues such as train stations, these new locations will feature the brand’s refreshed ‘Lotz Better®’ look. The contemporary design incorporates a bright, vibrant color scheme, tongue-in-cheek phrases, circular-themed photography as well as a newly implemented service model where crew members hand-deliver food to the tables.

With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s continues its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets in Texas and in untapped markets around the country including  Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh and St. Louis for multi-unit developers. Roddy added that, ideally, Schlotzsky’s plans to have upwards of 700 locations by 2015.

For more information regarding the Schlotzsky’s franchise opportunity, visit http://www.schlotzskys.com/cms/franchise.

 


 

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