Schlotzsky’s Restaurant Pays Employees for Volunteering

Employees of the destroyed Tuscaloosa restaurant served food to Red Cross clients

By: Latasha J. Lewis

When the April 27 storm went through Tuscaloosa, Ala., it destroyed many businesses. Because of this, many people lost their jobs and had to relocate to provide for their families. Some businesses sent their employees to work in other cities, but not Schlotzsky’s, a sandwich deli that was located on 15th Street, right in the path of the EF4 tornado.

George Schaefer, vice president of Restaurant Operations, came up with the idea of paying Schlotzsky’s employees to volunteer with the disaster relief effort. This way the Schlotzsky’s company could help its employees and the city of Tuscaloosa at the same time.

Angela Bowles, the general manager at Schlotzsky’s, took on the responsibility of organizing work schedules for the employees and finding places for the employees to volunteer.

“Anywhere we are needed, we will go,” said Bowles. “If anyone needs us, just let us know!”

On June 9, Bowles led her employees to the Belk Activity Center, a Red Cross shelter for tornado victims, where they assisted the Red Cross by serving lunch to tornado victims and other volunteers. The Schlotzsky’s employees jumped right in expecting nothing more than an adrenalin rush and a speck of normality.

“This was the first time since the storm that we felt like we were at work [Schlotzsky’s],” said Bowles. “It was just like being in the restaurant.”

Before helping the Red Cross at the Belk Center, Schlotzsky’s employees volunteered with Temporary Emergency Services by sorting donated goods. The Schlotzsky’s employees appreciate the opportunities they have been given and take pride in saying that they work for such a compassionate company.

Since the storm, a typical day of a Schlotzsky’s employee starts around 9 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. The work force is made up of 15 Schlotzsky’s employees ranging in age from 19 to 46. The employees are paid the same salary they were given while working at Schlotzsky’s for the hours they volunteer.

Thanks to Schlotzsky’s for helping the Red Cross and the people of Tuscaloosa!

Source: American Red Cross of West Alabama

Schlotzsky’s Route 66 Winner Hits the Road in Style

Fast-Casual Chain Awards 2011 Chevy Camaro

March 08, 2011 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, TX – Schlotzsky’s® is giving one customer more than just their delectable, high quality Fresh-from-Scratch® bread and delicious sandwiches. In August, Schlotzsky’s launched a fall promotion, offering three new limited-time-only sandwiches and a chance to win a classic American car, perfect for a drive down Route 66 – a 2011 Chevy Camaro.

Lindsey Lang of Auburn, WA is the proud winner of Schlotzsky’s Route 66 contest and the 2011 Chevy Camaro. “I was in shock when I found out I won the car. This isn’t the type of thing that happens every day!” Lang exclaimed. “I’m so grateful to Schlotzsky’s for the car and I am excited to hop in my brand new Camaro and cruise down to the Schlotzsky’s in Bend, Oregon.”

During the “Pick Your Chicks on Route 66” fall promotion, Schlotzsky’s took the road west and designed three new sandwiches, the Santa Fe Chick, Sedona Chick and California Chick, each featuring ingredients inspired by their individual regions.

“Our guests demonstrated a passion for the history behind Route 66 and an appreciation for the regional flavors featured in each limited-time-only sandwich,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “We are excited to present Lindsey Lang with a car that reflects the style and persona of Route 66, the Chevy Camaro.”

Schlotzsky’s Route 66 promotion proved to be more than just a fun and rewarding contest for their customers. Schlotzsky’s increased their Bun & Fun eClub membership by 16 percent during the summer/fall promotion, making it a very successful limited-time-offer for the company. Bun & Fun eClub members receive special offers and alerts from Schlotzsky’s, including information on Schlotzsky’s limited-time-only offers, and special offers that include coupons, a free  on your birthday and other great offers. To join, go to http://www.schlotzskys.com/cms/fun.

Source: Franchising.com