Franchise agreement will bring Schlotzsky’s to Bartlesville

By Abigail Singrey

asingrey@examiner-enterprise.com

Plans are in the works for a new Schlotzsky’s in Bartlesville, but the grand opening will not be this year.

Regional developers Bryan and Mia Whitfield of Stillwater plan to open six Schlotzsky’s in Stillwater, Bartlesville, Owasso, Enid, Lawton and Ardmore. The Whitfields signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Schlotzsky’s, which also included a co-branding agreement with Cinnabon and Carvel.

A Schlotzsky’s restaurant typically employs around 45 people and occupies about 3,200 square feet, Bryan Whitfield said.

The Whitfields were targeting communities where Schlotzky’s would be a “unique offering,” Bryan Whitfield said.

“We live in Stillwater, and we kept thinking about how big the demand was in a town the size of Stillwater,” Whitfield said. “… Our business plan will have us developing all of these in the shortest time possible. We are going to start in Stillwater and grow from there.”

The first restaurant will open in Stillwater by the end of the year. The Whitfields have a contract pending on a site. The timing of the opening of the rest of the locations has not been determined, Bryan Whitfield said.

“It will be dictated by where real estate opportunities lead us first,” Bryan Whitfield said.

Opening a restaurant will fulfill a life-long dream for Bryan Whitfield. After working in fast food in high school, he had always wanted to open a restaurant. After a career in electrical and software engineering, the timing was right for Bryan Whitfield to pursue that dream.

“Our love for Schlotzsky’s has been a primary driving factor,” he said.

Schlotzsky’s has more than 350 locations worldwide and serves a variety of items, including sandwiches, wraps, gourmet pizzas and salads.

Source: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Schlotzsky’s to open new restaurants in Oklahoma

Schlotzsky’s has announced that it has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with regional developers Bryan and Mia Whitfield to open six new locations throughout Oklahoma in Stillwater, Owasso, Enid, Lawton, Bartlesville, and Ardmore.

The new restaurants will feature the brand’s Lotz Better look, which includes a newly designed restaurant, a co-branding deal with Cinnabon and Carvel and a new service model where crew members deliver food to the tables.

The Whitfield’s plan to open the first restaurant in Stillwater later this year.

“Schlotzsky’s has been a favorite in our family for more than two decades,” said Bryan. “We’re all die-hard Schlotzsky’s fans, so you can imagine how excited we are to bring the restaurants closer to home and back to Stillwater.”

With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s continues its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets throughout Texas, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., Denver, Orlando, Tampa and Miami, Fla., Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Phoenix and St. Louis.

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