Captain D's announced today the signing of a new franchise development agreement to open five restaurants in South Carolina over the next several years. The company has experienced a surge in franchise development this year on the heels of exceptional growth in 2016, achieving its sixth consecutive year of same-store sales increases as well as its fourth successive year of record high system-wide AUV.
"Over the past six years, Captain D's has continually achieved success and consistent same-store sales increases. We've leveraged these accomplishments to propel our franchise development and drive interest from franchisee prospects nationwide," said Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D's. "The compounding success Captain D's has experienced is a true testament to the strength of our business model, which has allowed us to appeal to a new, wider demographic of consumers. South Carolina is chock-full of potential, and we look forward to expanding our footprint in the state."
GOALZ Restaurant Group, LLC will be spearheading Captain D's development in South Carolina, with plans to open five new restaurants over the next several years throughout the Greenville-Spartanburg area, as well as in Rock Hill. Shawn Eby and Danny Robinson will serve as principal owner and vice president of operations, respectively, each of whom have more than 25 years of experience in restaurant operations. The franchisee group is also currently developing new Captain D's locations in Kentucky and North Carolina.
"Our unwavering commitment to our franchisees' success has helped fuel growth from within and we're thrilled to have an existing franchisee further invest in the brand by opening more restaurants," added 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. With these efforts, Captain D's has remained true to what it does best — serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price in a welcoming atmosphere.
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.
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