McGahan brings proven experience growing brands to the Houston-based franchise company
Houston, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Shipley Do-Nuts, a leading do-nut restaurant franchisor and manufacturer of specialty food products, has hired Bob McGahan as its new chief financial officer. McGahan adds over 30 years of experience to Shipley’s already strong leadership team as the brand continues its robust growth.
Prior to joining Shipley Do-Nuts, McGahan served as CFO at private equity-owned Friedrich Air Conditioning Inc. and AirBorn Inc., and has also held management positions at Dell Inc. and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. He has vast experience in private equity, capital markets, risk management, operations management and mergers and acquisitions. McGahan started at Shipley in November.
“Bob knows how to aggressively grow a brand in a thoughtful, purposeful way, which was a big factor in our decision to bring him on board,” said Shipley CEO Clifton Rutledge. “Shipley is headed for monumental growth during the next decade, and Bob is the perfect CFO to help guide that evolution.”
McGahan, who has a master’s in business administration from the University of Mississippi and is a certified public accountant, said he’s looking forward to delivering results for Shipley’s franchisees, employees and customers.
“I’ve been a fan of Shipley’s do-nuts and kolaches for a long time, so to come aboard during such historic growth is truly exciting,” McGahan said. “As Shipley continues expanding into new markets and opening additional locations in its current markets, I’m focused on ensuring our growth produces the best financial future for the brand.”
Fast-growing Shipley, now with more than 330 locations, has franchise commitments in place to open an additional 300 stores over the next five years in Texas and across the Southeast. It is actively recruiting additional franchisees in all markets, with a focus on increasing its presence in Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma.
For more information, visit https://shipleydonuts.com/franchise.
About Shipley Do-Nuts
Founded in 1936, Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts is a leading do-nut restaurant franchisor and manufacturer of specialty food products. Shipley franchises over 300 restaurants to a diverse group of operators across ten states and has served its do-nuts, kolaches and beverages to generations of guests. For information on franchising, visit shipleydonuts.com/franchise.
ANKENY, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASY), today announced that Katrina Lindsey is joining the company as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. This role leads Casey’s legal, risk management, compliance, food safety, government affairs and corporate reporting functions at the third largest convenience retailer and fifth largest pizza chain in the US. Lindsey will report to Chief Executive Officer Darren Rebelez and start in January.
“Katrina is a seasoned legal counselor and senior executive, with over 20 years of legal leadership at FORTUNE 500 companies in the retail, restaurant, and entertainment industries,” said Darren Rebelez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Casey’s. “Her deep, highly-relevant background will benefit our teams and organization as we advance Casey’s strategic plan.”
Lindsey’s experience most recently includes several years at Office Depot where she served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary. She held roles on the company’s Information Security Incident Response team, Enterprise Risk Management Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and Sustainability Governance Council. Earlier this year she was recruited to a Chief Diversity Officer and SVP, Business Development at a subsidiary within the company.
Prior to Office Depot, Lindsey worked at Darden Restaurants leading the 1700-plus restaurant chain’s legal team as Senior Vice President, Division General Counsel. Before joining Darden, she spent six years at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. She began her career with several years focused on real estate and commercial litigation in law firms.
“Casey’s is a hidden gem in retail with its unique position in the communities it serves and the ways it serves them, whether it’s food, fuel or essentials. I’m excited to be joining a strong leadership team and partner to advance business priorities,” said Katrina Lindsey.
Lindsey holds a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Florida State University.
Casey’s is a Fortune 500 company (NASDAQ: CASY) operating over 2,300 convenience stores. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the third-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. Casey’s provides freshly prepared foods, quality fuel and friendly service at its locations. Guests can enjoy pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items, and a wide selection of beverages and snacks. Learn more and order online at www.caseys.com, or in the mobile app.
The “better-burger” franchise adds veteran restaurant brand leader to accelerate growth.
Plano, TX (RestaurantNews.com) MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, the 90-unit, Plano, Texas-based fast casual “better-burger” franchise, is supercharging its leadership team to accelerate explosive growth in sales and unit count. Doug Willmarth, a strategic brand leader in the restaurant industry, will be joining the MOOYAH brand as President starting December 2.
“I am thrilled to be leading the MOOYAH team,” Willmarth said. “Their commitment to delivering the best burger experience to guests every day is second to none. I have been a fan of the brand for many years and am proud to have the opportunity to serve our Franchise Owners.”
Willmarth, known as a dynamic brand-builder and collaborative catalyst, will lead the MOOYAH leadership team to develop and implement growth strategies to accelerate sales and build Franchise Owner success.
Anand Gala, Chairman and CEO of MOOYAH, shared the sentiment of Willmarth’s experience and leadership style as being the right fit for the company culture.
“We are excited to welcome Doug to the MOO Crew,” Gala said. “After an exhaustive search for the next brand leader, we believe that Doug has the skills, values and experience to help accelerate our positive comp store sales and unit growth. He shares my commitment to servant leadership and truly believes in putting the success of our Franchise Owners at the center of our strategy. The team and I are looking forward to working together.”
With experience leading and driving growth with established brands like Frito Lay, Chili’s, Oscar Mayer and Pizza Hut and emerging brands like Wingstop and Genghis Grill, Willmarth understands how to energize culture and teamwork to drive performance.
Willmarth’s addition strengthens the MOOYAH leadership team as the brand closes out a year of impressive sales and new unit growth and is planning for even bigger years ahead with record new unit openings and development deals expected in 2022.
MOOYAH has been growing rapidly in markets across the country and shows no signs of slowing down. Most recently, the brand opened locations in Upland, California; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sacramento, California; Winter Park, Florida; and Colleyville and Abilene, Texas.
MOOYAH continues to focus new development activity in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, California and Arizona, while supporting growth from existing Franchise Owners in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Tampa, Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville, Orlando and Richmond.
For more information on the growing brand, be sure to connect with MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes on the Facebook Fan page, and follow MOOYAH on LinkedIn, Twitter @MOOYAHburgers and Instagram @MOOYAHburgers, and TikTok @mooyahburgers.
For franchising opportunities, please visit franchise.mooyah.com.
About MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept offering mouthwatering made-to-order burgers, French fries hand cut from Idaho potatoes, and real ice cream shakes. Founded in 2007, the Plano, Texas-based company serves fresh, 100% Certified Angus Beef® brand burgers, all natural turkey burgers and Dr. Praeger’s black bean vegan burgers. MOOYAH’s non-GMO potato and multigrain buns are baked in-house daily, and Guests can choose from five real cheeses, bacon, avocado and 19 free sauces and toppings made from garden-fresh veggies. MOOYAH Guests can choose from eight flavors of 100% real ice cream shakes, including vanilla, Hershey’s chocolate, Reese’s, Oreo and more. While many Guests dine in-restaurant, MOOYAH also offers online ordering, delivery and carry out for Guests on the go as well as a loyalty app. In 2021, MOOYAH ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list, #41 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers, and its Leadership Team was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as 2021’s Most Inspiring Leaders. In 2020, MOOYAH ranked #38 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers. In 2018, MOOYAH was ranked among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018 and landed at #7 in the Top 10 Fast Casual Restaurant Franchises by FranchiseRankings.com. In 2017, MOOYAH was named to Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, Franchise Times’ Fast & Serious list of the smartest growing franchise brands and was ranked #11 on Fast Casual Magazine’s annual Top 100 Movers & Shakers, a list the brand has been included on every year in the last ten years of rankings. For more information on MOOYAH, its menu or franchising opportunities, please visit www.MOOYAH.com. Connect with MOOYAH on Facebook.com/MOOYAH, follow MOOYAH on LinkedIn, Twitter @MOOYAHburgers and Instagram @MOOYAHburgers, and TikTok @mooyahburgers.
The longtime company employee had been in the position for three years. The retirement is effective “immediately.”
By Jonathan Maze on Nov. 30, 2021
Doug Thompson is retiring as chief operating officer at Texas Roadhouse, according to a federal securities filing on Tuesday.
Thompson’s retirement is “effective immediately,” according to the filing, which provides no other details of the departure. No replacement has been named.
Thompson was promoted to chief operating officer three years ago, when he took over for Steve Ortiz. He has worked with the company for more than 19 years, starting in 2002 as a VP of operations. He had worked with Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse before then.
The move comes as the Louisville, Ky.-based casual dining chain is pushing for more growth of its fast casual Jaggers brand. It also comes as the company’s sales have thrived—same-store sales are up almost 31% on a two-year basis.
The company has also recently opened its new Butcher Shop website where customers can order the chain’s ready-to-grill steaks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amergent Hospitality Group (OTCQB:AMHG) (“Amergent” or the “Company”), owner, operator and franchisor of multiple nationally-recognized restaurant brands, today announced it has appointed Mark Whittle as its EVP of Franchise Development.
Amergent Hospitality Group’s President, Fred Glick, stated, “We are excited to welcome Mark to the team in anticipation of rapid franchise growth though our current brands, as well as recently acquired brands and future contemplated acquisitions. Importantly, Mark has a familiarity with Amergent and its team, having worked previously at Hooters which will enable him to hit the ground running as we continue executing on our strategy, building atop of recent momentum.”
Mark Whittle comes to Amergent having directed or personally having been involved for over 34 years in the successful development of thousands of new restaurant locations globally. He was responsible for directing the activities of numerous real estate, franchise sales, business consultants, asset management and design/construction professionals and providing superior leadership for the growth of various national and international brands, including Little Caesars Pizza, Churchs Chicken, Focus Brands, and most recently as Chief Development Officer for HOA Brands. His experience includes intimate market knowledge throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and South Africa.
Whittle commented, “I’m excited to be joining Fred and the Amergent team at what I believe to be an inflection point, evidenced by recently reported strong financial performance. We have a strong foundation to leverage, which will enable me to do what I have done my entire career, grow the franchise side of our business with a goal of reaching greater scale, relevance and profitability.”
The Company recently announced select third quarter 2021 restaurant level highlights which included:
- Overall same store sales for Q3 2021 were up 17.8% compared to Q3 2020 and up 7.7% compared to Q3 2019
- Total Revenue increased from $3.96 million in 2020 to $4.66 million in 2021
- October 2021 same store sales growth continued at 10.1% over 2020 and up 12.2% to 2019, led by both LBB which was up 12.3% to 2020 and 18.4% to 2019 and BGR up 26.1% to 2020 and 11.3% to 2019
- Total Restaurant Operating expenses declined from 76.5% to 60.2%
- Loyalty club membership for the 3 burger brands in Q3 2021 increased by 16K fans now exceeding 283K fans. PizzaRev has an additional 262K loyalty members.
- Acquired the PizzaRev brand and re-opened Glendale, CA in November. Plan to re-open two additional locations in Placentia, CA and Studio City, CA in Q4
- Opened LBB University of OR in the student center on 11/22/2021
Amergent’s operations include 43 stores, consisting of 28 company owned and 15 franchised locations. The Company’s brands include Little Big Burger, Burgers Grilled Right, American Burger Company, PizzaRev, Jantzen Beach Wings and the Owls Nest gaming location.
About Amergent Hospitality Group
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Amergent Hospitality Group owns, operates, and franchises fast, casual, and full-service restaurant brands, including American Burger Company, BGR – Burgers Grilled Right, Little Big Burger, and Hooters gaming venue. For more information, please visit: www.amergenthg.com
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kura Sushi USA, Inc. (“Kura Sushi” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: KRUS), a technology-enabled Japanese restaurant concept, today announced that Carin L. Stutz has been appointed to serve as an independent member of the Board of Directors effective December 1, 2021. Ms. Stutz has also been appointed to the Compensation Committee and Strategy and Development Committee of the Board of Directors. In conjunction with Ms. Stutz’s appointment, Hiroyuki Okamoto will be stepping down as a director, effective November 30, 2021.
Hajime Uba, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Kura Sushi, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Carin to Kura’s Board of Directors. Carin is a dynamic and inspirational leader, and with over 30 years of extensive operating experience in the restaurant industry, she is the perfect complement to our board and will be a valued advisor to our leadership team. We look forward to benefitting from her industry vision as we capitalize on the whitespace opportunity and bring the Kura Experience to new markets across America.”
“The strategic vision and growth opportunity that Hajime has shared for Kura is what attracted me to serve on this dynamic board,” said Stutz. “Everyone I have met shares a passion for the unique and authentic menu as well as the role that technology plays in delivering a unique guest experience. I am honored to serve and collaborate on the next phase of their growth.”
Uba added, “Hiroyuki Okamoto has been a key member of our board, and on behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank him for his many contributions that have guided Kura during his tenure.”
Ms. Stutz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Native Foods, the original 100% plant-based fast-casual eatery. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. where she led operations for the casual dining chain. During her tenure, she realigned the operations team for improved efficiency, resulting in the Company’s improved P&L. Before joining Red Robin, Ms. Stutz served at FOCUS Brands as President of the McAlister’s Deli brand and positioned the brand for rapid growth, moving from nine openings to more than 44 openings a year, including franchise development. Prior to FOCUS Brands, Ms. Stutz served in various leadership capacities, including President and Chief Executive Officer at Cosi bakery-café, President of Global Business Development at Brinker International, Inc., Executive Vice President of Operations at Applebee’s International, and Division Vice President at Wendy’s International, Inc.
Ms. Stutz currently serves on the board of Checkers and Rally’s and is an active member of the Fast Casual Industry Council, the Illinois Restaurant Association Board, and most recently, a founding member of the GLEAM Network Board of Directors.
About Kura Sushi USA, Inc.
Kura Sushi USA, Inc. is a technology-enabled Japanese restaurant concept with 33 locations across nine states and Washington DC. The Company offers guests a distinctive dining experience built on authentic Japanese cuisine and an engaging revolving sushi service model. Kura Sushi USA, Inc. was established in 2008 as a subsidiary of Kura Sushi, Inc., a Japan-based revolving sushi chain with over 480 restaurants and more than 35 years of brand history. For more information, please visit www.kurasushi.com.
New Vice President of Real Estate & Construction Aims to Attract Multi-Unit Franchise Deals
Atlanta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) As part of its strategic plan to accelerate new restaurant openings and new consumer markets for Krystal Restaurants, the brand has named a dedicated Vice President of Real Estate & Construction. Dan James assumed the role on November 15, 2021 and has immediately taken charge of real estate acquisitions, lease negotiations, build-outs, and other matters related to corporate and franchise physical restaurant space.
“Making Krystal one of the most attractive franchise opportunities in the industry is key to our expansion strategy,” shared Thomas Stager, CEO for the brand. “Dan brings keen insight and unmatched expertise in the restaurant and hospitality space. His talents and skills match perfectly with the rest of the executive leadership team and he shares our vision for bringing Krystal back to the forefront of the quick service field.”
Dan James brings an impressive background in restaurant-related real estate and development, with more than 35 years overseeing real estate and construction for multiple top brands in the quick service industry. Most recently, Dan served as Chief Development Officer and Director of Real Estate Development for two Multi-Brand Burger King franchises throughout the Southeast and Gulf States. He also served as Chief Development Officer at Taco John’s International, Vice President of Real Estate for Arby’s Restaurant Group and RTM Restaurant Group, Real Estate Manager for McDonald’s Corporation, and as Director of Real Estate for Hardee’s Food Systems. Dan excels at site identification, deal pipeline management and contract negotiations. He works hand in hand with corporate and franchise development teams to ensure quick, streamlined openings in key strategic markets and is known for being a tactical thinker when it comes to achieving mutually beneficial relationships for all stakeholders. Dan is a graduate of Franklin College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Dan aboard as we embark on a vibrant future for this legendary brand,” said Stager. “Without a doubt, current and future Krystal franchisees have a dynamic leader supporting them in opening new Krystal Restaurants as well as new markets who are clamoring for the fan-favorite flavors of the South.”
About Krystal Restaurants LLC
Headquarted in Atlanta, GA, Krystal Restaurants LLC is the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South. Krystal hamburgers have been served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun since 1932. The company proudly sticks to the classics, but over the years, they’ve never been afraid to innovate.
Krystal has grown to be in 10 states with nearly 300 restaurants and continues to deliver a one-of-a-kind taste experience through their unique menu items that are offered at a great price. The company’s Atlanta-based Restaurant Support Center serves a team of more than 3,500 employees. In 2019, the company was selected to USA Today’s 2019 Top-10 Best Regional Fast Food List.