Industry News | February 24, 2013

Pancheros Names Its Franchisee of the Year

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Pancheros has officially announced Kato Patel as its recipient of the Franchisee of the Year Award.

Patel, a franchisee of the Mount Laurel, New Jersey, location, was commended for providing superior customer service and continually increasing his store sales on a yearly basis.

Opening the first Pancheros location in New Jersey in 2008, Patel successfully introduced the brand to a new market, contributing to the openings of other stores throughout the state.

Prior to bringing the Mexican restaurant to New Jersey, Patel was involved in the computer industry. He made the decision to leave the sector, as he saw a void in the market for burritos and was attracted to the Iowa-based chain’s business model.

Over the years, Patel has operated one of the more profitable restaurants to date.

“Kato has been such an integral part of our Pancheros family, and we are grateful for all that he has done in strengthening our profile in the New Jersey area,” says Rodney Anderson, president of Pancheros Mexican Grill. “We truly value our franchisees and are thrilled to have individuals like Kato representing our brand and growing our concept of better burritos across the country.”

Patel adds, “Having been with Pancheros for over four years, I am so honored to be recognized for all of my continued efforts. I take great pleasure in serving ‘burritos better built’ to New Jersey residents and anticipate opening a second store in the near future.”