Captain D’s, a leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced it has partnered with leading development firm American Development Partners (ADP) to propel the company’s ongoing aggressive franchise development plans. Captain D’s has enlisted ADP to aid franchisees in the development of new locations by facilitating the acquisition of land and overseeing construction. Over the past several years, Captain D’s has experienced a surge in franchise development fueled by the company’s ongoing success, with 2016 marking its sixth consecutive year of same-store sales increases and fourth successive year of record high system-wide AUV.
“The team at American Development Partners impressed us with their robust portfolio and expansive knowledge of the food service industry, and we knew they could be a valuable resource for franchisees looking to develop multiple restaurants,” says Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “As Captain D’s continues to expands its footprint through franchise development, we are grateful to have a partner like ADP and look forward to the contributions they will make to the brand.”
Captain D’s franchisee Shawn Eby will be working with ADP on the heels of signing a development agreement to open 20 new locations in five states over the next seven years. Eby, CEO of Goalz Restaurant Group, is a longtime fast casual restaurant executive with over 30 years of experience in the industry. In addition to Captain D’s, Eby owns and operates Church’s Chicken and Dog Haus franchise concepts throughout nine states.
“In addition to their vision, leadership and integrity, the Goalz Restaurant Group executive team has an incredible track record in the QSR industry of producing above average sales,” says Caleb McMillen, COO of American Development Partners. “Combined with Captain D’s incredible market position, we felt working with Goalz on this project was the perfect opportunity to invest in two great organizations that are aligned for success.”
With 516 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D’s is a fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand’s rapid expansion.