Fazoli’s continues to accelerate its success with record-breaking sales and menu innovation.
“It has already been an incredible year for our brand,” says Carl Howard, Fazoli’s president and chief executive officer. “We owe Fazoli’s success to the hard work and commitment of our franchisees and the unwavering loyalty of our guests. Alongside our franchisees, we continue to focus on innovation and evolving and our brand strategy, resulting in another successful quarter for the brand.”
Fazoli’s franchisees set 11 sales records in the second quarter of 2018. The brand celebrated the second highest opening in brand history in Columbus, Georgia. Opening day sales in Columbus reached nearly $14,000 and closed the week at over $95,000. And, in what is a record-breaking year for new restaurant openings, Fazoli’s opened its second Arkansas location in Paragould and re-opened in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
In addition to strong franchise growth, the second quarter also marks one year since Fazoli’s brand refresh. As part of this refresh, Fazoli’s remodeled nine of its locations with a new contemporary look and feel, including a modern interior redesign. Sales and traffic in remodeled locations are up double-digits, at a remarkable 12%.
“Fazoli’s continues to gain momentum and, if the second quarter is any indication, there are no signs we’re slowing down.” Howard says. “We’re dedicated to being a ‘best in class’ brand that continuously strives for excellence.”
Howard recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary as Fazoli’s CEO. Part of the brand’s success can be attributed to his innovative approach to Italian QSR. The brand just added Italian Breadstick Sliders and Pepperoni Pizza Breadsticks to its menu, giving guests several revolutionary new ways to indulge in its famous breadsticks.
With nearly 220 restaurants in 27 states, Fazoli's is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join its growing, successful franchise network and is targeting new markets across the U.S.