I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept specializing in made-to-order, fully customizable Build Your Own Bowls and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, announced its latest franchisee agreement that will bring two new locations into their rapidly expanding footprint—with one location slotted for Pooler, Georgia and another in Winter Park, Florida, under restaurant industry veteran franchisee Dona Chavis.

Chavis has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry since she began her career and is excited about translating her experience into more success for the I Heart Mac & Cheese brand. “Investing in an I Heart Mac & Cheese franchise was an easy decision for me to make after meeting with their corporate leadership team. It was clear this is more than just a business to them, and that is what matters to me,” shared Chavis. 

While the specific locations are still to be determined, Chavis is planning on opening her restaurants by early 2021. These restaurants mark the seventh location in Florida, and the third in Georgia. 

The I Heart Mac & Cheese brand already has a wide reach outside of Florida and Georgia, and is quickly developing a national footprint with additional locations planned in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Mississippi North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

A unique franchise concept in the restaurant industry with no fryers, grease trap systems or hood systems, I Heart Mac & Cheese requires a low investment and can be opened in a small space, such as a mall kiosk or food court. Shopping malls, sports venues, areas close to colleges and universities, and high-traffic pedestrian areas are also ideal locations.  With a home office in South Florida, I Heart Mac & Cheese offers franchise owner training, marketing support and ongoing development opportunities to ensure each location’s success.

“I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fun, attractive concept and an affordable franchise model that is easy to operate, with support systems in place to help our partners be successful,” said Stephen Giordanella, I Heart Mac & Cheese CEO and Chairman. “We are thrilled to continue growing our brand with partners that share our same beliefs and value our innovative concept, food quality and diverse menu.”


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