Industry News | April 23, 2007

Johnny's Lunch Signs With Coca-Cola

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Johnny’s Lunch, a 71-year-old dining institution in Jamestown, NY and home of Johnny’s famous Hots, Burgers and Shakes that kicked off its national franchise expansion earlier this year, announced a national contract with Coca-Cola Fountain Division to carry Coke products in its restaurants.

George Goulson, Johnny’s chief development officer, announced the contract during the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference and Expo 2007 being held April 18-20, where the Johnny’s Lunch Executive Team was attending.

“Johnny’s Lunch is very excited to be able to partner with Coca-Cola in our national expansion,” explained Anthony Calamunci, Johnny’s president and grandson of the founder of the long-time dining icon Johnny Colera. “Coke brings a wealth of experience in operating a food establishment and a menu of top selling quality soft drink products.”

Earlier this year, Goulson announced an agreement with Michigan Group, JBV, LLC of Franklin, MI just north of Detroit to open 75-units in Michigan, what Goulson termed a “record for a first time expansion.” Goulson said that additional agreements will be announced soon.

A veteran of 22 years experience in franchise development including Little Caesar’s, A&W Restaurants and Long John Silver’s Restaurants, Goulson projected several stores to be open in Spring 2007 complete with an updated restaurant motif. Johnny’s is registered to franchise in all states including Colorado where expansion plans are being targeted.

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