Industry News | June 14, 2012

Togo's Tackles Arizona with Gilbert Store Opening

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Sandwich brand Togo's debuted its newest location in Gilbert, Arizona, marking its first foray into the state under new management. 

To celebrate, two Gilbert store customers won free sandwiches for one year, and the local community is invited to attend the official grand opening celebration that will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. The all-day event will feature music, prizes, and local fundraiser events.

"I am thrilled to open the first Togo's in Arizona, and I am confident residents of the town of Gilbert will become big fans of the brand once they try our delicious, seriously stacked sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more," says Togo's franchisee Monty Coury, who has a background in commercial development and the restaurant and hospitality industries. "I grew up in the restaurant business and once my wife and I tried Togo's food, we knew we had to open a restaurant near our hometown."

The Gilbert location is Coury's first restaurant opening, and he has two additional Togo's in development for Maricopa County.

Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the company is seeking to reach 400 new locations in key markets such as Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington by 2015. To fuel growth, Togo's is actively recruiting passionate franchisees to bring its offerings to new western markets. Interested entrepreneurs can visit http://www.togosfranchise.com to learn more about single and multiunit development opportunities.

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It is irresponsible journalism to print inaccurate information. It is factually incorrect that Togo's Gilbert location is "their first foray into Arizona." The fact is that Togo's used to operate stores in Chandler, Phoenix and Scottsdale but the franchisees closed them down several years ago due to poor sales.

I agree with Mr. Anonymous, get your facts straight QSR. This is actually Togo's third attempt to open in Arizona. The first was at ASU which was a logical choice of locations since Togos was founded in a college community. The franchisee failed because he was an absentee owner. The second attempt was several years ago; their demise was because of poor sales and changes imposed by the franchisor. Good Luck!

"I am thrilled to open the first Togo's in Arizona," I beg to differ.... I worked in three Togo's Eateries in the valley, all closed due in large part to the lack of commitment from the franchisor.

If the franchisor told Mr. Coury that he was opening the first Togo's in Arizona he was lied to. He should have been told the truth so that he could research the reason that all of the franchises in Arizona closed their doors due to poor sales and changes made by the franchisor.

If Mr. Coury was told that he would be opening the first Togo's Franchise in Arizona he was lied to. If he had been told the truth he could have done some research to find out why all of the Togo's opened in Arizona closed their doors due to poor sales and lack of franchisor support.

Togo's recent opening in Gilbert, Arizona is the company's first in Arizona under the new franchisor ownership team. Previous locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership group and were closed by that group due to underperformance. The new ownership team has repositioned the brand, developed a new restaurant design, new menu board and uniforms and much more. The repositioned brand under new ownership is what is fueling Togos growth in Arizona and other western states. We're excited Gilbert is now open and look forward to several more in Arizona in the near future.

The first statement "marking its first foray into the state under new management"; the owner statement "I am thrilled to open the first Togo's in Arizona", is misleading Journalism. The writing was definitely manipulated by a marketing professional to withhold some truth or to mislead an audience for marketing purposes. I would be very cautious of a company that allows such communication to be put out about its brand. It appears this is about the franchisor and not the franchisee! I wish the franchisee and franchisor the best of luck.

The first statement "marking its first foray into the state under new management"; the owner statement "I am thrilled to open the first Togo's in Arizona", is misleading Journalism. The writing was definitely manipulated by a marketing professional to with hold some truth or to mislead an audience for marketing purposes. I would be very cautious of a company that allows such communication to be put out about its brand. It appears this is about the franchisor and not the franchisee! I wish the franchisee and franchisor the best.

Togo's is obviously trying to distance itself from its poor track record in Arizona. Ms. Scott is not telling the truth when she says, "Previous locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership group." The Togo's in Scottsdale, Chandler and Phoenix closed on the watch of the current private equity ownership and CEO. While I hope the new owners succeed, it raises questions about the integrity of a brand when it doesn't tell the truth about its history.

Togo's obviously wants to distance itself from its poor track record in Arizona. Ms. Scott is not telling the truth when she states that prior locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership. The Togo's in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler closed on the watch of the current private equity ownership and CEO. While I wish the new franchisees success, it raises questions about the integrity of a Franchisor when they misrepresent the truth.

Togo's is obviously trying to distance itself from its previous failures in Arizona. Ms. Scott is not telling the truth when she states that "previous locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership group." The three locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler closed on the watch of the current private equity ownership and CEO. While I hope the new owners succeed, the franchisor needs to be truthful about its history.

Togo's is obviously trying to distance itself from its previous failures in Arizona. Ms. Scott is not telling the truth when she says that "previous locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership group." The three previous locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler closed on the watch of the current private equity group and CEO. While I hope the new owners succeed, the Franchisor needs to be truthful about its history.

Togo's is obviously trying to distance itself from its poor track record in Arizona. Ms. Scott is not telling the truth when she states that "previous locations in Arizona operated under the old ownership group." The Togo's in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler closed on the watch of the current private equity ownership and CEO. While I hope the new owners succeed, Togo's needs to be truthful about its history.

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