Fast Casual Brand Plans Aggressive Expansion Throughout Central Florida
Nashville, TN (RestaurantNews.com) Captain D’s, the leading national fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today plans to expand its presence in Orlando, Fla. The company currently has 20 Captain D’s restaurants located throughout the state with five located in the Orlando market.
This announcement comes on the heels of unprecedented growth for the brand in 2014 and continued success thus far in 2015. Captain D’s closed 2014 by reporting a 4.1 percent system-wide same-store sales increase, marking the company’s fourth consecutive year of same-store sales growth. The company has maintained this momentum in the first half of 2015, achieving 4.94 percent in Q1 and 5.2 percent in Q2 same-store-sales growth, with the second quarter representing its 15th consecutive quarter of positive growth. Captain D’s attributes the company’s success to its ongoing menu innovation and new restaurant design, which exudes a vibrant coastal atmosphere and enhances the Captain D’s experience.
Those interested in developing Captain D’s restaurants in the Orlando area are encouraged to contact Mark Levis, senior director of franchise development at (615) 603-8373 or (615) 231-2006 to discuss opportunities. Levis will be hosting an open house to meet with interested franchisees on Friday, October 9 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld, located at 10100 International Drive. Additionally, Captain D’s will be exhibiting at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show at the Orange County Convention Center from October 6-8, and potential candidates can get more information on franchise opportunities by visiting Levis at booth 2031 throughout the event.
“We are seeking qualified and experienced franchise candidates in the Orlando market to propel our brand’s presence,” said Mark Levis, senior director of franchise development for Captain D’s. “By becoming a part of the Captain D’s family, franchisees have an opportunity to join a nationally recognized brand that has in recent years achieved exceptional growth that catapulted us to the half a billion in system-wide sales mark. We look forward to meeting with local entrepreneurs interested in breaking into the restaurant industry and sharing more about franchising opportunities available with Captain D’s.”
With 512 restaurants in 26 states, Captain D’s is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. Captain D’s recently unveiled a new design featuring a vibrant coastal atmosphere and upgraded the dining experience with new plate ware and silverware. Captain D’s new menu, featuring several new items, is brought to life with upgraded menu boards and also features several new kid’s meal offerings. With these efforts, Captain D’s has remained true to what it does best – serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price.
Captain D’s is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand’s rapid expansion in Orlando. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.captaindsfranchising.com/multiunit/ or call 800-550-4877.
About Captain D’s
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Captain D’s has 512 restaurants in 26 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D’s is the nation’s leading fast casual seafood restaurant and was named the #1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, ranked by AUV. Founded in 1969, Captain D’s has been offering its customers high-quality seafood at reasonable prices in a welcoming atmosphere for 45 years. Captain D’s serves a widely variety of seafood that includes freshly prepared entrees and the company’s signature hand-battered fish, which is cooked to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality, grilled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, shrimp and beef kabobs, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D’s favorite. For more information, please visit www.captainds.com.