MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery is pleased to announce that Marie Callender's franchisees Bob LaRue, and brothers, Brian and Dave McDonough, whose restaurant is located at 1175 E. Alosta Avenue in Azusa, California, were recognized as the 2015 top performers in the Marie Callender's system. This honor was given based on their store's positive sales in 2015 of +28.14%, a trend that continues +24.34% through June 30, 2016.
LaRue and both McDonough brothers worked at a local Marie Callender's restaurant while they were teenagers in High School, many years before purchasing the Azusa location in 2014. Their lifelong passion for the brand culminated as owners/operators whose desire to enhance performance through local store marketing efforts, commitment to upgrading their restaurant through remodeling and forward thinking approach to business, has garnered stellar results to date.
"When we first purchased Marie's, we saw an excellent opportunity to bring the restaurant to the next level. We wanted to make a strong statement to the local community and pay homage to the founders of the chain. With the help of a great designer and investing in the business we've been successful in achieving and exceeding our initial objectives."
A major remodel was completed in 2015 and included significant interior and exterior improvements. New lighting, a bright and inviting store front, and a design package that includes vintage photographs from Marie Callender in the early days and original recipes that have been painted on the dining room walls, are just a few of the appealing elements that draw attention to the establishment. LaRue and the McDonough's are also actively involved with the community supporting the local Chamber of Commerce, serving the student population from neighboring Azusa Pacific University and participating in a potpourri of fundraisers including the upcoming Revel Canyon Run where Marie Callender's pies are served at the half marathon/marathon finish line!
Perkins & Marie Callender's Chief Operating Officer, Jim Frank comments, "Recognizing the Azusa Marie Callender's with our Best Sales Performance Award is a tribute to Bob, Brian and Dave's steadfast enthusiasm for the brand. Their collaboration and teamwork, as well as their energetic approach to running their restaurant, has made them leaders within the Marie Callender's system, and in the local communities they serve."
According to LaRue and the McDonoughs, the restaurant will continue to tap into the Azusa Marie Callender's full potential which will include pursuing outside catering opportunities and launching aggressive holiday promotions.
About Marie Callender's:
The story of Marie Callender's began more than 60 years ago with legendary pies and today includes not only 30 handmade varieties, but a broad selection of classic American foods served at 68 Marie Callender's restaurants located in California, Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Utah. Additional information about Marie Callender's Restaurants can be found on www.mariecallenders.com.
About Perkins & Marie Callender's, LLC Franchising Opportunities:
While Marie Callender's is currently not offering franchise opportunities, you may find your opportunity with Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. Information about Perkins franchise opportunities can be found at www.perkinsrestaurants.com or by calling Cassandra Bremer, Franchise Dynamics at #417.612.9217.
SOURCE Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery