Streamlined business model, world-class support and a flexible footprint make us a best-bet for investors, even those with no restaurant experience
For nearly four decades, Great Steak™ cheesesteak franchise has appealed to entrepreneurs seeking an entré into the food business. While the reasons Great Steak has enjoyed brand longevity are many, there are three main reasons why Great Steak is a best-bet investment: a streamlined business model, support from global franchise leader Kahala Brands and a flexible footprint that does well in small town retail centers or big city malls.
“The simplicity of the Great Steak brand makes us a great choice for investors without any prior restaurant experience. We require low overhead, not very many products or prep and a small staff. It’s so simple and it’s easy to run,” says Kari Combs, Vice President of Operations. “Combine all of this with the support that Kahala brands provides, and all you have to do is run the business.”
Streamlined business model means low overhead
Great Steak also is a simple-to-run food business with low start-up costs and overhead, as well as a streamlined menu. Great Steak’s impressive return on investment numbers and low-cost start-up investment were a win-win for the Colemans in Virginia. “The ROI across the board helped us decide that Great Steak was the franchise we wanted to buy into,” Mark says. “We wanted something with the financial flexibility to provide for the upcoming expenses related to college and ROI that would allow us to maintain our lifestyle.”
The Great Steak cheesesteak franchise concept has been growing steadily for more than 30 years. There are many more reasons for Great Steak’s enduring appeal, of course: high-quality ingredients and a setup that allows consumers to interact with their food prep, for starters, as well as a comprehensive, yet simple menu that gives plenty of options but doesn’t overwhelm. It all adds up to a positive consumer experience that helps build brand loyalty and repeat business.
Great Steak offers strong franchisee support and training
Opening a restaurant can be an overwhelming task, but the minute someone decides to join the Kahala Brands family of franchisees, we guide them every step of the way — from finding the best location to helping them have a successful grand opening. Franchisees spend a week training at the Kahala Brand’s headquarters, and then they receive hands-on training at an existing location.
“We really like that Kahala Brands focuses on developing franchises and working with the owners once they are up and running. They stay with them through the whole process,” says Mark Coleman. “Kahala Brands supports owners because that is what they do, and they do it so well. It’s been such a pleasurable experience having that support and safety net knowing everything is being done correctly and on time.”
Franchisees also have support from other franchise owners. With many second- and third-generation Great Steak franchise owners in our network, the high level of support and expertise is yet another reason Great Steak is a top choice for new investors seeking a food business opportunity.
Great Steak’s flexible footprint means more options for investors
A Great Steak franchise can be sited in a standalone, in-line restaurant location or as a counter concept in a busy mall food court. And, in keeping with strong franchisee support, Great Steak’s skilled real estate team will evaluate your community to uncover the best location.
“A Great Steak cheesesteak franchise can go anywhere,” says Kari Combs, Great Steak’s Vice President of Operations. “In addition to a counter model that works well in busy mall food courts and enclosed dining destinations, Great Steak offers the in-line model for a franchise that can be situated in many other types of locations.”
For instance, an open-air shopping and entertainment center may not offer a centralized food court, but has real estate dedicated to restaurants. Thanks to its small footprint, a Great Steak cheesesteak franchise can easily fit into one of those, giving consumers the chance to enjoy an authentic cheesesteak while they are shopping or running errands.
Great Steak is a low-cost investment opportunity with a proven business model in the $19 billion sandwich industry. Since our brand was founded in 1982, the Great Steak cheesesteak franchise family has grown to more than 50 locations nationwide as it partners with entrepreneurs who are passionate about bringing the classic American cheesesteak experience to their communities. Franchisees can utilize the support of Great Steak’s experienced management team, as well as that of Kahala Brands, one of the most trusted names in franchising with more than 3,000 premier locations nationwide. Whether you are looking to bring authentic cheesesteak sandwiches to a shopping mall near you or wanting to open a friendly neighborhood eatery, Great Steak offers the right opportunity. There has never been a better time to open a Great Steak.