3 Ways the Great Steak In-Line Footprint Continues Growing

Great Steak’s in-line restaurant model is designed to fit into many valuable, high-traffic consumer destinations. It’s just one selling point that attracts entrepreneurs to the Great Steak™ cheesesteak franchise brand.

As cities grow, the available real estate options for commercial businesses like restaurants becomes limited, and that can be a deterrent to investors. Thanks to Great Steak’s small footprint, however, our franchise is well-suited to many types of locations. Here are three ways the Great Steak in-line footprint continues growing.

Flexible footprint gives owners more site options

“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 community retail center may not have a traditional food court, but it could have allocated real estate for restaurants. With its small footprint, a Great Steak cheesesteak franchise can easily fit into a more compact space bypassed by larger restaurants, giving consumers the chance to make Great Steak part of their weekend shopping trip or their weekday filled with errands.

Experienced site-selection team helps streamline process

New franchisees receive extensive hands-on support from the experienced Great Steak executive team, which includes help from our real estate experts who evaluate every potential site to ensure it’s the best fit. That means assessing the site for its full potential so that it can capitalize on other Great Steak differentiators, such as the ability to operate with a small staff and maintain low overhead.

People come to Great Steak because they want cheesesteak, and finding the most visible spot in the best part of town is part of the package,” Combs says. “The in-line model works so well because it’s easy to situate, draws attention immediately and rapidly builds a loyal, repeat-business customer base.”

Smaller footprint keeps operating costs down

Great Steak restaurants’ small footprint requires a small staff, which translates to lower overhead. That, combined with a lower initial investment and franchise fee of just $30,000, makes us a more attractive financial outlay than many restaurant concepts for new and experienced entrepreneurs.

“The simplicity of the Great Steak brand makes us a great choice for investors with varying degrees of experience. We require low overhead, minimal products and prep, and a small staff. It’s a simple business model that’s easy to manage,” says Combs. “Combine all of this with the support that Kahala Brands provides, and all you have to do is run the business.”

Great Steak™ is a low-cost investment opportunity with a proven business model in the
$19 billion sandwich industry. Since our brand’s founding 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. Owners enjoy the support not only of Great Steak’s top-shelf management team, but also that of Kahala Brands™, one of the most trusted names in franchising with more than 3,000 premier locations nationwide. Whether you’re 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’s never been a better time to open a Great Steak.

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