Great Steak Finishes 2017 With Strong Franchise Growth
A flexible footprint and always-in-demand product are drawing interest from entrepreneurs who are looking for a time-tested, popular brand
While many businesses slow down at year’s end, the fast-casual dining sector stays busy thanks to holiday shoppers and other customers. That’s certainly true of Great Steak™ cheesesteak franchise locations, and that’s one more reason the Great Steak brand continues to grow across the United States.
“We are seeing a lot of interest in Great Steak in many markets, because cheesesteak may have started in one part of the country, but it’s become popular everywhere,” says Kari Combs, Vice President of Operations. “Great Steak is a well-known name and brings a lot of positives to someone who’s looking at opening his or her own restaurant.
Two footprints mean more location options
Many Great Steak cheesesteak franchise locations are in busy malls, while others are developed as standalone locations. By offering a food court style, counter concept, as well as an independent, in-line model, Great Steak allows franchise owners to be where the action is. And in both cases, a small footprint means overhead and staffing costs can be easily controlled.
“Great Steak has built a solid reputation with consumers thanks to a model that allows for an interactive experience,” Kari says. “Customers love being able to watch their sandwich being made and to talk to a friendly employee who’s ready and willing to customize their order. Both models are designed to engage customers and create a positive experience that people want to repeat.”
Back-office and other support is crucial
At the same time, Great Steak cheesesteak franchise owners benefit from strong support offered by its parent, Kahala Brands™. From comprehensive initial training to automated systems that track everything from inventory control to payroll and other financial functions, owners have what they need from (and even before) day one.
“Nobody opens their own business so they can sit in the back and do paperwork,” Kari says. “Great Steak’s systems draw on Kahala’s longstanding expertise in small-business operation, so owners can be out front, working with employees and talking with customers. The whole system is designed to free up owners so they can grow their business.”
Great Steak is a low-cost investment opportunity with a proven business model in the $19 billion sandwich industry. Since our founding in 1982, the Great Steak cheesesteak franchise family has grown to more than 60 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 at the perfect time. There’s never been a better time to open a Great Steak.
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