Booming restaurant franchise growth evident in Huddle House expansion
People are hungry for the kind of homestyle food and hospitality Huddle House is serving up, and that’s not just wishful thinking on our part. We’ve just inked deals in the past 30 days to open eight new Huddle House restaurants in three different states, and that expansion is driven in part by an upswing in restaurant franchise growth.
Entrepreneur.com reported in October 2013 that 15,040 new jobs were created in the franchising sector in September, most of that due to “continued growth in the restaurant sector, according to data from the ADP’s National Franchise Report.”
Entrepreneur continued, “Restaurants accounted for the most new jobs, representing 9,190 new hires. ‘As has been the case throughout the past year, job gains among restaurants were the primary driver of monthly franchise industry employment growth during the month of September,’ said Ahu Yildirmaz, senior director of the ADP Research Institute.”
In other words, it’s a great time to get in on the big trends in food franchising — including the increasing popularity in homestyle and regional cuisine, two things the Huddle House breakfast franchise is known for. Just talking about our menu is enough to make anyone hungry: Country-fried steak. Burgers, fries and shakes. Waffles and eggs.
When you combine that with our “any meal, any time” philosophy and our strategy of building in small towns where there’s a lot of demand for full-service dining but little competition, it’s enough to make you hungry to invest, too.
Huddle House is an iconic Southern breakfast franchise founded in Decatur, Ga., in 1964. Founder John Sparks saw a group of boys in his restaurant after football practice one evening. One of them held his football in one hand and his helmet in the other. It looked as if the group were in a huddle, talking and laughing together. It was at that moment that he decided Huddle House was the perfect name for his budding restaurant chain. It became the community go-to place where folks would gather, or huddle up, for great food and good times after Friday night football games, for Sunday brunch after church, or anytime.
A lot has changed over the last half-century, including the look of our restaurants. Our new Evolution restaurant design is bright, colorful and reminiscent of America’s classic neighborhood diners. The restaurants have iconic open kitchens, which lets guests watch their meals being prepared to order, and they feature flexible seating. The mix of booths and tables lets our guests string together seating for big groups.
Every customer who walks into a Huddle House can count on a warm greeting and a never-empty coffee cup. Some of our most loyal customers visit us not just once a day, but multiple times a day. Our cooks, servers and managers get to know folks by name, and there’s no substitute for these genuine relationships. Customers find that far more satisfying than interacting with a faceless voice in a fast-food drive-through.
We’re proud of those eight new Huddle House restaurants coming soon to Georgia, Alabama and Illinois. We already have more than 400 units in more than 21 states, and we want to expand even more.
Hungry yet? If you think Huddle House might be the right franchise opportunity for you, fill out this form to download our free franchising report or call us at 1-800-418-9555. We’d love to start a conversation!