Restaurant Industry Veteran Ramps Up Captain D’s Expansion in Georgia
Ben Patel and Bart Howe are set to open five new Captain D’s
Captain D’s has set its sights on Georgia expansion, kicking things off in 2017 with the opening of a Pooler, Georgia, location led by Bart Howe and Ben Patel. Howe is the former area director for the Savannah region and Patel celebrates the one-year anniversary of his first Captain D’s restaurant in his hometown of Madison, Georgia, late this year. The franchisee team, which also includes Kavin Patel, is excited to bring Captain D’s to the thriving Savannah, Georgia, region, with plans to open five restaurants.
“The Savannah area is the perfect market for Captain D’s. It’s a thriving coastal city, perfect for a family vacation or as an ideal place to settle down. Visitors can explore the beauty and charm of historic downtown and then head to the beach,” says Chief Development Officer Michael Arrowsmith. “The dynamic partnership of the Patels, who have established roots in Georgia, and Bart, who has extensive knowledge of the area from his years as an area director, is sure to result in an exciting development phase for this region of the country.”
With more than 500 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D’s is the No. 1 seafood restaurant franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. Captain D’s has set strategic goals for overall franchise expansion plans this year, with plans to open more than 12 additional restaurants by the end of 2016.
The Savannah market is primed for growth
It’s no wonder the coastal city of Savannah, often known as the Hostess City of the South, is thriving. Savannah’s economy is predicted to grow faster than the entire state of Georgia’s, according to a recent quarterly outlook by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University. The Port of Savannah is also one of the busiest in the nation.
Savannah is also a premier destination for national conventions, trade shows and meetings. The tourism and convention business will continue to be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy and foster growth in the area’s infrastructure, such as new hotels, and all those hungry tourists will need a place to eat, whether they are staying in Savannah or heading on to a beach destination, such as Tybee Island. Savannah is also a prime vacation spot in the Southeast. Travel+Leisure magazine named the coastal city to its Top Ten Places to Visit in North America ranking.
The Savannah area’s dynamic growth pairs perfectly with the record-breaking growth Captain D’s has experienced in the past several years. We closed out the first quarter of 2016 posting a system wide 2.5% growth in same-store sales, marking our 18th consecutive quarter of positive growth. We’ve set brand AUV records in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Why is this iconic brand enjoying such success? Our high-quality seafood, warm hospitality and commitment to innovation set us apart from the hamburger-pizza-chicken space.