Captain D’s Moves Up in “Best Franchises for Vets” Ranking

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Each fall, Entrepreneur magazine ranks the top 150 franchises that support U.S. Military Veterans, and this year Captain D’s franchise moved up in the “Best for Vets” issue to 15th. That’s a full seven spots up from last year’s 22nd place ranking.  

“Throughout our 50-year history, we’ve maintained the belief that our Franchise Owners make up the backbone of our company,” Brad Reed, Captain D’s Chief Development Officer, said.

Because roughly 14% of the industry’s Franchise Owners are Military Veterans—who make up about 7% of the total U.S. population—the ranking is particularly significant.   In addition to the Captain D’s Veteran incentive of 50% off its first-unit franchise fee and a first-year reduced royalty fee, our Military Veteran Franchise Owners have highlighted our track record for superior support overall.

Take Multi-Unit Franchise Operator Lester Nowell, a Vietnam War Army Veteran and owner of five Captain D’s seafood restaurants throughout the greater Colorado Springs region. “The success I’ve experienced since opening my first location in the 1980s is a true testament to the unparalleled support Captain D’s offers its Franchise Owners,” Nowell says.

“Since joining Captain D’s more than three decades ago,” he adds, “I’ve witnessed first-hand how the brand has continually invested in its people, product, and processes, fueling its evolution over the years into the fast-casual powerhouse it is today.”

Fellow Military Veteran John Davis, along with his wife, Wanda, is a more recent Captain D’s Franchise Owner, becoming part of the seafood franchise’s recent development in the state of Florida. “From the very beginning of the process, we felt truly taken care of in every way,” Wanda says. “From the royalty incentive program to an updated kitchen package that greatly reduces development costs, Captain D’s mutually invests in its Franchise Owners and ensures that we’re set up for success.”

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