Today Chris Benner, Captain D’s largest Franchise Owner, commands an impressive fleet of fast-casual seafood restaurants. Since 2015, the savvy entrepreneur and his partners, Tim and Ed Stokes, have acquired some 33 locations in seven states and are launching three more by the end of 2019.
Yet, to Chris there’s a sea of opportunity that still awaits. Which is why his impressive 5-year plan includes a portfolio of some 100 locations with two to three brands and an annual revenue of more than $100 million. And if his latest acquisition – developing 10 Grandy’s locations (which Captain D’s acquired in 2011) is any indication, he’s well on his way.
A Bright Horizon
Make no mistake, this biz whiz isn’t just great at inking deals, he’s great at getting ink, too. His recent 3-page spread in Multi-Unit Magazine didn’t just create a lot of buzz, it also sparked admiration and respect among entrepreneurs who, by their very nature, have their eyes on the horizon at all times.
Full Speed Ahead
Here at Captain D’s, we’re particularly proud of all of our Franchise Owners, including Chris. His drive and determination are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Within the first 2 years, he and his partners became the brand’s largest franchisees.
Which is no surprise given that his entrepreneurial spirit has fueled his success for nearly 30 years and led him to be named Developer of the Year at our last conference. “When we started out, Captain D’s gave us great support on acquisitions and new store openings, which contributed to rapid growth. We were open in seven states in just four years,” Chris recalls.
Ready To Take The Helm?
Captain D’s is looking for multi-unit owners who, like Chris, are ready to move full speed ahead with our proven concept. Fill out the form below for more information. We’re eager to welcome you aboard.