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Captain D’s Franchise Reviews

Read what franchisees say about Captain D’s

When Captain D’s franchise owners talk about the brand, their enthusiasm shows. The folks at corporate feel the same way. That’s not surprising, given that we’ve had several years of same-store sales increases. Captain D’s has come a long way, and if you haven’t visited one of our new stores, you’ll be surprised at how much our brand has evolved.

Our brand is a terrific investment opportunity, and the growth of our corporate-owned stores shows existing and potential franchisees how devoted we are to the brand’s success — to their success. In short, this is a restaurant concept that first-time operators and multi-unit professionals can latch onto, and grow — quickly and easily — with guaranteed support for everything from marketing to purchasing.

But let’s hear some seafood franchise reviews from the franchise owners themselves:

“What makes Captain D’s successful today is the revamped brand — the new inviting colors, the lighting and the modern design change. Captain D’s is also growing strategically and has a spot in my heart and in my organization because we know that the growth is there.”

– Ben Patel

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for over 46 years, and I started at an hourly, entry-level position in 1968. I worked my way up to become a Wendy’s franchisee for 25 years and sold my interests in them in 2003. Since then, I’ve been concentrating on Captain D’s. 2011 was a big year, 2012 was really big, 2013 was even bigger, 2014 was huge. I was anticipating 2015 for our ability to keep growing at that pace, and sure enough our sales are even stronger this year! When you experience growth like that and are a restaurant owner, you credit it to your management of operations. In reality, a lot of the credit goes to the corporate management team and our CEO in particular. They’ve done a great job building up Captain D’s, and I make sure they know I appreciate it. The CEO sets the atmosphere and demonstrates that people come first. He is always giving people credit for the successes Captain D’s is having.”

-Bill Townsend, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“We looked at several franchise brands — from Jimmy John’s to Steak ’n Shake to Newk’s Eatery. Captain D’s, with their new management team, has really improved the brand. My wife doesn’t eat fried food, so the grilled menu really appealed to us. Having the grilled menu on top of the classic menu gives everyone an option, and anyone can find something they like. We like that they are constantly trying different food and menu items and that they test them in company stores before they roll them out to us. We only get the items that work well. They make sure there are good options for franchisees and that we make a good margin. Then you add in the training they provide; they really show you how to be successful. If you meet with the management team, you’ll see how excited they are about what they are doing. You can really see progress and changes they’ve made.”

-David Yates, Tallahassee, Florida

“When we were researching franchise opportunities, Captain D’s immediately went to the top of the list. The company is moving up, and management is moving the brand to the middle of the QSR space where there really is no competition. Today Captain D’s is in the best position that it has been in over the course of the brand’s 45-year history.”

– Jim McClure


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    We're the number one seafood franchise in America

  • 500+

    Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader with restaurants in 21 states

  • 27.9%

    AUV Growth over the last 7 years

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