Tampa, FL (PRWEB) July 07, 2014
Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants, Inc. (Checkers®), the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, continues to attract experienced and business-savvy entrepreneurs eager to grow with the innovative brand. Highlighting the business opportunities that the brand offers, Gail Gentry, who has been a Checkers restaurant manager for more than 15 years, will be relocating to Buffalo, New York to open her first Checkers restaurant with her brother, Bill Nowak.
After more than 30 years of combined experience in the franchising industry, the duo will fulfill their aspiration of owning a restaurant in July 2014 with the opening of their first Checkers restaurant at 2563 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY. The opening will kick start the duo’s plans to develop at least five Checkers restaurants by 2018.
“We continue to move Checkers forward by providing opportunity for our strong operators to become franchisees. Who better than those managers who have been pivotal to our brand’s success? Checkers encourages and supports existing team members within the system to grow professionally, so we are very excited to have Gail take the next step in her career,” Jennifer Durham, Vice President of Franchise Development for Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., said. “We’re confident that Gail and Bill will be very successful in continuing the momentum of our brand’s growth in Buffalo.”
Gentry got her start in the franchise industry at the age of 21, joining Taco Bell as a crew member before making her way up to general manager, then district supervisor, and finally Director of Training of more than 85 stores at the end of her 13-year tenure with the brand. Gentry has since acted as the manager of six Checkers restaurants in South Florida during the past 20 years.
Although Nowak also spent a few years as a crew person at Taco Bell during his college years, his expertise lies in computer programming and business consulting. He has previously worked as a consultant for major accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Siemens in IT Development and Training.
While Nowak takes care of the back-end of the business, Gail will tap into her passion and experience with the Checkers brand to manage daily operations.
“I have been a store manager for around 20 years, and I understand the importance of supporting the community and remaining involved, which is how we will approach our new restaurants,” Gentry said.
Checkers continues to add craveable menu selections and introduce daring flavors to its fans. Options such as Monsterella Stix, Cold Creations and the original Big Buford® aim to bring the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors to hungry guests. The company continues to innovate, and remains true to its commitment to provide crazy good food at an exceptional value.
“The Checkers franchise opportunity continues to draw interest from business savvy entrepreneurs and experienced franchise industry veterans who see our constant menu innovation and growth opportunities in new and existing markets as being a recipe for success,” Durham said. “This new development highlights the opportunity that Checkers provides for franchisees of varying backgrounds to build a successful restaurant business.”
Checkers continues to grow, with opportunities for ownership available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C, among other cities.
Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants, Inc. is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The company develops, owns, operates and franchises both Checkers and Rally’s® restaurants. Based in Tampa, Fla., it has almost 800 restaurants open across the U.S. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industry’s most prestigious awards including: “Best Drive-Thru in America” by QSR Magazine and the “Hot! Again Award” from Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2013, Checkers/Rally’s was listed among the top 5 food franchises by Franchise Business Review. For more information about Checkers, please visit http://www.checkers.com.