Fast Casual Brand Makes its Comeback in the Upstate
Captain D’s, the leading national fast casual seafood restaurant, today announced a new restaurant located in Spartanburg at 1451 W.O. Ezell Boulevard will be opening its doors on Nov. 2 with a grand opening ribbon cutting scheduled for Nov. 3. This restaurant opening marks the brand’s debut in Spartanburg for the first time since the early 1990s and kicks off an aggressive growth plan for the Upstate.
The new restaurant is corporately owned and operated, and the first ground up restaurant Captain D’s has built in more than a decade. Showcasing the brand’s recent remodeled beach design, the Spartanburg restaurant is 2,781 square feet, includes a drive-through and will employ 20-25 people. A ribbon cutting celebration is planned with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce for 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 3. Allen Smith, president and chief executive officer, and Michael McNally, executive vice president, from the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance along with other local dignitaries.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Captain D’s heritage, great food and hospitality back to the Spartanburg community,” said Michael Arrowsmith, Captain D’s chief development officer. “These past few years have been a very exciting time for our brand, and we continue that excitement with this new restaurant opening. We are confident that the town of Spartanburg will welcome us with open arms, and look forward to continued growth in the community.”
The opening in Spartanburg is the brand’s second this year and comes on the heels of significant growth. The success has carried over from 2014 into 2015, with restaurants achieving 4.94 percent same-store-sales growth in Q1 and 5.2 percent in Q2, representing Captain D’s 15th consecutive quarter of positive growth. Captain D’s has plans for an additional 20 restaurant openings in the Upstate of South Carolina with a handful slated for Spartanburg; in fact, the second location has already been secured at 4004 Highway 9 near the Boiling Springs Centre and will be opening in the first quarter of 2016.
“This is just the beginning for the Upstate as we look to add a number of new restaurants over the next few years,” added Arrowsmith.
With 512 restaurants in 26 states, Captain D’s is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. Captain D’s recently unveiled a new design featuring a vibrant coastal atmosphere and upgraded the dining experience with new plate ware and silverware. Captain D’s new menu, featuring several new fire-grilled items to satisfy guests’ desire for lower calorie options, is brought to life with upgraded menu boards and also features several new kid’s meal offerings. With these efforts, Captain D’s has remained true to what it does best — serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price.
Captain D’s is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand’s rapid expansion in South Carolina and beyond. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.captaindsfranchising.com or call 800-550-4877.
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Captain D’s has 512 restaurants in 26 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D’s is the nation’s leading fast casual seafood restaurant and was named the #1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, ranked by AUV. Founded in 1969, Captain D’s has been offering its customers high-quality seafood at reasonable prices in a welcoming atmosphere for 45 years. Captain D’s serves a widely variety of seafood that includes freshly prepared entrees and the company’s signature hand-battered fish, which is cooked to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality, grilled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, shrimp and beef kabobs, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D’s favorite. For more information, please visit www.captainds.com.