President and CEO of Friendly’s Restaurants to lead both iconic American brands, each of which will continue to operate independently
Johnny Rockets, a global operator and franchisor of more than 350 Americana-themed restaurants in 28 countries around the world, is pleased to announce John Maguire has been named President and CEO. Maguire assumes this role in addition to his current position as President and CEO of FIC Restaurants, Inc. (Friendly’s).
Immediate plans are for Johnny Rockets and Friendly’s to continue to operate independently, while management collaborates on how best to capitalize on the synergy of the two iconic brands. Both restaurants feature quality menu offerings, friendly service, and welcoming environments, in which customers can enjoy high quality ice cream, classic shakes, burgers, and signature sandwiches. Friendly’s and Johnny Rockets will benefit from the experience and knowledge of their employees, franchisee teams, and business partners.
“Johnny Rockets’ mission is in line with what we’re doing at Friendly’s, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead another iconic restaurant brand,” said Maguire. “The international reach of the Johnny Rockets brand, the passion and enthusiasm of its franchisees, and the unique outlets in which it serves guests on a daily basis present exciting opportunities for growth.”
Johnny Rockets is a leading restaurant platform and retail operation with strong brand appeal and international recognition. Since its inception in 1986, Johnny Rockets has carved out a unique niche in the hospitality industry, and Maguire is excited to help continue the Johnny Rockets mission of serving classic American fare in a family-friendly setting. Maguire will develop new business opportunities for both brands through increased purchasing power and greater product distribution.
Since 1986, Johnny Rockets has offered the food, fun and friendliness that remind guests of timeless, feel-good Americana. Every Johnny Rockets restaurant serves simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites, including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes and malts. It’s the place to go for fast, friendly service, flavorful food, uplifting music and relaxed, casual fun. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Calif., Johnny Rockets has about 300 corporate and franchise-owned restaurants in 32 states, 20 countries, and aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Johnny Rockets is currently franchising new restaurants in most markets. To learn more about Johnny Rockets, visit www.johnnyrockets.com.