Ground Round franchise owners and vendor partners gathered in February for their Annual Franchise Conference at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco CA. On the final night of a three day conference agenda, the following award winners were announced:
|Service Best Practices . . . . . .||Moon Township, PA|
|Marketing Best Practices . . . .||Plattsburgh, NY|
|Community Partner Award . . .||Tyson & Julia Koput, Tomah, WI|
|Vendor Partner of the Year . . .||Media Central LLC, Plattsburgh, NY|
|2012 Peak Performers . . . . . .||Johnson City, NY
Grand Rapids, MN
St Joseph, MO
|Operator of the Year . . . . . . .||Rich Batley, Neenah & Oshkosh, WI|
|2012 Restaurant of the Year .||Bismarck, ND|
|Pioneer Award . . . . . . . . . . . .||Dennis Todero, Bradley Beach, NJ|
|President’s Award . . . . . . . . .||Bill & Judy Rieckhoff, Worthington, MN|
“In addition to these well deserved individual awards, our overall same store sales in 2012 grew by 4.1%, and we’ve achieved 11 consecutive quarters of system wide comp sales growth,” offered Jack Crawford, President & CEO of Ground Round IOC. “These strong sales results combined with our unit growth of new locations demonstrates the competitiveness of our brand and strength of our franchisee owned structure.” After opening 6 new locations over the past 18 months, Ground Round expects four more new locations which are under development to open later in 2013.
Ground Round IOC represents a group of independent franchise owners who purchased the Ground Round Franchise Rights and Trademarks, and have owned and led their own brand since 2004. They offer a unique franchise model whereby franchisees can own their own restaurant independently and also purchase an ownership/membership share in the overall future and growth of the brand. Ground Round IOC operates restaurants in 12 states spread across the Midwest and Northeast areas of the United States, with headquarters based in Freeport, Maine. For more information, visit www.groundround.com.