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Renovations and Build-Outs, Practical Advice for New and Established Franchisors and Franchisees

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

If you or your franchisees are building Retail Stores or Restaurants, you are invited to attend this IFA Sponsored Meeting/Panel discussion covering topics that will help you avoid some of the costly errors franchisors and franchisees make when building out their retail location.

Attending this meeting is especially important if you build stores in the NYC Metro area.
The August 7th meeting is FREE but you need to reserve a seat by calling (212) 935-3131.


Renovations and Build-Outs, Practical Advice for New and Established Franchisors and Franchisees

Gary Occhiogrosso and Fred Kirvan share industry advice on expansion and renovation in Urban Markets

NEW YORK – On August 7th, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., TRUFOODS, LLC and ONEKEY, LLC will be hosting a panel discussion on what franchisees and franchisors need to know about developing densely populated markets, such as New York City. As brands look to make market renovations or open new stores, often times they end up having to overcome the barriers set by city regulations, postponing openings. TRUFOODS and ONEKEY will discuss ways to streamline the build out and renovation process, how the franchisor should assist the franchisee and common problems that arise when dealing with large Departments and other agencies.

Gary Occhiogrosso, Interim President & Chief Development Officer of TRUFOODS, LLC and Fred Kirvan, Chief Operating Officer for TRUFOODS LLC will share their experiences overcoming obstacles for development and permits with the New York City Building Department. Opening numerous locations in dense cities over their career, both Kirvan and Occhiogrosso will provide insight into best practices to communicate with the Construction Management Team and how to communicate these challenges to the franchisees. They will also discuss what franchisees should expect from the franchisors when overcoming these new opening or renovation challenges.

Occhiogrosso began his career in franchising in 1984, working in almost every aspect from growing brands as a franchisee of Dunkin Donuts and providing brand support as a consultant and launching the Ranch*1 franchise system. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Franchising and Chief Operating Officer for Desert Moon, before transitioning to his current role at TRUFOODS, LLC. In addition to the many hats he has worn on the executive development side, Occhiogrosso also created, a website that helps further educate entrepreneurs on the franchising industry. The website brings together information on the right fit of a franchise, financing options, human resources, marketing and accounting.

The experience Occhiogrosso has gained from his 28 years in the industry has equipped him with the best practices and industry knowledge on getting restaurants open and operating for franchisees in highly urban centers. Occhiogrosso has focused on these markets as both a franchisor and a franchisee and has insightful experience on working with government organizations to meet permit requirements and building ordinances. During his career as well as his time at TRUFOODS, LLC, he has developed multi-unit franchisees in major urban markets across the United States with brands such as Ranch*1, Blimpie’s, Desert Moon, Shake-a Paw, Treasure Cache, Team Works, Schlotsky’s Deli, Little Scoops, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Pudgie’s Famous Chicken, Arthur Treacher’s and Wall Street Deli,

For more information or to reserve your space no later than Friday, August 2, 2012, please email David T. Azrin at or you can reach him by phone at (212) 935-3131.

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