Don’t Open a Franchise unless you have Dedication, an Open Mind and Honest Communication.


We are now accepting applications for new Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchise opportunities in select markets. Please call 800-212-5416 for franchise info and details.Please see this article featuring our franchisees John & Renee Dame. It is truly inspirational as well as informative. www.ritters.com

Why You Need Dedication, an Open Mind and Honest Communication to Open Any Franchise
From Entrepreneur.com
By Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor is a staff writer covering franchises for Entrepreneur.com. Related areas of interest include chain restaurants, franchisee profiles and food trends. Get in touch with tips and feedback via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Kate_H_Taylor. Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email [email protected]
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Why You Need Dedication, an Open Mind and Honest Communication to Open Any Franchise

After 16 years in the custard business, you learn a thing or two about entrepreneurship. Renee Dame opened her Ritter’s Frozen Custard location in 1999. Today, she’s assisting the franchise in training new franchisees and recruiting new franchise owners. Here’s what she has learned.

Name: Renee Dame

Franchise owned: Ritter’s Frozen Custard, in Port Orange, Fla.

How long have you owned a franchise?

We purchased our franchise in 1997 and opened in 1999.

Franchising offers much better and easier opportunities for growth. It offers a structured environment with guidelines already in place to offer a greater chance at success. Also, when you buy into a Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchise you are buying into a pool of entrepreneurs who are like-minded, in the same business and all looking to build a brand.

What were you doing before you became a franchise owner?

I started working for the federal government in 1979. I got married in 1996 and continued my government job just before we purchased our franchise. I continued to work this job for three years after the business opened, as well as working in the business at night. I left that job in 2002 to be able to dedicate more time to Ritter’s with regards to training staff and growing the brand. In 2009 I went back to work for the government to finish my years for my retirement. In 2014, I retired from the federal government and now dedicate 100 percent of my time to the business.

Why did you choose this particular franchise?

The number one reason we chose Ritter’s Frozen Custard was the quality of the product. With my husband having 25 years of experience in a high volume franchise system, we knew this would be a great opportunity to help grow the brand and take it to the next level. I was also impressed with who they stood for – meaning, they were a family-oriented business delivering a great experience to families across the country. They wanted the business to be a destination for everyone, young and old.

How much would you estimate you spent before you were officially open for business?

The total investment required to open a Ritter’s Frozen Custard Shoppe varies depending upon store type. A strip (inline) center investment ranges between $358,500 and $589,400, depending upon square footage and location. The investment for a freestanding prototype is between $496,000 and $899,500 plus land and site development cost. These figures include the franchise fee, leasehold improvement, furniture, fixtures, equipment, signage, insurance, and initial inventory.

Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research?

With my husband having been in a large franchise system for 25 years, we were aware of how a franchise system worked. We contacted other owners of this franchise to get their feedback on cost, operations, etc. We also contacted some of the suppliers that had been working with the brand for years. Their information indicated how well the businesses were doing. We also searched the internet, and found information from customers of the other locations, as well as business information pertaining to the other locations.

What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise?

Overall, the process was not very difficult. We had a great construction team, and the franchisor was very helpful with any situations that came up. Our biggest challenge, was dealing with the city officials. Due to the shape of the building, the color of the roof, etc., our city was very skeptical. We finally were able to agree with the pitch of the roof and the color, then we had to change the color of our umbrellas to match the roof. That is just a little picture of the things we had to deal with, when it came to the city. The franchisor provided all we needed to get built and get open, as well as training our staff. In the end it worked out nicely.

What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise?

Dedication – you have to be aware of what is going on in your business. You have to be involved. Your staff needs to know you and what you stand for.

Open Minded – you will be expected to help others, whether it be your own staff, other franchisees, or even the franchisor. Follow the guideline and rules, and make suggestions to the franchisor, rather than doing it your way. There is a system in place for a reason. Remember you still have a boss. For a franchise system to be successful, ALL franchisees must follow procedures, guidelines and standards that have been established for them. If each franchisee did it their own way, it breaks down the system. Your customer should have the same experience, regardless of which location they visit.

Feedback and communication – you must communicate with the franchisor including any struggles, ideas, successes, etc. Sharing this Information can help grow the brand. Also, communication with your employees will help set goals and expectations for them. Praise them when they do a good job, and counsel them (in private) with any struggles they may be having. They will do a great job for you, if you allow them to.

What’s next for you and your business?

After 16 years operating the business along with my husband, we are currently taking a new direction to help grow the brand. In addition to training and developing my own crew, I am now assisting the franchisor in training new franchise owners for Ritter’s Frozen Custard. This includes training them at my location for one week to prepare them to open their location. Then when the time comes, I travel to their location for approximately two weeks where I assist in setting up the location, training their staff, assist in the opening of the location, and then stay for a few days to work out any issues. It is my pleasure to do this and watch others be successful as we grow the brand.

In addition, we are currently in the process of becoming area developers in Florida for the central region and East Coast. The franchisor still needs to receive approval from the state of New York, and we need to obtain the financing, but we are extremely hopeful.

Our goal is to assist Ritter’s Frozen Custard in finding new franchisees in Florida. We would help the franchisees in finding locations, building issues, training, etc. The bigger we can grow the brand, the more cost effective it becomes for everyone. We are looking forward to what the future holds
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Kate Taylor is a staff writer covering franchises for Entrepreneur.com. Related areas of interest include chain restaurants, franchisee profiles and food trends. Get in touch with tips and feedback via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Kate_H_Taylor. Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email [email protected]

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We are now accepting applications for new Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchise opportunities in select markets. Please call 800-212-5416 for franchise info and details. www.ritters.com

SmartCEO Magazine names Gary Occhiogrosso of TRUFOODS, LLC – 2014 Executive Management Award Winner

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SmartCEO Magazine names Gary Occhiogrosso of TRUFOODS, LLC 2014 Executive Management Award Winner

President and CDO Recognized for Elite Leadership Skills and Innovative Business Strategies

New York, N.Y. – TRUFOODS, LLC is thrilled to announce the recognition of Gary Occhiogrosso, President and Chief Development Officer, as part of SmartCEO’s Executive Management Awards. The award winners are recognized for their creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and unwavering work ethic.

“It is a great honor to be named an Executive Management Award Winner,” Occhiogrosso said. “This award validates TRUFOODS, LLC’s leadership in the unique category of reinventing and launching heritage brands in the QSR segment. 2014 will prove to be a great year of growth for each brand we represent.”

The Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of New York’s management all-stars; the CFOs, CIOs/CTOs, COOs and other C-suite executives leading the region’s business community. The prestigious award will be presented on April 30, 2014 at Capitale, in the heart of New York City.

“All too often, senior leaders in an organization become unsung heroes. This is why SmartCEO designed the Executive Management Awards. The 2014 Executive Management Award winners are not only leading their companies and co-workers to achieve greatness, but they are also making huge contributions to their communities,” says Rick Crane, regional president of Smart CEO media. “We are honored to recognize each of these individuals and celebrate their accomplishments.”

In order to stand out among the ever-growing quality-food-concept pack, TRUFOODS, LLC is currently in the process of implementing opportune changes, including an enhancement of the Pudgie’s Famous Chicken to Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. brand and increased franchise opportunities for Ritter’s Frozen Custard. To further upgrade the brands in 2014, Occhiogrosso will focus on the revitalization of the veteran company’s appearance, thus allowing for progression in previously untapped markets.

With the validation of Smart CEO, and Occhiogrosso at the helm of TRUFOODS LLC, the brand is poised to take the next step to success and solidifying its iconic status in the influential hospitality climate.

About TRUFOODS, LLC.
TRUFOODS, LLC owns and operates some of the most highly regarded food franchise brands in America including Wall Street Deli, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. and Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, boasting roughly 46 locations nationwide with annual system wide sales of approximately $15.3 million. TRUFOODS, LLC goal is to grow all of its existing brands organically, doubling its number of units over the next five years with an emphasis on continued growth in existing markets. Growth is expected to come from a combination of area developers and single-unit operators. Visit TRUFOODS at www.trufoods.com.

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, metropolitan areas.

Nearly 50,000 offensive-minded, growth-oriented CEOs turn to SmartCEO magazine to find ideas and inspiration to help them grow their businesses. Each issue includes behind-the-scenes looks at local success stories, columns written by key opinion leaders and other resources to help the region’s middle-market CEOs conquer the daily challenges of running a business. SmartCEO magazine is published on a bimonthly basis with editions in four major markets: Baltimore SmartCEO, New York SmartCEO, Philadelphia SmartCEO and Washington SmartCEO.

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Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchise – Creating new ways to attract customers

The Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchise – Creating new ways to attract customers.

Some new & unique flavors in Ritter’s Frozen Custard and Burger Shoppes. Interesting news from QSR magazine
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Inspired by consumers’ ever-increasing obsession with the story of their food and everything Food Network–related, Ritter’s Frozen Custard realized last summer that the time had come to spice up its menu and capture this growing market.

Read the entire article at QRS Magazine , click here http://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/search-foodies-ritters-creates-unique-flavors

Why Keeping Your Business and Time Organized Will Help You Be Successful

This article is written and owned by Anthony Jewell

Why Keeping Your Business and Time Organized Will Help You Be Successful

In any business the old saying “Time is Money” is very true. For every minute that is wasted could mean the loss of revenue or another potential client. This is seen for every business including a one or two man operation. Since the duties of the company will be either put on you totally or split between partners. Keeping your time organized will not only free you up to focus on other business related issues, which will allow you take care of more each and every day. It will also help lead you to success.

Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours you need to treat every minute precious. Some businesses work so efficient that it seems they can get 10 hours done in half the time. While other businesses waste their time and are always trying to play catch up. Every time they get caught up on the work from yesterday, tomorrow they will have to get caught up on the work they had to skip from today. Which usually gets them into a catch 22 , which not only makes you or your employees have to work harder and longer hours to get everything in order. Your clients will also feel the delays that come along with this and may decide to opt-out for a business who can run their business right.

Keeping your company organized will allow you to stay on track when it comes to day to day operations. This is key for any business who has to meet deadlines and deliver products to clients. Organizing day to day operations will allow you to group activities that need to be addressed together. So if you need to pick up paper, ink for the printer and envelopes, you should be able to do this in one shot. So instead of making three trips during the week, do them all in one shot. This will not only save you time on having to go out to the store for the things you need, it will also allow you to stay in a steady progress without having to leave what you are doing to run out.

To organize yourself is actually very easy. Make a list of your day to day operations so that you can see what you need to do during the week. This will help create an outline of what you will need to do for your business and will give you a time table to run your business by. Make each day represent something for your company such as: Mondays – Go To The Store : Tuesday – Send Out Mail etc… Making a time table and tracking your time will help your business run more efficient and effective!

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