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Owning franchised restaurants and independent ones may seem mutually exclusive, but that's not necessarily true. Franchisees can use the experience and earnings from years with an established franchisor to conceive and establish independent brands.
Greg Schulson, CEO of Chicago-based Lunan Corporation, says years of experience with Arby’s prepared him to create and build Burrito Beach Mexican Grill within the company’s portfolio.
…Another restaurant company that has mixed a handful of independents with a big national brand is Aurify Brands. The New York City–based company’s businesses include Five Guys, along with independent fast casual 2.0s Melt Shop, Make Sandwich, The Little Beet, and Fields Good Chicken. — Judy Kneiszel, QSR