Over a 17-year career, Greg Flynn built the nation’s largest franchisee empire: Flynn Restaurant Group LP, a business that spans the country with three different brands — Applebee’s, Panera Bread and Taco Bell.
With so many restaurant chains selling locations, franchisees have become increasingly powerful in the business of selling food to customers. And Flynn is foremost among them.
This year, he was the first franchisee to ever win Nation’s Restaurant News’ prestigious Operator of the Year award.
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Jordan Stackhouse is an employee at the Taco Bell in Hope Mills, North Carolina. Devin Cokley is an employee at the Taco Bell in Whiteville, North Carolina. Both will be receiving Live Mas Scholarships towards education.
Flynn is the first franchisee to win the award in its history.
Greg Flynn, who used his real estate investment savvy to build the largest restaurant franchisee in the country over a 17-year career, on Monday was named Nation’s Restaurant News Operator of the Year.
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The story of Greg Flynn, Founder and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group, was featured in Forbes‘ article, “The Super Sizer: How Greg Flynn Became America’s Largest Restaurant Franchisee with $1.9B Revenues.”
“Flynn hasn’t just made money; he’s changed the structure of the franchise industry. While franchisees have traditionally been small, local operators, Flynn created the mold for a new class of giant, well-funded players who are determined to remain private. According to the trade publication Franchise Times, ten U.S. restaurant franchisees topped $500 million in revenue last year. Flynn was the first of this class.”
Watch Greg Flynn, founder, chairman and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group, accept the award for 2016 Restaurant Leader of the Year.
Greg Flynn, Founder and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group, was named the 2016 Restaurant Leader of the Year by the editors of Restaurant Business.
This is only the second year the award has been presented. The 2015 recipient was Danny Meyer, CEO of Shake Shack.
Bell American Group didn’t need long to become one of Taco Bell’s largest operators. The subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group has acquired the 62-unit Gateway Bells out of St. Louis from Don Ghareeb. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition gives Bell American 138 locations, and adds $80 million in sales, making Bell American Taco Bell’s fourth largest operator. The deal also gives Bell American a dominant position in a market, St. Louis, that is just three hours away from its Indianapolis headquarters. Charlie Brown, president of Bell American, will oversee both markets along with his director of operations, Sarat Koneru, said Greg Flynn, CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group.