Franchising veteran joins A&W leadership ready to assist franchise candidates
Franchising veteran Dave Crowley has rejoined A&W Restaurants to head up franchise development efforts. He joins the A&W leadership team as Director of Franchise Recruitment, having recently worked in development roles with such major food franchises as Yum! Brands, Little Caesars and Marco’s Pizza.
In his new role, Crowley, who worked in various development roles for A&W between 1997 and 2010, will recruit new franchisees and assist with site selection.
“A&W’s recent revitalization has dramatically improved same-store-sales profitability,” says President and CEO Kevin Bazner. “Now, we’re ready to accelerate our franchise expansion and welcome more new operators into the A&W family. Dave’s unique understanding of the A&W brand, along with his extensive sales experience, makes him the ideal person for this new position.”
A&W, which was founded in 1919 and celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, has experienced average same-store sales increases of over 33% since being acquired by a group of franchise partners in 2011. Our restaurant franchise has opened 45 units since the acquisition.
“I am excited to return to A&W, a brand I have great memories of from growing up in suburban Detroit,” says Crowley. “I respect and trust in A&W’s leadership, and its franchisee ownership structure gives the brand a unique position in the industry.”
Crowley looks forward to recruiting new franchisees and helping them grow their business. “This is an exciting time to be a part of a brand that’s on the move again,” he says.
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