Fazoli’s Inks Deal to Expand Its Florida Footprint
Fazoli’s will continue its commitment to aggressive franchise development with the addition of three new restaurants in Florida.
President and CEO Carl Howard announced on October 7 that the company has executed an area development agreement with Franchisee Matt Clift of CliftClem Holdings, LLC, to bring three Fazoli’s restaurants to the Orlando and Clermont areas, with the first one scheduled to open in fall of 2020.
After residing in Lexington for more than 35 years, Clift retired and moved to Florida. He said Fazoli’s is a favorite within his family, and because guests can sit down and enjoy a delicious, made-to-order meal with an innovative menu, breadstick service and overall excellent service after the sale, they all missed dining at the prominent brand after they left Kentucky.
“We couldn’t believe there wasn’t a Fazoli’s here,” Clift says. “Our family loves Fazoli’s and whenever we go back to Kentucky, we always find a way to eat lunch there. We’ve been going to Fazoli’s for 30 years and remember when they first opened. We believe in the brand’s staying power.”
Clift says he thinks the Fazoli’s concept is evolving, and the brand has done an excellent job transforming the restaurant, especially with the recent brand refresh, to highlight Fazoli’s commitment to quality and unmatched service.
“I like the vision and strategy around staying true to the consumer needs and providing numerous ways for guests to order some of their Fazoli’s favorites from delivery to carry out,” Clift says. “By opening Fazoli’s, we’re building a family legacy with a solid franchise that we can grow. Derrick Clemmons, my son in-law, will be the franchise operator, and we can’t wait for this to become a family affair. Family is important to me. We all love the concept, including our young grandkids. It’s something our family will treasure for years to come.”
“We think this is the perfect opportunity to expand into central Florida and show the area what Fazoli’s is all about,” Howard says. “Matt has been a loyal Fazoli’s fan from day one, so he knows firsthand our commitment to innovation and excellence. Matt joining the Fazoli’s family as a franchisee is sure to make our brand even stronger than it was before.”