How to Plan The Perfect Grand Opening
This is it! It’s your time to shine. You’ve dotted all your i’s, crossed all your t’s and are in the final stages of construction for your brand new Fazoli’s restaurant. Up next on the agenda? Planning the perfect grand opening of course! Here’s where we suggest you start:
Step #1: Set your scope and budget.
It’s taken a lot of time, effort and patience to get to the point where you’re finally ready to open those doors, so make sure you celebrate! Consider the type of party you want to produce and who will be invited to partake in the festivities. Will you be reaching out to your local community leaders and Fazoli’s executive team members to speak? Perhaps you’d like to sponsor a charity at your grand opening, turning it into profitable event for a good cause! However you choose to honor this exciting day, make sure you’ve got a solid plan and a matching budget in place first.
Step #2: Select entertainment and set the agenda.
Now that you’ve decided on your intended party style, you’ll have to get some great entertainment in the door. This is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to your local community and get folks in your area as excited about their new Fazoli’s as you are. Consider asking your local high school band to play some celebratory tunes. Given that family always comes first at Fazoli’s, make sure you have plenty of kid-friendly activities to go around. May we suggest some carnival games, inflatables, and giveaways? Nothing works up an appetite for some fast casual Italian like a round in the bounce house!
Step#3: Get the word out to your community.
If you’ve tapped into your community for entertainment already, you’re halfway there, but don’t underestimate the power of a great marketing campaign. Make sure your grand opening is listed loud and proud in the local press. Reach out to your local news stations and invite them to attend. If there are special, built-in promotions going on, during opening day, make sure your potential guests know about them. Hyping up your grand opening on social media is a great place to start!
Has all this talk about planning a grand opening got you thinking about purchasing a Fazoli’s of your own? If so, you’re in luck! Not only are we actively searching for new franchisees nationwide, but the franchise system itself has been experiencing an exciting period of continuous growth — over 15 quarters of consecutive same-store sales growth to be exact.
For more information about our available franchise opportunities, contact Sam Nelson at 1-800-446-4368 or fill out our information request form online.
- Our franchisees are enjoying record sales with over two years of same store sales growth!
- Flexible footprint with inline, freestanding, and conversion options.
- Highly regarded by customers and the foodservice industry.
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