Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, the leading global franchise developer behind the explosive growth of The Halal Guys and Five Guys Burgers & Fries, has brought on industry veteran Michael D’Arezzo. As part of the Fransmart team, D’Arezzo will assist Fransmart’s founder and president, Dan Rowe, in developing and growing the company’s existing portfolio of emerging restaurant brands.
D’Arezzo brings with him more than 30 years of experience growing successful franchised brands like Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s, Burger King, Mrs. Field’s and Baskin Robbins to markets across the globe.
“It is refreshing to represent a portfolio of brands that are so greatly differentiated from the market’s current offerings and status quo,” says D’Arezzo. “I feel privileged to join Fransmart and its founders, and to play a part in growing the world’s next great chains. It’s the strongest portfolio of emerging concepts I’ve seen, all of which have strong ROIs and are highly desirable to any franchisee, developer and investor looking for their next opportunity.”
Fransmart has been turning emerging restaurant concepts into national and global brands for over 10 years. Brands include Five Guys Burgers & Fries, The Halal Guys and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Fransmart’s current and past franchise development portfolio brands have opened more than 3,000 restaurants in 45 states and 35 countries. As of 2017, more than 1,000 new restaurants are in development across Fransmart’s current portfolio.