When the novel Coronavirus hit the quick service restaurant scene in March 2020, changing for years to come how restaurants (as well as many other industries) do business, we at Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies understood how this would affect our franchises, and also saw how it would affect those who are vital to keeping the world going. In partnership with Dole, we quickly engaged our franchisees and operations team to blend and donate smoothies to every hospital, fire station, police station, and even grocery store locally they could find. Some of our franchisees are blending themse
Franchising Gives Back
Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux Leads with Culture to Navigate the Pandemic and Serve Communities in Time of Need
Culture has always been a key point of differentiation for Walk-On’s, a destination known for offering elevated Louisiana-inspired food alongside an unparalleled sports viewing experience, but now more than ever, it is guiding the company in navigating the pandemic and serving its communities during these unprecedented times.
At Philly Pretzel Factory, we pride ourselves making our customers feel at home when they come to our stores. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen our franchise owners go above and beyond to show their communities support during a difficult time for so many. Many of our stores now have curbside pickup or delivery options so they can continue to safely serve customers and hopefully provide some semblance of normalcy.
For Code Wiz Founder and CEO Ruth Agbaji, the fight against COVID-19 is personal. Not only has her company, which delivers afterschool computer coding, game programming, and robotics classes to kids ages 7 to 17, been hard hit economically, but her husband, sister, and brother-in-law are physicians on the COVID-19 front lines.
One of the many things I have always appreciated about this country is what many refer to as the "American Spirit.” More than anything, it is a spirit of perseverance. No matter the challenge - from wars to economic collapses to natural disasters - there is always a deep-rooted belief that not only will we stand up to it, but we will come out stronger on the other side.
In the midst of COVID-19, there have been many examples of the power and benefit of being part of the franchising community. A new partnership with BrightStar Care and Franworth is another shining example of this.
To protect BrightStar Care clients and ensure that franchise employees have the ability to continue providing the highest quality of in-home care during the pandemic, CEO and founder Shelly Sun and her team leveraged resources across the globe and quickly secured necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
Donnie Carr, President of Christian Brothers Automotive, Shares the Brand’s Response to COVID-19
At Christian Brothers Automotive, we are in a unique position. Our shops remain an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis, so we have been able to service clients in communities throughout the country. While franchisees have had to make adjustments to meet the ever-changing needs of our world today, the training and support programs we already had in place set them up for a successful transition.
On March 20, Goodcents launched their Stock The Fridge promotion as a response to the fallout from COVID-19. Goodcents has been a neighborhood deli for over 30 years, fresh slicing their meats and cheeses by hand in the restaurant as well as baking their proprietary soft bread twice daily. Goodcents also recently began making single-serve Goodcents To Go meals, with options like Southern-Style Meatloaf and Chicken Pesto Tortellini, fresh every morning and stocking them in a convenient cooler so they’re ready for guests’ refrigerators.
Fifty-six million kids have shifted their daily school lessons from the classroom to the family room due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a former elementary school teacher and mother of four, Kim Hanson knew there would not be enough curriculum to keep school children busy throughout the day. It is challenging for parent's working from home during this time to also guide their children's learning.