Consumer demands are always changing, and that means franchises have to work extra hard to keep up with current trends. From new sleek restaurant designs to mobile apps, this Friday Franchising takes a look at some of the ways franchises are making adjustments for efficiency, engagement, and aesthetics.
Penn Station East Coast Subs Gets New Restaurant Design
Penn Station East Coast Subs’ new restaurant design is lighter and more streamlined to complement the new Penn Station logo that debut last year. The design elements selected are durable, cost effective, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The design of the 30-year-old restaurant brand is not updated very often, making this an exciting improvement. One of the main focuses was the open display kitchen, which had decreased visibility with increasing counter height state restrictions. The new design incorporates lower counters and glass sneeze guards in order to enhance the open kitchen display.
Johnny Rockets Celebrates the Opening of Its First Drive-Thru
Johnny Rockets announced the grand opening of its first drive-thru restaurant in the country at LangTree Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC. The brand is the first quick casual restaurant chain to have a drive-thru location. The new drive-thru is part of the Johnny Rockets 2.0 makeover and as an attempt to cater to the changing habits of its diners. The new drive thru restaurant will be unique to the drive-thru world because the chain will still be cooking burgers to order and is ready to serve the full menu. The grand opening event will benefit Grin Kids, with 20% of sales from the grand opening day being donated to the charitable organization that provides terminally ill and chronically handicapped children with once-in-a-lifetime trips to Disney World.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Introduces a Long-Distance Move Solution
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has nearly six million moves under its belt, the majority of which were in-state, and now it is time for the franchise to branch out to conquering long-distance moves. The moving franchise has created a cost-saving solution for customers with long distance moves in their future – Value Flex. Value Flex will offer a reduced price on long-distance moves by planning move logistics, utilizing a long-haul carrier to transport belongings to another TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise near the customer’s final destination, allowing the local team to make the final delivery. The pilot program is panning out in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Orlando, allowing for a partnership between trusted and proven franchisees across the country.
Zaniac Teaches 3D Video Game Design and Programming
Keeping up with today’s kids, Zaniac, an after-school STEM enrichment franchise, is encouraging children to create video games with its newest STEM course 3D Game Design. The program is designed to teach kids the fundamentals of what goes into creating their favorite games. Fourth through eighth grade students can learn to design and program elements of their own game, from game mechanics to three-dimensional animation, to character models. From there, students can choose to participate in Zaniac’s Mastery Progression Program and earn a Certificate of Mastery by completing all three 3D courses: 3D Character Design, 3D Environment Design, and C# Fundamentals. The new program launches June 20.
Cartridge World Introduces New Mobile App
Cartridge World has developed a one-of-a-kind mobile app called PrintWorld®, which will be unveiled at the International Franchise Expo June 16-18 in New York City. The app comes as an effort to meet the demands of the growing mobile workforce and is the first step in a strategic program developed by new Global CEO Steve Weedon. The PrintWorld app will give consumers access to ‘print-on-the-go’ technology from their mobile devices and retains the same features of a full printer with hard copy printing and scanning abilities. Local Cartridge World franchises will maintain printers and support all PrintWorld mobile print locations.