Lenny’s Subs franchisee Ronnell Bryant is a military veteran, having served over 18 years in the U.S. Army and then a stint in the National Guard. But he also has some experience as an entrepreneur in the sandwich business, as he ran a The Steak n' Hoagie Shop restaurant for 10 years in Charlotte, North Carolina. That changed when he was called into active duty after September 11th.
Since he was the sole proprietor of the Steak n' Hoagie Shop, he had to close it. But recently, as his military career was starting to wind down, he was looking for a new investment opportunity he could run. He heard about a Lenny’s Subs being available to purchase in Charlotte and enjoyed that it was 15 minutes away from the base he was serving at.
At first, Bryant never thought about the Lenny’s location being an investment option. He had eaten there before and enjoyed the food, but it never crossed his mind that he could own it. Bryant did his research about the franchise opportunity and in December 2015, Bryant became the franchise owner and his son serves as the manager and runs the day-to-day operations. Bryant will be taking on more full-time responsibilities after he finishes up his military career in August.
Coming from a military background, he said he enjoyed the systems that franchises put in place to achieve success.
“Our location had already been established in the area, but one of the things that has made ownership easier is the discipline implemented by the franchise system. They give you a plan and all you have to do is follow it,” Bryant said. “The Lenny’s organization as a whole is extremely professional and they help you out whenever you have a question. The dedication and training I received from them has helped me run my business.”
Since its inception in 1984, Lenny’s has had a laser sharp focus on providing incredible service with fantastic food and creating a guest experience that keeps customers coming back for more. Lenny’s Subs exemplifies the benefits of the franchise system by providing the highest quality product in a proven operating system with best in class support. The brand provides franchisees with a proven business model and the tools and assistance they need to succeed, including real estate selection, ongoing training for purchasing and distribution, and support systems to answer any questions they may have. Potential investors should expect the investment for a franchise unit to range from $141,000 to $366,000, depending on the real estate chosen.
Bryant went on to say that he has been pleased with the relationship he has created with Lenny’s and credits the brand’s training and support for his success.
“I’ve been grateful for all the help the brand has given since I came on and it is one of the reasons why I enjoy working with them,” Bryant said. “The thing that we want to accomplish with our location is providing great service and food. Lenny’s has helped me achieve that and the wisdom and guidance they provide is invaluable.”
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