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Chain LeaderFranchise Opportunities — Profile

Captain D's Seafood


Captain D's is experiencing the most-aggressive franchise expansion in more than 30 years of operation. Captain D's offers you the chance to pursue a franchise opportunity that delivers exactly what you value most:

  • A growing chain delivering record per store revenues year over year with average per store sales of more than $900,000 in 2004
  • A fresh alternative to ordinary franchise concepts in highly competitive QSR categories
  • A unique, fast-casual dining experience that recalls the fun and charm of authentic seafood shacks
  • Innovative restaurant prototypes designed to deliver sales-to-investment ratios that rank among the best in the QSR and fast-casual categories
  • Single and multi-unit development opportunities and coveted territories not available with other leading restaurant brands
    90 percent aided brand recognition in our core markets
  • A solid, well-managed, restaurant-industry leader
Captain D's menu offers a wide variety of fried fish, shrimp and chicken dishes, as well as numerous seasonal and regional seafood favorites. We also offer a wide variety of side items like French fries, hushpuppies and cole slaw, and recently added an entire broiled/baked Lighter Fare menu to meet ever-changing consumer tastes and dietary needs.

Captain D's first opened in Donelson , Tennessee , in 1969. Today, 35 years later, the chain has become one of the leading quick-service seafood restaurants in the nation and has grown to nearly 600 restaurants in 24 states.

While we are proud of our past, we are firmly focused on our future and are currently in our most aggressive growth period in more than 30 years. Our new compact, 71-seat restaurant design was created to deliver our franchisees significant savings on building, equipment, construction and real estate. Today, we are looking for qualified franchisees, preferably with previous restaurant operating experience, to help us make Captain D's even bigger and even better with single- and multi-unit franchise agreements in many areas across the United States .

Why Captain D's?
  • A great product with little or no same-category competition in key markets.
  • The seafood market segment is vastly underserved, and our proven concept can make the entry seamless and successful.
  • Positive same-store sales growth during the last 10 of 12 years.
  • Multi-unit development opportunities in coveted territories unavailable with other leading brands.
Additionally, Captain D's offers franchisee ownership groups who operate other brands a unique opportunity to diversify their holdings. So, if you're looking for a rewarding franchise opportunity, look no further than Captain D's. We know where we've been, we know where we're going, and we know that you won't want this to be the opportunity that got away.

Training and Support

Captain D's Seafood provides our franchisees with an array of support, helping them make the most of their investment. From the day you first express interest to the day you open your store to 20 years down the road, we will be there with a number of services and resources to help our franchisees get the most out of the Captain D's franchise program.

Captain D's support of franchisees doesn't stop after the store is open. In fact, for your first five days in business, key members of our management staff will be on site helping you and your people run your restaurant. Then, after you have successfully gotten your franchise business off the ground, Captain D's University – a series of informative, one-week workshops – will keep you totally up-to-date on human resources issues, finance, technology and other D's business issues.

Additionally, you will have access to our computer-based training module, Captain's Compass . Launched in October of 2000, the Captain's Compass leads all new employees through the training process via a computer terminal located in each Captain D's restaurant. Employees learn at their own pace, and store managers and corporate executives can track their progress online.

Captain D's was awarded the National Restaurant Association Top Training Award (Winning Work Force Award) for 2004.

Segment: fast-casual
Location: East So. Central
Total capital investment: $250,000 - $1,500,000
Liquid capital requirements: $200,000
Net worth requirements: $500,000
Financing assistance:  Yes, via a third party
Training and support: Yes



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