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Charlie Graingers Inks 74 Store Development Deal in Alabama, Georgia

Wilmington, NC – Charlie Graingers Hot Dogs, Brisket and BBQ, based out of Wilmington, NC, has signed a deal with Dual Energy LLC to continue their their expansion in the Southeast. Dual Energy is run by Mike Osman and Jason Blythe who are current muli-unit operators with other franchised food brands. Their new commitment will bring Charlie Graingers commitments to over 400. With new stores opening every week, Charlie Graingers aims to be a household name within a few years.

 

Greg George, Director of Development puts it, “We’ve been working with Mike and Jason for almost a year to get this deal done. They are experienced multi-unit operators and are the type of people that our organization needs. Their show of commitment to Charlie Graingers solidifies our beliefs in how special this brand will be.”

 

Dual Energy CEO, Mike Osman, “I am excited to be part of a new franchise concept and look forward to bringing Charlie Graingers to Alabama. With the great tasting food and upbeat casual dining, Charlie Graingers will be a big hit in every market.”

 

Charlie Graingers is focused on serving all the southern favorites in an old-school atmosphere. From their Kahn’s hot dogs to the Turkey Salad, the Charlie Graingers menu is truly unique and continues to branch away from the typical bbq joint everyday. “We are constantly working on new menu items, asking ourselves, “how can we do something traditional that’s different from the way it’s always been done?” says Founder, Louis North.

 

Charlie Graingers plans to continue their expansion in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and begin to grow into the neighboring states in 2016 and 2017. They continue to actively recruit Area Representatives, Multi-Unit Operators, and Individual Store-Owners alike. For more information on new locations visit http://www.charliegraingers.com/


 

Meaghan Holmes

Director of Marketing

Meaghan@CharlieGraingers.com

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Charlie Graingers Opens in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Steve and Sylvia Byron are serving a simple menu of hot dogs, brisket and barbecue — all in craveable combinations — at Charlie Graingers in Panama City Beach.

“There are no fryers, no freezers, no grease — and that appeals to us,” Sylvia said.

The couple opened Charlie Graingers, 13312 Front Beach Road, on June 14, after three months of cleaning and remodeling — including new siding, roof, air conditioning and countertops.

“This was an old building that needed a lot of work. It probably looks better now than it’s ever looked,” Sylvia admitted. “We have 10 barstools and eight tables outside — at least 32 seats outside.”

Charlie Graingers’ signature custom made stools are mounted into the floor.

“The stools spin; kids love to do this,” Sylvia said, as she demonstrated. Then Steve added, “and so do adults!”

The grand opening celebration is today, beginning with a ribbon cutting with the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m.

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“(Classic Rock) 95.9 will be here from 11 to 2 passing out hats, koozies, sunglasses, refrigerator magnets,” Sylvia said.

All of the menu items, including gumbo, will be available.

On Tuesday, I ordered a Brisket Combo — a Beef Brisket Sandwich with BBQ baked beans subbed for chips and a pink lemonade to drink.

“We make the pink lemonade fresh here every day,” Sylvia said. “It’s a combination of five different ingredients. It’s been really popular; sometimes we make it twice a day.”

I usually don’t like baked beans, but these were good — slightly sweet with nice fresh addition of bell pepper and brisket, of course.

Brisket Sandwich starts with tender brisket, housemade BBQ sauce, creamy housemade coleslaw, Charlie’s Spicy Pickles and a pickled okra — all on a Johnsonville sausage roll.

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What: Hot dogs, brisket and barbecue

 

Where: 13312 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach

 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Details: 910-228-1995, Facebook: Charlie Graingers Panama City Beach or CharlieGraingers.com

The sandwich was just as beautiful in person as the promotional pictures I had seen, and I had to use a fork and knife to get all the toppings in one bite. The coleslaw was slightly peppery, the pickles were just spicy enough to cut the sweetness and the barbecue sauce reminded me of some I had in Texas last week.

And if you don’t want it on a roll, you can get any sandwich in a bowl.

“The brisket is one of my favorites,” Sylvia admitted. “I usually get that and a 4-ounce side of baked beans. I’m not a big bread person so I just eat it plain or top it with melted pimento cheese.”

The counter also has a choice of hot sauce, as well as plenty of napkins I put to good use. I sipped on the refreshingly sweet lemonade and looked out at the Gulf, where the water faded from turquoise to dark blue between the palm trees.

Sylvia first fell in love with this area nearly a decade ago, when she came to see a friend for a visit.

“I have had a house in St. Andrews for nine years. I love the area and saw the potential,” she said. “From my house, you can see the bay. And I love the Gulf.”

But it took Sylvia and Steve, who have been married almost five years, a while to get this view.

“We had been back two or three times to visit,” Sylvia said. “We knew we wanted to move back here and do something.”

The couple relocated from Nashville, Tenn., where Steve was a video engineer and Sylvia was in property management.

“We had great jobs, but we didn’t see each other a lot,” Sylvia said.

Then one day, they both ran across a Charlie Graingers ad and sent it to each other.

“It’s just interesting food combinations. When I tried it, I said, ‘Where do I sign?’ My dad always wanted to sell hot dogs. It would make my dad proud,” said Steve, who grew up in Chicago with “hot dogs on every corner. They even let me name one after my dad — The Burt, with mustard and ketchup.”

Steve pointed to his dad’s name on the menu, and then to the black and white picture — his dad standing next to a younger version of himself on a tricycle — hanging on the wall by the front door.

“I get to look at him every day and at the beach,” Steve said.

Surprisingly, Steve always preferred his Chicago dogs plain, but Charlie Graingers has its own version of a Chicago dog.

“Cook County has sport peppers and Jamaican instead of green relish. There’s no celery salt on it, but we put it on the tables,” Steve said. “People just like variety.”

The Cook County signature dog also is topped with mustard, onions, tomatoes and Charlie’s Spicy Pickles.

The Jamaican relish is red relish with watermelon and peppers — “sweet and tangy,” Steve said. “We use Kahn’s dogs. Ours are fresh, never frozen, with no sulfites or nitrates; that’s why they’re not red.”

With 15 signature dogs, there is one for everybody.

“Hot dogs are served in split-top buns, so when it’s topped, it doesn’t fall apart,” Sylvia said.

Right now, the Panama City Beach restaurant sells about 50-60 hot dogs a days, but the original Wilmington, N.C., sells 200 a day or more.

The franchise is a revamp of the original Peacock Alley restaurant in Wilmington, N.C., founded by Charlie Grainger in 1939. Louis North purchased the site of the dilapidated restaurant in 2012 and rebuilt it with its former heritage but added a few more classics — brisket, barbecue and chicken salad to go with the homemade soups and sides.

“The turkey salad is fantastic, just a different name,” Sylvia said. “It’s even more moist than chicken salad, and our pimento cheese has a spice to it.”

The franchise is continuing its expansion in the Florida Panhandle, with franchisees Trent and Nancee Moore opening a Destin location later this summer.

“I put the brisket in when I leave at night; it cooks 14 hours here. It just falls apart,” said Steve, who has been making two to three a day. “When we get in at 8, we get everything prepped. I do the brisket and pork.”

“And I’ll make the fresh cole slaw,” Sylvia said. “People come in and buy the brisket by the pound, and then get baked beans to have a meal at home.”

On Tuesday during lunch, employee Chris Moran cut some of the 8-pound brisket and then stuffed as much as he could into the bun for a customer’s Beef Brisket Sandwich.

“We take what’s left and put it in our beans,” Steve said. “By the end of the day, it’s more brisket than beans.”

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Charlie Graingers Open in Hilton Head

Ever since Adam Markowitz and his aunt, Marcie Bindes, drove to visit the original Charlie Graingers in Wilmington, N.C., and he ordered his first brisket sandwich, he said he’s craved the sandwich every day.

“It’s that good,” he said.

This aunt and nephew duo will open one of the first Charlie Graingers franchises in South Carolina on Sept. 3 at 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 180, on Hilton Head Island. Markowitz said customers who visit Sept. 3 can print off the grand opening flyer on their Facebook pageto get a hot dog for $1 with tax.

The restaurant — known for hot dogs, brisket and barbecue — will have grab ’n’ go service along with barstools and outdoor seating for larger parties, Markowitz said. Charlie Graingers joins other new ventures in Shelter Cove Towne Centre such as Jane Bistro, which opened last month, and Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, which missed its original opening date in June.

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According to Markowitz, the wieners served at this franchise are gourmet hot dogs, and what separates them from the ones you find at a hot dog stand starts with the dog itself.

“We use Kahn’s hot dogs out of Cincinnati ... all homemade, in-house toppings,” he said. “We offer about 15 to 20 different styles of hot dog combinations.”

The brisket Markowitz craves is smoked for 15 hours and then slow cooked for an additional 15 hours, he said.

An online menu on Charlie Graingers website includes items like chicken gumbo, a turkey salad sandwich, house-made coleslaw, a brisket sandwich with pimento cheese and a side of baked beans.

Markowitz said customers can call 24 hours in advance to order meat by the pound.

When he and his aunt toured and ate at the original restaurant, Markowitz said they fell in love with the concept of fresh, quality products and wanted to know everyone on a first-name basis at their restaurant.

“Basically, we just want to let (people) know that we’re new to the area,” he said.

For the future, Markowitz said he hopes to open a second Charlie Graingers in the next two years, depending on how this venture goes.

“We’d probably want to open up our second franchise in Beaufort County, if our flagship Hilton Head location is a success,” he said.


Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article96144297.html#storylink=cp

 

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Charlie Graingers Opens in Sandestin

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Hot dogs and summer are a perfect match, and Charlie Graingers looks like a good place to get that culinary delight that evokes memories of childhood and baseball games.

“We make hot dogs,” said Trent Moore, franchise owner and hot dog aficionado. “We have one hot dog that we make 15 different ways.

“We’ve got so many different toppings,” he added, noting that his diners can enjoy their dogs any way they want.

If it’s plain with mustard or ketchup only, Charlie Graingers can do that. If it’s topped with cheese, chili, peppers, or more, that is possible too.

If you don’t like hot dogs, you can still enjoy a meal of barbecue brisket or other selections.

“Our briskets are melt-in-your-mouth, they are so good,” Moore said. “We’ll have a small selection of beer and wine and Yoo-hoo chocolate drinks for the kids.”

Like so many new business owners in the area, Moore often vacationed in the area. He decided it was time to make a permanent move, and Charlie Graingers fit his business sensibilities. He opened Charlie Graingers earlier this month in Miramar Beach.

LOCATION: 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway W., inside The Market Shops by Sandestin resort

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week during peak season

TELEPHONE: 460-8898

CORPORATE WEBSITE:www.charliegraingers.com/destin

BONUS: catering and family meals available; curbside pick-up available

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Charlie Graingers Announces 100 Store Deal

Wilmington, NC(RestaurantNews.com)  Charlie Graingers Hot Dogs, Brisket, and BBQ based out of Wilmington, NC continues their expansion by announcing a signed deal with Cynergetic LLC to continue their growth in Florida. Cynergetic currently has six locations under development in the state. This new deal will bring the total commitment in Florida to over 115 Charlie Graingers locations.

Greg George, Director of Development states, “We know we have something special with Charlie Graingers, with the deal with the Cynergetic group, it helps solidify the attractiveness of our brand. We are getting many multi-unit operators with lifetimes of experience joining Charlie Graingers. We believe that bringing all these experienced people under the Charlie Graingers brand will make us the best restaurant franchise in the country.”

 

In addition to the Florida deal Charlie Graingers is excited about the grand opening of their six newest locations. Ridgeland Mississippi, Hickory North Carolina, Carolina Beach North Carolina, Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Hilton Head South Carolina and Sandestin, Florida.

These locations join the already open and successful Charlie Graingers locations including the flagship restaurant in Wilmington, NC, Ocean Isle Beach, NC and Panama City Beach, FL. Charlie Graingers Franchising LLC has secured over 350 locations all over the southeast from Florida to Virginia.

Charlie Graingers is focused on serving homemade food, fast. From the Turkey Salad to the Little Scrappy, a combination brisket and bbq sandwich served on a split-top bun, everything at Charlie Graingers is made from scratch everyday on location. “We all bring many years of restaurant experience to this business and Charlie Graingers is the culmination of all those years of hard work,” states CEO, Jason Nista.

 

About Charlie Graingers

The Charlie Graingers’ story began in 1939 when Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Grainger opened “Peacock Alley” in Wilmington, NC serving up legendaryhome made food. In 2012 Founder, Louis North purchased the site of the Original Peacock Alley, demolished and rebuilt the restaurant and in 2013 started serving the same world-class hot dogs and southern cooking as the Original. In 2015 North brought on partners Jason Nista and Greg George; both have extensive knowledge and experience in the restaurant and franchise business. In 2015 they began franchising and currently have over 350 commitments in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana.  For more information on new locations or how to franchise visit our website atwww.charliegraingers.com

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Charlie Graingers Opens In Myrtle Beach

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Charlie Graingers opened its first location in Myrtle Beach on Monday, with the official Grand Opening kicking off Labor Day weekend.

“We didn’t announce it but the doors are open,” said owner Brian Griffiths. Griffiths and his wife Nettie wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to practice running the restaurant before it became too busy after the grand opening.

Charlie Graingers specializes in hot dogs, sandwiches, and, of course, barbeque, keeping the taste of summer alive, even as it comes to an end.

The restaurant even offers some cold weather foods that will keep those summer days in mind.

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Brian Griffiths said that with the “cooler weather we will be offering white bean and brisket soup, brisket baked beans and turkey gumbo to warm things up.”

Founded in Wilmington, N.C., in 1939, Charlie Graingers sought to serve fine food “with a smile in a Classic Americana atmosphere,” as well as expanding the “values of a classic Southern restaurant to the rest of the Country.”

Charlie Graingers seeks to fulfill these values by never freezing their hot dogs.

“No fillers, or nitrates, or anything like that. They’re good hot dogs,” said Nettie Griffiths.

Even the toppings are kept fresh.

“All the toppings, we make them in house, the coleslaw, the chili, pimento cheese, we make it in house, so it’s fresh,” said Brian Griffiths.

In fact, it was these tasty treats that inspired the owners to open their own franchise.

“The food is phenomenal,” said Nettie Griffiths. “The turkey salad’s really good ... It’s got a little kick at the end of it, and it’s just really good.”

For those wanting to attend, the official opening is Sept. 3. The event will have a radio station giving away prizes, as well as the opportunity to purchase hot dogs for $1.

As Charlie Graingers and Nettie Griffiths like to say, “prepare to crave.”

The restaurant is at 201 Fresh Dr Suite A, Myrtle Beach, which is off International Drive.


Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article99220472.html#storylink=cp

 

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Charlie Graingers Announces 107 Store Development

Wilmington, NC(RestaurantNews.com)  Charlie Graingers Hot Dogs, Brisket and BBQ, based out of Wilmington, NC, continues their upward trajectory by adding Disabella Partners LLC as an Area Representative. Disabella Partners will develop 107 Charlie Graingers locations throughout North and South Carolina starting with their first store in Ocean Isle Beach, NC that is set to open May 19th.

John Spencer, founding member for Disabella Partners says “I chose to become an Area Representative and Multi-Unit Developer for Charlie Graingers because of the following formula: excellent food and a great business model plus strong growth potential equals a successful, long-term business.  In 2016 we will open three of our own stores and work with at least ten other franchisees to open their stores.  This is only the beginning.  It is about the delicious food and the terrific culture that makes a Charlie Graingers.”

Jason Nista, Charlie Graingers’ CEO, “we are thrilled Disabella Partners has decided to increase their commitment to growing Charlie Graingers. When John and his team committed to 25 locations in December, we knew it was the start of a long and mutually fruitful relationship. With this commitment to open 107 new outlets, we think Disabella will help make Charlie Graingers a household name in North and South Carolina.”

 

Charlie Graingers has recently undergone a brand redevelopment to accentuate their “Classic Americana” restaurant theme that specializes in hot dogs, brisket, bbq, and turkey salad. Charlie Graingers is a revamp of the original Peacock Alley restaurant founded in 1939 in downtown Wilmington, NC. Keeping in the tradition of the original Peacock Alley, Charlie Graingers serves homemade food in a fast­-paced atmosphere.

Charlie Graingers plans to continue their expansion in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and begin to grow into the neighboring states in 2016 and 2017. They continue to actively recruit Area Representatives, Multi-Unit Operators, and Individual Store-Owners alike. For more information on new locations visithttp://www.charliegraingers.com.

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Charlie Graingers Coming to Destin, FL

Press Release about our new multi-unit deal in the Panhandle!

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Wilmington, NC(RestaurantNews.com)  Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs based out of Wilmington, NC continues their expansion in Florida with the addition of a multi-unit operator in the Florida Panhandle.

Charlie Graingers now has secured commitments for over 145 franchising agreements for their restaurants throughout the southeast. Florida in particular has become a very attractive place for Charlie Graingers. Already having established commitments in Pensacola and Panama City, the new commitments in Okaloosa County connect the dots to allow Charlie Graingers to raise brand awareness in the Panhandle.

Charlie Graingers is a unique concept with a “Classic Americana” restaurant atmosphere; specializing in hot dogs, brisket, bbq, and chicken salad. Charlie Graingers is a revamp of the original Peacock Alley restaurant founded in 1939 in downtown Wilmington, NC. Keeping in the tradition of the original Peacock Alley, Charlie Graingers serves homemade food in a fast­-paced atmosphere.

Charlie Graingers franchisees Trent and Nancee Moore

Trent Moore comes to Charlie Graingers with a background in Sales and Marketing and says “Great customer service has been the keystone of my success.” Chief Executive Officer, Jason Nista, added: “This is an amazing opportunity for Charlie Graingers and we are excited to partner with someone with as much experience as Trent has. He and his wife, Nancee are going to be great for Charlie Graingers and even better for their community”. Moore has plans to open the first location in Destin, Fla in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Moore added “Charlie Graingers has provided an opportunity for a great lifestyle and a great place to come eat. Everyone should eat at least one hot dog a week, I love southern comfort food and that’s what we serve.”

Charlie Graingers plans to continue their expansion in the Southeast through 2016 and begin to grow into the neighboring states in 2016 and 2017. They continue to actively recruit Area Representatives, Multi-Unit Operators, and Individual Store-Owners alike. For more information on new locations visit our website http://www.charliegraingers.com.

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Coming Soon Triangle

A Wilmington-based hot dog restaurant is expanding across the Southeast and has a location planned for the Triad.

Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs has signed franchise agreements for restaurants in the Carolinas, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. One is planned for Winston-Salem.

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Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs has a location planned for Winston-Salem.

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In its first 10 months of franchising, Charlie Graingers secured commitments for 126 locations, with plans to open 40 in 2016. It was not immediately clear when or where the Winston-Salem location is expected to open, and the contact person for that location did not immediately respond to inquiries.

The Charlie Graingers menu features not just hot dogs, but also beef brisket, pork barbecue, chicken salad and homemade soups and sides.

The restaurant was founded in 2012 by Louis North, and its flagship location is at 702 S. 17th St. in Wilmington. Other locations planned for North Carolina include Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and Greenville, among others.

"When I came to Charlie Graingers for the first time, I was impressed at every level," said CEO Jason Nista. "The restaurant was immaculate, atmosphere inviting, and the food was phenomenal.

"We believe Charlie Graingers will be the next great restaurant brand," he said, "and we look forward to expanding our brand nationwide over the next few years."

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CHARLIE GRAINGERS COMING TO HILTON HEAD, SC!

Here we come Hilton Head!!! Read the full release here:

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article62479902.html

 

Two restaurants and a clothing store soon will be added to the mixed-use landscape of Hilton Head Island’s Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

Wilmington, N.C.-based franchise Charlie Graingers — featuring hot dogs, brisket and barbecue — will open in September at 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 180. Clothing retailer Birdie James will open in April at 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 111, and the owners of Beaufort’s Wren will open another restaurant, Jane’s Bistro, this summer at 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 109.

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Michelle Taylor, owner of Birdie James, described her 2,000-square-foot boutique as “generational,” aimed at women ranging in age from late 20s to 80s.

“Our target audience is the mother-daughter shopper,” Taylor said.

Although Taylor has never owned a boutique before, she operated an online styling business in Richmond, Va. — where she lived prior to moving to Amelia Island, her current home — in which she would provide “closet audits” for women seeking to revamp their wardrobes.

The expected price point for items at Birdie James will range from $38 up to $500, Taylor said. She said she particularly enjoys monochromatic looks and clothes for “all shapes and sizes.”

Charlie Graingers was described by franchise owner Marcie Bindes as a gourmet hog dog restaurant. She said Charlie Graingers recently started franchising and has plans to launch 100 restaurants on the East Coast this year. The Hilton Head restaurant will open in a 1,200-square-foot space near the Shelter Cove Community Park.

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An online menu for Charlie Graingers includes hot dogs, sandwiches and sides such as chicken gumbo, cole slaw and baked beans.

Jane’s Bistro will open in a 4,000-square-foot space this June, according to Roni Allbritton, the center’s general manager.

Shelter Cove Towne Centre is in its final stages of retail development, Allbritton said. She added one more phase of retail development is planned this year that will include four to five new stores and restaurants, completing the center’s shopping and dining portion. Apartments will soon be added to the center, fulfilling the mixed-use vision of developer Southeastern Development Associates.

The final tenants will be announced soon, Allbritton said.

In addition to the new tenants, beer-tavern franchise World of Beer, in Suite 140, will open March 21, according to Susan DeLano, a spokeswoman for the center.


Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article62479902.html#storylink=cp

 

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Charlie Graingers Coming to West Virginia!

READ THE FULL RELEASE HERE:

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HUNTINGTON - The story is as American as the food it serves.

Two men who have known each other since childhood are working together to bring a new restaurant to downtown Huntington.

Teammates on the basketball team Bryan Pyle, Vinson High School class of 1981, and Greg George, Vinson High School class of 1980, hadn't seen each other or even spoken in more than 30 years. Their careers were as different as the area of the country in which they reside. But, the 700 miles separating Pyle and George can be traveled rather quickly over the Internet.

"I actually remember Greg George from about the fourth or fifth grade," Pyle said. "We became closer friends when we played basketball together for Coach Don Smith at Vinson High School. Greg graduated a year ahead of me and I lost track of him for a long time. Facebook is actually responsible for reuniting us 34 years later. We had been talking for several months when Charlie Graingers came up. It sounded like just what we had been looking for."

George is one of the owners of the franchise company that oversees development and marketing for hot dog and barbecue restaurant Charlie Graingers. Pyle recently accepted an early retirement package after nearly 30 years as sales manager for Valvoline. Both men went to Marshall University and left Huntington after graduation - George to North Carolina and Pyle to Texas and then Pennsylvania.

Pyle visited George a little more than a year ago to discuss buying a Charlie Graingers franchise.

"I flew to North Carolina and took a look at Charlie Graingers and decided it was something I wanted to do," Pyle said. "I see it as not only a chance to do something different, but also a chance to come home to Huntington."

Charlie Graingers will open in early summer at 3rd Avenue and 8th Street as part of the Jim Weiler and Phil Nelson-owned Capital Venture Corporation's $6.65 million plan to redevelop the 800 block of downtown from shuttered bars and clubs into a market, restaurants, living spaces and offices.

"Knowing Greg really helped me decide to do this," Pyle said. "Doing business with people you know creates an automatic element of trust, and for me if there's no trust, there's no business. People buy from people and with trust already in place. We didn't have to build our relationship from the ground up."

Although the endeavor will bring Pyle to Huntington, George will be back in his hometown in spirit.

"I think it's really something that two old friends who hadn't seen or spoken to each other in 35 years get together and work to bring something to their hometown," George said. "This is a great chance for Bryan to come home and become part of and give back to the community. It will be the one of the happiest days of my life when that store opens in Huntington, knowing a business I am a part of is in my hometown."

While not the owner of the restaurant, George said he's just happy to be involved in some way.

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George sold the first Charlie Graingers franchise in early summer of 2015. Around 150 restaurants are now set to open in eight states.

"We will open anywhere from two to five stores every month for the rest of my life," George said.

George helps restaurants become franchises when people inquire through Emerging Franchises, a company he operates with Charlie Graingers CEO Jason Nista, which specializes in expanding young brands and mom-and-pop businesses. At that point, George helps business owners find the best location, assists in lease negotiations, connects him or her with a national supply chain and ensures the location opens quickly. He has worked previously as a franchise developer for Port Java City, The Fuzzy Peach and Shuckin' Shack.

The Charlie Graingers story began in 1939 in Wilmington, North Carolina, with Charlie and Anne Grainger's hot dog deli drive-in called Peacock Alley.

Louis North purchased the site of Peacock Alley in 2012. He demolished the dilapidated and condemned buildings and began rebuilding. The new Peacock Alley opened in 2013, serving the same hot dogs and southern cooking as the original restaurant. Because of copyright issues, the name was changed to Charlie Graingers in 2015 to honor its legendary founder.

"Everything on the menu is high quality," George said. "The concept of Charlie Graingers is lunch only, but we usually still serve 200 to 300 people a day Monday through Saturday. Customers spend an average of eight-to-12 minutes at Charlie Graingers, it's a fast-moving, get-in-and-get-out place."

North founded Charlie Graingers' with the mindset owner-operators should have a life outside their restaurant, and as a result its business model is to operate from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The idea behind being downtown is being accessible to the lunch-going business people, students and everyone who works downtown and typically walk to lunch, Pyle said. Pyle said Charlie Graingers' low startup costs and 29-hour operating week were appealing to someone who recently retired.

"Downtown is getting busier every time I come back to Huntington," he said. "I will stick with the concept of lunch initially and see where it goes from there."

Also included in the business model is ease of operation with an easy-to-execute menu including seven sandwiches or bowls, 15 types of hot dogs, and homemade soups and sides. Charlie Graingers will start with three to five full-time employees.

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Starting a business in his hometown after retirement is one thing, Pyle said, but that business being part of his hometown is another.

"This gives me the chance to come home, be closer to family and make a visible difference in the community," Pyle said. "The plan is to get involved in a lot of organizations and local charities."

Pyle met his wife, Donna, who is originally from Greenbrier County, his freshman year at Marshall in 1981. They became best friends almost immediately and started dating a couple years later. They married in 1995.

Although a lease has been signed with Capital Ventures, the restaurant's actual faade won't exist until renovations on the building are complete in about six weeks, Pyle said.

"We don't want our opening to be a really big deal," Pyle said. "We will have more of a soft opening."

The timing could not have been better, Pyle said, recalling a time a few years ago when such an endeavor in downtown Huntington would not have been as enticing.

"If life hadn't been breathed back into downtown Huntington, I don't think I would have considered doing this," he said. "Downtown is coming back to life and I am excited to be a part of it."

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Charlie Graingers Announces 125 New Commitments

Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs Announces 125 New Franchise Commitments

 

 

Wilmington, NC – Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs, based out of Wilmington, NC, has begun their expansion throughout the southeast, signing franchise agreements for new restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and  Mississippi . During the first 10 months of franchising, Charlie Graingers has secured commitments for 126 new locations, with plans to open 40 locations in 2016.  

 

When Louis North purchased the site of The Original Peacock Alley restaurant in 2012, it was his goal to restore the location to its former glory while remaining true to its hometown roots. He built the new restaurant with heritage in mind, fine food served with a smile in a ‘Classic Americana’ atmosphere. North revived the hot dog tradition but added his own staples to the menu introducing his famous beef brisket, pork bbq, and chicken salad which accompany the homemade soups and sides. As Charlie Graingers expands we can now bring the value of the classic Southern Restaurant to the rest of the country.

 

North created a restaurant where, at any given lunch hour the Mayor can be found sitting next to an auto mechanic enjoying a quick bite or families can come to make lasting memories and paired this atmosphere with delicious and traditional food the community has come to love. Present-day Charlie Graingers is a tried-and-true family business in every way, even down to the business model that allows franchisees the ability to maintain a 9-5 workday.

 

CEO, Jason Nista, recounts his first visit to Charlie Graingers, “When I came to Charlie Graingers for the first time, I was impressed at every level - the restaurant was immaculate, atmosphere inviting, and the food was phenomenal. We believe Charlie Graingers will be the next great restaurant brand and we look forward to expanding our brand nationwide over the next few years”

 

Charlie Graingers plans to continue their expansion in the Southeast through 2016 and begin to grow into the neighboring states in 2016 and 2017. They continue to actively recruit Area Representatives, Multi-Unit Operators, and Individual Store-Owners alike. For more information on new locations visit our website http://www.charliegraingers.com/

 

Stacey Rakoski

VP Operations

Stacey@CharlieGraingers.com

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Expansion into Mississippi

For Immediate Release                                          Contact: Stacey Rakoski

252-503-3935                          October 30th 2015

stacey@CharlieGraingers.com

 

 

 

Charlie Graingers Franchising LLC Signs Area Representative in Mississippi - Growth Continues

 

Wilmington, NC – Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs, based out of Wilmington, NC, has begun their expansion in the southeast, signing franchise agreements for their restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Florida and now Mississippi . Over the first six months of franchising, Charlie Graingers has secured commitments for 35 new locations.

 

Charlie Graingers is a “southern-street food” restaurant specializing in hot dogs, brisket, bbq, and chicken salad. Charlie Graingers is a revamp of the original Peacock Alley restaurant founded in 1939 in downtown Wilmington. Keeping in the tradition of the original Peacock Alley, Charlie Graingers serves homemade food in a down-home, fast-paced atmosphere.

 

Mike Naylor, Area Representative for Mississippi, states “The concept is different, it’s neat and simple, they’re true to what they do. I love the operation plus its crazy good food!” Chief Executive Officer, Jason Nista, added: “This is an amazing opportunity for Charlie Graingers and we are excited to partner with someone with as much experience as Mike has. Over the next few years we look forward to dotting Mississippi with the Charlie Graingers brand.” Charlie Graingers plans to have three stores open in Mississippi by the end of 2016. Naylor has plans to open many more locations beyond 2016, “I am excited to develop the Charlie Graingers brand. It’s going to be big.”

 

Charlie Graingers was founded in 2012 by Louis North on the location of the original Peacock Alley restaurant. North wanted to recreate the memories he had of the hot dog business of yesteryear. Over the last few years he has added slow-cooked brisket, chicken salad, and pimento cheese sandwiches to the menu to accompany the nitrate- and sulfate-free, fresh hot dogs and homemade soups and sides.


Charlie Graingers is looking to continue their expansion in the southeast over the remainder of the year. For an updated list on current locations, visit their website at http://www.charliegraingers.com/locations/

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Charlie Graingers Secures $1M in Financing for Franchisees

For Immediate Release                                          Contact: Jason Nista

302-545-2824

Jason@CharlieGraingers.com

 

Charlie Graingers Franchising LLC Receives $1M in Financing

Wilmington, NC – Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs, based out of Wilmington, NC, has begun their expansion in the southeast, signing franchise agreements for their restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Florida. Over the first three months of franchising, Charlie Graingers has secured commitments for 24 new locations.

Charlie Graingers is a “southern-street food” restaurant specializing in hot dogs, brisket, bbq, and chicken salad. Charlie Graingers is a revamp of the original Peacock Alley restaurant founded in 1939 in downtown Wilmington. Keeping in the tradition of the original Peacock Alley, Charlie Graingers serves homemade food in a down-home, fast-paced atmosphere. 

Charlie Graingers has partnered with Reciprocative LLC to provide franchisees with $1,000,000 in financing. Reciprocative LLC will provide franchisees with startup capital through equity investments and bridge loans.

Chief Executive Officer, Jason Nista, stated: “This is an amazing opportunity for Charlie Graingers and our franchisees. Financing is typically one of the largest hurdles to clear in starting a new business. This partnership allows us to provide franchisees with an in-house option, which will make opening a Charlie Graingers even more accessible.”

Charlie Graingers was founded in 2012 by Louis North on the location of the original Peacock Alley restaurant. North wanted to recreate the memories he had of the hot dog business of yesteryear. Over the last few years he has added slow-cooked brisket, chicken salad, and the signature Short Rib Charlie to the menu to accompany the fresh hot dogs and homemade soups and sides. 

Charlie Graingers is looking to continue their expansion in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina over the remainder of the year. For an updated list on current locations, visit their website at http://www.charliegraingers.com/locations/

 

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How We Sold 18 Franchises in Our First 90 Days

Charlie Graingers was conceived in 2012 by Founder, Louis North, who spent years conceptualizing a business that would give him financial reward while still allowing him to maintain a lifestyle outside of work. In April 2015, North brought in veteran franchise developers, Jason Nista and Greg George, to take Charlie Graingers to the next level. And this is how we did it:

1. Charlie Graingers Is A Phenomenal Concept. We are only open from 11-4, Monday - Saturday. This allows for us to have one shift of employees per day and also gives the store operator a life outside of work. It's truly different than the thousands of other concepts out there and our leads are responding incredibly positively to the opportunity. 

2. We Keep The Money in Our Franchisees Pockets. Our goal is to run our organization as lean as possible. We believe the more successful our franchisees will be, the more success our company will be. Many concepts say this, few do it. We charge a $19,500 franchise fee, 5% royalty and 1% advertising fee, all strikingly competitive for restaurants. 

3. Our Team Is Unrivaled. Founder, Louis North has been in the hot dog business since he was 12 years old. He knows everything there is to know about the industry and has positioned Charlie Graingers exactly. He brought on Director of Development, Greg George, who has 15 years of experience selling franchises as well as CEO, Jason Nista, who had previously grown a franchise chain from one store to exit. We have a complimentary team with no redundancies, which allows us to make and act on decisions incredibly quick. 

4. Our Lead Count is Unparalleled. In 90 days, we have seen over 250 leads. While this is not an extraordinary number, it is if you consider we have spent less than $2,500 on advertising (Including design). Our advertising is clear and targeted. We've purposefully avoided the "tire-kicker" websites whereby "leads" check a box and you pay $40 to get their phone number. Those models are dead. 

5. Our Franchisees Refer Their Friends. Our franchisees believe in this concept so much that they are happy to turn their friends and family onto it even before they have a store built. There's no greater form of advertising than personal referral. If you aren't getting them, ask for them. 

When we started franchising in May, our goal was to sell 20 franchises by the end of 2015. We are going to complete that goal by the first week of August. I constantly read about doomsday scenarios for restaurants and franchises online. I'm here to tell you, that doesn't have to be the case. You just have to have a truly great concept and great team to build the next great restaurant franchise. 

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Charlie Graingers Franchise Featured in the News

Charlie Graingers was recently featured in the Wilmington Business Journal. They publication was interested in our history and where we plan to go next! Check it out here: 

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/restaurants/2015/05/06/local_eatery_announces_franchise_plans/13248

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Wilmington NC, #2 Best Place For Startups

Our CEOs former business was a contributing factor to making Wilmington, NC the #2 city in the nation to start a business. Read the full article here:

http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/small-business/best-places-to-start-business-2015/

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Hot Dogs

http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-hot-dogs

Whether you top it with deli mustard and sauerkraut, ketchup, relish, or “drag it through the garden” Chicago-style, the hot dog is as quintessentially American a food as any other, and one of the staples of summer cookouts. But we bet that there are some things you didn’t know about the humble hot dog.

There’s a Difference Between a Wiener and a Frankfurter
Head to an authentic German sausage shop and you’ll see two different sausages: wieners and frankfurters. Frankfurters are made entirely with pork, and wieners are a mixture of pork and beef.

Two Legendary Entertainers Are Responsible for Nathan’s
Nathan Handwerker was an employee at Coney Island’s sprawling Feltman’s Restaurant when two of his friends, singing waiters named Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante, convinced him to go into business on his own selling hot dogs for five cents — half the price of Feltman’s. Within a few years, all three of them would be “famous.”

The First Known Use of the Term Dates From 1892
The earliest use of the term “hot dog” appeared in the December 31, 1892 edition of the Paterson (New Jersey) Daily Press. The story was about a local traveling vendor known as “Hot Dog Morris.”

17 Percent of Childhood Choking Deaths are Hot Dog-Related
Of all the children under the age of 10 who die of choking, 17 percent asphyxiate because of hot dogs. Because they’re nearly impossible to dislodge from a windpipe due to their size and shape, doctors recommend you slice them lengthwise and into small pieces.

Hot Dog Styles Are Geographically Confusing
Michigan hot dogs are popular in upstate New York, Coney Island hot dogs are popular in Michigan, New York System dogs are popular in Rhode Island, and Texas hot dogs are popular in New York and Pennsylvania, but not Texas. It’s all a mystery. 

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First Franchise Sold!

We are excited to announce the sale of our first Charlie Graingers franchise. Charlie Graingers is coming to Charlotte this summer! We had identified Charlotte as one of our target markets for Charlie Graingers' expansion. Our first store will open there by the end of the summer. Over the next 3-5 years, we plan to open up to 50 locations in the greater Charlotte-Meck area. 

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Charlie Graingers in the News

Our Founder and President, Louis North, was recently featured in the Star News of Wilmington, NC. Louis was asked to speak about the gaining popularity of beef brisket, the top sandwich at Charlie Graingers. Read the interview here:

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150413/ARTICLES/150419926?p=1&tc=pg

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