All you need is love—Ike's Love & Sandwiches that is! In partnership with Fransmart, an industry development firm, the sandwich chain has announced the launch of its national franchise program to expand across the country. Ike's is poised for explosive growth due to the brand's popularity and favorable unit economics with more than 55 units currently in operation throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, along with locations opening soon in Texas.
"The idea behind Ike's Love & Sandwiches was simple—putting customers' happiness first while celebrating their unique and individual tastes," said Ike Shehadeh, Founder. "I feel truly humbled by the massive love and support Ike's has received over the past 12 years, and now I'm excited to bring the brand into its next level of growth with the help of Fransmart. I'm extremely pleased to partner with such a reputable company to help deliver the Ike's experience to customers across the country."
According to the company’s press release, the San Francisco-based company was founded in 2007, the popularity grew with its secret menu and pop culture inspired sandwich selections.
The brand has picked up a large following since it opened, offering customers over 700 different varieties of sandwiches to choose from, all of which include "Ike's Dirty Secret Sauce," a proprietary blend that is baked directly into the bread. Made with a choice of Dutch, French, San Francisco sourdough, whole wheat, or gluten-free breads, unique sandwich combinations have included the "Menage a Trois," built with Halal chicken, barbecue and cheddar; the "Adam Richman," created with fried chicken, ham, and honey; and the vegetarian "Reading Rainbow" or "James and the Giant Peach."
"Sandwiches are the most pervasive food in America and one of the most saturated categories in the limited-service restaurant segment,” said Dan Rowe, CEO of Fransmart. “In a sea of innumerable mediocre sandwich shops, Ike's is a unique concept with a lot of heart and an unparalleled guest experience. We are looking to find the right franchisees who will build a great team that can organically establish Ike's as the deserved dominant sandwich brand in their market and share the unique Ike's experience with their communities."
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