Globe Newswire - CAMP CORRAL APPOINTS THREE NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
February 14, 2019
Camp Corral, a free summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members, announced today that three new members will be joining the board of directors: Tony Jeffreys, Adam Daland and Mary Beth Ormiston. Current board member Lance Trenary has been elected chairman.
“We are thrilled to welcome these new members to our board and look forward to incorporating their unique expertise,” said Leigh Longino, CEO of Camp Corral. “Their experience ranges from financial and fundraising to camp management, and I am confident that these new additions to the team will propel us forward as an organization and allow us to change the lives of even more military children.”
Camp Corral, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill and fallen military service members. Since its founding in 2011 by Golden Corral, Camp Corral has grown to 21 camp sessions in 17 states and has served more than 21,000 children. Although any child ages 8 to 15 from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. For more information, visit www.campcorral.org.
2019 Franchise Finance 500 Ranking - Golden Corral Restaurants is ranked #34
February 1, 2019
Forty years after the very first Franchise 500 ranking, the franchise industry is still going strong and more competitive than ever. More than 1,000 companies applied for this year's ranking, and those that rose to the top reveal the latest trends as well as the companies that continue to evolve to keep going strong year after year.
Golden Corral moved up 20 spots from last year’s rank to #34 across all industries and is ranked #1 in its specific category (Miscellaneous Full-Service Restaurants). We ranked 16th amongst all restaurants on the list.
Forbes Magazine – Good Food Institute (GFI) Has Golden Corral Tied in #4 Spot for Plant-Based Entrees
January 31, 2019
The annual scorecard from the Good Food Institute (GFI) analyzes the top 100 restaurant chains based on their plant-based entrée choices. Golden Corral tied for the #4 spot amongst restaurants offering plant-based meals, with vegetarian and vegan options made available to diners.
The Good Food Institute (GFI) - The 2018 Good Food Restaurant Scorecard – Golden Corral Scores 8 On 10-Point Scale
January 25, 2019
This scorecard uses a 10-point scale to evaluate multiple aspects of a restaurant chain’s menu and promotions, highlighting those restaurants that currently offer plant-based entrées. The scoring system is intended to provide guidance for those seeking healthier options. Menus from the top 100 restaurant chains were analyzed June-August 2018.
FSR Magazine – The Classic Buffet Chain Is Forging Ahead With A Revamped Image
January 24, 2019
To keep up with increased competition, Golden Corral is undergoing the company’s largest redesign yet as it aims to revamp the look and feel of its restaurants. The new prototype features a contemporary look, which includes stone exterior features, wood-toned interior ceilings, and a double-sided fireplace.
Winter Park Magazine – Life’s A Buffet: Eric Holm’s rise from Busboy to Golden Corral Multi-Unit Franchisee
January 23, 2019
Franchisee Eric Holm now has just about everything he could want but he started his career as busboy at a Sonny’s BBQ, and has never forgotten his humble roots. That’s one reason why he and his wife Diane rank among the region’s most generous philanthropists.
The Food Institute Blog - Buffets Show Signs of Life with a New Look
January 22, 2019
Golden Corral continues to look to the future with investments in design innovation. In the midst of increased restaurant popularity, one of the most simple concepts, the buffet, has been struggling to make ends meet. The only buffet style chain to have sustained success over this period appears to be Golden Corral.
Franchising.com: Golden Corral Receives President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola
December 13, 2018
National Buffet Chain’s 18-Year DAV Fundraising Campaign Total Tops $15 Million
Golden Corral recently received the 2018 President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola as part of an annual veterans celebration. Golden Corral was selected for the award based on exemplary support of the U.S. Armed Forces, its veterans and families.
President & CEO Lance Trenary remarked, “I was humbled to receive this award from Coca-Cola on behalf of Golden Corral, our franchisees, and all of the women and men who work in our restaurants and at our support center. We enjoy incredible freedoms because of our military and the sacrifices that those who served have made. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the men and women of our military and their families who have given so much for us.”
Nation’s Restaurant News: 7 new restaurant prototypes that debuted in 2018
December 12, 2018
Golden Corral prototype focuses on efficiencies with a new prototype that opened in Greensboro, N.C.
Golden Corral expects its newly opened “Gateway” prototype to provide labor efficiencies and to enhance appeal for the buffet chain’s guests.
FOX Business Network: Golden Corral Franchisee Eric Holm Interview - "Helpings from the Heart"
November 21, 2018
FOX Business News highlights Golden Corral Franchisee Eric Holm’s philanthropic efforts and community contributions.
People Magazine: All of the Restaurants Where Military Members Can Get Free Food on Veterans Day
November 7, 2018
With Veterans Day around the corner, restaurants around the country are recognizing those who have served—and those who are currently serving—our nation.
Golden Corral: This nationwide family restaurant chain will be holding a Military Appreciation Night on November 12. Retired military personnel, veterans, active duty and National Guard or Reserves are entitled to a free dine-in “thank you” dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to the restaurant website, they have served more than 5 million “thank you” meals in the last 17 years.
Parade Magazine: 35 Food Freebies for Veterans Day 2018
November 6, 2018
There are plenty of restaurants that will be thanking active and retired military personnel for their service. How will they be thanking them? With free food or free drink or sometimes both.
At all of its restaurants nationwide (489 restaurants in 41 states), Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Monday, November 12, to any person who is serving or has served in a United States military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. Identification is not required.
The Flagship Military News: Restaurant Chain and Guests Donate $1.8 Million to Summer Camps for Military Children
October 26, 2018
Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, announced it raised more than $1.8 million to help support Camp Corral, a nonprofit corporation that provides free, one-of-a-kind summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen service members.
Golden Corral President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Trenary made the check presentation to Camp Corral at Golden Corral’s annual convention in San Francisco on Sunday night. The company also welcomed a family from Crystal Lake, IL whose daughter was a camp counselor at Camp Corral earlier this summer.
Restaurant Business Magazine: Still Serving, Despite Being Closed
September 21, 2018
The Golden Corral in Morehead City, NC, suffered damage in Hurricane Florence and is temporarily closed. But the restaurant brought food in from neighboring store to host free cookouts in the parking lot this week.
WFAA-TV: Golden Corral Honors WFAA Staff Member
September 14, 2018
The WFAA Dallas morning news team surprises staff member, Larry Magee, with a meal from his favorite restaurant, Golden Corral, in celebration of his 25 years at the station.
Franchise Update - Tips & Tactics from 11 Brands on Targeting & Connecting with Customers
August 18, 2018
Understanding that families are multi-generational is part of what has contributed to the expansion of Golden Corral's endless buffet to more than 150 items, says Shelley Wolford, the brand's senior vice president of communications and strategy. "We have something for everyone."
The brand also has strong appeal with Hispanic consumers and development has been focused throughout the Southwest, Texas, and California. In addition, in its national media spend, says Wolford, "We purchase television networks and programs that are preferred by this consumer group. We also buy Spanish-language television. All of our commercials are created in English and Spanish, as are our merchandising materials."
Restaurant Development + Design Magazine- How to: Reduce a Kitchen Footprint
August 9, 2018
A mix of factors are conspiring to make kitchen footprints smaller. From buffets to fine dining, owners and developers are seeking to save money on real estate, improve operational efficiency and maximize labor.
Golden Corral worked with Profitality, a Miami-based company that works with restaurants to attain optimum functionality. Representatives from the company visited existing Golden Corrals, ran time-motion studies, and looked at where kitchen employees took extra steps and at inefficient locations of equipment. The result of the new design and the mockup is that, going forward, kitchens for the buffet brand will be closer to 2,900 square feet, rather than the former 3,700. So far, one is operational, in Greensboro, N.C.
Nation's Restaurant News - Menu Tracker: New items from Golden Corral
August 8, 2018
Golden Corral launches Wing Fest, featuring large breaded chicken wings and “boneless wings” in choice of five sauces: Nashville Hot, Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, Honey Sesame and Smoked BBQ. Baby Back Ribs in a smoky barbecue sauce are also featured and included in the price of the dinner buffet.
Available daily after 4 p.m. and Sunday after 11 a.m., though September 23.
GOLDEN CORRAL PRESIDENT & CEO LANCE TRENARY HONORED WITH PATRIOT AWARD
June 19, 2018
Golden Corral President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Trenary was recently presented with the Patriot Award by the Board of Trustees of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. for his exceptional support and dedication to the organization from 2011 to 2018.
GOLDEN CORRAL RANKED #1 FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT IN ENTREPRENEUR’S TOP 200 FOOD AND RESTAURANT FRANCHISES OF 2018
June 14, 2018
GOLDEN CORRAL FEELS LIKE HOME
May 15, 2018
Golden Corral is pleased with the new look. More important, customers are responding well, especially at the first prototype location. Their response, the chain hopes, will be echoed as more stores are rolled out.
HOW GOLDEN CORRAL IS DOMINATING THE BUFFET SEGMENT
April 11, 2018
The chain is making decisions for the long term because it is a privately held company that will likely stay in the same hands for a long time. Rather than cut back on service or maintenance to improve profits or pay off debt, Golden Corral is making investments in its business.
“We’re constantly making decisions that are consistent with us being around 100 years,” said Golden Corral President and CEO Lance Trenary. “We don’t shortcut anything. Don’t get me wrong, we’re constantly working on margin improvement and how we can reduce complexity without taking away from any of the quality aspect of our business. But we’re not going to reduce any quality aspect. We have this commitment to ongoing product improvement, and the guest appreciates that.”
GIVING AND GROWING
April 1, 2018
On the business front, Holm has been busy growing and diversifying since he was last profiled by Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine in 2015. “I’ve added three more Golden Corrals and have another scheduled to open later this year,” he said. He’s excited about the new location because it will feature the brand’s new Gateway restaurant design.
GATEWAY TO A NEW ERA
February 15, 2018
One detail of Golden Corral’s new prototype that guests will immediately notice are the reduced views into the kitchen from the buffet area. This change was a deliberate strategy to hide some of the more functional aspects of the operations, while still creating “cooking theatres” to display visually appealing menu items in areas such as a carving station, smokehouse and cake decorating preparation.
GOLDEN CORRAL RANKED A TOP FRANCHISE IN ENTREPRENEUR’S HIGHLY COMPETITIVE 39TH ANNUAL FRANCHISE 500
January 22, 2018
Golden Corral recently ranked #54 in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Placement in the Franchise 500 is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry, as evidenced by the fact that Entrepreneur received more than 1,000 applications this year, making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever.
Golden Corral’s placement in the Franchise 500 was based on its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.
The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.
Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Golden Corral’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.
To view Golden Corral in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur.
GOLDEN CORRAL PROTOTYPE FOCUSES ON EFFICIENCIES
January 3, 2018
On December 21, Golden Corral reopened its restaurant in Greensboro, NC featuring the first of the building redesign, called Gateway. The prototype incorporates a contemporary appearance for the interior and exterior of the building, with improved layouts for the dining room, service bars and kitchen areas. The new facility design also enables greater customer service and dining room comfort, as well as increased energy efficiency.
GOLDEN CORRAL FRANCHISEE ERIC HOLM INTERVIEWED ON FOX BUSINESS NETWORK
November 22, 2017
Golden Corral franchisee Eric Holm appeared on the Varney & Company Show on Fox Business Network to discuss his annual Helpings from the Heart event. For the 25th consecutive year, Holm and the Salvation Army hosted the event to provide more than 20,000 Thanksgiving meals to deserving residents in Orlando.
GOLDEN CORRAL HOSTS MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
November 19, 2017
For the last 16 years, Golden Corral restaurants have been saying thank you to veterans throughout the nation by hosting Military Appreciation Night, during which the men and women who have served our country are invited to enjoy a free meal.
GOLDEN CORRAL ROLLS OUT SMOKERS
September 26, 2017
Golden Corral has completed the rollout of smokers to its 485 restaurants when it also introduced a new line of barbecue items at the buffet chain.
Golden Corral’s new Smokehouse menu features slow-cooked, smoked meats such as pork, chicken, ribs, turkey, and brisket. It also includes several flavorful side items and a variety of barbecue sauces – Sweet BBQ, Spicy BBQ, and Smokehouse BBQ, as well as regional BBQ sauces.
GOLDEN CORRAL ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MAJOR RESTAURANT REDESIGN
September 15, 2017
Golden Corral’s new design is centered on making guests feel like they are in a cozy, comfortable environment, said President & CEO Lance Trenary. Larger windows, new lighting fixtures, stacked stone and wooden panels are being incorporated to give the space a sophisticated, but homey quality.
Some version of Golden Corral’s new design will be incorporated in 15 new restaurants in 2018 as well as at least four pre-existing locations, Trenary said. The company is using the Greensboro location as a test to see what elements of the design work best and what can be tweaked in future iterations.
PAST DISASTERS SHOW A LONG RECOVERY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
September 6, 2017
After Katrina, the city of Kenner, Louisiana, west of New Orleans, resembled a ghost town. The Golden Corral franchise restaurant there suffered extensive damage. Managers were able to hire a crew for repairs, and within 10 weeks the restaurant was fixed up enough to reopen. But there were few residents around, and only nine of 70 staffers were in town to run the place, says Malcolm Clark, the restaurant’s director of operations.
IFA FRANCHISEE SPOTLIGHT – Q&A WITH MICKEY CHANCE OF GOLDEN CORRAL
August 23, 2017
Golden Corral franchise owner Mickey Chance was featured on the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Opportunities blog.
GOLDEN CORRAL NAMES DARRYL WEBB SR. AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
August 1, 2017
Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, announced restaurant industry veteran Darryl Webb Sr. has been hired as Senior Vice President of Operations.
GOLDEN CORRAL ROLLS OUT BRUNCH SYSTEMWIDE
May 19, 2017
The breakfast-and-lunch offerings at the Raleigh, N.C.-based buffet chain will be available every day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They include new strawberry cheesecake French toast, made-to-order eggs and omelets, biscuits and gravy, sausage-and-egg skillets and carved glazed ham, as well as fried chicken, pot roast and miniature burgers.
FINDER’S KEEPERS – BECOME THE EMPLOYER OF CHOICE IN YOUR MARKETS
May 1, 2017
After 25 years in the restaurant business, Mike Richey knows that an offer of a dollar more per hour from a competitor can be too much for an employee to refuse. Richey, who operates five Golden Corrals, wishes his employees well when they leave. But that’s not the end of the story. A couple of weeks later he calls them to ask if they’d like to return to their old job–a practice that has paid off for him over the years.
FORMER GOLDEN CORRAL PRESIDENT AND CEO TED FOWLER NAMED WINNER OF THE THAD AND ALICE EURE AMBASSADOR OF HOSPITALITY AWARD
April 15, 2016
HOW TO KEEP COMMUNICATION OPEN WITH FRANCHISEES
September 1, 2015
Like most relationships in life, a strong bond between a franchisor and their franchisees is built on several core values of communication. Availability and consistency. Open, honest interaction. Trust and support.
SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISING
August 1, 2015
How are some of the top franchises successful? There is no one-size-fits all philosophy. What works well for one franchise may not for another one in a different industry. But there are some traits many franchises share that establish a solid foundation and continue to keep brands successful and relevant over the years.
A LOBSTER IN EVERY POT
March 18, 2014
Lobster, long considered a luxury, is becoming a little more ordinary.
Soaring supply and falling prices for whole live lobster, along with new food trends, are changing how people eat the crustacean—perhaps for the long term.
Sandwich shop Quiznos, like other inexpensive chains, is adding more lobster dishes alongside its subs. Golden Corral, the buffet-style restaurant, has put lobster on the menu for the first time.
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