Captain D’s has opened in Memphis, bringing the brand’s total city footprint to 11 units under the direction of Nufish LLC, the second-largest franchisee Captain D’s system.
Nufish, led by Joe Springer, will add 10 restaurants throughout the Memphis region, including Mississippi and Arkansas, according to a press release.
“Experienced multi-unit franchisees like Joe Springer and the Nufish group have been an integral part of our sustained growth over the years,” Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D’s, said in the release “In addition to being one of our largest operators, he is also one of our most successful, achieving same-store sales increases across all of his restaurants for the last 12 years. Joe’s dedication to customer service and community involvement has allowed Captain D’s to become a staple in Memphis, and we look forward to further expanding our footprint in the region.”
Since signing with Captain D’s in 2009, Springer has spearheaded the brand’s development in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas and operates 20 locations.
“I’ve been fortunate to spend the past 13 years of my career as a multi-unit franchisee within the Captain D’s system,” Springer said in the release. “The brand has continued to provide unparalleled support to its operators, and its sustainable franchise model has enabled us to see consistent success across all our locations. With the flexible prototypes and real estate options Captain D’s offers, we continue to see opportunities for growth and are excited about this newest restaurant as well as those to come.”
The newest Captain D’s, at 4735 Getwell Road in Memphis, features a coastal design and welcoming atmosphere, serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price, Springer said. With dining room seating for 42, the restaurant also has drive-thru, carry out and call-ahead ordering options.
By year’s end, Captain D’s will have opened 14 restaurants in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and more. Two will feature the brand’s “Express” prototype, a smaller footprint featuring only a drive-thru and walk-up windows for ordering and picking up. Additionally, Captain D’s is continuing to convert vacant restaurant properties with a franchise opening in Elberton, Georgia, earlier this year, and two more conversions in Florida this summer. The brand remains focused on corporate and franchise development in target markets throughout the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The chain has over 530 restaurants in 23 states.