|Maura C. Tobias
Wilbraham, Massachusetts - - (July 20, 2006) - - Kevin Peyton of 4th Day Hospitality (4DH), who was named 2005 Franchisee of the Year by Friendly's Restaurants, has opened a Friendly's restaurant in Miamisburg.
Peyton, who already owned five area Friendly's and earned the Dayton Daily News People's Choice Award for the most kid friendly restaurant, promises to bring the same high performance to his brand new Friendly's at 8270 Springboro Pike.
"We've built our success by listening to guests and striving to exceed their expectations each and every time they come to Friendly's," said Peyton. "Miami Valley residents were telling us that they wanted a Friendly's restaurant here, and we responded."
Since purchasing Friendly's restaurants in Beavercreek, Kettering, Springfield, Troy, and Vandalia two years ago, Peyton has invested more than $550,000 in remodeling and enhancements.
In that time, he and his crew have repeatedly set records for sales, guest satisfaction and employee retention. 4DH won Friendly's Franchise Comp Sales Award for 2005, while the general manager for 4DH's Kettering, Ohio restaurant took home Friendly's Franchise General Manager of the Year Award. In addition, 4DH was named Friendly's New Franchise Group of the Year in 2004.
Central to this success is 4DH's "Valued Players, Raving Fans" philosophy.
"Long-term success depends on forging an emotional bond with our guests and the employees who play on our team," he said. "We need to earn this trust and approval each day, and that's exactly what we're committed to doing in Miamisburg."
"Kevin Peyton and the entire 4DH team are a model for what a superb franchisee organization should be," added John L. Cutter, Friendly's CEO and President. "We are delighted that they are going to bring the Friendly's brand to the Miamisburg community."
Peyton plans ten locations by 2011.
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation (Amex: FRN) is a vertically integrated restaurant company serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment in more than 520 company and franchised restaurants throughout the Northeast. The company also manufactures ice cream, which is distributed through more than 4,500 supermarkets and other retail locations. With a 71-year operating history, Friendly's enjoys strong brand recognition and is currently revitalizing its restaurants and introducing new products to grow its customer base.
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