When you’re looking into franchise business opportunities, you may be invited to a discovery day. A discovery day is the next step for serious candidates who’ve met the franchisor’s financial and experience requirements to learn more about the franchise opportunity. Essentially, this is an opportunity to find out if you and the franchisor are the right match before the ultimate decision of franchise ownership is made.
Do Your Homework
Just as you would prepare for a job interview, be sure to have done your homework beforehand. Before you go, study the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and have a list of follow-up questions prepared. Discovery Days are a great opportunity to meet those on the franchise executive team face-to-face and get all your questions answered.
5 Questions to Bring to Discovery Day
Prospects that ask questions show their genuine interest in the franchise opportunity, ask things like:
- How does the brand support its franchisees?
- What are their long-term strategic goals?
- What are other franchisees saying about the brand?
- What are the typical methods of communicating with franchisees?
- How does this brand compare to others in the industry?
Clue in to the Company Culture
This is a great opportunity to assess the franchise culture reflected by its leaders and employees. Ask yourself, do you align with their mission and values and whether you would enjoy working with them for years to come.
What Happens Next?
Most franchisors aren’t expecting a check or to sign an agreement that day. After attending a discovery day, you’ll have time to go home and think about what you learned to decide if this is the right choice for you.
Interactive Discovery Days: At the Factory
Are you ready to start throwin’ dough with our CEO? Only at a Pizza Factory discovery day!
We hold several discovery day events across the country for growth-minded individuals looking to save dough and grow with our iconic West Coast pizza franchise. Typically, you’ll meet with CEO Mary Jane Riva, VP of Operations Steve Gibbs and Laura Tanaka, VP of Franchise Development, to learn more about our fresh, quality menu, flexible build options and extensive corporate support.
Learn more about franchising opportunities and how you can be a part of our next discovery day.
Pizza Factory, adored across the country for its great-tasting menu items and a community-centered environment that promotes positivity and inclusion, is celebrating a new milestone – a brand new opening in Santa Nella, California.
Located in a hub of restaurants and small businesses, the new Santa Nella Pizza Factory opened at the beginning of May, is touted the city’s ONLY local pizzeria and will feature the brand’s hand-tossed pizzas, hot calzones, handmade pastas, sandwiches and salads.
For 30 years, Pizza Factory has become the go-to neighborhood spot in communities across the country to experience family-friendly dining, high-quality meals and a hardworking staff that’s passionate about service. Ernie Amorim, along with his wife Patricia and brother Kevin, is opening the new restaurant in Santa Nella. The Amorim family has been with the brand for more than 11 years, owning three additional locations in Gustine, South Salinas and North Salinas.
“One Pizza Factory just wasn’t enough for us! Shortly after opening in Gustine, we knew we wanted to introduce more communities to everything Pizza Factory has to offer,” said Ernie. “Whether its teammates celebrating a big win, a family wanting a fun dinner out, or a hungry traveler that’s passing through town, Pizza Factory is the place the community can go to be surrounded by good food and great people. We can’t wait to finally bring a pizzeria to Santa Nella.”
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Whenever the whole Pizza Factory family gets together, it’s sure to be a good time. The annual convention is no exception – in April, Pizza Factory hosted the convention in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where all owners, home office staff and vendors came together to celebrate successes, strategize for the year ahead, hear from industry experts and learn about new trends.
The past year was strong for Pizza Factory – named #5 Most Improved Franchise by PMQ, honored by Franchise Business Review as a Top 200 brand in franchisee satisfaction, listed in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 and placed in the Top 20 Restaurants on the Rise by Nation’s Restaurant News. The numbers support these honors as well – store growth was up more than 7 percent in the last year.
The convention also serves as a time to pay tribute to franchisees who have done exceptional work within the Pizza Factory franchise system. The Top Sales award went to the Bishop Pizza Factory, and the Placerville Pizza Factory won the Way to Grow award for its 26 percent increase in sales over the year. Pizza Factory also honored dozens of franchisees who have been in the franchise system for 20 and 30 years.
Along with the awards, the convention was a great time to revisit some of the components of the brand that make it truly stand out, including showcasing Pizza Factory’s philanthropic work with No Kid Hungry and its commitment to the No Bully Zone program. This year, Pizza Factory plans to provide friendship benches to a school in each Pizza Factory market as a continued effort to combat the bully problem in schools.
As always, the convention was a wonderful time to get the whole Pizza Factory family together to learn and network – we’re already looking forward to next year!
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Pizza Factory is well known for both its fantastic franchise opportunity and its unique, family-oriented ambiance and delicious menu items. And as dedicated fans of the brand continue to spread the word, opening up new markets for qualified franchisees to grow, the media takes increasing notice as well. Not only is Pizza Factory known locally in the communities it serves, but nationally as well, as the brand often acts as a source on larger stories about food industry topics.
Recently, Pizza Factory’s CEO, Mary Jane Riva, acted as a source in a piece for Flavor & the Menu about pizza trends. The article highlighted Pizza Factory as a brand that’s pushing the boundaries of what a restaurant can be: in this case, a community gathering place where Pizza Factory’s brand values accompany delicious, innovative food. The article also discussed how each of Pizza Factory’s franchisees have the opportunity to get creative with menu innovations, which has resulted in some amazing flavor combinations that customers love to order.
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