While it’s been nearly six months since we announced that we had found a good franchise partner for the Hickory market, site selection has taken some time. As we explained back in January, our site selection process starts with a treasure map of the Hickory market. This set of informative maps is used extensively by our Shuckin’ Shack executives, our new franchisee, and our commercial real estate partners at Trademark. Thanks to this market research, and efforts by all over the past several months, we are happy to announce that a retail lease was signed late in May!
As shown in the site selection photos (below), this space was recently a 2,700 square foot pizza restaurant. This will work to our advantage as we convert this space into a true Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar over the months to come! Out goes the pizza posters and pie shaped chairs, and in comes the surfboards, bucket lights and an amazing casual coastal experience that will be loved by thousands of seafood lovers who call Hickory home.
Our new franchise partner for this market is local and is already an experienced multi-unit restaurant franchisee. We are now in the final stages of plan review this month, so look forward to architectural renderings to come, and a public opening for “The Shack” expected later in 2019. If you live in or visit the Hickory area, feel free to watch our renovation and remodeling progress at 2117 US Hwy 70 SE - next door to McDonald’s and across from Academy Sports + Outdoors.
With each new franchise agreement signed in North Carolina, the available opportunities become fewer for those who’ve dreamed of operating their own successful restaurant business. Our team has a goal to bring the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar to Greenville, NC in 2020. If you know of someone considering restaurant franchise opportunities in Pitt County, that can appreciate the successful model we created in Carolina Beach in 2007, please Share this short video with them, and have them request additional information!