S4 Ep8: How A Side Hustle Led To 300+ Restaurants, Hotels and Hardware Stores.

How does a side hustle wind up in the Franchise Times top 25 multi-unit operators? By creating a model that can be scaled and repeated endlessly.

Al Bhakta is Principal at CMG Companies, working with brands including Taco Bell, KFC, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Genghis Grill, Sonic, and Rent-A-Center – to name a few. With more than 300 restaurants, 90+ retail units and 8 hotels, this group of six founding partners have come a long way since their college days.

The Wolf and Al, get into why the basics matter when it comes to creating culture in food outlets, why wearing every hat as an operator gives you the view from the shop floor, and the secret sauce that’s allowed CMG Companies to transform failing franchise units time and time again.

Plus you’ll hear the strategy that allows Al and the team to operate successfully across more than 20 states.


Follow Al:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/albhakta/

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