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Franchise director appointed at Harry Ramsden's

Written by Ryan McChrystal on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Franchise

Frank Romano appointed to head up fish and chips outlet's franchise operations with immediate effect

Franchise director appointed at Harry Ramsden's

Potato lovers of the world unite. It’s National Chip Week, which means it’s time to tuck into and celebrate mouthwatering slices of fried potato. And few are more world famous for the product than iconic fish and chips franchise, Harry Ramsden’s, which has been in the game since 1928. 

In the run up to National Chip Week, Harry Ramsden’s appointed Frank Romano to the newly created position of franchise director with immediate effect as it steps up its ambitious franchise expansion plans. 

Romano is well known in the hospitality and leisure industry and his experience includes being COO of Little Chef, where he engineered the return to profit and subsequent sale of the brand. He also previously held positions as managing director of Trevor Hemmings’ Herald Inns and Bars and as an associate director of Phones4U.

Joe Teixeira, CEO of Harry Ramsden’s, said: “With his wealth of experience and first-class track record, we are delighted to announce Frank’s appointment to this important new role within Harry Ramsden’s.” 

“Frank will be charged with accelerating our ambitious franchising model which is set to deliver over 100 new UK outlets, as a result of agreements in place for Yorkshire, Scotland and South West Sussex. And with a franchise agreement already in place for Qatar, Frank will also be exploring overseas opportunities which will further increase the brand’s international presence,” Teixeira added.

Romano said: “I welcome the opportunity to work with such an iconic brand, which has undeniably been transformed in the past few years. With its premium look and feel, excellent product offering and mass-market appeal, I believe our proposition is an enticing one. We will initially seek to recruit the right franchisees for the brand and thereafter, ensure they reap the rewards of their investment in Harry Ramsden’s.”

Romano's appointment confirms Teixeira's statements following a record-breaking Q3 last year, that brand would be investing more resources to facilitate further expansion. So when you’re tucking into your dinner on National Chip Week, raise a chip to Romano and Harry Ramsden’s, because you are sure to be seeing a lot more of them very soon. 

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Ryan McChrystal

Ryan McChrystal

In a previous life McChrystal wrote about asset management in the Middle East. A history and politics graduate from the north of Ireland, he now focuses his efforts a little closer to home. When he's not knee-deep in journalism McChrystal fancies himself as a bit of a globetrotter. In the summer of 2014 he completed his second US road trip, spanning the east coast, but Americans will be glad to know he'll be giving them a break for a few years before returning. McChrystal is a music geek and proud parent of a dwarf rabbit named Dylan.

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