Kisses From Italy, Florida based restaurant chain operator, Franchisor and product distributor, has announced a newly signed agreement with Fransmart, a global leader in franchise development market and franchising opportunities for more than 20 years.
With experience in growing emerging franchise concepts into global brands, Fransmart will work to expand Kisses From Italy’s footprint in both national and international markets. Over the last two decades, Fransmart has sold over 5,000 franchises worldwide and played a part in franchising efforts for restaurant concepts, such as Five Guys Burgers & Fries, QDOBA Mexican Eats®, The Halal Guys and more.
“We are thrilled to begin working with Fransmart and its team of experts,” said Kisses From Italy co-founder, co-CEO and CIO, Claudio Ferri. “In signing the agreement, we believe we have been given an opportunity to further develop practical franchise expansion plans, solidify best practices for structuring our franchise opportunity and ultimately grow Kisses From Italy. This is an incredibly exciting time for us and we look forward to finding the right entrepreneurs who are eager to be a part of it.”
The announcement follows the initial launch of Kisses From Italy’s franchise growth strategy in 2020, which identified Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as key markets for expansion, in addition to existing locations in southern Florida, Italy, and soon, California.
Founded by two childhood friends, Montreal natives Claudio Ferri and Michael Di Turi, Kisses From Italy began as a quick-service restaurant with Italian-American roots. Inspired by the delis and bakeries Di Turi’s grandfather owned in Italy in the 1950s, the Kisses From Italy concept boasts a traditional Italian charm paired with modern restaurant technology and service that doubles down on customer convenience. When customers visit a Kisses From Italy restaurant, what they see on the menu is what they get—unique offerings that avoid processed foods and instead showcase tasty, fresh and authentic meals.
As the brand sets sites on expanding into key markets, Kisses From Italy is seeking qualified single-unit and multi-unit owners looking to invest with an emerging brand. Prospective franchise owners should share a passion for food, family and being an active member of their community. Ideal candidates have a background in restaurant operations and business ownership, demonstrate good work ethic and are willing to grow with the business. Franchise owners must have a minimum net worth of $350,000 and meet the minimum liquid assets required of $150,000.