WILBRAHAM, Mass. (Grassroots Newswire) October 29, 2012 - – Friendly's Ice Cream, LLC announces that Dave Ulgenalp has joined Friendly’s as its Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development.
Mr. Ulgenalp, a native of Tarpon Springs, Fla, has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry as an owner of independent full service restaurants and worked as a consultant for Friendly’s for several months prior to accepting his new position. He will be responsible for franchise sales and development as well as design and construction.
Mr. Ulgenalp’s background includes owning and operating an independent restaurant and as a multi-unit franchisee owner of two national casual restaurant chains. He also held positions similar to his current role at Friendly’s at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants and Panera Bread.
“Dave brings experience and vision to his new position, along with a perspective gained from a background in both restaurant ownership and franchise organization management,” said John Maguire, CEO and President of Friendly’s. “We’re looking forward to working with Dave as he brings that experience to bear on optimizing the business opportunities represented by the Friendly’s restaurant system.”
About Friendly's Ice Cream LLC
Friendly's Ice Cream LLC is a new, vertically integrated restaurant company, with a legendary brand name, serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment. Together with its broad franchisee base, the company has system-wide sales of over $550 million and distribution through over 7,500 retail locations. For over 76 years, Friendly’s restaurants and dedicated service teams have delighted generations of guests. For the future, Friendly’s has plans for new food and ice cream products, enhanced buildings, and new service channels.
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