The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill

Greek and Mediterranean food
Franchise 500 Rank
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Initial investment
$573K - $937K
Units as of 2023
36 Increase 227.3% over 3 years

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise opened in 2011. It was founded by a Greek/Armenian family. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill restaurant was quickly bought by Trent Jones and Nick Della Penna, who have more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality field.

After buying The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, Jones and Della Penna made operational restaurant changes, which allowed for the success of The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise. In 2018, they opened a second location, and, after that, they opened more locations in South Florida and Las Vegas. Today, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill has opened multiple franchises across the country.

The restaurant’s main goal is to serve healthy and fast-casual Mediterranean food, which is homemade. It may provide bold flavors through fresh ingredients.

Why You May Want To Start a Great Greek Mediterranean Grill Franchise

To own a The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise, it is ideal that the franchisee has high-quality standards, pays a lot of attention to detail, and can multitask. A Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchisee doesn’t need to have any experience in the hospitality or restaurant field to open a franchise.

If awarded a franchise, franchisees receive a great deal of support from The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill brand throughout the franchising process. In addition to pre-opening training, Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchisees receive support through brand awareness, marketing, research, and construction. They also receive hands-on training and continued support after their franchise location has opened.

What Might Make a Great Greek Mediterranean Grill Franchise a Good Choice?

In addition to working with fresh ingredients and a bold menu, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill believes it has a friendly vibe. The menu may have dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options, which could also attract customers who have allergies, intolerances, and specific preferences to this kind of food.

Opening a Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise may have a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that could struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.

To be part of the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company’s set liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill Franchise

As you decide if opening a The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchising team questions. 

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Company Overview

About The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill

Industry Food
Related Categories Miscellaneous Quick-Service Restaurants, Mediterranean Food, Food: Quick Service
Founded 2011
Parent Company Great Greek Franchising LLC
Leadership Bob Andersen, Brand President
Corporate Address 2121 Vista Pkwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Social Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram
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Remarkable Success Creates Unique Franchise Opportunity

With a wide range of delicious menu options and a customer base that’s longing for fast-casual options in the hot Mediterranean category, The Great Greek is an excellent opportunity for multi-unit, area developer or Master License Partner consideration.

Three key factors that set us apart:

  • High quality ingredients with sauces, soups, dressings, marinades, and desserts made from scratch daily. This leads to a passionately loyal customer base.
  • The food is as fresh as you can get. We chop, slice and trim it ourselves every day. We don’t compromise on our commitment to freshness, ever.
  • The service matches the food. Each team member provides outstanding hospitality, so each customer feels special. This creates an exemplary experience for every customer, so they enjoy coming back.

Our History

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill has a history of scrumptious food and a loyal customer base. The first location opened on May 5, 2011, in Henderson, Nevada. It was originally owned and operated by a Greek/Armenian family before being purchased by Nick Della Penna and Trent Jones, third generation restaurateurs with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. They made operational changes to the restaurant, enhancing the restaurant’s performance. And took it to a whole new level of success.

Building on that success, they opened a second location on June 7, 2017, and since then have opened additional locations in Las Vegas and South Florida.

Nick and Trent began to look for a franchising expert who could take their concept and help it expand around the globe and they found that with Starpoint Brands. Building on more than 35 years of franchising history, Starpoint Brands is introducing The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill to communities around the world.

The Great Greek Fast-Casual Difference

  • Our recipes are authentic third-generation Greek family recipes.
  • Our meals and desserts are all made from scratch with fresh, whole ingredients.
  • Our restaurants have received a variety of awards for their delicious food options and family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Greek/Mediterranean cuisine is highly sought after because of its bold flavors and healthy options.
  • Simply. Delicious. Greek.

Award Winning Fast-Casual Opportunity In Highly Coveted Mediterranean Cuisine

Consumers across the country are seeking delicious, new, healthy options when dining out. Research confirms Mediterranean food is the big winner with diners both when it comes to one-time trial and for eating frequently. Mediterranean food features big, bold flavors and healthy ingredients that make it delicious to enjoy.

The American Heart Association, famous TV doctors, and chefs everywhere have promoted the Mediterranean diet as the most healthful way to eat. Add to that, the ease of dining at The Great Greek’s attractive fast-casual locations and you have a highly sought-after destination for diners.

Greek Food. Great Support. Starpoint Brands

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is proud to be a member of the esteemed Starpoint Brands family, a division of United Franchise Group™ (UFG), the global leader for entrepreneurs. As part of this trusted family of brands, we offer the very best in retail, food & beverage, and professional services across locations worldwide. When you join our family, you gain access to many resources, including extensive training, support, and top-notch marketing services that will guide you every step.

Leading our charge is the visionary CEO, Ray Titus, a well-known name in the franchise industry. Since 1986, he has been pioneering franchising with Signarama, which he started in Farmingdale, New York. Today, his leadership has grown United Franchise Group and Starpoint Brands to include top-ranked, award-winning businesses that have established a new standard in the industry.

World Class Support

Each franchisee and area developer for The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill will benefit from the expertise and personal attention they will receive from the support team. Our skilled professionals will provide comprehensive world-class training, marketing launch expertise and ongoing programs to ensure you get off the ground quickly.

Real Estate & Financing

  • Location & set-up assistance to ensure your locations capitalize on exposure opportunities.
  • The dedicated real estate team assists with demographics and lease negotiations on your behalf. 
  • Financing opportunities available.

Training

  • Comprehensive training program at our West Palm Beach, Florida world headquarters followed by on-site training at your location.
  • Access to online training tools and collaborative systems.
  • In-depth franchise operations manual.

Ongoing Support

  • Ongoing visits and communications from our support and executive staff.
  • Private access to valuable information and ongoing programs to help your location grow.
  • Regional meetings and national conventions.

Marketing

  • Grand opening program, PR campaigns, online marketing solutions, printed materials and ads created by in-house marketing team.
  • Advertising programs designed to provide ongoing solutions for driving traffic to your store and creating brand awareness for this exciting new brand in the fast-casual restaurant industry.

Simply. Delicious. Greek. The Fast-Casual Opportunity For You.

You want a franchise opportunity that features delicious, healthy, sought-after options and that’s just what you’ll find with The Great Greek. From our authentic third generation recipes to our award recognition, every aspect of The Great Greek makes it an opportunity you should consider.

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2018 (6 years)
# of employees at HQ 224
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

# of Units 36 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$39,500
Initial Investment Information Circle
$572,828 - $936,778
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$180,000 - $200,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
10-25% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
6%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
3%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
35 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 180 hours
Classroom Training 60.25 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes

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Updated: December 12th, 2022