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    Farm Stores Begins Franchising Program

    Drive-thru chain offers groceries, baked goods and quick-service food.

    MIAMI — Drive-thru chain Farm Stores Corp. will begin franchising for the first time, the company announced. The brand is now targeting qualified single-unit and multi-unit candidates, as well as area developers nationwide.

    As a hybrid of a neighborhood grocery store, bakery and a quick-service restaurant, Farm Stores is a drive-thru retail concept that lets busy consumers purchase groceries, snacks, household supplies and more without having to leave their cars.

    "For more than 55 years, we've perfected the idea of convenience by taking the express lane of your neighborhood grocery store and bringing it to the window of your car," said Farm Stores CEO Carlos Bared. "The Farm Stores concept defines its own category by offering an innovative, premium shopping experience for the family on the go without sacrificing quality or product offering."

    To expand its footprint, Farm Stores has embarked on an aggressive growth strategy with initial development efforts focused on Florida and extending into select suburban markets across the country.

    A Farm Stores franchisee should have a passion for and commitment to leadership and exceptional customer service, the company said. The total cost of investment for one store should range from $200,000 to $500,000.

    Farm Stores recently unveiled a new eco-friendly prefabricated building and plans to launch its first order-ahead mobile app later this year.

    "Farm Stores aims to serve the needs of today's busy families, and we're excited to introduce our unique shopping experience and a new level of convenience to communities across the country," said Chief Operating Officer Maurice Bared. "We strive to be leaders in the industry, which is why we are continually investing in technology and innovation to enhance both the customer experience and franchise operations."

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