Five Guys franchisee to open 18 Melt Shops

Melt Shop is expanding its footprint by opening 18 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as a part of its first development deal. The partnership with Rockham Melt, LLC, led by Drew Smith, supports Melt Shop's aggressive plans to grow to 100 locations worldwide over the next five years, according to a company press release. The first location is slated to open in Delaware in 2018.

Smith, a Pennsylvania native, will own and operate Melt Shop's newest restaurants via Rockham Melt, LLC.  He is a seasoned multi-unit franchisee, owning and operating 23 Five Guys locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Prior to his career in franchising, Smith earned an MBA from Duke University and worked in private equity investing.

"Backed by fellow Five Guys franchisees, Melt Shop was the clear choice for me when I decided to diversify my portfolio," Smith said. "Its' smooth and efficient operations coupled with its focus on food quality and customer satisfaction make it a winning combination. I'm eager to begin this journey with Melt Shop and stand behind an emerging concept I love."

Founded by Spencer Rubin in 2011, Melt Shop has eight corporate locations throughout New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis, and has signed a multi-unit deal to open seven restaurants in the Middle East, four of which will open by the second quarter of 2018.

Last month, Melt Shop signed its first domestic franchise agreement to open a location in Staten Island Mall in Staten Island, New York.

"It has been a stellar year for Melt Shop with the launch of our franchise program and we're looking to continue this momentum in 2018," Rubin said. "Finding an experienced, knowledgeable partner like Drew to sign our first development deal is key to catapulting our growth. We're excited to have him join our family and see how far he will take the Melt Shop brand."

Topics: Franchising & Growth

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