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Qdoba Mexican Grill president and CEO Gary Beisler to retire

Qdoba Mexican Grill president and CEO Gary Beisler to retire

Qdoba Mexican Grill’s president and chief executive Gary Beisler on Tuesday said he plans to retire after fourteen years with the fast-casual brand.

Parent company Jack in the Box Inc. said a search is underway for his replacement, though Beisler will remain in the position until a successor is named.

In addition, the company also said Tuesday that Jeffrey Wood has been named vice president and chief development officer, which is a newly created position for the Qdoba brand.

Beisler first joined Qdoba in 1998 as chief operating officer, when the now 614-unit chain had 13 locations. He has served as CEO since November 2000 and president since January 1999. Jack in the Box acquired the Qdoba brand in 2003.

Linda Lang, Jack in the Box Inc.’s chair and chief executive, said, “We commend Gary for his vision in helping define the unique attributes that distinguish Qdoba from its competitors and for leveraging those qualities in expanding the brand. We wish him all the best as he prepares for the next chapter in his life and look forward to his continued leadership as we search for an experienced senior executive to help execute Qdoba’s growth strategy.”

The chain, meanwhile, has aggressive plans to grow both corporate and franchise locations, the company said.

Wood comes to Qdoba from Dave & Buster’s Holdings Inc., where he was senior vice president and chief development officer. Prior experience includes work in restaurant leasing for Simon Property Group, and as a development executive for Brinker International.

Jack in the Box has had other executive changes this year. In August, Terri Funk Graham, the company’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, announced that she was stepping down after 22 years.

The company also said it was conducting a comprehensive review of its organization structure, including workforce reductions and early retirement options, in conjunction with an ongoing refranchising program.

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. operates of franchises 2,247 Jack in the Box restaurants, as well as 614 units of Qdoba.

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Qdoba Mexican Grill® Announces Leadership Changes

DENVER--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Qdoba Restaurant Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) that operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill®, today announced that President and CEO Gary J. Beisler plans to retire from the company. A search is under way to identify a successor to Beisler, who will continue to serve in his current capacities until a successor is named. The company also announced today that Jeffrey C. Wood is joining the company as Qdoba’s Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Beisler, who joined Qdoba in 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer, has served as its CEO since November 2000 and as President since January 1999.

Linda A. Lang, Chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box Inc., said, “We commend Gary for his vision in helping define the unique attributes that distinguish Qdoba from its competitors and for leveraging those qualities in expanding the brand. We wish him all the best as he prepares for the next chapter in his life and look forward to his continued leadership as we search for an experienced senior executive to help execute Qdoba’s growth strategy.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the past 14 years and leading this great brand through a period of tremendous growth and success,” Beisler said. “Qdoba had just 13 locations when I started, and today it’s the one of the largest concepts in the fast-casual industry. I want to thank our wonderful employees and franchise community for contributing to our brand’s success and for all of the support that they’ve given me over the years.”

Qdoba, which was founded in Denver in 1995, was acquired by Jack in the Box Inc. in January 2003. The chain has subsequently grown from 85 units in 16 states to more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The company plans to continue expanding through both company and franchise development. Leading that development will be Jeffrey C. Wood, who has joined Qdoba as Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Wood brings 27 years of experience in restaurant real estate development to his new position. He was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Dave & Buster’s Holdings, Inc., in Dallas. Prior to joining Dave & Buster’s in 2006, Wood was Vice President of Restaurant Leasing for Simon Property Group, a shopping mall owner and real estate company in Indianapolis. Before joining Simon Property Group in 2005, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Brinker International, Inc., a company that owns and operates casual dining restaurants worldwide. Among his executive positions at Brinker were Vice President of Development - Emerging Concepts and Vice President of Real Estate & Property Development. He was also Regional Director of Real Estate for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Inc., prior to joining Brinker in 1993. Wood has an M.B.A. and B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, both with a real estate concentration.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jeff’s high caliber join the Qdoba team,” Lang said. “His broad range of experience in all facets of real estate development will serve us well as we continue to grow the Qdoba brand.”

About Qdoba Mexican Grill®

Qdoba Mexican Grill is a Mexican kitchen where anyone can go to enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal prepared right in front of them. Each Qdoba restaurant showcases food that celebrates Qdoba’s passion for ingredients, a menu full of innovative flavors, handcrafted preparation and inviting service. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among the nation’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains with more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK). Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the nation. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.


Growth

As of 2013, Qdoba operates over 600 fast-casual restaurant locations throughout the United States. [33]

The first Canadian location opened on December 3, 2012, in Brandon, Manitoba. [34] A second location was opened in London, Ontario, three months later. [35] A third location opened in Winnipeg in 2014. [36]

Qdoba repurchased 25 stores located in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee from ZT of Louisville, Inc., one its largest franchisees, for an undisclosed sum in mid-2012. [37] Tim Casey replaced Gary Beisler as CEO in March 2013. [27] In June 2013, Qdoba announced it would close a total of 67 underperforming restaurants, including 18 in and around Chicago. [38]

In October 2014, Qdoba changed their price structure to "all-inclusive" in which the price only depended on the type of protein (.80 for chicken or vegetarian items and .40 for steak, shredded beef or pork), but included all of the "extras" that previously incurred an additional charge, such as guacamole and queso sauce. [39] [40] Most people who routinely ordered the "extras" with their burritos did not see much of a price difference after the new prices went into effect. However, light eaters complained that if they wanted to maintain their light eating habits by getting a simple plain item, they were hit with as much as a -per-item price increase (as an example, the Craft 2 which went up to .40 from .49) by paying for items they did not choose to get (like the guacamole), subsidizing other customers who usually paid for the "extras" in the past and, if they chose to get the extras which they normally don't get, those light eaters would increase their waistline through the increased intake of calories, fat, and salt that usually accompanied those "extras". [41] [42] [43]

Faced with sluggish growth, management decided to make a change in their marketing strategy. As part of the new strategy, the trade name of the restaurants was changed to Qdoba Mexican Eats in October 2015 in the hope of trying to distinguish itself from similar-sounding competitors. [2] [44]

By July 2016, the company had 650 restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. [32]

Qdoba serves burritos made in the San Francisco burrito style, [45] and other foods such as tacos, quesadillas, chile con queso and Mexican gumbo. The restaurant fits into the "fast casual" category, offering both quick service and a higher quality of food than typical fast-food restaurants. Customers order by selecting an entrée then choosing its ingredients. All of the items are made in plain view of the customer. The chain's current slogan is "We Live Food."

To distinguish itself from some of its competitors, Qdoba serves breakfast, and some locations are open 24 hours on weekends. [33]

Qdoba has also opened restaurants in non-traditional locations, such as directly on college campuses, and may participate in some college meal plans. [46] [47] [48]


Qdoba Mexican Grill president and CEO Gary Beisler to retire - Recipes

Qdoba Mexican Grill® Announces Leadership Changes

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Qdoba Restaurant Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. ( NAS: JACK ) that operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill®, today announced that President and CEO Gary J. Beisler plans to retire from the company. A search is under way to identify a successor to Beisler, who will continue to serve in his current capacities until a successor is named. The company also announced today that Jeffrey C. Wood is joining the company as Qdoba's Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Beisler, who joined Qdoba in 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer, has served as its CEO since November 2000 and as President since January 1999.

Linda A. Lang, Chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box Inc., said, "We commend Gary for his vision in helping define the unique attributes that distinguish Qdoba from its competitors and for leveraging those qualities in expanding the brand. We wish him all the best as he prepares for the next chapter in his life and look forward to his continued leadership as we search for an experienced senior executive to help execute Qdoba's growth strategy."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the past 14 years and leading this great brand through a period of tremendous growth and success," Beisler said. "Qdoba had just 13 locations when I started, and today it's the one of the largest concepts in the fast-casual industry. I want to thank our wonderful employees and franchise community for contributing to our brand's success and for all of the support that they've given me over the years."

Qdoba, which was founded in Denver in 1995, was acquired by Jack in the Box Inc. in January 2003. The chain has subsequently grown from 85 units in 16 states to more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The company plans to continue expanding through both company and franchise development. Leading that development will be Jeffrey C. Wood, who has joined Qdoba as Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Wood brings 27 years of experience in restaurant real estate development to his new position. He was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Dave & Buster's Holdings, Inc., in Dallas. Prior to joining Dave & Buster's in 2006, Wood was Vice President of Restaurant Leasing for Simon Property Group, a shopping mall owner and real estate company in Indianapolis. Before joining Simon Property Group in 2005, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Brinker International, Inc., a company that owns and operates casual dining restaurants worldwide. Among his executive positions at Brinker were Vice President of Development - Emerging Concepts and Vice President of Real Estate & Property Development. He was also Regional Director of Real Estate for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Inc., prior to joining Brinker in 1993. Wood has an M.B.A. and B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, both with a real estate concentration.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jeff's high caliber join the Qdoba team," Lang said. "His broad range of experience in all facets of real estate development will serve us well as we continue to grow the Qdoba brand."

About Qdoba Mexican Grill®

Qdoba Mexican Grill is a Mexican kitchen where anyone can go to enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal prepared right in front of them. Each Qdoba restaurant showcases food that celebrates Qdoba's passion for ingredients, a menu full of innovative flavors, handcrafted preparation and inviting service. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among the nation's largest Mexican fast-casual chains with more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. ( NAS: JACK ) . Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the nation. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.

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About Qdoba Mexican Grill®

Qdoba Mexican Grill is a Mexican kitchen where anyone can go to enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal prepared right in front of them. Each Qdoba restaurant showcases food that celebrates Qdoba&rsquos passion for ingredients, a menu full of innovative flavors, handcrafted preparation and inviting service. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among the nation&rsquos largest Mexican fast-casual chains with more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK). Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the nation. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.


Qdoba plans Canadian growth

A Qdoba unit is under construction in Ontario, Canada.

Qdoba Mexican Grill has signed a multiunit franchise deal in Canada, marking the fast-casual Mexican chain’s first foray into an international market, the company said Tuesday.

The Denver-based chain has signed the agreement for London, Ontario, with the first location there scheduled to open next week. In December, it quietly opened its first location in Canada in Brandon, Manitoba, as part of an agreement with franchise operators Laird and Tracy Lidster.

Qdoba director of franchise development John Dikos said the company has not revealed the number of locations planned under the agreement in Ontario. The franchise group there is QNorth Development Corp., under principal Leo Strathakis, whose company operates roughly 20 restaurants under a number of other brands in Canada.

Like many U.S.-based chains, Qdoba is exploring growth around the world, but so far Canada is the only international market the brand is actively developing, Dikos said.

Canada offers Qdoba plenty of room to grow, he said. The fast-casual segment as a whole is still relatively new in Canada, with only a handful of U.S. concepts. Chipotle Mexican Grill, for example, has opened five restaurants there over five years.

Qdoba sees Canada as a franchise market, and the chain plans to work only with experienced Canadian operators, Dikos said.

The chain, which is owned by San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., has not revealed specific growth plans for Canada, but this year plans to add 70 to 85 locations in North America.

“Qdoba is excited to continue our growth beyond the U.S. border, and franchisees like Leo Strathakis of QNorth Development Corp. in Ontario are helping to pave our way,” Dikos said. “We will continue cultivating franchise partners in the U.S. and internationally that exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for food along with a track record of success in the restaurant industry.”

For the grand opening in Ontario, the restaurant plans to give one free entrée to the first 20 customers each day of opening week, March 18-23. The first 500 Ontario customers who register with Qdoba Rewards will receive a free burrito when they purchase their next burrito, and registry during opening week offers an opportunity to win free entrées for a year.

In the U.S., Qdoba operates or franchises more than 600 restaurants in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

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About Qdoba Mexican Grill®

Qdoba Mexican Grill is a Mexican kitchen where anyone can go to enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal prepared right in front of them. Each Qdoba restaurant showcases food that celebrates Qdoba’s passion for ingredients, a menu full of innovative flavors, handcrafted preparation and inviting service. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among the nation’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains with more than 600 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK). Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the nation. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.


Food Brands Say Goodbye to Board Members, Top Execs

Unfortunately, NaturalShrimp is saying goodbye to its former CEO as he has passed. Other food brands are seeing a variety of executives retire or move on to other endeavors.

Jack in the Box CEO Retires

Starting June 15, Darin Harris will take over as CEO and join the board of directors at Jack in the Box Inc. He comes from more than 25 years in the franchise segment, most recently as CEO of North America aat IWG PLC. He has also worked at major franchise restaurants such as CiCi’s Pizza and Arby’s Restaurant Group, Captain D’s Seafood, Papa John’s Pizza and Qdoba Mexican Grill.

Harris will step into the role as current CEO Lenny Comma retires. Comma has been in the position since 2014 and announced his retirement in December. When Harris takes over, Comma will leave the board as well as the CEO position.

In addition, Jack in the Box has elected David Goebel as the non-executive chairman of the board, also beginning in June.

Publix Welcomes Back Retired VP to its Board

Publix Super Markets is welcoming back retired vice president of Atlanta Joe DiBenedetto to its board of directors as current member Tom Hough retires. DiBenedetto has been with Publix since 1975, starting as front service clerk and moving up through the ranks until his retirement at the end of last year.

From 2011 to 2019, DiBenedetto also served on the Georgia Food Industry Association board.

In March, Publix broke ground on a new North Carolina distribution center.

VP of Business Development at Rainer Moves to Consulting

Rainer Fruit Co vice president of business development Andy Tudor is leaving the company to pursue other endeavors. He moves on to AT Ag Consulting, where he will provide specialized marketing strategies and other business consulting services.

Tudor leaves Rainier Fruit after eight years with the company, where he helped position it as a leading organic supplier. He is responsible for increasing sales, starting new programs with various corporate retailers and pushing innovative marketing campaigns. He has more than three decades of experience in produce and business development.

Former NaturalShrimp CEO Passes Away

NaturalShrimp is sadly saying farewell to its chairman emeritus Bill Williams, who passed away on April 12. He just recently retired as chairman of the board and CEO.

The board of directors says he was one of the SHMP visionaries and founders and is keeping his family in its thoughts.


Roark Capital invests in a fast casual specializing in Middle Eastern food

The parent company of Carl’s Jr., Arby’s and 16 other restaurant chains has made an equity investment in Naf Naf Grill, a 13-unit fast-casual chain that specializes in street foods of the Middle East. The capital will be used to expand Naf Naf, which currently operates in the greater Chicago area.

As part of the deal, Roark is placing two restaurant-industry veterans on Naf Naf’s board: Gary Beisler, the former CEO of Qdoba Mexican Grill, and George Condos, the president and COO of Arby’s until his retirement in April. Naf Naf co-founders Sahar Sander and David Sloan will remain co-CEOs.

Naf Naf’s menu includes pita sandwiches, rice bowls and salads, all available with an array of sauces and other garnishes. Among its signatures are chicken shawarma and slow-roasted steaks.

Roark said the investment marks its first involvement with an emerging concept. Most of the restaurant brands it has acquired, directly or through its Focus Brands holding, are mature operations that needed rejuvenation, capital or a clearer direction. Those chains include such operations as Carvel, Auntie Anne’s, Il Fornaio, Corner Bakery, McAlister’s Deli, Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Miller’s Ale House.

The private-equity company is in the process of spinning off one of its brands, the Wingstop chicken-wings chain, through a stock offering.


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