Golden Corral experienced a very successful year in 2019, marked by new franchise units and industry recognition. The company added 12 new locations across the country and secured agreements for another 16 restaurants, continuing Golden Corral’s position as a category leader.
Golden Corral will move its corporate headquarters from its Glenwood Avenue office in Raleigh, NC, where the company has spent the last 40 years, to a new building at 5401 Trinity Road in Raleigh. Construction is currently underway on the 42,500 square foot space, and the move is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
For the 27th consecutive year, Golden Corral franchisee Eric Holm provided more than 20,000 free meals to deserving residents in Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day.
Golden Corral is offering an industry-leading incentive for franchisees to remodel their current restaurants to the Golden Corral brand’s new Gateway design package. The comprehensive incentive program will support franchise owners with a reinvestment credit, a local marketing credit, and a people hiring and training credit.
Camp Corral is a nonprofit corporation that provides free, one-of-a-kind summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen service members. Donations come from Golden Corral restaurants and their customers across the country. The donations and a partnership with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) were able to provide $2 million to help fund Camp Corral in 2019.
Golden Corral is leveraging its increased brand awareness with an aggressive growth strategy to rapidly expand into new territories across the country.
The brand started as a single restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973, and has experienced steady growth throughout its long history. Golden Corral is the industry leader in the buffet category and currently has nearly 500 restaurants operating in 41 states nationwide, with more to come over the next several years.
Hu Odom owns 20 Golden Corrals in four states, employs up to a couple thousand people and is in a position to help make more people a career in the hospitality industry.
“I firmly believe the restaurant industry is one of the last employment frontiers in America where young people can come in with a serious determination and willingness to work hard and make a great career for themselves,” Odom said. “They don’t need a good family connection or to go to the right school. That is what happened to me, quite frankly."
Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill buffet chain, continues to grow its iconic American brand by constantly looking out for new territories where customers are craving its special recipes of delicious home-cooked meals at an affordable price. Golden Corral has identified Des Moines, Iowa as the new home for another successful franchise in the Midwest.