Golden Corral is seeking a franchisee to open somewhere in Watertown to capitalize on its population and regional draw, said Van Ingram, vice president of franchise development. He said the market could support an 8,400-square-foot restaurant, the smaller of its two typical footprints. It would offer a full menu, including fried chicken, sirloin streak and shrimp trio, fried fish and pot roast.
Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, welcomed Shirley Rogers Reece and Mark Nelson to its Board of Directors. Rogers Reece and Nelson bring to the board nearly 60 years of industry and leadership experience.
One thing Golden Corral does differently is to have a long-term, in-house finance specialist who works with both franchisees and lenders. At most brands, said Van Ingram, that role usually is filled as an offshoot or another department, or franchisees are pointed to a list of lenders who have worked with the brand before.
Golden Corral’s Slow-Smoked Sirloin and Shrimp Trio promotion was included in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Menu Tracker featuring Slow-Smoked Sirloin, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Cajun Shrimp Boil and Famous Golden Delicious Shrimp.
The Triangle Business Journal named Golden Corral as a winner of the 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Award. Golden Corral was selected for the award by going above and beyond to make a difference in the local community. Each year Golden Corral assists veterans, military members and their families through its support of Camp Corral and Military Appreciation Night. Golden Corral also helps support families of co-workers in need through the GC Cares fund.
The line kept growing Wednesday morning at South Hill Mall in Puyallup. Inside, workers were setting out the final dishes for Golden Corral’s “endless buffet” for its grand opening. Some of the staff whipped out phones for last-minute quick group selfies and videos of the line forming outside before the breakfast-lunch rush began. For staff and management, it had already been a full day, and it wasn’t even 10 a.m., the start time for its first day of operation.
Golden Corral’s “Endless Ribs” promotion was included in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Menu Tracker featuring its Texas Blue Ribbon Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Brown Sugar Cured Spare Ribs, and Hickory Bourbon Grilled Ribs.