Golden Corral is proud to have several franchisees featured in the August issue of the Franchise Times, which lists the largest franchised restaurant ownership groups in the United States. The magazine’s annual Restaurant 200 list includes five Golden Corral franchise owners among the country’s largest revenue generators in the restaurant industry.
Eric Holm of Metro Corral Partners ranks #78 on the Restaurant 200 list. He currently owns 32 restaurants in Florida and Georgia, the largest number of units by a franchisee in the system. Holm has been a Golden Corral franchise owner since 1996 and has been named Golden Corral’s Franchisee of the Year nine times. He also owns four Krispy Kreme stores.
For the past 25 years, Holm has hosted "Helpings from the Heart", an event that provides more than 20,000 free meals for residents in the Orlando area on Thanksgiving Day. He hosts the event to give back to the community and thank The Salvation Army, which provided a Thanksgiving meal to the Holm family when he was a child.
Billy Sewell of Platinum Corral ranked #135 on the Franchise Times list. Sewell owns 26 Golden Corral restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio. He started with Golden Corral in 1989 as an Associate Manager, and then worked as a General Manager and a District Manager before becoming a franchisee in 1996. Sewell was named the NCRLA North Carolina Restauranteur of the Year in 2008. His father, Louis, was a founding investor with Golden Corral in 1973.
Sewell is active in several annual charitable causes, and each year his Platinum Corral restaurants are among the highest contributors in the system in supporting Camp Corral. 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 for Camp Corral are collected from Golden Corral restaurants and their guests across the country, as well as a partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
In addition to Holm and Sewell, Golden Corral franchisees with multi-brand ownership of other franchises also appear at #6, #16 and #41 on the Franchise Times’ Restaurant 200 list.