Last updated on July 29th, 2015 at 12:19 pm
UFood Grill of Boston, a franchisor of fast-casual restaurants offering a healthy options menu, has partnered with VetFran, a program that helps U.S. military veterans locate franchise opportunities and provides a path toward business ownership with training, mentoring and financial assistance. UFood Grill will offer veterans a 50 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $17,500, to help veterans own and operate a UFood Grill restaurant.
The announcement marks a special milestone for UFood Grill CEO Sal Rincione, who was a counter intelligence officer in the U.S. Army 15 years ago. After serving with the 101st Infantry Division and the 2nd Infantry Division, Rincione entered the private sector where he has enjoyed a career as a franchise executive with several national and international restaurant chains.
Rincione says he is looking to VetFran to help fellow veterans find similar success as part of his organization.
“VetFran will allow UFood Grill to connect with eligible franchisees who, I know from my own personal experience, have received the best training in America to follow a proven system,” said Rincione. “The decision-making skills, leadership abilities and ethics of our U.S. military veterans are the same traits that are needed to become successful UFood Grill franchise owners.”
VetFran is a program available to members of the International Franchise Association, the largest and oldest franchise organization in the world. Since it was founded in 1991, VetFran has grown into a network of more than 650 franchise brands that voluntarily offer financial discounts to aspiring veteran franchisees. There are more than 6,000 veterans who have become franchise business owners since 2011.