Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Einstein Bros. Bagels new Myers Park store opens

Charlotte's newest Einstein Bros. Bagels location is opening Tuesday, March 27, at 5:30 a.m. in Myers Park Shopping Center.

A new Ballantyne store was recently announced as well. Phil Rice, the 25-year-old franchiser who owns the stores, said he plans to open as many as eight more stores in the Charlotte market.

He's currently looking for locations in the SouthPark area, near Lake Norman, and possibly in Rock Hill. Rice worked for a restaurant company in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Charlotte last year. He wanted to own his own business, and said he gravitated toward Einstein Bros. because they have more than 700 locations but are fairly new to franchising.

"It's a really cool brand," Rice said. He bought the rights to the Charlotte market last year. The transition from working for a restaurant company to ownership is nerve-wracking, Rice admits. "I've opened new restaurants before, but this has my name on it," he said. "This is my life, so I can't mess it up. That's why I work seven days a week."


Anonymous said...

I am glad you cleared that up because the flyer I received in the mail said it was in "Meyers Park" and I wasn't sure where that was!

Anonymous said...

Did he do his own direct mail pieces? The direct mail flyer referred to the new location as "Meyers Park" - being from Ohio, wouldn't be surprised if he did these himself...learn the market before sending advertising. I do love Einstein Bagels though!

Anonymous said...

They should open one up in the Steele Creek area!!!

Anonymous said...

The SouthEnd location open for several years has been a gem. However, Einsten bagels are not quite as good as Breugger's.

Anonymous said...

Corp. Einstein did produced the incorrect "MYERS PARK" piece. Also the address should be 1039. A new piece is supposed to follow.