Barberitos Supporting Franchisees During Pandemic
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Barberitos has launched several initiatives for its franchisees to provide financial relief and to assist in keeping their locations open and safe. The fast-casual Southwestern Grille and Cantina has 50 locations across the Southeast.
“The Barberitos franchisees are my extended family, and we are in this together,” said Downing Barber, Barberitos Founder & CEO. “I have spent most of my life serving food and am committed to continuing to do so in the safest manner possible.”
As the COVID-19 virus pandemic has progressed, Barberitos Franchining Inc. (BFI) has taken numerous actions to support their franchisees during this time:
Royalties – removed these fees beginning March 16.
Marketing Fund Contributions– removed these fees beginning March 16.
Expense Relief– BFI has extended terms on national deals for immediate relief, as well as providing recommendations on how to negotiate rent and other expenses.
SBA Disaster Loan Program– working with franchisees to ensure they take advantage of government support opportunities.
Franchise Support – offering a sounding board for best practices, as well as the development and promotion of new menu items, hours, delivery, etc.
Barberitos has launched a “TacoBout Family Takeout” meal at many of its locations. Additional options implemented or expanded to keep Barberitos’ guests safe and fed include:
Mobile App – The app offers a location finder, online ordering and the ability to request curbside delivery.
Curbside Delivery – Team member will bring to-go orders to the car. Guests can also select curbside service online via Barberitos.com.
Delivery Services – Call the local restaurant to learn which delivery services that specific franchise location is offering.
In addition, the chain has instituted numerous proactive steps as recommended by the CDC and the FDA, which include: thorough cleaning of hard surfaces, frequent sanitizing of high-trafficked areas, communicating with local health officials and updating health & wellness procedures