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    Farm Stores Starts Franchise Program

    Drive-thru chain also introduces building, tech innovations

    Farm Stores Corp., a chain of drive-through stores, has rolled out a nationwide franchise program targeting single-unit and multiunit candidates, as well as area developers. The Miami-based retailer has operated stores across Florida since 1957.

    The stores' concept -- a combined neighborhood grocery store, bakery and quick-service restaurant -- enables customers to buy products without leaving their cars. The company sells popular grocery brands, proprietary Farm Stores products, prepared foods and fresh baked goods.

    "For more than 55 years, we've perfected the idea of convenience by taking the express lane of your neighborhood grocery store and bringing it to the window of your car," noted Farm Stores CEO Carlos Bared. "The Farm Stores concept defines its own category by offering an innovative, premium shopping experience for the family on the go without sacrificing quality or product offering."

    The company's aggressive growth strategy consists of initial development efforts in Florida, followed by expansion into select suburban markets across the United States. The total cost of investment for one store ranges from $200,000 to $500,000. Real estate options under the program include both new construction and acquisition of existing assets.

    Additionally, as part of its efforts to evolve its brand, Farm Stores recently introduced an eco-friendly prefabricated building, and intends to bring out its first order-ahead mobile app later this year. "We strive to be leaders in the industry, which is why we are continually investing in technology and innovation to enhance both the customer experience and franchise operations," said Bared.

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