Retail Dining Developments

Culver's franchisee envisions as many as 5 new restaurants in greater Orlando

Culver's will add two restaurants in Kissimmee this year - on U.S. 192 and at The Crosslands shopping center.

Timothy Coleman, a recently retired former senior vice president of Wells Fargo in Orlando, has spent the past couple of weeks flipping burgers in Wisconsin, but it won't be long before he moves up the ladder.

Coleman is in the middle of a rigorous 16-week training program to become a franchisee of Culver's, a Wisconsin-based Midwestern fast casual restaurant famous for its frozen custard and ButterBurgers.


There is one restaurant open in the Orlando area now in Clermont. Coleman plans to open the second area franchise in Winter Garden, at the corner of State Road 50 and Dillard and Vineland roads by April or May. He expects vertical construction to start in mid-January with construction taking three or four months. He hasn't chosen a contractor yet.

"We are really excited to be going into Winter Garden," said Coleman, who lives in West Orange County with his wife and three children. He plans to make the restaurant a family affair with his children and wife working there too.


Coleman is so enthused with the brand, which is making a big push into Florida, that he envisions starting more than one new Culver's.

"Culver's has a bit to say about this, but I can certainly see doing three and possibly five," he said.

After Winter Garden, he is interested in the heart of Downtown Orlando.

In the meantime, he's headed back up to Wisconsin to finish the training program, which will move onto management training next and then participation in several restaurant openings to complete the course.

Coleman became familiar with Culver's while traveling for business.

"I loved the whole experience," he said. He was impressed with the quality of the food and the atmosphere in the restaurants.

"It's geared to family and hospitality," he said. "It's a wonderful concept."

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