Culver's, the Midwestern restaurant chain famous for its "ButterBurgers," cheese curls and frozen custard, is expanding into Kissimmee with two new locations on U.S. 192 and at The Crosslands shopping center on Orange Blossom Trail.
Culver's Public Relations Director Paul Pitas told GrowthSpotter both restaurants are scheduled to break ground this spring, and they are being opened by two different franchisees.
Timothy Coleman, a third franchisee, has already opened two new Culver's in Orlando and Winter Garden, and plans at least three more locations.
Last year Culver's opened nine new restaurants in Florida, bringing the total number to 23. Pitas said the Sunshine State was a natural market to grow the brand because of the high numbers of Midwestern transplants and snowbirds who vacation in Florida.
"When we have an opening in Florida, we get people in cheeseheads and Green Bay Packers gear," he said. "They know the brand."
An affiliate of Sparta, Wisconsin-based franchisees Bowe Business Group this week paid $1.15 million for an outparcel at the corner of W192 and Westside Boulevard, next to Fifth Third Bank. The Bowes own more than a dozen Culver's franchises in Wisconsin.
Pitas said Nathan Devine will be the owner-operator of the W192 location and Westside Boulevard. Culver's has already filed a preliminary site plan showing a 4,400-square-foot restaurant with 63 parking spaces at the location.
Nick Haman will be the franchisee for the second Osceola location at Crosslands, near the Tupperware World Headquarters. The corporation's Deerfield Land Corp. is the developer of the shopping center.
Tupperware Vice President Tom Roehlk confirmed that Culver's has a contract on the property at the southwest corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Centerview Boulevard -- at the shopping center entrance directly across from the Osceola County School for the Performing Arts.
Tupperware already has approved building permits in place for all of the outparcels at the Crosslands. The company got the permits approved last September before Osceola County's Mobility Fee ordinance went into effect.
"Culver's came to us in November, and we already had the permit," Roehlk said. "As long as they start construction within a year, they won't have to pay the mobility fee."