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Dan Rowe / Fransmart

Posted on Apr 16,2008
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Fransmart
320 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.549.5332
www.fransmart.com

About Dan:
Dan Rowe grew up in California, but after spending a couple of nights on a friend’s coach in Alexandria, his life was about to change. Fifteen years ago, Dan Rowe was visiting a friend in Alexandria and after a couple of nights, he decided it was time to start his own business and right here in Alexandria. Dan quit his job in software sales and told the local owner of the Chesapeake Bagel Bakery that he would work on commission only to help them franchise their restaurant. Combining his sales experience with the knowledge and drive that he got from a book called “The Richest Man in Babylon” and from going to an Anthony Robbins seminar, Dan was able to make his dream of starting his own company a reality.

Dan started out franchising restaurants under the name of Restaurant Development Company, but eventually changed the name to Fransmart which has now sold over 3,000 franchises nationwide.

About Fransmart:
Fransmart takes emerging restaurant brands and turns them into major players in the franchise industry. Some of the brands are: ZPizza, Vapiano, Sandella’s, Elevations Burger and many more.

Fransmart has been around for 8 years targeting early stage brands and turning them into a nationwide successful franchise. They did just that with Five Guys, which became their first great success. Other than Five Guys one of their biggest successes has been ZPizza which they took from four locations to 400 countrywide.

Business Philosophy:
One of the reasons that Dan loves this business so much is that when he lands deals it is a “win-win” for both parties. “My goal is to get rich by helping others get rich at the same time. I never liked the idea of getting rich while someone else losses their home over it,” says Dan.

Why did you choose to do this?
“After reading the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” and attending an Anthony Robbins seminar I knew that I wanted to start my own business. I came out to Alexandria and while I was here I saw the Chesapeake Bagel Bakery and the potential that it had to expand,” says Dan. Seeing this perfect opportunity to start his own business, Dan went to the owner and said that he would help them franchise their business for commission only. From this opportunity Dan got the idea for Fransmart.

Why Alexandria?
While visiting his friend when he was 25 years old, Dan fell in love with Alexandria. “I recently gave a speech at a franchise show saying that I would never think about leaving because I think it’s a gold mine out here,” says Dan.

Quote from Dan:
“I always come back to it, get rich while helping others get rich. I think smarter and clearer when I am thinking about what is in the best interest for me as well as my client,” says Dan.



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