Earls (restaurant chain)

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Earls Restaurants Ltd
Private
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1982
Founder Leroy Earl Fuller
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia
Revenue $250 million (2014)[1]
n/a
Number of employees
5,000 (2014)[2]
Website www.earls.ca
Saskatoon Earls

Earls is a family owned casual dining chain that operates a total of 65 restaurants in Canada as well as Washington, Colorado, Boston, and Miami in the United States. Their head office is in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Founding[edit]

Leroy Earl "Bus" Fuller (b. 1928), the founder of Earls, was a Korean War veteran and an experienced restaurateur with over twenty successful and failed restaurants to his name. His first restaurant was opened in Sunburst, Montana, United States, in 1954 under the name "Green & White". In the late 1950s, Fuller moved his young family to Canada and operated a series of A&W (Canada) locations in Edmonton, Alberta. Soon, the Fullers were operating thirty locations.[3][4] In the 1970s, the Fullers moved west to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

It was during this time that Fuller went into business with his son Stan Fuller, founding the first Earls restaurant in 1982 in Edmonton. The chain quickly grew when the Fullers set up an Earls restaurant in their new home town of Vancouver in 1983. Although its menu originally consisted mostly of burgers and beer, Earls has changed the menu to offer "dishes inspired by trips around the world."[5] Over the years, Earls restaurants have spread across Western Canada, the United States, and Ontario.

While the chain was originally a family business, in 2013, Mo Jessa became the first non-Fuller to be named as company president.[6]

Interestingly, the Fullers are involved in a number of other Western Canadian restaurant chains. Jeff Fuller and Stewart Fuller, two other sons of Leroy, are involved in Joey (a western Canadian restaurant chain) and Cactus Club Cafe, respectively. Earls owns a 65% share of the latter establishment. [7]

Sustainability[edit]

Earls is committed to conscious sourcing. From their sustainable Ocean Wise Marine Stewardship Council seafood, local free-run chicken & cage free eggs to 100% Certified Humane beef raised without antibiotics, steroids or added growth hormones.

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