Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

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Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries
TypePrivate
IndustryRestaurants
GenreFast casual restaurant
Founded
  • Andy's Cheesesteaks & Cheeseburgers:
    1991; 30 years ago (1991)
    Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries:
    February 2012; 9 years ago (2012-02)
[1]
FounderKenney Moore
Headquarters102 Commercial Ave
Mount Olive, North Carolina, United States
Number of locations
135 [2] (2020)
Area served
United States[2]
Key people
  • Kenney Moore (CEO)
  • Neal Dennis (COO)
[1]
Products[3]
RevenueIncrease US$450 million (2019) [4]
Number of employees
2,000 (2019)[5]
Websitewww.hwy55.com

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries is a fast casual restaurant chain that operates primarily on the East Coast of the United States.[6] Formerly known as Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers,[6] the first location opened in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1991.[1] It now has 135 restaurants in the United States.[7]

History and operations[edit]

A Hwy 55 in Raleigh, North Carolina's Crabtree Valley Mall

Kenney Moore began the business in 1991 by opening a now-defunct restaurant in Goldsboro, North Carolina's Berkeley Mall.[8] He asked the owners of his equipment to in-house finance his operation as he only had $500 to his name.[8] Moore quickly acquired three more closed restaurants and found himself $30,000 in debt to his foodservice distributor.[8] After adapting Robert K. Greenleaf's philosophy of servant leadership, his fortunes turned.[9] Moore switched to a franchisee style of ownership and Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers expanded throughout Eastern North Carolina.[10]

In February 2012, Andy's announced that it had changed its name to Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, an homage to North Carolina Highway 55,[citation needed] which runs across the state. The company's decor, always influenced by 1950s-era diners, also took on a pink-and-teal color scheme.[11][12] In May, the company opened a franchised store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the first location outside the state of North Carolina.[13] The first international locations followed in 2014 with openings in Abu Dhabi. In 2012, Moore said that he hopes to open 500 restaurants globally in the next seven years.[14]

In 2013, Hwy 55 was named a top-40 food franchise by the Franchise Business Review.[15]

Restaurants[edit]

A Hwy 55 restaurant usually has a 1950s theme, with pink-and-teal color accents and '50s decor mounted on the walls.[7] Kitchens are open, whereby customers can watch cooks grill their food.[16][17]

Charity[edit]

In 2006, Hwy 55 created the Andy's Charitable Foundation, Inc. as a 501(C)3 corporation with the "mission to serve the common good of all people in our hometowns." To date, it has raised over $1,400,000 for local charities, including the Miracle League of the Triangle, of which it is a major sponsor. A Miracle League field in Cary, North Carolina is named after the foundation.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History". Hwy 55. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Locations". Hwy 55. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Menu". Hwy 55. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. ^ www.hwy55.com https://www.hwy55.com/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Hwy 55 about-us". Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  6. ^ a b Joyce, Tom (March 2, 2017). "New restaurant to employ 50". Mt. Airy News. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Ranaivo, Yann (2015-10-29). "1950s-themed Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries to open in Blacksburg". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  8. ^ a b c "Kenny Moore, Andy's Burgers, Shakes and Fries". North Carolina People. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  9. ^ "New Management Style That Can Turn Your Business Around". Fox Business. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  10. ^ Baltazar, Amanda (25 July 2011). "Management Style Turnaround Leads To Growing Company". Full Service Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  11. ^ Hanrahan, Kathy (5 March 2012). "Andy's Burgers changes name to Highway 55". WRAL. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  12. ^ Brandau, Mark (8 March 2012). "Andy's rebrands as Highway 55". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  13. ^ Billingsley, Becky (21 May 2014). "Hwy 55 Shifts Into Gear Today". Myrtle Beach Restaurant News. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Local burger chain expands to Middle East". WRAL. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  15. ^ Today's Top 40 Food Franchises. "Franchise Business Review," Fall(2013), pp. 8-9.
  16. ^ "Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries to Expand South Florida Presence With Palm City Opening on December 12". RestaurantNews.com. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  17. ^ "Andy's Burgers now known as Hwy 55". JDNews. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Andy's Foundation". Hwy 55. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Miracle League of the Triangle". Miracle League of the Triangle. Retrieved 13 June 2014.

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