Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the fast casual Baja-style Mexican restaurant, has rounded out its leadership team with industry veteran Michael Mabry as the company’s first chief development officer.
In this new role, Mabry will lead franchise development while streamlining the real estate and construction processes.
Prior to joining Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Mabry spent nearly a decade as president and chief operating officer of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes headquartered in Plano, Texas.
“We’re fortunate to have Michael on our team and look forward to his leadership as we continue to drive growth,” says Mel Knight, president of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. “He brings experience across all aspects of our business, and, more importantly, aligns with our passion and commitment to putting the interests of our franchisees first.”
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is one of the restaurant-industry’s fastest growing chains and is focused on providing the best service, support, and guidance to its current franchisees and thoughtfully identifying new partners to grow the brand.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has been franchising since 2007 and now has more than 130 franchise locations in 16 states.
While brand standards and menu offerings are consistent across the brand, franchisees are encouraged to allow their restaurants to reflect the character of the franchisee and local community.
“Fuzzy’s has a cult following among our guests and team members, who regularly refer to their local restaurants as ‘my Fuzzy’s.’ We’re going to capture the special things that have made us successful and adapt them into processes that can be easily replicated as we grow,” promised Mabry.
Mabry’s hiring completes the leadership team that has evolved over the past four months with three additional executive announcements, including the promotion of Kevin Rychel to vice president of operations and the appointment of Samir Wattar as vice president of supply chain and and Laura Purser as vice president of marketing.