Angry Crab Shack, a leading full-service Cajun seafood restaurant specializing in boiled shellfish flavors with signature sauces, has announced plans to add five additional locations throughout the state of Arizona by 2019. After seeing incredible success in the market, the Arizona family favorite restaurant is primed for continued franchise growth with eyes set on continued development in Arizona and nationwide.

Angry Crab Shack currently has locations in Mesa, East Mesa, Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Goodyear, Peoria, and Tucson open and operating with two additional locations in development—32nd Street and Bell in North Phoenix scheduled to open late 2018 as well as in Nortera Mall at 2460 W. Happy Valley Road in Phoenix in December. The brand is targeting other areas throughout Arizona with eyes set on Yuma and Surprise.

“Arizona is continuously recognized as one of the best states for entrepreneurship and has brought incredible success to every Angry Crab Shack location—making it the perfect market for continued growth,” says Andrew Diamond, Angry Crab Shack Franchise Owner. “Since I began working with Angry Crab Shack, I have seen the brand grow and know it’s built with a versatile business model that is sure to succeed and flourish as it rapidly expands throughout Arizona and the U.S.”

The brand is capitalizing on the growing trend of millennials, the largest living generation, spending an outsized portion of their income on restaurants—nearly double that of Baby Boomers—and looking for experience driven dining experiences. Fortunately, experience is at the heart of Angry Crab Shack’s restaurant concept as locations are seeing high success, with average unit volume above $3 million as well as dramatic year-to-year sales increases.

Angry Crab Shack draws on Cajun and Asian flavors—as well as a fun food presentation and a laid-back environment—to create an unparalleled dining experience for guests. Best known for using the freshest ingredients, Angry Crab Shack sources lobster from the East Coast, Dungeness Crab from the Pacific Northwest, King and Snow Crab from Alaskan waters, and crawfish from the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can expect a fun family experience where they can throw on a bib, roll up their sleeves, and dig in. The brand offers a variety of boils including, shrimp, crawfish, lobster, crab and more.

“Angry Crab Shack has already become a household name for families across Arizona, and we know locals will appreciate our menu offerings and the vibrant atmosphere we offer as we expand,” says Ron Lou, founder of Angry Crab Shack. “Angry Crab Shack is a great franchise option due to our low operating costs and high return on investment. We know great business starts with the right franchise owners, so we provide everyone with the necessary tools and support to help them succeed.”

The concept is thriving in the greater Phoenix market with owners seeing a 5:1 sales to initial investment ratio. Typically, franchise owners are forced to pick simple operations or high ROI, but Angry Crab has developed a model that allows you to have both. It’s such a versatile brand, made for a variety of owners, from first-timers to veterans looking to add to their multi-brand, multi-unit portfolios.

Low operating costs paired with a second-generation real estate strategy, exceptional corporate support, and fantastic sales positions, Angry Crab as an attractive investment opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to enter the full-service restaurant industry—initial investment ranges between $450,000 to $850,000.

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