Black Bear Diner announced the appointment of restaurant industry veteran Chad Corrigan in the newly-created role of Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development.
With more than 14 years of franchise development strategy experience with well-known restaurant franchises, including Jack in the Box, Qdoba, Tokyo Joe’s, and Quiznos, Corrigan’s experience will be invaluable as Black Bear Diner looks to bring its popular diner model to new markets and expand its footprint in existing markets. The company will open three diners in 2021 – two corporate diners in Texas and one franchise location in California.
“Chad joins Black Bear Diner at an exciting time for our brand. We’re experiencing a strong recovery and our current franchise partners are reigniting their growth plans, which is contributing to the overall health of our business,” says Anita Adams, CEO of Black Bear Diner. “Our eastward expansion over the last five years has validated the relevance of Black Bear Diner and Chad’s expertise with supporting and growing franchise operations is exactly what we need as we look to partner with new operators and introduce the Black Bear Diner experience to new regions.”
Prior to joining Black Bear Diner, Corrigan held the role of Vice President of Real Estate and Franchise Development for Nashville-based Restaurant Growth Services, LLC, which provides a variety of management and operational services to four restaurant brands. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Corrigan’s appointment comes as Black Bear Diner is currently experiencing a strong recovery following operational shifts to comply with local ordinances and regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, the company provided significant support to its franchise partners to help operators withstand the financial impact. All 143 currently operating restaurant locations – including six new diners that opened in 2020 – have fully reopened their dining rooms while also offering guests takeout and delivery.