Ahmad Sowwan, who owns a Huddle House franchise in St. Pauls, North Carolina, was looking for an opportunity to expand his business into new markets and he has found that opportunity in Florence, South Carolina. The 33-year-old business man, who also owns a couple of Dairy Queen restaurants, is the new owner of the Florence Huddle House at 400 Pamplico Highway.
The restaurant was previously a corporate-owned location but when the location was made available for franchising, Sowwan jumped at the chance.
“It was a personal goal to expand my business across state lines and into South Carolina,” says Sowwan. “Florence is an area with a strong sense of community, and the restaurant already has a strong and loyal customer base. I look forward to becoming more involved with the community and continuing to provide the great food and southern hospitality everyone has come to expect.”
This is Sowwan’s second acquisition of a Huddle House restaurant. He purchased the St. Pauls, North Carolina location from the previous franchisee after he retired. His two Dairy Queen restaurants are in Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Sowwan has a long track record of success as a restaurant owner. His Huddle House location in St. Pauls ranks among the top locations in sales each year.
“Although the Florence Huddle House has been operating for a number of years, Ahmad’s hands-on ownership and involvement in the community will make dining at Huddle House even more special for local residents as well as visitors to the Florence area,” adds Cassidy Ford, franchise development manager for Huddle House.
Typically open 24-hours, Huddle House serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day. The menu features Southern-inspired home-style food, including signature Big House breakfasts, crispy hash browns, creamy grits, golden waffles and fluffy omelets, all made to order. Other favorites include Big Bold Burgers, Big House sandwich platters, and a variety of home-style dinners like country fried steak with green beans and marinated grilled chicken with sweet potato fries.