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Applebee's® Presents Top Honors at 2017 Fall Franchise Conference

Awards Celebrate Franchisee and Vendor Efforts in Philanthropy, Hospitality, and Sales

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2017 Fall Franchise Conference

The Rose Group operations team was honored three times: Castor Avenue location received the "Highest Sales Growth" award; the entire teams' efforts shined by receiving the "Highest Online Ordering Percent"; and lastly, The Rose Group was named "Neighbor of the Year".

The Lloyd Hill Neighbor of the Year Award:

This award, newly named after one of Applebee's historic leaders who fueled unparalleled growth and championed its unique culture, recognizes the Applebee's franchisee that has demonstrated an infinite amount of generosity, compassion and care for their neighbors through a variety of causes, activities and initiatives. This year's honoree was The Rose Group. The Rose Group embraces every neighborhood they serve. From hosting more than 2,100 charitable events and fulfilling more than 2,000 donation requests to serving more than 27,300 free meals to veterans and active duty military. While already an extensive list, the group's biggest passion project came 13 years ago when they took a phone call from Liz Scott, co-founder of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, building this into a brand-wide initiative. To date, the Rose Group has raised more than $3.6 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The Rose Group - 2017 Award Recipient

The Rose Group - 2017 Neighbor of the Year

The Rose Group is the 57th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States

The Rose Group is the 57th largest restaurant franchise company in the United StatesIt’s getting harder and harder to get on the coveted Restaurant 200 list – these A-list operators generated $37.5 billion in revenue last year and operated just under 27,000 restaurants.

When the Restaurant Finance Monitor first calculated the list of the top restaurant operators back in 1989, there were just 13 companies that topped $100 million in revenue. And 10 years later the Wall Street Journal referred to the list in an article about “mega-franchisees.” Back then, that meant an operator with 50 locations picking up a second brand.

Compared to the average today of $187.5 million in annual sales and 135 restaurants, it’s plain to see the term “mega” was a little premature—and at the rate the strongest operators keep growing, it may be still. This year eight companies added $100 million or more to their revenue. Altogether, the top 200 operators by revenue added $2.9 billion in top line revenue with the addition of 1,817 restaurants.

The Restaurant 200 is roughly 5 percent of the overall restaurant industry revenue. While that seems a small sliver, the group is beating the industry in growth. Revenue among the 200 operators has grown at a compound annual rate of 8 percent since 2009, compared to 4 percent for the overall industry.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association recognizes The Rose Group for excellence in community service

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association recognizes The Rose Group for excellence in community serviceHarrisburg, Pa. – On April 4th, 2017 The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association honored The Rose Group as one of four Pennsylvania state winners of the 2017 Restaurant Neighbor Award during the UnitedHealthcare Awards Gala.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award was created by the National Restaurant Association to recognize restaurants that exemplify the industry’s philanthropic spirit. This is the seventh time The Rose Group has been awarded this honor and marks six consecutive years of winning since 2011.

The Rose Group has worked hard to build and maintain a culture of philanthropy and genuine connection between community members, employees at each local restaurant and those in their corporate office. Initiatives such as Flapjack Fundraisers and a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) allows employees at each location to support their communities need in a way that will create a real impact in their neighborhoods. View full story >

The Rose Group named 2016 Franchisee of the Year by Applebee’s

Abe Gustin Franchise of the Year Award - 2016GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar honored franchisees and vendor partners for operational excellence, financial leadership and community engagement at the 2016 Applebee's Global Franchise Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. These annual awards recognize a selection of top organizations that have made a significant contribution to building the Applebee's brand as America's first choice neighborhood grill and bar, resulting in a positive impact on local neighborhoods around the world during the previous year.

The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award: Harry Rose of The Rose Group

For the second year in a row, this year's Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year Award recipient is Harry Rose, Chairman of The Rose Group. This annual award, named for the man who helped build Applebee's into the nation's iconic, casual dining brand, is given to franchisees who have achieved the highest standards possible for the Applebee's brand, restaurants and guests. The Rose Group demonstrates unparalleled commitment and passion for the brand and contributes to brand growth through: internal committee participation; collaborative philanthropic initiatives including raising more than $270,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation this year; consistent dedication to training and development; participation in product tests; and a constant dedication to ensuring all Applebee's guests have a consistently great dining experience in each of their restaurants. The Rose Group achieved the highest scores in all measurable areas of guest satisfaction and retention this past year.

The Operator of the Year Award: Bonnie Lippincott of The Rose Group

This award recognizes an operator who is passionate about what they do at Applebee's, and goes above and beyond every day to ensure their restaurants and management teams exceed guest expectations. For a second year in a row, the award went to Bonnie Lippincott, Chief Operating Officer of The Rose Group for her leadership in building a high-performing team. Each day, Bonnie's restaurants provide Applebee's guests with a real and personal neighborhood experience, maintaining the highest internal standards of service.

The Rose Group is named 2015 Franchise Developer of the Year by Corner Bakery Cafe

The Rose Group, which owns and operates nine Corner Bakery Cafe’s in New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia, was presented the award for “Franchise Developer of the Year” by Corner Bakery Cafe at the company’s 2015 Leadership Conference.

Nearly 500 franchisee representatives, area developers, executives, corporate employees, general managers, sponsors, and vendors attended the conference in Carlsbad, CA. Corner Bakery Cafe recognized excellence across the country by honoring individuals who demonstrated commitment to the brand through performance, passion, and community involvement.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the home office for our strong year,” says Jeff Warden, president and CEO of The Rose Group.  “Corner Bakery Cafe has a number of talented area developers in its system and for The Rose Group to be honored is truly humbling.  We are thankful for the hard work of the staff at each of our cafes as well as the commitment Corner Bakery Cafe shows towards its franchise developers.”

Individual Rose Group Corner Bakery Cafe locations and team members were also recognized for outstanding achievement:

  • Corner Bakery – Horsham, PA – recipient of the Corner Bakery Cafe Ecosure Excellence Award.
  • Corner Bakery – 17th and JFK in Philadelphia, PA – recipient of the Corner Bakery Cafe Catering Award and Sales Excellence Award.
  • Amy Rolph, Managing Partner of the Horsham and Abington, PA cafes – recipient of the Corner Bakery Cafe Ownership Award.
  • Jason Rose, Vice President of Real Estate for The Rose Group – recipient of the Corner Bakery Cafe Development Award.

Award History

The Rose Group named 2015 Franchisee of the Year by Applebee’s

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar named The Rose Group of Newtown, PA as its 2015 Franchisee of the Year, at its annual franchise conference.

Each year Dine Equity/Applebee’s recognizes the top performers in its network of 33 franchisees for their financial performance, operational excellence and community support. 

The Rose Group was named the top performer in a variety of financial, operational, and community-building categories.  This is the fourth time The Rose Group has received the Franchisee of the Year award; the group was the original recipient at the inaugural presentation in 1997.

“These award winners are the best of the best and demonstrate how we rely on our world-class franchisees and vendor partners to help us drive success,” said Applebee’s President Julia Stewart.  “I am proud to serve alongside these winners.”

In addition to this honor, The Rose Group's Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Lippincott was named as Operator of the Year, winning the top individual award for her oversight of the company’s operational excellence.

“Bonnie has an incredible, selfless drive to succeed for Applebee's, The Rose Group and her team members,” said Stewart.  “She is an outstanding, hands-on, passionate operator.  Her restaurants are clean, well-maintained, growing sales and are a model of excellence.”

This event marked the first time in Applebee’s history that one franchisee was honored with both the Operator of the Year and Franchisee of the Year awards.

The Rose Group was also honored with a Restaurant Neighbor Award for the charitable impact they have achieved in their home state, a Guest Service recognition for consistently measuring in the top 5 franchisees in the country, and received the top honors out of all U.S. Applebee's franchisees for Operations Excellence.

The following Rose Group Applebee's restaurants were also individually recognized for sales performance excellence:

Lawrenceville, NJ Easton, PA Lansdale, PA
Port Richmond, PA Salisbury, MD Trexlertown, PA
Wyomissing, PA Westminster, MD Aston, PA
Towson, MD Bethlehem, PA Kennett Square, PA
Pottstown, PA Seaford, DE Castor Ave
Allentown, PA Bensalem, PA Roosevelt Blvd., PA
Hamilton, NJ Catonsville, MD Ridley, PA

The Rose Group Named Pennsylvania State Winner of 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Awards

Rose Group Named Pennsylvania State Winner of 2014 Restaurant Neighbor AwardsThe Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Corner Baker Cafe, has been named Pennsylvania’s State Winner of the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Awards by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The Rose Group will be acknowledged at the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s (PRLA) Spring Meeting Dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College on Monday, April 8th. The Restaurant Neighbor Awards honor restaurants in the field of outstanding community involvement and innovative community programs.      View the press release

The Rose Group is the 2013 recipient of the Heart of Applebee’s Award

This award recognizes the Applebee’s franchise organization that has shown the greatest commitment to an individual cause or organization.

The Rose Group has been an avid supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation almost from its inception. Through our summer campaign, which we have built from the ground up, we have energized communities, other franchisees, individuals and sponsors to join us and raise much needed funds for the fight against pediatric cancer. To date the combined effort championed by The Rose Group has raised over 4 million dollars since 2005. This is the third time The Rose Group has won this Applebee’s honor.       View the press release

The Rose Group is Corner Bakery Cafe’s 2013 Franchise Operating Partner of the Year

As the inaugural recipient of Corner Bakery Cafe’s Franchise Operating Partner of the Year, our team is proud to accept this 2013 award. This award recognizes our teams’ exemplary franchisee contributions which have directly impacted the success of The Rose Group and the Corner Bakery Cafe brand.

The nominees were selected based on the partner’s leadership and performance in the categories of: sales increase, Best in Class guest relations, CORE & SAFE evaluation programs, and Java City BSA results. Scott Ridgway, Director of Operations, led The Rose Group team to the top by challenging everyone to grow the market, develop our employees, and always deliver on the brand’s promise to our guests. We are honored to be the first Franchise Operating Partner of the Year in the Corner Bakery Cafe brand system.      View the press release

Pictured from left to right are Ric Scicchitano, SVP of Food & Beverage, Corner Bakery Cafe; Gary Price, President, Corner Bakery Cafe; Scott Ridgway, Operating Partner, CB Rose; Jackie Sullivan, Director of Franchise Operations, Corner Bakery Cafe; Mike Hislop, CEO, Corner Bakery Cafe; and John LaBarge, VP of Franchise Business, Corner Bakery Cafe.

1996: Roy Roger’s awarded The Rose Group with a prestigious “Five Years of Excellence” award for the mid-Atlantic region.

1997: The Rose Group was recognized by Boston Chicken, Inc. as “Employer of the Year” for its Boston Market and Einstein Bros. Bagel concepts.  Both concepts were also named “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine.  We were also honored by Applebee’s Services Inc. with The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year award with our team being the first franchisee to receive this honor. 

2004:  We received the Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year award again from Applebee’s. 

2005: The Rose Group received numerous awards for: best training practices, most-improved staffing excellence, best-recruiting innovation practices, sales, quality operations, customer service, neighborhood involvement, and real estate development.  Mr. Rose received the prestigious honor of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (category: Consumer Services, area: Greater & Central Philadelphia).

2006: The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association announced that we had been selected to receive the Restaurant Neighbor Award.  This award was created by the National Restaurant Association to highlight restaurants outstanding community service and charitable efforts.

2009: Mr. Rose was recognized for receiving the Humanitarian Award and the company was awarded the Maryland Neighbor Award.  The Rose Group earned this award for its work with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).  We had been involved with ALSF since 2005 and had raised over $2.4 million towards pediatric cancer research in memory of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who died of childhood cancer in 2004.  The Restaurant Neighbor Award honors restaurants and individuals that go above and beyond in community service, inspiring other restaurants to become more involved in their local communities.

2011:  We were awarded the PA Restaurant Neighbor Award from the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association for a second time for our continued outstanding community service and charitable efforts.

2012:  The Rose Group was honored by Applebee’s/Dine Equity with The Abe Gustin Franchisee of the Year award.  This was our third time since the awards inception.  Additionally our Applebee’s team was awarded The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for the third time.

2013:  Applebee’s/Dine Equity presented our team with its prestigious Heart of Applebee’s Award for our passion and commitment to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  Corner Bakery Cafe awarded the Franchise Operating Partner of the Year to our Director of Operations Scott Ridgway and his operations team.  This prestigious award honors our leadership and focus on development of the brand through exceptional execution in sales increases, Best In Class (BIC) guest relations, CORE and SAFE evaluations, and Java City BSA.  Our Corner Bakery team was proud to be the first recipient of this honor.  The Rose Group was honored for the fourth year in a row with the PA Restaurant Neighbor Award from the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.

2014:  The Rose Group consistently led the brand communities in best practices and guest relations.  Our group was honored for the fourth year straight with the PA Restaurant Neighbor Award from the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.  Our teams were presented awards at both the Applebee’s/Dine Equity and Corner Bakery Cafe franchise conferences.  Top sales performance honors were handed out to a majority of our Applebee’s restaurants.

2015:  The Rose Group continues to be honored by both of our brand communities.  We received the Applebee’s Operator of the Year Award and Franchisee of the Year Award.  This is the first time in Applebee’s history that one franchisee was honored with both awards.  Also, we received Operations Excellence honors from Applebee’s by having the highest average ABA score in the country!  Our Applebee’s team consistently ranked in the top 5 in the country for guest measures in addition to receiving awards for outstanding sales performance - 21 of our locations reached the multimillion dollar sales awards.   

We also received the PA Restaurant Neighbor Award for the fifth consecutive year (our sixth time in total receiving the award) by from the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.  This state award recognizes the charitable impact we have in our neighborhoods. 

Corner Bakery Cafe recognized us with their Ecosure and sales performance excellence awards for several of our cafe teams.  In addition our Vice President of Real Estate Development Jason Rose was honored with the 2015 Development Award.  Our Managing Partner Amy Rolph received the very prestigious Ownership Award.  She was recognized for being a leader, making a difference with her sales driving passion.

2016: The Rose Group team was honored by Applebee's/Dine Equity for outstanding achievements in sales, operations excellence and community service. For the second consecutive year, and 3rd time overall, we received Operator of the Year honoring the leadership of every manager and the senior operations team. For the second consecutive year, and 5th time overall, Harry Rose received Franchisee of the Year. We are the only franchisee that has won both awards in two consecutive years. The Rose Group and nine other franchise groups were recognized as Heart of Applebee's Award recipients because of our outstanding support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation where we raised over $1.1 million this year.

Headquartered in Newtown, PA, The Rose Group is the 57th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States as ranked by the Restaurant Finance Monitor in its 2017 Top 200 Restaurant Franchisees report and has over 5,000 employees.

The Rose Group 29 Friends Lane, Newtown, PA 18940 (215) 579-9220

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