Intura Solutions of Arlington, TX was one of the finalists for our choice of POS. The salesman must have thought it was a selling point when he told me. It wasn’t.
As it was the salesman for Intura that told me it, I guess it is not some top secret thing. Though it is interesting that Gary Peek, Intura’s president/founder, is not in any of the press releases. He may be simply a financial backer of the venture. But it would seem to give Garlic Jim’s one competitive advantage over me – access to a decent POS at minimal cost. I certainly want my POS company helping me with my success and not building a business to compete with me.
I investigated and this is what I found:
From Pizza Today of August 2006:
[b]Garlic Jim’s unveils expansion plans throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth market
[/b]Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza has announced expansion plans into the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Dallas-based QSR Ventures Inc., a group of experienced industry insiders, has signed a franchise agreement to open 45 to 50 stores within the next seven years, with its first location to be opened by January 2007. The company is actively seeking real estate and pursuing franchisees.
“We believe the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be a great market for Garlic Jim’s,” says Dwayne Northrop, president and CEO. “It’s one of many potential market openings as we continue to strive to reach our long-term goal of becoming the first national gourmet pizza franchise.”
QSR Ventures was formed in 2004 with the primary purpose of bringing a restaurant concept to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“The ‘Gourmet, Right Away’ concept is the differentiator between every other competing brand in our market,” says Shaun Crutchfield, vice president of store development for QSR Ventures. “We believe that Garlic Jim’s has the whole package – superior product and outstanding delivery and service.”
With more than 75 units sold and 32 opened Garlic Jim’s plans of selling over 100 units and opening another 13 for a total of 45 opened units by years end are on track. In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona and Washington, Garlic Jim’s will open units in California and New Jersey this year, with franchise sales planned for Colorado, Philadelphia and Canada.
Shaun Crutchfield used to work for Breakaway, the previous name for Intura before some corporate changes as you can see this cached article of 2003.. Gary Peek founded both.
Breakaway has promoted Shaun Crutchfield to Technical Communications Manager. Shaun served as Breakaway’s General Manager of Technical Services for the past 3 years, and brings extensive knowledge of our products and of our customers’ needs to the position. The Technical Communications Manager position was created to build awareness for the Breakaway Enterprise platform and its associated software products. The Technical Communications Manager will be the subject matter expert on the entire Breakaway Enterprise platform.
QSR Ventures, Inc Website
Their Post Office mailing address is one block from Intura’s business address.
The WHOIS data for qsrventures.com lists the owner as Gary Peek and the address as Intura’s location.
QSR Ventures, Inc.
PO Box 394
Arlington, TX 76004
Domain name: QSRVENTURES.COM
PO Box 394
Arlington, TX 76004
201A East Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010
Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 27-Nov-2006.
Record expires on 21-Dec-2008.
Record created on 21-Dec-2004.