Somewhere IHOP franchise committeemen are remembering that fateful meeting when a young hotshot pitched the low hanging fruit of a location on the fringe of a Memphis ghetto.
The business school grad energized the room with graphs of heavy foot traffic & low per sq. foot costs – this was a steal. The only objection was from Lou, that grizzled war horse who still referred to the company as ‘International House of Pancakes’.
“Who are we gonna staff this location with?”, he asked incredulously as the committee laughed him off and greenlighted the franchise. There was money to be made.
Lou always knew the score.
He is now TDT’s Executive Scrap Producer, Southwest sector. And he just sent us this from pleasing footage from a corner grocery in Dallas…