September 25, 2019
Kirk Robinson and John Hjalmquist, who own and operate 46 Peter Piper Franchises throughout Texas, have added to their collection by acquiring 10 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations — eight in El Paso and two in Las Cruces, NM. The seller was a group consisting of El Paso owners Jim Gore, Butch Gore and Mike Verlander. Jim Gore and Verlander also operate Corner Bakery and Village Inn franchises in El Paso. The buyers are also from El Paso.
The sellers acquired one existing El Paso Applebee’s in 1994, and grew the rest from there. “It’s been a fantastic ride, and we expect it to continue for Kirk,” Jim Gore told the El Paso Times. Robinson told the newspaper that the new owners are interested in expanding the Applebee’s brand in El Paso.
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