Woody's Chicago Style
company_name = Woody's Chicago Style
key_people = Kristin K. Meyer, CEO & President
industry = Franchise Food Service
num_employees = 8
Retail- Chicago Style Sandwiches
homepage = [http://www.woodyschicagostyle.com/ www.woodyschicagostyle.com]
Woody's Chicago Style is a franchise
hot dogcompany based in the Denver, Coloradoarea, serving Chicago-style hot dogs. They are currently the second largest hot dog franchise in the United Statesbehind Wienerschnitzel. Most Woody's locations are found at at Lowe's home improvementcenters across the western U.S. with Californiabeing their biggest area.
Woody's was started by the Meyer family in 1987 in
Honolulu, Hawaiias a special events concession company. The family of five would do various events ranging from "Family Sunday" at the Bishop Museumto Super Bowl Sunday catering events at the famous Magnum P.I.house (which is still done to this day).
Since their inception, Woody's has constantly worked on doing more with less. In the early 1990s, Woody's started a few regular locations around the island. These locations included the
Bishop Museum, DolePineapple Cannery, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Home Improvement Warehouse (owned by parent company Pay-N-Pak). Within a few years, the blossoming relationship with Home Improvement Warehouse allowed Woody's the opportunity to open a concession at Pay-N-Pak's newest hardware concept, Eagle Hardware and Garden.
Within a year, Eagle offered Woody's the rights to open franchises in new stores in Colorado, California,
Nevadaand Arizona. Today, these are still Woody's most recognized markets.
In 1998, Eagle Hardware was purchase by the hardware mega-giant
Lowe's. After the purchase, Lowe's approached Woody's about providing service to 300 of their stores within a five-year period.
Today, Woody's has over 80 concessions in states spanning from their home in Hawaii to Illinois, with the strongest emphasis still put on their relationship with Lowe's.
* [http://www.woodyschicagostyle.com/ Woody's Home Page]
* [http://www.lowes.com/ Lowe's Home Improvement]
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