Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue II, 2017 - Page 26

M ULTI -BR A ND RECONNEC T BY KERRY PIPES Brand Champion! Pizza Patrón franchisee buys the whole system C harles Loflin first met Antonio Swad in 1997. Swad is the en- trepreneur’s entrepreneur, the founder of Wingstop and Pizza Patrón. The two men hit it off and began communicating about the possibility of Loflin opening some Wingstops in his home state of Texas. Within a year, he had opened his first, in San Antonio. Since then he has built an empire of 70 Wingstops in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. But it was the move Loflin quietly made late last year that has turned heads. Loflin and Swad remained close over the years. Loflin had added Pizza Patrón stores to his portfolio and last December decided to go big: he purchased the entire 92-unit Pizza Patrón system from Swad. Eleven of the brand’s units are company- owned and Loflin operates 33 himself, with locations in Dallas, San Antonio, and Phoenix. “I am committed to both brands and NAME: Charles M. Loflin TITLE: CEO COMPANY: Pizza Patrón and San Antonio Wings NO. OF UNITS: 70 Wingstops, 33 Pizza Patróns (and the entire 92- unit brand) AGE: 48 FAMILY: Wife of 25 years and 2 children, daughter 14 and son 11 YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 20 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 20 24 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE I SS UE II , 2 01 7