Cupbop’s Vice President of Franchise Development Becomes Brand’s First Single-Unit Franchisee
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Cupbop’s Vice President of Franchise Development Becomes Brand’s First Single-Unit Franchisee

February 20, 2024 // // SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Cupbop is excited to announce their Vice President of Franchise Development, Mike Penn, has opened his own Cupbop store in Cedar City. Located at 1322 S Providence Center Dr, Suite C, the new location opened its doors. Prior to this partnership, the brand has only partnered with development groups and multi-unit operators to bring their delicious food to new communities, making Penn the brand’s first individual franchisee.

Penn brings to the table valuable expertise in the field, having spent 25 years in the restaurant industry. Right after his college graduation, he opened his first restaurant, and has since spent the majority of his career in the field. He spent a brief stint working in digital marketing, but felt a strong urge to come back and follow his passion in the world of food. Prior to Cupbop’s launch of their franchise program, he approached the brand with interest in opening his own location. While they were not franchising at the time, his passion and experience led the team to hiring him as Director of Training and Construction, quickly moving to Director of Operations, then to his current position of Vice President of Franchise Development.

“I am beyond honored and excited to be Cupbop’s first single-unit franchisee and bring our food to Cedar City,” said Penn.

Penn’s first introduction to Cupbop was trying their food at a Utah Jazz game, where he quickly fell in love with the brand’s unique menu and hospitality. He noted the company’s entertaining and interactive social media presence as a factor in his interest, and has since seen first hand their commitment to having fun both internally and with customers. In his new location in Cedar City, he plans to lead by example, focusing on food quality, employee training, customer service, and an enjoyable culture. He also plans to put an emphasis on community involvement, helping out the local members of Cedar City and bringing Cupbop to local sports teams, clubs, schools, and more.

“My past experiences in business have taught me that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard,” continued Penn. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial at heart, and I’ve had to work my way up from scratch to get to the point I am today. I now look to bring my experience to Cupbop to develop young leaders and watch them grow within the brand, all while providing the best experience possible for our loyal customer base.”



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