What our franchisees have to say...
I worked in restaurants while attending college. My first job out of school was with a national food-service provider in logistics, warehousing, and in the field as a sales rep. This experience helped me develop a passion for food and a desire to own my own business. Joining the Bop's family was the perfect opportunity for me to accomplish this goal. An owner operator was really the only thing left for me to do.
Owning my own franchise of Bop's Frozen Custard has been a truly wonderful experience. I really enjoy my job now. You get the fulfillment of personal ownership along with constant support from our corporate office. From the first meeting, all the way to opening day, they have always been there for me when I needed them. If I need anything, I know the help is there for me and that means a lot.
Frozen Custard is a gourmet ice cream treat which first originated in Coney Island, New York, as a carnival treat at the turn-of-the-century. The popularity of the Frozen Custard quickly grew and was the rage of the East Coast. Frozen Custard could be found at many East Coast resort areas. Many travelers had the chance to taste the new sensation and it quickly spread to the Midwest. Milwaukee is currently considered the "Custard Capital of the World". The enjoyment of Frozen Custard was taken by "Snowbirds" to winter resort havens. The result, shops had to satisfy these customers. The popularity of Frozen Custard is spreading into other regions of the country as well. In order for a frozen dessert to be considered a frozen custard it must contain a certain percentage of egg yolk and butterfat.
My husband and I knew if we mentioned Bopës to the kids they would jump right into the car and go on an instant family outing. Once or twice a week we would all pile into the car and go. We would sit in the parked car and eat our custard and talk. We would sit there and joke about owning our own Bopës and as often as we visited we could probably save money if we did. The joking turned into serious conversation and I asked my Mom and brother if they were interested in joining me in this venture. They gladly accepted and so we began.
Having absolutely no idea on how to pursue the opening of a franchise or any other business, I contacted the corporate office. I can say that I was very impressed with the constant guidance, support and supervision that I experienced with Bops. The CEO himself took me by the hand and guided me through the entire process. He was there from the first inquiry of franchising to our opening day. He still stops by and is never more than a phone call away. He actually made it a simple process. While I am very active in my own store I can still attend all the important things in my families lives with out having to request time off. Now as we sit and eat our Bopës we joke about opening our second Bop's.
Why the Registers decided to own a Bop's...
I received my Bachelor's in Marketing at Mississippi College and my husband received his Finance degree at Jackson State University. Soon after college, I worked for an architectural company for three and a half years in their Marketing Department. My husband completed Florida State University's school of Financial Planning and earned the Certified Financial Planner designation. He is currently a partner at McDaniel & Register Inc. In January, 2006, I started a job at the Mississippi Development Authority, working in the Global Business Division. Basically, it is Economic Development for Mississippi. It was a wonderful job! I met many people and traveled all over the United States. However, that same year, I discovered I was pregnant and would be expecting a baby girl in January, 2007!
With the baby in mind and the demands of my job, my husband and I needed to make some decisions. We knew we always wanted to own our own business. We had gone to Bop's many times and absolutely fell in love with the custard, and the service was always so friendly.
I wanted to open a Bop's in a place where I felt like there was a great sense of community. To me, Brandon, felt like it was a great place for a Bop's! However, at the time, there was not a location available for us. We looked EVERYWHERE! I asked a friend who was very familiar with Brandon if he knew of any place available for us to open a Bop's Frozen Custard. He replied, ìWell, as it so happens, some friends and I are interested in building a retail strip, and you can be our first tenant.î We eagerly agreed to be Terrapin Creek's first tenant. In March, 2007, we opened our doors for business.
2007 is a year for the Registers to remember. We had a new born baby in January, started a business in March, and built and moved into a house by September. I look back and ask myself would I do this all over again? And my answer is always MOST DEFINITELY!