Blazin’ Steaks is a fabulous franchise that has been growing here in the Hawaiian Islands and may also be looking to expand into the continental US markets. It seems like this great concept would suit anyone looking for a great business to own, operate, and be proud of.
Why the explosive growth? Why the influx of cheap meat dishes when beef prices are actually rising? And, for $6, can you get a steak that’s good? Richard Craft Jr., the local businessman behind the Blazin’ Steaks empire, seems amused by the whole thing.
What started as one roadside tent — because, at the time, “there was no one else doing it, and everyone likes steak,” says Craft — has now grown to 28 tents from Waianae to KÄ neohe . , even reaching the Big Island and Maui. As for the competition, they are not concerned with similarities. “Once people start copying, that’s how you know you’re doing it right,” he says. “Everyone is trying to kill themselves to sell steak, but we are above everyone.” The details behind the business are no secret: The meat is tri-tip, because Craft finds it to have the best yield. Weight: 8 ounces before cooking. Where to buy it: Sam’s Club.
This is the modern business plan for the modern businessman. Anything you can start from what already exists in your local area? For some people, those big box stores like Sam’s Club and WalMart haven’t been seen as a positive thing, but for the companies that depend on them, these businesses are key to their growth. Have you ever thought about what kind of business you could own or operate in the back of these big box stores? An ice cream parlor, a Bar-BQ chicken franchise, or maybe your own version of Blazin’ Steaks?
In all businesses, if it fits your personality, your passions, and you’ve done your due diligence, then it may be the right one for you.