The Upstate’s first of at least three Kolache Factory franchise locations will open in December at 3609 Highway 153, Powdersville, in a new strip center owned by RealOp Development.
The lease for the 1,700-square-foot space was finalized in June with a projected opening of Dec. 5, which franchisee Dean Lord says may be delayed because of construction and the Thanksgiving holiday.
Taylor Fisher and Bobby Hines of Spencer | Hines Properties represented Lord, the tenant, and Tommy Molin of CBRE represented the landlord in the transaction.
The bakery-café chain founded in Texas has been baking the Czech Republic-born kolache (pronounced KOH-lah-chee) daily since 1982. Kolache are pastries stuffed with a variety of ingredients, such as fruits, meats, and cheeses. The pastries are baked on-site each morning and designed to be eaten on the go.
The chain has expanded to 23 company-owned and 28 franchise stores primarily located in the Houston, Texas, area, with additional stores located throughout the Midwest, Southwest, Colorado, California, and Virginia.
Franchise Times magazine recently named Kolache Factory one of the 300 biggest brands in franchising by worldwide sales in 2017. In addition, Entrepreneur magazine named it among the top 200 food-based franchises in 2017.
Greenville-area franchisee Lord is bringing his 10-year dream of becoming a baker to life by opening the Powdersville location, with a commitment to open at least two more in the Upstate.
“Kolache Factory has a perfect business plan,” Lord says. “On top of that, there’s no beating the taste of our fresh baked kolaches and pastries.”
Lord discovered kolache when work brought him to Texas.
“I have no doubt in my mind that folks will love our kolaches,” he said. “There’s nothing like Kolache Factory available in Greenville right now, and I’m excited to share unique and delicious pastries with our friends and neighbors.”
Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.–2 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m.–2 p.m.