Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop Ready to Capitalize on Underserved Demand for Sushi
The fast-growing Canadian franchise seeks to bring its signature stamp on sushi to the U.S. market
Americans’ adventurous eating habits span many international cultures, but sushi attracts lovers of both Asian fare and seafood. Despite its being America’s favorite seafood menu item, according to Seafood Source, there are only 4,000 sushi restaurants in the entire U.S.
Ginger Sushi +Poke Shop™ is ready to become the first nationally recognized sushi and poke bowl franchise in the United States, showcasing its unique spin on the popular Asian cuisine. While several sushi concepts have emerged over the past decade, none prepares and serves sushi in Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop’s signature style — which has gained the loyalty of Canadian customers, who know the brand as Sushi Shop™.
Founded in 2000 in Montreal, Sushi Shop has grown to 150 locations across Canada. Our food infuses the tradition of sushi with a sense of adventure and multicultural playfulness that resonates with today’s diners. It’s a generation that has grown up with the Internet and social media — making global culture, including food, more accessible to them.
“We strive to be different, and we have a unique vision of what sushi can be,” says Marc Benzacar, Senior Vice President with Sushi Shop. “We don’t just do the common rolls, we do rolls our way — and it’s an art. When you step into one of our franchisees’ restaurants, you immediately see how artistic our rolls look. Once you taste them, you’re hooked. We deliver all of the artisanal quality of high-end sushi, and we deliver it at an affordable price. This is why fans are so happy with us, and it’s why business took off so quickly in Canada.”
Ginger Sushi Boutique brings Americans high-quality sushi
The timing of bringing our popular sushi concept to the US could not be better, as there are few successful sushi franchises in the United States in the $3 billion sushi industry. Entrepreneurs with a passion for sushi have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand.
Although sushi’s popularity is growing in the U.S., the options for high-end, affordable sushi are few and far between. And then the few options that are available, whether casual or formal, tend to be the same assortment of popular, Americanized sushi rolls that shoppers can pick up at the local grocery store.
Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop has been changing preconceived notions about sushi for nearly two decades. From our unique cherry-blossom-style rolls to Temari sushi balls to our genre-bending Sushi Burritos, Sushi Tacos and Sushi Pizza to our hugely popular Poke bowls — Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop is introducing American diners to new ways of eating sushi. In a market crowded with burgers, pizza, sandwiches and Mexican food, Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop stands out as a high-quality, highly aesthetic and affordable meal option.
Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop has a proven track record that goes back nearly 20 years; we have helped dozens of entrepreneurs realize dreams of opening their own sushi businesses. Backed by two of largest franchisors in the world, Kahala Brands™ and MTY Food Group™, Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop offers exceptional training, ongoing marketing support and a commitment to the bold, fresh flavors that customers crave.
“Sushi has an incredible following in the United States,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development with Ginger. “With sushi, you’re in a market not everyone is in. Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop offers an incredible product, incredible training and incredible design. All of that makes for an outstanding opportunity for entrepreneurs who are passionate about sushi in the United States. This is a brand an entrepreneur can take pride in.”
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