By JANET KEHRES
Daily Globe Correspondent
SHELBY - Although Arby's in Shelby has been open since January 5, the official grand opening and ribbon cutting with Mayor Steve Schag took place on Thursday.
On hand to congratulate Dave Giesen, owner of the franchise was Mayor Schag, Cassie Bromfield and Logan Fritz from Richland Bank, Stephanie Elgin, Jodie Perry, and Jason McCoy from the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, Cassandra Edwards, Store Manager, and Allan Garnon, Director of Operations of Arby's in 10 stores that is owned by Giesen in Ohio.
Giesen owns the franchise of the 10 stores. He stated, “Most of Arby's is corporate owned. The corporation owns 1,100 stores throughout the USA. I prefer to own my own store and after scouting Shelby, I felt it would be a great place to build an Arby's. I have plans to build a few more around Ohio.”
Giesen owns the biggest franchise in Ohio. He said, “I am excited being here and I look forward to serving the Shelby area. The unique thing about Arby's is it is the alternative to a hamburger.”
Arby's was founded in Boardman, Ohio in 1964 by brothers Forrest and Leroy Raffel, who thought there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. It was noted Arby's is the second-largest quick service fast food sandwich chain in America.
The Shelby store employees 38 people, and is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm. Giesen said a little later, he hopes to extend the hours.
Casandra Edwards, Manager stated, “We have been very busy since the opening. Business has been strong. We have a great crew working here. We try to give it a ‘family atmosphere.’”
Mayor Schag thanked Giesen for bringing Arby's to Shelby and likes how fast the service is to the customers.
Perry, on behalf of Richland County Chamber of Commerce, congratulated Giesen for investing in the community.
Giesen said, “Our values are: Dream big; Get It done; Play Fair; Have Fun; and Make a Difference.
“Our mission statement is to provide an exceptional dining experience that satisfies our guests grown-up tastes by being a ‘cut-above’ in everything we do.”