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Melting Pot Targets Hartford, Connecticut for Franchise Growth

With a New Haven, Connecticut location set to open in 2024, the fondue franchise is laying groundwork to establish restaurants across the state.

By Morgan Wood1851 Franchise Contributor
SPONSOREDUpdated 4:16PM 12/12/23

With a New Haven, Connecticut restaurant set to open next year and an attractive economy, Melting Pot, the 93-unit fondue franchise, has identified a prime opportunity to grow in the state. Now, it is targeting Hartford for an additional restaurant, one of three additional units that could be opened across Connecticut.

“Our draw to Connecticut is seen in the fact that our newest location will be opening in New Haven,” explained Collin Benyo, franchise growth strategist. “The state of Connecticut is such a fascinating area with many people calling it home — for good reason. Hartford is another area that has a rich history and a clear need for new and exciting dining experiences like Melting Pot.”

Favorable Market Conditions for New Business Owners

With a new location opening soon, the brand is establishing a strong reputation in the market. Hartford entrepreneurs who take advantage of the opportunity will enjoy growing brand awareness and can play a crucial role in Melting Pot’s strong foundation as it works to build locations throughout other key markets across the state. 

While the team is looking throughout Hartford for potential locations, West Hartford, specifically, has caught the eye of the development team. As they search for potential sites, the brand’s flexible real estate model will prove to be beneficial for prospective franchisees by broadening the field of potential locations. Because Melting Pot has minimal kitchen requirements and a dynamic front-of-house design, it is able to complete a build-out in converted spaces that other, more traditional restaurant concepts cannot adapt to.

In addition to the flexibility of the model, the Connecticut community has shown a clear demand for the brand, meaning franchisees will be set up to launch their restaurants to a warm welcome from the community.

A Growing, High-Demand Community

Connecticut is a dynamic state that serves as both a cozy home base for its permanent residents and an exciting vacation destination for visitors from across the country. Because of this, it fosters a spirit of innovation and unique experiences, making it the perfect place for a concept like Melting Pot.

“Earlier this year, I made a trip to meet with the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce to discuss the potential for our growth in the market,” said Benyo. “The conversation revealed a city on the move that was looking to bring fantastic businesses like our iconic brand into the fold.”

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