An Acadiana franchisee has acquired 26 Baton Rouge-area McDonald’s locations and plans to remodel the majority of the fast-food properties by the end of 2019, according to The Advocate.
MacLaff Inc. purchased the restaurants from McBR Management Co., owned by Charlie Valluzzo, the longtime Baton Rouge McDonald’s franchisee, and his sons.
Financial details of the sale were not disclosed and MacLaff officials would not say how much the new locations will add to their bottom line or specify which local restaurants were part of the deal.
MacLaff, which is owned by brothers E.J. and Chris Krampe, has been a McDonald’s franchisee since 1972. Their late father, Ed Krampe, founded the franchise group.
Before the purchase, the company had 20 locations in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Bunkie, Carencro, Crowley, Grand Coteau, Marksville, Opelousas, Rayne, Scott, Ville Platte and Youngsville.
“The restaurants we are purchasing in the Baton Rouge area are a tremendous opportunity for our organization,” MacLaff officials said in a statement. “The scale that we will achieve will allow our team members unlimited growth potential.”
While McDonald’s customers won’t notice the ownership change, and all current employees are expected to be retained, the Krampes plan to continue a remodeling program recently launched by the Valluzzos.
MacLaff officials said the majority of the remodels should be finished by the end of 2019, although a few rebuilds won’t happen until the end of 2021.
Repeated attempts to contact the Valluzzos for comment were unsuccessful. In 2010, the family split its McDonald’s holdings into two groups. The family has more than 40 locations from Port Allen to Poplarville, Mississippi.