Although he had an established career working in the renewable energy division for a major corporation, Ken Preville always dreamed of owning his own business. Not wanting to do it alone, he sought to partner with a successful franchise brand. “Franchising provided an easier path to achieving my goal,” he says.

He turned to the Canadian Franchise Association’s (CFA) online member directory, LookforaFranchise.ca, to find a franchise. A self-described foodie, his interest was immediately piqued when he discovered Pumpernickel’s, a deli and catering franchise offering healthy, fresh salads, sandwiches, and grilled meats. He was also attracted to the company’s strong branding and the promise of greater work-life balance, since locations are only open until 4 p.m.

Preville signed on as a franchisee earlier this year and is currently preparing to open his new location at Bloor and Islington in Etobicoke, Ontario. “So far, I’ve received a tremendous amount of training as well as support from the franchisor,” he says. During training, he worked alongside experienced kitchen staff to gain hands-on experience in food preparation and daily management of the restaurant. This, along with his previous experience in the restaurant industry when he was growing up in St. Lucia, has him feeling more than prepared for his new role as a restaurant owner.

Even more than the financial rewards, Preville is most looking forward to getting to know his customers in the area. “The opportunity to become a viable member of the community is even more satisfying!”

Pumpernickel’s is currently expanding across the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, and to connect with their franchising team directly, check out their listing on LookforaFranchise.ca here.