|Shuckin' Shack owners Cook & Piccinin|
Shuckin’ Shack owners Sean Cook and Matt Piccinin opened their flagship oyster bar on Carolina Beach in the fall of 2007, offering steamed seafood with a full bar, and a casual, family friendly atmosphere to the locals and visitors of the beach. Becoming a favorite seafood restaurant and a good Shuckin’ time, Cook and Piccinin decided to recreate the concept in downtown Wilmington in 2012. One year later, with two successful locations in eastern North Carolina, the two have teamed up with veteran restaurant franchise developer, Greg George, to expand the Shuckin’ Shack concept.
The Shuckin’ shack team has turned the concept into a turn-key franchise opportunity complete with site selection, design and layout, construction, marketing, and training to ensure success. One month into Franchise development, the team has 5 new location agreements planned for the coming year - three in Charlotte and two locations in the Carolina Beach neighboring areas of Surf City / Topsail Island and Mayfaire / Porter’s Neck.
“The Shuckin’ Shack is a unique franchise opportunity because of the niche oyster bar concept as well as a great name.”, said George.
Investors and six year patrons of the Shuckin’ Shack, Eric Weller, Gary Weller, Wade Newman, and Phil Newman have plans in place to open at least one of the Charlotte area locations by the end of 2014.
Investor Gary Weller said, “I kept telling myself for years I would never get into the restaurant business, but if I did, it would definitely be a Shuckin’ Shack!”
Owners Sean Cook and Matt Piccinin are very excited for their first expansion to be in the biggest city in North Carolina.
“Expanding to Charlotte is a natural for us and will greatly enhance the Shuckin’ Shack brand by having multiple locations in the area. We’re excited about working with our new partners and looking forward to helping them get their first location by years end.”
Retired military Jason Simas and his wife Bev are excited to own a Shuckin’ Shack oyster bar and will be moving from Newport News, VA to Topsail Island early 2015; Chris Cashwell, also retired military is moving to Carolina Beach from Albuquerque, NM this month to select his location.
Owners Cook and Piccinin are excited about the quick expansion and look forward to each location’s future success.