As members of the U.S. Green Building Council, our team at AMS Contractors recognizes that thoughtful and efficient design and construction not only have a positive impact on our environment, but also on the lifecycle cost of a structure—saving our clients money and preserving resources well into the future.
When you visit a construction company website—AMS Contractors' site included—you will likely see “Free Consultation” buttons on some of the pages. A free consultation is a great way to become acquainted with a contractor before you embark on your restaurant construction or fitup. It can help you decide whether the contractor you are considering is qualified and whether or not you feel you can work together as a team. So what can you expect from a free consultation?
Like so many complex problems, knowing the right questions to ask can make difficult decisions easier. This is especially true with commercial construction, where bottom lines are large and the complications of site acquisition, permitting, inspections and approvals can delay completion of a project. Having the right contractor can make all the difference when considering the importance of the investment.
Remember when all it took to close a deal was a handshake? You told us what your building needs and budget were, we figured out how to meet your needs and how much it would cost; an agreement was reached and we sealed the deal with a handshake.
If you have been following our blog (and we hope you have) you will have seen a recent post about questions you should ask before hiring a contractor. This time around, we are turning the tables and asking our potential clients these questions.
In our experience, franchisees that call us may have much of the initial groundwork completed, such as sealed plans and a site chosen. The questions below come from the conversations we have had with restauranteurs who are ready to choose a contractor and begin building. These questions enable us to understand where the potential client is in the construction process, so we can best tailor our advice to meet their needs.
It is impossible to pick up a paper or tune in to the news without some mention of the environment and sustainable practices and design. No matter which side of climate change debate you are on, protecting the environment is in the public consciousness. In fact, sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly design are factors in many buying decisions. The restaurant and food service industry is no exception. Public opinion is shifting toward making environmentally responsible buying choices based on sustainability and green practices. More than half of customers will not buy from brands that fail to meet their social and environmental obligations.
Generally, when a franchise restaurant is being built, there are fairly strict guidelines regarding branding, decor, point-of-sale, kitchen equipment and other fixtures that make the particular restaurant brand what it is. These guidelines can also prevent creative thinking that can save building and finishing costs.
Just as in most other industries, technology is rapidly changing food service. Consumer tastes are also evolving, dictating new menu items, preparation techniques, and equipment. If you are dreaming of opening a restaurant there are many considerations that need to be addressed to prevent your dream turning onto a nightmare. This is where experienced professionals can help guide the prospective restaurant owner through to a successful opening.
The only thing we enjoy more than eating at nice restaurants is helping culinary entrepreneurs successfully—and economically—open their own eateries. Opening a restaurant is not inexpensive, but you can take steps to ensure that start-up costs don’t eat you alive.
People today crave fresh tastes, quick service and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where they can relax over a leisurely lunch or simply grab-and-go. That’s what McAlister’s Deli® delivers, with a special touch that’s uniquely their own. And now there is a new McAlister’s Deli in Apex, North Carolina.
Over the past few years there has been a shift in customer preferences to healthier, locally-sourced food in not only the higher-end restaurant market, but in the fast casual category as well. Customers want to see how their food is being prepared and what ingredients are being used.
This has created a trend toward open kitchens and front-of-house food prep which dictates kitchen design and the use of visually appealing culinary equipment. Food preparation is becoming theater for diners and kitchen design can help enhance the customer experience.
It isn’t every day that AMS has the chance to work on a project that is nearly two and half decades in the making. That’s exactly what happened when Tom Caudle of Sweet Union Brewery came to us late last year to fulfill a lifelong dream.
At AMS Contractors, Inc. we are proud when clients trust us to build multiple projects for them. In this case our client chose us to build two new Wild Wing Café restaurants, both at the same time. The projects were unique, especially because one was an upfit of an existing building and the other was a ground-up, new construction project. We also had the pleasure of working with DPR Architecture of Statesboro, Georgia on both of these projects.
A brand new building ready for a restaurant upfit and a 17-year relationship with a great owner, plus a company with 24 years of contracting experience and construction during a North Carolina autumn. Sounds like a recipe for a smooth project. But, as with any construction job, there are always gremlins.
Each restaurant construction project has a unique personality and it’s own challenges. When renovating older buildings, it is always interesting to see what awaits below the surface. In this case, the challenges of converting a former service station into a unique MOD Pizza restaurant required the depth of experience possessed by AMS Contractors, Inc.
As part of its community involvement, AMS Contractors, Inc. became a sponsor of Carolinas Medical Center-Union’s annual Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer event. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Edwards Cancer Center at CMC-Union to benefit uninsured and underserved women fighting breast cancer in Union County.
Blacksburg, Virginia has a new McAlister’s Deli bringing fast casual dining to 884 Prices Fork Road in the University Crossroads development. Repeat customer and franchisee Peak Restaurants, LLC, selected AMS Contractors, Inc. as the upfit contractor. Construction began in mid June and the grand opening was celebrated on September 7th. The 2,928-square-foot restaurant is home to handcrafted sandwiches, fresh salads and their famous sweet tea.
To local residents Dane and Jaclyn Kopnisky, becoming franchisees of Donato’s Pizza restaurants was a nod to Dane’s teenage years as a Donato’s employee in Ohio. “Donato’s has been near and dear to my heart since I worked there. It feels surreal that now I get to own not just one but four.”
International House of Pancakes® began making people smile in 1958 when it opened its doors in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Fifteen years later, a new marketing campaign introduced the acronym IHOP, and since then, it’s been the name people know as the place they can enjoy breakfast 24 hours a day. Throughout their 58-year history, IHOP has celebrated more than 1,650 restaurant openings across the country and around the world.
AMS Contractors has had a very busy summer wrapping up construction on two MOD Pizza upfits in South Carolina for franchisee Rolling Dough, LLC. AMS has also completed a MOD Pizza for RTHT Investments, LLC in Asheville, North Carolina. This project has undergone a complete transformation from a former Exxon station to a fast, casual pizza restaurant serving individual artisan-style pizzas and salads.