GE Capital, Franchise Finance Lends $23.5 Million to MarLu Investment Group, Fast Casual Food Franchisee

Funds acquisition of 21 Jack in the Box units, refinances existing restaurants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (  GE Capital, Franchise Finance is providing $23.5 million in financing to MarLu, a multi-concept franchisee group and management company based in Sacramento, California. The facility will refinance existing stores, fund the acquisition of 21 Jack in the Box units in Sacramento, Modesto and Los Banos, California, and create a line of credit for future development needs. Financing was provided through GE Capital, Franchise Finance’s bank affiliate, GE Capital Financial Inc.

“This is our first financing with MarLu,” says Chris Poppe, vice president of GE Capital. “We hope to expand our relationship with them as they grow and broaden the restaurant concepts they manage.”

While the recent acquisition with Jack in the Box corporate brings them 21 new stores for their portfolio, MarLu is also the third largest Church’s Chicken domestic franchisee, with 46 restaurants. MarLu also owns and operates two Arby’s and two Little Caesars Pizza’s restaurants with two more opening in the third quarter.

“We chose GE Capital because they have the ability to provide additional funding for future transactions, and, as our portfolio indicates, we intend to remain very active seeking opportunities in the states where we currently do business,” explains Tony Lutfi, CEO and president, MarLu Investment Group. “They made the process easy and gave us the confidence to continue to build our relationship as we expand.”

MarLu operates units in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, and has a focus on providing great customer experience while empowering local management to operate efficiently, grow sales and improve profitability.

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