Taziki's Taps Jim Keet to Lead Franchise Expansion

by Kate Knable  on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 12:00 am  

Brothers Tommy, left, and Jake Keet hope to open more than a dozen Taziki’s stores in Arkansas. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

Keet also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and Arkansas State Senate. He was the Republican candidate for governor who challenged incumbent Mike Beebe in 2010.

Keet currently owns the three Taziki’s restaurants in Arkansas with his sons Tommy, 36, and Jake, 26. Two of the Keets’ Taziki’s are in Little Rock, and the third opened this month in Conway.

Keet was drawn to the Taziki’s concept because it offered “the best food, the best pricing, the best quality and is in an unexploited segment in the fast-casual cast, and that’s where we think the market will migrate,” he said.

The Keet trio, under company JTJ Restaurants LLC, also owns the Taziki’s Missouri franchise territory, where the family would like to expand after adding more Taziki’s stores in Arkansas.

When taking the position with Taziki’s corporate, Keet withdrew to a chairman position in JTJ and promoted Tommy to president and Jake to vice president.

“I love the fact that he’s the one managing the company because I know he’s going to do it right,” Tommy Keet said of his father.

While Taziki’s is sprouting new stores across the U.S. as part of its five-year plan, the Keets hope to open eight to 10 more locations across Arkansas.



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