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Bidding on a Chili's and Cracker Barrell

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chevyman1, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    This is my first experience with chain resturants....any tips on do's/don'ts for these type places or hot topics they need to hear you say? I have walk thru's with the managers of each at lunch today. Thanks in advance everyone!
  2. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Don't have any resturants yet. I'd say just treat them like you would anybody else. Be professional, tell them what they want to hear and give them what you tell them they'll get.
  3. TerraCarekc

    TerraCarekc LawnSite Member
    from KCMO
    Posts: 1

    Atleast thats my experience. I mow 17 Fast food restaurants, and i was able to talk them into a year round payment plan. I get the same check every month no matter how many times I mow to keep the lawns clean and professional.
    One suggestion is go to Office Depot or similar store and get some cheap carbon receipts. I always go in to the stores to refil my water cup and to say hello. Often times the store manager isn't in, and he tells the district rep that we haven't been to his store in 3 weeks. (Magically the lawn doesn't grow apparently since it always looks great.) I now always leave one copy of the receipt with the store so theres verification of me being there.
    Good luck, with it. I've found it to be one of my best accounts.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    it may be unnecessary to say this but you need to have all of your BIZ stuff straight--insurance, taxes, licenses the whole ball of wax.

    will you have to submit work orders to the central or regional office? be prepared to wait for your check.

    BTW--get prepared to be offered extra work. if they like you, the MGR will pay you to do his lawn, other stores, etc. good luck!

  5. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 344

    Chevy also be prepared for "dog and pony" shows. Lots of times the big executives will be coming to town and the place will have to look great by the next day. Charge accordingly but dont go over board.

    This will happen to you.
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Everything I was goin to add such as reciept for being there and work performed and the massive "pretty up" efforts prior to management coming into town. Be a pro and this will work out nicely. Also have signage on your truck for advertising while you are servicing their account!


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