My HMO Journey: No rest for the wicked as we approach...
Name: Parmod Thankapan
Location: Dublin and Cork (Ireland)
Franchisee Since: 2014
Key Quote: 'It has been a pleasure to have been working with Camile for the last eight years. I’ve learnt a vast about the restaurant industry and that has enabled me to achieve success with my 4 franchises. I hope that I’ll be working with them for many more years to come'
Thankapan is an experienced Camile operator, having worked in the business prior to franchising, as Operations manager. “I felt I knew the business really well” said Pramod, “so for me the risk was limited, and I knew the management team and business model.”
With 20+ restaurants in the UK and Ireland (and a pipeline of 10+ more) Camile’s fast growing franchise has ambitious plans to develop further in London initially, and then further afield. The home delivery of hot food market is exploding in urban areas around the world, driven by the rise of food aggregators like Deliveroo and Just Eat, and consumers addiction to screens.
Pramod Thankapan commented “When I was offered an opportunity to open my first franchise, I didn’t hesitate. I saw that Camile’s health focussed menu was thriving in the Dublin market, and I’ve seen this market develop and grow as peoples attitude to food changes. My four other restaurants are trading well, and I’m excited for my 5th, and more restaurants in the future. I now have 80 staff, who depend on Camile and me, and that makes me proud.”
The Camile franchise features:
Healthy and sustainable food offer, appealing to young urban professionals (compostable packaging, Dairy Free and Vegan options, all calorie counted to name a few)
Existing restaurants turnover up to €35,000 per week in Ireland (where Camile are brand leaders) / £20,000+ in London. most franchisees are opening / have opened further outlets
Using the latest bespoke technology to manage the logistics of delivery and user experience online
Suits owner operators capable of building their own team
21st century restaurant and packaging design
See Parmod's Interview below: