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French Express

c, French Express Christophe Fichet and Nicolas Grunewald

Title / Role: Founders
Location: Latrobe , Pennsylvania
Formed in: 2017
My successes.

French Express opened in December of 2016 and immediately attracted curious customers eager to try exotic French pastries , croque monsieur sandwiches, croissants, ratatouille , and beef bourguignon. The chefs gourmet food take out concept became ,within days , a success.  Local news paper articles have praised  the new food store and the French Express Facebook page overflows with rave reviews of great food at modest prices. 

How SCORE helped.

Christophe and Nicolas were world class chefs but with  no business experience needed help in creating their own business. The Score team of Bob Tupper ( Marketing), Tom Marx (Banking) ,Fred Bononi (Accounting) and Jerry Stalnaker (Marketing and Management) provided the guidance they needed to make their dream come true.


What's great about my mentor?

The lead Score mentor,  Jerry Stalnaker, assembled a team to guide the chefs  through writing a business plan,  incorporating,  picking a business location and approaching banks for  a start up loan. The project came together and French Express opened in December of 2016.

How Did Your Business Get Started?

Christophe Fichet and Nicolas Grunewald came to Score in November 2015 with a business idea. Both were chefs trained in France with experience in Michelin starred restaurants all over the world. They had emigrated  10 years ago , obtained their citizenships and brought their skills to kitchens in the U S.  Their dream was to raise their families in the area and start their own business.  The gourmet food take out business is a business model more familiar in Europe and they thought it might work here.       

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