The educational franchisor has signed its largest ever deal to bring 50 locations to Ontario by 2025.
Little Kitchen Academy alongside its Ontario development partner, Caroline Irving, will help the brand expand to 50 locations in Ontario by 2025. This builds on the brand’s strong presence in the region with its Oakville location up and running since July 2021 and four more planned to open in 2022. Development partner, Caroline Irving, will open five locations of her own in the region while supporting new franchisees.
Ontario is a key market for Little Kitchen Academy and represents 50 out of the planned 423 global locations by 2025. It is also home to numerous investors and key brand partners, Bruce Cruxon and Chef Works Canada.
“This is a major milestone, as it is our largest franchise deal to date, and it accelerates our development in this important market so more families in Ontario can experience the gift of Little Kitchen Academy,” said Brian Curin, CEO & co-founder of Little Kitchen Academy.
“We are delighted to have Caroline as our partner in changing lives from scratch and know she will be a great support to our franchise partners throughout Ontario. She has shown such enthusiasm for Little Kitchen Academy, first as an investor and now as our area rep for Ontario.
“Finding someone as like-minded as Caroline is rare, and we are thrilled to start this journey with her.”
Irving has a strong track record in bringing franchises to Canada. She brought the first Sky Zone franchises to Canada and eventually owned four locations before selling them in 2019. She was on a break from the business world until she heard about Little Kitchen Academy.
“I wanted to give something back for my birthday this year so I posted on my Facebook page looking for Toronto-area women starting businesses that I could support with a grant,” said Caroline Irving.
“Hayley Sexton, who is opening two locations in Toronto with her husband Eamon, reached out to me. As I learned more about Little Kitchen Academy, I knew I wanted to support her, but I also realized that I wanted to help bring this incredible concept to more children in Ontario.
“For me, Little Kitchen Academy is much more than just a business opportunity, it’s laying the foundation for a movement – one where children grow up to be teens and then young adults with the confidence and skills to look at food and meal preparation as a fun and meaningful part of living a healthy life.”