The Power List 2017: Tom Garrett

January 24, 2017

Tom Garrett and his team at GPS Hospitality have been opportunistic in leading the industrywide movement toward refranchising.

What started as a 42-unit acquisition from Burger King Corp. in the Atlanta area has now grown to more than 225 quick-service restaurants, including GPS’ entry into the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen brand. 

After years after growing rapidly by acquiring and remodeling Burger King locations, Garrett is looking to build — literally, with construction of new Popeyes restaurants in Atlanta and West Virginia. 

“We like mature brands that are season- and cycle-tested,” Garrett, founder and CEO of GPS Hospitality, said last spring. “When