The Blanchette, together at the first SHAKER Kitchen & Mixology restaurant: a project signaling the beginning of a new era. It's in their office adjacent to the restaurant that they meet each day and collaborate to further their common projects. From left to right: Vincent, André-François, Kimpton, Simon and David
The group, joined by 2 associates at the time, opens Thaïzone in 2007, one of the largest Thai fast food chains. In 2013, a restaurant giant owning its closest competitor approaches them to acquire the chain, fearing the competition. The group accepts the appealing offer, but remains owner of the first location still operating today at the La Pyramide mall, in Ste-Foy.
In 2015, the group and one of its associates create the first chocolat and ice cream bar that will be known as Chocolato. Led by the desire to imitate prestigious Italian chocolate factories, the concept spreads like wildfire with the establishment of 22 branches throughout the years. In 2019, Foodtastic acquires the brand and it’s with great pride that the group transfers the concept to watch It grow, not only outside of the province, but also in the United States. Despite this, the group retains ownership of the Sainte-Foy (Versant Nord) branch and the express kiosk located in the Pyramide, in Sainte-Foy and remains co-owner of the Gatineau (Promenades Gatineau) branch.
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It all begins in 1995 as Vincent and André-François Blanchette, two cousins born in Sept-Îles, move to Québec City to study law and business administration, respectively. Both having been raised in an entrepreneurial environment (their grandfather and fathers were all businessmen), the two roommates dream, even as young children, of becoming the author of their own success story.
Bursting with grand ambitions, they seize a business opportunity to buy a bankrupt convenience store in 1996, seeing a golden opportunity to succeed. The two cohorts are far from knowing they are embarking on a very tumultuous venture, marked by unending weeks of the hardest work.
A year later, Simon, Vincent’s brother, comes to lend a hand in the family project. The threesome puts in very long hours and pursues constant efforts to get the business back on track, working day and night. In 2000, the arrival of David, Vincent and Simon’s younger brother, opens the road to new possibilities, leading to more business projects. And finally, in 2004, Kimpton, André-François’ brother, joins them to complete the family clan.
Still today, the Blanchette’s greatest wealth remains working and collaborating together every day.They sit around a large table, in their communal office, and discuss and debate ideas always striving to raise the group to new heights.
With time, each member has organically made certain responsibilities their own. Like chain links, each Blanchette’s work is closely intertwined and indispensable to the others.
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At the helm of the company since the beginning, Vincent oversees principal operations, decisions and major moves in the group. A born dreamer and visionary, his keen marketing instincts bring about a marked success for the banner. His determination and ideas for greatness are at the root of all of the group’s projects.
At the helm of the company since the beginning, André-François oversees principal operations, decisions and major moves in the group. He is particularly involved in the financial aspects of the group, comfortably managing budgets and investments. His rational thinking makes him the best person to oversee operational procedures and the management of all banners.
Simon specializes in the real estate and construction aspects of the group. His indispensable work in terms of renovations, plans and specifications, as well as the maintenance plans for all banners makes him a considerable asset in any franchising and licensing process.
David has taken the Little Frog under his swing. The choice of location, operations management, assistance in the opening process, marketing and relations with franchisees are only a few of his principal responsibilities.
Kimpton sees to the image of the group’s largest banner, that is, SHAKER Kitchen & Mixology restaurant-bars. He actively participates in the research and development for the menu, operations management of the franchisor, market tests, events and marketing.
With the expansion of the group, the Blanchette family surrounds itself with the best to ensure they reach their goals.Discover their trusted associates and experts!