In 2008, Andrew and Shauna Smith embarked on a culinary adventure opening their first restaurant, a bakery & café franchise famous for European breads, homemade sandwiches, fresh soups and salads, and gourmet pastries– all made to order—in Lehi, Utah. For many years, Kneaders Bakery and Café had been a popular restaurant in Utah County, where the Smiths lived, but it had yet to grow beyond that area. As Andrew and Shauna opened their first location, they began to develop big plans to grow this Utah Valley staple to new levels.
Drawing from a successful background in technology, marketing, sales, and finance, Andrew challenged himself to figure out a better way to develop a multi-unit restaurant chain company with efficiencies that would ensure profits. As operators of the business, there was a need for assistance in the everyday, administrative tasks met with operational expertise. For Shauna, necessity was the mother of invention. As Andrew and Shauna operated their first restaurant, they developed an innovative model that would benefit multiple units and brands at a time, its shareholders and investors, and their operating team as well.
In 2009, Andrew and Shauna set out to execute the Four Foods Group model which began with an exclusive multi-state development agreement between Four Foods Group and GCW Corporation, parent company to Kneaders Bakery & Café. In 2015, an additional 15 states west of the Mississippi were granted to Four Foods Group to develop new Kneaders Bakery & Cafe restaurants. By 2018, Four Foods Group built, opened, owned and operated 50 Kneaders Bakery & Cafes. In 2017, the Smith’s ventured into a new brand with Little Caesars through an acquisition of 48 existing stores in the Southeast. Over the following 12 months, they bought and operated over 72 stores in the area and became one of the largest Little Caesars franchisees in the nation.
Kneaders & Little Caesars are a proud part of the Four Foods Group history. Both brands have since been sold in 2018 (Kneaders) and at the end of 2019 (Little Caesars).