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GE Capital Provides $31MM Debt Facility to TGI Friday’s Franchisee

May 30, 2014, 07:51 AM
Filed Under: Restaurant

GE Capital’s Franchise Finance business announced it has provided $31 million to United Restaurant Group, LP in a combined sale-leaseback and refinancing. GE Capital served as administrative agent and GE Capital Markets served as sole lead arranger and bookrunner on the senior debt facility.

Based in Richmond, VA, URG is the second-largest franchisee of TGI Friday’s. It owns and operates 29 restaurants in Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina. The funds will be used to eliminate debt, continue reimaging projects and prepare for future growth. GE Capital has been a lender to the company since 2011.

“We work with GE Capital because they understand the franchise business as well as our vision for the company,” said Tony Grillo, president and CEO of URG. “The new structure allows us to accelerate our operational strategies, including remodeling, which will result in higher value to our partners.”

“We were able to help position the company for growth,” said John Sullivan, a senior vice president with GE Capital, Franchise Finance. “We’ve built a strong relationship with Tony and his team and we look forward to their continued success.”

GE Capital, Franchise Finance is a leading lender for the U.S. franchise finance market via direct sales and portfolio acquisitions. With more than 30 years of experience and over $7 billion in served assets, it provides financing to more than 2,000 customers and 14,000 properties. The business specializes in financing mid-market operators with multiple stores in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

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