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Connecticut’s Greek Diner Guys, Allies Team Up Against Franchises

CONNECTICUT – They were known as the “Greek diner guys of Connecticut” when the owners of the Greek-American eateries in the state came together, but they’ve expanded to take in independent restaurant owners who are not Greek in order to compete with franchises.

The group, named Pan Gregorian Enterprises of New England, has its heart and focus with the Greek restaurant owners, the New Haven Independent reported, and Zois Pizza owner Jim Tzepos says it now includes bakeries, delis, and bars too.

Tzepos said the members are able to negotiate contracts with major food and supply distributors and manufacturers, like Pepsi, and enjoy discounts, rebates and other perks to help their businesses, the site also said.

“Our organization is set up to help our members compete against the franchises and national chains, through negotiating, promoting, and educating our members about our programs,” Tzepos said, and it’s helping deal with the tough competition.

“It is a simple concept, but also challenging in that all of our members’ businesses are not made up of the same cookie-cutter mold the franchises are. This is why we encourage independent establishments to join our group,” he told the site.

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