Eric Ashford (pictured second from left)

“Franchisee of the Year” – Eric Ashford

At age 18, Shoney’s franchisee Eric Ashford (pictured above, second from left) began his restaurant career washing dishes. Over time, Eric worked his way up through the ranks with his goal to always be the best at whatever tasks were assigned to him.

Today, Eric is the proud owner of three Shoney’s restaurants, which include the Greenville and Dothan, AL locations, and his newest location in Evergreen, AL, that was built from the ground up and opened in March 2016.

Eric stated that building the Evergreen restaurant, which includes a full-service alcohol bar, was a big challenge and a learning experience. He said he held on to his faith in God, which kept him strong. Eric is an inspiration to all who know him because of his strong work ethic and positive attitude.