Since Nov. 2013 Five Casual Pint franchises have been sold

Since Nov. 2013 Five Casual Pint franchises have been sold

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The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market is opening its first franchise. The new location will be at Northshore Town Center on Thunderhead Road. The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market is opening its first franchise. The new location will be at Northshore Town Center on Thunderhead Road.
In 2013 he began to sell franchises. Five have already sold. In 2013 he began to sell franchises. Five have already sold.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market is opening its first franchise. The new location will be at Northshore Town Center on Thunderhead Road.

The first store opened in Bearden in 2011. The owner began selling franchises last year. Since November five franchises have been sold.

The Casual Pint Northshore location had a soft opening over the weekend. The grand opening is Wednesday at 3 PM. The franchise owners are confident the new location will be successful.

Jeff Sweeney got the idea to buy The Casual Pint franchise after seeing a sign at the Bearden location.

"We got ready to pay our tab and we saw a little sign that said franchises soon to be available. I was looking for something to do after I semi-retired," said Sweeney.

That was six months ago. Now the idea has become a reality. He believes the investment in opening the new Casual Pint will pay off.

"These guys have such a great concept in offering a location where you've got singles and pints. You can try flights and growler refills of great local craft beers. Small batch craft beer has been growing over the last past to 10 years," said Sweeney.

Nathan Robinette founded the first Casual Pint Craft Beer Market. He opened a location in Bearden in 2011 then downtown Knoxville in 2012.

"I wanted to bring everything together into one place so the customer had all the options available to them," said Robinette.

In 2013 he began to sell franchises. Five have already sold.

"We are going to open Fountain City on the 25th. We are going to go to Maryville, Hardin Valley then Franklin," said Robinette.

Robinette says the key to the company's success is having a wide selection of craft beer. He says the popularity of craft beer continues to grow.

"They are almost like a kid in a candy shop. It's an adult candy shop but they enjoy it they have a good time and they are wowed by the selection," said Robinette.

According to Robinette to purchase The Casual Pint franchise the cost is around $300,000. Sweeney and his Northshore location co-owner hope to buy additional Casual Pint franchises across the Southeast in the future.

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