Serving Thanksgiving dinner with KFC!
For the 19th year, Summerwood employees stepped up on Thanksgiving day to package hundreds of meals for the less fortunate at our Kensington, Philadelphia KFC. We were very sad at the loss of Lou Jackson, who formerly helmed this project, but we were proud to move forward in his honor. David DeMarco, Carl Coulter, and Summerwood TEAM KFC did a terrific job. We had teams from Pennsville, Exeter, Ewing, Kennett, and Kensington coming to help - close to 20 volunteers made the event a huge success!
We planned on serving 325 meals, and ended up serving 375! Thank you to everyone who volunteered! We look forward to seeing you again next year!
A Successful Remodel of our Oxford Valley Taco Bell!
Summerwood originally built this Taco Bell from the ground up in 1996, so it was time for a scrape and rebuild. We made sure to reopen just in time for the holiday season, so that Black Friday shoppers could get the tacos they needed for fuel. We are so pleased with how it has turned out! We want to recognize Jen Miller, her entire management team, and each and every employee who helped make this reopening a success. The best part was their very smooth operations and an incredible upbeat vibe from open to close! We would also like to recognize the Area 8 support, Eric and his Area, as well as Clarence and his Area! Everybody made the perfect recipe for yet another mind blowing opening!
Celebrating Mary Beck!
At the recent Taco Bell Franmac convention, Summerwood was recognized for being a leader in Brand Protection. This was due in large part to the hard work of our Director of Food Safety, Mary Beck. Everyone at Summerwood knows and loves Mary Beck, and appreciates her commitment to helping keep our restaurants safe. The Taco Bell team made this video to recognize Mary, and we were happy to show it at our Reality Check meeting and recognize her again. We could not be more grateful for her many years of dedicated service. In short – Everyone loves Mary!!
Summerwood participated in the MS City to Shore Bike Ride!
Members of the Summerwood family participated in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2018. This important ride from Cherry Hill, New Jersey down to the Jersey shore helps raise awareness and needed funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our Area Coach Toni Ramsden, and our Vice President of Accounting Steve Basille both participated in the ride, and Restaurant General Manager Roger Phillip and his assistant manager Sharon Collins came out to support them, along with their friend Misty. Thank you to everyone for participating and helping raise awareness of such an important cause!
Summerwood is recognized at the FRANMAC Convention!
At the FRANMAC Convention in Las Vegas in September, we were so excited to see Summerwood receive recognition on multiple occasions! Mary Beck and Adrienne Mazzella received recognition as Public Health Defenders for their work in maintaining the food safety standards at all Summerwood restaurants. We know that we, and the entire community, appreciate their hard work in keeping all of us safe. Also at the convention, our Chief Operating Officer Jim Fullam received an Outstanding Contribution Award. We're so glad that the entire Taco Bell system is now aware of what a hard worker and tremendous asset to the entire organization he is. Congratulations to all! We're proud to have you on our team!
Accounting Team Visits Taco Bell in Bala
We love welcoming guests to visit our stores! On Thursday, September 6, our People Development Coach April Gammage and Restaurant General Manager Felecia Martinez gave three distinguished guests from the Summerwood Restaurant Support Center (RSC) in Conshohocken a tour and the royal treatment at our Bala Cynwyd Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express. Our Controller John Groomes is the newest member of our team (seen pictured with April). Our Staff Accountants Gurpreet Kaur and Grace Yang enjoyed the visit as well (pictured with Felecia). Thank you to Felecia and April for being so welcoming, and for the delicious tacos!
Living Mas with Taco Bell Foundation Scholars
The Taco Bell Foundation, in partnership with owners from LA, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, invited past Live Mas Scholars to one of three regional workshops in the Summer of 2018. Our goal was to empower these scholars as leaders, develop a community of passionate individuals, and provide a course of action to help them live out their passions. Through engaging activities and active exploration, we hoped to develop a strong community, enable them as leaders, and unlock their career potential.
The event turned out great! We are appreciative to everyone who partnered with us for being such an integral part of the planning process for the workshop. Jim, Keith, Felecia and the City Line Ave team members really set the tone for the event with balloons, gifts, and even a cake (yes, a cake!). We were blown away by the kindness. The students really felt that there was an entire community rooting for them to finish college and pursue their passions. Thank you again to everyone for helping making this event a success!
Summerwood Picnic 2018
On June 28 we had our annual Summerwood picnic at Mermaid Lake. It's the day every year when the Summerwood family can come together to kick back, relax, have some fun, and catch up with each other. At this year's picnic, festivities included an egg toss which you can see pictured, swimming, tennis, golf, and even massages! A wonderful time was had by all, and we can't wait until next year for more fun!
Another great store opening in Denton!
We had a great time opening our new store in Denton, Maryland on June 10, 2018. We're especially appreciative to everyone from Area 13 who helped us out on opening day, showing the team work that Summerwood prides itself on. Also, thank you to Heather for being the opening RGM - she did a great job, and we couldn't have done this without her inspiring leadership. We're so glad that the whole Denton area has been so welcoming to our new store, and we look forward to continuing to serve them.
Another awesome store opening in Cambridge!
We are so grateful for another awesome store opening in Cambridge, Maryland! It was so inspiring to see the entire Summerwood team come together to help make this a success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success, and to the wonderful people of Cambridge for welcoming us into your community. We look forward to continuing to serve you!
State of the Union 2018
The State of the Union is a special time for everyone at Summerwood to meet, celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, and prepare for the year ahead. We were thrilled to celebrate another fantastic year at Summerwood.
In addition to a delicious catered lunch, we also offered free blood testing, to help facilitate employee health and wellness. We thank everyone for their contributions to Summerwood - we couldnâ€™t do it without you.
New Store Opening - Walnutport
Eddy and TEAM Walnutport - congrats on an excellent opening week!
TEAM Summerwood - thank you for supporting another new store opening, especially during week 1 of the FRIES promotion, much appreciated!!
Shout out to Carolyn Meyers from BLT and her team for helping out.
Eagles Spirit Day
Go Eagles!! ðŸ¦… Hereâ€™s the Summerwood office showing off our Eagles spirit. Fly Eagles, Fly!
New Store Opening - Enola
Good morning!! Please congratulate David Stewart (RGM) and Omar Gracia (Store Opening Coach) for a successful open yesterday at our newest Taco Bell location Enola.
We had a lot of help and would like to recognize and thank Keith and his team: Amy Mackelvey, Scott Laudenslager, Lauren Foose, Lakeia Allen, Makayla Narramore.
For directions and hours, click here.