Columbus is not just the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Ohio with a population of more than two million, but ranked 30th out of more than 900 areas tracked across the nation. Columbus moved Cleveland out of the #2 spot for Ohio’s most populous metro area and is slated to exceed Greater Cincinnati’s population by 2025. This seemingly quiet Midwestern city is making itself known in more ways than one. It’s why Forbes named Columbus one of its Five Secret Foodie Cities, and is a perfect area for a BirthdayPak franchise.
Columbus, OH: Thriving Capital City
A number of industries including finance, professional services, education and healthcare are driving growth into the Ohio state capital region. In 2016, average wages rose a percentage and a half faster in Columbus than the national rate, the regional unemployment rate hovered around 4% and jobs were gained in higher wage service positions. The strong job market is attracting new residents and a boon to the housing market as a result. Future job growth over the next decade is expected to be nearly 40%.
Ohio Restaurants to See an Upward Trend in 2018 & Beyond
A recent survey from the Ohio Restaurant Association shows that same-store sales (restaurants operating for a year or more) ticked upward in the last two quarters of 2017, and is projected to increase by 2.8% in 2018. Ohio has more than 22,000 restaurants contributing projected sales of $22.9 billion in 2017. As Columbus is slated to become the #1 most populous city by 2025, Ohio restaurant and food service jobs are expected to grow 9.3% by 2027. Restaurants are the backbone of BirthdayPak business partners, and along with boutiques and salons, drive affluent women to these locations with gift cards to help celebrate their birthday.
Is A Franchise Opportunity in Columbus, OH Right for You?
In a city with an increasingly sophisticated and bustling food scene, there is no shortage of businesses with which to partner in Columbus. The area’s 10 mailing zones bring strong potential for success, and is manageable for a single franchise owner. If you have experience in and enjoy sales, are great at networking and ambitious, opening a BirthdayPak franchise in Columbus may be a good fit. Learn more about franchise ownership, visit birthdaypakfranchise.com or call 888-206-0083.