If you’re a Bishop or Mammoth resident with the late-night munchies, your culinary options just narrowed considerably.
The Mammoth and Bishop Domino’s Pizza franchises closed their doors this week, likely for good.
Mark Kraniger sold the franchises to Ronnie Warren approximately three years ago, along with a third location in South Lake Tahoe.
Mr. Kraniger still owns the building in Mammoth.
He said he will give Dominos corporate thirty days to see if it can bring in another franchisee. If that doesn’t pan out, he will seek to re-lease the building, either with or without the restaurant equipment – whatever would suit a prospective tenant.
Mr. Kraniger, who owns 22 other stores, said he will likely reopen the South Lake Tahoe store, because it fits into his portfolio of other stores located in Carson City and Reno.
The South Lake store, said Kraniger, is by far the most profitable of the three locations. “That’s like printing money,” he said.
But you can’t print money when fire closes towns and forests for weeks and months on end.
He said Dominos has a franchisee development program, but it can prove difficult to find someone to live in the mountains, particularly because there’s limited growth opportunity. “You’re kind of capped at three locations here,” he said, referencing Bishop, Mammoth and South Lake.
Mr. Kraniger said he operated the Mammoth location for three decades prior to selling the franchise in 2018.