Dan Soules isn’t retiring. He doesn’t think he ever will.
People have been mistakenly congratulating him on retiring since hearing that his Soules & Dunn Development Group sold its 40 Arby’s franchises in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia back to the sandwich chain this week. But Friday in his office in the group’s Plaza of the Arts in downtown Auburn, Soules explained that it sold the franchises to sharpen its focus on new development.
The group only sold its Arby’s franchise operations back to the chain, Soules said. Soules & Dunn still owns the 40 brick-and-mortar restaurants, as well as their leases. And the group will continue building and managing Arby’s: It’s currently remodeling one in Charlottesville, Virginia, building one in Christiansburg, Virginia, and building one at its new strip plaza in Dickson City, Pennsylvania.