October 25, 2017
Devinder Singh is the definition of the American dream.
He was born in Punjab, India and moved with his parents to Kansas City when he was just 9-years-old. They sought a better quality of life and good education for their children. His parents worked a variety of jobs trying to make ends meet, while Singh and his younger brother attended school in the Olathe, Kan. district.
After his father was laid off from one of his jobs, his family was introduced to Goodcents Franchise Systems. They had never been exposed to the world of franchising, but were intrigued by the opportunity to own their own business and control their own destiny.
They purchased their first restaurant in 2004. Singh spent most of his early teenage years inside the restaurant working with his parents.
“I learned a lot about entrepreneurialism and work ethic watching my parents,” said Singh. “They worked hard to give me and my brother the best life they could.”
After graduating from Olathe North High School, he went on to the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) where he earned a degree in finance, while also working two jobs. He always knew that he wanted to explore the chance of owning his own restaurant with Goodcents as well.
“I knew the business and the Goodcents Franchise team had become family to us, so I knew they would be there to support me,” Singh said.
So, in July 2016, Singh partnered with the Goodcents franchise team to open his first restaurant (776 N Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66061) in the same Olathe community where he had grown up. While he wanted to be his own boss, he also wanted to give back to the community that had supported his family.
“The community here in Kansas City and Olathe has been so important to me and my family and I wanted the chance to give back,” said Singh.
In just the first year, Devinder has grown his restaurant to be the top performer in Kansas City, and second in the system. Most days you will find him at his restaurant prepping food or training employees, but he also spends a lot of time building relationships with local schools and community organizations. He also loves spending time with his family, including his wife and one-year-old son, as well as working out at the gym.
Singh plans to open additional locations in the near future.