Franchise organizational problems caused World of Beer closure

The bar and restaurant closed days before its first anniversary, marking the second time the concept failed in the Northeast Florida market.

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Organizational problems within the franchise group caused the closing of the World of Beer Bar & Kitchen at 5105 Butler Blvd. It ceased operations at the end of business May 7.

The company that has 46 locations around the United States has closed its only Jacksonville restaurant. This was the second incarnation of the beer-focused establishment. 

Another franchisee opened two restaurants beginning in 2013 and were closed 2016.

Sean Githens, the World of Beer Jacksonville franchisee president and head of Hospitality Leaders Jax 1 Inc. and Hospitality Leaders Jax 2 Inc., provided the corporate statement:

“While this franchise location has experienced great success since its opening, the franchise ownership has experienced organizational challenges that were insurmountable for continued operations.”

The statement went on to say the group wants to reopen in the Jacksonville market in the future.

The company’s website lists that a Jacksonville Beach location is planned for 2023, but no mention of it was included in the statement.