The journey is never ending. There's always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what's right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.
Jhonny Mercado and Andres Garcia have both been multi-unit restaurant owners since 1998, starting with Wendy’s restaurants in Venezuela. They founded JAI in 2007, and began acquiring restaurants in the United States. In 2014, JAI took a large leap, merging with another franchisee called WenRod to create JAE Restaurant Group. By 2021, JAE owned & operated over 225 Wendy’s restaurants in TX, NM, TN, GA & FL, winning numerous excellence awards from the brand. Jhonny and Andres decided to branch off and keep 61 Wendy’s restaurants in TX, NM & TN. Immediately after this transition, Wen JAI was formed and acquired 10 restaurants in SC. With currently more than 3,000 employees, Wen JAI is eager to continue growing in the near future and keep Dave Thomas’ legacy alive.
“Do everything in life with passion and energy and your results will be magical. Without magic, there is no success.”
“Process you measure, process you improve.”
Wen JAI is extremely passionate about giving back to the community. Since 2018, JAE & Wen JAI restaurants raised over $1.5 Million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Wen JAI Restaurant Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Wen JAI Restaurant Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.
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