Ben Catarinicchia, ZACs International, of New Jersey is a longtime associate of the NY Bagel Scam run by Joe Smith and Dennis Mason. We recommend that those considering hiring Ben Catarinicchia ask for a list of the 50 NY Bagel Café clients who paid him and ask whether they would recommend him and ZACs International.
(NY Bagel Scam) The NY Bagel Scam is run by Joseph Smith and notorious franchise seller Dennis Mason.
They run ads on Craig’s List and provide fraudulent documents offering individuals and families fully financed bagel café franchise stores for up-front fees ranging from $17,500 to $29,500.
The majority of those who pay these supposedly refundable franchise fees never receive the promised funding, never open a store, and are denied a refund.
The vast majority of those who opened a NY Bagel Café franchise were unable to achieve or maintain profitability.
The UnhappyFranchisee.Com website has posted dozens of closed franchise locations and numerous governmental actions exposing the company’s fraudulent activities.
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Ben Catarinicchia, under the company name ZACs International, has played an integral role in furthering the NY Bagel franchise scam.
And he continues to profit from the predatory deception of individuals and families who will experience financial devastation because of the illegal NY Bagel franchise scheme.
Ben Catarinicchia admits to have received money for design and construction services from more than 50 NY Bagel Café franchise owners.
Despite the fact that he has seen dozens of franchises close and his client’s’ investments lost, he still encourages prospective victims to invest their hard-earned savings and risk their assets with Joe Smith, Dennis Mason & NY Bagel.
When one family contacted him and asked if the fraudulent company could be trusted, Ben Catarinicchia replied:
Thank you for your email. Our firm provides architectural and equipment procurement services for NY Bagel Café & Deli. We have worked as a preferred consultant for the franchise for many years, completing our first location design, I believe, in early 2012.
As with any business the success of a NY Bagel is directly proportional to the time allotted by the franchisee on running the business, but in general the owners of the franchises seem to do well. While not being involved in the internal workings of NY Bagel I can say that NY Bagel is a good brand, we have completed over 50 locations nationwide. NY Bagel is a proven concept and the company provides their franchisees with the tools needed to succeed. NY Bagel is a fair company and they afford their franchisees the latitude of design adjustments dependent on their locations. We have completed some locations where we have provided extended cooking lines, salad bars and other custom elements while always staying true to the main product NY Bagels.
I can tell you that the franchisees that have chosen to work with our company are pleased and satisfied at the outcome of the stores. I would recommend a NY Bagel franchise to a friend or family member I think they are a growing company with a bright future ahead of them.
Feel free to call me should you have any questions
Benedetto (Ben) Catarinicchia, SARA
ZACS International, LLC
Providing Unparalleled Design, Construction & Management Services
Ben Catarinicchia Blames Franchise Owners & Recession for Widespread NY Bagel Closures
Like most involved with justifying blatant franchise scams, Benedetto (Ben) Catarinicchia blames the victims for store falures.
His statement “As with any business the success of a NY Bagel is directly proportional to the time allotted by the franchisee on running the business,” means that any failure is likely caused by an owner not putting in the time to make his business succeed.
They expect people to believe that franchise owners with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line regularly let their businesses fail while they garden or play golf.
When confronted with the fact that most of the stores he was involved with failed, he can only cite one concrete example:
The only location I can speak about was on location located in NJ. The franchisee in direct conflict to NY Bagel corporate chose a space that was 1000 sq feet over the standard 1500 sq foot space. NY Bagel told the franchisee that the space would be tough to justify due to its size but the franchisee indicated he didn’t care he could do the business so in short he couldn’t support the size of the space.
He forgets to mention that it is the franchisor’s job to approves franchise locations – and to reject any location or space that does not meets its parameters.
He also fails to mention that, in addition to the fact that the NY Bagel concept isn’t viable, that his overpriced design charges and inflated fees may also have contributed to the franchise owner’s demise?
ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH ZAC’S INT’L:
- Tricia Hutman, Interior Designer
- Mike Upchurch, Architect
- David Kroth, Web and Marketing
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