Domino’s 20 year-old franchisee fulfils dream

By Sarah Stowe | 18 Sep 2019 View comments

Domino’s youngest franchisee Richard Morf began his pizza career with the brand at just 15 years old. Now, five years later, he’s proving age is no barrier to business ownership.

Richard owns and operates the Domino’s store in Ashburton, employing more than 15 locals. 

“I always dreamed of owning my own business, but at this age most of my friends are still only half-way through their university degrees,” he said.

“I knew that if I wanted to be different, I was going to need to challenge myself, take strategic risks and follow my dreams. I had been saving up so that I could take on an opportunity if it was presented, but I definitely didn’t expect it to happen so soon.”

Richard admits he had nerves about taking on his own franchise at such a young age but worked through the fear. 

“I’m a huge believer that if you let fear control you, you won’t achieve much,” he said.

And he’s got his long term sights set on building a mini empire.

Domino’s youngest franchisee has big plans

“My goal is to grow into a multi-unit franchisee with a network of stores, but for now I’m really concentrating on making Ashburton a success and building my local team.”

Richard has been inspired by group CEO and managing director Don Meij and the Domino’s brand.

“I feel so proud to be a part of it,” he says. “The Domino’s culture is so unique and supportive, as a young business owner I’m so grateful for the support and mentoring I’ve received from other seasoned franchisees.” 

So he’s keen to give back to the franchise community and mentor other franchisees.

“I’m proof that age is not a barrier if you’re prepared to work hard and I’m excited to inspire other young locals to follow in my footsteps.”