Nicholas Janikies, owner of The Jan Companies, dies at age 84


The Janikies Family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Nicholas W. Janikies. A true Rhode Island entrepreneur, Mr. Janikies started his business with the opening of the first Burger King® in the state of Rhode Island on April 30, 1969. Mr. Janikies originally thought that the state of Rhode Island was only large enough for one Burger King® location, but he broiled those first few burgers into the prosperous business that is The Jan Companies. The Jan Companies is one of the largest private businesses in the state of Rhode Island, employing over 1,700 people in the state with a total of 4,100 people in six states.

Nicholas Janikies acknowledged that he could have made a comfortable living from just one Burger King® franchise, but attributes the scope of his business dealings to a desire for new challenges and an interest in building a legacy…and that he did. While building The Jan Companies, Mr. Janikies purchased the
cherished Newport Creamery brand and refreshed it for further generations. He could regularly be found eating breakfast and having conversations with regular guests at any one of a number of locations. He was a man of the people and felt it important to connect with those that helped to build Newport Creamery to be the family dining tradition that it is in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

The company that Mr. Janikies built, The Jan Companies, now owns and operates 91 Burger King® locations across six states (including all 30 in the state of Rhode Island), plus 4 country clubs (including the exclusive Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown), 12 Newport Creamery locations, the Country Inn (in Warren), Krispy Kreme and Popeye’s.

Nicholas W. Janikies was 84 at his passing. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret and his children, Melissa Janikies, Cynthia Janikies-Simonson, William Janikies, Jonathan Janikies and five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be coordinated through Woodlawn Funeral Home in Cranston, Rhode Island.

(release from The Jan Companies)