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Floyd D. Young, Charlotte food service pioneer, dies at age 81
FDY Inc. founder was also a philanthropist
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 8:20 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Floyd D. Young, who turned FDY Inc. into a food service pioneer and was as major benefactor at Johnson C. Smith University for 30 years, died Oct. 27 at age 81.

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Floyd Young, who turned his Charlotte catering startup into a food service staple at historically black colleges, died Oct. 27.

Mr. Young, president and founder of FDY Inc., provided food service to as many as nine HBCUs, including 30 years at Johnson C. Smith University. His company also owned a Bojangles’ franchise at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“The Johnson C. Smith University family is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Floyd Young,” JCSU President Clarence Armbrister said in a statement. “On behalf of the University, I send condolences to the Young family, his friends, the employees of FDY, Inc., and all whose lives were touched by his generosity and leadership. Mr. Young made many tangible and intangible contributions to JCSU. Not only was he dedicated to providing high-quality food and customer service to nourish students’ bodies, but he was also dedicated to nourishing their minds and their souls.”

Mr. Young, 81, an alumnus of Prairie View A&M College (now University) in Texas, provided financial assistance and mentoring to more than 100 JCSU students through the Floyd and Norma Young scholarship. He was an inductee into the Biddle Society, reserved for JCSU’s top givers and hired students to help them pay tuition. FDY also provided staffing management services at North Carolina A&T and Howard universities.

Young’s company employs more than 300 people and is one of the largest black-owned companies in Mecklenburg County. FDY’s corporate banquet and catering division built a clientele that included the National Basketball Association, National Collegiate Athletics Association, Atlantic Coast Conference, Bank of America, NBC, Duke Energy, and the NAACP.

In 2008, FDY expanded its footprint when it bought its first Bojangles’ franchise for $500,000.

“We found the perfect opportunity to become a full-fledged franchisee with one of the fastest growing concepts in the business,” FDY vice president of sales and marketing Keith Haywood told Black Enterprise magazine in 2013.

Mr. Young ventured into franchising because as a result of noticing the work of restaurants on college campuses, Haywood told the publication.

“We saw that there was a demand for national, regional, and local quick-food concepts,” he said.


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