Our History

Inception

After completing an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering and serving as a Captain in the Indian Army, Rai Marwah emigrated to the United States in 1971 with 12 dollars and a dream. In lieu of finding an opening in engineering, Rai worked a variety of odd jobs, including auto mechanic and gas station attendant, real estate broker, and an 8-year career as a bus driver for Greyhound. In 1974, Rai married Rajni Marwah, a Microbiologist with a Masters in Anthropology who aspired to start her own business, and they slowly saved up toward their dream.

1980s

  • 1981  Rai and Rajni decide to pursue their dream and take out a business loan with a dizzying 21% interest rate. Rajni keeps her full-time job as a medical technologist to ensure stability, while Rai opens their first restaurant, a Pioneer Chicken franchise located in Whittier, CA, the same the city that would later become the home of the Denco Family headquarters. Rai works 18 hour days for 2 years until the loan is paid off, and then Rai and Rajni begin saving to enable expansion.

  • 1983  Rai and Rajni become 7-Eleven franchisees and purchase their first location in South Gate, CA. Rajni quits her job and joins the business full-time, operating the 7-Eleven while Rai focuses on the restaurant operations and expansion.
  • 1985  The couple are voted and awarded 7-Eleven Rookie of the Year.
  • 1986  They open their second 7-Eleven in in Pico Rivera, CA.
  • 1987  They acquire their third 7-Eleven in in Whittier, CA, and are later awarded Franchisee of the Year by 7-Eleven, Inc.

1990s

  • 1993  Rai and Rajni open their first Subway in Lynwood, CA.
  • 1994  Opening of their first Popeyes in Monrovia, CA.
  • 1995  Acquisition of their first Denny’s in Victorville, CA and are subsequently awarded Denny’s Franchisee Rookie of the Year.
  • 1997  They undertake and complete their first ground-up build, a Denny’s in Pico Rivera, CA.
  • November 1997  A second brand new ground-up Denny’s opens in Whittier, CA.
  • 1998  Denco is awarded Franchisee of the Year and Rai Marwah is subsequently elected to Denny’s Franchisee Association Board of Directors.
  • July 1998  Rai and Rajni Open a Denny’s in Hesperia, CA.
  • December 1998  Acquisition of Denny’s in San Dimas, CA and opening of Denny’s in Norco, CA.
  • March 1999  Opening of Denny’s in Rialto, CA.

2000s

  • 2000  Rai Marwah voted Asian Entrepreneur of the year by Asian Enterprise Magazine.
  • September 2000  The couple acquire 3 Denny’s restaurants in the Houston area of Texas.
  • October 2000  Opening of a Denny’s in Bakersfield, CA.
  • December 2000  Rai and Rajni acquire an additional 7 Denny’s restaurants in Texas.
  • 2001  Acquisition of a Subway in Norwalk, CA.
  • December 2001  Opening of a Denny’s in Delano, CA and second opening of a Denny’s in Bakersfield, CA.
  • July 2002  Opening of Denny’s in Madera, CA.
  • August 2002  After years of working in the restaurants while growing up, Ritu Marwah Portugal and Rahul Marwah join their parents to help lead the Denco Family team full-time.
  • November 2002  Opening of Denny’s in Porterville, CA.
  • December 2002  Opening of a brand new Popeyes restaurant in Bakersfield, CA.
  • January 2003  Acquisition of a Denny’s in Diamond Bar, CA.
  • February 2003  Opening of a second Subway in Lynwood, CA.
  • March 2003  Opening of a third Subway in Lynwood, CA.
  • June 2003  Opening of a Subway in Lakewood, CA.
  • August 2003  Acquisition of 3 Subways in Long Beach, CA.
  • March 2004  Acquisition of a Denny’s in San Bernardino, CA.
  • June 2005  Opening of a Denny’s in Porterville, CA and a Denny’s opening in Goleta, CA.
  • March 2006 Opening of a Subway in Long Beach, CA.
  • October 2007  Opening of Subway in Lakewood, CA.
  • December 2008  Opening of first Choice Hotel Comfort Suites franchise in Barstow, CA.
  • November 2009  Rahul Marwah becomes youngest member ever to be elected to the Board of Directors for the Denny’s Franchisee Association and accepts position as a member of Operations Subcommittee & Denny’s National Operations Brand Advisory Council.

2010s

  • June 2010  Denco Family opens first Marriott property, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Kingsburg, CA.
  • August 2010  Opening of a Denny’s in New Caney, TX.
  • January 2012  Rajni Marwah awarded Choice Hotels Women’s Business Alliance Woman of the Year, Finalist.
  • December 2012  Opening of 2 new Popeyes restaurants in Bakersfield, CA.
  • March 2013  Opening of an additional Popeyes in Bakersfield, CA.
  • May 2013  Opening of a Popeyes in Taft, CA.
  • June 2013  Opening of an additional Popeyes in Bakersfield, CA.
  • September 2013  Opening of yet another Popeyes in Bakersfield, CA.
  • December 2013  Denco awarded Platinum Hotel Operator by Choice Hotels International.
  • May 2014  Acquisition of 3 more Popeyes restaurants in Long Beach, Garden Grove, and Westminster, CA.
  • August 2014  After 3 years of intense planning and construction, the first Denny’s in Manhattan, NYC opens under the guidance of Rahul Marwah. The same day Denco opens a new Popeyes in Montebello, CA.
  • October 2014  Opening of new Popeyes in Bellflower, CA breaks record for highest opening volume in market.
  • February 2015  Acquisition of first Hilton property, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Los Alamos, NM.
  • July 2015  Opening of new Popeyes in Westminster, CA.
  • November 2015  Acquisition of first InterContinental Hotels Group property, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Pittsburg, KS.
  • January 2016  Acquisition of Denny’s in Glendora, CA.
  • March 2016  Opening of new Denny’s in Gardena, CA.
  • May 2016  Comfort Suites Barstow wins Hotel of the Year award.