November 18, 2009 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL – Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, announced today that the company has experienced substantial growth across the U.S. in 2009 with more than 35 new restaurant openings, a 70 percent increase over 2008.
The new Checkers locations were in markets including New York, Florida, Michigan and Indiana, among others. These new restaurants represent one of the single largest number of openings in one year for the more than 20-year old company.
"The openings in 2009 were some of the most challenging in our history due to the current economic climate," said Rick Silva, chief executive officer of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "Yet the strength of our product, business model, innovative design and franchisee network are the reasons we've succeeded while others may have struggled."
Currently, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants has more than 820 locations open across the U.S. As for additional expansion, the company is seeking to add several new development agreements in key markets such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, South Florida, Orlando and Atlanta.
Part of Checkers' recent success is also credited to the company's expansion into non-traditional locations such as airports, universities and turnpike plazas.
That growth in combination with the advancement of end-cap and in-line designs is providing new and existing franchisees with a greater range of development options.
To fuel this growth for 2010, Checkers is now actively seeking franchise candidates who possess strong financial backgrounds, a passion for their communities and the willingness to maximize their territory's sales through development agreements generally ranging in size from 3 – 10 units. Single restaurant development opportunities also exist in select markets as well as conversions into single and double drive-thru locations.
"Both non-traditional and conventional restaurant development are key components for Checkers to sustain the growth we experienced in 2009, and we're confident our concept and product offering will continue to be attractive," said Lynette McKee, CFE, chief development officer of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "Our extensive training, operational support, national marketing and supply chain benefits are just some of the reasons why our restaurant owners can focus on growing their business and the Checkers' brand."
Known for its full-flavored, hand seasoned burgers, thick shakes and famous seasoned fries; Checkers provides great tasting, fresh food for today's on-the-go guest. Signature items include the classic Big Buford, Champ Burger, loaded fries and new classic bone-in wings tossed in one of five flavors. Each location strives to serve top-quality meals at a great value with Guest-Obsessed© hospitality, speed and accuracy.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The company develops, owns, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally's® restaurants. Based in Tampa, Florida, it has more than 820 restaurants open across the U.S. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industry's most prestigious awards including: "Best Drive-Thru in America" by QSR Magazine and the "Hot! Again Award" from Nation's Restaurant News.