September 26, 2011 // Franchising.com // Columbus, OH – Charley's Grilled Subs, the international Philly Steak sandwich franchise, is opening its 100th restaurant on a military installation this month, marking a significant milestone with the company's largest franchise partner, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
The new restaurant will open Sept. 26 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, WA. The 100th location represents the successful commitment between Charley's and the Exchange, whose goal is to provide military families merchandise and services worldwide to generate earnings to supplement military morale.
″The Exchange is part of the Charley's family and has been a terrific partner to help us leverage the popularity of our sandwiches throughout the world, ″said Charley Shin, Founder and CEO. ″Our restaurants on bases allow us to serve military personnel high quality food, whether they are deployed overseas or stationed in the U.S.″
The first Charley's to open on a military installation was in June 1999 at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. To date, Charley's is the third largest name-brand fast food concept found on military bases throughout the world.
The company, founded in 1986 by Charley Shin, has grown to more than 430 locations in 16 countries. In 2010 alone, 38 new Charley's restaurants opened. The company is planning to build another 46 locations this year. In addition to fast U.S. restaurant growth, Charley's has also hit some milestones with development overseas – Charley's recently signed its12th location in the United Arab Emirates and will soon be opening in the Dubai International Airport in Terminal 1. In addition, Charley's expanded this year to the Dominican Republic and Brazil for the first time.
Charley's Grilled Subs is famous for their hot, fresh made-to-order Philly Steak Sandwiches and other 100 percent Certified USDA choice steak, chicken and deli subs, gourmet fries and freshly squeezed lemonade. The company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has more than 430 locations worldwide in 44 states and 16 countries. Founded in 1986, more than 90 percent of all Charley's Grilled Subs restaurants are run by franchisees. For more information, go to www.Charleys.com.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit http://www.shopmyexchange.com.