UFood Restaurant Group Opens First of Two UFood Grill Units at Salt Lake City International Airport
National Expansion Takes Off
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UFood Restaurant Group Inc. (OTCBB: UFFC) announced today that they have opened the first of two UFood Grill units at Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the airport’s revitalized concessions program. The first Salt Lake City UFood Grill location opened Friday, April 6th, with the second slated to open in late April, 2012. Airports present a strong growth opportunity for UFood Grill as travelers seek quick, healthy meal options. The company currently operates airport locations in Boston, Cleveland and Dallas.
Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF), UFood Grill’s franchisee for the two Salt lake City airport locations, operates multiple food and beverage concessions at many of the nation’s top airports.
UFood Grill CEO George Naddaff stated, “From our experience in the Boston, Dallas and Cleveland airports, we’ve learned that today’s travelers are demanding healthier foods when they fly. HBF is a top-notch airport operator and a great partner that’s been building its management team, consisting of highly experienced food and beverage industry icons. We are excited to expose new customers to the UFood brand with HBF.”
HBF’s Business Development executive, Lauren Beall noted, “People on-the-go are asking for great tasting, more healthful foods today. So we’re very excited to bring UFood Grill’s better-for-you menu to so many travelers out west.”
The place where “delicious meets nutritious,” UFood Grill offers consumers food that tastes great, is lower in calories and fat and, wherever possible, serves meals that are antibiotic and hormone-free, gluten-free as well as natural, grass-fed beef and cage-free egg whites. UFood boasts a wide-ranging menu that includes lean burgers, rice bowls, salads, wraps, paninis and smoothies. UFood has been approved for expansion into the military channel and will open three units at Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base in Maryland – with the first currently under construction and the second planned to begin construction in approximately four weeks.
About UFood Restaurant Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Boston, Mass., UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. is a franchisor and operator of fast-casual food service restaurants. UFood Grill offers a healthy lifestyle alternative to consumers in the fast-casual restaurant space and is positioned to become a leading player in the “better-for-you” quick-serve restaurant category. The Company is led by franchise innovator George Naddaff, who founded Boston Market and led the franchising of several companies including Sylvan Learning Center and VR Business Brokers. Mr. Naddaff also founded two of the first educational day care centers in the United States, Living and Learning Centers and Mulberry Child Care Centers, both of which were sold to KinderCare®. Mr. Naddaff has assembled a veteran management team at UFood Grill with a successful record in the franchise market. UFood is currently launching a growth plan to franchise nationwide. To learn more, visit www.ufoodgrill.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 involving known and unknown risks, delays, and uncertainties that may cause our actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, delays, and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the uncertainty of future financial results, our reliance on our sole supplier, the limited diversification of our product offerings, additional financing requirements, development of new products, government approval processes, the impact of competitive products or pricing, technological changes, the effect of economic conditions and other uncertainties detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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