BOSTON - March 1, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - UFood Restaurant Group proudly announced that they have opened their newest UFood Grill in Vancouver, British Columbia with franchise group - ASA Capital Alliance, LLC. This new UFood Grill is the first unit opened beyond US borders - spearheaded by aggressive new franchise owners Behnam Sigari and Zaid Al-Chalabi. The new unit is located at 988 Granville Street in Vancouver – the hometown of Mr. Sigari and Al-Chalabi.
Vancouver has been labeled “The World’s Most Livable City” by a research firm associated with the reputable British Financial Journal. And according to Forbes magazine, Vancouver and Vienna have the third highest quality of living in the world.
“Living in such a progressive and fast paced city as Vancouver – I was always looking for a quick serve restaurant where I could get in and out under 15 minutes – while feeling good about what I was putting into my body. But that was easier said than done,” said Zaid Al-Chalabi. “Now we are the solution for anybody in Vancouver looking for fast, healthful eating – like baked, steamed and grilled choices as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.”
Behnam Sigari and Zaid Al-Chalabi have been friends since childhood and always shared the vision of growing relevant and forward-leaning businesses. Now they have finally partnered to pursue their plans to grow a healthier quick-serve restaurant brand in Vancouver and beyond. Their plan is to follow this first UFood Grill with more locations in Vancouver, with intentions to roll out more units across Canada in the future. They also own and operate two Kazba restaurants in Vancouver.
Richard Golden, CEO & Chairman of the Board at UFood Restaurant Group, Inc., said, “We are very proud of our partnership with our newest franchisees, Ben Sigari and Zaid Al-Chalabi. Together we have launched our first UFood Grill outside of the United States. Vancouver is a dynamic city that’s long embraced healthier lifestyles. UFood Grill, with its better-for-you menu, offers a variety of great tasting choices that meet the demands of today’s health conscious consumer. We are a perfect fit for the health-minded folks in Vancouver who don’t want to sacrifice taste in the bargain. UFood Grill – Where Delicious Meets Nutritious.”
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