DENVER - November 25, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, today announced it has added four new partners to its growing family of better burger franchisees. The commitment for 54 new restaurants brings Smashburger’s total active franchise pipeline to approximately 400 units set to open over the next several years. As a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to expand operations across all fifty states, the agreements launch Smashburger into new markets in Oakland and Orlando, in addition to further extending its footprint in Atlanta, Charlotte and Jacksonville.
"We are pleased to expand our growing national footprint with the addition of four talented new franchise partners that are well qualified to introduce Smashburger’s better burgers and premium hospitality experience to consumers in new cities," commented Scott Crane, CEO of Smashburger. "Smashburger has seen great success in rekindling Americans’ love affair with burgers across the 30 states we operate, so we are excited to partner with a new group of industry experts to bring our one-of-a-kind experience to new guests and help us continue executing on our steady growth path."
Each of Smashburger’s new franchise partners brings deep restaurant operations and management experience to the innovative restaurant brand. Smashburger is pleased to announce partnerships with the following franchisees to debut and expand upon the brand’s sizzling fast casual presence in the following markets:
Smashburger remains on track to grow its unit count by approximately 30 percent in 2013. The company plans to open seven to nine additional restaurants, putting its year-end target above 250 units. The company is also actively seeking franchise partners to develop and grow the brand domestically and internationally in Chicago, Miami, Seattle and Canada. For more information about Smashburger franchise opportunities, please visit www.smashburger.com/franchising
Smashburger is America’s fastest growing, fast casual "better burger" restaurant with more than 243 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 30 states and in four international countries. The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that he and his father Richard own. By offering fresh, premium "smashed to order" burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Häagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers. Known for localizing its menu in every market with regionally inspired burgers, side items and local craft beers, Smashburger has received numerous awards, including topping Fast Casual’s 2012 Top Mover & Shakers list, America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes magazine, INC. 500’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and INC’s #9 Hire Power Award winner, as well as regularly receiving "best burger" awards in cities around the world. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.
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