Moe's Southwest Grill Opens First Jamaican Location

Fast-Casual Mexican Leader Expands to Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport

ATLANTA - Jan. 28, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Moe's Southwest Grill(R), the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has opened its first location in Jamaica at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

The new restaurant, which officially launched Dec. 21, 2013, is under ownership of Margaritaville Caribbean Ltd., headed by CEO Ian Dear. Margaritaville Caribbean is a privately-owned organization and the largest single food and beverage operator at Sangster.

"Moe's is thrilled to expand our footprint further in the Caribbean so we can share our flavorful, customizable menu items made from high-quality ingredients with international travelers coming to and from Jamaica," said Mike Shattuck, President of FOCUS Brands International, which handles overseas expansion for Moe's Southwest Grill. "International consumer demand for Moe's remains high and we're eager to partner with qualified franchisees to grow our presence and penetrate untapped markets."

Moe's Southwest Grill has enjoyed strong growth domestically, opening its 500th location in New York City in 2013, as well as abroad with new market launches in Costa Rica and Russia in the past year. FOCUS Brands International also handles overseas expansion for Carvel(R) Ice Cream, Cinnabon(R), Schlotzsky's(R) and Auntie Anne's(R) Pretzels. The company expects to open more than 275 global units of all its franchise concepts during 2014. Key international target markets for Moe's development include Brazil, Egypt, India and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.

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About Moe's Southwest Grill(R)

Welcome to Moe's! Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe's Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe's is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at our more than 500 locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe's is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid's, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe's online at www.moes.com.

Media Contact:

John Everette
Fishman PR
847-239-8147
jeverette@fishmanpr.com

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