June 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // REDDING, Calif. - Black Bear Diner, an award-winning family dining concept with 68 current locations in eight western states, announced today that 2015 will be the best unit growth year in franchise history. The concept, which has historically averaged 6 to 8 new restaurants annually, is on track to open 11 new units in 2015, with the anticipation of closing out the year at 79 total operating units. This unit growth trend is expected to continue into 2016 as the company marches towards the goal of 100 operating restaurants by 2018.
“Our growth trajectory continues to trend up and we are humbled by the strong interest we are receiving from franchisees,” said Bruce Dean, co-founder of Black Bear Diner. “Despite Black Bear Diner being 20 years old, we believe the brand is still in its infancy. The potential for steady expansion and growth is great and this year’s robust growth is a clear indication.”
The new restaurants are all based in the western region of the United States – four restaurants in California (Elk Grove, Sunnyvale, Danville, and Oakland), two restaurants in Utah (Orem, West Valley), and one restaurant each in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The eleventh unit opened in Woodland, California in April. Eight of the 11 locations are franchisees; three are corporate owned stores. The opening of the restaurants will be sprinkled between Q3 and Q4.
“We are expanding strategically throughout the western states, but still have an eye on becoming more than just a regional chain,” said Doug Branigan, vice president of franchise development for Black Bear Diner. “We are looking for the right opportunity to head eastward beyond Colorado and we’re confident it will present itself soon.”
Recognized for serving bear-sized portions of comfort food classics in a bear-themed restaurant, Black Bear Diner is quickly establishing itself as a dominant leader in the family dining segment. It was ranked by Technomic, a leading research and consulting firm servicing the food and foodservice industry, as the 33rd fastest growing chain, and 9th fastest among full-service restaurants.
Founded in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995 by Bruce Dean and partners Bob and Laurie Manley, Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience. The family dining concept offers a vast menu anchored on hearty portions and excellent value. The franchise has grown to 68 locations in eight western states. Black Bear Diner was recognized in 2015 by Franchise Times as one of the smartest growing brands. For a full menu and additional information, please visit blackbeardiner.com or connect with Black Bear Diner on Facebook.com/BlackBearDiner or Twitter.com/BlackBearDiner.
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