September 27, 2017 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Arby’s yesterday opened its first new restaurant in the State of Kuwait.
The restaurant will be owned and operated by Al-Kharafi Global for General Trading & Contracting Company-WLL (Kharafi Global). In 2016, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) and Kharafi Global announced a development agreement for Kharafi Global to open at least 25 new Arby’s restaurants in the State of Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“We’re proud to be working with Kharafi Global to bring the Arby’s brand to Kuwait,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ARG. “They’re a team of proven operators who know how to develop strong-performing restaurants throughout the Middle East.”
The first restaurant will be located in Jabriya. Two additional restaurants are expected to open in Abu Al-Hasaniya and Al Kout Mall later this year.
“The success of our brand in the United States has generated a great deal of excitement abroad,” added Brown. “We’ll continue to work with growth-focused franchisees in order to bring Arby’s to more locations in the Middle East and select global markets.”
The new restaurant in Kuwait is one of the 126 franchised Arby's restaurants located outside the United States. Arby’s also has franchised restaurants in Canada, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and Turkey.
Through the end of 2016, the Arby’s global system has achieved six consecutive years of same-store sales growth. Since 2013, the brand’s global system sales have grown 20 percent to $3.7 billion.
Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,300 restaurants in seven countries. The brand is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit Arbys.com.
With its current growth and momentum, Arby’s is actively seeking new franchisees. To learn more about available markets and requirements, visit ArbysFranchising.com.