BurgerFi Brings Half Dozen Additional Locations to the Middle East
The better-burger concept signed a multi-unit development deal to open restaurants in Saudi Arabia
PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 11, 2021 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - BurgerFi International Inc. (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW), one of the fastest growing better burger chains, will continue to expand its presence in the Middle East in 2021. The restaurant company has signed a multi-unit development agreement with Food Supplies Co. LLC to open six restaurants in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The agreement marks the second country BurgerFi is developing in the Middle East. The brand currently has two other locations in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
“While our main focus is to grow from our dominant position as the market leader in Florida in the ‘Better Burger’ category and expand domestically to other states in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions – we anticipate we'll also pursue strategic opportunities both in other parts of the U.S. and countries beyond our borders,” says Julio Ramirez, CEO of BurgerFi. “We currently operate in the Middle East and believe that we have selected the strongest partners to develop the brand in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Food Supplies Co. has principal offices in Saudi Arabia and is led by Founder and CEO, Thamer AlHathal and Director of Operations and partner, Waleed Naif AlHathal.
“We were very attracted to BurgerFi from the start because of their quality in food – especially that they use beef that is free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics – and the strong foundation in the company and their team. We have such a huge demand for this type of concept in Saudi Arabia and we know that BurgerFi will fill that void,” says Thamer AlHathal, Founder and CEO of Food Supplies Co. “BurgerFi is an extremely fast-growing concept and we are excited to get ahead of the game and be part of this revolutionary restaurant and grow it in the Middle East. We created this food group – Food Supplies Co. – for the purpose to open BurgerFi's across Saudi Arabia and to offer locals a chance to enjoy the incredible food and experience this great brand has to offer. We see this as a long-term partnership and look forward to what the future holds.”
Rapidly becoming a globally recognized fast-casual “better burger” concept, BurgerFi’s first Saudi Arabia multi-unit restaurant deal comes off the heels of BurgerFi going public last month. The first restaurant is expected to open in Burj Alfardan in Khobar City by fourth quarter of 2021 with the other five restaurants expected to open throughout Saudi Arabia over the next few years.
The concept is chef-founded and committed to serving fresh food of the highest quality. BurgerFi uses 100% natural American angus beef with no steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals or additives. In 2020, BurgerFi launched its new Spicy Fi’ed Chicken Sandwich and continues to deliver the freshest ingredients and innovative menu items as it continues to grow restaurants, ghost kitchens and delivery channels.
This partnership kicks off an enormous year of expansion for BurgerFi, nationally and internationally. The hand crafted fast-casual better burger concept has plans to open 25 additional locations in 2021, with West Boca Raton, FL having opened last week and two anticipated to open in the next month – one in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and the other in Henderson, Nevada, a Las Vegas suburb. The Henderson location is BurgerFi’s second drive-thru location featuring the brand’s newest drive-thru prototype. Topping off an exceptional year of going public, BurgerFi was named QSR Magazine’s Breakout Brand of the Year for 2020.
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