QDOBA Mexican Eats® Inks Multi-Unit Development Deal for Cleveland DMA
Mexican Fast Casual Leader Signs Agreement with Experienced Restaurant Operator to Bring 10 New Locations to the Area
April 05, 2022 // Franchising.com // CLEVELAND, Ohio - QDOBA Mexican Eats® (QDOBA), the largest franchise opportunity within the fast casual Mexican segment, announced today it has signed a multi-unit franchise development agreement to bring 10 locations to the Cleveland area, including Geauga, Lake, Portage, Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga counties.
OM Ohio Queso, Inc., led by Amit Patel, Kalpesh Patel and Amanda Ristic, are spearheading this multi-unit deal. Backed by nearly two decades of operations experience ranging from Dunkin’ and Wingstop to Cousins Subs, the group is the perfect fit to guide the brand’s expansion.
“There is no denying that the Mexican restaurant sector is hot right now, and I don’t think that heat will ever die down,” said Amit Patel. “Choosing QDOBA was a simple process for us. We knew that to join a growing segment we needed to partner with a brand equipped with extensive corporate support, flexible restaurant formats and extensive national brand recognition - QDOBA checked all of those boxes.”
The agreement comes as QDOBA charges into an aggressive growth phase, its sights set on expanding to 2,000 units through a mix of existing franchisees adding more units, signing new franchise agreements, and continuing corporate development. Following 60 franchise development commitments in 2021, and recently announcing its largest franchise development agreement in brand history, QDOBA is continually working with several experienced franchisee groups interested in developing locations in major markets.
Further differentiating itself, the QDOBA franchise opportunity has flexible footprint options that allow the brand to work well in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues. With several dayparts, broad consumer appeal, and a strong off-premises/catering business, franchisees are well-positioned for sustained success. Furthermore, QDOBA’s streamlined and efficient buildouts reduce development costs for its franchisees.
“QDOBA truly is a good fit anywhere - with our ability to fit into any space an operator can think of - we are able to continue expanding into new markets and bring our world-class flavors to more individuals across the country,” said Jim Sullivan, CDO at QDOBA. “As we carry on expanding with current franchisees and connect with new operators, they recognize the potential that operating with QDOBA can bring to their franchise portfolio. Talented operators, like Amit, Kalpesh and Amanda, understand the value of the added flexibility and support we can offer.”
As QDOBA expands throughout North America, it is aggressively seeking qualified multi-unit and multi-segment groups with experience in development strategy and focused on diversifying with a bold concept.
For additional information about the QDOBA franchise opportunity, visit https://www.qdobafranchise.com.
About QDOBA Mexican Eats
QDOBA is a fast casual Mexican restaurant with more than 740 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Committed to bringing flavor to people's lives, QDOBA uses ingredients freshly prepared in-house by hand throughout the day to create delicious menu options. Guests can experience QDOBA's delicious flavors by enjoying one of its signature menu options that are chef-crafted for convenience and ease or by customizing their burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, salads, quesadillas, and nachos to fit their personal tastes. For four years running, QDOBA has been voted the “Best Fast Casual Restaurant” as part of the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
Backed by 25 years of proven success in the United States, and recently Canada, QDOBA is prioritizing franchise growth in key markets such as Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. For additional information about the QDOBA franchise opportunity, visit www.qdobafranchise.com.
Discover more at www.QDOBA.com or on the QDOBA app, which is available for download on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Fans can also connect with QDOBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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