Z Modular to Construct Modular Restaurants with Checkers and Rally's

Chicago — Z Modular, a division of Zekelman Industries, has entered into an agreement with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., one of the largest drive-thru restaurant chains in the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company operates over 880 Checkers and Rally's restaurants in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Checkers and Rally's recently introduced a new "Modular 4.0" design to provide a streamlined, cost-effective and time-sensitive construction process for new build-outs. The "Modular 4.0" concept is comprised of four modules that will be built at Z Modular's manufacturing facilities in Birmingham, Ala., and Killeen, Texas, transported to the project site and installed in a matter of days. The modules will be constructed to state and local codes utilizing steel hollow structural sections and Z Modular's patented VectorBloc connection system.

"Checkers and Rally's is pursuing an aggressive expansion plan with the goal of adding over 300 locations by 2020," says Richard Rozycki, senior vice president of Z Modular. "To achieve their goal, they have developed an efficiency-driven design that allows franchisees to recognize the benefits of modular construction — accelerated schedules, better-quality buildings and cost certainty. Modular construction also allows franchisees to focus on operating their business, rather than overseeing development and construction. We're excited to work with Checkers and Rally's and remain focused to ensure they achieve their short and long term goals."

"Checkers and Rally's and our franchisees are excited about our new agreement with Z Modular to support us with our modular growth goals," says Jennifer Durham, chief development officer for Checkers and Rally's. "Z Modular's unique approach to constructing our latest modular restaurant design will make the opening process easier and will also keep the initial investment low for our franchisees and operators."

Z Modular is a one-stop shop for modular buildings and services that utilizes a self-bracing structural system that allows for more factory completion than other modular construction systems. The company helps building developers reduce the cost of design, fabrication and building assembly with fully finished modular buildings. For more information, visit www.z-modular.com.

Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers and Rally's Restaurants operates and franchises more than 880 Checkers® and Rally's® restaurants. For more information, visit www.checkersfranchising.com.

Zekelman Industries includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Hayes Modular, Picoma, Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Z Modular. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in North America. Zekelman Industries delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers' success. For more information, visit www.zekelman.com.

SOURCE: Z Modular

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