Captain D’s To Open 18 New Restaurants

by Katie Lee

Nashville, Tenn.Captain D’s, a leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has signed agreements to expand the brand’s presence in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. As part of this aggressive growth, the company will open 18 new restaurants over the next several years.

“Year after year, Captain D’s has achieved compounding success by consistently investing in our people, products and processes, and our ongoing growth has caught the attention of franchisee prospects looking to partner with a strong fast-casual concept,” says Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “The strength of our franchising pipeline will help drive Captain D’s presence nationwide over the next several years and accelerate our momentum even further as we continue to take the brand to new heights.”

Captain D’s new franchise agreements include:

• Edward Stokes and Chris Benner, who currently operate 22 Captain D’s restaurants throughout Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia, will be opening three new units over the next 4 years throughout the Roanoke, Va., market.

• Nooralam Jan Erkin will open his first Captain D’s franchise in Tyler, Texas, in 2018, with two additional locations slated to open in the state over the next several years in Longview and Jacksonville. Erkin also owns and operates Church’s Chicken restaurants.

• GOALZ Restaurant Group, LLC signed two development agreements to open five new Captain D’s units in Charlotte, N.C., and five in Kentucky, with Shawn Eby serving as the main operator.

• First-time Captain D’s franchisee Bassam Ramadan will be spearheading the brand’s growth in Collinsville and Granite City, Ill., with his first restaurant opening by the end of this year and an additional location slated to open over the next several years. Ramadan has been in the restaurant industry since 2009.

Coupled with its menu diversification, Captain D’s credits its new restaurant beach design with contributing to the brand’s compounding success. To date, nearly 60% of all restaurants have been reimaged to the brand’s new vibrant, coastal design, with another 50 locations to be remodeled by the end of this year. 

Nashville, Tenn.-based Captain D’s currently has 514 restaurants in 21 states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Captain D’s

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