Fazoli’s To Open 22 New Restaurants Nationwide

by Katie Lee

Lexington, Ky.Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast-casual Italian chain, experienced a record-breaking month in July with the signing of nine multi-unit and single-unit franchise agreements to develop 22 new restaurants nationwide.

Fazoli’s will develop new restaurants in Dothan, Ala.; Snellville, Ga.; Southern California; Hazard, Ky.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Memphis, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Chicago; and Central Indiana.

“It’s been a solid year of growth for Fazoli’s, and we’re continuing to see strong interest from entrepreneurs who want to capitalize on the brand’s record momentum,” says Carl Howard, president and CEO of Fazoli’s.

This announcement comes on the heels of significant growth for Fazoli’s, including 13 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth — with franchisees boasting a 5.1% year-over-year same-store sales increase in July.

In 2011, Fazoli’s underwent a major brand overhaul with the introduction of real plateware and silverware in lieu of foam plates and plastic cutlery. As part of the brand refresh, earlier this year Fazoli’s began remodeling some of its locations with a new, contemporary look and feel. In addition, the company introduced an upgraded menu using premium ingredients, which has been well received by guests.

With nearly 220 restaurants in 24 states, Fazoli’s is America’s largest Italian fast-casual chain. For more information, visit www.fazolis.com.

SOURCE: Fazoli’s

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