Krystal Adds VP, Real Estate & Construction

Atlanta — As part of its strategic plan to accelerate new restaurant openings and new consumer markets for Krystal Restaurants, the brand has named a dedicated vice president of real estate & construction. Dan James assumed the role on November 15, 2021 and has immediately taken charge of real estate acquisitions, lease negotiations, buildouts and other matters related to corporate and franchise physical restaurant space.

“Making Krystal one of the most attractive franchise opportunities in the industry is key to our expansion strategy,” says CEO Thomas Stager. “Dan brings keen insight and unmatched expertise in the restaurant and hospitality space. His talents and skills match perfectly with the rest of the executive leadership team and he shares our vision for bringing Krystal back to the forefront of the quick-service field.”

James has more than 35 years of experience overseeing real estate and construction for multiple top brands in the quick-service industry. Most recently, he served as chief development officer and director of real estate development for two multi-brand Burger King franchises throughout the Southeast and Gulf states. He also served as chief development officer at Taco John’s International, vice president of real estate for Arby’s Restaurant Group and RTM Restaurant Group, real estate manager for McDonald’s Corporation, and as director of real estate for Hardee’s Food Systems.

Headquarted in Atlanta, Krystal Restaurants LLC is the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South. Krystal hamburgers have been served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun since 1932. Krystal has grown to 10 states with nearly 300 restaurants. For more information, visit




SOURCE: Krystal Restaurants, LLC