Irvine, Calif. — Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog franchise, has signed an exclusive development agreement with Tejas Dogs, LLC, to build 20 new Wienerschnitzel restaurants throughout Arkansas over the next 12 years. The Tejas Dogs agreement follows a separate 20-unit announcement by the brand in 2020 to develop throughout Louisiana and paves the way for Wienerschnitzel to further expand its iconic quick-service footprint throughout Southern and Midwestern states. There are already plans to begin building three stores in northwest Arkansas to jumpstart the development schedule.
“With personal roots in Arkansas paired with our extensive business experience, we found the perfect match with Wienerschnitzel and their unique franchise model,” says Brian Shinall, business manager for Tejas Dogs. “As we examined many QSR diversification opportunities for our business portfolio, Wienerschnitzel captured our attention with its recipe for success spanning six decades, including low food costs, simple operations, strong corporate support and the entirely underserved markets in Arkansas; and let’s not forget America’s love of hot dogs.”
Since 1961, Wienerschnitzel has become the nation’s largest hot dog quick-service chain, and with the combination of Tastee Freez ice cream treats, the popular franchise has seen double-digit sales increases over the past 2 years, and 11 years of consecutive same store sales growth.
“We’re confident the team at Tejas Dogs will successfully lead Wienerschnitzel into Arkansas with unrelenting drive, market expertise and vision,” says Ted Milburn, director of franchise development for Wienerschnitzel.
With a refreshed focus on franchise expansion, Wienerschnitzel is aggressively pursuing new growth via multi-unit partnerships and area development programs. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Wienerschnitzel continues to experience systemwide sales increases through its already popular drive-thru, delivery and family-friendly meal options. Wienerschnitzel currently has over 330 franchise locations in 10 states. For more information, visit www.wienerschnitzelfranchise.com.
Founded by John Galardi in 1961 with a single hot dog stand in Wilmington, Calif., Wienerschnitzel (www.wienerschnitzel.com) is based in Irvine, Calif. Parent company Galardi Group, Inc. franchises 330 Wienerschnitzel restaurants in 10 states. The Galardi Group is also the parent company and franchisor of Hamburger Stand and Tastee Freez, LLC.