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ATLANTA -- Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., franchiser of the Arby's restaurant system, continues to expand the brand's reach and has signed development agreements to open 63 new restaurants throughout the U.S.
Six new franchisees and 27 existing ones will develop Arby's restaurants in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
"We're pleased with these initial results of signing 63 new development commitments," said Tom Garrett, president and COO of Arby's Restaurant Group, which consists of about 3,600 restaurants worldwide, and is owner and operator of more than 1,000 U.S. Arby's locations. "We are focused on our goal of 5,000 domestic Arby's restaurants."
In the c-store arena:
-- Little General Stores, Inc. of Beckley, W.V., which owns and operates three Arby's in the Charleston-Huntington market and Virginia, has agreed to develop one additional Arby's in Princeton, Va. The company has been an Arby's franchisee since 1995.
-- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores of Oklahoma City currently operates 29 Arby's restaurants across the U.S. and has agreed to develop seven more, including locations in New Mexico, South Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana and Georgia. Love's has been a franchisee of the Arby's brand for eight years.
-- Wilcohess LLC of Winston-Salem, N.C., owner and operator of four Arby's restaurants in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, has agreed to open an Arby's in Youngsville, N.C. Wilcohess has been an Arby's franchisee since 2001.