Hooters Signs New Franchise Partner in SoCal, Continues to Expand Global Footprint
December 17, 2014 (Atlanta, GA) — Hooters of America, LLC, today announced a new domestic development agreement with Chandi Group USA to build multiple Hooters restaurants in the Palm Springs, Indio, Coachella and Cathedral City, California, areas. Headed by Nachattar Chandi, Chandi Group USA's first location is slated to open in late summer of 2015.
This agreement represents a continuation of Hooters worldwide unit growth acceleration. Hooters same store sales results also continue to gain momentum, and according to Knapp Track, have outperformed the casual dining segment in nine of the past 10 quarters ending September, 2014. Hooters company-owned stores posted same store sales growth of 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2014.
"Our focus on food, atmosphere and service continues to pay dividends. Guests are responding enthusiastically to our newly remodeled restaurants, and potential franchisees are also taking note," said Terry Marks, CEO, Hooters of America. "We are delighted to welcome Nachattar Chandi and his highly successful team to the Hooters family."
Each of Chandi's Southern California locations will feature all of the contemporary design elements that Hooters is implementing in its new-build and newly remodeled Hooters restaurants, including top-of-the-line AV packages, more comfortable seating, large windows to allow for plenty of natural lighting and a central island bar featuring a wider selection of cocktails and craft beers. Hooters remodeled or refreshed 55 U.S. locations over the past 18 months, with plans to remodel in excess of 30 additional units in 2015.
Buoyed by the performance of its newest restaurants, Hooters is executing a robust growth plan that calls for an additional 150 new locations worldwide over the next five years. In 2014, Hooters opened 10 new international locations—most recently celebrating grand openings in Aruba; Mexico City, Mexico and Surfer's Paradise, Australia; as well as opening a new location in the premier Featherbrooke Village in the Ruimsig suburb of Roodepoort, South Africa, this past week. Earlier this year Hooters opened new locations in Xi'an, China; Prague, Czech Republic; Shibuya (Tokyo), Japan; Panama City, Panama; Moscow, Russia and Phuket, Thailand. Hooters 2015 plans call for 24 new franchise openings worldwide and five new corporate restaurants.
"Our Hooters Girl hospitality undoubtedly provides a one-of-a-kind dining experience, and we're always seeking qualified partners that share our enthusiasm for introducing the Hooters concept to new cities across the U.S. and countries around the world," said Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development, Hooters of America.
While some international locations cater select menu items to local preferences, the full Hooters menu includes fresh entrée salads, a great lineup of hand-formed burgers, delicious seafood dishes and fan-favorite fried pickles. No matter the location, the iconic Hooters Girls are set to serve up Hooters fresh, world-famous chicken wings.
Hooters is continually opening restaurants and is actively seeking interested franchise partners to open new locations in select markets across the nation and around the globe. For more information about becoming a Hooters franchisee, visit http://franchising.hooters.com.
About Hooters of America, LLC
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of over 415 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooters, www.Facebook.com/Hooters or www.Instagram.com/Hooters.