Burger Franchises Beef Up With New Locations Across US, Canada

Date

Mar 11, 2013

Two US burger franchises announced expansions this month, bringing one of the most uniquely American culinary creations to mouths across the continent.

Fatburger, a traditional-style hamburger stand started in Santa Monica, CA, is looking to bring their beefy giants to Canada this summer with an expansion of its franchise across western Canada. The Great White North has experienced delays in their burger ecstasy, specifically in the construction of Victoria's first Fatburger restaurant because the stand has become such a viable business opportunity.

"We're delayed for all the right reasons," said Frank Di Benedetto, CEO of Ricky's All Day Grill Restaurants, which owns the Fatburger franchise rights in Canada. "We've had a very good last nine months with the company."

Fatburger isn't the only company getting fat off the fryer. Five Guys Burgers & Fries, the immensely popular D.C.-based burger stand, announced another expansion into the Augusta, GA market with an Evans, GA location set to open in the Fall. This announcement marks the third Five Guys franchise opportunity for the Augusta market.

The franchise owners soon will start ordering equipment for the 2,800-square-foot restaurant space and will begin hiring 40 workers Oct. 1.

Evans was the first place Moss and his wife wanted to open a store in the Augusta market, he said.

"The economy kind of slowed that down," Moss told the Augusta Chronicle this week.

While fast food chains are showing heavy losses—Burger King's earnings are down $6.2 million from last year—more "designer" burger chains have been shown to be one of the best franchises to own, marked with broad expansion and new entrants into the business. New franchises like Nick's and Jake's Wayback Burgers have debuted in the last year to early success.

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