A&W is revving up a major part of its growth through more convenience store locations. For the first time in more than 10 years, the chain, which was bought from Yum! Brands by a group of its franchisees back in 2011, is reporting positive unit growth.
Five new A&W Restaurants have opened in convenience stores so far in 2017, with six more in development. The quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain said it is “back in growth mode” with a new franchise initiative, targeting convenience stores as well as traditional franchisees nationwide.
…Lexington, Ky.-based A&W this year also has opened two traditional restaurants, with five more planned for 2017. The brand opened 15 restaurants in 2016.
“Current and new franchisees are expressing their confidence in the A&W brand by signing development agreements, opening restaurants across the country and participating in our system remodeling program,” said Kevin Bazner, president and CEO. “It is gratifying that many of our new restaurants are being opened by current franchise partners.” — Greg Lindenberg, CSP
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