Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans

According to an article from Yahoo, there are some plans to add more Wahlburgers locations in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia. Here is the article:

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia
Fast Casual Burger Restaurant Seeks Partners for North American Brand Roll Out

HINGHAM, Mass., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wahlburgers, a fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg and subject of a new A and E Network's original series, "Wahlburgers", announced expansion plans in North America, including new developments in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

In addition, Wahlburgers is finalizing leases for two new restaurants in the metro and suburban Boston area. These include sites within Samuels and Associates' Fenway neighborhood development in Boston and in WS Development's Market Street Center in Lynnfield. Both restaurants are planned to be over 4200 square feet with sizable outdoor patios and offer all the signature characteristics of the original Hingham location, including full-serve and self-serve dining options, take-out, and a full bar. These two locations were selected after reviewing over 40 options over the last 18 months and are consistent with the company's desire to locate Wahlburgers in premier, high traffic locations.

The company's partners in Toronto have announced a planned grand opening for the first Toronto restaurant in Summer 2014. The Toronto restaurant will be located at 46 Blue Jay Way in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district.

The company continues to be the focus of A&E Network's original series "Wahlburgers". Filming on 18 additional episodes for its second season is slated to begin this spring.

"These are the next steps in building Wahlburgers into a great and enduring worldwide brand. We have built the restaurant and partnerships with quality and care, and my brothers and I look forward to continuing the journey," said Mark Wahlberg.

"We have spent the last two years carefully developing a successful and repeatable restaurant with our Hingham location, and we are now ready to begin expanding the business and the brand," said Rick Vanzura, CEO of Wahlburgers. "We will continue to look for partners and multi-unit operators that can help us expand into new markets in a way that upholds the strength and standards of the Wahlberg brand."

With plans for growth, Wahlburgers is looking for interested and qualified franchisees and business partners with significant, multi-unit restaurant experience to bring restaurants to cities all over North America. To inquire regarding business opportunities please visit wahlburgersrestaurant.com/franchise.

Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. Wahlburgers, the subject of an A&E Network original series, is a Boston based burger restaurant with retro modern decor symbolizing the brothers' life trajectories from Dorchester neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars. The restaurant offers both fast casual and table service dining featuring a menu of made-to-order fresh ground beef burgers, pure beef hot dogs, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots and specialty frappes. In addition to great food and drink, guests will enjoy music from a variety of genres and eras playing from the restaurant's state-of-the-art sound system. Located at 19 Shipyard Drive at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, Wahlburgers serves lunch and dinner daily. For more information visit http://www.wahlburgersrestaurant.com.

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Lori Moretti or Jillian Watts
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