USA-based restaurant franchise plans national expansion

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc is planning to open new franchise territories of its Einstein Bros. Bagels brand across the USA.

The quick-service restaurant franchise is targeting the Greater Denver area including Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. for further expansion. By the end of 2010 the company is aiming to have opened up to 16 franchised locations as well as 10-12 company owned-restaurants.

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group CEO Jeff O'Neill said: "We are in a growth mode, and the recent openings of new locations and signed multi-unit franchise agreements confirm that demand for our brand continues to build. We want to be the fastest growing fast-casual restaurant chain in America, and with the innovative programmes we've initiated that goal is well within reach."