Odd Burger Corporation (TSXV: ODD), one of the world’s first vegan fast-food chains and the first to go public, today announced it has signed a franchise agreement for its first Western location in Calgary, Alberta, a first step toward establishing the chain throughout Canada.
Franchisees Joanna and Jay Gandhi are currently seeking an ideal site to introduce Calgary to Odd Burger’s affordable, mainstream, healthy, satisfying vegan fast food.
“Our first West Coast location is a major milestone toward positioning Odd Burger as a global brand,” said James McInnes, Odd Burger co-founder and CEO. “Strategic franchises are a big part of our growth strategy of expanding throughout North America.”
The Calgary location is expected to open within three months of site selection and permit approvals. It will follow the model of Odd Burger’s successful restaurants in Ontario – compact footprints optimized for fast service, takeout and delivery, affordability, and simplified employee training. Odd Burger smart kitchens feature modern on-demand cooking technology, online ordering, self-checkout kiosks, and cashless transactions.
Odd Burger has locations in Toronto, London, Windsor and Vaughan, with two additional locations in Waterloo and Hamilton opening within a month. In addition to restaurants, Odd Burger also operates a manufacturing facility in London, ON where it creates its proprietary plant-based proteins and dairy alternatives such as burgers, chickUN fillets, sausage, and dairy-free sauces.