Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom announced yesterday that it signed franchise development agreements for 48 new units with new franchise partners. These agreements will expand Old Chicago’s footprint across at least nine states from the south to southwest, southeast, Midwest and west including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Georgia and Alabama.
“We’re thrilled to be continuing nationwide expansion with new and existing franchise partners who have been committed to accelerating the growth and success of Old Chicago,” said Mark A. Belanger, CFE, Vice President of Global Franchise Operations and Development for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., operating company of Old Chicago. “We’re focused on making significant investments in our company that reinforce Old Chicago’s growth potential and position our franchisees for success, so that they ultimately want to expand their portfolio and introduce Old Chicago to new markets. These agreements are a testament to the strength of our evolving business model and exceptional offerings, and we look forward to developing new Old Chicago locations across the country.”
Old Chicago opened eight new locations in 2016 growing their presence in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri, and Colorado. 2017 adds an additional eight restaurants including locations in Colorado, South Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Wyoming. “We are thrilled to announce that we have signed 48 new unit development agreements this year. We are excited for our future growth in 2018 and beyond,” states Belanger. With its 5,000-square foot building and an additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, upgraded bar technology, enriched guest proven menu categories, and thorough beer-centric hourly training, Old Chicago continues to further enhance the guest experience.