GPS Hospitality Adds Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen to Franchise Portfolio
Fast-Growing Franchisee to Expand Presence in Georgia and West Virginia
ATLANTA – (April 4, 2016) – After acquiring over 220 BURGER KING® restaurants across nine states in less than four years, GPS Hospitality today announces the acquisition of seven Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants throughout metro Atlanta to its portfolio along with plans to develop new restaurants throughout the Atlanta area and in West Virginia.
The purchase marks the first agreement between Popeyes® and GPS Hospitality, which has attracted acclaim across the Quick Service Restaurant industry for using its goal-focused and talent-oriented approach to franchise management to rapidly become one of the largest BURGER KING franchisees in the U.S.
“Popeyes is a brand that has high consumer recognition and continues to gain momentum in achieving great results. They have a solid plan in place for continued growth and we’re excited to join their team and do our part to help them achieve their goals,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “Our shared beliefs that the people make the brand plus their dedication to creating a culture of leaders aligns closely with GPS’ core values. We truly look forward to working with Popeyes’ CEO Cheryl Bachelder and her exceptional management team.”
“Popeyes has immense development potential and we’re ready to hit the ground running,” said Curt Oxyer, District Operator for GPS Hospitality. “The proven success GPS has achieved with BURGER KING restaurants, especially in instituting our values of Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed, gives us a great foundation for success with the Popeyes brand.”
About GPS Hospitality
Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality is a BURGER KING® and Popeyes® franchisee, operating 229 restaurants in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. GPS Hospitality seeks to become our guests’ favorite QSR destination by implementing our brand values of being Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed. For more information, please visit www.gpshospitality.com.
About Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen
Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is a leader in the New Orleans segment of the foodservice industry and is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken concept based on the number of units. As of December 27, 2015, Popeyes had 2,539 operating restaurants in the United Sates, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and 27 foreign countries. For more information, visit the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Web site at www.popeyes.com.
About BURGER KING Worldwide
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than 14,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 98 countries and territories worldwide. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow BK on Facebook and Twitter.
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