SYDNEY, Australia, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Burger King Corporation (BKC)
today announced that it has agreed to refranchise the 55 BURGER KING(R)
restaurants owned and operated by BKC in Australia to Dennis Jones and his
associates. Dennis Jones is the managing owner of the New Zealand franchise
with 60 restaurants. The agreement also includes servicing the 21 existing
BURGER KING(R) franchisees, all new franchisees operating under the BURGER
KING(R) brand and the responsibility for growth and development of the brand
in Australia. All restaurants operating under the BURGER KING(R) brand name
in Australia will continue to operate using the BURGER KING(R) brand name.
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"Dennis is an outstanding restaurateur and we are pleased to join with him
in serving great BURGER KING(R) products in Australia," said John Dasburg,
chairman, chief executive officer and president, Burger King Corporation.
"Dennis Jones is a successful business leader with strong management
experience in the quick service restaurant, supply and distribution
industries, including 25 years of experience with the BURGER KING(R) brand,"
said Andre Lacroix, president, Burger King International. "He is one of the
most successful BURGER KING(R) franchisees in the system and has exhibited
consistent dedication to service excellence and growing the brand by building
and leading great teams of people. Dennis and his team are ready to develop
additional BURGER KING(R) restaurants, which will support our brand expansion
plans," Lacroix said.
"I am fully committed to the BURGER KING(R) brand," Dennis Jones said. "I
look forward to working closely with the other franchisees to continue
delivering the BURGER KING(R) brand at the high standards our customers have
come to expect from BURGER KING(R) in Australia. My organization is committed
to excellence in operations and growth. We will actively pursue opportunities
to increase the number of new BURGER KING(R) restaurants in Australia and will
work hard to attract and retain franchisees who want to grow with our brand."
Hungry Jack's Pty Limited remains Burger King Corporation's largest
franchisee in Australia, operating 202 restaurants, serving the world renowned
BURGER KING(R) flame-broiled burgers under the HUNGRY JACK'S(R) brand.
About Burger King Corporation
Burger King Corporation was founded in 1954 and created the American icon,
the HOME OF THE WHOPPER(R), in 1957. The company and its franchisees operate
more than 11,435 restaurants in all 50 US states and 57 countries and
territories around the world, with 92% of BURGER KING(R) restaurants owned and
operated by independent franchisees. Since the company's founding in Miami in
1954, the BURGER KING(R) brand has become recognized for great flame-grilled
taste and HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) food customization. In fiscal year 2001, the
BURGER KING(R) system had system-wide sales of $11.2 billion. Burger King
Corporation is a part of Diageo (NYSE: DEO), the international food and drinks
company. To learn more about the BURGER KING(R) system, please visit the
company's website at www.burgerking.com.
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SOURCE Burger King Corporation