JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Newk's Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, has announced a new development agreement that will bring 10 Newk's locations to Southeastern Florida.
Newk's newest franchisees, Pat Tracy, his father Tom, and brothers Matt and Ryan, are seasoned restaurateurs who opened the first Five Guys Burgers and Fries locations in Palm Beach County in 2007. Today the family operates eight Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The family also recently opened a new independent American-fare restaurant concept, Red's Table, in Virginia.
Tracy and his team plan to open their first Newk's Eatery in late 2016, featuring Newk's Generation Two prototype, designed specifically to resonate in new markets such as South Florida.
"The Tracy family brings extensive experience in the fast casual segment as well as a deep understanding of the region," said Newk's Chief Development Officer Chris Cheek. "They are the ideal partners to help execute our rapid growth plans throughout Florida."
The new development agreement aligns with Newk's aggressive growth plans. The chain will open nearly 30 new company-owned and franchised locations this year, and plans to reach 200 units by 2018. The Tracys are the fifth new franchisees to sign in 2015.
"Between Newk's expansion plans and new design, we are coming on board at a dynamic time for the brand," said Pat Tracy. "Newk's matches our mission to enhance the fast casual consumer experience, and we are confident Palm Beach and Broward County will be very receptive to the brand."
For more than 10 years, Newk's has served made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and California-style pizzas, using fresh and flavorful ingredients, accompanied by a unique level of service and hospitality.
For more information on franchise opportunities, go to www.newks.com/franchise.
About Newk's Eatery
Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk's Eatery is leading the next generation of fast casual with its culinary-driven menu made from the finest ingredients including soups, salads, pizzas and sandwiches all made daily in open-view kitchens and served fresh for lunch and dinner. Founded in 2004 and acquired by Sentinel Partners in 2014, Newk's currently operates and franchises nearly 85 units in 13 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. The chain was among Nation's Restaurant News' top choices of restaurants poised for growth and among the FastCasual.com top 20 "Movers and Shakers." Franchise Times magazine ranked Newk's among its top Fast and Serious franchise brands, and Technomic ranked Newk's in its top 50 U.S. fast casual chains. For more information, visit Newks.com, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk's on Facebook and Twitter.
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