MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sbarro (www.sbarro.com) announced today that it will continue its international growth through a partnership with Dubai Comercio e Representacoes to open 20 eateries over the next decade in Brazil. The franchise agreement with Dubai Comercio e Representacoes expands Sbarro's footprint in South America, which currently includes eateries in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador, as well as locations launching soon in Peru and Bolivia.
Dubai Comercio e Representacoes master franchisor Walter Vilar will develop and operate Sbarro eateries throughout Brazil and across three states: Goias, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. This past fall, the company opened its first Sbarro locations in Asa Sul and Premium Outlets Mall, and has plans to open four additional eateries in Goiania in 2014 including a location at the Del Aquas Mall.
"Dubai Comercio e Representacoes is a stellar operator and will serve as an ideal strategic business partner as we continue to expand our presence in South America," said Randy Jones, chief operating officer of Sbarro. "Walter and his team bring extensive knowledge of the Brazilian market and values and priorities that align with the traditions and goals of the Sbarro brand."
Over the past year, Sbarro has significantly expanded its international presence forging franchise agreements across the globe. The company currently operates more than 1,000 eateries across more than 40 countries with more than 400 of those restaurants located outside the United States.
"We are proud and excited to be a part of the Sbarro family during this instrumental time of growth for the brand," said Vilar. "Sbarro has been a tremendous partner as we launched our first eatery and we are looking forward to many more great milestones as we further the brand's expansion into the marketplace."
Since it first opened its doors as an Italian Salumeria in 1956, Sbarro has been a leader in driving the growth of the Italian restaurant category. Today, Sbarro team members bring a taste of the true Italian spirit to guests every day at its more than 1,000 eateries across more than 40 countries. An award-winning franchise organization, Sbarro features a menu of popular Italian food including pizza, pasta dishes and other hot and cold Italian entrees, salads, drinks and desserts. Sbarro is headquartered in Melville, NY. For more information, visit www.sbarro.com.