JACKSON, Miss., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pairing a big moment with a big cause, fast-casual Newk's Eatery is celebrating its centennial restaurant opening by uniting system-wide to raise $100,000 for ovarian cancer research. Each of Newk's 100 restaurants has committed to raising $1,000, inviting guests to join the search for a cure by adding a dollar or more to their purchases at the register. On April 4, Newk's officially opened its 100th restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana— the first Newk's franchise location for Southeast Restaurant Group, a veteran operator of franchise and independent restaurants, and the third restaurant nationwide to feature Newk's "Generation 2" restaurant design.
"Our 100th restaurant is a major milestone for the Newk's brand— it's unbelievable to look back at that first restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi and see how far we've come," said Chris Newcomb, Newk's Eatery Co-Founder and CEO. "Newk's 100th opening gives us the prime opportunity to welcome a new franchisee to the Newk's family and embrace a cause that's near and dear to all our hearts. We've got a great deal of passion for ovarian cancer awareness and research that's now amplified a hundredfold as we work together system-wide to turn small coin into big change."
The $100,000 raised will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA)— the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. This month's campaign is an outgrowth of Newk's year-round ovarian cancer awareness movement, dubbed "Newk's Cares," which has so far raised more than $280,000 over the past two years for the cause. Inspired by the personal cancer battle of Lori Newcomb, wife of Newk's Eatery's CEO and Co-Founder, Newk's Cares this year is donating 10 cents from every water bottle sold at Newk's restaurants to OCRFA— making every sip count in the fight against ovarian cancer.
Newk's 100th restaurant marks the halfway point in the brand's aggressive growth plan to double in size by 2019. Jackson, Mississippi-based Newk's Eatery currently has 100 locations in 13 states and plans to expand to more than 200 units by 2019.
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