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Bojangles is making a big move into Texas

The regional chicken chain will be opening locations in Houston and Dallas as part of a major move into the Lone Star State.
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Bo is going to Texas.

Bojangles, the Charlotte-based chicken concept, on Monday said it is making a big move into Texas with both corporate and franchise locations.

The company said that it has deals with a pair of operators. SAT Restaurant Group, LLC will open three locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, while LASH Foods will open three locations in Houston.

Bojangles is building corporate units, too. The company said it would open 15 restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The operators and the company will open their first restaurants next year.

The company said that these would be its first locations in Texas.

Quick-service concepts have picked up their expansion plans lately, buoyed by a quicker-than-expected recovery from the pandemic and demand from franchisees eager to expand. Numerous brands have seen a major uptick in interest from would-be franchisees.

They are also pushing some corporate growth in a bid to get into newer markets. The California chain Del Taco, for instance, is using company stores and franchisee growth to move into Florida.

Bojangles operates more than 300 company units while franchisees operate more than 400. The brand is primarily in the Southeast but has been inching west. Bojangles has signed three development deals this year, including a deal in Ohio and one in Florida.

Its latest deals feature experienced quick-service operators. Sajib Singha and Asish Baidya of SAT Restaurant Group have partnered on a number of quick-service deals while Khalid Siddiqui of LASH has been a franchisee of Yum Brands and Dairy Queen.

“Growth is the name of the game and we’re throwing our hat in the ring,” Jose Costa, Bojangles chief growth officer, said in a statement.

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