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Eggs Up Grill hires former TGI Fridays exec as CEO

The regional breakfast-lunch concept gears up for expansion by tapping Ricky Richardson for its top post.

A former TGI Fridays president and chief operating officer has been named CEO of breakfast and lunch concept Eggs Up Grill. Ricky Richardson will be tasked with growing the 26-unit chain throughout the Southeast.

Eggs Up Grill, which was founded in 1986, was acquired in March by private-investment firm WJ Partners.

Ricky Richardson photo courtesy of Eggs Up Grill

“Having a leader of Ricky’s caliber and experience will allow us to take the brand to the next level,” said Jaime Wall, managing partner of WJ Partners, in a statement. “His particular expertise in helping founder-led, franchised restaurants realize their next stage of growth will be of tremendous value as we leverage the increasing popularity of breakfast-based concepts and attract new franchise partners to our family.”

In the wake of the acquisition, Eggs Up Grill has also staffed up its corporate office to include new hires in finance, franchise development, operations, real estate and marketing.

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