Thursday, March 23, 2006

Expansion plans for Caesars, Church's

Little Caesars Pizza and Church's Chicken both have big plans for expanding their restaurant chains.

Little Caesars Pizza has plans to add 'hundreds of stores,' possibly 600 to 1,000 more in the next few years, dramatically increasing the chain's size. Little Caesar now has around 2,000 pizza outlets, down from its peak of 5,000 in the early 90s. They are currently the #4 pizza chain behind Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s.

Church's Chicken has announced plans to finalize 1,100 new restaurant commitments this year, 150 in the US and 950 internationally. They plan on reaching $2 billion in sales within the next five years, this would be a doubling in size: Church's just passed the $1 billion mark.

And in a bid to challenge Baja Fresh and Rubio, Taco Del Mar, which has 190 restaurants primarily in the western United States, is looking for franchisees and locations in the Southern California area.

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