Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., a business operator focused on expanding the Hooters casual dining restaurant brand in international markets, announced the opening of its Campbelltown, Australia restaurant on January 9th, 2012. The Campbelltown opening demonstrates the growing demand and success of Hooters in Australia. This is the second new restaurant to open in the last six months, following the June 2011 opening in Penrith.
“We are very excited about the continued success of the Hooters brand in Australia. Our Campbelltown Hooters is a prime location, as Sydney’s South West economy continues to grow rapidly; we believe we are ideally positioned to cater to this growth. There has been tremendous excitement from the community in anticipation of the store opening. We are thrilled to bring the Hooters experience to the people of Campbelltown,” said Morney Schlebusch, Chief Operating Officer of Hooters Australia. “Our new joint venture partner, Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., currently owns and operates 3 other Hooters restaurants in South Africa and we look forward to sharing ideas with Chanticleer and their South African management team.”
Michael Pruitt, Chief Executive Officer of Chanticleer Holdings stated, “The opening of our new location in Australia is our first JV developed restaurant with Morney’s team. This marks another key milestone for our company as we continue to execute our core growth strategy of expanding the Hooters brand in emerging markets and other rapidly developing global economies. Morney and his team have done a great job of establishing the Hooters brand in Australia and we see tremendous opportunity to bring Hooters food, hospitality and entertainment to key growth markets such as Australia and South Africa.”
Morney Schlebusch acquired the Hooters Australia franchise license in 2009 and has transformed the world famous brand into a major success in Australia. Mr. Schlebusch has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and continues to enhance the casual dining experience with the world famous service from the Hooters girls. All Hooters girls and kitchen staff are from the South West region, emphasizing Hooters commitment to giving back to local communities and making it truly the restaurant of the Campbelltown people. This is the first Hooters restaurant opening in Australia which is jointly owned by Mr. Schlebusch and Chanticleer Holdings. For more information please visit www.hootersaustralia.com.