Meritage Hospitality Group, Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU), one of the nation’s premier restaurant operators, today announced it has acquired four additional Wendy’s restaurants in Jacksonville, FL, began development on its second Wendy’s “image activation” remodel in Mt Zion, GA, and commenced construction of a Wendy’s restaurant in Jacksonville FL, scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.
“We wish to welcome our many new employees in Jacksonville, FL to the Meritage family,” stated Robert E. Schermer, Jr., CEO of Meritage. The Company plans to implement major capital improvements in the newly acquired Wendy’s locations, beginning with the installation of the Company’s comprehensive back-of-house operating and accounting systems, along with key brand initiatives designed to contemporize the total guest experience. “Reimaging and modernization of Wendy’s restaurants remains a hallmark of our growth strategy and future workforce opportunities,” added Mr. Schermer.
Meritage is a growth oriented restaurant company focused on the development of new restaurants and operating efficiencies through its web-based operating platform. The Company continues to invest in people and infrastructure to support the long-term fundamentals of the Wendy’s restaurant brand transformation. The Company operates 118 quick service and casual dining restaurants in six states including Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI and employs a workforce of approximately 3,900 people. The Company’s public filings can be viewed at www.otcqx.com under the stock symbol MHGU, or at the Company’s website, www.meritagehospitality.com.