Fast-Casual Restaurant Chain Plans 44 Locations in Kansas City, 35 in Dallas, 35 in Atlanta over five Years
Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich served hot and made-to-order on freshly baked French bread, is aggressively targeting Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta for growth. The company, which currently has one location in the Kansas City area, two locations near Dallas and two locations near Atlanta hopes to open a total of 44 stores in the greater Kansas City area, 35 stores in Dallas and 35 stores in Atlanta over the next five years.
“Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta are all perfect markets for the Penn Station brand to thrive,” said Jad Buckman, the company’s director of sales. “The community is made up of families and busy professionals looking for fast, fresh and convenient food options at affordable prices and that’s exactly what they find at Penn Station.”
Originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves a variety of grilled and cold deli subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.
The fast-casual sector in the restaurant industry has been growing rapidly over the past several years and continues to lead the restaurant industry in growing traffic and unit count. According to National Restaurant Association research, the restaurant industry will top $709 billion in sales. According to Technomic, nearly half – 49 percent – of sandwiches consumed in 2012 were bought at restaurants rather than made at home. In addition, sales in the sandwich category are up 4.8 percent since 2010.
“I’m confident that we will build a loyal following in Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta that and our brand awareness will continue to grow as more and more stores open,” said Buckman. “2015 marks the 30th year that Penn Station has been providing customers with high-quality subs, and that sustained success can be traced to our reputation of excellence. There’s been no better time to be part of the Penn Station family than now, and our growth projections for new franchisees can attest to that.”
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves a variety of grilled and cold deli subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant. Penn Station has approximately 290 restaurants in 15 states including Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. All but one location is franchised. Projections call for the opening of 30 restaurants nationwide in 2015. Markets targeted for growth include Kansas City, Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, the greater Pittsburgh area and North and South Carolina, as well as a number of other existing markets. For more information, visit www.penn-station.com.