Schlotzsky’s, home of The Original round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch buns, recently signed a franchise agreement for 55 restaurants throughout seven of the former Soviet countries, including Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
The master franchise agreement was awarded to Moscow-based entrepreneur Mehmet Akpinar, who plans to open the first restaurant in Moscow. The remaining locations are expected to open over the next 10 years.
“This is a time-tested brand that has the ability to bring people together, from all walks, in their love for Schlotzsky’s sandwiches,” said Akpinar, who currently owns Pegas Touristik, a large tour operator which services Moscow and Antalya, as well as the newly formed Golden International Management Services Ltd. “After looking at the international success of Focus Brands’ restaurants and the available market share for a restaurant like Schlotzsky’s in these countries, it seemed like a natural fit for us. I’m thrilled to open the first location.”
Mike Shattuck, President of Focus Brands International, said this was one of the more significant deals the company has ever signed.
“This is a huge deal for us – we love expanding the Schlotzsky’s brand with entrepreneurs like Mehmet, who understand the complexities, challenges, and rewards of operating a company within their respective country,” he said.
As with domestic growth, further international expansion remains a focal point for Schlotzsky’s in 2013 and beyond. Company plans call for over 30 locations in the next five years.
International Schlotzsky’s franchise locations can currently be found in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and South Africa.
Schlotzsky’s offers more than 15 different sandwiches on its famous unique round freshly-baked buns, as well as gourmet pizzas made with Fresh-from-Scratch crusts, freshly made-to-order tossed salads, and a variety of soups.
Since 1971, Schlotzsky’s has been the home of The Original toasted sandwich. The menu has evolved with customers’ tastes to include the highest quality sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and soups available today. With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky’s is the fast-casual choice for a quick, healthful, and fresh dining experience. Schlotzsky’s is enjoyed around the world, with restaurants in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and South Africa. Schlotzsky’s is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Auntie Anne’s locations and Seattle’s Best Coffee on certain military bases and in international markets. For more information, visit www.Schlotzskys.com