Newk’s Eatery Announces Six-Store Area Development Agreement

Newk's Eatery Announces Six-Store Area Development Agreement

Fast-casual restaurant brand to expand in Louisiana and southern Mississippi

Newk's Eatery Announces Six-Store Area Development AgreementNewk’s Eatery is pleased to announce a new franchisee to its growing family. Skip Russell, owner of Russell Restaurant Group, Inc., has agreed to develop six new restaurants across southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Russell is a resident of Magee, Miss., and has been in the restaurant business for over 26 years, including as a successful franchisee for other brands.

“When looking at other franchises, Newk’s stood out at the top because of its deep-rooted culture in Mississippi,” said Russell. “Newk’s is a household name that has an excellent reputation for great food and service to all its guests. The corporate team made us feel like part of the family from the day we met them, and after several meetings, we knew that we made the right decision in becoming Newk’s franchisees.”

“We are thrilled to have a franchisee with Skip’s experience and familiarity with the brand join our team,” said Newk’s Eatery CEO Frank Paci. “We look forward to him being a significant contributor to the growing brand and family.”

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Newk's Eatery Announces Six-Store Area Development Agreement

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk’s Eatery is a fast-casual chain that operates and franchises just under 100 units in 15 states. Founded in 2004 and named after Co-Founder Chris “Newk” Newcomb, Newk’s offers salads, sandwiches, soups and pizzas, all made in-house without fryers or micro1waves. Fresh grab-and-go options are also available, and Newk’s new mobile app, now available on Google Play and the App Store, offers mobile ordering for curbside, in-store pickup or delivery. In 2020, Newk’s ranked in Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Top 200 Countdown” and Restaurant Business’ Top 250 Chains. Newk’s has also been selected as a Top Food Franchise by Entrepreneur. In 2021, Newk’s was recognized in Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top Scorer in Takeout Food Quality” and ranked among the highest “True Loyalty” scores – the percentages of respoondents who said they visit because of a real desire to experience the brand, as opposed to convenience. For more information, visit, join Newk’s Rewards or follow Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. For franchise information, visit