Business-Savvy Brothers Eager to Grow Checkers® Presence in Maryland

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Maryland entrepreneurs partner with experienced McDonald’s manager to expand business portfolio with Checkers

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Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., (Checkers®) continues to attract business-savvy entrepreneurs seeking opportunities to grow in the quick service industry. The latest members to join the fast-growing team are brothers Dharmesh and Nimesh Shah, who are looking to open their first restaurant in Baltimore City in 2015.

The Shah brothers have been working together in the retail industry as co-owners and operators of their family-oriented business for more than a decade. The family’s portfolio of Maryland businesses, which began with their father and uncles, includes liquor stores, convenience stores and a gas station. In addition to extensive experience in retail, Nimesh also owned a fast food restaurant for nine years before selling it to focus on Checkers.

“Checkers has been able to continue growing its presence thanks to business-savvy franchisees who are excited about the opportunities offered by our brand,” said Jennifer Durham, Vice President of Franchise Development for Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants, Inc. “We’re confident that the brothers and their experienced operating partner will maintain Checkers standards of excellence as they serve communities across Maryland.”

Nimesh and Dharmesh hope to open their first restaurant in Baltimore City before expanding to surrounding communities. Their plan is to open at least two more restaurants in the next two years.

“I have been watching Checkers closely over the past few years, and have witnessed the impressive growth of the brand,” Nimesh Shah said. “We wanted to invest in a brand that was working toward the same goal: a bigger and better future.”

Checkers continues to add craveable menu selections and introduce daring flavors to its fans. Options such as Monsterella Stix, Cold Creations and the original Big Buford® aim to bring the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors to hungry guests. The company continues to innovate, and remains true to its commitment to provide crazy good food at an exceptional value.

“The Checkers franchise opportunity continues to draw interest from business savvy entrepreneurs who see our constant menu innovation and growth opportunities in new and existing markets as being a recipe for success,” Durham said. “This new development highlights the opportunity that Checkers provides for franchisees of varying backgrounds to build a successful restaurant business.”

Checkers continues to grow, with opportunities for ownership available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C, among other cities.

ABOUT CHECKERS & RALLY’S RESTAURANTS, INC.
Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers & Rally's Restaurants, Inc., an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its "Crazy Good Food," exceptional value, and people-first attitude, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally's® restaurants. With almost 800 restaurants and room to grow, Checkers & Rally's is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is aggressively expanding across the country. Checkers & Rally's is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and employees who work hard can create opportunity for themselves, their families, and their communities. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industry's most prestigious awards including: Top Franchise in Fast Food by Franchise Business Review, Top 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine, "Best Drive-Thru in America" by QSR Magazine and the "Hot! Again" award from Nation's Restaurant News. For more information about franchise opportunities with Checkers & Rally's, please visit http://www.checkersfranchising.com.

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