CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2010)– Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has signed a deal to bring 10 new restaurants to the Chicago area– the first of which will open in Schaumburg this year.
“We are excited to expand Moe’s presence in the Chicago market with our fun, relaxed atmosphere and fully-customizable menu,” said franchise partner Brian Ferris. “Soon, everyone in Chicago will be looking forward to hearing our famous “Welcome to Moe’s!” greeting when they walk in.”
Currently, Moe’s Southwest Grill has locations in Gurnee, Hoffman Estates and Deer Park employing over 60 workers. These 10 new restaurants will boost the economy by adding an additional 200 new jobs to the Chicago area.
Already the owner and operator of 12 Moe’s restaurants in the Atlanta area and the vice president of the brand’s Franchise Advisory Council, Brian Ferris will open the Chicago-area locations with his brother Drew, a Chicago-area resident who recently owned his own construction company. The brothers hope to combine their expertise on Moe’s Southwest Grill and suburban Chicago real estate to create a loyal following of Moe’s customers in Chicago.
Moe’s Southwest Grill has continued to outpace competitors by offering a fun, unmistakable culture, as well as fresh, made-to-order food with more than 25 different ingredients and vast menu options for vegans and vegetarians. While consumers flock to Moe’s when it opens a new restaurant, the company is also attracting a record number of franchise inquires from entrepreneurs who want to be associated with the “it” restaurant brand. The company has grown to more than 400 locations in just 10 years.
In addition to the Schaumburg locations, the Ferris brothers plan to open additional restaurants in Naperville, Wilmette, Deerfield, Downers Grove, Lincolnshire, Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines and Oak Brook.
“Signing a 10-store deal with a fully engaged, proven franchise partner like Brian will ensure the growth of the brand in a key market for us,” said Moe’s President Paul Damico. “I have all of the confidence in Brian and Drew and know that these new locations will thrive in Chicago.”
Plans call for Moe’s Southwest Grill to open 50 new restaurants throughout 2010. In the first three months of the year the restaurant chain has sold more franchise deals than all of 2009 combined, proving that Moe’s is attracting entrepreneurs everywhere.