Former Popeyes’ executives to grow Bojangles by at least 11 restaurants in Southeast
Bojangles will expand in Georgia and eastern Alabama as Greg Vojnovic and newly-formed Cedartown Chicken, LLC will acquire seven restaurants and develop another 11 units. Vojnovic, a development veteran, and a group of former Popeye’s executives agreed to acquire seven existing restaurants in western Georgia from former franchisee Robinson Holdings.
Cedartown Chicken’s franchise agreement also calls for the company to build another 11 Bojangles restaurants. Vojnovic and his team are actively looking for potential sites in the western part of Georgia and eastern Alabama. Their first new store will open by the summer of 2022.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Cedartown to the Bojangles family,” said Jose Costa, chief growth officer for Bojangles. “This group knows the QSR business, knows chicken and knows development. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them across Georgia and portions of Alabama, as well as many additional markets.”
Bojangles derives 38 percent of its sales on average in the morning and before many competitors have opened their doors, said the Southern-style Chicken QSR chain. noting this provides an advantage in the QSR segment. It also revealed that it had signed franchise agreements to open more than 100 stores in its target markets.
The deal with Cedartown follows notable development agreements, including the one Bojangles landed with Chaac Foods Restaurants in May to open 40 new stores, including 15 in Orlando, Fla. In Texas, the company signed with SAT and LASH franchise groups to build a total of six restaurants in the Dallas and Houston markets. Bojangles also committed to build 15 corporate stores in the Lone Star State.
“I’m thrilled to finally say, it’s Bo Time for Cedartown,” said Vojnovic, chief executive of the newly- formed company. “Chicken has become the country’s fastest-growing protein and our team is excited to leverage this trend to grow the Bojangles brand. We are so impressed with Bojangles’ concept and strategic growth plans. Bojangles is loved by its fans throughout the Southeast, and we’re excited to grow its footprint in Georgia and other markets.”
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