Charleys Philly Steaks marks milestone 700th store opening in Jacksonville Beach

Location on South 3rd Street 7th unit for franchise partner Maged Ebied

Charleys Philly Steaks marked its milestone 700th systemwide store with the opening of its Jacksonville Beach location at 277 South 3rd Street. Franchisee Maged Ebied owns and operates the new Jacksonville restaurant. The milestone franchise partner also operates another six units in the state of Florida.

The brand has continued to grow since its first location opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1986. In the recent past, the sandwich chain has expanded to several new markets and experienced significant growth. Moreover, executives plan to grow Charleys to 2,000 locations by 2026.

As background, the first Charleys opened near Ohio State University in a 450-square foot store. That was 1986, and in 1991, the restaurant chain began franchising. Initially, development focused on mall food courts, free-standing locations with drive-thrus, strip centers, military bases, convenience stores, airports, and other non-traditional locations.

“Last year, we hit a huge milestone for our brand with our 35th anniversary,” said Charley Shin, Charleys Philly Steaks chief executive and founder, commenting on the 700th store opening. “I’m grateful to our corporate team and for our franchise owners who live out our mission to deliver overflowing care to our guests.”

Charleys has hit a sweet spot in the sandwich category. In addition to its cheesesteaks, it also has developed a popularity for gourmet fries and real fruit lemonades. And more recently, expanding the menu, new non-mall units have added chicken wings, milkshakes, and ice cream.

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Candra Alisiswanto, Charleys president, noted, “Reaching 700 locations is just the beginning. Our fans are craving more locations, and our franchisees are excited about growth. We’re looking forward to our next big milestone of 1,000 locations.”

Charleys Philly Steaks, 277 South 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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