Captain D’s expands in Florida with Spring Hill restaurant

Total of 34 units now open in Florida, a key target market in seafood chain’s expansion plans

Captain D’s opened a new restaurant in Spring Hill, Fla. The former Burger King space, located at 2096 Mariner Boulevard, marks the 34th brand location in Florida.

The quick-service seafood chain said the newly-opened unit seats 18 inside and has a drive-thru. There will also be carryout and call-ahead takeout. The Spring Hill Captain D’s will open Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“Captain D’s has a history of successful growth throughout Florida, and this year will be no exception,” said Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “We have accelerated development plans for Florida as we continue to develop corporate locations alongside our franchisees, showing equal investment within new and existing territories. We are thrilled to be in the Spring Hill market and look forward to serving the community.”

The Nashville, Tenn.–based chain has targeted Florida as a prime market for franchise development, including prominent areas, such as Ocala and Lakeland. New restaurant openings in Pensacola, Palatka and Union Park over the last two years show the brand’s bullish take on the Florida market.

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“Real estate innovation has been a key priority for us over the past few years, with industry-wide restaurant closures leading to increased conversion opportunities,” added Reed. “Captain D’s has a turnkey process that has enabled us to capitalize on existing real estate and get new restaurants open with lower construction costs and quick turnarounds.”

Why let empty stores sit vacant? After all, Captain D’s has implemented a real estate strategy of converting former restaurants to Captain D’s. Among these conversions, the chain revealed a former Bojangles in Elberton, Georgia as completed in March. What’s more, a future conversion of a Taco Bell in Brooksville, Ga. is slated for a September reveal.

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The Spring Hill Captain D’s is among more than 530 quick-service seafood locations in the brand’s portfolio of company-owned and franchised restaurants.

Captain D’s, 2096 Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34609

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