US-based Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has announced a new franchise agreement, which will see three new restaurants opening in Fresno, California.

The first restaurant will open at 5058 N Palm Avenue in the next few months.

The three-store agreement with Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has been signed by restaurant industry veteran and current multi-unit Checkers and Rally’s franchisee Javier Gomez.

Gomez has more than 32 years of experience in the restaurant industry. In 2012, he became a franchise owner of Checkers and Rally’s. Currently, he owns 11 locations throughout Central Valley.

Gomez said: “In 2018, I was looking for additional concepts to add to my portfolio and was introduced to Capriotti’s at a franchise convention in Las Vegas. I was offered a free sandwich and after my first bite of the famous Bobby sandwich, I was hooked. The loyal fanbase coupled with the incredible food made my choice to invest with this brand a no-brainer.”

The first location on Palm Avenue will be the brand’s debut into Central Valley.

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Gomez aims to capture the high demand for handcrafted sandwiches in Fresno and the surrounding areas.

Capriotti’s chief development officer David Bloom said: “We could not be more excited to have Javier joining the Capriotti’s family, as his nearly three decades of experience in the restaurant industry and a proven track record of growing businesses in new markets is unmatched.

“The new Fresno locations will bring our award-winning sandwiches to Central Valley and we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction from our new lifelong fans.”

Founded in 1976, Capriotti’s cold, grilled, and vegetarian subs; cheesesteaks; and salads are available at more than 100 locations across the country.

Last week, fast-casual restaurant chain Chicken Salad Chick unveiled plans to open four company-owned restaurants in Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana, US.