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.

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.