US-based fast-food restaurant chain Church’s Texas Chicken has unveiled plans to open 40 new restaurants in Canada in 2022.
Church’s Chicken said Canada is one of its ‘prominent’ markets outside the US.
Currently, Church’s Texas Chicken operates in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
The fast-food chain is also on track to have opened 20 new restaurants in Canada this year.
Church’s Texas Chicken global chief marketing officer Brian Gies said: “We entered Canada in 1978, and our commitment to the market has proven to be fruitful.
“Over the years, our neighbours to the north have demonstrated their love for our bold, legendary Texas flavours, and we are proud to be able to share our savoury dishes with even more Canadian residents and visitors thanks to the dedication and efforts of our franchisees.
“To support our franchisees, we have a solid development team with seasoned professionals who collaborate with our franchisees to facilitate our collective success in Canada, the Americas, and around the globe.”
Additionally, the company said that it has upgraded some of its restaurants in the country with the brand’s latest designs and technologies.
Church’s Texas Chicken international strategic development senior vice-president Russ Sumrall said: “We are especially proud of our team of franchisees in Canada that are growing our brand aggressively, even during these challenging times.
“We have added new franchisees to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. We will focus on Manitoba and the Maritimes next!”
Meanwhile, in a separate development in the restaurant sector, Wingstop has announced its financial results for the fiscal third quarter, which ended 25 September.
Wingstop reported an increase in revenue of 2.8% to $65.8m, due to a rebate of $6.9m of advertising surplus, which was returned to franchisees in Q3 to partially offset the impact of record high wing inflation.
The net income grew by 12% to $11.3m, or $0.38 per diluted share, in comparison to net income of $10.1m, or $0.34 per diluted share of last year’s fiscal third quarter.
In Q3, the restaurant company’s adjusted EBITDA increased by 16.2% to $21.4m.
Wingstop reported a system-wide sales increase of 16.7% to $594.3m, as well as a growth in the domestic same-store sales by 3.9%.
In the year’s third quarter, Wingstop reported 49 net new openings, which is an increase of 13.1%, and the domestic restaurant average unit volume (AUV) was approximately $1.6m.