Quick-service restaurant franchise Redberry Restaurants has signed an area development agreement with Burger King for a major expansion in Canada.

Under the agreement, 50 new Burger King restaurants will be developed in the province of Quebec, as well as 15 restaurants in the province of Saskatchewan, over the next five years.

The agreement also encompasses remodelling of an additional 60 Burger King restaurants.

The move will expand Redberry’s presence in Quebec, where it currently owns and operates 16 Burger King restaurants. The opening of the restaurants in Saskatchewan will also mark its entry into a fourth Canadian province.

Separately, Redberry has more than 102 locations across Ontario and Manitoba.

The expansion is expected to generate more than 4,000 new local employment opportunities.

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Redberry CEO Ken Otto said: “The strategic expansion of 50 new Burger King restaurants in Quebec would more than triple our current presence in this pivotal marketplace, while our plans to open 15 restaurants in Saskatchewan would allow us to expand into a fourth province.

“Our proven track record of opening many successful restaurants shows how accelerated growth is possible with our talented team members and Burger King franchisor partner. We have extremely ambitious plans to continue our rapid growth in 2021 and beyond.”

Burger King Canada general manager Matt Wright said: “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Redberry to rapidly grow the Burger King brand in Canada, making iconic items like the Whopper sandwich accessible to even more guests.

“We’re confident in Redberry to deliver on guest expectations and to continue growing our footprint across the country.”

This year Redberry has opened seven new Burger King locations and plans to open another nine before the end of the year.

The restaurant franchise also signed a deal to acquire 14 Taco Bell locations across Ontario in July.