US-based chain Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar intends to open more than 15 new locations in North Carolina over the next five years.

As part of the expansion plans, the company has signed strategic franchise partnerships to open locations in Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Ft Bragg.

The company signed a partnership with franchisee Jason Sadowski to open a location at 2116 Skibo Rd in Fayetteville in April this year.

Sadowski will also open and operate the Wilmington location during the fourth quarter of this year.

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In addition, Walk-On’s has partnered with franchisee Mark Ranger Jones to open the Ft Bragg location, which will mark the company’s entry to a military base.

“North Carolina is an obvious and attractive area for Walk-On’s continued growth.”

Walk-On’s President & chief operating officer Scott Taylor said: “Growing our presence in North Carolina is an exciting chapter for our growth story as we break into untapped markets with new franchise partners.

“Our development team is poised for success and our initial locations in these areas will no doubt bring success to enthusiastic entrepreneurs ready to join our team.

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“With a proven business model, positive business environment, and open real estate market, North Carolina is an obvious and attractive area for Walk-On’s continued growth.”

Furthermore, the company is planning to open the remaining locations across Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem in North Carolina.

Earlier this month, the family sports bar chain also announced its plans to open 17 franchise locations by the end of this year with a focus on various US states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.