US-based fast-food chain Wienerschnitzel has signed a development agreement with Tejas Dogs to build 20 new restaurants across the US state of Arkansas.

The restaurants will be delivered over the following 12 years, with plans to start the development schedule with three stores in north-west Arkansas.

Tejas Dogs business manager Brian Shinall said: “With personal roots in Arkansas, paired with our extensive business experience, we found the perfect match with Wienerschnitzel and their unique franchise model.

“As we examined many quick-service restaurant (QSR) diversification opportunities for our business portfolio, Wienerschnitzel captured our attention with its recipe for success spanning six decades, including low food costs, simple operations, strong corporate support and the entirely underserved markets in Arkansas; and let’s not forget America’s love of hot dogs.”

Founded in 1961, Wienerschnitzel specialises in serving hot dogs and has locations across several US states. To fuel growth, the fast-food chain is now focusing on franchise expansion through multi-unit partnerships and area development programmes.

The deal with Tejas Dogs follows an announcement made in 2020 for a 20-unit development in Louisiana. Together the deals will allow the company to expand its footprint across the Southern and Midwestern states.

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Wienerschnitzel Franchise Development director Ted Milburn said: “We’re confident the team at Tejas Dogs will successfully lead Wienerschnitzel into Arkansas with unrelenting drive, market expertise and vision.

“Wienerschnitzel is at the top of a very special segment that has withstood the test of time and is only getting better with age. As we continue to experience unparalleled growth and expand our franchise family, there has never been a better time to partner with Wienerschnitzel.”

Currently, Wienerschnitzel operates more than 330 franchise locations in ten states.