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Bojangles’ plans big expansion in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Bojangles’
Courtesy of Bojangles’

Bojangles’ is expanding its presence in Washington, D.C.

The Charlotte-based chicken-and-biscuits chain said this week that it has signed a multi-unit development agreement with a Maryland franchisee who plans to open “multiple new Bojangles’ restaurants in the Washington, D.C. metro area over the next several years.”

Currently, Bojangles’ has one restaurant location in the District of Columbia on Massachusetts Avenue, according to its website.

The franchisee, MSR Restaurants, LLC, also owns and operates nearby Maryland restaurants in New Carrollton, Hillcrest Heights, Landover, Upper Marlboro and Oxon Hill, Bojangles’ said in a statement this week.

Bojangles’ has been growing its footprint outside the Carolinas – the company also recently signed agreements to open restaurants in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley area, as well as Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay area.

When Bojangles’ went public in 2015, management had laid out an expansion plan to fill in its core in the Carolinas, then gradually spread into adjacent markets. Most of Bojangles’ 716 restaurants are in the Southeast.

Last year, the chain unveiled a new restaurant design that features, among other elements, Wi-Fi, high-top tables and a “biscuit theater,” where customers can watch staff make biscuits every 20 minutes.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta