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Bojangles’ continues to expand footprint beyond the Carolinas

Bojangles opened a renovated building in the historic West End of Charlotte earlier this summer. The chicken-and-biscuits chain said this week it is expanding its footprint in Florida, and will open its first location in Mobile, Ala., in 2018.
Bojangles opened a renovated building in the historic West End of Charlotte earlier this summer. The chicken-and-biscuits chain said this week it is expanding its footprint in Florida, and will open its first location in Mobile, Ala., in 2018. akormann@charlotteobserver.com

Bojangles’ is growing its store footprint again.

The Charlotte-based chicken-and-biscuits chain said this week it has signed franchise agreements to open new restaurants across north Florida – Panama City, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Daytona Beach – in the coming years.

Part of Bojangles’ latest expansion also includes opening its first location in Mobile, Ala., in 2018, the restaurant chain said in a statement.

The new Florida agreements are with the following franchisees: Bo Scallions LLC, JCM Management LLC and Bo Benton, Inc., which operates 11 restaurants in the Myrtle Beach market. Currently, Bojangles’ operates just five restaurants in Florida.

“Each of these development agreements align perfectly with our brand’s strategy for franchisees to lead expansion into new and adjacent markets,” said Randy Icard, Bojangles’ vice president of franchise development.

Bojangles’, which started in Charlotte in 1977, has been gradually expanding beyond the Carolinas since going public in 2015. At the time, the chain’s management laid out an expansion plan to fill out its core in the Carolinas, then open up stores in adjacent markets. Earlier this year, Bojangles’ announced plans to expand its presence in Washington, D.C., for instance.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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