Corner Bakery Cafe, a Dallas-based chain of fast casual restaurants offering salads, sandwiches and pastries, said on Tuesday it plans to open several stores in the Charlotte area as part of its effort to expand in the Southeast.
The cafe is seeking to grow its national footprint by working with franchisors to open stores in the region within the next two years, according to a statement. The chain says it will focus its franchising efforts in Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Birmingham, Ala., New Orleans, Tampa, Jackson, Miss., and Columbus, Ga.
No stores or definitive locations have been identified yet, but a company spokesperson told the Observer in an email that Corner Bakery wants to open 10 to 12 stores in the Charlotte metro area. Potential location targets include Davidson, Waxhaw, Matthews and Fort Mill.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Charlotte Observer
“This is the perfect time for us to establish ourselves in as the premiere fast casual dining destination in the Southeast,” Gregg Koffer, company vice president of franchise sales, said in a statement. “Franchise partners and patrons alike have been raving about our brand in every market we penetrate.”
Corner Bakery Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a “neighborhood cafe” atmosphere, is already in 21 states and Washington, D.C.