Charlotte-based Showmars is expanding.
After hinting for a few days on social media about its growth plans, the fast-casual Greek restaurant chain said Monday that it will open its first restaurant in Wake Forest.
It's the first of many new restaurant locations that Showmars is planning, according to Dean Peroulas, Showmars’ general partner. The company is also eying locations in Kannapolis and Indian Trail, Peroulas said.
"Showmars is excited to expand its fast-casual concept with even more families across the Carolinas," Peroulas said. "Our Wake Forest location is the first of several that Showmars plans to open over the next several years in the Triangle."
George Couchell, a first-generation Greek immigrant, opened the first Showmars restaurant in Matthews in 1982. The chain now has more than 30 locations throughout the Carolinas.
The chain's restaurants are mostly concentrated in the Charlotte area, but it has other locations as far south as Greenville, S.C. The Wake Forest restaurant will mark Showmars' foray into the Triangle market.
Located in the Wake Forest Crossing Shopping Center, the restaurant under construction will be 3,280 square feet, and will include an outdoor patio. Showmars' menu includes a variety of Greek fare, including pita sandwiches, gyros, burgers and salads.
"The Triangle ... has many similarities to our other locations in the Carolinas, including growth. Wake Forest is a popular, family-oriented destination right outside of Raleigh, where many people are moving to start and raise their families," Peroulas said.
Showmars is the latest homegrown restaurant chain to embark on an expansion outside the Charlotte region.
Bojangles', the chicken-and-biscuits chain that started in Charlotte in 1977 and went public in 2015, operates over 760 chains across the Southeast.
Famous Toastery, the breakfast chain that started in Huntersville in 2005, was named a franchise to watch in December 2015 by CNBC. The chain has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and opened its 28th store in Mooresville in February.