CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 17, 2022) – Bojangles, Inc., one of the nation’s leading restaurant franchises famous for its Southern chicken, biscuits and tea, announced today it has hit a significant milestone with the opening of its 800th restaurant. The new restaurant, which is owned by Bojangles franchisees Kelly and Michael Quarles of K & M Yardbird, LLC, is located in Monroe, Louisiana. This is Bojangles’ first restaurant in northern Louisiana.
Achieving this milestone is the latest example of the chicken and biscuit chain’s growth momentum throughout 2022, particularly in new markets. Bojangles has opened 31 new locations since January, including several new markets such as Memphis, Tennessee, and Sanford, Florida, and has experienced strong sales, putting the chain on track to continue its expansion efforts well into 2023.
“Bojangles has expanded its footprint across the country at a rapid pace, and reaching 800 restaurants nationwide is a landmark milestone for the company. Paired with a growing AUV, the addition of the new Genesis prototype this year contributed to this huge achievement,” said Patricia Halpin, Vice President of Franchise Growth, Bojangles. “It’s rewarding to see the ongoing investments we’ve made positively impact our expansion efforts, and I’m proud of our franchisees, corporate team members, and each customer who played an integral part in our journey to 800 restaurants.”
Though this marks Quarles’ first franchise location with Bojangles, he is no stranger to the franchising world. K & M Yardbird owns and operates other franchise restaurants throughout the state and has two additional Bojangles locations in the pipeline, which are slated to open in 2023.
“I’m proud to be a new franchisee of Bojangles and to help bring this momentous occasion to fruition with the opening of the brand’s 800th restaurant. Since learning about Bojangles and exploring the available franchise opportunities, the corporate team and fellow franchisees alike have consistently provided a high level of support, which has given me confidence to continue growing our franchise portfolio with this leading chicken and biscuits brand,” added Quarles. “Born and raised in Louisiana, I have grown up on the same kind of delicious food that Bojangles offers, so I knew it was an instant fit. I am certain our new location in Monroe will be successful with the community, and we look forward to developing more locations in years to come.”
The opening of Bojangles’ 800th location follows the success of multiple development agreements signed earlier in 2022 to expand in markets such as Dallas Fort-Worth, greater Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as Virginia Beach, and Northern New Jersey. Additionally, Bojangles executed a trio of multi-unit agreements that will bring restaurants to Northeast Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.
About Bojangles, Inc.
Bojangles, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles® serves menu items such as made-from-scratch biscuit breakfast sandwiches, delicious hand-breaded chicken, flavorful fixins (sides) and Legendary Iced Tea®. Currently, Bojangles has approximately 800 system-wide restaurants in 14 states. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.