Smashburger

Smashburger Appoints New SVP of Franchise Sales

Smashburger, the expanding better-burger restaurant, announced it has added franchise executive Brett Willis to its growing team as senior vice president of franchise sales.

In his new role, Willis will spearhead franchise recruitment initiatives for the company, with a particular focus on developing and executing strategies for non-traditional, domestic, and international unit growth.

Willis possesses more than 17 years of experience working with franchised restaurant and business services concepts in a sales capacity, leading to hundreds of unit openings.

Smashburger Celebrates Five Years of Growth, Innovation

Smashburger, the expanding better burger restaurant, on June 27 celebrated its fifth anniversary since first introducing its smashed fresh, served delicious burgers to consumers in the United States.

Following the grand opening of its first restaurant location in Denver in 2007, the company has quickly captured the passion of burger lovers nationwide, with 160 successful restaurant openings to date.

Summer LTOs Heat Up Menus

Chains return to the basics with their summer promotions.

Daphne's Chicken Strawberry Salad was a hit as an LTO last summer.
Daphne's Chicken Strawberry Salad was a hit as an LTO last summer.

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes this summer’s crop of seasonal limited-time offers from quick-serve and fast-casual chains. From retro ice cream flavors to salad-sandwich combinations, brands are looking to attract customers with innovation this summer while hearkening back to tried-and-true favorites.

Quiznos, Smashburger, KFC Land at San Jose Airport

After an extensive bid competition, AERIS, the administrator of the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose Costa Rica, officially announced that food and beverage services at the San Jose Airport, were awarded to Quiznos Sub S.A., a QSR International franchisee and affiliate.

With an initial investment of $4 million, Quiznos Subs S.A. will build five distinct food and beverage areas comprising more than 6,500-square-feet. The brands that Quiznos Subs S.A. will represent and offer to the traveling public in these five areas include the following:

Smashburger Wedges Club Burger onto Menu as LTO

Smashburger introduces the refreshingly tasty Wedge Club Burger, available in restaurants for a limited time only. This inventive 100 percent-certified Angus beef burger is topped with applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, iceberg lettuce wedge, ripe tomatoes, red onions, and blue cheese dressing on a butter toasted egg bun.

Guests can also opt for the same recipe on its Wedge Club Chicken sandwich. Both new menu items are available today through June 4 at Smashburger restaurants nationwide.

Smashburger’s Kuwait Location is Global Stepping Stone

On April 2, Smashburger opened its first international location in Kuwait. The opening is the first of many international stores for the Denver-based burger brand, which plans to bring stores to Canada, Latin America, and the Middle East later this year.

“We saw it as a natural evolution of the Smashburger brand,” says president Greg Creighton. “We’ve always had our sights set on being a global better-burger brand. From a couple years ago, that was always our deal.”

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