Industry News | August 31, 2010

Cleveland Success Leads UFood to More Airports

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UFood Restaurant Group Inc. announced that it signed an area development agreement with the Robinson Hill Hospitality Group of Chicago for UFood Grill units at five major U.S. airports.

The development agreement follows the successful UFood Grill opening by Robinson Hill at Cleveland Hopkins Airport in July. The Robinson Hill Hospitality Group has more than nine years of experience operating airport franchise food establishments.

"We are thrilled to be part of the expansion of the UFood brand to five more major United States airports,” says Dee Robinson, president of the Robinson Hill Hospitality Group. “Our new Cleveland Hopkins Airport UFood Grill has exceeded our expectations and confirms our belief that consumers want healthier, attractively priced food options in airports and other venues. The extremely positive feedback from our guests was a driving force to enter into this agreement with UFood Grill.”

In June, UFood Restaurant Group signed a master license agreement with Hudson Group Retail LLC for UFood Grill units in 10 major U.S. airports. UFood also signed an agreement in July for the development of 35 UFood units with Congusto L.P., a Texas-based company. UFood Grills are also located in Boston’s Logan and Dallas-Fort Worth Airports, as well as in other traditional locations.

“We are extremely proud of our association with Dee Robinson, president of the Robinson Hill Hospitality Group, who is also our franchisee of the new UFood Grill restaurant in the Cleveland Hopkins Airport,” says George Naddaff, chairman and CEO of UFood Restaurant Group. “The UFood brand has become very popular with travelers who frequent our restaurants now located in other major airports as well. More locations will soon be available in airports across the country. We are very excited to be expanding our UFood brand in airports and other nontraditional locations throughout the United States. Airports, colleges and hospitals are a natural fit and in demand for our concept, ‘Where Delicious Meets Nutritious.’”