Industry News | June 8, 2010

Villa Dives Into Puerto Rico Expansion

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Villa Enterprises Management, the global multi-concept restaurant franchisor, announced the opening of its first quick-service restaurant locations in Puerto Rico. The company will open two new Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen stores in Carolina, Puerto Rico, at the Plaza Carolina Mall during the week of June 14.

Plaza Carolina Mall is Puerto Rico's second largest shopping center. It features over 200 retail stores and is located four miles from San Juan International Airport. One of the two Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen stores offers pizza, strombolis, and calzones, while the other offers a wide array of pasta dishes, Panini, and the company's signature "pick and mix" salad bar—all made fresh daily.

"We are very excited about our new venture in Puerto Rico and the opportunities it opens up for Villa Enterprises throughout the Caribbean," says Anthony Scotto, CEO of Villa Enterprises Management. "We already have a number of additional store locations in development for Puerto Rico and plan to bring our Greenleaf's & Bananas concepts to the island by January 2011."

The new stores in Puerto Rico bring the total of international locations for Villa Enterprises to 27, with 10 of those locations represented in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The company plans to continue its aggressive international expansion efforts for 2010, targeting Mexico and Puerto Rico in particular.