Charleys Philly Steaks is expanding its international footprint with store openings in the Bahamas and Russia. The brand’s first location in the Bahamas opened in the capital of Nassau. It is located in the food court of the region’s largest enclosed shopping center, the Mall of Marathon.

The first of 25 locations has opened in Russia. The Moscow-based restaurants are slated to open through a franchise partnership agreement. Two additional stores are scheduled to open before the end of the year.     

“Our international success shows us that quality, craveable food transcends any language barriers,” says Kris Miotke, vice president of marketing. “Charleys is the world’s No. 1 Philly cheesesteak, and we are delighted to serve more customers across the globe hot, delicious Philly cheesesteaks.”

The restaurant franchise, known for its grilled hot Philly cheesesteaks, gourmet fries, and lemonade, has grown more than 10 percent each year for the past decade; about one-third of which is international development. The concept currently has locations on five continents and in 20 countries.  

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Growth, News, Sandwiches, Charley's