Today marks a monumental milestone for Charleys Philly Steaks as it welcomes its 700th location, now open in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. After opening its first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio in 1986, the franchise has experienced tremendous growth in over 35 years of operation. The restaurant chain expects to have 2,000 locations by 2026.
The free-standing Charleys Philly Steaks and Wings, located at 277 S. 3rd St., is owned by Maged Ebied, who owns and operates six Charleys locations in Florida.
“Last year, we hit a huge milestone for our brand with our 35th anniversary,” says Charleys Philly Steaks CEO and Founder, Charley Shin, regarding the 700th store opening. “I’m grateful to our corporate team and for our franchise owners who live out our mission to deliver overflowing care to our guests.”
In 1986, Shin began the Charleys legacy as a student near The Ohio State University, opening Charleys Steakery near campus after tasting his first Philly cheesesteak. The 450-square foot restaurant was a hit with students, and the Charleys brand began franchising in 1991 into mall food courts, free-standing locations with drive-thrus, strip centers, military bases, convenience stores, airports, and other non-traditional locations.
The concept has always been known for cheesesteaks – selling more cheesesteaks globally than any other brand. Charleys has also developed a cult following for its gourmet fries and real fruit lemonades. In the past three years, new locations outside of malls have introduced chicken wings, milkshakes, and ice cream.
“Reaching 700 locations is just the beginning,” says Charleys President, Candra Alisiswanto. “Our fans are craving more locations, and our franchisees are excited about growth. We’re looking forward to our next big milestone of 1,000 locations.”