Checkers and Rally’s, the double drive-thru burger and fries’ brand, just opened its newest restaurant in Arizona located at 12239 W Thunderbird Rd. The El Mirage restaurant is co-owned by Keith Gallagher and his business partner, bringing a mouthwatering dining experience to the local community. 

Gallagher is a distinguished business leader with a diverse background spanning both military service and corporate finance. With 28 years of service in the United States Air Force, Gallagher retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012, having spent two decades as an aircrew member flying the KC-135, specializing in in-flight refueling operations across various global theaters. Transitioning from the military, Gallagher seamlessly integrated his skills into the corporate landscape, leveraging his expertise in finance to spearhead successful ventures in the franchise industry.

His partnership with a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in technology and business expansion forms the cornerstone of their franchise operations. Together they own and operate multiple Wienerschnitzel locations in Las Vegas, and have more strategic investments in renowned brands like Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s. This upcoming Checkers and Rally’s will be their second store to open and are currently looking for additional locations to continue growth. 

“Bringing Checkers and Rally’s to El Mirage is an exciting new venture for us,” says Gallagher. “We were drawn in by the bold flavors and genuine appeal of the brand. We’re eager to not only serve up delicious food but also become an integral part of the vibrant El Mirage community, fostering lasting relationships and creating memorable experiences for our guests.”

This latest restaurant highlights the continued growth of the brand, with an updated prototype look and a simplified operating model to better service the community. With this new restaurant, the double drive-thru ensures quick and efficient service, providing a hassle-free dining experience for El Mirage locals. 

“Keith and his partners’ commitment to bringing the Checkers and Rally’s experience to El Mirage reflects the kind of visionary franchise partners we seek,” says Robert Bhagwandat, Senior Director of Franchise Development at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. “Their combined expertise in operations, technology, and business expansion perfectly aligns with our brand values. We’re confident that their passion and dedication will resonate with our guests, and we’re thrilled to support their endeavor in introducing Checkers and Rally’s to El Mirage.”

Merged in 1999 to form one concept, Checkers and Rally’s primarily operates through a proven franchise model, in which owners benefit from brand recognition, operational support and marketing resources. Potential franchise prospects can develop on less than half of an acre, which is half the size of competing drive-thru concepts. Checkers and Rally’s current strategy is targeting select markets throughout the United States, particularly in Wisconsin, Ohio, New York New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Las Vegas, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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