Barberitos Franchising Inc. is reporting strong sales growth in both the first and second quarters of 2010 and in comparison to 2009 sales figures. The quick-service restaurant franchise with 22 locations in four states serves southwestern fare, including a variety of made-to-order burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salads, and nachos.

The positive earnings are demonstrated by a 5.61 percent increase in same-store sales from first quarter to second quarter in 2010. In addition, same-store increases from second quarter of 2009 to second quarter of 2010 are up 3.09 percent.

While not included in the figures, Barberitos added two locations in the last 10 months. The franchise company’s first metro Atlanta location opened in Roswell, Georgia, in December of 2009 and a location in Savannah, Georgia, opened in May 2010.

“We attribute the success we are experiencing to our high-quality food and customer service,” says founder and CEO Downing Barber. “We’ve done our best to stay the course during tough economic times and concentrate on what we do best which is serving farm fresh food in a friendly manner and I tend to think that is why we’ve continued to grow franchise locations and grow our sales.”

System wide sales have increased by 9.53 percent from the same period a year ago, with 80 percent of locations seeing increases.

“We’re glad to see positive numbers but we know we still have potential to grow as a company,” Barber says. “There are markets we are looking to enter as well as expand.”

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