Setting the stage for its latest growth surge, Del Taco now has seven new franchise groups committed to developing 39 new restaurants across the country, including in Central California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Texas. Simultaneously, the company announced five new markets for multiunit development and a search for new franchise partners.

The news comes as Del Taco continues its ambitious growth beyond its Southern California roots to new markets to the East with new franchisees as well as new company restaurants.

“We welcome our new partners to the Del Taco family,” says Paul Murphy, CEO of Del Taco. “Clearly, they recognize the opportunity Del Taco provides to those who want to combine their professional strengths and experience with a brand that can deliver.”

The new restaurants will be developed over the next 10 years along with other commitments by franchisees that are already in place and new corporate restaurants. The first Del Taco restaurant in Alabama opened earlier this year. The next new market to open will be in Oklahoma, which is scheduled for the end of 2013.

The new markets where Del Taco is looking to develop multiunits and add new franchise partners include Seattle/Portland (60 restaurants), Houston/San Antonio (65 restaurants), Southern Georgia (Macon/Augusta/Savannah, 22 restaurants), Tampa/St. Petersburg (44 restaurants), and Charleston, South Carolina (9 restaurants).

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Growth, News, Del Taco