Smalls Sliders is bolstering its footprint in the Sunshine State with a 9-Can agreement in Tampa alongside existing franchisees from the prominent franchise operating group Purple Square Management (PSM).

Led by CEO Vik Patel, PSM operates more than 250 franchise locations across the country. This latest agreement builds upon the organization’s 2023 deal to develop 6 Smalls Sliders Cans in Atlanta. Patel will work closely with his partners, Sanjay Patel and Alex Deitch, who also co-own the Cans in development in Atlanta.

“The caliber of the Smalls Sliders brand has continuously increased since we first invested in the brand last year,” says Vik Patel, CEO of PSM. “We share their team’s vision for the promising trajectory of the brand, and we wanted to continue to be a large part of its growth across markets.”

The group aims to open the first Can within the agreement in Q4 of 2024, with the remaining 8 locations to follow. PSM is actively exploring potential development site opportunities in the Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Spring Hill, Sarasota, Cape Coral and Naples areas.

“Florida is on track to have a very strong Smalls Sliders footprint in the coming years, and there has been clear interest for our brand from prospective operators and local communities across the state,” says Maria Rivera, CEO of Smalls Sliders. “Having the PSM team further their development agreement is a testament to the potential of Smalls Sliders, and we’re thrilled to have their team introduce our name to Tampa.”

Smalls Sliders opened its first signature ‘Smorange’ colored Can in 2019. Since its inception, Smalls Sliders has disrupted the QSR industry with its stacked leadership team and robust development pipeline, furthering its rapid growth trajectory with more than 160 Cans open or under development. The brand continues to garner high-level industry recognition, with Nation’s Restaurant News featuring Smalls Sliders in its “Breakout Brands of 2023”, and QSR Magazine ranking the brand in its annual QSR 50 Contenders list. Other accolades include ranking on Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New & Emerging Franchises” list in 2023.

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