LIMA — A new A&W Restaurant at 1929 Allentown Rd. will open in summer of 2018 and will be the newest location out of eight that will open in Northwest Ohio.
The new developments are the result of a multi-unit deal being signed by A&W Restaurants Inc. The company has approximately 1,000 locations worldwide with over 630 in the United States.
“This agreement points to the power of the A&W brand and to the strength of our turnaround,” said A&W CEO Kevin Bazner, in a news release. “We added 15 domestic locations in 2017, and we expect to open another 15 this year.”
The new restaurants will be opened by Rooty’s Family Restaurants LLC, a company that already owns the location in Delphos. Rooty’s Family Restaurants LLC principal, Don Unruh, is a former Taco Bell franchisee who operated 30 locations. His son, Schuyler, is now the manager at the Delphos location.
Contractors will break grown on the newest lima location in April which is expected to open on July 4. The location of the other seven locations have not yet been discussed, but Unruh confirmed that they will be no more than one and half hours away from Lima.
“Consumers love the A&W brand, and I love that it’s owned by restaurant operators,” said Unruh, in a news release. “A&W leadership knows how to make decisions today that we’re all prepared to live with tomorrow. As franchisees we provide input to every decision that affects the brand.”
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