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The Charlotte Weekly: Checkers & Rally's Targets South Charlotte
The Charlotte Weekly: Checkers & Rally's Targets South Charlotte

Checkers & Rally's have already identified 100 leads for potential franchisees in the greater Charlotte region.

Other fast-casual restaurants in the Charlotte area could soon have a new competitor: Checkers & Rally's.

The Tampa, Florida-based restaurant has had its eye on the Charlotte market for a while now, and company leaders are working extensively to identify potential franchisees in the area.

The nearest Checkers & Rally's is in Hickory, but the company has already identified 100 leads for potential franchisees in the greater Charlotte region, said Jennifer Durham, vice president of franchise development for Checkers & Rally's.

“We’re looking to bring in one to two new franchisees by the end of (2015),” she said. “… Our goal is to have one to two restaurants open in Charlotte (in 2016).”

John Palumbo, Charlotte-based franchise development director for Checkers & Rally's, relocated to Waxhaw from New York City about two years ago and is focusing on bringing the restaurant to the south Charlotte and Union County areas.

“I love the south Charlotte market,” Palumbo said. “We’re even (considering) bleeding into northern Union County. We’re now focused on … (using) our dollars to spend on generating interest (among franchisees).”

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