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Fast-Food Chains Investing in Nontraditional Locations
January 11, 2013

Fast-food chains are increasingly looking to drive franchise growth through supermarkets and convenience stores, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Smaller fast-food chains, including Checkers Drive-In and Huddle House, have opened locations within Walmart stores recently, and plan to open more in 2013. Additionally, Caribou Coffee has signed a multi-location deal with Jewel-Osco supermarkets in the Chicago area, and Fazoli's, a chain of 220 quick-service Italian restaurants, opened its second travel center restaurant this month. With standalone real estate opportunities at a premium, restaurant chain companies and franchisors are turning to nontraditional partnerships with retailers, convenience stores and travel centers, according to the report.