A new company has signed an agreement to open 121 new Carl’s Jr. franchises in Texas — including as many as 40 in the Houston area — over the next 10 years. But it’ll take a while for them to get started here at least. The Houston Business Journal‘s Allison Wollam reports that RWJP Star Enterprises has
a franchise agreement to open locations in the eastern part of Houston, and [partner Rich] White expects the first location to open in the first quarter of next year. They are still in the process of scouting sites, the first of which will be built from the ground up.
Carl’s Jr. franchises have to agree to open at least three units, for a total initial investment of $1.3 million, according to the company’s Web site.
Will the year-long wait leave enough time for other competing newcomers to get established? Wollam reports Smashburger is planning to open a second location at Briarforest and Eldridge later this month. And:
The company is also scouting sites in The Woodlands, Sugar Land and the Memorial area.
Meanwhile, Arlington, Va.-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans to open 50 locations in the Houston market. Leases have been signed for restaurants in the Kroger Center at 1645 S. Voss Road and in the H-E-B Center at 9762 Katy Freeway, both of which are set to open in late spring.
Another Five Guys location, at 13346 Briar Forest Dr., is listed as “coming soon” on the company website. Five Guys restaurants are already open in Rosenberg and near Lake Conroe.
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Photo of Smashburger, 7811 Main at Kirby: Alison Cook