Captain D's announced today the opening of its newest corporate-owned location in Carbondale, Illinois. Located at 1040 E. Walnut Street, the Carbondale restaurant marks the brand's sixth Illinois location and third corporate-owned opening this year alone. With 290 company-owned locations, Captain D's plans to continue its steady growth in various territories including the Midwest, with another restaurant slated to open later this year in Wisconsin.
"With about 50% of our locations being company-owned, we have the advantage of vetting our internal processes from the kitchen to our service in order to lead by example," said Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D's. "The very mentality we utilize to expand our corporate presence instills confidence in franchisees to grow alongside us in markets holding immense potential, such as Illinois. Keeping that in mind, we look forward to joining Carbondale's local economy and enhancing brand awareness in the state with our welcoming atmosphere and quality seafood menu items."
Captain D's currently has 544 restaurants open and operating throughout the nation due to the brand's resurgence in consecutive growth. The fast casual seafood leader aims to open over 20 locations by the end of the year following 2018's successful pattern of more than a dozen new locations and numerous signed franchise development agreements for new restaurants in states like Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma.
"Pairing our consistent expansion across the Southeast with our motivated growth across the Midwest and Northern United States, the brand is projected to tackle our goals for 2019, gearing up to open over 25 locations throughout 2020," added Reed.
Coupled with its ongoing menu innovation, Captain D's credits its new restaurant beach design with contributing to the brand's ongoing strong performance. To date, nearly 80 percent of all restaurants have been reimaged to the brand's new vibrant, coastal design. With these efforts, Captain D's has remained true to what it does best — serving high-quality seafood with warm hospitality at an affordable price in a welcoming atmosphere.
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