Captain D's Signs First Franchise Agreement in Canada to Develop Five Toronto-Area Locations

Ontario-based entrepreneurs Ali Saeed and Mudassir Choudri will bring five Captain D's restaurants to the Greater Toronto Metropolitan Area over the next several years.

Jan 11, 2024 - 07:18
Jan 12, 2024 - 09:48
Captain D's Signs First Franchise Agreement in Canada to Develop Five Toronto-Area Locations
12:38 ET Captain D's Signs First Franchise Agreement in Canada to Develop Five Toronto-Area Locations

Captain D's announced the signing of its first-ever franchise development agreement in Canada. Ontario-based entrepreneurs Ali Saeed and Mudassir Choudri will bring five Captain D's restaurants to the Greater Toronto Metropolitan Area over the next several years. The brand, which has its roots in the Southeastern United States, has been expanding rapidly with multiple franchise development agreements throughout 2023 as far West as Utah and into the Northern states of New York and New Jersey. Captain D's also has aggressive plans for growth throughout Canada.

"As Captain D's continues to answer consumer and franchise demand in new territories, we have been looking for the right opportunity to bring our high-quality seafood to the Canadian market. Ali and Mudassir are ideal franchise owners to help us introduce this distinct brand within the Ontario province," said Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D's. "We look forward to expanding our footprint with them and throughout the country, knowing that our flexible prototypes and expertise in converting existing properties resonate with entrepreneurs looking to add a proven quick-service concept to their portfolio."

Saeed and Choudri are both experienced businessmen who own and operate groups of Shell gas stations in Ontario, earning multiple top retailing awards from the company. They experienced Captain D's during their many travels and have thought for a long time that the brand would do very well in Canada.

"Mudassir and I have been building businesses in Ontario for many years and know what it takes to succeed in this market," said Ali Saeed. "We admire Captain D's forward-thinking real estate strategy and seafood niche in the fast-casual space. The brand's quality food at an affordable price point will do very well throughout Toronto."

Captain D's market-smart real estate prototypes are attracting both new and existing multi-unit and multi-concept franchisees with features such as highly efficient double drive-thrus, smaller footprints, and cost-effective conversion opportunities. In addition to the Canada agreement, recent development deals with new franchisees include a single-unit agreement in New Jersey and multi-unit agreements in New York and Georgia.