Charleys Philly Steaks opens its 700th location
Today marks a monumental milestone for Philadelphia Charleys Steaks as it welcomes its 700th location, now open in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. After opening its first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio in 1986, the franchise has grown tremendously in over 35 years of operation. The restaurant chain plans to have 2,000 locations by 2026.
Charleys Philly Steaks and Wings, located at 277 S. 3rd St., is owned by Maged Ebied, which owns and operates six Charleys locations in Florida.
“Last year, we hit a big milestone for our brand with our 35th anniversary,” Charleys Philly Steaks CEO and Founder Charley Shin said of the 700th store opening.. “I am grateful to our corporate team and our franchise owners who live our mission of providing overwhelming care to our customers.”
In 1986, Shin began the Charleys legacy as a student near Ohio State University, opening Charleys Steakery near campus after tasting his first Philly cheesesteak. The 450-square-foot restaurant was a hit with college students, and the Charleys brand began franchising in 1991 to food courts in malls, stand-alone drive-thru locations, strip centers, bases military, convenience stores, airports and other non-traditional locations.
The concept has always been known for cheesesteaks – selling more cheesesteaks worldwide than any other brand. Charleys has also developed a cult following for its gourmet fries and real fruit lemonades. Over the past three years, new locations outside of malls have introduced chicken wings, milkshakes and ice cream.
“Reaching 700 sites is just the beginning,” says Charleys President Candra Alisiswanto. “Our fans are hungry for more locations and our franchisees are excited for growth. We look forward to our next big milestone of 1,000 locations.
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