Restaurant chain Schlotzsky's says it's signed more than 75 deals in 2021 to develop new restaurants in New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and other U.S. markets, which will put Schlotzsky’s on track to sign 100 deals in 2021. The chain, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, currently has 329 restaurants in 24 states.
With 87% of its food consumed off-premises, Schlotzsky's recently launched two new prototypes, one with a drive-thru on each side of the restaurant and space for a curbside pick-up window, and another with a single drive-thru and seating for 35 guests. About 85% of Schlotzsky's restaurants currently have drive-thrus; the new prototypes aim to have 99% of Schlotzsky's locations freaturing a drive-thru.
"Over the past few years, we've recognized the need to evolve our restaurant design and provide flexible options to franchisees to develop in competitive real estate markets and urban areas," says Tory Bartlett, chief brand officer of Schlotzsky's. "Since we launched our new prototypes and placed an added emphasis on accessibility and convenience, we've seen an increase in signed deals and overall franchisee interest.”