The quick-serve restaurant chain said it has awarded seven development agreements to open 47 new restaurants. In total, Jack in the Box has awarded 23 development agreements its current fiscal year to build 111 stores during the next several years.
The agreements will help the brand expand in existing markets, including Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston. It will also help the company grow in new ones such as Salt Lake City and Louisville. The new agreements follow the relaunch of Jack in the Box’s franchise development program earlier this year.
Jack in the Box said it had a 14% increase in systemwide same-store sales year-over-year through the end of its most recent third quarter. Earlier this year, the chain also unveiled its new off-premise only prototype, which features a lane for drive-thru, as well as a lane for online pickup and third-party delivery.
The new prototype will cut development costs 18% to 23% percent, allowing for more storage capacity and dual-assemble kitchens, the company said. The initial locations, in Oklahoma and California, are slated to open next year.
“Our franchisees want to grow with Jack in the Box and there’s sizable demand for our brand in a variety of markets around the country,” said Darin Harris, CEO of Jack in the Box. “We’re really excited about the progress we’ve made in the development space, but this is just the beginning. As we head into the new fiscal year, we look forward to growing further with our current franchisees, as well as adding new operators to the Jack in the Box family.”
Fueling Jack in the Box’s expansion are veteran multi-unit franchisees like David Beshay, one of the brand’s largest operators. Beshay owns 211 Jack in the Box restaurants and plans to open at least 30 additional locations within the next five to eight years. Beshay has been with the Jack in the Box brand since 1992 and a franchisee since 2006.
“Under the leadership of Darin and the new executive team, Jack in the Box has become more modern and culturally relevant with a focus on meeting consumer preferences and building positive relationships with franchisees,” said Beshay.”
Jack in the Box has also emphasized accessibility through digital solutions, including "The Jack Pack," the brand's first loyalty program. Available exclusively on the mobile app, it allows guests to earn redeemable points towards future orders through in-app purchases.
Jack in the Box Inc., based in San Diego, operates and franchises more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam.