Wahlburgers, the burger joint founded by Wahlberg bros Paul, Mark and Donnie, is expanding and when we say expanding, we mean blowing up, big time.
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The brothers announced today that the chain has reached deals with five new franchise groups to open over 30 stores in several major metro markets in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.
With seven restaurants currently open, three more are slated to open in Boston’s Logan Airport, Las Vegas and Philadelphia over the next few months.
“We are on the road to bringing Wahlburgers to a city near you,” said Mark Wahlberg.
“We’ve created this family business with a mission to welcome families and friends from around the world to a place where they can break bread, enjoy some great food and lots of laughs.”
To date, 12 area development deals, including two airports, are in place, committing franchise groups to a total of 118 Wahlburgers over the next several years.
According to Wahlburgers CEO Rick Vanzura, a new Massachusetts development group, including Wahlberg family members, will open five to 10 additional restaurants in the state, including one in Dorchester, the brothers’ hometown.
Four other restaurants are planned for the Carolinas in Charleston, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach.
The greater Atlanta metro area and Savannah will be home to six restaurants, and six are slated to open in Cleveland and Detroit, where Wahlburgers will make an exciting debut in Greektown later this summer or fall.
Eight are planned for the Northern California Bay area, and a 15-store agreement was signed for Los Angeles in January.