SPARTANBURG, S.C., Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Denny's, Inc. (Nasdaq:DENN), the world's largest full-service family dining chain, based on the number of restaurants, today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Advance Investment LLC, an affiliated entity of Food Quest Restaurant Management LLC, for the development of 30 new Denny's restaurants in nine countries in the Middle East over the next ten years.
Advance Investment LLC, with management support of Food Quest, has exclusive rights to open restaurants in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan and expects the first restaurant will open in the United Arab Emirates in 2015.
John Miller, Denny's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are making significant progress expanding the Denny's brand internationally with the right franchise partners and this is further evidence of our momentum. This significant development agreement is our first major expansion in the Middle East and expands Denny's unopened international pipeline to over 60 restaurants."Jawaan Al Khaili, a majority owner of Advance Investment and Food Quest, commented, "We are proud to be associated with the Denny's brand and look forward to developing it in the Middle East. This is a great addition to the management portfolio of Food Quest covering the family dining segment." Denny's Senior Vice President of Global Development, Steve Dunn, added, "We are proud to say Denny's is the largest family-dining chain across the globe and it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a great franchise partner as Advance Investment LLC leading the way for Denny's in the Middle East." Denny's opened its first international restaurant in 1966 in Acapulco, Mexico and has since expanded its footprint to 11 countries and U.S. territories, including 100 locations in Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. As the company approaches 1,700 restaurants worldwide, Denny's is providing guests around the globe with the promise of everyday value and craveable, indulgent menu items served in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Together with its talented and committed franchisees, the Company plans for continued international expansion to bring "America's Diner" to new locations across the globe.