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Ruby Tuesday Plans Saudi Move

The dining chain will open four stores via a franchisee.

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, a casual dining chain, announced the establishment of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Saudi Arabia with franchisee Marssana International Trading, a diversified organization in Saudi Arabia.

Terms weren't disclosed, but the agreement includes four restaurants planned for the Central and western provinces of Saudi Arabia.

The Maryville, Tenn.-based company, currently owns, operates and franchises more than 825 casual dining restaurants in the United States and around the world.

"Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest-growing casual dining destinations in the Middle East. Many companies have established regional headquarters there. Ruby Tuesday continues its efforts to expand its restaurants into increasingly significant and important market areas of that part of the world. This latest franchise development, added to the more than 800 restaurants currently operated by the company or its franchisees around the world, will allow us to offer complete dining services to one of the world's most important business areas," the company said.

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