ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Moe's Southwest Grill ®, a leader in the fast-casual Mexican restaurant space and recently announced by the Harris Poll as the Fast Casual Mexican Restaurant of the Year, today announced it is looking for new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners as the brand continues its expansion into Wisconsin. "With multiple locations in neighboring states, Wisconsin represents an important part of Moe's growth strategy and we're excited about the brand's expansion into the region," said Peter Ortiz, Moe's Vice President of Franchise Sales. "The Moe's brand has become a top choice for some of the most successful multi-unit franchise owners in the country, so we're excited to watch the brand grow here due in large part to the talent of our franchisees." As the company looks to open locations throughout the state, they are actively seeking qualified franchisees to develop in the areas in and around Au Claire, Green Bay, Lacrosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau. Moe's currently operates two locations in the state — in the Green Bay and Pewaukee areas and recently signed a three-store deal with franchisee Sunny Shah in Milwaukee. Moe's had a successful year of franchise growth in 2015 with $641 million in system-wide sales, the opening of 68 new restaurants - some in significant markets, including San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Southern California - and nearly 186 new franchise deals. This growth is fueled by both existing franchisees as well as new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners with notable portfolios. Moe's currently operates more than 650 franchised locations in the U.S., across 39 states. The company has attracted a record number of franchise inquiries in recent years due to its quality leadership, healthy sales-to-investment ratio, and exceptional company performance.